King's Business - 1928-03


March 1928

K i n g ’ s

T h e

B u s i n e s s

Bible Food for Preacher andTeacher >----------- ---------

He filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. Psalm 147:14

Finest of

the Wheat






with promises and blessings. The first word o f His sermon on the mount was "blessed” and after but a few sentences He bade His disciples “rejoice and be ex­ ceeding glad." There are no "Thou shalt nots.” — o — Paul in A. D. 59—“ least o f the apostles” (1 Cor. 15:9). A. D. 64—“ less than the least” (Eph. 3:8 ). A. D. 65—“chief of sinners” (1 Tim. 1 :15). At the end of his life—“nothing” (2 Cor. 12:11). “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house o f my God than to dwell in the tents o f wickedness” (Psa. 84:10) reads literally: “ I had rather be busy on the threshold.” The reason is given in v. 11— “For the Lord God is a sun.” Even on the doorstep o f His house, opening the

long a book and dealing with, the greatest theme that can engage the mind o f man, its vocabulary is singularly limited. Only 6,000 different words are used, which num­ ber is very small compared to the 20,000 employed by Shakespeare in writing his plays. Not only is the vocabulary limited, but the average word in the Bible contains but five letters. Many o f the short words in the Bible are, however, full of the deepest meaning and are worthy o f earnest study. —o— Dr. Morgan’s rendering o f Lk. 2:14 is “ Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men in whom H e is well pleased.” Those who have His peace are those who are “in the beloved Son.” — o — ■ Jesus said that God revealed His secrets to “ babes” rather than the “wise and pru­ dent” (Matt. 11:25). What is the child heart? Babes are humble and trustful (Matt. 18:3-4) ; babes have a desire to be filled (1 Pet. 2 :2 ); babes are responsive (Matt. 21:16) ; babes are teachable (Matt. 11:25). — o — The words “I will give you rest” in Matt. 11:28 are literally: “I will rest you.” It is not so much what He gives as what HE IS to us. 11:28-29 reveals a two-fold rest. “I will GIVE you rest” —peace with God (cf. Rom. 5:1). “Ye shall FIND rest”— peace o f God (cf. Phil. 4:7). y --------------------------- ;------------- :----------* | READY BIBLE OUTLINES ] Attitudes in Prayer 1. Standing—temple worship—Mk. 11:25. 2. Bowing — Humility, meditation — 2 Chron. 29:30. 3. Kneeling—reverence—2 Chron. 6:13; Psa. 95:6. 4. Spreading forth hands—petition—Isa.. 1 :15. 5. Lifted up hands—entreaty—Psa. 28:2. 6. On the face—agonizing—Num. 10: 22 ; Mt. 26:39. 7. Sitting or walking—hourly commun­ — o — ,, ion—2 Sam. 7:18; 1 Tim. 2:8. “The victories won by prayer By prayer must still be held ; The foe retreats—but only when By prayer he is compelled.” — o — “ Security” Questions “Which were born not of bloods* nor o f the will of the flesh, nor of the will o f man, but of God.” “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this. 1. Can a child be unborn? 2. Can eternal life die?

S earch - lights FROM THE WORD By Dr. G . Campbell M organ (Permission Fleming H . Revell Co.)

“ God is not the God o f the dead, but of the living” (Matt. 22:32). 'T ’ HESE words were spoken to the Sad- ducees, who denied the resurrection ; and they were intended to constitute one argument for resurrection, and that a final and conclusive one. The argument is that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are not dead, but alive. The words which Jesus quoted were uttered long after the three men named had died (see Exodus 3 :6 ). To Moses, God made the declaration ; and now our Lord declared that though dead in the ordinary sense, that is, as to their earthly bodies and experiences, they were not dead in the sense o f having ceased to be. This was our Lord’s consistent inter­ pretation o f death. O f Jairus’ daughter, and of Lazarus He said that they slept, when as to bodily life they certainly were dead. Thus we must ever remember that the Christian doctrine of death is not that it is in any sense cessation of being. It is rather separation. Physical death is the separation o f the spirit from the body. Spiritual death is separation o f the spirit from God. The spirits o f the just made perfect are more alive than they ever were because they are more consciously with God. For them, being absent from the body is being at home with the Lord, and that is life indeed. He is indeed the God o f our loved ones, who as to this earth have fallen on sleep, and that means that they are alive. By-and-by, in resurrec­ tion, they will awake, even in bodily form, in His likeness, and that will be their final perfecting. And this is, as we have said, a final and conclusive argument for resur­ rection. Man is not perfect as a disem­ bodied spirit. He needs a body for per­ fect expression. Thus the perfecting o f the saints will come in the moment of resurrection. B I BLE BR I E F S t u r n e r --------- — rr - ---------- :---------— — ; O -I ,i« l " “Let every man PROVE hisown work’* (Gal. 6:4). The same word in the orig-.; inai, occurs in 1 Cor. 3:12-15 •.“ The fire shall TRY every man’s work.” The time to have our works scrutinized and sifted is NOW. It will be too late in the reaping time. —o— Some say the Sermon on the Mount is law, not grace. The law was given with commands and threatenings ; Christ came

St. Patrick’s

Morning Prayer

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me; Christ in quiet and in danger, Christ in the hearts o f all that lové; me, Christ in the mouth o f friend and stranger. Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

door for others, one gets the warmth of His blessing upon the congregation. — o — Heaven opened: 1. For Jesus (Mt. 3:16). 2. For Stephen (Acts 7:55). 3. For Peter (Acts 10:11). 4. For Paul (Acts 9 :3 ; 2 Cor. 12:2). 5. For Christ (Rev. 4:1; 19:11). — p — "Sanctify you WHOLLY " (1 Thess. 5:23). The context shows that the word “wholly” refers to a man, as composed of “ spirit and soul,” and not, as “ Perfection­ ists” teach, that the man, regarded as a unit,, may become perfectly or wholly sanctified: The flesh in a believer, ‘will never become holy, nor will he ever get rid o f it while in the body. The apostle’s prayer is for the absolute “setting apart” o f the believer, in his every part—spirit, and soul, and body—to God. — o — The Bible contains 810,697 words. This is about four times as many as are found in a book of average length. Although so

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