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SEPTEMBER, 1970 / Volume 10 / Number 9


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CONTENTS THE CALLED CHRISTIAN........ 3 THE JOYFUL CHRISTIAN........ 4 THE ACTIVE CHRISTIAN.......... 6 THE FRUIT-BEARING CHRISTIAN..... ......................... 7 THE BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIAN.................. 8 THE COMPLETE CHRISTIAN.... 9 THE VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN.. 10 THE GLORIFIED CHRISTIAN. .. 12 Samuel H. Sutherland SALUTE TO DR. SAMUEL H. SUTHERLAND ...................... 13 PANEL DISCUSSIONS ............... 20 BIOLA’S NURSING PROGRAM. .. 24 STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF TITUS .......... 28 Lloyd T. Anderson ON THIS MONTH'S COVER Sutherland Hall houses classrooms, of­ fices and an 800-seat auditorium. It was named in honor of Dr. Samuel H. Suth­ erland whose messages and photos com­ prise much of this special issue of T h e B road ca ster . Mrs. Sutherland is shown with Dr. Sutherland on the back cover.


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Maker. God called out, “Adam, where art thou?” Do you know, from that day to this, the Lord continues to call His children? Years later, God called and Enoch answered. He went out to meet the Lord. God called one day to a He­ brew mother who later gave birth to a baby boy. Moses was used as the human leader to guide the He­ brew people from bondage in tne land of Egypt. You see, God calls at all ages, and under all conditions. He calls individuals, not people en masse. When Samuel was only a lad, in the stillness of the midnight hour God called him. God called David, a shepherd lad, as he busily tended his father’s flock. Centuries passed and another maiden was visited by the Lord. She was told, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.” This was the announcement of the coming of the Saviour. She was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s proph­ ecy. Today God calls as He did in days of yore. Some are called to the for­ eign field, the ministry, the business world, and the home. Yes, He calls us to dedicate ourselves to Him, that He in turn might consecrate us, set­ ting us apart for His holy and in­ tended use. There’s no such thing as a small job with the Lord. Anything done for Jesus is the biggest possible job anyone can do. There’s no such thing as a little church if it’s God’s church. I t’s only man’s comparison that gives us a warped view of things. With this wonderful opportunity there’s also a tremendous responsi­ bility. Everyone of us must give an account of ourselves to God. There can be no evasion or equivocation. If you are unsaved, you will stand before God to give an account of yourself as to why you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Sav­ iour. Then, we, as Christians, must give an account of our time. We each have been given 168 hours a 3


by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland, President Emeritus o f Biola Schools and Colleges, Inc.

H ave you ever stopped to realize that you’re going to have to give an account of yourself to God? This is true for the believer, as well as for the unbeliever. As to the former, which is the basis for our considera­ tion, there’s a distinction between “consecration” and “dedication.” An individual can dedicate himself to God, but the Lord, in turn, conse­ crates us for a particular task as we are set apart for service. Have you ever stopped to consider the various ways in the Bible in which we see God calling man to Himself? At the very outset of hu­ man history, the Creator came down to walk and talk with Adam and Eve. What a wonderful fellowship they must have enjoyed! Then sin entered the world, and man hid from his

week. How do we spend our time? Can you account for yours in a way that would bring glory to the Lord? The question is: What are you do­ ing with what you have? We may not be able to hold much, but we can overflow a great deal. We must also be able to give an account of our thoughts to the Lord. Our minds should be so ordered that we can stand before Him at any time without embarrassment. We must give an account of our­ selves to God for our whole lives. So many squander their time in riotous living, sin and debauchery. Others live a wasted life, although seeking to live morally. If we know not the Lord as personal Saviour, there is nothing eternally profitable. Your life should be invested that it may yield fruit throughout all eternity. How is your life being lived? Let us pray that our lives will be invested for Jesus’ sake, and that we will be using our thoughts, our hours, our abilities and all that we have to His glory, and for His sake.


by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland

T here is a wonderfully recurring word in Scripture that should be the possession of every believer. It’s the word, “joy.” John quotes our Lord as saying, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). The world knows absolutely noth­ ing about joy. People without Christ may experience happiness, but this all depends on external conditions. A person may be joyful and not happy, and vice versa. Joy is dis­ tinctly a Christian word. While hap­ piness comes from w ithou t, joy springs from within; it's not depen­ dent upon outward circumstances. All the happiness in the world ean never bring or breed joy. Hardly a day passes that the papers aren’t crowded with tragedy stalking the face of the globe. This is why people turn to suicide, alcohol, drugs, and other outward things to find satis­ faction. Joy, you see, is a condition of the heart. It reveals the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the wonders of the world is that in Christianity we can have

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joy m the midst of a world of sor­ row. Joy is bound to manifest itself in our attitudes and deeds of serv­ ice. Do we fully realize that Jesus Christ is King of kings, and Lord of lords? How dismal it would be if Christ were not King! I can't blame people for getting despondent and discouraged when national and world conditions are so severe. A small company of soldiers, in a certain fort during the Civil War, were being bombarded by the enemy. There were already casualties. Al­ most ready to give up in despair, there came a message from their leader, General Sheridan, “Hold the fort, I am coming!” With such a reassuring word, the men fought all the harder. They held on until re­ inforcements appeared and victory could be claimed. This is our calling today. “This day the noise of battle; the next a victor’s song!” We ought to be joyful because the King has spoken. He has given us a decree of logical insight. Not only can we read the Bible, but also, through His Holy Spirit, we can un­ derstand what the Word of God has to say. Every sensible bit of evidence points to the Bible as the Word of God itself. We believe, here at Biola, that the Bible is the Word of God. .It doesn’t merely contain the Word of God—it is the Word of God! God meant what He said. We ought to be joyful because we are fellow-heirs of Christ. None of us have any real idea of all that means; it is unspeakable beyond all measure. A tax assessor called on a minister to ask what the preacher was worth. The man of God replied, “Oh, Sir, I’m a very rich man. My wealth consists of a Saviour who earned for me everlasting life. He is preparing a mansion for me in the eternal city. I have a very de­ voted wife who, according to Solo­ mon, is more valuable than the rarest rubies. With healthy, obedient and happy children, I wouldn’t take the

world for any one of them. I, my­ self, have a merry heart enabling me to pass through life joyfully and with great peace of mind.” “But don’t you have any tangible assets?” the assessor protested. “Just this furniture you see about you,” the pastor pointed out. The floor was clean, but it was practically thread­ bare; the davenport was old, but neat; the chairs had been repaired and things were obviously old and rather decrepit. The assessor put his book away. As he left he had to agree, “Sir, you’re indeed a very rich man. Your personal property isn’t even subject to taxation!” Oh, how rich we are in Christ! We are now being made fit for the inheritance which is to be ours. God, in His own time and way, is going to re­ ward us with wealth which would stagger our wildest imagination. Then, we ought to be j'oyful be­ cause of a certain victory that’s promised to be ours. We aren’t in the midst of a chess game, the outcome of which is in doubt. We’re a part of an invincible army, pushing hard to certain victory. The true Church cannot fail, because the Lord is go­ ing to present it to Himself as a glorious Church, not having spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing. Are you joyful? The first step is to accept Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. That’s absolutely essential and is paramount in importance. The next point is surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ so that we might know the joy that’s His. This is what He wants to give to us. “Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid, your heart does the Spirit control? You can only find rest, and be perfectly blessed, as you yield Him your body and soul.” The joy of the Lord can be lost because of sin in the life. David’s earnest petition was that the Lord might restore the joy he once had known. Yield yourself to Christ, and you, too, will know the joy that passeth all understanding. 5

this passage to lay aside every weight. This isn’t necessarily of sin­ ful origin. Yet if there’s something to keep us from running a strong, clean, hard race, it will become an unnecessary weight. As an example, it’s not particularly sinful to look at a good television program, sports event, or something of that sort. But, if we’re looking at it when we ought to be out witnessing, then that be­ comes a weight. There are other weights which may be perfectly all right of themselves, but whenever they deprive us of doing business for Jesus Christ, then they become weights. What a word of urging to forsake the sin which doth so easily beset us! What is yours? What is it that most frequently causes you to break fellowship with the Lord? It may be a temper. Impatience may be your besetting sin. It makes you irritable towards others. What this most fre­ quent sin is must be between you and your Lord. Make no mistake; He knows what it is. Now, in the affirmative and with the positive, we are commanded to run with patience the race that is set before us. This means we ought to do our dead-level best to run faith­ fully. We leave the results to Christ. A good runner is totally oblivious to anything that would distract him. He has but one desire and purpose, and that’s to get down to the finish line. This is the direction for our viewing as well. We should keep our eyes solidly upon Christ, “The au­ thor and finisher of our faith.” Christ went to the cross because of the joy that was set before Him, realizing what redemption meant to mankind. Because of the extent of Jesus’ thought of us, dying in our stead and for our sin, certainly our reasonable service is to run with pa­ tience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, keeping our eyes steadfast upon Him, to His glory, and all to His praise.

THE ACTIVE CHR IST IAN by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland W E hear much today about the silent majority, and so often that could describe the Christians who are not actively serving the Lord. We have a wonderful example given for us in Hebrews 12:1 and 2. The preceding portion is the great faith chapter of the Bible. Over and over again we read in this 11th chapter the words, “by faith,” “by faith,” “by faith.” Seeing we're en­ compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we are exhorted to live the life of Christ in our own generation comparable to what they did in their own time. This phrase, “a cloud of witnesses,” some think of as referring to a great host of alumni. They’re pictured as sitting in the bleachers of heaven, looking down upon the arena in which we’re living today, observing how we run the race. I don’t believe that is what’s meant here. Heaven is a per­ fectly happy place where the people are absolutely thrilled in the pres­ ence of the Lord Jesus C h rist. There’s no remorse of any kind whatsoever. Then how could our loved ones who have gone before see our condition and not be con­ cerned? We could take that word, “cloud” and insert the word “host” or “company of witnesses.” This means exactly the same thing. This great cloud of witnesses were faith­ ful in their day. They witnessed a strong testimony for the Lord. So, let us, in our generation, be wit­ nesses, living a strong, faithful life, to the glory of the Saviour. To be effective, we’re exhorted in


did four things. As we arrange them in a little different order, we find in the first place that there is re­ demption through His blood ; second, the forgiveness of sins; third (back to verse 13), deliverance from the power of darkness; fourth, transla­ tion into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. It’s been well said that wher­ ever one cuts the Bible, it bleeds. This speaks of God’s only way of salvation, for without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Every altar in the Old Testa­ ment which concerns man’s atone­ ment calls for the shedding of blood. Immediately following is the forgive­ ness of sins. It takes an infinitely holy, just and loving God to accomp­ lish this. What a great blessing that we should no longer be children of darkness! How wonderful is the light of the Saviour’s love! Jesus alone could say, “I am the light of the world.” As a result, we’re to walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleas­ ing, so that we might be fruitful in every good work. F ru it-b e a r in g doesn’t always have to do with the winning of souls. Look at the list of attributes in Galatians 5:22. Walking in a faithful manner, we’re to increase in the knowledge of God. This comes through regular study, and meditation on the Word of God. God promises us strength which is according to His glory and power. This is the promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit. In all of this we’re not to forget to give thanks. I think this is one of the most important characteristics for the fruitful Christian life. How often we forget to give thanks to God by the way we live! When we worry and fret, we’re not giving thanks. We should manifest a spirit of thankfulness to Almighty God for all He’s done for us. Surely people would then take knowledge th a t we’ve been with Jesus. God grant that this might be true of each one of us as we seek to glorify the Lord. 7


by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland

O NE OF the most blessed aspects of the Christian is to start maturing and bearing fruit for our Lord. In Colossians 1:10-18 we have a wonderful passage on the subject. We are urged to be “fruitful in every good work.” Christ is the Head of the Church, and in all things He should have the pre-eminence. This is one of the great passages of Scrip­ tures, giving us a word-picture of the Lord. Christ is the image of the invisible God. Jesus Christ is more than merely an image, which is in­ animate. He is the One who reveals God to us. The word “firstborn,” re­ ferring to Christ, is compound Greek word which literally means “to cause to be.” You see, Christ is the One who first caused to be every creature (v. 16). Everything was caused to be by Him. Now, there are three Heavens re­ ferred to in Scripture. The first is our atmosphere. Then, there’s the entire universe. Finally, the third heaven is the very throne of God. Here, the heavens referred to are the first and second heavens. It does not mean God’s throne or the third heav­ en which is eternal. You see, we’re not dealing with any ordinary per­ son. He is the One who created all things. In verses 13-14 we find that He

tionists either. We don’t believe that God created a number of different kinds of cells or organisms from which all the other types and species we see in existence today have come about. We’re creationists! God cre­ ated just exactly as is recorded in the early chapters of the book of Genesis. We take our stand upon this magnificent truth, “In the beginning God created.” The third found a tion is, God spake. When you hold in your hands the Bible, you’re hold ing God’s Word. Remember, the Bible doesn’t contain God’s Word; i t is God’s Word! There’s a vast distinction be­ tween these two concepts. The fourth foundation fact is that God came. This was in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Sav­ iour is God. He wasn’t merely a great Man, showing us the way to God. While being man of very man, He is also very God of very God. This magnificent truth should be kept in mind at all times. It should be proclaimed at every opportunity. God through Christ came because He had a message to proclaim. What do you think of Christ? He said some marvelous things which are absolute­ ly thought-arresting and provoking. “I and my Father are one.” “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” “I am the light of the world.” “I am the bread of life.” “I am the resur­ rection and the life.” What will you do about these facts? No mere man would dare to make such claims as that. Christ had a mission to accomp­ lish. The fifth foundation fact is God redeemed. Who can understand the full significance of His a ton ing work? But, thank God, we don’t have to understand it to find eternal life. Yes, God redeems. He was the One who made our salvation possible by that redemptive work accomplished on Calvary’s cross. The sixth foundation fact is, God is here. He’s here in the person of

THE BIBLE-BEUEV ING CHR IST IAN by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland I N A DAY w h e n men are believing doubts and doubting beliefs, the child of God has the assurance of the Word of God to give him under­ standing and guidance. Scripture tells us, “Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ.” The first of the foundation facts of our faith is that God is. Not everybody believes in the existence of God. Over half the population of the world is living under govern­ ments which officially deny the exist­ ence of God. Even in our own beloved land, if we were to go up and down the streets of any of the great cities of our land, asking people if they believed in the existence of God, they might be offended and answer, “Why of course, everybody does!” Yet by their lives they deny the very exist­ ence of God. As far as the Lord’s having any practical effect upon their lives, there’s absolutely none. These are practicing atheists. As be­ lievers we need to live realizing that there is a God who watches over and cares for us. The first founda­ tion fact is: God is. The second declaration is God created. Young people in schools come face-to-face with the whole sys­ tem of materialistic evolution. We at Biola very definitely believe with all our hearts that God created all things. We are not theistic evolu­ tionists. It’s not our concept that God created merely the first cell from which all other types of life have emerged. We’re not threshold evolu- 8

the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is God. The Three are One: the same in sub­ stance and equal in power and glory. No one can understand the Trinity, but we accept it by faith because it’s clearly seen in Scripture. The last foundation fact is, God is coming again! This will be the theme of a subsequent message. To sum­ marize, the seven foundation facts of our faith are: God is; God cre­ ated; God spake; God came; God redeemed; God is here, and, praise God, He's coming again!

THE COMPLETE CHR IST IAN by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland B iola C ollege is sincerely grateful for its thousands of friends who faithfully remember the work of the Lord here in prayer. God has always used huma n instrumentalities to make the continuation of this testi­ mony possible. We just want to thank you personally for all that you mean to us. In Ephesians 3:14 Paul writes, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Another translation has it, “On bended knees, I pray to the Fa­ ther of our Lord Jesus Christ.” A bended-knee attitude is the only ac­ ceptable posture in the sight of God. People of medieval times entered into the presence of their ruler in this fashion. It was a sign of obeisance and respect. Obviously, many of them gave outward allegiance, but their hearts were far from real dedication. As our perfect pattern, the Saviour exhibited complete humility (Phil. 2:5-11). Verse 15 con tinues, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strength­ ened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” I ask myself this ques­ tion frequently, “What would hap­ pen if the privilege of attending church were taken away from us, and no more Bibles were allowed?” How long would we be able to remain strong, virile, and vital Christians? We certainly need to be strengthened so that regardless of what comes to pass, we’ll be able to stand true to 9

Too many Christians are not as anx­ ious to STAND ON THE PROMISES as they are to SIT ON THE PREMISES.


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the Lord Jesus Christ. Another char­ acteristic of the complete Christian is found in verse 17, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye be rooted and grounded in love.” Most trees that grow have tap roots which go down into the ground in proportion to the height of the tree. The reason they’re able to re­ main standing is because the roots have gone down for water. The feed­ er roots spread out to find moisture. Not only are we to be rooted for life, but also we’re to be grounded for stability. Paul’s prayer is that we might be grounded in the solid Rock of Ages so that we’ll stand regard­ less of the tempests which will beat down upon us. Paul presents a great challenge: “That ye . . . may be able to compre­ hend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge” (v. 18). The breadth is seen as our Lord stretched His arms out and lit­ erally encompassed the whole earth and all humanity. The length is “as far as the east is from the west.” Some of the great telescopes reveal light galaxies out in space twice five hundred million light years away. Farther than that have our trans­ gressions been removed from us. The depth suggests our Lord coming down from heaven’s glory, tabernac­ ling among men, and dying on Cal­ vary’s cross. He was laid in a bor­ rowed tomb to unfold the depth of His love. He did this for you and me. The height of His love? “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Once we can com­ prehend these great truths, we will be on our way to becoming “Com­ plete Christians.” 10

THE VICTORIOUS CHR IST IAN by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland I N THE B ible , there are certain chapters which are associated with various truths. For example, Romans eight is the great victory chapter in Scripture. This follows hard upon the defeatist seventh chapter which shows what happens when one’s life is not guided and filled by the Holy Spirit. Paul’s com­ ment, “0 wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” This is a picture of a carnal Christian. Here is reflected the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. The victory chapter begins, “There is therefore now no condem­ nation to them who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). “Condemnation” is a legal and forensic term. It has to do with judgment. The law of sin and death of the Old Testament could only bring condemnation. It couldn’t do anything to redeem a man or make him want to be per­ fect. It simply revealed sinfulness. So the law of the Spirit of Christ makes us free. We are sinners saved by grace. There’s no condemnation again to those who are in Christ Jesus. God has saved us so that He might bestow His blessings upon us. We are now children of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. We haven’t “cashed in” our wealth yet. I heard a story of a tax-assessor who came to the home of a very poor minister. The home needed painting and there was no rug on the floor or much in the way of furniture. The assessor was invited in, only to hear

Two little girls were walking down the street one day. One was used to attending Sunday school and was telling her friend, “You know, I love Jesus with all my heart, and I’m hanging onto Him with both hands. And He’s going to save me.” “Well,” the other injected, “Suppose the devil came along and cut your hands off. Then where would you be?” That concerned the young saint. It was a disturbing thought. Finally the an­ swer hit her. Her face lighted up as she exclaimed, “No! I’m not hanging onto Jesus with both hands! He’s hanging onto me with both His hands. The devil can’t cut His hand off.” There’s a lot of good solid the­ ology in that. Paul goes through a list of everything that he can think o f: death, life, angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth. Nothing can sep­ arate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is the reason why there’s no condemna­ tion to those who are in Christ Jesus. Payment God will not twice demand, Once from my bleeding Saviour’s hand And then again from me.

the preacher testify, “Sir, I’m a very wealthy man.” The tax man was amazed and picked up his ears. “Of what does your wealth consist?” he wanted to know. He was in­ formed, “I have a Heavenly Father who owns every beast of the field, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. The earth is the Lord’s and the full­ ness thereof. He’s God Almighty and He’s my Heavenly Father.” The as­ sessor had no place to put that down in his tax book. He wanted to know, “What else?” “Why,” the man of God replied, “I’ve a Saviour who loved me and died on Calvary’s cross for my salvation. He’s going to show and give me the sights of heaven, and all of God’s creation throughout the eternal ages. I have a loving and faithful wife. Solomon said that her price is far above rubies. God’s given me four healthy, happy, obedient children. I wouldn’t take all the wealth of the world for any one of them.” The assessor had received quite a testimony. He couldn’t see anything to register in the tax book, but he had met a truly wealthy man. The interesting thing was that those riches were not subject to taxation. The same is true with us if, by faith, we have received Christ; we have eternal, everlasting blessings. Keep in mind that there’s a dif­ ference between chastisement and condemnation. As believers we’re chastised, but that’s not judgment. Romans 8:28 is one of the hardest verses in the Bible to put into prac­ tice. If only Paul had said, “We know some things work together for good.” But the word is “all." Be­ lieving this, and putting it into prac­ tice in our daily lives, will cause us to be victorious Christians. At the end of the chapter, we have the convincing proof of the insep­ arability of our salvation. Look at the positive assertions in verses 38 and 39. Sometimes we’re cold toward God, but thank God He’s never cold toward us.

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and then, all of a sudden, He was gone. With our resurrection bodies, we’ll not travel at the slow speed of light, some 186,000 miles a second. We’ll travel at the speed of mind, in­ stantaneously. You can think your­ self on the North Star just as easily as you can think yourself in the next room. The starry universe will be the Christian’s fu tu r e heritage. Ephesians 5:27 reminds us that Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. We’re going to be perfect, for we shall have bodies fashioned like unto His glorious body. We’re going to be with the Lord in the air. That’s a magnificent fact! Titus 2:13 reminds us that this is “a blessed hope.” I John 3:3 tells us that it’s a purify­ ing hope. This is what the Church has to look forward to. While we’re in the midst of tribulation, troubles and difficulties, we haven’t entered into our inheritance as yet, and won’t until we get “home.” That time is coming. We’ll be with the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the ages of the ages. He’ll show us the exceed­ ing riches of His grace. Pleasure pleases . . . joy satisfies Pleasure knows only today . . . joy has a tomorrow. Pleasure often cripples . . . joy strength­ ens. Joy serves, while pleasure must be served. Pleasure is empty when full; joy is full even when empty. Pleasure passes . . . joy stays Pleasure is the silver of the here and now . . . joy is the gold of the here and hereafter.

THE GLORIFIED CHR IST IAN by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland T here ’ s a great body of truth found in the Word of God, in both Old Testament and New, which has to do with the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return again is significant for three groups of peo­ ple: the unsaved Gentile world; the Jew; and the Church (made up of all believers who trust in the Sa­ viour). The Bible tells us that the world is going to “wax worse and worse.” In II Timothy three we find a list of the signs of the perilous times which shall precede Christ’s return. Study each of those words and phrases characterizing His com­ ing again. I Thessalonians 4:13-18 pictures the Rapture in the Lord’s return for all believers of this age. The Saviour is coming. The dead in Christ are going to rise first. Then, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. We see the same truth in I Corinthians 15:51-58. This goes into a little more detail as to what is going to take place. We also find out what the change will consist of in Philippians 3 :21. To understand what our bodies will be like we need to understand what the resurrection body of Jesus Christ was like. He wasn’t subject to the laws of time or space. He didn’t have to travel anywhere; He was there. When Christ was walk­ ing with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, He spoke a word to them 12

A crowded gymnasium of over 2200 people varying in age, ap­ pearance and backgrounds, all joined in a thunderous applause for retired President Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland late in the Biola College school year. The standing ovation came at the end of a program which featured a special slide presentation covering the life of the devoted President of Biola. The presentation was introduced by these words: “Today we dedicate this chapel service in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland. We of the regular school family are joined today by special guests and associates in an effort to express appreciation to these two choice servants of God. We would not even hope to say or do enough in this short segment of time to properly convey our heart’s gratitude for Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland. The

Dr. Sutherland in early years of his career at Biola.

The Sutherlands atending a Bible study in River­ side.

measure of their dedication and the calibre of their service has been rarely matched.” This was the man that the 1500 students at the College, as well as alumni, faculty, and staff had known for years, but the surrounding com­ munity also recognized the greatness of Dr. Sutherland. In 1968 the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce honored Dr. Sutherland with the singular distinction of be­ ing named “Citizen of the Year.” “The significant role which these two have had in community life and their concern for others has endeared them to the people of La Mirada.” Dr. Sutherland is recognized in other important circles also. “Through your steadfast dedica­ tion to the intellectual and spiritual development of the individual stur dent, you have enriched the lives of

Dr. Talbot and Dr. Sutherland, co-workersin the ministry since 1936.

The names Myers, Talbot, and Sutherland are synonymous with Biola College.

But dearest to the heart of Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland has been the direct work of Christ. After gradu­ ating from Princeton in 1926, Dr. Sutherland quickly moved into the pastorate. For five years he minis­ tered at the Grace Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles. In 1931, he became active in interdenominational work. His career at Biola began in 1936, as Director of the Extension De-

thousands of young men and women. By your tireless commitment to the physical and academic growth of Biola College, you have left the leg­ acy of a strengthened institution to those who will carry on your impor­ tant work. “You have my best wishes for every success and happiness in your retirement years." Sincerely, Richard Nixon


partment, then on to Director of the Christian Service D ep a rtm en t in 1938, Dean of the College in 1942, and in 1952, he became the fifth President of Biola. The names Myers, Talbot, and Sutherland are synonymous with that of Biola. In an article written by Dr. Louis Talbot, he mentions that for years it had been his con­ viction that in all areas of Christian work, God prepares special men for special service. Accordingly, it seems that God had equipped in a remark­ able way to lead in Biola’s expan­ sion one who had been Dr. Talbot’s co-worker in the school since 1936— Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland. At this point in Biola’s history, Dr. Sutherland was . . . and remains today, a man of solid Biblical prin­ ciple drawn up after 25 years of service to Biola. It reads . . . “he has set an example of unwavering fidelity to the inspired Word of God throughout his ministry.” Dr. Sutherland was a man of vi­ sion in the plans and proposals which

Biola Avenue namedshortly after purchase of newcampus site in La Mirada. First graduating class of Talbot Theological Semi naryin 1955.

he brought before the Board of Di­ rectors. These went beyond the range of the Bible Institute program. At its January meeting in 1943, the Board of Directors received from Dr. Sutherland, who was Dean of the Institute at that time, the first proposal that a theological seminary be established in conjunction with the Institute. That year, the Board approved the action unanimously, and in 1952, the Graduate School of Theology bore the name of Biola’s fourth President, Dr. Louis T. Tal­ bot. Dr. Sutherland, in March of 1944, proposed a specific plan for a school of missionary medicine, which was approved and taken over by Miss Leonie V. Soubirou, and has since become the Biola College Depart­ ment of Nursing. Dr. Sutherland next looked ahead to accreditation for the Biola pro­ gram and then initiated the pur­ chase of a large campus in suburban La Mirada. Indeed, Samuel Sutherland is a man of keen response seizing oppor­ tunities before they pass by. Follow­ ing the purchase of Biola’s new campus site in La Mirada, Dr. Suth­ erland saw another opportunity and quickly “staked claim” on a dirt road to name it Biola Avenue. Campus developments took great strides. Rose Memorial L ib ra ry , Crowell Music Hall, and the Gym­ nasium soon became more than just a dream or a blueprint. On May 30, 1957, Dr. Sutherland led a crowd of over 3,000 people dedicating the new Biola campus. Thirteen years later, on that very campus, another large crowd was still applauding the Doctor in appre­ ciation for His service to God and Biola College.

Whatever dies, or is forgot — Work done for God, it dieth not. If we are in Christ, we possess all that is necessary to become fruitful. To do God’s work we must have God’s power; To have God’s power we must know God's will. To know God’s will we must study God’s Word. Truth crushed to earth will always rise again. All is on His altar laid, with no res­ ervations made. The world has had six thousand years to find a cure for broken hearts. What has it come up with that surpasses the Word of God? Ye are complete in Him. This is God’s promise and it applies even to the weak­ est believer. The love of God in the heart is the mightiest power with which life can be endued. The grace of God instructs Christians to live to the glory of God and the blessing of others. Nothing with God can be accidental. It’s important to know that your sins are forgiven and you’re on your way to Heaven, but — are you having vic­ tory now? Whether we are dead or alive when Jesus comes, we will all be changed. Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Fear knocked at the door. Faith an­ swered and there was nobody there. Sin is a very promising employer but a terrible paymaster. Real Christianity is the outliving of the indwelling Christ. 19

Times of sorrow are often times of greatest joy.

Q. Seattle, Wash. — “Will you ex­ plain Revelation 3:5? I read the Lord’s words, 7 will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Fa­ ther, and before his angels.” A. Revelation 2 and 3 show us the seven historic churches of Asia Mi­ nor. At the end of each there is a word concerning the overcomer. The verse about which you have written concerns the church at Sardis. The overcomer is one who is redeemed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ (I John 5:4). God is going to allow any believer to be clothed in white raiment. His name won’t be blotted out of the Book of Life. There is no suggestion here as to the loss of sal­ vation. This is one of the strongest passages in the Bible on reassurance concerning the security of the be­ liever in salvation. Our names, don’t forget, are kept there eternally. Q. Wichita, Kans. — “Is the woman mentioned in Revelation 17 the city of Rome? Also in Revelation 18 is the fallen city actually Rome, too?” A. Martin Luther and other reform­ ists thought that it was. Actually these chapters refer to every false religion. This is all a religion of works (Eph. 2:8, 9). Christianity alone puts the individual’s hope in the work of Jesus Christ. We accept His work by faith. Other religions in 20

the world can stress only works. They say “do,” while Christianity says “done.” Q. Lapeer, Mich. — “I ’m interested in Bible prophecy and would like your help on a, question. What about all the verses on the subject of the moon (Rev. 6:12, Job 2:31, Luke 21:25)? Is there a re la tion sh ip between them?" A. While some things may appear contradictory on the surface, further research shows the beautiful har­ mony and blending. In Revelation 6:12 we see that the words “as” and “like” are terms for comparison or parallelism. When the Spirit of God uses such similes, we should pay careful attention. God didn’t say, “The moon became blood.” Blood speaks of carnage and serious conflict. It’s a judgmental passage. In Job 2:31 we see that there will be darkness enveloping the sun. The passage from Luke predicts that Christ will display God’s displeasure against sin. Don’t think it strange when heavenly bodies are indicated in prophetic scriptures. All these Scriptures you have suggested are speaking of the same thing. Q. Nampa, Idaho — "Was Esau a saved man?” A. There are contradictory views expressed on this subject. The fact

names not given after the various Psalm numbers?” A. Only those known to be written by David are so identified. Any iden­ tification which may be known, is so stated. Of course, ultimately, the Holy Spirit is the divine author. He used David, as well as a number of others, in this book which is such a blessing to all our hearts. Q. Chico, Calif. — “How can you give an answer to a critic of God’s Word when they point to Deuteronomy 11:21 in scorn, saying that God’s people were to give rotten meat to a stranger or even sell it to an alien. Apparently it’s another attempt to undercut the Word of God by casting aspersions upon God’s people. A. A critic of God’s Word will try to turn anything against the Scrip­ tures. The Lord wanted a people sep­ arated unto Himself. They were to eat differently, dress differently, even carry on agricultural pursuits dif­ ferently. They had different customs, observed purity in marriage (before unknown in the Eastern world), and were to be completely separate from idol worship. This is why certain things were denied them of which others might partake. This is the thrust of the verse about which you have asked. I t doesn’t state that the meat is rotten. During World War Two, with people facing starving conditions, they ate almost any­ thing. They were in dire straights. Some people in those days would eat meat from an animal that had died of itself. There is no thought of force here. God was showing to the world that even in the area of dietary laws, He wanted this people to be com­ pletely pure. The alien was not un­ der those dietary laws, and would have no objection to using meat for­ bidden to the Jew. Q. Albuquerque, N.M. — “Why have 21

remains, no one knows for sure. Gen­ erally, on the basis of the record, probably he was not saved. He was interested only in fleshly things, sell­ ing his birthright for a mess of pot­ tage. He seemingly cared nothing about that which pertained to God or good. But when we get to Heaven, we will know the answer definitely. Q, Placentia, Calif. — “In the light of Revelation 19:9 who are the ‘called’ or ‘bidden ones’? Also in John 8:29 we have the word ‘friend of the bridegroom’. Who are the guests at the marriage swpper of the Lamb if the Old Testament saints are to be raised after the tribulation?” (Dan. 12:1-8, Isa. 26). A. There are two people, the bride and groom, who are never invited to their own wedding. The “friends” of the bridegroom, or the guests, are Old Testament saints. The question is whether they attend in the posi­ tion or form they now have. Certain­ ly Paul isn’t uncomfortable in his situation in the presence of the Lord. He knew that to depart and be with Christ was far better. When the body of a believer is placed in the grave, his spirit goes to be with the Lord. There is the possibility of an inter­ mediate body. In Revelation 6 we see the souls who are under the altar as they are clothed in white raiment. It’s difficult for our finite minds to think of spirits having clothes. Again in Luke 16, we read of the rich man in torment who would like to have some relief for his “tongue.” We don’t usually conceive of a spirit having such a part of the anatomy. So, old Testament saints, before they have their final resurrection body, are at this marriage supper of the Lamb in an intermediate state. Q. Wichita, Kans. — “Were all the Psalms written by David, or did oth­ ers write some ? Why are some

they changed the name of the book of the Song of Solomon to ‘Canti­ cles’? A. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Solomon wrote these words, as well as many proverbs (I Kings 4:32). Of the more than a thousand songs, this one excels them all, hu­ manly speaking. Canticles is simply an English equivalent of the Latin title to this book meaning “Song of Songs.” No one changed the name, then; it’s just another title for the book. There’s a helpful note explain­ ing this in the New Scofield Bible. Q. Watsonville, Calif.— “Do you think it’s permissible to conclude that our Lord came down to Adam in the cool of the day in a visible form (Gen. 2:5-8)?” A. Yes, we certainly do believe that. Just what form He might have tak­ en we do not know. Adam and Eve actually saw the Lord. And, although it’s not specifically stated, we would dare to suggest that it might be one of the preincamate appearances of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before any plant of the field was in the earth, the Lord God had not caused it to rain. There was no one to till the ground. God reigns over the ground. He planted the garden by breathing over it, just the same as He breathed into the nostrils of man to make him a living soul. Then Adam was placed in the garden and to enjoy it to the fullest possible extent. Q. El Cajon, Calif. — “Why did God reject King Saul?” A. I Chronicles 10:13-14 gives us God’s own definitive words. The Lord had told him to go out and destroy Amalek with all his wicked tribes. This was not done. Years later, Agag, a descendant of Amalek, was the one in the person of Haman who plotted the entire destruction of the 22

nation of Israel. Saul also sought wisdom from a spiritualist which was absolutely forbidden. Our wis­ dom should always come from the Lord. Saul sought to by-pass God’s authorized way. Q . La Habra, Calif. — “Would you explain the meaning of the phrase, 7 am’?” A. It’s one of the most majestic titles found in the entire Word of God. Just one of these passages is Exodus 3:14-15. I am sure you un­ derstand the background here. Moses was fearful of his people’s unwill­ ingness to listen. He wanted to have some explanation which would carry authority. “Whom shall I say sent me,” was his question. “What’s your name?” God answered clearly, “Tell them ‘I am’ hath sent you.” That term means that God is the ever­ present One. He’s not in the past, for there’s no such thing with Him al­ though He has ever existed. The same phrase is used in the New Tes­ tament by our Lord in John 8:58. The Saviour claims that He is God, because in the Old Testament it’s only God who could say “I am hath sent you.” We can revel in the beauty and glory of this description, “I am.” Q. Long Beach, Calif. — “Explain the heave-offerings (Numbers 15:19). Also, why was Aaron hesitant in go­ ing ahead to do the thing he did in Leviticus 10:19?” A. Read Exodus, chapters 25-40, all of Leviticus, and studies in the book of Numbers. You’ll find that there were five offerings: the sin-offering, the burnt offering, trespass-offering, peace - offering and meal - offering. Certain offerings were indicated to be waved, that is, from right to left. Others were to be lifted. Do you note the pattern of these motions in form­ ing a cross? These things, too, fore-

shadowed what the Lord Jesus Christ would do in His offering on the cross. A heave offering was lift­ ed, for sometimes it was too big and wouldn’t lend itself to the waving. Leviticus 10:19 refers to the sin offering and recalls the problems of Nadab and Abihu, who died because of their failure in a proper offering before the Lord. They had taken fire, not from the altar, but in some other authorized manner. Aaron was over­ ly cautious because of the happen­ ings of the day. He was fearful that God was so displeased with his sons that his own offering wasn’t proper and might not be accepted.

Nary Elian Radding

Charlotte Novak

Orange, Calif.

Frame, Calif.

Randall Plaugher Frame, Calif.

It was said of one of God’s faithful servants that “he wore his commission on his face.” Can it be said of you?

The new library facilities provide attractive study areas near reference volumes.


veal that in many of the emerging nations of the world, people actually were looking for help in educating their own in the fields of nursing and medicine. We believe we were directed of the Lord to implement this important five-year profession­ al nursing education program which is open to Christian young women who meet the college adm ission standards. A high school graduate needs to have a good scholastic rec­ ord, and include in her schedule courses in chemistry and mathemat­ ics, as well as two years of foreign language. Men are encouraged to consider pre-professional courses of­ fered in Biola’s Science Department. It is interesting to understand Biola’s program of nursing, which requires five years, as compared to what other schools have to offer. These range from one to five years. The one-year course enables a per­ son to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (L.V.N.). This appeals to many women who have lesser family responsibilities and/or who have not had more than a high school educa­ tion. In two years a student may be­ come a registered technical nurse. This is called an associate of arts degree program and is offered in the community or junior colleges. In the three-year program, the student is in residence in the hospital school of nursing and is given special clini­ cal training as a hospital nurse. Then there is the four-or-five-year course of study called Baccalaureate Degree Program which is where Biola comes in. Our education is based on the spiritual objective of Biola. Throughout the entire five years, a student has the opportu­ nity to study the Word of God with outstanding professors. The Bible and doctrine courses included in the course amount to approximately one whole year of study or 32 units. You see, in this way students who come to Biola have excellent potential for leadership. A nursing major in any


The history of nursing at Biola began long before the implementing of our accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Education Program in 1966. As early as 1920, the Bible Insti­ tute of Los Angeles’ catalog listed a nursing course. Based on the rudi­ ments of first aid, it was offered as part of the missions program. By January, 1927, more medical classes were added to make available a post­ graduate course. In 19U5, the Biola School of Mis­ sionary Medicine was begun as a distinctive school of the Bible Insti­ tute. The three semesters offered vo­ cational nursing, accredited by the State. There were elective courses in missionary dentistry and tropical medicine. The dedicated faculty in­ cluded doctors, dentists and nurses. The program was open to graduates of Bible schools and colleges. Miss Leonie V. Soubirou, served as both director and dean. Miss Soubirou, first tell us how the Biola School of Missionary Medicine served or is serving the Christian community. Miss S oubirou : Over the more than two decades of the existence of Biola School of Missionary Medicine, 561 men and women were graduated, going into 68 countries and are currently serv­ ing under 70 mission boards and churches. The training served as a foundation for Biola’s new program in nursing. Our administration real­ ized the need for a new professional nursing education program. Studies were made which interestingly re- 24

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