King's Business - 1949-09

Do you think God will destroy this beautiful earth? I read in Ecclesiastes that the earth abideth forever, and yet Peter writes in the New Testament about new heavens and a new earth. Can you harmonize this? The texts in Ecclesiastes and Peter are both right: the earth will abide for­ ever, and yet it will be renewed after the thousand years’ reign of Christ. The earth will be subject to purifying—it will be made new. Every stain of sin, every mark of evil, every scar of wrong, every memory of unrighteousness, every trace of pain, of sickness, of sorrow, of death, will be washed away in that flood of judicial fire. As there has been a re­ generation for the soul, and a regenera­ tion for the body, so will there be a re­ generation for the earth. So beautiful will the earth be, that the memory of its former state will be entirely forgotten. The new heaven is necessary because even the heavens have been affected by sin. Satan was a cherub, and his fall be­ gan in the heavenlies. This is something people do not understand. Sin did not begin in the Garden of Eden, but it be­ gan in the presence of God when Luci­ fer fell. Satan left an awful slimy trail from the presence of God right down to the present time, and will continue on to the lake of fire. Why were the children of Israel moved out of their land? Could they not have offered sacrifices and confessed their sins and been forgiven? Well, God for many years did suffer their evil doings, and then they got be­ yond His merciful dealings with them. They went into idolatry with such deter­ mination that they sought to kill proph­ ets like Jeremiah who were sent to warn them, and who endeavored to turn them back to God. God allowed them to be taken to Babylon because that city was the center of world idolatry. Will you comment on euthanasia, or mercy killing? What would the Scrip­ tures teach regarding this? All the modernists are for mercy kill­ ings, and it has a social gospel color. However, no one can believe the whole Bible and believe in mercy killings. Al­ most without exception, the real Bible teachers who accept the Bible to be the Word of God, are opposed to it. S E P T E M B E R , 1 9 4 9

Dr. L. T. Talbot

(1 Cor. 10:32). Some portions of the Bible are for the Jews; some promises relate to the Gentiles; and a goodly number refer to the Church of God. This division must be kept in mind when you study God’s Word. But never fear; there are thousands of promises for all as children of God, and if they are appro­ priated, we will have no lack of any­ thing. If the devil is walking to and fro upon the earth seeking whom he may devour, doesn’t this indicate that he is omnipres­ ent? It sounds as if he were everywhere at once. Not at all. Omnipresence is an attri­ bute of Deity alone. The devil is a crea­ ture, not the Creator. He does cover the earth pretty thoroughly with the thou­ sands of demons under his control. We need to put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, but always re­ member, he is a defeated foe, and great­ er is He that is for us than he that is against us. Please explain from First Corinthians 13, the expressions, “ through a glass darkly,” “face to face,” and “when that which is perfect is come.” The apostle is speaking of the partial revelation of God that then was, as com­ pared with the full revelation that came, when John wrote the Book of Revela­ tion. When Paul wrote this Epistle to the Corinthians, the greater part of the New Testament was not in existence. Consequently, in regard to matters per­ taining to the church, they were like one looking “through a glass darkly.” “ That which is perfect” refers to the full and complete revelation given in the Book of Revelation which ended God’s written record to man. Page Five

Are all Christian believers to help Christ convert everyone who has not be­ lieved, both living and dead, at the time of the millennium, and all the unbeliev­ ing to have a chance to be saved? Some­ how I can’t believe that. There are several false cults which teach a second probation after death, and as a result of this false teaching there are tens of thousands of people who are rejecting Christ today because they have been led to believe that if they miss the call of God in this life, they will hear it and have opportunity to be saved in the next. There is not a vestige of Scripture to support such teaching. What does that expression in Gala­ tians 6:17 mean: “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” ? The Apostle Paul was referring to his physical sufferings for Christ which he lists in the 11th chapter of Second Cor­ inthians. These were marks of honor, and blessed is the man today who can exhibit such scars as evidences of his sufferings for the Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe some have suffered in health, in purse, and in reputation because of their Christian life, and they will find it was all worth-while when they reach the glory. Are all the promises in the Bible meant for us in this day and age? Some believe that the power given the apostles is not meant for us today. No, they are not. To attempt to lay hold upon all the promises of God would result in utter confusion of mind. The Apostle Paul divides the people of earth into three groups, when he states, “ Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God”

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