King's Business - 1949-04

"Till Christ Be Formed.. /' Galatians U:19 T ILL Christ be formed in you . . . O miracle Beyond all human power to understand! Yet, as He once took human form, a Child, Now in the depth of each devoted soul The Father's hand doth shape the very Christ, Invisible, immortal, all divine! T ILL Christ be formed . . . in beauty beyond thought, In holiness to which the seraphim Must bow. In strength that wields the mighty suns, In tenderness that knows an infant's joy And woe. Oh, mystery! Oh, treasure hid In vessels of such poor and fragile clay! T ILL Christ be formed . . . 'Tis Thou, Thy very Self, My God, who now hast stooped to live within The life that Thine atoning death re­ deemed. O Guest Divine, bear with Thy poor abode Until within me Thou art glorified— Till Christ be formed! —Gaylord Du Bois. In Amos there is a reference to fam­ ine for the Word of God. When will this be? I believe it refers to the days of tribu­ lation after the rapture of the church, when the Jews will have returned to Palestine in unbelief and will recognize their need of God and so begin franti­ cally to search the Scriptures for an ex­ planation of their plight. I am having difficulty in understand­ ing Numbers 21 where God sends fiery serpents among the people and then com­ manded that a serpent of brass be placed upon a pole to heal the Israelites. Why was a brazen serpent instead of a lamb used? It is because the aspect of Christ’s death here set forth is not so much that He was given as God’s Lamb as that He was made sin for us. He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. It was a picture of the judgment of sin. What do you believe God meant by set­ ting a mark upon Cain? Why was he thus marked? God marked him simply to indicate that although he was himself a mur­ derer, God did not have him killed. How­ ever, after the flood, God ordained in His law that whosoever shed man’s blood should be killed. This law, which we now call capital punishment, was put in the world to curb sin, especially the sin of murder. Page Five

Dr. L. T. Talbot

Explain the meaning of First Thessa- loniatis 5 :3: “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruc­ tion cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Here the Apostle is speaking of the day immediately preceding the day of the Lord, which is a phrase used in Scripture, meaning the coming of Christ in power and great glory. So the people during the time called “ the seventieth week” will have a sense of false securi­ ty. I judge that this time of “ peace and safety” may describe the first half of the tribulation period. The Antichrist will bring a false peace to the earth be­ fore the storm breaks and the terrible persecution of Israel begins and tribula­ tion such as the earth has never known will be visited upon it. Those who belong to Christ will not be here at that time. Having been translated, they will be “ for­ ever with the Lord.” When Jesus was born, the wise men came inquiring “ Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.” When Jesus was cruci­ fied, He was called “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The genealogical tables in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke will bear this out, that from the earthly line, Jesus was born of the tribe of Judah. There is a teaching abroad that the Anglo-Saxon race compose true Israel and that the unrighteous are Jews; that the Anglo - Saxons will inherit all the blessings promised to Israel and the Jews all the curses. The Bible does not teach any such thing. In Ezekiel 37:15 on to the end of the chapter it is clearly taught that in the future time of bless­ ing and restoration of Israel all the tribes will share. Even the distinction between the northern and southern king­ doms will be removed. Someone has given me a booklet in which it is argued that Jesus was not a Jew. Is this right?

Have we any Scriptural proof of the location of the garden of Eden? Well, some people did think it was in Southern California but in view of the weather this year, they are no longer of this opinion! We do not know the exact boundaries of the garden of Eden, but we have an idea of the general location. There are at least four proper names recorded in the second chapter of Genesis, which may be fairly well located on maps of the ancient world. Four rivers are men­ tioned: Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel (ancient name for Tigris) and the Euphrates. There is little doubt but that the garden of Eden was in the Mesopotamian Val­ ley, which has been named “the cradle of civilization.” Is it your opinion that Adam was the first man who ever lived, or do you think a race of men lived before him and was wiped out before he was created? I believe Adam was the first man, the first fruit of the human race. He is called “ the first Adam” in God’s Word, and from him and Eve have come the entire two billion people who are on earth today. The fossilized remains of the very early men do not differ a whit in their bodily formation from modern men of today. Of course, some are larger than others, but, structurally speaking, they are the same. However, I do believe that there may have been another order of beings upon the earth before Adam. The Scriptures seem to indicate there have been an an­ gelic company led in all probability by Lucifer who later became Satan. What is the meaning of the word “ passover” ? Originally, it referred to the night the angel of death “ passed over” the homes of the Israelites on which the blood of the sacrifice had been sprinkled. The Jews made a memorial feast of it and to this day keep it as a sacred holiday on which they observe certain ceremo­ nies. Christ is called “ our passover” and for the teaching concerning His death as Mediator of the new covenant the tenth chapter of Hebrews will be very enlightening. A P R I L , I 9 4 9

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