"The Path of the Just is as the Shining Light,
Which Shineth More and More
Unto the Perfect Day."
"Henceforth Know We no Man After the Flesh:
Yea, Though We Have Known Christ After the
Flesh, Yet Now Henceforth Know We Him [So] No
More. Therefore, if Any Man be in Christ He is
a New Creature: Old Things are Passed Away; Behold,
All Things are Become New." `2 Cor. 5:16,17`
the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
IN THE INTEREST OF
HIS CONSECRATED SAINTS,
WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION,
"ALL THAT IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE LORD,"
"THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH,"
THE GROANING CREATION, TRAVAILING AND WAITING FOR THE
MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD,
WORK IS DEDICATED.
"To make all see what is the fellowship
of the mystery which from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God." "Wherein He hath abounded
us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the
mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which
He hath purposed in Himself; that in the dispen-
sation of the fulness of the times He
might gather together in one all
things, under Christ."
of the work of every servant of God is done in the dark--that
is to say, like the weaver of a beautiful carpet we stand at
the back seeing little of the results of our labors, and trusting
that in the Lord's due time we shall hear His "Well Done"
and see some fruitage. "I shall be satisfied when I awake
in His likeness."
the Lord has very graciously given us encouragement in respect
to the influence of this Volume in various parts of the world
in the hearts of God's people. The pleasure has been ours of
hearing from many respecting the blessings received from a better
understanding of the justification, the sanctification, and
the deliverance, promised to the Church in God's Word. Many
others have told us of the blessings received from the Scriptural
advice given to husbands and wives, parents and children, in
respect to the ways of peace, righteousness and growth in grace.
Many also have informed us of great blessings and aid in respect
to the duties, privileges and obligations of Elders and Deacons,
and the Scriptural order in the Ecclesia. We rejoice in these
things and trust that the good work will go on under Divine
guidance to the praise of our Lord and for the comfort and edification
of His people.
call attention to the fact that since this Volume was written
the light has grown still clearer respecting God's great Covenants.
We now see that the Law Covenant was a foreshadowing of the
New (Law) Covenant, which is about to be established at the
Second Coming of Jesus, by the great Mediator, Jesus the Head
and the Church His Body-- the antitype of Moses, who wrote:
"A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you from
amongst your brethren, like unto me." Moses was merely
the type of this greater Prophet, and the Law Covenant which
Moses mediated was merely a type or foreshadowing of the greater
Law Covenant of the Millennial age.
raised up Jesus the Head of this great Mediator first,
<PAGE ii> when He raised Him from the dead.
Since that time, He is raising up the Church as a New Creation;
and when all the brethren of the Body of Christ shall have been
gathered from the world through a knowledge of the Truth and
sanctified by the holy Spirit and been found worthy by faithfulness
unto death, and all shall have been raised up by the power of
God from the earthly conditions to the Heavenly conditions as
the Body of Christ, the great antitypical Melchizedek will be
complete, a Priest upon His Throne--the great Mediator of the
New Covenant will be enthroned in Divine power. Then the New
Covenant will go into operation, as God said to Israel: "Behold
the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant
with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah."
antitypical Mediator, after paying over to Divine Justice fully
and forever the Ransom-price for Adam and his race, will assume
full control, and under that New Covenant, thus sealed, will
begin the work of blessing and restoring all the willing and
obedient of Adam's race. All who will come into harmony with
the Lord will be counted as part of the earthly seed of Abraham,
until finally, by the end of the Millennium, all exercising
faith and obedience will be known to the Lord as the seed of
Abraham. "In becoming that seed, shall all the families
of the earth bless themselves."
the name New Covenant, which belongs to God's dealings with
the world during the Millennium, has been used in respect to
the Covenant which is now in operation during this Gospel Age
with the Church. Our Covenant, of course, is a new covenant
in the sense that it is different from the Jewish Covenant of
Mt. Sinai, but it is not THE New Covenant. The Church's Covenant
is referred to in the Bible as a "Covenant by Sacrifice."
The keeping of these matters in mind will be of benefit to the
readers of this Volume. All of these Covenants stand related
to each other. All of them were represented and typified in
Abraham and the Covenant which God made with him. The Church
is styled Abraham's Spiritual Seed and likened to the stars
of Heaven. The world of mankind as they come
<PAGE iii> into harmony with God will become
Abraham's earthly seed--as the sands of the seashore. The Spiritual
Seed will be the channel of blessing for the natural seed.
subject of Justification has not changed, but it has expanded
and clarified. If writing this Volume today, the author would
make some slight variations of language, but without any real
change as respects the meaning and application of the word Justification.
now see that a justification to life is one thing, and a justification
to more or less of friendship with God is another. Abraham,
for instance, and the faithful before Pentecost, were justified
to friendship with God and to have more or less communication
with Him by prayer, etc.; but they could not have full justification
until the Blood of Atonement had been shed, and until it had
been presented to and accepted by Divine Justice--the Father.
Just so the sinner today approaching God might be said to be
in the way of justification--he would have more of God's favor
than if he faced toward sin.
once spoke of a sinner in this condition as being justified,
because he believed in Jesus as his Redeemer and was reaching
forward to a full consecration of himself. Now we see that while
the sinner's attitude, like that of the Ancient Worthies, might
be styled "tentative justification," it would not
reach the condition of a full, complete justification from sin
until the sinner had fully presented himself in consecration
to our great High Priest, Jesus, and had been accepted of Him
in the name of the Father. Then, under the covering of the imputed
merit of Christ's sacrifice, the sinner would be acceptable
to the Father under Christ's Robe and begotten of the holy Spirit.
it is for the masses who have heard of Jesus and partially believed,
that their standing with the Lord is not that of full
justification, that He refuses to fully justify any until they
have become by covenant His disciples, His footstep followers.
This is because justification can come only once to each individual,
and if he should misuse that justification and fail to get eternal
life, he would be in a worse state than if he had never been
justified. If not justified
<PAGE iv> and spirit-begotten in the present
time, he is not of the Church, but will have a share in the
merit of Christ's sacrifice and in the justification which His
Kingdom will offer to every member of the human family--aside
from the Church --the Church receiving that better thing which
God hath in reservation for them that love Him--glory, honor,
immortality, the Divine nature.
many it would not seem worth-while to mention these fine distinctions
upon the subject of justification; and yet, having received
this clearer appreciation of the Divine Plan, we have pleasure
in passing it on to all who hunger and thirst after righteousness--to
all Bible Students everywhere.
the Lord continue to bless this Volume to the good of His people,
is the prayer of the author,
October 1, 1916