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    The Blessed Son took occasion to teach his disciples both by precept and example. Hence, when the disciples had been tempted to discuss the question as to who should be seated in the kingdom of Heaven, "He taught them that he who would be first must be last of all, and servant of all, and that the road to honor is humility. Then taking a little child and setting him in the midst of them He said: "Whosoever shall receive this child in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever receiveth me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great." Ah, my brother, this disposition for precedence is humanand not divine. It manifested itself in forbidding those who walked not with them, but the Son rebuked them. Jesus had taught them not to follow the example of the Scribes and Pharisees, for says he, "One is your Master, even the Christ; and all ye are brethren."

    These clear and positive utterances of our blessed Son are confirmed and enforced by the apostle Paul, when he argues, that the body is not one member but many, and that each has his own legitimate office to perform, and that upon the uncomely parts we bestow the more abundant comeliness. And this is the logical conclusion he deduced from that great argument he employs in the fourth chapter of Ephesians, where he says, "the Lord gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." He then proceeds to tell the reason why he gave these officials to the body, the church, namely, "for perfecting the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up the body of the Christ."

    This service then belongs to the Saints, not to particular individuals of them; those special gifts ceased since they fulfilled their functions, and all we remain equally brethren, with no right to lord it over each other, and any effort to so do, only leads to carnality, namely, divisions, envyings, strifes. We are yet equally in the school of our risen Lord, to be disciplined and perfected by the instrumentalities He has provided; and when thus perfected and meet for the Master's garner, we have performed our mission here, because our building up agency, results from the reflex action of life and character on one another. And not till ourLord appears in His glory will we be called upon to act officially, and then not over our brethren, but the world. Let us then learn to walk as brethren towards each other. G. B. S.

    Taken from R120, page 7

     

 

 

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  • We are an independent, non-denominational Christian fellowship. Bible Students are found worldwide. Each Bible Student Ecclesia (congregation) is independent with no central governing body. We accept Christ as our personal Savior, and believe that he died not only for the Christian, but for the whole world of mankind. We accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God. We study both the Old and the New Testaments, seeking the harmony of all Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We believe that each of us has a responsibility to prove for ourselves what the bible teaches.(2 Timothy 2:15). We endorse topical Bible study as the best means of arriving at God's meaning on each subject. We have Sunday topical studies on Biblical subjects. All sincere individuals who long to learn more about the Lord's word and his divine plan for blessing all the families of man are welcome to attend our services. We do not take up collections or solicit funds.

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The Trinity
The doctrine of the trinity is not biblical. It developed over several centuries after the apostles died (Acts 20:29). The bible teaches that Jesus was a created being, the Son of GOD, never GOD.

The Immortal Soul
The bible clearly teaches that death came into the world through Adam and that death spread to all men. The bible says that the wages of sin is death. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death was passed on to all men, because all sinned. Ez 18:4 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death was passed on to all men, because all sinned. Ps 146:4; When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.; Isa. 38:18 For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

Eternal Torment
The doctrine of eternal torment is not biblical. The bible teaches that the wages of sin is death, not eternal torment. This teaching is out of harmony with God's four main attributes, Love, Power, Justice and Wisdom. The lake of fire in the book of revelation is stated to be the second death (the death from which there is no resurrection, eternal destruction.) Since both death and hades (states, not persons) are thrown into the lake, it is clear the lake of fire is a symbol of complete annulation.

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We believe that all the saints are brothers with one head, Christ Jesus. 1Corn. 12:12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.; Col. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.; Matthew 23:8 "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.; Matthew 23:10 Neither be you called masters; for one is your Master, even Christ.

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Restoration of the Jews to Israel is the Beginning of the Times of Restoration

The restitution of the Jews to Israel is the precursor of the World to come--the dispensation of truth and righteousness, in which Jesus and his Bride-- the spiritual seed of Abraham (`Gal. 3:29`.) --shall reign over, and bless all the families of the earth, through Israel, after the flesh, who must first be restored to influence, and power.

Israel is the anti-typical "fig tree," cursed and blighted by the Master, because it bore only leaves; and it is Israel that he refers to again, saying, When ye see the fig tree putting forth leaves, then know that summer is nigh--then lift up your heads and rejoice, for your redemption draweth nigh. (`Luke 21:28-31`; `Mark 11:13,14`.) Note the wonderful adaptation of the fig tree as an illustration of Israel's returning favor. It puts forth its fruit before its leaves appear; and when the leaves appear, the fruit is ripe. It is a staple article of food, and also possesses medicinal qualities. So Israel begins to show marked signs of the approaching summer. And when the rich foliage of God's favor covers Israel, and is manifest to all, she will be ripe and ready for the work of blessing, feeding, and healing the nations according to God's plan. Jesus, seeing the leaves on the fig tree, had a right to expect ripe fruit, especially as the "time for (harvesting) figs was not yet" fully come. So with Israel, when cursed, they were full of leaves, or professions and appearance of faithfulness; but when searched in their harvest time, were found lacking fruit--and cursed for the age.

Yes, Earth's winter time, with its cold, and blight, and storms, is nearly over; the gracious, and fruitful, and beautiful Summer is nigh. Spring has come; the fig tree is "putting forth"; yet we must look for more storms, more trouble, just as in nature, the Spring equinoxial storm is one of the most severe. Jacob (Israel after the flesh) is to be delivered during a great "time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation." "It is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it." (`Jer. 30:7`; `Dan. 12:1`.)

It is very remarkable that Christian people cannot appreciate Paul's statement, that the fleshly house were cast off from God's favor during the time his favor has been manifest to the spiritual house. How strange that they cannot see from this return of favor to "Jacob," that the end of favor toward the spiritual house has come--that the end ("harvest") of the Gospel age is now upon us.

Like some of old, the church today cannot "discern the signs of the times." (`Matt. 16:3`.) But it was then, as now, the nominal church which discerned not. Those truly taught of God are, to that extent, not in darkness." Ye, brethren, [brethren in Christ, holding communion with God, through his Word, which is able to make wise] are not in darkness." (`1 Thes. 5:4`.)

The great mass of the Church see the signs now taking place, but are so blinded by their creeds and traditions, that they cannot "discern" or understand them. How clear to the unfettered and discerning mind are the words of Paul: "I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery...that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in, and so [then] all Israel shall be saved." [No one can question that Paul refers to the blinding of fleshly Israel, and consequently to the saving, or bringing back to God's favor, of that people. But one of the most pointed things in this expression is, that this saving of fleshly Israel, will not be "until the fullness"--full number "of the Gentiles be come in." In other words, the restoration of the fleshly house to the earthly promises, cannot take place until the Gospel call to the heavenly promises has ended, by accomplishing the work of selecting a people for his name--the Bride of Christ.] Paul proceeds, and adds to the strength of his own statement of God's plan, by quoting from the prophets: "As it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer [the Christ, head and body complete--the Bridegroom and Bride made one--the great Deliverer, both of Israel and the world, who will set at liberty the captives of death], and shall [first] turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is my covenant with them, when I shall take away their sins." `Rom. 11:25-33`. Compare this with James' statement, `Acts 15:14-18`. After referring to the taking out of the Bride from the Gentiles--"a people for his name"-- James quotes a prophecy, which will be due to be fulfilled after the Bride, for his name has been selected, saying: "After this, I will return [cause my favor to return to Israel], and will build again the tabernacle [house --nation] of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up [Note well why God will rebuild Israel], that the residue of men might seek after the Lord.

Truly, then, the re-gathering of Israel is a sign of the end of this age --a sign that we are living in the harvest time, for "the harvest is the end of the age." (`Matt. 13:39`.)

Let those who deny the restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, take notice that the restoration of the Jew to the Canaan land of promise, is only a beginning of the work of restoring all nations and all things. "For the Lord will save the tents of Judah first." (`Zech. 12:7`.) The restoration of the living is only a first part of restitution, for "all nations shall come and worship before thee." This will include the dead--"There shall be a resurrection (anastasis-- bringing up to perfection) of the dead, both of the just and the unjust." (`Acts 24:15`.)

But as Israel was thirty-seven years in falling, viz., from A.D. 33, when Jesus gave them up and left desolate their house, to A.D. 70, when their national existence ended; so we expect that they will be thirty-seven years in rising, or from 1878 to 1914, the end of the times of the Gentiles. This time of their re-gathering and restitution to favor, will be a time of great trouble--it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be delivered out of it. As when they came out of Egypt over three thousand years ago, it was in the midst of great trial and distress; so now their deliverance will be, not without its distress, as it is written--"According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvelous things: the nations shall see and be confounded at all their might." (`Micah 7:15`.)


But we are also told, that the exodus now from among all nations, will be so much more a marked manifestation of God's favor than that from Egypt, that the latter, which has heretofore been the great and marked feature of Israel's history, will sink into comparative insignificance, when compared with the coming deliverance from among the nations. Thus we read: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, the Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but the Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north [Russia], and from all the lands whither he had driven them. And I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers." `Jer. 16:14,15`

 

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A recent article in the Jewish News Organization Haaretz explains Pastor Charles Taze Russell's stand on the Jews returning to the land of Israel. You can read the article by clicking the title.

Before Herzl, There Was Pastor Russell: A Neglected Chapter of Zionism