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Our Subjection to Vanity: Involuntary, Temporary, Essential

August 9, 2014

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Paul writes that creation was not subjected to vanity voluntarily. It had no will or choice in the matter. God is subjecting it against its will (Romans 8:20). The answer is not far to seek. It is only temporary. It is in expectation. Our afflictions will lead to an overwhelming glory, for which these sufferings are essential. Creation is enslaved by corruption with a view to a liberty which can be enjoyed only by one who has experienced its opposite.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1845-1925)
The Problem of Evil
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Abounding Evil

August 9, 2014

The New Testament is full of predictions of increasing and abounding evil; and side by side with these there are “exceeding great and precious promises” (II Peter 1:4) for the poor and afflicted, the suffering and the sorrowful, the hated and persecuted; and this during the continuance of the present dispensation. There is no period between the present time and the coming of Christ in glory, in which the saints are viewed or contemplated as being free from conflict; no time when they shall cease to “mourn”… or be free from “sorrow” and tribulation.

Yet there is to come a blessed time when there shall be no more curse (Revelation 22:3); but that is essentially a Divine work requiring all of the might of omnipotence. Not to any body of men, however holy or educated; not to any “church,” however orthodox, is committed the miraculous work of eradicating evil and sin from creation. No!

E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
The Second Advent: Premillenial

Keeping Balance

August 9, 2014

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body (II Corinthians 4:8-10).

A man to whom God is a reality keeps his balance, because the living center of his life is spiritual. He cannot be upset, nor shaken. The same hard knocks come to him as to others, but he reacts to them by the central law of his life. He suffers deeply, but he does not sour. He knows frustration, but he goes right on in his kindness and faith. He sees his own shortcomings but he does not give up, because a power rises up from his spiritual center and urges him to the best.

Joseph F. Newton (1876-1950)
This I Believe

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