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6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Refuting the resurrection responsibility error (Andrewism).
Baptism is obedience, and to say that wrath is limited to those who are baptised is to exclude "the children of disobedience" from its operation.
If we prove, as the passage certainly proves, that the wrath of God awaits the children of disobedience, we prove that they will come forth to receive it at the resurrection; for that is the revealed time for its infliction. It is here where those other passages come in, which declare that the day of Christ is "the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God" (Rom. ii.5, 16; 2 Thess. i. 8; Rev. xiv 19; xix. 15).
TC July 1894.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Naturally, the heart of man has no affection for God's ways, because they altogether run counter to the desires and pleasures of the flesh, they deprive the flesh of that which is dearest to itself. What flows naturally from the heart of man is clearly enumerated by the firstborn Son of God thus: -" Evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies" (Matt. 15: 19).
This is darkness, the native element of all flesh, "to which at one time, all the children of God, with but one exception, belonged...
Growing, extending, developing in the knowledge of God is the course that lies before the one made "just" in the sight of God by the clear shining into the mind and heart of the glorious gospel of Christ, followed by an affectionate obedience to the will of God by baptism into the saving name of His Son.
Paul's unceasing prayer for those belonging to the family of God at Colosse was, "That they
might be all filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That they might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1: 9- 10).
Leaving the word of the beginning of Christ (margin) let us go on unto perfection (Hebrews 6:1). Growing up into Him in all things which is the Head, even Christ (Ephesians 4: 15.)
It is not possible that a state of inactivity can prevail for any length of time in the pathway of
Divine life. It must either be an onward march to perfection, or a declension from that way, and a consequent return, in some degree, to the elements of darkness from which the start was made.
The mind and heart must be in constant sympathy with the Divine ideal, drawing nearer to the glorious perfection that shines forth in "the image of the invisible God." It might seem laborious to the flesh to maintain a continuous application of thought to the contemplation of the wondrous secrets of Divine wisdom laid out in the word of God. It might be irksome and even obnoxious to the natural mind to be ever under the restraint of Divine discipline; but this very experience supplies evidence of the superiority of the spirit of Truth over the desires of the flesh, it discloses the upward direction of the path of life.
The ease and relaxation that might come with a step in the opposite direction is deceptive, and sooner or later will reveal a drift in the direction of darkness, and bring discomfort. This does occur, without doubt, in every case, more or less, but the heart that is spiritually sensitive will quickly discover its error, and struggle to regain its former position of harmony with the high standard ofspiritual life.
Experience of this kind, arising from a departure, or a fall, brings to the son or daughter of
God whose heart has learnt to delight itself in the Law of God, seasons of depression, and grief, periods of remorse and suffering. But, scripturally speaking, this is the "trial of faith" and is more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire (1 Peter 1: 6- 7), because the "victory" that has been gained by a return to obedience through repentance has added Strength and joy to the victor, and has thus increased the brightness of the prospect held out to him at the appearing of Jesus Christ, and is an essential part of the process by which "the path of the just is made to shine more and more." JE Jarvis
Berean Christadelphian, June 1923
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the ecclesia.
This is the aggregate of those, who, believing these things, have been introduced into Christ through the laver of the water; according to the saying of the Scriptures, "ye are all the children of God in Christ Jesus through the faith. For as many as have been baptized into Christ have entered into Christ," (enedusasqe). * * * ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and HEIRS according to the promise" (Gal. 3:26-29).
A community of such individuals as these constitutes the mystical body of Christ. By faith, its elements are "members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones." Hence, they are "bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh;" and, therefore, the beloved Eve of the last Adam, the Lord who is to come from heaven, and make her of the same spiritual nature as His own.
Thus, the ecclesia is figuratively taken out of the side of her Lord; for every member of it believes in the remission of sins through His shed blood; and they all believe in the real resurrection of His flesh and bones, for their justification unto life by a similar revival from the dead. "Your bodies are the members," or flesh and bones, "of Christ and he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:15-17). "I have espoused you to one husband," says Paul, "that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Cor. 11:2).
It will be perceived, then, that the ecclesia as defined, is in the present state the espoused of Christ, but not actually married. She is in the formative state, being moulded under the hand of God. When she shall be completed, God will then present her to the Man from heaven, "arrayed in fine linen, clean and white" (Rev. 19:7-8). This is she of whom the poet sings,
"Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; so shall the King greatly desire thy beauty: for He is thy Lord and worship thou Him. The King's daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework; the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto Thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought they shall enter into the King's palace"(Psalm 45:10-15).
The presentation of Eve to the first Adam was the signal of rejoicing to the Morning Stars; and we perceive that the manifestation of Messiah's Queen will be attended with the "Alleluia" of a great multitude, sounding like the roaring of many waters, and the echoes of mighty thunderings, saying, "let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to the Lord God omnipotent: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His betrothed hath made herself ready."
Such is the relationship and destiny of the true ecclesia, styled by Paul, "the One Body." It is forming by the word; or, taking it as formed in the apostolic age, but not presented, the apprehension of the apostle has been sadly realized. "I fear," says he, "lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." The tempter has seduced the betrothed.
The simplicity in Christ is no longer characteristic of a community. It is corrupted on every side; and the ruin of the transgression alone prevails. Nevertheless, although there be no hope for the professing world, seeing that it is too "wise in its own conceit;" too self-satisfied with its supposed illumination; glorifying itself, and saying, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and knows not," and will not be persuaded, "that it is wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" (Rev. 3:17) -- seeing, I say, that this is the irremediable condition of the religious public, yet there remains scope for the deliverance of those who are disposed to obey God rather than men.
If they would become bone of Christ's bone, and flesh of His flesh, they, must "leave father and mother, and be joined unto the wife."
They find themselves now, perhaps, members of denominations as they happen to be led. These are their parentage according to the fleshly mind. They must be forsaken, and men must become "one flesh" and "one spirit " in the Lord, if they would inherit the kingdom of God (Matt. 10:37). "This is a great mystery," says Paul, "but I speak concerning Christ and the ecclesia" (Eph. 5:22-32).