MATTHEW 4
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17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

To all suggestions and arguments in support of the idea of Christ being now a king, and the "Church his kingdom," it is a sufficient answer that a king is one whose law is compulsory, and not left to the good will of his subjects; and a kingdom an area in which that law is enforced.

The law of Christ at present is for those who choose to obey; and as for the ecclesia, it is a mere aggregation of candidates for his favour, developed by invitation to "whosoever will."

To call such a state of things a kingdom, and the absent, non-interfering Christ a reigning king, is to play with words.

Worse, it is to hide the truth, and foster ecclesiastical tyranny. The pamphlet is unworthy of serious attention.

The Christadelphian, March 1898



18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

Tough and strong men - used to physical adversity

How came it that illiterate men moved the world?

Illiterate men could never have done that in the capacity of illiterate men merely. There must have been a cause in operation with their illiterateness, to have produced so great a revolution as that which resulted from their efforts. The New Testament account reveals this cause, and gives the only rational explanation of their movement. They were personal witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. They declared their personal knowledge, and 

"God worked with them, confirming their word with signs following" (Mark 16:20).

This accounts for their perseverance, and their ultimate success. Take away this element, and you take away the explanation of a great historic fact that no man can gainsay.

Bro Roberts - Was Jesus of Nazareth The Messiah?




19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Preaching true doctrine is a part, but only a part of this service; it largely includes righteous and benevolent deeds performed in the glory of Him from whom comes all power to perform deeds of any kind, and to whom, therefore, all glory belongs.

Bro Roberts - God a sun and shield