Editorial

Roy Hill, Bristol, England [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

‘There shall be one fold, and one shepherd’, John 10. 16.

There is no doubt but that the Jews in the days of the Lord were enclosed in the fold of Judaism with all its constraints and commandments that the followers of that religion practised. The Lord Jesus became for them the Good Shepherd. He did not climb up some other way as many who had come before Him had attempted but He appeared right at the door of the sheepfold. The porter (John the Baptist?) opened to Him and He then called His own sheep by name. They, few in number at that time, heard His voice, recognized it and followed Him, at great personal cost, out of that now discredited system. Many others of course remained in the fold and lived there without experiencing the glorious liberty of the gospel of the grace of God.

Also, in verse 16, the Shepherd said, ‘Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring’. Here, the reference is to Gentiles who were held securely in folds of their own; folds of idolatory, sin and shame. Yet, in His love and kindness, the Good Shepherd later called them also and joined them with the sheep previously rescued from the fold of Judaism.The AV text would suggest that He put both into one new fold, but He did no such thing.The word translated ‘fold’ in the latter part of verse 16 is not the same as the word in the former part. In fact, the word here means ‘flock’ and the phrase should read, ‘There shall be one flock and one shepherd’. One of the great things about salvation is that it sets us free from the restrictions of various folds to enjoy green pastures and still waters. Being free brings its own dangers and it is vital that we keep close to the Good Shepherd who gave His life for us and who has promised that eventually, together with Himself, we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Let us watch yet enjoy the privileges of freedom and the unity of the one flock.

We come now to the end of yet another year in which we have known the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. The New Year beckons with all its promise and expectations . . . perhaps this will be the year He returns for His own! In view of that we continue our endeavour to abound in the work of the Lord knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. This issue sees Question Time in the hands of Richard Collings and a new feature, ‘A Word for Today’ is by Brian Clatworthy.

There are a number of changes to the work of this ministry effective from the beginning of 2010. I will continue as General Editor and the magazine will be split into sections with dedicated section editors. John Bennett becomes editor for Bible teaching articles and Sandy Jack takes on the Reports and News section. Stephen Baker becomes responsible for YPS (Young Precious Seed) and Ian Grant for the Assembly Histories and Service Organisations section. Ian Rees who initiated and developed YPS over the years is now responsible as editor for our new series of New Testament commentry books the first of which will be published at the end of the year. No doubt, so many changes happening all at once will take time to settle but I believe that with the Lord’s help they will do so to the benefit all our readers.

As mentioned elsewhere in this issue three of our brethren retire from the committee (Malcolm Horlock, Michael Jones and Robert Brown) and are replaced by two new joiners, in addition to those mentioned in our last issue, Richard Collings of Caerphilly and David Coles of Bath. We welcome them to this ministry and I am sure that both will have much to contribute.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Chairman of the Precious Seed Committee

There are 27 articles in
ISSUE (2009, Volume 64 Issue 4)

ABIMELECH the ‘Bramble King’ (6)

Bits & Bobs

Blessed is the Man

Choise Gleanings 2010 - Daily Devotional Planner

Day by Day – Pictures and Parables

Discipline with Care

Dispensationalism (2)

East Fort, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Editorial

The Future of Christ (5)

Gospel Work and other Activities

John Calvin - A man predestined for greatness?

Matters of Life and Death (2)

A ’Model‘ Way to study the Tabernacle

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant - Part 2

Park of the Palms

Question Time

The seven great words of Galatians (2)

The Shack

The Sweet Fruit of Righteousness

The Levitical Offerings

Total Commitment (3/1)

Tried and True or The Trial of Our Faith

Views from the News

When Heaven Calls your Name

William Grimshaw – Living the Christian Life

A Word for Today: Word (Gk. Logos)

This article is not part of a series

There are 50 articles by this author

Effective And Attractive Bible Study

Seven Sights For Sore Eyes

Christian Year Publications

Many Mansions?

A Pastor in New York

Excuses, Excuses

Where do we go from now?

Reports from By-gone Days

The Isle of Patmos

The Challenge of Youth

Concerning Joseph

These Things the Soldiers Did

The Hour is Come

Do We Look for Another?

The assemblies Address Book - Sixth Edition

The Ground

The Race

An Alert Assembly

Obedience to Parents

Evangelical Mission Press, South Africa

The Fleeing Prophet - Chapter 1 (running away from God)

The Polished Shaft

Bethany

Not under Grace But under Law

The Frightened Prophet - Chapter 2 (running back to God)

The Polished Shaft

The True Vine

Its Foundation

The Faithful Prophet - Chapter 3 (running for God)

The Church at Laodicea

The Faithful Prophet - Chapter 4 (running behind God)

A Wonderful Heritage

Missionary Interest - Sending Money

Missionary Interest - Sending Men

Problems, Spiritual and Personal

The Lord Stood with Me

Giving

Introduction vv. 1-3

Partners, vv. 17-25

The Great Throne of Ivory Overlaid with Gold (1 Kings 10. 17-20)

Golden Censers and Vials; Revelation 5. 8; 8. 3-5; 15. 7.

The Gifts of the Spirit

The War in Yugoslavia

Editorial

The Mistery of Godliness

Editorial

Correction

Trip to Israel - March 6 -16, 2012

Tour to Israel, May 2013

The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 16