Editorial

John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

‘He saved others’, Luke 23. 35.

There are many times when we are brought back to a particular text or passage of scripture. It may be that the Spirit of God needs to impress the lessons of that portion of the word of God upon us again. It may be that our appreciation of the Saviour has waned and we need to be challenged afresh. Whatever the cause, I have been reminded of the text that heads this editorial.

It was a statement of derision and mockery and yet, as we ponder it, we see in that assessment by the rulers of the people a tremendous testimony to the character and life of the Lord. If there was one word that we might write over the life of the Lord what might it be? While I accept that condensing a life of such beauty, perfection, and glory into one word is impossible, yet a word that would suitably describe so much of the Lord’s ministry is the word ‘others’.

We might recall the words to Joseph at the Saviour’s birth, ‘He shall save his people from their sins’, Matt. 1. 21. This was the purpose for which He was born and for which He came – to save. The message of the gospel is this: ‘God sent . . . his Son into the world . . . that the world through him might be saved’, John 3. 17. As we think afresh of the scope of God’s salvation may we be galvanized to reach out to the lost, to others. The examples are so numerous, from the relative dregs of society to religious and political rulers, that we know that anyone can be saved if they will but trust the Lord.

Yet, as we live in a world that is obsessed with ‘me’ and the pursuit of personal goals, it would be good to pause and reflect upon the life of the Lord that was devoted to the will of another and the blessing of others. He came to this world not to pursue His own agenda but to fulfil the will of the Father. Let us never minimize the significance of that voluntary subjection. The one who ordered the worlds to be cast and at whose command the angelic host respond was willing to become obedient to the Father’s will that would cost Him so much. What part of our personal agenda do we find so difficult to give up in service for the Lord?

The apostle Paul wrote, ‘And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved’, 2 Cor. 12. 15. I wonder if there are times when we feel, like Paul, that our labours are not appreciated and our efforts seem fruitless. If we ponder the words above, we might remember that apart from a small band of followers, many of whom were characterized by failure, the Lord’s ministry might have seemed to manifest the same difficulties, yet He remained resolute and faithful. His eye was on the Father’s assessment, John 17. 4, and sometimes our vision needs lifting above.

In this issue there is considerable change. Four series are concluding – those of Jim Cochrane, Jeremy Gibson, John Salisbury and John Scarsbrook. We are thankful to our brethren for their helpful and challenging material. This issue also sees the commencement of two new series covering areas of truth that are most important for today – prophetic subjects, including a thought-provoking chart, and church truth. We continue to seek the Lord’s help and guidance in preparing a magazine that will provide spiritual food for the people of God.

AUTHOR PROFILE: JOHN BENNETT is a member of the Precious Seed committee.

There are 26 articles in
ISSUE (2010, Volume 65 Issue 3)

Aberdeen New Year Conferences

And God said, let Us make man

Bits & Bobs

Chains of Grace

Editorial

Gospel Work and Other Activities

Greater than the Temple

Hallmarks Of Design

An Introduction to a Study of Future Events

Jesus Christ: The Prince of preachers

The Joy and Suffering of the Furtherance of the Gospel

Motorway Text Trust

The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God (3)

Opening Up James

Our Three New Publications . . .

The Parable of the Unjust Steward - Part 1

Personalities In The Pastoral Epistles (1)

The Pilgrim Church

Principles of Powerful Prayer in the Book of Acts

The Prize

Question Time

Samson a model of inconsistency

The Universal Church of God

Views from the News

We’re Starting Married Life ... Help and Advise Please (3)

A Word for Today

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Hezekiah’s Confession

The Central Role of the King

On-Line Bible version 1.41

Hezekiah’s Revival

Day by Day Bible Promises

Light & Life Literature

Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Hezekiah’s Revival

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Editorial

The Precious Seed Web Site

Day by Day Divine Titles

God and the Nations

Eternal Security

Editorial - ‘Who is Apollos?’ 1 Cor. 3. 6.

Editorial - ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil’, 1 Thess. 5. 22.

The Chuch in Smyrna

Eternal Security

Day by Day - Bible Commands

The King in Psalm 45

Man’s Attitude to Christ

All Things

The Fear of the Lord

Approved

Could you ever love me again? Bob Cretney

Day by Day - Pictures and Parables

Editorial

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Book Reviews

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Editorial

R. B. Jones – Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times N. Gibbard

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Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves

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A Practical Theology of Missions: Dispelling the Mystery; Recovering the Passion

Psalm 119 For Life: Living Today In The Light Of The Word

Empty Arms Keren Baker

The Church the Body of Christ

On wings of prayer

Editorial - Do I seek to please men?

Laridian Bible Software

King Asa

King Jehoshaphat

Baptism Jack Hay

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain

Editorial - ‘For if ye do these things ye shall never fall’

Editorial - ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love’, Gal. 5. 22

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Roses, Marys & Others Betty Holt

Editorial - ‘Many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them’, Mark 2.

“Thank You, King James” – the tough life of Robert Hicks James Hastings

Editorial - ‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’, Matt. 28. 20.

Editorial - ‘Apollos . . . mighty in the scriptures’, Acts 18. 24.

Amaziah – ‘thine heart hath lifted thee up’

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Working with Senior Citizens - Part 2

Editorial - ‘Touched with the feeling of our infirmities’, Heb 4. 15.

David Livingstone

Editorial - ‘In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace’, E

Voice in the Darkness - Della Letkeman

The Messiah in the Temple - Roger Liebi

Show & Tell Colin D. Jones

Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

Led by His Hand - Malcolm Coombes, ex- R.N.

The Saviour God and His Servant King - Malcolm C. Davis.

Frederick Stanley Arnot: 1858-1914

Editorial - ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’, Phil

Making Disciples – The Thessalonian Way Tim Mather

Biblical Principles of Leadership - Dr. Alexander Kurian

Possessing the Inheritance – a Concise Commentary on the Book of Joshua Malcolm C. Davis

Replacement Theology David Dunlap

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William Rhodes Lewis 1877-1964

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J. Charleton Steen, 1865 - 1931

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The Prophet Gad

William Trotter 1818-1865

The Epistle to Philemon - Part 1

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Henry Craik 1805-1866

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Changes in the Precious Seed Trust

John R. Caldwell

Chairman’s Notes

At His Feet - Part 1