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

John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

‘We all deserve a little “me” time’. This was the focus of the advert promoting another ‘must have’ product. Yet, in that simple statement, there lies the nub of human thinking – ‘me’ first. We are encouraged to think of ourselves. In our planning we are expected to factor in ‘what’s in it for me’. Sadly, bombarded with such material and such thought processes of the world, believers are often drawn into the same mindset.

However, the Christian is expected to swim against that tide. To emphasize this, Paul presents the greatest example of what the Christian’s attitude to life should be, ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus’, Phil. 2. 5. The Lord relinquished that position of honour and glory that was rightfully His in order that He might assume the lowest place, and pass through the death of the cross. Why? For others, including you and me! Seeing us in our desperate need brought the Saviour to earth, and led Him to go to the cross, its darkness and judgement, in order that we might be saved.

How do we live our Christian lives in the light of the example of Christ? Do we put the spiritual interests and welfare of others before ourselves? Or, do we prefer to press our own rights? A. T. Robertson offers the following interpretation of our verse, ‘Not keeping an eye on the main chance for number one, but for the good of others’. Such an attitude does not come naturally. Verse 12 of the chapter suggests that it is something that we have to work at, letting the Holy Spirit accomplish His own work in our hearts. Philippians chapter 3 indicates what our attitude should be to all those things that might be regarded as advantageous to ‘me’. Are we pressing towards the mark? Are we seeking to manifest a Christ-like life, seeking the spiritual blessing of others, even when it is at our own expense? We need to challenge our own hearts on a regular basis!

In this issue of the magazine, we tackle a couple of topical questions, as well as seeing a number of profitable series come to an end. We thank John Hall for his short series on the priesthood, particularly as it was his first! The series on prophetic truth, which concluded in our last magazine, has a follow-up article, which explores the implications of these truths. We express our sincere thanks to the authors once more, and trust that in this issue, as in each of them, there will be material to cheer as well as challenge the Lord’s people.

There is a separate note regarding the retiral of Roy Hill from the committee. In view of this I am pleased to announce that Rutherford Rabey, from the Wylam assembly, in England, becomes chairman of the Trust, and I take on the additional responsibility of General Editor of the magazine.   

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

There are 27 articles in
ISSUE (2014, Volume 69 Issue 3)

Annanias

The Believer as a Servant

Bits and Bobs - What is ‘Nothing’?

The Chairman retires

Cregagh Street Assembly, Belfast, N. Ireland

Daniel's Prophecy of The Seventy Weeks - Part 5

Door-to-Door Work

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

The Glory of His Coming

Josiah - Part 1

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

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

The Power of Choice

The Priesthood

Question Time

Red Row, Northumberland, England

Reports

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

The - Part 4Servant Songs of Isaiah

The Song of Zechariah - Timothy Cross

The Symbols of Headship

The Practical Effects of Prophetic Interpretation

Theos: The Greatest Title of Christ - Rick Morse

Views from the News

What does it mean to die with Christ? Luke 9. 18-27 - Part 1

Why does God allow Evil Men to Rule? - Part 1

A Word for Today: Advocate, Pleader, Intercessor (Gk. Para-kletos)

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There are 95 articles by this author

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The Central Role of the King

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Hezekiah’s Revival

Day by Day Bible Promises

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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

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Editorial

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Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves

Editorial

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

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Editorial - Do I seek to please men?

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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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The Tabernacle and the Offerings Albert Leckie

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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Chairman’s Notes

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