The Consummation of the Gospel Age

Evidence For “They sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they cast away. So shall it be in the consummation of the age” (Matthew 13:48-49 ASV margin). by Brian Montague For roughly the past 1990 years, a period known as the Gospel Age has proceeded to the present time. With seemingly such a long era having transpired without end, the following three points merit examination: (1) Why our Heavenly Father preordained the Gospel Age, (2) How the Lord’s []

In the Beginning

Lessons from Proverbs The first seven articles in this issue follow the sequence of the seven concepts found in Proverbs 1:2-5. The last three articles consider iconic themes that come to mind when we think of the Book of Proverbs. “Instruction” considers the source of instruction, reviews the various ways King Solomon used it, defines the obstacles that need to be overcome, defines our enemy, and then shines a light on the reward for following it. “Understanding” shows how understanding can be []

Instruction is Thy life

A Life Companion “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: Keep her; for she is thy life” (Proverbs 4:13 KJV). by Timothy Davis As a teacher, King Solomon provides the key to victory in our lives. He tells us the secret to overcoming self. He delivers the tools for us to defeat self-will and shows us the way to walk toward the shining light of truth; to demonstrate righteous fruitage. Solomon speaks to us through the ages with pure God-given []

Understanding

Not Thine Own “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NASB, other citations from the ASV). What is understanding? Is it knowledge? Yes. Is it humility? Yes. Is it praising God? Yes. Is it righteous living? Yes. Is it applied wisdom, discretion, zeal, peace, and other things? Yes. How is this possible? God’s creation gives us a clue. The chemical sodium (Na) cannot be found in its pure form in nature, though []