If the end of all things was at hand in the days of Peter, what must we who are living two centuries later say of the time in which we are living? And if Paul could say that the night is far spent, the day is at hand, then what part of the night still remains now that it is two thousand years after Paul spoke these words? And if the time was “short” when Paul wrote his first epistle to the Corinthians, how much should we expect that there is left today?
We must now inquire after the sacramental working in the Lord’s Supper. This working was set forth by Christ Himself, when He said, “Except ye eat my flesh and drink my blood, ye have no life in yourselves.” The believers then do very actually eat Christ’s flesh and drink His blood. But how can Christ give us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink? Not through changing the natural bread and the wine into His flesh and blood, as Rome teaches. This doctrine is not according to the Scriptures and must therefore be rejected.
So is Jonathan rescued out of the hands of Saul by the people. Saul shall have to reap the consequences of his vile adjuration. His curse in its flight will be made to return to him. For the military might of the Philistines is not broken; and the result will be that the Philistine’s will triumph over Saul in the end.
The attempt has been made throughout the ages to “prove”, i.e., to establish by means of logical reasoning, the existence of God. It cannot be said that these attempts speak convincingly of a living faith on the part of those who would thus establish the existence of God. Faith, not reason, is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen—Heb. 11:1.
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” I Cor. 13:2 The Apostle will teach the church at Corinth the difficult lesson that all their gifts and talents, if they are to be conducive to edification of the congregation, must spring from conscious love of God.