To properly understand the labors of the undersigned here in Loveland, Colorado, there are a few pertinent facts, which should be kept in mind. First of all the reader should understand the Church Political status of this congregation here at the foot-hills of the Rockies.
The text of Scripture, from which the above theme is taken is as follows: “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?”Jonah 4:11.
Last time we cited a few passages of Scriptures wherein are enumerated the qualifications of the officebearers of the church and, more particularly, of the elders. In “The Church Order Commentary,” Monsma and Van Dellen make the following summarization of these qualifications:
But thus, at the same time, was roused the jealousy of the bishop of Rome, to whom a rival in Constantinople with equal prerogatives, was far more dangerous than a rival in Alexandria or Antioch. Especially offensive must it have been to him, that the council of Chalcedon said not a word of the primacy of Peter and based the power of the Roman bishop, like that of the Constantinopolitan, on political grounds; which was indeed not erroneous, yet only halt of the truth, and in that respect unfair.
Nicknames for God! Nicknames for holy things! The very thought of such nicknames strikes a discordant chord in the heart of the regenerated child of God. Yet there are many, many such nicknames given and used by those who claim to walk in His fear. Webster tells us that nicknames are names “given instead of the one belonging to the person, thing or place, usually descriptive and given in sport.” As a verb “to nickname” means, according to Webster “to misname; to give a nickname or to call by a nickname.”
It is rather important to keep in mind that the church at Corinth is, in spite of her many sins and imperfections, most emphatically the church of God. Paul addresses this church as the called saints, saints in Christ, together with all the people of God, who call upon the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Living members they are of the body of Christ, and such they would remain forevermore. For God is faithful who hath called them into the fellowship of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Expository Outlines on the Whole Bible, by Charles Simeon. Published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $3.95. Again I received and perused some volumes of this most excellent commentary. All that I have written about them in former issues of our Standard Bearerstill I hold to be true. It is, on the whole, thoroughly Scriptural, written in a very clear style, and easily accessible to the general public.