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The Second Advent in Relation to the Gentile (8 of 11)
The Second Advent
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter (mg, "after this"): and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure (Dan. 2:44-45).
One of our duties toward the Word of God is to rightly divide it, because it is the word of truth. And because it is the engrafted word we are to receive it; because it is the faithful word we are to hold it fast; because it is the word of Life we are to hold it forth. But because it is the word of truth we are to rightly divide it. It is one of the verities of that word that "what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder" (Matt. 19:6), and so we may assert as truth the corollary of this proposition and say what God has put asunder, let no one join together; what God has separated and distinguished, let no one confound and confuse.
Now if God has put anything asunder, He has done so in 1 Corinthians 10:32, where He has forever distinguished "the Jew, the Gentile, and the church of God." But man has not rightly divided the Word of God with reference to these three; he has joined them together with all perverseness and self-will, giving to the church what God has said is for Israel, and to the world what God has said is for the church. In the prophecies, man puts the church for Israel when it is a question of blessing, while he carefully leaves all the curses for the Jew. So in practical religion he confuses the church with the world so completely that one cannot tell t ...
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