Table of Contents
Vol.6: Time and Eternity
THE SIX papers
in this volume, published between the years 1957 and 1967, do
not form a connected series as the other volumes have done, but
they have this in common: they all assume Scripture to be the
touchstone of truth, and they demonstrate that it is able to
stimulate one's thinking enormously, especially when the mind
is informed by the data of current research. The Bible has nothing
to fear from the most careful and detailed examination; more
often than not the more precisely we attend to its statements,
the clearer will be the overall picture of truth which emerges.
I am convinced that people who find Bible study dull are simply
not studying with sufficient care.
The first paper, "Time and
Eternity," requires some stretching of one's thinking processes!
It is an intriguing excursion into the question of the nature
of TIME in heaven. It is well worth the effort it will demand
if the implications of the lines of thought suggested in it are
to be understood, and these implications are by no means purely
academic or unrelated to present Christian experience.
The second paper, "Three Trees
and Israel's History," provides an illustration of how one
Spirit has clearly directed and supervised and inspired the writing
of Scripture throughout. From Genesis to Revelation certain symbols
have been consistently employed with hidden meanings to which
all writers subscribed, though they nevertheless nowhere indicate
to the reader that they are employing these symbols in such complete
concordance with all the writers who preceded them, often by
many centuries. This is a powerful witness to the existence of
a single guiding Mind throughout.
The third paper, "Between
the Lines: An Analysis of Genesis 1:1,2," is a study involving
an issue which is highly controversial today because it appears
to be a recent concession to modern
by opening up a "time-slot" of any length that geology
might ask. That this is a total misreading of the evidence is
borne out by showing, not only that the Hebrew original virtually
demands such an interpretation, but that the idea of a hiatus
in time, of unknown duration, between Genesis 1:1 and 2 was recognized
by Jewish commentators in the centuries before Christ and has
been continually referred to by Christian writers from the earliest
times to the present.
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The fourth paper, "The Omnipotence
of God in the Affairs of Men," is a detailed study in somewhat
concentrated form of the extent to which Scripture reveals that
God rules or overrules in the affairs of men and in the calling
and saving and positioning of the child of God within the Body
of Christ. It is both a sobering and a comforting study -- deeply
rooted in the Word of God.
The fifth paper, "The Confusion
of Languages," explores the fact that human languages do
still indeed show many signs of having been developed from some
one single original, and that this original was almost certainly
a language belonging within the Semitic family, of which Hebrew
is a member. The evidence suggests that in the confusion of tongues
which put a halt to the building of the Tower of Babel, it was
chiefly (if not solely) the members of the family of Ham whose
speech was dramatically and very suddenly confused to such an
extent that communication and further co-operation became impossible.
The last paper, "Cain's Wife
and the Penalty of Incest," is brief but informative. It
shows how beautifully consistent Scripture is, both with itself
and with the latest assured findings of research into the genetics
of inbreeding. There is no need whatever to suppose that Cain
married some non-Adamic creature or that Eve was not truly the
mother of all living.
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