"The Path of the Just is as the Shining Light,
Which Shineth More and More
Unto the Perfect Day."
God and Man
"There is One God, and One Mediator Between
God and Men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who Gave
Himself a Ransom for All, to be Testified in Due
Time." "We Also Joy in God Through our Lord
Jesus Christ, by Whom We Have Now Received
the Atonement." `1 Timothy 2:5,6`; `Romans 5:11`
the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
IN THE INTEREST OF
HIS CONSECRATED SAINTS,
WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION,
"ALL THAT IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE LORD,"
"THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH,"
THE GROANING CREATION, TRAVAILING AND WAITING FOR THE
MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD,
WORK IS DEDICATED.
"To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery which
from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God." "Wherein He hath abounded
us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the
mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which
He hath purposed in Himself; that in the dispen-
sation of the fulness of the times He
might gather together in one all
things, under Christ."
At-one-ment Between God and Man"
FIRST EDITION of this Volume was published in 1899. It is now
in the hands of large numbers of God's people in various languages
throughout the civilized world. Numerous letters tell us of
great help received from its pages in the elucidation of Divine
Truth--in the explanation of the Bible. Some have found special
help along one line, some along another; and some along all
lines. The chapter entitled, "The Undefiled One,"
relating to our Lord's assuming earthly conditions when born
the babe at Bethlehem, has attracted special attention, and
has been declared by many to reflect a great light upon a variety
of Scriptural and scientific subjects.
a system of theology which acknowledges its own fallibility,
and asks and expects Divine guidance and enlightenment to the
end of the Church's journey, it seems remarkable that this Volume,
written 19 years ago, requires little correction, in order to
be in full line with the latest thought of Bible students respecting
the teachings of the Divine Word.
keynote of this Volume is the Ransom-price. Apparently this
doctrine, from which radiates all other doctrines connected
with our salvation, has been in a great measure lost sight of,
obscured, from the time the apostles fell asleep in death until
now. Bible students have found the Ransom to be the key which
unlocks the entire Bible--which decides at once what is Truth
and what is error.
is not surprising that, appreciating the subject and studying
it so carefully, our views respecting it have become more and
more clear. The Bible statements respecting the Ransom have
not in any wise changed, nor has our confidence in them changed;
but they are more luminous; we
<PAGE ii> understand them better. We hold
that the Bible statements on the subject are infallible, and
that it is because we are not infallible that our views are
capable of expansion as we search the Scriptures and are guided
into the understanding of them as promised, by the holy Spirit.
We are not demurring against the Divine Plan of gradual unfoldment,
but rejoicing in it. We have nothing to apologize for. The Ransom
looms before us more grandly with every fresh ray of Divine
we see that our Lord Jesus left the Heavenly glory that He might
accomplish a ransoming work for Adam and his race. We see that
His change of nature from a spirit to a human being was with
a view to enabling Him to be the Ransom-price--a perfect man
for a perfect man--Antilutron --a corresponding price.
We now see that Jesus gave Himself to be a Ransom-price for
all at the time of His consecration at thirty years of age at
Jordan. He continued in giving the Ransom-price, that is, in
laying down His life, which in due time would constitute the
Ransom-price for Father Adam and his race. He finished this
work of laying down His life, surrendering it, sacrificing it,
permitting it to be taken from Him, when He on the cross cried:
"It is finished!" Nothing more could be laid down
than was there laid down--a Ransom, a corresponding price, for
Father Adam. But it was not paid over as a price in settlement
of Adam's account, else Adam and the entire sinner race would
then and there have been turned over to Jesus. The price was
merely laid in the hands of Divine Justice as a deposit, to
the credit of the One who had died, that He might apply it later
in harmony with the Divine Plan. Our Lord Jesus was raised from
the dead a spirit being of the Divine nature, as a reward for
His faithfulness and loyalty to God in surrendering His earthly
life sacrificially. "Him hath God highly exalted and given
a name above every name."
could not make any use of the Ransom-price while
<PAGE iii> still on earth. He could not
even bring His disciples into fellowship with the Father. Hence
He declared: "I ascend to My God and to your God, to My
Father and to your Father." He also declared: "Except
I go away, the holy Spirit will not come." Ten days after
our Lord ascended, His followers, having met according to His
direction in the upper room, received the Pentecostal blessing--the
evidence that they had been accepted of the Father through the
merit of Jesus' sacrifice. Jesus had used as an imputation
the Ransom merit which He had deposited in the Father's hands;
but He did not give it to His disciples. It was not for
them as a possession, but for the world--"a Ransom for
all." All of Jesus' disciples renounced their share in
the Ransom blessings that are coming to the world at the Second
Advent of our Lord, that they may have a share with the Redeemer
in a still greater blessing--honor and immortality. The Ransom-price
is designed to bring to Adam and his race the earthly life and
earthly rights and honors which were lost by Father Adam, when
by disobedience he became a sinner, the loss being entailed
upon all of his family, the entire human race. The time for
giving the results of the Ransom, viz., Restitution to Adam
and his race, is after our Lord's Second Advent, when He shall
set up His Kingdom, designed for the very purpose of bringing
back the rebellious race into full fellowship with the Father
and to eternal life-- as many as will.
Call of the Church is not to give an additional Ransom-price,
nor to add to that which Jesus gave; for His is sufficient.
The Church's invitation is to demonstrate that they have the
same spirit, disposition, that Jesus had, to do the Father's
will at any cost--even unto death; and those demonstrating this
may be accepted of the Father as members of a Royal Priesthood,
of which Jesus is the Head; as a Bride class, Jesus being the
glorious Heavenly Bridegroom. It is required that these come
back to God under a Covenant
<PAGE iv> the same as Jesus made, "Gather
My saints together unto Me, those that have made a Covenant
with Me by sacrifice." `Psalm 50:5`
until these shall have been called and chosen and found faithful
and been glorified, will the time come for Christ and His Bride
class to take control of the world for their uplift; and not
until then will it be proper for the Savior to transfer to Divine
Justice the merit of His death, which He placed in the Father's
hands as a deposit when dying, with the words: "Father,
into Thy hands I commit My spirit"--My life and all of
its rights. When this Ransom-price shall have been formally
delivered over to Justice in the end of this Age, it will no
longer be a deposit at the command of the Savior but
will have been exchanged for Adam and his race, all of whom
will be immediately transferred by the Father to the Son, that
His Millennial Kingdom may begin and all the families of the
earth be subjected to the Redeemer, that He may uplift them
out of sin and death conditions to all that was lost in Adam--to
all for which Jesus died to regain for man.
the Church class, in process of selection for nearly nineteen
centuries, could not be acceptable sacrifices to God as was
their Redeemer, Jesus, because He alone was holy, harmless,
undefiled--we are imperfect, sinners, and God does not accept
imperfect, blemished, sinful sacrifices. What, then, could be
done to make us acceptable sacrifices and to permit us to be
associated with Jesus on the spirit plane? The proper thing
was done--an imputation of the merit of Jesus was granted by
Divine Justice on behalf of all who would enter into a Covenant
of Sacrifice, and for whom Jesus would become Advocate, or Surety.
This imputation of the merit of His sacrifice to the Church
by Jesus might be likened to a mortgage, or an encumbrance,
upon the Ransom-sacrifice, which would hinder it from being
applied to the world until its application to the Church shall
Church's Covenant is to sacrifice all their earthly life and
rights, that they may become New Creatures in Christ and joint-heirs
with Him on the spirit plane.
was on the basis of this imputation of our coming Restitution
blessings, and our own personal consecration to the Lord, that
our Redeemer, acting as our great High Priest and Advocate,
brought us into that relationship with the Father's Plan which
permitted us to receive the begetting of the holy Spirit, and
to cease to be of the human family and become members of the
spiritual family, of which Jesus is the Head. All of the Church,
therefore, are sharers with Jesus in a work of self-sacrifice,
in that we tender ourselves to the Lord and He, as God's High
Priest, offers us up as a part of His own sacrifice. Thus we
"fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ."
Thus we suffer with Him that we may also reign with Him. Not
until all of the spirit-begotten ones shall have passed into
death will the merit of Christ, placed on deposit in the hands
of Justice when He died, and mortgaged in the interest of the
Church, be released from that mortgage and be ready for full
application in the purchase of Adam and his race under the terms
of the New Covenant.
we were writing this Volume again, we would here and there make
very minor differences of expression in harmony with what we
have here presented. We ask our readers to have this in mind.
The differences are not of a kind that will permit us to say
that the expressions in the book are wrong--merely they are
not as full and clear as they might have been if the writing
were to be done now.
some up-to-date comments on the New Covenant, we request the
new readers to note the author's foreword to "Studies,"
October 1, 1916