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an autocratic king who is at once wise, just, loving and powerful as to all things that evilly affect man in his inability to rule himself. Jesus in his Millennial office as absolute King over the earth will cure the obedient of the unbelief class from all forms of this inability; for He will make a perfect diagnosis of all the evils in this particular form, and prescribe the needed remedies; He will employ the Spirit, Word and providences that will be conducive to healing the unbelief class of the pertinent evils. He will institute and enforce as King all Kingdom arrangements curative of these evils. He will with powerful hands put down all rebelliousness against such arrangements. He will encourage all to submit themselves to these arrangements. His almighty power will be used to heal animate and inanimate nature as to this earth of its part of the curse inflicting evils on man, resulting in turning this earth into a perfect condition, the promised Paradise, and thus will gradually during the thousand years set aside the effects of sin and the curse from the standpoint presented in this paragraph by His reign as King, yea, as King of Kings.

 

So far we have presented four evil effects of sin and the curse whose cure is effected by the four pertinent offices of Christ for the faith class exclusively. Then we presented five others that affect the faith class as well as the unbelief class, and that five others of Christ's offices will cure, for the faith class in this Age and for the unbelief class in the next Age. And, finally, we presented five evils that sin and death brought upon the unbelief class that five other offices of Christ will set aside in the Millennium exclusively. But there is a series of offices of Christ that are designed to cure the rest of the evils that sin and the curse have brought upon both the faith class and the unbelief class, which still remain to be presented. But the fourteen evils and their cures by the fourteen offices of Christ already exhibited are a powerful proof of His Saviorhood from the pertinent evil effects of sin and the curse

 

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and, therefore, strongly prove the Bible to be a Divine revelation; for it alone has made in these fourteen forms of evil the only correct diagnosis, and prescribed in the fourteen above-named offices of Christ their full and perfect cure. Hence these fourteen features mightily prove the Divine origin of the Bible, for who but the Supreme Being could perfectly diagnose these fourteen evils, and furnish One clothed with offices capable of effecting their perfect cure?

 

Above, 14 evils that sin and the curse have inflicted upon mankind were set forth; and 14 of Christ's offices were presented as their perfect cure, a pertinent office of Christ existing for the cure of each of these evils. There are seven other evils that sin and the curse have brought upon mankind; and for each of these there is a pertinent office of Christ for its cure. These 21 evils include all the bad effects of sin and the curse upon mankind; and the 21 offices of Christ, one for the cure of each of these evil effects of sin and the curse, are a complete proof of His Saviorhood, of His perfect Saviorhood, and therefore constitute an unanswerable proof that the Bible, which perfectly diagnoses these, all of mankind's maladies, and in Christ's offices prescribes their perfect cure, must be a Divine revelation, since it is beyond the ability of any being or set of beings inferior to the Supreme Being truly and perfectly to diagnose humanity's ills and prescribe a perfect cure for them; but since the Bible does these two things, it must have been originated by God and, therefore, must be the Divine revelation. We now proceed to discuss the remaining seven evil effects of sin and the curse and Christ's remaining seven pertinent offices given Him by God for their cure.

 

Accordingly, the 15th evil effect of sin and the curse is the natural man's destitution of the true knowledge pertinent to his relations to God, to Christ, to the good and evil angels, to himself, to his fellows, to evil itself, to the present order of affairs and to animate and inanimate nature, and his possession of more or less erroneous

 

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and superstitious knowledge as to these relations. It is a fact of experience and observation as well as a conclusion of reason that man by nature is destitute of such true knowledge, and is possessed of such erroneous and superstitious knowledge. The existence of many contradictory religions and contradicting sects in each of these religions is an impressive proof of this statement. The confused and contradictory opinions of multitudes of individuals and the contradictory views first accepted and later rejected by many individuals who do not adhere to one or the other of the religions and their sects are another strong factual proof of our statement. The rejection of all belief as to the abovementioned religious relations is a third strong factual proof of our proposition. The contradictory pertinent views of individual philosophers and scientists and of philosophical and scientific schools of thought are a fourth corroboration of this view of the subject. And what reason, experience and observation tell us on these matters we find clearly set forth in the Bible as to man's pertinent condition as a result of sin and the curse wherever the Divine revelation is not received. The following Scriptures give us the Divine mind on this phase of our subject: Job 8: 9; 11: 7; 28: 12, 13, 20, 21; 37: 5, 19, 23; Ps. 139: 6; Eccl. 3: 11; 6: 12; 7: 23, 24; 8: 17; Acts 3: 14-17; 17: 23; 1 Cor. 2: 7-10; 3: 19; Eph. 4: 18. Accordingly, reason, experience, observation and Scripture are in agreement on this subject, even as the wise man said as to the natural man: "Who by searching can find out God"—i.e., Who by study with his unaided natural powers can arrive at the Divine Truth on all man's needed knowledge as to God? We will have to answer his question that, apart from a Divine revelation, no one can. Hence this particular effect of sin and the curse is a dreadful evil, since they degrade and pervert all the intellectual powers—the perceptive, reproductive, imagining, reasoning and rational intuitive faculties and their contents.

 

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To enable the elect and non-elect classes to overcome this effect of sin and the curse, God has clothed our Lord with the office of being for His revelation His Agent, through whom He makes known the contents of Divine plan, the Divine revelation, as the original Transmitter of its thoughts, in addition, as was shown above, to His being as Teacher their authorized and infallible Interpreter. Indeed, He began His activity as Transmitter of the Divine revelation before His carnation; for with the exception of a few things that Gabriel was privileged to make known to Daniel, Zecharias and Mary, the whole Bible was given as an inspired matter by Him, by virtue of His inspiring its writers. Indeed, the revelations given by Gabriel to Daniel, Zecharias and Mary were at their reduction to writing inspired by Jesus. These facts are implied in His titles, the Word (John 1: 1, 14) and The Word of God (Rev. 19: 13), and are also proven by the following passages: John 1: 9, 18; Is. 42: 6, 7; 61: 1, 2; Matt. 5: 17; Luke 1: 78, 79; 2: 30-32; John 3: 19; 4: 25; 8: 12; 9: 39; 11: 9; 12: 35, 36, 46; 18: 37; Acts 3: 22, 23; 7: 37; 10: 36; Rom. 15: 8, 9; 1 Cor. 1: 30; 1 Pet. 1: 11, 12; Rev. 1: 1. While during Bible times He exercised His office as the Transmitter of the Divine revelation, the Bible, He has since been (1 Cor. 1: 30 [wisdom]; Matt. 23: 8; Acts 10: 36; Rev. 2: 1, 8, 12, 18; 3: 1, 7, 14; 5: 5-7; 6: 1; 19: 10; 22: 16) and will during the Millennium be the infallible and Divinely authorized Interpreter thereof in His office of Teacher, as was shown above (Acts 3: 22, 23; Is. 2: 2-4; 71: 1-5, 9, 10; 29: 18, 23, 24; 35: 4, 5, 8; 42: 6, 7; Mal. 4: 2). Thus by the exercise of His office as the Revealer of God's Word He has during the Gospel Age been curing for the faith class, and later will cure for the unbelief class, the evils of ignorance, error and superstition brought upon all through sin and the curse.

 

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man's full physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious well-being. It has incapacitated him from having the physical strength necessary for thinking out, instituting and making practically operative such arrangements. It has incapacitated his perceptive, reproductive, imagining, reasoning and rational intuitive mental powers from inventing the plans necessary for such arrangements, let alone to think out the ways and means of instituting them; and, of course, under such conditions he is incapable of making them practically operative. Even if he had the physical, artistic and mental strength thereto, he lacks the moral and religious strength needed therefore; for his moral and religious depravity has made him wreck his best physical, artistic and mental efforts to work out the limited arrangements for imperfect human welfare that the better of the race has set up in the domain of government, religion, family, education, finance, industry, business and society. The history of every nation, government, religion, family and educational, business, financial, industrial and social system, demonstrates this proposition. This being true, there must be some radical defect at the bottom of such incapacity; and that defect is the result of sin and the curse. To fallen men, therefore, we cannot look for the physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious abilities necessary to think out, institute and make practically operative arrangements for man's full welfare.

 

To cure this effect of sin and the curse God has constituted Jesus as His Executive, to take the arrangements that God has invented for man's full welfare and make them work practically. Accordingly, Jesus in His office as the Executive of all God's arrangements cures now for the faith class, and will in the Millennium cure for the unbelief class the pertinent incapacity. He now in this respect for the faith class does it by taking the arrangements that God has thought out, putting them into use, and then making them practically operative to remove the pertinent incapacity. To make them operative

 

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He uses as their instruments the Spirit, Word and providence of God. He makes them work through the processes of instruction, repentance, faith, consecration made and carried out, fighting aggressively against sin, error, selfishness and worldliness and for truth, righteousness and holiness, and defensively against all attacks on the holy minds' and hearts' possessions and attainments in His people as to truth, righteousness and holiness. His present arrangements for such cures are not for the physical and mental capacities beyond what is necessary for them to be made servants of truth, righteousness and holiness, i.e., these arrangements are for spiritual well-being, as distinct from natural human well-being, and that because the former is secured and maintained at the sacrifice of the human well-being. But His pertinent arrangements and their application are perfectly adapted to secure the spiritual well-being of the faith class. In the Millennium His arrangements and their application will be to secure the physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious well-being of humans as such, in distinction from the well-being of New Creatures. Instead of Satan's present arrangements making conditions conducive to sin, ignorance, error, superstition, sorrow, sickness, pain, persecution of the righteous, exaltation of the pliably wicked, degrading institutions, customs and practices, oppression, war, dying and death, Jesus will then make and operate arrangements conducive to righteousness, knowledge, truth, faith, joy, healing, health, pleasure, exaltation of the righteous, abasing and striping the unrighteous for their reformation, elevating institutions, customs and practices, freedom, peace, convalescence, restitution and life. And as by the Gospel-Age arrangements He constantly increases the capacity of the faith class to avail themselves of His helps for their spiritual elevation, especially in mental, moral and religious respects, so in the Millennial Age He will with the world of mankind by His pertinent Millennial helps increase their capacity to avail themselves of His arrangements for their physical,

 

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mental, artistic, moral and religious well-being. Perfection having thus been wrought, man will have the necessary capacities to think out, institute and operate perfect arrangements for his well-being. The following Scriptures prove this of His Gospel-Age arrangements as God's Executive on behalf of the faith class: Matt. 28: 18-20; John 5: 19; 1 Cor. 8: 6; Eph. 1: 22, 23; Col. 1: 18, 19; 1 Cor. 1: 30; John 14: 6; 17: 3; Heb. 3: 1; Rev. 5: 5-7. And the following Scriptures prove this of His Millennial arrangements for the unbelief class: Is. 61: 4; Ezek. 36: 35; Is. 35: 1, 2; Rev. 20: 1-3; Ps. 72: 8; Is. 25: 7; 11: 9; 62: 12; Rom. 8: 21; Is. 35: 10; 2: 4; 9: 7; 25: 8; Ps. 72: 7; Is. 26: 9; Ps. 37: 35, 36; Is. 65: 15; 60: 14, 15; 60: 12; Ps. 72: 12-14; Is. 65: 22; Mic. 4: 4; Is. 65: 23; 60: 17.

 

A seventeenth evil that sin and the curse have brought upon mankind, both in its faith and in its unbelief classes, is their being controlled by Satan; and the cure of this evil is Jesus' office of lordship, whereby He now delivers the faith class and in the Millennium will deliver the unbelief class from Satan's control, and now brings the former, and later will bring the latter under His control. God never sanctioned more of Satan's control of mankind than letting him become, as a symbolic sheriff, the executioner of the death-sentenced race; but by lawlessness and usurpation Satan has enlarged his figurative sheriff powers to execute the condemned race into controllership powers to manage the physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious affairs of mankind. In the process he has made them miserable and oppressed slaves, whom by error, ignorance and superstition through their sinfulness, selfishness and worldliness, he uses to carry out his will, and further his order of affairs, rewarding with honor, wealth, power and luxury those who are amenable to his purposes, casting them ruthlessly and feelinglessly off when they cease to be so amenable, oppressing and persecuting those who are in the way of, or who resist his purposes, and in general using his

 

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slaves for his selfish gratification, regardless of whether it results in their good or ill. As a result, he has under his control the groaning human creation: for the history of the world, especially in its governmental, aristocratic, religious and labor departments, is almost nothing but a series of ruthless, oppressive, self-aggrandizing, deceiving and wearying acts and events; for the history of the nations is made up largely of the exploitation and oppression of their subjects and of wars of aggression and defense. The history of the aristocracy is largely one of exploitation and oppression of labor, with the latter usually playing the role of slaves, serfs or largely underpaid employees and servants. And the history of religion is largely one in which the deception of its adherents has been practiced for the gain of the clergy, who have often advocated blind and unquestioning acceptance of, and obedience to their teachings and to the behests of state and aristocracy. In the average histories the above-mentioned things largely monopolize the space; and the record of the achievements that make for the real betterment of the race: the progress of true religion and of civilization in the arts, sciences, education, invention, sociology, etc., receives comparatively scant mention. It is only in some of the histories produced in the last 65 years that some of such subjects receive a fair degree of description. Surely Satan's dark control of the race is a record of woe and grief in a night of weeping! Humanity does not have it within itself to free itself from such control; for hitherto every human effort therein has been baffled, neutralized or diverted into other woeful conditions of oppression and grief. The following are some Scriptural proofs of Satan's control of the human race: Job 1: 6—2: 7; 1 Chron. 21: 1; Gen. 3: 15; Matt. 13: 19; Luke 4: 6; 13: 16; 22: 31; John 8: 44; 12: 31; 13: 2, 27; 14: 30; 16: 11; Acts 5: 3; 13: 10; 26: 18; 1 Cor. 7: 5; 2 Cor. 2: 11; 4: 4; 11: 3, 14, 15; Eph. 2: 2; 2 Thes. 2: 9; 1 Tim. 3: 6, 7; 5: 15; 2 Tim. 2: 26.

 

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But the groans of the human family for release from the shackles of Satanic control, worn in most cases in ignorance of who the real oppressor is, have reached unto the ears of the Lord of hosts, whose compassion has made Him decide to transfer the control of the race from Satan as lord to Christ as Lord. Our Lord during the present Age starts the work of effecting that transfer with the faith class, by becoming their Lord. This He effects, partly by giving them the knowledge and power necessary to work repentance and faith in them unto justification, whereby they renounce Satan's control over them in so far as it is exercised over them through sin and certain forms of error, ignorance and superstition. This makes them accept Jesus' control as respects righteousness and certain forms of truth, knowledge and faith, as distinct from superstition. But this is not yet a full release from Satan's control; nor is it a full acceptance of Jesus as Lord. These two things Jesus effects by bringing the responsive of the faith class to consecration, whereby they accept Him fully in His office as Lord, by surrendering their wills selfward and worldward and by accepting His will in all things as their will. This done, Jesus in the exercise of His office as their Lord manipulates all the affairs of their lives with their free-willed cooperation, so that in all things their performing His will brings them fully into His control, which is a rule, not of sin, error, selfishness and worldliness, but of wisdom, righteousness, love, power and heavenlimindedness, and thus He establishes Himself in their minds and hearts as their Lord, and thus frees them from Satan's control. The following Scriptures prove these things: Zech. 3: 1, 2; Luke 13: 16; 22: 31, 32; Acts 26: 18; Rom. 16: 20; 2 Cor. 2: 11; Eph. 4: 27; 6: 11-16; Col. 1: 13; 2 Tim. 2: 26; Heb. 2: 14; Jas. 4: 7; 1 Pet. 5: 8, 9; 1 John 2: 13; 5: 18; Rev. 2: 10, 13; Matt. 11: 28-30; 13: 45, 46; 16: 24; 9: 9; Rom. 12: 1; Ps. 143: 10; Luke 6: 46-48; John 10: 27; 14: 15, 23.

 

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Jesus in His office as Lord will in the Millennium deliver the unbelief class from the control of Satan, and bring them into His Own control. In so doing He effects the following: He first binds Satan in four general stages and after each stage makes an attack on a pertinent feature of Satan's empire, first by a worldwide war, secondly by a world-wide revolution, thirdly by a world-wide anarchy and fourthly by the final stage of Jacob's trouble and its aftermath. By these four steps He will annihilate every vestige of Satan's empire. Thereafter He will imprison him in the bottomless pit during the thousand years, i.e., He will banish him far away from this earth, quite likely on some heavenly body in one of the remotest universes of creation, where he will be kept out of touch with and in ignorance of matters going on in the earth during the Millennium, as to which matters he will form all sorts of erroneous opinions. Thereafter Jesus will set aside every condition that Satan has established among men conducive to sin and the curse, and will establish every human condition conducive to righteousness and blessedness. Amid such conditions He will influence all favorably toward consecration to Him, i.e., He will influence them to give up sin, error, ignorance and superstition and to accept His will as to righteousness, truth, knowledge and true faith and obedience. While He will require external obedience to the Kingdom arrangements and stripe every willful disregard of them, He will make the matter of consecration one of free will; and as people consecrate and seek faithfully to carry out their consecration, and thus accept His Lordship in all things, He will free them from every effect of Satan's controllership, and will bring them into His wise, just, loving and powerful controllership, and thus deliver them from all evil into all good, even unto human perfection of body, mind and heart. Thus in His office as Lord He will deliver them from Satan's control and every effect of it into His control with its blessed effects of freedom unto wisdom, justice, love

 

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and power. Thus will Jesus as Lord cure the effect of sin and the curse that put mankind into Satan's control. The following Scriptures prove this point: Ps. 22: 27-31; 72: 5-10, 16, 17, 19; 85: 10; 86: 9; 89: 29; 110: 1-6; Is. 2: 3, 4; 9: 7; 11: 6-10; 24: 16; 25: 6-8; 32: 17; 40: 5; 42: 3; 45: 23, 24; 56: 7, 8; 66: 12, 23; Jer. 3: 17; 4: 2; 16: 19-21; 31: 34; 33: 22; Joel 2: 28; Hab. 2: 14; Zeph. 3: 9; Hag. 2: 7; Zech. 2: 10, 11; 8: 20-23; Mal. 1: 11; 1 Cor. 15: 21-28; Phil. 2: 10, 11; Rev. 20: 1-6.

 

An eighteenth evil that sin and the curse have wrought upon mankind is physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious sickness, for whose cure God has arranged by Christ in his office of the Great Physician. That the race is diseased physically, mentally, artistically, morally and religiously is evident from the experience and observation of all. Above we have from another standpoint pointed out details of this evil. Doctors have listed about 2,000 diseases that prey upon men's bodies. The numerous errors along physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious lines, the shrunken mental faculties, the lapses of memory and the very imperfect perceptive, imagining and reasoning powers with their consequent weaknesses manifest on all hands, prove that mankind is diseased mentally. Mankind's many sins against God and neighbor enumerated above prove that it is artistically, morally and religiously diseased. Only the most superficial and ignorant will deny this diseased condition of the race. Nor can mankind of its own powers really cure these diseases; at best some of its better representatives can offer some temporary palliatives, but no real cures. The following Scriptures prove this diseased condition of our poor race: Gen. 6: 5, 6, 11-13; 8: 21; Job 9: 2, 3; 14: 4; 15: 14-16; 25: 4-6; Ps. 5: 9; 14: 1-3; 51: 5; 58: 1-5; 94: 11; 130: 3; 143: 2; Prov. 10: 20; 20: 6, 9; 21: 8; Eccl. 7: 20, 29; 8: 11; 9: 3; Is. 1: 5, 6; 42: 6; 43: 8; 48: 8; 53: 6; 64: 6; Jer. 6: 7; 13: 23; 16: 12; 17: 9; Mic. 7: 2-4; Matt. 12: 34; 15: 19; Luke 1: 79; John 3: 19; 14: 17; Acts 8: 23; Rom. 3: 9-19, 23; 7: 5, 11, 13-15, 18-21, 23, 25; 8: 5-8;

 

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1 Cor. 2: 14; 3: 3; Gal. 3: 11, 22; 5: 17, 19-21; Eph. 2: 1-3, 12; 4: 17-19, 22; Col. 1: 14; 2: 13; 3: 5, 7; Tit. 3: 3; Jas. 3: 2; 4: 5; 1 Pet. 1: 18; 2: 9, 25; 1 John 1: 8, 10; 2: 16; 5: 19. But God gave Christ the office of the Good Physician, with the power to heal these diseases. In justification He reckonedly heals them by imputing His physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious human perfection to the faith class; moreover in justification He begins to heal the contents of their human mental, artistic, moral and religious faculties; but in sanctification He heals these contents unto perfection of the new hearts and minds of the faith class, as experience and observation show, and as the following passages prove: Matt. 9: 10-13; Ps. 41: 4; 30: 2; 103: 3; 147: 3; Is. 53: 5; 57: 18, 19; Matt. 13: 15; Luke 4: 18; Heb. 12: 13; Jas. 5: 16; 3 John 2. In the Millennium He will actually heal all the physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious faculties and their contents of the unbelief class as from the heart they accept His medicines and other healing helps. The following Scriptures prove this: Jer. 3: 22; 30: 17; 33: 6; Hos. 6: 1; 14: 4; Ps. 107: 20; 67: 2; Ezek. 47: 1, 8, 9, 12; Rev. 22: 1-3; Mal. 4: 2. Thus does our Lord as the Good Physician heal the faith class now and will heal the unbelief class in the Millennium from the physical, mental, artistic, moral and religious diseases that sin and the curse have brought upon them.

 

A nineteenth evil sin and the curse have brought upon mankind: their incapability of standing successfully the judgment process necessary to be undergone for gaining everlasting life. For the undoing of this evil and for mankind's qualifying for undergoing successfully the judgment process necessary to be undergone for gaining everlasting life God has given Jesus the office of judge (John 5: 22), whereby He will preside successfully over the judgment process necessary for fallen man to undergo to gain life. The creeds teach that as judge Jesus will declare unbelievers guilty and sentence them to eternal torment, and declare

 

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the faith class not guilty, and thus worthy of eternal life. Such, however, is a very incomplete conception of His office as judge. Rather, as judge typed by the judges of Israel His office will be to deliver the faith class and the unbelief class from their enemies: sin, error, etc., and to grant them a favorable opportunity to gain life, the former in this Age, the latter in the Millennial Age. Man's fallen condition makes him incapable of coming off successfully in a trial, for life, the judgment process, by his own unaided powers. God proved this proposition by Israel's efforts along this line under the Law Covenant. Every fallen Israelite failed under that trial. Here was the best physically, mentally, artistically, morally and religiously endowed nation, given the best law, put under the best surroundings, given the best helps within justice and offered the best rewards; yet under its judgment process every member of it failed to gain life. If every one of them so failed, we may be certain that the Gentiles, less well endowed physically, mentally, morally and religiously, would have failed under the same trial. Hence by this one example God has shown that none of Adam's fallen descendants, if put on favorable trial, with their own unaided powers as their equipment, could successfully endure the judgment process necessary to be undergone to gain everlasting life. In addition to the passages cited above showing man's physical, mental, moral and religious diseased condition as proving such incapacity in man, we will refer to Rom. 1: 17—3: 19; Rom. 7 as proving it.

 

The judgment process for life includes the following things to be done by the judge who presides over this process: (1) that He put them under providential conditions conducive to their standing their judgment process successfully (passages on this point were cited above, proving that the Millennial conditions will be inconducive to sin and conducive to righteousness, while the following passages prove it for the judgment process operating for the faith class: Job. 1: 8—2: 9;

 

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Ps. 9: 9, 10; 23: 4; 27: 5; 34: 19; 37: 23, 24, 33; 41: 3; 46: 1; 55: 22; 103: 13, 14; 66: 10-12; 94: 17, 18; Matt. 4: 1-11; Rom. 8: 28, 35-39; 1 Cor. 10: 12, 13; 2 Cor. 12: 9; 2 Thes. 2: 16, 17; 2 Tim. 4: 17; Heb. 2: 18; 6: 18; 13: 5, 6; 1 Pet. 5: 7, 9; Rev. 3: 10); (2) that He give the subjects of this process true teachings pertinent to the trial (Ps. 19: 9-11; 25: 7, 8; 106: 3; Is. 33: 5; 56: 1, 2; 59: 4, 8-10, 13-15; 42: 1-4, compare with Matt. 12: 18-20; Ezek. 22: 2; Matt. 23: 23; Col. 2: 16); (3) that He give the subjects of the judgment process testings calculated to help the faithful to success (Ps. 26: 1-3; 139: 23, 24; Jer. 11: 20; 20: 12; 2 Thes. 1: 4, 5; Judg. 2: 21, 22); (4) that He give the measurably unfaithful stripes for their reformation as a part of the judgment process (Ps. 119: 67, 71; 107: 10-16; Is. 4: 3, 4; 26: 9; Hos. 5: 15; John 15: 2; 1 Cor. 11: 32; 2 Cor. 4: 17, 18; 12: 7; 2 Thes. 1: 4, 5; Heb. 12: 5-11; 1 Pet. 1: 6, 7; 5: 10; Rev. 2: 10); and, finally (5), that He declare the faithful worthy of life and the unfaithful worthy of the second death (Ezek. 18: 20-28; Matt. 16: 27; 25: 31-46; Rom. 14: 10; 2 Cor. 5: 10; 2 Tim. 4: 8; Heb. 10: 27; Rev. 22: 12). According to this the judgment process is the salvation process. It is for this reason that the Bible exhorts the world to rejoice at the prospect of the judgment day (Ps. 96: 1-13; 98: 1-9); for He will judge them in righteousness and truth (Acts 17: 31). And by this judgment process He will cure the nineteenth evil that sin and the curse have brought upon mankind—man's incapacity by his own unaided powers successfully to undergo the judgment process necessary for gaining everlasting life.

 

The twentieth evil that sin and the curse have brought upon mankind is a mingling of evil with every one of the vestiges of God's image that have survived the ruin of the fall. Man is not unmixed evil, since total depravity is not true of the natural man; for some vestiges of God's image yet remain in all. Man has retained all his brain faculties, as he has retained all his physical faculties. But all of these have become more or

 

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less defiled; and in some people there is more defilement than in others; and in some people some of their faculties are more defiled than the corresponding ones are in others, while the latter have other faculties more defiled than the corresponding ones in the former. But all have some defilement in all their faculties. Hence mankind is impure, i.e., there is in him a mixture of good and evil. One of the Scripture figures used to illustrate this fact is that of gold and silver ore (Mal. 3: 2-4; 1 Pet. 1: 6, 7; Is. 48: 10; Zech. 13: 9); in other passages the alloy is compared to dross and tin (Ezek. 22: 18-22; Is. 1: 22, 25-27); and in others the evil is compared to wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3: 12-15). From this effect of sin and the curse man is unable to free himself. Therefore God has arranged for its overcoming by giving Jesus a pertinent office, that of a Refiner and Purifier of the symbolic silver and gold ore of human dispositions. This office is ascribed to our Lord as active toward the faith class in this life, in Mal. 3: 2-4, where He is represented as ridding error out of the mixture of truth and error from their minds by sitting as a Refiner and Purifier of silver, evil out of the mixture of good and evil from the hearts of the Little Flock as a Refiner of gold, and evil out of the mixture of good and evil from the hearts of the Great Company as a Refiner of silver. This work toward the Little Flock is described in Is. 48: 10 and in 1 Pet. 1: 6, 7; while Ezek. 22: 18-22 refers to it toward the Great Company. Thus Jesus as Refiner and Purifier purges the faith class from its impurities during this Age. In the next Age He will accomplish this for the obedient of the unbelief class, according to the Lord's Word in Is. 1: 22, 25-27 and Zech. 13: 9. Accordingly, in the figurative crucible, the furnace of affliction, He puts the former class in this Age and the latter class in the next Age and purges them of their impurities and refines them, and thus cures the effects of sin and the curse from this standpoint.

 

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The twenty-first and final evil that sin and the curse have brought upon mankind is making them wretchedly and deeply impoverished; and this evil effect of sin and the curse God will overcome by Jesus in His office as the Good Provider. Certainly, the race is like lost sheep pastureless, waterless, shepherdless. Innumerable are the directions, perilous are the ways, distressing are the uncertainties, wearinesses, hardships and sufferings of these poor beings. Thus the lost and impoverished human family is compared to lost and shepherdless sheep (Is. 53: 6; Matt. 9: 36; 10: 6; 18: 11-13; Luke 15: 4-7; Jer. 50: 6; 1 Chron. 21: 17). And when Jesus finds and makes them the subjects of His care, He supplies all their needs (Ps. 23: 1-4; 74: 1; Jer. 13: 20; 50: 17; Ezek. 34; Matt. 26: 31; Mark 14: 27; John 10: 1-16; 1 Pet. 2: 25; 5: 2). For such care He is often called the Shepherd of God's Flock; for He was foretold as such (Gen. 49: 24; Is. 40: 11; Ezek. 34: 23). He exercises His good and great office as such during the Gospel Age (1 Pet. 5: 4; John 10: 1-15; Heb. 13: 20) toward the faith class as His own whom He knows (John 10: 14, 27), calls (10: 3), gathers (10: 16; Is. 40: 11), guides (Ps. 23: 3; John 10: 3, 4), feeds (Ps. 23: 1, 2; John 10: 9), tenderly cares for (Is. 40: 11), guards (Jer. 31: 10; Ezek. 34: 10) and saves (Zech. 9: 16; John 10: 28), and thus supplies them every need in a Provider: for He laid down His life for them (Zech. 13: 7; Matt. 26: 31; John 10: 11, 15; Acts 20: 28). In the next Age He will exercise the same Provider office to the poor ones of the unbelief class (Ezek. 37: 24; Mic. 5: 4; John 10: 16; Matt. 25: 32). And thus He will undo the lost and impoverished condition of God's people, and bring them back and keep them safely in His care, and thereby set aside the pertinent evil of sin and the curse.

 

Thus we have discussed briefly the 21 evils that sin and the curse have brought upon man, and the 21 pertinent offices, one for each separate evil, whereby God through the ministry of Christ sets them aside

 

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and ministers the opposite blessing. There is no evil which mankind suffers but is included in one or another of these 21 evils. Thus God has in the Bible made a perfect diagnosis of each of them and has provided for each of them a perfect cure in the pertinent office of the 21 offices of Christ. No other (alleged) revelation has done these two things; hence this perfect diagnosis and cure, which the Bible alone gives, is one of the strongest evidences that it is the Divine revelation; for it is adapted to every human need, which argues that it has come from a supremely wise and knowing Source, God. To help us better to take in the argument we will place these 21 evils with the pertinent office of Christ for the cure of each one of them in a summary, side by side in parallel columns:

 

1 Enslavement under debt unto     1 The Ransomer.

   death.

2 Law-condemned convicts.           2 Advocate.

3 Destitution of righteousness.       3 Righteousness.

4 A selfish and worldly life.             4 Bridegroom.

5 Alienation between God and       5 High Priest.

   man.

6 Ignorance.                                    6 Teacher.

7 Captives of Satan.                       7 Deliverer.

8 Enmity of truth, righteous-           8 Captain.

    ness and holiness.

9 Inability properly to think              9 Head.

   God's thoughts, feel His

    affections and will His will.

10 Distrust between God and        10 Mediator.

      man.

11 Dying and death.                       11 Father.

12 Lack of a perfect law and          12 Perfect

     lawgiver.                                          Lawgiver.

13 Worry and strife.                        13 Prince of

                                                             Peace.

14 Unruliness.                                14 King.

15 Without Divine knowledge.        15 Revealer.

16 Impracticability as to saving      16 Executive

     arrangements.                                for God.

17 Physical, mental, artistic,           17 Physician.

     moral and religious sickness.

 

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18 Owned and controlled by           18 Lord.

     Satan.

19 Inability to stand success-         19 Judge.

     fully the judgment process.

20 Impurity.                                     20 Purifier and

                                                             Refiner.

21 Impoverishment.                        21 Provider.

 

Hallelujah, what a Savior! Praise God from whom all blessings flow through Christ's offices!

 

The three natures that the Bible ascribes to Christ: (1) His prehuman spirit nature as the Word, (2) His postspirit human nature and (3) His posthuman Divine nature, adapted as they are to qualify Him to execute His manifold offices toward the angels, toward the faith classes and toward the unbelief class, is another proof that the Bible is a Divine revelation; for it reveals the Agent of God's plan to have in addition to the character and offices needed for His missions, the natures that would qualify Him successfully to do His work for every nature toward which God's plan operates. On this point many details, as were needed on the other points, need not be discussed. Generalities will be sufficient. Christ's prehuman spirit nature as the Word—a nature one step lower than the Divine, but higher than the natures of cherubim, seraphim, principalities, powers, thrones, dominions and angels, all seven of whom have different natures—was necessary for Him, not only before His carnation in order for Him to act intelligently, sympathetically and fruitfully as Jehovah's Executive toward the seven orders of spirit beings just mentioned in managing their work, but it is necessary in order to give the repentant fallen angels an intelligent, sympathetic and fruitful trial for life, as it gave Him such a knowing, sympathetic and helpful attitude toward them as will forever qualify Him to preside over these spirit beings. Hence without His having had the prehuman spirit nature as the Word He would not be so perfectly equipped to preside as Jehovah's chief Executive over those spirits; for

 

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in such a ministry, to obtain practical results, He must be of a higher nature than they.

 

Jesus' postspirit human nature was necessary for Him to have, that He might understandingly, sympathetically and fruitfully exercise His 21 offices to remove the 21 effects of sin and the curse from the faith classes and the unbelief class. His human sufferings and temptations (Heb. 2: 10, 17, 18; 5: 7-9) well fit Him to understand, sympathize with and fruitfully help the faith classes in their similar sufferings and temptations (Heb. 4: 14-16; 5: 2; 7: 25-27), as they will eminently fit Him to understand, sympathize with, and fruitfully help the unbelief class when its day of visitation will come in the next Age (1 Pet. 2: 12). Accordingly, properly to deal with humans it was necessary for Him to be a partaker of human nature (Heb. 2: 14, 15). Christ's prehuman spirit nature as the Word would have qualified Him to deal understandingly, sympathetically and fruitfully with the Great Company, Ancient Worthies and Youthful Worthies in His work of preparing them for a spiritual nature or spiritual natures and in all His eternal relations to them as spirit beings, since they will not attain to the Divine nature; but it would not have qualified Him to deal understandingly, sympathetically and fruitfully with the Little Flock now during their preparation for the Divine nature; for He would have to have the Divine nature in order to train them in character for fitness for the Divine nature, even as a dog could not train a human being for perfect human life, because by its nature it is disqualified from such a work. Accordingly, Jesus must have His posthuman Divine nature in order properly to function in His offices toward the Little Flock in preparing them for the Divine nature. Moreover, since He will forever act as their Chief and Head after they have attained the Divine nature, directing their eternal work, He of necessity must have that nature itself, and that in higher capacities than any others of that Little Flock; for He could not direct

 

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beings higher and greater in nature and capabilities than Himself. Hence for the proper exercise of all His offices toward the Little Flock now and forever it is necessary that He be Divine in nature. Hence God's giving Him His three natures necessary for the purpose of carrying out all God's plans and purposes is a strong proof that the Bible, which reveals Him in these three natures as necessary for carrying out such plans and purposes to a successful conclusion, is a Divine revelation. With this fact so proven we conclude our proofs from Christ's character, offices and natures that the Bible is a Divine revelation, and will from this phase of our subject proceed to other phases of the proof that definitely the Bible is a Divine revelation.

 

Having completed the discussion of the 21 offices of Christ as curative of the 21 evils that sin and the curse have brought upon mankind as a proof of the Bible's being a Divine revelation, we have so far presented the following four general arguments from the internal evidence for its Divine origin: (1) the main features of the plan that it presents; (2) the Divine wisdom, justice, love and power permeating every feature of that plan; (3) the attributes of being and character of the God that it reveals as its Author and (4) the character, natures and offices of the Son of God that it reveals as its Executive. We now offer a fifth argument from its internal evidence that the Bible is a Divine revelation, that it alone of all alleged revelations gives a solution of why evil is permitted that is reasonable to the head and satisfying to the heart. The question as to why evil has been permitted is almost as old as the race. It has occupied the attention of heathen, Jewish, Christian and Mohammedan philosophers of all schools and theologians of all sects, not to mention all other thinking people; and, apart from those who understand the plan sketched above as the epitome of the Bible's contents, the many divergent, contradictory and confusing suggestions offered thereon prove that none of them contains a real solution to