Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing (epiphany) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Titus 2:13

EPIPHANY STUDIES

IN THE

SCRIPTURES

 

"The Path of the just is as the Shining Light, That Shineth More and More

Unto the Perfect Day."

 

SERIES I

 

GOD

 

12,000 Edition

 

"Great and Marvelous are Thy Works, Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and True are Thy Ways, King of the Ages. Who shall not Reverence, O Lord, and Glorify Thy Name? For Thou only art Holy; for all the Nations shall Come and Worship before thee; for Thy Righteous Acts were Manifested" (Rev. 15: 3, 4).

 

PAUL S. L. JOHNSON PHILADELPHIA, PA., U. S. A.

1938

 

To the King of Kings and Lord of Lords

 

IN THE INTEREST OF

HIS CONSECRATED SAINTS,

WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION,

—AND OF—

 

"ALL THAT IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE LORD," "THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH;"

—AND OF—

 

THE GROANING CREATION, TRAVAILING AND WAITING FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD,

 

THIS 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 toward 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 dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things, under Christ."

 

Eph. 3: 4, 5, 9; 1: 8-10.

 

COPYRIGHT 1938

BY PAUL S. L. JOHNSON

 

 

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THE AUTHOR'S FOREWORD

 

DURING the Parousia the Lord gave us a series of six volumes under the general title, Studies in the Scriptures. Its author had expected to complete the series with a seventh volume, but passed beyond the vail before writing it. After his death two others wrote a volume that they intended to take the place of the one originally planned; and it was published as the seventh volume of the series; but, to say the least, it had quite a different spirit from that of the six volumes mentioned above, and was published fraudulently as this author's posthumous work. Now in the Epiphany another series of books of at least ten volumes is projected, and since these books are devoted to Scripture study, to differentiate them from the first-named series, it is proposed to publish them under the general title, EPIPHANY STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES. This volume is the first of  the second series. The author does not believe that this series is worthy of a place of equality, much less of rivalry, with the six volumes of the first series. Neither does the Bible give them such a rank, nor will the future ever assign them such a rank; for, generally speaking, their subjects  and contents will be found inferior to those of the former series, since the Parousia message, centering specifically in the Christ class, is on a higher plane than the Epiphany message, which centers specifically in the Great Company and the Youthful Worthies. Accordingly, the selection of a serial name for these volumes mainly like that of the former series is not intended to mean either an equality or a rivalry between the two. They will be found, broadly speaking, to be related to each other in the sense that the first series is made to furnish a foundation for the second; for the author of the second owes an incalculable debt to the author of the first series, as his teacher, whose views are the foundation of the second series. Thus the inter-relation of the two series justifies a similar title, a title that in the second distinctly implies its inferiority to the first series.

 

The first volume of the second series is a treatise on

 

 

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God. The poet, Alexander Pope, declared that the greatest study of mankind is man. The author ventures to dissent from this thought; for he believes that the greatest study of men, angels and saints, yea, of the Son of God Himself, is God. A high theme, therefore, is that of this volume. And for this study the words of the angel to Moses are surely in place: "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet; for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground" (Ex. 3:5). Throughout the writing of this book the author felt his inequality to the task. Yea, it is doubtful if anyone, except God Himself, could do full justice to the subject. Accordingly, the author knows that he has not done, nor can do it. All that he can plead for undertaking the task is his love for God and His people, which has made him aspire to honor the glorious God of the Bible before His people by offering them this book to help them better to know and to appreciate, better to love and to worship Him as He is, in His existence and attributes of being and character, and that in contrast with false views of Him entertained by many. It is with this aspiration that the author sends forth this book, accompanied with the prayer that God through it may thus honor Himself and bless His people.

 

Your brother and servant,

PAUL S. L. JOHNSON.

 

Philadelphia, Pa., U. S. A. September 12, 1937.

 

 

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CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER I.

 

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.

 

A UNIVERSAL BELIEF GROUNDED IN THE MORAL AND RELIGIOUS CONSTITUTION OF MAN. CAUSE AND EFFECT. ORDER AND THE REIGN OF LAW IN THE UNIVERSE. DESIGN EVERYWHERE APPARENT. MAN'S MENTAL, MORAL AND RELIGIOUS NATURE. DEMONSTRATION FROM EXPERIENCE. IMPOSSIBILITY OF DISPROVING GOD'S EXISTENCE. A SCIENTIST'S GOD.-------7

 

 

CHAPTER II.

 

GOD'S ATTRIBUTES OF BEING.

 

DISTINCTION BETWEEN ATTRIBUTES OF BEING AND OF CHARACTER. PERSONALITY. CORPOREALITY. SPIRITUALITY. SELF­ EXISTENCE. ETERNITY. SELF-SUFFICIENCY. IMMORTALITY. INFLUENCE OF THESE SEVEN ATTRIBUTES ON THE DEVOUTLY STUDIOUS. INVISIBILITY. UNITY. OMNIPOTENCE. OMNISCIENCE. OMNIPRESENCE. SUPREMACY. UNFATHOMABLENESS. THEIR LESSONS TO US.-------27

 

 

CHAPTER III.

 

THE ELEMENTS AND THE HIGHER PRIMARY GRACES OF GOD'S CHARACTER.

 

RIGHTEOUS ATTITUDE TOWARD EVIL. HOLY AFFECTIONS. THE GRACES. STRENGTH. DOMINANCE OF HIS HIGHER PRIMARY GRACES. BALANCE. CRYSTALLIZATION. THREE CLASSES OF GRACES. THE HIGHER PRIMARY GRACES. WISDOM. JUSTICE. CHARITY. LOVE. POWER. THE FUNCTION OF GOD'S HIGHER PRIMARY GRACES.-------67

 

 

CHAPTER IV.

 

THE LOWER PRIMARY GRACES OF GOD'S CHARACTER.

 

THE NATURE OF THE PRIMARY GRACES. GOD'S AND MAN'S LOWER AFFECTION—ORGANS—SELFISH AND SOCIAL. GOD'S SELF­ ESTEEM. APPROBATIVENESS. RESTFULNESS. VITATIVENESS. SELF­ DEFENSIVENESS. AGGRESSIVENESS. CAREFULNESS. SECRETIVENESS. PROVIDENCE. INTELLIGENCE. AGREEABLENESS. CONJUGALITY. FATHERLINESS. KINGLINESS.-------141

 

 

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CHAPTER V.

 

THE SECONDARY GRACES OF GOD'S CHARACTER

 

DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY GRACES. MODESTY. INDUSTRIOUSNESS. LONGSUFFERING. FORBEARANCE. FORGIVENESS. COURAGE. CANDOR. LIBERALITY.-------203

 

 

CHAPTER VI.

 

THE TERTIARY GRACES OF GOD'S CHARACTER

 

THE NATURE AND NAMES OF THE TERTIARY GRACES. MEEKNESS. ZEAL. MODERATION. MAGNANIMITY OR GOODNESS. FAITHFULNESS.-------283

 

 

CHAPTER VII.

 

INFIDELISTIC FALSE VIEWS OF GOD.

 

ATHEISM. AN ATHEIST'S DIFFICULTIES WITH THE BIBLE. MATERIALISM. AGNOSTICISM. PANTHEISM. DEISM.-------335

 

 

CHAPTER VIII.

 

PAGANISTIC FALSE VIEWS OF GOD.

 

POLYTHEISM. TRITHEISM OR TRINITARIANISM. THE FATHER ALONE THE SUPREME GOD. THE SON NOT COEQUAL NOT COETERNAL, NOT CONSUBSTANTIAL WITH THE FATHER. THE HOLY SPIRIT.-------455

 

 

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