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Apr 1999 - Editorial

Why do we discourage the use of pictures and artists' impressions of the Lord Jesus? That was a question recently posed to me and one answer surely lies in the words of 2 Corinthians 5:16 '...even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more'. Those who companied with the Lord Jesus while He lived on earth had to understand that after His death and resurrection they should no longer regard Him from a human point of view. Ten days after He finally ascended to His Father, the Holy Spirit descended to indwell believing hearts, and one of His functions is to reveal Christ to us in the Scriptures.

The road to Emmaus

To make this point clear was surely the reason for the Lord Jesus joining His two disciples on their journey home to Emmaus. Why was His identity concealed from them? And why, when they eventually recognized Him, did He immediately disappear? Surely it was to teach this lesson, that though they had known Him from a worldly point of view, they would do so no longer. As those two disciples excitedly discussed together all that had happened, they recalled how, beginning with the books of Moses and proceeding through all the Old Testament scriptures He had revealed to them the things concerning Himself. And that is precisely what the Holy Spirit wants to do for us. 'He shall glorify me' the Lord Jesus said, 'for he shall take of mine, and shall declare it unto you' (John 16:14). In fulfilment of that wonderful promise the Holy Spirit longs to make Christ as real and as precious and as personal to each of us as He was to those who companied with Him when He lived on earth. But of course we need to take time and to make room in our hearts for Him to do so.

This month again we offer our readers a varied spiritual diet, and may we suggest that as you read and study the pages of this magazine, you should be on the look-out for the Person of Christ, for He is in all the Scriptures.

Discipleship calls for obedience

Lovers of God's house will remember that He is Son over it (Heb. 3:6) and that surely makes the house of God a subject of absorbing interest if He is in authority over it. Who can adequately assess its value and preciousness to Him? And as we are reminded in the article in our second series, the New Testament churches of God were comprised of disciples who loved the Lord and who demonstrated their love by obedience to His commandments. It was their love for Christ and His Word that bound them together in this divine movement, to worship and serve God according to the pattern which the Lord Jesus presented to His apostles during those memorable forty days after His resurrection.

Birth of the euro

And He is coming again! That glorious fact will surely be uppermost in our minds as our attention is focused upon the implication of the birth of the euro. Such an historic development serves to remind us that 'He that cometh shall come, and shall not tarry' (Heb. 10:37). Dear reader, let us never forget our Master's own words, taken slightly out of their immediate context, 'tis true, but nevertheless highly applicable, 'when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draweth nigh' (Luke 21:28).

The nature of the disclosure of God that we have in the Scriptures is Self-revelation. The knowledge of God to which men and women may attain is limited to what He has chosen to reveal about Himself. We begin this month a series of articles God as God. In this issue the significance of some of the names of God in the Old Testament is expounded.