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Mar 1999 - Editorial

The current series of articles on New Testament Churches of God brings a fresh presentation of a vital theme of scriptural truth for our time. Since Needed Truth was first published over 100 years ago, this theme has been consistently taught in its pages, for it has special reference to Christian service, worship and witness. Early in the nineteenth century there had been steadily unfolding scriptural light through the Brethren movement on a number of important subjects, such as the Church the Body of Christ and the coming again of the Lord Jesus. Towards the end of that century further light was given regarding churches of God and their scriptural unity to form the spiritual house of God. Between 1892 and 1894 a fellowship of such churches came into existence, and by God's grace has been maintained until the present time.

Progress and growth

To be reminded of the progress and growth of the original churches of God in New Testament times may give fresh impetus to God's work in our time. One reason for their prosperity in apostolic days was the fact that the original Church of God in Jerusalem was of God. It was established upon God-given principles by Spirit-filled and Spirit-led men supported by godly women. Their hearts and lives were obedient to the Word of the Lord. They had a deep love for Christ and for the truths He had revealed. The knowledge of His will and zeal for the work of building a house for God filled their vision. Their motivation was identical to that of their Lord, of whom it is written 'the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up' (Ps. 69:9; John 2:17).

Betrothal love

Our writer Peter Sweetmore continues to identify those who love God's house. He points out that they are those who are first loved by God and that God loves cheerful givers. What is offered to God for building becomes God's offering. It is stirred and willing hearts flowing out of true betrothal love that count to God.

Middle East Peace Process

Focus touches on continuing efforts to promote the Middle East peace process, an aspect of current world politics which is so closely related to the prophetic word in its bearing on the time of the end. Issues involving Israel and its neighbours continue to involve high profile international concern, and from the student of prophecy's viewpoint, this remains a very significant feature of current affairs.