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Gentiles only?" The inclusion of the Gentile, even as a wild olive in the olive tree of
Israel, presupposes Paul's glorious teaching concerning the reconciliation of the world in
its dispensational aspect (Rom. 11: 15), even as the gospel he preached (II Cor. 5: 21)
necessitated the reconciliation of the world, in its doctrinal aspect (II Cor. 5: 19, 20).
For our present purpose Rom. 15: 8-12 provides an abundant confirmation of the fact
that the inclusion of the Gentile was no new thing. We do not intend to make these
articles at all lengthy. Further evidence can be gathered from the remaining epistles of
the period, but enough, we trust, has been brought forward to establish the fact that the
inclusion of the Gentile, both in the gospel and in the Abrahamic promise, demands for
its confirmation "none other things than those which the Prophets and Moses did say
The Hope of the Church of the Acts still the Hope of Israel.
(Containing a quotation from Dr. Bullinger's last words
on the place of I Thess. 4:).
pp. 197 - 202
The conclusions that we have so far reached with regard to the gospel, and the
inclusion of the Gentile during the Acts, do not make a very great demand upon the
believer whose position is what we may call "orthodox". There are, however, other
subjects so close to the heart of the redeemed that anyone suggesting that present
traditional views with regard to strong opposition, but also to endure a good deal of
misunderstanding and possibly abuse. Among these sensitive themes is that of the Hope
of the Church. Many a believer who would be prepared to endorse all that has been put
forward in the three opening articles of this series, would nevertheless affirm with
conviction that the hope of I Thess. 4: is the hope of the Church of the Mystery.
Now, if Paul taught "none other things than those which the Prophets and Moses did
say should come", it follows that the hope set before us in Romans, Corinthians,
Galatians and Thessalonians must be the hope of Israel, and further that, if this hope is
also the hope of the Church revealed in Paul's Prison Epistles, then the word "mystery"
loses its meaning, at least in so far as it can be applied to the hope of the Church. In this
article we shall be content to present to the judgment of the reader exactly what is written
concerning the hope of the Church during the Acts administration, and we believe that he
will find abundant evidence to prove that, as in the case of the gospel and the inclusion of
the Gentile, this hope agrees with the testimony of Moses and the Prophets, and cannot
therefore be the hope of a company called under terms which were unrevealed until the
Apostle became the "prisoner of the Lord".
While I Thess. 4: is the passage to which we naturally turn for a definite statement
concerning the hope of the Church of the period, we will follow the rule adopted in the
earlier articles and investigate first the Epistle to the Romans. In Rom. 15: the Apostle