SOMETIMES … preaching has been directed exclusively to the political aspect of the kingdom and the prophecies surrounding it – the “signs of the times”. At times of crisis in the Middle East great excitement has been kindled, almost to the point where brethren have forgotten that the Divine purpose with Israel does not depend on the skill of her politicians nor the cunning of her commanders – “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6) – and that if we were citizens of the modern Israeli state our very profession as Christadelphians would demand that we be conscientious objectors to the bearing of arms in her defence!
Reaction to this attitude has tended to swing towards the opposite extreme. Abraham is rarely mentioned, the literal aspect of the kingdom excluded, and the concepts of Christ as the Messiah of Israel, “of the seed of David according to my gospel” (2 Timothy 2:8), and of salvation being “of the Jews”, have been lost sight of.
ALFRED NICHOLLS, Remember the Days of Old, pages 71,72.
2Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.