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A Night of Weeping and a Morning of Joy: From The Divine Plan of the Ages by Charles Taze Russell, Part 2 of 2

2020-10-22
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We will now continue, as we learn more about the intriguing way Charles Taze Russell studied the Holy Bible, in an excerpt from Volume 1 of his “Studies in the Scriptures” entitled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” Pastor Russell points out how excerpts from the Scriptures, which, as if parts of a puzzle, present us with how the transition that we are going through today, might have been foretold… It is God’s loving glory that is prepared for His children, who are to participate in fulfilling His plan. “Truth-seekers should empty their vessels of the muddy waters of tradition and fill them at the fountain of Truth — God’s Word. And no religious teaching should have weight, except as it guides the Truth-seeker to that fountain.” “Nor should we suppose that prophecy was given merely to satisfy curiosity concerning the future. Its object evidently is to make the consecrated child of God acquainted with his Father’s plans, thus to enlist his interest and sympathy in the same plans, and to enable him to regard both the present and the future from God’s standpoint. When thus interested in the Lord’s work, he may serve with the spirit and with the understanding also; not as a servant merely, but as a child and heir. Revealing to such what shall be, counteracts the influence of what now is. The effect of careful study cannot be otherwise than strengthening to faith and stimulating to holiness.” “It is the privilege only of this class to walk in the pathway that shines more and more — to see not only the present unfoldings of God’s plan, but also things to come. While it is true that the path of each individual believer is a shining one, yet the special application of this statement is to the just (justified) as a class. Patriarchs, prophets, apostles and saints of the past and present have walked in its increasing light; and the light will continue to increase beyond the present — ‘unto the perfect day.’ It is one continuous path, and the one continuous and increasing light is the Divine Record, illuminating as it becomes due.” “And since Jesus’ day, yet more light shines, as He foretold it would, saying, ‘I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now: howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth... and He will show you things to come.’”
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