Editorials -- By: Anonymous
BSac 106:424 (Oct 49) p. 385
A true religion has been defined as “a specific relationship, with its corresponding responsibilities, divinely set up between God and man.” Of the four classes of intelligent beings created—angels, Gentiles, Jews, and Christians—God has entered into relations with the Jews in what is known as Judaism or what the Apostle termed “the religion of the Jews” (cf. Acts 26:5; Gal 1:13; James 1:26, 27), and with the Christians in what is termed Christianity.
These two systems appear in the Scriptures and though they have much in common—God, man, righteousness, sin, redemption, and salvation—they are not the same, nor does Judaism merge into Christianity.
Theology of the past has made many grievous and misleading errors, but none more misleading than to suppose that Judaism, because in abeyance now, is merged into Christianity. There are remarkable points of likeness between the laws of Great Britain and the laws of the United States, but this fact does not constitute these two nations one.
Before He left the world, Christ said to the Jews: “How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not” (Matt 23:37). The gathering here referred to is that to be accomplished for the whole nation (cf. Deut 30:3; Jer 23:7, 8; Matt 24:31) when their Messiah returns in power and great glory. The refusal of this nation to have their King when He came the first time led to these final words of judgment upon them: “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LAord” (Matt 23:38, 39). Thus in the most
BSac 106:424 (Oct 49) p. 386
absolute manner the words of John are fulfilled: “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” (John 1:11). And a period of waiting for Israel is thrust in. Ye shall not see me henceforth until ye shall say what is to be said when the King returns, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (cf. Matt 24:30).
It is then that the covenanted...
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