An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 10 - Practical Truth - Page 7 of 277
When in about 1952, we took up the pen to prepare An Alphabetical
Analysis of terms used in 'Dispensational Truth', we were rather staggered to
realize that it would involve the writing of five volumes, especially in view
of the labour involved, the many expository meetings for which we were
responsible, the great amount of money that would be required, and the fact
that we were, to use a common expression, 'of advanced years'.  Since then,
however, owing to the urgent request of many readers, we have published a
separate Analysis of Prophetic subjects, also two further volumes devoted to
Doctrinal themes.  At last, we thought, we can relax a little, our task being
accomplished.  But no! we were conscious that one theme had received no
specific attention, namely the 'Practical and Experimental'.
Of what use is a knowledge of Dispensational Truth, if it does not, at
the same time, lead us to seek to be 'approved unto God'? (2 Tim. 2:15).  Of
what service is the knowledge of doctrine, if unaccompanied by corresponding
practice? (2 Pet. 1:5 -9); of what use was it to be able to distinguish
between the epiphaneia (appearing) and the parousia (coming), to discern
between 'hope' and 'prize', if after all we did not 'love His appearing'? (2
Tim. 4:8).  Our 'doctrine' should be related with our 'manner of life' (2
Tim. 3:10).  Consequently, although seven years beyond the 'three score years
and ten', we gladly take up our pen once more in the interest of 'Truth,
Practical and Experimental'.  Upon examination we did not find that this
theme lent itself to a strict Alphabetical method, and yet without any
intention of invoking 'Alliteration's Artful Aid', we found our prefatory
notes distributed under the following headings.  The Christian faith is
likened to a Way, to a Walk and to a Witness, expressed in Works, in Warfare,
in Waiting, and in Worship.  Doubtless, better ways of presenting the truth
could be devised, but these subdivisions came so artlessly, that we have
accepted them.  Some articles published in Volumes 1 to 20 of The Berean
Expositor and even later, are practically inaccessible to our readers, and we
have drawn upon some of these in the preparation of the present volume.
There will be however, no vain repetition, each subject will be revised,
rewritten and recast where the interests of truth may so demand.  We
sincerely hope that the present part of this Analysis will act as a spur, not
as a soporific: an incentive to search and see, to make the truth personal
and fruitful, to lead each one to:
'Live ... looking for that blessed hope ... zealous of good works'
(Tit. 2:12 -14).