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the drawing room or the study.  Methods and means that are right in relation
to the felling of timber, have no place in the cabinet maker's shop.  The
training necessary for keeping the accounts of such a business have no
relation to felling and hauling timber, or of using chisel, plane or set
square.  So, Dispensational Truth, the outcome of the principle of 'Right
Division', is but the discovery of and the acceptance of relationships
instituted by God. Israel are related to the earthly purpose of God.  The
Church of the One Body is related to the super -heavenlies.  During the first
and probationary part of Israel's calling, they are related to the Old
Covenant which they could not keep and which becomes to them a ministry of
condemnation and of death.  Israel, when at last redeemed and restored are
related to the New Covenant which is based upon the great Sacrifice
of Christ on their behalf.  If we would understand the constitution of the
Church of the Mystery, we must observe that it is called a 'Joint -Body',
that it has 'members' and a 'Head', and that the recognition of these
relationships is necessary to realize 'What is Truth?' as it relates to the
Church of the present high calling.
The Scripture comes to us in many forms, and from many writers.  Moses
is the Lawgiver and essentially related to Israel.  The prophets of the Old
Testament are related to Israel's ultimate future.  The Gospel of Matthew
cannot be understood until its relationship with the kingdom, David and
Abraham is clearly seen, whereas the Gospel according to Luke is related to
salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and Adam.  John's Gospel is evidently
related to non -Jewish readers not only by the fact that such words as
'Rabbi' and 'Messiah' are interpreted, but by the constant stress on the word
To the reader who is asking Pilate's question 'What is truth?' but not,
thank God, with Pilate's despair, we offer these brief comments as sidelights
upon a momentous theme, believing that if we always remember the necessary
limitations of our creaturehood, the necessary relativity of all the truth
that we can at present receive and understand, the natural failure of human
language adequately to express even human thought, the Divine assurance of
the inspiration of Scripture, the choice by God of words of earth indeed, but
purified unto perfection, and the essence of all discovery in the quest of
truth, namely the 'relationships' of things, then we can confidently follow
the leading of the Scriptures and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, being
moreover assured that at the end of every quest, we shall be led not to an
abstraction, or even to It but to Him, the Son of God, the One Whose words
brought the question to the lips of Pilate 'What is truth?'
'I am ... the Truth' (John 14:6).
'Thy Word is Truth' (John 17:17).
'To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that
I should bear witness unto the truth' (John 18:37).
However uncouth, ungrammatical, or offensive a witness may be, if upon
oath he declares that what he affirms is true, his witness cannot be set
aside because of his lack of good manners.  This is true even in the realm of
Scriptural witness.  Matthias was not chosen because he was a better man than
Joseph called Barsabas, neither were these two selected above the heads of
the hundred and eighteen gathered with them in the upper room.  The one thing
that counted, was that Matthias and Joseph held the first essential
qualification as a witness, that each could say 'I was there'.