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Companion Bible itself, and 227 pages of Appendices. For the English student
whose acquaintance with the original Greek or Hebrew is limited or non-
existent, we cannot think of a more useful and reliable tool, and as such we
commend it to all who would be `unashamed workmen'.
In fairness to the reader we feel that we ought to say that the
dispensational view which The Berean Expositor stands for in connection with
the two sets of Paul's epistles, will not be found in The Companion Bible,
although the Dispensational significance of Acts 28 is recognized. Dr.
Bullinger died before the work on the New Testament had gone further than the
Gospels. His last book The Foundations of Dispensational Truth gives us some
idea of how the Epistles would have been divided had he lived to carry the
work through. As it is, we have a monumental work, which prepares the way
for the believer right up to the very door of the Mystery, and then leaves
him, so that without leaning on the teaching of any man he may go forward
with the Lord Himself. What at first seemed a tragedy now appears as a
gracious overruling. The believer is spared the temptation of just accepting
without further study what has been written, but he thankfully uses the
foundation so well and truly given in The Companion Bible that unfettered, he
may explore afresh the riches of grace yet awaiting him. No man living was
more teachable than Dr. Bullinger, no man more ready to acknowledge a
mistake, no man who abhorred the shackles of tradition more than he, so that
we believe we may be following in the spirit of his writings when most we
differ from his conclusions. As one who had intimate knowledge and
fellowship with Dr. Bullinger during his ripest years, we have felt it
impossible to comment upon his work without speaking also of his person. The
Lord's message and the Lord's messenger go together (Hag. 1:13).
In conclusion we ask the reader, as he turns the pages of this great
work and notes the evidence of loving toil in the Word that meets him at
every turn, to pray that the selfsame spirit that is manifest in this work
may be shared by all its readers, and that the purpose of the author of the
work may be growingly achieved as student after student uses the notes in
order to become more personally acquainted with the Scriptures themselves.
`Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth' (2 Tim. 2:15).
In the Jubilee number of The Berean Expositor will be found a
reproduction in colour of an original oil painting of Dr. Bullinger,
painted by the present writer in the year 1958.
A criticism examined.
The place of Acts 28
The intelligent reader will not need informing that a movement which
stands for such a provoking course of teaching as does this Analysis must
always be under the fire of criticism. How can the charge `ultra
dispensationalism' be dealt with? Is any useful purpose served by dealing
with the false charge that we have `no use' for the epistle to the Romans?
(See book Just and the Justifier). Yet if any criticism sends us back to
`The Book' we are thankful. What we are still awaiting is a Scriptural
exposure of our attitude to Acts 28, which will take full account of all that
is implied in Hosea 1:9 and chapter 3 of this prophecy.