The Berean Expositor
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By the time "Hebrews" was written the abeyance was a fact, and the apostle could
write, "But now we see not yet all things put under Him" (Heb. 2: 8). Strictly speaking,
the "abeyance of the kingdom" is untrue, for the kingdom has never been set up yet by
Christ.  We should be more correct in speaking of the abeyance of the hopes and
conditions which were connected with the good news of the kingdom. You will surely
see that the gospel of Matt. 10: 5-8 is not the gospel of Eph. 1:, 3:
You will also see that the terms of Mark 16: 16-20 were fulfilled right up to
Acts 28: 1-9, but from that moment they abruptly cease. They are then in abeyance,
together with all the other accompaniments of kingdom things.
D.M., Burntisland.--Mark 16: 15-20 and Col. 1: 23 have no reference to
each other. The one has relation to the kingdom and miracles; the other is
connected with neither. The idea that the gospel was preached to animals
is absurd, for animals do not believe, neither are they baptized, neither do
they hope for resurrection.
The introduction of the word "new" in "new tongues" (which is omitted in the R.V.)
ruins the marvellous numerical design of the passage, which is made to teach that the
apostles spoke a new kind of language which animals could understand.
Answers to Correspondents.
F.H., Birmingham.--"Will you kindly look at Eph. 6: 12, and when you
have time express your opinion as to whether the `heavenly places' are
here referred to as the location of evil spirits. There appears a difficulty in
believing that that region of peace (Holy of Holies?) is disturbed by
satan's emissaries. . . .
In answer to these questions we would say to the first, Yes, "heavenly places" in
Eph. 6: 12 are that habitation of evil spirits; but to the second, No, evil spirits have no
access to the heavenly holiest of all, where we are blessed with all spiritual blessings.
Eph. 6: 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Turning to the Word itself we shall find out difficulties vanish in the clear light thrown
upon the subject in this epistle. Let us examine what is said of these "heavenly places" in
Ephesians. The first reference, like the last (the one under notice), does not definitely say
anything as to locality; it reads, "Blessed be God. . . . Who hath blessed us with all