The Berean Expositor
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p. 80
A CORRECTION.  There is need for a correction in the Berean Expositor of January
on page 7, where we stated that Lamech was `childless'. What we should
have said was that Cain's line ended in Lamech and his three sons, but our
mind was influenced by the words of Jer. 22: 30 where Coniah, who
also had sons, was nevertheless `childless' so far as the throne of David
was concerned.
"With Sword and Trowel"
p. 186
In an earlier article we considered the foundation upon which faith rests. We may,
however, consider faith as a foundation upon which one may build. When `faith' is used
in this sense it means the whole of the doctrine embraced by the believer and called
"The Faith".
"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith" (Jude 20).
That `the faith' here is looked upon as a `foundation', the usage elsewhere testifies.
The verb `to build upon' occurs in I Cor. 3: 10, 12, 14; and in Eph. 2: 20 where there
can be no doubt as to the meaning of the Apostle.
Someone has said that the believer must act like the Jews did in the days of Nehemiah,
who worked at the building of the wall:
"With one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that
sounded the trumpet was by me" (Neh. 4: 17, 18).
Jude does not only say `build', but says:
"Ye should earnestly contend for the faith" (Jude 3).
The activities of faith are carried on in the presence of adversaries;
when the
adversary ceases to trouble, faith will be exchanged for perfect knowledge.