The Berean Expositor
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Helpers of your joy
The place that joy occupies
It is surprising in one sense, to note the emphasis which the apostle Paul puts upon
"joy". When we come to think of the life he lived, the nature and revelation made known
to and through him-the stewardship of the Mystery-his bonds and imprisonment, the
loneliness and the abuse that seemed his daily meat, we should not be surprised after the
manner of men, if "joy" never entered his vocabulary.
But, thank God we do not speak after the manner of men, having seen enough of the
grace of God to be prepared for songs in the night and psalms from the innermost prison.
Again and again in the epistle to the Philippians Paul bids his readers "rejoice", even
though some brethren (not merely pagan enemies) were endeavouring to add affliction to
his bonds.
The ministry for which The Berean Expositor was first called in existence, and which
justified its continuance, is one so fraught with problems, and which makes such
demands upon both reader and writer, that it is absolutely necessary that into all the hard
study, and in some cases isolation that the truth entails, should be brought the
remembrance that faith is not cold but warm and living, and that there is a "joy of faith"
(Phil. 1:25) as well as the subject matter of the faith, the fight of faith and steadfastness in
the faith. Faith not only leads to justification, acceptance, and life, blessings indeed
beyond computation, but to "joy and peace in believing"(Rom. 15:13) with which we
should be as much filled, as "with the spirit".
Charles H. Welch
Helpers of your joy
The place that joy occupies
(Continued from May 1974)
Some of the fruits of the Spirit are enumerated in Galatians 5:22,23 which sets forth
a veritable cluster of Eschol, nine in all, including gentleness, temperance, and faith. The
first in order of mention is "love", without which all knowledge, faith, and even
martyrdom are reduced to nothing: and second in order of mentions is "joy". Can we
conceive of gentleness without joy and still associate it with the Spirit? Temperance
without joy may be a mischief-worker and a cause for stumbling. A joyless faith
producing a joyless creed neither commends the gospel nor glorifies the Lord. Joy differs
from happiness largely and depends upon what "happens", whereas joy is deeper, being
independent of circumstances. The Apostle may at one time be exalted and at another