The Berean Expositor
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J O Y.
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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 of the 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, speaking 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 epistles 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 into existence, and
which justifies 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
How should we esteem the authority of the Bible?
"Not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God" (I Thess. 2: 13).