This classic and scholarly work deserves a wide circulation among the people
of God, especially those who love God's Word and are hungry for deeper truth.
The Church Epistles was first published in book form in 1902 from a series
of articles written in 1898. Our text is taken from the second edition, published
in 1905 (some shorter footnotes have been incorporated in the text and biblical
references have been modernised).
The present work appears to have taken second place to The Foundations of
Dispensational Truth, first published posthumously in 1911. While Dr. Bullinger
modified his teaching on the chronological order, he quotes at length from
the present volume and states that "for us today... the canonical order is
the more important" (page 82, third edition). Earlier on the same page he
writes: "It is not that one order is right and the other wrong. Both are
right; neither is wrong. Both are important, but not equally so..." He takes
the same stand in How To Enjoy The Bible (1907), and this is repeated in
the Companion Bible, just prior to the book of Romans and also in Appendix
192. I have not yet found any statement in his writings where he discounts
the experiential teaching of the canonical order of the epistles to the seven
I trust that this republication will encourage believers to study the epistles
to the churches afresh, the "complete course which shall begin and finish
the education of the Christian; a curriculum which contains everything necessary
for the Christian's standing and his walk; the 'all truth' into which the
Spirit guides him."
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