It should be common knowledge to our readers that we believe it
was given to the Apostle Paul to fulfill the Word of God (Col. 1:25).
These last Pauline epistles thus reveal to us our hope as members of the
One Body of Christ and our various responsibilities as to our walk. We
have here a small book that puts forth these truths
All Truth, by J. Eustace Mills, is our
book in review. This book is an exposition of Col. 1:24-29 divided
into 8 chapters. His approach is to contrast what the Spirit of Truth
has revealed before and during the time of Christ, and what was revealed
to Paul after the Lord's resurrection
Our book starts with the explanation of the
time after the Lord's resurrection when He said that He would send "The
Comforter", the Spirit of Truth, who would speak about the things that
were to come and would glorify the Lord. This first contrast is between
the truths in the Gospels and the words spoken by the Lord in person while
on the earth, and the revelations given to the Apostle Paul.
Mr. Mills then suggests that it is God's desire
to share His secret purpose with his saints, but that not all are initiated
into this calling and some refuse to respond to the message of the Mystery.
The contrast are those mysteries revealed from the foundation of the world
and those revealed before the foundation.
What is this Mystery? For there is more
than one revealed in Paul's writings, Mr. Mills explains. The contrast
here is between the Mystery of Christ which is hidden in the Old Testament
Scriptures, the Gospels, and in Paul's earlier writings with the Mystery
of the Body of Christ revealed in Paul's last seven epistles. When
we make these secrets the same we have confusion, not light, as the Father
desires for us.
The Body of Christ is said to be raised, seated,
and manifested with Christ in Glory. We are not told that we will
meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess. 4:17). The time when the Lord
returns at His Second Coming will be glorious, but this is not our hope.
The last chapter contrasts the presenting of
the perfect man, one of "full age"and the babe that is spoken of in Hebrews
5:13-6:1. For one to remain a babe is a sad thing. We need
to grow up (Eph. 4:14,15) so we will not be easily deceived.
All Truth is found in the the Word of God.
Mr. Mills would have us to rightly divide the Word to find our hope and
calling. To grow into full grown sons fit for the Master's use.