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Early Beginnings

In 1885, Mr. John T. Armet and his wife rented a corner of a brother’s stationery store where they began what they called Bible Truth Depot. May 7, 1899, was the date of the first issue of a new Sunday school paper called “Messages of Love” begun by the Armets. It began, “Our Dear Little Friends: If the Lord permit, we hope to have a paper like this one for you every week, telling you of God’s love to this world of sinners. What could be more wonderful to tell you about than the love of God, and that love being towards us when we had no love for Him.” By God’s good hand, that paper presenting God’s love and salvation has been continuously published from that day to this. In January of 1915 the Armets began a full-fledged bookstore at 1112 Taylor Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to distribute, as the name suggests, Bible truth through periodicals, books, pamphlets, hymnbooks, tracts, and (more important than all the rest) the Word of God.

Bible Truth Publishers

By 1947, brother Armet had been with the Lord for over twenty years and sister Armet was ready to pass the work on to others. A non-profit corporation was formed and given the name Bible Truth Publishers, with the purpose of carrying on the good work that the Armets had begun under the name of Bible Truth Depot and to add to the scope of the work by also becoming a publisher of the works of sound Bible teachers, stories illustrating Bible truth, and the biographies of those whose faith we are to imitate. In 1951 the work was moved to Oak Park, Illinois, and, in 1977, to Addison, Illinois. Many around the world have come to know Bible Truth Publishers (or BTP, as it is often called) through the Joyful News and Pocket (Wallet) Calendars, now printed in over thirty languages. These gospel messengers were added to BTP’s list of printing projects early in the 1970s.

Current Desire

As it began, so the work continues with the desire to share God’s good news with the lost and God’s truth for the whole church of God. We present “God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

Current Operations

What Do I Learn From Scripture?

(What We Believe)

I learn from the Scriptures that there is one living God,1
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)
fully revealed to us in Christ,2
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18)
and known through Him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,3
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16‑17)
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19)
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)
in the unity of the Godhead,4
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)
“And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” (1 Corinthians 12:6)
but revealed as distinctively willing,5
“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:38‑40)
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” (John 5:21)
“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)
“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” (John 5:17)
“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)
sending, sent,7
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” (John 15:26)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” (John 5:37)
“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” (1 Peter 1:12)
“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14)
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” (John 15:26)
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:7‑8)
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” (John 16:13)
“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)
and other actings, or, as habitually expressed among Christians, three persons in one God, or Trinity in Unity. God is the Creator of all things, but the act of creating is personally attributed to the Word and the Son, and the operation of the Spirit of God.10
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1‑2)
“By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.” (Job 26:13)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:2)
I learn that the Word, who was with God and was God, was made flesh and dwelt among us,11
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1‑2)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
the Father sending the Son to be the Savior of the world12
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
—that He, as the Christ, was born of a woman,13
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” (Galatians 4:4)
by the power of the Holy Spirit coming on the virgin Mary,14
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
true man,15
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7)
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14)
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” (1 John 4:2)
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” (2 John 7)
without sin,16
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” (1 John 3:5)
in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,17
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)
the promised seed of David according to the flesh,18
“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” (Romans 1:3)
“Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.” (Acts 2:30)
“Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus.” (Acts 13:23)
“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” (2 Timothy 2:8)
the Son of Man19
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13)
and Son of God,20
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18)
“And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:34)
determined to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead,21
“And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4)
one blessed Person, God and man,22
Phil. 2:6‑10; 2 Cor. 5:19‑21; Heb. 1‑2; 1 John 2:23‑3:3; 5:20; Rev. 22:12‑13; John 1:1,14; 8:58, and many others.
the man Christ Jesus,23
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
the anointed man,24
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)
Jehovah the Savior.25
Matt. 1:21. The word Christ or Messiah means ”anointed,” and Jesus or Joshua, ”Jehovah” or ”Jah the Savior.”
I learn that He died for our sins according to the Scriptures,26
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3)
having appeared once in the consummation of ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself,27
“For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrews 9:26)
that He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree, suffering for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,28
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)
and that He is our righteousness before God.29
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24)
I learn that He is risen from the dead,30
1 Cor. 15:20; Matt. 28:6, and many others.
raised by God, by Himself, by the glory of the Father,31
“And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15)
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:20)
and ascended up on high,32
Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Eph. 4:8‑10, and others.
having by Himself purged our sins, and sits at the right hand of God.33
Heb. 1:3; 10:12; Eph. 1:20‑21, and others.
I learn that after Christ’s ascension the Holy Spirit has been sent down to dwell in His people individually and collectively, so that in both ways they are the temple of God.34
John 16:7; 7:39; Rom. 8:9; the Father sends, John 14:26; Christ sends from the Father, John 14:16‑17,26; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:19; 3:16; Eph. 2:22; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:30; 1:23.
We are sealed35
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” (Ephesians 1:13)
“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22)
and anointed with this Spirit,36
“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.” (2 Corinthians 1:21)
“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” (1 John 2:20)
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John 2:27)
the love of God being shed abroad in our hearts;37
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5)
we are led by Him,38
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
and He is the earnest of our inheritance;39
“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:14)
“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22)
“Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 5:5)
we cry, Abba, Father, knowing we are sons.40
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
I learn that Christ will come again to receive us to Himself,41
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3)
raising those that are His, or changing them if living, fashioning their bodies like His glorious body, according to the power by which He is able to subdue all things to Himself,42
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16‑17)
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.” (1 Corinthians 15:23)
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51‑52)
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3:20‑21)
and that those of them who die meanwhile will depart and be with Him.43
2 Cor. 5:8; Luke 23:43; Acts 7:59.
I learn that God has appointed a day in which He will judge this habitable world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained, whereof He has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised Him from the dead,44
Acts 17:31.
and that at the end He will sit on the great white throne and judge the dead, small and great.45
Rev. 20:11‑12.
I learn that every one of us shall give an account of himself to God46
Rom. 14:12.
and receive the things done in the body, whether they be good or evil,47
2 Cor. 5:10.
and as the righteous inherit eternal life,48
Rom. 6:22‑23; Matt. 25:46.
so the wicked shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, will go into everlasting punishment, be cast into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels, and that whosoever is not found in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire.49
2 Thess. 1:7‑9; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15.
I learn that this blessed one, the Lord Jesus Christ, died for all, has given Himself a ransom for all, testified in due time,50
2 Cor. 5:14; 1 Tim. 2:6; 1 John 2:2.
that He has made propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the whole world.
I learn that He has thereby obtained an eternal redemption,51
Heb. 9:12.
and that by one offering of Himself once for all the sins of all that believe on Him are purged,52
Heb. 1:3; 9:22; 10:2.
and that by faith in Him their consciences are also purged,53
Heb. 9:14; 10:2.
and God remembers their sins and iniquities no more54
Heb. 10:17.
—that being called of God, they receive the promise of an eternal inheritance,55
Heb. 9:15.
being perfected forever, so that we have boldness to enter into the holiest by His blood, by the new and living way He has consecrated for us.56
Heb. 10:14,19‑20.
I learn that to enter into the kingdom of God we must be born of water and the Spirit, born again,57
John 3:3,5.
being naturally dead in sins, and by nature children of wrath.58
Eph. 2:1,3; 2 Cor. 5:14.
That which God employs in order to our being born again is His Word.59
James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23.
Hence it is by faith that we become His children.60
Gal. 3:26.
I learn that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life,61
John 3:16.
but that to this end, God being a righteous and holy God, the Son of Man had to be lifted up upon the cross62
John 3:14‑15.
—that there He bore our sins in His own body on the tree63
1 Peter 2:24.
and was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.64
2 Cor. 5:21.
I learn that He loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it by the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.65
Eph. 5:25‑27.
I learn that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we might be holy and without blame before Him in love.66
Eph. 1:4.
I learn that those who believe are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is the earnest of our inheritance till the redemption of the purchased possession;67
Eph. 1:13‑14; 2 Cor. 1:22.
that by Him the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts;68
Rom. 5:5.
that we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father;69
Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; John 14:20.
that they who have received this Spirit not only cry, Abba, Father, but know that they are in Christ, and Christ in them; that thus not only He appears in the presence of God for them, but they are in Him who is sitting at the right hand of God, expecting till His enemies be made His footstool;70
Eph. 2:6; Heb. 9:24; 10:12‑13.
that they are dead to sin in God’s sight, and to reckon themselves so; having put off the old man, and put on the new; alive to God through Jesus Christ (Christ is their new life); crucified to the world, and dead to the law.71
Col. 3:3‑4,9‑10; Rom. 6:6,11; Gal. 2:20; 6:14.
I learn thus that if they are in Christ, Christ is in them, and they are called upon to manifest the life of Jesus in their mortal flesh72
John 14:20; Rom. 8:10; 2 Cor. 4:10.
and to walk as He walked,73
1 John 2:6.
God having set them in the world as the epistles of Christ,74
2 Cor. 3:3.
whose grace is sufficient for them, and whose strength is made perfect in their weakness.75
2 Cor. 12:9.
I learn that they are converted to wait for God’s Son from heaven76
1 Thess. 1:10; Titus 2:12‑13; Luke 12:35‑37.
and are taught to do so, and that they have the promise that they shall never perish, nor shall any man pluck them out of Christ’s hand,77
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
but that God will confirm them to the end, that they may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.78
“So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:7‑9)
I learn that they have part in these privileges through faith in Christ Jesus, in virtue of which righteousness is imputed to them;79
Rom. 5:1‑2; Gal. 3:24‑26; 3:11,14; Rom. 4:16; Eph. 2:8; 2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 11:4; Acts 13:39; Gal. 3:6,9; Rom. 4:24‑25, and many others.
that Christ, who has obeyed even unto death and wrought a perfect work upon the cross for them,80
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:4)
“Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” (Hebrews 7:27)
“Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others. For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:25‑28)
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12)
“Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:18)
is now their righteousness, made such of God to them,81
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
and that we are made the righteousness of God in Him;82
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
that as His precious blood cleanses us from all sin, so we are personally accepted in the Beloved,83
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)
that as by one man’s disobedience many were constituted sinners, so by the obedience of One many shall be constituted righteous.84
“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19)
I learn that we are sanctified, or set apart to God, by God the Father, through the offering of Jesus Christ once for all, and by the operation and power of the Holy Spirit through the truth, so that all Christians are saints,85
“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.” (Jude 1)
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)
“But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17)
“And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” (John 17:19)
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” (1 Peter 1:22)
“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7)
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” (1 Corinthians 1:2)
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1)
and that in our practical state we have to follow after holiness86
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (2 Peter 3:14)
and grow up to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, being changed into His image, to whom we are to be perfectly conformed in glory.87
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2‑3)
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” (Ephesians 4:1)
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)
“That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.” (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
I learn that the Lord has left two rites, or ordinances, both significative of His death; one initiatory, the other of continual observance in the church of God—baptism and the Lord’s supper.88
Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12,16,36; 9:18; Eph. 4:5; 1 Cor. 1:17; 1 Peter 3:21; Rom. 6:3; Col. 2:12; Matt. 26:26‑28; Mark 14:22‑23; Luke 22:19‑20; 1 Cor. 11:23‑26; 10:3‑4.
I learn that, when Christ ascended up on high, He received gifts for men, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, and that from Christ the whole body, fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, makes increase of the body, to the edifying of itself in love.89
Eph. 4:6‑13; Acts 2:33; 1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:6; 1 Peter 4:10‑11; Matt. 25:14; Luke 19:13.
I learn that, as the grace and sovereign love of God is the source and origin of all the blessing,90
John 3:16,27; 1 Cor. 2:12; 4:7; Eph. 2:7‑10; Titus 2:11.
so continual and diligent dependence on that grace is that by which we can walk after Him and to His glory, who has left us an example that we should follow His steps.91
John 15:5; Phil. 2:12‑13; 1 Thess. 5:17; Rom. 12:12; Luke 18:1; 2 Peter 1:5‑10, and many others. John 8:12; 10:4; 12:26; 17:10; 2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Cor. 6:19‑20; Rom. 14:7‑8; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17; 1 John 2:6; 1 Peter 2:2.
I learn from the example and authority of the Lord and His apostles that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are inspired of God, and are to be received as the Word of God, having His authority attached to it, and which works effectually in those that believe,92
Matt. 4:4,7,10; Luke 24:25‑27,44‑46; John 5:39; 10:35; Matt. 5:17‑18; John 20:9; Matt. 1:23, and a multitude of passages. Matt. 26:54; 2 Peter 1:20‑21; Gal. 3:8; 2 Tim. 3:14‑17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:2‑3; 2:13; 14:36‑37; Rom. 16:26, where it is not ”the scriptures of the prophets,” that is, at any rate scriptures, but New Testament, not Old; 2 Peter 3:16.
and that the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart, being understood, not by the wisdom of man, but by the teaching of God, being spiritually discerned; they are revealed, communicated and discerned by the Spirit.93
Psa. 19:7; Heb. 4:12‑13; Luke 24:45; 1 Cor. 2:10; 1 John 2:20,27; John 6:45; 1 Cor. 2:12‑14.
I learn that, while God alone is immortal in and by Himself,94
1 Tim. 6:16.
the angels are not subject to death,95
Luke 20:36.
and that the death of a man does not affect the life of his soul, be he wicked or renewed, but that all live still as to God, though dead,96
Luke 12:4‑5; Matt. 10:28; Luke 16:23; 20:38.
and that the wicked will be raised again as well as the just.97
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28‑29)
“And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” (Acts 24:15)
I learn that every assembly of God is bound by the exercise of discipline, according to the Word, to keep itself pure in doctrine and godly walk.98
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” (Hebrews 12:15‑17)
“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)
“A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject. Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” (Titus 3:10‑11)
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)
“But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (1 Corinthians 5:13)
J. N. Darby

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1 Tim. 2:5; 4:10.
John 1:18.
Matt. 3:16‑17; 28:19; Eph. 2:18.
John 5:19; 1 Cor. 12:6.
John 6:38‑40; 5:21; 1 Cor. 12:11.
John 5:17; 1 Cor. 12:11.
John 14:26; 15:26; 5:24,37; 1 Peter 1:12; 1 John 4:14.
John 15:26; 16:7‑8,13.
1 Cor. 12:11.
Gen. 1:1‑2; Job 26:13; John 1:1,3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2.
John 1:1‑2,14.
John 4:14.
Gal. 4:4.
Luke 1:35.
Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14,17; 1 John 4:2; 2 John 7.
Luke 1:35; 1 John 3:5.
Col. 2:9.
Rom. 1:3; Acts 2:30; 13:23; 2 Tim. 2:8.
Matt. 16:13.
John 1:18,34.
Rom. 1:4.
Phil. 2:6‑10; 2 Cor. 5:19‑21; Heb. 1‑2; 1 John 2:23‑3:3; 5:20; Rev. 22:12‑13; John 1:1,14; 8:58, and many others.
1 Tim. 2:5.
Acts 10:38.
Matt. 1:21. The word Christ or Messiah means “anointed,” and Jesus or Joshua, “Jehovah” or “Jah the Savior.”
1 Cor. 15:3.
Heb. 9:26.
1 Peter 2:24; 3:18.
1 Cor. 1:30; Heb. 9:24.
1 Cor. 15:20; Matt. 28:6, and many others.
Acts 3:15; John 2:19; Rom. 6:4; Eph. 1:20.
Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Eph. 4:8‑10, and others.
Heb. 1:3; 10:12; Eph. 1:20‑21, and others.
John 16:7; 7:39; Rom. 8:9; the Father sends, John 14:26; Christ sends from the Father, John 14:16‑17,26; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:19; 3:16; Eph. 2:22; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:30; 1:23.
Eph. 1:13; 2 Cor. 1:22.
2 Cor. 1:21; 1 John 2:20,27.
Rom. 5:5.
Rom. 8:14.
Eph. 1:14; 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5.
Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6.
John 14:3.
1 Thess. 4:16‑17; 1 Cor. 15:23,51‑52; Phil. 3:20‑21.
2 Cor. 5:8; Luke 23:43; Acts 7:59.
Acts 17:31.
Rev. 20:11‑12.
Rom. 14:12.
2 Cor. 5:10.
Rom. 6:22‑23; Matt. 25:46.
2 Thess. 1:7‑9; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15.
2 Cor. 5:14; 1 Tim. 2:6; 1 John 2:2.
Heb. 9:12.
Heb. 1:3; 9:22; 10:2.
Heb. 9:14; 10:2.
Heb. 10:17.
Heb. 9:15.
Heb. 10:14,19‑20.
John 3:3,5.
Eph. 2:1,3; 2 Cor. 5:14.
James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23.
Gal. 3:26.
John 3:16.
John 3:14‑15.
1 Peter 2:24.
2 Cor. 5:21.
Eph. 5:25‑27.
Eph. 1:4.
Eph. 1:13‑14; 2 Cor. 1:22.
Rom. 5:5.
Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; John 14:20.
Eph. 2:6; Heb. 9:24; 10:12‑13.
Col. 3:3‑4,9‑10; Rom. 6:6,11; Gal. 2:20; 6:14.
John 14:20; Rom. 8:10; 2 Cor. 4:10.
1 John 2:6.
2 Cor. 3:3.
2 Cor. 12:9.
1 Thess. 1:10; Titus 2:12‑13; Luke 12:35‑37.
John 10:28.
1 Cor. 1:7‑9.
Rom. 5:1‑2; Gal. 3:24‑26; 3:11,14; Rom. 4:16; Eph. 2:8; 2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 11:4; Acts 13:39; Gal. 3:6,9; Rom. 4:24‑25, and many others.
Phil. 2:8; John 17:4; Heb. 7:27; 9:25‑28; 10:12,18.
1 Cor. 1:30.
2 Cor. 5:21.
Eph. 1:6.
Rom. 5:19.
Jude 1; Heb. 10:10; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Cor. 6:11; John 17:17,19; 1 Peter 1:22; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1.
Heb. 12:14; 2 Peter 3:14.
Eph. 4:13,15; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 John 3:2‑3; Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:12; 5:23.
Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12,16,36; 9:18; Eph. 4:5; 1 Cor. 1:17; 1 Peter 3:21; Rom. 6:3; Col. 2:12; Matt. 26:26‑28; Mark 14:22‑23; Luke 22:19‑20; 1 Cor. 11:23‑26; 10:3‑4.
Eph. 4:6‑13; Acts 2:33; 1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:6; 1 Peter 4:10‑11; Matt. 25:14; Luke 19:13.
John 3:16,27; 1 Cor. 2:12; 4:7; Eph. 2:7‑10; Titus 2:11.
John 15:5; Phil. 2:12‑13; 1 Thess. 5:17; Rom. 12:12; Luke 18:1; 2 Peter 1:5‑10, and many others. John 8:12; 10:4; 12:26; 17:10; 2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Cor. 6:19‑20; Rom. 14:7‑8; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17; 1 John 2:6; 1 Peter 2:2.
Matt. 4:4,7,10; Luke 24:25‑27,44‑46; John 5:39; 10:35; Matt. 5:17‑18; John 20:9; Matt. 1:23, and a multitude of passages. Matt. 26:54; 2 Peter 1:20‑21; Gal. 3:8; 2 Tim. 3:14‑17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:2‑3; 2:13; 14:36‑37; Rom. 16:26, where it is not “the scriptures of the prophets,” that is, at any rate scriptures, but New Testament, not Old; 2 Peter 3:16.
Psa. 19:7; Heb. 4:12‑13; Luke 24:45; 1 Cor. 2:10; 1 John 2:20,27; John 6:45; 1 Cor. 2:12‑14.
1 Tim. 6:16.
Luke 20:36.
Luke 12:4‑5; Matt. 10:28; Luke 16:23; 20:38.
John 5:28‑29; Acts 24:15.
Heb. 12:15‑17; 1 Tim. 3:15; Titus 3:10‑11; 1 Cor. 5:7,13.