Correspondence: Fruit; Jews; Mark 11:25-26; Bishops etc.; Meetings, Headships

Mark 11:25-26; 1 Timothy 5:25
Ques. Is it possible for one to be a believer in Christ, and not bear fruit? N.
Ques. What will become of the Jewish people who die without Christ in this present time? R.
Ques. What will become of the Jews after the Church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air? O.
Ans. Both Jews and Gentiles may hear the gospel of the kingdom, and become true subjects of the King of kings, and live to people the earth during the reign of Christ.
But the Jews or Gentiles and the professing Church which will be left behind,-all these who neglected, refused, or despised the gospel when they heard it,-will fall victims to the strong delusion, and will be eternally lost.
Ans. We can easily see in these verses that an unforgiving spirit is a sad hindrance to prayer. It is a remarkable thing that when we get into the presence of God, our failures begin to come up before us. And in this scripture we are exhorted to deal with every unforgiving thought against any person, that our prayers be not hindered.
We also see that such forgiveness is of a governmental kind. It is not eternal forgiveness. This we have once for all (Heb. 10:1414For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14)), but it is what is needed to keep us going on in happy communion with the Father. It is therefore of great importance for us to see that we are not harboring unforgiving thoughts toward any.
“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:3232And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32).
Ques. What are bishops, deacons, and prophets in the New Testament? A. N.
Deacon is a servant to minister to needy ones, and to serve tables, as in Acts 6. Their character was to be as in 1 Tim. 3:12, 1312Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:12‑13). They were chosen and appointed by the apostles or their delegates Timothy and Titus, but not by the Assembly. The scriptures were not completed and collated at that time.
A prophet now is only one speaking the truth. Prophesying now is speaking unto men to edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Cor. 14:3, 293But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:3)
29Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. (1 Corinthians 14:29)
). We have no revelations now, for the Word of God is completed (Col. 1:2525Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; (Colossians 1:25)). There is no need therefore of tongues of interpretations. We are now living in the last day, and awaiting the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let our loins be girded and our lights burning.
Ques. What meetings are Assembly meetings where we can count on the Lord Jesus being in our midst? Please make it plain about any other meetings also. C. M. S.
Ans. All meetings arranged by the gathered saints where all, both sisters and brothers, are to be present, are Assembly meetings with the Lord in the midst, as in Matt. 18:2020For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20).
The Lord's day meeting to remember the Lord in His death, in worship and adoration, is the highest.
The prayer meeting ranks next; there we express our interest in all that are His, and desire mercies from Him.
The reading meeting is for instruction, yet we count on Him to teach us through whom He will. Sisters are to be silent.
Meetings for addresses where two or three only are allowed to speak (1 Cor. 14:2929Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. (1 Corinthians 14:29)), there also we should wait on the Lord for His ministry.
Brothers' meetings are useful to conduct business matters, to consider questions that may arise, to gain information that needs to be brought before the Assembly, but they have no authority to act. Their action, if any, is not the act of the Assembly. We must therefore be careful not to set aside the authority of the Lord Jesus in the midst of His gathered saints. Brothers' meetings are not Assembly meetings.
Ans. From verse 22 we see that carefulness was urged upon Timothy about those he might receive. If he laid hands on (that is identified himself with) people too quickly, he might find himself associated with evil workers. Verse 23 is remarkable as showing that God allows us to take what we think necessary for our health, and thus does not set aside the use of medicine for those who are afflicted. Then in verses 24 and 25 he returns to the subject of carefulness in receiving. Some men's sins go beforehand, can easily be seen; others are not so easily seen, they follow after. And the same applies to the good works of some that are manifest; others who do not tell what kindnesses they do, but they cannot be hid. How wise the scriptures are!