Posted On January 19, 2016

In Proposition 15, George Peters states:

“The doctrine of the kingdom can become better understood and appreciated.”

This is truly one of the reasons Peters wrote his treatise. There is a great need, both in his day and continuing to the current time, to grasp this doctrine not based on the varied opinions of man, but rather based on what God has revealed in His word. If we take the time to dig into the word, listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and being careful to place in their proper perspective the creeds, confessions, and writings of man, then we can certainly better understand and appreciate the importance of this doctrine.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 15 is the following:

“Some think that religious truth is stationary, and this is a favorite charge of the enemies of Christianity, upon which is founded the expressions “antiquated”, “stale”, “worn out”, etc. Admitting that any doctrinal matter contained in Holy Writ is final in authority, and that the things of the Spirit are only to be found in their purity in the Revelation given by that Spirit, yet these same truths may become more and more clear and distinctive by careful study, comparison, analogy, induction, deduction, by considering their relationship to history, the constant development of God’s purposes, the continued fulfillment of prophecy, the experience of mankind, and the gathering of the elect. It is the universal testimony of believers that a searching of the Scriptures has always added to our religious knowledge, and every Christian student must gratefully acknowledge his indebtedness to this feature. The Bible is a wonderful book in this respect.”

I know I can speak from personal experience that through the diligent study of Scripture over the years, I have grown in my understanding of the truths found in God’s Word. I humbly admit I still have a ways to go. We grow in knowledge of truth through that diligent study. The truths of Scripture are unchanging. What changes is our understanding of those timeless truths through the work of the Holy Spirit writing God’s word on our hearts. Those who devote themselves to the reading and studying of Scripture (this should be all believers by the way and not just academics or pastors), will find certain truths to become clearer over time. The pieces if you will of the puzzle begin to make sense as God reveals to His people the greater picture of His divine plan.

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