NO APOLOGY is offered for this book. It
is an earnest heart response to the vast number of appeals from truth-lovers to correlate
and progressively present a concordantly constructive series of expositions unfolding GOD'S
EONIAN PURPOSE as revealed in the Scriptures. The work is designed for
and will appeal to the thoughtful man or woman who has met difficulties
in the study of the "Bible" according to the conventional ideas of Christendom.
The controverted questions of creation, sin and evil, salvation, baptism, the new birth,
death and hell, immortality, eternal torment, and others, have been dealt with frankly and
clearly out of the spirit of love, energized by a strong conviction coming from a fresh
concordant translation of the Sacred Scriptures conforming to a pattern of sound words
at all times.
No claim is made to originality in these teachings. I have earnestly
and scrupulously endeavored to follow the divine verities of the original with a fidelity
that will appeal to all serious truth-seekers. No thought has been given to upholding the
dogmas or tenets of any society, sect or denomination, or adding new ones, but with an eye
single unto the glory of our Lord Christ. I have conscientiously compiled the work,
realizing it and its influence will receive His just adjudication in that day when
"the fire will test each one's work--what kind it is."!
The Concordant Version of the Sacred Scriptures has been used
throughout the scope of the work. Chapter II gives ample evidence to satisfy all
conscientious objections that may be entertained, on first thought, against its use.
The studies are progressive, each chapter preparing the way
for the next, and should be read and studied in the order presented. The expositional
helps have been given with a view to enable the reader, though a beginner in the study of
the Scriptures, to read with understanding and edification, while at the same time, they
have been made so thorough and comprehensive as to be indispensable to the scholar and
teacher. These helps have either been added by the compiler or gleaned from other sources.
Oftentimes, without attempting to clothe the thoughts anew in language of my own, I have
quoted as expressed by the author, save for a few emendations now and then necessary to
form a "patters of sound words" conforming to the truth in its purity. I have
drawn freely from the writings and notes of our beloved brother A. E. Knoch, translator
and compiler of the Concordant Version. To him I express my heart's gratitude for his
suggestions and cooperation, which have made the work possible.
The work is the result of many years of devoted investigation, study,
and restudy of the original Scriptures, tested in the lecture halls of the larger cities
of the United States and Canada before audiences composed of truth-seekers of various
nationalities and walks of life, including scientists, evolutionists, lawyers, doctors,
historians, linguists, teachers, etc., who followed critically and thoughtfully, the
greater majority receiving the expositions with praise. The work in its present form
promises the unbiased, sincere truth-seeker, sufficient evidence, concordantly correlated
from the Scriptures in their purity, to satisfy and present them mature in all the word
and will of God.
Any repetition in the different chapters is purposely given for
completeness of thought and emphasis. The teaching stresses the unique glory and
exaltation of Christ and His cross, as the expression of God's infinite love and as the
all-sufficient sacrifice for salvation, justification, conciliation, and reconciliation,
through which God will ultimately attain the goal of His eonian purpose--to become All in
We have done our best. We wish it were better. We commit it to
"Him Who is able to do exceedingly above all that we are requesting or apprehending,
according to the power which is operating in us . . . " We now send it forth with
that unfeigned love and sincere purpose that energized the teachings of the apostle Paul
and motivated the prayers of Epaphras, "admonishing every man and teaching every man
in all wisdom, in order that we should present every man mature in Christ Jesus" and
"fully assured in all the will of God."
To Him be the glory!
October 10, 1929
Johnson City, Tennessee
My reminiscence, after 44 years, through the 383 pages of the glorious
wealth of Scripture information and explanation unfolding God's Glorious
Purpose of the Eons, overwhelms my spirit with inexpressible thanksgiving and praise to my
heavenly Father to see the glorious message of spiritual wealth go forth again
for the explanation and illumination of truth-lovers of today, and through the coming
May 25, 1973