THE EDITOR'S PREFACE
In this issue we have touched upon
some fundamental aspects of Christian faith today: the unity and genuine faith
acceptable to God. The "unity"
in Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians is built upon the relation between God and
the Church, the Lord and His disciples, and finally, upon the relation among
Christians themselves. To be sure, the
good news of the Kingdom will give peace and concord to those who worship God
in Spirit and truth. Although not all
Christians keep the Lord's commandments, the unity of the Spirit and faith
seems to be the key to the unity of God and man, man and man. Furthermore, every Christian is supposed to
be fervent and always of clear conscience before God, just as the Holy Spirit
has urged us to do so. The article "Be Zealous and Repent" rightly
points out that self-complacency and spiritual blindness undermine our faith.
It would be a blessing to us if we can make a self - examination of the
substance of our faith and our spiritual growth. Indeed, one must strive to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 11:12; Philippians
3:12). If we can humbly listen to God
and be the doers of His word as obedient children of God,,
peace, harmony, and felicity would always shine upon us.
It goes without saying that those
who have stood firmly on the foundation of the most holy faith must be
Christian soldiers at all times. The
article "Be Gallant in Faith" in this issue concerns the ways to
achieve "faith, hope, love" in a Christian's consecrated life. From the Scriptural teaching, it reminds us
that a believer's life must be rooted in the grace and power of God.
One of the central themes about
salvation in the Bible is how much one knows Jesus and how one must be born
again (John 3:3-8, Titus 3:5). First of
all, one must comprehend who the Lord Jesus is and how one can call upon
Him. Paul Wong's article "The True
God in Christ," the second of the series dealing with the oneness of God,
is both revealing and compelling. He
delineates for us the identity of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the
Heavenly Father in a simple and evocative language. We are grateful to him for the ample and
convincing scriptural evidence which illuminates the mystery of the Godhead.
Shane Lee's "Water Baptism
and Salvation" gives us an insight into how one can find access to the wondrous redemptive plan of God. It is a common knowledge that grace is given
through the blood of the Lord Jesus and the faith of man. Salvation is actualized in the Cross and is
carried out by the belief and obedience of the believers. The Name (Acts 22:16, 10:48, 19:5), the blood
(I John 5:6-7), the Spirit (I John 5:6-8, Genesis 1:2), the Word (Ephesians
5:26, James 1:18) of the Lord would be present in the particular "One
Baptism" (Ephesians 4:5). Shane Lee
has pointedly answered a series of questions for us about the true function of
water baptism in the divine scheme of salvation.
The reader would find himself or
herself encouraged by the heartwarming testimonies included in this issue. Signs, wonders, and various miracles are
aspects of the Lord's grace. We submit
that the true message is usually accompanied and followed by miracles (Hebrews
2:1-4, Mark 16:16-20, 2 Corinthians 12:12).
However, we must distinguish the true miracles from the false ones
(Exodus 7:8-12, 20-22, 8:5-7, Revelation 13:12-15). We must look into whether the message is in
accordance with the teaching of the Lord Jesus and the apostles. After all, it is the Truth rather than the
spectacular event that gives true freedom and eternal life.