That the Church is "the Temple of the Living God"--peculiarly
"His workmanship;" that its construction has been in progress
throughout the Gospel age--ever since Christ became the world's
Redeemer and the chief corner stone of his Temple, through which,
when finished, God's blessing shall come "to all people,"
and they find access to him.--I Cor. 3:16,17; Eph. 2:20-22; Gen.
28:14; Gal. 3:29.
That meantime the chiseling, shaping and polishing of
consecrated believers in Christ's atonement for sin, progresses;
and when the last of these "living stones," "elect and
precious," shall have been made ready, the great Master Workman
will bring all together in the First Resurrection; and the
Temple shall be filled with his glory, and be the meeting place
between God and men throughout the Millennium.--Rev. 15:5-8.
That the Basis of Hope, for the Church and the World, lies in the fact
that "Jesus Christ, by the grace of God, tasted death for every
man," "a ransom for all," and will be "the true light
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world," "in due
time."--Heb. 2:9; Jno. 1:9; I Tim. 2:5,6.
That the Hope of the Church is that she may be like her Lord, "see
him as he is," be "partaker of the divine nature," and
share his glory as his joint-heir.--I John 3:2; John 17:24; Rom.
8:17; 2 Pet. 1:4.
That the present mission of the Church is the perfecting of the
saints for the future work of service; to develop in herself
every grace; to be God's witness to the world; and to prepare to
be kings and priests in the next age.--Eph. 4:12; Matt. 24:14;
Rev. 1:6; 20:6.
That the hope for the World lies in the blessings of knowledge
and opportunity to be brought to all by Christ's Millennial
Kingdom--the restitution of all that was lost in Adam, to all
the willing and obedient, at the hands of their Redeemer and his
glorified Church--when all the wilfully wicked will be
destroyed.--Acts 3:19-23; Isa. 35.