SIR ROBERT ANDERSON - The Thinking Mans Guide to the Bible

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  1. Introduction
  2. Sir Robert Anderson The Thinking Man's Guide to the Bible
  3. Gerald B. Shugart (Author of Progressive Dispensationalism & the Missing Throne)

They were going out of that dispensation of law into the dispensation of grace. And then beyond that would be the dispensation of the kingdom. You see you have that which is past, that which is present and that which is future. Now you have 3 major discourses in Matthew.


You have what is known as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. Unfortunately, the liberal always brought the Sermon on the Mount up to the present and said that we were living under the kingdom and the law of the kingdom and that was Christian living. I say to you that kingdom living and Christian living are altogether two different things. And the Sermon on the Mount causes hopeless confusion when you try to put the church under it, and the reason is that the church is called to a higher plane than you find here on the Sermon on the Mount.

Christian living is by the work of the Holy Spirit—by walking in the Spirit, by being filled with the Spirit. Speaks of that which is wrong. Now we come now to the third discourse which is the Olivet discourse in Matthew 24 and 25, and that speaks of the second coming of Christ to the earth to establish His kingdom.

Sir Robert Anderson The Thinking Man's Guide to the Bible

We need to understand them and especially if we are going to understand the epistle written to the Hebrews. This is an epistle that was directed to a nation that had been under law, and it was answering questions to them. In other words, Christ is the end of the law in the sense that He is the one that the law is really pointing to. And that is the way God has dealt with man. God is a holy God. Law and grace are definitely in contrast. And we see that this nation that had been under that are now told that Christ is the fulfillment of everything that had gone before, and that now God was saving man by what Christ had done for them.

And it was difficult, may I say, for them to get that. Then after the age of grace there was to be the age of the kingdom—the dispensation of the kingdom, and that kingdom is coming upon this earth. And so, we have these different systems that have been given to mankind and we are under this dispensation of grace today.

The Christian is not given a Christian Sabbath at all. And every day ought to be a resurrection day for the Christian, and celebrate it in that way. In fact, there could never have been a church before Pentecost at all, and we today have one group of people who put us back in the Old Testament dispensation, and others that are hyper-dispensational, they want to divide up this dispensation in several different groupings. That our relation to that event is the basis of our salvation, and there could be no church until Christ rose from the dead to provide resurrection life for us.

And we are told there could be no church till He ascended up on high to become head of the church, the new creation. And there could be no church on earth until the Holy Spirit came in a ministry to call out the church, which He did on the Day of Pentecost. So there could have been no church. The law actually was temporary.

It was added because of transgression till the seed should come until the promise was made, to whom the promise was made.

A new creation needs a new day of commemoration. May I say to you, the Sabbath day represents the old creation—it was given under the law, it was a special arrangement of God with the nation of Israel. It began with Moses and it ended with the Lord Jesus. And I find today that the liberal, the amillenialist, and the paranoid premillenialist are the ones who think we ought to pray this prayer today. Now we have seen that there are these three dispensations, or three distributions, or three economies, or three administrations—any way that you want to term it.

One is law, and that is past. One is grace, and that is for the present. Then there is the future—the kingdom, and that is not yet come. Now these three different administrations have rules and regulations that are different. And by the way, he said to hate your enemies.

The standard is, on the basis the way Christ loved us, so much that He gave Himself for us. And that is the standard of love today. Now how are you and I going to come up to that standard? Now under grace what provision has God made for us? There are three dispensations that concern us in the New Testament, and there's apt to be confusion. The dispensation of law, which ended with the coming of the Lord Jesus and His death upon the cross and the Day of Pentecost.

Then we have the dispensation of grace, and that dispensation of grace is where we are today, but ahead of us is the dispensation of the kingdom, when God's kingdom will be establish here upon the earth. And there are certain standards and certain rules and regulations that concern all of these. Now the wonderful dispensation of grace that we are in, and I want to talk first about this standard that God has given to those of us who are saved by the grace of God.

The standard here is above all human ability. For instance, let me give you just some verses that reveal that standard under grace. We are told in 2 Corinthians , 'Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exults itself against the knowledge of God, and bringeth into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Well that's what set before believers and in 1 Peter we are told that, 'Ye should show forth the praises [that is the characteristics] of Him that called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

You're His signboard. You're His salesman. You're His bag of samples that He has. And that's a high standard, wouldn't you think? And then we read again in Scripture in Ephesians , 'Giving thanks always for all things unto God. Again in Ephesians , 'That ye walk worthy of the high calling wherewith ye are called.

And then we are told, 'Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Or that they'll be even under the kingdom. You and I have been called to a very high plane indeed. And the question arises, 'How are you and I going to attain unto this? I tried it and fell on my face, but God has provided the method and the means to attain that high standard.

Over in Galatians in the fifth chapter, verse 22, he says, 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control, against such there is no law. And they are attainable we are told. Well if you'll just keep reading in that epistle. Well when Christ died. You and I can't crucify ourselves. It's probably the most neglected truth that there is. God has asked you and me to walk by the Spirit, not in our own strength.

I can't represent Christ in my own strength. It's only by walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. And how does that come about? The word 'walk' here means 'learn to walk. Have you ever seen a little fellow that's just learning to walk? I had the privilege of watching my two grandsons learn to walk, and I'm telling you, one of them fell on his nose, I know, a hundred times, but he learned to walk and today I can't catch him.

May I say, that's the way that you learn to walk, by the Spirit of God. Each day is to say, 'Lord, I want to walk today by the power of the Holy Spirit. That means today that you're willing to do God's will, and if you're willing to do that and step out and say, 'Now Lord, help me to take the next step. This is the grace method--God provides His own. Was the law weak? It certainly was not weak. It was weak in the flesh. You and I are the weak ones. We couldn't attain to it, not even to the law standard, and certainly we cannot attain to the grace standard, but by the power of the Holy Spirit we can, and should do that.

Now, grace saves us and teaches us how to live and I haven't mentioned the fact, grace you know, not only teaches us, but it saves us. That's what Paul told a young preacher. When he wrote to Titus he said in the second chapter, verse 11, 'For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. That's the reason I don't buy this new doctrine of election that's going around where you don't have to give out the Word of God. I say to you, we are called to give it out there for everybody because it's for everybody. And he says, 'Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldliness we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.

Now when God saves us you come to Him. He does not require any character, or any conduct. And so God provides it all. When you come, I know today that the average unsaved man, I remember playing golf with a man, and a man was invited to church by one of my officers that was playing with me, and he said, 'Oh no, I don't want that preacher telling me what to do! I said, 'You know, God's not asking you to do anything.

God's not asking you to do a thing. God's done it all for you, brother, and He'll save you by grace. When a clear and valid Notice is received pursuant to the guidelines, we will respond by either taking down the allegedly infringing content or blocking access to it, and we may also contact you for more information. If you are not the copyright holder or its agent and if the content is clearly infringing the copyright of a well-known work, please select "Infringes a well-known work" from the dropdown menu. Lulu Staff has been notified of a possible violation of the terms of our Membership Agreement.

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This item has not been rated yet. Biblical insight by the real life Sherlock Holmes who solved the "Jack the Ripper" case. He was also an intelligence officer, theologian and writer. Author Gerald B. Shugart presents an intriguing historical panorama of the Biblical studies and spiritual insight of Sir Robert Anderson, the individual responsible for the investigation of the man known the world over as "Jack the Ripper" in Victorian-era London.

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And we need not only to have Scriptural truth, but to have truth Scripturally expressed. The present day revolt against orthodox doctrines is due in part to the manner in which those doctrines have been formulated. One great school of theology has taken its stand upon the sin-offering, and, ignoring the redemption sacrifices, it unduly limits the scope and efficacy of the work of Christ. Another school bases its Gospel on the teaching of the Passover, and ignores all that follows.

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As already indicated, the sin-offering, in its various aspects, was only for a redeemed people; and it was by the Passover that they obtained redemption. And further, as we shall find in the sequel, the full revelation of grace in the New Testament transcends all that the types can teach us. But let us begin at the beginning, and trace the successive steps indicated in the key-pictures of the Pentateuch. No one must suppose, of course, that the blessings prefigured by the types come to the believer in a chronological sequence, or that they are separated by intervals of time. But in the key-pictures these stages are clearly distinguished, in order that our minds may dwell upon them, and that thus we may learn in all its fullness what the redemption of Christ has won for us.

We all know the story, do we not? Well, we think we do - how God passed through the land in judgment, and how when He came to the bloodsprinkled door He passed it over, instead of entering in to slay the firstborn. But what if we should find that this is not at all what the record teaches? In dealing with a dead language, etymology may sometimes afford a clue to the meaning of a word, but the only safe and certain guide to its meaning is its use.

This verb, pasach , which occurs three times in Exodus verses 13, 23, and 27 , is used in three other passages of Scripture, namely, 2 Samuel ; 1 Kings and 26; and Isaiah A careful study of these passages will confirm a first impression that the meaning usually given to the word is really foreign to it. In 2 Samuel it is translated, "became lame," a rendering which its use in 1 Kings may serve to explain.

We there read that the prophets of Baal leaped about their altar. Their action was not, as has been grotesquely suggested, "a religious dance"; it betokened the physical paroxysms of demon-possessed men. Having worked themselves into a state of religious frenzy, they leaped up and down, round the altar. The meaning of the word in the twenty-first verse may seem wholly apart from both these uses; but it is not so.