Questions & Answers

Harold S. Paisley

Question: Is it scriptural to use the expression "remembering the Lord’s death."

Answer: The usage of this statement in current use is not a scriptural one although the right thing may be meant. The words of our Lord Jesus were and are "This do in remembrance of me" (1 Cor. 11:22-25).

The apostle Paul, by the Holy Spirit added "ye do show (proclaim) the Lord’s death till He come." These words cannot be improved upon as it is always best to keep to the clear statements of the precious word of God at all times and especially in the important matter of the Lord’s supper.

Question: The words of Isaiah 24:12 appear strange. What is the idea conveyed in the series of comparisons?

Answer: The words "and it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress, as with the buyer, so with the seller, as with the lender, so with the borrower, as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him" appear strange when read for the first time. When the context is considered, which presents a prophecy of the coming day of Tribulation and God’s wrath (vv. 1-5), it seems to be a warning that there will be no exceptions in judgment because a man is a priest or master, a lender instead of borrower etc. None will be favored of God. Like all faithful servants, Isaiah not only stressed salvation, without exception offered to sinful man, but he also stressed the judgment without exception upon all who continue in sin and reject God’s pardoning grace. Men do not like such preaching today. They do not care to hear that God will judge without exception all who reject His offer of salvation presented freely to all. One can learn from this unusual section in Isaiah 24 that this present gospel proclamation of safety in Christ should always be balanced with solemn warnings of judgment upon all who neglect "so great salvation."

Question: Is it correct to state that in manhood Christ had spirit, soul and body?

Answer: Before stating what is true of our Lord Jesus in His holy humanity, one would remind the Lord’s people of what is written of the meal offering in Lev. 6:16 as a solemn reminder that the person of the Lord as to His humanity can only rightly be considered in the holy place. The subject demands reverence and can only be meditated upon by those who are in priestly relationship with God.

To the question, the answer is "yes." We give the following scriptures, chosen from among many which plainly assert the fact.

1. His spirit: When upon the cross, the last word of the Saviour was "Father into thy hands I commend my Spirit" (Luke 23:36).
2. His soul: In the Garden of Gethsemane, He said "my soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death" (Matt. 26:38).
3. His body: Following His death, we read "when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth" (Matt. 27:59).

Our blessed Lord at His coming did not come into flesh, but became flesh. What He became, He is now and forever will be.