Questions & Answers

Harold S. Paisley

Question: Is election included in the facts of the gospel message to be preached to the world?

Answer: The subject of election is not included in the preaching of the gospel to a world of lost sinners. It forms no part of the message of the God-sent evangelist. If any messenger is hindered in plainly offering forgiveness of sins to all who hear him by reason of his views on election, it is evident he is not controlled by the balance of the word but rather by the dislocation of divine truth. To preach the glorious gospel with authority and conviction, a knowledge of the divine interest of God in mankind in sending the offer to all, that none need perish for His Sonís death and resurrection has opened the door of salvation to all who repent and receive the gift of God. Most important is that there are insoluble mysteries in many of the divine actions but we accept that He is all-wise who is infinite and eternal. With our present capacities we only "know in part."


Question: Do the days of creation typify the course of time? Is the sixth day a type of the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ? This is shown in some dispensational charts.

Answer: It seems evident that the days of Genesis 1 do suggest and outline of the ages of time. It is our understanding that the seventh day and not the sixth, typifies the millennial reign of Christ. George F. Trench ably writes of this and we quote: "The millennial reign of Christ, with its accompanying rest is pictured in the seventh day. After six days work at creation came the rest of the seventh day, so that millennial period, as such a rest, takes the form of the final period of prophecy." This one thousand year age is not the final eternal glory, but that is not within the scope of the question.


Question: I have difficulty in understanding the writing of Peter in his first epistle when he states that "baptism doth also now save us" (1 Peter 3:21).

Answer: The saving of Noah and seven of his family, by means of water, which carried the ark to its final resting place on the mountain is given by the Spirit through Peter as a picture of baptism.

It is clearly stated in the passage that there is no value in the ordinance of baptism to save the soul. For it is added "not the putting away of the filth of the flesh." Water baptism is a figure of death. The saved sinner realized the blessed truth that Christ went down into death to put away our sins and hence gladly goes down in the figure of baptism unto death with him. Having passed through death typically, the believer is now on resurrection ground with the risen Christ. On this new ground he has a good conscience toward God. All his fear of judgment is gone. Unless the significance of baptism is apprehended in some degree, the actual symbolic burial is of little value.