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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Companion Bible - EW Bullinger

Please get yourself a copy of the Companion Bible by E. W. Bullinger. His major works include: A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament; Figures of Speech Used in the Bible; Numbers in Scripture; Primary editor of The Companion Bible. If you do not have a copy of this Bible on hand, boy, you are missing out!

Pg 146  (Bullinger was criticised harshly and more louder as the more he wrote and he says...)  God's prophets were men who could never swim with the stream, they were never popular, they could never make popularity their aim,  they could never look on success as their end. And it is the same today with God's spokesmen and witnesses... If any of you do not believe it, try it! Be a faithful witness for God; dare to stand alone with him, and you will soon see that you will have to "suffer persecution"... In a letter written in 1908 Bullinger shared with a friend his manner of dealing with those who opposed him... "I have long said "Lord I am going to delight myself in Thee and in thy Word and Thou must look after all who oppose themselves. I will try and instruct them (in meekness) but Thou canst deal with them as I can not and may not." From that time I have enjoyed great peace. Some opponents He has chastized. Some he has turned into my closest friends and zealous defenders!!

Pg 41 the story was told by a close friend: "At the time of his ordination in 1861, Dr, Bullinger was still a stranger to that vital experience known as  conversion. This took place during his first curacy. There was, among those attending the church, a godly lady who was in the habit of expressing her opinion on the sermons preached.  Feeling interested in knowing what she had said after a week night sermon which he delivered in the absence of the Vicar, he (Bullinger) was surprised to learn that her only comment had been "poor blind young man". These words led subsequently to his conversion, for they set him to thinking, and he went on his knees to ask God to show him if he was indeed blind. Ond of his regrets in after life was that this lady died without ever knowing the result of her words.

His ministry thenceforth bore abundant evidence of his faith in the Gospel as "the power of God unto salvation to evryone that believeth". With this new experience came the profound a0nd abiding reverence for the Word of God which so notibly characterized all his sermons and writings. For him the Book became the Supreme authority. He was often heard to advise his audience not to believe anything simply because he said it, but to search th Bible for themselves." (kind of sounds like what PM has been saying for years).

Pg 78 "Bullinger's opposition to the British and Foreign Bible Society's open policy of accepting versions other than the Authorized Version was often quite forceful. In a reply to a demand from a Mr Knapp, for an apology during a correspondancee later printed in the Portsmouth Times, Bullinger wrote: "If in my zeal and jealousy for that Word I have said anything that may wound Mr. Knapp, I beg him to pardon me.They are the words of a friend. I Prefer to put my confidence in God rather than in noblemen or committeemen, however eminent, but I am not become thier enemy because I tell them the truth."

Pg 80 ( Bullinger was looking at Gen 3:15 where the Vulgate currupted the last part to read "she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel"  Of this he made a comment of what I call Mary worship, he wrote;) "I can produce evidence from pope, archbishop, abbot, and priest, besides a number of Romish books to show that this text thus currupted, is universally referred to the Virgin Mary, and made the ground of transforming to the creature the glory belonging to the Creator. "  (oops I forgot to capitalize the religious titles)

Pg 86-89 (is about Bullingers introduction to C.D. Ginsburg who was commissioned to translate the Bible into Hebrew, later to compose the work on the Massorah (appendix 30 in CB) and the same is who Bullinger references to in The Companion Bible.

Pg 103 (contains Bullingers stand against "scientific theories" so prevalent by the late 1890s and by Bullys thoughts here the same can be said of todays so called scientists. I love this quote)   " Instead of making the Bible agree with science, science must agree with the Bible. If it does not, it is only because it is "science falsly so-called," and not real science. Scientianis the Latin word for knowledge. Whereas very much of what goes by the name of "science" today is not science at all. It is only hypothesis! Read man's books on this so-called science, and you will get tired of the never ending repitition of such words as "hypothesis," "conjecture," "This is the reason that such theories, which are falsely dignified by the same name as science, are constantly changing. We talk  of the "science of Geology," or of "Medical Science"; but read books on geology or medicine, for example, written fifty years ago, (about 1840) and you will find they are now quite "out of date."

But truth cannot change. Truth will never be "out of date." What we know can never alter! This of itself proves that the word science is wrongly used when it is applied only to hypotheses, which are merely invented to explain certain phenomena. It is not for such theories that we are going to give up facts. It is not for conjectures that we are going to abandon truth..."

Pg 129 (Bullinger did a work called "Things to come ". It was a monthly publication that he did, and I quote "From the first issue in July 1894 to his death in 1913, Bullinger continued to leave his imprint on "The things to come." He wrote what he felt to be the truth regardless of the opositions of others, and he never shrank from a fight. The possibility of being misunderstood had long since ceased to worry him. He expressed his feelings in the following answer to one correspondant:

" may be well to say that, when writing, it is absolutely impossible to guard against all the various ways in which words can be misunderstood. If we were to attempt to do this we might do nothing else, and never get forward at all." And to another person he wrote: "you ask "whether any important Theologian or writer endorses or agrees with Things to come." We really can not tell you, as it does not matter in the least whether they do or not. The all important question is-Does "Things to come" agree with the Word of God, for there and there only "important writers" "spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Pg 134 "The Word of God may, in one respect, be compared to the earth. All things necessary to life and substenance may be obtained by scratching the surface of the earth: but there are treasures of beauty and wealth to be obtained by digging deeper into it. So it is with the Bible. "all things necessary to life and godliness" lie upon its surface for the humblest of saint; but, beneath that surface are "great spoils" which are found only by those who seek after them as for "hid treasures."

Pg 140-141 (Bullinger and Ginsburg went into the Vatican library in 1899. on the cieling was paited some scenes of interest Bullinger wrote...) "In the first, that of the council of Nicaea (325ad) no prelate or potentate occupies the chair. The Bishop of Rome and the Emperor Constantine both decline to preside, and the Bible is placed on the chair. In the succeding pictures man becomes more and more insignificant. In the second it is (The Bible) by the side of the chair; and it gets smaller and smaller; until, at the Council of Trent (1545), it nvanishes altogether. This is (though doubtless undesigned) a fitting symbolical representation of the relations between the Church and the Bible! As the one increases in authority, the authority of the other decreases."

On his tombstone has his 3 favorite verses and they are Phill 3:10 "that I may know him and the power of his resurection"  Psalms 119;162 "I rejoice at thy word as one that findeth great spoil"   And  of course we all knew this had to be one ... 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

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