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This book is the second published by "Assembly Testimony."1 The first entitled, "The Glory of His Grace" has received a most favourable response from our readership and this has given the encouragement to issue this book.

It is the aim, as stated in the Preface of the former book, "to put sound and Scriptural teaching into the hands of younger believers." It would be helpful if older saints who read these publications, would encourage the rising generation to obtain a copy for their own personal use.

At the close of his life, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments" 2 Tim.4.13. He wanted parchments on which to write and books to read. Thus the value of books is underlined. All Christians should have a desire to read primarily the Bible and then those books that assist in the understanding of the Scriptures. Books should be chosen as would be a friend and care taken that only those that will be helpful and spiritual, relied upon. It can be stated that this publication is pure in doctrine and will positively assist all who seek to learn more of their beloved Lord and Saviour.

We are grateful for the willing participation of the authors, all of whom are well known for their proficiency in Scriptural exposition. While being very busy in their own spheres of service for the Lord, all undertook the task willingly and without reserve. The nature of this book is such that repetition and some overlapping is inevitable. This is viewed as advantageous since it underlines divine truth. It ought to be emphasised that none of the authors, or any person connected to the magazine "Assembly Testimony", received any remuneration for their diligent labour. It has been a real "labour of love."

Brother Roy Reynolds carried out the editorial work in his usual thorough and painstaking manner. Brother Walter Boyd gave invaluable assistance in maintaining consistency of presentation and style. Our sister Miss Joanna Currie spent hours in the most necessary and often thankless task of proof reading. To these we express our deep and sincere thanks, knowing that their true reward awaits them.

We do pray that this book will be for the honour of our Lord Jesus and, as the people of God read it, they will find themselves growing "in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" 2 Pet 3.18.

Brian Currie, N. Ireland, March 2007.

1. "Assembly Testimony" is a bi-monthly magazine which is available on request from John Gordon, ‘Elhanan’, 25 The Rowans, Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32 4DQ, N. Ireland. His email address is johngordon-at[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk. Enquiries regarding the availability of our first book, "The Glory of His Grace", may also be directed to him.