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Category: Editorial

‘So great salvation’, Heb. 2. 3

‘The common salvation’, Jude 1. 3

It is a wonderful thing to be saved and a great privilege to be able to follow the Lord Jesus. We exult in the fact that our sins, though many, are all forgiven. Furthermore, we are justified and on our way to heaven. We look forward to the Lord’s return but should we die before He comes we have no fear of death because it is but the door to heaven and to the presence of the Lord. Indeed, Paul himself said that he had a compelling desire to depart and to be with Christ. This he judged to be very far better. All these blessings, and many more, are ours in the Lord. The writer to the Hebrews in chapter 12 verse 6 describes it as ‘so great salvation’. That is precisely what it is. It is great because of its Provider, God Himself. It is great because it was the Lord Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for sin and opened up the way back to God for us. It is great because sins are forgiven. It is great because there is no possibility of losing it, see the Answer given in Question Time on the back cover page of this issue.

Jude refers to the same salvation as ‘the common salvation’. It is certainly not common because it is ordinary; in reality, it is quite extraordinary! It is described as common because it is available to all; rich or poor; young or old; great or small. Here, then, is a salvation which is truly great because it is genuinely common. We share it and rejoice together in it.

You may have noticed in the last issue of the magazine its name has been changed to Precious Seed International. This is to reflect the international aspects of the work in that around 50% of all the magazines distributed go to overseas addresses and an increasing number of our authors are from assemblies abroad. It also distinguishes the magazine work from the books publication programme (Precious Seed Publications) and the web site (Precious Seed Web). We plan to enlarge our book publishing operation and to develop the web site to meet the needs of our readers and especially the younger generation. We are starting work on a New Testament Commentary series and will also seek to republish some of the booklets that we have published in the past as well as new compilations from magazine articles. This is a demanding challenge in the work and extra hands are needed to accomplish the tasks ahead. By the end of this year we will have sorted out who does what and will advise readers when we have decided the various responsibilities.

Also, in the May issue of Precious Seed International I mentioned that another three members of the Committee will retire at the end of 2009 and it has been the committee’s exercise before the Lord that we should find brethren sound in the faith and committed to assembly principles and distinctives to replace them. A number having been approached have indicated their desire to join us in the work of this ministry and we therefore are delighted to welcome Brian Clatworthy (Newton Abbot), Ian Grant (Aberdeen) and Ken Totton (Stowmarket) as trustees and committee members. The brethren retiring are Malcolm Horlock, Robert Brown and Michael Jones. A tribute to them will appear in the November issue, DV.

I do hope you will enjoy the articles in this the August edition and I would remind you that we are always pleased to hear from our readers. Many write words that encourage us and we are of course open to constructive criticism that will help the work to prosper. If you have any questions or comments please contact the Secretary, John Scarsbrook, who will answer your queries or pass your question on to the appropriate committee member.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Chairman of the Precious Seed Committee

There are 28 articles in
ISSUE (2009, Volume 64 Issue 3)

Bits & Bobs

Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord

Collected Writings of Les Rainey, Volume 3

Collecting Bible Coins

Daniel – Godly Living in a Hostile World

Day by Day - Pictures and Parables

Dispensationalism (1)


The Flight of Faith

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/2)

Gleanings in Pink

Going Away?

Gospel Work and other Activities

The Heavenly Ministry of Christ (4)

The King and His Kingdom (Mat. 13)

Love Letters To The World

The Messiah and the Feasts of Isreal

The Mistery of Godliness

No King in Israel – The History of the Judges

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant - Part 1

Postal Bible School

Question Time

Rahab – Encountering the woman snatched from destruction

The Right Race! (2)

Thoughts on ‘The Disciples’ Prayer’ and the Temptation of the Lord Jesus in the Wi

Thy Shield and Exceeding Great Reward

Views from the News

West Fifth Bible Chapel - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

This article is not part of a series

There are 51 articles by this author

Effective And Attractive Bible Study

Seven Sights For Sore Eyes

Christian Year Publications

Many Mansions?

A Pastor in New York

Excuses, Excuses

Where do we go from now?

Reports from By-gone Days

The Isle of Patmos

The Challenge of Youth

Concerning Joseph

These Things the Soldiers Did

The Hour is Come

Do We Look for Another?

The assemblies Address Book - Sixth Edition

The Ground

The Race

An Alert Assembly

Obedience to Parents

Evangelical Mission Press, South Africa

The Fleeing Prophet - Chapter 1 (running away from God)

The Polished Shaft


Not under Grace But under Law

The Frightened Prophet - Chapter 2 (running back to God)

The Polished Shaft

The True Vine

Its Foundation

The Faithful Prophet - Chapter 3 (running for God)

The Church at Laodicea

The Faithful Prophet - Chapter 4 (running behind God)

A Wonderful Heritage

Missionary Interest - Sending Money

Missionary Interest - Sending Men

Problems, Spiritual and Personal

The Lord Stood with Me


Introduction vv. 1-3

Partners, vv. 17-25

The Great Throne of Ivory Overlaid with Gold (1 Kings 10. 17-20)

Golden Censers and Vials; Revelation 5. 8; 8. 3-5; 15. 7.

The Gifts of the Spirit

The War in Yugoslavia


The Mistery of Godliness



Trip to Israel - March 6 -16, 2012

Tour to Israel, May 2013

The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 16

Collected Writings of J. M. Davies Vols. 1-3 Compiled by Mervyn Wishart