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Apr 1993 - Editorial

Those who first of all took advantage of the decree of Cyrus were men of vision. They were prepared to undertake the long and hazardous journey in faith, with the intention of rebuilding the Temple and the City of Jerusalem. This was a vast enterprise requiring constancy of purpose.

The writer of this month's article on the return of the Remnant rightly lays stress on the priority the leaders gave to the erection of the altar. The sacrifices they offered pointed forward to "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

The manifestation of the Divine Spirit in the unblemished life of Christ is the subject of the second major article. The Lord's conception of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin, Mary of Nazareth, was an essential prelude to His sinless life. The indwelling, filling and guiding of the Spirit were experienced from birth, but this was more evidently manifest during His public ministry. At Calvary "through the eternal Spirit" He "offered Himself without blemish unto God" (Heb. 9:14).

In the centrespread there is FOCUS on the historic decision of the Anglican Synod about the ordination of women priests. There have been attempts to explain away statements in Paul's writings relative to the public service of women as an intrusion of the rabbinic training received in his unconverted days. Another view advanced is that Paul was culturally conditioned and his statements on this issue were only relevant to the society in which he found himself. Both these views are rejected. The view put forward by the writer of FOCUS, that it is not only the interpretation, but the very authority of Scripture that is at stake, is commended to readers.