Training for Reigning - 01 - Introduction

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Mervyn Paul was a well-respected Canadian preacher and teacher in the first half of the 20th century.  He wrote a series of articles about Christian life over a generation ago in the magazine Truth and Tidings ( )  While some language of the book may sound dated, the principles of using our time here as training time for the coming kingdom will never be out-of-date.

Shad Sluiter


THERE BEING A REASON for their character and content, the author hopes the following pages will not be compared critically with the literary, or sermonic style of writing used by most writers on spiritual themes. They were intended to be similar in form to letter writing, and so more easily read and understood.
When illness greatly limited his sphere of service, while the personal problems and troubles of the Lord’s people (particularly those of young Christians) began to compel a special interest, his reading took a completely new turn. No longer was there a need to get a general message for people gathered in a meeting, but to seek to hear His voice, in communion, through His Word, in order to learn His counsel (Psalm 25:9) for himself, and for each individual’s case. The personal problems recorded in the Bible, plus hitherto unnoticed principles therein, applied objectively rather than in the usual abstract way, were found to provide the needed answers from the Scriptures . . . Scriptures given, "That the man of God may be complete, tbroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Tim. 3:17, Newberry).
The actual details of the problems of those who have asked for help have been kept "strictly confidential"; nevertheless there have been many "angles" seldom, if ever, mentioned in public ministry. And since it is these forgotten features which have come most often to his desk, reflections of them will be found in these pages. May the reader hear the Good Shepherd’s voice somewhere in them; and may their basic principle be clearly discerned: that nothing matters - nothing whatever! - except the will of God (1 Peter 4: 1-2).

Mervyn Paul.