Not Dependent on Us

Posted July 10, 2020 by SandreS
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God selected us and predestinated us before we had any experience whatever. When He called us it was according to His purpose and grace, and did not depend upon our thoughts and acts. Our experience is only a contrastive preparation for the future.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 44 (1953)

The Mature Mindset

Posted July 8, 2020 by SandreS
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Paul’s prayer was that Father would “open the eyes of our hearts” (Ephesians 1:18, CV) to the majority mindset – that we’d move from immaturity to maturity. It is from this vantage point that we can see that we bear “the deficiencies of the afflictions of Christ …” (Colossians 1:24), through our earthly sufferings because we are the Body of Christ, and as we suffer, so must He also as we are “joined to Him as one spirit” (I Corinthians 6:17). He is the Head, we the Body; thus we are one, and the afflictions truly are Hisi.e., we never suffer alone! Praise the depth both of the wisdom and knowledge of Father God!

Mark Peters
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Has God’s Wisdom Failed?

Posted March 14, 2020 by SandreS
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That now may be made known to the sovereignties and the authorities among the Celestials, through the ecclesia, the multifarious wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10).

At present the display of multifarious wisdom seems largely wasted on the saints. Sad as it may seem, the impression appears to prevail among them that God’s wisdom has failed Him, that He sorely needs our help to save a few from the wreck of His Universe, and that our chief concern should be to aid Him in recovering from the dilemma into which His enemies have brought Him. They do not understand the variety of wisdom that uses temporary evil to produce permanent good. They do not realize that Israel’s opposition was necessary to afford a foil for the transcendent grace which has come to us. They are not aware that the heavenly hosts are learning of God’s limitless resources of wisdom through us.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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Terrestrial Circumstances Giving Way to Celestial Ones

Posted February 19, 2020 by SandreS
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When I work on the Daily Email Goodies and the Bible Student’s Notebook I always have our readers, as well as my faithful co-laborers, in my heart. So, I find the process quite bonding as we send these materials out. For me, there is a personal connection that I trust that you can sense and share as well.

The more that time passes, and the further that I more fully contemplate the One Body of which we are all vital, living members of each other, the more I am impressed with Paul’s statement to the saints that his spirit was with them (“my spirit is with you,” I Corinthians 5:4, WNT).

I always sense a spiritual fellowship and communion with you that is unrestricted and unending. My spirit is with you, and yours is with me.

I trust that these words resonate with your spirit.

Spread out all over the world, we are all doing the best that we can in our relationships, as our limited earthly circumstances are so constraining. However, all the while our spirits are free from such constraint and soar in the celestials together with Him. Yet one day our limited terrestrial circumstances will give way to the limitless heavenly ones. What a day that will be. This is our sure expectation!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Freedom from Being Judgmental

Posted December 8, 2019 by SandreS
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We are all different from each other, and this can rub each other the wrong way. But since I know that I am as God means me to be, warts and all, so I know my brother is as God means him to be, and we love and accept each other as we are, for we are Christ to each other.

We are all being “conformed to the image of His Son.” My part is to have it fixed in my faith that God is doing that in my brother, as I see Christ perfect in him. That saves me from being judgmental of him.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
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Hidden with Christ and Manifested with Him

Posted November 14, 2019 by SandreS
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For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:3-4).

I appreciate the word “hid” in :3. Today our life is hidden with Christ in God; but one day Christ will appear, and we shall be manifested with Him in glory. Although we shall be manifested with Christ in the future, now is the time for us to be hidden. At present, even Christ is hidden. Think of how much He is criticized, opposed and attacked. People rebel against Him to such an extent that it almost seems as if He does not exist. Although Christ is suffering from this attack and rebellion, He continues to be silent and hidden.

We do many things that are not known by others. Our life should be a hidden life, a life hidden with Christ in God. Our “church” life should also be hidden in God and in the heavens. When Christ appears, we shall appear with Him. That will be the time of our manifestation with Christ.

Witness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-Study of Colossians (Abridged)
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Joined to the All-Inclusive Christ

Posted July 16, 2019 by SandreS
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For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in Him … (Colossians 2:9, 10)

But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus … (I Corinthians 1:30)

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit … (I Corinthians 6:17)

Because all the fullness of the Godhead is in Christ and because we have been placed in Him (I Corinthians 1:30), we have been made full [complete] in Him … We are identified with Him and one with Him. The result is that all He is and all He has belongs to us, and all that He has experienced is our history. We inherit all that Christ has experienced and passed through. Furthermore, because we are one with Him, we partake of all that He has accomplished, obtained, and attained.

Witness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-Study of Colossians
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Doctrine Is Not the Basis of Fellowship

Posted July 8, 2019 by SandreS
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So settled is the supposition that creed is the basis of fellowship that no one seems to think it necessary to consult the Scriptures on the subject. Doctrine is not the basis of fellowship; there is a divine unity which we should preserve, and the best way to break this unity is to try to make it.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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The Ephesians “Sonship” Distinction

Posted June 29, 2019 by SandreS
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The Romans 9 “sonship” is the exclusive prerogative of “Israel according to the flesh, the Galatians 4 “sonship” extends to the spiritual seed of Abraham who are not “after the flesh” (:23), but was associated with “Jerusalem which is above” (:26). However, the Ephesians “sonship” has no relationship whatsoever to Abraham or Israel. It has no connection with the promises made to the fathers, it is not founded on an earthly inheritance (allotment). The Ephesians “sonship” extends back before the disruption of the world, and extends “far above” all heavens. These three “sonships” correspond to the three distinct spheres of blessing.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The One Body and Its One Head

Posted June 28, 2019 by SandreS
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The doctrine of the one body is never referred to by any other apostle than Paul. He calls it “the Dispensation of the mystery” which he had especially been entrusted with [Ephesians 3:9]. …

Jew and Gentile being formed by the Spirit into one body… was a truth never before made known. The Old Testament will be searched in vain for it. It is not there, because it was “hid in God” [3:9].

The recognition of but one body and one Head … leaves one outside of all human systems, and apart from all recognition of human heads. “The Church must have a head!” was the Romanist’s challenge to Luther, as he began to set forth the claims of the Papacy. “Yes,” replied the mighty champion of the reformation, “and that Head is Christ!”

H.A. Ironside (1876-1951)
Sailing with Paul, Chapter 10
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