The Gospel’s Kingdom Commission

Posted February 22, 2018 by SandreS
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He said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15-18).

Mark’s Gospel, like Matthew’s and Luke’s, is primarily a Kingdom book and I am satisfied that none of them contains the church’s marching orders – not even the so-called “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:18-20.

This we would call the “Kingdom Commission.” Of course, we are well aware that it is often spoken of as the “Great Commission” of the Church, but we are convinced that this is an error. It would be a strange thing to find the church’s commission in the Kingdom Gospel.

The commission on Matthew 28:19-20 instructs the eleven to teach them “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

Not some things, but all things. The things that Jesus commanded were given while He was a minister of the Circumcision. The apostles chosen by the descended Christ had a ministry which differed from the apostles of the ascended Christ.

Dr. William L. Pettingill (1866-1950)
Dean, Philadelphia School of the Bible
Associate Editor, Scofield Reference Bible
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God’s Two Schools: Israel, and the Body of Christ

Posted February 6, 2018 by SandreS
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Christ’s life, suffering, death and resurrection form the strong, unshakable, reinforced concrete foundation on which two school buildings have been built. The buildings are connected by a central hall through which the students enter. That hall has “In Christ” over the doors.

One group went to the building on the right, which is called “Israel.” In the future they will rule and bless the peoples of the earth.

The other group goes to the building on the left, called “The Body.” They are being trained for work in heaven.

The handbook for the students in the “Israel” school was written by Peter and the others; the handbook for the “Body” school was written by Paul.

Parallel schools, different handbooks; based on the work of one and the same Genius.

Wim Janse
Bible Student’s Notebook
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“Church” Buildings

Posted February 4, 2018 by SandreS
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There is, then, no such thing as an earthly sanctuary now. Any building which, by its form or furniture, encourages the thought of a worldly sanctuary really misrepresents Christ, and is a step backward to Judaism. The Church is a heavenly body, and all of its testimony should be of that character. As to money for buildings, the Church is not an earthly corporation, and needs not to own houses and lands in this world.

Samuel Ridout (1855-1930)
The Church and its Order According to Scripture (Loizeaux Brothers, 1915)
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Our Attitude Toward Those Who Oppose

Posted January 28, 2018 by SandreS
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Israel’s warfare is with flesh and blood on the earth. Ours is with wicked spirits in the celestial realms. We should always remember that those who oppose us are merely the intermediaries used by the spiritual forces and treat them accordingly. It is not our place to wrestle with blood and flesh but to look beyond the human instrument to the real adversary in the spirit world. Material weapons are worse than useless. Our attitude toward men should be one of purest conciliation, not strife.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary, (Ephesians 6:10), page 294
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Forming Associations

Posted January 8, 2018 by SandreS
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A brother writes – “I am preaching the doctrine of restitution and God is blessing my labors; now if I should wish to form an association of those who believe as we do, what course will I pursue?”

I would answer – Don’t do it; don’t form any association. If “the love of the truth” will not hold you together, nothing will. If you possess “the unity of the spirit” (Ephesians 4:3), you do not need outward organization; if you have not that unity, organization is worse than useless, it is positively harmful, because it fosters the sectarian spirit. Do not form a sect, but cultivate the pilgrim spirit; we are not of this world; our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

Arthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
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Misappropriation of Promises Not Ours

Posted November 28, 2017 by SandreS
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Accustomed to applying all that is in the Bible to themselves, and wishing to appropriate any attractive promise, they are apt to misapply, to their own great loss, promises which are wholly inconsistent with the glorious inheritance of the Body of Christ, made to other people under totally different circumstances. Hence necessarily there is confusion and perplexity.

H.W. Fry
Things to Come (1910)
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Giving of Thanks

Posted November 20, 2017 by SandreS
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Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:12-13).

In contrast to many today, Paul did not give thanks for things such as healing, health, housing, family life, or a job. Rather, he gave thanks to the Father for qualifying us “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” The book of Colossians concerns Christ, the Head of the Body. Hence, the portion of the saints here is the all-inclusive Christ for their enjoyment. The Father has qualified us not to inherit some heavenly mansion, but to have a share in Christ as the all- inclusive portion of the saints. We can boldly declare that Christ is our all-inclusive portion.

The Greek word rendered “inheritance” in this verse corresponds to the Hebrew word used for the “allotment” of the good land. After the children of Israel had entered into the land of Canaan, each of the tribes was given an allotment of the land. Of course, our portion, our allotment, today is not a physical land in Palestine; it is the all-inclusive Christ. How we must thank the Father for giving us Christ as our divine allotment!

Each of the tribes had an allotment of the good land, and the members of each tribe had a share of this allotment. In the same principle, we have a share of the portion of the saints.

Witness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-study of Colossians, pages 23-24
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