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)
The True Basis of Fellowship
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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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Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

Posted June 24, 2019 by SandreS
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If we would see ourselves as God sees us, in all the perfections of the Beloved in Whom we have been engraced so fully and in Whom we are loved so deeply, we would be reflecting more of what we have been made to be in Christ. God considers us of unique worth and value, sees us “in Christ,” “accepted in the One always beloved,” with all of the acceptableness of Christ Himself, without blemish and without spot.

— Keith McDonald
Scripture Research, Vol. 3, No. 7
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Defining the Camp

Posted June 12, 2019 by SandreS
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Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach (Hebrews 13:13).

There is an analogy to this position “outside the camp” in the wilderness journey of the Sons of Israel and the winsome admonition of Hebrews 13:11-13…

Any search for a position “outside the camp” today necessitates a definition of the camp. In context, the camp of Exodus 33 was simply the mass of the Sons of Israel on their wilderness journey from Egypt to Canaan. Their credentials were that they were indeed Israelites – the people of God, although a mixed multitude of others accompanied them (Exodus 12:38 and Numbers 11:4). …

Now it is obvious that the “Christian church” has been every bit as unfaithful as the camp of Israel ever was … Instead of the beautiful unity of its calling, it is hopelessly divided into many groups, each gathered on different principles with varying degrees of right or wrong, that its members adhere to. The believer, in associating himself with any part of this divided “church,” no matter how good, necessarily contributes to the division. The “Christian church,” along with the mixed multitude of the unregenerate that have forced their way into it, is certainly analogous to the camp of Israel …

For us, “outside the camp” embraces the unity of the Body of Christ, allowing us to “depart from iniquity,” to “purge himself from these,” and to: “follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call upon the Lord out of a pure heart” (II Timothy 2:19-22).

Hence, like Israel of old, “let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing the His reproach.”

Bud Morris
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The Agenda of the Kingdom of God

Posted May 12, 2019 by SandreS
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The church that belongs to Jesus is not part of anyone’s agenda. In fact, people who belong to Him provide the only agenda that ultimately counts. It is the agenda of the Kingdom of God breaking into human history – the central feature in the history of the world. It is the only force that can make an enemy into a friend, a criminal into a saint, a biological father into a real parent – and it makes the most ambitious political agenda we can possibly imagine look trivial by comparison.

 — Cal Thomas (with Ed Dobson)
Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? (1999), page 97


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