The Word of Truth “Correctly Partitioned”

Posted July 22, 2021 by SandreS
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This dispensation or plan by which God is now dealing with man is called the “Dispensation of the Mystery” (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:25-26), because it was a secret purpose which God kept concealed in His own heart until He revealed it through the apostle Paul. It is also called the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), because it is based wholly and solely upon pure, unmixed grace.

Some have supposed that the mystery is merely that Gentiles would be saved; but this is no mystery, because Gentile salvation was clearly revealed and predicted throughout the Old Testament. The mystery is that God has opened up a new channel of blessing for the nations in place of Israel, and that God is now by His grace taking believing Jews and Gentiles and baptizing them by His Spirit into a joint-body, making them joint-heirs and joint-partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel (Ephesians 3:6).

Charles F. Baker (1905-1994)
God’s Clock of the Ages (1937)
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The Son-Place

Posted July 18, 2021 by SandreS
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In love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:5).

According to His own sovereign will, in love, God has predestinated, or foreordained us to the Son-Position. The word “adoption” does not bring out the clear teaching of this passage. Believers in Christ Jesus are made new creatures in Christ and given the position of SONS. Literally speaking, we are given the Son-Place. Just as Jesus Christ is the Son of God, we who are “in Christ” are given the “Son-Place” and become the sons of God by grace.

Dr. Vincent Bennett
Brief Studies in Ephesians (1934)
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Containers … and More

Posted July 14, 2021 by SandreS
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There is really only One Person in the Universe – God Himself. The creation is the means of manifesting Him. We humans are basically containers, created as persons in His image, to contain and manifest Him as The Person. God is the “All,” and we are merely the means of His Self-manifestation.

We are vessels, and activity is not the function of a vessel. Do we see what this means? Not that we have a life to live with God as our helper. Not that we must pray more, give more, love more, witness more. Not basically that we are God’s partners, or fellows, or co-workers, but that God Himself is the “All” in us. He is the One Who prays, gives, loves, witnesses. He lives our life, our common everyday life.

But, having absorbed and accepted that we are containers, we are more. We are united to Him Whom we contain in a way a vessel can never be united to what it contains. We are also Christ’s Body. A body is solely the agent of its head. In head and body, activity of the members comes to the forefront. A body is made for action. A head is useless without a body, so the Body in Ephesians is specifically spoken of as the fullness [plērōma] of the Head – “the fulness of Him that filleth all in all” (1:23). Head and Body are necessary to each other.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
God Unlimited
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His Body, His Complement

Posted June 30, 2021 by SandreS
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The sovereignty over the Earth is given to the nation of Israel, according to the prophets. The sovereignty over the Celestials is the portion of the Ecclesia which is His Body. Between the two the entire universe is brought under the administration of Christ. Thus, His Body is the plērōma, or complement, which fills up the lack which the Earth’s deliverance would still leave in the Celestial realms.

Its function is to fulfill God’s purpose for the entire Universe, only part of which He is able to accomplish through His people Israel.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Concordant Commentary on the New Testament, (page 289)
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The Full Christ

Posted June 28, 2021 by SandreS
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His allotment among the saints (Ephesians 1:18 CV).

We have Christ – a full Christ – Image of the Invisible God, Splendor of His glory. We need, the church needs, the universe needs ALL that God has made Him to be. And all that Christ is, and has, is here [in Ephesians] for us in faith. We have Christ, and we have the Church – a completed Church, a Body without a missing member, not a single gap in its ranks – all completed in the plērōma of Christ their Savior and Head. A full Christ; a completed church; and an entire creation. Grace has first come down in and through Christ to the church; then through the church into creation; and now it returns in the form of glory through the church to Christ, and through Christ to God.

Theology views creation as God’s speculation which makes an eternal torture-house, or else an eternal tomb, out of a portion of His Universe. It would seem to be the inevitable cost of any gamble. But this verse would rather show that God’s investment in creation will yield Him large returns in destiny when the incense of glory beyond glory ascends from Christ, Creation and the Church in the eon of the eons.

Alan Burns (1884-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 11 (1920)
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A Perfect Body for the Christ

Posted June 26, 2021 by SandreS
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[In the taking of Eve from Adam and rejoining her as one with him] we have the divine illustration of our union with Christ. Though it seems beyond belief, He is incomplete without us. We were chosen in Him before the disruption and now we become one with Him in redemption. The ecclesia is His complement or fullness. It takes both to make a perfect Body for the Christ. The transcendent nature of this grace can be absorbed by only mature meditation. May we have grace to enjoy it fully!

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Building of Woman
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 11 (1920)
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Robbed of God’s Glorious Jewel

Posted June 22, 2021 by SandreS
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That in all He may be becoming first, seeing that the entire complement delights to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all to Him … (Ephesians 1:18-20).

It is because Christ is God’s Complement that “all” will be reconciled. If He does not reconcile “all, that “all” will not be complete, and He is not God’s Complement. The full force of “complement or “fullness” is denied by nearly every saint who bears His name. Only a tiny remnant dares to acknowledge Him as God’s Complement. All of the rest have been robbed of a jewel of far more value than any gem in any diadem of any potentate of Earth.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 32 (1941)
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Filling the Redemptive Gap

Posted June 20, 2021 by SandreS
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We are Christ’s Body, the fullness, or plēroma, which rounds out the universe completely. Hitherto redemption had provided only for the recovery of Earth’s lost blessings. Heaven, where sin started, was not, it seemed, to be reached by the work of the cross. A segment of the Universe was still unfilled. The “church which is His Body” fills the gap. Thus, it is “the fullness that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23).

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 2 (1910)
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Rounding Out the Universe

Posted June 18, 2021 by SandreS
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And gives Him the Headship over the whole Ecclesia which is His Body, the complement which is culminating the Universe, in all parts (Ephesians 1:22-23).

In the heavenly Headship we, the members of His Body, will administer the stellar Universe because we too, in Him, are “christs.” God has anointed us (II Corinthians 1:21) and He will administer the Universe through us who believe. We, as this verse puts it, are the complement that rounds out the universe.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 7 (1916)
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Christ’s Executive in Ruling the Entire Universe

Posted June 16, 2021 by SandreS
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Only Ephesians gives us the grand truth that it [the One Body] is the complement of Christ with respect to His Celestial place, and will be His executive in ruling the entire Universe (Ephesians 1:22-23). It could not be revealed [prior], for the secret of Christ’s universal headship had not been made known. [The book of] Acts gives Him no sovereignty in Celestial realms. So far as its testimony goes, He has no kingdom until He returns to Earth, and will have none elsewhere.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 18 (1927)
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