We Are One

Posted October 24, 2017 by SandreS
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We are one body, and only one. Being the objects of pure, unadulterated, limitless grace, we all have present privileges and a future destiny as high above the “man child” as heaven is high above the earth. We are not divided by our attainments or lack of them.

Neither our present position among the saints nor the future rewards for service and suffering can affect the great and vital unity of the spirit. We should glory in this, rather than a fancied superiority, whether based on experience or knowledge. We have nothing which we have not received through God’s grace. He lavishes this on all. We are one – one body, one faith, one expectation. May He give us grace to revel in it!

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Unveiling, p. 348
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An Unforgettable Account

Posted October 17, 2017 by SandreS
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I’ll never forget the first time that I read Jackson Roddy’s account of how he came to understand the grace of God; it impressed on me a different “evangelism” than the salesmanship training that I had been exposed to in my early years.

So thrilled was I, those many years ago, to read those words from Jackson Roddy, that I have regularly recalled and reread them, even to this day. During these passing years I would also come to a clearer and clearer understanding of what the gospel was (the true “evangel”), and how far-reaching God’s plan for His creation went – that He may be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).

The truth is that we’re not trying to get anyone to do anything. God already has done it all. True evangelism is simply living and sharing all that God has done. God uses His own work in Christ to activate His called. How simple to be merely a channel of God’s goodness and grace. This is not a process of some decisional regeneration, but of God graciously granting faith by the hearing of His Word (Romans 10:17).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
To read a portion of Jackson Roddy’s account see Bible Student’s Notebook #654
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Kindly Affectionate

Posted October 15, 2017 by SandreS
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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love (Romans 12:10).

The Greek word Paul used for “kindly affectioned” in Romans 12:10 is Φιλόστοργος (philostorgos, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, G5387) is a word meaning “affectionate regard of members of a family” (E.W. Bullinger, Companion Bible Notes) or “cherishing one’s kindred” (Strong’s).

As believers, Paul tells us that we are bound by family ties. These are not, however, bonds of genealogy, but rather spiritual bonds of a far higher household – “the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10, Concordant).

The root of our English word “kindly” is, of course, kind. What may be interesting to note is that it was originally “kinned.”

A “kind” person is a “kinned” person, one of kin; one who acknowledges and acts upon his kinship. — Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), On the Study of Words (1859), page 53.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Honoring Each Other
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Israel’s Prophetic Clock Is Silent and Still

Posted May 17, 2017 by SandreS
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The joint-Body of Paul’s perfection epistles was a secret, previously unknown in Israel’s prophetic program. At the very hour in Israel’s history where the time of their national tribulation was about to begin (“the time of Jacob’s trouble,” Jeremiah 30:7), God in His grace stopped Israel’s prophetic clock, thus interrupting the prophetic program, and ushered in an unprophesied administration of grace. Paul called this previously unknown purpose “the Secret” (Ephesians 3:4).

God stopped the prophetic clock when He set aside Israel at the end of the Book of Acts (Acts 28:28). This clock will not resume again until God’s current purpose with the Body of Christ has been accomplished on earth. Our removal from the earth will allow for the restarting of the prophetic clock when God will once again resume His dealing with mankind through Israel.

The Body of Christ is now well outside of the timing of God’s prophetic clock. For this reason there have been no prophetic fulfillments since Acts 28, and there are no prophecies that will be fulfilled before Christ’s celestial appearing takes place. There is nothing that necessitates the next tick of the prophetic clock.

When God revealed the Secret Administration to Paul, the hands of Israel’s prophetic clock stopped. Our “hope” (i.e., confident expectation) is not related to the prophetic return of Christ to the earth. Rather, it is related to His secret appearance (i.e., manifestation) “among the celestials” – prior to God resuming His prophetic dealings with Israel.

In the current “Administration of the Secret” (Ephesians 3:9), the nation of Israel and her prophecies are in complete abeyance. During this time Christ is seated at the right hand of God, “far above all heavens” (Ephesians 4:10). There He remains until the time appointed of His Father for Him to begin His work “among the celestials. At this unprophesied time, ordained by the Father, Christ will be manifest “in Glory, “among the celestials, “far above all heavens. It is at this time that His Body will accompany Him there for a joint-appearance (the entire Christ – the Body with its Head). Thus will begin the “preexpectant” ministry of Christ among the celestials (through the instrumentality of His fullness; i.e., Christ Himself, complete with His Body).

This secret appearing and subsequent celestial work were completely unknown to Jewish prophecy. This appearing of the completed Christ (Head and Body) will take place prior to the reestablishment of Israel’s prophetic program, and thus, prior to any prophetic passages dealing with the events surrounding Christ’s return to the earth. In “correctly cutting the Scriptures (i.e., “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” II Timothy 2:15) one must be certain to make the distinction between the prophetic “Coming” of Christ to the earth and His unprophesied “Appearing” (or His being celestially “manifested” in the heavens).

At an unprophesied time, with Israel’s prophetic clock still motionless, Christ will reveal Himself among the celestials. We will join Him there in His appearance as co-regents, the new aristocracy of heaven. This manifestation has no prophetic signs or indicators pointing to its arrival. This celestial experience will pre-date the so-called “rapture” or “snatching away.” Under “the Administration of the Secret, our “hope” is “pre-expectant. In other words, our “blessed hope” comes first, before the descent of Christ to the earth. In fact, it is our righteous occupation and rule of the celestials that will later facilitate the necessary conditions that will prevail from the heaven upon the earth. Paul tells us that under “the Administration of the Secret” we “are pre-expectant in the Christ” (Ephesians 1:12, CV).

Being that our “blessed hope” is unprophesied, there are no timetables for it whatsoever, thus we have no way of knowing how long it predates the descent of Christ coming to the earth. All we know is that the hands of Israel’s prophetic clock are now still and quiet, and that they will not resume until our appearance with Christ in celestial glory has been accomplished. At some point after our “blessed hope” has been realized, God will again resume His prophetic dealings with Israel and the Nations, and the time of “Jacob’s trouble” will begin (i.e., “the Tribulation”).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Willingness to Walk Alone with God

Posted February 15, 2017 by SandreS
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Look to Abraham … for I called him alone (Isaiah 51:2).

For he was, alone, when called I him (Rotherham).

Abraham was called the friend of God (James 2:23). This friendship with God called him to a place of being “alone;” for indeed God had called him “alone.” God called Abraham [then named Abram] to:

Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you (Genesis 12:1).

Man often has an affinity for groups, a longing to be “a part of something”; but being alone is the expected lot of those who would walk with God. We all naturally love and value the fellowship and companionship of others, but more often than not God calls His Own to walk on a solitary road with Him. Walking with Him requires a willingness to go alone if necessary. We must be willing to forgo the many voices of comfort and encouragement; of appreciation and respect. He calls us away from the noise of all of this into the quiet place of His love.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L.Pilkington, Jr.
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A Mighty Purifying Force

Posted February 10, 2017 by SandreS
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The hope of the Church which is His body is stated in Philippians 3:20-21,

For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

Such as live in the pure atmosphere of this hope are least affected by the changing temperature of these present times. There is an evenness about them which speaks of heaven. There is no more potent influence for detaching the children of God from present things than prospects of glory with Christ. “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” is a mighty purifying force.

vladimir-gelesnoffVladimir Gelesnoff (1877-1921)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 8, page 98
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Misplaced Devotion

Posted November 14, 2016 by SandreS
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It is because of a devotion to and jealousy for some “thing”; a “Mission,” “Denomination,” “Tradition,” “Fellowship,” “Movement,” etc. that rivalries and bad feelings spring up.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, January, 1944


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