Archive for July 2015

The First-Trusters

July 19, 2015

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That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ (Ephesians 1:12).

Do not be discouraged as you look around you. What you see is not the end of God’s plan and purpose. Granted, the world is filled with sin and unbelief, but God is not yet done. Don’t judge the final outcome by the current state of things. This is not the finished product of God.

Those of us who now trust the Lord Jesus Christ are but the beginning of God’s glorious work. We are but the first-trusters in His glorious design.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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Personality Complexes

July 8, 2015

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When we launch out into the characteristics at Corinth, we come almost immediately on this: personality complexes.

I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ (I Corinthians 1:12).

You tell me that we are not capable of that – making even a servant of God, a greatly used servant of God – making him the focal point, the pivot around whom we circle – his way of teaching that appeals to me, his interpretation, his personality.

Oh, do not talk about personalities; they may have been used to your help; you may owe a lot to the Lord because of them, but do not be constantly bringing them into view. Paul will argue back and say,

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed (3:5).

Let the instrument recede into the background, and let Christ come to the fore; be occupied with Him. We must drop all that personality complex business which in the development only means division in the Body of Christ. We must restrain from this sort of thing, for this is moving along the wrong line.

Dear friends, the Church of Jesus Christ is not an “it.” It is not a system of teaching. It is not something ecclesiastical. It is not an institution. (Oh, I thank God for the day when He showed me this.)

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
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Why God Chooses Us

July 5, 2015

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My servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He (Isaiah 43:10).

Notice that, according to this verse, God has a specific purpose in His choosing: so that the chosen may know, believe and understand Him.

God draws His chosen ones into personal relationship with Himself. This is the initial stage of God’s grand work of the ages.

To know, believe and understand Him: this is our calling; this is the journey of our lives. The religious are satisfied to learn about Him (or at least a caricature of Him); the chosen are given the heart actually to know Him. Paul wrote,

That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death (Philippians 3:10).

Religion blinds and binds men, sidetracking them in endless busywork – meetings, activities, projects and mass instruction – all resulting in a secondhand “knowledge” and “faith” concerning “God.” It happens to be that our particular culture’s religious masses are “Christian,” but if they lived in another culture they undoubtedly would have adapted the context of its religious persuasion (e.g. Islam, Buddhism, etc.).

God is now tutoring His chosen for service in the celestial realms – in the “heavenly places.” This has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Him! The rest of creation will all follow in due time.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.


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