Archive for January 2016

Celestial Citizenship

January 22, 2016

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We have no valid rights on earth. It, with its fullness, belongs to Jehovah, and He has not delegated any of its privileges to us. But why should we wish to meddle here, seeing that God has given us a far more glorious sphere? We are citizens of the heavens (3:20). We will not go there as fugitives of earth or as guests dependent on the hospitality of others. We will need no pass, no visa, as though we were foreigners, limited in our rights and restricted in our movements, alien expatriates, despised emigrants of a despicable and death-doomed race. This we would be in ourselves, but in Christ we are entitled to all the rights and privileges which He Himself can claim.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Studies in Philippians
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Spiritual Insanity

January 16, 2016

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Christ is the Head of the church: and He is the Savior of the Body (Ephesians 5:23).

He is the Head of the Body, the church: Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence (Colossians 1:18).

The church is the Body (Colossians 1:24; I Corinthians 12:27), and Christ is the Head (Colossians 1:18). The church is controlled by the mind of Christ, as the human body is controlled by the human mind. When a man loses his mind (becomes insane), then he is incarcerated and others control him.

Not holding the Head (Colossians 2:19).

The very selection of a human head shows that denominationalism is spiritual insanity. Every “church” which has a human head says in effect: “We will not have this Man [Christ] to reign over us.” The headship of man is a repudiation of the Headship of Christ.

The whole human system of human church organization and federation is derived from the Greeks, who patterned the church after their governmental systems. We still have this old Greek system with us, in the multiplicity of sects and denominations, and at the same time the “called out ones” have withdrawn from such human organization.

Elmer E. Franke (1861-1946)
Which is the True Church?

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