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The Unity of the Spirit

October 30, 2016

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God has made a unity for His saints and He enjoins us to endeavor to keep the unity. Like every other achievement wherewith God graces us, this unity is in spirit. To keep the unity is an individual matter, and should be the divine service of each saint. In this endeavor we ought not to have the idea that we are to establish a union with other saints, but simply seek that we do not mar the unity which the saints are constituted by God.

To see the unity only as embracing those who realize the special truths of Ephesians is to fail to understand the question. We may have more intimate fellowship with those of like understanding, but that is not the limit of the spirit’s unity. In this respect the outward aspect is not in point, for whether outward unity is apparent or not, the spirit’s unity is in being. Yet our obedience is to endeavor that we outwardly keep the unity, and to do so we ignore all other “unities” and associations, for any such alliances create but a superficial fellowship, which, in fact, amounts to division.

A loving and gracious disposition is inculcated by the doctrine of the present economy; it displays the boundless grace and love which we have received from God and so accords with God’s attitude. The nature or character of our activities are to be those which accord with the truth of our being one body.

Edward Henry Clayton (1887-1972)
Grace & Truth Magazine
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The Apostasy

October 22, 2016

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II Timothy reveals a church in ruins, the foundation alone remaining and exposed to view. Consequently the discipline that was possible while the church was standing can no longer be put into operation. Instead of Timothy being instructed to exercise his disciplinary powers upon others, he is urged to exercise them upon himself. The foundation itself bears the seal: –

Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19)

The personal note is sounded in such statements as:

If a man therefore purge himself from these [not purge others out] (II Timothy 3:5)

Timothy is told to “shun” profane and vain babblings, to “flee” youthful lusts, to “follow” righteousness, faith, love, peace with them that call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart.

charles-h-welchCharles H. Welch (1880-1967)
The Berean Expositor, Vol. XII., No. 3, March 1922
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3325-cirThe Church in Ruins: Brief Thoughts on II Timothy, Paul’s Last Letter to the Church
byClyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

This brief survey of Paul’s last epistle will reveal that while almost 2000 years have transpired, the condition of the church has remained the same, and indeed has worsened in accordance with Paul’s warning to Timothy.

This book is not a call for a re-awakening of “the church,” because it is apparent that this is not Father’s plan. Rather, it is a call to individual men – men whose place in the Christian religious system has left them empty, stagnant, and restless – to awaken to Father’s call to be His faithful servant and stand outside of that system to look for other faithful men as well.

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The Basest of Mankind

October 17, 2016

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The Most High rules in the governments of men, and gives it to whomever He will, and sets up over it the basest of men (Daniel 4:17).

In this verse, not only do we see the sovereignty of God clearly revealed in human governments, so that He gives them to whomever He pleases, but we also see His decreed choice of earthly rulers.

Many attempt to pursue a purpose that is contrary to God’s revealed standard – which is to give the current governments of the earth to the basest of men.” This is quite a commentary on who “wins” elections.

The fact is that believers are indeed innately extremely political. However, our political jurisdiction is just not on earth; “for our politics [πολίτευμα, politeuma] are in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

Although conducted with genuine, godly passion, these misplaced heavenly politics become vainly exercised in the earthly realm. Believers have high-level politics (ἐπουράνιος, epouraniosi.e., the “high places” Ephesians 6:12), and we with patience await our turn among the governments of the celestials.C2Pilkington-4

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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4250 - World AffairsWorld Affairs and National Politics:
And the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus
by — Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

When did nationalism begin? What is God’s purpose for nationalism? Is the United States a Christian nation? Does any government have Favored Nation Status with God today? Should believers support Israel? What did Paul have to say about our citizenship? What is our role in relation to nations? Is our job to rid the world of evil? What should the believer’s attitude be toward earthly authority? Should all obedience to earthly magistrates be absolute? Are believers to pay their taxes? Where does voting and jury duty fit in? Why was the apostle Paul executed? These and many other questions are addressed in this groundbreaking work!

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