Archive for February 2018

The Gospel’s Kingdom Commission

February 22, 2018

ListenListen to Today’s Audio Goodie
(Have the Goodie read to you!)

He said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15-18).

Mark’s Gospel, like Matthew’s and Luke’s, is primarily a Kingdom book and I am satisfied that none of them contains the church’s marching orders – not even the so-called “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:18-20.

This we would call the “Kingdom Commission.” Of course, we are well aware that it is often spoken of as the “Great Commission” of the Church, but we are convinced that this is an error. It would be a strange thing to find the church’s commission in the Kingdom Gospel.

The commission on Matthew 28:19-20 instructs the eleven to teach them “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

Not some things, but all things. The things that Jesus commanded were given while He was a minister of the Circumcision. The apostles chosen by the descended Christ had a ministry which differed from the apostles of the ascended Christ.

Dr. William L. Pettingill (1866-1950)
Dean, Philadelphia School of the Bible
Associate Editor, Scofield Reference Bible
Bible Questions Answered
Daily Email Goodies

Advertisements

God’s Two Schools: Israel, and the Body of Christ

February 6, 2018

ListenListen to Today’s Audio Goodie
(Have the Goodie read to you!)

Christ’s life, suffering, death and resurrection form the strong, unshakable, reinforced concrete foundation on which two school buildings have been built. The buildings are connected by a central hall through which the students enter. That hall has “In Christ” over the doors.

One group went to the building on the right, which is called “Israel.” In the future they will rule and bless the peoples of the earth.

The other group goes to the building on the left, called “The Body.” They are being trained for work in heaven.

The handbook for the students in the “Israel” school was written by Peter and the others; the handbook for the “Body” school was written by Paul.

Parallel schools, different handbooks; based on the work of one and the same Genius.

Wim Janse
Bible Student’s Notebook
Daily Email Goodies

“Church” Buildings

February 4, 2018

ListenListen to Today’s Audio Goodie
(Have the Goodie read to you!)

There is, then, no such thing as an earthly sanctuary now. Any building which, by its form or furniture, encourages the thought of a worldly sanctuary really misrepresents Christ, and is a step backward to Judaism. The Church is a heavenly body, and all of its testimony should be of that character. As to money for buildings, the Church is not an earthly corporation, and needs not to own houses and lands in this world.

Samuel Ridout (1855-1930)
The Church and its Order According to Scripture (Loizeaux Brothers, 1915)
Daily Email Goodies


%d bloggers like this: