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The Agenda of the Kingdom of God

May 12, 2019

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The church that belongs to Jesus is not part of anyone’s agenda. In fact, people who belong to Him provide the only agenda that ultimately counts. It is the agenda of the Kingdom of God breaking into human history – the central feature in the history of the world. It is the only force that can make an enemy into a friend, a criminal into a saint, a biological father into a real parent – and it makes the most ambitious political agenda we can possibly imagine look trivial by comparison.

 — Cal Thomas (with Ed Dobson)
Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? (1999), page 97

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Digging Around in Church History

April 28, 2019

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The more I’ve been digging around in church history, the more I’ve seen that the true history of the church often takes its course through the generations of those who were despised by organized Christendom. These Christians were often marginalized, silenced, and deemed heretics. Tragically, sometimes they were killed. As the saying goes, “Only the winners get to write history.”

— Jim Palmer
Wide Open Spaces (2007), page 38
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The Celestial Ones

February 19, 2019

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When it comes to the writing of Paul for the Body of Christ, the vocabulary of Scripture changes. He does not speak of a fig tree, a beautiful city, lambs or a promised land, but rather that which is not seen or perceived. We are told that our realm is inherent in the heavens (Philippians 3:20). He speaks of spiritual blessings among the celestials (Ephesians 1:3). He speaks of bodies celestial. Our blessing and expectation is not something just from the celestials, but something in the celestials. In I Corinthians 15:49 we learn that we will be the celestial ones.

G. Venlet
Faith Fellowship (Vol. 60, No. 2)
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The Gospel of the Kingdom Was Not Given to Us

November 26, 2018

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The Church which is the Body of Christ is associated with a calling that goes back before the foundation [disruption] of the world, a “mystery,” “hid in God” until it was revealed to Paul as the prisoner of Jesus Christ. As a member of this Church I can legitimately say with regard to the “Gospel of the Kingdom” and the calling associated with Abraham: because I do not now attempt to follow the teaching that belongs to the dispensation of the Kingdom of Israel, it does not follow that I do not believe the Gospels and the Acts to be inspired and true. I simply do not believe that their teaching was given to me.

Charles H. Welch (1880-1967)
    Ephesians Via Romans
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Our Homeland

July 24, 2018

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For our homeland [citizenship, commonwealth] is in the heavens [that exists even now] – [has its beginning] out of [from] whence a Savior we await, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20; is as literal as possible – C.E.M.).

The English words homeland, citizenship, and commonwealth are the many shades of thought translated from the Greek word politeuma. In fact, the English word “politics” derives its meaning from this very source. In other words, our politics, in the true sense of the word, is in the heavens.

C.E. McLain (1909-1990)
Elijah’s Coming, p. 36
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Elijah’s Coming
by C.E. McLain (1909-1990)

The content of this work is the result of some forty years of learning, unlearning and relearning the truths of the Divine Library. These are neglected truths of prophecy which disturb the status-quo: “The Rapture, The Tribulation and The Millennium,” all in that order.

Clifford “Mac” McLain was born in Blanchard, OK. He received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Atlanta Bible Institute and later his Doctor of Divinity from Trinity Bible Seminary in Atlanta. He was founder of Grace Institute of the Bible and Northside Bible Church in Oklahoma City. He was also host of the radio program, “What’s the Question?” Author of several books, McLain’s principal emphasis was on the calling of Ephesians 3:9: “To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery.” Consequently, his works focused on the Apostle Paul’s epistles written after Acts 28:28 – the “Mystery” letters.

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The Gospel’s Kingdom Commission

February 22, 2018

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

February 6, 2018

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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
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