To Know Him

Posted May 20, 2016 by SandreS
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To know Him, and the power of His rising again, and the fellowship of His sufferings, conforming to His death (Philippians 3:10).

The knowledge of Christ is especially extended to His sufferings and death, and to His resurrection. There is no reference whatever to His life and ministry in the land as a Servant of the Circumcision, which is knowing Christ after the flesh, which Paul repudiated (II Corinthians 5:16). Our vital connection with God’s Anointed does not commence until His crucifixion, and associates us with His resurrection and ascension.

KnochA.E. Knoch
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 39
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The “Substitutionary” Death of Christ

Posted May 18, 2016 by SandreS
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The popular so-called Evangelical view of “substitution” is a gross mistake, and practically denies the union of Christ and His members, in His death, saying that He died that we should not die, and suffered that we should not suffer, etc.

“Substitution,” which is the so-called Evangelical or Puritan view, is that Christ, the Son of God, came into our place that we never should be in our place, which is simply nonsense and contradiction. Certainly He did not die that we should not die, as is so often and so falsely said; for ONLY “if we be dead with Him shall we live with Him.” He did not take our place that we should never take it, for it is our place.

Christ came into our nature, place and standing, joining Himself to us, to give us His life, and to bear our curse and burden for us and WITH us. In a word, we are delivered not from death but BY it, and OUT OF IT. Our salvation is not the saving or reinstating of the old man; but his condemnation through the death and resurrection of the Son of God, through our death and resurrection in Him and WITH Him.

Andrew JukesAndrew Jukes (1815-1901)
August 1890, Woolwich, England
Author of Restitution of All Things
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The Pride in Belonging

Posted May 16, 2016 by SandreS
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He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord (I Corinthians 1:31).

People are continually asking me what denomination I am with. “Which religious group sponsors you?” they query. Or, “But don’t you belong to some church?” some of them with almost a look of terror on their faces! And my answer is nearly always the same: “No, I belong to the man Christ Jesus.”

Marvin L. Fieldhouse
Seed for the Sower (1960), page 562
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The Instruments God Works With

Posted May 13, 2016 by SandreS
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Even for His greatest undertakings God often chooses instruments that appear to men to be weak. Not those who exult in their own wisdom and strength does He choose for great exploits, but those who seek and depend on the wisdom and strength which comes from above (I Corinthians 1:27-29).

He not only chooses weak instruments but He keeps His servants weak in themselves. As men looked at Paul they said,

For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible (II Corinthians 10:10).

So heartily did Paul welcome this state of dependence on God that he said,

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (II Corinthians 12:10).

D.O. Shelton
Better Than Gold (1926), pages 152-153
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Union, Not Substitution

Posted March 18, 2016 by SandreS
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Union with Christ is the means of life and reconciliation to God. The word “substitution” should be never be used, since it is not scriptural and conveys to the minds of many the idea that Christ did something INSTEAD of us, in such a sense that we are excluded.

The Scriptures, so far from teaching that Christ suffered and died “in our stead,” as it is often expressed, plainly show that we “suffer WITH Him” (Romans 8:17), and “be made CONFORMABLE unto His death” (Philippians 3:10), in order to share His resurrection life and glory.

This is the grand doctrine, and we think it should not be dishonored by being even seemingly linked, by the use of an unscriptural word, with the barbaric and unjust idea that God “substituted” His innocent Son to suffer the punishment due to sin instead of the guilty. Neither love nor justice could either demand or be satisfied with such an arrangement. Both love and justice will be satisfied when, IN and THROUGH Christ, all mankind will be “reconciled to God.”

John H. PatonJohn H. Paton (1843-1922)
The World’s Hope
September 15, 1890
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The Long, Steady Process of Spiritual Growth

Posted February 19, 2016 by SandreS
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… Growing in the growth of God (Colossians 2:19).

Spiritual growth does not occur at the rate, or in the methods that are traditionally accepted. Instead, God works steadily and effectually for His Own purpose. He is in no rush by human schedule. He is the Potter, and you are His clay. He molds and fashions you according to His own will and design (Romans 9:21).

Make no mistake about it: the Master Potter is faithfully and steadily at work in you. He works all things after His Own will (Ephesians 1:11). His hand in your life leaves no place untouched. Even that which seemingly is working against you is used by your Father to fulfill His Own good purpose in your life.

The fact is simple – you can trust God. He alone is truly trustworthy; and He has a definite goal in sight for you. His current goal is to bring you to a place where you find your completeness, satisfaction, contentment, glory, thanksgiving and rejoicing in Him alone, and not in your circumstances.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Celestial Citizenship

Posted January 22, 2016 by SandreS
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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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