The Realization of a Son of God

Posted December 6, 2020 by SandreS
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“The realization of a son of God” (Ephesians 4:13) – how few have it! The majority are taken up with the figure of the “new birth” and know nothing of the higher, nobler blessing of sonship by adoption, through love. And here it is necessary to emphasize for heart understanding that sonship does not figure mere relationship, but those honors granted to the heir only when he comes of age, investing him with the highest dignities and wealth his father can bestow. It means far more to be a son of God than a child. This is the appointed work for those divinely graced with spiritual endowments: pressing this glorious truth until all saints have a realization of a son of God.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 25 (1934)
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Vastly More to Be a Son than a Child

Posted November 30, 2020 by SandreS
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Sonship is a much higher thought than that conveyed by the figure of the “new birth.” Indeed, Paul leaves that illustration to the Kingdom proclamation. He makes us a new creation, rather than a regeneration. Sonship is not necessarily based on birth. It may be obtained by adoption. It does not figure mere relationship, but the honors granted only to the heir when he comes of age, and is invested with the highest dignities which his father can bestow. It is vastly more to be a son of God than a child. A teacher in this economy should press this point, so that the saints may realize their sonship (Ephesians 4:13).

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 23 (1932)
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The Fullness

Posted November 26, 2020 by SandreS
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Well nigh lost is the dominating doctrine of the pleroma or fullness. The reconciliation of the universe rests upon this transcendent truth. Apart from the Fullness of the Son, God could not be conciliated nor could His enemies be reconciled to Him. In Him is found all that God needs and all that His creatures need. Nothing apart from Him is of any avail: anything apart from Him is an affront to His Father.

God’s approach to His creatures is clear and open through the death of His Son. Likewise, our entrance into His presence is unobstructed and unhindered through the death of God’s Son. But before that death and its proclamation God had carefully hedged Himself with a barrier of Jewish forms and ceremonies, dwelling alone behind an unrent veil in awful and unapproachable majesty. But now that veil is rent, the cleansing flood flows as a river, the victim has bled, the barriers all are down, and, lest we are yet too timid to approach, God comes forth and takes up His abode within the spirits of His people. He beseeches the sinner to be reconciled, He implores the saint to enjoy it, and we respond – all upon the ground of the Fullness which His Son is for us.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 4 (1913)
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Things Which Were “Out of an Instalment” Have Been “Discarded”

Posted November 20, 2020 by SandreS
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For out of an instalment are we knowing, and out of an instalment are we prophesying. Now whenever maturity may be coming, that which is out of an instalment shall be discarded … (I Corinthians 13:8-11, CV).

Because of Paul’s message of God’s conciliation to mankind, both those who were once near (but separated by a cloud) and those who were far off, now have access, through our Lord Jesus Christ, into the very presence of God. God no longer dwells in a man-made temple, but His spirit homes in human hearts, in close communion with each believer. Those things which were out of an instalment have now been discarded.” With Paul’s perfection epistles “maturity” has been reached. Where, at the time first Corinthians was written, they observed by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet now it is possible to view face to face and recognize according as we are recognized also (I Corinthians 13:8-12). In spirit we are face to face with God, our Father, right now! There are no clouds in between.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 50 (1959)
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“Maturity” Has Now Come

Posted November 6, 2020 by SandreS
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Even Paul could speak of a time when his knowledge was based on an “installment” yet later he was able to recognize the facts. Even while writing this epistle he could say:

At present we are observing by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet then, face to face. At present I know out of an instalment, yet then I shall recognize as I am recognized also (I Corinthians 13:12).

But now maturity has come:

Unto the end that we should all attain to the unity of the faith and of the realization of the son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the complement of the Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
“Material Mirrors of Spiritual Truth”
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 48 (1957)
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Knowing Even as We Are Known

Posted November 4, 2020 by SandreS
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For out of an instalment are we knowing, and out of an instalment are we prophesying. Now whenever maturity may be coming, that which is out of an instalment shall be discarded (I Corinthians 13:9-10, CV).

Here we have the revelation concerning two eras of time and the respective degree of knowledge and recognition possessed and enjoyed in each. The time of minority or immaturity, when believers knew only out of parts or instalments of God’s spiritual endowments, apportionments of graces and the preparatory epistles of the Scriptures which they had received in that era,” in contrast with the time when that which is perfect,” fully developed, finished, maturity CAME, as a result of the revelation of the SECRET,” which filled up or completed the Word of God, thus making it possible for them to know even as also we are known,” with full assurance of understanding and realization in our pre-eonian designation and sonship, our holy calling and justification, our conciliation and peace with God, our transcendent grace and spiritual blessings, in Christ, our Celestial allotment and destiny, our heavenly citizenship and future glory!

Adlai Loudy (1893-1984)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 38 (1947)
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Complete in Christ

Posted October 31, 2020 by SandreS
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In the revelation of the Secret Administration found in Ephesians and Colossians Paul revealed that all has been accomplished beforehand by Christ, so we are now complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). All things emphasized in the past by the Barrier Wall have been removed (Ephesians 2:14, CV). We now live under an administration where there is:

  • no water baptism;
  • no physical circumcision;
  • no divinely recognized nations;
  • no observance of days;
  • no dietary restrictions;
  • no religious feasts or suppers;
  • no signs or wonders;
  • no miraculous healing;
  • no casting out of demons;
  • no snake handling;
  • no raising of the dead;
  • no tongues;
  • no visions;
  • no Mosaic law observed;
  • no vows;
  • no animal scarifies;
  • no ordinances;
  • no altars;
  • no manmade temple;
  • no priesthood;
  • no confession of sins;
  • no prophecies being fulfilled;
  • no selling of personal possessions to have things in common;
  • no neglecting of the family;
  • no apostles;
  • no prophets;
  • no bishops;
  • no pastors;
  • no offices;
  • no miraculous gifts;
  • no local assemblies.

All of these were characteristic of God’s past dealing with Israel, and most will represent His future work in the restoration of Israel. All of these were true when the Barrier Wall was present, “but now” (Ephesians 2:13) – in the absence of that wall – we are “complete in Him.” There is nothing that needs to be added.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Adjusting of the Saints

Posted October 22, 2020 by SandreS
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The inauguration of the present administration of God’s grace brought many changes with it. This called for an adjusting of the saints, in the language of inspiration (Ephesians 4:12). It is figuratively presented as the change from minority to manhood (Ephesians 4:13; I Corinthians 13:10). The new celestial destiny severed the saints from earthly, physical blessing, which they had enjoyed as guests of Israel’s covenants.

— A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Rooted and Grounded in Love, page 314
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The Freedom from Being Judgmental

Posted December 8, 2019 by SandreS
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We are all different from each other, and this can rub each other the wrong way. But since I know that I am as God means me to be, warts and all, so I know my brother is as God means him to be, and we love and accept each other as we are, for we are Christ to each other.

We are all being “conformed to the image of His Son.” My part is to have it fixed in my faith that God is doing that in my brother, as I see Christ perfect in him. That saves me from being judgmental of him.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
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Joined to the All-Inclusive Christ

Posted July 16, 2019 by SandreS
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For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in Him … (Colossians 2:9, 10)

But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus … (I Corinthians 1:30)

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit … (I Corinthians 6:17)

Because all the fullness of the Godhead is in Christ and because we have been placed in Him (I Corinthians 1:30), we have been made full [complete] in Him … We are identified with Him and one with Him. The result is that all He is and all He has belongs to us, and all that He has experienced is our history. We inherit all that Christ has experienced and passed through. Furthermore, because we are one with Him, we partake of all that He has accomplished, obtained, and attained.

Witness Lee (1905-1997)
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