Forsaking Paul for Politics

Posted July 3, 2016 by SandreS
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The saints of God are aliens here on earth. Let that sink in. No believer, as such, can be a Republican, for in his heart he believes in and is related to a kingdom. Republicanism is merely political Arminianism – it believes in human ability in some form. How can a rejected king became a member of a rebellious republic? If Christ be the King, forget not that we are His body. Individually we may be ambassadors entreating the world to be conciliated to God, but does England’s ambassador to the United States vote? Can any ambassador legislate in the country to which he is sent? Of course not. …

Paul was no politician. Once, it is true, he claimed Roman citizenship, but see what happened thereafter. The events that followed after he claimed his “rights” quickly led to a conclusion of the preaching of the kingdom of God. If, as a Roman citizen, he received Roman protection for a season, it is also true that as a Roman citizen he was put into a Roman prison, and ultimately as a Roman citizen suffered from the stroke of a Roman sword.

Paul had no political program. The cross put an end to man in the flesh. It assessed the natural man and declared him bankrupt. Bankrupt politically, morally, spiritually, totally. Instead of being a citizen of the world he became a corpse in it: “I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). As far as the world is concerned, the church of God is a cemetery full of nothing but dead men, and men with their names on tombstones do not run for political nominations.

The religious world of today prates much and often of the glories of “democracy;” yet the believer’s hope is centered not in democracy but in Theocracy, not in man-ocracy but God-ocracy. If the reader … has learned the truth of Paul’s epistles, he will not claim to be either a Republican, a Democrat or a Socialist; for God’s choice and not his, God’s vote and not his ballot has made him a member of the Theocratic party by the grace of God. “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (II Timothy 4:10) would correctly describe the modern religious political attitude toward Paul’s theocratic teaching.

Alan Burns (?-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 15, page 273 (1924)
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What Grace Is

Posted June 26, 2016 by SandreS
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There is nothing I can do to make God the Father love me any more. There is nothing I can do to make God the Father love me any less. His love for me is not based on my performance. This is what grace is.

Peter LordPeter M. Lord
Bless and Be Blessed (2004), page 93
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What Are You Occupied With?

Posted June 24, 2016 by SandreS
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How many Christians are taken up with something short of Christ! They are occupied with their holiness instead of with the Holy One; they are occupied with the promises instead of with the Promiser; they are occupied with the blessing instead of with the Blesser. And yet having Him we have everything.

The promises of God “in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.” His holiness is mine. His blessing is mine. The full occupation with a heavenly object will alone make us heavenly without an effort. We have not to try to be this or that: We “beholding … are changed” (II Corinthians 3:18).

EWB2E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
The Christian’s Standing, Object, and Hope
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Saint

Posted June 14, 2016 by SandreS
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Every believer is a saint. This word does not refer to any attainment whatsoever, but simply expresses that the believer is “holy,” “separated,” “set apart,” “sanctified” by the call of God (I Corinthians 1:2). Hence it is no assumption to take the name of “saint.”

Alfred T SchofieldAlfred T. Schofield (1846-1929)
A Dictionary of Some of the More Common Biblical Words and Phrases (1882)
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Just Being

Posted June 8, 2016 by SandreS
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Even to “yield more” is still a form of passive legalism. The truth is just “being” – recognizing that He and we are a unity – now forget and BE!!

We love to cover our central vacuum by some form of self-effort, and folks love it too, to give them a feeling of doing something to get where we can never get except by being!

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
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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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