How can those who are “blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3); who are “chosen in Him before the foundation [overthrow] of the world” (Ephesians 1:4); who are “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6); who have in immediate prospect the blessed promise of a prior resurrection or exanastasis, that resurrection out from among the dead, and a “calling on high” by Him (Philippians 3:14); who have their political status already, now, existing in the heavens, from whence we look for the Savior; not to judge us but to change us; not merely to raise us, and clothe us upon with spiritual bodies, but to transform our vile bodies and make them like unto His Own glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21) who are “perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28); who have been “made meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the holiest of all,” in the light of the heavenly Shekinah (Colossians 1:12); who “have the redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness [freedom] of sins” (Colossians 1:14); who “are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10); to whom He says, “having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:13) – how, we ask, can there be necessity for such to appear before the judgment-seat of Christ to be judged in respect of any imaginable thing whatsoever? Impossible.
Yet all of this wondrous standing, given to us in the riches and glory of His grace, is made of none effect, and is utterly lost to those who force themselves back into a position which obtained in a Dispensation which has passed away.
What despite is thus done to the grace of God! What loss is sustained by the doers thereof! What difficulties are thus created and thrust into the Word of God, and what vain and ceaseless efforts are made to get them out!
Whereas, once we rightly divide the precious “Word of Truth” according to its times and Dispensations, then not only are all of these difficulties removed from the Scriptures (difficulties which are the subject of the questions put by most inquirers), but we are free to learn something of the peace of God and the grace of God; what He has made Christ to be to us, and what He has made us to be in Him.
E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
The Foundations of Dispensational Truth, pp. 122-123
Bible Student’s Press (2011 Reprint)