Archive for April 2015

Don’t Let Others Live Your Life!

April 25, 2015

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Many allow others to live their lives for them. They are dominated by what others think and say.

We live only twice: one temporary life now, and one immortal life in the resurrection. This truth makes all of life valuable; especially this first one – since it is a quickly vanishing vapor-life (James 4:14). Everyone gets one of these temporal lives. No one has the right to live your life for you, thus having more than one life for themselves.

Refuse to allow anyone to live your life for you; to pressure, to domineer, to bully, to lord over you. Father has given you the gift of His life in you. Value it, honor it, and redeem it from the hands of those who would embezzle it from you. Not even Paul the Apostle would assume such a place over the lives of believers (II Corinthians 1:24), nor would Paul allow anyone to have such ascendancy in his own life (I Corinthians 4:3). This is why his great appeals are for us to be free from such power and control (Colossians 2:20-22).

Others may choose to judge us. However sincere their actions may be, or appear to be, we are not to be affected by this. When we, like Paul, walk before the Lord, their verdicts are to be a “very small thing” in our sight. In fact, if we are concerned about their opinions, it will have a hindering and hampering effect.

Stop worrying about others’ opinions and go on living the precious life that God has given to you. Don’t worry about the expectations of others. God’s calling in your life is for you to be His unique prototype, not a stereotype; you are to be His original, not a forged copy. Abandon mere mortal expectations, real or imagined.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

The True Number of Believers

April 21, 2015

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It has not been revealed to us what percentage of the professing ecclesia are also members of the genuine ecclesia. It is likely that the true number of the members of the ecclesia is much larger than supposed by some, while remaining much smaller even so than presumed by many. Beyond this, we ourselves have no opinion here; for to say any more would be to be disposed above what is written (cf. I Corinthians 4:6). Indeed, faith can be feigned (i.e., “simulated”; cf. I Corinthians 15:3), not genuine; even so, this is not to say that in any certain case we may know that it is. It is simply not our place or province to judge such matters, whether on an individual basis or on a global basis. It is enough for us to confirm our own faith (cf. I Corinthians 1:23-25; I Thessalonians 4:14), and to be persuaded as well of the genuine faith of our close associates, ones who convince us thus accordingly (cf. II Timothy 1:5; I Timothy 1:2). The rest we may well leave to God (cf. II Timothy 2:16-19), being happy and content in so doing.

James R. Coram
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Christ Is Our Life

April 19, 2015

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… Christ, Who is our life … (Colossians 3:4).

There are some who, with Paul, have learned the real source of life; their lives are the life of the Father through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. They have come to realize that their life is the new “I” – one of unique design and of divine distinctiveness. They have come to acknowledge that they are that one-of-a-kind individual whom God has created them to be – filled and made vibrant with His dynamic life living in and through them – even in the midst of life’s most ordinary, routine and mundane circumstances. They are those who know exactly Who is living His life in them!

I [a son of Adam] am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I [a son of God] live; yet not I [the “I” of the old creation], but Christ lives in me [the me of the new creation]: and the life [the divine life of God] which I [the unique person that God has made me to be] now live in the flesh [right now, this very day] I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

All Will Be Brought to Light

April 3, 2015

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Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God (I Corinthians 4:5).

There are many injustices in the life of the believer: dishonor, slander, defamation, misrepresentation, even as an “evil doer” (II Timothy 2:9). We rejoice in the day when the truth will come out, and the record will be set straight.

At Christ’s reward platform the truth of life that is now veiled in darkness will be fully brought to light. Regardless of how things may appear to earthly eyes, the bema will make clear that we are “His workmanship,” “His achievement” (Ephesians 2:10). Then and there alone will we have our proper recognition, and it will be from the only One Who counts.

… then applause will be coming to each one from God (CV).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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