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To Know Him

May 20, 2016

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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

May 18, 2016

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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

May 16, 2016

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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

May 13, 2016

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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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