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Conduits of His Life

April 7, 2019

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In Him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).

Over long, steady periods, God cultivates in the believer a responsive relationship; one of intimate activation and conscious participation in the Divine will, decree and course, not only of the ages, but in the details of our lives and those who interact with them. For, God is as designed and precise in His planning and executing of our lives as He is in His planning and executing of the ages.

By growth in and realization of Him, we become aware of His hand in every detail of our lives and willing servants of His. He generates in us an eagerness to embrace our role as the conduits of His life.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Christ Our Ground

February 15, 2019

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What God and heaven are looking for and at is not something called “Church,” nor for local “churches,” as such. God and Heaven are looking for Christ, in His nature, heavenly nature; in spirit and truth; in life, conduct and behavior; in virtues and character; in influence and impact; and in victory over sin, Satan and the world.

It is positively not locality in terms of geography, but “Wheresoever two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I.” That may be on a ship or in an airplane, neither of which can be fixed in locality. It is Christ which defines the Church, not the place! Christ may be in the congregation, the institution, the denomination, while none of them – as a whole – may be in Christ. We seek Him. We gather unto Him. He is the Ground; we meet on Him.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony; September, 1970
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100 Percent Righteous

November 30, 2018

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How righteous are you on a scale of one to a hundred?

Everybody knows that Jesus Christ is one hundred percent righteous; but few of us are willing to accept the fact that we are one hundred percent righteous. That we are one hundred percent righteous is a gift. Righteousness is not earned. Righteousness is given. Righteousness is a gift of God.

It is a waste to struggle to gain what has already been won. There is great futility in trying to become what you already are.

Discover who you are in Christ Jesus.

Peter Lord
Turkeys and Eagles
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God’s Two Schools: Israel, and the Body of Christ

February 6, 2018

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Christ’s life, suffering, death and resurrection form the strong, unshakable, reinforced concrete foundation on which two school buildings have been built. The buildings are connected by a central hall through which the students enter. That hall has “In Christ” over the doors.

One group went to the building on the right, which is called “Israel.” In the future they will rule and bless the peoples of the earth.

The other group goes to the building on the left, called “The Body.” They are being trained for work in heaven.

The handbook for the students in the “Israel” school was written by Peter and the others; the handbook for the “Body” school was written by Paul.

Parallel schools, different handbooks; based on the work of one and the same Genius.

Wim Janse
Bible Student’s Notebook
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Establishing Saints in Grace

July 12, 2017

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I am trying with God’s help to establish saints more in grace. I find only a very few rejoicing in the Lord as they might be; most seem to believe that they [start out] at first by grace, as a pure unmerited gift from God; but that, after that, they are expected to go on well [by] themselves, and when they fail to do so, they get legal, and miserable, and discouraged. They get out of heart, and give way to wrong things, and have no strength to attempt right things. It is only in [grace] that they catch glimpses of their Father’s face.

Yet, if they would only in their hearts believe it, they are in Christ all the time; never under condemnation; always under grace; always loved with the same love as Christ. God intends us to have Christ for our life, now, practically, just as much as for our righteousness before the throne. There is not a sin which we see in ourselves which the blood of Christ does not cleanse, and no service is required of us for which He does not give us ample strength in Himself. How is it that saints go on groaning over their own few bad pennies, instead of rejoicing in the unsearchable riches they have in Christ?

J.G. M’Vicker (1826-1900)
Selected Letters with Brief Memoir of J.G. MVicker
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Israel’s Prophetic Clock Is Silent and Still

May 17, 2017

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The joint-Body of Paul’s perfection epistles was a secret, previously unknown in Israel’s prophetic program. At the very hour in Israel’s history where the time of their national tribulation was about to begin (“the time of Jacob’s trouble,” Jeremiah 30:7), God in His grace stopped Israel’s prophetic clock, thus interrupting the prophetic program, and ushered in an unprophesied administration of grace. Paul called this previously unknown purpose “the Secret” (Ephesians 3:4).

God stopped the prophetic clock when He set aside Israel at the end of the Book of Acts (Acts 28:28). This clock will not resume again until God’s current purpose with the Body of Christ has been accomplished on earth. Our removal from the earth will allow for the restarting of the prophetic clock when God will once again resume His dealing with mankind through Israel.

The Body of Christ is now well outside of the timing of God’s prophetic clock. For this reason there have been no prophetic fulfillments since Acts 28, and there are no prophecies that will be fulfilled before Christ’s celestial appearing takes place. There is nothing that necessitates the next tick of the prophetic clock.

When God revealed the Secret Administration to Paul, the hands of Israel’s prophetic clock stopped. Our “hope” (i.e., confident expectation) is not related to the prophetic return of Christ to the earth. Rather, it is related to His secret appearance (i.e., manifestation) “among the celestials” – prior to God resuming His prophetic dealings with Israel.

In the current “Administration of the Secret” (Ephesians 3:9), the nation of Israel and her prophecies are in complete abeyance. During this time Christ is seated at the right hand of God, “far above all heavens” (Ephesians 4:10). There He remains until the time appointed of His Father for Him to begin His work “among the celestials. At this unprophesied time, ordained by the Father, Christ will be manifest “in Glory, “among the celestials, “far above all heavens. It is at this time that His Body will accompany Him there for a joint-appearance (the entire Christ – the Body with its Head). Thus will begin the “preexpectant” ministry of Christ among the celestials (through the instrumentality of His fullness; i.e., Christ Himself, complete with His Body).

This secret appearing and subsequent celestial work were completely unknown to Jewish prophecy. This appearing of the completed Christ (Head and Body) will take place prior to the reestablishment of Israel’s prophetic program, and thus, prior to any prophetic passages dealing with the events surrounding Christ’s return to the earth. In “correctly cutting the Scriptures (i.e., “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” II Timothy 2:15) one must be certain to make the distinction between the prophetic “Coming” of Christ to the earth and His unprophesied “Appearing” (or His being celestially “manifested” in the heavens).

At an unprophesied time, with Israel’s prophetic clock still motionless, Christ will reveal Himself among the celestials. We will join Him there in His appearance as co-regents, the new aristocracy of heaven. This manifestation has no prophetic signs or indicators pointing to its arrival. This celestial experience will pre-date the so-called “rapture” or “snatching away.” Under “the Administration of the Secret, our “hope” is “pre-expectant. In other words, our “blessed hope” comes first, before the descent of Christ to the earth. In fact, it is our righteous occupation and rule of the celestials that will later facilitate the necessary conditions that will prevail from the heaven upon the earth. Paul tells us that under “the Administration of the Secret” we “are pre-expectant in the Christ” (Ephesians 1:12, CV).

Being that our “blessed hope” is unprophesied, there are no timetables for it whatsoever, thus we have no way of knowing how long it predates the descent of Christ coming to the earth. All we know is that the hands of Israel’s prophetic clock are now still and quiet, and that they will not resume until our appearance with Christ in celestial glory has been accomplished. At some point after our “blessed hope” has been realized, God will again resume His prophetic dealings with Israel and the Nations, and the time of “Jacob’s trouble” will begin (i.e., “the Tribulation”).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Established in Present Truth

March 10, 2017

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Those who wish to be established in present truth should master Paul’s epistles, especially Ephesians. After they have learned the mysteries or secrets in his writings and scaled the heights to which he alone can guide them, they never will be tempted to descend to the level which is found in our Lord’s earthly ministry and in its continuation by the twelve, as recorded in the book of Acts and in the epistles from their pens.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary on the New Testament, Romans 15
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