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The Freedom from Being Judgmental

December 8, 2019

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We are all different from each other, and this can rub each other the wrong way. But since I know that I am as God means me to be, warts and all, so I know my brother is as God means him to be, and we love and accept each other as we are, for we are Christ to each other.

We are all being “conformed to the image of His Son.” My part is to have it fixed in my faith that God is doing that in my brother, as I see Christ perfect in him. That saves me from being judgmental of him.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Yes, I Am
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Joined to the All-Inclusive Christ

July 16, 2019

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For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in Him … (Colossians 2:9, 10)

But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus … (I Corinthians 1:30)

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit … (I Corinthians 6:17)

Because all the fullness of the Godhead is in Christ and because we have been placed in Him (I Corinthians 1:30), we have been made full [complete] in Him … We are identified with Him and one with Him. The result is that all He is and all He has belongs to us, and all that He has experienced is our history. We inherit all that Christ has experienced and passed through. Furthermore, because we are one with Him, we partake of all that He has accomplished, obtained, and attained.

Witness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-Study of Colossians
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The One Body and Its One Head

June 28, 2019

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The doctrine of the one body is never referred to by any other apostle than Paul. He calls it “the Dispensation of the mystery” which he had especially been entrusted with [Ephesians 3:9]. …

Jew and Gentile being formed by the Spirit into one body… was a truth never before made known. The Old Testament will be searched in vain for it. It is not there, because it was “hid in God” [3:9].

The recognition of but one body and one Head … leaves one outside of all human systems, and apart from all recognition of human heads. “The Church must have a head!” was the Romanist’s challenge to Luther, as he began to set forth the claims of the Papacy. “Yes,” replied the mighty champion of the reformation, “and that Head is Christ!”

H.A. Ironside (1876-1951)
Sailing with Paul, Chapter 10
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Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

June 24, 2019

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If we would see ourselves as God sees us, in all the perfections of the Beloved in Whom we have been engraced so fully and in Whom we are loved so deeply, we would be reflecting more of what we have been made to be in Christ. God considers us of unique worth and value, sees us “in Christ,” “accepted in the One always beloved,” with all of the acceptableness of Christ Himself, without blemish and without spot.

— Keith McDonald
Scripture Research, Vol. 3, No. 7
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Free From the Law of Sin and Death

June 14, 2019

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For the spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus frees you from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

We humans are never created with a “nature” of our own. We are “vessels,” “temples,” “slaves,” “body members,” for Him Who eternally manifests Himself in His nature by and as us.

But because persons are only persons by consciousness of opposites – light/dark, soft/hard, etc. – we had to go through the experience of the two trees in the Garden and thus started off occupied by the spirit of the false deity, Satan, the god of self-centeredness, instead of by the God of self-giving love.

Therefore, the Last Adam had to come to replace the first Adam, and He did it by going through a death on the Cross in which we participated (II Corinthians 5:14). Thus He arose, and we also, partakers of His divine nature (see II Peter 1:4).

Our reckoning of ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:11) becomes our realizing of Romans 8:2. Now we begin this liberated walk, for “the spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and death.” We learn to utilize our temptations as assets in giving us many chances of experiencing swallowing-up grace!

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Notes from Norman
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Finding Rest in the All-Inclusive One

June 8, 2019

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Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

When the Lord Jesus was buried, He was buried as the all-inclusive One. … In His tomb all problems are gone because sin, sins, the flesh, the old man, Satan, the world, the old creation, and the ordinances have been dealt with. … Burial brings about a peaceful situation. Those who are buried do not struggle any longer. Since we have been buried with Christ, we should simply remain at rest.

— Witness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-Study of Luke (page 464)
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Dad’s Representatives

April 24, 2019

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I read a really bad point of doctrine recently. It stated basically that Jesus’ performing of miracles, such as control over the natural elements and raising people from the dead, proved that He was/is God. Of course, by that same reasoning, the 12 apostles and Paul also were God. What a terrible thought process such a teaching is. The issue involved is one of representation: when a father sends out his son to conduct his business, he is his dad’s representative with all of the authority to transact and conclude such business. Just so, as Jesus was Dad’s representative to Israel, and the apostles were representatives of Christ, they too had the authority to conduct Dad’s business with the favored nation, and as the Body of Christ one day will go forth with that same power and authority as Dad’s representatives to conduct His business with the celestial beings.

 — André Sneidar
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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
(abridged & edited)
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