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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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A Mighty Purifying Force

February 10, 2017

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The hope of the Church which is His body is stated in Philippians 3:20-21,

For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

Such as live in the pure atmosphere of this hope are least affected by the changing temperature of these present times. There is an evenness about them which speaks of heaven. There is no more potent influence for detaching the children of God from present things than prospects of glory with Christ. “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” is a mighty purifying force.

vladimir-gelesnoffVladimir Gelesnoff (1877-1921)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 8, page 98
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Every Moment Worship

September 8, 2016

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And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6).

When people talk of worshiping in some building on earth, and think of a ritualistic service as worship, and talk of worshiping God in music, it simply shows that they do not understand. In every moment of a believer’s life, he is sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The place of our abiding is in the immediate presence of God with nothing between.

ha-ironsideHarry Ironside (1876-1951)
Charge That To My Account (1931), page 113
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Righteousness Without Works

August 18, 2016

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If God announces the gift of righteousness apart from works, why do you keep mourning over your bad works, your failures? Do you not see that it is because you still have hopes in these works of yours that you are depressed and discouraged by their failure? If you truly saw and believed that God is reckoning righteous the ungodly who believe on Him, you would fairly hate your struggles to be “better”; for you would see that your dreams of good works have not at all commended you to God, and that your bad works do not at all hinder you from believing on Him – that justifieth the ungodly!

Therefore, on seeing your failures, you should say, I am nothing but a failure; but God is dealing with me on another principle altogether than my works, good or bad – a principle not involving my works, but based only on the work of Christ for me.

William R NewellWilliam R. Newell (1868-1956)
Professor, Moody Bible Institute
Romans, Verse By Verse
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Imprinting His Image on Us

August 10, 2016

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That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death (Philippians 3:10).

If we look on suffering as something to be avoided at all costs we will take no more of it than is forced upon us by our circumstances. In that case we will miss everything that is best in life. But if we take it as one of God’s gifts, as one of the means by which He is imprinting His image on our characters, we can more readily understand how suffering may be working out His purpose for our good, and so join with the Apostle in the prayer that we might be brought into full the fellowship of the suffering of the Captain of our Salvation, Who was Himself made perfect through suffering.

W.T. Tunley
Climb the Heights (1956), page 34
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