The So-Called Great Commission

Posted June 14, 2022 by SandreS
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Mark’s Gospel, like Matthew’s and Luke’s, is primarily a Kingdom book, and I am satisfied that none of them contains the church [which is His Body’s] marching orders – not even the so-called “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:18-20. … This we would call “The Kingdom Commission.” Of course, we are well aware that it is often spoken of as the “Great Commission” of the church, but we are convinced that this is an error. It would be a strange thing to find the church’s commission in the Kingdom Gospel. … I have long been convinced and have taught that the “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:19-20 is primarily applicable to the Kingdom rather than to the church.

William L. PettingillWilliam Pettingill (1886-1950)
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The Secret Administration of Grace

Posted June 12, 2022 by SandreS
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When Paul wrote Ephesians, after the heralding of the Kingdom as recorded in the book of Acts had closed, God once more changed His way of dealing, continuing the trend in the era of Readjustment. Then the nations were blessed through Israel, in their defection. Now the character and place of blessing is changed from physical and earthly to spiritual and celestial, hence it cannot come through that nation, but is independent of them. From being guests at Israel’s board the nations become fellow members of God’s family. From being aliens in God’s Kingdom they become fellow citizens. From being split into two bodies by fleshly rites, they become joint members of One Body.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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The Readjustment Administration

Posted June 8, 2022 by SandreS
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The call of Saul of Tarsus was itself a new departure in the ways of God, and the indication of a new administration. Through him God gradually changed His method of dealing both with the nations and with Israel. Instead of heralding the Kingdom to the Jews among the nations as the Twelve had done in the land, in order to demonstrate their apostasy, he reaches the devout among the nations in order to provoke them to jealousy, as Moses had foretold (Deuteronomy 32:21). In this administration, which is dealt with in Paul’s earlier epistles, the nations are blessed with Israel and receive their spiritual things while they themselves are still apostate. God had not dealt with the nations so before, nor did He even foretell such blessing in the prophets. As it was only a preparatory arrangement, leading up to the next administration, we have called it the Readjustment Administration.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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“To the Jew First”

Posted June 3, 2022 by SandreS
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One of the most important principles of “correctly partitioning the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15) is the recognition of the removal of the Barrier Wall mentioned in Ephesians 2:14, and asking ourselves as we read any passage of Scripture, “Is this wall of distinction between Jew and Gentile up, or down?” This distinction is completely removed during the Secret Administration.

For example, “to the Jew first” in Romans 1:16; 2:9-10 makes a clear distinction between Jew and Gentile for it even to be possible that the Jews are “first.” This dispensational distinction and administrative advantage have been completely removed today by the revelation found in Ephesians.

C2Pilkington-5Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Why the Ascension Gifts Were Listed in Ephesians

Posted May 25, 2022 by SandreS
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In Ephesians 4 Paul is reviewing the history of the Body of Christ – from its prior infancy, under the auspices of Israel, to its positional maturity as the “Perfect Man.” He is showing how the Body functioned in the previous Acts Administration. These Ascension Gifts had to do with the Body’s childhood phase, while it was under the parental guardianship of Israel (with Abraham as father and Jerusalem as mother) and has nothing to do with its mature sonship position as the “One New MAN” (Ephesians 2:15).

Among other things, the Secret Administration has no “offices” or “gifts” – no “bishops,” no “deacons,” no “apostles,” no “prophets,” no “evangelists,” and no “shepherd-teachers.

The “Perfect Man,” having left childhood behind, has become “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” This “Perfect Man” (4:13) is the “One New Man” (2:15). This “One Body” (2:16; Colossians 3:15) is the leading component of the “unity of the Spirit” to which we have been brought and are to endeavor to “keep” (Ephesians 4:3-6).

Thus, the “Perfect Man” is a positional unit in which we now have standing, rather than an individual state that we have achieved.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Descendants of Abraham Are Now Reckoned as Gentiles

Posted May 24, 2022 by SandreS
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During the Dispensation of the Mystery, the Jews, whether in today’s so-called “Israel,”[1] or scattered all over the world, are divinely reckoned as being “of the nations.” For now, they have simply been absorbed into the nations. They have no identity other than being an “American,” or an “Argentinean,” or an “Australian,” or “German,” “Russian,” “Canadian,” etc. They may adhere to some form of “the Jews’ religion,” but, in plainer words, they are reckoned as being Gentiles (i.e., of the nations) and are dealt with accordingly.

Tom L BallingerTom L. Ballinger
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The Ascension Gifts Are Not Operative Today

Posted May 23, 2022 by SandreS
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The Ascension Gifts – “apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherd-teachers” – were the divine empowerment to speak “the truth” (Ephesians 4:8-11). They were given during and limited to the Acts Period. Under the current Secret Administration these gifts are inoperative.

Those who teach today, while having been granted some varying measure of faith, are nonetheless fallible, having no authority on any subject – all such authority now being resident in the Word of God alone.

Therefore, the self-instructional Body is not following any earthly “head,” “leader” or “authority.” Instead, regardless of how meager it may appear, the “operation” in fact comes from the “measure of each one’s part” (Ephesians 4:16, CV); through the “working in the measure of each single part” (YLT).

C2Pilkington-5Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Ascension Gifts Were Prophetic Gifts

Posted May 22, 2022 by SandreS
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According to Paul, the gifts of Ephesians 4:8-11 – “apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherd-teachers” – were prophetically a part of Israel’s Old Testament promises. In :8 when Paul states “Wherefore He saith,” he is referencing the fulfillment of the prophecy of Psalm 68:18.

Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men.

Thus, these gifts were prophetically a part of Israel’s “spiritual things” for which the Gentiles were made partakers during the Acts Administration [or Pentecost Administration] (Romans 15:27). These gifts have no place within the Secret Administration.

C2Pilkington-5Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Bride of Christ Is Unknown to Scripture

Posted May 20, 2022 by SandreS
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Let us begin by correcting our terminology. In the Patmos visions we read of “The Bride, the Lamb’s wife,” but “the Bride of Christ” is unknown to Scripture … With the close of [John the] Baptist’s ministry, both the “Bride” and the “Lamb” disappear from the New Testament until we reach the Patmos visions. In Revelation 21, the angel summoning the Seer to behold “the Bride” the Lamb’s wife, and he showed him “the Holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God.” The twelve gates of the city bear the names of the Twelve Tribes of the children of Israel, and on the twelve foundations are “the names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb” … it is the city for which Abraham looked … These apostles of the Bride are not the apostles who were given after the Ascension for the building up of the Body of Christ – the apostles of this Christian dispensation, chief among whom was Paul. They are the Twelve Apostles of the Lord’s earthly ministry to Israel, who shall sit on twelve thrones, “judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).

Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)
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Paul’s New Revelation

Posted June 10, 2021 by SandreS
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That God would save Jews was no mystery; that He would save Gentiles was no mystery. The mystery was that God would put Jews and Gentiles into one body and make them fellow members, fellow heirs, and fellow partakers of His promise in Christ. This was a new revelation revealed to Paul.

Paul R. Van Gorder (1921-2009)
Which Gospel When (1967)
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