Secretly Dispensed Grace

Posted March 6, 2021 by SandreS
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A major factor in the present administration, which most of Christendom has passed over, has to do with an added feature called “The Dispensation of the Mystery” (Ephesians 3:9, RSV, 1901). The English word “mystery” is a translation of the Greek word musterion, which actually means “a secret” – nothing more and nothing less. It is therefore, among other things, that aspect of grace which at this time is secretly dispensed.

C.E. McLain, D.D. (1909-1990)
Elijah’s Coming, p. 32
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Not Now

Posted February 28, 2021 by SandreS
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If Paul, to whom the truth of this present secret administration was revealed, did not know the date [of its conclusion], how conceited must we be if we attempt to deduce it from a revelation that is not concerned with our celestial calling! After this interval is past, and Israel is once more in view, then the clock will be started again, and the prophetic dates will be literally and accurately fulfilled. But not now.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 50 (1959)
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Paul’s Distinct Gospel

Posted February 22, 2021 by SandreS
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The failure or refusal to discern the Pauline Gospel as a separate and new revelation and not a “development from Judaism” accounts for two-thirds of the confusion in many people’s minds today as regards just what the Gospel is … You can judge any man’s preaching or teaching by this rule – Is he Pauline? Does his doctrine START and FINISH according to those statements of Christian doctrine uttered by the Apostle Paul?

William R. Newell (1868-1956)
Professor, Moody Bible Institute
Paul’s Gospel
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Readjusting the Saints

Posted November 24, 2020 by SandreS
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The majority of the saints today doctrinally stand on Circumcision ground. Their teaching and experience has been drawn from the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Acts of the Apostles. Assuming that “the church began on the day of Pentecost,” they attempt to creedalize and practice the varying presentations and examples which follow. Now and then some of the teachings of the earlier epistles of Paul are included, notwithstanding the incongruous differences which are continually calling for modifying explanations that never explain!

It is the duty of … the teacher to readjust the saints from this standing into the transcendent truth and grace of the Pauline revelation ordained for the present Secret Administration. This calls for mature wisdom and spiritual understanding.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 25 (1934)
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Things Which Were “Out of an Instalment” Have Been “Discarded”

Posted November 20, 2020 by SandreS
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For out of an instalment are we knowing, and out of an instalment are we prophesying. Now whenever maturity may be coming, that which is out of an instalment shall be discarded … (I Corinthians 13:8-11, CV).

Because of Paul’s message of God’s conciliation to mankind, both those who were once near (but separated by a cloud) and those who were far off, now have access, through our Lord Jesus Christ, into the very presence of God. God no longer dwells in a man-made temple, but His spirit homes in human hearts, in close communion with each believer. Those things which were out of an instalment have now been discarded.” With Paul’s perfection epistles “maturity” has been reached. Where, at the time first Corinthians was written, they observed by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet now it is possible to view face to face and recognize according as we are recognized also (I Corinthians 13:8-12). In spirit we are face to face with God, our Father, right now! There are no clouds in between.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 50 (1959)
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The Ecclesia Today Is Not the “Bride” or “Sheep”

Posted November 16, 2020 by SandreS
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The frequent picturing of Israel as “sheep” … features a point similar to the figure of the “bride …” Both figures are used freely in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the Greek Jewish portions of the apostolic writings. Neither figure is used as illustrative of the Ecclesia of the present dispensation in any epistle written by Paul.

More than that: the word “sheep” is not even used by Paul in any letter bearing his name, except in Romans 8:36, which quotes Isaiah in describing our Lord as a Sheep for the slaughter. The same is true of the word “shepherd.” It is used only once by Paul in his epistles, and then in the sense of “pastors” (Ephesians 4:11), but the usage of both words in the Gospels is very frequent.

F.H. Robison (1885-1932)
Are Bride and Body Identical? pp. 30-31
Bible Student’s Press
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The Dispensation Before and that of the Present

Posted November 14, 2020 by SandreS
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For at present we are observing by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet then, face to face. At present I know out of an instalment, yet then I shall recognize according as I am recognized also (I Corinthians 13:12, CV).

It is commonly supposed that the thirteenth of first Corinthians contrasts our present experience with our future glory in resurrection. [The idea being that] now we are supposed to see in a glass darkly, but then face to face (I Corinthians 13:12), [and that] then we shall know as we are known. This popular and erroneous interpretation has practically robbed us of the true teaching of the chapter. The apostle is not comparing our experience in this life with that in the next. He is comparing the dispensation before it with that of the present. That was minority; his is maturity. Then matters were dimly seen which now are clear and plain. Now knowledge is not being doled out in “installments” (:8-11). We have a full revelation since the Mystery has been revealed.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 23 (1932)
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The Abrogation of the Installments

Posted November 12, 2020 by SandreS
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Many contradictions will be found in the Bible if we do not “correctly partition the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15, CV). What was true of Israel is not true of the nations. Scripture came by installments” and the last “instalment” had not yet come when Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Previous “installments” were abrogated with the advent of “maturity” (I Corinthians 13:8-12). This did not fully arrive until Paul’s imprisonment. Then, however, it was granted to him to “complete the Word of God” (Colossians 1:25). Paul’s prison epistles alone give us full maturity. Only they contain no immature enigmas. All previous interpretation must be adjusted to them.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
“Material Mirrors of Spiritual Truth”
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 49 (1958)
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The Unity of the Faith

Posted November 7, 2020 by SandreS
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Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

This is not “the unity of faith,” as many often misinterpret and misunderstand, but rather “the unity of THE faith.” “The Faith” is a body of doctrine to be believed, and this “unity of the faith” is that body of doctrine in its climax – a finished “unit” – the “unit of the faith” as it were.

It is absolutely essential that one understands that the revelation given to Paul during the Acts Period was in “installments.” Paul knew when writing I Corinthians that the revelation given to him was on the installment plan and that these “installments” would be “discarded” once “maturity” came (I Corinthians 13:8-11, CV). He also freely confessed in II Corinthians 12:1 that he knew that he would come to additional “visions and revelations” (note that both were in the plural).

“Unity” is that which is complete, that which has all of its parts, and is no longer a series of “instalments.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Knowing Even as We Are Known

Posted November 4, 2020 by SandreS
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For out of an instalment are we knowing, and out of an instalment are we prophesying. Now whenever maturity may be coming, that which is out of an instalment shall be discarded (I Corinthians 13:9-10, CV).

Here we have the revelation concerning two eras of time and the respective degree of knowledge and recognition possessed and enjoyed in each. The time of minority or immaturity, when believers knew only out of parts or instalments of God’s spiritual endowments, apportionments of graces and the preparatory epistles of the Scriptures which they had received in that era,” in contrast with the time when that which is perfect,” fully developed, finished, maturity CAME, as a result of the revelation of the SECRET,” which filled up or completed the Word of God, thus making it possible for them to know even as also we are known,” with full assurance of understanding and realization in our pre-eonian designation and sonship, our holy calling and justification, our conciliation and peace with God, our transcendent grace and spiritual blessings, in Christ, our Celestial allotment and destiny, our heavenly citizenship and future glory!

Adlai Loudy (1893-1984)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 38 (1947)
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