The Highest Quality of Faith

Posted February 10, 2019 by SandreS
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Our hope and destiny are in no way contingent on the fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy for Israel. Our blessings are found primarily in Paul’s revelations for this present secret economy. While we are to walk by faith and not by perception, this after all is the highest quality of faith consistent with the highest plane of spiritual blessings among the celestials in Christ.

— Melvin E. Johnson (1897–1979)
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Never Misappropriate Hebrew Prophecy

Posted January 26, 2019 by SandreS
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We should never misappropriate any part of Hebrew prophecy bearing on Israel’s eventual deliverance, such as Matthew 24, and then assume mistakenly that our deliverance is somehow determined by theirs – or theirs by ours.

— Melvin E. Johnson (1897–1979)
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The Above-Heavenly Sphere of Blessings

Posted December 4, 2018 by SandreS
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Paul, in prison, wrote his last epistles, making known the subject of the special revelations he had received about the above-heavenly (epouraniois) sphere of blessings, and announcing a complete change of dispensation brought about by the temporary setting aside of Israel: no longer a chosen people, no longer any sign of the nearness of the Kingdom, no more fulfillment of the prophecies.

— S. Van Mierlo
The Development of Christendom
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The Sign Gifts

Posted December 2, 2018 by SandreS
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Ever since the Apostle Paul informed the Corinthians that the sign gifts were to pass away(I Corinthians 13:8), attempts have been made by sincere people to revive them. All such efforts of courage have ended in failure and disrepute for the church at large.

Though it is true that these gifts were at one time a part of God’s program for the sign nation (1:22), they ended when God finally set His favored people aside (Acts 28:28). One will look in vain for any mention of the “sign” gifts in the epistles of Paul written after the “Acts” period.

It is sometimes suggested that if believers today were as spiritual as they should be, gifts would abound. This, we submit, is not so. Of all of the churches to whom the apostle wrote, the Corinthians were the most un-spiritual. They were contentious (I Corinthians 1:11); they permitted fornication in their midst (5:1); brother went to law against a brother (6:1-8); and they were disorderly at the Lord’s Table (11:17-22).

Small wonder that he writes to them,

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ (I Corinthians 3:1).

Yet, in spite of all of this carnality, they had the sign gifts in abundance (chapters 12, 14). Surely it was not because they were spiritual.

Win Johnson
Amazing Grace
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The Gospel of the Kingdom Was Not Given to Us

Posted November 26, 2018 by SandreS
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The Church which is the Body of Christ is associated with a calling that goes back before the foundation [disruption] of the world, a “mystery,” “hid in God” until it was revealed to Paul as the prisoner of Jesus Christ. As a member of this Church I can legitimately say with regard to the “Gospel of the Kingdom” and the calling associated with Abraham: because I do not now attempt to follow the teaching that belongs to the dispensation of the Kingdom of Israel, it does not follow that I do not believe the Gospels and the Acts to be inspired and true. I simply do not believe that their teaching was given to me.

Charles H. Welch (1880-1967)
Ephesians Via Romans
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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Posted October 2, 2018 by SandreS
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Let us not “rob Peter to pay Paul,” for Paul has no need of anything which belongs to Peter. Everything we steal from Peter impoverishes us. It hides and hinders the enjoyment of the transcendent celestial grace which Peter himself was never able to apprehend, much less enjoy.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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The Gospel’s Kingdom Commission

Posted February 22, 2018 by SandreS
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He said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15-18).

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’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.

The commission on Matthew 28:19-20 instructs the eleven to teach them “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

Not some things, but all things. The things that Jesus commanded were given while He was a minister of the Circumcision. The apostles chosen by the descended Christ had a ministry which differed from the apostles of the ascended Christ.

Dr. William L. Pettingill (1866-1950)
Dean, Philadelphia School of the Bible
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