The Earthly Teaching Ministry of Jesus Christ

Posted March 17, 2017 by SandreS
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Much confusion arises from a failure to fully understand the Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly teaching ministry as found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Although He came to be the Savior for all men, He did not actually make provision for that salvation until the completion of His three and one-half year earthly teaching ministry. Christ’s atoning work of redemption and reconciliation was performed at Calvary, an event recorded at the end of these books.

What was the purpose then of His earthly teaching ministry? What did He minister and to whom? What relationship does this earthly teaching ministry have with the Body of Christ? These questions are answered for us by Paul the apostle in the book of Romans when he wrote,

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the Circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers (Romans 15:8).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Present Truth

Posted February 26, 2017 by SandreS
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Brother Gelesnoff and I agreed that the great need among the saints was an understanding of present truth, as found in Paul’s epistles, especially the prison group, which make known these riches of Christ which had been hidden during previous revelation. This aim will find its highest expression and fulfillment in the series on Colossians, which commences in this issue. In these we will reach the very summit of revelation.

The great truths revealed through Paul were rejected even before his death. All in the province of Asia, to whom Ephesians and Colossians were sent, turned away from him (II Timothy 2:15). We cannot expect it to be otherwise in these last days. Indeed, when very few are granted the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17) which is essential to a grasp of the present secret administration, we must expect it to be opposed and rejected once again, for faith is to decrease as the consummation of the eon approaches.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 31 (1940)
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The Celestial Ones

Posted November 18, 2016 by SandreS
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When it comes to the writing of Paul for the Body of Christ, the vocabulary of Scripture changes. He does not speak of a fig tree, a beautiful city, lambs or a promised land, but rather that which is not seen or perceived. We are told that our realm is inherent in the heavens (Philippians 3:20). He speaks of spiritual blessings among the celestials (Ephesians 1:3). He speaks of bodies celestial. Our blessing and expectation is not something just from the celestials, but something in the celestials. In I Corinthians 15:49 we learn that we will be the celestial ones.

G. Venlet
Faith Fellowship (Vol. 60, No. 2)
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The Gospel of the Kingdom

Posted October 26, 2016 by SandreS
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“The gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23; 24:14; etc.) is the good news connected with, or relating to the coming kingdom. It is often erroneously said that there can be only one “gospel”; but gospel means “good news,” and this good news may be concerning “Christ,” or “the Kingdom,” or “the grace of God.” Hence, if words are used to reveal God’s mind and thoughts, we must not confuse or join together things which He has separated.

“The Gospel [or good news] of the Kingdom” was preached when the King appeared; but after His rejection that good news is necessarily in abeyance; and, in its stead, “the Gospel [or good news] of the grace of God” is preached to sinners, both of Jews and Gentiles, until the time of the King’s second appearing shall come, when the good news of the coming King and Kingdom will be again preached.

EWBE.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
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Heaven and Earth

Posted October 6, 2016 by SandreS
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There is a delightful contrast between our Lord, the Servant of the Circumcision (Romans 15:8) and Paul, His minister for the nations (Romans 15:6). Christ was a carpenter, Who built permanent habitations on earth, since the Circumcision, to whom He ministered, will have their eonian dwellings on the earth. Paul was a tent maker, for those to whom he was sent have no allotment down here, but are merely camping, waiting for their eonian dwelling in the heaven.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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Sad Confusion

Posted August 8, 2016 by SandreS
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Utter confusion reigns among evangelicals because of the failure to rightly divide the Word, especially the clear distinction between Israel and the Church … More and more I am distressed with the teaching which confuses Israel and the Church, Law and Grace, Salvation and Discipleship.

Sad, sad that many of God’s dear children seem to know nothing more than Jesus of Nazareth in His humiliation – while the risen, ascended, glorified Man is ignored, or unknown.

Paul van GorderPaul R. Van Gorder
Cited by Miles J. Stanford in Pauline Dispensationalism
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Understanding Scripture

Posted July 28, 2016 by SandreS
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It shall greatly help thee to understand scripture, if thou mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, and unto whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstance, considering what goeth before, and what followeth after.

Miles CoverdaleMiles Coverdale (1488-1568)
Coverdale Bible (Prologue to the Reader, 1535)
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