Archive for September 2014

A Temporary and Transitional Dispensation

September 30, 2014

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We must recognize the intensely Jewish character of the Pentecostal dispensation. The Jerusalem Church was Jewish. Their Bible was the Jewish Scriptures. The Jewish temple was their house of prayer and common meeting-place. Their beliefs and hopes and words and acts all marked them out as Jews.

My contention is that the Acts, as a whole, is the record of a temporary and transitional dispensation in which blessing was again offered to the Jews and again rejected.

Sir Robert AndersonSir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)
The Silence of God, page 56
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In Relation to the Whole

September 23, 2014

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Any single verse of the Bible, taken in isolation, may actually be dangerous to your spiritual health. Every part of it must be read in relation to the whole message.

Louis CasselsLouis Cassels (1922-1974)
Senior Editor, UPI (United Press International)
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Religious Mutilation

September 10, 2014

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Beware of the concision [κατατομή, katatomee]. For we are the circumcision [περιτομή, peritomee] (Philippians 3:23).

Thus are contrasted the false and the true “circumcision.” True circumcision is,

To worship God in the spirit, to rejoice in Christ Jesus, and to have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3).

It is “of the heart in spirit, and not in letter” (Romans 2:25, 29). To go back therefore to ordinances, and to this ordinance [of circumcision], after having been made free in Christ is mutilation, not true circumcision. The verb κατατέμνειν (katatemnein) is always connected with mutilation (see Leviticus 21:5; I Kings 18:28; Isaiah 15:2; Hosea 7:14).

EWBE.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, Bible Student’s Press, page 142

Heaven and Earth Distinction

September 9, 2014

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The Church is a Body of persons called out of all nations to faith in a crucified and risen Christ, exalted to the Second Adam, and the new Head, in Whom all things in heaven and earth are united.

This Body of persons is not called to dwell on earth, as Israel, but to walk through it as pilgrims and strangers. Heaven, not earth, is the sphere in which the Body of Christ is to be displayed to the glory of God’s grace.

This distinction between the heavenly and the earthly is made constantly in Scripture. In Ephesians 3:15, the apostle Paul speaks of “the whole family in heaven and earth,” that is to say, of the Body of Christ and Israel; the one above, the other below.

To Paul is committed the doctrine of the Body of Christ, from Paul come the epistles to the ecclesia.

IM HaldemanI.M. Haldeman (1845-1933)
Bible Messages, pages 37-38, 48
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