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Rightly Dividing

May 10, 2019

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Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (II Timothy 2:15).

The Word of truth, then, has right divisions, and it must be evident that, as one cannot be a workman that needeth not to be ashamed without observing them, so any study of that Word which ignores those divisions must be in large measure profitless and confusing.

C.I. Scofield (1843-1921)
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
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Grace and Peace

April 30, 2019

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For many years this writer, along with the mass of religious people, supposed that the Bible phrase “grace and peace be unto you” was simply a beautiful, spiritual salutation. Thank God we have come to learn that it is much more than a salutation. It is an official proclamation.

Every single one of the epistles signed by Paul opens with the declaration: “Grace be unto you and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” This was the theme of the message which he, as a duly appointed ambassador, had been sent to proclaim.

C.R. Stam (1909-2003)
Two Minutes with the Bible
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The Divine Barrier

April 14, 2019

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Did you know that when God called Abraham, He placed a division between his descendants and all of the rest of humanity?

It was God Himself Who established the “barrier” between Jew and Gentile, Israel and the Nations. Paul called this division a “middle wall of partition” in Ephesians 2:14. The Concordant Version calls it “the central wall of the barrier.” The Dabhar Version renders it “the middle wall of the blockage.”

When reading the Scriptures, it is vitally important that you ask yourself the simple question: Is the middle wall of partition up, or is it down?

Recognizing and answering this crucial question is an important key in following Paul’s instruction found in II Timothy 2:15 of “rightly dividing” (KJV), “correctly cutting” (CV, 1976 – 6th Edition) or “correctly partitioning” (CV, 1927 – 2nd Edition) the “Word of truth.”

It’s not until you get to the pinnacle writings of Paul – Ephesians and Colossians – that you see the barrier removed. Read these letters that reveal the Secret Administration, and enjoy God’s truth for today.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Zenith of Man’s Day

March 8, 2019

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Mans Day [I Corinthians 4:3], which is the day of man’s prominence, exaltation and glory, reaches its very zenith in this the Dispensation of the Grace of God. This began with Paul’s declaration in Acts 28:28, and since that time all men and all nations have been utterly free to walk after their own ways without any fear of immediate divine retribution. Men commit the basest of crimes, they raise their voices against God every day; yet, He does nothing except show them a love and favor that they do not deserve.

“Does not God care?” “Is He really a God of love?” These are the questions regularly asked in view of the iniquities of mankind that exact such a great toll of suffering from the human race. The answer is that He cares and He loves; yet, because of His present purpose in grace, no sin or transgression receives its just recompense of reward, but this will not always be. Man’s Day will surely come to an end, and the prayer of the Psalmist will be answered:

Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the nations be judged before Thee. Put them in fear O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men (Psalm 9:19-20).

— Otis Q. Sellers (1901-1992)
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The Highest Quality of Faith

February 10, 2019

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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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The Above-Heavenly Sphere of Blessings

December 4, 2018

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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

December 2, 2018

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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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