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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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The Gospel of the Kingdom Was Not Given to Us

November 26, 2018

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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

October 2, 2018

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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

February 22, 2018

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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
Associate Editor, Scofield Reference Bible
Bible Questions Answered
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Reconciliation of the World: This Is the Gospel!

February 10, 2018

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To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:19).

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. Paul’s Gospel will suffer no admixture with works on the one hand or religious pretensions and performances on the other. It is as simple and clear as the sunlight from heaven. The end of man is where God begins in Romans 3, at what might be called the opening of the Pauline Revelation. Most unsaved people today believe in their hearts that the reason they are not saved is because of something they have not yet done, some step that remains for them to take before God will accept them. But this is absolutely untrue. When Christ said, “It is finished,” He meant that He had, then and there, paid the debt for the whole human race. “He gave Himself a ransom for all” (I Timothy 2:6).

Now, Paul, in his wonderful revelation declares that God hath reconciled the world to Himself; that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself” (II Corinthians 5:19). Men do not know this, but they conceive that something stands between them and God, before God will accept or forgive them. If you tell a man that God is demanding no good works of him whatsoever, no religious observance or church ordinances, that God is not asking him to undertake any duties at all, but that God invites him to believe a glad message that his sins have already been dealt with at the Cross, and that God expects him to believe it – if you tell an unsaved man such a story as this, he is astonished and overwhelmed – yet this is the Gospel!

William R. Newell (1868-1956)
Professor, Moody Bible Institute
Paul’s Gospel
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God’s Two Schools: Israel, and the Body of Christ

February 6, 2018

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Christ’s life, suffering, death and resurrection form the strong, unshakable, reinforced concrete foundation on which two school buildings have been built. The buildings are connected by a central hall through which the students enter. That hall has “In Christ” over the doors.

One group went to the building on the right, which is called “Israel.” In the future they will rule and bless the peoples of the earth.

The other group goes to the building on the left, called “The Body.” They are being trained for work in heaven.

The handbook for the students in the “Israel” school was written by Peter and the others; the handbook for the “Body” school was written by Paul.

Parallel schools, different handbooks; based on the work of one and the same Genius.

Wim Janse
Bible Student’s Notebook
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