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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)
The Day of the Lord
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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 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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Unscriptural? or Undispensational?

January 30, 2018

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A friend of this writer has written the following:

There are professing Christians who religiously practice the washing of feet. Are they scriptural or unscriptural? There are some who anoint the sick with oil, while others bless handkerchiefs. Are they scriptural or unscriptural? Some professing Christians claim to have visions and angelic visitations while hearing supernatural voices. Are they scriptural or unscriptural? Thousands of others break forth in some kind of speech which they call the gift of tongues. Are they scriptural or unscriptural to speak in tongues?

To which we add:

Scriptures can be found to substantiate all of these actions. However, it seems to us that it is less than intellectual honesty, much less a spiritual practice, to arbitrarily select certain Bible commands for obedience while completely disregarding others. Why not obey the mandates of Numbers 15:32-36 and Deuteronomy 21:18-21 where infractions were to be punished by publicly stoning the off ender to death? Why not build a tabernacle and offer sacrifices as God commanded in Exodus 25-31? Why not sell that ye have and give alms as Christ instructed in Luke 12:33? In short, why obey only certain Bible commands and ignore others? Why not obey them all?

The answer to these questions is clearly stated in II Timothy 2:15.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.

Though all Scripture is most certainly for our admonition and instruction, all Scripture is not for our obedience today (Compare Genesis 17:10-14 with Galatians 5:2 and Romans 2:25-29. Also Matthew 19:16-21 with Romans 4:5 and Ephesians 2:8, 9). II Timothy 3:16-17 does not contradict or nullify II Timothy 2:15. To the Apostle Paul, the glorified Lord revealed God’s message and program for today. To him was committed the dispensation of the grace of God. (See Ephesians 3:1-9). In his epistles we find the commands given directly to the Body of Christ.

The question, then, is not only, “Is it scriptural?” but, “Is it dispensational?”

Win Johnson (?-1993)
Amazing Grace
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