The Word of Truth “Correctly Partitioned”

Posted July 22, 2021 by SandreS
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This dispensation or plan by which God is now dealing with man is called the “Dispensation of the Mystery” (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:25-26), because it was a secret purpose which God kept concealed in His own heart until He revealed it through the apostle Paul. It is also called the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), because it is based wholly and solely upon pure, unmixed grace.

Some have supposed that the mystery is merely that Gentiles would be saved; but this is no mystery, because Gentile salvation was clearly revealed and predicted throughout the Old Testament. The mystery is that God has opened up a new channel of blessing for the nations in place of Israel, and that God is now by His grace taking believing Jews and Gentiles and baptizing them by His Spirit into a joint-body, making them joint-heirs and joint-partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel (Ephesians 3:6).

Charles F. Baker (1905-1994)
God’s Clock of the Ages (1937)
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Robbed of God’s Glorious Jewel

Posted June 22, 2021 by SandreS
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That in all He may be becoming first, seeing that the entire complement delights to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all to Him … (Ephesians 1:18-20).

It is because Christ is God’s Complement that “all” will be reconciled. If He does not reconcile “all, that “all” will not be complete, and He is not God’s Complement. The full force of “complement or “fullness” is denied by nearly every saint who bears His name. Only a tiny remnant dares to acknowledge Him as God’s Complement. All of the rest have been robbed of a jewel of far more value than any gem in any diadem of any potentate of Earth.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 32 (1941)
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Rule and Reconciliation of Celestial Hosts

Posted May 30, 2021 by SandreS
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Just as Israel will have two functions in the kingdom, so it will be with us. They will not only rule, but reconcile. They will be priests as well as potentates. Then it is that “the great commission,” found at the close of the Kingdom evangel (Matthew 28:19), will be fulfilled. They will make disciples of all nations and teach them in the ways of Jehovah. The complement of this will be our principal privilege among the Celestial hosts. Not merely to rule them by the power of God, but to win their hearts by the grace and love of God, of which we are the principal objects and examples.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 42 (1951)
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“Done” Takes Away “Do”

Posted February 20, 2021 by SandreS
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“Do,” “Do,” we hear on every hand, and how seldom do we hear “Done.” Thank God, in a world of so many unfinished things there is one thing finished. “It is finished” – the work of the Savior is finished, said He who did it, and no one yet has ever been able to point out an unfinished thing in that redemption work …

The “done” takes away the “do.” “Do” means human endeavor, “Done” means Divine accomplishment. “Do” is possible to man, “Done” is alone possible with God. “Do” satisfies the flesh, “Done” is grasped by faith. “Do” is the exercise of human energy, “Done” is the display of the Divine initiative.

W. Leon Tucker (1871-1934)
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The Fullness

Posted November 26, 2020 by SandreS
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Well nigh lost is the dominating doctrine of the pleroma or fullness. The reconciliation of the universe rests upon this transcendent truth. Apart from the Fullness of the Son, God could not be conciliated nor could His enemies be reconciled to Him. In Him is found all that God needs and all that His creatures need. Nothing apart from Him is of any avail: anything apart from Him is an affront to His Father.

God’s approach to His creatures is clear and open through the death of His Son. Likewise, our entrance into His presence is unobstructed and unhindered through the death of God’s Son. But before that death and its proclamation God had carefully hedged Himself with a barrier of Jewish forms and ceremonies, dwelling alone behind an unrent veil in awful and unapproachable majesty. But now that veil is rent, the cleansing flood flows as a river, the victim has bled, the barriers all are down, and, lest we are yet too timid to approach, God comes forth and takes up His abode within the spirits of His people. He beseeches the sinner to be reconciled, He implores the saint to enjoy it, and we respond – all upon the ground of the Fullness which His Son is for us.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 4 (1913)
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The Sovereignty of Grace

Posted July 4, 2020 by SandreS
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For in grace, through faith, are you saved, and this is not out of you; it is God’s approach present, not of works, lest anyone should be boasting. For His achievement are we, being created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God makes ready beforehand, that we should be walking in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Salvation, justification and glorification are all gifts from God, that His beloved Son “… be Firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:28-30). These same gifts cannot be gained or forfeited through any subsequent disobedience or failure. Indeed, any further act of sin would simply call forth greater increases in the provision of grace (Romans 6:1)! … Such love confirms the sovereignty of grace.

The love of God has been poured out in our hearts … [and] Neither death nor life, nor messengers, nor sovereignties, nor the present, nor what is impending, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 5:5; 8:38-39).

Donald Fielding
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 85

The Contrast

Posted June 22, 2020 by SandreS
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Sin is the masterful and critical aspect of God’s creation that allows us to see and experience the backdrop – THE CONTRAST – which is necessary for us to enter the resurrection with amazement. When we are resurrected, it will be the sin, death, pain, misery, etc. that will help us to see His love, redemption and mercy for ever and ever.

Mike Owens
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Making All Things Right

Posted June 20, 2020 by SandreS
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As a reminder of God’s incredible power over creation (see Psalm 135:6-7), throughout history darkness during the day has been seen as abnormal and foreboding (cf. Exodus 10:21; Matthew 27:45), a sign that everything is not as it should be.

This is what darkness signified for Amos, a prophet during the time of the divided monarchy in ancient Israel. Amos warned the Northern Kingdom that destruction would come if they continued to turn away from God. As a sign, God would “make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight” (Amos 8:9, ESV).

Yet God’s ultimate desire and purpose was – and is – to make all things right. … Even when life is at its darkest, like Israel we can find comfort in knowing that God is at work to bring light and hope back – to all people (Acts 15:15-17).

Lisa M. Samra
Our Daily Bread, May 4, 2020
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All of God’s Creatures Will Finally Be Happy

Posted June 18, 2020 by SandreS
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Nothing can be more contrary to the divine nature and attributes than for a God all-wise, all-good, all-powerful, and all-perfect, to bestow existence on any being whom He foreknows must terminate in wretchedness and misery without respite of end. His goodness could never give birth to any one being, and much less to numberless beings whose end He foresaw would be irretrievable misery; nor could even His justice inflict everlasting punishment.

God made all of His creatures finally to be happy; He could never make any whose end He foreknew would be misery everlasting. God is love; infinite benevolence alone prompted Him to action, and infinite benevolence combined with unerring wisdom, and supported by irresistible power, will infallibly accomplish its purpose in the best possible manner.

Thomas Newton (1704-1782)
Dissertations on the Final State of Mankind
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All Shall Be Saved – It’s in the Book

Posted April 10, 2020 by SandreS
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In my work as a hospice chaplain I have discovered that virtually all Texans of a certain age can quote John 3:16 from memory (invariably from the King James Version):

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Few, however, have memorized the verse that follows:

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world, through Him, might be saved.

In I Timothy the writer celebrates

God our Savior, Who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one Mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, Himself human, Who gave Himself a ransom for all (2:3-5).

And there’s I Corinthians 15:22,

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

The clearest enunciation of this teaching comes in the second chapter of Philippians where Paul … hails that great gettin’ up morning when,

at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (:10).

All shall be saved. It’s in the book.

Alan Bean
Heaven-or-Hell Theology May be Simple, but it is Neither Biblical nor Morally Defensible
Baptist News Global (Opinion), March 5, 2020
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