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The Universal Fullness of Christ

August 30, 2015

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The predestined end of God is a full presentation of the fullness of Christ –

… The church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Every corner of the universe will speak audibly of Jesus Christ; so that we shall not be able to go into a place, or touch a life, without finding an expression of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Christ in you, the hope of glory” – that is heaven! You walk in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Think of the whole universe like that; a universal expression of His Son in fullness. That is the end of all things; that, looking into everything, it shall be found to be full of Christ. All is made for Him, and in the new creation all will speak of His presence and show forth the same characteristic of Him. Oh! the joy, even now, when you touch a life and find immediately that life is full of the Lord Jesus, and the Lord Jesus is the fullness of that life!

God has singled out a Person and set Him forth to be seen of all – “the Man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
The Measure of Christ
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The Necessity of Evil

August 25, 2015

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The all-loving God, Who watches over His creation and is unlimited in knowledge and power, would have prevented the “tragedy” in Eden had it not been useful to His benevolent purpose. Instead, He allowed the stage to be set, knowing full well what His creature would do. The New Testament reveals that every event was carefully planned before God ever put His hand to clay – everything, including the death and resurrection of Christ for the redemption and restoration of mankind – all was planned before the foundation of the world, as is clearly stated in the Scriptures (Ephesians 1:4; I Peter 1:20).

Bert BaumanBert Bauman
The Gospel, page 18
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Planning Ahead

August 22, 2015

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For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he has sufficient to finish it? (Luke 14:28).

How foolish it would be to build a house and run out of resources so you could not finish it.

Man recognizes the importance of this, but why is it that people charge God with going foolishly? Did He not plan ahead when He created this universe? Did He create it and then discover that He wanted all men to be saved, but couldn’t accomplish it and that the majority of His creation is going to end in an endless hell? Oh no! May we not rob God of His glory and realize that He is far wiser than men, and can accomplish what He planned.

Faith Fellowship (Vol. 57, No. 2)

Christendom Is Unaware that God Is Happy

August 9, 2015

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According to the glorious good news of the happy God, which was committed to my trust (I Timothy 1:11).

Christendom is unaware that God is happy, because they have missed the distinct revelation that was committed to Paul’s trust. To know God as “the happy God” one must view Him through the letters of Paul. Without such knowledge of this unique unveiling of the true nature of God by the international apostle of Christ, one is left to an incomplete, veiled view of our Father. After all, it was given to Paul to “complete the Word of God” (Colossians 1:25).

Why is God happy? Why wouldn’t He be? – for He “works all things after the counsel of His Own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

The god of religion is desperately trying to regain control of his lost universe. Yet he has already conceded that he will lose the battle and forever forfeit the vast majority of his creation to the hand of his more successful opponent. Little wonder that the god of religion is so annoyed and mad.

Yet not so with the true God of Scripture! God is happy because He has designed a grand plan of redemption that includes the reconciliation of all things back to Himself. This is the good news committed to Paul’s trust! It is this good news that reveals to us “the happy God.” This glorious good news encompasses the completed, successful cross-work of our Lord Jesus Christ for all of creation!

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him (Ephesians 1:10).

Having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they are things in earth, or things in heaven (Colossians 1:20).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Not Until the End of the Acts Era

August 8, 2015

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It was not until the end of the Acts era that the salvation of God is sent directly to the nations (Acts 28:29). The latter half of the second chapter of Ephesians (2:11-22) is an elaborate statement showing that, in the present administration of God’s grace, the nations are no longer in the inferior position accorded them in Paul’s earlier ministry.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary on the New Testament, page 33

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