Readjusting the Saints

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The majority of the saints today doctrinally stand on Circumcision ground. Their teaching and experience has been drawn from the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Acts of the Apostles. Assuming that “the church began on the day of Pentecost,” they attempt to creedalize and practice the varying presentations and examples which follow. Now and then some of the teachings of the earlier epistles of Paul are included, notwithstanding the incongruous differences which are continually calling for modifying explanations that never explain!

It is the duty of … the teacher to readjust the saints from this standing into the transcendent truth and grace of the Pauline revelation ordained for the present Secret Administration. This calls for mature wisdom and spiritual understanding.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 25 (1934)
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Things Which Were “Out of an Instalment” Have Been “Discarded”

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For out of an instalment are we knowing, and out of an instalment are we prophesying. Now whenever maturity may be coming, that which is out of an instalment shall be discarded … (I Corinthians 13:8-11, CV).

Because of Paul’s message of God’s conciliation to mankind, both those who were once near (but separated by a cloud) and those who were far off, now have access, through our Lord Jesus Christ, into the very presence of God. God no longer dwells in a man-made temple, but His spirit homes in human hearts, in close communion with each believer. Those things which were out of an instalment have now been discarded.” With Paul’s perfection epistles “maturity” has been reached. Where, at the time first Corinthians was written, they observed by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet now it is possible to view face to face and recognize according as we are recognized also (I Corinthians 13:8-12). In spirit we are face to face with God, our Father, right now! There are no clouds in between.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 50 (1959)
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The Great Surprise

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The “mystery” which was “hid from ages and generations” (Colossians 1:26), and “hid in God” (Ephesians 3:9), was revealed to Paul the apostle and teacher of the Gentiles. He alone is the one to whom and through whom the risen, ascended, and seated Lord in glory revealed the surprise of the ages (Ephesians 3:8-11; Colossians 1:24-27).

Paul, during the book of Acts, went to the Jews first before he turned to the Gentiles. It was during this period that the believing Gentiles partook of Israel’s spiritual things (Romans 15:27). When the Gentile believed, he was made to partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree (Romans 11:27). The hope of the Gentiles was linked up with the hope of Israel. This hope must not be confused with the one hope of our calling (Ephesians 1:18; 4:4).

The Great Surprise is not based on covenant blessings, old or new, and does not relate to the seed of Abraham. It was a secret “hid in God, not known by the prophets, and is not found in the Scriptures except in Paul’s epistles written after the close of entire Acts period.

Paul, in writing to the Ephesians, now says that he is a prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1) and no longer is a prisoner for the hope of Israel (Acts 28:20). The revelation of this mystery was a great surprise. It is the untraceable riches of Christ hid in God (Ephesians 3:8-9; Colossians 1:24-27).

Rex B. Grant (1941-2013)
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The Dispensation Before and that of the Present

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For at present we are observing by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet then, face to face. At present I know out of an instalment, yet then I shall recognize according as I am recognized also (I Corinthians 13:12, CV).

It is commonly supposed that the thirteenth of first Corinthians contrasts our present experience with our future glory in resurrection. [The idea being that] now we are supposed to see in a glass darkly, but then face to face (I Corinthians 13:12), [and that] then we shall know as we are known. This popular and erroneous interpretation has practically robbed us of the true teaching of the chapter. The apostle is not comparing our experience in this life with that in the next. He is comparing the dispensation before it with that of the present. That was minority; his is maturity. Then matters were dimly seen which now are clear and plain. Now knowledge is not being doled out in “installments” (:8-11). We have a full revelation since the Mystery has been revealed.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 23 (1932)
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Knowing Even as We Are Known

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For out of an instalment are we knowing, and out of an instalment are we prophesying. Now whenever maturity may be coming, that which is out of an instalment shall be discarded (I Corinthians 13:9-10, CV).

Here we have the revelation concerning two eras of time and the respective degree of knowledge and recognition possessed and enjoyed in each. The time of minority or immaturity, when believers knew only out of parts or instalments of God’s spiritual endowments, apportionments of graces and the preparatory epistles of the Scriptures which they had received in that era,” in contrast with the time when that which is perfect,” fully developed, finished, maturity CAME, as a result of the revelation of the SECRET,” which filled up or completed the Word of God, thus making it possible for them to know even as also we are known,” with full assurance of understanding and realization in our pre-eonian designation and sonship, our holy calling and justification, our conciliation and peace with God, our transcendent grace and spiritual blessings, in Christ, our Celestial allotment and destiny, our heavenly citizenship and future glory!

Adlai Loudy (1893-1984)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 38 (1947)
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The Prophetic Clock Has Stopped

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A notable fact, commonly overlooked, is that time, in reference to Israel and the Kingdom, is temporarily stalled in the Greek Scriptures. The clock has stopped.

Yahweh did not reckon time when His people were apostate. So it is today. Time has been temporarily stalled during this period.

We find ourselves in an administration where time plays no part. Our future does not lie in the Kingdom on Earth, beneath the sun, where time is reckoned by the shadow on a dial. Above the sun is our place, among the Celestials, where there are no days or weeks or months or years with which to reckon duration. All time predictions in this administration of the secret have proven futile and false in the past, and will continue to be so in the future. Let us beware of them! …

If he, to whom the truth of this present secret administration was revealed, did not know the date, how conceited must we be if we attempt to deduce it from a revelation that is not concerned with our celestial calling! After this interval is past, and Israel is once more in view, then the clock will be started again, and the prophetic dates will be literally and accurately fulfilled. But not now.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Vols. 45 (1954), 50 (1959)
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Our prior-expectation will take place before the resumption of prophecy. This means that the possibility of our celestial assumption is more “perhaps today” than any supposed prophetic “rapture” ever could be. Our prior-expectancy is a part of the current Secret Administration, thus, prophecy and world events have no bearing whatsoever upon it. So, humanly speaking it is, like death, as “likely” to happen today as any other day. One day, known only to the plan of God, Christ will be manifest at God’s right hand, at which time He will, along with us, assume the government of the Universe.

So what’s taken Him so long to assume His dominion? After all, it’s been 2000 years! The answer is twofold:

  1. Time enough to write in the record of human history a profound testimony of abounding grace over sin, and,
  2. Time to fill up the complement of the Christ.

The first of these items, to write a record of God’s abounding grace over sin, requires at least three elements:

  1. an acceleration of sin;
  2. a demonstration of the longsuffering of God, in silent, non-re-compensatory love and grace (i.e., conciliation), and
  3. that, in hindsight, it should exceed the period of the demonstration of the curse of the law.

These three elements have been accomplished, but how fully God has planned to demonstrate how great His grace exceeds humanity’s sin remains to be seen.

That Christ will be manifested with his body is not dependent on any perceivable measures. It will be accomplished without any of Israel’s prophetic signs. “Perhaps today” is a greater possibility for us than any prophetic prognosticator’s reasoning.

One day we will appear with Christ in Glory. This will be a most splendid reality beyond the bondage of our current human limitations, thus fulfilling our prior-expectancy. In the meantime we have work to do.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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No Heavenly Destiny Revealed Before Ephesians

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… We have been reading this mystery [the Secret Economy] into previously revealed truth. Earlier Scriptures have been so colored by its presence that their true import is difficult to entertain.

Search the Scriptures and see: where is there any license for introducing a heavenly destiny and hope before Paul wrote Ephesians? All things shall be heavenly as to character, but this refers to position. It was a secret, not only unrevealed, but actually concealed.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Divine Mysteries (The Secret Economy)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 1, page 56 (1909)
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The One Body and Its One Head

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The doctrine of the one body is never referred to by any other apostle than Paul. He calls it “the Dispensation of the mystery” which he had especially been entrusted with [Ephesians 3:9]. …

Jew and Gentile being formed by the Spirit into one body… was a truth never before made known. The Old Testament will be searched in vain for it. It is not there, because it was “hid in God” [3:9].

The recognition of but one body and one Head … leaves one outside of all human systems, and apart from all recognition of human heads. “The Church must have a head!” was the Romanist’s challenge to Luther, as he began to set forth the claims of the Papacy. “Yes,” replied the mighty champion of the reformation, “and that Head is Christ!”

H.A. Ironside (1876-1951)
Sailing with Paul, Chapter 10
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The Divine Barrier

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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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