Archive for May 2015

Co-Regents of the Universe

May 27, 2015

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… We shall also reign with Him … (II Timothy 2:12).

The Greek word used to translate “reign” here is sumbasileuo, meaning “to be co-regent.”

By God’s measureless and matchless grace, one day we will rule as co-regents with the Lord Jesus Christ, because the Father has made us one with Him, as our Head. As a part of Christ’s Body – His governing Body – we will reign from the “heavenly places” in the “ages to come.”

This reigning is predicated on our suffering with Him here, in which all members of His Body participate as well. This should serve as a great encouragement to the believer as they endure the daily trials of this temporary life.

If we are enduring, we shall be reigning together also (CLNT).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.


Are Difficult Days Ahead?

May 15, 2015

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There are those who forecast that difficult days lie ahead: economically, politically and socially. Whatever difficulties may come, for us who know the Father, they are only new and bountiful opportunities to learn contentment and divine-perspective dependence upon Him – being His vessels of mercy, His channels of blessing – pointing others to what is real and sure.

We are reminded of Paul’s words,

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding weight of glory, lasting for the ages; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen last for the ages (II Corinthians 4:17-18).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Continuance of Christ’s Ministry

May 13, 2015

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As God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, it is given to us to share in the continuance of that ministry, “filling up that which is behind in the afflictions of Christ” as Paul says in Colossians 1:24 – a most striking statement.

Beauty, joy, peace are to be balanced with the darker side which brings us into the “fellowship of His sufferings.” All that happens to us is God in action, affecting sometimes known and many times unknown and hidden purposes. In the matter of our union in Christ, it is clear that it is all He in us and not we working out something by our own understanding and wisdom.

Thus we are called to “give thanks in all things.” God is in charge of even the darkest scenario that we call evil, as He was in the ministry of Christ’s life and death. The resurrection is the light side of God and His unfailing dealings, but that for us comes later when we shall dwell in the light with Him.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Confusion to Clarity

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