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#132 Did you get The Letters?                                                                           December 4, 2016

Colossians 4:16: 
  And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read
  the epistle from Laodicea.

1 Thessalonians 5:27: 
  I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. [emphasis added]

The Greek word epistole, translated “epistle” in the verses above, simply means “letter.”  In each occurrence in the verses above, “epistle” is used referring to one of the seven Letters sent from God to the Church in the Grace Administration by way of His revelation He gave to the Apostle Paul.  In other words, Paul received the revelation God gave to him for each of His seven Letters, wrote it down and sent it out to the Church - the called out of God in the Grace Administration.

To some, that may sound strange, but even today someone might dictate a letter to another individual who then writes it down and sends it out to the appropriate individual or group.  No one thinks of that as being strange.  If someone were to scoff at the dictation process between one human and another along the lines of “that couldn’t possibly happen,” we might think them sort of strange, wouldn’t we?

As Colossians 4:16 indicates, the “Letters” from God were circulated throughout all the local groups of called out believers or local churches.  The word “church” in Colossians 4:16 is translated from the Greek word ekklesia and literally means “called out.”  As 1 Thessalonians 5:27 indicates, God was very concerned that all the called out believers in the Administration of His Grace hear the information in His Letters to them.  These seven Epistles or Letters from God are to the Church - the called out of God in the Grace Administration.  They’re Letters exclusive to that group. 

Most of us receive other kinds of “group” letters from time to time.  Your insurance company may send you a group letter notifying you that your monthly premiums are going down by fifteen percent.  When that occurs everyone in the group is expected to understand that the information is equally applicable to all in that particular group. 

Sometimes those within the groups talk about the information they received with each other.  Sometimes they might even tell other people outside the group.  Things are often said along the lines of: “Did you get your letter from the insurance company?”  “Isn’t it great?”  “The premium with my insurance company has been lowered by fifteen percent!”

What about God’s Letters to the Church?  Did you get your Letters?  Did you see what He said in Romans 8:38 and 39?
  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to
  come,
  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
  Lord.

Aren’t you thrilled at what He told us in Philippians 4:19?
  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The Church is the most privileged, most enabled group on the face of the earth.  But until the Church - the called out of God in the Grace Administration - is gathered together at the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ it’s not a closed group.  It’s open to all who fulfill the simple conditions of Romans 10:9.
  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the
  dead, thou shalt be saved.

Once anyone does that they can receive with believing the Truth of God’s Word in the seven Church Epistles, His Personal Letters to the called out of God in the Administration of His Grace.

Did you get The Letters from God?

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