The Prison Epistles – The Perfection Epistles

The So-Called “The Prison Epistles” – “The Perfection Epistles” Ephesians and Colossians are the epistles of the Secret Administration. Many who came to see the dispensational boundary line of Acts 28 and/or the Secret Administration included other epistles they saw as written after Acts 28. Some referred to these epistles as “the Prison Epistles,” or “the Perfection Epistles.” It is easy to understand why they did so. We in fact once held such a view. Yet, we believe upon a closer examination of the epistle other than Ephesians and Colossians, that these fit doctrinally to that hope prior to Acts 28. We now see that even Philippians stood on the threshold of the grand Ephesian-Colossian writings, it being the gateway epistle to the Celestial writings of Paul. For a look at this theme, see: -          Ephesians & Colossians:  Scripture for the Present Administration , Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr., Bible Student’s Press. (See Study Shelf  order form  under “Pilkington.”

The Consummation

God’s creation is being restored in stages throughout the ages, and will find its complete culmination at the “ Consummation ” of the ages (“ the Day of God” ). At that time all death will be abolished, as well as all illusory human “sovereignty,” “authority,” and “free will.” In the “ Consummation ” (I Corinthains 15:24, CV ) we find the Ultimate Sphere of Glory, a place where God Himself is “All in all.” God created the entire universe out of Himself. There once was nothing but God, and everything came forth out of Him. Of a surety, “out of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are ALL things” (Romans 11:36). God is the beginning of “all,” and He will be the consummation of “all.” This is the divine goal : “that God will be All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28, DT ). In other words, God will be “Everything in everything” and “Everything to everyone.” Hi s entire creation – without exception – will be gloriously complete and in perfect harmony with Himself; all that there is, ever w

New Jerusalem

The heaven ly sphere is that of the “New Jerusalem” “descending out of Heaven from God” (Revelation 3:12; 21:2, 10), and is for all of those who are “of the faith of Abraham” (Romans 4:16) – those who are “Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). These are those who among Israel and the Nations who have their “calling” of hope prior to Acts 28.   This election makes them “partakers of a heaven ly calling” (Hebrews 3:1). Like their spiritual father, Abraham, they “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10; cf. 12:22-23).   The New Jerusalem will be the administrative capital of Israel’s worldwide Kingdom on Earth (Zechariah 14:16-17). This is the sphere of Abraham’s spiritual seed, which included believing Gentiles during the Acts Period (Galatians 3:29). Unlike the “meek” and “good” among Israel and the Nations who will “inherit the Earth” (Matthew 5:5), these have been granted the faith of

The Icon of God

Jesus Christ is the “ Icon ” of God. “ Who is the Image of the invisible God ” (Colossians 1:15). The Greek word here for “ Image ” is Eikon ( Icon ). Eikon is defined as, “representation, resemblance” ( SEC ). Thus, the exeGeses Bible (EB) has, “ who is the icon of the invisible Elohim .” For more on this theme, see, -           “The Image of God,” Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr, Bible Student’s Notebook 362 ; “God’s Icon,” André Piet, Bible Student’s Notebook 343 .

Acts Period

  [ Editor :] The term “Acts period” is a reference that time-period covered by the events of the book of Acts. It begins at Pentecost and ends with Paul at Rome. This period is the “ blade ” and “ ear ” stage of the Kingdom of God (Mark 4:26-29). For more information on the stages of the Kingdom of God, see, -           “The Five Stages of the Kingdom of God,” Otis Q. Sellers, Bible Student’s Notebook 907; -           “The Parable of the Kingdom's Growing Grain,” Andrew Brown, Bible Student’s Notebook 909. For more information of this time-period covers by the book of Acts, see, -           “Gentiles During the Acts Period,” David Tavender , Bible Student’s Notebook 733 ; -           “The Acts Period and the Acts Period Epistles,” Tom L. Ballinger, Bible Student’s Notebook 604 ; -           “The Acts of the Apostles and Paul's Acts Epistles Considered Historically and Dispensationally,”  J.J.B. Coles, Bible Student’s Notebook 613 ; -           “Before and A

Sovereignty of God

[ Editor: ] For an in-depth look at the sovereignty of God, see the following books on our order form , or at :   -         The Absolute Sovereignty of God  (Compilation); -         The Deity of God  (Essex);   -         God 101: Back to Basics  (Pilkington); -         The Sovereignty of God  (Addair).


[ Editor: ] Parousia ( παρουσι ́ α ) at its base means “ personal presence, ” and is used for the official presence of Christ on Earth as manifest during the Millennial Kingdom. The Parousia is initiated by Christ’s Second Advent. Thus, it is translated: “ c oming ” ( KJV ), “ arrival ” ( Moffatt; Analytical-Literal ), and “ presence” ( Concordant; Diaglott; Rotherham; Young ). The Parousia is central to the Messianic prophecies and Israel’s ultimate hope. However, the Parousia is not the hope of the One Body, and therefore the word “ parousia” is not found in Ephesians or Colossians, the epistles of the Secret Administration. Our hope is our joint-appearing with Christ in Glory, “ far above all Heavens ” (i.e., among the Celestials in the Super-Heavens – Colossians 3:1-4; c.f., Ephesians 4:10).   “When we think of the Lord Jesus Christ returning to this Earth, we think of it as Him  Coming  to take His place as King. The normal word ( Greek, erchomai ) just means ‘to come,’