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One and But One Part 16

Man was not made just animal; there were many types of animals that preceded man.  None were his equal, species/type/nature.  Man was greater than any animal God made.  Man was distinctively different, not just a superior beast from the field!! 

     When God made man, He physically made him male and female, in one body.  He did this for a reason.  God was showing His plan of salvation yet unspoken, unknown, and un-revealed.  It would take some 4,000-6,000 years for God to reveal the purpose of making man, two beings as one.  Some still has problems with this riddle.  Imagine the perfection of God, taking from that first creation, making two.  How could there be a more exact companion?  Some animals had been made male and female, but the highest order of God’s creation was ONE.  When separated, every part of the anatomy would compliment that from which it was separated.  This is perfection God-style!!  Yet, man was first made, alone—and that some think stopped perfection.  When alone, man knew something was missing.  He maybe did not know WHAT, but man did show that  perfection was not really that perfect, alone!!  Man was lonely.  Loneliness was a concept, not a reality.  Man showed himself greater in creation recognizing, reasoning, even without revelation that he was not “all that he should be!!”  This emptiness, this recognition of a void in him has not been understood.  Without man being created as two beings in one, man would have never sensed his incompleteness.  There was no sense of rejection, just a void.  God had solved loneliness before it became a problem–all God does has perfection written all over it!!  When God acts,  His work is many times unnoticed or misunderstood, yet there is perfection!!  Could a perfect God produce imperfection even when perfection that was was not recognized because it had to await revelation??  Is not this the whole pattern of “scheme of redemption”??  Many have ask; “why the marriage vows of Genesis?”  Before man, there was marriage!!  The marriage ceremony of Adam and Eve was the SECOND performance of this ceremony, not the first!!  Adam had no father to leave!!  No wonder Eve was “bone of his bone.”

     All men are made with a “missing void” in their hearts.  This yearning of heart, this message from the “I” that is within shows something is missing.   

Man has tried, in vain, to fill this void with drugs, liquor, material possessions, and other debaucheries but God made man to have this void and there is only thing that will fill this void—GOD!!  One of the greatest tragedies of Hell will be loneliness!!

     When you buy a new car, you get an owner’s manual.  Before you read the manual there are many wrong things you might do even to the point of destroying the new car.  So many things might look like the last car you had last. It is smarter to look in the owner’s manual before you tear up the car—right??  By the way—if you buy a Ford, don’t think “one manual is as good as another”, and that since your mother taught you about your first car she is the authority for the new car!!  Don’t go to the friend who has driven 1,000,000,000 miles in a Ford for advice about your Toyota, look in the book!!  They might not “intend” to give you advice that might destroy the transmission but if you put Ford transmission fluid in your Toyota—it will burn up–read the manual!!  The owner’s manual MUST BE written by the Creator, not just a friend!!

     God made man 2/3’s spirit and 1/3 flesh.  Later, He gave man an owner’s manual.  As a Toyota manual never mentions a Ford the Bible never mentions any denominational church!!  Is this hard to understand??  The Church of Christ is God-made!!  Denominational churches are man-made.  The doctrines/parts do not interchange!!

One and But One Part 15

That that is read in the Garden tells the answers to religions most perplexing questions: “do all religions represent Christ?”  Nobody in their right mind would ever question the fact that there was one man and one woman in the Garden!!  The man’s name was Adam (after the separation) and the woman’s name was Eve.  The name Eve started the practice of naming children a name that defines.  Eve means the “mother of all living.”  Science today tells us that all humanity can be traced to one fertilized egg.  Adam, unlike a lot of Old Testament greats never had more than ONE WIFE!! 

     Adam was a being that at the first was both male and female.  Adam was lonely.  He had been “sent” into the creation of Christ to look, TO CHOOSE, a suitable mate.  He found none.  Christ caused a sleep to come over Adam and in that sleep, the first operation on record was successfully performed.  Christ took a bone from Adam’s body and beautifully and wonderfully created Eve.  God placed them in the Garden with INSTINCT—multiply and replenish the Earth.  This they did, YET THEY DID NOT KNOW, WHY!! They propagated BEFORE it was by choice!!  The inhibitions men possess today about sexual communion was not apart of reproduction, it included it, UNTIL both Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.  Sexual union can PRECEDE marriage BUT NOT BY God’s Law. Hebrews 13:5   Eve was “bone of Adam’s bone and flesh of his flesh” just as pictured with Christ and His Church!! Ephesians 5:30. Distinction between Adam and Eve was NOT made until sin.  Sin was a new concept and God made it clear that it would not to be tolerated, in the Garden.  Eating the forbidden fruit would cause the “eat-or” to be expelled. 

     When Adam married Eve it was not for sex, animals do not marry, only man marries, it is not because of instinct, or smell, it is because he was made after the likeness of God, he has “CHOICE”.  Sin did not come into being before there was “law.” They lived in the Garden BEFORE Law!!  “Multiplying and replenishing the earth” was not a choice, not a law; it was instinct.  Christ explained Adam when He gave Adam “choice.”  Instinct is NOT law.  Instinct is what God placed IN the creature FOR SURVIVAL.  Law exists in “addition to” instinct. Law demands choice. All animals in the animal kingdom have instinct; none have “law!!”  A bear does not choose his mate BECAUSE of what they have in common.  When he takes a life, or kills his young he is not punished!! Punishment is not apart of instinct, it is a part of Law!!  Law demands the ability to reason.  Animals cannot reason, they have instinct, only.  God showed Adam and Eve HIGHER than animals by giving them LAW.  Law uses alternatives, instinct does not.  Alternatives have to be more feared than the blessings.  The animal kingdom does not have an alternative, a choice, all they have is instinct!!  Man is not the same being as animals, he is higher.  Animals do not MARRY, THEY MATE!!  Man did not come from animals, he came from God!!  Up until this giving of Law, the only Being who had chosen was God.  God had already “chosen” to give His only begotten Son.  His Son had already “chosen” to marry His bride, the Church of Christ.  Adam’s vows were the re-statement of Christ’s covenant. God had chosen.  There would be ONE AND BUT ONE.  God does not have a harem!!  One would not be as good as the other!!  Man was created in the “image of God,” “shacking up” is not like God, it is like animals!! Animals have no concept of God or choice. They just produce!! Choice is proof that man is God’s offspring!  Marriage and sex is not the same thing!! God has placed IN MARRIAGE the joys of sex and punishes men who do not comply.  Explain that to a rabbit!!

One and But One- Part 14

     In the Garden of Eden there was a pattern set that pictured the Body of Christ.  It answers questions that many times have been ignored by religious scholars.  In a world of perfection and beauty God set Adam.  Adam was at the first ONE.  Then from one came two of the same likeness.  “This is the book of the generations of Adam.  In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” Genesis 5:1-2   Why did God create man?

     The next thing that is established is that God created all things.  Man did not create man.  Man is not his own maker, therefore he can NOT be his own master; but the Author of his being must be the director of his happiness and the center of his happiness.  For God alone would know HOW to make man happy.  Why would God want man to be happy??      Man was not from eternity.  There was a period of existence when man was not.  As one expression of God’s being, God was preparing for man a home.  What preceded man was either inferior or superior to him in all aspects of what is known as being!  Being is that which describes the whole, not the part of a nature.  Nature is a description of power or the ability to perform independent of any other thing. What is interesting is that God created man in the likeness of His own Self.  For man to be like God man had to be just as devoted to perfection as He and perfection had already been shown to be attained by Law!!  That which described God was righteousness, holiness, and love.  A being without the desire or compulsion to sin for sin would be the breaking of His own Law which had already brought perfection.  Love though demanded choice, and until man choice was not confirmed. There was nothing God had created, favored. 

     Sin was an after creation, not of God, but of the arch-angel named Satan.  Its design was to alter God’s plan which came about because of choice!!  Law is the first order of Heaven and its inhabitants.  Before there was sin, Law was not-challenged, not-abridged, nor even changeable- for all Law was from God and by Law everything made was “good and very good!!”   For sin to be, it had to be fathered, begotten, and brought into existence CONTRARY to established Law, the order of God.  Nothing had existed without God’s Law or order, therefore there was NO SIN!!   Sin, then is anti-God, against order, and something that will destroy the perfection in God’s order which HAD BROUGHT about man’s happiness. 

     Sin did not come into existence on this Earth among man first; it came into existence among the angels that superintended the Earth. (Earth is only planet that God supplied angelic superintendents). It is apparent these angels did not completely understand their function and thought themselves God’s choice among all His creation UNTIL God’s final work of creation, man!!  It was then that angels knew they were the servants of man.  Some rebelled while others remained faithful, led by their arch angel, Satan.  Satan as a created being thought himself capable of changing God’s plan.  He, with a great host thought himself able to change God’s eternal plan??  “What if some did not believe (obey) would that make the faith (Law) of God of no effect?” Romans 3:3-4            

      God’s final act of creation was called re-creation, re-born, a redeemed creation.  The same God who created the first Adam took from Himself, the second Adam, the second Eve, “the mother of all living.”  Satan has again tried to stop this re-creation, called the Church of Christ.  Again, SHE is God’s choice made after His KIND and nothing or no one can replace her.  She is the ONE AND BUT ONE!!

One and But One- Part 13

Is there a difference??  Religious division is the norm of the day, people become satisfied with division, tolerate it, and accept it, even some boast the religious division is “healthy competition”!!  Statements like “join the church of your choice,” “it makes no difference what one believes just as long as they are sincere,” or “we’re all going to the same Heaven, we are just going on different paths” express a convenient attitude of toleration  for “allowable differences” that the Word of God condemns and will not tolerate!!  When one meets a friend who belongs to a denomination and attempts to discuss with them the religious differences between that man-made institution and the Church of Christ, many times they meet an indifferent attitude with a convenient attitude of toleration for “allowable differences” who will not engage in a search in the Bible for the truth because they think it “really does not make any difference, God will accept everybody who loves Him.” 

     Is there a right and a wrong??  Our school system these days does everything they can to avoid calling things right or wrong.  One common excuse which allows for differences is “well, that is just your interpretation, and everybody does not interpret the Bible alike” or “I have my own ideas and religion is personal, anyway.”  Left out of all this “human rationality,” this “escape from facing the issues, this “I can’t judge you” religion is God!! and more particularly, God’s Word!!

     Jesus was recorded saying, “I Am the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father, but by Me.”  John 14:6   Question: does it matter which WAY one enters on the road to eternal life?  Again, Jesus answers: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate.  For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14   Are these verses subject to interpretation??  There are some things so plain; it takes help to misunderstand them!!  Some respond; “well, it seems right!”  Solomon wrote: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12   “But, they say, I have a clear conscience about my religion.”  To that Paul, by inspiration responds, “I have lived in all good conscience, until this day.” Acts 23:1   Again you hear; “My religion was the religion I grew up on, my Mother and Father belonged to this denomination.”  Again, Jesus responds: “You have not His word abiding in you; for whom He has sent, Him you believe not.  Search the Scriptures: for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.” John 5:38-39                     

     Will God accept just any “sincere” expression of obedience??    Jesus answers: “God is a Spirit and He seeks such to worship Him.” John 4:24   “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him who called you by the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another, but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9   John, by the inspiration of the Spirit writes: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your assembly, neither bid him God-speed: For he that bids him God-speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 9-10.  They might respond: “Not everyone believes what the Bible says, we have a catechism, others have a creed book, and some have miracles.  God is ALWAYS RIGHT

One and But One- Part 12

Who and what denominational preacher would baptize for the remission of sin?  None, that I know about would willingly or knowingly baptize a sinner, they are ordained to only baptize what they perceive as the “saved.”  I know of only one time it is recorded when a Baptist preacher baptized a close friend of his for the remission of sin!  The story goes; they were out fishing, as they fished they got to talking about the Scriptures.  The friend ask a question; “why do I have to wait to be baptized, can I not duplicate what happened in Acts 8 with Philip and the Eunuch?”  To that the Baptist preacher responded; “I don’t see why not.”   They stopped the boat, the Baptist preacher took the man’s confession, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,” and he baptized him.  They were so elated over this happy event; they could not wait to get back to tell all their church members.  The Baptist deacon board called an immediate meeting.  The sinner could not be a member of the Baptist Church, they do not baptize sinners!!  The Baptist preacher could not explain just WHY he ignored Baptist doctrine and did what the New Testament example taught him (the very idea of such insolence)!!  No members of the Baptism denomination heard this man’s salvation experience and therefore COULD NOT vote on him to let him be a candidate for baptism as the Baptist manual proscribed!!  “What were they to do?”   They called the pastor and his friend to their meeting, told the pastor he would have to baptize the man “after Baptist fashion” AFTER some of them heard his testimony and voted to accept him as a candidate for baptism.  The Baptist pastor agreed to this and 6 weeks after he professed “I believe that God has for Christ sake forgiven me of my sins,” the pastor baptized this man, again.  This time to make him a member of the Baptist Church, allow him to vote on the next preacher, and partake of the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month.  After this all had taken place, they fired the Baptist preacher for violating his oath taken when he had been ordained a pastor in the Baptist faith that he would baptize nothing but saints, NEVER SINNERS!!

You see, my friend, the Church of Christ is the called out, not the scattered among!!  We are not like the Baptist in the purpose of baptism.  We are not like the Baptist on many other things, the frequency of partaking of the Lord’s Supper being an outstanding difference.  The Baptist manual and the Word of God do not teach the same thing!!  Someone is wrong!!  Can you afford that to be you??  How will you be able to explain to the Lord WHY you chose to be baptized for a reason other that the “remission of sins”?!!  There are NO members of the Lord’s Church “caught in the brambles” of denominationalism!!  God wills that His people be exclusively different, unique, and Biblically confirmed, not just religiously, bathed!!  The Church has no value to Christ, unless it is uniquely made up of men and women who have obeyed Him!!  If the Church has NO value, how can you then have the un-mitigated gall to ask some man to give up their Church and join something of NO VALUE?? And Jesus would not have died for something of no value for which He gave His life’s blood!!

Do you think Christ is a polygamist?  How many wives do you think He has??  Since He married the Church of Christ when He died on Calvary’s tree by offering up the purchased price for her, when after His death would He have had time to marry another??  He had been planning His marriage to the Church of Christ for over 4,000 years, just how long was it that He planned for the denomination to which you belong??  Jesus Christ is like any kingly predecessor among the Jews in that He was married more than once.  That Passover He divorced His first wife in 33 D; 53 days later He married the Church!!

One and But One- Part 11

We started last week with the fact that limits and characteristics are what the definition of an individual has that distinguishes them from any other individual.  Fingerprints, teeth, leaves, trees, and many other things created by God have characteristics that are singularly definitive of one entity and but one!!  We also noted that things may be in the same category as other things but that does not make them the same.  They will always be what God’s laws of genetics made them to be!!   Men and women are in the category called human beings, but they are not necessarily interchangeable!! Being in the same category DOES NOT mean one is the other!!  Men and women have not the same sex, this makes the two separate and distinguishable.  The limits of each REAL THING SERVE TO EXCLUDE EVERY OTHER THING FROM ITSELF!!  These limits are definitions established by LAWS from the Creator and cannot change.  A man may have a sex change operation but still he is a man.  He may not respect who and what he is but still he is not and never will be a woman.  He may live all his life in falsity and deceit as to his gender, yet when they make out his death certificate, even if his body is so mutilated it is not recognizable, they will go to his dental records and fingerprints to satisfy his insurance company claim!! Denominationalism may look, sound like, talk like, be in the same category as, and have characteristics like that of the Church of Christ that Jesus brought into this world, but they will never be owned by Jesus Christ when comes back for His bride!!   Almost is not good enough, it has to be exact!!  The Baptist immerse, the Presbyterians may have elders, the Methodist may sing from a hymn book, and the Roman Catholic may have cite prayers BUT, although they are in the same category, may have the some of the identifying characteristics common with the Church of Christ to make them look similar; none of these are the Church of Christ found in the New Testament to whom Jesus Christ is married!!

     To censure, hate, despise something just because it claims to be what you refuse to consider it to be, does not cease to make it exclusive!!  To refuse the fact that Jesus Christ is married to one bride and but one, that she is in a category called religion, and her communicants pray, sing ONLY in its assemblies, puts monies in an offering plate only on the first day of the week, and try to convert everyone they meet to the teachings of the Bible ALONE, DOES mean it’s teachings and practices are acceptable to God!!  This is what Christ brought the church into existence to do!!    This does not make members of the Church of Christ an enemy of a member of the Baptist, Methodist, R. Catholic, Jehovah Witnesses or any of the other 656 denominations in existence; but SOMEBODY has to at least admit all of these cannot all come FROM ONE BIBLE!!  If the Bible is what you are looking to follow, the ONLY Church named, described, talked about, that existed during the time the Bible was written is the Church of Christ!!  You may have thought the Roman Catholic church was the oldest church in existence but that is not true.  Catholicism did not begin until Constantine convened the Council of Nicene in 313 AD and placed himself in the position as papa (the Latin word Pope) over his brand new religious organization that came to be known as the Roman Catholic Church.  If you are looking for the doctrine, catechism, missiles or any other doctrine book of Catholicism don’t waste your time looking in the Bible, it is not there!!  The Bible went to press over 100 years before Constantine was ever heard of or from!!  Constantine could have read the Bible and found what he started was contrary to God’s Law if he had wanted to read the Bible, but he thought He was King.  Christ was never considered!!

One and But One- Part 10

It is pretty easy to understand that A is not B and C is not D and for something to be A it cannot be B by the very fact of its B-ness.  That A EXCLUDES, by fact of its definition as A, everything else!!  It CANNOT be almost like A and be B; it has to be EXACTLY LIKE A to be an A!!

Things may exist in the same category as A, for within certain there are identities, rules and regulations defined, that allows like things to be like, but for things to be exact when definitions exist there is no likeness that will allow A to be a B!!

If it takes the Bible to make the Church of Christ, to use the manual of the Baptist church, the manual of the Baptist church will a Church of Christ not make!!  If it takes the Roman Catholic catechism to make the Roman Catholic Church and its structure, a Bible, which is contrary to the Roman Catholic catechism, a Catholic Church the Bible will not make!!  This will remain true of all denominations of Roman Catholicism, which all denominations are, and prove most validly the subject of our discussion—-there is ONE CHURCH AND BUT ONE started by Jesus Christ, in the city of Jerusalem, 33AD, at 9:00am that Pentecost Sunday morning, mentioned, names as such, and referred to in a book called the Bible inspired by a member of Deity, called the Holy Spirit, written in Koine Greek by one of those men qualified by the name Apostle, solely and singularly authorized by Jesus Christ who came to reveal the Will of His great Father, the Ancient of Days!!  There is NO denomination that exists today that will fit the definition, description, discipline, or approval of God, the Father other than the Church that is defined as the Church of Christ, Church of God, New Jerusalem, or Church of the Firstborn!!

Every real thing has limits and characteristics peculiar to itself!!  This un-mistakable identity makes up distinguishing characteristics from other real things.  A block of lead and a block of wood may have the same dimensions, but they differ in other characteristics and CANNOT be said to be identical!!  Two little boys walking down the street, together, may be walking, have the same kind of shoes, be the same race, both have a mother and a father, but BOTH are singularly and distinctively different human beings.!!  Unlearned man who makes it his business not to look too deep into the Bible, sees different religious organizations that exist in 2010 and thinks (a.) they have always existed since there was Jesus Christ on this planet and (b.) since they are religious, Jesus Christ recognizes them as acceptable and is a part of each of them.  If one of those little boys belongs to you, I will give you some advice; don’t pick up the other man’s child!!

If you are looking for the Church of the New Testament and two church buildings exist on the same block, don’t make the mistake of thinking one is the same as the other, both are started by Christ, both share the fellowship of Deity, or both will get you to Heaven!!

If you will take the advice of Jesus Christ, He said: “the Father himself, which has sent Me, has borne witness of Me.  You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor see His shape.  And you have not His word abiding in you: for whom He has sent, Him you believe not.  Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are they that testify of Me…..I Am come in My Father’s name, and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.  How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God, only?” John 5:37-44  When introducing the Lord’s Supper to the disciples, Jesus said: “it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give unto you the Kingdom.”  Kingdom is singular!

One and But One- Part 9

One of the problems one has with man-made religions is that they are always in a state of flux.  What they taught 50 years ago is not what they are teaching, today.  What 50 years ago they taught, they did not teach that doctrine 100 years ago.  What they taught 250 years ago did not exist for they did not exist.  Few are the denominations that existed more than 250 years back and only one exist that goes further than 400 years ago while a 100 have come and gone in the interim.  While this is historically proven, there is a church that teaches today what it taught almost 2,000 years ago, adheres to the same doctrine book, and follows the same practices.  This is the Church of Christ. 

     If men devise other religious systems apart from the inspired Word of God, they have not succeeded in creating a new religion; they have succeeded in creating a false religion!!  IF faith comes by hearing the Word of God and something other than the Word of God is used as a standard for what is believed man has succeeded in making mankind follow man, not the Grand Artificer of the Universe. 

Human religious systems often stress dependence on Christ but are NOT defined in the pages of the instrument that produces faith.  Denominationalism does not compare to the Bible, they do not adhere to the Bible, and therefore they MUST compete with the Bible for the hearts of their adherents!!  Which man among men is smart enough to compete with his Maker??  For any Denomination to exist, then, they HAVE TO/must be completely different from the “faith once delivered” that is from God!!  If they used the Word of God, read and studied its pages, obeyed its commands and edicts they would become exactly what the Bible brings into existence and their denomination would cease to exist!!  What makes the Methodist church exist is not their morality, not their heart-felt love for Christ, and certainly not their dedication to the written Word—what makes the Methodist a Methodist is the Methodist Prayer book written not by inspiration from God, but from the men who first taught her perverted doctrines!!

A,B,C and D are not identical letters.  They may be all letters of the alphabet and a part of a category of things, but they are not the same!!  Religion is a category.  In religions there are Judaism, Buddhism, Shinto’s, and many others INCLUDING Christianity.  Judaism and Christianity are the ONLY religions that were ordained of God!!  Christianity has replaced Judaism which means that the ONLY religion ordained of God, today, is Christianity!! The only being that started a church seated on God’s right hand, living and reigning, is Jesus Christ.  Mohammed, Shinto, Buddha, Luther, Ellen White, nor any Pope will there be found.  Therefore, the conclusion MUST be that the only religion recognized by God, the Father is Christianity.

If New Testament Christianity is represented by the letter A, other religions having other designations are by necessity shown to be non-A’s.  There is an A and there is a non-A.  Any pretense, excuse, or reason to think or allow anything other than A to represent A is dishonest and unprofitable to logic or reality.  A excludes, by fact of definition, everything else.  It cannot be ALMOST LIKE IT, it has to be exactly like it or it is not an A!!  A is not B — it does not matter how your heart feels, your grandmother’s testimony does not relate, nor the country from which you came supports it.  Fingerprints, dental records, and genes describe and define only ONE human being and CANNOT define two.  If God could do that in one arena, He can and does do that in religion.  There is one Church and but One!!  The Bible ONLY makes a Church of Christ—you cannot make a Church of Christ with a Baptist manual.

One and But One- Part 8

     The Church of Christ is exclusive—the special and only realm of the saved on earth—and it cannot be otherwise!!  The Bible teaches there in One faith, Ephesians 4:5.  This is to distinguish it from the Judaic faith that existed before the “faith once delivered” became a reality!!  There are not TWO faiths, Jewish and Christian, says inspiration—there now exist only ONE!!  This faith has “ALREADY, ONCE AND FOR ALL been delivered” by the apostles of Christ, received from the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Spirit directed their writing and speaking!!   They did NOT at the time it was spoken  BELIEVE, understand, or approve this message, themselves!! Acts 2:47; 11:17    There is no other religious document that can make this claim!!  Every religious creed book, manual, prayer book, catechism, written begins with the dead give away: ‘WE BELIEVE’!!  The writings of inspiration started off with a doctrine the apostles DID NTO believe!!  Exclusively, the faith “once and for all and evermore,” Jude verse 3, delivered, written, received by the apostles of Jesus Christ, makes a claim to authenticity that no other doctrine book, creed book, or testimony of faith can claim.  This exclusivity is further evidenced by the fact that it had to be written DURING the lifetime of the apostles to whom Jesus handed the KEYS to His kingdom, Matthew 16:13-20; 18:15-20; Mark 9:1 after He empowered them with the Holy Spirit in baptismal measure on the day of Pentecost, A D 33, at 9:00 am, that Sunday morning unlike the writings of Islam that did not come about until 300 years after Mohammed died!!  Jesus had told them: “In the regeneration (the period called “being born again”), when the Son of Man shall set on the throne of His glory; you shall set upon 12 thrones….” Matthew 19:28      

     This faith that was “once and for all delivered” was clearly delineated and therefore fully recognizable, identifiable, and never contradictable even though NO writings went before a REVIEW BOARD or DOCTRINE BOARD before they were sent into the entire World!!  Paul did not get Peter’s approval for what he wrote and spoke by inspiration, neither Peter, Paul’s!!  In fact Paul had been preaching this “faith once delivered” for about 10-15 years BEFORE he and Barnabas met with Peter, James, and John. Galatians 2: 9.   What a mess we would have been if the Gospel had had to await the Pope, John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Smith, Joseph Smith, or Ellen White’s or any other’s “lying testimony” as approval before it could be sent into ALL THE WORLD!!  Paul, in fact is on record as stating his gospel had been preached to “every creature under heaven” Colossians 1:23 and never checked by human eyes, certifying unto his readers that he received his message “not from man,  neither was taught it by man, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”!! Galatians 1:12  The apostles “conferred with NO MAN, NO POPE, NO RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, NOR THEIR MOTHER’S RELIGION.  Paul received his message FIRST-HAND, got his message from the Boss, Himself IN THE FIRST CENTURY!!  Find any denominational preacher, church, or holy man who can make such a claim!!  They would have to be 2,000 years old!!  If this is not exclusivity tell what it is??  This is both historically and Biblically accurate.

     If men devise other religious systems apart from “the faith once delivered,” they have not succeeded in producing a NEW faith; they have succeeded in producing NO FAITH!!  If faith comes by hearing the Word of God, producing “a” faith that is separate and apart from, different than, not according to, making distinctions from, separate from the ONLY INSTRUMENT THAT SHOULD PRODUCE FAITH, Romans 10:17, they have not produced the FAITH THAT WAS PRODUCED IN THE FIRST CENTURY!!

One and But One- Part 7

Christ loved the church more tenderly than any man ever loved his own wife!!  Paul writes: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25   To the Ephesians elders Paul stated: “Feed the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28   I submit for your learning the story told of Abraham offering his only begotten son, Isaac. Genesis 22: 1-13   It has been very few men in the ages of time that have given themselves purposely for their brides/wives but one and only one who prophesied He would so do!!  All the Old Testament prophets who foretold of the Messiah, who would come, told of His dieing to purchase His bride, redeeming her with His own blood!!

Abraham was “tested” by God to see if his faith was completely in God.  He was told to sacrifice his only begotten son, Isaac.  The place chosen for this sacrifice was a place then called Mt. Moriah, but in the days of Christ while sojourning on this Earth, it was called in the Hebrew Golgotha and in the Greek, Calvary.  The specific place for Isaac to be sacrificed was chosen (as was the fact God would offer His Son) before it would become a reality.  “Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.” Genesis 22:4   This place Abraham found was not by a lucky guess, it was the place CHOSEN by Deity for Christ to be offered for the Church of Christ before the foundations of the world!!  When Abraham had prepared Isaac for the rendering of Isaac’s blood, God stopped him: “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.  And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me.” Genesis 22:11-13   It would take a lot of help to miss this type and anti-type.

Christ died ONLY for His Church!!  “For God so loved the world (Church) that He gave His only begotten Son (for the Church, Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:25) that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16   When you see the word world, the context has to decide what is being mentioned!  For example, in John 1:10, John writes by inspiration of the Holy Spirit these words: He was in the world, the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.”  Christ was on this planet (called the world) and the creation (world) was made by Him, Colossians 1:15-18, and the people (the world) to whom He came, the Jew, knew Him not.  Christ came to be a “ransom for many,” Matthew 20:28, but who were the “many?”  As “many” as call on His name.” Acts 2:21  How does one “call upon the name of the Lord?”  Ananias told Saul, “arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sons, calling upon the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16    Calling on the name of the Lord, doing what He has commanded, will bring the “forgiveness of sins:”  “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

No thoughtful Christian would think of lieing about the church, that is also called the  “body of Christ.” There is ONE AND BUT ONE.  Paul writes: “And He is head of the body, the church.” Ephesians 5:25   How many times have you seen two-headed people?  How many times have you seen ONE head on two or more bodies?  Is there not usually one head on one body??  So, with the body of Christ, it has one head and that head sets on ONE body!!  “And He is head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead: that is all things He might have preeminence.” Colossians 1:18