Second 8th Week University
Reading the apostolic teaching of Apostle John Welty â€śUnity through Governmentâ€ť brought thankfulness to my heart that I know how to serve God with the tools that He authorized for our contact with Him. Reflecting on this teaching raise the question with me:
Why are Christians struggling to live a victorious life and struggling everyday to live up to the standard of Christianity when Ministers promise that:
1. Christ would rule in our heart.
2. The Spirit of God would help and empower our walk with God
3. We will know God.
4. We will live free from sin.
5. We will be blessed by God.
6. Intimate worship will give us peace.
7. We are pleasing to God.
8. We will fulfill Godâ€™s purpose for our life.
Arenâ€™t the promises of God yes and amen We see this in â€ś2 Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.â€ť
Now if the scripture say that all the promises of God are yes and amen in Him and Christianâ€™s daily struggle to overcome then I can only come to the conclusion that ministers are portraying the promises of God outside of God for all promises are in God.
What is needed to partake of the promises of God? What is needed for Christ to rule in the heart and to live a victorious life? Apostolic precision is needed to empower the believer to partake of the fullness of Christ.
Many ministers of the word of God claim to 'hear from the Lord', and receive 'direction' for the Body, yet they are not able to come together in the unity of the faith. The Body of Christ cannot come into one faith because ministers cannot come into one doctrine.
Precision is the ability of a measurement to be consistently reproduced. God has selected apostles to give to the church the consistent measure of truth that does not deviate from the Head, which is Christ. This consistent measure of truth, reproduced in every convert, establishes them into one faith, acknowledging one Lord, Jesus Christ. This precision in doctrine comes through the measure of grace God gives to the apostles.
When grace is missing from the calling, we see many use private interpretation of scripture and claim, "The Lord showed me," to try and give direction for the faith of the believers. This is called revelatory manipulation. Each doctrinal opinion dictates a course of action and is 'backed by scripture', but not backed by the authority of God. There are many 'revelatory truths' being passed around as the word of the Lord, and while these may be based on scripture, they are not sanctified by God for faith.
Scriptures cannot be used to back up oneâ€™s imaginations about Jesus Christ, and that is what 'private' interpretation of scripture is. By this, faith participants received a doctrine and discipline that is removed from the power of the Spirit. The mind could agree with scripture and the message from the pulpit, but there was no power for change. The mind followed a standard that promised liberty, while the heart was still in bondage.
God is now restoring the church to true Apostolic Governance to provide the unity of the faith through His government. Therefore the church must transition from the things that brought Christians into bondage and transition into the things that bring the liberty of Christ. Here we are talking about Transitional Point #29:
Transitioning the church from salvation by precept to salvation by the power of the Spirit.
Why are these distinctions important? As stated earlier, all the promises of Christ are sealed in Him and are only experienced as we abide in Him. Satan wants to neutralize faith by developing a tradition with the Bible as Jesus said, â€śBut in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of menâ€ť (Mt.15:9). And as Isaiah prophesied, â€śWherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of menâ€ť (Is.29:13).
Seducing spirits use scripture to confirm a frame of mind that is generated by one's imagination about Jesus Christ and our redemption that is removed from the terms of His covenant. The commandments and traditions of men replaced His truth and in this scenario, the promises that God sealed in Christ for our redemption are not experienced.
What is needed to partake of the promises of God? Faith must be brought within the terms of the covenant. And this is why Jesus commissions His apostles to teach the milk and meat of His word (Heb.5;12). Believers then build their faith upon the foundation of Christ, their faith follows the one, His one blueprint of truth, which scripture confirms.
Christians desire a doctrine and discipline that is coupled with the power of God, and this is what they experience when their faith is restored to Christ. God empowers faith when it is properly joined to Him and restricted to His covenant. Jesus then mediates the terms of His covenant and rules the heart in peace through His Law of Grace and Truth. We daily live free from sin for His Spirit works effectually with Jesusâ€™ Law of Grace and Truth to purge the conscience of sin, set the fruits of Christ within, and heal the soul.
The Spirit replaces our aspiration with faith, our principles with His truth, and removes our tethering to the flesh and establishes our tethering to Him. Our worship of God is by the priesthood Jesus established in Himself and therefore is pleasing to God. Praise God we are no longer looking for purpose, but finding Godâ€™s promises fulfilled in Christ. We can also be thankful for the effectual working power of the Holy Spirit who daily bears witness to Christ in those who are sealed in His name.
Christians desire a doctrine and discipline that is free from the cloudy, ambiguous thinking that comes from half-truths, which obscures the grace of God and darkens the thinking. Christians desire doctrine that is free from flaws, impediments, and hindrances; they want a doctrine and discipline that is easy to understand and follow. This is why God is returning the stewardship of truth to the apostlesâ€™ office and the precision of that office. God is sending apostles to repair the house of the Lord, and to return the church to one doctrine, one faith and one Father.
Acts 2: 42 â€śAnd they continued steadfastly in the apostlesâ€™ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.â€ť
When the body of Christ is united under the government of God through the apostlesâ€™ doctrine, believers will follow one blueprint of Christ and will experience the reality of the promises of God through His care.
â€śThrough our daily participation with the apostleâ€™s doctrine we receive substance from Christ to endure the race till the end.â€ť
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