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God's Plan

To build the Body of Christ, better known as the Church, with Christ as its Head, and to give to Him and his followers rule over the new heavens and the new earth. 

1. The body of Christ is the Church of God.

If there is anything that we have to convince people of, it is of the Church, for it is the Body of Christ.  Romans 6: 3 teaches, we have been baptized into Christ. As many as have been baptized into Christ have become the members of his body, this is the Church of God. The instruction to the Church of God is, to love one another, and to be of one mind, and of one spirit, and not to let any schism enter into the body as it will affect the whole body, no different than that of a human body, if the little toe hurts, it can hold back the rest of the body, indeed showing that it is one body.

1. 1. The construct of the Body, by Apostle Paul, he compares the Body of Christ with the human anatomy, saying, Romans 12: 5. so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another. Here is what else he has to say: 1 Corinthians 12: 12. For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14. For the body is not one member, but many. 15. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16. And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? if the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18. But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him. 19. And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20. But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21. and the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of you: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22. No, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. 23. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24. For our comely parts have no need: but God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant houour to that part which lacked: 25. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27. Now you are the Body of Christ, and members in particular. Again, this is the Church of God. The local church is a representation of the Church of God. One who gives him or herself to a believer’s water baptism in a local church is in fact giving evidence of having been baptized into the Church of God. Of this Church it says, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16: 18.

2. Christ the head of the Church: His qualification.

The character of Christ has been question many times, the biggest question and the least asked is, What qualifies him to be the Head of the Church? This portion then is an attempt to answer this question, with the hope that those who get to understand him through the follow-up of these readings will willingly turn to him and receive him and become members of his Church. (Acts 8: 26 - 40, Philippians 3: 3 - 14.)

To come up with a conclusion we will have to answer a number of questions, the first is, who is Christ?

2: 1. Who is Christ? The word of God teaches that the baby Jesus was the LORD’s Christ. Luke 2: 25 reads, And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the aconsolation of Israel and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26. And it was brevealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen cthe Lord’s Christ. 27 And he dcame by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in ethe child Jesus, to do for him fafter the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word: 30 For my eyes have seen your gsalvation. 31. Which you have prepared before the face of all people: 32 hA light to lighten the Gentiles, and ithe glory of the people Israel . In Matthew 1: 21 it reads, his name shall be jEmmanuel meaning God with us, in Philippians 2: 6 it reads, Who being in the kform of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made lin the likeness of men; 8 And being found in fashion as a man, mhe humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Whereby nGod also has highly exalted him, and given him oa name which is above every name: 10 That pat the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should qconfess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Who is Christ? In 1 Timothy 3: 16 it confirms, Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

aLuke 2: 38,  Luke 24: 1 - 53, (v21),   Isaiah 40: 1 - 31. b1 Corinthians 2: 9 - 13. c1 John 2: 2,   1 John 4: 10,   2 Corinthians 5: 18,   John 1: 29,   Romans 3: 10 - 31, (v24, 25). dMatthew 4: 1,   1 Kings 18: 12,  Ezekiel 43: 5,   Acts 8: 39. eThe child Jesus: His birth - Matthew 1: 18 - 21, An attempt on his life - Matthew 2: 12 - 15, His growth - Luke 2: 40 - 52, His baptism - Matthew: 13 - 17,  The beginning of his ministry Matthew 4: 17, His first call for disciples - Matthew 4: 19,  His first recorded sermon - Matthew 5: 1 - 7: 29. His first miracle - John 2: 1 - 11, Jesus changes water into wine, he says he did it to manifest his glory. There would be many more, (see) Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They were to manifest the presence of God in him, they were done to glory of God and to glorify the Son of God before men in hope that they might believe in him. John 9: 1 - 41 He gives sight to a man who has been blind from birth, John 11: 1 - 45. He raises the brother of Mary and Martha, Lazarus from the dead.

John 20: 30 and 31 read, And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you might have life through his name. fGenesis 17: 10 - 14,  Luke 2: 21.   gLuke 3: 6,  Isaiah 52: 10,  Psalm 3: 8,  Acts 4: 12.   hIsaiah 49: 6,   Isaiah 9: 2,  Isaiah 42: 6, 7,   Acts 13: 47 - 49,  Acts 28: 28,  Matthew 4: 12 - 16,   Acts 4: 12.    iIsaiah 49: 6. jIsaiah 7: 14. kColossians 1: 12 - 19, (v15),   2 Corinthians 4: 4.   lJohn 1: 14,  Romans 1: 3, 4,   Galatians 4: 4, 5,   Hebrews 2: 14 - 18.  m Matthew 26: 36 - 57, (v39, 42, 46, 53, 54, 56), Isaiah 53: 7,  John 18: 1 - 19: 42, nHebrews 5: 8, 9. Acts 2; 22 - 36, (v36),  Hebrews 2: 9, ( Hebrews 1: 1 to 2: 18). oHebrew 1: 4,  Psalm 8: 1 - 9, Jerimiah 16: 21,  Psalm 83; 17, 1 John 5: 13. John 8: 58, Exodus 6: 2, 3,   John 17: 5, 24,  Colossians 1: 17, Revelations 1; 4, 8, 11, 17, 18,  4: 8 -11, Revelations 22: 13.    pRomans 14: 11,  Isaiah 45: 23.   qActs 2: 36,  1 Corinthians 8: 6.  1 John 5: 20,  Isaiah 9: 6,  Titus 2: 13, 14, A final support that Christ was God  manifest in the flesh, Acts 20: 28  He purchased it with his own blood, this passage reads, Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.

Was it Christ’s obedience to his Father that qualified him to become the head of the Church?  The Answer is No, it was not ahis obedience to his Father.  It wasn’t bdying for the sins of the world, nor crising from the dead, nor dbringing light into to world, nor ethe choosing men to follow him, In short he did not earn his head-ship by fwhat he did to save mankind. These were part of Christ’s obedience. It was ghis obedience that caused the Father to give to him power and authority over all things, including the hChurch, even still, we do not see this as what qualified him to become ithe head of the Church. What we do see is his total and personal involvement in the creation of the Universe and in the keeping of it together to be the foundation to what qualifies him to be the Head as well the Judge of man. The words, Who jcreated all things by Christ Jesus, and kBy him all things consist, confirm to us that everything has been created by him, and is being held together by him. Creation has been completed, but lkeeping things together is an ongoing process. Keeping things together and flowing mis his personal involvement in the life of the Universe. A very important question is, what qualifies him to be a just and nrighteous Judge? The answer is the sum total of his oknowledge and pwisdom, which he has demonstrated by qthe work of his hands and in keeping of things together and flowing. The dramatic events and times to keep things together, on target, and flowing: Here are some of them, the days of rAdam and Eve, (the separation of man from God), the days of Noah, (the great flood), the days of tAbraham and Lot, (the testing of Abraham’s faith, the saving of a few and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah), the life of uJoseph, (the making of a godly servant), the days of vMoses, (the plagues of Egypt, life in the Wilderness), the days of wJoshua, ( the road into the land of milk and honey), the xbirth and life of Christ, (born to die, died to live, so that others might live). The Christian experience: In him we live, move, and have our being, so writes the Apostle Paul, Acts 17: 28 Our lives are interwoven with  his, the words are, your lives are hid in him, zwe have the mind of Christ, and athe life that I now live in the flesh I live by the Faith of the Son of God. we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1: 5. A further experience of the Christian being kept together and that in very Christ: bwe have been baptized into Christ, we have put on Christ, cwe are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, dwe are complete in him, being baptized into him is what makes us members of his body. All this, for Christians everywhere emanates into a personal experience of being kept together coupled with being kept together as his Body, he being the Head.

The completion of Christ: In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.  The completion of man: And you are complete in him, which is the head of principality and power. Colossians 2: 9, 10.

aMatthew 26: 39,  John 4: 34,  John 6: 38 - 40, John 19: 30, John 17: 4. bLuke 23: 46. cLuke 24: 34. dJohn 1: 9,  8: 9,  9: 5, 12: 46, Isaiah 49: 6. eMatthew 4: 19,  Matthew 10: 1 - 42  f2 Corinthians 5: 17 - 21, (v18, 19)..  gPhilippians 2: 8, 9,   Acts 2: 36,   Daniel 7: 13, 14,   Matthew 17: 5,  Matthew 28: 18,  Matthew 11: 27 - 30,   Matthew 9: 1,    John 3: 35.  hMatthew 16: 18,   iEphesians 1: 22.    jColossians 1: 13 - 16. kColossian 1: 17. lLuke 19: 13,   John 20: 21,   Philippians 1: 21 - 24. mRevelations 1: 8, 17,  Isaiah 46: 10, Isaiah 45: 19,  Isaiah 44: 6 - 8,   Isaiah 41: 8 - 29.  nJeremiah 23: 6,  Daniel 9: 7,   Daniel 9: 14. o1 Samuel 2: 3. pJude 25,  1 Corinthians 1: 30,   1 Timothy 1: 17. qColossian 1: 17.   rGenesis 3: 1 - 3: 24. sGenesis 6: 1 - 9: 1, (v6: 13 - 7: 24). tGenesis 11: 29 - 25: 8, (v18: 16 - 19: 26),  (v22: 1 - 18). uGenesis 37: 1 - 50: 26. vExodus 2; 23 - 14: 31. wJoshua 1: 1 - 10, (v1: 1 - 24: 33). xLuke 2: 1 - 21,  Matthew 27: 1 - 28: 6,   Luke 24: 36 -53. yColossians 3: 3, Romans 6: 1 -11, Galatians 2: 19, 20. z1Corinthians 2: 16,   John 15: 15,  Genesis 18: 17 - 19,   Psalm 84: 11. aGalatians 2: 20. bGalatians 3: 27,  Romans 6: 3 - 11. cGalatians 3: 26,  John 1: 12,   Romans 8: 14. dColossians 2: 9, 10.

3. The members of the Church of God, their image and behavior.

3. 1. They are crowned with the lovingkindness and mercy of God. Ps. 103: 4.

The first evidence that we are Christians is the budding of God’s lovingkindness and mercy, it will be evidenced by the grace that we extend to others. A recovered and born again middle aged alcoholic, asked this question, I don’t understand, what makes me want to give gifts to my mother, when most of my life I deplored her, and hated her?  The answer that he got was this, It is the budding of God’s lovingkindness and mercy that Christ brought with him for you at the time he entered your heart. In the second breath he was told, you now know what it is, let it happen and you will turn into a loving and caring man.  The love of God is compelling, it makes you want to do things, loving, giving and caring is part of it, its work is to bring light to an un-loving and un-caring world. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3: 16.  A short prayer, a beginner’s prayer, Heavenly Father, let your words blossom in my heart, I know that they are spirit and life, let them I pray, change me into a fruit bearing vessel for you. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

3. 2. They 1walk by faith and not by sight.

Christ is the Author and Finisher of our Faith, Christ the Son of man is the one that said, I always do the will of my Father, by faith he entered the world, by faith he died for the sins of the world, by faith he rose from the dead to reconcile man back unto God, by faith he said, it is finished, and by faith he asked his Father to receive him back to the glory he once held, by faith he prayed for the saints, for he knew they would be left on earth to continue his work. By faith he now expects his people to faithfully learn from him, to follow him, to continue the work he started, the reconciling men unto God. So he said, as my Father sent me, so send I you. His living word warns, without faith it is impossible to please God, it is by faith that we became one with Christ, he expects us to walk in his faith together with him, and not by sight thinking that we do not need him. Jude says, contend for the faith that was once given to you, The Apostle Paul gave his testimony claiming the faith of Christ: Galatians 2: 20. I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. A short prayer, Heavenly Father, open my eyes so that I can see together with Jesus, your good and perfect will, so that we as co-workers and can carry out your will. In Jesus Most High and Holy Name I pray, Amen. Begin your day with the Father and with his Son.

Jesus said, take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, his yoke is to do the will of his Father, what you will get to know is not only the Father’s perfect will, but him in all of his magnificence. Here we will attest to his magnificence, with the hope that your faith and trust in God will be maximized and that you will be content with him. Question;

What frames the magnificence of God, making him worthy of all honor, glory and praise?

The magnificence of God is framed in the intrinsic attributes that make up his character. It is these attributes that make it possible for him to keep and deliver all of his promises. These attributes are: He is all knowing, all seeing,    present everywhere, all powerful, and unlimited in creative power.        God is Love. It is these intrinsic attributes that set him free to love,        to promise and to deliver at will. His love never fails. ( 1 Cor. 13: 8.)

In the end he will have what he has counseled himself to have, new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness, meanwhile, you can expect that he will continue his work through his people convincing the lost, bringing them from darkness to light, and from under the power of Satan unto Himself. Acts 26: 18.

The just shall live by faith. Habakkuk 2: 4. This statement was made more then 400 years before Christ, although many did live by faith, Abraham being the father of it, there was those that respected the law and did their best to lived by the law, Paul the most zealous. Paul would later write Romans 10: 4. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes.

By the works of the law no man shall be justified, that is to be set free from sin and death. By the law we have received the knowledge of sin. The law is holy, just and good, but it lacked the power to give to people what it would take to keep it; for it was put together to be a School Master to lead people to Christ who by God was made for man wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1: 30.

Many are those that believe that keeping the law is what gains them entry into the kingdom of God, we repeat, no man shall be justified by the deeds of the flesh, Galatians 2: 16. Christ came to redeem people from under the law, so that they may receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4: 5.

The royal law: Matthew 22: 36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37. Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets; That is to say, loving your neighbor, is the fulfilling of the of the law. Christ said, Matthew 5: 17. I came not the destroy the law but to fulfill the law. James writes, 2: 8. If you fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture ye do well.

No doubt this business of the law is new to some, for those to whom it is new we recommend that you study the book of Romans, Galatians, Psalm 19, and 119 and then dig deeper. These should create a thirst to know more. The law and the prophets are comprised of commandments, statutes, precepts, testimonies, and judgments. What does the law require of man? Commandments, Statues, and Precepts demand obedience, Judgments demand understanding, trust, and respect, Testimonies demand belief.

To help you along here is what you will find:

Commandments - Authoritative direction. Statutes - Enacted laws. Precepts - A Divine law but as a counsel of profitable prudence. Testimonies - Evidence. Judgments - Divine law- including the act, the place, the suit, the crime and the penalty.

The Psalmist writes;

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all your commandments. I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned your righteous judgments. I will keep you statutes; O forsake me not utterly. Psalm 119: 1 - 8.

No doubt this a fascinating topic and well worth pursuing. Last question to confirm that walking by faith and not by sight is what keeps God’s people on the road which leads towards the destiny that God has for them. 

Question: Do we then make void the law through faith? Answer, God forbid, yea, we establish the law. Romans 3: 31.

The love of God compels the members of the Body of Christ to walk by faith and not by sight. And so it says, Love works faith. Galatians 5: 6. It says faith without works is dead, James 2: 26. What then does faith work? Faith works the righteousness of God, Philippians 3: 9. If love works and faith works, what then does the righteousness of God do? Righteousness delivers from death, Proverbs 11: 4. The members of the Body are the righteousness of God in Christ 2 Corinthians 5: 21. It is through the members that God expects his righteousness to deliver what he has counseled himself to have, righteous people to reign with Christ under the new heavens and on the new earth. 

If you do not understand who you are in Christ, the righteousness of God, and if you do not understand nor recognize the compelling force that is behind God’s effort to save men, then you need to examine your love, your faith, and your righteousness whether they be of God. Your faith should be, God’s love being shed abroad through me will deliver people. Romans 5: 5. Your faith should be, through Christ all things are possible, in particular, the righteousness of God by me will take people from under the power of Satan and bring them to God. 

This xlove works faith, xfaith works righteousness, and xrighteousness delivers from death can be called God’s gathering or life line. The performance of these operations love, faith and righteousness are dependent upon this line remaining in tack and working as one. Failing this is like a broken life line, it will not pull anyone in to safety. A short and simple prayer, Heavenly Father thank you opening my eyes, I pray now that you allow your love to flow through me like a river to the saving of people, protect and prepare the heart of the people we will have an encounter with even today, so that they may receive what you have from them, Jesus in all, and yes keep me alert so that I will not fail you, In the Mighty and High Name of  Your beloved Son Jesus, the Lord and Savior of my life, I pray, Amen. Allow the xHoly Spirit to pull you into this prayer and put you to work. Another man did, in the first 3 years over 250 people surrendered their lives to Christ in his presence. It is this work God promises will build up your faith. May God bless you richly as you pray and present yourself as a living sacrifice to God.

3. 3. The members of the Body of Christ are content:

They are content with God. This is evidenced by the keeping of his commandments, and by the praises they express. They know that keeping of God’s commandments is taken by God as an expression of love for him. 1 John 5: 3.  And their work of praise as a show of contentment with who he is, and with what he does. King David, who wrote most of the Psalms, was called a man after God’s own heart, 1 Samuel 13: 14,  Acts 13: 22. This king could be called the king of praise for there is none that expressed praises like he did, here are a few sample, Psalm 34: 1. I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 86: 12. I will praise you O Lord my God, with all of my heart, and I will glorify your name forever, Psalm 118: 29, Thou art my God, and I will praise you, you art my God, I will exalt you. 29. O give thanks unto the LORD: for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever.  It is a pleasure to spend time with David, let him show you the reasons for his praises and weigh them, and take a good look to see what you may be missing. Note what he is praising God for, and above all note the promises that he makes to God for being so good. A must read: Psalm 89: 1 - 52, verses 1 -37, God’s covenant with king David.

3. 4. They are content with his promises. This is evidenced by their godly desires, for their desires correlate with the promises of God. Proverbs 11: 23 says, the desires of the righteousness is only good, John 3: 27 says, a man can receive nothing except it be given to him from heaven, James 1:17 says, every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes from the Father of lights, the conclusion is, that it is God that puts godly desires into the hearts of his people, and so it is safe to say, he does it because he wants to fulfill them. What a promise! He does confirm that he will fulfill the desires of his people, Psalm 37: 4. says, Delight thyself in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart. 5. Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  It is this that brings his people to the point were they are extremely content with him. Fulfillments will build up ones faith in him, the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1: 17.

Desires are one thing, to get them fulfilled is another, God’s people must be sensitive and responsive to the unctions of the Holy Spirit; for many desires are fulfilled without petitioning God to have them fulfilled, so it becomes a question of recognizing what is going on and responding properly. e.g. my desire was for a long time to visit my son in laws parents in Scotland, but being a pensioner with little income that desire was resting dormant in the mind, until out of the blue airfare dollars showed up. When my children found out what was on my heart, they tried to persuade me to go to a warm country instead of a cold one, God stepped in, the Spirit reasoned with me and said, the desire you have been carrying was given to you, and now we have made it possible for you to go, I would find out quickly by the things that came up unexpectedly for the agenda, that is was indeed the will of the Heavenly Father for me go.

1 John 5: 14, And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us. 15. And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 Corinthians 1: 20. God promises are yea and amen, will you ask? Will you be responsive to the Holy Spirit and allow him to put the desires of God that he has for you on your heart?

3. 5. Members are content with those that God puts into their paths, brother or sister, friend or foe. This evidenced by how they relate to others. They love their neighbor, they see them as God sees them, friend or foe, and respond as God would have them to, they know that they are called to be light and salt in the world, Matthew 5: 13 - 16, and as such they behave accordingly in the face of all, in spite of their dispositions. Pleasing God will always generate contentment. They know that godliness with contentment is great gain, 1 Timothy 6: 6, and that murmuring can be very costly, they know that by murmuring they can corrupt themselves. Exodus 32: 1 - 7. They know that with their tongues they can set of fire the course of nature, James 3: 1 - 18. They understand the importance of this David’s prayer, Psalm 141: 4, Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips, 4. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. They understand Peter’s writing which commands God’s people to be able to answer every man, 1 Peter 3: 15, Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you: To this end they understand the importance of being purged, purified, and sanctified, the importance of being approved of God, and the importance of guarding their minds and hearts. Above all they understand characters and function of the Godhead as related to the redemption of man.

On being purged: Hebrews 9: 14 reads, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

On being purified: Paul’s Epistle to Titus, 2: 11. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13. looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem, us from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

On being sanctified: This word means set apart, it is a past participle, as to say, we have been set apart for God in Christ. Jude writes, verse one, Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Paul says, called to be saints, Romans 1: 7. It is a one time act, never to be repeated again, Hebrews 10: 10 reads - By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. The words of Jesus, John 10: 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29. My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30. I and my Father are one. Once sanctified, always set apart for the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Matthew 6: 33.

On sanctification: This word means being made holy, it is a process, not a single act. Romans 8: 29 reads, For whom he did fore-know, he also did predesinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren, this is a promise, 2 Corinthians 3: 18 reads, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, this is a process, John 17: 17 reads, Sanctify them through your truth, your word is truth, this a procedure, 1 Corinthians 15: 51 reads, Behold I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, 1 John 3: 2 reads, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is, these are finishing touches. 2 Thessalonians 2; 13 reads, But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. It is the work of the Holy Spirit.

3. 6. Members are content with what has happened in their lives. This is evidenced by their understanding of the providence of God.

3. 7. Members are content with where they are in life. This is evidenced by their contentment with God and with what he has for them.

3. 8. The behavior of the members of the body of Christ.

They are one in spirit, one thought, and one in walk with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. They fellowship with the Father and with the Son,

and commune with the Holy Spirit. The love of God is what motivates them.  

They walk without offense towards God and towards men. God is in all of their thoughts. They pray without ceasing.

4. The work of Christ: To set man free from sin and death.

4. 1. Adam looses his God given authority to the Devil:

Adam fell into transgression, his disobedience to God, cost him his authority, for he chose to listen to Satan and his lies, that in reality is giving up ones authority and giving it to another, he gave it to Satan, aSatan is called the god of this world, bthe prince of this world, cthe ruler of the darkness of this world. Adam lost it all, his dominion over the works of God’s hands is what it cost him, it ended up in the hands of Satan. This would net him and his offspring dSatan as god, esuffering and sorrow, fspiritual death, which is separation from God, gSatan as his father, hthe father of lies, inatural death, jand world of wickedness for his offspring. This formidable enemy of God, once a high ranking angel of God, kcame to steal, kill, and to destroy. His most effective ways is to get people to lbelieve his lies and have them fall into sin, if not that, then mto snare them and then nto destroy them by his pernicious ways. This is the character that Adam lost to, this is the character that othe world is subservient to, this is the character that Christ came to defeat to take man out of pthe reach of his hands. Comforting words for the Christian are these, qChrist in you, the hope of glory, and you are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because rgreater is he that is in you then he that is in the world, may they comfort you.

a2 Corinthians 4: 4. bJohn 16: 11,   Ephesians 2: 2. cEphesians 6: 12. d2 Corinthians 4: 4. eGenesis 3: 16 - 19. fGenesis 3: 24,   Ephesians 2: 1. gJohn 8: 44. hJohn 8: 44. iGenesis 3: 19.  jGenesis 5: 3,  1 John 5: 19.  kJohn 10: 10.  lGenesis 3: 4.   m2 Timothy 2: 24 - 26.    n1 Peter 5: 6 - 10. oA sample of subservience: Judas is desperate to have 30 pieces of silver, the easiest way to get it would be to betray Jesus, an evil thought, Satan enters Judas and keeps him on track, for 30 pieces of silver Judas betrays Jesus, Satan has put sin into motion to be played out against Jesus, the end result, Jesus is hung on a cross, Judas hangs himself, and Satan goes on to maraud somewhere else seeing whom he might devour. This is subservience of the worst kind. Eve pointed her figure at Satan, many since have done so, yet it is man that must choose between life and death. (John 3: 19,  Matthew 22: 3,  Matthew 26: 15,  Mathew 27: 3 - 5. Genesis 3: 13,  Deuteronomy 30: 15 - 19).  p1 John 5: 18. qColossians 1: 27. r1 John 4: 4.

4. 2. Christ regains what Adam lost to Satan:

Adam forfeited ahis authority which he had over the work of God’s hands, by blistening to Satan instead of God che effectively gave the authority he had into the hands of  Satan, dthrough the life and work of Christ, this authority has been destroyed, effectively taking it out of Satan’s hands. What Christ still has to do, is eto destroy death itself, it will be destroyed fat the time corruption puts on incorruption, and mortality puts on immortality, essentially gwhen Death and Hell give up its dead and are cast into a lake of fire. Christ did hdestroy the one who had to power of death, but not death itself. He did iabolish death, that is to say jtake away its sting, that is to take away its power to induce sin that kills. The ksoul that sins it shall die, lthe followers of Christ are immunized against the sting of death which is sin, sin shall have no dominion over them, so writes the Apostle Paul. Nobody can say the Devil made me do it, Adam had a choice, he chose to satisfy himself which then and today comes mthrough the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, these three are they that effectively separate man from God.  Christ having destroyed death nwill return the authority that his Father gave to Adam, who lost it to Satan, back to his Father, by doing this he will put all things including himself under the authority of his Father, so that all might be under him the way it was prior to the time of giving it to Adam, with othis promise in hand,  Christ, the Son of man due to his perfect obedience, will be given what Adam lost, all power and authority over the works of the hands of God, Daniel wrote, Chapter 7: verses 13, and 14, I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him, 14. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

aGenesis 1: 28.   bGenesis 3: 3 - 6.   cMatthew 4: 8, 9.  dColossians 2: 9 - 15,  Ephesians 6: 10 - 20.  e1 Corinthians 15: 26.  f1 Corinthians 15: 53, 54.  gRevelations 20: 13, 14. hHebrews 2: 9. i2 Timothy 1: 10.   j1 Corinthians 15, 55 - 57,  Romans 8: 23,   1 John 2: 13, 14. kGenesis 2: 7,  1 Corinthians 15: 45,  Ezekiel 18: 4, 20.  lRomans 6: 1 - 23, (v14), Romans 7: 4, 6. m1 John 2: 15 - 17.   n1 Corinthians 15: 24 - 28. oDaniel 7: 13, 14.

4. 3. What happened to the Devil, where is he now?

The apower of death was taken from him, bhe could not hold Christ in the grave, and as Christ che will not be able to hold his brothers and sisters in the grave: for dthey are destined to be ruling with Christ as kings and priests under the new heavens and on the new earth.

The eDevil has been cursed, fhis destiny is a lake of fire where he will be tormented night and day forever, it says, it is a place gwhere the worm will not die and the fire will not be quenched, hthere will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. The iun-believer’s destiny is that of the Devil’s. Matthew 25: 41.

The Devil has been doomed but he has not been jchained, khe is alive and well, roaming the earth, he is called lthe god of this world, mhe laid a snare for Eve, nhe continues to snare the unwary, the Bible says: at will. oHe blinds the unbelieving, so that they cannot see the glorious gospel of Christ.

Brothers and Sisters have been warned and told to pbeware of the Devil, for he prowls around like a roaring lion seeing whom he may devour. Brothers and Sisters in the pursuit of the lost have been warned and told qto put on the whole armour of God so that they can withstand the wiles of the Devil. The Devil does not like what the servants of God are doing. The Devil is alive, he can give the saints of God trouble, rbut he cannot over come them, he cannot take them away from God.

a. Matthew 25: 41.b. Luke 24: 6, 7.c. 1 Thessalonians 4: 16.d. Revelations 5: 10.

e. Genesis 3: 14.f. Matthew 25: 41.Revelations 20: 10.g. Isaiah 66: 24, Mark 9: 43 - 48.

h. Matthew 13: 36 - 50.i. Matthew 25: 41.  Revelations 20: 15.j. Revelations 20: 1 -3.

k 1Peter 5: 8.l. 2 Corinthians 4: 4.m. Genesis 3: 1 - 6.n. 2 Timothy 2: 26.o. 2 Corinthians 4: 4.p.  1 Peter 5: 6 - 10.q. Ephesians 6: 10 - 18.r. 1 John 4: 4. John 10: 28. 1 John 5: 18.

1 John 5: 13.

5. The work of the Church of God: To reconcile man back unto God through the preaching of the gospel of Christ unto the salvation of man.

Scripture support:

5. 1. The command of Christ: Matthew 28: 18. And Jesus came and spake to them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19. God ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

The command of Christ: Mark 16: 15. And he said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach to gospel to every creature. 16. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be damned.

6. The transformation of the fallen man: Back to his original image.

6. 1. The original image of man:  In the image of God.

Genesis 1: 26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping things that creep upon the earth. 27. So God created man in his image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.

6. 2. The image of the fallen man: In the image of fallen Adam.

Genesis 5: 3. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.

6. 3. The image to be of those who have been saved: The image of Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord of heaven. 48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy, and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

1 John 3: 2. Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as his is.

6. 4. The promise of change into the image of the Son of God:

Romans 8: 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

6. 5. The first step towards change: To put on Christ. 

Ephesians 2: 8. For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. (Change cannot happen outside of in Christ).

6. 6. The process of change: Life in Christ.

Colossians 3: 10. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.

Colossians 2: 6. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.

Matthew 11: 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls. Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3: 18. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

6. 7. The completion of change: The redemption of the body.

Philippians 3: 20. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

1 Corinthians 13: 12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

6. 8. The comfort of the Lord:

Romans 8: 14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16. The Spirit itself bears witness with out spirit, that we are the children of God: 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20. For the creature was made subject vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, 21. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

6. 9. What can believers expect to turn into as they  are abeing transformed into the image of Christ? What qualities can his people expect, what can they expect from his person, and what can they expect from the way he relates to things and people? A thought: If Christ is righteous, are his qualities the sum total of his righteousness, as many parts in a law? If they are, and we are the righteousness of God in Christ, what is left to do but to be exercised by them. This then makes the knowledge of his qualities if anything a necessity, to know Christ is to know ourselves in him, the foundation for our lives and behavior. For many yet, what is left to do is to put off the old man, and to live in and to conform to the righteousness of God which we are in Christ.

Here is a list of qualities we can comfortably contribute to the Lord, they are yours in him, all you have to do is to be exercised by them: In his person, they are - bHe hates iniquity and loves righteousness, he is cloving and kind,  he is dgood, full of epeace and ftruth, he is grighteous altogether. In his behavior towards his people they are, he is hmeek and imerciful, he is full of jcompassion, he is kfaithful and most lgracious, he is quick to mforgive and nready to save, he is olongsuffering, both towards them that are in and those that are without, ppatience, qperseverance and rpersistence are his allies.

aRomans 8: 29. bHebrews 1: 9. cPsalm 25: 6,   Jeremiah 31: 3. dExodus 34: 6. eJohn 14: 27. fJohn 1: 14, 17,  John 14: 6, Psalm 86: 15. gDaniel 9: 7. hMatthew 11: 29. iPsalm 86: 15, Daniel 9: 9. jPsalm 86: 15. kRevelations 19: 11, Psalm 119: 75. lPsalm 86: 15. mDaniel 9: 9. nRevelations 3: 20. oPsalm 86: 15. pRomans 15: 4, 5,  Revelations 1: 9. qDaniel 6: 26. r Ephesian 6: 10 - 19, Ezekiel 3: 9,  Zechariah 7: 12,  Isaiah 50: 7,  Jeremiah 1: 18, 19, Jeremiah 6: 27, 15: 20. 

The law and the prophets are comprised of commandments, statutes, precepts, testimonies, and judgments to be lived by, as the law is comprised by such, (Psalm 119: 1 - 8), so the righteousness of God is comprised of what you have just read in the previous paragraph, the faithful exercise of God’s righteousness will grow and mature his people into the image of his dear Son, both in character, in want, and in behavior. Take note: but not without the motivation that works the righteousness of god towards what he has determined to be the destiny of his man.  This takes us back to who God is, and to what motivates him. John writes, God is Love. Hate motivates anger to destruction, so love motivates a passion to construction. The question is, What is God’s love set on? The answer from the beginning was, is today, and will remain so, it is to have an earth inhabited with people he can trust, people that will love him and serve him in love. It is his love for the end result, that motivates him and keeps him on track, it is in this that we are asked to join him, that is, IN HIS LOVE FOR THE END RESULT AND in the work that is involved, in all simplicity, being lights in the world, and IN HIS LOVE, turning the lost from the power of satan unto god. His resolve is to give fallen man the opportunity to fall in line with what motivates him, that is, his love, and to work together with him, and in the end share it with him, the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwells righteousness.

Micah 6: 8. He has shown you, O man, what is good, and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

7. Christ as leader of the Church of God.

We have shown his personal involvement, both in creation, and in keeping things together as what qualifies him to be the Head, Judge, even teacher of man. The attempt here is to show him as one that has the qualities of a good leader. Before we move on lets look at his capacity to get things done, for it is the level from which he can command that will gain him the respect he needs to get things done, then lets look at how he deals with those whom he is called to lead, for it is this that will get men, women, and children to trust him and to come through for him.

Good leaders are commanders, it is the level from which they are able to commandeer that gains them respect, it is however, the way they deliver their commands that will bring them the results they are looking for.

To show that Jesus can command and commandeer at a level that will gain him respect, we have the following:

The command: Be still and know that I am God.  A dramatic touch of his love - A personal experience, I was stressed over an issue which made me run at full speed for a quarter of a mile with my the head spinning at an uncontrollable speed, today I can say without hesitation, insanity was at the door, here come these words, clear, precise, and in a loud and commanding voice, Be still and know that I am God, from a full run, I froze, stood still, and all the pressure that could well have driven me to insanity subsided like a vapor into thin air, I slowly turned and walked back, pondering about what had happened. O the Mercy of God. Was it an audible voice, no, it was Spirit to spirit communication. Level of command - I am God.

Commandments are without option, had I failed it is unlikely that I would have ever lived to tell the story: Matthew 28: 18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with your always, even unto the end of the world. Level of command: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth - God the Son.

Mark 4: 35. And the same day, when the evening was come, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side. 36. And when they had sent away the multitude, they set sail, with other little ships behind them for the other side of the sea. 37. And there arose a great wind storm, and the waves covered the ship. 38. And he was in the aft part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they woke him, and said to him, Master, don’t you care if we perish? 39. And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still, and the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40. And he said unto them. Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith? 41. And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Level of command, Master: The Lord spoke and it was done. 

Who is our Commander? And from what level can he command. Is it not, God whose name is Lord?  Psalm 33: 6. By the word of the LORD, were the heavens made; and all the host of them, by the breath of his mouth. 7. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap: he lays up the depth in storehouses. 8. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Commanding is speaking, he spoke and it was done, ( Genesis 1: 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 29). His people hold him in awe, with the greatest of respect.

There is nothing more confirming then athe way the Lord delivered the commandments of the law, and there is nothing more brilliant then the way he bmagnifies and makes honorable the law for those that love him. cOriginal sin has made sinners of all men.  The dpurpose for giving the law was to bring to the world the knowledge of sin. eSin carries with it the sentence of death, Adam, You will surely die.  Being aware of this, knowing fthe righteousness of the law and following it becomes seriously critical. (If you stop here, you will at best be a dos and don’ts person, it is called glegalism, a good portion would fall into hgood works with hope of gaining entry into the presence of God, be warned this will not work nor please God). The primary purpose of the law was given to bring in the knowledge of sin, the isecond purpose was, for the law be a schoolmaster, as such it was to lead man to faith in Christ, a jthird purpose is, the law stands as a witness to the righteousness of God, the krighteousness which is by the faith of Christ Jesus.

7. 1. Why Christ, why not the law? The Apostle Paul sets us strait  by saying: Romans 8: 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, lwho walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2. For the mlaw of nthe Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the olaw of sin and death. 3. For pwhat the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. 4. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5. For that othey are after the flesh do mind the rthings of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the sthings of the Spirit. 6. For tto be carnally minded is death, but uto be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because vthe carnal mind is enmity against God: for wit is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

aExodus 20: 1 - 17.  bIsaiah 42: 21, Romans 3: 31, Matthew 5: 18, Romans 8: 4. cGenesis 3: 6, Galatians 3: 22, Romans 11: 32, Romans 5: 12, 19.   dRomans 3: 20, Romans 7: 1 - 25.  eRomans 6: 23, Hebrews 9: 27, Ezekiel 18: 4, Genesis 3: 19, Deuteronomy 27: 26, 1Corinthians 15: 56.  fRomans 8: 4.   gGalatians 3: 10.  hEphesians 2: 8 - 10.  iGalatians 3: 24, 25.  jRomans 3: 21.  kRomans 3: 22. lGalatians 5: 16. mRomans 6: 18, 22. n1 Corinthians 15: 45. oRomans 7: 24, 25. pActs 13: 39,   Hebrews 7: 14 - 28. lqJohn 3: 6. rGalatians 5: 19 - 21. sGalatains 5: 22 - 26. tGalatians 6: 8. uGalatians 6: 8. vJames 4: 4. w1 Corinthians 2: 14.  

Many as fleshly beings have gone from attempting to follow the law without God, which is not possible through the flesh due to its weakness, to being the righteousness of God in Christ, which comes by the sinless life of Christ to everyone that believes. The Apostle Paul poses this question,  Romans 3: 31. Do we then make void the law through faith? His answer - God forbid: yea, we establish the law. This poses another question, How difficult is it to establish the law? The answer is, having put on Christ we live it with him in his sinless life. The Apostle Paul writes, In him we live, move, and have our being, Acts 17: 28.

The most important question ever asked was asked by a lawyer, the answer that Jesus gave is what prompted the words, there is nothing more brilliant then the way he magnifies and makes honorable the law for those that love him. And truly the answer should effect a love for both God and his creation, even for one simple fact, that simple fact is in how he gets things done with the mighty power of his love. The words are: The Song of Solomon 8: 6. Love in stronger then death. Here is the question and the answer:  Matthew 22: 36. Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? 37. Jesus said unto him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. This is to say if we love on another we are fulfilling the law, to live in love is to live in God, for he is love. What is the law and the prophets? The answer, Matthew 7: 12.  Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. The question is what rank of leader is Christ? We say, and we know he ranks above all. Here is our answer - There has never been one who like him who has totally invested his life in mankind to the point were he would die for the deeds of dead man, then rise from the dead to give life to this dead man, and then have him walk with him, while he works together with him to accomplish what he as a leader is trying to achieve, in this case to give this man an opportunity to become a priest and king in his kingdom and to reign with him for all of eternity under a new heavens and on a new earth. Never.  Salvation belongs to the Lord,  Psalm 3: 8,  Acts 4: 12, Isaiah 43: 11.

For God so loved the world, that whosoever should believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3: 16.

A last question, What can we expect from Christ, what is he like? The answer to this question is of grave importance, for awe are being transformed into his likeness. By knowing before hand his image, is a seed planted waiting to be nurtured.   This begs the question, What is his image? To find out we first look at his person, having done that, we look at man, at his original image, at his image as a fallen man, and third, at his image to be, and last at the starting point of change, and the process of change that will take him to back to where he was when he was first created, Genesis 1: 31. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. After all this, we look at how he relates to things and people, and what it is that man can expect character and behavior wise in being in the image of Christ.

7. 2. The image of Christ: The image of the invisible God.

Colossians 1: 12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. 

2 Corinthians 4: 3. But if the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4. In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Hebrews 1: 1. God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2. has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

7. 3. Christ as a proven leader amongst men. The example to follow.

We are to learn from him, there is no better school then to live in and to walk with your teacher; Matthew: 1: 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; What is the yoke of Christ? It is to do the will of his Father. There is no better opportunity to be transformed into a leader then to be on the in with the example we are to follow, such is the case with Christ.

Scripture support:

Philippians 2: 5. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 2: 21. 19. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20. For what glory is it, if, when you are buffeted for your faults, and you take it patiently: but if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21. For even hereunto were you called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps.

1 John 2: 6. He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

John 15: 4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in me. 5. I am the vine and you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them and cast then into the fire, and they are burned. 7. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. 8. Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. 9. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you, so you continue in my love.

The King of kings and Lord of lords, never has there been such titles to describe a leader, neither has there ever been given such a scope. He shall rule the nations, this is who the Lord Jesus Christ is. Never as said before, has there been a leader like him so great who would literally possess man to become one with him, to teach him, and allow him to work together with him as one in his calling; in short, to seek and to save that which is lost. Revelations 19: 16. Daniel 7: 14. Colossians 1: 27. Isaiah 61: 1- 3,  Luke 4. l8 - 19,  Luke 19: 10.

Leadership has become the issue for all of us, husband the household, mother the daughter, father the son, the evangelist the lost, the preacher the community, the teacher the student, the pastor the flock, old women the young women, old men the young men. CEC Canada’s passion is to teach leadership on every level.

8. Every leader has identifiable qualities. We believe that Christ is no exception, one thing we can say about Christ is this, whatever qualities apply to good leadership they can all be found in our Lord Jesus Christ, and that alone puts his level of effectiveness above every other leader. The following are what we believe to be the minimum absolutes:       

8. 1. Every good leader is open to even better leadership and will give himself to a mentor above his level who can help in the raising of his capacity to lead. With Christ the Son of man, account has it that He as the Son of Man was open to learning, Luke 2: 52 reads- And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

8. 2. Every good leader has characteristics which will attract others to want to be with him. The foundation that we see in Jesus are the qualities of His Father-they are, goodness, kindness and forbearance. In short, He loves and cares and ends up being loved and being looked up to. Luke 29: 35 - 38,   Zechariah 9: 9.

8. 3. Every good leader has the ability to influence others to follow him by the things he says and by the things he does but not until after he has shown to them that he cares for them. Influence can produce both negative and positive results. Jesus experienced this. Influence properly exercised will in the end always bring in the desired results, even if it means to affect adversely those who are frozen in there stand. This was so with Jesus after he finished reading from the book of Isaiah, Luke 4: 14 - 30. At first he offended the leaders by his comments to the point were they wanted to get rid of him, and shortly after through the working of miracles he began to experienced the results he was looking for. Many left those leaders he had offended and came to him in large numbers to follow him.

8. 4. Every good leader sees the big picture and will navigate accordingly Jesus saw the big picture. The best evidence we have to support that he could see the big picture are the old testament prophecies that speak of him already fulfilled in him, there are approximately 110 of them. He pictured his own involvement in this picture, he says the law and the prophets, they speak of me. ( samples: Psalm 22, and Isaiah 53). It is in this picture that we see his capacity to navigate. His success is best expressed in his own words “I have glorified you on the earth; I have finished the work which you gave me to do. John 17. 4. He proved  that he could deal with every obstacle.

8. 5. Every good leader knows when things begin to fail under his direction he must take a full assessment of himself and then do something about it, there are  only two options, one is to improve, the other is to look for a replacement. As far as we know there is only once when the Son of man showed a weakness of his human side, that was when he said to his Father, if you be willing, remove this cup from me. Would the real Jesus please stand up. And so he did when he said, nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. Luke 22: 42. True leaders reach their goals.

8. 6. Every good leader knows that influence will not happen without first having gained the trust of the people, Jesus gained the trust of his disciples by the way he spoke to them, treated them, and how he behaved in front of them, Jesus knew people, he knew how to approach people, the knew how to get their attention by including their interest, and finally he knew how to take advantage of their interest for his own benefit. To Peter and Andrew the fishermen he said “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men, the men without hesitation dropped their nets and followed him. Matthew 4: 18 - 22.

8. 7. Every good leader knows the only way he will gain respect is through his own performance. Jesus gained most of his respect through the performance of his miracles, healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, making the lame walk, raising the dead, and more. Leaders are respected for their achievements. Luke 4: 23 - 25.

8. 8. Every good leader can sense the coming of a situation before it appears on the horizon, it is difficult to take a good leader by surprise, this is due to his knowledge of those things which may affect the reaching of his goals. He can sense the seed and respond to the root before anybody ever notices, he knows it is this which allows him to redress, to inform, and to convince his people before things are on the door step. Jesus the Son of man had a twofold purpose for coming to earth, one - to destroy the works of the Devil, the other to reconcile man unto God. He was afforded from early childhood on to know the ways of his Father, the ways of man, and the ways of the Devil, and last but not least, the ways of the Father with him in his exercise to reconcile man back unto himself. He indeed was so well prepared that nothing could take him by surprise. Matthew 26: 19 - 24.

8. 9. A good leader has at least one superb message for would be likes that will draw them every time to come on board to learn and to become part of his team. Jesus has given everybody an opportunity to be near him through a highly magnetic gesture “Put on my yoke and learn of me.”  In this phrase Jesus pictures himself as a mature ox, an ox is one that is set apart for his master’s use. He sees himself in a yoke without a partner pulling a load. The yoke is a strong piece of wood with two neck size holes in it, he has his neck in one of these holes, for him the hole is a snug and firm fit which makes it possible for him to pull the load in comfort, the second hole is the same size, he is asking us to stick our necks into this hole, he sees us as young and inexperienced and incapable of yet carrying any of the weight with him. It is in this hole where our Master Jesus expects his followers to learn and to grow to the point were they will be one with him and capable of helping him in the carrying of his load. We picture Jesus doing the will of God in this exercise, with his face as flint towards the goals of his Father.  It is here where even the best of leaders can firstly have their leadership lenses without question properly focused, and their leadership levels raised to levels not even dreamt of. If devils can raise the likes of Hitler, what do you think God can do? Surely he can teach us to be leaders and empower us so we can lead as one with him the way it is expected of us. Matthew 11: 29.

8. 10. Every good leader knows to touch the heart first before asking for the hand. Jesus did so with me, very dramatically so, during a total frenzy, his Spirit boomed these words at my spirit - be still and know that I am God. He touched my heart, when the time came to call me into what I believe is my calling everything came together in full agreement and with relative ease. Jesus three times asked the Apostle Peter. Do you love me, after Peter’s yes, he would say, Feed my sheep. Jesus first established a heart relationship with Peter before asking him to feed his sheep. John 21:15 - 18.

8. 11. Every good leader knows that his maximum output does not lie in him self but in the leaders he chooses to have with him. Jesus chose the apostles. It would not be long when he would find himself in need of seventy more, this time to go ahead into the places where he would go to preach. He has set an example showing that one cannot do it alone Every large business or a large business to be, whether it is God’s business or a business of the world, they can not be efficiently nor effectively run without a leadership hierarchy, generally hierarchies that are comprised of directors, governors, executive ministers, executive assistants, with the appropriate staff and help who give themselves to being a body in pursuit of the goals set before them. Matthew 10: 1, Luke 10: 1,  Ephesians 4: 11, 1 Timothy 1 - 13. See also Church corporate flow chart.

8. 12. Every good leader will extend his power into those he chooses to be leaders with him, and will refrain from restraining his power which he has installed in them so they can do what they were called to do. Jesus is our example par non.  He promised to give power to his apostle. He promised to do this before he would allow them to go to meet their challenges. Jesus did as promised, and then sent them out with two additional promises already in hand, the first, that he would never withdraw his power from them, and the second that he would never leave their side. Luke 24: 49, Acts 1: 8, Acts 2: 4, 14: 16, 17,  Matthew 28: 20.

8. 13. Every good leader knows if he wants to move ahead with maximum impact he most find and develop more leaders to help him. Jesus after appointing the disciples appointed yet another seventy and sent them out. Luke 10.1, Paul and Barnabas in the Spirit of Christ ordain Elders in all the churches of Lystra, Iconium and Derbe Acts 14.21-27. Here we cannot overlook the replacement brought in to replace Judas. Every good leader knows that a man with a hidden agenda most be replaced forthwith, if he wants to maintain the strength of the overall leadership even body. Acts 1: 16 -26, v24.

8. 14. Every good leader knows how to identify and how to raise potential leaders. The Lord looked for people in places where the leaders of this world would not think of looking, and then raised them to be leaders. Joseph a slave to the president of a Egypt, David a sheep herder with a sling shot to the King of Israel.  Saul, from being an arch enemy of Christ and his Church to being a powerful apostle and leader of the Church. Joseph: Genesis 37: 28, Genesis 41: 40,  David: 1 Samuel 17: 15, 40,   2 Samuel 2: 4, 5:3,  Paul: formerly Saul: Acts 9: 1 - 22. 

8. 15. Every good leader will find a way to reach his goal.  Jesus had to plot and plot, each time he found a way to either out think or out maneuver those who would come up against him. Matthew 22.35-46, Luke 4: 28 - 30.

8. 16. Every good leader knows how to enter a bad situation and turn it into a good one, he knows how to enter into an existing stream and how to turn that stream into what it ought to be. Christ ceased his opportunity, he gave Judaism the touches he knew it needed, he made it possible for man to live by the righteousness of law through faith in him, the one thing the law could not do. Galatians 2: 21 - 29.

8. 17. Every good leader knows where his time will produce the best results. Jesus our Master, where ever he went, spent most of his time teaching his disciples, in front of a listening audience. Matthew 13: 34 - 36,    14: 14, 15,    15: 10 - 12,    15: 31 - 37.

8. 18. Every good leader knows that his time is not his own. Jesus gave it all. Acts 20: 28.

8. 19. Every good leader knows that timing is everything. The Lord’s time for man on earth is now, not tomorrow nor is it yesterday, man can only live in time, breath by breath as God gives him life, Job writes - Job 34: 14. If he sets his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath, 15. All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn to dust. It is any wonder that God would express his urgency into the ears of his people. Good leaders know this urgency and will strive to make it known, How? by delivering God’s message of urgency to the world at large. The expression of urgency: (Urgency is now), 2 Corinthians 6: 2. Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day of Salvation, Revelations 3: 20. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

8. 20. Every good leader knows that expansion can only happen through the adding of more leaders in other strategic areas. Jesus has set an example for us to follow, he raised those close to him, empowered them and sent them out to repeat the process. Acts 1: 8.

8. 21. Every good leader has someone standing in the wings ready to take his place, just in case he is called to do other important things. Jesus had Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Lebbaeus, Simon, Mathias, and we most certainly cannot leave out the apostle Paul. Matthew 10: 2, Acts 1: 23 - 26, 9: 1 - 16.

8. 22. Every good leader will leave behind a good work which will net him recognition and a reward. Jesus left behind himself as a bridge over which man could walk and be reunited with God. His reward, Daniel 7: 13.  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought  him near before him. 14. and there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not he destroyed. Psalm 2: 6, Psalm 8: 6, John 3: 35.

We know that quality leadership is the essence of every good organization, it is for this reason that CEC Canada will have the teaching and training of leaders as one of its highest priorities. 1 Timothy 3: 6.

9. The responsibility of the Church to protect itself:

The apostle Paul said: Acts 20: 22. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there. 23. Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions are awaiting for me. 24. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25. And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. 26. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood. 29. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Matthew 7: 15 - 27. Are you a afriend or are you a bfoe, by cyour fruit we shall know. God does not hold back any punches, unequivocally he identifies his foes and warns his people, not only does he warn them, he also lets them know what to do should ravening wolves enter the flock. False teachers are his biggest enemies, they can inflict more damage to the body of Christ then any other. God identifies these teachers as, dfalse apostles, efalse prophets, ffalse teachers, gfalse brethren, hseducing spirits, ifalse christs,  jdeceitful workers, kministers of Satan, as a lot he identifies them as lanti-christs. Christ calls them mworkers of iniquity, they are nthose that pervert the gospel of Christ. Jesus has made it abundantly clear othat those that do such things will be thrust out (Luke 13: 27, 28). The apostle Paul warned the church by saying: 2 Corinthians 11: 1 - 15 v14, pNo marvel, for Satan has been transformed into a angel of light, this is tantamount to saying, he has the wherewithall to deceive and to sneak his people into the church.  He continues, v15, Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.  Jesus says of these,  Matthew 24: 24. qIf they could they would deceive the very elect.

aJohn 15: 13 - 15.  bActs 2: 34 - 36, v35,   Ephesians 1: 20 - 23, Hebrews 2: 7, 8, 14. Matthew 28: 18.  cMatthew 7: 15 - 27, v16, 20.  d2 Corinthians 11: 13. eMatthew 24: 11,  2 Peter 2: 1, 1 John 4: 1.  f2 Peter 1 - 22, v1. g2 Corinthians 11: 26.  h1 Timothy 4: 1.  iMatthew 24: 24,  1 John 2: 18 - 29, v18, 22,    2 John 7-11, v7.    j2 Corinthians 11: 13. k2 Corinthians 11: 1 - 15, v14.   lMatthew 24: 5.   mMatthew 7: 23.   nGalatians 1: 6 - 9, v7,   Acts 13: 8 - 12, v10.   oLuke 13: 27, 28.    p2 Corinthians 11: 1 - 15, v14. qMatthew 24: 24. 

The Church must do what is necessary to maintain its health, there is no option, those who pervert the gospel must be put out. Perversion of the gospel was happening in Galatia, the Apostle Paul responded and wrote, Galatians 1: 1 - 24. v6, I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel. 7. Which is not another: but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

How far is the church entitled to take things into its hands to deal with such? They are entitled to, and have a duty to excommunicate those who have been found to be the enemies of Christ. The Apostle Paul in the summing up his first letter to the Corinthians had this to say, 16: 22. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha. Anathema means accursed, Maranatha is a sudden out burst, here it is an exclamation, telling the workers of iniquity that the Lord is coming to execute divine judgment. Jude and the execution of Judgment, Jude 1 - 25, v 14, Jude writes. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints. 15. To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Jude continues, 16. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. 17. But, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18. How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lust. 19. These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

The educated community church is in position to identify those who do not have the Spirit of Christ, John the Apostle wrote: 1 John 4: 1. Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2. 2. Hereby you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. 3. And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5. They are of the world, therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. 6. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of the God does not hear us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Do all members of the body have the capacity to discern spirits whether they be good or evil? The discerning of spirits is directly related to knowledge of the gospel of Christ. It is knowing the gospel that puts us apart from those that do not know the gospel, it is this that gives the one that knows the edge over the other, and thus is able to tell the difference, friend or foe.  Knowing is the key to be able to discern good and evil. The writer to Hebrew writes, Hebrews 5: 13. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14. But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. To this the CEC Canada Foundation Association has surrendered, that is, to make certain that those that come to learn will be able to discern both what is good and what is evil well before it is their time to step up to the plate.

The worship of false gods is called idolatry: The first of the ten commandments speaks against idolatry; Exodus 20: 3. You shall have no other gods before me. Satan is the god of this world, he is the one that is behind the continuing and ever increasing influx of false prophets, teachers, christs, seducing spirits, and deceitful workers, these are his ministers parading themselves as ministers of righteousness, being themselves deceived, they deceive other.

The protection that the church has is its truth, it is called the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth. The weaponry of the church is its truth, the word of the living God. His word is called the sword of the Spirit, Ephesians 6: 10 - 20, v17.  The word of God can be depended upon.  The writer of Hebrews has this to say about God’s word, 4: 12. For the word is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.  Question: Will Christ give to his body those that can discern spirits so they as he can identify workers of iniquity as he can, or do they have to depend upon the seeing the fruit that may flow from them before they can do something about them? The answer is yes to the first part and no to the last part. Discernment has levels to it, they are from the man on milk to those qualifying as teachers, it is full knowledge that lifts the level of discernment to being sufficient to maintain the church as the pillar and ground of truth that it is.

Christ said, John 14: 6. he is the way, the truth, and the life. Christ prayed to the Father, John 17: 17. Sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth. The LORD said, Hosea 4: 6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Christ said, John 8: 32. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. It is when you know the truth that you can weigh what is coming at you. The cost of not knowing and not weighing can be astronomical, Hosea 4: 6 continues, because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, so that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

The help that God’s children have is this: Truth is never far away, it is in our hearts, when we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, we were baptized with the Spirit of truth, it is said of him that he will teach us all things, and bring to our remembrance as needed the things we have learned. And we are thought, 2 Corinthians 10: 4. The weapons of our warfare is not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

It goes on to say, And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. This means to go after the offender, once you are in the proper mind set, and to do what has to be done, so that the church can do what it must do with the person, to keep the church without spot or wrinkle, even without blemish. Ephesians 5: 27.

10. The personal responsibility of members to protect themselves.

Even though we are members of the body of Christ we as individuals are on our own, save Christ in us. We are on this earth for him, not as flesh and bone, but as spiritual beings in bodies of flesh and bone. Scripture teaches, we live in houses of clay. It is this house that can give man much of his trouble if left unprotected. The church cannot protect it, when all is said and done it is the responsibility of the individual, the church can pray, teach and counsel but it is not in position to make it happen. Not only does the responsibility of his body belong to the individual, so too, does his spirit.

The best example we have is of the Son of man taking responsibility to the preserving of his body and his spirit, this is recorded in fourth chapter of the book of Matthew. 4: 1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was very hungry. 3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if you are the Son o God, command that these stones be made into bread. 4. But he answered and said, it is written, aMan shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 5. Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6. And said to him, if you are the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. 7. Jesus said to him, it is written again, bYou shall not tempt the Lord you God. 8. Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9. And said to him. All these things will I give to you, if you will fall down and worship me. 10. Then said Jesus unto him, leave Satan, for it is written, cYou shall worship the Lord our God, and him only shall you serve. 11. Then the devil left him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. aDeuteronomy 8: 1 - 20. bDeuteronomy 6: 1 - 25.  Exodus 20: 1 - 17, v1 - 7.

There are two works that cover self protection, failing to heed them is opening the door to the devil and his pernicious ways, the first one centers around living a peaceful existence with God and man. The second one centers around the safety of God’s front line men and women in the war against evil. 

The first words that has to be understood, and heeded are these words of Peter: Chapter 5: 5: God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. 6. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7. Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you. 8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: 9. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplish in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen.

The second work that has to be understood and heeded are these words of the Apostle Paul. Ephesians 6: 10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11. Put on athe whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against bprincipalities, against powers, against the crulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13. Wherefore dtake unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to ewithstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14. Stand therefore, fhaving your loins girt about with truth, and having on gthe breastplate of righteousness. 15. And hyour feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16. Above all, taking ithe shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17. And take jthe helmet of salvation, and kthe sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18. lPraying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and mwatching thereunto with all perseverance and nsupplication for all saints. 19. oAnd for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may popen my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. 20. For which qI am an ambassador in bonds: that rtherein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

a2 Corinthians 6: 1 - 18, v7.  bRomans 8: 33 - 39. v38.  cLuke 22: 47 - 23: 47, v22: 53. d2 Corinthians 10: 3 - 6, v4.   eEphesians 5: 16. fIsaiah 11: 1 - 5, v5.   1 Peter 1: 3 - 16, v13.  gIsaiah 59: 17.  hIsaiah 52: 3. i1 John 5: 4. j1 Thessalonians 5: 8.  kHebrews 4: 12.  lLuke 18: 1.  mMatthew 26: 41.  nPhilippians 1: 4.   oActs 4: 29.   p2 Corinthians 3: 12.  q2 Corinthians 5: 20. rPhillipians 1: 20.  

When one understands and believes that athe devil has no power over them, there is no contest, it is as simple as saying Get thee behind me Satan, this experience is not new to him. bJesus told him to get behind him, it is in his power that we can do the same. Jesus resisted him as we have seen recorded in cthe book of Matthew, dhe asks us to resist the devil, and the same time telling us that he will flee from us.

Satan is called ethe tempter, he tempted Jesus, how did Jesus respond? He said, fIt is written, you shall not, or you shall. It is gthe truth that will always prevail against the father of lies. You can see what happened during the temptations of Jesus, the devil came to tempt Jesus not once but three times, each time he confronted the devil with the truth. The question now is, do you know the truth so that you can use the truth the way  Jesus did to stop him from taking away his authority, remember Adam? Adam lost it all, Jesus lost nothing and hin the end he defeated the devil and rendered him powerless, ieven so for them that believe in him.

With Jesus it was his authority that the devil was after, iwith his saints it is their souls. There are jthree areas that God identifies as problems which keep the world in trouble and separated from him, they are to the destruction of their souls even bodies, it is these three which God identifies kand warns his people to stay away from, they are the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. The lust of the eyes is the door to lwanton sin, the lust of the flesh is the door to the sin of mungodly desires, and the pride of life is the door to the sin to nrebellion. All three present grave dangers to the overy temple of God, which his people are.

a1 John 5: 18. bMatthew 16: 23. cMatthew 4: 1 - 10. dJames 4: 7. eMatthew 4: 3,  1 Thessalonians 3: 5. fMatthew 4: 4, 7, 10. gJohn 8: 32. hHebrews 4: 12. iJohn 10: 10. j1 John 2: 16. k1 John 2: 15. lJames 5: 5. mEphesians 2: 3. nIsaiah 63: 10,   1 Samuel 15: 23,   Proverbs 17: 11. o1 Corinthians 3: 16, 17,    1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20,    2 Corinthians 6: 16,   Romans 14: 7 - 9,   Hebrews 3: 6,   1 Peter 4: 2,   Ephesians 2: 21, 22,  1 Peter 2: 5,    Galatians 2: 20,   1 Thessalonians 5: 10.

aResist the Devil and he will flee from you. CEC Canada’s place is to raise bwitnesses to the clove, dmercy and egrace of God.  In this arena CEC Canada will play its part to get students to understand how the enemy works, and what he is capable of, as well what he will do to interrupt the growth and movement of God’s people. We will tell of fhis arrows which can pierce the heart, gthe shield that protects the heart, hthe refuge of the saints, and ithe arrows of God.

aJames 4: 7. bActs 1: 8. cJohn 3: 16. d2 Corinthians 1: 3,  Psalm 118: 1.

eEphesians 2: 8. fJermiah 9: 1 - 8, v8. gPsalm 3: 3,   Psalm 5: 12,   Psalm 28: 7. hDeuteronomy 33: 27,   Psalm 46: 1 - 11, v1, 7,   Psalm 62: 7,   Psalm 91: 1 - 16, v2, 9, Psalm 94: 17 - 23, v22,   Psalm 142: 1 - 7, v5. iPsalm 18: 14,   Joshua 10: 10,    Psalm 144: 6,   Isaiah 30: 30,   Psalm 38: 1 22, v2,  Psalm 77: 14 - 20, v17,   Psalm 45: 3- 7, v5.

10. 1. Eternal security:

John 3: 16. Jesus speaking - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 5: 24. Jesus speaking - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.

John 10: 27. Jesus speaking - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28. and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29. My Father which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

11. The local church in operation:

The worst thing that can happen in the operation of a church is were one individual has sole control.  Errors of all kinds can creep into a church were a single individual claims headship, the aJones Town massacre is a gruesome reminder of how far things can go wrong. From the start, such are subject to becoming bcults as they continue to crebel against the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth. It is truly unsafe for one person to go it alone, even in the smallest of ministries.

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Head of his Church, let there be no mistake. It was Christ that purchased the church with his own blood. Acts 20: 17 The Apostle Paul sends for the elders of the church at Ephesus.  in verse 28, the Apostle is speaking to the delders of the church saying, eTake heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost has made you foverseers, to feed the Church of God, which ghe has purchased hwith his own blood.

awww.google.com (search for - Jonestown massacre) bcult. cIsaiah 63: 10. d1Peter 5: 1 - 4. e1 Timothy 4: 16. f1Corinthians 12: 28. gEphesians 1: 7, 14,     Colossians 1: 14,    Hebrews 9: 12,    1 Peter 1: 18, 19,     Revelations 5: 9. hHebrews 9: 14.

What is it that you see in this writing? We see the following:

1. The church is local, as such a representation of the Church of God.

2. The plurality of the elders.

3. The Holy Ghost having made the elders overseers over the local church.

4. The elders being instructed to protect themselves and the church.

5. For the elders to feed the church.

6. The church as belonging to Christ.

7. Christ as God. 

In summary; Christ has given the responsibility of overseeing the local church to the elders. Their position is to see to it that the church has the input it needs so that it can keep itself within the will of God.

Who are the elders that they alone over all the others in the body would be called to take charge of the church? Biblical historical evidence shows that elders are those to whom first falls original information from God, in the days of Moses, this came from God through Moses, to the Elders; this information would then flow to the leadership of Israel, whose responsibility it would be to bring it to the people of Israel. The flow of information is then in this order - God - Moses - Elders - Captains - People.  For the New Testament church the flow of information is in this order, from God - the Holy Spirit - the Elders - the Authoritative leadership of the Church - the ministers - the membership.

Note: The source of information for the new testament church, again, the original word of God: Hebrews 1: 1. God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2. has in these days spoken unto us by his Son, the Word Incarnate. John 1: 14, Jesus says, the words that I speak are spirit and life, John 6: 63. One cannot separate Jesus ever from his word, the words we read are as fresh from his mouth as the day he spoke them. He continues to speak to those that read them, even if they are spoken through others, the prophets and the apostles. Today this includes the true oracles of God. 2 Peter 4: 11. reads - If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God, if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. 

It is the word of God that raised us from the dead, and it is the word of God that gives to us life without end in him. 1 Peter 1: 18 - 25. It is impossible to have the word without having the Christ, for he is one with his word and they cannot be separated. John 1: 1 - 17.

The Apostle Paul writes of the things spoken to the prophets, Romans 15: 4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The Apostle Peter wrote, 2 Peter 1: 20. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Samuel 23: 2. King David speaking - The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 3. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

11. 1. Regarding the sufficiency of scripture, we have these words of the Apostle Paul,  2 Timothy 3: 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Dire consequences lie in wait for those who add, take away, or change any of words given by God to the world. The first warning was given to Israel:

Deuteronomy 12: 32. What things soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it. The second warning was given to the new testament church. Revelations 22: 18. For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19. And if any shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

11. 2. The qualifications of the elders must always center on their spiritual maturity, this maturity will show itself by the way they live their lives in God, by the way they live before man, and by the way they commune with their fellowmen. On the overall it is their knowledge, their wisdom, and the use of both, that will expose their level of maturity. The following are the qualifications required during the time of Moses.  Exodus 18: 21. More over you shall provide of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens, v22 begins - And let them judge the people at all seasons. The qualifications required now, are these given by the Apostle Peter, they come in the form of instructions, it is their ability to carry them out that qualifies them. 1 Peter 5: 1. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed. 2. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3. Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. 4. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

The information that you have read is to identify the required personalities and characters of the elders, personalities are centered on the personalities they are in Christ, and characters are centered on the natural traits of these personalities. Not all are gifted to become elders, but those who are and have matured, God is prepared to ordain and put into position for himself as an elders to oversee the church.

The labor of the elders, not all are called to sit as directors, there are those who are called to take seats in positions of authority, with the balance of the directors as their monitors and mentors in the oversight of the church, this usually begins with the senior pastor called to take on the leading and feeding of the sheep, the first seat of authority. The directors do not possess authority over the church, they are overseers to make certain that God’s vision for the church, his goals, plans, procedures, processes and strategies are being carried out. What they do have in their hands is the responsibility to initiate actions they have confirmed to be necessary for the strengthening of the church so that it can meet its demands, e.g. the addition of a ministry to meet the demands of a community, vis-à-vis against the weakening of the church, e.g. the dismissal of someone in authority who fails to meet the demands of his portfolio. The gifts of a board of elders must be diversified to the point were it is in position to cover and direct all aspects of the church. The first and necessary gifts are those related the spiritual aspect of the church, the second, are the gifts related to the ministerial side of the church, the third are gifts related to the operational aspects of the church.

Authority is in position to give authority, as in, a senior pastor to the associate pastor, and as in, the senior pastor to the minister of administration. The passing down of authority stops were implementation begins, case and point, CEC Canada’s Christian Evangelical Church.  It stops in the hands of the minister of administration, it is he that gives directives to those put in charge of carrying out the directives. Again case and point, CEC Canada’s Christian Schools, It stops in the hands of the  school principal, even school vice principal, and school administrator, it is these that give directives to those in charge of carrying out those directives.

A last comment regarding elders, there are instructions which are given to people in positions, the Bishop, we see him as the head of the board of directors, and the Deacons, we see them as those that sit as members of the board of Governors, the instructions are given to Timothy by the Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 3: 1. This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, and apt to teach. 3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous. 4. One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity. 5. For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? 6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre. 9. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon. 11. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Beyond this point there is another vital group, this group is called a board of governors, their job is to keep in balance all the work that is being done inside and outside of the church, its position is to stop the operation of the church from faltering, their work is to see to it that church is running on course, that it does so smoothly, and last to see to it that it is running to full capacity - this is governing. The best people to fill these shoes are those who have been successfully raised by the local church. What this portfolio calls for, is people who have had hands on experience; in work, in management, in working together with other ministries, in teaching, in reporting to their leadership, and last, in presenting themselves, their efforts, and their positions on issues to the presiding boards, both governors and directors, when called upon to do so.

11. 3. The relationship between the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors: To be successful it is compulsory that these two commune with each other in the presence of God, and so look for his approvals regarding the behavior and work of the church. Input and conclusions must travel in both directions, there is no option, for they must work as one.

The first and most important work that the board of Directors and Governors must give themselves to, is to ensure that all who enter know the Vision of God for the Church of God, secondly, how he has counseled himself to achieve this vision. What is that vision, to replace the present polluted and decaying heavens and earth with a new heavens and a new earth for his people. God means business, the present day message that must be brought to the world at large (a world that is spending billions of dollars on bettering itself, and its surroundings, and as in the days of Noah, paying little or no attention to God) it is a sevenfold message, the first, that God created the earth to be inhabited, Isaiah 45:18, second, that the present earth and its atmosphere will be burned up, 2: Peter 3:10, and the third that the old will be replaced by a new heavens and a new earth, 2 Peter 3: 13, and the fourth that the new will be inhabited by those who are born of God, John 1:13, and fifth a warning of pending judgment were all will receive their just recompense, whether for good or for bad, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and sixth a call for reconciliation back unto God with a true emphasis on today being the day of salvation, 2: Corinthians 5: 11, and seventh, a call to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to the perfect will of God, which is their reasonable service. Romans 12: 1, 2.

In the following the Apostle Peter eludes to the days of Noah when the world that was then was destroyed by water for its failure to pay attention to God, and then goes on to tell mankind that this present day world is reserved to be destroyed by fire, followed by its replacement with a new heavens and a new earth for those who have become the righteousness of God in Christ. This is cataclysmic talk to be heeded. 1 Peter 3: 6. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8.  But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousands years, and a thousand years as one day. 9. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11. Seeing then that all these thing shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness. 12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. In the final analysis, what we should expect from the leadership of the church is this, that they be true and faithful and highly qualified oracles of God, no more and no less.

The urgency of the message is twofold, the first is, many of the world will never see tomorrow, today is the day of salvation, this intensifies the urgency for individuals to know, the second is, no one knows the day nor the hour when Christ will return, this intensifies the urgency for the world to know, Matthew 24: 36. 

The ministries one can expect to experience in today’s churches are very much standardized. The minister of worship attends to the over all function of the church’s worship time, from beginning to the end, the worship minister sees to it that all that is done before, during, and after a given service, gets done on time and in order. The minister’s responsibility is to ensure that all which is to be made available to a congregation is in place before the beginning of the service. His help are the ushers who attend to the doors and to the pews, music leaders who attend to the praises of the church, and janitors who attend to the cleanliness of the sanctuary.

The normal functions of the local church are, prayer, praise, and preaching, in general these are connected with Christian life, living, and service, functions of the church which are kept sacred are baptisms and holy communions, Easter and Christmas services are specialized to attract people who do not attend church, special functions are giving in marriage, and the burial of loved ones. Beyond the sanctuary, classrooms in the church where people can learn about God through special course studies have become just as important as the sanctuary itself. Bible studies in general have become a routine for many of the local churches, in home bible studies are becoming common place, in today’s world counseling has become a major issue, because of demand community work is becoming more and more specialized, feeding the poor, housing the poor, and educating the poor is a major part of this work, getting communities involved to support these efforts has become essential. The effect this can have on a local church is, it finds itself having ministries apart from its own local. e.g. food banks, non-profit eating facilities, day care centers, counseling centers, prison ministries, half-way houses, rehab centers, private schools. 

Communities generally determine what those ministries will be, with CEC Canada it is the responsibility of the board of directors and the board of governors to keep their finger on the pulse of the surrounding community, it is their further responsibility to report to the church and make its recommendation as to how if at all how to approach the needs they have discovered are not being met.

11. 4. The normal functions of the members is to maintain the unity of the spirit, ideally to achieve this, God would have it that members of the body would comfort one another, love one another, edify one another, and pray one for another, and if the need arises, help one another, and last but not least to become involved one way or another in the efforts of the church inside and outside of the church.  

11. 5. The Father and the Son:

Paul’s letter to the saints at Colosse: 1: 1 Paul, An apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3. We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. 4. Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which your have to all the saints. 5. For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6. Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and brings forth fruit, as to does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7. As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8. Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9. For this cause we also since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and too desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10; That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; 12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13. Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all thing he might have the preeminence. 19. For it please the Father that in should all fullness dwell; 20. And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself, by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled. 22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23. If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25. Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; 26. Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29. Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working which works in me mightily. 2: 1. For I would that you know what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2. that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

11. 6. The body of Christ being instructed:

Colosssians 2: 4. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5. For though  I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him. 7. Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10. And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. 11. In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead. 13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumsion of your flesh, has he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and  took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18: Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19. And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increased with the increase of God. 20. Wherefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances. 21. (Touch not, taste not; handle not; 22. Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23. Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh. 3: 1. If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. 2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4. when Christ, who shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.

11. 7. Members fit to serve a King. 

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6. For which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7. In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. 8. But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9. Lie not one to another, seeing that you put off the old man with his deeds; 10. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all, and in all. 12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; 13. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. 14. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17. And what whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 18. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20. Children, obey you parents in all things: for this is wellpleasing unto the Lord. 21. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. 23. And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24. Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ. 25. But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done, and there is no respect of persons. 4: 1. Masters, Give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 2. continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3. Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds. 4. That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man. 

The Authorized King James Reference Bible has over 180 cross references covering the book of Colossians, 55 of the references point to the book of Ephesians. The book of Ephesian has turned many away from trying to establish a relationship with God by doing good work with the hope that they will be accepted, this book points to the grace of God as being what saves men, and that this grace must be received by faith. We highly recommend that you spend time in this book, with one intent, to be able to point others to the gems that can be found in it. Ephesians 2: 8. reads, For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them

11. 8. A delicate topic, are women allowed to usurp authority over men? The biblical answer is No; 1 Timothy 2: 11. Let the woman learn in silence and in all subjection. 12. But I suffer not a woman to teach nor the usurp authority over man, but to be in silence. 13. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. What then can women do? Why No, to come up with the answer we need to first compare man with woman to see what differences there might be to prevent them from serving in authoritative positions over their counterpart, the male. The young girl, the young woman, and the elder woman, and the pastor are all asealed with the same Holy Spirit, ball are having their thoughts established, and ctheir steps directed by the same Spirit, each one of these is dgifted by the same Spirit, eeach one is crowned by the lovingkindness and mercy of God, all are fambassadors of Christ, gthey are all oracles of God, hthey all have the ability to tell others, and ithey are commanded to do so, jwe were all created unto good works in Christ Jesus. To look at them as unable is a gross sin, this is kjudgment of the worst kind, because we judge God, the very God we men depend upon.

What is authority? The author is the creator, this qualifies him to be the authority over his own work, this authority reserves him the right to acquire and receive submission, not just from man, but from all of creation, lsuch is God, and Christ. Authorization is the state of being authorized. Only the author is in position to authorize, and he authorizes only according to his desire, mand according to what he knows will bring to him the fulfillment of that desire, a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. We know him as nan all wise God, owe also know that we are not in position to question him. And last but not least we know that he is in position to deliver what he has counseled himself to have, and not only that, how to go about it. What is it that makes it possible for God to deliver? What is it that makes it wrong for us to question God? What is it that frames the magnificence of God, making him worthy of all honor, glory and praise?

The magnificence of God is framed in the intrinsic attributes that make up his character. It is these attributes that make it possible for him to keep and deliver all of his promises. These attributes are: He is pall knowing, qall seeing,      rpresent everywhere, sall powerful, and tunlimited in creative power. uGod is Love. It is these intrinsic attributes that set him free to love, to promise and to deliver at will. His love never fails. (1 Cor. 13: 8.) It is this that entitles him to say, Woe unto him that strives with his Maker. Isaiah 45: 9.

How can we strive? It is to go against his word, of which the Lord says, it will endure forever, David writes, forever O LORD your word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119: 89, and Jesus says - For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5: 18. We dare not, and we should not expect any changes from God to please us, it will not happen, as it is he has nothing but good in mind for us, Jeremiah 29: 11, he is a God that does not change. Malachi 3: 6, he is a God that does not lie. Numbers 23: 19.

The Apostle Paul is the one that wrote, 1 Timothy 2: 12. But I suffer not a woman to teach nor the usurp authority over man, but to be in silence.

For those that use vPeter’s comment about Paul words being difficult to understand, and to perceive Paul to be speaking instead of the Holy Spirit moving him to write, is no excuse to take things into their own hands. There is nothing that is written that can not be made clear to man, surely wit is Satan’s work to blind man, not God’s, especially to what he has said, Peter made it very clear that it was difficult for the unlearned and the unstable to understand. Here are his words, 2 Peter 3: 15. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you; 16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. 18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to him be glory both now and forever, Amen.

The book of Genesis has been a xstumbling block for many, it certainly is  has so for those women who believe that they are entitled to take on authoritative positions. God clearly shows that yhe is the Author, and he clearly shows that zhe gave authority to Adam to have dominion over his handy work, this included Eve because ahe gave her as a helpmate for him. The men that have been given authority over God’s handy work have a bgrave responsibility, with cgrave consequences should they fail. dAdam lost his authority to Satan, this is the echaracter that is behind all those who will not listen to God, and take his word serious. The fworld that was then was destroyed because they took things into their own hands, King David over one single issue glost 70000 men because he decided to take things into his own hands, hIsrael, as a nation, God’s own people to this present day has not bowed its iknee to Christ, as a result jthey are yet under the law and paying the consequences. kThey are not and will not experience the peace of Christ until they do. God will not protect people that take things into their own hands, no matter how hard they pray, lGod does not honor the prayers of sinners, he says, even mtheir prayers are an abomination to him, nthose that takes things into their own hands, refusing God’s word and command oare subject to be taken at will by the devil, for they do not have the protection of God, and pthe wrath of God abides upon them.

What is left, qObedience to authority. What authority? The authority God has put on this earth to make things work for him. Authority stops where work begins, from here it is carrying out the will of God by those under authority. The rhusband and father is the authoritative figure who has been given the position and the responsibility to love and cherish and to provide for his wife and children and to make sure that they know God. Failing this, God says, she is worse then an infidel.

Where can, women help? The body of Christ has men and women, as in a human body, they both have ttheir work cut out for them, if this were not so, the body would indeed be crippled. The uhighest honor that can be bestowed upon a woman is that of taking charge of a household, while the man provides for the household, the effect, this can make her va light in the world and qualify her to speak as wan oracle of God, regarding the responsibilities, of both the man and of the woman, the best of both worlds. Does this take her out of the church, not at all, she every bit as much is a member of the Church of God as man is, does this take her out of the local church, not at all, there are indeed many places where women can play important roles, here are but a few, the field of evangelism is wide open to them, teaching young mothers how to be mothers, and how to raise their children is by far the most important work today. Outside of the local church, being a helpmate to a missionary is prime to the success of his missionary journey, walking side by side with a husband who has been xcalled to be an evangelist is what can add power and zeal and credibility to an evangelist’s heart. The key is help mate.

CEC Canada and its schools: Principals are the authority, teachers are given what to teach, this makes teachers help mates, as a result this makes positions open to both men and women. With CEC Canada women and man would be teaching students during their formative years, from there it would be women teaching girls, and men teaching boys, the reason - because God has built into the these young people the desires that makes them want to grow up, girls as women, and boys as men. As God has given these desires, he has also given role models best suited to help fulfill these desires, women as role models for girls, and men as role models for boys.  Grade eight is when women would begin to teach girls only, and men would begin teaching boys only.

Disciplining student; all students have the benefit of knowing the disciplines they must adhere to, the onus is on them to follow through, they also have the benefit of knowing what the consequences are should they fail to come through. They also have the benefit of knowing how and to what severity they will be dealt with. To give them the best opportunity parents will know these things, and be looked to for support so that their children can get the best out of their teachers. Guiding children is the responsibility of the teacher, including sending the disobedient to the principals office. Discipline is the responsibility of the Principal, the teacher is not expected to be burdened by it.

In closing, let us never forget, Eve ythe mother of all living, did not, at least so it appears, consult with her authority, zshe took things into her own hand, having done so she tempted Adam. Scripture tells us, that he did eat. The result, athis sinful world, with all its problems for bhis offspring. A lesson to be learned for authority is this, when the chips fall, the blame will invariably land on the top man, as it did with Adam.

In this section there are two highlights, the first is for man, the word infidel. What is an infidel? 1 Timothy 5: 8. Why this question, because it is this what has driven women of this world to take things into their own hands. An infidel is an unbeliever, one that is marked with unfaithfulness and untrustworthiness, the two ears marks of a non christian. For both male and female, when we go against God’s word, we choose death, for they only are spirit and life. John 6: 63, Deuteronomy 30: 19.

Scripture support:

1 Timothy 5: 8. But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse then an infidel.

John 6: 63. It is the spirit that quickens/makes alive; the flesh profit nothing, the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

God said to Israel, which is said to us, just as much  as it was said to them these words, Deuteronomy 30: 19. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.

To have the right prospective regarding authority we give the Apostle Paul the last word, 1 Corinthians 11: 3. But I would have you know that cthe head of every man is Christ, and dthe head of every woman is the man, and ethe head of Christ is God. The flow of authority in this setting is shown as follows: God è Christ è Man è Woman. Note the woman is authorized, but does not have the right to authorize. And what is her authorization? To carry out as ambassadors and soldiers of Christ God’s will for women.

a. Sealed with the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 1: 13, Ephesians 4: 30, 1 Corinthians 3: 16,  1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20. John 7: 38, 39. b.Thoughts established:  Proverbs 3: 5, 6,  2 Corinthians 10: 3 -6. c. Steps directed: Psalm 37: 23 - 27.  d. All are gifted: 1 Corinthians 7: 7.   e. All are crowned with the lovingkindness and mercy of God. Psalm 103: 4.  f. All are ambassadors of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 - 21.  g. All are oracles of God. 1 Peter 4: 11. h. All can and are to tell others. 1 Peter 3: 15. i. All are commanded to tell others: Ephesians 5: 15 - 17.  j. Created to do good works: Ephesian 2: 8 -10.  k. On judging women as being weak: James 4: 10 - 12.  l. Such is Christ: Revelations 4: 11. m. My counsel shall stand: n. All wise God: 1 Timothy 1: 17,  Jude 25.  o. Not in position to question God: Isaiah 64: 8,  Isaiah 45: 9.  p. God is all knowing: 1 Samuel 2: 3.  q. God is all seeing: Hebrews 4: 13.  r. God is present everywhere: Jeremiah 23: 23, 24.  s. God is all powerful: Genesis 17: 1, Psalm 62: 11,  Psalm 66: 7,  Psalm 68: 25.  t. God is unlimited in creative power: Exodus 13: 18, 21, 22,   Exodus 17: 8: 13,   Numbers 22: 22 - 34,  Joshua 10: 1 - 26, v12, 13. u. God is love:  1 John 4: 8. v. Peter’s comments: 2 Peter 3: 15, 16.  w. Satan blinds: 2 Corinthians 4: 4.   x. Genesis and stumbling blocks: Genesis 3: 16, Genesis 2: 18. y. He is the author: Genesis 1: 1.  z. The authority of Adam: Genesis 1: 28 - 31.  a. God’s help mate for Adam: Genesis 2: 18.  b. Grave responsibility: James 4: 17.  c. Grave consequences: Luke 12: 47, 48.  d. Satan gains authority: Matthew 4: 8, 9.  e. Character that brings people to accept and act on his lies. John 8: 44. f. The world that was destroyed: Genesis 6: 13 - 7: 24.  g. King David looses 70,000 of his men: 1 Chronicles 1 - 14.  h. The nation Israel refuses to bow the Christ: Matthew 27: 25.  I. Every knee shall bow: Philippians 2: 9 - 11. j. Israel remains under the law:  1 Corinthians 9: 20.  k. No peace for those who do what is right in their own eyes. Isaiah 57: 21.  l. God does not answer the prayers of sinners: Psalm 66: 18,  John 9: 31,  James 4: 3.  m. A sinners prayers are an abomination to God. Proverbs 28:  9.  n. Sin lies at the door for those that take things into their own hands. Genesis 4: 7. Judges 17: 6,  21: 25.  o. The wicked are subject to the snare of the devil: 1 Timothy 3: 7,   1Timothy 6: 9,   2 Timothy 2: 24 - 25. p. The wrath of God. John 3: 36. q. Obedience to authority: 1 Corinthians 11: 3. r. Ephesians 5: 25 - 28,  1 Timothy 5:8.  s. The husband who does not provide for his own is worse then an infidel. 1 Timothy 5: 8.  tu. The women’s highest honor, her household: Proverbs 12: 4,  Proverbs 14: 1,   Proverbs 31: 1 - 31. v.  A light in the world: Matthew 5: 14 - 16.  w. Speaking as a oracle of God. 1 Peter 4: 11.  x. Called to be an evangelist: Ephesians 4: 11.  y. Eve the mother of all living. Genesis 3: 20. z. Eve took things into her own hands: Genesis 3: 6.  a. A sinful world: 1 John 5: 19.  b. The sons of Adam: Genesis 5: 3.   c. The head of man is Christ:  Ephesian 5: 23.  d. The head of woman is man: Colossians 3: 16, 1 Timothy 2: 11, Ephesians 5: 23.  e. The head of Christ is God. John 14: 24,  Philippians 2: 7 - 9.

It may interest you that CEC Canada Foundation Association has a by-law that reads, It shall be the policy of the association not to bring God’s word into public debate. If there is something that is reflecting other then the truth coming from the association, we need to hear about it, and we would be just to pleased to address it, in one way or another.

11. 9.  The future of the Church of God:

The future of the Church has two things that it will have to experience, these experiences are the rapture of the Church, and secondly, Christ bringing his saints to earth to reign with him.

The first experience is the rapture of the Church, taking the Church from earth to heaven. The Apostle Paul has given a very vivid picture of the rapture, he gave it to the church at Thessalonica, 2 Thessalonians 4: 13. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18: Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)

To the church as Corinth he writes, 15: 35. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36. You fool, that which you sow is not made alive except it die; 37. And that which you sowed, you sowed it not that the body would grow, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: (When one sows a grain of wheat, one expects new grain, fully knowing that the grain put into the ground will be dead, for the old life has given way to the new life.) 38. But God gives it a body as it has pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, and other flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41. There in one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory. 42. So also is the resurrection of the dead, It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. 43. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body: There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46. Howbeit/in this manner, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49. And so we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50. Now this I say, brethren that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? 56. The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57. But thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58. therefore, my beloved brethren, be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

This then covers the first experience, the second experience is Christ abringing his saints to earth to reign with him. In between these two events there are two things that God will address, the first is bthe Nation of Israel, his own people, and the second is chis enemies. Again God gives vivid pictures of these two issues. It will be da time period of false peace followed by etime of trouble as never experienced before, this is called Jacob’s trouble, it is also known as the great tribulation. During this time period fGod will put his hooks into his enemies and bring them against his own people Israel, gthere will be heavy losses, it is foretold that Israel will loose two-thirds of its people, this is when hChrist will appear together with his saints and destroy the enemies of Israel, this is called the battle of Armageddon. This is also when ithe remnant of Israel alive will see the one whom its nation pierced, it is jat this time when they will receive him as their Lord, Savior and King. The devil at this time has not receive his final blow, but it is promised that khe will be cast into prison and bound for a thousand years, lthis is the first thousand year when the people of God will reign with Christ as Kings and Priests. After the thousand years mthe devil is to be released and will once again make his attempts to deceive the saints, but this will be short lived, for nit is the time of judgment, othe devil with be cast into the lake of fire, and the people that died without Christ will be raised from the dead and cast into the lake of fire that was reserved for the devil and his angels.

a. Bringing his saints with him: Zechariah 14: 5. Daniel 7: 22, 27.  b. God to address the nation of Israel: Ezekiel 39: 23 - 29, Zechariah 12: 21- 6,  Joel 3: 20, 21,  Jeremiah 30: 1 - 31: 33.   c. God to address his enemies: Zechariah 12: 8, 9, Zechariah 14: 12, 13,  Joel 3: 1, 2,  Haggai 2: 22, Jeremiah 30: 11, 16, Revelations 20: 8, 9.  d. False peace.   e. Time of trouble: Matthew 24: 31,  Jeremiah 30: 7,  Joel 2: 11, 31.  f. God draws his enemies into battle: Ezekiel 38: 1 - 39: 23.  g. Israel will suffer heavy losses: Zechariah 13: 8.  h. Christ will appear and touch down on the Mount of Olives: Zechariah 14: 4.   i. The nation Israel will see whom they pierced: Zechariah 12: 10, 13: 6.   j. His people will receive him: Zechariah 13: 9.  k. Satan will be cast into prison: Revelations 20: 1, 2.  l. The first thousand years: Revelations 20: 4, 6. m. Satan is released for a season: Revelations 20: 3, 7, 8.  n. The time of judgment: Daniel 7: 10, Matthew 25: 31 - 46, Revelation 20: 4, Revelations 20: 12.  o. The devil is cast into the lake of fire: Revelations 20: 10. Those who died without Christ will be raised and cast into a lake of fire which was reserved for the devil and his angels: Revelations 20: 1 - 15, Matthew 25: 41.

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