“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was manifested in flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-2 and 14. A Christian is a person who professes or follows the beliefs of Christ, and relates to or derived from Christ and his doctrine. On this particular journey, I will remind everyone that the word doctrine is used in terms of something that is taught. My Christian friends, this journey is different than life as we know from the natural sense. This is a spiritual journey which will help one develop a spiritual life. We will travel through the Kingdom of God to find out more about ourselves, the work of God, and the body of Christ which is the Church of God. The ordinal journey started in Africa at the birth of Adam when life began. I can not be all I can be, until the next individual is all that he or she can be. If anything affects one that same thing has an effect on the whole body of Christ. We are all one within God’s Kingdom. Follow me, as God brings that to reality. Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of God in Galatia. In Galatians 3:28 he said “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Apostle Paul is talking about the body of Christ. We are all one body according to the Word of God. I say to the Church of God in America and aboard that scripture is a spiritual truth. The preceding information makes it clear that there should not be any divisions between the holy people of God. In Athens on Mars’ Hill, Apostle Paul said, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” Acts 17:26. This is written proof; we are one from a natural point of view, because God made everybody from one blood. We came from the same blood. The Church of God should be functioning with one mind and with one mouth. Amen. Amen is a Hebrew word which means “Truth.” Amen is very important on this journey because it means that we are in agreement. If there is a disagreement, let us discuss and present it through the scriptures which are within the books of the Old and the New Testaments.
The reason I say to discuss disagreement through the scriptures is because Solomon’s Proverb 3:5 says “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” If we would fully trust God’s Word and rely on God’s understanding, we would speak the same thing. We would have one mind on the same accord, and with one judgment. The Church of God would be perfectly joined together, and there would not be any divisions among us. We must understand that Christ said, “He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38. In this scripture Christ is speaking about the Spirit which they that believe on him “who is the representative of the Word of God” should receive. The Holy Spirit will flow out of our heart. To all of God’s people, the scriptures consist of God’s Words. The gospel of Jesus Christ is informing us that the Holy Spirit will come upon us through him, if we believe whatever is written within the scripture. The Holy Spirit comes upon us by God’s Word. When it enters into our ear we must allow the Word to enter into our spirit, which is the hidden man of the heart. This happens when we obey God’s Word. Then God who is a Spirit will change our life, if we mix the Word which is a Spirit, with our spirit, by faith, which comes by hearing and hearing by God’s Word. The hidden man of the heart is the real person who is a spirit within that fleshly body. Within the first book of Moses, Almighty God counseled to Himself with His own Words saying “let us “meaning Him and His Word” make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26. We will find that we are all spirits because in John 4:24, Christ said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” In other word, if we obey God’s Word, which is God through his Son Christ, we as the people of God will become more like God. That is true because, we are made in God’s image and likeness. We are here to fellowship on this journey. In order to fellowship, we must be a body or individuals that are joined together through similar interests, beliefs, brotherhood, association or experiences. The best way of fellow-shipping is to understand that when we study the Bible, we must always know three important facts. 1. Who is speaking?2. Who is being spoken to?3. What is being spoken about? By bringing these three important facts forward, we bring the true understanding of God to His people. The best way to do this is by studying the entire book. The first part of the books of the Bible might be the most important to us as Christians, who are born again Saints. We need to understand that God divides the whole human race into three distinct groups: the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church of God. Apostle Paul said, “Give none
offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” First Corinthians 10:32. The Jews are those who are descended from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the twelve tribes of Israel. All other nations of the world are the Gentiles, the second-mentioned class. Then there is the church of God, which is that group of believers, both Jews and Gentiles, who by personal faith have received the Lord Jesus Christ and have been born from above. The Jews are the only ones ever commanded to uphold the Law of Moses. We must know that some commandments or sayings of the Law are universal, which mean they were said before their time. Those particular commandments are for all of God’s people. Therefore those three above mentioned facts for studying our bible are very critical. We must know those three important facts, and who God is speaking to. Then we will be able to rightly divide the word of truth. The reason why so many of God’s people do not understand their Bibles is that they have not learned how to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Please explore with me this particular scripture in Second Timothy 2:15. Paul, said, “Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” First of all, this scripture informs us to study which means to apply the mind in acquiring knowledge of, or to be diligent. It means to examine or meditate. I believe to present ourselves approved unto God means that, if we do study we will eventually graduate from the institution of God, with a spiritual degree qualifying us to minister to babes in Christ. This is the way Almighty God commissions His holy people as He did the disciples of Jesus Christ. That commission was called the great Commission. The workman is someone who labors within the Kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom consists of the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation, and within the earth’s realm. In order to be a workman we must get our tools. I inform all the people of God that when we as Christians study the Bible, our primary covenant should be the New Testament. Our secondary covenant should be the Old Testament. A covenant is a writing containing the terms of an agreement. The New Testament is where we find the gospel of Jesus Christ which was given to us by God to govern our life as Christians. The gospel was first spoken by God’s Prophets, but it was not fulfilled at that time. It is true because Jesus Christ came and fulfilled which means to complete the Law of Moses. As we travel throughout this journey, we will explore more within the realm of faith. A workman does need tools. I’m recommending a Strong’s concordance, King James Bible on cassette for proper pronunciation, manual King James Bible, a Bible dictionary, Webster’s dictionary, and a willing heart, soul, and mind. While we are working within God’s Kingdom we must remember Matthew 11:29, 30. Jesus Christ said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto you souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus Christ is telling all who are laboring to come to him. We must remember that Christ is God’s Word. He wants us to be joined with him by his teaching. Christ said to take his legal bond upon us and learn of him. We will find rest. They who are heavy burden down. Christ, who is the Word of God, said he is gentle and humble in heart. Christ said his work, which is part of his legal bond, is easy and his burden is light. Christ is showing us a better way of life which leads to eternal life with no charge. He is warning us. If we do the work of God within the Word as it is written, then it will be easy for us. Nobody should be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A person can take what Christ said and rightly divide what any man says. Because Christ is the way, the truth, and the life no man comes unto the Father but by Christ. We must understand that God formed, instituted, and carried out a specialized plan. God gave the Church of God an opportunity as the body of Christ to be that agent in which that particular plan is to be fulfilled within the earth’s realm. We will find this plan within the Holy Bible, starting at the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation. If God institutionalized this plan, then we must have a teacher. Almighty God knew that within His Kingdom, there would be many men, who would start out teaching and preaching on their own without being sent by God, to defile His people. So God said, “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” Isaiah 54:13. We as Christians do have peace within the gospel of peace, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. That prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus Christ within the scripture. Christ said, “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” John 6:45. If we, the people of God, would allow His Son, Jesus Christ to teach us, and learn of our Father which is in heaven, then we would be all that God intended for us to be. God’s children should be able to say what Jesus said in Matthew 16:17. Jesus said, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” The Kingdom of God and God’s Word was not revealed to Jesus Christ by man. This is something that all of God’s people should be able to say. We should be able to witness to the world, that by God’s grace we have been saved through faith and not of ourselves, because it is the gift of God. The gospel of Christ should be given to the people by God’s Word that was born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Christ being born not of perishable seed, but of imperishable seed which lives for ever. Let us travel on farther to find out more about our teacher, who was send by God. In John 14:26 Christ said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”