Teacher of Mathematics. Christian.
Scripture is the testimony of God, which is in deed heard by the Spirit from the letter or the word. The Spirit of prophecy bears testimony to Jesus. I cannot be confident in any written revelations of God apart from certain literatures of the Hebrews and the writings of the Apostles, which were sealed up by John at Patmos who was exiled there because of his testimony concerning Messiah.
We must not draw conclusions that are not demonstrated in the Scriptures to avoid divisive presumptions and error. Deduction of doctrinal statements must not go beyond what is written and elucidated within the Scriptures. This only creates quarrels. The testimony of God concerning his Son was revealed by the Spirit of prophecy to Abraham and his sons the Prophets of Israel who had spoken for many years before we knew of him about the Word that was coming into the world saying, "His Kingdom shall never end."
There is one Church that is the Body of Messiah, not bound by denominational lines but made up of many members. We know the teachings that were first brought to us by Paul, the Apostle to the Nations. We are not competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. And yet, there are some among us who have turned their back to what Paul brought us, teaching new and strange things and that they do so by the Spirit. Let the one who has wisdom discern the Church, that they might believe what God said and not be swayed by myths and fantasies.
God is good. God loves us, and put his image upon us. "He says, I am the LORD, and I do not change." It pleases God to know one and to be known by them. It pleases God to conceal a matter and to reveal one. It pleases God to put a veil over knowledge for some and not for all. It pleases God when men seek out the knowledge of God. One can know the heart of God in Messiah by the Spirit who testifies to us concerning Messiah- only Messiah has known God, and only by the Spirit can Messiah be known.
No Christian is the chief of another but all are brothers and Messiah is the chief of all. If one should decide to oversee in the Church, this is a good thing. All Christians are capable and able to preform the ministries within the faith according to the graces that God has given them. If a worthy man should decide to labor in the Good News, it is a man's right to earn a wage for his work and to take a wife along with him.
The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. We know that the Son of God has come and given us minds so we can know the Truth. We are in the Truth, in his Son Jesus Messiah.
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