THE LIVING BIBLE
There is something amazing about the Holy Bible, which many people may not have considered. God's word will abide, and be alive forever. The bible is a living book.
1Pe 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
The bible will be applicable to each generation, for ever.
Luk 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Rev 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
There are seven churches of God, described in the bible. Each church has different trials, different faults, different knowledge, and different rewards for overcoming. When Mr. Armstrong showed new knowledge to the Sardis church they completely rejected it. The members of the Sardis church of God clung to the truths that they had learned in that era. The Sardis church was God's church, and had different knowledge to what was given to the Philadelphian church. Herein lies a massive clue to a massive mystery. A great deal of the bible has different meanings for different eras.
Moses was given knowledge of God the Father that Abraham did not have.
Exo 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name JEHOVAH I was not known to them.
The Apostle Peter quoted Joel to apply to the time of the first era of God's church. This was inspired by God, and was therefore truth for that time; but Joel has a greater fulfilment for the end time church.
Act 2:16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17 'AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS, SAYS GOD, THAT I WILL POUR OUT OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH; YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS.
During our time in the Philadelphian church; ‘beginning’ meant ‘forever’ and we believed that Christ co-existed with God the Father forever. This was truth for that era, but is now plainly incorrect.
1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life
We previously believed that Christ was not God's Son until He was born of Mary. Look at the scriptures for new knowledge on this subject.
Pro 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?
Heb 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
God's word has been God's truth for each era of God's church.
Eph 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
The following scripture is now understood. As God reveals new truth for a new era; He looses in heaven the meaning that the scriptures had for the previous era: and He binds the new truth in heaven.
Mat 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Each era since the time of the apostles has had new truths: the final, [Laodicean] era will have the knowledge of the truth, all things will be restored. This will be the knowledge that will eventually fill the whole world. This is the knowledge of eternal life.
1Ti 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
This knowledge is only available to God's church and those who God chooses.
2Ti 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
God is very careful to whom He gives this knowledge because the penalties for unfaithfulness is very great once we receive the Holy Spirit of power.
Heb 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
One day all the people of the earth will have this knowledge.
Hab 2:14 For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.
The knowledge of the Father has been revealed to the Laodicean era.
Joh 16:25 "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.
The knowledge of the truth is a great mystery, which is now freely available. The living bible has been up to date for each era of God's church, and will be finally understood as God reveals the final and complete knowledge of the truth. We must love, believe and obey this new knowledge, let's not be scared of it like the spies who brought back an evil report of the promised land. We need to have the attitudes of Caleb and Joshua regarding this exciting new knowledge which God wants us to know, understand, love and obey.
May the great God of the universe, the God of love, open your minds to understand the new knowledge for the last era of His church.