'Poiēma' means 'workmanship'; it speaks of the mastery of the Master on His masterpiece; it also speaks of God's eternal workmanship on His elect from eternity before Genesis to eternity after Revelation. 'Poiēma, God's Workmanship' presents a biblical vision of God's divine masterplan which He carried out in Christ Jesus. It traces the ancient pathways of God through the ages, from Eden to the new heaven and new earth. It studies the image of Christ that God had authored, and will make perfect, in His elect from the day of creation until the day of Christ Jesus. It brings the transcendent nature of God and His Spirit of truth to bear on His Church and His Kingdom for the summing up of all things in Christ. 'Poiēma, God's Workmanship' is systematic theology made easy. Not only will it bind us together in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, it will also be the anchor of our soul, preventing us from being tossed here and there by waves of false teachings, or being carried about by every wind of deceptive doctrine. Let us swim into deeper depths, and soar onto higher heights, by the Spirit of truth. Let us be the 'poiema' of God! 'Poiēma, God's Workmanship' is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
12 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP We agree to disagree with one another in order to preserve relationships; we preach seeker-friendly messages that will not divide the soul and spirit in order to preserve social harmony. But is this the kind of unity and oneness that Jesus was praying for His disciples before He went to the Cross? John 17:11, 21, 22-23 that they may be one even as We are… that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us… that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity… Jesus prayed three times for the disciples - which include you and me – to be “one”, just as the Father and the Son are one. In other words, we are to be perfected in unity, just as the Father and the Son are perfect in unity. I believe that, firstly, the prayer of Jesus will surely come to pass; and that, secondly, the unity and oneness between the Father and the Son are so perfect that there is no position of ‘agreeing to disagree’ between them. Therefore, we must know the Father as the Son knows Him, and we must know the Son as the Father knows Him, so that we can become one with the Father and one with the Son. 1 John 1:1-3 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus
INTRODUCTION 13 Christ. We can become one in fellowship – without agreeing to disagree – with the Father, with the Son, and with one another when we have complete fellowship with the one Word of Life; for the Word of Life is the true image and substance of fellowship. John revealed this methodology to us so that we can partake of the prayer of Jesus. Indeed, the prayer of Jesus will surely come to pass in these last days. It is now time to come together in complete agreement with one another, and be perfected in the unity and oneness of the Father and Son. This is what ‘Poiēma, God's Workmanship’ aspires to achieve – to ignite the fire and spread the flame of unity in the true knowledge of God. Let us consider another perspective of this unity and oneness. Ezekiel 40:2-6, 43:10-12 In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city. So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. The man said to me, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.” And behold, there was a wall on the outside of the temple all around, and in the man's hand was a measuring rod of six cubits, each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. So he measured the thickness of the wall, one rod; and the height, one rod. Then he went to the gate which faced east, went up its steps and measured the threshold of the gate, one rod in width; and the other threshold was one rod in width… As for you, son of man, describe the temple to