'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.
38 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP the words of eternal life that can sustain our lives and all that we can ever be in this world. What is family life without Your words of life? What is wealth without the providence of Your presence? What is temple fellowship without the fellowship of Your truth? We definitely cannot live by bread alone without the words that come from Your mouth. So, even though Your teachings may be difficult to accept, we are not going away like them; we are going where You go, and sticking with You wherever You are; for we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” This was one of the reasons why Jesus chose them as His disciples; for He was not concerned about those who left, but those who stayed on account of their unwavering faith and total dependence on His truth. To prevent ourselves from making the same “mistakes” that Jesus made in the church in Capernaum, we try to build our church and foster unity by accommodating the diverse conjectures about God and the subjective opinions of men in the church. However, there is nothing else we can use to truly unite a church or bind a fellowship together apart from “the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Ephesians 4:13); that is, unity of the theology of God, doctrines of Christ, and truths of the Spirit. 1 John 1:1-4 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 Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 39 So, not only are sound theology and doctrines important to discern between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, they also enable true expressions of the worship of God, and foster true oneness of fellowship amongst believers with God and with His Son, Jesus Christ. True fellowship with the Father and His Son, and with one another, is in the Word of Life. Everything that was written and proclaimed to us from the scriptures by apostles and prophets – “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” – is the sole basis for our fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; it is the sole basis for our fellowship and unity with one another, and indeed also with the apostles and prophets who had seen, heard, touched, and proclaimed the Word of Life to us. For when we see Him, we see our beginnings in Him; when we hear Him, we hear our eternal destiny in Him; when we touch Him, we touch the transcendent holiness of our invisible God in Him; for He is our beginning, He is our end, and He is our all pertaining to life and godliness in between. Without the true Word of Life, we cannot live the true life of Christ; without the complete Word of Life, we cannot walk in the fullness of His light; without unity with the Word of Life, we cannot have true fellowship with Christ and with one another. 1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. There is no true fellowship and unity apart from the light of the