'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.
44 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP has the temple of God with idols? There is a ‘tissue mismatch’ between God and idolatries of the world; between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error; between righteousness and lawlessness; between light and darkness; and between spirituality and carnality. The former will always reject and destroy the latter, for God will cut off “the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands” in His presence (1 Samuel 5:2-4). Tissue mismatch leads to transplant rejection, which leads to dissonance in the body. There are so many dissonances in the body of Christ for so long that God has been using the ‘suppressants’ of mercy, lovingkindness, longsuffering, and patience to prevent ‘organ rejection’ of the ‘mismatched’ members of the body by the head and by the ‘immune system’ of the Spirit of truth. However, in these last days, “it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God” (1 Peter 4:17); for the Father loves the body of His Son too much to let His body continue to be compromised, weak, and ineffective; and the Father loves the bride of His Son too much to let her remain sick, wrinkled, and blemished. Furthermore, how can a sick body heal a dying world? John 14:30 (AMP) I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.] God is determined to perform ‘tissue typing’, or sanctification, on every member of the body of His Son so that there is complete similitude and unity between the head and the members of the body. God is determined to purify every member of the body so that He can purge every single iota of that which is common with the dark prince of this world from
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 45 the glorious body of His Son; for the devil will always lay legal claim on any common property, thereby de-legitimising the authority and power of His Son through the body. Are there ‘tissues’ of darkness and ‘organs’ of disobedience in the body of Christ today? PERFECT UNITY AND ONENESS John 17:11, 17-23 I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are… Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. The desire of Jesus is for His disciples (believers) to be one, perfect in unity, just as the Father and the Son are one. Let us consider this ‘oneness’ (c.f. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27). Is there cognitive dissonance within the Son Himself? Does the Son disagree with the Father? Does the Son agree to disagree with the Father in order to preserve unity between them? What is the essence and quality of this oneness between the Father
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