'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.
46 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP and the Son? Does Jesus really believe in His own prayer that believers can be one, just as the Father and Himself are one? Do we have the faith to believe that we can attain to this perfect unity and oneness amongst us? Can the “so that” which follows this oneness – “so that the world may believe that You sent Me” and “so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me” – be attained without perfect unity and oneness with the Father and Son? Let us consider two levels of unity and oneness: The unity within Jesus Himself, and the oneness between the Father and the Son. Firstly, concerning the unity within the body of Jesus Himself, there is a complete absence of dissonance; that is, there is complete agreement, unity, and harmony between and within His Spirit-being, moral character, attitudes of the heart, thought patterns of the mind, disposition of the emotion, responses of the will, and behaviour of the body. Secondly, concerning the oneness between the Father and the Son, there is a complete absence of dissonance between Them, that is, there is complete agreement, oneness, and harmony between the Father and the Son at all levels – nature, character, heart, mind, emotion, will, and actions. There is no compromise or agreement to disagree between Them on any matter. If there is complete unity within Jesus Himself, it follows that there should be complete unity of Christ within His body, the church; and if there is complete oneness between the Father and the Son, it follows that there should be complete oneness between the Father and the body of the Son, the church. Friends, in case you think that this perfect unity and oneness can only be attained after Jesus Christ has returned, think again. Jesus’ prayer was for the present age when He is no longer in the world; that is, when He is seated at the right hand of God as the head of His body on earth. In the same way that the Father had sent the Incarnate-body of Christ into the world to represent the Father, Jesus has sent His new body, the
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 47 church, into the world to represent Him and the Father. So, Jesus' prayer was for us to be like Him, and fulfil the Father’s assignment like Him, so that the world may know that the Father has also sent us and loved us. Colossians 3:9-11 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. Paul said that, if we lay aside our old self and our practices of the flesh, our new self will be progressively renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created us; until the image of Christ is all that is in us, and Christ is the only one in us. When Christ is all and in all within the church, we will attain to the unity of Christ and oneness with the Father. This is the eternal purpose and centrality of the gospel which the Father carried out in Christ Jesus. This unity of Christ and oneness with the Father can only be achieved through renewal and sanctification by the Word of truth – the true knowledge according to the image and likeness of the Father and the Son – “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ”. It was by the Word of truth that Jesus sanctified Himself unto perfection, and it will be by the same Word of truth that we will be sanctified unto perfection. Ephesians 4:10-16 (...He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and
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