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'Poiema, God's Workmanship' by Samuel Tai - Preview

'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.


56 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP the first milestone of this process journey is “the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God”. As this unity is founded on unity in the Word, achieving it involves teaching and learning “elementary” principles like theology and doctrines (Hebrews 5:12-6:3), so that we can unify the hearts and minds of every member of the church according to the knowledge of the faith and of the Son of God. The “unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” is the firm foundation on which the temple of Christ’s body is built (John 2:21). Every ‘living stone’ of this temple must be built upon this firm foundation, with doctrines of the Christ being the ‘corner stone’ of this foundation. 4. “…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” How can we “grow up in all aspects into Him” when we are still untaught in “the beginning elements of the oracles of God”? How can we attain to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ when we are still unaccustomed to the word of righteousness, and untrained to discern good and evil? Hebrews 5:12-14 (LEB) For indeed, although you ought to be teachers by this time, you have need of someone to teach you again the beginning elements of the oracles of God, and you have need of milk, not solid food. For everyone who partakes of milk is unacquainted with the message of righteousness, because he is

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 57 an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have trained their faculties for the distinguishing of both good and evil. With all the milk, solid food, providence, grace, power, and authority of Jesus Christ at the disposal of the church, we can educate and nurture a spiritual newborn babe to become a mature son in the house of God, and an effectual working member of the church in the prime of his battle strength. When sons mature, the church will have the intrinsic life, innate potential, and continuous supply to grow and build up itself in love and function. Psalms 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever. Matthew 18:18-20 Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” “How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” – not ‘compromised’ unity; not ‘agree-to-disagree’ unity; not ‘live-and-let-live’ unity; not pseudo-unity, but true unity in perfect oneness; for the fullness of God is only present in our midst when we congregate in the true oneness of His Name and all that His Name represents. There is great grace

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