We cannot pick and choose parts of the Bible for our doctrine. We must compare all Scriptures with Scriptures to receive harmony and truth. If our doctrine does not harmonize with all of the Bible we do not have understanding. God is not the author of confusion in the church of the saints. There is a difference between the eternal church and the congregation church. In Matthew 13:24-30 the wheat and tares are in the congregational church. Both hear the Word of God and are care takers of the Word of God. The Bible is God’s plan for the universe and man. In the eternal church there is only one citizen: the true believer. It is where the gates of hell will not prevail. This Church is the foundation, the faith of God in the true believers who are the living stones built upon a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5 (King James Version Bible) says, “5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
A sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is in 1 Peter 1:2 (New King James Version Bible) which says, “2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” Trust in God without leaning on your understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). 1 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV) says, “9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”The Bible gives the revelation that without the grace of God man would eventually self-destruct because of disobedience. An example of disobedience is the sin of pride. God gives an insight of the pride of man. Eve did not trust God for her existence. She wanted to be God. Even the creation of the beautiful, powerful angel Satan did not trust God for his existence. Without the grace of God Satan became a beast! Remember Satan wants to be God. The created being wants to tell the Creator what to do and how to do it. You can begin to see the absurdity of this logic.
The best way to develop the doctrine of truth from God’s Word, the Bible, is to go to God in reverence, humility and in prayer seeking God for His mercy to receive His grace. God tells us Himself that this is only possible if God Himself draws you to Him. John 6:44 (NKJV) says, “44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
An all-knowing and perfect God says He is perfect in all of His ways. God says He is not the author of confusion in the church of the saints (true believers). If our doctrine contradicts with the Word of God we do not have truth or understanding.
Therefore when we look at Romans 9:22-23 it is the Spirit of God that God is just and perfect in all His ways and without His Spirit man cannot receive the blessing of assurance that God does all things to perfection! Remember we know in part (1 Corinthians 13:9-10).
Pertaining to church history and their creeds and doctrines unfortunately the Bible wasn’t the only authority in giving meaning to the purpose of life. During the church age many theologians tried to explain the infinite mind of God in relation to His creation, man. The condition of man in relation to His Creator a Holy God from an academic view void of the use of Holy Scriptures interpreting themselves. An example of an academic exercise without using the bible as the only authority and interpreter of itself was a system like the T.U.L.I.P. This was not the only system using an academic approach without using the whole Bible as a harmonious book interpreting itself. This is one of the reasons I believe caused many Christian denominations.
Other academic thinkers who are in the church didn’t accept all of the Bible as the words of an all perfect, knowing, wise God. To them God did not, was not all powerful to present His Words and purpose through man. In the Greek and Hebrew transcript it was the exact Word of God given to man to write. That every word and number has a spiritual meaning and every Word is from God. That is truth. The Bible does have something to say about this group of unbelievers in the church.
As true believers of the whole Bible let us seek the mercy of God’s grace to be proclaimers of the Gospel of Truth. Being diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of faith (2 Timothy 2:15). Comparing Scripture to Scripture from the whole Bible to receive harmony and understanding of truth. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) says, “16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” In our witnessing and ministries of the Lord Jesus Christ keep in mind to be humble and Christ like (Matthew 11:12). 1 Peter 5:3 (NKJV) says, “3Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation).” Luke 17:10 (NKJV) says, “Luke 17:10 (New King James Version) says, “10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
We do good works that are acceptable to God for He has already prepared these good works before we were created (Ephesians 2:10). Hebrews 4:3 (NKJV) says, “3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.’” John 6:29 (KJV) says, “29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
Our faith is also a work. It is the faith of God in Himself that strengthens our faith in Him. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (KJV) says, “11Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.” These works are to be a testimony of the goodness and righteousness of God to the world. We are still in these dying sinful bodies and we do not want to sin willfully in our boarn-again spirits but God says the spirit is willing to obey but the flesh is weak. Peter an apostal chosen by God feared the church leaders and went along with their doctrine of ceremonial circumcision for the Gentiles. Another fearful example of being in the flesh and not of the Spirit of God is believing that your works will contribute to your salvation. An example is Annaias and Sappharia their sins were not covered or forgiven (Romans 4:7-8, Psalm 32:12). So when the appointed time of their judgment it brought the grave, eternal death (the grave). Only God knows the heart of all men and the ones He has spiritually circumcised for salvation. Let the Bible interpret itself. Ask God to give you spiritual eyes to see His glory and ears to hear and understand His Word. Try writing out the verse word by word and compare the words with other similar wording to find truth and understanding. Keeping in mind John 14:26 (NKJV) says, “26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” Seek help from those who believe every Word and number is from God and has a spiritual meaning that interpretation and revelation comes from the Bible who is the only authority. By the grace of God I shall try to give an example of a verse that seems to be a contradiction to the doctrine of election. Acts 13:46 (NKJV) says, “46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.” The purpose of God’s plan was to choose the elect from many tribes of the world and to proclaim the Gospel the whole Bible. In Acts 13:46 you is the nation of Israel. The first church called to be the care takers of the Word the Law of God. All who were in the church were not the elect. Romans 2:29 (NKJV) says, “29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”Matthew 13:24-30 The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. The end of the nation of Israel as the care takers is according to God’s purpose and will, God, plan is according to His, time, seasons and judgment on the nation of Israel. God is the Creator of time and seasons. In Acts 13:14 the purpose of God’s plan was to chose the elect from many nations of the world. It says in Ecclesiates 8:6 (NKJV) says, “6Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, Though the misery of man increases greatly.” God took away the caring the Law Book (Bible) from the nation of Israel and gave it to the New Testament church the Gentiles. The New Testament church was to spread the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ the Bible to the world. Jesus says in Matthew 5:17 (NKJV) says, “17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Over the time of creation the Bible God’s Word gives some understanding to the purpose of God’s plan of salvation and judgment according to God’s creation of time, seasons and judgment. We must take into account verse 1 Corinthian 13:9-10 were imperfect and know in part the complexities of the Holiness of God and the curse on creation through Adam. Revelation 22:3 (NKJV) says, “3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” In Acts 13:46 the nation of Israel being the you who rejects the Bible because they rejected Jesus as the Savior and also they distorted the Law of God the following, paragraphs I believe gives some understanding to the hardness of their hearts. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV) says, “18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV) says, “14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” John 6:65 (NKJV) says, “65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” Acts 28:28 (NKJV) says, “28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” Proverbs 20:12 (NKJV) says, “12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.” You cannot receive a spiritual message unless you have spiritual ears to hear being born again, a new creature, resurrected from spiritual death. Ezekiel 37:13 (NKJV) says, “13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.” Acts 16:14 (NKJV) says, “14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.”
Acts 13:46 (NKJV) says, “46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.” How did the Jew judge himself? It was by the Law Book (Bible). God gave the law. Without the grace of God by His rule you break one rule you stumble in all of His law and are worthy of death because God Himself is perfect and Holy. He demands perfection. This is why the grace of God is beyond our understanding. The faith we have is the faith of God in us (grace) which is the faith of God in Himself to sanctify those whom He has chosen for eternal life (2Thessalonians 5:23-24).
“Amazing Grace” in the second verse says, “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace may fear relieves.” Romans 8:14-16 (NKJV) says, “14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”