Roshan Rai, Bhutan
The Elementary Principles of Christ (The Faith of The Apostles’ Creed)
The Elementary Principles of Christ (The Faith of The Apostles’ Creed) By Rev. Paul C. Jong.
Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Today (26.07.2007) I would like to share the above scriptures along with my book review on above title as it is co-related.
Yes indeed in our generations many claims to be the Children of God (The Christians) without the proper knowledge of scriptures and Word of God and they will perish in the end just as the God will reject them as they have rejected the knowledge.
While going through the above book the Holy Spirit inside me testified and blessed me to write this book review once again with the clear understanding of knowledge and Word of God and not merely by my emotion & feelings. Whatever I am inscribing is of The Holy Spirit in me, so that whoever goes through this writing will be blessed and above all I beseech you to read the very book and obtain the heavenly blessing of eternal life on earth.
The book is on The Faith of The Apostles’ Creed, the faith which apostles had and it is none other than The Gospel of Water & Spirit because we can clearly see the very rock solid proof in the following scriptures
Act 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Act 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
Act 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Act 1:19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
Act 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
Act 1:21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
Act 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Act 1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
Act 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
Act 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Act 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
In place of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Lord Jesus Christ they took council to appoint the witness in place of Judas and in the scripture Act 1:26, the lot fell upon Matthias and please note the highlighted verse of Act 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Please note that Lord Jesus Baptism is stressed most mandatory out here is because they believed in The Gospel of Water & Spirit and Lord’s Baptism is the very must and first mandatory element in salvation.
I would like to share one important overlooked or ignored reality of The Bible in Apostles time and it is none other than the faith in water, blood & spirit as Apostle John wrote in the scriptures
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1Jn 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
The water part is mentioned twice in 1Jn 5:6 proving that it is mandatory to believe in Lord’s Baptism along with blood because “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth 1Jn 5:6”
Now we can see how important water part of salvation is which most of the Christians has lost its luster in their life believing only in blood and they will encounter, “Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Claiming to be wise and keeping their man made doctrines they fall from the grace of the Lord. Claiming to be The Spiritual Israelites (The Christians) without knowing much or ignoring all part of The Old Testament and keeping only their man made doctrines, in conclusion is rejecting the knowledge by which we can behold the clear picture of divine plan resulting in ones’ own downfall and in the end if one continue in ignorance and being arrogant will be cut of from God’s People means to perish in Hell eternally. If we ignore the Word of knowledge or The Word of God then one will perish in hell forever.
It is of reasoning and use of common sense why The Bible constitutes The Old Testament & The New Testament. The Old Testament is for us the gentiles to go through and understand the divine plan with not only head by true and honest faith and to come in adoption as The Spiritual Israelites and The New Testament is the reward for keeping the faith in The Old Testament and that is eternal life in Lord Jesus Christ, The Only Begotten Son of God testified by The Holy Spirit, all in all to embrace The Holy Trinity and receive the gift of salvation and eternal life in The Kingdom of God. Amen.
One important thing one can see from the faith of The Apostles is that although some of them were tax collector, some fishermen, laymen, etc.. still major were The Hebrews/Jews, although they might not have gone through all The Old Testament available then with The Jews but still they were well aware of the ceremonial sacrificial of laying on of hand for the remission of their trespasses and sins.
Indeed the Hebrews layman like the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ was aware that one has to lay hand on the sacrificial offering for their remission of their sins, that’s why although the laymen they well understood and had faith in the Lord’s Baptism as The John The Baptist clearly testified in
Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,
Without laying on of hand on the sacrificial lambs there was no remission of sins likewise they well understood when John The Baptist testified beholding Lord Jesus Christ The Lamb of God and previous day some of them had witnessed Lord’s Baptism from John The Baptist where laying on of hands were carried out to sacrificial lamb for the atonement from their sins and they did had solid faith that Lord Jesus Christ is their saviour who took all the sins of the world through His Baptism from John The Baptist when they saw the following incidents in scriptures they were 100% sure He is The Promised Messiah to come who will save His People from their sins
Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
So in this book a clear picture of The Apostles Creed has been discussed which leads to reader to deep consideration and meditation and the Holy Spirit inside the born again saints of water & spirit will testify to the very truth of Apostle Creed to be same with our faith of The Gospel of Water & Spirit.
And also this book will lead one to start eternal life here on with the true faith in The Gospel of Water & Spirit. Life is indeed eternal, although our flesh may decay but our Spirit & Soul live forever so if you are born again of water & spirit when you depart from this world you will enjoy the presence of being with The Saviour and King Lord Jesus Christ and all in all with The Holy Trinity and when the appointed time comes for The Lord to judge the world and He resurrect the flesh and then and thereafter we will be blessed with the Millennial Kingdom and after that eternal life with united incorruptible flesh and spirit. Amen.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and all the heavenly blessings be bestowed on all of us, the born again saint in Christ. Amen.
Your brother in Christ