Samuel Akpabio, United Kingdom
The Elementary Priciples of CHRIST, Chapter 1
WHO ARE THE APOSTLES:-
The Creed is associated with the Apostles and,the 12 disciples which Jesus appointed and we should know who they were. Apostles in Greek is " apostolos ", meaning a representative delegate entrusted with a mission, reserved for the twelve disciples as stated above. However, it was applied to other eminent christian teacher such as Barnabas; Acts 14:14.
Qualifications and duties of the Apostles:-
1 Those directly called by Christ to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit ( Mark 3:13; Luke 6:13; Galatians 1:1 );
2 Those who lived with Christ and witnessed his work on the earth, his disciples; ( Acts 1:21 - 22; 1 Corinthians 9:1 );
3 Those filled with the Holy Spirit received Power to do the work commanded by Christ; (Acts 15:28; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 1 John 5:9-12);
4 Those who were given Power by Jesus Christ to perform miracles and to bear witness to the gospel of water and the Spirit on this earth. God gave grear Power to the Apostles so that Christ may be revealed through them as the Saviour (Acts 9:40; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4).
5 Those who received special calling and blessings from God (Acts 9:15; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 2:8). The Apostles were given the authority to forgive peoples' sins, ignoring their authority will lead to one's destruction.
Do Jews Believe in God as the Father of Creation?
The Jews believe in God, the creator of the Universe who rules over the life and death of mankind and the rise and fall of Nations, as their Father. they know him as ELOhim or Jehovah; in the New Testament he is Jesus Christ as God.
Jesus called God as "God the Father (John 6:27)," "Our Father who is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9)," "The Holy Father (John 17:11)," and "My Father (John 20:17)," He appealled to His disciples to believe His teaching.
In christianity we true meet and believe in God, Jesus Christ in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Christians must know who is God in whom they believe.
Christians Believe in God as the Father of ALL Mankind.
Christians believe that God is the only creator of the mankind; He is both the source and the nurturer and He saves and nurtures the Saints through His Holy Catholic church. Christians believe that since God is creator of mankind, He is the Father of all mankind. Therefore, all mankind are brothers and sisters only by physical to physical extent. Now for all to partake of the spiritual fraternity we must believe in the Triune God through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. True peace in this world is found in God when we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit which He has given to us through His only begotten Son. Worshipping and worrying about the Ancestral lineage instead of serving the true God is selfdestroying because of pride and fleshly lusting after the things of this world which result in hatred, covetiousness, jealousy, conflict and wars.
We must realize that all the things we see and have are good because God has provided them. This is the the meaning of Psalm 100:3; "Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. God knows how our bodies function; Because he feeds us with appropriate products for the four seasons available for the nations to enable our bodies to function correctly.
We ought to be amazed at the internal workings of the organs in the body to transport the blood in our bodies that carries all the neutriente to all the organs in the body to give them life as the word of God told us in the scriptures over 3500 years ago (Leviticus 17:11), that life is in the blood. The scientists have estimated that blood circulates round the body for a distance of 675 Km a day without rest for 365 days in a year. How can this be? It is the Father that works in the innrmost mystries of life that we do not know. All the things which mankind takes for granted, such as the air and water are provided by our Heavenly Father; Gen.48:15, "And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day." And Isaih wrote; Isa.1:2-3, "Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me; The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider."
These scriptures show us that it is God who feeds and nourishes our Souls. God nurtures and he is the Father of mankind.