Christian Growth–Additions to the Faith (Part Two)

Those of us who believe in the God of the Holy Bible have faith that He created the millions of galaxies and has a guiding hand in His creation. He made us and knows us and has instituted His plan and purpose for us and this earth. We have to believe that much.

Is it then a stretch for us to believe that this all-powerful Supreme Being has left us the map to find the treasures of His Spirit which is to grow up in our hearts? Christ is the truth, and now, if we are His, then His Spirit of truth is in us. Are not then the scriptures of truth, the Holy Bible, a book of written clues to help us find the treasures of His grace, mercy, and pleasure? He did say, Seek and ye shall find. So we have to believe that the Creator God is powerful enough to make sure some of His created human beings would preserve for us in our day a book that contains God’s treasure map.

For the scriptures contain for posterity the clues to the ultimate desire and longing of mortal man–immortality, eternal life, everlasting life. This is the reward Christ promised His followers.

It is all there in the Bible. Why then can’t we see clearly the clues to spiritual growth? Could it be unbelief that we can grow into having the same spiritual power as the early apostles? Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They like Peter saw that the tomb was empty, but they just did not believe that Christ was actually raised from the dead. And that unbelief blinded them so much that they did not recognize Christ Himself when He joined them on their walk. And after Christ showed Himself to them, then they believed and “their eyes were opened.” Before, “their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” And when He opened their eyes, they said, “He opened to us the scriptures” [1].

God Is the Only One that Can Open the Scriptures to Us

It is all Him, brethren. He opens the door that no man can close. And this door is the door to understanding and enlightenment as to the spiritual growth in His Kingdom. And this door that He opens is the opening of His written word that speaks of Him, the Word, the Logos.

Why are we not walking like the early apostles? It is because we have 2,000 years of false doctrines  and false concepts about Christ super-imposed on top of the initial truth. The early apostles literally saw Christ in action. He made them to be solid in their belief, for He needed witnesses to write the clues down that we would be pondering in our era.

They had the pure doctrines of Christ after He showed Himself after the resurrection. But now we have the traditions of men. That is why we do not grow very much. The mud of man’s traditions have been smeared on the eyes of the sheep of His pasture. And now He is crying to His people, Come home to Me! Leave your old concepts about Me behind. Cut off the traditions of men from your thinking. Repent of your sins, once and for all, and return to Me, and I will show you the new and living way.

Yes, what if the clues to the mysteries of spiritual growth are clearly given to us in the scriptures, and we have but to listen with fresh ears and hungry believing hearts the new thing that God wants to teach us.

For, brethren, there is so much more than what churchianity is teaching us. Let me put this in all capital letters. I hardly ever do this, but what I am about to write is so important. IF THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUR INFORMATION ABOUT GOD IS IN ERROR, THEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH IS NOT SPEAKING THROUGH THEM TO YOU.

That is why our Savior says for us to “prove all things.” Test everything. Examine all things. All things includes also what you think to be false. Prove it out from the scriptures, asking the Spirit of truth’s guidance. Seek and you will find the answers as to what is true and what is false. Getting this right is huge, and every one must bear their own burden of proof. And remember what the apostle John wrote to us: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many  false prophets are gone out into the world.” Test the teachings, for there are many false teachers out there (I Thes. 5: 21; I John 4: 1).

Once the old leaven teachings about Christ are purged out of our minds, then we are ready to add to His faith that “was once delivered to the saints.”  For it is His faith now in us. Seven attributes of His divine nature are to be added–not to just blind faithof ours in something about Christ. But added to His faith that was delivered to us. For there is only one faith, not many (II Peter 1).

Adding more of His divine nature is what spiritual growth is all about. But we must get rid of the false concepts before the Spirit of truth, which is God Himself, will come to take up His abode in us more fully. Which is the definition of real spiritual growth [2].        Kenneth Wayne Hancock

 

1. Luke 24: 13-32

2. For more on this, check out these articles: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/category/false-prophets/

[For more on the additions, check out these articles: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/category/additions-to-our-faith/ ]

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5 responses to “Christian Growth–Additions to the Faith (Part Two)

  1. Praise God. i(we) can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Amen. Thank you Wayne for your sharing.

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Evelyn. You have seen something in these writings that is valid. Not everyone sees that. Your belief in what I am doing and writing edifies me daily. God bless you. Wayne

  2. Annnette

    Thankyou Wayne for sharing so much of your precious information.
    Now I understand why Israel had to get rid of all the leaven bread before
    They celebrated the Passover.
    Can you share with us what are some of the ” leaven teachings” which are
    dominant in the regular churches today?

    • Thank you, Annette, for your comment and question. “Leaven” in scripture is that little bit of a false concept about God that grows and grows in the thinking of Christians and those who would desire to be a Christian, and before you know it, it takes on a life of its own, as if it were really real. The celebration of man’s traditions such as Christmas is a glaring example. You won’t see it in the Bible. But it is now a cornerstone in man’s denominational Christianity. It is full of pagan assumptions and beliefs, beginning with the time of year and whose birth is being celebrated [the winter solstice; Mithras]. Read Jeremiah 10: 1-20 where God tells us to “learn not the way of the heathen,” by going out into the woods and cutting a green tree down and bringing it into the home and decking it out with gold and silver. It is right there–the Christmas tree, in plain English, and yet, hundreds of millions of professing Christians do this very thing…and so much more concerning Christmas…and then there is Easter. Totally pagan roots. Bunnies? Eggs? Fertility objects, anyone? Having Christ in the tomb one and one half days and not three days and three nights. What is up with that…the Rapture–not scriptural. Some woman had a dream about it in the 1800’s and now it has spread throughout mainstream Christianity…I could go on and on, but I’ll leave you with some of my articles. Of course the internet is full of info on false doctrines of the church. Hope this helps, Annette. Thank you for your interest, care, concern, and encouragement. God bless. Wayne https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=Christmas https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=easter https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=rapture

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