Lesson 6 of 6
In every facet of life knowledge has to be ordered to be properly applied. We understand our function in this world by the laws that govern our human experience in this world, and we have constructed measurements that standardize those laws and regulate our experience.
For example, the U.S. system measures liquid by ounces, cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. A cup is a unit of measure used to measure liquid volume. One cup = 8 fluid ounces. Weight is measured in ounces, pounds, and tons. A ton is a unit of measure used when weighing something. One ton = 2,000 pounds. We can see how these standards conform to the reality of the physical world we live in.
How can we understand the laws that govern our faith and how to conform our faith to God’s expectations? Is there a system we can use to measure our faith against God’s standard? And how can we know what to expect from our faith?
Yes, there is a system of measurement by which we can know that our faith is both governed by God’s laws and meeting His standard. When we look at how God has ordered His knowledge for faith and has standardized our faith to Jesus Christ, we are looking at His “Spiritual Units of Measure” (SUM).
Without a standard there is no truth, and without truth there is no conformity to God, nor can there be any confidence in the benefits of the covenant of Christ. We cannot serve God if our expectations are not tied to His standards.
Everything we do in human life requires accurate knowledge. How would a carpenter build a house without the standardized tools for his trade? Framing walls, roofs, and openings for windows and doors requires exact measurements, as well as a blueprint from which to work.
God also is a God of order. In fact, our need to standardize our environment with units of measure is a mirror of His nature; God measures everything. He counts the very hairs of your head, He knows when a sparrow falls to the ground. He even measures the wind and the rain; as we read in Job 28:24–27, “For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.”
It would be out of character for God, who carefully measured all things of natural creation, to leave the weight, measure, and rule of our redemption to the whim of our imagination, feelings, or perceptive powers.
God placed the power of Jesus Christ and His due order of truth within each of the Elements of the Gospel and each tool of the covenant, thus standardizing faith for the church in Jesus Christ. The apostles reflected this order and conformity to Christ when they taught about grace, faith, righteousness, justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind. These are the Elements of the Gospel; these are the foundation stones of the faith, and these are the stones of the altar of Christ. Let’s look at the table of Elements.
The SUM Conversion Table shows you the value of conversion, how grace mixes with faith to produce righteousness, hw faith mixes with truth to produce regeneration, and how the virtue of Christ is needed in the operation for the conversion to bear the likeness of Christ. In other words, in order for peace to be the virtue of Christ it first needs charity to mix with faith. God takes these Elements to produce the likeness of Christ in you.
God standardized faith to Jesus Christ so that we would know how to serve Him, and He would find pleasure in the fruits of our faith and reciprocate to us according to His mercy. God measures everything by His truth and virtue, which This means that God measures our faith according to his rule of measurement: Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God and He the power of our faith. It is through His standard—the terms and commandments of the new covenant-- that we use to reciprocate to God in kind.
God has standardized our faith to Jesus Christ by this pattern. Conformity of faith to Jesus Christ allows the church to come into one faith and allows us to worship God in Spirit and in truth. Each stone (Element) is perfectly fitted by God for your reciprocation to Him. The table illustrates how God has joined the Elements together in binary values and proclitic values to join our faith to the work of the Spirit.
The Table of Elements show us the basic elements of Christian life. The mystery of salvation is revealed in the 12 Elements of the Gospel. When the church talks about the need to get back to basics, it is the basic elements of our faith that we need to get back to.
What are the basic elements of faith a Christian needs to know to please God, grow in His grace and knowledge, and overcome themselves, the world, and the devil? Learn the 12 Elements of the Gospel and you will understand the mystery of salvation. Jesus Christ is revealed in His grace, in faith, in righteousness, in justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind.
Learn how the basics of Christian life are hidden in Christ. Learn everything about how your salvation works by learning how the Elements represent Jesus Christ perfectly. Nothing of man is added and nothing of Christ is missing. Learn how the Spirit and the Word are one in this expression.
Synthesis of the Elements
Looking at the table we can see the mystery of our salvation in how God deliberately planed that the Elements of the Gospel interact, react, and bond to one another in specific ways for the likeness of Christ to be transferred to the soul.
Knowing this to be true, the False Religious System is characterized as not understanding the cascading effect of isolating the Elements from their normal environment of truth. Truth that is isolated from the priesthood does not produce charity. Charity that is isolated from faith does not produce regeneration.
When we talk about isolating truth and charity from bonding with the Elements that produce the likeness of Christ we are also speaking of the decomposition of these Elements when they bond with the principle and aspiration of man. Grace that is isolated to the aspiration of man produces hypocrisy. Charity that is isolated to the aspiration of man produces flagellation of the heart. Truth that is isolated to the principle of man produces a lie as man then uses his own record as a pattern for faith.
In Lesson Two Elements and Chemistry we talked about how we see this in the natural world, how the reaction of one chemical upon another leads to transformation. We used water and rust as examples of chemicals reacting and transforming. Water is the chemical formula of H2O. Its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms. Rust is formed by the reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of air moisture or water.
Chemical synthesis is the purposeful execution of chemical reactions. God does things by design, not by accident. Charity is not an accident. It is the result of the reaction of truth to grace that is then executed in the Christian priesthood.
A person might argue that this gospel too complicated and would not be simple to understand, but take into consideration that children are given simple language to understand the world around them. Children at the early age of 10 are introduced to chemistry concepts in terms they can understand. They are given introductory lessons, tutorials, and tools. They are given reasons why they would want to learn about chemistry.
But when a person is converted to Christ they are given nothing. They are not taught how the Elements of the Gospel work, what they mean to God, and why it is important to learn them. They are led to a faith that is based on romance, feelings, hype, imagination, passion, aspiration, principle, and the record of man. In reality, that is not faith in God, that is the hydra, the many headed beast of the False Religious System where faith is a many headed creature.
The Apostles did not specialize in topics, one teaching on one Element, and another teaching on another Element. The Apostles always taught the gospel as one faith, being in one mind, in one accord (1 Corinthians 1:10). In this manner they represented the covenant of Jesus Christ as His ambassadors, His faithful stewards of the grace of God.
It becomes increasingly difficult for false apostles to function once the church embraces the truth about the faith of Jesus Christ. Satan divides to conquer, so he taught that each apostle would only focus on one thing, like faith, or love, or accountability, or building, or some other concept. Knowing that the elements of Christian life is the 12 Elements of the Gospel one can begin to see the lie of Satan at work when the elements are isolated.
Getting back to basics means getting back to the whole gospel of Jesus Christ. Knowing how each element works Christ in the heart. Jesus Christ is revealed in His grace, in faith, in righteousness, in justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind.