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Patterns (Part 1)

The site simply exists in an effort to encourage people to read the Word of God and to come to some necessary conclusions, and also then to teach the gospel of Christ, as it befits all Christians to do. Occasionally we couch what we say in the modern examples which surround us, and comment on some of the events of the day. This is all that we aspire to at this site: to teach, comment, and to recommend.

In the wider thought, the Gospel of Christ is not compelling because it is filled with the greatness of the wisdom or of the thoughts of men, or because it relies on any foundation supplied by humankind. It is compelling because it is the Word of God, and it is filled by our Creator with its very own unique riches, mercy, and rewards.

“For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20)

The Gospel and its power to save is embodied through the inherent power of God, as it was given to us through words — words formed together into thoughts by the Holy Spirit. It, that power, is not found in the recitation of any phrases or through the repetition of particular or chosen words, but it is in the power of God — in the power of pure thought. It is the power to change lives.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Therefore, the Gospel is not endowed with the wisdom of men. To the contrary, its power is trained against the wisdom of men. It is not from the thoughts of men and it is not the word of men. It is the Word of God and it is therefore his instruction palette left for us to follow, based soundly and definitively on his Word and that alone.

So we at this site hope to reflect these same things and to remain true to the Word of God, and accurate in any portrayal or discussion of it in these writings and postings.

You, as the reader, are certainly armed with all of the materials and writings necessary to prove or disprove that statement and what is laid here before your eyes and ears.

The things printed and taught here are then easily and readily verifiable.

Paul said, “For if our gospel is hidden, it is hidden to them that are lost…” (2 Corinthians 4:3)

Those who ignore what God has given, and who do not see it as the truth, do so by their own choice. God has said that he has prepared a place for them.

Those, as well, who say that what is done in the Word of God is not according to a pattern or who see no pattern in the gospel, do not choose to see such things. But, you know that does not mean that the patterns and the examples do not exist, and the details contained are not true and that it is not plain. It is as plain as is the nose on our own face.

To paraphrase: “If the pattern be hid, it is hid to those who are lost.”

What is it that I have stated thus far?

To summarize: 1.) the Gospel is not of men’s wisdom, nor will the servants of God (those who seek the truth and who truly serve) attempt to entice or try to convert through any chicanery, through the logic and devices of mankind’s working, because the Gospel is not some man’s invention. They will not trick you or seek to liberate you from your wallet or your senses. 2.) The Word of God is not founded in or devised by man’s wisdom. It is not clouded or cloaked in mystery, hidden from the eyes or ears and is not available only through some dark and special dispensation or revelation by some initiate. And finally: 3.) those who can’t see the gospel or understand the truth presented therein, if they are embodied with common faculties, don’t choose to see the truth — they seek after something else.

In all of this I have stated that there is a pattern. I gave scripture to support the notion that the gospel is from God and that it can be understood and acted upon in the fashion in which it has been given to us, and that doing so is a matter of our own choice. Yet I did not give any scripture to prove the notion that there is a pattern within it.

You should know that I do not need to give you any proof – an appeal that you might follow in the words of Jesus or of his apostles, or an appeal to some mighty men of intellect who have wielded the power of the pen better and wiser.

You already know that everything that we do on each and every day is according to some pattern of some kind. You do not need me to tell you that it is so.

So, this becomes the central thought I wish for this study on patterns, which will run concurrent with the essays on the truth of the Bible. And I wish to do this just as I set it forth a moment ago: as the apostle suggested, “Not in man’s wisdom” – not mine, not yours, not in someone else’s.

We need to strip any foreign ideas or thoughts away that might act as an impediment to understanding the plain Word of God. We need to see it just as it appears on and between the pages. To see it for what it is. By that we may declare the testimony of God.

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