ARE YOU DOING THE WORK OF GOD?
Are you doing the Work of God? Is the Word of God IN YOU? Or are you just kidding yourself, shining a seat with your bottom every week in Church services, not truly a deeply converted begotten child of God but someone who is DECEIVED and FOOLED by Satan the Devil??
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.”(Exodus 24:12)
Moses was commanded to TEACH what God had given him!
“And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”(Exodus 31:18)
“And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.”(Exodus 32:15-16)
Here we are told that the TABLETS were the work of God. Now some have been CONFUSED as to what the Work of God truly is! Are you sure?
Notice what the apostle Paul writes:
“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”(2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
Moses, the chosen servant of God, delivered the Word of God faithfully to Israel. The 2 tables wasn’t the work of man. IT WAS THE WORK OF GOD! Moses believed GOD! He was there with God because HE BELIEVED GOD! He actually met with the personage called “the Word” in John 1:1-4,14, who became Jesus Christ.
John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12 tells us that no man has seen God. Jesus in John 6:46 says “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.”.
And when the disciple Phillip asked Jesus to show to them God the Father Jesus responded: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”(John 14:9-10)
God does the WORK! Moses received the “work of God”, the two tablets which contained the 10 commandments, which came from the being who became God the Father, through “The Word” or SPOKESMAN who delivered it to him! Moses then TAUGHT IT to carnal Israel.
The apostles likewise, received commandment from Christ,(who received it from the Father) and delivered it to SPIRITUAL ISRAEL- The Church of God! (Look up in a KJV Bible “Commandment” in the New Testament. This is a good subject to study.)
“That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:”(2 Peter 4:2)
Now Jesus said “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”(John 6:29)
The personage Moses met upon the mount was the “Word”, who later became Jesus Christ. The Word, was with God and WAS GOD. God is a family name. He spoke only what God the Father gave to Him to speak. He delivered the Father’s Words to His apostles. He in the same manner delivered to Moses, the Word which came from God, and He delivered that Word to Moses faithfully. Moses BELIEVED the ONE whom God had sent. He did the Work of God. And in turn Moses delivered that same Word to all of Israel. The apostles of Christ BELIEVED CHRIST! And they delivered what Christ had given them to the Church.
Now, the apostles of Christ delivered the Word Jesus gave THEM which came from the Father. Those of the Church became the EPISTLES of the apostles, having the Spirit of God, BELIEVED THE APOSTLES! What was preached unto them(God’s Word) was written on their hearts!
The apostles were sent by Christ! Those who had been called by God, had repented and had BELIEVED the gospel and were baptized. They believed what was being preached and taught unto them by the apostles! And upon receiving the Spirit of God, God’s spirit wrote those teachings in their hearts. THEY DID THE WORK OF GOD! “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”(John 6:29)
Mr. Armstrong BELEVED GOD! And Christ gave him the beliefs, the teachings, practices, customs and doctrines of the Worldwide Church of God, through the Word of God which came from the Father!
The Great Commission given unto him can be found in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Matthew 24:14 is a PROPHECY of the gospel being preached WORLDWIDE.
The result of that prophecy being FULFILLED, was the Worldwide Church of God. The Church of God was raised up WORLDWIDE, and together they helped and backed the apostle’s preaching FOR THEY BELIEVED GOD! THEY BELIEVED CHRIST! THEY BELIEVED HIS CHOSEN APOSTLE! They believed what was taught. That is the WORK OF GOD!
Mr. Armstrong received God’s Word, as Moses did – FROM JESUS CHRIST!
And he taught it. He preached it. Those of the Church have proven with their Bibles open that Herbert Armstrong did in fact teach the Word of God, and THEY BELIEVE GOD. And then they believed the apostle, for after proving it with God’s Word they now know that he is a true man of God, sent by Christ.
Is God the same today as He was way back then with Moses? YOU BET YOUR LIFE HE IS! God is the same today, yesterday and forever. He changes not.
Jesus Christ said: “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.”(John 5:37)
Let’s make a note.
We too have not seen the shape nor heard the voice of God the Father. We neither have seen the shape nor heard the voice of Jesus Christ! Neither have seen the shape any of the men of God mentioned in the Holy Bible. We have not heard their voices either!
“And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.”(John 5:38)
How do we know of God the Father? Jesus Christ came and declared the Father! He preached the gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD- The Father’s Kingdom. After His resurrection, on the day of Pentecost 31 A.D, the Church of God was founded. This is God’s Church, not of men, kept in the name of God the Father!(John 17)
Now, after Christ was received up into Heaven, He sent His apostles to deliver(as Moses did) what He had previously given them, which was the gospel.
Jesus said of His apostles “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.” (Matthew 10:14-15)
Those who reject the apostles of Christ, reject Christ and the Word of God is not in them. Just as the Word of God was not in the Jews whom Christ is talking to in John 5! They did not believe Moses, and therefore did not believe Christ!
“But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour”(Titus 1:3).
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”(1 Thessalonians 2:13)
The Corinthians was the epistles of Paul, for the Word of God ministered unto them by the apostle of Christ was IN THEM. They received the one whom God had sent, they BELIEVED the apostle, and was doing the work of God.
Now continuing in John 5: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.”
Today the writings and sermons, and such from God’s apostle ACCUSES/CONDEMNS those who do not believe what was taught-though they claim to be one time students of him!
“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”(John 5:39-47)
The bereans were commended by the apostle Paul for studying the scriptures to see if what the apostles taught was from God. They had PROVEN what was being taught by the apostle of Christ, and found it to be the Word of God! Those who have done this, this QUALIFICATION, become members of the Church of God. And so when those of the Church have BELIEVED GOD, and His Son Jesus Christ, they believe the apostle of Christ, and they support and stand back on Him, and such is the WORK OF GOD!
Moses and the scripture spoke of Christ, and if the Jews of Christ’s time had BELIEVED MOSES, they would have believed Christ! For what Moses wrote and said, led them to Christ!
The same is today. Herbert W. Armstrong preached Christ, and directed you to Him through preaching the Word of God, and preaching the same gospel Jesus preached! If you don’t believe Mr. Armstrong, and what he preached and taught, then how can you believe Christ? This why Mr. Armstrong always said “DON’T BELIEVE ME! BELIEVE GOD!”. He wanted the unconverted listeners to start studying the Bible, and believing what God says! If they believed him, without proving what he was teaching with the Bible, they would be only following a man! But if they went to their Bible, proving what he taught with scripture, they would quickly see that what he was teaching came from Christ- from the Word of God! Then with this vital knowledge, they could BELIEVE the apostle for the truth’s sake! Not because they liked his personality, or his “style”!
Those who have BELIEVED GOD, HIS WORD, HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HE PREACHED, AND THE TRUE APOSTLES AND WHAT THEY PREACH- including the preaching and teaching that came from Herbert W. Armstrong, they have the Word of God written in their hearts by the Spirit of God! Today, the epistle of Herbert W. Armstrong is the Worldwide Church of God!
Is it any wonder to us why Satan is after Mr. Armstrong, the ministry under him, and all of the membership of the Worldwide Church of God, trying to get those of the Church to GIVE UP WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT?!?!?!?
Jesus Christ tells His Church- HOLD FAST!(Rev.3:11)!!! Not to let go of what the Church has received from Christ through His apostle-which is the Word of God!!!
Do you BELIEVE GOD? Are you doing the WORK OF GOD? The Work of God is being done by God’s Holy Spirit in all of you in His Church who BELIEVE the one who was sent by Him, which under Christ is the apostle. In tablets of flesh, not of stone, and through the Holy Spirit of God.
How much of God’s Spirit do you have? God’s Spirit opens your mind to UNDERSTAND the Word of God. Without it you cannot understand His Word. Without God’s Spirit you do not understand the need to follow His apostle, and to keep and to uphold what the apostle of Christ has taught. You cannot do the Work of God without God’s Spirit!
The apostle Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong taught the same Word of God that is available to you in the Holy Bible. You can check up on him. But if you don’t understand God’s Word, you won’t understand the apostle! And if you don’t believe what the Bible teaches, how can you believe the apostle of Christ, and then how can you believe Christ? And if you don’t believe Christ, then how can you be doing the Work of God? How can you be a true Christian, converted, having the Holy Spirit of God?
Something to think about.