Blueprint: A blueprint is a plan. A Christian follows God’s plan laid out in the 12 Foundation Stones, which are the essential Elements of the Gospel. These are the principles of Christ a Christian must follow. We view Jesus Christ according to the blueprint essentials. God calls His blueprint, the blueprint of truth because He defines truth by Jesus Christ and Jesus is the design of each foundation stone.
God identified the apostles as the “masterbuilders” of the faith: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” All masterbuilders (apostles) follow the same blueprint to build faith in Jesus Christ. Believers know what to do in building faith when they are instructed by living apostles today.
Pattern: Jesus Christ is the pattern of our faith. The design of Christ in each Foundation Stone directs faith in Him. Our faith follows the pattern God placed in Jesus.
God uses the word “pattern” to communicate to man that he is not free to build a model for faith from his own record, but that faith must follow the record of Jesus Christ as Paul wrote, “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting” (1 Timothy. 1:16). And Hebrews 8:5: “Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”
God confirms the pattern (record) by visiting in power (witness) as we saw in the Old Testament:
33And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.
34Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
35And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
What is God teaching us here? God is teaching us that:
He inhabits what He builds.
What God sanctifies, He confirms with His presence.
His presence empowers faith.
Record: Jesus is declared to be the living record of our faith. Once God set each Foundation Stone in Him God declared Him to be the Savior of the world and only contact point for faith. As with all records, written or otherwise, the meaning of the essential elements must remain unaltered across time. No one can add to it or take away from it.
The record contains the terms, commandments, tools, and contact points of our faith, which provide for a “framework” of truth, which gives us “boundaries” we are to abide in, called “The Doctrine of Christ.” God set the boundaries of our faith in Jesus Christ and therefore our faith is restricted to the terms of the Second Covenant. God gave only one pattern, which apostles unfold to the church. 1 John 5:11, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” Our faith is to follow the living record of Jesus Christ by covenant. All the fulness of Christ then follows.
1 John 5:6, “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
The witness is defined as: That which is living and present
. The witness of the Spirit is the living and present confirmation of the Father that affirms the record of Christ as proceeding forth from Him. The virtues of Christ that are present in the record are also present in the witness to carry these virtues within the heart. If the truth we embrace is void of the pattern of the record, the witness of the Spirit is not present.
God sanctified all things in Christ then provided Himself as the living witness. The witness of the Spirit is seen in the inspiration of God in the knowledge of truth when the knowledge is ordered, and thus holy (reflecting Christ).
As we testify of Christ according to the record, God testifies of His Son in us through the witness. The Spirit of God is living and present in the knowledge of truth to carry that pattern within the soul.
Going back to our illustration of the train and rails, the witness of the Spirit is seen as the empowerment of faith. Remember, God designed faith to follow the knowledge of Jesus Christ. As the tracks are “set in order” for the train, so also Jesus set in order His knowledge (by His apostles who laid the tracks) for your faith to follow. Faith then goes in the direction that was laid out by God and the Holy Spirit empowers faith. This empowerment of faith is called “the witness.” God sustains our faith by His presence.
That means that the Holy Spirit will confirm Jesus Christ when your faith follows the pattern God set in Him and that you will experience the witness of the Spirit. Your faith is pleasing to God and grows exceedingly.
The witness is how the Spirit of God carries your faith into the experience of Christ, which is His fulness. The Spirit of God works only with the truth of the gospel to confirm Christ in your soul. God does not empower (or bear witness to) the precept or our imagination, God empowers faith when it is joined to those things He has sanctified in Christ. God empowers His promises of fulness in Christ Jesus.
We are going to use the rails of a train to explain ordered knowledge. Your faith is the train and truth is the rails. As the train is designed to follow the rails so God designed faith to follow the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
As the tracks are “set in order” for the train, so also Jesus set in order His knowledge (by His apostles who laid the tracks) for your faith to follow. Faith then goes in the direction that was laid out by God and the Holy Spirit empowers faith. God restricted man’s faith to the Second Covenant of Jesus Christ for engagement, fellowship, and divine reciprocation.
Holy knowledge is the truth of Jesus Christ. God sanctified His truth
for our salvation. Timothy 2:4:
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” Sinners need knowledge to be saved,
and believers need knowledge to live unto God and grow in His grace. This knowledge is the meaning of Christ in each of the 12 Foundation Stones, which are the essentials of the Gospel.
The knowledge of Christ is holy because it reflects Jesus Christ perfectly, it is holy because it is separated from all other knowledge, it does not follow the wisdom of the world, nor the spirit of this world. God empowers faith when it is joined to those things He has sanctified in Christ. Faith disjoined from the pattern (record and blueprint) of Jesus Christ is disjoined from the witness of the Holy Spirit. Much like a train derailing. No grace is issued, no comfort of the Holy Ghost, no edification, exhortation, nor comfort, and no spiritual transformation is taking place.
Turning the hearts of the people back to God through apostolic teaching begins with the restoration of His holy knowledge by which the true pattern for faith is restored to give direction for the faith of the people. This holy knowledge makes all the necessary connections for believers to be able to join themselves to God with perfect faith.
Covenant: Building a house is much like being in covenant with God. Just as a house is built according to a plan, we build our faith according to the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel to live according to the principles of Christ. This is God's plan.
God does not accept you that way you are—He accepts you on the terms of His covenant for which Jesus shed His blood, the New Covenant, the house of Jesus Christ.
God made a promise to Himself (Hebrews 6:13) and to humanity concerning the terms of our redemption. And then He restricted His covenant terms to the Oath He made (Hebrews 6:17), that our faith might be made living and perfect only in Him. It is, therefore, important that we know the terms of God's restriction, that we may reciprocate “in kind” and restrict our faith to them.
God wants us to understand that He bound Himself to the terms of our redemption and that He preserves His tradition in faith, not in stone. God is living, not dead. He is the living tradition of our faith and desires our faith to be made living in Him. The Bible declares: “Can two walk together accept they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3.)
God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation®
There are many patterns in the world that are clearly marked that tell us that God is the intelligence behind the design. By design bees make honey. By design the ground gives up the yield of corn, wheat, rye, wine, and all goodly things. By design the seed smells moisture and responds. By design the human body with all its marvelous functions allows us to taste, smell, touch, and hear; to walk, talk, and communicate.
By design the likeness of Christ is formed in the soul. God is the intelligence behind the design. A pattern is necessary for the likeness of Christ to be seen. Faith is a mirror of this design. Faith is to mirror Jesus Christ. God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation (IDCCST®) is the pattern of His truth that He placed in each of the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel, which His Spirit enters into to effect a change within the souls of those who believe.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 According as his DIVINE power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the DIVINE nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
There are not many truths about Jesus that saves, there is but one truth. One design. There are not many patterns, but one pattern that the Spirit of God acts upon to transform the soul. The divine power works with the divine pattern for the divine nature to be formed in you.
Fish thrive in the dimension of the waters because God designed an environment there to sustain life. Monkeys thrive in the forest because God designed an environment there to sustain life. Polar bears live in the arctic because God designed an environment there to sustain life.
The plants and animals that are found in a area, whether is it a forest, a lake, an ocean, an ice land, or dessert are referred to as an ecosystem. God designed a regular pattern to sustain life and each living thing in that ecosystem is tied to the pattern for life. If a disruption takes place in an ecosystem it is disastrous to all living things.
Take for example, the impact of deforestation. The results of massive inroads being cut into the forest and the stripping of the land had an immediate impact on the communities within the system. The forest ensured a constant flow of water, protecting the community from drought. The forest, like a sponge, soaked in the seasonal rainfall, keeping the soil from washing away and regularly releasing water vital to the survival of the community. Much of an ecosystem is unseen by the eye and often unappreciated. But when taken away, the change is devastating.
Man tries with his doctrine to “develop environments of grace”. Why? The reason stated is so that God “can heal unresolved life issues”. As a covenant believer in Jesus Christ God means for you to discern how man drives faith to serve the flesh while God assigns faith to the likeness of Christ.
God already placed a complete ecosystem in Jesus Christ and sent His apostles to reveal this mystery, to give this instruction, how the essential 12 Elements of the Gospel are designed in Christ for you to express His likeness. If any of these Elements are missing or corrupted by the image of man the Spirit ceases to use them. As you can imagine, this has a devastating effect on faith.
God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation is the miracle of life in Christ that takes place daily in those who believe. Each apostle wrote their epistles to confirm the knowledge and the pattern and the tools of Christ because these things pertain to the life of Christ in the soul. The seducers do not reflect this pattern shown to you. They use Christ to try to perfect the flesh.