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Tour The Basic Video 4: Definition of the Elements
 
Below is the text version of the video titled "Tour the Basics Video 3: Covenant Language ". In addition to the text version you can view the video. This video, taught by Teacher Maria vonAnderseck, continues the study to establish the importance of the 12 Elements of the Gospel, which are the 12 Foundation Stones of the faith.
 
[Video introduction]
 
Hello, this is Teacher Maria vonAnderseck and I am here again to help you through the basics of your faith.  Finally, Tour the Basics brings us to the definition of each of the Elements.
 
The whole of the gospel of Jesus Christ can be comprehended in the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel. They are the ABCs of the covenant. They are the spiritual foundation of your faith. . .The journey of faith is this one path that all believers follow.
 
As you have been learning, the 12 Elements of the gospel are:
  1. GRACE
  2. FAITH
  3. RIGHTEOUSNES
  4. JUSTIFICATION
  5. SANCTIFICATION
  6. HOLINESS
  7. PEACE
  8. REST
  9. CHARITY
  10. TRUTH
  11. REGENERATION
  12. RENEWING OF THE MIND
 
There are 10 points that establish the importance of the elements
 
1) The 12 Elements are the spiritual foundation of our faith.
2) The 12 Elements are the basic building blocks for faith. Your faith functions with each of the element.
 
3) The 12 Elements are the blueprint of life in Christ. He is the record of our faith.
4) The 12 Elements are the instructions for faith we are to follow to express the image of Christ.
5) God defines our purpose in Christ by the Elements.
6) God's spiritual DNA is seen in this knowledge to produce substance for faith.
7) God shows us the living bond (tether) of His love through each Element.
8) God's knowledge (His DNA) plays a vital role in shaping Christ in you.
9) God wants us to have his mind and His mind is revealed in Jesus christ.
10) A pattern of knowledge is set in place as a memorial to God and to enable us to take on the Divine nature of Christ.

We need to go back to the basics to learn the language of God to associate the Elements with Jesus Christ. This is how Jesus Christ becomes the corner stone of your faith. God wants you to learn His language of faith.
 
A language describes processes. God wants to communicate the processes by which Christ is formed in you, the process by which He purges your conscience, the process of worship, the process by which He assists you to overcome yourself, the world, and the devil.
 
1 Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 4:2
Philippians 3:8,  1 Corinthians 2:6, Galatians 3:20, 1 John 5:7, 2 Peter 1:3-4
 
Advantage
 
As we can see, learning the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel has great advantages. You get to learn how to speak the language of your heavenly Father and how to reciprocate the likeness of Christ by understanding the mind of Christ in each Element. You will also learn how your relationship with God is formed, and understand God’s purpose for you in Christ, and also experience the power of God forming Christ in you in the process.  In addition, you’ll. . .
 
  1. Learn why God designed the Elements in Binary units
  2. Discover how the Elements express Proclitic Value
  3. Understand the importance of the synergy of the elements and how they work in concert with one another….AND
  4. Learn the connection between the Elements and the altar of Christ and your priesthood.
 
What you want is to know God, experience Christ being formed in the inner man, and learn God’s purpose for you. Therefore, what these Elements of the Gospel mean is this…
 
1.       The Elements allow you to testify of Jesus Christ rather than yourself. This means that you will understand and appreciate your liberty in Christ.
2.      The Elements allow you to define purpose according to Christ instead of spending years trying to discover yourself. This means you can appreciate the distinctions God places in Jesus and why He is the value of our faith.
3.      The Elements allow you to fulfill your  purpose through reciprocation. This means that you can understand what goes into the priesthood of all believers and how God is equipping you to reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
4.      The Elements allow you to experience the divine substance the soul needs. This means that you can appreciate God’s peace and joy and don’t have to rely on the peace and joy of the world to give substance to your soul.
5.      The Elements enable you to speak the language of our heavenly Father. This means that you benefit from God giving you a whole new way of thinking.
 
That’s just the beginning. There are many more benefits to the Elements of the Gospel. But right now these points may not mean a lot to you. You may not even be familiar with what I am bringing to your attention and may be asking, “How is this related to me and my faith?”
 
At the same time, there may seem to be something vaguely familiar about the knowledge you are receiving now as if you have known it all your life. This is God’s way of saying that you can trust this knowledge to lead you to Him.
 
Acts 17:20, Acts 26:27
 
The church spent the last 50 years trying to speak the language of the world to help the world relate to the message of Christ.  .   . A message was developed using a language it was thought the world would understand.
 
Faith was described in ways that conveyed the benefits of faith in Jesus Christ that related to the way the world thinks. And as a result, Christ and His message was lost and believers forgot how to speak the true language of their heavenly Father.
 
To reverse this is not an easy process. It means learning God’s language. . .  His way to gain the mind of Christ.  .   .It means relearning the ABCs of the covenant.
 
You need a basis of knowledge to fulfill God’s purpose. The 12 Elements of the Gospel is that basis. They are the essentials of the faith. They are the principles of the doctrine of Christ. They are the foundation of your faith. . .AND the stones of the altar of Christ. (Hebrews 6:1, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, Hebrews 13:10, 1 Peter 2:5)
 
Defining The 12 Elements of the Gospel – Their Names and Functions
 
In order for us to understand the elements of the gospel we need to give each element a name and a function, and we need to think about some simple definitions. When we talk about defining the Elements we are talking about assigning value to the knowledge of Christ.
 
We understand that in the natural world.
 
Say, for example, we want to define water. We know a great deal about water and how it is essential to life, and define it according to its benefits: water is useful (essential) for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing.
 
Water is a substance that was deliberately designed so as to sustain life. The human body is about 70% water.
 
It is this knowledge of our need for water that leads us to acknowledge this substance to be the basis of life. Without it we would die. We also know the chemical description of water to be H2O. So we would define water by its essential function for life and by its properties so we can identify and talk about water in meaningful ways.
 
If we take that to the covenant and ask. . .
 
how does grace function, how is grace essential to the soul, what are the properties of grace, we are seeking to define grace and its benefits to God and to us.
 
As we begin to define each of the 12 Elements of the Gospel, keep in mind that these are simple outlines. I encourage you  to study the full courses as they become available.
 
We are now going to talk about how. . .
 
Jesus is the DESIGN of each ELEMENT.
Each Element REFLECTS  Jesus Christ perfectly.
 
Now when I say that each element reflects Jesus Christ I am saying:
 
  • First of all that we can see in each Element the face of Jesus Christ.
  • Second that God sees in your faith a perfect reflection of His Son.
Because Jesus is the design of your faith, He is the record of your faith. He is the pattern your faith must follow. We can understand that better by examining the Old Testament. In the Old Testament all the articles of divine service were to reflect Jesus Christ. For example, the candlestick represents Jesus as the light of the world and the show bread represents Jesus as the bread of life. Everything God gave the children of Israel to express their faith was for their reflection, that when the Messiah would come they would see Him.
 
We can imagine that when Jesus entered into the Temple and looked at the candlestick, the bread, the priest, and the sacrifice, He said, “This is Me, This is Me, and this is Me.” God could see a reflection of Himself in the things of the Temple and He was pleased. Lest we should think that God is vain, let us remember that God, in His mercy, gave man a token of Himself for faith, that God, looking upon the token, would accept man’s faith.
 
God had to give man tokens for faith that brought man into His mercy rather than His wrath. Faith must represent God, not man. The purpose of the Temple and the things of service (the altar, the sacrifices, the candlestick, the oil, the bread, the priests) were to give man tokens that represented God. This is why God called them articles of “divine” service. Your faith represents Me when you use the tokens I give you.
 
Now that Jesus died to provide us a New Covenant in His blood, we now have new articles of divine service. Jesus Christ is our living token of faith. The First Covenant things was a reflection of Jesus Christ to show faith in God until Christ should come. The candle stick and bread were like photographs of Jesus they held onto until they could look at Him face to face, till God would come in the form of a man to die for the sins of the world.
 
When Jesus shed His blood He inaugurated a New Covenant, new knowledge and a new priesthood. We understand that Jesus gave us Himself that we might live by His Word.
 
His Word to us is contained in the alphabet of the 12 Elements of the Gospel. They tell us all about Jesus. They tell us all about how Jesus is healing, delivering, and saving the soul, how Jesus is returning the soul to the likeness of God, how Jesus is the measure of our faith, how Jesus separates us from the world to Himself, How Jesus gives us peace and joy and love.
 
So now, when you think about grace, this is Jesus Christ, when you think about faith, that is Jesus Christ, when you think about righteousness, that is Jesus Christ, and so on.
 
God gave these words meaning in Christ to describe the experience we gain by our contact with Him when we reciprocate His likeness. We’ll see how that works when we put a picture and definition to each of the elements of the gospel.
 
We cannot say that we have the life of Christ and then deny the function of the elements of the gospel. God cannot give you what you deny yourself. This will become more clear to you and we will talk about this in detail as each Element is clearly defined.
 
We Begin to Understand the New  Covenant
 
The COVENANT is the TERMS of our RECIPROCATION by the SPIRIT.
 
-BY WHICH God sees the likeness of His Son in us. . .AND
-BY WHICH we see Christ, even as the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah saying, “Behold Me! Behold Me!” (Isaiah 65:1)
 
The Binary Relationship of the Elements
 
Now let’s talk about the binary relationship of the elements. That is, how God designed them to work in pairs.
 
GRACE AND FAITH ------ SHARE A BINARY RELATIONSHIP
RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTIFICATION ------ SHARE A BINARY RELATIONSHIP
SANCTIFICATION AND HOLINESS------ SHARE A BINARY RELATIONSHIP
PEACE AND REST------ SHARE A BINARY RELATIONSHIP
CHARITY AND TRUTH------ SHARE A BINARY RELATIONSHIP
REGENERATION AND RENEWING OF THE MIND------ SHARE A BINARY RELATIONSHIP
 
There are a few things God is showing us by designing the elements to work in pairs:
 
First, God is showing us reciprocation. God initiates and man responds.
 
Second, God is showing us contact for increase. By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
This is the law of reciprocation in kind.
 
As you learn the ABCs of the covenant, these 12 essential elements are being placed in you as His Word and Testimony to Reciprocate.
 
  • The Word of God (Jesus Christ) is reflected in these 12 Elements.
    • This is how we are to carry a tradition of likeness.
    • We are to carry His testimony and likeness forever.
 
This binary design shows us God’s plan, that we reciprocate this testimony of Jesus Christ.
 
By setting this knowledge within you, God is establishing the testimony of Christ for the soul to reciprocate.
 
The knowledge is a reflection of His kingdom. God desires that you reciprocate His knowledge.   .   .   Reciprocate Christ.
 
Altar. . .Priesthood. . .and Prophecy
 
Now you can understand the use of the word “Altar” and “Priesthood”  and “Prophecy” in the New Testament.  
 
Hebrews 13:10“We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.”
 
1 Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
 
Revelation 19:10, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
 
As God establishes the testimony of Christ for your soul to reciprocate, we can see that the foundation stones are also altar stones.
 
The altar of Christ is the knowledge we embrace, which is the testimony of Jesus, which we reciprocate to God as priests of His new altar.
 
When we reciprocate the testimony of Christ in the soul, these  UTTERANCE S are called spiritual sacrifices of prophecy. Your spiritual sacrifices are a perfect reflection of the Lord who created you.
 
You are expressing Christ perfectly in the 12 Elements. From His heart to your heart.
 
 
Knowledge that is formed by the Spirit and set in order for our understanding is received back by God as a perfect sacrifice, reflecting Christ who is our salvation.
 
If you want to learn more about the altar of Christ, the priesthood of all believers, and how to offer spiritual sacrifices of prophecy, refer to the courses “The Altar of Christ” and “Priesthood and Prophecy” available FREE at www.s8wMINISTRIES.org
 
 
The Elements of the Gospel are Proclitic
 
PROCLITIC  is a word used in grammar. It means that a word is so closely connected in pronunciation with the following word that it does not have an independent accent.
 
This helps us to understand how God designed the Elements.
 
The Elements of the Gospel are so closely connected that you cannot
describe one without describing another.
 
For example: When describing grace, you are also describing the action
of holiness, peace, faith, and truth that depend on grace.
 
It is important to know how the elements work.
 
Galatians 5:6, Romans 6:19, 2 Timothy 1:2
 
 
Synergy in the Elements
 
The Whole Herb: Ever hear of “whole” herbs? Remember beta-carotene? It was thought to be the “miracle” nutrient and for a while it was the hottest thing in disease prevention. Its popularity came from observing that people whose diet was rich in foods high in beta-carotene were healthy.
 
The Isolated Supplement: So it made sense to scientists to isolate the beta-carotene to be used as a supplement. The shocking result was that the supplement, instead of making people healthy, was doing harm.
 
What went wrong? Beta-carotene is part of a SYNERGY of nutrients in the plant. It works in concert with other ELEMENTS. When it is isolated and expected to work on its own, separate from the other nutrients naturally found in the WHOLE plant, it does not have the same effect.
 
THE GOSPEL WORKS THE SAME WAY --- GOD PLACED THE DESIGN IN NATURE FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO KEEP HIS KNOWLEDGE WHOLE.
 
The WHOLE gospel is the synergy of all 12 elements to effect Christ in you. Each element works in concert with the other elements to nourish your soul and
assist you to reflect Christ. Isolated, they are powerless to express Him.
 
When the element is isolated from the whole here in the foundation and it is not understood how they all work together, then it will be isolated later in regard to Christian growth. As a result believers struggle to experience normal growth processes. Their focus is continually on finding ways to resolve the issues they face, trying to fit Christ into their life, rather than fit Christ into their faith.
 
If you want to learn more about how to overcome the battle of the mind, you can refer to our course “The Flesh: Win the Battle for Your Mind”. You will gain more important perspectives and practical tips about how to apply Jesus Christ to your faith to experience Him in everyday life.
 
The Synergy of the Elements can also be understood as the ingredients of a recipe. We say that doctrine is wholesome when all the ingredients of truth are present.
 
Truth Set in Order: Here we see again that truth must be set in proper order to reflect Christ perfectly. Just as our taste can discern too much salt or too much sugar or the absence of cinnamon in a pie, God can discern Christ in each element and desires to taste of Him in your faith.
 
Unwholesome doctrine is knowledge that is removed from the power of God. This happens when Satan isolates the element and joins it to man’s aspiration.
 
The Definition of the 12 Elements of the Gospel (12 Foundation Stones)
 
We are now ready to define each of the 12 Elements of the Gospel. This will help you to understand how they function. Remember that 12 Elements of the Gospel are God’s spiritual DNA to teach you how to function in Christ.
 
Each element in this training video is given an image icon designed to help you learn them. On this slide you can see the icons for each element. Beginning at the top and working our way across, the first element is grace, the second element is faith, the third element is righteousness, then justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind.
 
You can come back to this slide later to look at them again. But now let’s begin our study of the element grace. Remember these are short definitions to help you start learning about the elements.
 
 
You can take the complete study of each element as they become available at:
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  GRACE
 
Grace is the element that tell us about how God speaks to us.  We see Christ as the Spirit unfolds Him to our understanding. Peter experienced the grace of God when He said to Jesus, “You are the Christ!” Matthew 16:16. Jesus then explained to Peter that he knew this by the revelation of the Spirit. The grace of God carried the power of reason, which Peter reciprocated (faith). Grace carries the conviction of faith for righteousness. Grace draws faith from the heart. 2 Peter 3:18
 
The role Grace plays is revelation. Grace is defined by 5 key definitions and 9 operations of God.
 
Let’s look at the binary relationship between grace and faith.
 
GRACE IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
FAITH IS THE ELEMENT that tell us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- FAITH IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
we also see that we need contact with God for the increase of our faith. Faith will not increase unless grace is first issued.
 
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  FAITH
 
Faith is the element that tells us how God expects man to reciprocate (respond) to grace. This element is an action step you take. It means that you first recognize grace and then yield your mind and emotions to the revelation of the Spirit. Faith is the measure of God. God gives us the tools, truth, and priesthood to express our faith to reciprocate Christ, and in return God reciprocates to us the likeness of His holiness, charity, and fruit. Thus faith is how you use the building blocks of God’s kingdom to reflect Christ and thus please God. Hebrews 11:6-8
 
The role Faith plays is obedience.
 
Again, the  binary relationship between FAITH and GRACE. . .
 
GRACE IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
FAITH IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- FAITH IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
we also see that we need contact with God for the increase of our faith. Faith will not increase unless grace is first issued.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  RIGHTEOUSNESS
 
Righteousness is the element that tells us how God measures your faith to Jesus Christ. God set a standard for your faith to be perfect, to meet His expectations perfectly. When faith is measured against Christ the Spirit carries your faith in the power of His life. Measuring your faith to Christ allows Him to represent you before the throne of God and for God to see the image of His Son in you. 
 
The role Righteousness plays: The ability to measure our faith to Jesus Christ allows our faith to meet God’s expectation perfectly. Romans 10:4
 
Let’s look at the binary relationship between RIGHTEOUSNESS  and JUSTIFICATION.
 
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
JUSTIFICATION IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- JUSTIFICATION IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
we also see that we need contact with God for the increase of our faith. We cannot increase by justification unless Christ is the measure of our faith.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  JUSTIFICATION
 
Justification is the element that tells us how God instructs us to walk in the freedom of Christ, free from condemnation. Because Jesus is the standard of your faith, God will not condemn you for using His knowledge and tools. God instructs us how to reflect Christ in the conscience by using His new Law of Grace and Truth. By this we overcome the testimony of Satan in the soul and live by the testimony of Christ.
 
The role Justification plays is to free us to Christ. Romans 4:25
 
 
Let’s take another look at the binary relationship between JUSTIFICATION  and RIGHTEOUSNESS.
 
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
JUSTIFICATION IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- JUSTIFICATION IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
we also see that we need contact with God for the increase of our faith. We cannot increase by justification unless Christ is the measure of our faith
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  SANCTIFICATION
 
Sanctification is the elements that tells us how God separates us from the world unto Himself. The goal of this separation is to place the Holy Spirit in your heart to give you a new beginning, a new birth into the family of God. The Holy Spirit must be in you for you to experience Christ in the way He promised through His death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit is the witness (power) that confirms Christ in His record. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
 
The role Sanctification plays is to empower faith by the Spirit.
 
There is a  binary relationship that exists between SANTIFICATION  and HOLINESS.
 
SANCTIFICATOIN IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
HOLINESS IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- HOLINESS IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
we also see that we need contact with God for the increase of our faith. We cannot increase in the fruit of holiness if God did not first separate us to Himself
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  HOLINESS
 
And NOW WE COME TO THE ELEMENT HOLINESS
 
Holiness is the elements that tells us how to separate ourselves from the world unto God. The altar of Christ is where the severing action takes place. A true Christian is separated to an altar. When you separate yourself to something it is for the purpose of identifying yourself. The goal of holiness is for you to work with the 12 elements of the gospel in your priesthood that you may identify with Jesus Christ, who only is holy. Holiness follows the Spirit not the flesh. 1 Peter 1:16
 
The role Holiness plays is to reflect Jesus Christ.
 
 
Let’s look AGAIN at the  binary relationship that exists between HOLINESS  and SANCTIFICATION.
 
SANCTIFICATOIN IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
HOLINESS IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- HOLINESS IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
THIS REPITITION IS GOOD FOR YOU. YOU WILL GET USED TO THINKING ABOUT THE ELEMENTS AND HOW YOU ARE TO RECIPROCATE TO GOD. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO LEARN THESE AND TO WORK THEM INTO YOUR PRIESTHOOD.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. We cannot increase in the fruit of holiness if God did not first separate us to Himself through sanctification.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  PEACE
 
Let’s MOVE ON TO THE ELEMENT PEACE. . .
 
Peace is the element that tells us about the power God grants to assist our consistency of faith. Peace buffers the soul to  assist you through the transition that takes place each day as the Spirit transforms you into the nature of Christ. True godliness comes by this power. Peace follows the gaze of our eye. If we follow the eye of logic we will try to find out peace in what our logic sees.  If we see Christ in His knowledge by the reason grace gives us, then He will be our peace. Philippians 4:7
 
The role peace plays is to sustain the soul by the power of God.
 
A  binary relationship that exists between PEACE  and REST.
 
PEACE  IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
REST IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- REST IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. We cannot ENTER INTO OUR REST  if God did not first initiate the peace that passes all understanding.
 
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  REST
 
Rest is the element that tells us that we need to labor with the tools of Christ to partake of Him. This action subdues the desire to labor with the tools of the world for the honor of the world. The knowledge we labor with defines what we are partaking of. God designed the soul to labor to enter into rest. He also designed the soul for Himself. This means that we cannot enter into rest unless we are laboring with the things of Christ to partake of Him. Hebrews 4:3
 
The role Rest plays is to provide labor in Christ for the soul to rest in Him.
 
 
A  binary relationship exists between REST  and PEACE.
 
PEACE IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
REST IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here again we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- REST IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. We cannot ENTER INTO REST if God did not first initiate the peace that passes all understanding.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  CHARITY
 
Charity is the element that tells us that God’s love took the form of Jesus Christ. The image of Christ is there in His knowledge and tools for reciprocation to take place through the priesthood. The image (charity) that is being set before you is being reciprocated. As face answers to face, so the heart of man is to reflect God. The result is that the virtue that defines Christ is the virtue we express and become. 1 Corinthians 14:1
 
The role Charity plays is to express Jesus Christ who is the love of God.
 
 
A  binary relationship exists between CHRITY  and  TRUTH
 
CHARITY IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
TRUTH IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- TRUTH IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. We cannot love God unless God first loved us.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  TRUTH
 
Truth is the element that tells us that we need knowledge for faith and knowledge to reciprocate to God on His level. Faith builds with knowledge.  Jesus Christ is truth, meaning that He is the record, blueprint, and pattern of our faith, which we follow. Jesus swore by Himself to be the eternal pattern/record for salvation;  He is the law and principle we are to follow for righteousness. God’s will is that we would know Him only by the properties of Himself. Truth cleanses and nourishes the soul.  John 14:4
 
The role Truth plays is to set the foundation of knowledge in the heart.
 
A  binary relationship exists between TRUTH  and  CHARITY
 
CHARITY IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
TRUTH IS THE ELEMENT  that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- TRUTH IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. We cannot follow the pattern of His knowledge  unless God first identified Jesus Christ as the pattern of His love.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  REGENERATION
 
Regeneration    is the element that tells us about God’s purpose to restore the soul to the likeness of Christ. God promised that He would give substance to the soul: truth, fruit, virtue, glory, and the honor of God. Faith gives the soul this substance of Christ. Faith is of God’s kingdom and does not serve the nature of man, it serves the power of God. Regeneration  speaks of this divine power for the divine nature. Jesus came to give us life, to provide Himself as the door for our experience of Him. That is the pleasure of His grace. Titus 3:5
 
The role Regeneration plays is to give new life to the soul.
 
 
A  binary relationship exists between REGENERTION  and  THE RENEWING OF THE MIND
 
REGENERATION IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
RENEWING OF THE MIND IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here again we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- RENEWING OF THE MIND IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. The mind cannot be renewed unless God first initiates regeneration.
 
12 FOUNDATION STONES -  RENEWING OF THE MIND
 
Renewing of the Mind is the element that tells us God’s expectation that we retain the mind of Christ, which we gain as a result of His work in us. What is born of this union of knowledge and faith is the mind of Christ. To retain the mind of Christ, remain in your reflection of the Spirit, remain in the reflection of your prayers, remain in the reflection of your prophecy. Titus 3:5
 
The role Renewing of the Mind plays is to retain the mind of Christ.
 
A  binary relationship exists between THE RENEWING OF THE MIND
And REGENERTION
 
REGENERATION IS THE ELEMENT that tells us that God first initiates towards man.
RENEWING OF THE MIND IS THE ELEMENT that tells us about MAN’S response.
 
Here again we see the LAW OF RECIPROCATION IN KIND --- RENEWING OF THE MIND IS THE ELEMENT THAT RECIPROCATES --- By the action of these 2 elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.
 
God is teaching us that we need contact with Him for the increase of our faith. The mind cannot be renewed unless God first initiate regeneration.
 
IN CLOSING. . .
 
 
We can now understand why the 12 Elements of the Gospel are the stones of Jesus’ knowledge and how these stones make up the foundation. . . . . . When you begin to build the foundation of faith you will be able to put the Elements into place to reflect upon them.
 
We see the necessity of this foundation. A weak foundation will make a weak house and a strong foundation will make a strong house.
 
The connection we have with one another is because these stones are also the altar of Christ. When the altar is built of these 12 stones we all speak the same thing, reflecting Christ perfectly in our faith.
 
Remember to pray often to ask the Lord to help you. It is incredible when God begins to open up this knowledge to your heart, building your understanding. Stay within the boundaries of the doctrine of Christ. Everything is made available for you so that you do not have to reach into the tradition of man to give meaning to your faith. [END]
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Last Revised: 2012-02-19

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