PART FOUR: A Scriptural Summary:
The Departure of The Church
By Ed Tarkowski

SYNOPSIS: BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD

God had a plan before creation that He would follow with an ultimate purpose in mind.

He would work out everything according to the purpose of His will for His own satisfaction.

He would bring His plan to completion and this work would center in Christ.

SYNOPSIS: THE LAMB BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD

The holy, chosen Lamb was always with the Father.

The Lamb, who came in the flesh, is to be exalted over all things in heaven and on earth.

SYNOPSIS: GOD'S PURPOSE FOR MAN BEFORE CREATION

For His own pleasure and satisfaction, God willed that He would have a family of adopted sons created after the image of the first-born.

If man fell, God would restore him to holiness by grace because man would be unable to bring about his own restoration. God would do it "because of his own purpose and grace" by the work of the Lamb of God.

God promised to give man, "at his appointed season," "a faith and a knowledge [that would rest] on the hope of eternal life."

All who accepted that knowledge by faith would be destined for glory.

God purposed to sanctify us by the Spirit and His word so He could glorify us as sons.

By creating one new man through the cross, from Jews and Gentiles, God would manifest His wisdom "through the church . . . to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms according to his eternal purpose which [he would] accomplish in Christ Jesus our Lord."

The mystery, once revealed, was to be shared in its fullness so man could cooperate with God in bringing about His ultimate intention through the preaching of the gospel.

The Church was to be established by the gospel. Then it would proclaim that gospel to the nations (the people) so they could accept God's offer to adopt them as His sons.
The Church would be commissioned to proclaim the full revelation of Christ, "that which was from the beginning."

All who believe would inherit a visible kingdom at Christr's second coming, a kingdom that the Father has already prepared for them.

SUMMARY: How To Maintain A Consistent Walk With The Lord To the End Of The Age

Over the past twenty years, the Church has gone off in so many directions, its seems doubtful that it could find its way back even if it wanted to. But it can, on an individual basis. The key to our walk is that we have to MAINTAIN what has been nearly LOST. Let´s look at three points:

1. Maintain a true Point of Reference, what God had determined before the creation of the world.

If we start with a false Point of Reference, then we are starting from a WRONG STARTING POINT. What are the false Points Of Reference we are concerned with? Man in his fall, man in his commision, man as the restorer of what Adam lost. Using any of these as a starting point will only give a false perspective on what the Christian life is all about and what God wants to bring about.

See the parts as a working whole. If we don´t see this, we will be spiritually near-sighted, and miss the beauty of the whole plan, as well as be deceived into a false agenda.

2. Maintain our Point of Coordination. If we start with a wrong Point of Reference, our procedures will be wrong, and our progress will be off course. We would then have no plan to coordinate our direction, only a handful of parts. Our Point of Reference (God before Creation) and our seeing the many parts as a whole (His activity in time, space and history) has to then be directed to a common, specified end. So, we need a Point of Coordination, a standard, a measure to make sure everything is on course heading to a predetermined end.

3. Departing From The Faith

1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

What faith are we speaking of here? Jude 3 says,

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once DELIVERED UNTO the saints.

How was that faith delivered to the saints? Where did it come from? Paul said,

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

We have a gospel that was kept secret SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. That gospel reveals a person who was hid SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. That mystery and that person hid SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN was revealed to Paul by a revelation. So the gospel of Jesus Christ is our faith, but it is a faith established SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. In other words, the POINT OF REFERENCE for our faith is not so much from Paul´s day, but from BEFORE CREATION. Paul told the Church, "We have watched and heard through the scriptures of the prophets over the past 6,000 years all about the PARTS of a WHOLE PLAN of God. Let´s put the parts together and see a unified whole." The third point we talked about was the Point of Coordination. Paul said, "This mystery hid since creation and now revealed are all parts of a whole plan, and God has been coordinating it all over centuries according to what He determined before He created anything. He will continue to do so because all that the prophets have said is not yet fulfilled." God is going to coordinate the completion of His plan to the end, and he won´t change it.

What I have said is, I believe, the foundation that will give us strength as we head towards the end of the age. For 6,000 years God has not failed. He has worked through sin and rebellion and deception and lies and "new revelations" and all that the devil could throw at Israel and the Church, and yet, here we are, a people ready to walk through hard times to the end of His plan. We need to have this foundation. That´s why I repeated it so much in various ways.

I want to give you three examples of how the Church has been led off the path.

First, there are those who recognize the desperate needs of mankind and would emphasize the social work that must be done BY MAN in the Church. Man meeting desperate needs was not in the original plan. Man setting up God‘s government was not in the original plan. Man uniting all things was not in the original plan. Christ has been replaced by the Church in all of these areas.

Second, another group, while recognizing the social needs of man or what must be done BY MAN, believes the emphasis must FIRST be placed on understanding what God has done FOR MAN. Redemption, the cross, salvation, a provider, etc. Attaining to a corporate Christ, the Word of Faith movement, health, wealth and prosperity - all of these are the results of starting agendas at a wrong starting point.

Third, there are the more spiritual types who feel all of this is too shallow and they would rather place the emphasis on the work God must do IN MAN. What comes into play in this area is the transformation of man, first in his being and then in his society as a necessary result. The Manifest Sons doctrines would fall into this group.

I think these three points, which once were independent arguments in themselves, have now come together as the overall vision of the deceived Church in our time.

What is the problem with these things? They are primarily concerned with MAN and HIS needs, rather than God and His original plan. It is impossible to look before the foundation of the world to see what God had originally intended and fit these three points into that. You just can´t do it. They are not:

1. Part of the Point of Reference.

2. They are not parts of the unified whole in Christ.

Because these first two points are true, there can be no point of coordination concerning them in the original plan, and therefore where the Church is ending up is in the world. It cannot reach the destination God had determined before Creation.

Man is the capstone of God´s creation.

We are OF Him, meaning we´re no accident. We display His image and likeness.

We exist THROUGH him. He made us. He created us. We fell. He saved us.

We exist UNTO Him and are to return UNTO Him. He will bring us into His immediate presence.

Adam Failed God's Purpose

God created Adam for a purpose, but Adam never came to the point of realizing it, because:

"sin entered the world through one man [the first Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned"
(Rom. 5:12).

God did, however, accomplish that purpose in Christ:

"His intent was that . . . the manifold wisdom of God should be made known . . . according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Eph. 3:10,11).

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PART ONE: A Scriptural Summary: Paul's Revelation Of God's Hidden Mystery
PART TWO: A Scriptural Summary: The Church And God's Hidden Mystery
PART THREE: A Scriptural Summary: Our Point Of Reference And Co-ordination
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