Article Based on a Sermon given 1 February 2003

Servants of God's Temple Ministry - Part 2

by Jon Bowles

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Last week I managed half of what I hoped to say. What I probably should have done last time would have been to divide the sermon into two parts. One should have been the 'Servants of God's Temple Prior to the Coming of Christ', and the second part would be the Ministry after Christ's death. Really it has divided itself into that, so today I want to give part 2, which is the Ministry after the death of Christ. I have got five points:

1. I want to just go through a brief recap of what we were talking about last week re. the priesthood.

2. I want to talk about how God has made us ministers of the New Covenant. Really it is to do with developing God's mind and 'the Way.' I know I keep going back to this over and over and over again. So did Mr Armstrong. He used to go back to it continually and he used to continually say; we weren't getting it and we were not getting it. Now having lived through the apostasy, having lived through what we have lived through, I personally am now just starting to get it - I think, I hope. But even so, I still feel I am off track in certain areas that I need to get back on track. And this entire process takes time. But God has made us ministers, us within the ministry, ministers of the New Covenant, this new agreement. And that is not the new covenant given out by Joseph Tkach. That is not what I am talking about at all.

3. I want to show how Paul used Timothy, who was faithful in that way. Now I touched on that last time. I want to go back into that area a little bit more fully.

4. I want to talk about Hebrews and the diaspora, because the diaspora that happened when the Temple was destroyed made the book of Hebrews really come alive. I know Mr Armstrong did an entire session on the book of Hebrews. Hebrews has a lot to say to us about the ministry and the priesthood.

5. I want to talk about the future King Priests.

Re-cap (PLAY FROM 02:57)

So first of all let's recap a little bit from last week on the priesthood. I brought out the fact that the word 'minister' means servant; and the priesthood were also to be the servants, they were to be the ministers, ministers of God at the time. The first area that I went into was really in the beginning how Melchizedek was the kohen who was first used. And the word 'kohen' is just a Hebrew word for priest. But when you find someone with a surname of Cohen, he is one of the Levities, that is where he traces his ancestry back to. And he is more than Levite, he is a priest, he is one of the descendants of Aaron. Now that is where the word kohen comes from.

I also went into Abraham, how he was the servant of God and how God said; "...Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;" (Genesis 18:17). He was a minister, he was a minister of God, and as that he prayed for Abimelech and Abimelech was made well. Again healing is part and parcel of the minister's job, a minister's duty. Job also prayed for his friends, he was the one God was working with. He was the servant of God and he prayed for his friends.

I talked about how the law was added because of transgressions and how burnt offerings and sacrifices were not originally required but to do God's will was what was important. And I pointed out the present time really goes back to this time, this time prior to the Levitical priesthood. And in many ways, the book of Hebrews certainly points out that the Melchizedek priesthood is what we are looking at in the future and what we are really looking at and preparing for now.

I then went into the Levitical system; and particularly it shows how organised God is. Because God is organised in the things that He does. He doesn't change and today's Church also has got to be organised, because that again reflects the mind of God. Mr Armstrong certainly brings this out, it is an organised Being that we are dealing with.

Now the priesthood, the Levitical system, the Aaronic priesthood, the sons of Aaron, they are the ones who are the priests; but they were assisted by Levi. And I showed how the different parts, the different sons of Levi, the different tribes within Levi, were actually having different functions. And again it was an organised system.

I talked about how those who are servants of God, they are actually judged quite severely, more severely than the general populace. Moses, for instance, was barred from the Promised Land when he didn't give God due respect. And yet they are also backed up by God because Miriam and Aaron, who were his brother and sister, were in fact, condemned by God when they went ahead and went against Moses who was faithful, and who was, as God brings out in Numbers 12, the servant, the minister of God.

I went into how, in the same way Aaron as well, the sin offering for the High Priest was greater, it was a bullock, it was similar to a sin for the entire congregation. It was on the par with that; whereas, for the people, the general people, it was a lesser offering that was actually being offered.

In the case of Aaron, he wasn't even to mourn his sons, his two sons died and God killed them and yet He said; "Look, you are not to mourn. You are to get on with the job." So it is quite a difficult job in many ways. And yet when you come to people who went against the priesthood, against the servants of God, in the case of Korah. In fact, we will go and read this over in Numbers 16:10, where is says:

"And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi [this is talking to Korah] with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also [what Korah was after was the priesthood, he was after an elevation in his position]? For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the [Eternal]: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?" (Numbers 16:10-11)

You see they were against Aaron, they were lusting after what Aaron had. And certainly we have seen this within the Church down through the ages. People lust for what is not theirs, they try and get positions that the grace has not been given to them. Now if God does give us a responsibility, we should do that to the best of our ability. We should grow in grace and knowledge, yes, but within where God places us. And if God elevates us, it is God that who does that. It is not ourselves, it is God who will do that. Because Korah was a Kohathite. Now the Kohathites were the ones who actually looked after the ark. But you see Aaron and his sons had to prepare that ark before the Kohathites then transported it. And Aaron and his sons and the high priest would stay with the Kohathites as the ark was being transported. The Kohathites had a very high position. They were sons of Levi, and they were probably the leading tribe within Levi. Except they weren't the Aaronic priesthood. And it seems that it what they were after.

So that was really a recap to a large degree of what did last week. I did start to go into the subject of the fact that God has dealt with Timothy, or rather Paul saw Timothy as being someone who is faithful. We will come on to that a little later.

Ministers of the New Covenant (PLAY FROM 09:25)

Let's go into the second point; that God has made us ministers of the New Covenant. If we turn over to II Corinthians 3:1, it is very clear here where Paul brings this out:

"Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 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 [he talking about their hearts]. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able [or qualified] ministers of the new testament [the New Covenant]; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." (II Corinthians 3:1-6)

And I have pointed out before on a number of occasions, that if you go into the preceding chapter, you will find that what he is talking about - the context - is about the man committing fornication, committing pornea with his father's wife. And he was excluded from the Church. Now he would have been stoned had he been judged by the letter; he should have been stoned. But under the New Covenant, it is an understanding that; "their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17) "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:12). And with that application, this man could - on repentance - come back and it is the repentance that is crucial. Accepting that sacrifice of Christ, the shed blood of Christ, being able to be brought back and therefore remain as a son of God. And it is through that blood that we stand. Without that none of us would have any hope; not one of us would be able to have any hope whatsoever.

But the ministry are; "...made us...ministers of the [New Covenant, this new agreement]; not of the letter, but of the spirit..." (II Corinthians 3:6). Now Mr Armstrong brought his out, go on just a little bit more, before we go onto what Mr Armstrong said, go over to II Corinthians 3:15, it says:

"But even unto this day, when Moses is read [notice, reading the Old Testament, the law of Moses, and it talks about 'remember Moses in that day,' back in Malachi; but it is remembering Moses under the New Covenant, because it says;] the vail is upon their heart [and it is the heart that is the problem]. Nevertheless when it [the heart] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away." (II Corinthians 3:15-16)

So you can read the Old Covenant and you can understand the Spiritual Law that is there. That is contained within it and the whole thing starts making sense for the first time ever. Otherwise you become a legalist, or you become a libertarian. It's hardly that you proclaim liberty, but you are licentious, let's put it that way.

Now if we read what Mr Armstrong has had to say about this, and this particular article I have read it to some degree before, but in the Pastor General's report in July 1st 1983, he is writing about make-up and he describes what sin really is in a way I had not really noticed before. And it is only in this last year that it really as sunk home, in the way I feel it needs to do for all of us.

"In II Corinthians 3:6 [which we have just read], it is written that we must obey the law according to the SPIRIT – that is, the principle or intent of the law – not according to the specific letter." 'PGR July 1983 .'

That is the way Mr Armstrong described what is being said; "Who also hath made us able ministers [and we are servants of God] of the new [covenant] testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." (II Corinthians 3:6). Mr Armstrong goes on and he says:

"Today, I'm afraid, some look at SIN through Old Testament eyes. Unless there is a literal, specific, 'Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt NOT,' then they say, 'Isn’t it OK?' If you look at it that way, you really mean that you want to do Satan's way, and follow the world – that you only want to follow God's way so far as you are compelled." 'PGR July 1983 .'

Now that is profound. Now that is to do with us being made able ministers of the New Covenant. We do not administer the Church in the way the ancient priests did. We are not to administer it that way, as Mr Armstrong says:

"Today, I'm afraid, some look at SIN through Old Testament eyes. Unless there is a literal, specific, 'Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt NOT,' then they say, 'Isn’t it OK?..." 'PGR July 1983 .'

They want to have a list that they go through, and that is not the way it is. God's Law is spiritual. The Law that we are to be under, the Law that we are to administer for eternity is spiritual, and we have got to learn that, and we have got to go that way. And if we are not going that way, we won't be there. That is how serious this subject is. In this same article, the same Pastor General's Report, Mr Armstrong says:

"God’s law defines the WAY of human conduct – first of all, in relation to God, and secondly to human neighbor..."

"God’s LAW is stated in the one word, LOVE. The word LOVE is a PRINCIPLE, and in principle it is opposite to the word LUST..." 'PGR July 1983 .'

So you now have two different ways of life. The way of GIVE and the way of GET. He was on about it all the time. He goes on further down:

"YOU CAN APPLY THAT PRINCIPLE TO ANY QUESTION OF HUMAN CONDUCT. It is the real answer to the SIN question." 'PGR July 1983 .'

That is how sin is understood, it is a spiritual thing. It is not a bunch of do's and don'ts. Yes the law is there, but as it says; "...by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:20). You can see if you are off track with the Law, but you can't get back on track. The way you get back on track is being led by the Spirit of God, because those that are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God. And it is the sons of God that will inherit the Kingdom. And if we are not being led by that spirit, if we are a legalist or if we are licentious we won't be there. So:

"YOU CAN APPLY THAT PRINCIPLE TO ANY QUESTION OF HUMAN CONDUCT. It is the real answer to the SIN question."

"As I write, and THINK on this subject, I am convinced that few understand – even in God’s true Church – the TRUTH on this SIN question."

"A great deal of Protestantism has rubbed off on our people in God’s Church [and it has; he goes on] '...sin IS the transgression of the law' (I John 3:4). But the law of God is SPIRITUAL (Rom. 7:14)." 'PGR July 1983 .'

And that is what we miss, so many miss that today within the Church. The Law is spiritual, it is a principle that is applied. The points of the Law tell us when we are off track so we can get back on track again, but the Spirit of God must lead us. And the heart must turn and when it does then the vail is lifted, and we can understand the points within the Law of God, back in Deuteronomy and so on. And we can see it through the principle, because it is the principle, it is the spirit of God that then leads us. He goes on there, he says:

"...Sin results from a wrong attitude, intent, desire, which is an attitude of mind. Yet sin is also an act. It is the act of yielding to an attitude, desire or purpose contrary to LOVE toward God or toward humans..." 'PGR July 1983 .'

And that therefore is the reason why Satan sinned, because the Law of God is spiritual. It is not the Ten Commandments; the Ten Commandments define it, but the Law of God is a spiritual law. The Ten Commandments show us when we are off track, it doesn't get us back on track. It is a Way - what I should have said was; it is not just the Ten Commandments, it actually goes way, way beyond that. It is the intent, it is the purpose that is there.

So there are two ditches, we have seen these both in the Church, one is liberalism or licentiousness and the other is legalism. And we have seen people who have jumped between the ditches and never touched the path on the way across. I can remember one specific thing that sticks out in my mind and I was staggered when I saw somebody who was so legalistic just jump to being so liberal. The point is, the only conclusion I can come to is, the person involved was carnal, because both ways are carnal. Both ways are a fleshly approach. It is approaching the Word of God from a fleshly point of view. Either you are going to be legalistic or you are going to be licentious or liberal. But that is not the Way. The heart has got to turn. If the heart turns and the heart is following the Spirit of God then you become the sons of God. And that is what it is all about.

God's ministers therefore are his servants. They are serving in this new Temple and the temple are the very people of God. It says over here in II Corinthians 3:1:

"Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation...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." (II Corinthians 3:1-3)

It is in a changed life, it is in the actual heart that turns, that can suddenly see things that are only spiritually discerned. That is what it is all about.

How Paul Used Timothy (PLAY FROM 21:09)

Now onto the next point regarding how Paul used Timothy because he was faithful to the way he had been taught. Turn to Ephesians 2:19. Again scriptures that we have read, and I have read frequently and I will continue to read them because it is so important in the place that we find ourselves today, but here it says:

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God [he is talking to the Gentiles now]; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone [the chief prophet and apostle]; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Now we have just read how in fact it is manifest that 'we are the ministers of Christ' because you can see it written, the epistle, the letter of commendation is written in the very hearts of the people that Paul was dealing with, because these were converted people. It says; "In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:22). In Ephesians 3:1 it says:

"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles [for this cause, because of the temple], If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words [here is the grace that was given to Paul specifically for their benefit so that they would become this temple], Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister [this is what Paul's function was, the grace that was given to him was to become a servant of God to take this Word], according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power." (Ephesians 3:1-7)

Now that was the grace that was given to Paul. He was making known this revelation to the world at large, yet some didn't get it. They took upon themselves grace that had been given to Paul, and yet there was one person who did understand and that was Timothy. Go on to Ephesians 4:1, it says:

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3)

You see if we as ministers are faithful ministers, faithful servants of God and if the people of God recognise where the faithful servants of God are; the faithful servants of God will place themselves under the revelation that God gives to the world at any particular time. The revelation to the particular part of the world that Paul was going to, the Gentiles, was given through Paul, and Timothy recognised that and he was a faithful minister. He was a faithful servant of God, recognising the apostle under which he worked. He says in Ephesians 4:4:

"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." (Ephesians 4:4-8)

So each of us have been given gifts. I mentioned this when I gave the sermon - I think it was - 'Frozen Armstrong'. But the grace that is given to us, the gifts that are given to us.... Ephesians 4:9-10 are bracketed then; then beginning in Ephesians 4:11, it says:

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting [or maturing] of the saints, for the work of the ministry [or service], for the edifying of the body of Christ:" (Ephesians 4:11-12)

For teaching the very body of Christ, this Temple that was being talked about in the preceding chapter, until we all come in the unity of the faith, it is one faith, one baptism, one spirit, we are one Church, one body. In certain instances there is a case where, looking at the Laodicean church, Christ is on the outside knocking and they do not get it. They do not understand it and we can fall into that very easily, all of us can do that. Ephesians 4:13 says:

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect [or mature] man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine [of teaching], by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" (Ephesians 4:13-15)

If you go back to Ephesians 3:3, Christ revealed to Paul, gave him understanding, and the mystery of Christ. In I Corinthians 4 we see Timothy being used by Paul because he was faithful, because he was a faithful servant of God and placed himself clearly under the revelation that had been given to him, because it came through Paul. He did not have the revelation given to him outside of the apostle who was over him, and neither do we. The apostle that was over us was Mr Herbert Armstrong. That is where the revelation came through, it didn't come through each and everyone of us.

It is interesting, I was just looking at a Pastor General's Report, this is back in August 2nd 1979. It is shortly after the Attorney General had gone in there and Mr Armstrong was talking about the problems. There were two Pastor General's Reports within four days of each other, one was August 2nd 1979 and then he sent another one out August 6th 1979. So something was going on then, and it is pretty clear what it was and he was sorting out the ministers. He was making adjustments in the structure of the ministry. In the one of August 2nd 1979, he said:

"What has happened, through the years? A power bloc has developed in the Work – a power bloc headed by these various 'heads of the ministry' – of ministers that were NOT loyal to Christ or His Apostle, but to the one using politics at Pasadena." 'PGR 02 Aug 1979.'

Now this is under the title: 'Christ now moves to put God's Government back on the Track.' It is talking of how the government of God flows down from Christ to the Church and he is talking about the way in which it flows through the apostle, in this case himself. It says:

"In the emergency, I set Mr. Roderick Meredith as head of the ministry until I could decide how to eliminate this POWER BLOC by having a man as 'head of the ministry' – which is virtually the same as being head of the Church and the entire Work. Such an office simply does not belong in God’s Church."

"Therefore I am ABOLISHING that office entirely. Christ’s Apostle is the human head over the ministry, and MUST NOT BE CUT OFF FROM THE MINISTERS!..." 'PGR 02 Aug 1979.'

Everyone of us in the ministry has a responsibility to make sure that we are aligned with Christ and Christ teaches us, every single one of us in the ministry, through the apostle that was sent to us. Now, if we happen to be finding ourselves in a structure and somebody goes off track above us and we go to them and we warn them, but they aren't having it, we are duty bound to move. And I have done that, I don't know how many times; several times. And that is what it says, very clearly here, as I say, I just happen to come across this in preparation, in preparing this. He says:

"Therefore I am ABOLISHING that office entirely. Christ’s Apostle is the human head over the ministry, and MUST NOT BE CUT OFF FROM THE MINISTERS! Mr. Meredith is being transferred back as Dean of the Faculty or Ambassador College."

"Jesus Christ is the LIVING HEAD of the Worldwide Church of God, and of the College and the Foundation. I have prayed urgently and repeatedly for His guidance, and I know that I have it."

"Jesus Christ has been moving swiftly the past year to SET HIS CHURCH BACK ON GOD’S TRACK! Christ’s second coming is near – and His Church is NOT yet ready. Christ is moving through His Apostle to MAKE US READY!" 'PGR 02 Aug 1979.'

And I don't think Mr Armstrong realised that; yes, Christ was moving through His apostle, but you see there is one thing that had to happen between then and now, and that was a great falling away had to take place. That hadn't happened. He thought maybe it happened in the early 1970's but no it didn't. It happened later after his death. And that falling away took place and we have to go back then to the way in which the Church was placed back on track and this time make sure we put ourselves back on track. And the ministry do have a responsibility before God to do that. As Timothy was faithful to that way.

So that was one Pastor General's Report that I noticed. The other one 'Christ Now Sets His Ministry Back on God’s Track'. This is the government within the ministry itself. The one on the 2nd August was talking about how the structure comes down from Christ through the apostle to the ministers and it gets rid of the kind of politicking which was in Pasadena, we are responsible to make sure we are aligned with the apostle directly. But he also then goes on and he talks about the ministry. He says:

"The system that has led to competitive power blocks within God’s Church, from the Director of the Ministry on down, is now a thing of the past. There is no room for special power blocks seeking competitive political power in God’s Church."

"We in the Church of God are ONE BODY, under Jesus Christ as our Head."

"Through His chosen Apostle, the living Christ, as HEAD of God’s Church has continued moving swiftly to restore PEACE, and HARMONY and UNITY within this specially called Body of Christ. I am reminded of my mother’s favorite passage in the Bible, 'Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity' (Psalm 133:1)." 'PGR 06 Aug 1979.'

But it is unity under the apostle as as been allocated to an area and to a time frame. He goes on and says towards the end of this:

"There will be no line authority under Senior Pastors." 'PGR 06 Aug 1979.'

It is interesting that he says:

"As I stated in the most recent Pastor’s Report, this entire system of Pastoral Administration has brought only disharmony, a competitive spirit, and a coveting of power within the Church of God."

"God teaches us that we must have UNITY! We must all SPEAK THE SAME THING, and be of ONE MIND – the mind of CHRIST and God’s Holy Spirit. Self-seeking has no place in the Church of God, and the Church has been full of it. As Christ leads, we are trying to eliminate all that, and restore humility, the attitude of 'GIVE' instead of 'GET,'..."

"I ask you all to PRAY fervently and earnestly for PEACE, HARMONY, and UNITY and a self-sacrificing spirit within God’s Church."

"Jesus Christ GAVE HIMSELF for the church that it might be holy, without spot or wrinkle or blemish. We must confess we have been full of spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Christ is coming very soon. TIME IS SHORT. Revelation 19 says the Church will have made herself READY when Christ comes. WE ARE NOT YET READY!"

"PLEASE HELP ME, dear Ministers of the living GOD, to make God’s Church READY!" 'PGR 06 Aug 1979.'

Now he had senior pastors and the senior pastors were the area co-ordinators and therefore were the ones who had ministers and local elders and so on - they administered the people underneath them. But it not a kind of a structure, it was a case that the ministers had a responsibility through to the head of the Church humanly, which was the apostle. And the senior pastors however, had a responsibility to administer their area. And if we look over in I Corinthians 4:1 notice it says:

"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ [the servants of Christ], and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." (I Corinthians 4:1-2)

Now this is dealing with the problems that were in the Corinthian Church where people were not faithful and in I Corinthians 4:13, it says:

"Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me [remember Paul was the apostle sent to them]. For this [reason] have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power." (I Corinthians 4:13-19)

So there was an authority there. Now Timothy was faithful to the apostle that was over him. And if we find a senior pastor faithful to the apostle that is over him, if we are under that senior pastor, we cannot go ahead and say; "Ah well I think we should do it this way." That is just simply not on. That is not the Government of God. And certainly Mr Armstrong would never sanction that behaviour at all. But Timothy was faithful to the way in which he was taught. Turn over to I Timothy 1:3 and have a look briefly, it says:

"As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end [point or the focus] of the commandment is [love, it is exactly what Mr Armstrong was saying, it is exactly what Mr Armstrong brought out, it is a Way, this is what is coming from the apostle that was over Timothy] out of a pure heart [a heart that turns], and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;" (I Timothy 1:3-8)

If he uses it according to the spirit of the law which you get from the apostle. You see Paul was the apostle, Timothy was the faithful minister and he had other ministers underneath him, he had other elders, that were underneath him. He was the senior pastor. He was an evangelist, but he was a senior pastor for the area that he was actually working in and he was expected to go ahead teach faithfully the words of the apostle. He did so, and if he did so the other elders that are under him were expected to be submissive to him. And the thing that he was talking about, is the end point, the focus, of the commandment is this agape, is love, it is an attitude, it is an expression as Mr Armstrong talked about. It says:

"God’s LAW is stated in the one word, LOVE. The word LOVE is a PRINCIPLE, and in principle it is opposite to the word LUST..."

"YOU CAN APPLY THAT PRINCIPLE TO ANY QUESTION OF HUMAN CONDUCT. It is the real answer to the SIN question." 'PGR July 1983 .'

And yet, here he was saying that some; "Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm." (I Timothy 1:7) because they are off track. They as ministers had gone away from the apostle that they should have been under and trying to actually teach other people. If someone who is a senior pastor remains under that apostle, then they remain there. They can't be removed. You can't take them away because they are under the authority that God and Christ have placed over them. And that is the way it is. In I Timothy 1:10, bottom part, notice it says:

"...and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound [teaching]; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; [And in verse 14] And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." (I Timothy 1:10-12,14)

And down in I Timothy 1:18, it says:

"This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander [these were probably ministers, and they were preaching things which were not in accordance with the apostle that had been sent to them]; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme." (I Timothy 1:18-20)

Now Timothy was over them in that sense and he is encouraging him in I Timothy 1:18, saying you hold fast to the faith that has actually been given to you. If we go on to I Timothy 4:6, it says:

"If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ [a good servant of Jesus Christ. What kind of things? The things that he had been teaching earlier on]...But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness." (I Timothy 4:6-7)

In other words; get the big picture and he then goes on, notice in I Timothy 6:20:

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science [or knowledge] falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen." (I Timothy 6:20-21)

So it is very important as far as a minister is concerned that they keep what is entrusted to them. You find that in II Timothy 1:13:

"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me [notice it is the form which he had heard of Paul who was the apostle], in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us [it is a spiritual thing, the Law of God is spiritual, it is a new covenant ministry; it doesn't mean to say that you ignore what is in the law of Moses, you don't, but you use the law lawfully]. This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:" (II Timothy 1:13-16)

II Timothy 2:1:

"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus [the grace that is actually given to him]. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (II Timothy 2:1-2)

So he, remember was an evangelist and he was the chief pastor, the one who was set over the ministers and he was to then teach others, but they were to teach has they had been taught. II Timothy 2:14:

"Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study [or be diligent] to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;" (II Timothy 2:14-17)

So again it is the vain babblings, the profane and vain babblings, that go to ungodliness because the truth that he is talking about; "...rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15), he is talking about spiritual things. He is talking about the kind of things that Mr Armstrong would talk about because Mr Armstrong was the apostle sent to us. Now II Timothy 2:23:

"But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (II Timothy 2:23-26)

II Timothy 3:1:

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy," (II Timothy 3:1-2)

So we are looking now that in this context the servant is, as it says; "...the minister [a servant] of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves...[because] in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves..." (II Timothy 2:24-3:2 paraphrased). They will have their own agendas. II Timothy 3:10 notice:

"But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, [Notice verse 14] But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;" (II Timothy 3:10,14)

Knowing of whom you have learned them. And he goes on about scriptures, but it is scriptures in the way in which he has been taught. II Timothy 4:3:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound [teaching]; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry [your service]. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand." (II Timothy 4:3-6)

So he was to keep it after Paul died. If we go on into Titus 1:1. I am hitting the high spots, through Timothy and Titus, because Timothy and Titus were faithful ministers, faithful servants of God:

"Paul, a servant [or slave] of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;" (Titus 1:1)

You see the reason we are being taught by God at this time, is so that we are to become like Him, like God. It is the truth after godliness. So that we have God's character. Titus 1:5:

"For this cause left I thee in Crete [he talks on about the truth that is after godliness], that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:" (Titus 1:5)

So from the apostle to this chief pastor, who is Titus, or in the previous one, Timothy, the elders then were under them. And as long as the pastor or the chief pastor was in harmony and was following and trying to do what it was saying in these verses that we have just read - not going after vain janglings, striving about the law that is of no profit, but going to the heart and core of the law; to the principle. To the principle of it that can be applied to any question of human conduct. As long as they are repenting where necessary, then they are as it says here in Titus 1:9:

"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught [now this is what happens to the elders that are under the chief pastor, the person that is over them], that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." (Titus 1:9-11)

In other words they are doing it for money's sake. Titus 2:1, it says:

"But speak thou the things which become sound [teaching]: [Verse 7 notice] In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you." (Titus 2:1,7-8)

And notice over in Titus 3:9 it says:

"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain." (Titus 3:9)

You have got to go to the principle. I am not talking about some licentious way that we went through in the apostasy through Mr Tkach. I am not talking about that at all. But I am saying, that we have got to go to the principle, that Mr Armstrong says, that can be applied to any question of human conduct. It is the real answer to the sin question. It mirrors what Paul is telling the people that were under him that were faithful. And yet there were people there that were not faithful that, in fact, were going their own way.

Turn over to Matthew 24:42. I think it is worth drawing this scripture in here because it is not just Timothy that has to be faithful. It is very clear prophetically that also the ministry at this time have got to be faithful. Notice it says:

"Watch therefore [be alert]: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up [we have seen the household of God broken up and the ministers of God were not faithful, they were not watching]. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24:42-44)

It is going to be a very similar thing out in the world, and if we are caught with our pants down this time, it will be much more serious. We were given a trial run in the 1970's about getting back on track. We then all fell asleep and we then went into apostasy. We are now given the chance to to get back on track again and if we don't do it this time, we will find ourselves in the tribulation. That is really what it is saying. Matthew 24:45:

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant [minister], whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart [he doesn't actually after go out and say; "Oh yes, of course, Christ isn't coming," but in his heart, in his way, his way of doing things], My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;" (Matthew 24:45-49)

Be off track, in other words, and we do, we have people off track and they contend about words, and it is clear from Timothy and Titus that is not the contention we need. Striving about points of the law, instead of going to what the apostle has actually given us, that says that you can apply that principle to any question of human conduct. And that does not give us an excuse to go ahead and start breaking the Sabbath or the Holy Days or anything else. It allows us to apply it to things like make-up. To apply it to things like birthdays or smoking or areas that the Law is not quite clear in, But Mr Armstrong is able to do that and he has done that and he shows us how to apply it. Matthew 24:50:

"The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:50-51)

Matthew 25:1:

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were [stupid]." (Matthew 25:1-2)

And the stupid took their lamps and didn't take any oil with them. They were foolish. I think stupid is a better word for it.

Hebrews (PLAY FROM 55:31)

Let's go to Hebrews 5:4, God is quite scathing to the ministers - really just the same as He always was. He judged the priests of old with a harsher judgement than the general people. It says, talking about the High Priest:

"And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee [Psalm 2:7]. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec [Psalm 110:4]." (Hebrews 5:4-6)

So we see that Christ actually is ordained by God. He is ordained a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. We are going back now, we are going beyond the time of the Levitical priesthood. We are going back into the time prior to that at the time of Abraham and we find that the laws that were added: the sacrificial, the washings, the ordinances, they fell away. And this time that the book of Hebrews is talking about is the destruction of the Temple. Or it is actually addressing the time the Temple is just about ready to fall away and disappear. And that system, that Old Testament system that was there. The old administration was about ready to disappear, and a new administration of which the current ministry is a part, is about to take its place. In Hebrews 7:1 notice it says:

"For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises." (Hebrews 7:1-6)

Now this was in fact talking about the tithing system; because if you go through the early epistles you will find that actually it doesn't talk about the tithes being received by the apostles. Now whether they were or not, I am not sure. There is indication that seems to indicate that in certain cases that they were. It says; "Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife [or whatever]..." (I Corinthians 9:5). So it indicates, yes they did have the power to have offerings certainly from the people in their charge. But it may have been until the Book of Hebrews was written that people still tithed to the people of Aaron, because that was what the Law said. And it seems as if Hebrews - certainly in the area around the Temple area in Jerusalem - seems to be giving the change. In Hebrews 7:11 it says:

"If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed [notice], there is made of necessity a change also of the law." (Hebrews 7:11-12)

Now what law? The law of tithing. That is what he is talking about. So that the tithes instead of going to the Aaronic priesthood are now going to the Melchizedek priesthood. Hebrews 7:13:

"For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. For there is verily a disannulling [or setting aside] of the commandment..." (Hebrews 7:13-18)

Of what commandment? It is the command of who you tithe to. You do not tithe to the Aaronic priesthood any more but the tithe is now taken by the Melchizedek priesthood. And notice it goes on then, right the way through this section. You will have to read it yourself. If we go to Hebrews 10:4 notice in it says:

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me [Psalm 40:6-8],) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." (Hebrews 10:4-9)

So what he is saying to you in effect is that the sacrificial system, the offerings and sacrificial system were then taken away and what is being placed in its place is this New Covenant ministry or administration and this new administration is to do the will of God. So as Mr Armstrong says;

"God’s LAW is stated in the one word, LOVE. The word LOVE is a PRINCIPLE, and in principle it is opposite to the word LUST..."

"YOU CAN APPLY THAT PRINCIPLE TO ANY QUESTION OF HUMAN CONDUCT. It is the real answer to the SIN question."

"As I write, and THINK on this subject, I am convinced that few understand – even in God’s true Church – the TRUTH on this SIN question." 'PGR July 1983 .'

And yet this ministry, the servants of God in this New Testament time, this New covenant times, is as it says here; "...He taketh away the first [the offerings, the ordinances, the washings, it was the Temple rituals], that he may establish the second." (Hebrews 10:9). A people that are doing the will of God.

The law of tithing hasn't changed, the law of tithing stays. It is a Law of God. Abraham tithed. This was long before the Levitical system. It was not part of the Levitical washings and ordinances. But what we have go to do as people of God, is to determine where is the will of God being done. Because that identifies the Melchizedek priesthood and we have got to see where that is, where the tithe goes. And that is for us to determine. The Book of Hebrews is explaining largely that subject. It says in Hebrews 10:10:

"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10)

And we are being sanctified as it said. Paul wrote 'we don't have any need to put an epistle together about who we are, because you are our epistle written in your heart. Because you understand the Word of God.' The vail is lifted because the heart is turned. And we therefore have a duty to go and say, "Where is that Word of God? Where is the will of God being done? Hebrews 10:16 notice:

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. [Verse 19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way..." (Hebrews 10:16-17,19-20)

Remember when Apollos was in Ephesus; "...when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly." (Acts 18:26). Hebrews 10:20:

"By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh [because His flesh was torn open when the spear went in and the vail was torn when His flesh was torn]; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:20-22)

So we go with that new and that living way and we are duty bound to find those that are doing the will of God, where the word of God is being expounded correctly. And this change in the law specifically of tithing, not the law of tithing but who you tithe to, also goes along with it. So as far as the ministry is concerned, God has still provided for His people, just the same way as He did in the past. But the onus is on each and every one of us to make sure that we do determine where in fact that will is being done. That is what the book of Hebrews is all about. I am not going to go into it any more than that.

I will just read one quote from Mr Armstrong. In the Mystery of the Ages, page 265 it says the following, under the heading 'Real Purpose of the Church':

"NOW MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL – what is the REAL PURPOSE for the Church? WHY did God have Christ raise it UP?"

"The CHURCH is the spiritual MOTHER of human converts. They are the spiritual embryos and fetuses as yet UNBORN, although begotten by God’s Holy Spirit – already children of GOD."

"The CHURCH is God’s spiritual ORGANISM, well organized, for feeding on spiritual food, training and developing in spiritual righteous CHARACTER the future GOD BEINGS – sons of God the Father!" ‘Mystery of the Ages

Now that is the purpose of the Church and when it says; to do your will, Oh God, that is what you are looking for. Where are we going to be fed? Where is the feeding of God's people going to be?

King Priests (PLAY FROM 1:07:40)

Just a few scriptures now in closing. First of all over in I Peter 2:5 because it is a case of being King Priests it says:

"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. [Notice verse 9] But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;" (I Peter 2:5,9)

Now the ministry today are fulfilling a role that God has given them and He also gives grace accordingly to lead His people. To enable the spiritual organism, the ones who God is developing at this time for a purpose to be fed and be correctly fed. But every single one of us is part of this chosen generation and royal priesthood. We are here to become priests of God and if you notice what it says in I Peter 2:11;

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;" (I Peter 2:11)

We are in this world as strangers and pilgrims because we are the priests of the future world, we are the ministers of that future world. The servants of God, administering the way of God. And as I say, if we do not learn that Way; if we are bogged down on the one side with legalism or if we become licentious and we become liberal in our attitude towards God's law and God's ways - either extreme - we won't be there.

We have got to understand the principle and get behind the fact that God's law is love. And the word love is a principle and is in principle the opposite of the word lust. And it can be applied in all different areas of life because we are going to have to apply that principle; not only in our lives now but in the future as well, in the very Kingdom of God. This is what we are being trained for. Let's go back to Hebrews again, we will just read some of these verses that we have read before. Notice in this section. Hebrews 6:17, is says:

"Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong [encouragement], who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." (Hebrews 6:17-20)

So we see this High Priest that has gone before us after the order of Melchizedek and notice what it says, in Hebrews 2:6. We can go before God the same way as Christ can, because Christ is there behind the vail. We go before God, we can have forgiveness before God, through the new agreement, the New Covenant. Notice it says:

"But one in a certain place testified [Psalm 8:4-6], saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower [or for a little while lower] than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one [one family]: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren," (Hebrews 2:6-11)

Now we saw that Christ was made a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Aaron was the Aaronic priesthood because of the family in which he was. We too in the future are going to be priests and kings because Melchizedek was a Priest King or a King Priest, which ever way round you want to look at it and that is what we are to become. We, every single one of us within the Church are training to be ministers, to be servants of God. It is just that one or two of us have been granted grace to expound these words so that the rest, within the Church can be an organised organism in which the entire body can grow as a dwelling place of the very Spirit of God. As a dwelling place of the Godhead, so that we can become God beings. And those God beings are going to be priests. They are going to be servants of God. Revelation 20:4:

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. [Christ is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, Psalm 110:4, that context is in the Kingdom of God and we are to reign with Christ, a thousand years] ...This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:5-6)

Our job within the Church is to become ministers, servants of God, for the Millennium, to administer the way of God. It is not just a whole bunch of do's and don'ts. It is a principle that applies to any question of human conduct. It is the new agreement whereby we will be able to have the other people in the world, also follow the same spirit, be led by that Spirit of God. Revelation 22:1:

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. [Verse 3] And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants [His ministers] shall serve him: [Go down to the end of verse 5] ...for the Lord God giveth them light: and they [His servants, His ministers] shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:1,3,5)

That is what we are all training for. That is the purpose of the ministry today, it is the reason why God has organised His Church, as Mr Armstrong said:

"The CHURCH is God’s spiritual ORGANISM, well organized, for feeding on spiritual food, training and developing in spiritual righteous CHARACTER the future GOD BEINGS – sons of God the Father!" ‘Mystery of the Ages

It is not just a list of do's and don'ts. It is to learn these principles, or that principle of GIVE, outgoing concern, that is answering any question of human conduct. It is the answer, the real answer to the sin question. And it is something that we have got to get to grips with ourselves, so that we can in fact, in the future be these King Priests. That is what it is all about.