1. Beloved, I thank God “… who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” [1 Peter 2:9] I welcome you into the fold as “… heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…;” [Romans 8:17] Though HEIR, you are a NEW BORN BABE in the family of God, and “… the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;” [Galatians 4:1] As a “CHILD”, and not yet SON, the full riches and glory of the inheritance of God in Jesus Christ are not yours until you grow into the “…, knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” [ Ephesians 4:13] I challenge you therefore to “… desire the SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, that ye may grow thereby” [1 Peter 2:2] BABES cannot feed themselves, so you need TEACHERS to bring you up to the “…FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE” [Ephesians 2:20] The “CHIEF CORNERSTONE” is Jesus Christ, the “AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH” without whom we have no part in God [Hebrews 12:2] Regrettably, I must warn you to BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS, as it is written: “… there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES, even DENYING THE LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction” [2 Peter 2:1] Avoid FALSE TEACHERS who will take advantage of your lack of knowledge to DESTROY YOUR FOUNDATION.
2. Brethren, I write to emphasize the importance of Jesus Christ as “CHIEF CORNERSTONE” on whom is laid the FOUNDATION of the “APOSTLES and PROPHETS” and “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” [Psalms 11:3] I plead with you to seek TEACHERS who will TUTOR you in KNOWLEDGE and REVELATION of Jesus Christ and “BEWARE lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY and VAIN DECEIT, after the TRADITION OF MEN, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For IN HIM DWELLETH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY” [Colossians 2:8-9] Listen carefully to your pastor and line up every word with the Bible. Remember, Colossians 2:8-9, confirms the FULNESS OF GOD DWELLS IN JESUS CHRIST. Build your FAITH on the manifestation of God in Jesus Christ and allow no man to confuse you with PHILOSOPHY, TRADITION or WORDS translated from Greek, Hebrew or Latin. The Bible says: “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] Jesus Christ is God manifest in flesh, anything short of that is “DAMNABLE HERESIES” and those who so TEACH are FALSE TEACHERS.
3. I write to you to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and BE NOT ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH THE YOKE OF BONDAGE” [Galatians 5:1] Seek TEACHERS who will RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF TRUTH, separating JUDAISM from CHRISTIANITY [2 Timothy 2:15] The Apostles, for instance, received OFFERING but not TITHE. Ask those who judge you in TITHE, DID JESUS AND HIS APOSTLES GIVE OR RECEIVE TITHES? If so, demand New Testament Church verification. Discountenance PREACHERS who are quick to “… judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME; but the BODY IS OF CHRIST” [Colossians 2:16-17] Watch out for those who will make merchandize of you through BONDAGE to the LAW. The Bible says: “For there is verily a DISANNULLING OF THE COMMANDMENT GOING BEFORE for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in of a BETTER HOPE did; by the which we draw nigh unto God” [Hebrews 7:18-19] “THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT”, therefore, lay your FOUNDATION in Jesus Christ and not in things which did not profit the Jews that received them. Take note, every little deviation from the pattern and precepts of the New Testament Church to pander to the LAW, pollutes your FOUNDATION in Jesus Christ.
4. This LETTER is incomplete if I fail to remind you of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the REWARD that awaits us at His appearance. Thus, said the Lord: “And, behold, I COME QUICKLY; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] I admonish you to stand firm in the WORD OF TRUTH and allow no man to “… BEGUILE YOU OF YOUR REWARD in a VOLUNTARY HUMILITY and WORSHIPPING OF ANGELS, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind” [Colossians 2:18] To BEGUILE is to lead astray from the FOUNDATION of TRUTH, as Satan did to Eve in Eden. You must not allow any man to BEGUILE you into “VOLUNTARY HUMILITY”, as to make you revere any man or religious organization above Jesus Christ. The Bible says: “And CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” [Matthew 23:9] Brethren, God has no grandsons and you are as much a child of God as your Bishop. Concerning angels, it is written: “Are they not all MINISTERING SPIRITS, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” [Hebrews 1:14] Those who make gods out of angels and PREACH outside the revelation of Jesus Christ and “FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS” are LIARS. It is written: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED” [Galatians 1:8]
5. Beloved, I commend you to the GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is able to uphold, strengthen and keep you in FAITH until His appearance in glory. Pray fervently, in FAITH, for the promise of the Holy Ghost, which is the “… earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” [Ephesians 1:14] Flee from FALSE TEACHERS, establish yourself in the WORD OF TRUTH and prepare your garments for the WEDDING SUPPER of the LAMB, amen