The church is a body of people, not an actual physical building in the earth.
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 Alahayim by Yache Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yache Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
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 Alahayim through the Spirit.1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
Knowing this, the church setting can be wherever the members of the body gather, like a home for example:
Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
Seeing as though the church is a people, wherever they gather in the name of the Lord, he is in the midst:
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Church ordinances to review:
The goal of the Church is to become examples of believers in Yache Christ by attaining unto Charity, the bond of perfectness and following peace with all men that we may see the Lord when he comes by walking in the fruits of the Spirit and keeping the commandments unto the end.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
(Charity is the bond of perfectness because Alahayim is Love.)
He that loveth not knoweth not Alahayim; for Alahayim is love.
The testimonies declare that without the Name, Yache, and all the Fruits of the Spirit we shall not enter into the kingdom.
12:8 "The glorious man," saith he, "is the Son of Alahayim, and those six are the glorious angels who guard Him on the right hand and on the left. Of these glorious angels not one," saith he, "shall enter in unto Alahayim without Him; whosoever shall not receive His name, shall not enter into the kingdom of Alahayim."
13:1 "But the tower," say I, "what is it?" "The tower," saith he, "why, this is the Church.
13:2 "And these virgins, who are they?" "They," saith he, "are holy spirits; and no man can otherwise be found in the kingdom of Alahayim, unless these shall clothe him with their garment; for if thou receive only the name, but receive not the garment from them, thou profitest nothing. For these virgins are powers of the Son of Alahayim. If [therefore] thou bear the Name, and bear not His power, thou shalt bear His Name to none effect.
13:3 And the stones," saith he, "which thou didst see cast away, these bare the Name, but clothed not themselves with the raiment of the virgins." "Of what sort, Sir," say I, "is their raiment?" "The names themselves," saith he, "are their raiment. Whosoever beareth the Name of the Son of Alahayim, ought to bear the names of these also; for even the Son Himself beareth the names of these virgins.
15:1 "Declare to me, Sir," say I, "the names of the virgins, and of the women that are clothed in the black garments." "Hear," saith he, "the names of the more powerful virgins, those that are stationed at the corners.
15:2 The first is Faith, and the second, Continence, and the third, Power, and the fourth, Long-suffering. But the others stationed between them have these names-Simplicity, Guilelessness, Purity, Cheerfulness, Truth, Understanding, Concord, Love. He that beareth these names and the name of the Son of Alahayim shall be able to enter into the kingdom of Alahayim.
We must all depart from iniquity and grow in bearing the Fruits of the Spirit so as to stop transgressing the law.
Nevertheless the foundation of Alahayim standeth sure, having this seal, AHAYAH knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
If we receive the name but don’t bear the fruits of the Spirit because we didn't depart from iniquity, we shall not enter the kingdom.
15:3 Hear," saith he, "likewise the names of the women that wear the black garments. Of these also four are more powerful than the rest; the first is Unbelief; the second, Intemperance; the third, Disobedience; the fourth, Deceit; and their followers are called, Sadness, Wickedness, Wantonness, Irascibility, Falsehood, Folly, Slander, Hatred. The servant of Alahayim that beareth these names shall see the kingdom of Alahayim, but shall not enter into it."
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart
If we purge ourselves from these 12 women in black and youthful lust, we shall be good for the master's use.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Ordinances of the Apostles in the Churches
We all come from different walks and mindsets in life, yet our endeavor to be one body and one spirit can be accomplished through these means:
Hermas parable 9
13:7 These all," [saith he,] "received the name of the Son of Alahayim, and received likewise the power of these virgins. When then they received these spirits, they were strengthened, and were with the servants of Alahayim, and they had one spirit and one body [and one garment]; for they had the same mind, and they wrought righteousness.
We receive the one name, Yache, and we receive the holy spirits. It is a work to be clothed in these garments and for us to be in one accord to put our hands to the plow and bear them not looking back to the past mistakes or pleasures nor thinking we are perfect already, but pressing forward to attain unto perfection:
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Yache.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
We confess our faults and continue pressing forward towards the prize through bearing the garments of all 12 virgins:
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Alahayim in Christ Yache.
We go about this journey humbly, not making ourselves of the number of the elect, nor comparing ourselves to one another as each person has their own journey to endeavor, nor do we commend ourselves remembering we are unprofitable servants doing what our master commanded us to do:
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
If we do the contrary, we are not wise, so thankfully we now have wisdom on the right mindset and approach to this walk:
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, Alahayim shall reveal even this unto you.
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
We have already attained unto belief in the name Yache, so let us mind the same rule of obeying his voice and keeping his commandments because we love him. Also let us mind the same thing of attaining unto all 12 virgins.
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
The example of Paul for us to follow is:
Ye are witnesses, and Alahayim also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
So we are to be holy, just, and unblameable by example. The angel of repentance and the shepherd wants us to walk worthy of the gospel
Hermas Parable 9
31:3 Blessed I pronounced you all to be--I the angel of repentance--whoever of you are guileless as infants, because your part is good and honorable in the sight of Alahayim.
Guileless: the quality or state of being simple and sincere. If we speak truth in our hearts and are honest with one another in love, we can be guileless as infants. if we have discord in our hearts it creates cracks within us:
Hermas Vision 3
6:3 "But they that have the cracks, who are they?" "These are they that have discord in their hearts against one another, and are not at peace among themselves; who have an appearance of peace, but when they depart from one another, their wickednesses abide in their hearts. These are the cracks which the stones have. Dealing in a true heart that sincerely endeavors peace can deliver us from the guile of holding discord in our hearts while appearing to be at peace:
Hermas Parable 9
31[104a]:4 Moreover I bid all of you, whoever have received this seal, keep guilelessness, and bear no grudge, and continue not in your wickedness nor in the memory of the offenses of bitterness; but become of one spirit, and heal these evil clefts and take them away from among you, that the owner of the flocks may rejoice concerning them.
Our clefts can be healed by not continuing in wickedness, not grudging, or keeping memory of offenses in bitterness by being forgiving, merciful and longsuffering. These works will make us one spirit if any discord arises:
Hermas Parable 9
31[104a]:5 For he will rejoice, if he find all things whole. But if he find any part of the flock scattered, woe unto the shepherds.
31[104a]:6 For if the shepherds themselves shall have been found scattered, how will they answer for the flocks? Will they say that they were harassed by the flock? No credence will be given them. For it is an incredible thing that a shepherd should be injured by his flock; and he will be punished the more because of his falsehood. And I am the shepherd, and it behoveth me most strongly to render an account for you.
32:1 "Amend yourselves therefore, while the tower is still in course of building.
32:2 the Lord dwelleth in men that love peace; for to Him peace is dear; but from the contentious and them that are given up to wickedness He keepeth afar off. Restore therefore to Him your spirit whole as ye received it.
Knowing this let us set our minds to peace and avoid contention and being given to wickedness. Our good works truly make him happy. He beseeches us through John:
Acts of John 106
He beseecheth you by me, brethren, and entreateth you, desiring to remain without grief, without insult, not conspired against, not chastened: for he knoweth even the insult that cometh of you, he knoweth even dishonour, he knoweth even conspiracy, he knoweth even chastisement, from them that hearken not to his commandments.
Acts of John 107
107 Let not then our good Alahayim be grieved, the compassionate, the merciful, the holy, the pure, the undefiled, the immaterial, the only, the one, the unchangeable, the simple, the guileless, the unwrathful, even our Alahayim Yache Christ, who is above every name that we can utter or conceive, and more exalted. Let him rejoice with us because we walk aright, let him be glad because we live purely, let him be refreshed because our conversation is sober. Let him be without care because we live continently, let him be pleased because we communicate one with another, let him smile because we are chaste, let him be merry because we love him.
Knowing what certainly pleases our Lord, let us be guileless, walk aright, be chaste, live purely and continently, have sober conversation, be in good communication with one another, and love him by keeping his commandments. Surely let us keep from malice being unforgiving, lets we trample upon his mercy:
Hermas parable 9
32:5 "Certainly," I said, "all those, whomsoever He shall find continuing to bear malice, He will punish." "Trample not," said he, "upon His mercy, but rather glorify Him, because He is so long-suffering with your sins, and is not like unto you. Practice then repentance which is expedient for you.
33:1 "All these things which are written above I, the shepherd, the angel of repentance, have declared and spoken to the servants of Alahayim. If then ye shall believe and hear my words, and walk in them, and amend your ways, ye shall be able to live. But if ye continue in wickedness and in bearing malice, no one of this kind shall live unto Alahayim. All things which were to be spoken by me have (now) been spoken to you."
Along with these exhortations, as believers in Yache Christ, we have an example of how we are to operate as a true Church:
1 Clem. 1:3
For ye did all things without respect of persons, ….
No respect of persons in judgement, being willing to be honest with one another in counsel assessing according to the law regardless of who a person is.
There is that destroyeth his own soul through bashfulness, and by accepting of persons overthroweth himself.
If we can’t speak truly in right judgment according to the law to correct one another, we are doing harm to ourselves as the law commands not to have respect of persons. We have example by Paul’s correction of Peter using wisdom to ask a question to let him consider the matter in gentleness as well so as to speak with sound speech ministering grace to the hearer:
1 Clem 1:3
…..and ye walked after the ordinances of Alahayim, submitting yourselves to your rulers and rendering to the older men among you the honor which is their due. On the young too ye enjoined modest and seemly thoughts:
We also walk in humility submitting to our rulers, honoring the elderly, enjoining younger brethren unto modest and seemly thoughts all due to walking after the ordinances of Alahayim
1 Clem. 2:1
And ye were all lowly in mind and free from arrogance, yielding rather than claiming submission,
When we are all lowly in mind submitting to one another, arrogance is not found amongst us. The spirit of pride is something we have to be on guard against as it separates us from unity being hateful to Alahayim and man:
Pride is hateful before Alahayim and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.
For from pride comes contention:
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Contention: heated disagreement. So we know when this occurs pride is in the midst and we need to take a moment and regroup. Disagreements happen but through the fruits we don’t get heated about it, in meekness we speak honestly with each other to find a peaceful means of getting back on one accord. On the other hand, from scripture, the prideful scorner causes issues:
Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
That proud wrath causes one to kindle strife getting into heated disagreements and it’s hard to be at peace with such a man:
Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife,
Pride causes this man to be furious easily and kindle strife adding sin unto sin being a sinful man given to emotions as oppose to the fruits:
A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.
Sadly it’s the spirits of pride that causes debate among the peaceful rather than asking questions sincerely for want of understanding as a brother. Pride can even find place in the faithful and cause them to stumble: Hermas parable 9
22:1 "And from the fifth mountain, which had green grass and was rugged, they that believed are such as these; they are faithful, but slow to learn and stubborn and self-pleasers, desiring to know all things, and yet they know nothing at all.
Stubborn: having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so. Difficult to move, remove, or cure
Self-pleaser: a person who does as he or she pleases, especially without regard to others or to the will of Alahayim
Hermas parable 9
22:1 "And from the fifth mountain, which had green grass and was rugged, they that believed are such as these; they are faithful, but slow to learn and stubborn and self-pleasers, desiring to know all things, and yet they know nothing at all.
If we didn’t come to the knowledge of the fear of the lord to know the focus is to keep his commandments and bring forth fruit, we still have need of learning:
Hermas Parable 9
22:2 By reason of this their stubbornness, understanding stood aloof from them,
Because they didn’t submit to those who had understanding to learn but established their own righteousness instead of submitting to the righteous of Alahayim [Rom 10:1-4] who sent preachers for them [Rom 10:14-15]
and a foolish senselessness entered into them; and they praise themselves as having understanding, and they desire to be self-appointed teachers, senseless though they are.
Sadly, stubbornness and pride lead us to forsake submitting to one another in humility and unto them that have understanding, praising ourselves as wise desiring to teach though it was not ordained of Alahayim:
Hermas Parable 9
22:3 Owing then to this pride of heart many, while they exalted themselves, have been made empty; for a mighty demon is stubbornness and vain confidence. Of these then many were cast away, but some repented and believed, and submitted themselves to those that had understanding, having learnt their own senselessness.
If we find ourselves in this case, it’s when we come out of stubbornness, pride of heart, and vain confidence, we will repent and submit ourselves to those that have understanding after we realize our own senselessness. The key is that it’s for us to realize it ourselves so we have be diligent in self-examination. To identify those that have understanding, they are as follows:
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Wisdom and understanding lead him to fear the Lord and depart from evil:
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
In turn, this man of understanding walks uprightly: and has no joy in folly
If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive understanding: and if thou bow thine ear, thou shalt be wise,
He gains understanding by being a good listener and humbly listening to gain wisdom:
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of Alahayim and man.
He walks in mercy and truth to find good understanding before all:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
He doesn’t lean on his own understanding or desires, but acknowledges the Lord in all ways to ensure his thinking is according to the law and the fruits so as to be directed in right paths. If one comes across this type of man, he is to whom we are to submit ourselves that we may learn understanding if we fell to stubbornness and pride of heart:
And if thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy foot wear the steps of his door.
Understanding who those that have understanding are through scripture, thankfully there is repentance offered to be delivered from the spirits of pride since we were without understanding in the fault:
Hermas Parable 9
22:4 Yea, and to the rest that belong to this class repentance is offered; for they did not become wicked, but rather foolish and without understanding. If these then shall repent, they shall live unto Alahayim; but if they repent not, they shall have their abode with the women who work evil against them.
Knowing these things we have to be mindful of pride lest it put us to shame:
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
This is why we are called unto lowliness of mind to keep from pride so that we may receive honor for having humble spirits:
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
If contention arises from spirits of pride entering in amongst us, we are given wisdom on how to find peace amongst us:
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Hence after the second admonition, a heretic is rejected:
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Heretic: a person believing in or practicing religious heresy.
We reject the heretic knowing they are harming themselves, yet we are still peaceable so we respectfully separate from that person as two can’t walk together unless they agree:
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Now if we fall into any such faults we are exhorted to repent and offend less:
Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less
Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; and force not the course of the river.
Though we fell the Lord will receive us if we repent and restore us back into his flock as he is a lover of souls and winks at ignorance:
But unto them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience.
But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend.
For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing, if thou hadst hated it.
But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls.
Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently.
Repentance is a powerful work to restore us from any stumbling if we are determined not to turn back and hating abominations zealously so as not to do them. Let’s continue seeing our goal to exemplify as believers in the Church
1 Clem 2.1
…. And giving heed unto His words, ye laid them up diligently in your hearts, and His sufferings were before your eyes.
We give heed unto the word of Alahayim holding it in our hearts, for it is as faithful as an oracle:
A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle.
Let our communication be in the law:
Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the most High.
Our speech ought to align with the law and testimonies that light may be in us:
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Let our meditations be in the law so that we may grow in wisdom:
Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of the Lord and meditate continually in his commandments: he shall establish thine heart, and give thee wisdom at thine owns desire.
Along with adhering to the law in all things, through sincerity and simplicity, we can avoid divisions amongst us:
1 Clem. 2:5
Ye were sincere and simple and free from malice one towards another.
1 Clem. 2:6
Every sedition and every schism was abominable to you. Ye mourned over the transgressions of your neighbors: ye judged their shortcomings to be your own.
We are all for one another, having compassion upon one another and sympathizing with one another in like mindedness:
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
We don’t let pride deceive us not to have compassion on the faults of our brother or to think ourselves better because its not something we struggle with. If a brother is overtaken in sorrow or emotions because of a fault committed, we are to encourage them in meekness to get back in the fight as oppose to think we are better being insensitive or not showing compassion:
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. Galatians 6:5
For every man shall bear his own burden.
These are acts of well doing and good works:
1 Clem. 2:7
Ye repented not of any well-doing, but were ready unto every good work.
1 Clem. 2:8
Being adorned with a most virtuous and honorable life, ye performed all your duties in the fear of Him. The commandments and the ordinances of the Lord were written on the tablets of your hearts.
The duties we are to perform are to keep his commandments (eccl 12:13-14) and when we perform that, it shows the laws are written on our hearts. Our endeavor as a body is to gain wisdom, the Holy Spirit, by keeping the commandments:
If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee.
We show forth wisdom by performing the law:
The fear of the Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency.
As we perform the law it shows our knowledge of the Lord’s power and we will continue to grow in understanding of it as well:
He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.
This small understanding in the fear of the Lord is greater than endeavoring to know all things like the stubborn and vainly confident. Lest we be ever learning but unable to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim 3:7)
He that hath small understanding, and feareth Alahayim, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High
Also we are to come together seeking the common welfare and not separate ourselves as if we are already justified so participation in the church is encouraged for believers:
Let us flee from all vanity, let us entirely hate the works of the evil way. Do not entering in privily stand apart by yourselves, as if ye were already justified, but assemble yourselves together and consult concerning the common welfare.
For the scripture saith; Woe unto them that are wise for themselves, and understanding in their own sight. Let us become spiritual, let us become a temple perfect unto Alahayim. As far as in us lies, let us exercise ourselves in the fear of Alahayim, [and] let us strive to keep His commandments, that we may rejoice in His ordinances.
Order in the Church
Now in the Church and interacting amongst each other, we have more guidance. Firstly, those in positions of oversight ought to do so willingly and readily not for financial gain 1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of Alahayim which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
The children of Israel are committed the oracles, giving of the law, and the service of Alahayim, [Rom 9:4] so brethren of the Gentiles do not hold such positions in the Church of teaching the law and presiding over the churches. The children of Israel shall be called by men, “the ministers of our Alahayim” so it is Israel’s duty to minister:[Isa 61:6]
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of Alahayim.
The Spirit of the Lord Ahayah is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our Alahayim:…...
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of Alahayim, and the promises;
Those brethren of the Hebrews in such positions have admonitions to do things right in the sight of the Lord:
1 Peter 5:3
Neither as being lords over Alahayim's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Those in positions of oversight don’t seek to be lords but rather examples of believers to the flock:
1 Peter 5:4
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
They have their reward of the Lord rather than seeking the glory of men and lording over them:
1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for Alahayim resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
We submit to our elders and one another seeking grace through humility:
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of Alahayim, that he may exalt you in due time:
This humility will lead to our exaltation. We have to exemplify the Elect of Alahayim:
Put on therefore, as the elect of Alahayim, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Through the fruits and forbearing one another with forgiveness, we can fulfill the law that no hatred enter in our hearts:
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
If a brother trespasses against us, we are to speak with him about what’s right and not suffer sin upon him lest hatred get an advantage over us to hate our brother by not saying anything. Our words needs be in faith and love as well with good intent of mind and in due season:
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
We have admonitions of how to deal with one another in the faith and as brothers or sisters in Christ Yache. Let every man love his brother and hide one another’s faults and deal discretely with one another in love.
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
These admonitions will allow us to maintain gentleness and goodness when having to admonish one another. If someone continues to do wrong, its unlawful to bear a grudge or render evil for evil:
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
We love through forgiving that we may be forgiven:
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Yache saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
We avoid growing bitter or giving into any works of the flesh as well:
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Eph 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as Alahayim for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Qualifications for Bishops
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of Alahayim; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Qualifications for Deacons
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
Guidelines for the Church
When we sit in group settings to discuss sound doctrine and doctrinal questions we have guidance through scripture to do things in proper order:
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
• Husbands and fathers, let your women ask their questions at home and if it be necessary for you to present the question yourself so as to abide within the ordinance, that would be well to do. Women are also not permitted to teach in church:
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
· When men are discoursing in the Church setting admonitions are as follows:
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to Alahayim.
· If one speaks a foreign language with no interpreter, it’s an ordinance to keep silence and speak to oneself and Alahayim:
Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
We avoid interrupting people in the midst of their talk:
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For Alahayim is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. · Though we let that man be ignorant to the proper order of things, we still have to abide in the commandments of the Lord:
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
In these latter days, children shall prophesy, old men shall dream dreams, and young men shall see visions:
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
A prophet/prophetess is spoken to by dreams/visions and seldom times the voice of Alahayim
And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
This doesn’t mean they understand the dreams or visions though in every instance as these things are in dark sentences hard to be understood unless the interpretation come from Alahayim:
For Alahayim speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. ·
No person was spoken to in the same manner face to face as Moses since the Lord said he will speak with prophets in dreams and visions but not so with Moses:
My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
If a person claims to be spoken to just like Moses it is clear indication of concern that it is not a true prophet. Also, dreams alone doesn’t make one a true prophet as dreams are common to all men:
The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face.
The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them.
For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
Understanding that dreams are common there are true and false prophets, we have guidance to differentiate the true prophets from the false prophets if anyone is in consideration of being a prophet amongst us:
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other alahayims, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your Alahayim proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your Alahayim with all your heart and with all your soul.
Ye shall walk after the LORD your Alahayim, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
If anyone dreamer or prophet leads us unto the service of other deities, we know that is not a prophet to follow because if they were true prophets, they would have caused people to hear His words and turn them from their evil way and doings:
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
When they speak of their own heart they speak peace unto those that despise Ahayah by not keeping his commandments:
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
An indication of a false prophet is one that consents unto an evil doer justifying their walk in their own imaginations with words of peace and prosperity:
For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?
They teach such things to justify every man walking according to the imagination of his own heart since they allege the counsel of the Lord can’t be known, so every man is right in his own eyes. Along with these admonitions of differentiating a true from false prophet, the Angel of repentance, gives more clarity to know the difference between the two:
Hermas mandate 11
1:1 He shewed me men seated on a couch, and another man seated on a chair. And he saith to me, "Seest thou those that are seated on the couch?" "I see them, Sir," say I. "These," saith he, "are faithful, but he that sitteth on the chair is a false prophet who destroyeth the mind of the servants of Alahayim--I mean, of the doubtful-minded, not of the faithful.
1:2 These doubtful-minded ones then come to him as to a soothsayer and enquire of him what shall befall them. And he, the false prophet, having no power of a divine Spirit in himself, speaketh with them according to their enquiries [and according to the lusts of their wickedness], and filleth their souls as they themselves wish. 1:3 For being empty himself he giveth empty answers to empty enquirers; for what-ever enquiry may be made of him, he answereth according to the emptiness of the man. But he speaketh also some true words; for the devil filleth him with his own spirit, if so be he shall be able to break down some of the righteous.
1:4 So many therefore as are strong in the faith of the Lord, clothed with the truth, cleave not to such spirits, but hold aloof from them; but as many as are doubters and frequently change their minds, practice soothsaying like the Gentiles, and bring upon themselves greater sin by their idolatries. For he that consulteth a false prophet on any matter is an idolater and emptied of the truth, and senseless.
1:5 For no Spirit given of Alahayim needeth to be consulted; but, having the power of deity, speaketh all things of itself, because it is from above, even from the power of the divine Spirit.
1:6 But the spirit which is consulted, and speaketh according to the desires of men, is earthly and fickle, having no power; and it speaketh not at all, unless it be consulted."
1:7 "How then, Sir," say I, "shall a man know who of them is a prophet, and who a false prophet?" "Hear," saith he, "concerning both the prophets; and, as I shall tell thee, so shalt thou test the prophet and the false prophet. By his life test the man that hath the divine Spirit.
1:8 In the first place, he that hath the [divine] Spirit, which is from above, is gentle and tranquil and humble-minded, and abstaineth from all wickedness and vain desire of this present world, and holdeth himself inferior to all men, and giveth no answer to any man when enquired of, nor speaketh in solitude (for neither doth the Holy Spirit speak when a man wisheth Her to speak); but the man speaketh then when Alahayim wisheth him to speak.
1:9 When then the man who hath the divine Spirit cometh into an assembly of righteous men, who have faith in a divine Spirit, and intercession is made to Alahayim by the gathering of those men, then the angel of the prophetic spirit, who is attached to him, filleth the man, and the man, being filled with the Holy Spirit, speaketh to the multitude, according as the Lord willeth.
1:10 In this way then the Spirit of the deity shall be manifest. This then is the greatness of the power as touching the Spirit of the deity of the Lord.
1:11 Hear now," saith he, "concerning the earthly and vain spirit, which hath no power but is foolish. 1:12 In the first place, that man who seemeth to have a spirit exalteth himself, and desireth to have a chief place, and straight-way he is impudent and shameless and talkative and conversant in many luxuries and in many other deceits and receiveth money for his prophesying, and if he receiveth not, he prophesieth not. Now can a divine Spirit receive money and prophesy? It is not possible for a prophet of Alahayim to do this, but the spirit of such prophets is earthly.
1:13 In the next place, it never approacheth an assembly of righteous men; but avoideth them, and cleaveth to the doubtful-minded and empty, and prophesieth to them in corners, and deceiveth them, speaking all things in emptiness to gratify their desires; for they too are empty whom it answereth. For the empty vessel placed together with the empty is not broken, but they agree one with the other.
1:14 But when he comes into an assembly full of righteous men who have a Spirit of deity, and intercession is made from them, that man is emptied, and the earthly spirit fleeth from him in fear, and that man is struck dumb and is altogether broken in pieces, being unable to utter a word.
1:15 For, if you pack wine or oil into a closet, and place an empty vessel among them, and again desire to unpack the closet, the vessel which you place there empty, empty in like manner you will find it. Thus also the empty prophets, whenever they come unto the spirits of righteous men, are found just such as they came. 1:16 I have given thee the life of both kinds of prophets. Therefore test, by his life and his works, the man who says that he is moved by the Spirit.
1:17 But do thou trust the Spirit that cometh from Alahayim, and hath power; but in the earthly and empty spirit put no trust at all; for in it there is no power, for it cometh from the devil. Hopefully this helps us identify true prophets and avoid false prophets