3 Plumb Lines for the Church in the Age to Come

3 Plumb Lines for New Generation Followers of Yeshua!

As for me and my house (Kingdom Equipping Center), we agree to covenant together to let these three plumb lines be the guide of our heart and spirit to draw us into alignment with what the Father is doing in the new age to come.

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My heart is being pulled deeper and deeper into the heart of God.  His love is so powerful and able to move hearts and change lives.  Unfortunately, His people over the last two millennia have not been known for His love, but rather they are known better for their destruction and alienation of anyone who doesn’t fit in their box of beliefs.  And, unfortunately again, I’m not referring to Christian versus non-Christian.  I’m talking about the battles that go on within the Christian community.

It is sad and ironic. Jesus’ greatest commands were, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” [Mar 12:30-31 NIV]

Then He said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [Jhn 13:35 NIV]

Wow! Did we miss the mark?  I’m being facetious.  But Christians are known more for their differences than their love.  Knowledge became more important than love.  Being right took precedence over relationships.

We need to find a center in Christianity and stop the penduline from swinging.  What are the least amount of guidelines (doctrines if you must) that need to incorporated and included so that all believers in Yeshua can walk together?

Over the last 3 months, Father has been downloading and unpacking this short but powerful message that will totally change how we treat one another in the Body of Christ. These are the plumb lines that I want Kingdom Equipping Center to be known by.  I would like to share this with the rest of the body of Christ and suggest the same.  I know that for me and my house. We will abide by these first.

They are:

#1. The Cross of Christ

#2. Love, Honor, and Respect for ALL

#3. Ask the Father

These 3 Plumb Lines are the guide for the new age of Christianity.  They center and start with Yeshua.  Beyond these three, leave room for different interpretations of scripture while agreeing on the Cross and Blood of Jesus as the only way to eternal life. These 3 plumb lines focus 1. God’s Path (the Cross of Christ) 2. God’s Love. And 3. God’s will (to bring Heaven to Earth).

Now let’s unpack.

#1. The Cross of Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” [Jhn 14:6 NIV]  “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved…” [Jhn 10:9 NIV]

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” [Mar 8:34 NIV]

As Christians, if we have encountered and engaged with Yeshua then there is a transformation that will be seen.  The cross represents our willingness to lay down our lives to walk in Him and His ways.

The bottom line of this plumb line is that we have chosen to dedicate our lives to follow and serve YHWH (Father), Yeshua Hamashiach (His Son), and Holy Spirit as the one true God and creator of all things.  There is no other god!  We serve and obey Him and Him alone.

#2. Love, Honor, and Respect.

Many in the Christian community have committed their lives to the Cross, but do not understand the fullness of the love of God.  To be honest, none of us do. But we must above all, learn what this means because it is the greatest command and our God IS LOVE.

This one verse is extremely poignant. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” [1Jo 4:8 NIV]

Jesus’ greatest commands were, “One of the teachers of the law came and… he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” [Mar 12:28-31 NIV]

I’m not sure how much more straightforward it could be.  If we do not love, then we have really not even encountered God in a way that He has changed us so we can love like Him. After all, we are supposed to be known by our love for one another, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [Jhn 13:35 NIV]

What does that look like?  Well, this may tweak a few people. But seriously, what God is doing is laying down the most basic and necessary guidelines (Plumb Lines) from which God’s people can operate in together with love.  God has given us free will and choice.  Who are we, or anyone else to think that we can take that away?

Consider this, are there any two people in the world that have ever agreed 100% on everything?  The answer is absolutely not.  Even those who think they do, if you dig long enough and deep enough you will find an area where they feel or think differently.  It is the beauty of “difference” that God created within each of us.  With that in mind, why do we expect other Christians to believe exactly what we believe?  It IS NOT going to happen this side of the veil. The fact is, you and I and everyone else are wrong somewhere in what we believe.  If you think you’re not, well… you just exposed one of your areas of where your wrong!  Ha!  You may not see it, but I guarantee you there are those around you, who if honest, could share it with you.

My point is, none of us hold or carry a 100% right interpretation of scripture.  If you think you do, you’re deceived.  If any of us are honest with ourselves, we have to agree that there are some things that we believe now that are different from what we used to believe 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years ago.  If there isn’t anything different, then you’re not growing!  So, if there is something different in how you believe now than there was from 10 years ago, how in the world can someone say with 100% surety that what you believe now will be 100% exactly the same 10 years from now.  Come on!

In the new Christian age that is being ushered in followers of Yeshua will reach a level of mature sonship that will display a highly developed level of love, honor, and respect that understands we are different, therefore, we will interpret scripture differently. But in our new level of maturity, we begin to see that most interpretations are simply showing another wonderful perspective of our eternal God. But we will all unite under these 3 things. 1. Cross of Christ. 2. Love, Honor, and Respect one another. 3. Ask the Father – which I will explain more on in a moment.

I expect to see mature sons who as Paul said, “…Outdo one another in showing honor.” [Rom 12:10 ESV]  Imagine that! What if we could all just do this!  Outdo one another in showing honor. How would that change our world?

So how would we live that out?  Well, when someone comes to me with a different understanding of a text or fact, if they are fully convinced that the Word of God is saying something different to them than what I see or understand  I am not the judge or policeman to judge if that interpretation is right or wrong. Most of the time when someone wants you to believe their interpretation it is simple pride welling up and wanting to be the “right one.” I will look and judge the fruit. But no angel, nor God Himself, nor anyone else has appointed anyone on the Earth to have the final say on how to interpret scripture. Even Popes from one generation to another have changed their view or interpretation of scripture over time.

The truth is that God is constantly revealing more and more of Himself to each generation.  If we get stuck in one interpretation from ages past, we will miss what He has for us today!

I fully believe that what is in the Bible is all true! But not all truth is in the Bible!  For instance, will you find computers in the Bible? No. But they are true things that exist in our world. Is it true that cars can travel the roads together at 60 mph?  Yes, but you won’t find that in the Bible.  It is rather absurd to think that all God ever had to tell us is written in the Bible.  Even the Bible says, “Jesus did many other things… even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” [Jhn 21:25 NIV]. It is rather crazy that we would think that all there is to know about God is in the Bible.  No! I guarantee you that what God has revealed about Himself in His written word is not even a drop in the ocean compared to what He has yet to reveal to us.  What a great ploy of the enemy to try to put God in a box. God is infinite and eternal and cannot be contained.

So when someone has a different view of God or a different interpretation of scripture, I don’t get bent out of shape about it. I honor and respect the journey God has them on and I respect their current understanding.  After all, my understanding is only my current understanding. When God reveals more to my understanding expands!  But it does not mean I have to agree with someone else’s understanding.  Honor, love, and respect are different than agreeing. As long as someone else holds Jesus and the cross as the only way, then they are one in the same body as me.  Why would I want curse or hurt my own body? That person is my brother or sister who I will love honor and respect. In fact, we are called to love even our enemies, but that is for another time.

To love, honor and respect another person and their beliefs mean I am not going to try to correct their theology. IF they are open to hearing what I believe, then I will be glad to share it with them.  But I hope I am not so arrogant to think that my interpretation is the only right one. If I have the humility to understand that I could be wrong, why would I want to push that onto someone else?  Look for the people who are hungry to learn.  Share with them.

Last of all.  If for any reason you find you went too far in a conversation or did something that was wrong or taken wrong and there is a division between you and another part of the body.  Reconcile!  If you can’t agree or talk it through between you and the other party, find a third party to help navigate through and come to some form of reconciliation.  If you disagree, you disagree.  We will all disagree on something.  But the greater thing is to love!  Let there be no animosity between one another.  Some will feel more comfortable gathering with people of like minds because certain beliefs are easier to run with when you’re with people of like minds.  It’s ok.  But please don’t bad mouth, trash, or tear down others because they don’t believe like you do! It’s not an example of Jesus and it certainly does not come under His greatest commands to love.

#3. Ask the Father.

It was Jesus’ model, so it must be good. “…I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” [Jhn 5:19 NIV]

Jesus came to build His Kingdom in and through us.  He built His Ekklesia and gave us the blueprint. It is simple. Ask the Father for His will, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. [Mat 6:10 NIV].

We may think we know what is good.  But Father knows best. God is doing things to bring us into a new age.  We don’t understand what that looks like.  If we’re not careful, we could find ourselves fighting against God in our engagements with Him.

Start a new habit.  Don’t do anything without asking the Father first.

These are the 3 plumb lines.  I asked the Father about these.  He said to me that these are the three plumb lines that will lead my people to a new level of love and maturity.  We need this if we are to grow to become mature sons.

About the author: GIL HODGES

Gil Hodges has been in various ministries and businesses since 1989; Bible study groups, ministry clubs in college, pastor, business owner, evangelism, small groups, business ministry groups... Currently, Gil and his wife (Adena) are "pastors" of a church in Roseville California called Kingdom Equipping Center. They recently started an online discipleship course called Ultimate Impact. It is designed to help people transition from the traditional church model to becoming the government of God in groups called Ekklesias. Gil and Adena live in Roseville and have 3 adult children. You can find out more information at www.KEC777.com

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