The Chief Bishop's Office

       Keeping In Line

       With The Word

 It seems that some have misunderstood the true meaning and purpose of this office.  The true meaning of this office; of which I would not say if it had not reached a place where it is necessary for me to say these things; and let me quote the following:  The superiority of this office is as the one who has been made ruler over the Lord's house.  This is in line with Matthew 24:45, 'Who then is a faithful and wise servant, who his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?'  Now, since the Lord has entrusted me to be in this capacity as well as to save the Church, I must be true and trust worthy to Him.  To do so, I must keep the position free from any influence that might lead us to error or confusion.  This office that Jesus has established to fill His place in His absence is the channel to be used for the revelation and the light of the body, and Jesus said in Luke 11:34, 'The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.'  In the light of this Scripture, even though a man may have two eyes, it is necessary for them to be focused and present one thing.  However, one eye can see the object and the other eye can see the same object but they both only focus one object to be one and not two, but both eyes see separately.  This is a necessity for this office to be kept in unity on earth as Jesus described Him and His Father as one.

    The revelation of the pattern was established by Jesus.  It seems that some have confused themselves in the duty and work of this department.  I would like to give the true meaning and responsibility of each one as Jesus saw fit to reveal it to me and reconstruct the house and the ruins thereof for the residue of men.  I do not think anyone would willfully bring division in this office and I would like to use all the knowledge and wisdom the Lord has given me to prevent such a thing, for we must be very careful in putting things together according to the pattern; be sure that each piece of material is fitly framed together; that there will be only one frame and not two frames.  Only one God, one Christ, one house, one pattern, and let us build according to the pattern.  If we will do this, there will only be one house and this house will be made up by Jews and Gentiles.  The Apostle Paul, when sent to the Gentiles did not use a separate pattern, but used the same one that was set-up by Jesus and the Early Apostles.  The Gentiles and Paul used the same twelve, the same two, set-up of the Jewish nationality.  Now, since Jesus promised the early twelve apostles to set on twelve thrones, to rule over the twelve tribes of Israel, and David to be their King, this occupying half of the twenty-four seats on the throne; the other twelve are to be occupied by the other twelve apostles that are these last days and reforming following in this reformation of the house according to the pattern.  James declared in the 15th chapter of Acts that this house according to the pattern is to be all Gentiles, which is the wild olive tree, but both trees had to use the same Candlestick program which is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Now, the two principles, which is known as the two witnesses, that stand by the anointed in every dispensation; they were not to instruct the anointed and neither were they the ones that revealed the light to the anointed or neither could either one be divided in their revelation.  They were not the light.  They are noted to be pipes of oil.  This simply means to keep the revelation and light of the anointed burning or to make clearer.  They are to support the Candlestick, to assist and to preach the same revelation where they go, keeping the light burning that is revealed and made known by the Candlestick and being witnesses to the true light.  I hope if any have been confused on this matter that these explanations will assist in bringing us the oneness, as we must not be divided and neither can this office be divided on the revelation.  Let us work together as a wise masterbuilder.  The seven are to take this light in their departments and reveal it to the people and make it speak forth the glory of Christ in all the earth.  Amen (Zechariah 4:10; Revelation 5:8).

   


* Article Written By:  The Late Grady R. Kent, St. John II, Chief Bishop of The Church of God, 1957-1964. This sermon was taken from The Vision Speaks, Volume 1 : Number 8 : May 1958.  [i] All grammatical and typographical errors have been corrected except for direct quotations from the Author.  Thought content of said article has not been changed.