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s  we  read and consider  truth   ings (1Co 11:2-16), we see that it displays
               taught in Scripture, our natural   the headship found within God, equal
        Away  of  thinking  seems  to  be     persons yet with order being observed
        “What does this have to do with me?” or,   (v3). It also affirms that it is Christ’s glory
        “What do I need to do?” But God intends   alone that is to be seen in a local assembly
        far more than to just give us a to-do list.   and not the glory of man (v7). This simple
        His desire is that we would display Christ   teaching places on display the glory and
        in our lives, not as an outward appear-  divine order of Christ and of God. This
        ance or show but from a sincere desire to   teaching did not originate in the culture
        be like Him (2Co 3:18). God has given us   of the day nor in a particular geographi-
        truth in His Word that we might know   cal area. It was not from the mind of Paul
        Him, love Him and live for Him. Our Lord   but from the character and heart of God.
        prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth:   If all truth comes from the character
        thy word is truth” (Joh 17:17).  This truth   of God, then each truth has something
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        of the Word of God is the expression of   unique to show us concerning God. Not
        the heart of God, coming from the very   one of God’s attributes is greater or more
        character of God. In Matthew 15:18 we   important than another, neither does one
        read that “those things which proceed out   override another. He is wonderfully equal
        of the mouth come forth from the heart.”   in all His character; each attribute is an
        While used here in a negative context   important aspect of who God is. We must
        concerning  man,  the  principle  can  be   not lightly disregard any truth, either in
        positively applied to God and His written   our personal lives or in the local assembly.
        Word. The truths of Scripture, its teaching   God has purposefully placed each one
        and its doctrine, are not merely a form to   in Scripture that we may know Him and
        be completed but are given as a means by   show Him out in our lives. God has said,
        which God expresses His character that   “I will put my laws into their hearts, and in
        we may know, appreciate and follow Him.   their minds will I write them” (Heb 10:16).
          Our God is a wonderful God, with many   God has not called us to law keeping in
        different truths highlighting different at-  our own strength. Instead, His desire is
        tributes of His character, yet all radiating   that by the Word of God we would grow in
        from  this  single  source,  God  Himself.   knowledge and appreciation of who He is,
        Whether directly stated or not, each truth   just as we would with anyone with whom
        is based upon who God is. For example, in   we are in a relationship. From that love, God
        the doctrine of headship and head cover-  desires that, by the Holy Spirit’s guidance and
        ¹ Scripture quotations in this article are from the   empowering, we would live out the truth
        KJV.                                  God has given us in His Word.

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