Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Summer 1992

That They May Be One
(El-Bethel Book 1930's)

"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one" John 17:22

In the eternal ages, which have neither beginning nor end, the Son existed in the bosom of the Father. He alone knew the Father, and only through Him has the Father been revealed. "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" John 1:18.

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" John 1:3. He is the voice through which God spoke "that which is" into existence. He is the expressed, Incarnate Word of God.

As the word of man is the expression and revelation of himself, so the Word of God is the expression and the revelation of Himself. There is no division between God and His Word, but there is an infinite difference between God's Word and man's word. The Word of God is a Person, while the word of man is only the imperfect breathings of the creature. When Christ came down to earth He laid aside the glory which He had with the Father from the beginning, and took the form of a servant. He became obedient unto death that He might accomplish God's plan of redemption for humanity. He depended upon the Father, doing nothing of Himself, speaking nothing of Himself.

While the Father and the Son differ in the God-Head, they are so ONE in each other that they cannot be divided. Our Lord says to Philip, "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father ... Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?" John 14:9b;10a. They are one in a vital, living union. Jesus prayed that we may be one, as He and the Father are one (John 17:11). This union is only to be found in the Spirit. In Christ's prayer we see the "place" of the divine union, namely, "IN HIM." This is as foreign to human unity as God is different from man, as heaven is higher than earth, and as the supernatural is above the natural.

We are "perfected" into unity because we are in Christ, and Christ in us, and the Father in Christ; not by our agreeing with others in their beliefs and doctrines, or lack of them. This is not a union laboriously birthed by human efforts and concessions. It is becoming one "IN HIM", even as He and the Father are one."

The truth of the Gospel of Christ joins us to Christ and to one another, and establishes us together in Him. Christ and the Truth cannot be separated, anymore than the Father and the Son can be divided. "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

The Truth is one, while error is many. Truth may have different sides and aspects, but these cannot contradict each other, and must always be in harmony. The Truth is like a straight line representing the shortest distance between two points; but error is as manifold as all the possible deviations from that straight line. The Truth never changes. All who are established in the Truth of God are ONE in word, having the same mind.

This raises the question, how do we recognize truth when there are so many differences of opinion? The Word of God, when it is not wrested from its setting, nor misinterpreted and wrongly applied, is the one plummet line to which every experience and doctrine must conform. We are not to interpret the Scriptures to make them fit our experiences, but rather, each experience must be in accordance with the Word of God.

In the last days, many shall depart from the Faith (I Tim 4:1), and will not endure sound doctrine, but will turn away their ears from the Truth (II Tim4:4). We are warned against carelessness lest we think we are beyond falling into error. Thus, we are to walk carefully and humbly, that we turn not aside from sound doctrine. In I Tim 4:6, Paul, far from exhorting Timothy to keep unity at any cost, exhorts him to remind the brethren of the dangers which will prevail during the last days. He adds that obedience to this exhortation is one of the proofs, both of a good ministry and of sound doctrine. Paul commands Timothy to refuse everything that is not according to the Truth and the Faith.

When the Truth is at stake, we must "contend earnestly for the Faith once for all delivered to the saints" Jude 3. Even though we desire unity and love, and may fear causing offense, we really have no choice but to hold to the truths of the Holy Scriptures.

This unity binds the Redeemed to the Lord. As we speak the same thing in Him, as we have His mind, as we draw closer to Him, as we walk increasingly in the Spirit, we shall find ourselves with those who are nearest to Him, and in the company of those who have "purified their souls in obedience to the Truth," and among those who "love the brethren from the heart fervently" (I Peter 1:22).

We shall find ourselves in that company who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth, in the midst of those who have kept their eyes upon Him, who have fought the good fight, who have kept the Faith. And, we shall find we are one with Him, in the bosom of the Father.