The More Excellent Way
In his admonition to the infant church at Corinth, Paul carefully instructs them concerning the function of the spiritual and ministry gifts; making them aware of the need to allow the operation of the gifts to have preeminence in the congregation, but he also spoke of a higher principle which he called “a more excellent way,” 1 Corinthians 12:31. This is the heavenly road of love. Yasha also spoke of this principle, calling it “the narrow way,” and added “few there be that find it,” Matthew 7:14.
The Greek word “huperbole,” translated “excellent” in the above text, means “to throw beyond the usual mark, i.e. to surpass.” It should become a challenge to every genuine believer to search out and find this narrow way that surpasses the confusion of a carnal church, which is struggling to function in a spiritual realm through the operation of Spiritual gifts.
We thank Yahweh for the gift realm, for without it we would be hopelessly stranded on a barren desert. But isn’t it thrilling to find that the operation of the gifts, as confusing as they sometimes seem to the carnal mind, will lead us to that more excellent way—the way of freedom and life—as we follow on to know the truth (John 8:32)?
Searching For Truth
It has been almost a century since the gift realm was restored to the famished Church in the capacity that we are now accustomed, and we are made to wonder why so few of our ministers teach on this subject, and even fewer find it. Some would explain, “The way is too hard and many are too weak.” Others say, “It is only offered to a chosen few.” To others, it does not exist because they have never been awaken to the reality of spiritual truth. To these it is much too complicated to find; they esteem carnal things much more productive of happiness and growth.
One Christian made the statement that the Church must remain worldly to some degree in order to attract and find some common ground with the sinners. Mankind always looks upon the spiritual things with disdain.
The Door is Open
The things of the Spirit are complicated and foolish to the carnal mind. If we keep our eyes on Christ, the truth of these statements, “I am the way the truth and the life,” and again, “Behold I have set before you an open door,” will began to open the door for us into the ever abiding presence of the Father’s glory. Truth will be recognized as the way of Love.
Yasha is not the author of the hypothetical teaching that all do not have an invitation, nor did he ever suggest that the Church must remain contaminated with the world to become successful, nor did he teach that the weak could not enter in.
The Master opens the door to all. Whosoever will, may come; none is too blind, lame, weak, or ignorant. He opens the eyes of the blind (Isa. 35:5) and causes the lame to leap as a hart (Isa. 35:6). His strength is made perfect in weakness. If any lack wisdom and will ask of Yahweh, he will give unto him liberally and upbraideth not (James 1:5) for he choose the foolish things to confuse the things that are mighty and the base things, and even the things that are despised. Why? That he might cancel out the negative, or carnal, realm of man’s natural reasoning.
Yahweh said, “For lack of knowledge my people perish.” How sad! Here is the way, there stands the door. Behold the Lamb of Yahweh who takes away the sin of the world. Nothing strange or complicated here, yet multitudes bound by fear and blinded by sin stumble at the simplicity of the gospel of Love, being ignorant of its glory and doubtful of its benefits. Afraid of taking the wrong road, they forever drift along with the blundering multitudes; nevertheless, the time has come when some will find the way and go through the open door into the fullness of the Father’s love.
The Spirit Lights the Way
We are grateful to our forefathers for the precious light which was manifest through their toil and dedication. We are especially thankful for the trailblazers that were willing to follow the Spirit, to lead the Church through the parched and desolate deserts of the dark ages. Let us now put the past, with its limitations and lack, behind us, for it is time for the priesthood company to march into the turbulent waters of Jordan to hold back its forces and claim the promise: “…not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord of Host,” Zachariah 4:6.
The age old statement, or excuse, “I am not worthy,” certainly has the guise of meekness and piousness, but in reality it reveals the speaker’s ignorance of who we are and why we were created. It would suggest we are a product of our own making and responsible for our own existence.
The Bible plainly teaches that we were created in, for, and by the Anointed Word. That gives Yahweh preeminence in all things, and makes him responsible for the finished product. “Know ye not that you are the temple of Yahweh, You are not your own, you are bought with a price,” 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20.
We are the workmanship of Yahweh’s hands and the sheep of his pasture. What right do we have to tell our Creator that his temples are not worthy for him to dwell in or to cleanse as his own property? What right do we have to say that the creature he created is not worthy to manifest the glory that he purposed to bring about? Let Yahweh be God so that he may rule in his temple. Why is it so difficult for us to trust him?