“The system of belief, Our Most Holy Faith, which we call “The Truth,” is made up of little things, of small fragments of information scattered throughout the Bible. The wonderful Divine Plan of the Ages is not found in the Bible as a consecutively connected narrative. If it were, it would be understood by everyone instead of being a profound mystery to all but the church.”
This fact is well described in Isaiah: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”–Isaiah 28:10
Now in the study of the Word of God, specifically in regards to the overall Divine Plan itself, the Lord has determined that it is not prudent to teach every particular lesson at the same time, all at once (for instance a study of the ransom, this particular study should be one of the very first studies undertaken by the student of the Lord’s Word as every other doctrine studied stands or falls in conjunction with its harmonizing with this the very center and foundation principle of all true Christian doctrine, the “binding cord of truth”). Now the Lord’s method of teaching is not the same as we might imagine or typically follow, but even so it is written,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. ” Isa 55:8
No, the Lord has his own way, he chooses rather to build ones faith up gradually, doctrine upon doctrine (that is one subject upon another), with a kind of repetition, which helps the student better to see how each doctrine (or subject) completely harmonizes with next, leaving no doubt as to its truthfulness. In essence, “Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little.” (Isa 28:10)
“Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and understanding comes from the connecting of these facts one with the other. This process begins in earliest childhood, when one is “weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast.”
The very method employed by the Lord is the same, which educators today generally agree upon. First, inform the student of a number of proven facts (“precepts“) and then teach them the logical process of connecting these facts (“line [of reasoning] upon line [of reasoning]“). Likewise in order to properly hold the pupil’s attention, a good teacher frequently changes the subject material, returning time and time again to each theme.”
For example we may at one moment be studying the ransom and then at another the restitution or possibly the resurrection or etc., however as we study and return over and over again to a previous theme we begin to see the connection between the various subjects and if we have gleamed a proper understanding how they harmonize with one another.
“Because God deals with us as a wise parent with his children, knowing that we need our food little by little, and the lighter diet before the strong meat, therefore his truth is so arranged as to meet our necessities: a little of the truth upon one subject is placed here and a little more there; and as we take these little bits and put them together we gain strength and are able to appreciate the whole of it. As we deal with children, so God deals with us, giving us line upon line, and precept upon precept—the same truths repeated over and over from different standpoints, thus enforcing his teachings” (R563).
This method was employed with the release of the volumes (The “Studies in the Scriptures” series), which were purposely written and released at a specific time and in a specific order, over several years, so that each lesson could be fully absorbed by the student of the Word, before the next step was taken, step by step, the same method that will be used in the education of mankind in the next age.
Each volume was given as a stepping-stone in knowledge, one following another, “line upon line, and precept upon precept”. Beginning with the first volume we were presented with an overview of the Divine Plan of the Ages, which in every way exemplified the divine character this in order to establish a foundation upon which to build upon, and likewise to establish ones trust and faith that this was indeed the Lord’s plan and not the clever designs of a man.
With a correct study of the volumes one will quickly note how the Pastor follows the divine method linking one doctrine to another showing that God’s plan is indeed one harmonious whole, without contradictions.
However if one chooses not to follow the volumes in their correct order but rather to skip randomly through the various volumes, chapters and etc., then it is most likely that they will miss the binding cord of truth, which links each precept and each line one to another, and thus they will be unable to grasps the true plan of God.
What say the scriptures in regards to this? Note the following as taken from Isaiah Chapter 28 beginning at Verse 9
“Whom will he teach knowledge, whom will he make to understand the message (as presented in the plan [or chart] of the ages, Hab 2: 2, 3)? Those just weaned from milk, those just drawn from the breast?”
Those who will be ready for the message must first be weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts. So long as the Lord’s people are babes to the extent that is here indicated, they will be dependent upon the systems and sects and false doctrines with which the Adversary has so much to do in developing. Those who are the Lord’s true people in these various sects must get strong enough to be weaned from them before they can be in the proper attitude of mind to receive the Lord’s instructions from another quarter (the true channel). To all who are thus weaned from Churchianity the Lord will very graciously grant precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little, that they may grow thereby, that they may become strong in the Lord and able to partake eventually of the strong meat which he so abundantly supplies to those of His table–His Word. R3456
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little there a little.”
“For with stammering lips (those whom the Lord chooses to speak his truths are chiefly the common people, in the eyes of the world not qualified to speak (not being ordained by orthodoxy), not many are gifted with the ability of a speaker or orator, but nevertheless with stammering lips the message is being told, little by little, line upon line) and [with] another tongue (that is the message of truth is given in a foreign language [a spiritual language], instead of plain statements in our native [or natural] tongue, 1 Cor 2:13) [thus] he will speak to this people.”
“To whom he said, This is the rest (the Harvest Message, the Divine Plan of the Ages) with which you may cause the weary to rest, this is the refreshing, (It is indeed to those who can receive it a message of rest and refreshment), yet they would not hear (that is the world and the mere professing Christian, the nominal Christian, they are too caught up in their own plans to have time to listen to God’s).”
“And so the word of the Lord was to them, ‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little there a little (Entrapped by error they are unwilling to consider the plan of the ages as it has been presented by God through his faithful servant, and thus any efforts on the part of the Lord’s true people to point them to the plan as contained in the Volumes is met with resistance, to them when the volumes are mentioned it is nothing more than nagging upon nagging, prating upon prating,’) [but even so it should be] that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught (not possessing sufficient faith in the Divine Plan as presented by the Lord’s faithful, they studied merely mechanically, accumulating the precepts but not noting their true purpose, thus the same teachings which could have produced rest unto their souls became a trap unto them).”