Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  II Timothy 2:15

6. Church Epistles

 John 16:13a  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: ...

Jesus Christ made this promise, that the Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth. The logical conclusion to the question, "What is the all truth that was to come after Jesus Christ?", is the epistles that are addressed to the Church of the Body of Christ which begins in the Grace Administration. There are nine epistles that are specifically addressed to the Church of the Body of Christ and they are:

Romans
I Corinthians
II Corinthians
 Galatians
 Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
I Thessalonians
II Thessalonians
These nine epistles are many times referred to as the seven Church Epistles, with Corinthians and Thessalonians being referred to as one epistle each. These Church Epistles are within the section of scripture that deals with the Grace Administration. There are other epistles within this section of scripture, but they are either addressed to specific groups of people within the Church of the Body of Christ (ex. Timothy is to leaders), deal with specific topics (ex. Hebrews deals with Jesus Christ being the fulfillment of promises in the Old Testament) or deal with the change in the administration (ex. Acts deals with the transition from law to grace.)

The Church Epistles are addressed specifically and directly to the Church of the Body of Christ. This can be shown, for example, in the salutations of Romans and Ephesians:

Romans 1:7a  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

Ephesians 1:1b  ... to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

The instruction in the Church Epistles is the doctrine, reproof and correction1 for the Church of the Body of Christ. To understand the essence of Christianity requires an understanding and acceptance of the truths in the Church Epistles. Without such an understanding and acceptance, there will be great ignorance of what God has made available to Christians through Jesus Christ. This is not to say that the rest of God's Word does not apply to the Church of the Body of Christ but rather, for the Church of the Body of Christ, the rest of God's Word needs to be understood and applied in light of the Church Epistles. Unless this is done, Christians will never know or manifest the fullness of what God has made available to the Church of the Body of Christ in the Grace Administration.

Outside of the Church Epistles, Christians will not know that they have been justified by the grace of God. Outside of the Church Epistles, Christians will not know that it is Christ in them, the hope of glory. Outside of the Church Epistles, Christians will not know that they have access to God without the need for a priest. Etc. Without an understanding and application of the instruction in the Church Epistles, Christians will continue to live according to doctrines that are not applicable to the Church of the Body of Christ and miss out on many of the blessings and benefits that God has made available in the Grace Administration.

The order of the seven Church Epistles has never changed, even though the order of many of the other books in God's Word has changed over the years. It is believed that Paul set the order of the seven Church Epistles when he asked Timothy to bring him the parchments.

II Timothy 4:13  The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
The order of the seven Church Epistles is significant. There is a structure to the seven Church Epistles. This structure is set around the epistles of Romans, Ephesians and Thessalonians. These three epistles are treatises more than epistles, in that they are doctrinal in content. These three epistles contain the basic doctrinal truths to the Church of the Body of Christ. The four remaining epistles relate back to the doctrinal epistles that they follow, and are the reproof and correction for those doctrinal epistles. The following shows the structure of the seven Church Epistles:
1) Romans tells us how to believe rightly with the emphasis on the individual believer.
    2) Corinthians reproves practical error due to the failure to do according to the doctrine in Romans.
        3) Galatians corrects doctrinal error due to beliefs that are contrary to the doctrine in Romans.

1) Ephesians tells us how to believe rightly with the emphasis on the Body of Christ.
    2) Philippians reproves practical error due to the failure to do according to the doctrine in Ephesians.
        3) Colossians corrects doctrinal error due to beliefs that are contrary to the doctrine in Ephesians.

1) Thessalonians tells us how to believe rightly with the emphasis on Christ's return.
            (There will be no need for reproof or correction at that time)

When reading God's Word, it is important to know in which administration you are reading. When it comes to reading in order to gain an understanding of how to apply God's Word in the Grace Administration, it is important to know the specific instruction in the Church Epistles which is specifically addressed to the Church of the Body of Christ. For Christians, any of God's Word that is not addressed to the Church of the Body of Christ needs to be understood and applied in light of the seven Church Epistles.

1II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

For more on the Church Epistles read:

Victor Paul Wierwille, God's Magnified Word
(New Knoxville, Ohio: American Christian Press, 1977)
Chapter 10, The Church: The Great Mystery Revealed