The plan of salvation has three parts. Descriptive terms have been used in the scriptures and by ministers to describe the three parts of salvation: the full gospel, entire sanctification, three loaves, three measures of meal and three thirds light. These three parts are identified as justification, sanctification and unity. It is the perfect will of God that every person repent of his sins, be justified, sanctified and unified with the body of Christ which is the church of God.
Let us study the scriptures to verify and prove that these statements are true.
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
The kingdom of heaven is populated by the children of God. To help His disciples understand the operation of the kingdom, Jesus gave this parable. This parable has a specific meaning and holds an important message which Jesus wanted His disciples to understand. Meal is what we use to make bread. Jesus is the Bread of Life. In this Bread of Life there are three measures of meal. We need all three loaves of bread to satisfy our need. It is our duty to study to know what these three measures of meal teach us about the kingdom of God.
The leaven which is in these three measures of meal is the doctrine which is being represented. In this lesson, we want to cause you to consider the meaning of leaven, unleavened, and the three measures of meal. There is good leaven and there is bad leaven. Leaven is a symbol for doctrine. There is true doctrine and there is false doctrine. There are three measures of meal or three loaves of bread in the plan of salvation.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
We need three loaves of bread to satisfy our spiritual needs. Jesus Christ is our friend and we need to come to Jesus to obtain these three loaves of bread.
11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
The Bible teaches us the meaning of these symbols. The leaven which Jesus was speaking of was the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. This is a warning to us to beware of the false doctrine which tries to influence our beliefs
1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
This parable has an identical message which we have seen in other text. The three parts of salvation is presented as the three measures of fruit which are brought forth, some thirty, some sixty and some hundred-fold. Justification (thirty fold); sanctification (sixty fold) and unity (hundred-fold) are each perfect and beautiful. The will of God is that we have all three measures according to His plan to bring man into a holy relationship with Himself and all the members of the body of Jesus Christ.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
God does not give to men the three thirds of light all at one time. The light of the Gospel comes in parts. We are commanded to embrace that light and walk in it as we receive it. We understand that it is the will of God that all men repent of their sins and be born again. Once a person is born again, he is able to understand both the doctrine and the need of sanctification. After the child of God is sanctified by the Holy Spirit, then he sees the necessity of being in unity and in fellowship with the rest of the body of Christ.
This is the whole gospel of Jesus Christ and it is the whole duty of men to walk in the light of this truth as the light comes to us. Willful failure to walk in the light of truth is disobedience and sinful. When truth is revealed, a person does not have the option to refuse it and remain justified.
1 Corinthians 5:1-8
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Leaven is an agent which causes a fermentation process to occur. It is the element of force which causes something to move and become active. Truth will activate you and so will false doctrine. In this context, the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” is that bread which does not have the “leaven of malice and wickedness.” Unleavened bread is a reference to that bread which does not have any corruptible influence. If you do not put any leaven in bread, it will not spoil. Bread with yeast (which is leaven) in it will produce mold and it will spoil.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Truth comes a little at a time and if you allow the truth to guide you it will influence and permeate your whole life. False doctrine also comes a little at a time and if you allow it to work in your soul, it will also influence and permeate your whole life.
Some people are so affected and influenced by the leaven of false doctrine that they can not accept the leaven of truth. We must “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump.” We can see by the scriptures that there is good leaven and there is bad leaven. Which leaven is working to influence what you believe?
Let the Holy Spirit give you understanding on the three thirds of the light of truth, justification, sanctification and the unity of God's people.