Class Notes: 7/13/2008
Matt 10:28 Faith Rest Drill is God's provision for the "no fear" lifestyle
We are continuing in our study of the Doctrine of "No fear" per the mandate for the believer not to fear that is found in Matt 10:28,31; Rev 2:10; Isa 41:10; LXX.
The word translated "fear" in these passages is the Greek word "phobeo" in the imperative mood.
In the Matthew passage, Matthew records that TLJC presents fear in two ways, in a positive way as in fear, respect, awe, or reverence toward God and in a negative way as the emotional sin of fear that is a mental attitude sin.
Both are commands to the believer since they are both in the imperative mood of command in the original language. We started to look at the Lord's command not to fear first.
The emotional sin of fear is characterized by panic when one is in a dangerous situation or under sudden pressure. When someone is intimidated they are usually under pressure to compromise their norms and standards.
In such a state, the application of the principles of Bible Doctrine may become less important to the believer than the desire for security or self preservation.
Fear and the divinely provided spiritual mechanics of the PPOG cannot coexist in the believer's soul because function in the PPOG and function in the kosmic system are mutually exclusive.
We saw that the Faith Rest Drill is God's solution to fear, which when matured per 1Cor 13:13 ultimately completely drives out fear 1John 4:18;
Faith-rest as a problem-solving device is broken down into four stages:
(1) Claiming promises,
(2) concentration on doctrinal rationales,
(3) arriving at doctrinal conclusions of how the seven remaining problem-solving devices should be applied to the situation, and
(4) the committing of injustices to the supreme court of heaven under the Royal Family Honor Code.
In stage one, Faith reaches out and claims promises. This presumes that the believer knows some promises through their Perception of Bible Doctrine in Bible class.
God has made promises to the three categories of mankind, Israel, the Gentiles and the Church.
These promises are used to jump start the believer's application of Faith Rest Drill and we have seen some of the unconditional promises or covenants that God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that will ultimately be fulfilled in the nation of Israel during the Millennium.
Last time we saw some of promises that God made to Israel, we will now look at some of the promises God has made to the Gentiles.
Remember that a Gentile is anyone who is not descended from Abraham Isaac and Jacob.
Paul refers to the riches of the Gentiles in:
Rom 11:12 - If the Jews' transgression be riches for the world and their failure be riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!
The Jewish rejection of Jesus as Messiah resulted in riches to the Gentiles who were brought into the Royal Family of the Church Age during the Times of the Gentiles.
God commissioned Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles so that they could hear the promises of the Gospel.
Rom 11:11b By the Jews' transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles.
Rom 15:16 That I should be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles ministering as a priest the good news of God …
1Tim 2:7 I was appointed a preacher and an apostle … as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
As the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul informs the jealous Jews of Antioch that this is necessary because they had rejected the message and the TLJC, the messenger.
Acts 13:44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city of Antioch assembled to hear the word of God.
v 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul and were blaspheming.
v 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you Jews first; since you repudiate it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
v 47 "For thus the Lord has commanded us (Isaiah 49:6), 'I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles that You should bring salvation to the end of the earth.'" The word translated Nations in the Isaiah passage is the Hebrew word "gowy" that was used by the Israelites when referring to the Gentile nations.
Following the birth of the humanity of TLJC the Prophet Simeon proclaimed both a prophecy and a promise to the Gentiles, also referring to Isa 42:6 and other passages;
Luke 2:26 It had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.
v 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,
v 28 then he took Him into his arms and blessed God and said,
v 29 "Now Lord, You do let your bond-servant depart in peace according to Your word;
v 30 for my eyes have seen Your salvation
v 31 which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
v 32 'A light of revelation to the Gentiles' and the glory of Your people Israel."
We see from this that TLJC was promised to the Gentiles as well as to Israel.
All people who lived prior to Abraham were Gentiles and many received promises, the most obvious one is Noah.
Gen 9:13; I set My bow in the cloud and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
v 14 "And it shall come about when I bring a cloud over the earth that the bow shall be seen in the cloud
v 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh."
The Apostle Peter introduced his second Epistle by speaking of the abundance of promises issued the believer and made accessible through epignosis or spirit taught knowledge.
2Pet 1:2 May grace and prosperity be multiplied unto you in the sphere of epignosis knowledge whose source is God and Jesus our Lord;
v3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness by means of the epignosis knowledge of Him Who called us by means of His own glory and virtue. (God's integrity)
v4 For through the agency of these (God's integrity deployed through his grace) He has granted to us His valuable and preeminent promises, in order that by means of them you might become partakers of the divine nature
The Greek word for "partakers" is the predicate nominative of "koinonos" that means: partner, sharer, or one who takes part in something with someone.
TLJC describes this to his disciples in John 17:21;
It is through knowledge, grace, power, glory, and the virtue of God that these promises have been made available to us.
We are able to take part in the divine nature through a partnership with God made possible by executing the PPOG for lives that is based on prototype spiritual life of TLJC under the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
With these resources we are empowered to draw from the divine treasury of valuable and preeminent promises.
These promises are granted to the church through the pioneer and perfector of our Doctrine Heb 12:2; who is the rock of our salvation.
This was established in Matthew 16 where the Lord asks His disciples to identify Him:
Matt 16:15 Jesus said to them, "Who do you say that I am?"
v 16 And Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
v 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal it to you but My Father who is in heaven.
v 18 "And I say to you that you are Peter "Petros": (a stone), and upon this Rock "Petra"(Bedrock)
I will build My church "ekklesia" the universal church, the Body of Christ; and the gates of Hades (“pulai haidou": a Jewish idiom for physical death) shall not overpower it.
In verse 16 Peter correctly identifies Jesus as the Messiah. In verse 17 the Lord states that Peter did not come up this identification on his own, but that the heavenly Father had revealed it to him.
In verse 18 He refers to Peter, whose name means "small stone," as a part of the church that would be started on Pentecost about 50 days later that TLJC himself would construct upon the Bedrock of salvation who was identified by Peter in verse 16, as "The Christ, the Son of the living God."
The Lord then goes on to indicate that even His upcoming physical death could not prevent Him from accomplishing this mission, in fact it was a necessary part of the plan of God. 2Cor 5:19;
The church that TLJC is describing is not a building but an organism. Peter describes it in 1Pet 2:4-5; The individual "stones" or members of this organism are the recipients of God's promises.
God has made promises to mankind regarding Life, Environment, Food, Danger and Prosperity. These promises are to be recalled as the believer lives in the PPOG under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit through their application of the Faith Rest Drill.
Psalm 119:49 Remember Your Word to your servant in which you have caused me to have confidence.
The writer of the psalm acquires his confidence from the recall of the Bible Doctrine that related to life and circumstances.
The Bible records that God is faithful to Israel, and even though the first generation never learned to rest in faith upon those promises and consequently died the sin unto death, God kept his promises in spite of their failure.
When we see his Faithfulness to the stubborn and rebellious Israelites we see that he is faithful because of his own integrity.
This gives us confidence in him regardless of how badly we fail.
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