Class Notes: 6/27/2010
Celebration of the Lord's Table, The conclusion of the Royal Law study, Beginning of a Study on Love
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Today we celebrate the ritual of the Lord's table that is part of the mystery doctrine of the church that was inaugurated by TLJC as the only ritual of Church Age as part of the new covenant to the Church the evening before his crucifixion. Luke 22:14-20;
By suffering the death of the cross he was obedient to the Father's plan Phil 2:8; that resulted in his humanity being exalted above every created being, such that, every created being will ultimately bow down to him. Phil 2:9-10;
He completely and perfectly fulfilled the directive will of the Father by unilaterally providing a way of salvation for all men. Rom 5:8; as the "lamb slain from the foundation of the world" Rev 13:8; KJV John 1:29;
While we were enemies of God, God demonstrated his love for us by giving his uniquely born Son "monogenes" John 3:16
As a result, God is free to reconcile mankind from their fallen state of depravity without compromising his perfect righteousness and justice because TLJC willingly laid down his life for us as our substitute. John 15:13; 1John 3:16
This is why believing in TLJC is the only way to a relationship with God John 14:6, salvation Acts 4:12 and eternal life John 3:16;
Anyone can appropriate this Grace gift of salvation which is secured by the Power of God John 10:26-29; simply by believing in TLJC 1Cor 15:3-4 in the same way that Paul and Silas instructed the Philippian Jailer who asked "what Must I do to be saved?"
Their response recorded In Acts 16:31
Anyone, any time, anywhere can become saved in a moment in time simply by believing in TLJC privately in their thoughts only.
TLJC left his friends, the members of The Royal Family of God, this one and only ritual in the church age The Lord's table which we are mandated to observe in remembrance of Him.
The mandate is found in 1Cor 11:24; in the second person plural present active imperative of the Greek word " poieo" that where Paul references TLJC's own instruction found in Luke 22:19-20;
An expanded translation of 1Cor 11:24 taking into consideration the tense mood and voice of "poieo" would be " Keep on doing this in remembrance of me"
As a result of this mandate, the Lord's Table is one and only ritual of the Church Age and it is a test of our capacity to concentrate on our Lord Jesus Christ through the Bible Doctrine that is resident in our soul as we partake of the elements that represent his work on our behalf.
We have these instructions for partaking of the Lord's table from the Apostle Paul starting in verse 26 of 1Cor 11.
1Cor 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.
30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.
31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.
We understand from this that we are to evaluate ourselves in the light of the word, privately in our thinking, in the privacy of our priesthood, and when we find we are outside of the word, we apply the first problem solving device, and simply acknowledge the sin as described in 1 John 1:9;
If we acknowledge our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Having examined ourselves, and taken appropriate action, We are then instructed to partake of the elements, the bread and the cup.
The bread which represents his body in which he bore the sins and the judgment for our sins and the sins of the whole world, past present and future.
1Cor 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
1Cor 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
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The cup which represents his substitutionary spiritual death on the cross which purchased the freedom from spiritual death and eternal condemnation of everyone who believes in him.
1Cor 11:25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper saying This cup is the new covenant in my Blood do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.
In our study of how the resurrection, ascension and session of our Lord has impacted the spiritual life of believers in the Church Age we are discussing the two opposite systems, the arrogance of the Cosmos empowered by the OSN and the Grace of the Royal Law that is empowered by God the Holy Spirit.
When we left off last time we were discussing David as an example of someone who put himself above the law with his taking of Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah.
When Nathan finally confronted David regarding his violation his response was to acknowledge it to God. Psa 32:1-5;
This acknowledgement set him right with God, but he remained under divine discipline for the rest of his life because he had violated the Royal Law.
Rom 13:10; "Virtue-love works no evil to a neighbor; therefore virtue-love is the maximum fulfillment of the law.
Believers who have this virtue love do not, and will not put themselves above the law in any facet of their lives.
Believers who maximize the spiritual life do not get involved in rising above the law and when they do they are quick to acknowledge it as sin to God. 1John 1:9;
We have seen that the basis for all relationships is virtue love, so we will now begin a study of the Doctrine of Love.
We will start with some basic general concepts about love.
Love is based on one's interest and desire to concentrate on someone or something. It therefore becomes a basis of exclusion and separation of one from a group.
Love can be directed toward three objects: God, other people, and things.
Love is a function of the soul it is an attitude of mind that causes one to favor one thing above another. It is the expression of awe, admiration, devotion, craving, delight, affection, or passion.
The exclusion that is established by love is called intimacy. Intimacy expresses the concentration and focus of one's love.
This means that capacity to love is related to one's ability and desire to concentrate. It's related to the character of the individual, and their integrity. No one is consistent in capacity for love.
Love is related to our norms and standards that establish our view of reality. Love is an expression of our scale of values.
A scale of values is a system of priority in concentration. The thing on which you concentrate most is the thing you enjoy the most, because it has highest priority in your scale of values.
When one's scale of values is changed from the teaching of doctrine, then a capacity for love develops. Personal love for God creates capacity.
Ultimately all love is meaningless and disappointing unless we have personal love for God first. Love for God makes other loves real. The stimulation of the emotion is not love for God.
Maximum doctrine in the soul is love for God. Rom 5:5; states that love for God is poured out in our stream of consciousness by means of the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
It is God the Holy Spirit and who teaches us doctrine. John 16:13;
Love in itself and the capacity for that love is therefore based on doctrine in the soul, so the perpetuation of love is based on one's relationship with God.
Love is a thought that creates an emotional response but love is not an emotion.
New believers have little if any capacity to express love for God. There must be capacity before there is function. Until believers have doctrine in their soul, they don't have the ability to concentrate on God, and therefore cannot love God.
Doctrine establishes integrity, concentration, the royal family honor code, spirituality, and stability, which all add up to genuine love.
Personal love for God establishes the capacity to love others. Our thoughts are directed toward the one we personally love in the context of our personal love for God.
God's love therefore is the Source, the Pattern, and the Basis of Human Love.
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