Class Notes: 3/25/2012
Celebration of the Lord's Table and We can do nothing in God's plan apart from the filling of the Holly Spirit
Today we celebrate the Lord's Table as an expression of our reciprocal love for our Lord as we concentrate on him through the elements of the only ritual for the post-canon period of the Church Age Luke 22:19-20;
He was obedient to the Father's unique plan for His life by enduring the suffering and death on the cross 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" who entered the world through the virgin birth. 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.
eat the bread
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 continuing study of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age, we concluded last time with the principle that in the Church Age there is no physical temple in Jerusalem because Church Age believer's bodies are the temple.
This is taught in 1Cor 3:16; 1Cor 6:19-20; and 2Cor 6:16;
Jesus Christ indwells our bodies as the Shekinah Glory, as a guarantee of blessing. He could not indwell our bodies where the old sin nature resides unless God the Holy Spirit provided a temple for Him. So the Holy Spirit has built a temple in our bodies for the residence of God the Son.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is permanent, and not affected by the status of carnality or spirituality. God the Holy Spirit always indwells the believer.
This means that believers continue to be indwelt by the Spirit whether they are carnal or spiritual. The difference between being carnal and spiritual is the filling of the Spirit, not the indwelling of the Spirit.
The words "unction" and "anointing" are synonymous with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, not the filling or baptism of the Spirit because they refer to believers in their position as royal priests.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit breaks the rule of the old sin nature experientially, just as the baptism of the Holy Spirit breaks the old sin nature's rule positionally, Gal 5:17.
The filling of the Holy Spirit is related to a place of residence in the divine dynasphere, and the power that is made available in the believer's soul.
When the Holy Spirit controls the believer's soul, the believer is described as being spiritual or filled with the Spirit or residing inside the divine dynasphere.
The purpose for the filling of the Holy Spirit is to provide the enabling power that is necessary for the execution of the protocol plan of God through consistent cognition of Bible doctrine. Phil 2:13; Eph 2:10;
Just as the enabling power of the Holy Spirit is necessary for common and efficacious grace in salvation, the enabling power of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the cognition of doctrine and the execution of the protocol plan of God.
We cannot do anything in God's plan apart from the filling of the Spirit.
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