Class Notes: 3/15/2015
Mark 13:37; Eph 3:18 doctrine of awareness continued
In our study of Mark we are in Mark 13:37; where Jesus commands believers to be on the alert so we have taken up a study of doctrinal awareness and that has taken us to Eph 3:18; where Paul describes capacity for doctrinal awareness in four the dimensions of width, length, height and depth.
When we stopped last time we were noting the dimension of length that corresponds to God's Word residing in the compartments of the stream of consciousness that becomes the basis for the development of the problem solving devices and other doctrinal rationales.
We noted that the categorical storage compartment coordinates with the frame of reference to link Bible doctrine for categorical recall. Vocabulary and categorical storage are essential for spiritual growth from spiritual childhood through spiritual self-esteem and spiritual autonomy, into spiritual maturity.
Categorical storage is essential and the interpretation of Scripture in doctrinal categories such as: dispensations, the two advents of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, the portfolio of invisible assets, logistical grace, election, the problem solving devices, rebound, and many others.
All thinking is done with categories and principles. Without thinking there is lack of capacity for life. Many people are very limited in their capacity to think and as a result their enthusiasm for life is limited.
When that happens their enthusiasms are based on external stimulation from hyperactivity and substance abuse rather than on the thinking skills resulting in the soul being shut down. This leads to a constant need for overt stimulation in a frantic search for happiness.
When there is nothing in your stream of consciousness, you become totally involved with yourself. Self-absorption requires entertainment through some kind of external stimulation.
The lack of capacity to focus that is created by the lack of creative thinking skills can also overflow and become a detriment to the spiritual life.
When scripture is compared with scripture subjects are brought together in the divisions of doctrine, arranged for the purpose of classification and application.
Prov 2:2; "Make your ear to concentrate on wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding."
Prov 2:10; "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge of doctrine will be pleasant to your soul."
Prov 18:15; "The discerning person acquires knowledge and the wise person seeks knowledge.
The conscience compartment develops categories of what is right and wrong, so that you can make choices. If you cannot make choices you are not in control of your life. Under God's grace policy bad choices limit future options and good choices increase future options.
The conscience is constructed from norms and standards. Good norms and standards are based on Bible doctrine. The more we know God's Word, the more we know of what is right and wrong and choose to follow truth the happier we will be and the greater our options become
Obedience to God's Word of truth creates the happiness and freedom that we want. Luke 11:28; John 8:32;
Disobedience to God's Word of truth enslaves. 2Pet 2:18-19;
By rejecting what is wrong and choosing what is right we advance in doctrine and increase our options. Norms and standards developed from God's Word in all categories are the basis for all good decisions.
All good decisions are what the Bible says is right. Most of our problems are created by wrong decisions. All wrong decisions are evil but not all wrong decisions are sin.
For example doing good because you feel guilty is evil. It is not sin. The motivation of guilt is sin so the "good" you do is evil. God never tells you to be guilty. He simply demands that you take responsibility for your bad decisions and change your mind.
As you direct positive volition to God's Word you develop categories of doctrine in your thinking and your conscience establishes the proper standards for doctrinal procedures.
The Momentum compartment is where spiritual growth from metabolized doctrine circulating the stream of consciousness occurs. This is where spiritual power from metabolized doctrine is developed.
This spiritual power is power from God because it comes from the power of God the Holy Spirit and the power of God's Word.
This is the power that enables the two categories of spiritual growth.
Normal spiritual growth comes from consistent and persistent inculcation, cognition, and metabolization of Bible doctrine.
Accelerated spiritual growth comes from the categories of testing. God never permits you to be tested beyond your capacity. Dealing with the adversity and passing the test requires the use of the problem solving devices of God's protocol plan.
The objective of the problem solving devices and spiritual growth is developing occupation with Christ. Phil 1:21; Gal 2:20;
The Wisdom compartment is where metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness is stored. Wisdom is the application of God's Word by means of the ten problem solving devices that are deployed in the stream of consciousness.
1Cor 1:30; "But you are from Him in Christ who became to us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption."
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