Class Notes: 7/8/2015
Mark 15:33-34; The doctrine of rejection part 8
In our study of Mark we are in Mark 15:33-34; where God the Father rejects Jesus as He receives the imputation and judgment for the sins of all mankind because God cannot have anything to do with sin and remain perfect.
Because of this we have taken up a study of the doctrine of rejection. Last time we noted that evil people use rejection and guilt to manipulate people so they can control them. Rev 12:10-11;
The only way to avoid being manipulated in this manner is to use God's Word to maintain a clean conscious and so you can reject their false accusations because they have already been dealt with before God under the principle of "rebound and keep moving." is the only way to repel this attack. Psa 51:4; Phil 3:13-14; 1Tim 1:19-20; Eph 5:26-27;
Under the principle of Gen 50:20; what others do to you for evil God uses for your ultimate good. This means that God turns rejection and the accusations of manipulators into blessing when it is handled properly.
The blessing comes from facing reality and making the proper adjustments with God's Word. Recovery always begins with rebound and the filling of God the Holy Spirit followed immediately by faith rest and grace and doctrinal orientation.
Rejection is one of the greatest opportunities to be motivated to develop and use the problem solving devices. For the believer who reacts to rejection, there is no blessing; there is only the potential for the permanent the destruction the spiritual life if we react with anger, bitterness and implacability.
The way to recovery starts when we understand Col 2:7; "Having been rooted (doctrinal orientation) and constantly being built up in Him (Jesus our role model), and being stabilized by means of doctrine as you were instructed, overflowing with gratitude."
The proper response to rejection is to thank God for it, and then to ask that the wisdom you've accumulated in your soul from God's Word to be brought to bear on the situation. To overflow with gratitude means to be grateful for obvious blessings, but also to be grateful for the adversities in life, including rejection.
God blesses us when we are rejected and vilified because we obey God's Word. 1Pet 4:14-15; Luke 6:22; Job 5:21;
Expressing thanksgiving rather than reaction to rejection is an indication that you're moving in the right direction. It's a sign that you are operating in grace and doctrinal orientation.
2Cor 4:15; "For all things are for your sake, so that the grace that is being multiplied to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God."
God is glorified when we use the problem solving devices. The "all things for your sake" includes rejection because it presents an opportunity to Glorify God by deploying God's power through our application of His Word to our situation with the problem solving devices. Heb 4:12;
This means that the only solution to hostility and rejection is God's power that is deployed through your application of His Word in your spiritual life. You are the only one who can live your spiritual life. No one else can live it for you.
The key to your spiritual life is the function of your volition and what you choose to prioritize in your life. Positive volition is making good decisions from a position of strength. Positive volition puts God first. Matt 6:33;
Positive volition is consistent in cognition, inculcation, metabolization and application of God's Word. Luke 11:28; "Happy is the one who listens to My word and keeps it."
These two verses tell us that God gives us everything we want in life when we make learning and obeying His Word our highest priority.
Metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit is the function and power of your spiritual life.
The filling of the Holy Spirit is the absolute concept of spirituality. The amount of metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness is the relative concept of spirituality.
The problem solving devices are extrapolated from the metabolized doctrine that you recall under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
With the problem solving devices operational you have the capacity to be content in any situation. Phil 4:11; and from contentment comes thanksgiving 1Thes 5:18; that is the reflection of one's capacity for life and circumstances.
God is glorified when you respond to rejection with thanksgiving, occupation with Christ, and impersonal love for those who reject you.
Thanksgiving is an expression of capacity for life. People who are grateful for what others do have capacity for interaction with people. People who are grateful to God for the blessings in their life and who always keep God first in their priorities are using the problem solving devices.
Thanksgiving is not only capacity for life, but it is also capacity for love. People who are grateful have capacity for love. Thanksgiving is actually an expression of happiness. It is an indicator of the happiness in your life.
Thanksgiving is also a manifestation of your personal love for God as motivational virtue and an indication of the development of cognitive independence from spiritual self-esteem.
Being thankful in all things indicates the development of a personal sense of destiny that has confidence in God in all situations. Your confidence in God is the basis for your love for God.
You cannot say that Rom 8:28; applies to you, unless you have personal love for God the Father available as a problem-solving device. "We know, in fact, that to those who love God (personal love for God), He (God) works all things together for good to those who are elected according to a predetermined plan."
Before you reach spiritual self-esteem there is very little capacity to love God. There are glimpses of loving God, but there is insufficient stability from doctrine for love for God to be deployed until you have confidence in God's love for you. 1John 4:19; That confidence only comes from believing God's Word.
Only God can work your rejection together for your ultimate good but God is hindered when there is any stress in the soul for any reason. Stress in the soul is one of the reasons many believers fail.
Rejection forces believers to change their focus from people emphasis to God emphasis. Making God's Word the highest priority in your life is the only way that this change in focus can occur.
When people are more important to you than God is you have very little doctrine in your soul, and you cannot love God. It is impossible to love God whom we do not see apart from the perception of and cognitive conceptualism from His Word.
God will discipline but He will never ever reject any believer regardless of failure.
Psa 27:10; "Though my mother and my father reject me, the Lord will receive me."
Heb 13:5; "Let your lifestyle be free from the love for money and be content with what you have (virtue-love and God's Happiness), for He Himself has said, `I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.'"
Deut 31:6; "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you nor reject you."
Those who believe in Jesus Christ are eternally secure in their position. Rom 11:29; "the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable."
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