Class Notes: 7/12/2015
Mark 15:34; The doctrine of rejection part 9
In our study of Mark we are in Mark 15:34; where Jesus is rejected by God the Father as he is judged for the sins of mankind. His rejection was unique in that even though He was impeccable He was being rejected judicially for the purpose of providing the way of salvation for the entire human race.
Jesus was rejected so that anyone could believe in Him at anytime and receive eternal salvation and acceptance by means of faith alone in Christ alone. His rejection made it possible for God to bless mankind. Rom 5:8; John 3:16; 2Cor 5:21;
In our study of the doctrine of rejection we have noted that our choices make all the difference. Hosea 4:6; John 15:18- 21; so rejection is an integral part of the human experience in the devil's world.
Paul describes his experiences with rejection in his sarcastic response to the rejection of the arrogant Corinthian believers. 1Cor 4:9-13;
v9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people.
v10 We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored!
v11 To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated, and without a roof over our heads.
v12 We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure,
v13 when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world's dirt and scum, even now.
Rejection by people is actually designed for your blessing provided you have learned enough doctrine to use the problem solving devices, and provided you are willing to put the matter in the Lord's hands and leave it there and refuse to do anything about it yourself.
If you are at fault, the blessing comes from facing the reality of your fragmented life, and beginning the process of recovery starting with rebound and keep moving through post-salvation spiritual growth from the PMA of God's Word.
There is no blessing for the believer who reacts to rejection, reaction only multiplies the problems and the arrogance of reaction neutralizes any blessing from God.
For the believer who uses the problem solving devices, and responds to rejection with thanksgiving their gratitude is a manifestation of both humility and capacity for life from metabolized doctrine.
Most people associate thanksgiving with something they receive and enjoy, but gratitude has its greatest manifestation when directed toward something unpleasant. This is because in this case your motivation and capacity for life come exclusively from you personal love for and confidence in God.
This is how Jesus expressed His happiness while He was enduring the most intense rejection and suffering that has ever occurred in human history while He was on the cross. Heb 12:2;
When people reject you whether it is fair or unfair is not the issue. The issue is: do you have the have the doctrinal strength to use the problem solving devices to glorify God?
This issue is weather you can overcome the rejection and vilification and move on with personal love for God the Father and occupation with the person of Jesus Christ?
If you react when you are rejected, you are not functioning in the cognitive self-confidence of spiritual self-esteem and you have lost track of the real issue of life that is to witness for Jesus by glorifying God in the midst of suffering that comes from living in a sin infused body of death in the devil's world.
Rejection presents us with an opportunity for fantastic blessing for spiritual growth. It causes us to get our life organized, to sort out our priorities in life, and to establish a scale of values that will advance us in our relationship to God through our execution of His protocol plan.
This means that it is extremely important for you to take advantage of every rejection in your life. If you apply the problem solving devices, you will be the better for it. It causes your spiritual growth. No one ever attains spiritual maturity without being rejected, and usually the rejection is unfair.
This is why we have the mandate in 1Thes 5:18; "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
This includes thanksgiving for the difficulties in life. This must be genuine gratitude; you can't fake this. If your thanksgiving to God is expressed from the epignosis doctrine in your soul, you're on the way to accelerated spiritual growth
You can't react to rejection and at the same time be truly thankful for it. In other words, the glorification of God when you are rejected and the function of the arrogance skills in reaction to rejection are mutually exclusive.
Eph 5:20; "Giving thanks always for all things to God, even the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." In this verse we see that personal love for God the Father and occupation with Christ are problem-solving devices to be used when you are rejected.
Phil 4:6; "Stop worrying about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God."
This verse gives us the protocol for dealing with all adversity including rejection. God already knows what we need but our prayer request complies with the protocol of the angelic conflict and testifies of our complete dependence on God in our situation.
We have discussed the principle that that God hears our prayers twice. God's omniscience programmed our prayers into the Divine decree in eternity past along with His answer and then as the printout occurs in time we actually pray to Him and receive His answer.
Prayer is therefore an offensive weapon that deploys God's omnipotent power from eternity past enabling us to advance. The problem solving devices are defensive weapons that enable us to hold our ground when under attack.
The first reaction to rejection should always be thanksgiving, because this is your capacity to appreciate God who will never reject you even though people do.
The believer should thank God in every case of rejection because at a minimum the rejecter coming out from behind their facade of hypocrisy so at least you are faced with honesty.
This means at a minimum you can thank God that at least you now know where you really stand with the person.
Rejection gives the believer the opportunity for self-examination and the reevaluation of his perspective. Rejection gives the believer the opportunity to utilize the problem solving devices of the protocol plan of God, especially those that deal with God.
For example, rebound immediately provides forgiveness of sin and the power of the filling of the Spirit. In the faith-rest drill, you trust God for blessing by claiming the promises of God and using doctrinal rationales.
Grace orientation always treats the rejecter in grace. This protects you from the sins of bitterness, anger, hatred and implacability. Your personal sense of destiny enables you to put the rejection into the overall context of God's perfect plan for your life.
Personal love for God the Father will carry you in the rejection, because it is the most powerful motivational virtue in the spiritual life.
Your impersonal integrity love for the rejecter enables you to do the right thing for the right reason especially if the rejection is unfair. If you have God's happiness ( +H), you will not react at all because (+H) will carry you through all problems of life.
Occupation with Christ recognizes that there is nothing that you are going through that Jesus hasn't already endured and that He is always with you. John 15:18-25; Matt 28:20b;
The ultimate solution to rejection in life is sharing God's happiness (+H). The fact that our Lord had +H and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit inside the prototype spiritual power system meant He could endure rejection from mankind and God.
We cannot begin to imagine the intensity of His suffering. But we know having +H was the key to how our Lord handled the greatest suffering the world has ever known. Heb 12:2;
+H must be combines with the problem-solving device of virtue-love to establish and maintain one's true self identity when rejection occurs.
You must not only direct +H toward yourself, but you must also direct impersonal love toward those who are rejecting you while at the same time, you must having occupation with the person of Christ and personal love for God the Father
Having personal love for God and occupation with Christ causes you to conclude that while you may be rejected by others, God has not nor will He ever reject you.
Having impersonal love toward those who reject you and possessing +H based on your confidence in God's Word provides you with the strongest power that can exist on the face of this earth.
When deployed this makes you the strongest individual on the face of the earth.
This is what it means to be strengthened with all power in Col 1:11; and it is why doctrinal believers can persist with +H no matter how intense the opposition. Phil 4:13;
Personal love for God the Father and occupation with Christ is a part of the solution to rejection. Heb 13:5, "Let your lifestyle be free from the love for money and be content with what you have (+H, virtue-love, absolute confidence in God), for He Himself has said, `I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.'"
Because of what Jesus did for you on the cross God cannot reject you. God the Father rejected Jesus Christ on the cross, but God the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit cannot reject you. Rom 8:31-39;
The combination of these problem solving devices is the greatest power that exists and it can withstand any magnitude of rejection that comes from the devil and his minions in devil's world with perfect happiness and contentment.
Jesus did it and so can you because as He is so we are in this world. 1John 4:17;
This brings us back to our verse by verse study. Mark 15:34;
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