Class Notes: 5/7/2017
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 61
Lam 3:21 -25; I recall this (doctrine) to my mind, and it gives me confidence. Because The Lord's mercy never fails; His grace provisions never cease, they are renewed every morning; Great is Your faithfulness... Therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait silently on Him.
In our study of the doctrine of the winner believer. Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; Winner believers are the unknown, unsung heroes of history. 2Cor 6:9; who are the targets of God's grace imputations and the reason that God continues to support the human race.
We are now in a segment where we are discussing the doctrine of church age spirituality that is based on the indwelling and filling ministries of God the Holy Spirit.
When we stopped last time we were noting Romans 8 where we see that because of God's' Holiness or perfection the legal requirement of God's law is for us to stand perfect before God.
The filling of the Holy Spirit fulfills this legal requirement under the principle of "against such things there is no Law" found in Gal 5:23;
Carnality aka OSN control of the soul and spirituality aka being filled by means of the Spirit are described as absolutes. The law or principle of the old sin nature is carnality. The law or principle of the Spirit of life is spirituality.
Rom 8:5-6, "For those (believers) who are according to the flesh keep thinking about the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, keep thinking about the things of the Spirit.
v6 Consequently, the thought pattern of the flesh is (carnal) death, but the thought pattern of the Spirit is life and prosperity,"
The OSN controls the carnal believer's mental attitude so they produce human good and evil. The Holy Spirit controls the spiritual believer's mental attitude so they produce divine good.
Decisions in the believer's life are either based on norms and standards from the old sin nature or on the basis of norms and standards from God's Word of truth under filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit. These principles are also described in Gal 5:16-18;
We see from this that believers are not stuck with their old personality because that old personality was based on OSN control of the soul. Once the believer starts to think doctrine under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit, they become a different person.
Application of doctrine to experience changes one's personality. Momentum from spiritual growth changes one's personality. Advancing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ changes one's personality.
Rom 8:7-8; "because the thought pattern of the flesh is hostile toward God; for it is not subordinate to the law of God, because it is not able to do so.
v8 Furthermore, those who are in the flesh (controlled by the sin nature) cannot please God."
Rom 8:9a; But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit since the Spirit of God dwells in you... I have translated the words "if indeed" as since because the Greek word "oikeo" translated "dwells" is in the indicative mood so it is a declaration of fact that establishes a first class condition (if and it's true).Volition is related to spirituality because recovery from OSN control or the soul is the result of a volitional choice.
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