Class Notes: 5/21/2017
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 63
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 God's spiritual power system of thinking God's Word of truth under the mentor ministry of God the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:6-8; Personal sin is an expression of hostility toward God.
But the sins we simply acknowledge already went to court and were judged. Therefore, 1 John 1:9 says we simply "homologeo" our sins, which means to cite or acknowledge as in a courtroom case. We simply name acknowledge that we did it.
Every believer is a priest and represents himself before God. So in the privacy of his priesthood, the believer simply names the sins he has committed, and "God is faithful (God always does the same thing) and justified to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Rebound is the only way that any believer can ever recover spirituality after they have committed a sin after salvation. Apart from the rebound technique, we would remain carnal from the moment that we sinned for the first time after salvation and there would be no plan of God for our lives, no spirituality, and no protocol plan of any kind.
There has to be a grace system for recovering fellowship with God. Just as there are many false Gospels being presented that add human works or gimmicks to faith in Christ, there are also many erroneous ideas of what believer's must do to be spiritual.
If anything is added to faith in Christ, there is no salvation at all. People want to help God, but God doesn't need our help and He cannot accept anything but faith alone because doing so would compromise the perfection of His perfect Holiness.
Just as He provided everything necessary for our salvation, so He provides everything necessary for the recovery of fellowship after salvation. In every case it is simply non-meritorious positive volition to the pertinent doctrine.
Spirituality is a matter of accepting and using God's grace procedure. As long as we live on this earth, we will continue to commit personal sins. This means that the believer learn to identify what sin is by learning the doctrine of hamartiology.
Believers do not reach sinless perfection in this life. The closest we come is the positional sanctification that we received when we were entered into union with Christ at the moment of salvation. 2Cor 5:21;
At salvation the Holy Spirit indwells your body, 1Cor 3:16; The filling of the Spirit is the Holy Spirit controlling your life by controlling the thinking of your soul. Indwelling is permanent. 1 Cor 6:19-20; 1Cor 3:16;
The out of fellowship believer is described in 1Cor 3:1-3; and Rom 8:5-8; as being carnal. Carnal simply means that the OSN is controlling the believer's soul instead of God the Holy Spirit.
When we are functioning under OSN control of the soul in cosmic one we are described as grieving the Spirit. We are commanded in Eph 4:30; not to "grieve the Spirit." Quenching the Spirit occurs in cosmic two. In 1Thes 5:19; we are commanded not to "quench the Spirit."
So grieving or quenching the Spirit means being out of fellowship with God in the status quo of carnality. Persistent carnality results in loss of momentum in the spiritual life and as a result the believer reverts back the "old self" that is comprised of the trends, influences , and lust patterns of the OSN as the basis for decision making. Rom 6:6-7; Rom 6:12; Gal 5:16-17; James 1:14-16;
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