Class Notes: 2/7/2018
John 1:1-3;The doctrine of doctrinal orientation part 20
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John 1:1-3 (NET) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
We are in a study of the doctrine of the winner believer Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; those who the world does not deserve Heb 11:37-40; who are the unknown, unsung heroes of history as those who testify of the veracity of God's perfect integrity in the darkness of the devil's world during God's prosecution of satan and the fallen angels. 2Cor 6:9;
Winners are those who become the targets of God's grace imputations because they have capacity from believing God's word of truth with the result that they become the ones who God sustains to press His doctrinal advance in the spiritual death of the devil's world because regardless of the devil's hatred God desires every person to be saved. 1Tim 2:4;
In the present segment of our study of the winner we are noting the winner's doctrinal viewpoint. When the believer has doctrinal viewpoint God's Word creates capacity for the imputation of grace that how God works in behalf of the believer.
Grace is imputed on the basis of God's unfailing love that His Word reveals. God has to be true and faithful to His Word because due to His immutability He cannot deny himself.
The winner understands this from their doctrinal orientation and it enables them to have the patience to wait on God's timing regardless of how bad the circumstances appear to be. Isa 40:31;
It also enable the winner to accept God's sovereign decision regardless of the temporal outcome because they understand that God's eternal plan is perfect regardless of the fake news. Matt 26:39; Phil 2:5-11; Rom 8:28; 2Cor 13:8;
Doctrinal viewpoint aka doctrinal orientation is derived from the absolute reality of God's perfection that is revealed exclusively in His Word of truth that can only be acquired by listening to its communication by authorized communicators. Rom 10:17; Luke 11:28; John 8:31-32; Eph 4:11-13;
Winners submit to God's system for the communication of doctrine with the result that they learn to conduct their lives on the basis of doctrine rather than empiricism. Rom 1:16-17; Rom 12:3; Matt 24:35;
Doctrinal viewpoint provides winners with cognitive invincibility that is established on the basis of their understanding of the immutability of the veracity and faithfulness of God's unfailing love and His Word. Isa 28:16 Isa 26:3; Psa 119:165; Psa 56:4-6;
All of this is possible because of Jesus' strategic victory on the cross over satan and his cosmic systems where God made provision for the fall of mankind and every subsequent failure (sin) that would result from the fall of mankind and the resultant enslavement to satan, Gal 5:1;
In Psa 138:2; we noted that God the Father attaches the highest importance to His Word (aka faith or Bible doctrine) because it is the only way that God and His plan, purpose and will can be expressed in the darkness of the devil's world.
God's Word expresses who and what Jesus Christ is. It expresses God's plan of grace, as well as providing for the logistics for His plan of grace, and it provides everything that we will ever need forever and ever on the basis of God's grace.
God the Father attaches the highest honor to the person and the work of Jesus Christ but without the communication of God's Word (Bible doctrine) in the devil's world God's purpose and plan and Jesus Christ's role in His plan cannot be known.
Bible doctrine preexisted the human race. Bible doctrine is the thinking of Christ, Bible doctrine is the plan of God the Father, Bible doctrine is authored under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit; and since God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always existed, Bible doctrine preexisted with them John 1:1-2; and will always exist Matt 24:35; Isa 40:8;
This is why one's attitude regarding Bible doctrine determines one's capacity to receive God's blessing. This is the blessing or happiness that Jesus was referring to in Luke 11:28; when he communicated the principles of Prov 8:33-36;
The Greek word "makarios" and the Hebrew word "esher" both refer to happiness based on God's blessing.
Prov 8:33;"Heed instruction" (Pay attention to doctrinal teaching or listen to the teaching of doctrine) because when you do "you will be wise."
Wisdom is maximum doctrine in the stream of consciousness that is readily available to be applied to one's circumstances.
Wisdom is the maximum use of Bible doctrine so it is the basis of spiritual common sense but it is even more than spiritual common sense, because wisdom is how one's life is established on the basis of the absolute reality that is revealed in God's immutable Word of truth.
Wisdom is a worldview that is based on immutable truth,
v33b " do not neglect it." Wisdom is neglected when anything the world offers is more important to you than taking the time to listen to God's Word being communicated.
Wisdom is neglected when you think that doctrine won't work so you use a solution the world offers.
v34 "Blessed," translated from the Hebrew word "esher" also means happinesses, it is plural because as believers deploy the wisdom revealed in God's Word during their advance to tactical victory in life they receive both spiritual and material blessing from God.
Spiritual blessing and happiness is related to the person of Christ and material blessing and happiness is related to the supergrace blessings that God conveys to the capacity created by the spiritual blessings that are associated with Jesus Christ. Remember Jesus Christ is God's escrow officer.
The word "me" in the phrase "Blessed is the man who listens to me", refers to Bible doctrine. This is a personification of Bible doctrine "watching daily" is the daily function of learning God's Word. "At my gates" is the location where the doctrine is being communicated.
In the ancient world the place of assembly was "the gates." "The gates" was where doctrine was communicated. "Waiting at my door posts" is a description of positive volition toward the communication of God's Word of truth.
v35;"For he who finds me ( wisdom from Bible doctrine) finds life (capacity for life), with the result that the Lord Jesus Christ as God's escrow officer conveys supergrace blessing from God."
v36; "But he who sins against me (has negative volition toward doctrine) injures himself; and those who hate me (Bible doctrine) love death (the sin unto death for the believer or eternal condemnation for the unbeliever)." Net notes 67 and 69
We see from this that capacity from doctrine is the sine que non for the distribution of God's blessings. Without doctrine there is nothing but multiple deaths under the principle of dying you will die. Gen 2:17;
Isa 53:12; "Therefore I (God the Father) will allot (divide or distribute) the spoil of victory to Him along with the many (Christ is the victor in the angelic conflict on behalf of the many (all believers)), then He will distribute the plunder of victory to the strong (every believer who becomes a tactical victor during their advance to supergrace),
Isa 53:12; cont.... because he poured out his soul to death; and was identified with the sinners; "because He carried the sin of the many (the entire human race), and became the sin offering for the sinners (the entire human race."
Rom 5:17-19; Jesus' strategic victory took place on the cross when He bore the sins of the entire human race in His own body and was judged for them during His substitutionary forensic spiritual death.
Doctrinal believers parlay this invisible spiritual reality into tactical victory through their faith (their application of doctrine). Rom 1:17;
Bible doctrine is knowledge that is based on God's Word aka faith is more certain than empirical knowledge. 2Pet 1:12-21; NET
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