Class Notes: 2/20/2019
Rom 2:1-11; The doctrine of the cosmic system part 45
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Rom 2:1-11; Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
v2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.
v3 But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?
v4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
v5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
v6 who will render to each person according to his deeds:
v7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;
v8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
v9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,
v10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
v11 For there is no partiality with God.
God is Holy. He is absolute justice and righteous. Satan and his pawns accuse God of being unjust because they believe that equality and justice are served by restricting the freedom and opportunity for the righteous on the basis of the unrighteous deeds of the criminal and pervert.
The arrogant loser views itself as a victim and projects blame, the humble winner views itself as a survivor and forgives. God rewards the winner and condemns the loser.
Anyone who thinks that the freedom of the humble should be restricted because of the evil that arrogant criminality commits is following the profile of their father the devil. God wages war against the arrogant and gives greater grace to the humble.
We are presently in a study of satan's cosmic system that is a system of arrogant demonic thinking that is comprised of the lies and deceit from demonic viewpoint that since the fall in the Garden of Eden, apart from God in the darkness of spiritual death has become the basis of the thinking of the entire human race. 1Cor 2:14; Rev 12:9;
When we stopped last time we were noting authority arrogance that always begins in the home. Divine institution #3 is the family. The parents are the authority in the home.
Parents have the responsibility to teach their children establishment principles. Respect for authority is the most important establishment principle. The objective of parenthood is to train your children in all the principles of life, especially respect for authority in every area of life.
God has delegated authority to preserve, protect and perpetuate the human race. God's authority for the human race is established from the laws of divine establishment that include the four divine institutions of: free volition, marriage, family, and nationalism.
God's authority for the royal family of God includes God's Word of truth, the pastor who communicates the Word in local church, and the volition or self- determination of the believer to choose to respond to or reject God's Word of truth.
Legitimate authority in life is defined as those powers that God has delegated to the human race in the categories of husband over wife, parents over children, government over the people, management, coach, teacher, professor, senior military rank, judge on the bench, police officer, and the traffic light.
In the spiritual realm, God's royal family has authority related to Bible doctrine and the pastor- teacher who communicates doctrine.
While God has delegated authority in these realms, the authority is useless without the human consent from positive volition.
Because of arrogance humans often reject legitimate authority with devastating consequences that includes but is not limited to crime, insurrection, violence, terrorism, slavery, dictatorship, revolution, civil disobedience and rabble rousing.
The acceptance of authority in life depends upon human volition that is the believer's greatest weapon in their defense against demon influence. But to be beneficial volition must be used from cognizance of truth not from emotional arrogance. 1Thes 5:21;
God has given us volition as our greatest weapon in opposition to satan's lie but arrogant rejection of legitimate authority prevents maturity. When arrogance rejects legitimate authority old arrogant people who should be mature act like children. This is why we have so many socialists in our country today.
Rejection of legitimate authority is never justified. It is unrighteous to reject legitimate authority even when the legitimate authority is unjust because God is the one who personally establishes legitimate authority. Rom 13:1-2; and He will deal with it when it is wrong. Heb 10:30-31;
If you reject legitimate authority for any reason you become a loser and as you can see in our nation we have a whole generation of losers that are about to take over responsibility for our nation, which is why if their policies are adopted we won't have freedom in our nation for much longer and it is possible that the nation will be destroyed.
Arrogance is the product of its own decisions, including rejection of legitimate authority, and the assignment of power to those who represent evil from moral, or immoral degeneracy. This is how evil rulers and tyrants ascend to power.
Rejection of authority is always manifested in society. It is the reason why we have such a drug problem in our country today because drug abusers reject all forms of legitimate authority. It is an indicator of how degenerate our country is.
All misery comes from individual volition making decisions from a position of weakness, from arrogance, and from losing all sense of destiny in life. Misery comes from failure to accept legitimate authority and learn from it.
Authority arrogance is the enemy of freedom, privacy, property, and life. Privacy is destroyed through gossip, maligning, judging all of which stem from the jealousy, envy, bitterness, and vindictiveness of cosmic one that metastasize to the anger, hatred, implacabilty and opposition of cosmic two.
Freedom is destroyed through the malfunction of the divine institutions that occurs because of the arrogant attack upon authority. Freedom without authority is anarchy; authority without freedom is tyranny.
Authority arrogance results in the destruction of freedom through crime, drug addiction, violence, crusader arrogance, the attempt of self- righteousness to superimpose its will on others.
Drug addiction takes away one's individual sense of responsibility, and destroys the proper objectivity of free volition.
Authority arrogance corrupts the divine institutions: volition, marriage, family, and government.
Authority arrogance attacks free enterprise by trying to destroy capitalism and management through governmental plundering and redistribution of private property. Authority arrogance attacks the legitimate authority of management and business.
Authority arrogance attacks military establishment by destroying the command structure that is necessary for the preservation of the nation and authority arrogance destroys legitimate governmental function by attacking law enforcement.
Authority arrogance in one's life reflects a lack of objectivity from enforced and genuine humility.
Divine institution #3 states that children are born under the authority of parents. There does not need to be any mutual love between children and parents. The parent communicates authority and love to the child verbally and the children respond with love by obedience.
The organized humility of the home includes a system for teaching. No parent is always perfectly fair. Children must learn to face situations that are not fair and still respect and obey the legitimate authority of the parents. Without respect for legitimate authority, children leave home immature and irresponsible.
At salvation, eternal life is imputed to the regenerated human spirit where the organized humility is the local church, the authority of enforced humility is the pastor; and the child expresses free volition (positive or negative) toward the authority of the doctrine and the pastor.
Authority arrogance attacks the pastor who is faithful in the communication of doctrine with the result that arrogant believers without doctrinal thinking are distracted from spiritual growth into systems of cosmic evil.
The doctrinal message is so critically important to the royal family of God that many Scriptures warn against undermining the authority of any pastor. No matter how bad or good the pastor is, he is not your responsibility. He reports to God and God will take care of disciplining him.
Isa 54:17; "`No weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the Lord, and his vindication is from Me,' says the Lord."
Heb 13:17; "Keep obeying those pastors who themselves are ruling over you. Submit to their authority, for they keep watching for the benefit of your souls as those who have to render an account."
The pastor receives his authority from God through the Holy Spirit's delegation of the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher along with preparation and a congregation that responds to his communication.
The pastor exercises authority through exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Apart from maintaining order in the local assembly for the communication of God's Word the pastor has no authority.
Bible Doctrine is the mind of Christ that is the ultimate and final authority from which all other authorities are established. All believers do is bring free volition and choose to accept it or reject it.
The principles found in God's Word require the communication of the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher because God the Holy Spirit works through the spiritual gift.
Authority is delegated to the pastor as the communicator of doctrine. The local church assembly is the environment for the communication of God's Word under the authority and mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.
So the word "obey" simply means to listen to the doctrine, assimilate the doctrine, and once it is understood comply with the doctrine all accomplished under the filling and mentor ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
It is inevitable that some individuals in a congregation will become dissatisfied or disenchanted with a specific ministry. If the dissatisfaction originates from some form of arrogance, the disenchanted believer will suffer from the law of volitional responsibility plus divine discipline. If the fault lies with the pastor, God will punish him.
If an individual changes churches or chooses another ministry it must be done without undermining the authority of the pastor. Leave him entirely in the Lord's hands because the consequence is reaping double triple-compound divine discipline so the divine discipline for insurrection is multiplied by six.
In the home, children are blessed by accepting parental authority and they are cursed if they reject parental authority. In the local church, believers are blessed by consistent positive volition toward the doctrine and they are cursed if they have negative volition toward doctrine.
A child or adolescent in the home who rejects parental authority is disciplined for authority arrogance likewise the believer who rejects the authority of good Bible teaching is placed under divine discipline.
When dissatisfied by a pastor for whatever reason, good or bad, do not compound the problem with your own arrogant reaction. Avoid criticism of the pastor, no matter how wrong he may appear to be. Leave his punishment or discipline in the hands of Jesus Christ who is more than capable of handling his failures without any assistance.
Being critical of a pastor is presumptuous and becomes blasphemous if you take the erroneous stand that God cannot punish a pastor without help.
Authority arrogance will not destroy the pastor who is the object of hatred, bitterness, vindictiveness, and implacability it will only destroy you. This same principle holds true for every legitimate authority in life including our president.
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