Class Notes: 1/10/2021
Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR, and The Doctrine of Historical Trends part 9
James 1:19-20; You know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
John 3:19-20; "This is the condemnation, that the truth has come into the world, and people loved the lie rather than the truth, because their deeds were evil.
20 "because everyone who does evil hates the truth, and does not come to the truth for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed.
Jer 17:9 (NET) The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?
One of satan's biggest lies is that people are basically good. God's word says that no one is righteous not even one. Rom 3:10;
Eccles 8:8; No man has authority to control the wind, the weather or the climate, or authority over the day of death; there is no discharge in the midst of a battle, and evil people will not be rescued by their evil deeds.,, they sow the wind And they will reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7a;
Eccles 8:11; Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
Isa 59:14-16; Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, And uprightness cannot enter.
v15 Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the Lord saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
v16 And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him.
We must never forget who the real enemy is.
Eph 6:10-12; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His omnipotence.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The people who oppose God's Word of truth are simply the devil's stooges.
John 8:44-47; "You (the ruling class) are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45 "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."
Satan's stooges always criticize, accuse and blaspheme and kill God's messengers.
Matt 23:33-34; "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of the lake of fire? 34 "Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute chasing them from city to city.
Luke 22:65; And they (satan's stooges) also accused Him of many other things, blaspheming Him
Never forget that what satan and his minions believe is "truth" is always a lie. Never ever give them any quarter never ever consider anything that they say as truth because it never is truth even if it seems like it is because they use truth to advance their false narrative.
John Adams said that our Constitution was made only for a moral religious people it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. This means that if voters become democrat socialist tyranny will be necessary because the Constitution is totally inadequate to restrain lawless socialists that are desecrating our country today.
Every nation is only one generation away from tyranny and we are in that generation. Deception from the false narrative is not an excuse because people who are deceived choose to be deceived. This means that for good or for bad, for freedom or for tyranny, in the USA, the voters are responsible.
We are in a study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. This took us to a study of the doctrine of the edification complex of the soul.
Before we stopped last time we had noted that a mental attitude of humility is required for post-salvation renovation of the thinking and consistent perception of doctrine to occur.
Rom 12:2-5, "Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking (divine viewpoint of life) that you may prove what the will of God is; namely, the good of intrinsic value achievement (advance to spiritual maturity), the well-pleasing to God (fulfillment of the protocol plan), the mature status quo (manufacture of invisible heroes).
v3 For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you: stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.
v4-5 For just as we have many members in one body and all members do not have the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another."
Conformity to this world means involvement in the cosmic system. There must be a complete renovation in your thinking if you're ever going to demonstrate what the will of God is for your life.
Certain types of thinking are out of bounds. This includes thinking related to the arrogance or emotional sins.
The standard of thinking from doctrine includes every aspect of divine viewpoint, orientation to life through enforced and genuine humility, and everything that makes us objective and teachable toward the Word of God.
"Many members in one body" emphasizes that although we have different spiritual gifts and different personalities, we all belong to one royal family, the body of Christ.
"Individually members one of another" refers to interaction within the royal family of God.
Without enforced and genuine humility, there is neither objectivity nor teachability. Without objectivity and teachability in life, you will be miserable, whether you are a believer or unbeliever, successful or not. Without objectivity and teachability, there is no edification complex in your soul as a believer.
Edification is the execution of the protocol plan of God through the function of post-salvation renovation of the thinking. This includes your daily perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
Edification is the status of the invisible hero. He has completed the edification complex of the soul, the most beautiful structure in life. It is found in the soul of the invisible hero. Edification is therefore impossible without humility, teachability, and objectivity.
Edification is critical for the local church to function properly.
1Cor 14:12, "So also you, since you are eager to have the function of spiritual gifts, seek to abound in spiritual gifts that edify the church."
"So also you" is a Greek idiom that means "this applies to you." The Corinthian believers were all eager to get the gift of tongues because it was spectacular, and then they could the function of tongues to prove they were spiritual
"Seek to abound" means you should give precedence to those spiritual gifts which result in edification. The primary spiritual gift in this category is the gift of pastor-teacher.
The pre-canon temporary spiritual gifts did not edify the church. 1Cor 14:26; "When you assemble, let all things be done for edification."
There are a number of ways in which believers worship God, but they must all relate to spiritual growth. Everything in assembly worship should be done with a view toward the objective, which is edification. Doctrine is communicated for the purpose of producing edification. Edification, or the advance to spiritual maturity, is the objective of the Christian way of life.
In the context of 1Cor 14, we see that the gift of tongues did not always fulfill that purpose. 1 Cor 14:40; concludes that the gift of tongues was not being used in a "proper and an orderly manner."
The gift of tongues only existed for the first forty years of the Church Age. It was discontinued in August of 70 A.D when God used the Romans to administer the fifth cycle of discipline on Israel.
While the gift of tongues did exist it was often a good example of how not to do things decently and in order in the local church because tongues was not always used to contribute to the principle of edification or to doing things "properly and in an orderly manner."
Edification follows the pattern of God's Word of truth being the priority solution. Priority #1 for edification is the perception, metabolization, and application of the mystery doctrine for the Church Age. This demands concentration under the ministry of the Holy Spirit inside God's spiritual power system.
Concentration on doctrinal communication results in post-salvation renovation of the thinking occurs under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
As you give Bible doctrine #1 priority in your life, you organize your life around priority #1. Therefore, you have an organized life. This means you always make time for the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine.
As you learn doctrine, your thinking inevitably begins to change; there's a "renovation of your thought" (Rom 12:2;). Therefore, you begin to organize your thinking around priority #1. The more doctrine you learn, the more you organize your thinking around doctrine.
Mechanically, that means you use the ten problem solving devices of the protocol plan of God. As these problem-solving devices are developed in your mind, you concentrate on executing the protocol plan through the doctrine you have learned.
That is how you personally construct an edification complex in your soul. The edification complex of the soul is constructed when you execute the protocol plan of God.
The foundation is the doctrine eternal salvation on the basis of Jesus Christ. 1Cor 3;11;
The first floor is the perception of doctrine under operation z resulting in consistent post salvation renovation of the thinking.
The second floor is understanding the uniqueness of the Church Age from a dispensational orientation to God's plan for human history.
The third floor is the deployment of the problem solving devices that are the sine que non for experiential Christianity in the devil's world.
As you understand and function under these problem solving devices, you become spiritually self-sustaining and you function under the privacy of your priesthood to resolve your own problems, including the greatest problems in life. This is where spiritual self-esteem is parlayed in to spiritual autonomy.
There are only two ways whereby problems are properly resolved: through the use of the ten problem solving devices, and through cognizance of specific principles God's Word.
Fourth floor: Spiritual self-esteem, the first stage of spiritual adulthood.
Fifth floor: Spiritual autonomy, the second stage of spiritual adulthood.
Sixth floor: Spiritual maturity, the point at which believers execute the protocol plan of God.
Seventh floor: The believer functions as an invisible hero.
The moment you personally believed in Jesus Christ, a foundation was constructed, comprised of the forty things from God. This is the foundation that is Jesus Christ.
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