Class Notes: 11/10/2022
The book of Romans part 89; Rom 2:5; The doctrine of the heart part 5
In our verse-by-verse study of Romans we finished Rom 2:5. Our expanded translation is "Because of your hardness and unrepentant heart, you store up and accumulate for yourself wrath against the day of wrath, even disclosure of just judgment from the God."
The words translated heart, hardness, unrepentant, and judgment in this verse brought up some doctrines to look at and we are presently looking at the doctrine of the heart.
Last time we concluded our study on the frame of reference the next compartment in the heart is the vocabulary storage compartment. This is where thinking develops and where technical words are stored that are used to learn and understand new ideas.
In any given subject a person cannot think beyond their vocabulary because vocabulary provides the capacity to understand what is being communicated.
Humility wants to learn vocabulary but arrogance resists and refuses.
Vocabulary is developed in the nous or left lobe and only transferred to the right lobe of the heart when accepted. Our capacity for life is often related to our vocabulary. Concepts are first learned in the left lobe where they are meaningless until we accept them; then they are transferred to the right lobe.
After salvation, the believer must learn an entirely new vocabulary, including technical theological words that are required for thinking, for application, and for the expression of ideas in the new technical subject.
Just as at physical birth a baby must learn a language and the meaning of words to understand and communicate so after regeneration the new believer who is a new spiritual creature must learn an entire new language to understand and communicate about spiritual things.
Cognizance of technical language is necessary to understand and apply Bible doctrine. The plan of God, of necessity, is defined and communicated in technical, theological terms.
Jeremiah expressed this in Jer 15:16; "Your words were discovered and I ate (metabolized) them, and Your words became for me joy (happiness)."
Deut 8:3; "And He humbled you (the Exodus generation) and He let you be hungry and He fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your ancestors know that He might cause you to understand that mankind does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the month of God."
Jesus quoted this passage in Matt 4:4; where he expressed the requirement for His humanity to learn God's Word of truth.
Jesus explains this in Luke 11:28 (NET); But he replied, "Happy rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!"
The next compartment in the heart is the categorical storage compartment. Categorical storage coordinated with the frame of reference classifies, catalogs and stores Bible doctrine for future recall and application.
This is the storage area of any technical concept or categorical information in any area of life. It is related to recall from both the memory center and vocabulary. You remember principles and technical words, and when you understand them you can put them all together.
By comparing Scripture with Scripture, certain subjects are brought together in the divisions of doctrine for the purpose of classification. In the various parts of Scripture, many ideas are covered from different perspectives that are part of the same subject.
Categorical storage is the predicate for the development of cognitive independence because categories are how the fundamental concepts of doctrine that must be understood in order to be used are compiled and organized.
Categories are the divisions of doctrine formed for the purpose of classification of subjects and subject matter in God's Word of truth.
Categorical storage is the basis for conceptualism in post- salvation perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine under the Holy Spirit's ministry in operation Z.
Vocabulary and categorical storage are essential to spiritual growth for the execution of God's plan for believers.
Prov 2:2; "Make your ear to concentrate on wisdom; apply your heart to understanding." Only you can make your ear concentrate; no one can do it for you.
Here we see a mandate for believers to concentrate on learning wisdom that is translated from the Hebrew word "chakmah." Chakmah is a combination of the Greek "epignosis" and "sophia that refers to wisdom from spiritual understanding.
Wisdom is the basis of spiritual growth. Wisdom is the combination of "epignosis" coming into your heart and subsequently being applied from your heart as "sophia."
By applying your heart to understanding, you develop categorical storage.
The heart pumps spirit taught epignosis doctrine through the frame of reference, memory center, vocabulary and categorical storage compartments.
Without concentration and positive volition to what is taught, you will not develop vocabulary or categorical storage of spiritual information.
Prov 2:10; "Wisdom will enter your heart, and the knowledge of doctrine will be pleasant to your soul." This is the result of it being recorded in the heart. Prov 3:3;
There is no wisdom until it enters the heart. "Pleasant" refers to the tranquility created by the presence of problem solving devices in your soul as you become spiritually autonomous.
Prov 15:14-15; "The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge;...a good heart has a continual feast."
Prov 18:15; "The heart of the wise acquires knowledge of doctrine; the ear of the wise seeks knowledge of doctrine."
The "ear of the wise" is a reference to positive volition. With positive volition everything falls into place because positive volition continually seeks doctrinal truth that is always the right answer because God's solution is the only solution that works.
The "heart of the wise" is spiritual growth. It acquires knowledge from the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit under operation Z.
Categorical storage is the putting together of words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into chapters, chapters into books, etc. It is cognizance of the various doctrinal categories used to communicate spiritual information to the believer.
Knowledge is built on knowledge. Simple categories of doctrine lead to the more complex categories of knowledge in the classification of Biblical categories.
The study of doctrines categorically becomes the basis for greater and greater application. It is very easy to mix the promises with faith in the simple form of the faith-rest drill. But to take a complicated problem-solving device in your life and apply various concepts and rationales of Bible doctrine to it requires a greater comprehension and understanding in the heart.
Eventually, in spiritual adulthood the greatest problem solving devices are developed from the application of categorical doctrine. In the faith-rest drill, instead of claiming a promise, you advance to claiming doctrinal rationales.
It is from the recall of doctrinal categories that you can make more powerful application of doctrine to your experience.
Both vocabulary and categorical storage are essential for the renovation of the thinking. Cognition of a technical vocabulary of Biblical theology is necessary for the execution of God's protocol plan. It can only be explained in terms of spiritual mechanics. This means that it is necessary to understand the technical terminology for spiritual mechanics.
Every term, including rebound, faith-rest drill, hope, spiritual self-esteem, virtue-love as a problem solving device, God's protocol plan, the operational-type divine power system, the portfolio of invisible assets, escrow blessings, logistical grace blessings, election, predestination, computer assets all have extensive technical doctrinal explanations that must be stored in both the vocabulary and categorical compartments of the soul's heart in order to be recalled and applied.
The next compartment of the heart is the conscience. The Greek word "suneidesis" means "to know with." The Latin translation is "conscientia" that means joint knowledge or knowledge as a standard of reference.
The conscience is divided into two parts. There is a place for the norms and standards that are developed from Bible doctrine and a place where carnal cosmic norms and standards developed from the world and the old sin nature.
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