Today's Bible Doctrine

It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
 
For the Word [of God] is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart [inner core], that you may do it.

Book of Colossians [Lesson 36] [Colossians 1:13-23]

posted Nov 18, 2019, 8:31 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine

Book of Matthew [Matthew 17:1-8] [The Transfiguration]

posted Nov 6, 2019, 12:48 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine

Experiential Sanctification

posted Oct 13, 2019, 9:16 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine

    Experiential sanctification is residence, function, and spiritual momentum in the divine dynasphere during the believer’s life on earth. Living in the divine dynasphere, which the Holy Spirit energizes, fulfills the protocol plan of God (John 17:17; 2 Tim. 2:21; Heb. 9:13-14).

    Because we are in union with Christ, we now are able to be sustained, nourished, and empowered by the postsalvation ministry of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; 14:15-17; 16:13-14). Thus we become “partakers of the divine nature” in experience just as we are in position (2 Pet. 1:4). The Holy Spirit’s postsalvation ministry is called the filling of the Spirit (Eph. 5:18), which enables us to “walk by means of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16) in a manner “worthy of [our] station in life” (Eph. 4:1).61

    United with Christ and granted the same power system in which His humanity constantly lived, we are equipped to be “imitators of God . . . and [to] walk . . . just as Christ [walked]” (Eph. 5:1-2; Gal. 5:16; 1 John 2:6). He functioned in the prototype divine dynasphere; we can function in the operational divine dynasphere (John 14:11-12). In the divine dynasphere we live “through the Spirit, by faith [what is believed—Bible doctrine]” (Gal 5:5). The mind of Christ, or Bible doctrine in the soul, is the material the Spirit uses to manufacture the virtues of Christ in our lives (Rom. 13:14). In a different metaphor, doctrine is the nutrient that the Holy Spirit uses to produce the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23).

    Therefore, experiential sanctification has both absolute and progressive aspects. The filling of the Spirit is an absolute status. At any given time, the believer is either 100 percent filled with the Spirit or he is not filled with the Spirit at all. Either he is in fellowship with God, or he is out of fellowship. If he has confessed his sins to God, the believer is entirely inside the divine dynasphere (1 John 1:9), but when he sins, and as long as he does not confess to God, he is entirely outside the divine dynasphere. Outside the divine dynasphere he “grieves” or “quenches” the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19) and resides instead in Satan’s cosmic system.62

    This absolute but invisible status—in or out—has a cumulative effect, which is the progressive aspect of experiential sanctification. The power of the divine dynasphere is essential for spiritual growth. Only in the divine dynasphere can the believer learn Bible doctrine or accurately apply spiritual truth. What is the dominant trend of his decisions at any given time? Has he been consistently obedient to God’s mandates that comprise the divine dynasphere, or has he neglected these divine commands? Is he more often in or out of fellowship with God? Spiritual growth comes from consistency, and as the believer grows, this consistency in executing God’s protocol plan becomes a stronger and stronger impetus in his life. Every day he learns and applies doctrine; his inner person is renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). His thinking is renovated according to the pattern of divine thinking in Bible doctrine (Rom 12:2; Eph. 4:23). He gradually acquires the virtues of Christ.

    As growth continues, the filling of the Spirit produces more of the fruit of the Spirit whenever the believer is in the divine dynasphere. For example, a novice believer can be just as filled with the Spirit as the mature believer. But the mature believer understands a great deal more Bible doctrine. When the mature Christian is filled with the Spirit, he manifests the “newness of life” more than the beginner who equally is filled with the Spirit but understands less doctrine. A greater understanding and application of doctrine in the believer’s thinking causes greater manifestations of the filling of the Spirit in the believer’s life. Add to this the fact that as a Christian grows, he spends a greater proportion of his time filled with the Spirit. In other words, both quantity and quality improve: More time is spent in the divine dynasphere with a greater depth of doctrinal resources for the Spirit to use. This explains the increasing effect of divine dynamics within a Christian’s life.

    Experiential sanctification is called “godliness” (1 Tim. 3:16; 4:7-8; 2 Pet. 1:3; 3:11). True godliness runs far deeper than the shallow legalisms that so many Christians practice. Genuine godliness is abiding in the sphere of Christ’s love, which He equated with obedience to His commandments (John 15:10; Eph. 5:2). The sphere of Christ’s love is the divine dynasphere. The commandments of the Christian way of life coalesce as one consistent system, a single complex of interrelated and mutually supporting elements, an integrated sphere of divine power. This divine system of love and power is the place of godliness. The Christian way of life is life in the divine dynasphere. Here, in principle, is the answer to the question, “After salvation, what?”

    Experiential sanctification is potential for the believer, commanded but not guaranteed. God provides the resources, opportunities, instructions, encouragement, and even the divine discipline, but the believer himself chooses to execute the protocol plan of God or not. Volition remains a central issue in the Church Age, as in every dispensation throughout the angelic conflict. But God’s faithfulness is also a consistent theme. The believer’s failure to live by the mandates of experiential sanctification never cancels positional or ultimate sanctification, which are guaranteed by the very essence of God (2 Tim. 2:13).

    After our postsalvation lives on earth have ended, God will achieve our ultimate sanctification at the resurrection, or Rapture, of the Church. In that future moment He will provide the resurrection body, making us physically like Christ (1 Cor. 1:8; Eph. 1:4; Phil. 3:21; 1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 3:2).

Book of Colossians [Lesson 26] [Colossians 1:13-14]

posted Oct 5, 2019, 7:37 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine

Positional Sanctification

posted Sep 26, 2019, 3:23 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine

    The doctrine of sanctification teaches that God’s purpose is to make each Church Age believer like the humanity of Christ. Each is “conformed to the image of His Son,” the glorified Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29). God accomplishes the Church Age believer’s sanctification in three stages: positional, experiential, and ultimate.

    Positional sanctification is the Church Age believer’s union with Christ, accomplished by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Permanently identified with Christ from the moment of faith in Him, the Christian retroactively shares in the victory of our Lord’s spiritual death on the cross (Rom. 6:3; Col. 2:12a) and currently shares His exalted position in heaven “crowned with glory and honor” (Ps. 110:1; Rom. 6:4-5; Col. 2:12b; Heb. 1:13; 2:9-11; 10:12).

    The phrase “in Christ,” found throughout the New Testament epistles, is a technical term for the Church Age believer’s astounding, absolutely unprecedented union with Christ (John 14:20). In Christ each Church Age believer is positionally superior to all angels, including the chief fallen angel, Satan (Heb. 1:4, 13-14; 2:9-11). This fact of mystery doctrine signals the defeat of Satan, which is why Christ’s unexpected announcement of the Church, just prior to the cross, had such a powerful impact on the angels. Also, union with Christ gives equal position and privilege to every Church Age believer, eliminating any basis for prejudice, antagonism, or racial discrimination among Christians (James 1:9-10). Obtained at the moment of salvation, positional sanctification defines the nature of the Christian’s way of life after salvation as he walks “in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

Book of Matthew [Matthew 13:47-58] [The Parable of the Dragnet]

posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:56 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine

Book of Matthew [Matthew 13:18-33] [The Parable of the Sower]

posted Sep 8, 2019, 7:21 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine

The Parables of Jesus [The Parable of the Wedding Feast]

posted Aug 19, 2019, 10:41 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine

Pastor-Teachers: Bob Wilkin and Shawn Lazar of Grace Evangelical Society.
Class Date: 8/19/2019

Stewardship of the Earth in the Divine Outline of History

posted Feb 2, 2019, 2:57 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 8:47 AM ]

With respect to the divine outline of history, we are currently living in the Dispensation of the Church, specifically the Age of the Local Church. The Church, also known as the “Body of Christ” or “royal family of God,” is comprised of all believers dead and living in this present dispensation. Presently, God has appointed the Church official designated stewardship over the Earth.

“And He [God the Father] put all things in subjection under His [God the Son, Jesus Christ’s] feet, and gave Him [Christ] as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:22-23, NASB, emphasis added)

By virtue of our position in Christ as His Body and future Bride, we share in His sovereignty.

Book of Hebrews [Lesson 81] [Hebrews 9:6-10]

posted Jan 27, 2019, 5:10 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine

Pastor-Teacher: Robert L. Bolender, Jr. of Austin Bible Church.
Class Date: 1/27/2019

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