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The Doctrine of Negative Volition, Part 1.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A great spiritual heritage, I might say, though many of them rejected the spiritual part of their heritage and lived instead in the natural part of earthly blessing because of the promises made to their father Abraham.

GEN 12:2 I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;

ROM 9:5 From whom [the Jews or Israelites] are the fathers, [the regenerate ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], in fact, from whom is The Christ, the One who came in the flesh, the One who is God, ruler over all, extolled, praised, eulogized forever, Amen.

The spiritual heritage of Israel, the Shekinah glory, the unconditional covenants, the gift of the Mosaic Law, the Sabbath, and the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We could have also noted the ark of the covenant, the various articles inside the ark which spoke of sin, the tabernacle, the Temple, -

- the various feasts and Holy days like the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of the First Fruits, Feasts of Pentecost and the Feasts of Trumpets, these are all related to the spiritual heritage of Israel.

In the Old Testament the concept of the deity of TLJC was revealed by the Shekinah glory, but in the heritage of Israel, the Shekinah glory was invisible.

Man is a free agent, man has free will, but he’s always looking for an excuse, a patsy, someone to blame.

Then God sent His Son; the word became flesh and tabernacled among us, JOH 1:14.

Dwelt - aor-act-ind - skenoo = to tabernacle.
Tabernacled = eternal God, the second person, with all of the attributes of God, became a member of the human race and true humanity.

This answered the Jews and their excuse, “We didn’t get to see, Adonai Elohim, we didn’t get to see His glory and go into the holy of holies.”

You have always wanted to see God, so the First Advent, you now have your wish, and now the Shekinah glory is in your midst.
1CO 1:22 For indeed Jews ask for signs,
ISA 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

COL 1:15 He is the exact image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation.

But when the Shekinah glory was here, and they saw the Lord Jesus Christ, face to face, and they heard His message, and they saw His miracles, they had the whole picture, and still they hardened their hearts, and had that same negative volition.

There is a purpose for the First Advent, apart from our so great salvation, there is a purpose, which is related entirely to Israel.

They would make idols out of stone and wood and bronze and gold and silver, and they would worship these things; they had to see something, they said.

When you see the Shekinah glory, it makes absolutely no difference to most.

You have to have self-determination and free will.

JER 29:13 And you will seek Me and find {Me,} when you search for Me with all your heart.

HEB 11:6b ...He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,
those who in MAR 12:30 love the Lord their God with all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their mind, and with all their strength.

For in the Church-age, in spite of all that God has done and how He has revealed the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, the average believer knows nothing about it.

The Doctrine of Negative Volition.
Point 1. Introduction.

A. Primary negative volition is refusal to assemble for Bible teaching, the rejection of your right pastor and his authority.

Epaphras was the founder and pastor of a local church at Colossae, according to COL 1:7 and 4:12. However in Phile 23, Epaphras was serving with Paul in Rome during Paul’s first imprisonment.

Epaphroditus may or may not have been the pastor at Philippi, but when he carried the Philippian epistle from Paul to that group of believers, he carried a series of non-face-to-face messages.

While the apostle John was teaching face-to-face in Ephesus, he was at the same time teaching at least two other groups in a non-face-to-face manner.

2JO 1:1 The elder [John] to the elect lady [the eklektos kuria] and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth.
3JO 1:1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

When John was banished to the Island of Patmos by Nero, he penned the book of Revelation, which is a series of non-face-to-face messages delivered to seven churches on a regular basis; i.e., to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

How can a believer in a non-face to face situation use their spiritual gift to build up and edify the body of Christ?

You are an ambassador for TLJC, and you represent Him as well as the pastor-teacher and the assembly you have been called to wherever you are and wherever you go.

Right where you are, you can use your time, talent, treasure and your spiritual gift.

1. Evangelism
2. Pastor-Teacher
3. Teaching
4. Helps (Ministering)
5. Administration
6. Exhortation
7. Giving
8. Mercy

Point 1. Negative volition = refusal of Bible doctrine divided into two categories.

A. Primary negative volition = refusal to assemble for Bible teaching, the rejection of your right pastor and his authority.
B. Secondary negative volition = refusal to transfer doctrine from the left lobe to the right lobe.

Negative volition is a refusal of the rebound technique.

This is the malfunction of the grace apparatus for perception whereby the believer assembles, but because he does not rebound, he is not filled with the Spirit.

Failure to be filled with the Spirit means no doctrine is transferred to the right lobe because there is no doctrine in the left lobe.

There is also the refusal of the faith-rest technique as a part of negative volition.

He fails to appropriate promises, to utilize doctrine which he has already learned, to utilize the principles and to mix them with his faith, HEB 4:2.

Inconsistent negative volition refers to a person who takes in doctrine only when he is under pressure.

Saul went to the witch of Endor, held a seance, and still there was silence, until Samuel entered the scene.

The Urim was a breastplate on the shoulder of the high priest which had stones that would light up when you had a question and you wanted divine guidance - Right shoulder was no and left was yes, called Urim and Thummin.

Thummin is the checkerboard with 12 squares, one for every tribe of Israel. One is that the real breastplate or the checkerboard, the urim and thummin, is with David.

Since Saul executed 85 priests through that rat Doeg the Edomite,
1SA 22:18, the Ephod went with the one who escaped, who was Abiathar,
1SA 22:22.

ECC 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.

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