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The illustration of virtue in Greek drama, part 3. The three forms of unity.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Epichoregeo – “supply” = used for the individual who provided the finances to train the Greek actors of the day.

Your epichoregeo in the spiritual realm is metabolized doctrine.

1. The will of God for mankind is two-fold.
For the unbeliever: Salvation.
For the believer: Metabolized doctrine.

1TI 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the [epignosis] knowledge of the truth.

2. The pastor-teacher through teaching is the source of metabolized doctrine, TIT 1:1.

TIT 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the [epignosis] knowledge of the truth which is according to living the spiritual life,

3. The cosmic believer fails to metabolize doctrine, 2TI 3:2-7.

4. Only metabolized doctrine can be useful for problem solving, EPH 1:17.

5. PHM 1:6 – all genuine fellowship with believers is based on metabolized doctrine and virtue.

6. Only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the mandate of virtue first in the PPOG, PHI 1:9.

7. Only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the PPOG, COL 1:9-10.

8. Only metabolized doctrine can provide blessing under the PPOG, 2PE 1:2-3.

9. You can have a zeal to know God but if you do not have epignosis OR metabolized doctrine it is useless,ROM 10:2.

10. True wealth and prosperity comes from epignosis doctrine, COL 2:2.
11. The new man can only be renewed and energized through metabolized doctrine – COL 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a [epignosis] true knowledge according to the image of the one who created him.

1. Unity of action.
2. Unity of time.
3. Unity of place.

The action all took place in one time just like your life takes place in one particular time.

The action had to have consistency and unity just like your life, if it is to bring glory to God, must have consistency and unity.

Without an objective or unity of action, the drama fails to hold attention, fails to stimulate emotion, and fails to establish the mood of the drama.

We get the unity and continuity of our action in the Christian way of life from our implementation of our very own portfolio of invisible assets and the ten problem-solving devices.

The drama of the fifth century B.C. compressed all the action into one day.

The drama must occur in one locale; every scene must take place in that setting.

One day at a time is the order for the Christian way of life, ROM 14:5-6.

PSA 90:12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.

The effectiveness of your drama in that one day is determined by whether you as a believer are a winner or a loser, in fellowship and learning doctrine and living in the PPOG, or out of fellowship in the cosmic system.

Unity of action demands that the believer understand his portfolio of invisible assets and utilize the omnipotence of God to advance through the three stages of spiritual adulthood.

The chorus described the greatness of the hero, just as doctrine explains the greatness of the mature believer as an invisible hero.

Virtue is the lead actor in your life or drama.

1. In God’s plan, Bible doctrine is first.
2. In God’s authority, divine commands are first.
3. In God’s policy, grace is first.
4. In God’s objective, momentum is first.
5. In God’s system, virtue is first.
6. In God’s purpose, occupation with Christ is first.

There is no drama without an actor.
There is no service without virtue.

You have been ordained by God to be the lead actor in your life or to live in your very own personal sense of destiny.

“Real virtue” leads to personal love for God. Real virtue means you are teachable.

The only way you can love someone you have never seen is to know all about them and when it comes to God, that is Bible doctrine metabolized, 1PE 1:8.

A person who is ignorant of Bible doctrine does not love God.

Love requires thought.

The thoughts that you have, the frame of reference, determines the love you will have for those in your life.

The content of thought in the case of loving the Lord is metabolized doctrine.

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