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The New Testament analogy of the Old Testament Fish Gate, Part 9.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The sovereign will of God and the free will of man co-exist in human history by divine decree.

The Fish Gate as the O.T. Shadow points to the N.T. Substance [the seven-fold Ministry of God the H.S.].

1. Regeneration which means the Holy Spirit creates a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life, TIT 3:5.
Regeneration = a second birth or being born again (or anothen = from above), JOH 3:3, “Jesus said `Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a person is born again [anothen – from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”

The sovereign will of God and the free will of man co-exist in human history by divine decree.

1. Regeneration is accomplished totally by the sovereign will of God.
2. The Bible also teaches the free will of man under the principle of human responsibility.

JOH 1:9 There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

God has revealed His laws, not the Mosaic Law, but the natural laws of God in their conscience and in their mind, the law of God is written on their hearts.

Now, this is the second half of our premise, The Free Will of Man co-exists in Human History by Divine Decree.

Because mankind has a free will, they are responsible to live up to that free will.

This is a passage that deals with the responsibility of the believer to compensate and reciprocate the one who teaches them the plan of God.

The “principle of context” based upon the correct interpretation of the passage under the principle of Isagogics and categorical doctrine and not taking scriptures out of context.

Royal Family Honor Code = a system of spiritual integrity mandated by God and revealed in the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age, there is the responsibility of reciprocation.

The principle is that believers have benefited spiritually from doctrine and should now be motivated by that doctrine to give to the one who has taught them.

The first half of the premise is The sovereign will of God which is in GAL 6:6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things [support the one financially] who teaches.

If not the sovereign will of God says GAL 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

GAL 6:8-10, For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. The free will in GAL 6:9 says the believer should not lose heart in doing good [supporting the teacher financially], for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. GAL 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

The sovereign will of God says to give to him who teaches so that the free will of man will reap what he sows.

GAL 6:7-9, Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the believer who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, – constantly in financial need. but the one who sows to the Spirit [in context gives to the pastor-teacher who teaches him] shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. – blessing in time including financial blessings and blessing in the eternal state. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

DEU 15:10 “You shall generously give to your fellow believer who has needs, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.”

PRO 3:9-10, Honor the Lord from your wealth, And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
PRO 11:24-25, There is one who scatters, yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, but {it results} only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.

LUK 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

2CO 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.

ROM 15:26-27, “For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased or decided with pleasure to make a special offering for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Yes, they were pleased or have decided with pleasure to do so. And they are indebted or obligated to them. For if the gentiles have shared in the spiritual things they [the gentiles] are indebted or obligated to minister to them in material things.”

As a part of the royal family honor code, the Bible also teaches that the Pastor-teacher exchanges spiritual blessing to the congregation for material blessing from the congregation.

Giving reflects the mental attitude of the congregation toward their Pastor-teacher.
Giving establishes a partnership between the Pastor and the congregation.

The congregation provides the financial contribution as they are spiritually blessed by the Pastor’s teaching.

To the Jews He said in JOH 8:23 “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.

JOH 3:31 “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

The second birth, the one from above, is sometimes identified by the phrase “born of God.”

The one who is regenerated or born again or born from above is said to be “born of God” as in JOH 1:13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The one who is “born again” or “born from above” lives in a lifestyle of not practicing sins in 1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

They are said to live in an impersonal unconditional love in
1JO 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who is “born again” or “born from above” manifests this new life by being more that a conqueror in 1JO 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.

This life from above is characterized by 1JO 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

The one who is “born again” or “born from above” loves the other members of the Royal family, 1JO 5:1Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the {child} born of Him.

JAM 1:18 pulls together the main reason for the premise and that is the fact that mankind was created to resolve the angelic conflict, a principle of doctrine that is so important for us to master. This is the first part of the premise of the sovereign will of God.

When the Lord chooses an analogy, He chooses it very cautiously and carefully so as to make it a very important point. It was the Lord Himself who chose this analogy of the new birth, being born again, or regenerated. It is impossible for someone to do something in order to be born.

When the Bible starts talking about being born again, it no longer is talking about anything that you or I could do. We were all born a second time completely apart from any consideration or effort on our part. It is the utter impossibility of such a thing as PEOPLE doing something to be born again which apparently has escaped a lot of people.

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