Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
Guest Speaker: Pastor Joe Sugrue
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ginosko – verification by observation, hence to know from reflection on the facts or, in this case, reflection on true doctrinal principles of identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session.

It is a great by product of genuine humility to assume that you don’t know the half of it, i.e. you are teachable.

God has to show all of us that we are spiritually bankrupt without a relationship with Him that is built upon grace and genuine humility.

Luke 8:14
“And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

Luke 8:15
“And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast [Matt 13:23 – understands it], and bear fruit with perseverance.

Ginosko implies perception of this doctrine in the past but it emphasises renewing it, reviewing it, and hearing it again and again until suddenly it breaks through and everything falls into place.

“This”, therefore, is the implication of retroactive and current positional truth which must be understood for both implication and application.

“done away with” – the aorist passive subjunctive of the verb katargeo which means to render useless, to render inoperative, to render powerless, to release from an association with something or someone.

Culminative aorist tense, views the doctrine of retroactive positional truth in its entirety but it emphasises it from the viewpoint of existing results, namely the ruling power of the old sin nature is broken.

The passive voice: the body as the throne room for the old sin nature receives the action of the verb, being rendered inoperative or powerless.

Note that the body is not rendered inoperative but the old sin nature which is in the body is rendered powerless.

When man fell there were two results concerning man: Satan replaced Adam as the ruler of this world and the OSN became sovereign over mankind ruling through spiritual death.

The imputation of all personal sins of the human race to Christ on the cross means that the believer through the rebound technique is instantly forgiven sins, cleansed from all unrighteousness, restored to fellowship and filled with the Spirit.

Good and evil is the policy of Satan in this world.

If Satan could find a way to eliminate sin and to saturate the world with good and evil in his genius, he would. But there is no way that it can occur because Satan cannot control sin in the world. His objective is to saturate the world with good and evil.

The solution to good and evil has to be divided into two parts: the positional part at salvation and the experiential part in the Christian life.

Positional is when something is true in the mind of God. Experiential is when it is true in your mind and then your free will and the Sovereign will of God line up.

The positional part is accomplished for us. God the Holy Spirit enters us into union with Christ in His spiritual death, in His physical death, and in His burial.

The experiential solution to good and evil is living the spiritual life with the goal of spiritual maturity, being occupied with TLJC.

Position in Christ gives positional victory over the good and evil of the OSN and that sets up the potential for experiential victory through BD and the F/HS.

Therefore retroactive and current positional truth must be parlayed into retroactive and current experiential truth.

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