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Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War; Part 2. 2CO 11:3-5; 14-17;.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1. The principle of objective = plan.
2. The principle of offensive = victory.
3. The principle of mass = power.

4.The principle of economy of force = execution
5. The principle of movement = momentum
6. The principle of surprise = attack.

7. The principle of security = support.
8. The principle of simplicity = accuracy.
9. The principle of cooperation = teamwork.

One of the principles that we need to note is that there are many believers who will sit through the Bible course but will not metabolize the lesson, or if they do, they will fail to apply it at the appropriate time.

It’s interesting that a soldier is known by his discipline, his armor, and his weapons so the Christian soldier must be disciplined, have his armor on and know how to use his weapons, EPH 6:10-17.

In Eph 6, among all the armor, that Christians should take upon themselves, we read of no back-piece; for if they turn their back, they are unprotected.

HEB 10:38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

A soldier is greatly encouraged in all his encounters and sharp conflicts with the enemy by considering the reward and honor he shall receive if he holds out and gets the victory.

*** So, the Christian soldier is motivated with much intensity and encouraged by the consideration of the eternal rewards he shall receive in the end.

God’s strategy is found in the divine power and divine assets which he has prepared for us in eternity past.

This includes His plan, which we call the PPOG, and His method which is to use His power which we call divine omnipotence.

2CO 6:7 In the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left. So the strategy of God for our spiritual warfare is found in the PPOG and His method is operating in divine power.

Tactics refers to a device for accomplishing an end or a method of employing forces in combat.

We could call tactics the ability to put strategics into operation.

Strategics refers to His method and His plan.

Tactics refers to putting into operation that method and plan.

Our Lord Jesus Christ won the strategic victory over Satan in the angelic conflict during His first advent and His saving work on the cross.

Sun Tzu is a Chinese general who lived approximately around 500 BC.

The most fundamental of Sun Tzu’s principles for the conduct of war is that “All warfare is based on deception”.

The opposite of deception is actually loyalty, something that is very hard to find.

Love
Veracity
Omniscience
Omnipotence
Omnipresence = Justice
Immutability
Righteousness
Eternal life
Sovereignty

Love is the motivation of grace, but justice is the function of grace.

God’s motivation is love; His decision is sovereignty, but neither love nor sovereignty can go any further than justice will take them.

The missing link is our adjustment to the justice of God.

Before salvation the object of faith is the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ.

After salvation the object of faith is the written Word, Bible doctrine.

In both cases the justice of God gives the stamp of approval because the object of faith is perfectly righteous!

Before salvation, the object of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is perfectly righteous.
After salvation, the object of faith becomes the mind of Christ or Bible doctrine, which is also perfectly right or perfect righteousness.

In both cases the justice of God approves and the essence of God comes through for the believer without compromising the integrity of God.

1JO 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Prin – For an individual to be forgiven and filled with Spirit simply by naming and citing their sin is a total act of God and has nothing to do with mankind.

1JO 4:4b says Because greater is He [God the Holy Spirit] who is in you than he [Satan] who is in the world.

You actually have within your body the availability of a greater power than Satan.

Satan knows that if Church-age believers discover this power, he has no chance to defeat them.

Whenever a believer “adds” to confession of sin or to “homologeo”, he is adding to the perfect righteous Word of God or the perfect righteousness of God, and his sins are “NOT” forgiven.

Because the justice of God will not approve or accept any human activity at all.

Restoration to fellowship is based upon the believer being rightly related to the justice of God by directing his faith toward the work of Christ on the cross.

When a believer confesses a sin, the justice of God is free to forgive that sin because the justice of God was propitiated at the cross.

IT IS A MATTER OF JUSTICE WHICH GETS US BACK IN FELLOWSHIP, NOT LOVE.

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