Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Spiritual metabolism, part 5: Doctrine is the power and energy that the Christian uses to produce divine good.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
PHI 4:9 These things [doctrinal principles noted] also you have learned [manthano – learned from a teacher under strict academic discipline] and received [or accepted]
“Accept” – paralambano = to take or receive to one’s side or to one’s self; implies agreement, approval and therefore acceptance.
It reveals the difference between gnosis (knowledge) and epignosis (metabolization of gnosis or wisdom).
Point 1. Definition.
ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
“Be transformed” – pres-pass-imp – metamorphoo = to transform, to change into another form, to transform one’s character; an inner spiritual change.
2CO 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Point 2. The First Step Toward Spiritual Metabolism Begins with the Believer’s Free-will.
a. The believer must make a decision not to forsake assembling together –
HEB 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.
EPH 3:18 that you may be able to comprehend in the presence of all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth.
b. The filling of the Spirit.
c. Once the human spirit is taught the believer automatically understands it as “knowledge” or gnosis.
Cosmic one is Satan’s exploitation of believers through their own arrogance.
Cosmic two is Satan’s propaganda and indoctrination college to educate and promote antagonism toward anything related to God, especially the grace of God.
d. It is only when gnosis is transformed into epignosis that the believer can receive the momentum to keep going.
When a positive faith decision is made toward doctrine, the Holy Spirit transfers gnosis and changes it to epignosis.
Metabolism occurs between gnosis and epignosis.
JER 3:15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”
When gnosis doctrine is at the entrance of your soul, the mind, it is up to you whether you will let it in or not.
Metabolism is the chemical change in which once the food is eaten it is metabolized and changed into energy for the body.
Spiritual metabolism converts spiritual food into spiritual energy.
Production is a result of spirituality not how to be spiritual, and doctrine is the power and energy that the Christian uses to produce divine good.
Evil and legalism is the human power the believer uses to produce human good.
Point 3. God’s grace provisions for the metabolization of Bible doctrine.
a. Life; JOB 33:4.
b. A local assembly; HEB 10:25.
c. A pastor; EPH 4:11-12.
d. Volition; GAL 6:7.
e. Time; EPH 5:16.
f. A Plan; EPH 2:10.
g. Human Spirit; TIT 3:5.
h. The Holy Spirit as your Mentor; JOH 14:26.
Point 4. The Mentorship of the Holy Spirit Related to Spiritual Metabolism.
Parakleton – paravklhton = primarily a helper, a counselor, someone who can instill wisdom into your soul – a perfect illustration of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit during the metabolization of Bible doctrine.
“Because He lives with you” – par + humin = par= u&min = the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the disciples during the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
“And He will be in you” – en + locative plural – humin – e*n u&min = the ministry of the Holy Spirit to Church-age believers.
The filling of the Holy Spirit is the first power option and the first spiritual skill in the spiritual life.
The filling of the Spirit converts human I.Q. into spiritual I.Q., so that we have equality to learn spiritual phenomena.
Human I.Q. is the unequal genetic product beyond human control through physical birth.
The spiritual I.Q., provided by our Mentor, is the equal opportunity under divine control of the spiritual birth and the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.
God’s equality is based on at least the forty things received at salvation, the two power options, the three spiritual skills, and your portfolio of invisible assets.
The second power option and the second spiritual skill is the word of God circulating in your stream of consciousness through the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit as a part of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
The third spiritual skill is the problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul.