Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries
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The Tree of Life from the week ending 11/18/07
The Study of Romans 9,10,11. Doctrine of Emotions. Part 3.
The Emotions of the Soul.
Point 1 in our study of the Doctrine of Emotions was our Definition and Description. Under this point we saw that the emotions, or our feelings, are a part of the essence of the soul. The emotions are the appreciator of the soul, and they respond or react to whatever thoughts are in the soul.  Under Point 2 we looked at some New Testament Greek words for emotion. In Point 3 we saw that our emotions are tested by God. Under Point 4 we looked at some Old Testament Words for Emotions. Under Point 5 we saw that Emotion & Spirituality must be related to the correct dispensation. We noted that there is no spiritual content to emotion in the Church-age; there is some definite spiritual content to emotion in the Millennium. In the Millennium, the filling of the Holy Spirit appreciates the reign of Christ. Remember that the Millennial reign of Christ will be that thousand year period of blessing and prosperity.
We are now noting Point 6 in our doctrine concerning the emotions which deals with Emotional Revolt of the Soul. After all we noted about emotion, we need to also understand that emotion can be a hindrance to the perception of Bible doctrine. People leave a church or the local assembly because they can’t handle other people on an emotional level. Look at 2CO 4:7-12, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.”
Many times situations of death in us work life in others. The question we should all have is do we have the life of Jesus manifested or revealed in us or are we judgmental emotional wrecks, judging, maligning, thinking evil with no attitude of forgiveness? If so, you must share with Him in His dying or death. You must be willing to share in His sufferings which of course were undeserved. But where else would you want to be? As Peter said in JOH 6:68 “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” We will find ourselves in deep water at times because we choose to be somewhere else. This subject shows up repeatedly in Paul’s epistles from his own experiences. For example, look at 2TI 1:8 “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,”
In 2TI 1:12 “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
In 2TI 2:3 “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (See also 2TI 2:9; 2TI 3:10-12).
Paul said in COL 1:24 “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up that which is lacking with reference to the pressures of Christ.” Or in Philippians where Paul speaks of his great love for the Lord Jesus Christ, where he says that he is willing to lose all things and count them but loss that he might win Christ (PHI 3:8). So it is strong language in 2CO 4:10-11, when it says “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”
This is exactly the case for those who are willing to go all the way with the Lord Jesus Christ, forsaking their own life to have only His (MAT 19:29). These are the type of individuals who are willing to enter into the fellowship of His sufferings. They are willing to control their emotions, go the extra mile, turn the other cheek, and lay down their lives for the brethren (MAT 5:41; MAT 5:39; 1JO 3:16).
So, to be truly identified with Christ in such a world as this means to control our emotions and not allow emotional revolt in our soul, but instead be willing to pick up the cross. Picking our cross is not something we all desire to do. Now, why wasn’t this principle of picking your cross and following Christ in the Old Testament? This is another principle taught by the apostle Paul. The reason is because the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is vitally associated with the Cross. The Holy Spirit gives us power, but not apart from the Cross. The Holy Spirit teaches us to rely on Divine power for our energy and not our emotions. God the Holy Spirit will only empower our new nature, the new creature, and at the same time warn us not to allow emotional revolt in our soul to take over. In the closing chapter of Galatians, Paul goes into this matter with force to deal with it once and for all. GAL 5:16-24, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” This is saying that the Christian is in a position to live and walk in the Spirit only as the flesh is crucified and their emotions are under control. The Spirit can work in no other way. So emotional revolt of the soul becomes a distraction to the execution of the PPOG. Remember that emotions have no capacity for thought, reason, or discernment. Therefore, the soul becomes blind, unreasonable, unrestrained, arrogant, immoral, legalistic, antinomian, and anti-doctrine. Emotional revolt of the soul means loss of a personal sense of destiny, failure to execute the PPOG, failure to understand and utilize the problem solving devices. The emotional revolt, backed by the old sin nature, causes emotion to become the aggressor instead of the responder. This causes emotion to become the criterion, rather than the doctrinal content of the right lobe. This is when we can become emotional wrecks. Instead of responding to doctrine in the soul, emotion revolts and takes command of the soul. With the emotion in command, all capacity, love, and happiness is gone. Instead of responding to doctrine in the right lobe, the emotion responds to mental attitude sins, approbation and power lust, and human good. Then the emotion reacts and revolts against the right lobe, and cuts off any doctrine in the right lobe. Once emotion revolts against the heart and becomes the aggressor, it loses all capacity for life and comes under the influence and domination of the old sin nature. The person is now in emotional revolt and very frustrated. In effect, emotional revolt is the emotion fornicating with the old sin nature. Hence, the old sin nature is a lover which turns emotion from a responder into an aggressor and reactor. This produces that chaos in the soul called psychosis. There is negative volition to doctrine plus recession of thought, replaced by the frantic search for happiness and total dependence on feeling rather than on common sense. This is when people often substitute chemical stimulation for thought. Having lost the ability to respond to the right lobe, the emotion becomes inflexible regarding the non-essentials. REV 2:23 illustrates this, “And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts [right lobes]; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.” The right lobe must control the emotional pattern for spiritual advance. Therefore, the command to separate from those in emotional revolt is our corrected translation of ROM 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, make a reconnaissance; or observe them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and keep on avoiding them. For they are such that serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies [in emotional revolt]. And by good words and fair speeches, they deceive the hearts of the stupid [getting you to go into emotional revolt also].” How do you deceive the heart? The old sin nature inspires the emotion to revolt against the right lobe. Believers who live by their emotions are believers whose emotional revolt has produced chaos of the soul. Their emotion is no longer a responder but an aggressor. Believers with such chaos in their souls are troublemakers, and therefore other believers are commanded to separate from them.
The communion table is designed to remember and appreciate our Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross. If you love Him, your emotions respond in memory of all He is and all He has done for you. The pertinent doctrines are in your right lobe. The cup and the bread give your emotion an opportunity to respond to the One unseen whom you love, and yet still maintain poise and stability in assembled worship. Ritual keeps emotions from getting out of hand by providing control and order in assembly. So as believer-priests assembled together for communion, this is a very tender moment for all of us. Ritual was designed for two things: 1) To communicate. 2) To allow the function of emotion without destroying order.
But if the emotion rules the soul, having no content in the emotion, you become psychotic. To emote without response but as thoughtless control is to become temporarily or permanently psychotic.
Point 7.  Emotion as a responder contributes to capacity for life.
Emotion is an appreciator of love, but emotion as a leader destroys capacity for life. GEN 43:30 “And Joseph made haste, for his emotions did yearn upon his brother, and he sought where to weep, and he entered into his chamber and wept there.”Because he loved his brother Benjamin so much, Joseph was responding emotionally to what was in his right lobe. Sometimes you are not aware of the love in your right lobe until something triggers it in the memory center and elicits a response in the emotion. In PRO 23:15-17 there is an illustration of the relationship between thinking and normal emotion. PRO 23:15-17, “My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad; And my inmost being will rejoice, When your lips speak what is right. Do not let your heart envy sinners, But {live} in the fear of the Lord always.”
Emotion is related to category three love as stimulating capacity in this area. Of course, your emotions are not designed to respond all day. If they did, they would be destroyed. You have things to do, but you still have love for someone in your right lobe all the time. When triggered, the emotions respond and make you aware of that love; however, emotions do not contain love.
Point 8. Emotions can be destroyed (JOB 16:13; PSA 73:21; LAM 3:13).
PHI 3:13-19, “Brethren [members of the Royal Family of God], I evaluate myself as not yet having attained the objective[ultra-supergrace or the ultimate objective in time, living in resurrection life]; but one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead, I keep on pressing on toward the objective for the purpose of the reward belonging to the upward call of God [Father], by means of Christ Jesus. Therefore, as many as are spiritually mature, let us have this attitude, in fact, if in anything you have a different attitude, the God will also reveal that to you. However, the status to which we have attained [the spiritual growth from our discipline toward perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine] let us keep marching or advancing in. Brethren [members of the Royal Family], be co-imitators of me, and be having respect for the same ones, who constantly walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many keep walking, concerning whom I have warned you many times, and now continue to affirm, even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose termination is destruction, whose god is their emotion, and whose glory is in their shame.”
JOB 16:13 “His arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out my gall on the ground.”
In LAM 3:5-13, “He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. In dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead. He has walled {me} in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy. Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer. He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. He is to me like a bear lying in wait, {Like} a lion in secret places. He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate. He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow. He made the arrows of His quiver To enter into my inward parts.”
Time that we spend alone with God is often vital to reveal how our emotions are responding in our relationship with God.
Now, in GEN 32:24 we read, “Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.” The first part of this sentence is the first key to the change which is about to take place in Jacob’s life. It’s not until Jacob is left alone with the Lord that his named is changed to Israel, a prince with God.
In fact, we all need to have that experience of going through struggles in life alone with God. It is a part of becoming spiritually self-sustained. For example, In 2CH 32:31 God left Hezekiah “alone to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”
In JOH 8:9, it wasn’t until the woman caught in adultery was left alone with the Lord that she was set free.
The Lord even had to go through this in JOH 16:32 when He said, “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”
To be left alone with God is the only true way of arriving at an accurate knowledge of ourselves and our ways. No matter what we may think about ourselves, or what others may think about us, the real question is what does God think about us? The answer to that question can only be learned when we are left alone with Him. And by that I mean examining our own lives in light of Bible doctrine! This is one of the things that David said in PSA 26:2 “Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.”
In JER 12:3 “But Thou knowest me, O Lord; Thou seest me; And Thou dost examine my heart’s attitude toward Thee.”
2CO 13:5 “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!”
So, when a believer objectively examines his own life according to doctrine, he is alone with God.
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