TEEN TREE OF LIFE

THE DOCTRINE OF POSITIVE VOLITION

Part 4

April 9, 2017

 

BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will allow you to be filled with the power of The Holy Spirit as you read this booklet (EPH 5:18 & 1JO 1:9). IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are believing on His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (JOH 3:16 & ACT 16:31).

 

Now, we’ll take a look at positive volition as it functions at the point of being taught Bible doctrine. This stage will be divided into four segments. Part one is communication by the pastor-teacher. Part two is The Holy Spirit teaching our human spirit. During part three, doctrine is transferred to the left lobe of the soul where it becomes gnosis doctrine. Gnosis is the Greek word for human knowledge. Epignosis is Divine knowledge. In part four, The Holy Spirit converts gnosis doctrine into epignosis. This can only happen when you have positive volition toward the doctrine that has been taught!

 

So, stage one finds the faithful pastor-teacher studying the Word of God under the filling of The Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides the ability to comprehend, concentrate, organize, categorize and interpret, so that the pastor-teacher can then communicate the doctrine to the congregation. This stage is the believer’s first option regarding doctrine. The believer expresses his/her positive volition at this point by being where doctrine is taught and listening to it. Then, he/she must use his positive volition to be filled with The Holy Spirit. This enables the believer to concentrate on the teaching with poise, good manners and academic discipline. Human I.Q. is not the issue in the perception, metabolization and application of doctrine. The only issue is that you are exposed to doctrine and have a positive attitude toward it.

 

In stage two, the enabling power of The Holy Spirit teaches the believer’s human spirit the content of Bible doctrine through the teaching of the Word of God. This principle is taught in 1CO 2:14: But a natural man [unbeliever] does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. The term “natural man” is translated from the Greek word psuchikos and can better be defined as the soulish man. The unbeliever has only a body and a soul; he does not possess a human spirit. At the moment of Salvation, God The Holy Spirit creates a human spirit in the new believer. This enables the believer to receive spiritual information and function in the Pre-Designed Plan of God.

 

So, in stage two the pastor-teacher communicates the doctrine that he has studied and when the believer listens and concentrates while filled with The Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit puts that information into his human spirit so that he understands it as spiritual phenomena. Phenomena are facts observed.

 

Make sure you understand that communicated doctrine can be converted into spiritual phenomena only by The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes the communicated doctrine that is received by the human spirit and makes it understandable as spiritual phenomena. Where there is positive volition, The Holy Spirit will turn that information into spiritual phenomena that can be understood. Once the doctrine has reached this point, it is ready to be processed to stages three and four.

 

As we have seen, the first conversion comes to the believer who allows The Holy Spirit to take communicated doctrine and make it understandable. This means that the believer is willing to listen to the teaching of Bible doctrine. In stage three the doctrine has been prepared for the believer’s second decision: will he/she make the positive decision to allow The Holy Spirit to turn the gnosis doctrine into epignosis doctrine?

 

Now we will look at having gnosis doctrine converted in epignosis doctrine. No one can effectively live the Christian way of life apart from epignosis doctrine. Again, epignosis doctrine occurs when the believer with positive volition allows The Holy Spirit to transfer doctrine to the soul where it is metabolized and stored in the right lobe (heart) as epignosis doctrine. There is no spiritual momentum apart from epignosis doctrine. The doctrine must be digested and stored in the heart of the believer so that it can be recalled when necessary to deal with the circumstances of life. This gives the believer the capacity and contentment to enjoy life to the fullest and live a productive life which brings glory to God the Father and honor to The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

You can have a world of passion for God but if you do not have epignosis or metabolized doctrine, your passion is meaningless. ROM 10:2 teaches this point: For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge [epignosis]. Without epignosis doctrine, the believer cannot grow spiritually. Metabolized doctrine is needed to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and to please Him in all things: For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God(COL 1:9-10) Having epignosis doctrine is the only way that the believer can ever understand the Mystery Doctrine of the Church-Age.

 

The expression of positive volition at the epignosis stage can only occur inside the Pre-Designed Plan of God. It is especially important here because it is the enabling Power of The Holy Spirit that allows the believer to respond by faith. Once the Doctrine is understood as gnosis, the believer responds positively or negatively. If the response is positive, The Holy Spirit converts believed gnosis into epignosis. And the interesting thing about all of this is that the entire process is grace at work. It doesn’t depend on any human factor, only positive volition.

 

The Holy Spirit can only metabolize what is believed. An illustration of this process is the metabolization of food. Food on the grocery shelf is analogous to a pastor-teacher communicating doctrine. The food on the shelf doesn’t do your body any good just sitting there. It can’t be of benefit until it is eaten. Food on the table is analogous to The Holy Spirit converting doctrine into gnosis or understandable doctrine. It’s prepared, it is ready to be eaten, but it has no value in and of itself. It must be eaten to be of benefit. So, food being consumed is analogous to the metabolization of doctrine. The only food that does the body good is that which is eaten, just as the only doctrine that does any good is that which is metabolized.

 

Only epignosis doctrine contributes to spiritual momentum, spiritual energy and spiritual growth. The Christian can’t function properly without metabolized doctrine, just as the body can’t function without food. God’s Will for the Christian is to grow in His Grace and Knowledge and the only means to comply with this mandate is through the perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine. Grace and peace are only multiplied through epignosis doctrine. Spiritual champions are manufactured out of metabolized doctrine and wisdom. One of the greatest gifts to the believer is how The Holy Spirit manufactures metabolized doctrine. This is the only way we can grow spiritually and fulfill God’s plan, purpose and will for our lives.

 

Under the principle of recall, epignosis doctrine is the basis for dealing with the experiences of life and solving problems. Since each believer acts as his own priest, doctrine must be learned in order to be applied. The believer’s goal must be to build an inventory of doctrine to meet every demand of life. The Bible teaches that wisdom in the heart is refreshing to the soul: For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul… (PRO 2:10) When a believer has positive volition, everything falls into place. The believer develops a frame of reference which he utilizes to conquer the problems of life, and live a life filled with contentment and power!

 

{to be continued}

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