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The TREE OF LIFE is a weekly teaching summary. The Tree of Life for the week ending 01-28-01

The Doctrine of Shame.

PHI 3:19  Whose termination is destruction, whose god is their emotion, and whose glory is in their shame...

As we continue our study of Philippians chapter three, we have been studying the doctrine of the reversionistic loser believer, and we have come to the third characteristic of the reversionist with the phrase  "whose glory is in their shame."

The Doctrine of Shame

Point 1: Introduction. Feelings of shame will be the unfortunate experience of many born-again believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ after the Rapture of the Church. After the Rapture (resurrection) of the Church, every believer is assembled at the event known as the Big Genuflex, PHI 2:9-11, ROM 14:10-12. At this time, the entire Royal Family of God will identify Jesus Christ as the Head of the family, to the glory of God the Father. (To "genuflect" means to bend the knee in worship, to be humbly obedient and respectful.) At this time, all members of the Church in their resurrection bodies will make a formal acknowledgment of the Father's function in theresurrection, ascension and session of Christ. The Big Genuflex occurs immediately after the Rapture and before the Judgment Seat of Christ.

ROM 14:10-12  But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of God. For it is written, "'As I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.'" So then [or literally, after that] each one of us shall give account of himself to God.

PHI 2:9-11  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name [title] which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus Christ becomes your Lord at salvation, irregardless of your lifestyle, when you are entered into union with Him through the baptism of the Spirit. However, we do not have full cognizance of the lordship of Christ until we advance to spiritual maturity. During our lifetime, the lordship of Christ is really a matter of our priorities. If Bible doctrine is most important in our life, then Jesus Christ has highest priority as our Lord, for Bible doctrine is the thinking of Christ. If not, we become losers and will not recognize Jesus Christ as Lord until we are in a resurrection body. Our time of glory then, will be a time of shame, only momentarily, but still a time of shame and regret.

PHI 2:11And that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord...

After this unforgettable moment, there will no longer be any equality in the Royal Family of God. The Big Genuflex is the moment of maximum perfect happiness ("+H"), which will be perpetuated forever. Following the Big Genuflex, however, is the Judgment Seat of Christ, in which tremendous differences will be seen among believers in resurrection bodies-some with fantastic decorations, but most with nothing to show for their entire life on earth.

The chronology of events so far looks like this:

1. The Rapture, 1CO 15:51-58, 1TH 4:13-18.

2. The Big Genuflex, PHI 2:9-11.

3. The Judgment Seat of Christ (during which the Tribulation occurs on earth), 2CO 5:10, ROM 14:10.

The Big Genuflex is the interim event between the Rapture and the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a time of total appreciation and glorification of the Father's plan and the recognition of our Lord's battlefield royalty, which was bestowed on Him at His session. Our Lord's royalty demands the resurrection of His Royal Family. We must have a resurrection body as He does because we are His Bride and His family.

However, this great moment of emotion and joy is followed by the Judgment Seat of Christ, at which the loser believer's glory will become an experience of shame and regret. Winner believers fulfill their happiness by receiving their eternal rewards and decorations, whereas, in PHI 3:19, loser believers, in what would have been their time of glory, will be regretting their lost opportunities. Many will say "I could have, but I didn't!" Perhaps PRO 5:12-13 will come to their minds: "And you say, 'How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! And I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to my instructors!'" Remember, however, that even the worst loser of all will never lose the permanent perfect happiness of God for all eternity, even though he received no rewards because of his failure to live the spiritual life in time.

1CO 3:15  If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.

This moment will be the fulfillment of all the Bible doctrine we have perceived, metabolized, and applied, and the realization of the purpose of our new birth. We will each personally praise the strategic victory of the angelic conflict and relate it to our very purpose for living.

A complete look at the chronology is as follows:

1. The Rapture, 1CO 15:51-58, 1TH 4:13-18.

2. The Big Genuflex, PHI 2:9-11.

3. The Judgment Seat of Christ, 2CO 5:10, ROM 14:10. (Will your time of glory be a time of shame and regret or a time of thankfulness for the decisions you made in this life?)

4. The return of Christ with His Bride at the Second Advent, 1Th 3:13, REV 19:11-20:6.

5. The manifestation of the Bride, ROM 8:19, COL 3:4.

6. Operation Footstool, PSA 110:1, ZEC 13:2, COL 2:15, 1CO 15:24-25.

7. The coronation of Christ, REV 19:6.

8. The Wedding Supper of the Lamb, REV 19:7-9.

Point 2: The Shame of the Loser Believer in Time.

2TI 4:6-8  For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

There is an embarrassment for the believer who fails to fulfill God's plan under spiritual freedom and the principle of equal privilege and equal opportunity. This is the result of rejection of such passages as&ldots;

JOH 3:30  "He must increase, but I must decrease."

LUK 14:26  "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate ["miseo," or "love less"] his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple."

JOH 12:43 "For they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God." (They refused to go "against the grain" and followed the world.)

ACT 5:29  "We must obey God rather than men." (The loser allows people to intimidate him rather than obeying God. This can include anyone in authority, be it the pastor, boss, husband, parents, or anyone else who has authority in any realm. Adam was cursed when he allowed his wife to manipulate him into making a spiritual decision that he knew was wrong, 1TI 2:14, and Saul was cursed when he allowed the people to pressure him into violating God's Word, 1SA 15:11.)

The embarrassment and shame of many believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ will be the result of listening to human viewpoint rather than divine viewpoint. They listened to the voice of men in time rather than the voice of God.

When the believer experiences shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ, there is no way to make amends or correct the wrong; it will be too late. The point is-don't wait until it's too late! As long as you are still alive, God still has plans for you. Regret for time wasted can become a motivation for the time that remains. And again, the shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ is only a temporary shame; there is no sorrow in the eternal state.

Christian losers are believers who fail to execute the predesigned plan of God in time, even though they had equal opportunity to do so. Loser believers have no glory other than their resurrection body and no blessing at the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is the result of the wrong set of priorities and the wrong scale of values. They will not have what the "twenty-four elders" in Revelation had-crowns to cast at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.

REV 4:10-11  The twenty-four elders will fall down before Him Who sits on the throne, and will worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne [what a great privilege!], saying, "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."

Believers who will have shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ are described under at least seven categories in the New Testament.

1. The believer who has "drifted off course from grace," GAL 5:4. He began in grace (at salvation), but then allowed himself to be deceived.

2. The believer who "comes short of the grace of God," through forms of backsliding such as bitterness, HEB 12:15.

3. The "lukewarm" believer, REV 3:15-16.

4. The "shipwrecked" believer, 1TI 1:19.

5. The "double-minded" (psycho) believer, JAM 1:8.

6. The believer who fails to metabolize doctrine, JAM 1:22-24.

7. The "enemy of the Cross," PHI 3:18-19.

The loser believer lives out his life in a state of irrationality under the control of his own emotions. He lives in fear of what others are trying to do to him, in a lifestyle of insecurity and instability.

There are at least five categories of the emotion complex of sins that cause the most problems and distractions for the loser believer. These sins produce an emotional reaction that results in an irrational distraction from God's plan.

1. Hysteria-characterized by fear, worry, anxiety, panic, confusion, irrationality, dislocation, and garbage in the subconscious.

2. Hatred-characterized by anger, hatred, bitter jealousy, loathing, animosity, vulnerability to imagined insults or injury, implacability, malice, tantrums, irrational violence, and even murder.

3. Self-centeredness (the arrogance skills), including self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption-characterized by arrogant self-righteousness, egotistical irrationality, hypersensitivity (concerning self) and insensitivity (concerning others), projection, denial, self-pity, and whining.

4. Reaction, which combines the arrogance complex of sins with the emotion complex of sins-characterized by jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, hatred, vilification, vituperation, malice, revenge motivation and operation, and inordinate ambition and inordinate competition (and Bible doctrine, not psychology, is the answer).

5. Guilt, a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some real or imagined offense. Religion in general functions by producing guilt in its adherents, which is not the Christian way of life. Guilt is a sin related to repression, which is rejection from the soul of anything that is painful or disagreeable. When you fall into the sin of guilt, you have succumbed to the greatest weakness in your soul. The most helpless and mosty easily manipulated people in the world are those that live under guilt.

1CO 15:34  Come to your senses [dikaios] righteously [or awake to righteousness] and stop sinning [referring to a specific sin, which Paul will now mention]; for some [believers] have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.[In other words, wake up and understand why you are here after salvation!]

All believers are given God's very own righteousness at the point of salvation as capacity for blessing in "lag time" until we begin to grow spiritually.  This gives us capacity to enjoy lesser blessings in life, such as logistical grace blessings, which provide everything we need to continue in this life and which serve as motivation to keep advancing in the spiritual life. At salvation, God the Holy Spirit entered us into union with Christ, and we now share His righteousness. This is our "wall of fire" (Zec 2:5), our protection.

Volition, not environment or circumstances, is the issue in our spiritual life, and the question for all God's people is, "What are you going to do with all the spiritual assets God has provided for you?"  This is revealed by our attitude toward the Word of God and the constant inculcation of Bible doctrine in our souls. The filling of the Holy Spirit has given us all equal ability to understand Bible doctrine, which is the only means (HEB 11:6) of avoiding shame in the"day of Christ."

PHI 1:9-11  And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

1JO 2:28  Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

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