Just as the human body requires food, the Spiritual Life requires Bible Doctrine.  Just as food nourishes the body, Bible Doctrine nourishes the soul and spirit.
Keep my commandments and live,
And my doctrine as the pupil of your eye (Proverbs 7:2)
Metabolization is the process of hearing and obeying Bible Doctrine for Spiritual growth.

Metabolization Procedure

  1. Bible Teaching:  The pastor-teacher communicates Bible Doctrine, rhemaMetabolization
  2. Receptive Comprehension:  The Holy Spirit teaches the human spirit and the Bible Doctrine becomes spiritual information, or knowledge, (pneumatikos) in the believer's soul.
  3. Faith Transfer:  The spiritual information is transferred by faith into the right lobe where it becomes spiritual understanding, epignosis.
  4. Verification Testing:  The Holy Spirit demonstrates the Bible Doctrine on the Stage of Life in the Angelic Conflict.
  5. Faith Application:  The believer sees the spiritual scenario on the Stage of Life and applies Bible Doctrine to experience.
  6. Experiential Sanctification:  The Holy Spirit merges the epignosis into the Edification Complex of the Soul.  This is also called spiritual growth, promotion, and more grace.
  7. Virtue Love:  The believer expresses virtue-love for God and his neighbor from the completed ECS.

Eating Analogy

Metabolization of Bible Doctrine also follows the pattern of eating, digestion, and metabolism of food.
  1. Food Served:  Pastor teaches Bible Doctrine.
  2. Eating:  Bible Doctrine is received, heard; digestion by Holy Spirit begins 
  3. Swallowing:  Bible Doctrine goes to stomach 
  4. Digestion:  Bible Doctrine is broken into smaller spiritual nutrients for Verification on the Stage of Life 
  5. Integration:  Nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream as Bible Doctrine is applied to experience 
  6. Growth:  The Spiritual body (Edification Complex of the Soul) grows
  7. Virtue Love:  Love from the belly is expressed for God, Right Man - Right Woman, and neighbor 
  8. Walking:  Taking up a new position (Time axis) to live the unique Spiritual Life with feet shod with gospel of peace

Each step in the process of eating and digesting corresponds to the metabolization of Bible Doctrine.  Step 1:  The pastor-teacher prepares the Bible Doctrine, which is analogous to food.  Step 2:  The pastor dishes the food out, but each individual believer must decide to listen to the teaching.  Listening corresponds to eating.  The digestion of the food begins in the mouth.  Step 3:  The decision to swallow the food corresponds to believing Bible Doctrine.  In other words, the Bible Doctrine must be stomached.  The human body actually follows this model because when information cannot be stomached, pimples or blemishes may appear on the face directly above the stomach in line with the eyes.  After food is swallowed, the digestive system takes over just like the Holy Spirit takes over after Bible Doctrine is believed.

Step 4:  From the stomach, the food passes into the small intestine where it is further broken down, or digested.  The individual elements of Bible Doctrine are broken down into spiritual nutrients just like food that is digested.  The small intestine corresponds to the mathematical operation of differentiation.  As the food is digested in the small intestine, the Holy Spirit brings up a Verification Test on the Stage of Life.  Step 5:  The nutrients from the digested food are then absorbed into the blood stream and taken to the parts of the human body needed to meet the challenge on the Stage of Life.  The absorption of nutrients into the body is no longer a digestive, breaking down, process.  It is integration.  The nutrients are combined to nourish the needy parts of the body.  Step 6:  As the nutrients reach the cells of the various body parts, the cells multiply and growth occurs.  This corresponds to Spiritual growth of the Edification Complex of the Soul.  Growth is the sixth step when the nutrients have left the intestines, and the waste products remain in the large intestine.

Step 7:  The large intestine, or colon, forms a ring around the belly.  The belly is very sensitive.  The person with energy from food nutrients is capable of physical expression, such as movement.  The physical expression associated with the belly is love.  The genitals lie at the front, lower end of the belly to express love for the Right Man or Right Woman.   The anus lies at the back extremity.  It is used for elimination of waste and corresponds to rejection.  The belly and anus correspond to the positive and negative Y-axis of the ECS respectively.  The bellies of Right Man and Right Woman should face each other and the back side should point to all others.  The adulterer gets this reversed and winds up with an anus.

Your navel is a well-rounded basin
Which never lacks mixed wine;
Your belly is like a heap of wheat
Encircled about with lilies. (SOS 7:2)
The health of the physical body thus depends upon the metabolization of Spiritual food; otherwise, there will be no love coming from the belly.  Faith, hope (confident expectation), and love can be expressed during the metabolization process.  However, love is not expressed until the end.  It is the seventh step, the completion of the process.  If there is a breakdown during any other step, love will not exist.  True love cannot be adulterated.

Step 8:  With energy from metabolized food and love in the belly, the believer can walk in "newness of life" (Romans 6:4) with "feed shod with the equipment of the gospel of peace" (Ephesians 6:15) to take up a new position on the Time axis and start the process all over again.  The feet are used for walking, but the believer is commanded to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 John 6); walk in the Spirit (Romans 8:4; Galatians 5:16, 25); walk in love (Ephesians 5:2; 2 John 6); and walk in the light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7).  Walking (Time axis) in faith (X-axis), love (Y-axis), and Spirit (Z-axis) is going to a new position to produce fruit in the Spiritual Life.  Walking in the light is Spiritual Rapport with God, which is required for harmonious rapport with body parts like the feet.

Walking refers to production from metabolized doctrine.  Walking in "newness of life" means living the Spiritual Life according to the calling and Plan of God.  Having the feet shod with the gospel of peace means being an ambassador for Christ, but it also means having peace in the feet.  Peace in the feet means relaxed feet that are not tired and stressed.  This means the feet must be in harmonious rapport with the rest of the body, which is only possible when the Spiritual Life energy from the Heavenly Control Room flows through the feet.  The Spiritual Life energy flows into the head and out the feet.

Quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit blocks the flow of Spiritual Life energy through the body.  Quenching blocks the flow through the front of the body and grieving blocks the flow through the back of the body.1

Belly Link to the Heavenly Control Room

John 7:37-38
37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come face-to-face to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’”
Believing in Jesus Christ is like a person that responds to Him face-to-face (Y-axis love response), and drinks.  Drinking is analogous to an act of positive volition of accepting the water of the Word, the Gospel of Salvation.  The person who believes in Christ will receive the indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of God will flow through his soul from the Heavenly Control Room along the Z-axis, X-axis, and Y-axis.  The Spirit coming out of the belly along the Y-axis is analogous to rivers of living water.  Christianity is a love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Love demands the Filling of the Holy Spirit before the rivers of living water can flow from the belly.

Those who reject the Spiritual Life have a problem with the belly.

Philippians 3:18-19
18 For many keep walking, concerning whom I often told you many times, and now even weeping I tell you, these are the enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction (sin unto death), and whose god is their belly, whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.
The apostate never gets to Step 7.  Fornication and adultery come from the belly linked to the Satan as the goddess of love rather than to God in the Filling of the Holy Spirit.  Those who fornicate or commit adultery or commit any other form of illicit sex are making a god out of their belly because their belly is under the power of Satan.  Fornication is the celebration of Satan.  It is a form of idolatry  There is no true love in sex outside of marriage.  Illicit sex is a road that leads to the sin unto death.


1.  Scar Tissue of the Soul
2.  Control System in Heaven
3.  Marriage Grace Spiritual Dynamics

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released February 26, 2000 - Revised August 2, 2013

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