Standing in the Divine
Standing in Christ
Giver of Grace
Sowing and Reaping
of the Body
Right Man – Right
1. God is Sovereign.
a. He calls into being
that which never existed and makes it stand (Rom 4:17; Isa 48:13).
b. He is the Maker and
Controller of all Creation (Psa 119:90-91; Prov 16:4; Isa 44:24-28; 51:13;
c. He created the Universe,
angels, mankind, and animals.
2. The model of Creation is a pot created by God,
the Potter (Isa 29:16; 45:9; 64:8; Jer 18:6; Rom 9:21).
3. God allowed angels to sin and suffer the consequences,
which included falling into condemnation and eternal Judgment (Luk 10:18;
Rev 12:9; Matt 25:41).
4. God is Light (1 Jn 1:5). His Creation
is Light; His Son is the Light of the World (Jn 8:12; 9:5); and his followers
live in the Light (Jn 12:36; Eph 5:8; Phil 2:15; 1 Thess 5:5).
5. Satan and his followers exist in the domain
of darkness called the Cosmic System (Acts 26:18; Eph 2:1, 2; Col 1:13;
1 Jn 2:16). God is the source of Peace, and Satan is the source of
tribulation, chaos, confusion, and rebellion.
Standing in the Divine Dynasphere
God has created a sphere of protection for the believer from the Cosmic
System called the Divine
2. Residence in the Divine
Dynasphere is standing, while falling into sin results in residence in
the Cosmic System.
3. God is able to make a
person stand or fall (Ps 1:1-6; Jer 49:19; Rom 14:4; Eph 6:13-14; Jude
4. The believer in the Divine
Dynasphere stands in fellowship with God (1 Jn 1:7). He has:
The Filling of the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18; 1 Jn 4:4).
All the power of God available to him (Eph 1:19, 20; Col 1:11; 1 Pet 1:5).
Spiritual freedom (Rom 8:2; Gal 5:1, 13; 1 Pet 2:16).
5. The person who sins falls
from the Grace of God into slavery to the Old Sin Nature (Rom 6:6, 12,
19; 2 Pet 2:19) and Satan (1 Tim 3:7; 6:9; 2 Tim 2:26).
3:14 Standing in Christ
1. The Church Age Believer in
the Divine Dynasphere stands in partnership with Christ.
2. The Greek u&povstasi"
(hupostasis), from (u&po, under) +
(vstavsi", standing) = standing, essence, actual
being, reality; instantiation (used for sediment falling out). The
meaning depends upon what one is standing under, e.g. (ref. Heb
1:3, "essence," Heb 11:1, "realization").
Standing (hypostatic relationship) is the partnership of the CAB with Christ,
the Head of the Body.
The standing in Christ is unique to the Church Age. It begins at
Salvation with Positional Truth when the CAB is entered into union with
Christ. It continues for all eternity.
Holding fast to our standing means continuing to execute the Spiritual
life by staying in the Divine Dynasphere (Heb 10:23).
3. "Stabilized" – requires
alignment of X, Y, Z, and Time axes.
4. "Until the end" – refers
to the end of our life.
For we have become partners with
Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our standing, stabilized until
1. Promotion and demotion are
Sovereign decisions of God (Psa 75:7; Dan 2:21; Phil 2:9-11; 1 Pet 5:6;
2. Promotion corresponds
to making a person stand, and demotion corresponds to making a person fall.
3. Promotion comes after
waiting in the Divine Dynasphere (Psa 37:34).
Waiting may be accompanied by Divine Punishment or Testing (1 Pet 5:6).
God promotes after the test is passed (Jas 4:6).
God promotes at the right time (1 Pet 5:6).
Giver of Grace
1. God gives Grace to the humble believer in the Divine
Dynasphere (Isa 66:2; Jas 4:6).
2. The believer in the DD has all his needs met
through Grace (2 Cor 9:8; Phil 4:19).
3. Grace is the free gift of God. It is not
earned or deserved. Only what God does is acceptable to Him.
The believer must orient to the Grace of God in order to live the New Spiritual
life. Grace Orientation is symbolized by the Door of the Holy Place
in the Tabernacle
4. Every aspect of the Christian life must be lived
in Grace, even Spiritual Warfare and handling demon attacks (2 Cor 12:9;
1. Just as sediment falls out, blessing or cursing
may fall out from the hand of God (Deut 11:26).
a. Blessing is promised
for obeying the Lord's commandments (Deut 11:27).
b. Cursing is promised
for disobeying the Lord's commandments (Deut 11:28).
2. When David obeyed God, he received great blessing
3. Those who disobey God are opposing Him and must
suffer the consequences of His wrath (Heb 10:29-31).
a. The reversionist will
get the Divine punishment he deserves (Isa 3:11).
b. Judah received double
cursing for idolatry (Isa 65:6-7; Jer 16:18).
c. Judah was destroyed
because of sins of rejecting Bible Doctrine (Ezek 11:21 22:31; Hos 4:6).
d. Tyre, Sidon, and all
Philistia would receive the fallout of the wrath of God for opposing Israel
e. The Prostitute of Babylon
will be repaid with double cursing and destruction in the Tribulation (Rev
4. Under the principle of testing and assaying
the good or the worthless falls out.
a. Testing (Ps 62:12;
Prov 24:12; Eccl 3:18; Jer 17:10 32:19; Heb 12:7; Rev 2:23).
b. Assaying (Is 1:25;
Jer 6:27-30; 9:7; Mal 3:3).
5. Threshing and winnowing separates the wheat
from the chaff.
a. Threshing (Prov 20:26;
Isa 21:10; 28:27; Jer 51:33)
b. Winnowing (Ruth 3:2;
Job 21:18; Ps 1:4; 35:5; Jer 15:7; 51:2; Matt 3:12).
1. Sowing and reaping are the agricultural analogy
of production. Under this analogy a person reaps what he sows (Gal
a. A person who sows to
his Old Sin Nature by sinning will reap corruption, but a person who sows
to the Spirit (faith in Christ) will reap Eternal Life (Gal 6:8).
b. Those who perform Divine
Good will reap their rewards if they do not grow weary and give up
2. Double Cursing
4:8 Double Cursing
a. Plowing iniquity and sowing
sorrow are temporal decisions under the Law of Volitional Responsibility.
b. Reaping sorrow is spiritual
cursing of Divine discipline.
3. Those who reject Bible Doctrine will eat the
bad fruit they produce and be sated with their own devices (Prov 1:30-31).
4. The reversionist earns deceptive wages, but
the believer who sows Divine Righteousness will receive a true reward (Prov
5. Sowing iniquity
According to what I have seen,
those who plow iniquity
And those who sow sorrow, reap
The one who sows iniquity (sin) reaps trouble. For
this one the rod of God's wrath fully punishes him.
6. Under the Law of Double Discipline those who
sow to the wind reap the whirlwind (ref. Hosea
8:7). The people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel made bad decisions
to reject Bible Doctrine, practice idolatry, and negotiate peace treaties
with their enemies. These bad decisions under the Law of Volitional
Responsibility were like sowing to the wind. After suffering for
their own bad decisions, God added Divine Punishment. They were destroyed
by the Assyrians. They reaped the whirlwind.
7. The believer who sows Divine Righteousness will
reap God's Gracious Love (ref. Hos
10:12). Sowing Righteousness means making decisions and performing
deeds based on God's Righteousness, X-axis alignment.
8. Those who cultivate reversionism will reap wrongdoing
and eat the fruit of lying (ref. Hos
a. Cultivation, or plowing,
reversionism refers to temporal decisions under Law of Volitional Responsibility.
b. Reaping wrongdoing
is spiritual production that will bring Divine punishment.
c. Eating the fruit (production)
of lying means reaping the result of a policy based upon the lies of the
devil's world. The people did not trust the Lord with Divine viewpoint
but followed Satan's policy of evil.
9. Living the old life of sin after Salvation is
like sowing sin from the OSN. It will result in spiritual death (Rom
8:13). However, putting to death the sinful deeds of the body through
will result in Spiritual life (Filling of the Holy Spirit) and the ability
to live the New Spiritual life in Christ.
10. A person will reap what he sows.
He who sows iniquity reaps trouble,
And the rod of His wrath will be
cannot be mocked" means God is watching and no one can escape His
b. Under the Law of Volitional
Responsibility a person will reap the results of what he sows (Hos 8:7;
11. Sowing to the flesh results in reaping corruption,
but sowing to the Spirit results in reaping Eternal Life.
Stop being deceived, God cannot
be mocked; for whatever a person sows, that he will also reap.
one who sows to his own flesh" is the one who sins and reaps spiritual
one who sows to the Spirit" is the one who lives the New Spiritual
life in the Filling of the Holy Spirit. He will reap Eternal Life
and Eternal rewards.
12. Christians must avoid discouragement as they
wait to reap.
For the one who sows to his own
flesh (OSN) shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows
to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap Eternal Life.
"Producing Divine Good" comes
from executing the Spiritual life. The Christian must not be discouraged
and faint in his soul. Fainting means falling into emotional
subjectivity. Even if the testing is difficult, Eternal rewards await
those who persevere.
sow the fruit of Righteousness (ref. Jas
3:18). "The fruit of Righteousness" is Eternal Life, which
results from the Gospel that is given by the peacemaker. The peacemaker
resides in the Peace of the Divine Dynasphere and invites others into that
Peace through Reconciliation.
14. Those who produce Divine Good will reap Eternal
rewards, but those who produce evil will reap the wrath of God on Judgment
Day (Rom 2:5-10).
Let us not become discouraged in
producing Divine Good, for in due time we will reap if we do not faint.
1. The Church is founded upon the Rock of Christ and
cannot be overpowered by the gates of Hades.
16:18 Future Church Universal
a. Peter is the Greek Pevtro"
(petros), meaning stone, boulder. Peter was a nickname.
He was originally called Simon (Jn 1:42).
b. "Rock" is the Greek
(petra), meaning rock, used for a large, solid rock or cliff, used
for the rock in which a tomb is hewn (Matt 27:60; Mk 15:46) or a foundation
(Matt 7:24). "This rock" refers to Jesus Christ, the founder of the
c. However, the pun is
best appreciated in the original Aramaic, where the same word for rock
(kepha) is used both times.
d. "Hades" (or Hell) is
the fiery abode of departed unbelievers and fallen angels. It will
be replaced by the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Rev 19:20; 20:10, 14-15).
gates of Hades" refers to openings into Hades. However, the
underworld will not be able to rise up and attack the Church because the
Church is protected by a Divine Dynasphere.
2. Body of Christ
a. Christ is the Head,
and individual Church Age Believers are members of His Body (Rom 12:4-5;
Eph 4:15-16; Col 1:18; 2:19).
b. The Body is God's Design,
and individual members are called to serve in different capacities (Col
c. They are given special
gifts to perform different functions (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 7:7; 12:4-31; 1
d. Local congregations
are called out for teaching and training individuals to perform their
role in the Body (Eph 4:11-13).
And I also say to you that you
are Peter (which means rock), and upon this rock I will build My Church,
and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.
1. Individual believer-priests of the Church are like
stones of a spiritual temple according to the building analogy.
2. Believer-priests draw near to Christ, the Living
a. Drawing near to Christ
means coming into fellowship with Him.
b. Christ is called a
"Living Stone" in the spiritual analogy of a building stone. Unlike
a physical stone, He has Spiritual life.
c. Christ was rejected
by men, who chose not to believe in Him.
d. But in the judgment
of God, Christ was "choice" and "precious."
- "Choice" – highest quality
- "Precious" – great value. Precious stones are gem stones
like diamonds, rubies, etc.
Toward Whom (Christ) we
are drawing near, Himself a Living Stone who was rejected by men,
but in the sight of God choice and precious.
Peter 2:5 Holy Priesthood
stones" – individual believer-priests in the Church who are Spiritually
alive (with Eternal Life and the Filling of the Holy Spirit). The
living stones are spiritual.
up" refers to the calling out of the Holy Priesthood as well as
of individual believer-priests.
c. A "spiritual
house" is a temple, which corresponds to the Church, the congregation
priesthood" means set apart to God.
e. A priest represents
himself and others before God.
f. The priests offer "Spiritual
sacrifices," which include:
- Faith, Hope, and Love; use of Spiritual gifts, prayer, praise;
execution of the Spiritual Life, Spiritual Warfare.
- The life of the CAB is offered up to God (Phil 2:17; 2 Tim 4:6).
to God" – acceptable to the will of God and compatible with His
essence. This requires obedience to Bible Doctrine.
Jesus Christ" – all that we offer to God is through Christ, beginning
with Salvation and continuing in the daily execution of the Spiritual life
following His example in Hypostatic Union and our standing in the Divine
Living stones forming a Spiritual temple indicates the spiritual bodies
of believers are the building stones. The pressure points of the
spiritual body would thus be analogous to crystals or gem stones.
You yourselves also as living stones
are being built up a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to
offer up Spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Crystals of Spiritual Body
Christ the Cornerstone
Crown – Amethyst
Soul - Topaz, Citrine
Throat – Blue Chalcedony, Sodalite
Breast – Sapphire
Solar Plexus – Emerald
Womb – Carnelian
Genitals – Sardonyx
Feet – Milky Quartz
Peter 2:6 Christ the Cornerstone
a. This a quote from Isaiah 28:16
in which the cornerstone of the Temple in Jerusalem symbolized the Lord.
b. The cornerstone of
a building symbolized the head, or most significant, stone in the building.
The cornerstone was the reference point for the layout of the rest of the
building. Since the cornerstone was the foundation stone for two
walls of the building, it must perfectly shaped and able to sustain the
load without shifting, turning, or buckling. The laying of the first
cornerstone of a building was usually accompanied by a ceremony that often
included sacrifices and offerings to invoke Divine providence for the prosperity
and protection of the building.
c. Jesus Christ is symbolized
by a cornerstone that corresponds to the Head of the Church.
d. Jesus Christ is also
the Cornerstone of Jewish believers and brings both Jews and Gentile believers
together (Eph 2:13-20).
e. Those who believe in
Christ will not be disappointed (Isa 28:16; Rom 5:5).
5. Rejected Stone
For it stands written in Scripture,
"Behold I lay in Zion a Stone,
a choice and precious Cornerstone,
And the one who believes in Him
will absolutely not be disappointed."
is the precious value bestowed on the cornerstone. Cornerstones were
special, and this one has been afforded the highest honor and esteem.
The honor afforded to the cornerstone is recognized by believers.
Those who disbelieve are like builders who reject the stone.
Jesus Christ was rejected like the stone (Matt 27:42; Mark 12:10; Luke
20:17; Acts 4:11).
of the corner" is a Hebraism (Ps 118:22) for
Jesus Christ became the Cornerstone – the symbolic Cornerstone of the Old
and New Testament congregations of believers.
6. Stumbling Stone
This honor therefore is for you
who believe, but for those who disbelieve, "The Stone which the builders
This has become the head of the
Lord is the stumbling stone and rock of offense (Isa 8:14; Luk 2:34; Rom
9:32; 1 Cor 1:23).
They stumble over Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone, because they do not believe
His Word (Bible Doctrine).
They do not stand but stumble and fall into the Cosmic System.
They who stumble were destined for stumbling and falling and going to destruction
(Ex 9:16; Rom 9:22; 1Th 5:9; 2Pe 2:3; Jude 1:4).
7. Royal Priesthood
"A stone of stumbling and a rock
They stumble because they are disobedient
to the Word, to which (stumbling) they were even appointed.
Peter 2:9 Royal Family of God
is a quote from Exodus 19:6 in the Septuagint. Here it applies to
the Church, but it also applies to Israel in the Millennium. In the
- The Church will rule and reign with Jesus Christ, the King and will be
a Royal Priesthood.
- Israel will be a Client Nation and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, the King
on the Throne of David. Israel will have royal status and a priesthood.
The Gentile nations will serve Israel, and Israel will be concerned with
administration of people on Earth. Israel will not enjoy a higher
status than the Church.
Church Age Believers are a "chosen family,"
the Royal Family of God. Jesus Christ is the King, and the Church
is His Royal Family.
priesthood" means the Church has royalty and
priestly function (Rev 1:6; 5:10; Heb 11:40). Jesus Christ is the
High Priest of the Church. Royalty is temporal and identified with
Jesus Christ the King, and priest is Spiritual under Christ the High Priest.
nation" means a people without sin and consecrated
people for God's possession" – CABs
are purchased property from the slave market of sin (Eph 1:14) and God's
valued property (Ex 19:5; Deut. 7:6).
CABs will be the Lord's possession at the Rapture (Col 3:4) just as Israel
will be the Lord's possession at the Resurrection on the Day of the Lord
(Second Advent) (Mal 3:17; Isa 43:21).
CAB's will stand in the Divine Dynasphere in the Light of God.
8. The Church is built on
the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ as the Cornerstone.
But you are a chosen family, a
royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people for God's possession,
that you may declare the excellencies of Him who called you out from darkness
into His marvelous Light.
2:19-20 Church Building Analogy
prophets taught the doctrine about the future Savior and His work of Redemption.
The apostles provided the Church Age doctrine for the Church.
Cornerstone is the Greek a*krogwniai'o" (akrogoniaios)
from (a!kro", extreme point) + (gwniva,
corner) = lying at the extreme corner; cornerstone or capstone.
Christ, the Cornerstone, holds the building together.
9. The Church is a Holy temple.
19 Consequently, therefore, you
(Gentiles) are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow-citizens
of the saints and members of the Family of God.
20 Having been built on the foundation
of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Himself being the Cornerstone.
2:21 Church Built Around the Lord
Church is analogous to a building built around Christ, the Cornerstone.
together" is the Greek sunarmologevw,
(sunarmologeo) = fit or join together (Eph 4:16)
- Can be used for joining together stones to construct a building
as the masons do in Israel with irregular stones.
- This indicates that the spiritual bodies of believers are connected.
- Stones joined together are analogous to the joints of human bodies,
which symbolize pastor-teachers (Eph 4:16; Col 2:19).
The Church is growing "into a Holy temple."
- Refers to the Church in the spiritual realm.
- Refers to the Church in the Heavenly Jerusalem (Gal 4:26; 2 Ti
4:18; Heb 12:22-23; 13:10-14),
the sphere of the Lord" means the Church Temple
grows in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone.
Thus, the Temple, or building, corresponds to the Body in the Body of Christ
analogy. The Head and the Body correspond to the Cornerstone and
the Temple (or building).
10. God dwells in the Church.
In Whom (Christ) the whole
building (Church), being joined together under construction,
is growing into a Holy temple in the sphere of the Lord.
2:22 Dwelling Place of God
dwelling place of God in the sphere of the Spirit"
– God will dwell in the Church in the sphere of the Holy Spirit.
Not only are individual members of the Church indwelt by the Trinity, but
they are collectively members of a Temple that is built around Jesus Christ,
the Cornerstone, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit for the indwelling of God.
God the Father lives in the Spiritual house (Temple) with His family, the
In Whom (the Lord) you also
are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the sphere of
Growth of the Body
1. Spiritual growth comes through the metabolization
of Bible Doctrine taught by the local pastor-teacher.
4:15 Spiritual Growth
a. The local pastor-teacher
communicates truth (Bible Doctrine) to the local congregation.
the sphere of Love" refers to reciprocal Love for Christ
may grow up in Him in all things" – refers to Spiritual growth.
- "In Him" means the believer-priest
is in the Body, which is in union with the Head, who is Christ.
- In contrast is a person under the influence of the Cosmic System.
- "All things" refers to growing up
in all aspects of the Spiritual life, including Faith, Hope, and Love.
2. Body of Christ
But communicating the truth (Bible
Doctrine) in the sphere of Divine Love, we may grow up in Him in all
things, who is the Head, Christ.
4:16 Body of Christ
Whom" is ablative of source, meaning "from the source of Whom."
The Head directs the entire Body (the Church).
integrated" – this is union with Christ of all local churches.
united" – this is the harmonious rapport of the Body in relation
to the Head.
every joint of supply" – joints symbolize pastor-teachers.
The pastor supplies nourishment to the local congregation.
to the proper function of each individual part" – refers to the
proper and proportionate function of the parts of the Body which will be
integrated into the whole.
each individual part" – these are the local congregations and individual
growth of the Body" – refers to Spiritual growth and evangelism.
in the edification of itself" - Edification refers to erecting the
Complex of the Soul. The ECS is built from metabolized doctrine.
the sphere of Divine Love" – this is the Love relationship of Christ
and the Church (Eph 5:25-26).
From Whom (Christ the Head)
the whole Body, being integrated and united through every joint of supply,
according to the proper function of each individual part, produces growth
of the Body resulting in the edification of itself in the sphere of Divine
1. The local church consists of a pastor and a congregation
of believers who assemble for the purpose of worshipping God through the
communication of Bible Doctrine.
a. The pastor as the under
shepherd teaches the congregation Bible Doctrine in order to edify them
(Eph 4:11-13; 1 Pet 5:2-4).
b. The congregation assembles
for the purpose of worship and being taught Bible Doctrine (Heb 10:25).
2. The local church with the pastor as the head
and the congregation as the body symbolizes the overall Church, or Body
of Christ, with Christ as the Head and Church Age Believers as the Body
(Rom 12:5; Eph 4:12; Col 1:18, 24).
a. The joints of the human
body symbolize the pastors and the parts of the body that function with
the joints symbolize the local congregations (Eph 4:16).
b. Individual local churches
throughout the history of the Church Age comprise the Body of Christ.
3. The Lord as the High Priest appoints pastors,
administrators, and members of local churches for His purpose (1 Cor 12:28;
a. The Lord selects the
location of the churches, names them personally, supports, and protects
them in the Divine Dynasphere.
b. The Lord provides Spiritual
gifts to support the church and serve others (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11;
1 Pet 4:10).
4. Individual believers are the salt of the land,
and local churches are the pillars of support for the Client Nation (Matt
5:13; 1 Tim 3:15).
a. As goes the church,
so goes the nation (Lev 26).
b. Strong, doctrinal churches
support historical blessing (Deut 11:27).
c. Apostate churches bring
national cursing (Deut 11:28; Hos 4:6).
5. The congregation in fellowship with God in the
Divine Dynasphere should have Divine Love, unity, peace, and harmony with
Christ (Col 3:14-15).
a. The congregation should
be full of doctrine and songs of praise (Col 3:16).
b. The congregation should
be full of thanksgiving (Col 3:17).
6. Sin and carnality in local churches cause them
to fall out of the Divine Dynasphere into the Cosmic System.
a. Such local churches
are not serving God but sin (Jude 1:16, 18).
b. Sin may cause jealous
ambition, strife and divisions, and quarrels (1 Cor 1:10-12; 3:3; 11:18).
c. Sin may cause confusion
(1 Cor 14:33).
d. To avoid arrogant ambition
in women in the church, they were commanded to keep silent in church (1
7. Local churches are attacked by Satan through
false teachers, antichrists, and Jezebel (2 Cor 11:3-4, 13; 1 Tim 6:5;
1 Jn 2:18, 22; 4:1-3; 2 Jn 7; 2 Pet 2:1-3, 14; Jude 1:16; Rev 2:20).
Right Man –
Just as we are "one Body" in Christ (Rom 12:5), Right Man and Right Woman
are one body (Gen 2:24; Eph 5:31). Their two bodies are bound together
into one body by the genitals in sex.
2. The Right Man and Right Woman are a corporate
system and a team. God created them for each other, and they are
inseparably united until death (ref. 1
a. Because Right Man and
Right Woman are a system, they cannot be separated.
b. If one is Judged, both
c. If one is sanctified,
both are sanctified (1 Cor 7:14).
d. They have authority
over each other's bodies (1 Cor 7:4).
3. The Right Woman is sanctified by Right Man (2
Cor 6:14-17; ref. Eph
4. Thus, the Right Man – Right Woman system illustrates
the intimate spiritual connections that are possible for two bodies in
a Divinely ordained system.
1. Blessing or cursing of Divine Institutions, corresponding
to standing or falling, is based upon the Sovereign decision of God.
2. Nations rise and fall through the Cycles
of National Blessing and Cursing
based on the Sovereign decision of God.
3. Family is another Divine Institution that may
be blessed or cursed in relation to the nation and the Church.
4. Within a nation the Military and Civilian Establishments
may be blessed or cursed.
1. Under the Mosaic Law if you saw the donkey of one
who hated you lying helpless under its load, you were required to help
the donkey and release him from his load (Ex 23:5).
2. Moses complained to the Lord about having to
bear the burden of the people of Israel, who were stubborn and rebellious
(Num 11:11, 12). He also complained to the people and proposed that
they select leaders to help govern themselves (Deut 1:12, 13).
3. In Isaiah's day the people wondered why God
was not answering their prayers when they fasted.
The Lord's answer was that when they fasted they continued
to seek their own pleasure and oppress their workers. How could they
expect the Lord to deliver them when they were oppressing others?
4. Fasting should be accompanied by turning away
from reversionism and freeing the oppressed.
Why have we fasted and You do not
see? Why have we humbled our soul and You do not notice? Behold,
on the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and you oppress all
58:6 Z-Axis Alignment - Freedom
The Lord explained the purpose of fasting was:
- To "loose
the bonds of wickedness" – to free people from evil.
- To break the yokes of slavery.
- To let the oppressed go free.
5. Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons to
free those who were oppressed (Matt 8:16). This was to fulfill the
prophecy of Isaiah (Isa 53:4; Matt 8:17).
6. Jesus accused the Jewish legal scholars of the
Mosaic Law of weighing men down with burdens hard to bear while they wouldn't
touch the burdens with one of their fingers (Lk 11:46). These were
burdens from having to keep legalistic interpretations of the Law.
7. Mature believers should help weaker believers,
who are positive. (Gal 6:1-2 1Th 5:14).
Is this not a fast that I choose:
To loose the bonds of wickedness, to unfasten the bands of the yoke, to
let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?
who are strong" refers to mature believers (2 Tim 2:1).
b. Bearing weaknesses
of those without strength means helping weaker believers. This may
include helping them Rebound, helping with hang-ups and protection from
false teachers. It includes putting up with their shortcomings and
not being judgmental or trying to straighten them out (counseling).
c. Bearing weaknesses
is a Spiritual relationship that includes comfort, encouragement, and intercessory
d. "Bearing weaknesses" includes
dealing with Biorhythm relationships
with the weak person (offsets of 90, 180, and 270 degrees). Weakness
corresponds to the valley of the 23-day cycle.
8. Providing what is Good for edification.
Now we who are strong ought to
bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please
a. "Good" refers to Divine
b. What we do to please
our neighbor should be Divine Good. We should be engaged in Divine
Good production toward our neighbor so that he will be edified.
9. Christ helped others and bore their reproaches.
Let each of us strive to please
his neighbor in respect to what is Good for edification.
did not please Himself." He was engaged in helping others.
– includes antagonisms from sin and evil (Psa 42:9-10); rejection of the
Cornerstone (1 Pet 2:7), stumbling stone (1 Pet 2:8); persecution (Jn 15:20;
1 Cor 4:12); insults (Matt 5:11; 2 Cor 12:10).
c. Jesus Christ bore reproach
from those who were negative to God the Father (Ps 69:9).
d. Christians (like believers
throughout history) can expect to bear the same reproach from those who
are negative to God and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps 22:6; 69:9, 20; 89:50-51;
Isa 14:11; Mt 10:25; Jn 15:24).
10. Comfort comes from Scripture.
For even Christ did not please
Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached
You fell on Me."
a. Scripture is the revelation
of God (1 Cor 9:10; 10:11). It was written in earlier times (Old
Testament) for our instruction in the Church Age. It is still applicable.
refers to enduring suffering.
in dealing with the pressures of the world comes from the Scriptures (Bible
(hope) is Spiritual Self-Esteem
(Heb 10:35,36; 1Pe 1:13).
11. Harmonious and Spiritual Rapport.
For whatever was written in earlier
times was written for our instruction, in order that through endurance
and through comfort from the Scriptures we might have confidence.
a. God provides endurance
and comfort in the face of suffering and reproach. He gives Peace
the same thing with one another" – refers to harmonious rapport
to Christ Jesus" – refers to Spiritual rapport with Christ.
12. Harmonious rapport with other like-minded believers
in glorifying God comes from believing the same true doctrine.
Now may the God who gives endurance
and comfort grant you to be thinking the same thing with one another according
to Christ Jesus,
13. Accepting others.
in order that with one accord you
may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
one another" – means to accept a love relationship with another.
Christians should have Divine Love.
b. This may require impersonal
Love and putting up with weaknesses and shortcomings of the other.
as Christ also accepted us" – refers to Salvation.
the glory of God" also means "for the glory
of God." God was glorified when Christ accepted us at Salvation.
14. Helping others Rebound.
Therefore, accept one another,
just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
a. A person caught in a trespass
is a person in sin. He is in the Cosmic System enslaved to sin and
b. A person who is Spiritual
is one who is filled with the Holy Spirit.
c. A person who is filled
with the Holy Spirit can help a person Rebound.
- However, this must be done with "humility," which means non-judgmental
and operating under God's authority – not being arrogant or legalistic.
- Intercessory prayer is also in order (1 Jn 5:16).
d. Care must be taken
when dealing with a sinner to avoid the temptation to sin.
- The sinner is a slave to the Cosmic System and a source of temptation.
He can be a snare and a trap (Josh 23:13; Job 18:9; Ps 69:22; 140:5; 141:9;
Eccl 9:12; Rom 11:9).
- The sinner is a magnet for Satan and demons.
- The sinner is in the Cosmic System enslaved to Satan and demons.
- Any relationship with another person is a relationship with his
angels or demons.
15. Bear one another's burdens.
Brethren, even if a person is caught
in any trespass, you who are Spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit
of humility; looking out for yourself, lest you also be tempted.
a. Bearing one another's burdens
is a metaphor for team work and helping another with his load.
b. A person burdened,
or weighted down with sin, needs help, e.g. intercessory prayer and forgiveness,
and needs to Rebound.
c. The Disciples of Jesus
had a burden of "heavy eyes" that made them fall asleep (Matt 26:40-45).
Their sleepiness was due to pressure from the Cosmic System and the influence
d. There are many types
of burdens due to roles and responsibilities in Divine Institutions, e.g.
Marriage, Family, Church, Nation. Burdens also come from sin, especially
worry, and involvement in the Cosmic System. Burdens are also associated
with people or Biorhythm relationships,
animals, the environment, or weather,
e. Bearing burdens is
a Spiritual relationship that includes comfort, encouragement, intercessory
prayer (1 Jn 5:16), and Spiritual Warfare.
f. A person burdened,
or weighted down with sin, needs help, e.g. intercessory prayer and forgiveness,
and needs to Rebound.
g. Help must be provided
in the Divine Dynasphere
by means of Grace Orientation. This excludes counseling, judging,
and violating privacy.
Law of Christ" is the Royal Law (Jn 15:12; Jas 2:8 1Jn 4:21).
- He bore our sins (Isa 53:5-6; Rom 4:25; 1 Cor 15:3; 1 Pet 2:24-25).
- If you Love your neighbor, you will help him.
16. Avoid the arrogance skills.
Bear one another's burdens, and
thus fulfill the law of Christ.
a. Arrogance is deceptive.
b. Bearing one another's
burdens cannot be done by using the arrogance skills. Humility and
Grace Orientation are required.
17. Each person must examine his own work – mind
his own business (Gal 6:4).
a. A person's work is
the burden that he carries.
b. If a person gets arrogant
or worries about his work, he has fallen into sin.
18. Individual Responsibility.
For if anyone assumes he is something
when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
6:5 Individual Responsibility
– the weight of deeds, work, and actions assigned to a person.
b. Burdens are pressures,
stresses, strains, and constraints.
c. Burdens may hinder
the Spiritual life along any axis.
- X-axis: right, wrong, truth, lies, doctrine, apostasy.
- Y-axis: light, love, friendship.
- Z-axis: authority, standing, hope.
- Time-axis: patience, speed, rhythm, movement, acceleration.
d. Burdens may hinder
Capacity for Life, Love, Righteousness.
e. Burdens may affect
the spiritual body
and weaken the pressure points.
f. Burdens may be due
to personal problems or outside influence.
g. The Galatians had burdens
caused by false teachers (antichrists).
h. Bearing his burden
refers to doing one's own work and accepting responsibility for decisions
and actions. Each one is accountable to God (Rom 14:12; 1 Cor 3:8).
19. The Lord bears our burdens, protects, preserves,
provides, and helps our weaknesses (Ps 16:8; 27:14; 37:5, 24; 42:10-11
55:22; 62:2, 6, 8 63:8; 121:3;; Isa 50:10 1 Sam 2:9; Mt 6:25,31-34 11:28
Lu 12:22; Rom 8:16; Phil 4:6-7; 1 Pet 1:5; 5:7), raises up (Ps 146:8),
and sustains the fallen (Ps 145:14; 147:6).
For each one will bear his own
1. Stalling may occur when a burden is too heavy or
the path is blocked, as was the case with Balaam's donkey (Num 22:22, 27;
Job 3:23; 19:8; Lam 3:7-9; Lu 19:43; Hos 2:6).
2. Stalling may include passing out or falling
asleep (Matt 26:40-45), not understanding, or falling into a state of confusion.
3. Just as not eating makes a person weak, failing
to complete the metabolization process leads to stalling.
a. Just as a person walks
on the right foot (spiritual) and then the left (temporal), advancing Spiritually
requires learning Bible Doctrine (right foot) and applying it (left foot).
b. Stalling may result
from not learning doctrine or not applying it.
4. The Lord will not place on us more than we can
Corinthians 10:13 Testing
Testing has not overtaken you except
such as is common to mankind; moreover, God is faithful, who will not allow
you to be tested beyond what you are able, but will with the testing also
provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it.
1. Standing at the Rapture (1 Jn 2:28; Jude 1:24)
2. Standing at the Evaluation Throne (Rom 14:10)
3. Standing at the Second Advent (Mal 3:2; Lk 27:36;
4. Standing in Heaven (Rev 7:9), before the Throne,
in His presence (Lk 1:19; Rev 8:2).
attacks people to get them to fall into sin, keep them from standing,
and become his slaves.
2. Satan is allowed to attack believers who are
in the Divine Dynasphere (Job 1:8; 2:3).
3. Satan employs devious schemes to lure people
into his snare.
a. Satan convinces (Gen
b. Satan tempts, seduces,
pressures, deceives, accuses, lies, fights (Dan 10:13, 20; 1 Pet 5:8).
c. Satan enslaves and
controls (1 Tim 2:26) – becomes lord (Matt 12:24), master, god (Matt 4:9;
2 Cor 4:4; Rev 13:4) over his subjects.
d. He pretends to do good
(2 Cor 11:14), is a false teacher (2 Cor 11:13, 15; 2 Pet 2:1; Jude 1:12),
and sponsors religion (1 Cor 12:2; Gal 1:8; Rev 2:14).
1. Larry Wood. The
Divine Dynasphere, Aug. 31, 2015.
2. Larry Wood. "Dealing
with Demons in Grace," Oct. 31, 2015
Author: Larry Wood, Released Dec. 15,
2015 - Revised June 1, 2017