Sunday, February 19, 2017

Christian Integrity 1

Before you begin your Bible study, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, be sure you have named your sins privately to God the Father.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(Known, Unknown and Forgotten sins) (1Jn 1:9)

You will then be in fellowship with God, Filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to learn Truth from the Word of God.

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth." (Joh 4:24)

                    Christian Integrity (God’s Game plan)


NEVER BEFORE IN HISTORY has every believer in Jesus Christ pos­sessed two royal Warrants — his priesthood directed toward God and his ambassador-ship directed toward man and circumstances. Never before in history has every believer been indwelt simultaneously by God the Son; Jesus Christ, and by God the Holy Spirit. Never before in history has so much personal responsibility been delegated to every believer as in the present era — the New Covenant Church Age. Never before in history has a body of believers received all its instructions in writing the completed canon of Scripture. Never before in history has the ritual in worship been re­placed by illustrations.

     In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle, (Exodus 25:8-9) the Feasts, the Offerings, the Sabbath, the New Moon, and later the Temple and the Gates of the City of Jerusalem, (Neh 12:31-39) Etc. Represented who Christ Was, Is, and will always Be, and what He would do, and the progressive stages of the Spiritual life of Israel and the Spiritual life Christ would use to grow to Spiritual maturity. In the past believers used ritual as teaching props, (Theatrical property) to aid in understanding the meaning of the Doctrines. Today we have the Reality of what Christ has accomplished! All these advantages and many more have been taken by God and reduced to a system, a protocol system designed in heaven to function on earth now. The unprecedented series of blessings from God to the believer has been reduced not only to a protocol system but to one system with eight categories for Christ and ten for the believer. Since this is a Divine power system, it is called, the fruit of the Spirit, (Gal 5:22-23) Spirit and Truth, (Joh 4:24) Joy, (Joh 17:13) the Divine dynasphere, (Act 1:8) Glory, (Joh 17:22) Love, (Joh 17:26) the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:9; Heb 8:5) the Temple, (1Ch 29:19; 2Co 6:16the New self, (Col 3:10) the Divine nature; (2Pe 1:4) the Edification complex, (Eph 4:16) the bottom circleThe New Covenant Spiritual lifeall mean the same thing the Spiritual life for the believer NOW! (Joh 17:13-26)
Beyond the protocol plan of God, with its one system of ten gates, is the plan of Satan for your life — a cosmic system designed to make you, the believer, an enemy of the Cross. (Php 3:18) As a believer living in this New Covenant Age, you have an option to exercise: life in the Spiritual life as the protocol plan of God, or life in the cosmic system, as the strategy of Satan. (Eph 2:2-3)  (Spirit and Truth or Ignorance, arrogance; Eph 4:18) You cannot exercise that option until you have accumulated the facts — information about the plan of God for your life.
     This book is designed to place in perspective the simple and sometimes complex facts about the plan of God. The Principles of the Bible presented in this book bring together categorically the information you need to be a winner! Ignorance of God’s plan will make you a loser! Rejection of God’s plan will keep you entangled in yokes of bondage to Satan’s cosmic system and your old sin nature. (2Ti 2:25-26; 1Sa 15:22-23)

     Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6:5)

     I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. (Gen 8:21

     And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. (Luk 17:26-30)

     O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, [Spirit and Truth] avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"-- which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. [Spirit and Truth] Grace be with you. (1Ti 6:20-21)

     But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, [Spirit and Truth] but man's. [Ignorance and arrogance] (Mat 16:23)  

     But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (2Co 11:3)

     These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. [Spirit and Truth] (Jude 1:19)

     The only way out is to learn God's Thoughts in the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Think with them, God has made a way, regardless of human intellect or IQ, we can all reach maturity!

     For to us God revealed them [His Thoughts — Truth] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, (Satan’s system) but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining Spiritual thoughts with Spiritual words. But a natural man [The unbeliever and carnal Believer] does not accept the things [Thoughts] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are Spiritually appraised. But he who is Spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have The Mind of Christ. (1Co 2:10-16)

     Mastery of these Spiritual Thoughts will provide for you the options and decisions neces­sary to glorify God in the fulfillment of His plan. The plan of God for the believer is that intersection of life where the protocol of heaven meets the protocol of earth, (Protocol: A strict long established code or procedure, (God's Plan) giving complete submission to superior rank and authority, (God's Word) with due order of precedence, (Christ; Heb 12:1-4) coupled with exact correct precise procedure! (Obedience:  for the purpose of glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ; 2Ti 2:4).

     You stand at that crossroads as you read the pages of this book! On the first Christmas in history, the virgin birth of Christ, God the Father gave Jesus Christ the prototype New Covenant Spiritual life. This protocol system sustained our Lord throughout His life on earth. An unprecedented change had taken place which necessitated a new plan; the presence of Jesus Christ, the God of Israel — who had resided as the Shekinah Glory in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and later the Temple — had come in the flesh! 

     And the Word [Logos, the title of Christ as eternal God] became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory [Shekinah Glory] glory as the unique Son of the Father, full of grace and Truth. [Spirit and Truth] (Joh 1:14)

     We are now Commanded to reflect that same Spiritual life, and the presence of Jesus Christ, who indwells us. (Joh 14:20; Col 1:27) Our bodies are His temple during the New Covenant Age; we are His new sanctuary. (Rom 8:9-11; 1Co 6:19-20)
Jesus Christ is the “author and perfecter of our Spiritual life” because, as a man, He resided in the prototype; the operational Spiritual life now belongs to us. (Heb 12:2) God has given us the sphere of power, the system of protocol that we need to “proclaim the Virtues” of Christ in our lives. (1Pe 2:9) As believers we come to love our Lord Jesus Christ — our “most important love” (Rev 2:4) — by living within the system in which His humanity lived. By obeying the Commands of His protocol system, by Thinking with His ThoughtsBible Doctrines, Promises and Commands — the “Mind of Christ” (1Co 2:16) — by utilizing the filling of God the Holy Spirit Who sus­tained our Lord, we become “imitators of God.” (Eph 5:1) The dynamics of Christ’s humanity becomes our dynamics. His Virtues become our Virtues; His capacity for happiness becomes our capacity; His glory, (Divine nature) becomes our glory. (Our new Divine nature; 2Pe 1:4) cf. (2Co 3:18


     God’s plan for your life is analogous to the game plan for the Super-bowl. Two teams are involved, and two systems are in competition. One game plan works and wins; the other fails and loses. There is only one game plan that wins for the believer—the Spiritual life with its ten gates.

     In His matchless grace God has provided a precise instrument system. We are not authorized to fly by the seat of our pants. Without a system we have no Standards, no coordination, no performance, and no effectiveness. Success demands a system! A system is a coordinated plan that unifies and directs the efforts of all the diverse individuals and elements within an organization. No coach can inno­vate on the playing field without a cohesive system of organization, authority, training, and discipline.
Innovation without a system is disastrous in any realmathletics, business, politics, economics, the military, social life and the Spiritual life. We as believers in Christ cannot successfully innovate in our lives, exercising wisdom and common sense in the challenges that confront us, unless we live in the system God has or­dained. Each life is unique; the system establishes protocol for all. God does not tell us precisely what to Think and do in each situation; He gives us freedom to apply the correct Verse and or Verses, Doctrine and or Doctrines, Promise and or Promises in our own lives. But innovation and practical applica­tion must be within His system. Each believer must learn God’s game plan just as a professional athlete learns the playbook.
     One of the most effective systems in professional football forbids the quarterback to call the plays. The coach personally directs every play from the sidelines. He is the one who does the thinking and plans the strategy. The players execute the game plan with confidence because they know the system works. No quarterback under pressure on the field can out-think the coach.
     Every successful system has a purpose, policy, and structure of authority. On a football team the coach’s purpose is to win; his policies promote winning; and his structure of authority takes the talented, the arrogant, the strong, the weak, the lazy, the unconcerned, and then teaches them to concentrate under pressure, and transforms them into one of the finest teams in professional football. The smart coach devises his system to be greater than any of its component parts, greater than any individual player. The system enables his organization to establish a consistent winning record over the years regardless of who is on the team. It does not matter who executes the plays, as long as he does it the coach’s way! God’s perfect system the Spiritual life is greater than any human system or individual believer. God’s plan works in every generation, for anyone who will follow its Mandates. The Divine system transforms all kinds of believers into Spiritually mature believers; winners in the devil’s world. (Joh 12:31; Joh 14:30; Joh 16:11; Eph 2:1-8; 1Jn 2:13-14)

     In God’s system the purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ; the policy is grace; the authority is the sovereignty of God. Christ is glorified by the Salvation of unbelievers and the imputation of blessings to believers; the policy of grace is defined in the Bible; Divine authority is embodied in the Word of God (Rom 1:16) and delegated as temporal authori­ty under the Divine laws of establishment. (Rom 13:1-8) Like the coach, God has done the Thinking, planned the strategy, and called the plays. As believers our responsibility is to execute His plan! (Isa 14:24)


     God has issued hundreds of Commands throughout the New Testament. We are instructed to be filled with God the Holy Spirit, to confess our sins, to love the brethren, to rest in the Lord, to maintain humility, to learn and apply the Word of God, to love God and be Occupied with Christ, to acquire Virtue, to resist evil, to achieve Spiritual maturity! These imperatives are not isolated Commands unrelated to one another; all these diverse Commandments for the believer combine to form the perfect Divine system.

     If you keep My Commandments, you will abide in My love; [Spiritual life] just as I have kept My Father's Commandments and abide in His love. [Spirit and Truth] (Joh 15:10)

     God’s system is designated the “sphere of love” or love complex to em­phasize love as the supreme Christian Virtue. (1Co 13:13) The New Testament Commands us to love, but no one can obey this Command without understand­ing that love is an entire sphere, a complex of interrelated elements, a system of power. The coined term for this Divine system, from the Greek is dunamis, “power,” and sphaia, “sphere”: the “Divine dynasphere — Spiritual life — Spirit and Truth.” These descriptive synonyms emphasize the efficacy and sustaining strength of the love complex. (The fruit of the Spirit; Gal 5:22-23)

     In the future, keep on being strong [Dunamai, the cognate verb of dunamis] in the Lord, even by means of the inner rule of His endowed power [The Divine dynasphere] Wear for yourselves the full armor from God [The Spiritual life] that you may be able [Dunamai] to hold your ground against the tactics [False thinking] of the devil. (Eph 6:10-11)

     In, (Eph 6:13-17) Paul illustrates the Spiritual life through an analogy to the Roman soldier’s uniform — his belt, breastplate, sandals, shield, helmet, and sword. The panoply of God consists of separate items of Spiritual ar­mor and weaponry, each of which contributes to the believer’s victory in Spiritual combat. Just as the Directive to “don the full armor of God” requires you to skillfully wield an array of offensive and defensive weapons against the enemy, so also the Command to reside in the Spiritual life demands obedience to an entire system of Divine Imperatives. The Divine system coordinates every legitimate temporal and Spiritual activity in life. By consistently living in this power system, the believer obeys all God’s Commands. (Joh 14:21; Gal 5:22-23)


Since Divine Commands can be organized into categories, the prototype Spiritual life has eight “gates.”

1. THE POWER GATE: the filling of God the Holy Spirit.

2. OBJECTIVITY: basic Christian modus operandi.

3. TEACHABILITY: enforced and genuine humility.

4. SPIRITUAL MOMENTUM: perception and application of Bible Doctrine.

5. MOTIVATIONAL VIRTUE: Personal love for God.

6. FUNCTIONAL VIRTUE: Impersonal love for mankind.

7. MOMENTUM TESTING: acceleration of Spiritual growth.

8. THE WINNER’S GATE: Spiritual maturity, sharing the happiness of God.

     Because all eight gates are engaged as one dynamic unity, this is also designated the love complex as the “interlocking system of love.” A diagram of the system shows the coalescence of the gates.


     Gates one, two, and three interlock to provide the power, objectivity, and receptivity needed for learning and applying the Word of God at gate four. Gate four is the momentum gate. All momentum in the Spiritual life is fueled by knowledge of Divine Thoughts and accelerated by proper application of God's Spiritual Thinking. Spiritual momentum carries the believer to Spiritual maturity. Gates one through three constitute motivation essential for concentration on Truth, whereas gates five through eight are result gates, the results of Spiritual momentum. Gates five and six form a double gate that expresses the most vital Concept in experiential Christianity: integrity precedes love. In dealing with mankind, God’s integrity always comes before His love; the essence of God establishes the precedent for the Christian way of life. We, too, must possess integrity before we have capacity to love God or man. This is the Doctrine of Virtue-love.
The first four gates of the system build Christian Virtue, honor, and integri­ty; Virtue love pervades the system at gates five and six. The Spiritual Virtues in gate five directed toward God motivate the functional virtues in gate six directed toward people, self, things and circumstances. These motivational and functional Virtues stand or fall together. Gate seven provides Divine solutions to resolve the problems of life as the believer’s Spiritual momentum is repeatedly challenged. Passing these tests ac­celerates Spiritual growth. (Sin nature, people, thought, system organization, and disaster testing) Gate eight, the objective is Spiritual maturity!

     And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2Co 12:9-10)


Maturity, the goal of the Christian’s life, is achieved through steadfastness in the Spiritual life, where the believer acquires capacity for life, for love, for happiness, for “greater grace” or super-grace, (Jas 4:6) beyond God’s faithful sustenance of all believers. The believer in gate eight has become a Spiritual aristocrat invested with the title “Friend of God.” (Jas 2:23) Through his tenacity to reside and function in the Spiritual life, he has attained an honorable status in his soul that glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.
     The superior quality of the Spiritually mature believer’s life is a testimony to Divine grace; all the mature Christian has and is depends entirely on Christ’s saving work and His gift of the Spiritual life. God can prosper the mature believer with a maximum expression of grace because he has capacity to appreciate God’s blessings without forgetting their source. In gate eight the believer recognizes the giver, God Himself, in every gift received.
The Spiritually mature believer approaches life from the Divine Viewpoint, which is manifested in discernment, thoughtfulness toward people, and the ability to astutely interpret current trends of history. Stabilized by his love for Truth, he is distinguished by his Spiritual common sense. He maintains his poise in all cir­cumstances, sustained by the unseen Reality of his Virtue love for God. In the strength of the Spiritual life, the mature believer has constructed an edifice in his soul, (1Co 3:9-17; Eph 4:12) an inner structure called the “edification com­plex,” with a penthouse that represents the happiness of God.

     True happiness is achieved only in the Spiritual life. Happiness depends on Virtue, honor, and integrity.
Integrity is a state or quality of being complete; an unimpaired state of honesty and purity; a soundness of Principle; the character of uncorrupted Virtue, especially in relation to Truth and fair dealing. Integrity is uprightness of character; probity; candor; uncompromising adherence to a code of Spiritual or professional values; the avoidance of deception, expediency, artificiality, or shallowness of any kind.
Reduced to essentials, integrity is loyalty to Truth. Truth exists in three categories: the Divine laws of establishment, the Gospel, and Truth the Divine Thinking of the Bible. Our residence in the sphere of God’s power is our loyalty to the absolute Truth of His design. In Commands that form part of the Bible, He has prescribed for us this complete, interlocking structure for developing integrity so that, from His own integrity, He may share His happiness with us both now and forever.

     For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent Promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption [The old sin nature] that is in the world by lust. (2Pe 1:4


     The Spiritual life is the subject of two apostolic prayers by Paul, the man who exploited God’s power and advanced farther in the Spiritual life than any other believer. (2Pe 3:15-16)

     For this reason I [Paul] too, having heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and the love toward all the saints [Func­tional Virtue, Impersonal love toward all believers, gate six] do not cease giving thanks for you while mentioning you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a Spirit of wisdom and of revelation [The filling and teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, gate one] in the full knowledge of Him, [Learning and Thinking with the Mind of Christ, gate four, resulting in Personal love for God, gate five] that the eyes of your heart [The Thinking portion of the soul] may be enlightened [Perceptive ability based on the first four gates of the system] so that you may know what is the hope of His calling [Spiritual maturity] and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, [Temporal and eternal blessings to believers who live in the system] and what is the surpassing greatness of His power [Spiritual victory from living in fellowship with God] toward us who believe. These are according to the standard of the opera­tional power [The function of the Divine system] of His inner power, [The Spiritual life] which power that has been operational in Christ [The humanity of Christ living in the prototype throughout the First Advent] when He [The Father] raised Him from the dead and seated Him at the right hand in the heavenly places. [Christ’s strategic victory over Satan through death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session] (Eph 1:15-20)
     The second apostolic prayer expresses Paul’s exhortation that believers “Become strong by means of His power [The Spiritual life] through His Spirit [God the Holy Spirit, gate one] in the inner man” [The new Divine nature] and that they “may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:16-19) A synonym for Spiritual maturity. This second prayer concludes:

     Now to the One [God the Father] Himself being able [Dunamai, referring to Divine omnipotence] far beyond all things to do infinitely more than that which we could ask or imagine, according to the power [Dunamis, the Spiritual life] being itself effective in us, to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus with reference to all gener­ations forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:20-21


     The New Covenant Spiritual life is here at unique period of human history from the day of Pentecost, (Act 2:1) circa A.D. 30, through the Church Age, Tribulation   (Luk 12:35-53; 2Co 3:6; Rev 14:4-5) and until the end of the Millennium. (Jer 31:33-34) cf. (Heb 13:20) We are on the victory side of The Cross, The Spiritual life for the Reality plan, was designed for Jesus Christ. This system of power could not be given to believers until Christ had proven the system throughout His life, accomplishing His mission for the First Advent, earning the glory of a new royal title, founding a new royal dynasty to which He could bequeath His system of power and love. (Joh 4:23; Gal 5:22-23) During the Church Age, Jesus Christ as glorified royalty is seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, while the Father forms on earth a royal family for Him. We are the New Covenant royal family!
     Jesus Christ retains three titles of royalty, each with a royal family. As God, our Lord is Divine royalty, the “Son of God,” and His royal family is the Trin­ity. As man, Jesus is Jewish royalty, the “Son of David,” and His royal family is the line of King David. As the God-Man, the Lord Jesus Christ won the strategic victory over Satan at the Cross and earned a third series of royal titles, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” and “The Bright Morning Star.” (1Ti 6:15; Rev 19:16; Rev 22:16) These last titles signify His battlefield royalty, His strategic victory over Satan.’

Royal Title

Royal Family
Son of God
God the Father
God the Holy Spirit


Son of David

The Davidic Dynasty

Lord of Lords
King of Kings
The Bright Morning Star

The New Covenant Age


     When Christ ascended to heaven, after perfectly accomplishing His mission on earth, He was rewarded with this third patent of royalty from the Father. (Eph 1:20-23) For the first time our Lord possessed a royal title with no royal family. To establish a royal family for Christ’s new aristocracy, God started the New Covenant Age of the Church. Designated the “body of Christ” (Eph 1:22-23; Eph 4:12) the “bride of Christ” (2Co 11:2; Eph 5:25-27) and implied in the vocatives “beloved” and “brethren,” the Church, the 144,000, the Millennial believers, all receive the  New Covenant Spiritual life. (2Co 3:5-11; Heb 8:8-13) cf. (Heb 10:14-17; Heb 13:20) And this is His third royal family. Everyone who believes in Christ from now till the end of time, simultaneously becomes a member of the royal family of God forever and has ac­cess to the completed Spiritual life! (Rom 8:11-14)

     And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, [God Himself in a human body] glory as the unique Son of the Father, full of grace and Truth. [The New Covenant Spiritual life] (Joh 1:14)

     And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luk 2:52

     Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, [Spiritually Mature] He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal Salvation. [In time and through Eternity] (Heb 5:8-9)

     Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name 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. (Php 2:6-11)

     As a demonstration of love for the Son, God the Father provided the Spiritual life to sustain the humanity of Christ who, from the virgin birth until His ascension to heaven, would face continuous opposition in the devil’s world. God combined certain Divine Principles into a unique system. He took Impersonal love and Personal lovepatterned after His own Divine attribute of love and added the ministry of God the Holy Spirit as the power to support our Lord dur­ing his earthly ministry. (Given at the virgin birth) After He reached Spiritual maturity He was fully empowered by the Holy Spirit. (Isa 11:2-3; Isa 61:1)

     Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased. (Luk 3:21-23)

     Then tested! Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. And the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread. And Jesus answered him, It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE. [He passed the lust of the flesh] And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours. Jesus answered him, It is written, YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY. [He passed the lust of the eyes] And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; for it is written, HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU, and, ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE. And Jesus answered and said to him, It is said, YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST. [He passed the pride of life!]  When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. (Luk 4:1-13)
     Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. (Luk 4:17-21)

     The earth was lost by Adam and Eve to Satan. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen 3:6)

     And the LORD won it back! and set the Standard that we must overcome. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1Jn 2:16)
     He who overcomes, [The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life] I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Rev 3:21

     Ten days after our Lord ascended and was seated in heaven, the New Covenant Church Age began, and the completed Spiritual life was the first blessing given to each member of the royal family. On the night He was betrayed, fifty days before the Church Age began, our Lord prophesied to His disciples that they would receive the same system of Divine power that had sustained and blessed Him throughout the First Advent. He taught them that His Virtue love in the prototype was patterned after the Virtue love of God.

     Reside [Remain, persist] in My love. [In fellowship] If you keep [Observe, fulfill] My Commandments, [Thoughts] you shall reside in the sphere of My love, [The Spiritual life] just as I have fulfilled the Commandments [Thoughts] of My Father and I reside in the sphere of His love. [Spiritual life] (Joh 15:9-10

     Christ lived and functioned for thirty-three years in the very system in which we are now Commanded to live! He succeeded in fulfilling perfectly God’s plan, not in His own power but in the power of God the Holy Spirit and the Spiritual life. This same Divine power is now available to us; we too can fulfill the plan of God. We cannot be sinless, as was the humanity of Christ, but with the rebound provision, (1Jn 1:9) which enables us to recover instantly from the control of the sin nature; we can execute God’s game plan for our lives. 

     If we walk in the light [In fellowship with God] as He is in the light we have fellowship with each other [God and the Spiritual believer] and the blood of Jesus Christ [The basis for rebound] cleanses us from all sin. (1Jn 1:7)

     The believer inside the Spiritual life is also described as “filled with the Spirit”; (Eph 5:18) he “walks by means of the Spirit” (Gal 5:16) and he is said to be “cleansed.” (1Jn 1:9) He has “put on Christ” (Rom 13:14) because Christ lived in the original system. The believer in the love complex is “walking in love” (Eph 5:2) “loving one another” (1Jn 3:23) and, as we have seen, “residing in the love. [Complex]” (Joh 15:9-10) He is “holding his ground” in the full armor of God. (Eph 6:11) Each phrase emphasizes a dif­ferent aspect of our royal way of life.
Aristocracy means achievement. Christ achieved strategic victory in the angelic conflict and established a new and unique dynasty of Spiritual nobility. As His eternal royal family we depend entirely on Christ and therefore must emulate the integrity He possessed in the prototype Spiritual life. He gave us the system by which we can in our temporal lives manifest the superiority of our eternal position. Integrity perpetuates nobility. Royalty lives by a superior code of honor, and as members of Spiritual aristocracy, we fulfill the royal fam­ily honor code and create Christian integrity by functioning in fellowship with God. 


     In summary, God’s game plan, the Spirit and Truth, has the following general characteristics: 

A purpose: glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ in time. The believer’s tactical victory exploits our Lord’s strategic victory over Satan in the angelic conflict.

An objective: Spiritual maturity. Momentum toward Spiritual maturity is possible only in fellowship with God.

A policy: grace. Grace is always the policy of God in the administration of His plan for sinful man.

A protocol: obedience to Divine Commands. Believers and elect angels in heaven observe Divine protocol; happi­ness on earth is based on the precisely correct procedure of the Spiritual life.

A system: Virtue first. The foundational Virtue of humili­ty, which is directed toward authority, lays the groundwork for motivational Virtue toward God and functional Virtue toward man and circumstances.

A point of reference: the justice of God. The holiness or integrity of God is composed of His absolute righteousness and perfect justice. Our point of contact with God is His in­tegrity.

An authority: the Word of God. The Bible reveals the essence of God to man and embodies the absolute author­ity of Divine sovereignty.

A result: good decisions from a position of strength in the Divine system, control of your life, and a personal sense of destiny.

An enemy: the cosmic system of Satan.

     These nine characteristics will become meaningful in the study we are about to begin. We can translate these axioms into a set of priorities, which provide a framework for organizing our life and Thinking with the correct Divine Thoughts under all circumstances.

In God’s plan the priority is Commands first.
In God’s system, Virtue first.
In God’s purpose, Christ first.
In God’s policy, Grace first.
In God’s objective, Momentum first.
In God’s authority, Divine Thinking first.

     These six priorities represent one superior way of life, one system of power and love with different emphasis as the believer con­tinues to grow. As we approach all the gates of the Spiritual life, you will learn that these priorities enable you to make good decisions from a position of strength, take control of your old sin nature, and acquire a personal sense of destiny within God’s game plan.

Gate One, The Power Gate 


     Just as God the Holy Spirit sustained the earthly ministry of Jesus, (Mat 12:18; Joh 3:34) the filling of God the Spirit provides the power for our lives. On the eve of His crucifixion, fifty days before the feast of Pentecost when God the Holy Spirit would be given and the New Covenant Age would begin, Christ Himself prophesied the advent of God the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant Spiritual life.

     And when the Energizer comes [God the Holy Spirit as the power source of the New Covenant Spiritual life] whom I will send from the Father, that is, the Spirit of Truth [A fact that God ALONE owns all Divine Thinking] who proceeds from the Father, that He will give evidence [Make a deposition, testify] con­cerning Me. (Joh 15:26)

     The Greek noun parakletos, which I have translated “Energizer,” is used in the Bible only by the Apostle John, referring once to Christ (1Jn 2:1) but generally to the Holy Spirit. (Joh 14:16; Joh 14:26; Joh 16:7) This title for God is translated “Comforter” in the King James Version and “Helper” in the New American Standard Version.
     In the classical Greek a parakletos was someone called to the aid of another, particularly in the legal process; hence, an advisor, intercessor, or mediator in court. In Roman times, when the official Greek language of the eastern empire was translated into the official Latin of the west, the Latin equivalent for parakletos was advocatus, from which we derive the English word “advocate” or lawyer.
     A parakletos was a professional legal advisor, sometimes a defense at­torney. The word connotes ability, aid, and assistance, rather than assuagement of pain or distress, as the translation “comforter” suggests. Certainly comfort is implied; the one being aided by a powerful helper is relieved and encouraged. But eternal God, the third Person of the Trinity, does not come to the royal fami­ly to say, “There, there, everything will be all right.” Instead, He was sent by the Father (Joh 15:26) to empower, help, and sustain the humanity of Christ against all the forces of evil Satan could hurl against Him.
     This same omnipotent Member of the Godhead was in turn sent by the Father and the Son, (Joh 14:26) to be the power source for the new royal family. The Holy Spirit reproduces in us the Virtues of Christ as we ad­vance to Spiritual maturity. (Eph 5:1-2; Gal 5:22-23; Rom 13:14) The Spirit’s title, Parakletos, must be understood in terms of power within the Divine system, in which we, like the humanity of Christ, must live in the devil’s world.
     Christ’s final words on earth before ascending into heaven prophesied the coming of God the Holy Spirit, the Energizer of the Spiritual life. The Divine power system would motivate growing believers to spread the Gospel and the teaching of the Mind of Christ throughout the world.

     But you shall receive power [The Spiritual life] when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Act 1:8)

     God the Energizer has two basic ministries to the royal family, one of which is indicated by His functional title in, (Joh 15:26) “Spirit of Truth, or Spirit of Divine Thoughts.” He provides the Spiritual IQ for learning Truth, which itself is the power of God. (Rom 1:16) Thus the filling of God the Holy Spirit at gate one and the perception and application of Divine Thinking at gate four interlock with each other. (1Co 2:9-16) The Word and the Spirit join forces to form the greatest power system ever offered to any dispensation in the history of mankind.

     And my message and my preaching [Divine Thoughts] were not in persuasive words of [Human] wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [The Spiritual life] that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1Co 2:4-5)
     Enhancing the believer’s IQ for perception of the written Word of God in gate four, God the Holy Spirit also supplies energy for the believer’s function in the entire love complex. (Gal 5:16-23) At all gates of the Divine system, God the Holy Spirit energizes the Christian life with an unseen power that surpasses any ability, talent, genius, or achievement of man.

     It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the Words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (Joh 6:63)

     We have an inexhaustible supply of Spiritual strength in gate one, with this power we can obey God’s Commands and receive Divine blessings beyond imagination! Apart from the power of God the Holy Spirit there is no Spiritual life!

     Holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; [The filling of God the Holy Spirit] avoid such men as these. (2Ti 3:5)

     The Holy Spirit had a limited ministry to believers of Old Testament dispensations, but the procedure of believers changed dramatically when the New Covenant Age began. The Spirit temporarily indwelt certain believers of the past; He permanently indwells all believers in the New Covenant Age. (Joh 14:17) We have a superior system that even mature Old Testament believers did not possess. Never before has every believer been Commanded to “be filled with God the Spirit” (Eph 5:18) and to “walk by means of the Spirit.” (Gal 5:16


     The first of these two Mandates Commands the New Covenant Age believer to reside in the bottom circle — in fellowship — in the Spiritual life — in the love complex — in our new nature — in our Temple — in Spirit and Truth.

     Stop being intoxicated with wine, which is dissipation, [And escapism] but be filled with the Spirit. (Eph 5:18)

     The Greek verb pleroo, translated “be filled,” conveys a wealth of related meanings. Each of its four basic definitions applies to the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

     “Fill up a deficiency”: Outside the bottom circle we possess no ability to learn or Think with Divine Thoughts or resist the influence of Satan's false Biblical and non-Biblical systems of thinking. (2Co 11:13-15; Col 1:27-28; 1Jn 4:4)

     “Be fully possessed”: God the Holy Spirit, who indwells the body of every believer, (1Co 6:19) empowers the soul of the believer residing in fellowship with Him. (1Jn 1:3-7)

     If we say that we have fellowship with Him [Spirituality] and yet walk in the darkness, [Carnality] we lie and do not practice [Think with] the Truth. (1Jn 1:6)

     “Be fully influenced”: The Spiritual life, with the Ho­ly Spirit as the power source, is a comprehensive system that influences every facet of the believer’s life.
     “Filled with a certain quality”: The ministry of God the Holy Spirit is to lead the believer to Spiritual maturity. (Eph 3:19; Php 1:11; Rev 3:2; 1Jn 1:4)

     This Command to “be filled with the Spirit” orders us to enter the Spiritual life at gate one.
     Pleroo indicates that the filling of God the Holy Spirit is an absolute. You are in fellowship or you are not; there is no middle ground for the believer. Under His filling ministry, God the Holy Spirit fully energizes the believer and fully protects his soul. Although the Spirit fully protects the believer whenever he resides in fellowship, the manifestations of the filling of God the Holy Spirit increase with Spiritual maturity. In the immature Christian the Spirit has little Spiritual Thinking to use as raw material for the “fruit of the Spirit” to be produced in the believer. (Gal 5:22-23) The Spiritually mature believer can use the Mind of Christ. (1Co 2:16) Spirit and Truth, together reproduce the Virtues of Christ! (Joh 4:23-24; 1Pe 2:9)

     (Eph 5:18) teaches that the filling of the Spirit is the opposite of drunkenness. As the believer’s IQ for “Spiritual Appraising” increases, (1Co 2:14-15) the filling of the Spirit contributes to concentration and mental focus, not to dissipation. Imbibing too much alcohol depresses the mentality, releasing uninhibited emotion; the filling of God the Holy Spirit supports lucid Divine Thinking and is undetectable, behind the scenes, and unrelated to emotion. The mission of God the Holy Spirit to the royal family is not to make a name for Himself by interjecting ecstatic experiences but to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ. (Joh 16:13-15)

This first Command regarding God the Holy Spirit contributes to the integrity of the entire Divine system. Christians who lack the complete Doctrines of the Spiritual life assume that the filling of God the Holy Spirit is an end in itself when actually the power of God the Holy Spirit is a means to an end. The ultimate objective is the consis­tent, coordinated function of all the gates of the system, which result in phenomenal blessing for the believer and maximum glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 4:13-24)
     The Spiritual momentum required to reach this objective is Commanded in the second positive Command concerning God the Holy Spirit.

     Keep walking by means of the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. (Gal 5:16)

     God never forces your volition. He designed you and knows what is best for you at each moment of your life. He has established clear Thoughts for you to Think with that you may fulfill His perfect plan for your prosperity and happiness. You can accept His authority and obey His Commands, or revolt and disobey. God’s sovereign authority cannot prosper you without your consent. (1Sa 15:22-23)
The filling of God the Holy Spirit alone is not the entire thrust of the Christian way of life. Gate one, the filling of God the Holy Spirit, functions as part of a system in con­junction with our volition. After we have entered gate one, we must by our own decisions enter the other gates of the complex; this is “walking by means of the Spirit.”
     While filled with God the Holy Spirit, we claim promises, resist temptations to sin, and maintain the objectivity of basic Impersonal love in gate two. We remain teachable through enforced and genuine humility in gate three. We establish the habit of Doctrinal perception in gate four, where we also maintain a constant alertness in the application of Divine Thinking to circumstances. (Luk 16:10) Thousands of positive decisions in these first four gates of the Spiritual life comprise our Chris­tian walk, resulting in Personal love for God in gate five, the integrity of Imper­sonal love in gate six, stability under testing in gate seven, and the happiness of Spiritual maturity in gate eight. The filling of God the Holy Spirit is the motivation of the Spiritual life; walking by means of the Spirit is the function of the Chris­tian life. 


     Two additional Commands define the power struggle in which the believer must rely on the Holy Spirit. God Commands us to resist the power and influence of Satan. And stop grieving the Holy Spirit from God. (Eph 4:30) Do not quench the Spirit. (1Th 5:19
     These two Commands warn us that, when we sin, we cut off the power of the Spiritual life and permit the old sin nature to seize control of the soul. Fellowship with God and Satan’s cosmic system are mutually exclusive! We always reside in one or the other: if not in God’s system, we live in Satan’s power system. We “grieve” the Spirit when we enter Satan’s system of preoccupation with self; we “quench” the Spirit when we live in Satan’s system of preoccupation with others and antagonism toward God, Truth, and the Divine plan. Both of these negative Commands describe God the Holy Spirit in terms of anthropopathisms. Grieving and quenching are language of accommodation, describing God in human terms to make His infinite functions perspicuous to finite man. Perfect happiness belongs eternally to the essence of God. The third Person of the Trinity cannot suffer grief, nor can His infinite power be quenched. He is always omnipotent.
     By negative volition we refuse to benefit from the plan of God so that the at­tributes of God do not have their intended function in our lives. We may reject the grace provisions of God’s power system, but we cannot jeopardize the essence of God. God will always have His way; He will be glorified with us or without us! Our blessings accrue through obedience to the positive and negative Commands concerning the Energizer of the Divine system. 


     So effective is our power source that we are not surprised that Satan would mount a concentrated assault against this Divine provision. With insidious cun­ning he has distorted the Doctrines pertaining to God the Holy Spirit by counterfeiting bona fide functions of the past and linking them to human emotion and arrogance to consolidate his evil sedition. Satanic false Biblical Doctrines influence people to vie for Spiritual status by claiming to speak in tongues, hear voices, see visions, perform miracles, heal the sick — all in a welter of emotionalism. The post canon New Covenant ministry of God the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with such practices. (Rom 16:17-18; 1Co 13:8; Php 3:18-19)
The pursuit of such ecstatic experiences in the name of Spirituality obscures the Truth and blasphemes against God. Christianity is a system of Thinking Thinking With the Mind of Christ and God the Holy Spirit provides the power that, first, aids our concentration in learning the Word of Truth and, second, enhances our ability to apply those Thoughts in EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE.
     A period of transition existed between the beginning of the Church Age in A.D. 30 and the completion of the written canon of Scripture in A.D. 96, when the Apostle John wrote Revelation. During this time spectacular but temporary Spiritual gifts facilitated the change from the completed Old Covenant; (Mat 5:17; Act 3:18) into the New Covenant. Miracles and healings were performed to focus attention upon the Divine authority of the apostles and to authenticate their new message. (Act 19:11-20) The Spirit inspired the apostles to write the New Testament canon, including the Doctrines of the New Covenant, (Act 3:24) because they were now pertinent to the royal family. (Joh 14:26; Eph 3:2-6) The gift of tongues was a bona fide ministry for the first forty years of the Church Age as a warning sign to Israel of her approaching national destruction, which occurred in AD. 70 (Isa 28:11-12; 1Co 14:21) In that pre-canon transition period of the New covenant Church Age, the coming of the Holy Spirit as the power for the Spiritual life was accom­panied by unusual and now defunct manifestations.
     On the day the Church Age began, temporary gifts accompanied the New Covenant Spiritual life; initially the ministry of the Spirit included functions that have since ceased to legitimately exist. (1Co 13:8; Php 2:27; 2Ti 4:20) In the Scrip­tures we must distinguish these overt, temporary ministries of the Spirit from His invisible, permanent ministries if we are to avoid the trap of emotional arrogance. We must “rightly divide the Word of Truth” in order to execute God’s game plan for our lives. (2Ti 2:15


     Christ received the prototype at His virgin birth; the apostles and others received it on the day of Pentecost; we receive the Spiritual life at the new birth.

     At the moment when anyone is born from God, [The moment of Salvation through faith in Christ] he is not sinning [It is impossible to sin inside the Spiritual life], because His seed [God the Holy Spirit] keeps residing in him. Furthermore, he is not able to sin [In fellowship with God] because he has been born of God. (1Jn 3:9)

     The Greek personal pronoun autos, takes the same form in both neuter and masculine genders; the context determines whether this pronoun is translated “it” or “him.” In (1Jn 3:9) autos is rendered by the neuter, “keeps residing in it.” (The Spiritual life) The Holy Spirit, as the “seed” or source of Divine energy for Spiritual growth, perpetually belongs to God’s power system. The Holy Spirit does reside “in him” — in every member of the royal family — but in this passage John is not teaching the indwelling of the Spirit. (1Co 6:19-20; Gal 3:2; Gal 4:6; Joh 7:37-39; Joh 14:16-17) The Spirit indwells the believer’s body, where He opposes the genetic old sin nature and seeks to fill and empower the soul. (Eph 5:18) We are permanently indwelled by the Spirit, even when we sin, (Rom 8:9) but we are filled with the Spirit only when residing in the bottom circle. Empowered by the infinite power of God the Holy Spirit, the agent of our eternal Salvation, we cannot sin inside the bottom circle, a status we first attain at the moment of Salvation. When anyone believes in Christ during the Church Age, he receives simultaneously — entirely unfelt and undetected — the baptism of God the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, and the filling of God the Holy Spirit. The baptism of God the Holy Spirit places us into union with Christ so that we share all He IS and all He has; this union makes us members of the royal family. Unique among believers in all dispensations, we are “in Christ,” identified with Christ forever. (Rom 16:7; 2Co 5:17) Like the baptism of God the Holy Spirit, which has eternal repercussions, the indwell­ing of God the Holy Spirit is also permanent. Never before has God the Holy Spirit permanently resided in the body of any believer, but from the moment of Salvation, God the third Person perpetually indwells the body of each member of the royal family. The finest believers, and all believers in between, are beneficiaries of this aspect of gate one — the body of every Christian is the temple of God the Holy Spirit. (1Co 6:19) just as in the pro­totype our Lord described His body as a temple. (Joh 2:19-21)


     The baptism and indwelling of the Spirit cannot be lost, but we close down the filling of the Spirit each time we succumb to temptation and decide to sin.

     And this is the message which we have heard from Him [Jesus Christ] and communicated to you, that God is light and in Him darkness does not exist. [No compromise of God’s system with Satan’s system] If we contend [Claim, assert, maintain] that we have fellowship with Him [God] and keep walking in darkness, [Living in carnality through sin, followed by continued function in Satan’s system] we lie and do not practice the Truth... If we con­tend that we have no sin, [No sin nature, the source of tempta­tion] we are deceiving ourselves and the Truth [Divine Thinking] is not in us... If we contend [When we have sinned] that we have not sinned, [Have not suc­cumbed to temptation, have not exited the bottom circle] we keep making Him [God] a liar, and His Word is not in us. (1Jn 1:5-10)

     Under His filling ministry God the Holy Spirit empowers, only when we reside in fellowship. We begin our Christian lives filled with God the Holy Spirit, but that initial filling is short-lived because we still possess volition and the old sin nature still resides in our bodies. (Rom 6:16-22; Rom 7:7-18; 1Jn 1:8)
     As the resident antagonist against the indwelling Holy Spirit, the old sin nature is Satan’s inside agent for distracting us from God’s game plan. (Joh 2:24-25; Gal 5:17) The sin nature is the source of temptation, but our volition is the source of sin. When the sin nature tempts us to commit a sin, we can resist the tempta­tion and remain filled with God the Holy Spirit. The Biblical Commands to resist temptation are incorporated into the Spiritual life at gate one.

     Submit therefore to God. [Stay in fellowship with God] Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [Be cut off from your sin nature] (Jas 4:7)

     No testing has caught up with you except the human kind; moreover, God is faithful who will not allow you to be tested beyond your capabilities, but with the testing He will also provide [Through Truth] the way of escape so that you may be able to endure it. (1Co 10:13)

     We can choose to resist temptation and remain in fellowship, or we can acquiesce to temptation and eject ourselves from God’s power system. Because no one can sin inside the filling of God the Holy Spirit, we exit when we choose to sin. We are still saved, still in the royal family of God, still in union with Christ, still indwelled by the Spirit, but we must return to God’s system. If we are outside, we can reenter through gate one just as we first entered at Salvation. God has given us the rebound technique, which restores us to the Divine system after we have sinned.

     If we acknowledge [Name, admit, confess] our sins, He [God the Father] is faithful and just so that He forgives us our sins [Known sins] and also cleanses us from all unright­eousness. [Unknown and forgotten sins] (1Jn 1:9)

     By acknowledging our sins privately to God, we restore the filling of God the Holy Spirit and once again reside in the sphere of Divine power. All Biblical Commands to recover from sin and resume our fellowship with God pertain to gate one. These Commands are variously phrased to emphasize different facets of the Doctrine. We are Commanded to “acknowledge our sins.” (Pro 1:23; Jas 5:16; Rev 3:3) “yield” ourselves to God, (Rom 6:13) “judge ourselves,” (1Co 11:31-32) “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,” (Heb 12:1) “put aside all filthiness,” (Jas 1:21) “be in subjection to the Father,” (Heb 12:9) “lay aside the old self,” (Eph 4:22) “present our bodies” (Rom 12:1-2) “make straight paths,” (Mat 3:3; Heb 12:13) “stand up again from out of death,” [Temporal death — Carnality] (Eph 5:14) and “lift up the hands that hang down.” (Heb 12:12)
Once we reenter the bottom circle through rebound, the pertinent Command then becomes “walk by means of the Spirit,” (Gal 5:16) the Command to advance Spiritually in the other gates of the system powered by the Energizer.

Gate Two, Basic Christian
Modus Operandi 


     Early in his Christian life the believer must learn the basics of God’s game plan. He must practice and master certain rudimentary skills until they become second nature to him. The new believer may not understand the system, but God has issued basic Commands and the believer must obey them. The Christian way of life begins with obedience, not with perfect understanding.
Gate two represents the routine procedure of the Christian way of life. Obe­dience to basic Doctrines in our daily lives keeps us in God’s system and creates and maintains ob­jectivity. (Looking at life, people, circumstances and self the way they are! not the way you “feel” they should be!) Gate two, the objectivity gate, is mandatory for the function of the other gates. (2Ti 1:7) The techniques of gate two are designed to sustain the daily discipline of Thinking with the Word of God, (Psa 1:2-3)
     The basic techniques of gate two go beyond rebound to include Thinking with Divine Promises (Rom 8:28-32) and exercising Impersonal love. (Rom 13:8) I will summarize the Principle of Thinking with Promises then define Impersonal love, which is essential to the dynamics of Christian integrity.
     Thinking with the Promises that God has given us eliminates fear, worry, and anxiety sins that cut off Divine Thinking. The immature believer can cling to Promises until he can learn enough Truth to fully understand God’s plan for his life. 

     Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. [Accurate] (Pro 3:5-6)

     And the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deut 31:8)

     Therefore, the LORD waits to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who wait for Him. (Isa 30:18)

     Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you. (1Pe 5:6-7)

     Promises enable the growing believer to enter the “peace of God which passes all understanding.” (Php 4:7) In this peace or “rest,” (Heb 4:1-3) he possesses the objectivity required to Think clearly and function in the other gates of the Divine system.
     Relying on the Promises of God is only the first step of the faith-rest drill, a three-step technique for applying Divine Thinking to life. A believer acquires the ability to utilize the entire faith-rest drill as he grows in Truth, but from the beginning of his Christian life he can latch on to Divine Promises and stabilize himself under pressure.
     The practice of Impersonal love also contributes to the new believer’s objec­tivity. An entire gate, gate six, is devoted to the Virtue of impersonal love, but at this point in gate two, Impersonal love becomes an issue and must be developed as a category of Doctrine.


     In John 15, where our Lord prophesied the coming of the New Covenant Spiritual life, He also identified Spiritual growth and maturity as the objective of the Divine plan! He emphasized that properly motivated Christian production results from Spiritual advance.  (We grow to be productive! We are not to be doing to grow! Production is a result of Spiritual growth!) Impersonal love is a category of Spiritual produc­tion and is essential for further growth.

     You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, [Reach Spiritual maturity] and that your fruit would remain, [Blessings in time and eternity] so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. (Joh 15:16)

     To illustrate mature production, Christ described effective prayer as the mature believer’s tremendous privilege to engage Divine power in personal or historical circumstances. Prayer is a weapon for the strong, not an expedient for the weak. Except for the rebound prayer, which restores the believer to the Divine power system, all effective prayer must be offered in fellowship with God. (Psa 66:18) Because the Father is the author of the Divine plan and designer of the Spiritual life, all prayer is addressed to God the Father, filled with God the Holy Spirit, in the name of Christ, who won our Salvation and pioneered the Christian way of life.

     God’s Commands for the royal family are classified as Commands for either residence or function. Residence in the bottom circle is exploited through function in the bottom circle. Rebound fulfills the Command to “reside in love,” (Joh 15:9) then in the strength of gate one, we generate Christian pro­duction as we “walk by means of love,” (Eph 5:2) obeying the functional Commands. Prayer is an example of a functional responsibility of every believer, (1Th 5:17) in the power of God the Holy Spirit, (Rom 8:26-27) the believer is given the privilege of bringing gratitude, intercessions, and personal petitions before the throne of grace. (Heb 4:16)
     A further definition of the “fruit” mentioned by our Lord in, (Joh 15:16) is found in, (Gal 5:22-23).

     The fruit of God the Holy Spirit is love, happiness, prosperity, stead­fastness, integrity, generosity, Doctrinal confidence, humil­ity, self-discipline. Against such things there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23)

From these two verses we learn that the believer’s production encompasses far more than just the overt fulfillment of Christian responsibilities — giving, prayer, witnessing, and service in the local church. These legitimate demonstrations of Christian service, when properly motivated, are the result of Spiritual growth, not the cause. Integrity comes first; service demands integrity. True Spiritual Thinking creates true motivation; true motivation creates true action, a right thing must be done in a right way! Christian production is the coordinated; interlocking function of all the gates in the Divine system empowered by God the Holy Spirit. (2Th 1:11) This takes time and function in fellowship with God. 

      Heading the list in, (Gal 5:22-23) love receives top billing because it is the title of God’s game plan. First Corinthians 13 shows that love is a system and states that love is the supreme Christian virtue.
     Now remain [Temporary Spiritual gifts are excluded] faith, hope, and love, these three, and the greatest of these is love. (1Co 13:13)
      Given to only a few believers in the pre-canon period of the New Covenant Church Age, temporary Spiritual gifts are gone; only the superior Virtues remain, which are available to all. The Virtues of faith, hope, and love are part of our permanent heritage as Spiritual aristocracy.
     Translated “faith,” the Greek noun pistis has a dual connotation. In its ob­jective sense pistis means “what is believed,” Truth. Never in any previous dispensation has Bible the Mind of Christ been committed to writing in a com­pleted canon of Scripture. Pistis also refers, as here, to the believer’s application of Divine Thoughts to experience, the faith-rest technique. Just as “faith” represents an entire system of applying the Word of God, so also “hope” is a system, which is derived from knowledge of God's Word. Hope is absolute confidence in future Divine provisions and blessings. (Rom 8:24-25) At each stage of a person’s life, he not only can enjoy the blessings he has but also can anticipate with assurance or “hope” for the blessings that will come with the next stage of growth. Thus, there are three hopes; together they trace an individual’s advance from being an unbeliever who anticipates Salvation, to becoming an immature believer who looks forward to super-grace blessings, to becoming a mature believer who eagerly awaits the eternal rewards of heaven. The fulfillment of each hope lays the foundation for the next hope. No matter how much God blesses us, we can always anticipate more!
     Both faith-rest and hope are subordinate systems that function within the larger sphere, the bottom circle. A believer can Think with Truth and advance from hope to hope to hope.

     Faith and hope depend on the Divine system, which empowers us to learn Spiritual Thoughts and sustain our Spiritual momentum. Virtue love is superior to either faith or hope because Virtue love is the characteristic Virtue of the entire Divine system. We will develop the full significance of this Virtue when we study the Doctrine of Virtue love in connec­tion with gates five and six of the Spiritual life.
     Even before the Church Age began, Christ encapsulated the entire Mosaic Law in two Commandments: to love God and to love man. (Mat 22:36-40) In the Spiritual life every gate involves Virtue love. In order to describe the basic exercise of Impersonal love in gate two, we must define the overall Concept of Virtue love. We must understand why it is the highest Christian Virtue and the Biblical designation for the Christian way of life. 


     In English as well as the Greek, “love” is a transitive verb; love takes both a subject and an object. The subject is the one who loves; the object is the one loved, the recipient of love. In the sentence I love you, “I” is the subject, and “you” is the object.
     This distinction between subject and object explains the two basic types of genuine Virtue love that exist. I have designated these two categories “Impersonal love” and “Personal love.” Impersonal love emphasizes the subject; personal love emphasizes the object. Impersonal love depends on the honor and integrity of the one who loves; personal love depends on the attractiveness, capacity, and response of the one who is loved.
By “Impersonal” I mean that this love does not require intimacy, friendliness, or even acquaintance with the object of love. A close relationship between subject and object may exist but is not necessary; Impersonal love is simply the consistent function of your own Spiritual life toward other people. Imper­sonal love can be directed toward friends, enemies, loved ones, strangers the attractive and or repulsive! in fact, toward the entire human race. (Luk 23:34) In contrast, Personal love requires that you know the object with some degree of intimacy. The object of Personal love must be attractive to you, share basic Divine Thoughts with you, and have capacity to love you in return. (Amos 3:3) Only a select few people qualify as objects of your Personal Esprit de corps love, whereas all mankind can be the object of your Impersonal love. Personal Esprit de corps love, is designed for interaction with a few; Impersonal love is designed to benefit the human race. Personal love is highly discriminating; Impersonal love is non-discriminating. Personal love is conditional; Impersonal love is unconditional. (With the condition we are in fellowship) Personal HUMAN love creates weaknesses. You bring your own problems into any personal relationship, but so does the one you love. The problems, shortcom­ings, and faults of two people are combined and multiplied by personal love. Your vulnerability to the influence of the one you love can spawn subjectivity and the mental attitude sins of jealousy, self-pity, and bitterness. Personal love in the human race is highly volatile, emotionally charged, and complicated with variables and unpredictables that personal love cannot control. Often turbulent and frustrating, Personal love is never stronger than the integrity of those in­volved. An enduring Personal Esprit de corps love depends on Impersonal love.
     Impersonal Virtue love is the integrity that alone can strengthen, stabilize, and perpetuate Personal love. The only variable in Impersonal love remains under your control: your own mental attitude. Whereas personal Human love may lead to com­promise of true norms and standards. Impersonal love for mankind is a result of your Personal love for God; (Mar 12:30-31) Personal love is often a distraction from what is most important, God's Word. Impersonal love is a problem-solver; Personal love can be a problem, if we use for anyone besides GOD ALONE!
I Love
Emphasizes subject
Demands integrity in subject
Requires no personal acquaintance
Directed toward all
Variables under control
Depends on Divine Thinking and The Spiritual life
Problem solver
You and or them
Emphasizes object
Demands attractiveness in object
Requires personal acquaintance
Directed toward few
Virtue dependent
Uncontrollable variables
Depends on Impersonal love
Problem maker

     In, (1Co 13:13) Divine Personal and Impersonal love are proclaimed the ultimate Christian Virtue. Impersonal love, furnishes the environment for faith and hope. Impersonal love is mandatory; Personal love is mandatory toward God ALONE; op­tional toward others. Certainly Personal love toward others is legitimate and potentially wonderful, but it is Virtue-dependent, hinging on the Virtue of Impersonal love, which represents the highest degree of integrity the soul can attain.
     A believer with Impersonal love does not rely on any person, circumstance, thing or self for strength and support; he is sustained by Divine Thinking in his own soul. No variables or unpredictables are involved except those controlled by his own self-determination. Based on his own right decisions over an extended period of time to learn and Think with the Mind of Christ, he can solve or cope with the problems of Personal Esprit de corps love toward members of the human race and maintain a marvelous relationship with another person, or he can be content alone. He functions consistently whether faced with hostility or admira­tion, antagonism or Personal love. His attitude of Impersonal love does not de­pend on emotional stimulation, reciprocation, or attraction. He cannot be manipulated by flattery or approbation. This is the genuine and honorable in­dependence of the believer who is Spiritually self-sustaining. He does not depend on the advice of others or on a pastor’s counseling; the Word of God in his own soul gives him the strength and wisdom to live his own life before the Lord. Although genuinely humble and teachable, he is not controlled by what anyone else thinks, says, or does. Impersonal love, generated in the believer’s soul no matter whom he encounters, is the only category of love that can fulfill the Divine Command to love all members of the human race!
     A new Commandment I give to you, that you [Virtue] love one another, even as I have [Virtue] loved you,  that you also love one another. (Joh 13:34)
     Some Christians are Virtuous, but then again others are among the most ar­rogant, self-righteous, boorish, obnoxious people on the face of the earth. Believers can have a background, personality, life-style or combination of interests that makes him utterly incompatible with you. Accord­ing to Divine Commands you must love ALL these believers and ALL believers must Think with the Mind of Christ. (1Co 1:10) Obviously your ex­clusive Personal love cannot be granted to rude, arrogant believers or to those with whom you have no rapport of Thought. Nor should you burn up your nervous energy trying to do the impossible — Personally love all Christians.
     The only love you can possess for most individuals is based, not on their weaknesses, idiosyncrasies, or incompatibility with you, but on the strength of your own Spiritual life. Through Impersonal love your attitude toward everyone will be basically the same, manifested in courtesy, thoughtfulness, sensitivity to the feelings of others, tolerance, and flexibility in nonessential areas of disagree­ment or dispute. Such attitudes can be consistently maintained toward any person, regardless of how incompatible your personalities or modus vivendi, (Way of life) may be. Virtue love is not condescending, hypocritical, or self-righteous.
      Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  (Rom 12:9)
      Impersonal love is not a stoic, artificial, emotionless facade, but rather a gracious attitude consistent with the Divine Thinking in your soul. The policy of Imper­sonal love is simply this: integrity toward all, no matter who or what they are. Through this attitude your Spiritual aristocracy is revealed as you honorably represent Christ in the devil’s world.
     Impersonal love must be directed not just toward other believers but toward unbelievers as well. You need not determine that a person is a Christian before you exhibit Virtue love. This explains God’s Commands that you love your neighbors — everyone in your peripheryand even your enemies. 

     You have heard that it was said, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (Mat 5:43-46)
     Personal love for another member of the human race is not a Virtue in itself but must rely on the true Virtue of Impersonal love. The Divine Command to love all mankind; Commands us to develop Virtue.
     With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Mat 19:26)

      In contrast to the advanced integrity of the Spiritually mature believer, basic Impersonal love at gate two of the Spiritual life is simply a relaxed mental attitude. Basic impersonal love is the absence of mental attitude sins toward those you know or do not know, toward friends or enemies.
     But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luk 6:27-28
     The believer who utilizes rebound to reenter gate one after he has sinned, but who then becomes arrogant, jealous, angry, petty, vindictive, afraid, or filled with self-pity or guilt, has again removed himself from the bottom circle. He has been tempted to sin and has acquiesced. This problem of chain sinning is solved by rebound and an immediate interlock with gate two. The relaxed mental attitude of basic Impersonal love insulates the believer against the temptations of the old sin nature. You must rebound and then start remembering Verses, Principles and Promises (Rom 8:28-32; Rom 14:13) or the lack of stability will continue! When (Gal 5:22-23) states that “the fruit of the Spirit is love,” some believers expect the fruit of the Spirit to appear, as if by magic, as soon as they rebound and regain the filling of the Spirit. When a feeling of love for all mankind does not materialize instantaneously, they assume that something is wrong with the rebound technique. They then resort to remorse, penance, self-effacement, or self-reproach in an attempt to deserve God’s forgiveness and feel restored to fellowship with Him. This common practice among immature Chris­tians is an exercise in futility. First, God forgives us because He IS perfect justice; (1Jn 1:9) the sin we confess in rebound was judged on the Cross. Second, we cannot earn forgiveness. Restoration to fellowship was earned for us by the only One who is qualified to earn it, the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who gave us His Own Spiritual life. Human works added to the work of Christ is blasphemous. (Eph 2:8-9) Third, we are instantly restored to fellowship — the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant Age is not related to feelings or emotion. We may feel wonderful or wretched and still be filled with God the Holy Spirit, just as we may have felt wonderful or wretched when we first believed in Christ yet we were still saved. Emotion is never the criterion of Spiritual status. (Rom 16:18)
     Fourth, the love designated as the fruit of the Spirit, is Personal love for God and Impersonal love for all mankind. We need not feel any kind of special inner warmth to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. (The Spiritual life) We must, however, avoid mental attitude sins in order to fulfill the Divine Command to “love one another.” Finally, even freedom from mental attitude sins is not automatic with rebound. God is faithful; (1Jn 1:9) rebound always works; we are always forgiven, cleansed, and free from mental attitude sins when we rebound. But our restoration to fellowship with God may last only a split second. We possess free will, and as soon as we rebound we can choose to sin again. At all times we are solely responsible for our own state of mind. We must interlock gate one with gate two as soon as we rebound, or we will be out of fellowship again. Consistent Impersonal love as the fruit of the Spirit requires us to be continually filled with God the Holy Spirit.

     Only our volition can resolve the problem of chain sinning. With rebound, the filling of God the Holy Spirit, and the application of Bible Doctrine, God has given us the power to break the momentum of consecutive sinning. Upon rebounding we must use Divine Thinking to resist the temptation to follow one sin with another. Hence, rebound has three stages.
First, we claim God’s rebound Promise by admitting our already-judged sins to Him. 
Second, we remember the Doctrine that, because of the Cross, we are completely restored to fellowship.
Third, we take control of the situation by forgetting that sin and moving on in the plan of God. 
     Claiming Promises, recalling a logical rationale, and reaching Doctrinal conclusions that enable us to take control of the situation constitute the three stages of the faith-rest drill. Faith-rest, which we will develop in greater detail in our study of gate four, and is an essential technique that adapts to rebound or any other practical application of God’s Word. The ability to avoid mental attitude sins comes from self-discipline in apply­ing the Doctrines we know. There is a pertinent Divine Spiritual thought to neutralize every men­tal attitude sin! Vindictiveness and implacability are dispelled by taking God at His word when He says, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay.” (Rom 12:19) Fear is removed by the Doctrine that “Since God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) Arrogance and self-righteousness are excluded when we remember that we are not appointed to judge other people. (Mat 7:1-2; Luk 6:37; Rom 2:1) And we are left with no cause for jealousy since our own blessings are sufficient and perfectly timed for our maximum benefit: we must concentrate on what we have, not on what we have not. (Mat 6:25-34)  
     Your love must be non-hypocritical; despise the evil, [In­cluding mental attitude sins] adhere to the good; [Stay in fellowship] with regard to your brotherly love, [Esprit de corps Virtue love] be devoted to each other. (Rom 12:9-10)     
     In place of mental attitude sins, Impersonal love insures the serenity of mind that lays the foundation for toleration, flexibility, courtesy, thoughtfulness, and discretion. These manifestations of integrity, demanded by the royal family honor code, become stronger and more constant as the believer advances in learning Truth under the power of God the Holy Spirit. (1Co 2:4-5) Divine Thinking in the soul is the raw material from which God the Holy Spirit manufactures the fruit of the Spirit. If you are negative toward Doctrinal teaching and refuse to store up God’s Word in your soul, the filling of God the Holy Spirit will be intermittent and will not pro­duce the characteristics of Spiritual maturity. In the absence of Spiritual Thoughts, the old sin nature dominates the inner, Spiritual conflict for control of the soul. By giving God's Thoughts first priority in your life, you rise above the pettiness that engenders mental at­titude sins, and you establish yourself in gate two of the love complex. God's Thoughts strengthen objectivity and sustains the relaxed mental attitude.  
     The perfect example of Impersonal love was the Lord Jesus Christ living in the original New Covenant Spiritual life. Since sin is impossible inside the love complex (1Jn 3:9) and Christ remained in the bottom circle throughout His Incarnation, (Joh 15:10) our Lord never committed a mental attitude sin. He never departed from His Impersonal love for all mankind, not even when being ridi­culed by arrogant scribes and Pharisees. (Mar 15:29-32) In addition to being our unique Savior, Jesus was also a man of matchless grace, courage, thoughtfulness, honor, and in­tegrity toward people and circumstances. He possessed a resolute, stabilized mental attitude. Indeed, He reached the first stage of Spiritual adulthood sometime before twelve years of age (Luk 2:40-52) so that His Virtue love rapidly exceeded the basic modus operandi, (Way of operating) of gate two of the love complex and became the functional Virtue of gate six.
     During His life on earth, the ultimate demonstration of Christ’s Impersonal love was His stalwart attitude throughout His trials and crucifixion. Certainly no one can duplicate His saving work, but Christ enjoins us to emulate toward others the attitude He sustained toward all of us when He acquiesced to the ordeal of unjust and discriminatory treatment at the hands of evil men. 
     When anyone loves father or mother [Personal love] more than Me, [Personal love for Christ, which motivates imper­sonal love for mankind] he is not worthy of Me. [He is not living in the New Covenant Spiritual life as Christ lived in the pro­totype] And when anyone does not take up his cross [Human old sin nature thoughts and desires] and follow Me, [Putting the Thinking and desires of Christ above our own thoughts and personal desires] he is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life [Human old sin nature life] will lose it, [As a believer; die the sin unto death] and he who has lost his life [Stops living in and by the old nature] for My sake will find it. [The New nature and life that appreciates God His Thoughts and Virtue] (Mat 10:37-39
     Christ does not suggest we stop loving our parents, exhort us to endure literal crucifixion, or teach us to place a premium on suffering. Only His suffering was efficacious — the self-flagellation of religion is an abomination. Instead, our Lord Commands us to obey the plan of God for our lives, setting aside every distrac­tion. For Him the plan of God required death on the Cross; for us the plan of God requires death to the old sin nature.
     Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal 5:24)
     The growing believer’s Impersonal love establishes his inner strength and separates him from people, organizations, and activities that would clutter his mind with false con­cepts, dissipate his time and energy, and interfere with his Spiritual progress. Taking up one’s cross occurs in the soul; it is mental separation from the influ­ences of the old sin nature and Satan’s world system. 
     Do not love the world [Satan’s world system] nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the [Virtue] love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1Jn 2:16

     Christ had been tortured and abused throughout the night in Jewish and Roman courts, but when He staggered from the Praetorium carrying that beam of wood on His lacerated back, He was neither a Jewish nor a Roman criminal. He was the perfect God-Man, the unique Person of the universe. He had been beaten and condemned to death by men who did not deserve to touch the hem of His robe. Throughout His seven trials He refused to utter obscenities or complain against His cruel and unfair treatment. When scourged, He “opened not His mouth.” (Act 8:32) Our Lord’s valiant courage under the most agonizing pressure is proof that the power of Impersonal love does triumph over evil.
     As Christ was nailed to the Cross, He saw around Him wicked men gloating over their apparent victory. Yet He did not lower Himself to their level by de­nouncing them. He functioned on His own honor and integrity. He did not react to their dishonor. (Luk 23:32-46) Christ remained free from all mental attitude sins even when God the Father, who loved Him and whom He loved, imputed to Him the sins of mankind and became His judge. The pain of Spiritual death and judgment was so excruciating to our perfect Savior that He screamed and kept screaming. (Psa 22:1) He had the power to end His ordeal at any moment, yet He remained on the Cross and bore the punishment until every human sin was paid for in full.
     As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. (Isa 53:11)
     When Christ was bearing our sins, no member of the human race deserved to be the object of His Personal love. Only Christ was impeccable; everyone else is a sinner and contributed to His agony on the Cross. Personal rapport with anyone was impossible, and He endured the Cross alone, in the strength of His Spiritual maturity; He took up His Cross, He switched from Personal to Impersonal love, mentally separating Him­self from the entire human race, including those He had Personal and Esprit de corps love with during His Incarnation. (Joh 19:25-27) Under Divine judgment Christ concentrated exclusively on the Word of God in His soul, and He Commands us to emulate His concentration on God’s Word and to remember Him and follow His example. (Heb 12:2-4)
     In the Communion service, or Eucharist, we focus our minds on Jesus Christ in a tribute, an auld lang syne, to the One we Personally love. (Luk 22:19) The bread represents the Person of Christ; the cup, His work of Salvation on the Cross. As we partake of the bread, we remember the Personal love of Christ: His love for the Father that motivated Him to obey God’s plan in every detail “unto death, even the death of the Cross.” (Php 2:8) As we partake of the cup, we concentrate on His Impersonal love: His integrity as He “endured the Cross, having disregarded [Thinking little of] the shame” of being imputed with the sins of ALL mankind and judged by the Father in our place. (Isa 53:10; 2Co 5:21; Rom 8:3; 1Jn 2:2) Impersonal love for all mankind, and Personal love for God, enabled Jesus to remain undaunted against those who were reviling and mocking Him, those who would never appreciate His saving work on their behalf, who would live out their lives in unbelief, die, and spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. He was fully aware of their arrogant and adamant hostility against Him, yet He died in their place without harboring a single mental attitude sin, without succumbing to the temptation to retaliate. (1Jn 2:2; 1Pe 2:22-23) Christ demonstrated a perfectly relaxed mental attitude as He operated on His in­ner resources of Truth even when the sins of Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Herod and the priests of the Sanhedrin came up for judgment on the Cross. Perhaps more startling to us, when the sins of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Tse-tung were imputed to Him and judged, Christ’s Impersonal love kept Him on the Cross without complaint. 

     When our Lord Commands, “Take up your cross and follow Me,” He means, “Develop Impersonal love. Live on the basis of your own integrity from the Word of Truth in your own soul. Do not let the pressures of life distract you from living according to God’s game plan.” By the order “take up your cross,” Christ is not advocating a martyr complex or self-sacrifice, as some Christians assume; He is advocating personal control of the old sin nature's thoughts and desires.
     And they went on to another village.  As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, "I will follow You wherever You go. And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. (Luk 9:57-58) (God's will must become more important than our human security. Luk 12:29-31)
     And He said to another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father. But He said to him, Allow the [Spiritually] dead to bury their own [Physically] dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God. (Luk 9:60) (God's will must also be more important than tradition, sentiment, or social acceptance. (Joh 15:19)
     Another also said, I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home. But Jesus said to him, No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luk 9:61-62) (Truth must be more important than what your family thinks you should do. (Luk 18:29-30) So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. (Luk 14:33)
     “If because of the Sabbath, (Heb 4:9-11) you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the rest a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; [Be a Spiritually mature believer] And I will feed you with the heritage [Mature Truth] of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isa 58:13-14)
     As members of the royal family of God, we are in the world but not of the world. Our Spiritual heritage is heavenly, not earthly, yet God preserves us alive in the devil’s world after Salvation to represent the absent Christ. God does not totally separate us from the devil’s kingdom but intends that we advance to Spiritual maturity and become imitators of God and ambassadors of Christ in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. (Eph 5:1; 2Co 5:20) God is glorified by our lives in the devil’s world when we can be prospered with phenomenal blessings of super-grace in the midst of the failures, pseudo-blessings, pseudo-happiness, and misery that characterize Satan’s counterfeit systems.
     The devil’s world has a pull greater than any force of gravity to draw the believer away from fellowship with God. Regardless of our dedication or altruism, we cannot improve Satan’s evil system; we can only avoid his in­fluence by opting for the power of God’s perfect system. God alone can successfully oppose evil. He will eradicate evil in His perfect time, but our human old sin good contributes nothing to the Divine plan. (Isa 64:6) Indeed, Satan sponsors human old sin nature good, and the old sin nature produces human good. The quickest road to evil is always through human old sin nature good. We must depend on Divine power, which alone produces intrinsic Divine good. (Rom 8:28)
     God’s purpose for our lives on earth requires that we mentally separate ourselves unto Him. As we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, we renew our minds with the Mind of Christ. (2Pe 1:2; Rom 12:2; 1Co 2:16)  Simultaneously we separate ourselves from satanic distractions that would swerve us away from God’s plan. Impersonal love, which depends on the subject, never the object, is the requisite attitude toward anyone or anything that would prevent us from fulfilling our Spiritual destiny. Impersonal love obeys the Divine Commands to avoid reversionism, (2Th 3:6-15; 2Ti 3:5; Heb 13:13) perversion, (1Co 5:10) emotionalism, (Rom 16:17) negative voli­tion, (Mat 10:34-40; 1Jn 2:15-17) social life, business, marriage etc., with carnal believers and unbelievers, (2Co 6:14) idolatry, (2Co 6:15-16) distracting social life, (1Pe 4:3-4) and crime. (Pro 1:10-19)
     We must separate ourselves from Satan’s nefarious, multifaceted systems, but always our emphasis must be separation unto God, not separation from the world. Each believer must stress the function of the Word of God in his own soul and his own Christian integrity, not the object he wishes to avoid. We must focus on Divine Thinking, not on the false thinking we intend to leave behind. In this manner we avoid the arrogance of self-righteous crusading, which itself is a subtle satanic trap. The proper Spiritual priority places God's Word before the influence of any personal relationship, even beneficial relationships. (Mat 10:37; Rom 12:1-3) As a result of Spiritual growth, we leave behind entanglements that would impede our continued advance. (2Ti 2:4) Loyalty to the Truth supersedes but does not eliminate loyalty to people and organizations. Separation means, first, to avoid distractions by switching from Personal to Impersonal love in mental separation. Then, only if necessary and if possible, physical separation is a drastic measure to avoid satanic influence by removing yourself from a relationship. In most cases mental separation is sufficient without the unwarranted major surgery of abruptly removing yourself from those who were once close friends, loved ones, or associates. If you retreat from every situation that puts pressure on you, you will be continually running from one problem to another without making any progress in the Christian life. Often pressure is designed to teach, and you accelerate your Spiritual growth by re­maining under pressure, exercising Impersonal love, and waiting on the Lord! Impersonal love insulates you from false influences, even when you are in their presence, while also eliminating instability, bitterness, hostility, malice, subjectivity, revenge, and arrogance. Impersonal love is not swayed by any relationship but continues to operate with capacity for life under all circumstances. Impersonal love is civilized separation, in contrast to the boorish, arrogant behavior of those Christians who call attention to themselves by self-righteously “taking a stand” against the world!

In designing the power system that would sustain Christ’s humanity on earth, God patterned Virtue love after His own Divine attribute of love.
     According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it. (Exodus 25:9)
The outside of the Tabernacle was plain leather ram's skins. (Heb 10:5; Exodus 36:19) (The Human body of Christ) 
     The Inside Pure Gold, Silver, Beauty. (Exodus 39:35-40) This is an illustration of the copy of God's Naturethe Spiritual life that Christ perfected by staying in fellowship and we reach Spiritual maturity by staying inside the same system!
     For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent Promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2Pe 1:4)
     We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. (1Jn 4:16-17)  
     God is much more than love. He is a Person; His essence consists of many attributes, all of which exist together in complete consistency and integrity. The function of one attribute never compromises any other. God’s love is perfect, but His love is also perfect in its relationship with His sovereignty, righteousness, justice, eternity, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, immutability, veracity, and all other characteristics of His essence, A case in point: God never blesses us on the basis of His love. God’s love motivates Him to prosper us, but any Divine blessing given to imperfect man must be compatible with God’s justice.
     Justice and righteousness are the two Divine attributes that directly influence all God’s blessings to us. Together these two attributes have been traditionally designated the holiness of God, (Isa 6:3) but holiness has become an obscure term. Integrity is a more definitive and meaningful word. Righteousness is the Principle of Divine integrity; justice is the function of Divine integrity.
     God’s justice is not an arbitrary or overhasty attribute but invariably operates according to the absolute standard of His perfect righteousness. What righteousness demands, justice executes: if righteousness disapproves, justice condemns; if righteousness approves, justice blesses. Hence, grace involves far more than “unmerited favor,” as grace is commonly defined. Grace is the policy of the justice of God for blessing mankind. 

     Since our sinful status at birth violates God’s Standards, He cannot treat us on the basis of His Personal love. Instead, every action that God takes toward sinful man must be endorsed by His justice to avoid compromising His righteousness. Because justice is the guardian of the essence of God, Divine justice, not Divine love, is man’s point of contact with God. Justice, not love, is the source of all Divine blessings. Toward us, Divine justice takes precedence over Divine love.
Under grace the justice of God has accomplished everything necessary to make us acceptable to His righteousness. This is the Doctrine of propitiation; (Rom 3:25; 1Jn 2:2, 1Jn 4:10) as the foundation for the Doctrine of justification. (Rom 3:28; 2Co 5:21) Propitiation means that on the Cross Jesus Christ satisfied the righteousness of God the Father on our behalf. Justification is the Doctrine that, at the moment we first believed in Christ, God credited to us His own absolute righteousness and declared us to be totally acceptable to His integrity! By imputing Divine righteousness to us, God has made our position so ab­solutely, eternally secure that He blesses us on the Principle of His impartial fairness. Divine righteousness, resident in us, deserves blessing! (Not Us) The approval to bless us has come from the most exalted authority, the supreme court of heaven. Nothing can overturn that decision. Divine righteousness in the essence of God gives approval for justice to bless Divine righteousness in us. This judicial verdict is executed by God’s absolute justice, which gives us the right blessings at the right time.
Timing is essential. Even when we are Spiritually mature, timing must be right. God has a plan for each believer’s life and knows each individual’s capaci­ty; too much prosperity at the wrong time can destroy a person more quickly than intense adversity. (1Co 10:13) Only through the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Thinking with Truth can we keep pace with God’s timing! In grace, therefore, God gives us every blessing that we have the capacity to receive and appreciate. He has already given us the means for developing capacity: Spirit & Truth. If grace were based on love instead of justice, God’s plan would be reduced to favoritism, maudlin sentimentality, and competition for Divine approval; the Spiritual life would become a hollow shell of superficiality. 


     When we understand God’s policy of grace, we are confident that when He prospers us His entire essence is involved, not just His love. Divine love does not and cannot function independently of His integrity. But the connection between God’s love and God’s integrity has escaped most Christians today. Tragically, believers have created God in their own image, ascribing to Him their own superficial, emotional love. The Bible tells us that God is love, but that does not imply that He is sentimental about us. He does not bless or reward us for our human good works or sincerity in wanting to please Him. These are man’s illu­sions, not God’s plan. God blesses us only according to His own game plan, and He disciplines us when we depart from His plan. God never changes: only man changes. Blessing or discipline from God perfectly reflects changes in man while the justice of God remains consistent. God is completely impartial; His standards are absolute; His love comes to us only by way of His integrity.

     God’s love, therefore, possesses all the strength of His integrity. Likewise, in fellowship, our Espirt de corps love for a few, derives its strength from our Spiritual maturity, and our Spiritual growth is demonstrated in our Impersonal love for all.

     Beloved, [Members of the royal family] let us love one another, [Impersonal love] for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1Jn 4:7)

     Love is from God because He is the source of Virtue love and because His love is the pattern for all genuine love. As John continues to explain Christian love, he specifies “everyone who loves,” referring to believers only, those to whom the epistle is written. Unbelievers are never addressed as “belov­ed.”

     Furthermore, everyone who loves [The believer’s Imper­sonal love] has been born from the source of God [Initial en­try into the bottom circle at the moment of Salvation] and has come to know God [Impersonal love is visible evidence of the believer’s Spiritual maturity. Jer 9:24] When anyone does not love, [With Virtue love] he has not come to know God, because God IS love. (1Jn 4:7-8)

     Capacity for Virtue love involves Spiritual Thought, emotion, physical and Spiritual expressions from Truth in the soul. Knowledge of Truth builds our integrity, which is our capacity for love, and orients us to the Reality of God’s essence. In God’s essence His attribute of love is the pattern for human love. God’s attribute of love shows us in terms of absolute, ultimate Reali­ty the difference between Impersonal and Personal love and the true superiority of Impersonal love. These distinctions are clarified by understanding the three categories of God’s love. His Personal love is classified according to its objects: Divine Personal love directed toward Himself, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the elect angels and humans that are going to be with him forever and toward His Thoughts and Virtue. 


God’s love for His Own essence explains (1Jn 4:8) “God is love.” Only God is said to be love. We may love someone or something or may be in love, but we never are love. Human love is always related to an object. “God IS love” means not only that His love is an attribute of His essence, an integral part of Who and What He IS, and that Divine love is the quintessence of love, but also that His love does not require an object. Before God created the universe, He loved just as He loves today and will love forever. God is immutable and eternal, and as an attribute of His perfect Divine essence, His love always existed. We may or may not have capacity to love, depending on our integrity. Our love for another person can grow or disappear. We can fall in or out of love, but God does not. Our love fluctuates; His does not. God’s love remains eternal and changeless because He is eternal and changeless. Changes in us do not create changes in God’s love. His love does not depend on us or any other object.
     God’s integrity supports and guarantees His love, but His love also is directed toward His own integrity. This tremendous inner affinity within the attributes of God is expressed in the statement that God IS love. He loves Who and what He IS. God perfectly fulfills His Own uncompromising Standards; therefore, He loves His Own righteousness and justice. (Psa 11:7; Psa 33:5; Psa 37:28)
     In man, total self-love is arrogance because we are imperfect and sinful; in God, total self-love is legitimate because He is absolutely worthy. God would compromise His integrity if He loved anything less than perfection, (As with the believers personal love) but He would also be compromised if He failed to love what is perfect, His Own essence. If God did not love Himself, there would be no reason for us to love Him, but when we share His Thinking we come to share His Own respect and love for Himself!

     Remember the former things long past,
For I am God and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning
And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, “My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” (Isa 46:9-10)

     God knows Himself to be beyond comparison with any other being, and in the interest of absolute Truth He claims all glory for Himself. The purpose of God’s game plan is His Own glorification through blessing us. Indeed, only omnipotent God is capable of glorifying Himself as He deserves, which explains why human old sin nature good is unacceptable to God. (Psa 39:5) Our residence and function inside His power system enables God to demonstrate the utter superiority of His Divine nature the Spiritual life in us and to be glorified to the maximum in our lives.


     God exists in three separate and distinct personalities, each having identical Divine attributes from eternity past: the Father, (1Co 8:6; Eph 1:3) the Son, (Joh 10:30; Joh 14:9; Col 2:9) and the Holy Spirit (Isa 11:2; Exodus 31:3; Act 28:25; Pro 1:23) The Godhead is One in essence, Three in Personality (Isa 6:8-9) We have been created in the Image of God. Body, Soul and Spirit, and these three are one! As believers we share His Body Soul and Spirit!

     So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members’ one of another. (Rom 12:5)

     He who does not love Me does not keep My Words; and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. (Joh 14:24)

     But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Gal 5:22)

     Our body has life, our soul has life, and our spirit has life, and they are one! (1Th 5:23) When the essence of God is in view, God is said to be One; (Deut 32:39) when the individual Members of the Godhead are in view, God is said to be Three! (Luk 3:22; 2Co 13:14) The Doctrine of the Trinity introduces a distinction in describing God’s love: God’s love for God is both subjective and objective. God’s subjective love is the love of each Member of the Trinity for His Own integrity. God’s objective love is each Person’s love for the equal integrity of the other two Members of the Trinity. This means that God the Father subjectively loves His Own righteousness and justice with maximum love, but since God the Son and God the Holy Spirit possess identical righteousness and justice, He also loves them with maximum objective love. Likewise, the Son loves His own in­tegrity as a matter of subjective love and loves the integrity of the Father and the Holy Spirit with objective love. So also, the Spirit loves Himself subjectively and loves the Father and the Son objectively. Subjectivity is different in God than in man. The attributes of God’s essence guarantee that God’s subjective Thinking is perfect, just as His objective Thinking is perfect. In human beings subjectivity is a breeding ground for evil. A subjec­tive person, whether believer or unbeliever, is preoccupied with himself. Sub­jectivity cuts him off from God’s game plan. Therefore, the self-occupied person is arrogantly divorced from Divine Reality and in opposition to the Truth. God is the author of Reality, the designer of the Spiritual life which is patterned after His Nature. God IS Truth! (Joh 14:6; 1Jn 5:6)

     We can learn Truth and Think with Truth, but God IS Truth. We comprehend Truth in three categories: the Divine laws of establishment, the Gospel, and Bible Doc­trines. Every category of Truth is an aspect of God’s perfect purpose and design. The Divine decrees, through which God established the existence of every detail of Reality, are based on all the attributes of Who and What He IS, which He has objectively revealed in the written canon of Scripture. God’s Veracity guarantees His absolute freedom from compromise, contradiction, or falsehood in all He Thinks, says, or does. (Deut 32:4) His omniscience knows all things from eternity past, throughout history, and forever. His knowledge is not restricted, nor is His span of concentration limited, as is ours. Concentration is a human attribute, but God never needs to exclude one subject in order to focus on another. He is constantly occupied with all things at once! He cannot be distracted, lose His perspective, or become divorced from Reality. Since He is a Person, God is conscious of Himself, and when He Thinks about Himself, as He always does, He is Thinking the Truth. God’s subjectivity is legitimate, necessary, and perfect, just as His self-love is legitimate, necessary, and perfect.

     God’s love for God is subjectively internal within the essence of each Member of the Godhead and objectively external between the Members of the Godhead. This establishes the pattern of Virtue love as a transitive verb with a subject and an object. At the absolute source of love, both the subject and the object are equal. Both are God. This love relationship between the three Members of the Trinity is the most exclusive relationship in the universe. The entry requirements are infinite, absolute and perfect — impossible for sinful man to meet. As fallen mankind we simply do not qualify for the same love that the Members of the Trinity merit. Our beggarly human old sin nature morality, by which we attempt to please God, is not only a blasphemous insult to His superior Standards but is an arrogant attempt to in­trude on God’s Virtue love and God’s plan. No wonder the Scriptures say, “By grace are you saved... not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) No wonder we are dependent on the interlocking system of Virtue love, the system of power that God has ordained. We have no entrance with God apart from the system He has given us!


The second category of Divine love is directed outside the Godhead toward imperfect man. As in God’s love for God, Divine integrity is involved, except that now the integrity resides only in the subject, not in the object of love. Hence, God’s love for man is classified as Divine Impersonal love and, toward those who fulfill His plan by staying in fellowship, Divine Personal esprit de corps love. This further establishes the pattern for Virtue love, inside the Divine dynasphere. Divine Impersonal love emphasizes the subject; Divine personal love emphasizes the object. Divine Impersonal love emphasizes the integrity of God; Divine personal love emphasizes the Spiritual condition and positive volition of the object. Divine Impersonal love is uncondi­tional, directed toward all; Divine Personal love is conditional, directed toward the few who execute God’s game plan (Rom 9:13; Act 26:17-18)

Divine Impersonal Love
 Divine Esprit de corps Personal Love

Emphasizes subject
Integrity of God

Toward all

Emphasizes object
Positive volition of man
Toward a few
The criterion for God’s Virtue love, both Impersonal and Personal, is always His Own absolute integrity: He loves only what His righteousness approves. Each Person of the Godhead loves absolute Divine righteousness, but how can God direct that same love toward imperfect human beings whom His perfect righteousness rejects and His justice has condemned? God cannot compromise any Divine standard without destroying His integri­ty. If His integrity is destroyed, so is His love. This is a critical issue for man to understand. God cannot be God if He loves the unworthy, yet He is said to love all mankind, (Joh 3:16) whom He condemns at birth. (Rom 5:19) The solution is found in Divine Impersonal love, which depends exclusively on the absolute character of God. Perfect God can create only that which is perfect. When He created Adam and the woman, the human race was a fitting object for Divine Personal love. As perfect humanity Adam was not equal with God, but neither did he violate God’s integrity. No conflict with Divine righteousness and justice existed with man in the perfection of the Garden, with the result that Divine love was God’s point of contact with man. Adam and the woman were blessed from God’s love rather than from His justice. Grace is the policy of God’s justice in blessing sinful man, but man had not yet sinned. There was no need for grace until the Fall of man. (It was just God's good pleasure to do so. Php 2:13)
     When Adam chose to sin, God condemned him. Divine justice, the executor of Divine righteousness, became God’s point of contact with man in place of Divine love. The emphasis in God’s relationship with Adam shifted from the ob­ject, man, to the subject, God, whose righteousness and justice are absolute, immutable, and eternally worthy of Divine love. At the Fall of man, God switched from Divine Personal love to Divine Impersonal love. Divine Impersonal love never relies on the merit of its object. Instead, the integrity of the subject established grace as an entirely new Divine policy, under which the justice of God initiated a plan to save fallen man. 
     For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him. (Joh 3:17
     ...Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved... (Act 16:31)  
     Can perfect God love imperfect, condemned, depraved, unregenerate man? Yes, but only with Impersonal love. We are born Spiritually dead because of Adam’s Fall, (Rom 5:12) but from the moment of physical birth every human being is the beneficiary of the integrity of God. Our lack of merit does not pre­vent God from designing and executing a plan to save us without violating His own Standards. Under the Principle of grace before judgment, God delays final judgment to permit us the opportunity to believe in Christ and receive eternal life.  
     Or do you disparage [By maliciously judging each other] the riches of His generosity [God’s Impersonal love, His “kind­ness” to man based solely on His Own integrity] and clemen­cy [Delay in judgment] and patience, [His consistency regardless of our recalcitrance] not knowing that the kind­ness of God brings you to a change of mind. (Rom 2:4)  
     God delayed mankind’s final judgment so that He could extend to us His kindness, and Virtue love. An impassable barrier stood between man and God.

     God cannot tolerate sin (Rom 3:23; Jer 17:9) He cannot cancel the penalty of sin; (Rom 6:23) nor can He ignore the problem of our physical birth and Spiritual death. (Eph 2:1) Our position in Adam, which makes us objects of Divine condemnation, and we by ourselves cannot suddenly become pleasing to God. (1Co 15:22) God’s absolute righteousness can never accept our relative righteousness, (Isa 64:6; Rom 9:30-33) nor can any attribute of God’s essence be compromised. (Isa 46:9; Rom 8:8; 1Ti 6:16) This barrier was removed by the work of Christ on the Cross so that only the Cross now stands between man and God. Only one issue remains: our volition. God cannot force our free will without compromising His integrity; He cannot arbitrarily save us. We must freely believe in Christ to be saved and avoid the Last Judgment. (Joh 3:18)
     If God preempted our volition in Salvation, He would destroy His own plan. He would cancel the very purpose of THE EARTH: that each individual might choose to have a personal relationship with Him. Therefore, in Impersonal love God does everything except make the decision for us! Positive volition is the only missing link, the only factor needed to complete our reconciliation with God. We are born totally abhorrent to God, but a single decision of non-meritorious faith in Christ closes the gap and establishes us as God’s beloved sons forever. The mechanics of Salvation demonstrate the tremendous scope of God’s Impersonal love, the absolute “riches of His generosity.” Without violating His integrity or relying on the unworthy objects of His Impersonal love, God marshaled all His infinite genius and power for our advantage, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” [A change of mind concerning the Word of Truth] (2Pe 3:9) 


     God has provided everything for the eternal Salvation of every unbeliever and the maximum prosperity of every believer in both time and eternity. If an unbeliever rejects God’s saving grace, he remains the object of only Divine Im­personal love until he dies, when the delay in judgment runs out. (Heb 10:27) When the unbeliever accepts the work of Christ, he becomes the object of Divine Personal love just as Adam was the object of God’s Personal love in the Garden. But God’s plan for the royal family gives us a higher position after Salvation than Adam enjoyed before the Fall. God’s game plan is to make us like His Son. (Heb 2:10-11) This is the Doctrine of sanctification.
     Sanctification is a technical, Theological term that refers only to the royal family. (1Co 1:2; 1Co 1:30) Heb 10:19-20) We are set apart as sacred or consecrated to God; we belong to God under a unique, eternal con­tract. Faith in Christ affixes our signature to a royal contract under which we share the sanctification of Jesus Christ, the “Holy One from God.” (Luk 4:34; Joh 6:69) The death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session of Christ fulfilled and therefore abrogated the old contract or Old Testament of the Mosaic Law. (Rom 10:4; Gal 4:4-5) We live under a new grace contract, the New Testament, which we fulfill in fellowship with God. (Gal 5:14-25)
     Sanctification is accomplished in three phases: positional, experiential, and ultimate. At the moment of faith in Christ, the believer is placed into union with Christ positional sanctification and retroactive positional death. (1Th 5:23; Rom 6:3) As the believer functions in Christ’s Spiritual life and acquires the Mind of Christ, he reaches Spiritual maturity experiential sanctification and experiential death. (Joh 12:24-26; Joh 17:17) And in heaven the believer receives a body like Christ’s resurrection body ultimate sanctification and ultimate death to the old sin nature. (1Jn 3:2; 1Co 15:53-54)
     This plan is based on God’s integrity and the work of Christ, not on any merit in the human race. We are the beneficiaries of God’s plan. God loves us because of Who and What He IS, because of the provisions He has made, because on the Cross His justice fulfilled the demands of His righteousness. This is grace! After Salvation the justice of God remains the source of all our blessings. We were saved by grace; we are always under grace, whether objects of God’s Im­personal love or objects of His Personal love.
     In each phase of God’s plan — phase one, Salvation; phase two, the believer in time; or phase three, the believer in eternity — a different category of people is specified. All members of each category receive Divine Impersonal love; a few in each group qualify for Divine Personal love by obeying God’s will.

God’s Impersonal Love for the All
God’s Personal
Love for the Few
Unlimited Atonement
Imputed Righteousness
Believer on Earth
Logistical Grace
Believer in Heaven
Resurrection Body
Eternal Rewards

     In phase one God offers Salvation to all mankind from His Impersonal love, but only the few accept Christ as Savior and come under God’s Personal love. In phase two all believers on earth are sustained and protected by God’s logistical grace from His Impersonal love, but only the few utilize logistical grace, advance to maturity, and become recipients of super-grace blessings motivated by His Personal love. In phase three all believers in heaven possess the resurrection body, but only the few receive special rewards, decorations, and honors as the most eminent eternal aristocrats.  
     The category in view in phase one of God’s plan is the entire human race. The Doctrine of unlimited atonement declares that Christ died for all mankind. (Rom 5:6; 2Co 5:15; 1Ti 2:6; 1Ti 4:10; Tit 2:11; Heb 2:9)     
     And He [Jesus Christ] is the propitiation [He satisfied God the Father] for our sins, and not ours only, but also for the entire world. (1Jn 2:2
     For God so loved the world [With Divine Impersonal love] that He gave His uniquely-born Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (Joh 3:16
     God manifests Impersonal love toward everyone He imputed human life to, evil men, like Stalin and Hitler, and presented them with repeated occasions to be saved. (Rom 11:32; 2Pe 3:9) The Cross is a conditional possibility for ALL. In contrast, God reserves His Personal love for only those few who believe in Christ and thus fulfill the conditions of the Gospel. In each generation a different proportion of all living people will trust in Christ, but those few, whatever their number, are the objects of Divine Personal love with reference to phase one.
     The work of Salvation exacted a terrible price, the Spiritual death and judgment of Christ on the Cross. No unbeliever has ever earned or deserved Salvation, but if God has accomplished the most for those He Impersonally loves, He can do only much more than the most, for those special few He Personally loves. God im­puted all man’s sins to Christ on the Cross in behalf of the entire human race, but God goes much farther for those who believe in Christ: to them He imputes Divine righteousness.
     One of the most remarkable Bible Doctrines is that God credits His Own righteousness to every believer. We possess forever the very Principle and Stan­dard of God’s integrity, the quality that God has respected, honored, and loved throughout all His eternal existence. We could receive no more valuable or significant blessing. Now the same phenomenal love that has always existed be­tween the Members of the Trinity is directed toward us. God loves His own righteousness; He has given us His righteousness; therefore, He loves us! 
     He [God the Father] made Him [Christ] who knew no sin [Impeccable in the Spiritual life] to be sin on our behalf, [The judgment of all human sins in Christ] that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2Co 5:21
     For by one man’s disobedience [Adam’s original sin] many [The entire human race] were made sinners, so by the obe­dience of the One [Christ submitting to the Spiritual death and judgment of the Cross] shall many be made righteous. [Imputed righteousness at Salvation] (Rom 5:19)
      And he [Abraham] had believed in the Lord, and He [The Lord] counted it to him for righteousness. [Abraham received God’s righteousness at the moment of Salvation] (Gen 15:6) 
     So I stand convinced that neither death nor life, neither demons nor rulers of demons, neither present things nor future things, neither powers, neither height [Nothing in heaven] nor depth [Nothing in hell] nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [In union with Christ we share His righteousness] (Rom 8:38-39)
     As Spiritual royalty each believer possesses a double portion of Divine righteousness. The righteousness of God the Father is imputed to us at Salvation, as it is to every believer of all other dispensations. (Gen 15:6) But we also share the righteousness of God the Son through our royal position in union with Christ. (2Co 5:21) We are included in the dynamics of “God is love,” not because of who and what we are, but because of Who and What God IS, because of His integrity! 


     After Salvation the imputed righteousness of God becomes the home or target for Divine blessings that exceed Salvation itself. This Principle does not diminish God’s matchless grace in saving us but reveals His infinite capacity for prospering those He Personally  loves. God’s capacity never changes, but He can do far more for His sons than for His enemies. (Rom 5:10) Imputed righteous­ness creates in us a potential for blessings that never exists in the unbeliever. As a result Divine blessings after Salvation can be greater than Salvation itself because they are easier for God to give.
     This is the Doctrine that motivates the advancing believer to persist in learn­ing God’s Word. As he makes the transition from ignorance to cognizance of Divine Thinking, the believer creates in his soul capacity for blessings. The believer’s capability to receive and appreciate Divine grace enables God to prosper him without distracting him and halting his Spiritual momentum. Capacity from Truth in the soul is the missing link that converts potential for blessings into Reality. The growing believer anchors his hope or confidence in the knowledge that, far more than his first entrance into the Spiritual life at Salvation, his life in gate eight will glorify Christ and result in maximum blessing and impact. The Principle of greater grace after Salvation (Jas 4:6) is expressed by Paul in the words “much more” and “abundance of grace.”  
     For if by the transgression of the one, [Adam’s original sin] [Spiritual] death ruled through the one, [And it did; we are all condemned at birth for Adam’s sin] much more they [Spiritually Mature believers] who receive in life the abundance of grace [Super-grace blessings in phase two from the justice of God] and the gift of righteousness [Experiential righteousness as the target in us for super-grace blessings] shall reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. [Now; by living in fellowship, we will reign over our old sin nature] (Rom 5:17
     The goal is experiential death, to reign over the sin nature now! (Mat 26:38-39; Then we will reign with Christ in eternity! (Rev 3:21) This is what it means to overcome. Christ did not have a sin nature, but was tempted far beyond anything we can imagine! (Heb 4:15) On the cross Satan tempted our LORD using the minds of the chief priests, the elders the rulers, the people, the scribes the soldiers and the criminals. It was foretold what they would say!
     All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver Him; Let Him rescue Him, because He delights in Him. (Psa 22:7-8)
     Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. (Mar 15:29)
     In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, I am the Son of God. The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words. (Mat 27:41-44)
     And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One. The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself! Now there was also an inscription above Him, "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us! (Luk 23:35-39)  
     For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, [Die the sin unto death] but whoever loses his life [Puts God's Thoughts above our own] for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? (The Thinking and Virtue of Christ's Nature completed in us!) (Mar 8:36)
     By imputing to us Divine righteousness, God has constructed a grace pipeline down which, in His perfect timing, He can pour all the blessings we have the capacity to receive. (Job 1:21) With Divine justice as the source and im­puted Divine righteousness as the target. The grace pipeline is perfectly in­sulated or encapsulated by the integrity of God. The encapsulated pipeline seals out all human merit because man’s relative righteousness falls short of God’s absolute righteousness; and would create a weak link in the plan of God. Human old sin nature good is abhorrent to God. (Isa 64:6) He never blesses us because of our sincerity, personality, talent, intelligence, per­sonal sacrifice, diligence, social action, tithing or emotionalism. Genetically acquired advantages are ultimately a gift from God, and the opportunities to ex­ploit advantages or overcome disadvantages are also a Divine gift. We cannot take credit for grace and demand that God prosper us for what He Himself has accomplished! Nor does legitimate Christian service, prayer, witnessing or giv­ing qualify us for Divine blessings. Honorable Christian activities are in themselves blessings and privileges, not the cause but a result of Spiritual growth; they are Divinely afforded opportunities to express our love for God, which itself is a result of growth. (Joh 15:5) Even morality is excluded from the grace pipeline. Old sin nature morality exists between members of the human race, but no human action, not even the most meritorious, has any credit with God! (Jer 17:5) Divine justice can bless only Divine righteousness. (2Pe 1:1-4) The encapsulated grace pipeline prevents all possibility of com­promise to the essence of God while excluding all human self-righteousness. (Tit 3:5-7) God is never impressed with what we do; only we are impressed with what we do. (Pro 18:2) God pours blessings through the grace pipeline to every believer in phase two of His plan, but, as in phase one, a distinction exists between objects of Divine Impersonal and Personal love. Phase two includes all believers alive on earth. All members of this category experience Divine Impersonal love through His ceaseless logistical support, but only the few who persist in the Spiritual life become objects of Divine Personal love with capacity for super-grace prosperity.
     Divine Personal love remains constant toward imputed righteousness in all believers, but in the Christian life, God’s integrity continually evaluates believers for blessing or cursing. Volition remains an issue. Even while He disciplines the reversionistic believer, God faithfully supplies all the necessities of life, just as He unfailingly supports the Spiritually mature believer — while also enriching him with super-grace. Certain basic blessings are poured out to all believers; special additional blessings are reserved for the few.                                             


Logistical grace, imputed by the justice of God to the righteousness of God in each believer, includes four interrelated categories of blessings.  

1. Life support keeps the believer alive until the moment God has decided to call him home. (Psa 68:19-20
2. Temporal supply furnishes such necessities as air, food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. (Mat 6:11; Mat 6:25-34
3. Security provisions protect the believer amid the hazards of the devil’s world. (Heb 1:14; Rom 13:4)
 4.      Spiritual provisions enable every believer to learn God's Word and grow to Spiritual maturity regardless of human IQ, background, or environment. (Mat 4:4; Joh 17:17)

     No matter how you fail or succeed, God will never abandon you. (Heb 13:5-6) Wherever you go, whatever you do, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ you will always be supported by the power and Impersonal love of God, for “underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deut 33:27) When the need is greatest, the Lord is nearest. (Psa 46:1; Php 4:19)

     The Lord is the One shepherding me. I cannot lack for anything. (Psa 23:1

     This [God's Word] I recall to mind; therefore, I have hope. [Confidence concerning phase two] the Lord’s grace functions never cease, [Logistical grace] for His compassions [Divine Impersonal love] never fail; they are renewed every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. [Divine integrity] The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore, I have hope [Confidence] in Him. The Lord is good [Super-grace blessings in phase two] to those who wait on Him, to the soul who seeks Him! (Lam 3:21-25

     In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus illustrated God’s generosity toward even the most undeserving believer by showing that every common sparrow and lily of the field receives the equivalent of logistical grace. 

     Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? (Mat 6:26)

     Logistical grace is supplied to all believers, in sufficient, though unequal, quantities to enable them to advance to gate eight of the Spiritual life. Equality is never the issue; neither envy of those with more, nor haughtiness toward those with less, has any place in God’s game plan. What matters is, how you use the grace God has given you. The Spiritual life itself is the epitome of logistical grace. All receive the Spiritual life; few utilize its power. Every believer in phase two has resolved the issue of Salvation and constant­ly receives logistical grace, but many Christians fail to progress beyond salva­tion!

     But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, (Believers who reached Spiritual maturity) then the tares (Carnal believers) became evident also. (Mat 13:26Mature believers (Virgins) (Rev 14:4-5) are invited to the marriage supper, (Rev 19:7-9) and are reaped for the wedding. (Rev 14:14-16) The bride is the Spiritually mature believers from every dispensation. (Heb 11:6; Heb 11:33-40; Psa 45:9-17) Carnal believers living during the tribulation are gathered and put into the wine press, (Rev 14:17-20; Joe 3:11-17 ) and will not get into the wedding, (Mat 25:1-13) Mature believers receive 30, 60 & 100 fold, in rewards. (Mat 13:23) Carnal believers receive a few lashes, many lashes, (Luk 12:45-48) or are thrown into outer darkness, (Mat 24:50-51; Mat 22:12-14)
     Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. (Believers!) These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:11-13)

     Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. (2Pe 2:15-17)

     At the Second Advent all unbelievers and believers who received the mark of The Beast are killed by His sword and go to Hades until the end of the Millennium and then go to the lake of fire! (Rev 14:9-12; Rev 19:20-21) The millennium is started by the protected believers. (Rev 12:6)

     Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. (Believers!) (Php 3:19; 1Jn 2:28) Those who have insight [Spiritual maturity] will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, [Salvation and Spiritual Maturity] like the stars forever and ever. But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase. (Dan 12:1-4)

     So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Mal 3:18)

     But grow by means of grace [Logistical grace] and by means of the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. [Logistical grace supplies Truth for the believer’s Spiritual momen­tum] (2Pe 3:18)


     Divine justice is impartial; God’s game plan succeeds for anyone who exe­cutes its Commands. God imputes the “much more” abundance of grace, (Rom 5:17) or greater grace, (Jas 4:6) to any believer who exploits Divine logistics. In any generation relatively few believers take advantage of their Spiritual roy­alty, “grow by means of grace,” and live as true Spiritual aristocrats. Only a few establish the correct scale of values with the Word of Truth as first priority, refuse to be distracted from staying in fellowship and maintain their momentum to gate eight. But these few believers become the objects of God’s Personal love.
Only Christ has ever remained perpetually inside the Prototype Spiritual life, but those Christians who grow until they spend the majority of their time in the Divine power system become the objects of Divine Personal love. Thousands of decisions are required: to rebound whenever necessary, to persist daily in learn­ing the Word of God, to Think with God's Thoughts as opportunities develop. (Php 2:12-16) Perception of Truth is constant, a daily habit; application varies with circumstances. The Spiritually mature believer has not attained sinless perfection, but by his consistent good Decisions he has established a trend of relying on God’s power — the filling of God the Holy Spirit, and God's Thoughts, The Mind of Christ!

Spiritual maturity consists of six categories of special blessings. 

1. Spiritual blessings are the inherent reward of Virtue directed toward God. The Virtues of confidence, worship, and Personal love toward God give the believer strength and happiness, while motivating the Virtues of courage, Virtue morality, and Impersonal love toward man!

           Motivation VS. Function
Personal love toward God = Impersonal love toward man
Confidence in God = Courage toward man
Worship toward God = Virtue moral­ity toward man, self, things and circumstances. (1Jn 4:20; 1Jn 4:18; 1Jn 3:16)

2. Temporal blessings are designed uniquely for each mature believer. God gives the right blessings at the right time, which may include wealth, success, promotion, mental and cultural enrichment, leadership dynamics, improved health. (1Pe 5:6-7)

3. Blessing by association overflow to family, friends, and associates as God prospers the super-grace believer through blessing those in his periphery. (Eccles 9:14-15)

4. Historical impact is blessing by association extended to the believer’s community, state and nation. Jesus Christ con­trols history for the purpose of protecting and blessing those who love Him. (Lev 26:3-13)

5. Undeserved suffering demands intensified application of Truth, accelerating Spiritual growth and increasing the believer’s appreciation of the Lord. (Rom 8:17-18

6. Dying grace is the mature believer’s final, glorious ex­perience of Divine grace on earth. (Psa 116:15) With super­natural tranquility and eager anticipation, the “friend of God” (Joh 15:14) crosses the high golden bridge from the blessings of time to greater blessings in eternity.   

     Spiritual blessings give capacity for all the others. Spiritual blessings in­clude sharing the Happiness of God, capacity for life and love, a total apprecia­tion for God and His Word! He has an unlimited capacity for Love (Fellowship) and Truth! (Psa 84:10) As our capacity increases God is free to give more and more! If God doubled His blessings every day (And He Does!) through eternity! We will never even start to tap the infinite capacity of God! (Luk 8:18) Amazing! (Song 2:16; Song 5:16) Also the ability to handle disaster, the ability to interpret contemporary history, freedom from slavery to the details of life, (Money, sex, social Life, entertainment, material things,) adaptability to change, and a sense of security from knowing the plan of God for your life! Based on these Spiritual blessings at gate eight of the love complex, God can then give the five additional categories of blessings.


     In phase three of God’s plan, every Spiritually mature believer resides in heaven forever. In this category of mankind, the objects of Divine Impersonal love are again distinguished from objects of Divine Personal love. All believers in heaven receive a resurrection body, (1Co 15:43, 1Co 15:53; 1Jn 3:2) but only the few receive special rewards. In heaven as on earth, Divine Impersonal love is unconditional; every believer receives ultimate sanctification. But Divine Personal love is conditional, depending on how we utilized God’s grace provi­sions on earth. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, our Lord as judge will recognize those who attained Spiritual maturity on earth. (Joh 5:22, Joh 5:27; 1Co 3:11-14) Their positive volition will have permitted God to glorify Christ by imputing super-grace blessings to them in the devil’s world. The perfect, just pronouncement of the Lord Jesus Christ will be to multiply those wonderful blessings into still greater rewards in heaven. (Mat 13:11-12; Rev 2:17) These surpassing grace rewards will glorify, the Lord to the maximum throughout all eternity.
Believers will be rewarded in eternity in proportion to their Divine blessings in time. There is no equality in time; there will be no equality in eternity! God designed man to be free, not equal, and each believer will be rewarded according to the sum total of his freewill decisions for or against the Spiritual Life! There are now on earth and always will be in heaven degrees of Divine blessings according to the individual’s execution of God’s game plan. There are no degrees of Divine Impersonal love because God’s Impersonal love for man depends only on the unchangeable integrity of God.


God loves God; God loves man; God loves as a matter of policy. Actually this category is a system of communication designed to explain Divine policies to man. For this purpose the Scriptures ascribe (Human characteristics) to God, called an anthropopathism. Derived from the Greek anthropos, “man,” and pathos, “an inner function of the soul with overt manifestations,” an anthropopathism is language of accom­modation through which infinite God reveals Himself to the finite mind of man. The Bible declares that God hates, (Rom 9:13) harbors jealousy; (Exodus 20:5; Exodus 34:14; Deut 4:24; Deut 6:15) changes; (Gen 6:6) and vents a violent anger. (Jer 4:8; Jer 12:13; Jer 25:37; Jer 51:45; Eze 5:15) These qualities are in­compatible with God’s essence, but such statements are descriptive and gain the attention of the hearer. When an unbeliever first hears the Gospel, he cannot comprehend all the coordinated functions of the essence of God that guarantee Salvation. Knowledge of God develops later, after he becomes a believer and learns the Word of Truth over an extended period of time. But the unbeliever can understand the Gospel message. (Joh 6:44-45) A classic illustration of an anthropopathism is quoted by Paul from the Old Testament (Mal 1:2-3) to demonstrate the contrast; between God’s policy for believers, and unbelievers, and positive believers negative believers. (Heb 12:25; 1Pe 4:17)

I love that Jacob, but I hate that Esau. (Rom 9:13)

     God does not hate anyone. Personal hatred is a sin, strictly a human fault. Since human characteristics are being contrasted in, (Rom 9:13). We need to see: The Transponsive Policy of God.


     God controls the stimulus and the results of His plan, we control the response. With believers God works the same way, the stimulus is His Word and Spiritual life; (Joh 4:23) if we are positive blessing, (Pro 8:17) negative discipline, (Pro 8:36)

     When Jacob finally grew up Spiritually and became the object of Divine Personal love, God changed his name to Israel. (“For you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”) (He Reached Spiritual Maturity!) (Gen 32:28-30; Gen 35:10)


Strength of character and resultant happiness are constructed upon a founda­tion of humility. Humility is freedom —freedom from arrogance — allowing you to comprehend objective Reality, the essence and plan of God. Humility is the basic Virtue of teachability.

     Good and honorable is the LORD; [Divine Integrity] Therefore, He instructs sinners in the way. He guides the humble in justice, Consequently, He teaches the humble His way. (Psa 25:8-9)

     Self-centeredness is arrogance, delusion and foolishness. You are not the center of your life; you belong to a far greater plan centered in God. He “has blessed [Us] with every Spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ...” (Eph 1:3) Your proud self-sufficiency is a myth that complicates your life, blinding you to the fascinating, gracious Person of God, separating you from your most important love.” (Rev 2:4)

     Humility seeks Reality; humility desires and accepts Truth. The marvelous Reality of God’s Personality and plan gives your life its meaning, purpose, and definition, furnishing the perspective Divine Viewpoint for solving your prob­lems. But the humility needed to learn “God’s way” achieves far more than just the solutions to your problems; The Word of God in your soul creates Christian integrity, (Virtue) which is your capacity for life, blessing, and happiness! Humility is the initial Virtue or strength of character that leads to all the Christian Virtues in the remaining gates of the Spiritual life.

     Humility is both a system of Thinking and a way of life. As a system of Thinking, humility is freedom from arrogance; as a way of life, humility is submission to legitimate authority. Humility responds to establishment Truth by submitting to temporal authority and responds to the Word of God by living in fellowship with God. Humility is a state of honor and integrity.

     The fear [Being in fellowship] of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility. (Pro 15:33)

     When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom. (Pro 11:2)

     A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but a spirit of humility will attain honor. (Pro 29:23)

     Humility is a system of Thinking under pressure. Courage and poise are the clothing that covers such Thinking with glory.

     The curse of the Lord is on the house of evil, [The family liv­ing under Satan’s influence] but He blesses the home of righteousness. [The family whose members live in God’s system] He makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble. The wise person [Humility is teachabili­ty] will inherit honor, but fools [Those who are unteachable] carry away dishonor. (Pro 3:33-35)

     But He gives greater grace; [Blessings after Salvation] that is why the Scripture says, “God makes war against the arrogant but gives grace to the humble.” (Jas 4:6)

     God blesses all believers with logistical grace as He keeps us alive for the purpose of advancing us to Spiritual maturity within His system. He gives super-grace blessings only to those who possess capacity for blessings, and humility is essential for capacity.

     In the same way, comparative novices, [In the Christian life] be under the command authority of the pastors. [Elders] All of you, [In the congregation] fasten yourselves to each other with grace Thinking, [Impersonal love] because God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble. Therefore, become grace-oriented under [The authority of] the ruling hand of God, that He may promote you at the proper time. (1Pe 5:5-6)

     If God does not promote you, you are not promoted. Humility prevents inordinate competition, self-advancement, and the arrogance of achievement. Achievement belongs to God; happiness belongs to the believer. This Principle is fulfilled only in the life of the believer who resides and functions inside the Divine power system!

     For everyone who exalts self shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself [Living in God’s system] shall be exalted. (Luk 14:11)

     But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. (Mar 10:14-15)

     But Jesus called them to Himself and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mat 20:25-28)


     Both Spiritual humility and arrogance are patterns of thought, but a humble person is oriented to Divine Reality whereas an arrogant person is divorced from Reality. A genuinely humble man acknowledges his weaknesses and depends on strength greater than his own, the power of God the Holy Spirit. Since he recognizes and submits to Truth, he Thinks and acts from a position of strength. Paradoxical­ly, an arrogant person places himself in a position of weakness by overestimating his strengths. He lives in a house of cards built on illusions of self-importance. He can neither think rationally nor make wise decisions, but succumbs to flattery or self-pity, allowing his soul to be dominated by the old sin nature. Nearly every sin that man can commit expresses some form of arrogance, whereas the relaxed mental attitude of basic Impersonal love demonstrates humility. Gates two and three of the Spiritual life interlock: no one can build the Virtue of Impersonal love except on the foundational Virtue of humility.

     Stop thinking of yourselves in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but Think in terms of sanity [The Divine Viewpoint] for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one a standard of think­ing from the Word of God. (Rom 12:3)

     No sane person considers himself perfect, nor is any man an island. People who live in close proximity to each other or who belong to any organization that seeks to accomplish an objective must submit to authority. Authority is the primary issue that humility faces. Submission to legitimate authority is humility; rebellion is arrogance. (1Sa 15:22-23) There is nothing demeaning or degrading in obedience to authority. Humili­ty is not humiliation. True humility must never be confused with self-denial or asceticism. Nearly every self-abnegating person held up as a model of humili­ty lives for the approbation of others and cultivates their pity or sentimentality as a means of controlling them. False humility is a malicious strain of arrogance. (Col 2:18) Humility is always related to Truth, and the source of all Truth is the Thinking of God. The Bible defines three categories of Truth: the Divine Laws of establishment, the Gospel, and the Spiritual Truth of Bible Doctrines, Promises and Commands. The Laws of establishment are designed by God for the survival, orderly function, and prosperity of the human race; these Laws pertain to believer and unbeliever alike. (Rom 13:1-7; Mat 22:21) The Gospel of Salvation is addressed to unbelievers only. (Joh 10:28; Heb 7:25) And Spiritual Thinking is nourishment only for believers in fellowship! Because unbelievers and believers out of fellowship cannot comprehend Spiritual Truth. (1Co 2:9-16) Orientation to any category of Truth requires humility. Humility provides teachability. 


     God’s attribute of love is the pattern for all genuine love in the human race. Love among unbelievers, although limited, (Eccles 3:18) manifest God’s design just as with Virtue love among believers. The believer has full access to the Spiritual life through the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Divine Thinking. (Joh 4:23) The unbeliever has a limited life. (Eccles 9:3) Through genuine humility in obedience to the Laws of Divine establishment and Divine Institutions. (Freewill, Marriage, Family and Nationalism) (Neh 4:14) Under the Laws of Divine establishment, unbelievers function to have the freedom to believe in Christ! (Joh 3:18) And believers to reach maturity! (2Ti 2:15)

     For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, For we also are His children. Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, (Change their mind and believe in Christ!) because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. (Act 17:23-31)

     Enjoy life with the woman you love all the days of your life of vanity [The unbeliever’s life on earth] which He [God] has given to you under the sun; for this [Marriage as a Divine in­stitution for believers and unbelievers alike] is your reward in life, and in your toil [Profession] in which you have labored under the sun. (Eccles 9:9)

     The establishment unbeliever may be oblivious to the Divine origin of his personal Principles and will spend eternity in hell, but he can experience a “marvelous life on earth.” (As a beast in a cage!) (Pro 1:32-33)  God’s system never depends on man but is effective for anyone, including the unbeliever, who will reside under its influence. If the Spiritually dead unbeliever can discover happiness in a limited way how much more the believer, who can anticipate blessings in the complete, interlocking Spiritual life. The believer outside the Spiritual life cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever, except that Divine discipline compounds the believer’s self-induced misery. (Heb 12:5-6) The believer who rejects God’s game plan still belongs to the royal family, and will get his evaluation at the Judgment Seat. (Jer 18:12; Pro 30:21-22)


     The Laws of establishment declare that freedom is man’s most valuable possession. Human freedom is the heritage of human birth, the extension of the volition of the soul as the uncaused cause of man’s thought and action. Freedom is self-determination, the function of free will uncoerced by threat or violence and not determined by environment, society, or genetics.

     As a true man with human volition, Jesus Christ was free to accept or reject God’s plan for His first advent, and, contrary to Personal desire, (Mat 26:39) Christ agreed to be obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross.” (Php 2:8) In the Prototype New Covenant Spiritual life our Lord established the precedent of voluntary obedience to Divine authority; (Heb 5:8-9) in the sphere of freedom, He freed us to receive Salvation and to advance in the Spiritual life. (Gal 3:13; Gal 5:1) Thus freedom also becomes the heritage of the new birth or regeneration, which gives the believer access to the complete Love com­plex, the realm of Spiritual freedom. With reference to gate one: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,” (2Co 3:17) and regarding gate four: “you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (Joh 8:32) Truth is called the “Law of freedom” because Divine Thinking defines the believer’s freedom to glorify God. (Jas 1:25; Jas 2:12) Positive volition toward the Word of God is the basis for freedom, as the Jewish prisoners of 586 B.C. dramatically proved while marching in chains to Babylon.

     For I will walk in freedom because I seek Your Thoughts. (Psa 119:45)

     Not even the cruelest tyranny can remove your freedom to Think with the Word of God, nor can any excuse relieve you of your responsibility, for “redeeming the time” in fellowship with God. (Eph 5:15-16; Col 3:10) Freedom as our human heritage and Spiritual heritage also has become our national heritage. The Founding Fathers rose to the challenge of “Give me lib­erty or give me death” and introduced the Constitution with their determination to secure the blessings of liberty. The existence and perpetuation of national liberty demands respect for legitimately established authority, and depends on adherence to the Laws of Divine establishment, believers and unbelievers. Ultimately, national freedom is maintained by God through believers who reach maturity! (Psa 127:1; Eccles 9:15) and military victory! (2Ch 20:27-30; Neh 4:9-14)


     Human volition resolves the angelic conflict, the prehistoric warfare between God and Satan. As one of the most powerful angels, Satan abused his freedom by revolting against God, (Isa 14:13-14; Eze 28:14-16) and then accused God of injustice in sentencing him to the Lake of Fire. (Mat 25:41) God created the human race in answer to Satan’s false charge, that freewill is not truly free unless you can do whatever you want, and that God in unfair telling us that His Thoughts and Rules are the only way! God is perfect in every way, and His Love and His Truth are perfect and unlimited! God has infinite capacity for fellowship! And He does not want robots!  He wanted Angels and Men, and they must have freewill! And this is what it takes for God to show His Plans are perfect! And this is the only perfect way that it could be done! BECAUSE GOD IS PERFECT! (Isa 43:10-13; Isa 44:6-8) Everyone who is in opposition must be removed from His presence! God The Son became a man and put God The Father's Word and Authority and Will above His Own to the point of death! (Isa 50:4-10) To resolve the false charge; and to acquire a family of angels and men and to show that God's Thoughts and Plans are perfect! (Eph 3:10-11) So we see in Satan’s kingdom every way to live apart from the Authority and Rule of God. (Jas 3:14-15) From anarchy, (Freedom with no authority) to tyranny, (Authority with no freedom) and of course religion: Man by man's effort to receive Salvation, the Spiritual life or approval from God by something he does! (Jer 17:5) Christianity is God doing all the work and man receiving His Salvation, Thoughts, Spirit and Spiritual life, (1Co 1:26-31) and using them to live by! (Gal 5:25)

     God made man lower than the angels, established him on one planet in the universe, and en­dowed him with free will. The human race is a demonstration of God’s perfect essence in relation to free individuals. Volition is the one characteristic that man has in common with angels. Thus, through mankind Satan and his demons are shown that they are responsible for their own condemnation. God demonstrates His integrity to man under every possible variation of historical, personal and Spiritual circumstances. Some people live in the ideal environment of Eden or the Millen­nium; others amid the terror of the Tribulation. Some are born into nobility and wealth; others into relative obscurity or poverty. Some have advanced under the Spiritual heritage of Israel; others under the New Covenant. Each life is a unique demonstration of the Sovereignty of God and the freewill of man. (2Th 2:13) (Authority with Freedom = liberty) Man was never designed to be equal. We are born unequal, and human free will insures further inequality. The more decisions people make; the more un­equal they become! God has chosen His Spiritual life to be the way man can advance in His plan! We get in by faith in Christ! (1Pe 1:23-25; 1Pe 1:7) This is the demonstration of God Thoughts and Nature in class and finesse. (Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or tactful, diplomatic maneuvering) The worst that Satan and man can do! Only furthers God's Glory and plan. (Rom 9:17) (The folly of Satan and man only furthers God's plan!)

     For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. (Rev 17:17)

     Some people make wise decisions that create future options for greater decisions; others make wrong decisions that close down future op­tions. No two people are equal, but in every case man in his own strength is too weak to resist the craft and power of Satan. (2Ti 2:26) We acquire strength only by relying on the power of God. (1Co 2:5) In all dispensations the Lord Jesus Christ is the key to history; Jesus Christ controls history and Personally entered history to defeat Satan at the Cross. (Eph 6:11-13; Heb 2:9; Heb 2:14; 1Pe 3:19-22)

     The glorification of Christ is the reason for the existence of angels and men! And all things are being brought into conformity with this Divine objective! (1Co 15:27-28) God treats each person on an individual basis. God had you personally in mind when He designed the universe. He decreed a plan for your life that gives you a unique combination of limitations and opportunities within which to exercise your free will. As you freely choose to obey or disobey God’s Commands, you create your own integrity or dishonor, success or failure, happiness or misery, reward or retribution from the justice of God. But whether or not you succeed in the Christian life, God continues to treat you as a person, not as a failure or a success, not as attractive or unattractive. In imper­sonal love He continues to faithfully provide logistical grace. Likewise, we must learn to treat others as individuals, not as rich or poor, smart or stupid, black, white, or brown, someone who can advance us or someone who might hinder us. In Impersonal love from our own integrity, we must offer toleration, thoughtfulness, and kindness to all. Each human life plays an essential role in revealing to Satan and all the angels the absolute integrity of God. (1Co 4:9; Eph 3:10; 1Pe 1:12)
     In perfect justice God permits Satan the freedom to prove his boast that he is equal with God, (Isa 14:14) but Satan continually fails. He usurped the ruler-ship of the earth from Adam but has never been able to control his ill-gotten kingdom. Like a roaring lion, Satan is angered and frustrated (1Pe 5:8) because the counterfeit Millennium he seeks to establish is marred by arrogance, evil, suffering, and disaster, while God’s plan of grace extends the blessings of Divine Impersonal love to all mankind. God’s perfect character is demonstrated in every human life; Divine Impersonal love reveals the integrity of the subject, never the merit of the object. With us or without us, through us or regardless of us, God will win the angelic conflict! Christ purchased the Salvation of every human being, (1Jn 2:2) and God desires that all believe in Christ, (2Pe 3:9) but even those who emulate Satan’s arrogance and reject the riches of God’s generosity inadvertently reveal God’s justice. Like Satan, the unbeliever rejects the fabulous potential that God has given him; then after maximum grace before judgment, (Gen 6:3; Gen 15:16) eternal condemnation!  This expresses God’s uncom­promising Integrity.

     For the wrath of man [Mal-adjustment to God] will praise You [God] (Psa 76:10)

     In the negative volition of every unbeliever and believer, Satan witnesses his own guilt and God’s patience, kindness, and fairness, but the justice of God is revealed to the maximum in the mature believer. The Doctrine of the angelic con­flict explains the importance of human volition: our free decisions to reside and function in the Spiritual life enable God to glorify Himself by blessing us with His fellowship, (Joh 14:21; Joh 14:23) and Truth; that will be with us forever! (2Jn 1:2) The angelic conflict also explains why increasingly marvelous blessings on earth become the criteria for eternal rewards in heaven. (Luk 19:26; Rom 8:14-18) The positive volition that glorified Christ in the devil’s world will much more glorify Him in eternity!


     As the author of deceit, anarchy, violence, and tyranny, Satan is the enemy of human freedom, which must be protected in the devil’s world. When God fashioned human freedom, he also designed multiple systems of authority to protect that freedom. Authority and freedom are not antithetical concepts, Freedom cannot exist without authority, nor can authority exist without freedom. There must be a balance. Freedom without authority becomes anarchy, in which no one is free; but authority without freedom is tyranny, which ceases to be legitimate authority. No tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims. Freedom and authority are two sides of the same coin, and the Divine Laws of establishment define the ideal systems of authority to sustain human freedom. Divine establishment is God’s organization of the human race. This first category of Truth — Divine establishment — defines the proper balance between freedom and authority. But humility is the link, the human choice of voluntary obedience to authority that ties freedom and authority together. Whereas Impersonal love is the supreme Christian Virtue, humility is the basic human choice: for believer or unbeliever humility is orientation to life. Humility is also the foundation for all other categories of Virtue. The believer can have neither the motivational Virtue of Personal love for God nor the functional Virtue of Impersonal love for the human race unless first he possesses humility. Without humility he is unteachable. Humility is the Virtue directed toward authority.
Just as God’s attribute of love is the pattern for all true human love, so also Divine sovereignty is the ultimate basis for all genuine humility in the human race. God is absolute authority. (Psa 145:14; Mat 20:15; 1Ti 6:15) Nothing exists that is not subject to Him. All Reality is based ultimately on His Divine essence. Satan remains free to operate only by God’s permission; (Job 1:6-12) evil and human motivation continue only under the Principle of delay in Divine judg­ment by which God allows the angelic conflict to run its course. We exist by God’s sovereign decree and cannot challenge Him: either we adjust to His justice, (Through faith in Christ, Rebound, 1Jn 1:9, and Spiritual Maturity) or we are ultimately destroyed by His justice. (Psa 73:27-28)  God’s authority is not a separate attribute of His Divine essence but is de­rived from all His attributes functioning together in perfect harmony. He renders account to no one; He consults no one; He needs no counsel or encouragement. God holds authority over us because He is the creator and owner of all things! (Psa 50:10-12) Because He is the Redeemer of mankind (Isa 47:4; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; 1Pe 1:18) and because He is the source of all Truth. (Joh 14:6; Pro 8:5-8) From His sovereignty God has delegated authority to positions of responsibility in the human race so that those who hold them may sufficiently control and protect the freedom of mankind. Delegated authority “is a minister of God to you for good,” furnishing the environment for human prosperity. (Rom 13:1-6


     The Laws of establishment recognize four Divine institutions in the human race: volition, marriage, family and nationalism. For each Divine institution God created a system of authority. The authority in volition is each person’s self-discipline, in marriage the husband, in the family the parents, and in the national entity the government in whatever form it is established.
     Authority in a nation may be vested in one person, a small group, or a large segment of the nation’s population. Any of these governmental systems can be good or evil, depending on the integrity or arrogance of those in authority. Monarchy, aristocracy, and republic are positive forms of government; tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy are negative forms. Arrogance converts any legitimate governmental organization into a system of evil. Under the distortions of arrogance, monarchy, which is the rule of one man for the common good, is transformed into tyranny, the rule of one man for his own benefit. Through ar­rogance aristocracy, which is the rule of a small elite for the common good, becomes an oligarchy, the rule of a small group for its own benefit. And through arrogance a republic, which is rule by the best of the population for the common good, degenerates into a democracy; rule by the worst of the population for their own benefit.

      When the king is honorable and astute, monarchy is the most effective form of government. Jesus Christ will return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and as the absolute monarch of the earth will establish perfect government dur­ing the Millennium. (Rev 19:15-16; Rev 20:6) The worst form of government is democracy, which is a thin veneer over anarchy devoid of Virtue and integrity.
     The United States Constitution established our nation as a republic, guaranteeing maximum Personal freedom to every citizen. With freedom comes responsibility, and, more than any other form of government, a republic stands on the Personal integrity of its people. In the Founding Fathers’ original con­cept only the most qualified citizens could vote and participate in government, but when the franchise is extended to nearly all, a republic degenerates into a democracy in which the right to vote means little. When every irresponsible person has a voice in government, candidates campaign with slick public relations and mud­slinging emotionalism. Policies are often established on self-serving means, and fear, catering to the greed of anyone who can organize a crusade and gain national publicity. A democracy fosters dishonor; a burgeoning bureaucracy expands to appease the selfishness of arrogant people and encroach on private enterprise. A republic and rampant bureaucracy cannot coexist; one destroys the other. The purpose of governmental authority is to protect citizens from criminals, (Demonism on the inside of a nation) and foreign aggressors, (Demonism from the outside) so that each individual might express his volition in an en­vironment as free as possible from violence and coercion. (Jas 3:14-15)

     Authority precedes freedom. The Divine pattern for nurturing and protect­ing freedom involves three categories of humility: organizational humility, en­forced humility, and genuine humility. This pattern is repeated in the nation, business, the family, in the soul, in the local church and, unique to the Lord Jesus Christ, in the plan of God for the Incarnation.
     Humility begins when the fetus becomes a living human being at the moment of physical birth. The old sin nature must be re­strained. Parents must control the sin nature in their children through discipline and training so that the children can eventually assume responsibility for themselves. The family is organizational humility, God’s initial defense of each per­son’s freedom in the devil’s world. 
     In the home authority resides with the parents. This is enforced humility. Whether a child is reared by both parents, or only one, or another adult as a sur­rogate parent, the parents possess the authority and responsibility to train their children, to designate policy, and to require that their children comply with that policy. As long as a child resides under his parents’ roof or receives their finan­cial support, he is subject to their jurisdiction.
     Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Pro 22:6
     Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, (Which is the first Command­ment with a Promise) SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, [In adulthood] AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. (Eph 6:1-3)  
     Children, be obedient to your parents in all things for this is well pleasing to the Lord. (Col 3:20)
     Hopefully, parents are more discerning, prudent, and disciplined than their minor children, but this head start quickly disappears as the child approaches adulthood. In the child’s early, formative years, the father and mother must exploit these advantages to establish an environment of authority in which their children can grow and mature. Certainly love is not excluded from the training process, but parents properly express their love and instill a true sense of adven­ture, self-esteem, and personal destiny in their children only when the family organization establishes, enforces, and maintains high standards of thought and action. Within this structure of stability and discipline, the parents treat the child as a person, not as an achiever who must constantly prove himself, earn his parents’ love and approbation, and uphold the family name. When excessive pressure to justify himself is removed, the child has maximum opportunity to live his own life and develop capacity for happiness and freedom as an adult. Authority demands responsibility, but no parent is perfect; all make mis­takes from time to time. God’s system of enforced humility in the home does not require perfection. Certainly every responsible parent strives to be as fair as pos­sible, but most important is a consistent system of authority. The objectivity of enforced humility, implemented by his parents, gives the child a stable, external support on which to grow and learn. The child himself is unstable enough without having to contend with weakness, permissiveness, vacillation, and continual inconsistency from his parents. When a child responds positively to parental discipline and respects authori­ty in the home, he becomes teachable. This genuine humility gives him the capacity to learn from his parents; he is receptive to being inculcated with Truth. All parents are responsible for teaching their children to be Thoughtful, cour­teous and respectful of the privacy, property, and authority of others, as demanded by the Laws of establishment. Christian parents are entrusted with the additional responsibility of presenting the Gospel to their children and educating them in Divine Viewpoint. (Eph 6:4) Genuine humility in the home is the child’s self-motivated obedience to parental authority and instruction.

     The objective of rearing a child is to prepare him to eventually leave home with an adult soul to match his adult body. This transition from authority in the home to freedom in life is one of the most difficult of all transitions. Many people never make the changeover. Enslaved by ignorance and arrogance, they remain mentally childish long after they become physical adults. Such people never acquire the true independence of human maturity, which is self-restraint in accepting responsibility for one’s own life. They would rather be slaves than free. Slaves are restrained by others and are responsible for nothing; juvenile adults shrink from controlling themselves or accepting the liability for their own thoughts, decisions, or actions. They avoid the most basic freedom, the freedom within one’s own soul to think, decide, and feel. Their unwillingness to be free manifests itself in incessant complaining. They blame their past or other people for all their failures, insecurity, and frustration; they are preoccupied with themselves. An immature person has no capacity for Impersonal or Personal love. Like a cocked pistol with a hair trigger, his arrogance waits to take offense at the slightest snub or inattention. And anyone hypersensitive about himself is always insensitive to others. His subjectivity prevents alertness to anyone else’s feelings; the thoughtfulness of Impersonal love cannot exist when a person concen­trates only on an exaggerated image of himself. Instead of operating from a position of strength in fellowship, the childish person depends on others for his happiness. In weakness and selfishness he demands the impossible: unconditional Personal love, such as an infant receives from its parents. He demands unmerited love and attention from other people, and if such approbation is not forthcoming he conspires to make them as miserable as he is. This is the demand syndrome, in which a weak person seeks to control everyone in his periphery. The courtesy and generosity of an individual may render him vulnerable to such unscrupulous manipulation. By exploiting the strengths of people, the weak control them. Eventually the man of Divine Thinking must discern that he is being victimized and separate himself mentally and or physically from the petty tyrant in his midst. The arrogant believer in the demand syndrome has never learned that his happiness depends on his own free will exer­cised in Fellowship with God, not on what others must think of him or do for him. Inordinately possessive, perpetually jealous, and in love with himself, he never acquires the capacity to admire or love anyone else.

     When a young person leaves home, the new organization for humility is his own soul. He must face the reality of who and what he is; he must assume responsibility for all his thoughts and actions and for the development of his own integrity. He must learn his limitations, abilities, and strengths and live within them without frustration, without fighting them, without demanding equality with anyone else.
     Freedom and equality can never coexist. God’s protection of freedom guarantees that inequality will be a perpetual historical trend. Never in the history of mankind can equality be achieved: first, because Satan gives preferential treat­ment to his servants (Rev 13:4) and, second, because God has designated human volition to be the key issue in the angelic conflict. Both Satan’s injustice and God’s perfect justice insure human inequality in all dispensations. We are born unequal, but the very fact that God perpetuates our lives after birth means that we are also born with opportunity. Each individual is given the chance to succeed or fail, but even in success or failure inequality still exists. No two people succeed to the same degree, and no two equally fail. In periods of general prosperity, some people prosper more than others; in hard times some still prosper more than others. In an environment of freedom, as in the United States, good inequality exists; under tyranny, as in the Soviet Union, bad inequality exists. But whatever the economic, social, or political conditions, inequality remains an inescapable fact of life. Now and in eternity. (Rev 3:12) One person may be less intelligent than another, yet he may surpass the intellectual in common sense, practicality, integrity, physical attractiveness, or athletic ability. Everyone possesses some trait in which he stands above other people and other traits in which he is inferior. No equality exists in any category, but that should not be a cause of frustration. There is nothing wrong because someone is better than you are in some field. A humble person hates jealousy, (Pro 8:13) and appreciates excellence wherever it is found. (Php 4:8) Inequality is not detrimental in itself. Inequality is distorted into a problem by the arrogance of resenting inequality or by the self-pity of refusing to face Reality and exploit the opportunities of one’s own capacity in a particular realm. Beginning with the woman in the Garden, who desired to be equal with God, (Gen 3:5-6) mankind continually seeks to solve the problem of inequality, but alleged solutions merely create new inequalities. “Liberty, equality, fraternity” became the motivation of the French Revolution, but in deposing the crown and declassing the aristocracy, the conspirators elevated themselves. They did not want equality; they lusted for power, vengeance, and superiority. Robespierre climbed to power proclaiming equality but inaugurated the Reign of Terror, in which the guillotine claimed 40,000 lives, in order to control his fellow citizens and prevent his rivals from resolving their inequality with him. Victor Hugo later wrote that equality is merely the political translation of the word envy. Violence or revolution never solves any personal, social, economic, or political problem, but inequality is not even a problem. The solution to people’s problems is not equality but happiness and the “pursuit of happiness,” as expressed in our Constitution. 

Happiness can exist in every category of society, (Php 4:11-13) for a mature believer, or one on the way to Spiritual maturity. When the dissatisfied office boy who assumes he would be happy as the president of the company is deluded. He would only take his old unhappiness with him into his new situation.
     A dramatic historical example of a man who maintained his capacity for life under diverse circumstances is Joseph. (Gen. Chapters 38 — 50) As a youth in Canaan, he was happy while superior to his elder brothers. During his adventures in Egypt he was happy as a slave, as the overseer of Potiphar’s estates, as a forgotten prisoner, and as prime minister of the Egyptian empire. Although Joseph was stripped of his insignia of rank — the coat of many colors — by his jealous brothers, he retained his leadership ability. They could not remove his mental attitude. (Psa 119:11; Pro 23:7) His integrity and happiness remained. Joseph was a leader under all circumstances and was as industrious at the bottom of the social scale as he was at the top. Slavery and prison tested and strengthened Joseph; God included inequality tests in his education, grooming this man of genuine humility to become the greatest man of his generation. Joseph remained faithful to the Lord, and his abilities were recognized, although he remained a slave. He was pro­moted within the system of slavery (Gen 39:1-6) and within the system of prison administration. (Gen 39:21-23) Rather than complain or conspire to gain his physical freedom, (1Pe 2:23) Joseph exercised the freedom in his soul. He oriented to his circumstances while exploiting the opportunities that God provided.
     Joseph illustrates the Principle that there is nothing demeaning in inequality. Overt status symbols and success standards are not the issue. The true issue is: Are you adjusted to life where you are? Are you grateful for what you have? (Col 2:7) Are you happy where you are? If you make yourself miserable there, you will never be happy anywhere else. Nor is there any excuse for unhappiness, because God has provided the logistical grace for every believer’s Spiritual momentum in the Spiritual life. The believer’s happiness depends on his attitude toward learning and Thinking with God's Word. Only you can make yourself happy; only you can make yourself unhappy. (Col 2:8) By the time a person leaves home, he must understand that the most signifi­cant issue in his life is his own volition. Each individual life is determined by volition, not by environment, genetics, or any other factor that psychology or sociology might hypothesize. Decision creates environment, not environment decision. Man is designed to be formed and shaped by his volition. The proper use of volition makes freedom a Reality; (Joh 8:32) the false or wavering use of volition enslaves him to the details of life. (Gal 4:9) Despite any limitations in circumstances, talent, mentality, health or appearance, each person has a soul — organizational humility — and the realization of his life’s potentialities come from his free will. Within the organizational humility of the soul, volition carries the authority. (2Co 5:15; Gal 2:20

     When a person uses his volition to obey legitimate authority, he has enforced humility. In his job or profession he submits with enforced humility to the authority of his boss. In athletics he willingly respects the authority of the coach and officials. In school he respects the teachers and administrators and adheres to their policies. In every contact with other people, his enforced humil­ity causes him to respect their Personal freedom, rights, privacy, and property. (1Co 13:4)
     If a child fails to learn humility in the home, he must eventually learn it the hard way from the police officer, the judge, a demanding coach or an exacting employer. In this regard universal military training is vital to any nation. Mili­tary training contributes to national defense and, whether or not required by law, represents each man’s obligation to his nation’s freedom. Military service also sets up a buffer zone in which young men can acquire the discipline they lacked at home — only now under the more stringent demands of a tough drill sergeant. Still, the best conditions for developing humility are in the home. Few people who establish a pattern of rebellion against their parents ever develop capacity for life, love, or happiness. The young person immersed in unrestrained recalcitrance closes down his future options. Bad decisions become cumulative; each abuse of freedom further reduces his chances of exploiting what God has provided. (Eccles 8:11)
     Every person lives within the overlapping jurisdictions of different systems of authority, each of which predetermines certain decisions by its policies. If he obeys the rules and contributes to the purpose of those systems of authority that pertain to him, he possesses enforced humility. Orientation to authority is orien­tation to objective Reality. (Eccles 12:13-14)
     Genuine humility in an adult soul is a system of thinking and a way of life. As a system of Spiritual Thinking, humility is freedom from arrogance and human view­point; as a way of life, humility is grace orientation and capacity for life, thriving under legitimate authority. A believer with genuine humility has the self-discipline necessary to fulfill his objectives in life beyond what anyone requires, forces, or influences him to do. He possesses a Personal sense of destiny in that he eagerly submits to the plan of God. He understands the eternal significance of the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, so that he positively controls his life, redeems his time, and keeps his priorities straight. He knows that God’s plan is greater than he is; he keeps his eye on the goal. (Joh 12:24-26
     I have fought that honorable fight. I have finished the course. I have guarded the faith. [The Word of Truth resident in my soul] In the future a wreath of righteousness [One of many eternal rewards] is reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge [Evaluator], will award to me on that day, [The Judg­ment Seat of Christ] and not only to me but also to all those [Mature believers] who love His appearance. (2Ti 4:7-8)

     The believer with genuine humility knows the Doctrines of supergrace and eternal rewards, and lives in the light of Eternity!

     God has established for believers a way to grow Spiritually, the autonomous local church, MP3 player, DVDs; and now the computer; this is a provision of logistical grace. Like all effective organizations this one also has a purpose, a policy, and an authority. Its purpose is the communication and inculcation of God's Thoughts. And insists on good manners and restricts activities that would distract serious students from concentrating on the Word of God. (2Ti 2:14-17) The pastor holds the highest authority.  (Heb 13:7-18) He oversees a system, and the pastor’s authoritative teaching and his system of delegated authority constitute enforced humility for the royal family. Within this system of enforced humility, genuine humility is the believer’s positive volition toward Truth. Humility, both enforced and genuine, provides teachability. If you are emotional, if you are continually proving your­self to others, if you relate everything in life to yourself, you are arrogant and unreceptive to all categories of Truth. As does any unbeliever, the believer re­quires genuine humility to adjust to life in general, but he also needs genuine humility to faithfully learn and apply Truth and must learn to stay in fellowship. The believer’s humility is positive volition toward the Truth of the Bible as well as Divine establishment.
     An arrogant believer may listen to Bible teaching every day, but he is un-teachable. He may go through all the proper motions; he may be considered a pillar of the church; but he remains preoccupied with himself. He is too subjec­tive to accept the Doctrines that expose the frailties and flaws of his sin nature. A hypocritical eclectic, he chooses to believe only what he wishes to hear and refuses to submit to the whole realm of Truth. As a result he never grows Spiritually despite his continual exposure. The humble believer attends Bible teaching to learn God’s system, not to agree or disagree. When a person does not know what God’s plan is, his agreement or disagreement mean nothing. The humble believer grows because he is receptive to the Truth rather than protective of his inflated opinion of himself. The sin nature is a direct link to demon influence and must be overcome. (Jas 3:14-15) The enemy inside being rejected, is the key to learning, so do not submit to self, (Rom 6:11-12) submit to God! A person who becomes a believer in adulthood has an advantage in the Christian life if he was authority-oriented as an unbeliever; he has a foundation. As he learns the Thinking of the Spiritual life, he recognizes this system to be the accelerator of his freedom rather than a confining maze of  Commandments, and prohibitions, as seen by a believer who resists authority. (This is a play book! Not a rule book!) But while there is life there is hope; (Eccles 9:4) God supplies him with the logistical grace to grow up Spiritually. His environment or background is no excuse for failure to advance in the plan of God. He can develop respect for authority and Truth, but he must enter gate three the hard way. Under strict academic discipline and enforced humility he must persevere under the authority and teaching of his pastor. He must avoid mental attitude sins when he is tempted to malign the pastor, resent his message, or criticize others. He must remain constantly alert and rebound quickly when he sins. For any believer the transition from ignorance of Truth at Salvation to cognizance at Spiritual maturity is as difficult as the transition from authority in the home to freedom in adulthood. Few believers succeed. Most lack the tenacity day after day, year after year, to make the many right decisions to learn and Think with Truth, to keep residing and functioning in Fellowship with God. (Mat 7:13-14)

    The Divine Laws of establishment embrace all mankind. Since our Lord Jesus Christ was true humanity, He too was subject to these Laws. Born into the organi­zational humility of a family, He grew up under the enforced humility of His parents. In genuine humility He was always obedient to His parents until He reached physical, mental and Spiritual maturity. (Luk 2:40; Luk 2:51-52) Christ as an adult was subject to the same system of humility that for us replaces the authority of the home. Our Lord’s human soul was His organiza­tional humility, and His positive volition in resisting every temptation to sin was His enforced humility. (Heb 4:15) He was always obedient to the Truth. By His own self-discipline He perpetually resided in fellowship and developed maximum capacity for life. His enforced humility merged into genuine humility. Since our Lord lived during the Age of Israel, Jesus fulfilled the Principle of learning under authority. (Luk 2:46) So diligent was He in His studies that at age twelve He surpassed the theologians in His understanding of Old Testament Scriptures. (Luk 2:46-47)

     The prototype Spiritual life was designed to sustain the humanity of Christ in accomplishing His unique mission, His destiny on earth. God’s plan for the First Advent called for Christ to enter Satan’s domain as a man, to remain impeccable and thus acceptable to Divine righteousness, and to voluntarily go to the Cross as our substitute in payment for the sins of mankind. (2Co 5:21) Christ lived under this system of humility to which believers must adhere. The plan of God was organizational humility for Christ. The will of God — the sovereignty of the Father, the author of the Divine plan—was enforced humil­ity. And Christ’s obedience to the Father’s plan by going to the Cross was genu­ine humility. Shortly before He was betrayed, Jesus expressed in prayer His gen­uine humility under Divine authority.
     Saying, ‘Father, if You are willing, [God’s sovereignty over the humanity of Christ] remove this cup [The Cross] from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” [Christ’s genu­ine humility] (Luk 22:42)
 Although the prospect of bearing our sins was abhorrent to Christ, He humbly submitted to Divine judgment in our place.
     Keep on Thinking this within yourself, which was also resident in Christ Jesus, who though He existed eternally in the essence of God, [Christ IS God] did not Think equality with God a profit to be seized and held, [Unlike Satan, Jesus was not arrogant] but He deprived Himself [Of the proper function of Deity, voluntari­ly limiting Himself in order to execute God’s plan] when He had received the form of a slave, when He was born in the likeness of mankind. [Perfect man, like Adam before the Fall] In fact, although He was discovered in the outward ap­pearance as a man, [Without a sin nature] He humbled Himself [Genuine humility] by becoming obedient to the point of death, that is, the death of the Cross. (Php 2:5-8
     Christ’s attitude sets the example: (Mat 10:38-39) equality was unimportant to Him. Although coequal with the Father and God the Holy Spirit, “He did not Think equality with God a profit to be seized and held.” Our Lord the Creator submitted to the utter humility of becoming a creature, a man who was ignored, rejected, mis­represented, ridiculed, and ultimately crucified. Despite abuse and injustice from people and the ignominy of exposing Himself to presumptuous, arrogant attacks from Satan, whom He had created, Christ never succumbed to approba­tion lust or selfish ambition. He was motivated by His Personal love for God; genuine humility gave Jesus capacity to appreciate God’s faithful support. (Joh 11:41) Far from being discouraged or bitter, our Lord’s Attitude was one of con­stant thanksgiving, which is the essence of true worship. Yet without humility gratitude cannot exist.

     Jesus Christ had nothing to prove. He came to pay for man’s sins, not to trumpet His own cause. Our Lord did not exalt Himself; (Joh 8:50) the Father exalted Him. (Psa 110:1) The mission of glorifying Christ on earth was assigned to the Holy Spirit. (Joh 16:14) The Holy Spirit empowered the apostles to spread the Gospel of Christ and to record Church Age Doctrine in the New Testa­ment; (2Pe 1:20-21) the Spirit also empowers us to glorify Christ. God the Father loved the humanity of Christ with conditional, Personal love, which hinged on our Lord’s obedience to the Father’s plan. (Joh 10:17-18) Christ succeeded in every respect. (Joh 15:10) He relied on the Father’s power system and was sustained by the Holy Spirit throughout His life, never once utilizing His own Divine power to act independently of the Father’s plan. (Mat 4:3-11) Christ’s submission to the plan of God resulted in judgment; our submission results in blessing. This complete reversal of the purpose of the Spiritual life reveals the efficacy of Christ’s finished work and the scope of God’s Impersonal love for mankind. Knowledge of Divine Thinking fuels in us the same mental dynamics that Christ possessed. But our genuine humility orients us to blessing, not cursing, from the justice of God. Humility generates gratitude, which results in true wor­ship and love of God. In blind arrogance some Christians falsely claim to be humble in that they follow Christ in His sufferings, failing to recognize that Christ’s sufferings were unique. There is no Spiritual significance or merit in our pain; only the work of Christ on the Cross was efficacious for our Salvation. We add nothing to His finished work. This is not what the Bible means by humility. Christianity is not a system that glorifies believers for their legalism, sacrifice, and self-denial; Christianity is a life of multifaceted prosperity that glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. (Col 1:27; Gal 4:19) Humility is orientation to Principle, to Truth, to the Reality of God’s grace.
Gate Four, Spiritual Momentum 
     The fourth gate of the Spiritual life is a double gate perception and Thinking with Truth that opens upon the richest treasure in the uni­verse. Truth is the Thinking of God. The Bible is designated as the Word of God, (Heb 4:12) the Mind of Christ, (1Co 2:16) and the Voice of the Holy Spirit. (Heb 3:7) Truth is our door to the Reality of God and His marvelous plan. His Word is more reliable than anything we see, hear, touch, smell, taste, or feel; more real than empirical knowledge. (2Pe 1:15-21)
     Truth preexisted the human race, (Pro 8:7-9; Pro 8:23) so that through the gen­erosity of logistical grace, God makes available to us the wisdom of the ages. During the Church Age God reveals His essence and plan only through His Writ­ten Word, the completed, inerrant Canon of Scripture. (Heb 1:1-2) Our attitude toward Truth is our attitude toward God. If we pursue Truth, we love God; (Joh 14:24) if we listen to Bible teaching only at our convenience or when we are in trouble, then we ignore and insult God, (Heb 10:28-29) despite our pious pretenses. The one form of worship that gives meaning to all other expressions of worship is our perception and Thinking with the Word of Truth. Without a thorough growing knowledge, any alleged worship of God becomes ritual without Reality. (Mat 15:8)
     When David wrote (Psa 138:2) the earthly temple did not yet exist. He was reflecting on the Spirit & Truth (Temple) in his soul, which revealed God in the true Holy of Holies located in heaven. In the next generation David’s son, Solomon, would construct the Temple in Jerusalem to exacting Divine specifications. (Exodus 25:9; 1Ch 28:19) As a place of worship, the Temple itself was designed to communicate Truth by its very structure and furnishings. God’s grace enabled David to learn Truth, which gave him capacity to appreciate and delight in God's Thinking and Nature that was being constructed in his soul — the copy of the Divine nature of God. (The Edification complex) (1Co 3:9-10; 2Pe 1:4) God’s Person is Who and What He IS, and in order to live with God now and in eternity, we must share His Divine nature, (1Pe 1:15-16) the perfect coalescence of all His attributes. Now David makes one of the most dramatic statements in all of Scripture. 
     I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name For You have magnified Your Word [Divine Thinking] according to all Your name. (Reputation) (Psa 138:2
     God Himself elevates His Thinking above all else, above even His Own Name. In no other way can we approach Him, understand Him, (Pro 23:7) or fulfill His plan for our lives. Truth is more important than the food we eat or the air we breathe. Divine blessings in both time and eternity are distributed according to the believer’s understanding of Truth. (Heb 11:2) Nations rise or fall because of Truth (Zec 8:3-8) Jesus Christ controls history in reverence for the Truth in the souls of believers. (Eccles 9:15) As we grow in knowledge of Truth, we become personally familiar with the Lord Jesus Christ. Perception and Thinking with Truth establish the central gate of the Spiritual life. God’s Word generates Spiritual momentum in the Christian’s life. 

     The Scriptures repeatedly Commands the intake and use of Truth, as expressed by John in relation to several young people in his congregation in Ephesus. Several of her children had developed genuine humility and were positive toward Truth. They had moved from Laodicea to Ephesus in order to learn Truth from John face to face, while their mother continued to hear his written sermons, or Epistles, which were read to the congregation in her home. 
     I was very pleased because I discovered that some of your children continued their momentum by means of Truth, even as we have received Commandment from the Father. (2Jn 1:4
     John explains that this Divine Command for “continued, momentum by means of Truth” is obeyed only in fellowship with God. 
     Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new Commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we [Impersonal] love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to His Commandments. [Thoughts] This is the Commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. [Residence and function in fellowship — the bottom circle — the Spiritual life] (2Jn 1:5-6)
     The Divine Command to learn and Think with Truth is implied in Paul’s disserta­tion on the pastor’s professional objectives.
     And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the Truth, the Thinking of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (Eph 4:11-13
     Spiritual maturity comes through knowledge and Thinking with the Mind of Christ, which results in emulating the integrity and capacity for life that He acquired in the original Spiritual life. “Full knowledge” or epignosis in the Greek, [Pro­nounced: eppy-no-sis] is Truth that the Christian understands and believes, If he does not understand and believe it is removed. (Mat 13:19; Luk 8:12) Paul continues with the pastor’s job description. The pastor must study and teach Truth in the power of the Holy Spirit. (1Co 4:20)
     As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves [Our sin nature's thoughts] and carried about by every wind of [False] doctrine, [Satan's thinking] by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; (Joh 2:24-25) but speaking the Truth in love, [In fellowship] we are to grow up [Reach maturity] in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. (Eph 4:14-15) 
     Writing to the Thessalonians, Paul reiterates the Divine Command, but this time the Command is related to the congregation. Those who listen to the pastor must be in fellowship in order to benefit from the Spiritual Truth they hear. 
     But we request you, brethren, [Members of the royal family] that you appreciate those [Pastors] who diligently labor among you and have charge over you in the Lord [Enforced humility] and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in the sphere of love because of their work. (1Th 5:12-13
     A pastor should be respected for his sound knowledge and conscien­tiousness in teaching. His “diligent labor” consists of long hours every day in disciplined, concentrated study; He is an authority on Truth. Members of the congregation demonstrate their appreciation for the pastor by submitting to his authority and concentrating. Believers appreciate their pastor by allowing his work to produce its in­tended result in their lives. (1Th 2:13) The pastor considers himself a voice, a spokesman who communicates God’s Word. (Mat 3:3) He does not promote himself. He is impressed with God’s Thoughts, not his own! He is most gratified by those who receive the teaching as from the Lord, (Heb 4:12) and use that teaching in their own lives as they advance to Spiritual maturity.

     All Virtue, love, and genuine humility, for the believer, are found only inside the Spiritual life. Now the unbeliever can comprehend the Thoughts of Divine establishment, but the believer alone has access to the Doctrines of the Word of God. In gate four he advances beyond any strength, integrity, humility, wisdom, or happiness that the unbeliever can achieve! Virtue love cannot exist without Truth. Truth makes Virtue love possible, because gen­uine love is rational, never absurd, always dependent on Thought, never strictly emotional. As the pattern, Divine love is rational because it is always linked with God’s absolutely consistent Integrity. Consistency of Thought is rationality, and by reason of His immutability, omniscience, and veracity, God is perfectly rational, totally logical. God IS Truth, and God IS Virtue love; these two attributes are inseparable. (Joh 4:23-24; 1Jn 4:8)
     Nor can Truth and Virtue love be separated in the believer. The Christian’s capacity for Impersonal and Personal love is increased by his consistent function in gate four. Understanding of Truth creates capacity for Virtue love. At gate four the believer fulfills the ultimate purpose of the Spiritual life: God’s objective for us is that we understand and Think with His Word! God reveals Himself in the Scriptures, and a believer’s daily intake is the indicator of his Virtue love for God. Learning requires academic discipline, but God’s Word sur­passes any subject that he might be taught in a school or college classroom. Truth is supernatural information. (1Co 2:12-16) God’s revelation extends beyond the range of human intellect or concentration and beyond man’s empirical powers to observe his environment. More than mastering and reciting an academic subject, learn­ing and applying Truth constitute a way of life, the Christian way of life in fellowship with God. 
     But He [Christ] answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, [Human needs] but on every Word that pro­ceeds out of the mouth of God.” [Spiritual needs] (Mat 4:4)  
     The Christian life depends on learning God’s Word and this is not an isolated activity; it is part of the complete, interlocking system. The first three gates of the Divine game plan operate in con­cert to motivate faithfulness to Truth, which in turn strengthens all the gates. 

     Spiritual momentum from gate four of the Spiritual life depends on the first three gates. Gates one, two, and three furnish the power, objectivity, teach-ability and motivation needed to transfer Truth from the written pages of Scripture into the believer’s soul and then out again as application to life. We possess no capacity to assimilate, recall, or apply Truth apart from the unseen power of the Holy Spirit. (Joh 16:12-15; Joh 14:26
     We are able to understand Spiritual Truth only when filled with the Spirit. As Truth accumulates in our souls, the Holy Spirit uses that Truth to increase our capacity to understand more Truth. The more you learn, the more you can learn. Truth builds on Truth. (Eccles 7:27)
     You must be objective to avoid misinterpreting or misapplying Truth. This objectivity derives primarily from gate two. In gate two reliance on Divine Promises, and the exercise of Impersonal love secure freedom from mental atti­tude sins, eliminating the subjectivity of arrogance, jealousy, self-pity, bitter­ness, or a guilt complex. By exercising basic Impersonal love, and rebounding when necessary, you maintain your orientation to the essentials of life, even when people or circumstances challenge you to lose your perspective (Get out fellowship) and turn your eyes on self. The two primary techniques are implementing basic Imper­sonal love. And using the faith-rest drill by claiming Promises, establishes the relaxed mental attitude needed to rationally Think with Truth, and switch from Personal love or dislike, to Impersonal love and maintain objectivity. Gate three of the system also contributes to objectivity. Humility is obedience to authority, and authority-orientation is orientation to Reality. Reality is objective, not emotional. The genuinely humble believer understands his significance in the overall scheme of God’s plan and human history; he recognizes that he is dependent on Truth for his integrity and that the source of his happiness is being in fellowship with God. The humble believer possesses a Personal sense of destiny as he witnesses the glorification of Jesus Christ in his life. Objectivity in gate three makes him receptive and teachable; he is motivated to learn the Truth rather than prove how much he knows or how superior he is. The more Truth he learns in gate four, the stronger becomes his objectivity in gates two and three, which, barring the intrusion of arrogance motivates him to learn and apply still more Truth.

     Motivation is a major issue in the Christian life. When we study Virtue, we will discover that motivational Virtues exist inside the Spiritual life. A motivational Virtue is the invisible counterpart for each visible, functional Vir­tue. For example, the Virtue of confidence toward God motivates the functional Virtue of courage toward man and circumstances. All functional Virtues stem from motivational Virtues, and all motivational Virtues originate from your free­will decisions to obey God’s Commands. God’s power system is perfect in that it not only leads to Spiritual maturity but also motivates its own momentum. (Php 2:13) Motivation for the percep­tion and application is created by obedience to the Commands related to gates one, two, and three. But even in God’s complete, self-energized system, human volition remains the key! You can choose to remain in fellowship or reject God’s plan and live in one of Satan’s counterfeit systems.
     No one can reach into another person’s soul and switch on motivation like a light in the dark. Nor can God force you to have the correct motivation toward His plan. He will never coerce, (Force) your free will. Although God’s game plan is designed for your maximum benefit and His eternal glory, you are free to ignore His Word. If you assume that your own plans and thoughts are better than God’s Thoughts and Design, you oppose yourself and Him, create your own misery, and incur Divine disci­pline. (Jer 18:12) But fear of punishment is not the proper motive for adhering to Divine policy. If you are objective, you obey initially out of respect for God, and then even­tually from Personal love for God. As you come to know and appreciate Him through His Word. This motivation this positive volition must emanate from your own soul, not from any external source.

     Among believers and or unbelievers; the most admirable and successful people are self-motivated. In the conscience of the soul, where the norms and standards and scale of values reside, these individuals have established true priorities, and they make decisions consistent with those priorities. The self-motivated believer has identified his primary objective in life: Spiritual maturity, which glorifies Christ! This objective becomes the standard for interpreting any situation that may arise. Every decision and every course of action supports this chosen objec­tive; Truth takes first priority. This lucid self-motivation places him in a position of strength. He understands what is most valuable, and he will not be deceived or cajoled into opposing himself. Good decisions can be made only from a position of strength in fellowship. Only bad decisions can be made from a position of weakness carnality. (Out of fellowship) (Rom 8:6-8) A self-motivated believer operating from a position of strength builds his life on the Principle of The Spirit First! The Truth First! He establishes a routine: for each day he decides what he wishes to accomplish that day. He sets aside time. (Eccles 11:6) Routine must be built on priorities, ranked ac­cording to importance. Routine organizes a person’s life each day so that he ac­complishes his objectives, fulfills his own Principles. A routine is not a negative concept for dull, humorless people. Only through a routine can anyone harness his own time and energy and achieve anything in life either Spiritually or tempor­ally. Organization is good routine. Routine should be broken only by unusual events, like disasters or celebrations, not by illegitimate distractions. (Eccles 8:8; Jer 48:10; 2Ti 2:4) (This is a war!) Routine and organization are professionalism in every area of life. A disorganized person is a loser. Someone may positively influence you to learn God’s Word, but that external push will not carry you. There is no substitute for self-motivation. You must give God's Will and Word first priority, (Mat 6:33) make your own decisions, establish and maintain your own integrity. We all face distractions, opposition, and influences that would prevent us from consistently learning and applying Truth. We must be motivated from within if we hope to fulfill God’s game plan over the course of our lives. Self-motivation is a synonym for one’s own positive volition. Even the best influence, the wisest advice, the most posi­tive encouragement cannot keep you in fellowship and sustain your Spiritual momentum.    
     We must have an ordinary, organized, routine life; with self-command self-limitation and self-restraint; with no nonsense, no silliness and no absurdity!

     Self-motivation, like teachability, is an offshoot of humility. A humble per­son is receptive to Truth and motivated to learn. Self-motivation can be developed by believer or unbeliever under the Laws of Divine establishment. When a young person becomes an adult, he assumes responsibility for his own motivation, his own thoughts, decisions, and actions. From genuine humility he begins to make his own decisions rather than depend on his parents, although humility does not exclude seeking good advice when necessary. Unlike the youth who eventually leaves behind parental authority, a believer never outgrows his need for Bible teaching, as in the home, the believer’s motivation does change as he grows up Spiritually. A new believer is not motivated by love for God. He may have a new lease on life, knowing that his sins are forgiven; he may be grateful for the Cross; he may inordinately fear Divine retribution; he may be caught up in emotional zeal; he may be seeking Divine favor or striving to please the person who presented the Gospel to him. Some of his motives may be legitimate, others not, but even the best Salvation motivation will not carry him far. The realization that he is forgiven, and going to heaven, is a feeble flame. The Divine Commands connected with gate four of God s power system demand that he take up the challenge of the Christian life, to grow in the full knowledge of God. (2Pe 1:2; 2Pe 3:18) Initially you must execute God’s game plan from enforced humility. God Commands perception of Truth; you simply obey! As you learn Truth, you realize that God has a purpose for your life. You discover that you possess God’s righteousness, that He supports you with logistical grace, that rebound is instantly available, that God has adopted you as Spiritual royalty forever. You learn that you already possess tremendous blessings for which to be grateful, with greater blessings yet to come, and you begin to appreciate the source. You begin to love the Lord Jesus Christ. Within your soul your motivation changes from enforced humility (Commanded to obey) to genuine humility, (You want to obey) Personal love for God, to Occupation with Christ. (And His Thinking) Truth becomes supremely important to you. Although you are never impervious to distractions, you are not as vulnerable as when a new believer. You have learned to maintain your own priorities. You have learned to say no to people and decline “opportunities” when necessary. You have learned to center your life on the treasure of highest value, the Word of God!
     Most believers never take their initial motivation into the daily self-motivation that can carry them through many years to Spiritual maturity. They lack the humility to accept a pastor’s authority, or they lack the will and discipline to master Doctrines that are difficult or seemingly irrelevant. They never make a habit of learning Truth. Instead of seeking the Truth, they search for a pastor who will flatter and fawn over them. They do not desire Truth or a mature relationship with God; they want the approbation of a scintillating per­sonality who will visit them, counsel them, entertain their questions, and stimulate their emotions — everything but teach orthodox Bible Truth. Believers who gravitate to such a pastor appease their own arrogance and accom­modate themselves in weakness. A believer consolidates a position of strength only through his Personal drive in submitting to gate four.

     The two most difficult transitions in life overlap at gate four of the Spiritual life. At physical birth we begin life under parental authority and protection; we must become worthy of adult freedom. We make this transition through teach­ability under the Virtue of genuine humility. At Spiritual birth we begin Spiritual life ignorant of God and His plan and must become cognizant of His purpose for our lives. Again, we make this transition through enforced and genuine humili­ty. Consistent intake and application over an extended period of time accomplishes this second difficult transition, the necessary momentum be­ing sustained by self-motivation. The believer’s self-motivation manifests itself as academic discipline under his pastor’s Bible teaching.
     Therefore, humble yourselves [“Humble”: achieve genuine humility; “yourselves”: from self-motivation] under the mighty hand of God that He may promote you [With super-grace blessings] at the proper time. [After you reach Spiritual maturity] (1Pe 5:6)
     All true love requires concentration. In Impersonal love the subject concen­trates on his own Divine Thinking in his soul; he declines to besmirch his integrity by succumbing to hatred, envy, bitterness, competitiveness, self-righteousness, lust or disillusionment toward the object.
     According to my earnest expectation, [Concentration] and hope, [Confident expectation] that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, [And Openness] Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ (Mat 16:24) and to die is gain. [A Promotion] (Php 1:20-21)
     In human personal love the subject concentrates on the object, on that person’s attractiveness, character, thoughts, and feelings. Concentration is essential to genuine sensitivity toward others. Without concentration there can be no capac­ity for life, no success in any endeavor, and most detrimental, without concen­tration no one can learn or use Truth in the Spiritual life. In addition to Divine power, objectivity, and teachability that accom­panies self-motivation; and the ability to concentrate is another prerequisite for the function of gate four. This requirement is also fulfilled by the first three gates of the Spiritual life.
     At gate one God the Holy Spirit enhances the believer’s concentration. This is the teaching ministry of the Parakletos, the Energizer or Helper, who enables man’s finite mind to comprehend the infinite wisdom of God. (1Co 2:10)
     At gate two, Divine Promises and basic Impersonal love set aside distractions that would disturb concentration. Concentration is the opposite of distraction; it is focusing your attention on a single object to the exclusion of all others. If you cannot sustain mental focus, you are unstable. You lack the attention span required to pursue any Thought to its conclusion. You vacillate from one subject to another. The relaxed mental attitude of gate two enables you to operate from your own mental integrity rather than swerve indiscriminately from topic to topic.
     In gate three, teachability makes you a good listener. As you learn under enforced humility, you simultaneously develop your ability to concentrate. When you first start listening to Bible teaching, you may be able to con­centrate for only five minutes before you become bored and restless. Just keep trying to be obedient under enforced humility, (Heb 10:25) your span of atten­tion will gradually increase until you can easily follow the entire message, even when the topic is technical or unappealing to your usual interests. As a by-product of gate four, this increased ability to sustain your concen­tration will carry over into everything you do. Life becomes richer.

     At the moment of Salvation, when we first enter the Spiritual life as believers, we receive two commissions from God related to the perception and application of Truth. I call these commissions “warrants,” since God has given them to us in the content of His Word.
     A warrant is a written document that conveys certain powers and authorizes the performance of certain duties and responsibilities. A warrant officer in the army, for example, has received a document from the President entrusting him with the authority to carry out his assigned duties. Even a warrant for arrest illus­trates the Principle, since such a legal warrant is a document issued by a judge authorizing a police officer to carry out the duty of taking someone into custody.
     As members of the royal family of God, we have received two warrants from God, which authorize us to carry out certain Spiritual responsibilities. We have been appointed royal priests and royal ambassadors. These two appoint­ments define our function in the Spiritual life and explain the invisible and visible aspects of the Christian life.
     And He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Rev 1:6)
     But you [Members of the royal family] are A CHOSEN RACE, , [Chosen for privilege, regardless of human ancestry] A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, [The Spiritual pivot of God’s client nation] A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, [Pur­chased at the Cross and dependent on God’s power system, we are not our own] that you may proclaim [Through the production of Virtue] the Virtues of Him [Jesus Christ in the prototype] who has called you [Selected you for the privileges of royalty because you believed in Christ ] out of darkness [Satanic in­fluence] into His marvelous light. [The Spiritual life] (1Pe 2:9)
     Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2Co 5:20) 
     A Divine warrant is never to be treated frivolously. These warrants from God appoint us to the two highest offices anyone can hold in this life.

     During the previous dispensation, a specialized priesthood existed in Israel. The priests were members of the tribe of Levi; they carried out the detailed responsibilities connected with animal sacrifices and holy days, which taught Truth by means of ritual training aids. The Levitical priests proclaimed the written Word and represented the people before God. Now that the Old Covenant has been fulfilled, a new universal priesthood exists. Jesus Christ is our High Priest. (Heb 6:17-20) Since every member of the royal family is in union with Him, we all share His priesthood. Unlike the Levitical priesthood, the office of the royal priesthood is not hereditary, but perpetual; not based on physical birth, but regeneration. You are a priest; I am a priest. Whether young, old, male, female, (Gal 3:28) mature, immature, in God's system, or in Satan’s system, all believers are permanent members of our Lord’s royal priesthood. (Heb 7:1-3) That does not mean, however, that we are equal. A few priests are pastors; whereas the priests in the congregation grow only under the pastor’s authoritative teaching. Spiritual growth is always a function of the priesthood; the privacy of the priest­hood is designed for maximum perception of Truth. Likewise, Spiritual bless­ings from God are always given to us under our priesthood. Whether in the pulpit or in the pew the priesthood is our invisible, Personal relationship with God. As believer-priests we represent ourselves before God. We do not need to confess our sins to a member of the clergy; we confess them immediately, silent­ly, privately, directly to God (1Jn 1:9) Nor do we need anyone to pray on our behalf. We are Commanded to come boldly before the throne of grace. (Heb 4:16) And we do not require a special category of priests to perform rituals for us. The rituals of the Levitical priesthood were fulfilled by Christ and have been superseded as teaching aids by the completion of the canon of Scripture. The Church Age is the age of reading, not ritual. (Most were illiterate) The only ritual man­dated for the royal family is the Eucharist or Communion table, in which every believer is Commanded to participate. (1Co 11:23-26) The Divine warrant that appoints us priests to God authorizes us to represent ourselves before Him. Our responsibility as priests is to grow Spiritually. Our priesthood is the invisible side of the Christian life. 

     Christ was a priest during the First Advent, but He was also an ambassador. In hypostatic union — undiminished deity and true humanity united in one Person forever — Christ represented God to man in the devil’s world. (Heb 1:2) In union with Christ, every member of the royal family shares His ambassadorship.
     Christ has been absent from the earth since His ascension, and we now rep­resent Him, the King of Kings glorified at the right hand of the Father. (Heb 1:13; Rev 19:16) Our ambassadorial instructions are in written form, the completed canon of Scripture, which is the Mind of Christ. (1Co 2:16) By Word and by Spiritual life, we represent His Thoughts, and not our own! We are citizens of heaven, not of Satan’s kingdom, and as God’s emissaries we are supported and protected by Him in the enemy kingdom of the devil.
     Every believer is in full-time Christian service. We may mix with foreign nobility, but we are ambassadors nonetheless. Whatever we do, wherever we are, we are Christ’s representatives. (Col 3:17) In contrast to our priesthood, our ambassadorship is our overt, visible rela­tionship with people and circumstances. As royal ambassadors we proclaim Christ by His Nature being completed in us. 
     But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies (Nature and Thought) of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1Pe 2:9)
     For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent Promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2Pe 1:4) 
     We are responsible to present the Gospel to unbelievers, (2Co 5:20; Eph 6:20) but our ambassadorship goes farther than that. Witnessing, giving testi­monies, serving, working in evangelistic meetings, in foreign missions, or in Christian service organizations — all this, if properly motivated, can be part of the Spiritual ambassador’s function. The believer’s royal ambassa­dorship encompasses all the visible Virtues produced by the application of Truth. Hence, our ambassadorship, like our priesthood, is related to gate four of the Spiritual life. Gate four is the key to the Christian life. All the gates that precede gate four are support gates, and all those that follow are result gates. All Spiritual advance and momentum come from the perception of Truth, and is the primary respon­sibility of the royal priest; the application of Truth is the primary responsibili­ty of the royal ambassador.

Royal Priest 
Represent himself before God
 Directed toward God 
Relationship with God  
Produce motivational Virtues
Personal love 
Perception of Truth 
Powered by the Spiritual life
 Blessings from God
Spiritual advance

Royal Ambassador 
Represent Christ before man
 Directed toward man
Relationships with man 
Produce functional Virtues
Courage towards man and
Impersonal love 
Application of Truth
Powered by the Spiritual life
 Blessings to man
Spiritual service

     As priests we represent ourselves before God; as ambassadors we represent God's Thoughts and Divine Nature before man. Our priesthood is directed toward God; our ambassadorship, toward man. Furthermore, our warrants explain the invisible and visible parts of the Christian life. Our priesthood is our invisible private relationship with God in which we produce the motivational Virtues; our ambassadorship is our visible public relationship with people and circumstances.
     The ambassadorship depends on the priesthood; the visible depends on the invisible. And the power in both the perception and application of Truth, toward both God and man, is the power of the Spiritual life. No matter what we may do or how Spiritual we may appear to others, we have no Christian impact without the united execution of our priesthood and our ambassador­ship in all of the pertinent gates of God’s game plan. As priest and ambassador, each member of the royal family of God lives his own life before the Lord and makes his own decisions based on the Truth resident in his soul. (Rom 14:8-13)

     Never do we earn or deserve any credit in the Spiritual life. God’s game plan for the royal family is animated by grace, not human achievement. In gate four, as in every gate, God does all the work and we reap the benefits. We reap what God has sown, we receive what Christ deserved, and Christ received what we deserved! Amazing Grace! Man possesses four basic means of perception: (Believers five) rationalism, mysticism, empiricism, and faith. In rationalism man engages his intellect, deducing a logical system to explain human reality. In mysticism information is transferred to the soul from demons through the old sin nature. In empiricism man hones his powers of observation for discover­ing answers in the world and the universe around him. Man has explored and exploited many combinations of rationalism, mysticism and empiricism throughout history, but in every philosophical or scientific system, man’s abilities and efforts receive the credit. If God’s plan relied at any point on our merits, that would become the weak link that would destroy the chain. Imperfect man can have no meritorious role in God’s perfect plan. Man’s fourth system of perception is non-meritorious. In faith the credit does not belong to the subject but to the object, not to the one who believes but to what is believed. And for Salvation and the Word of God we need God the Holy Spirit to make Spiritual Thoughts understandable to us; this is called Spiritual faith and the ONLY way of Salvation and or to reach Spiritual maturity. (Unless we are brain damaged, or die before reaching the age to be capable to make a free will decision for faith in Christ) (2Sa 12:23) When sinful man believes in Christ, the subject has no merit. The object, Jesus Christ, has all the merit. Only Christ satisfies the absolute standards of God’s integrity. In this manner fallen man enters the plan of God without compro­mising God’s character or corrupting His plan. After Salvation the believer is Commanded to reside and function in fellowship, but God does not suddenly reverse His policy. We are saved by grace; we must live by grace. Grace continues to exclude all human merit. Faith remains the only means of perceiving and applying Truth 
     I                 believe in             Christ

Accomplishes no work for Salvation

No merit

Receives the blessings

Accomplished all the work for Salvation

All the merit

Receives all the credit


     God has supplied us with everything for learning His Word: the canon of Scripture, a pastor-teacher, books, the MP3 player, the DVD player and now the computer, the filling of God the Holy Spirit, rebound, (1Jn 1:9) the human soul, the human spirit, physical life, Spiritual life and protection in the devil’s world. (Isa 41:10-13) These grace provisions are part of the grace apparatus for perception, which is “Operation Z” To summarize, the believer filled with God the Holy Spirit, (1Co 4:20) and concentrates on the pastor’s message, resulting in gnosis, “Knowledge,” in the mentality of the soul. The mentality has two parts: the human spirit or right lobe, God's Knowledge. And the kardia, “heart,” or left lobe, human knowledge. (Jer 17:9) And is the home of gnosis; the right lobe is the repository of epignosis, “Full Knowledge.” (Eph 3:19) Gnosis in the left lobe is receptive comprehension: “academic knowledge” which is not usable for application in the Spiritual life. A believer may be able to quote many verses or talk at length about many Biblical subjects, but if his knowledge is only gnosis, it is not edifying. Academic arrogance can exist in theology as easily as in any other field of learning. (1Co 1:19-21; 1Co 2:14; 1Co 3:19-20; 1Co 8:1If Truth is not believed, or not understood and or not Thought with, it is removed! (Mat 13:19-23; Luk 8:11-15) The application of gnosis Doctrine is misapplication, and the Word misapplied generates legalism, inflexibility, insensitivity, and intolerance, pride and arrogance. (Heb 3:12; Heb 4:2) The believer clearly perceives a point of Doctrine and now faces the issue of faith: does he, or does he not believe what he has learned? (Pro 3:5-6; Mat 7:7-11) If he believes: that Truth is transferred to the right lobe and becomes Spiritual Thoughts and Spiritual Words! (1Co 2:13) By means of faith, it becomes genuine understanding of Divine Truth. (1Co 4:20) Only God's Thinking can be applied as Spiritual Wisdom and Spiritual common sense. (2Co 10:5) Epignosis is also the building material for the edifica­tion complex, (Temple) of the soul. (1Co 3:10-14) The process of transferring the Truth from the heart to the spirit is faith-perception. Truth always has the merit; we who believe do not!

     According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [Salvation] Now if any man builds on the foundation [Growth to Spiritual maturity] with gold, silver, precious stones, [God's Thoughts] wood, hay, straw, [Satanic and human thoughts] each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, (Mar 9:49) and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. (1Co 3:10-14


     According to his ability to concentrate, a believer may hear or receive half of the message communicated by his pastor. By faith-perception, he may retain only twenty percent of the half he heard, the objective is inculca­tion with the Truth, but usable Truth accumulates gradually in increments. The believer develops a frame of reference for receiving and retaining further Doc­trine. Truth builds upon Truth. He must persist in learning “For He says, Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.” (Isa 28:10) This explains why the believer must be faithful in listening to Bible teaching as a daily routine, (Psa 1:2-3) and emphasizes the value of repetition by the pastor. Truth cannot be absorbed on a spurt of inspiration. Spiritual maturity belongs to the pluggers, to those who perpetuate momen­tum in fellowship undeterred over the years. Your Personal intake and Thinking with the Word of God constitute its own reward, as you benefit from liv­ing in the Truth. But learning and using God’s Word also represent an extended lifelong display of your positive volition. Non-meritorious positive volition resolves the angelic conflict: the angels watch mankind and observe man’s posi­tive volition, which glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. (Luk 15:10; 1Co 4:9; Eph 3:10-11; 1Ti 3:16; 1Ti 5:21; 1Pe 1:12) As in perception, so also in application, human merit is excluded from God’s perfect plan. Both retaining and recalling the Bible Thoughts that you receive are accomplished by faith. In faith-application the believer draws upon his inner resources of Truth to maintain his own integrity, cope with his own problems, and take control of his own life. He becomes Spiritually self-sustaining. He is mentally well-organized so that he can face life with courage. By faith he employs both of the two basic techniques for applying Truth: Impersonal love and the faith-rest drill. 



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