Grace Bible Church The Tree of Life A Weekly Review Week ending 07/31/11 The Doctrine of The Divine Decrees. Part 6.
God’s decrees include:
1. His directive will.
2. His permissive will.
3. His overruling will.
We have been noting how the only way any believer can really know the difference between God’s directive will, His permissive will or His overruling will is found in having their spiritual senses trained or exercised says HEB 5:13-14; Ti 4:7-8.
HEB 5:13-14, For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
We need to get serious with our spiritual faculties being trained or exercised or we might find ourselves being rejected by God and God’s man as they both classify you under category fool. You do not want the Divine Decrees to categorize you as a fool. According to the word of God, the following passages give us some wisdom and warning concerning. Fools always think they’re right in everything; PRO 12:15, the way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
PRO 14:16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.
According to the Divine Decrees God has decreed that in PRO 26:1, Honor is not fitting for a fool.
JER 4:22, “For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children, And they have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”
JER 10:8, But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion‑‑ their idol is wood!
So, decreed by God;
EPH 5:14-18, For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
In JOB 12:11, Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food? Job is replying to all of the nonsense coming from his so-called “friends! It bothers me when mature believers have to be sidetracked by legalistic pip-squeaks and have to even answer carnal legalistic believers, but so be it, it's a part of our spiritual growth.
In chapter 12 vs 1 Job begins his reply! Now he starts out with fact that self-righteous arrogance gets what it deserves. JOB 12:1-2, Then Job responded, “Truly then you are the people God's special people, And with you wisdom will die!
Wisdom will die with you! You are the ones who know! You guys know everything! Job is saying, “You are God’s special people, and when you die wisdom will die too!” This is what Zophar has been saying. He is a spiritual-know-it-all, and Job is treating him as such. However, Job’s sarcastic reply is not only directed toward Zophar but his other two friends as well.
PRO 26:5 says, “Answer a fool as his folly deserves, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.”
This is what we call sanctified sarcasm! Elijah used it when he taunted the prophets of Baal, he said in 1KI 18:27, Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or sitting on the toilet, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.”
The apostle Paul used it when he said to the Corinthians, 2CO 11:19, For you, being so wise, bear with the foolish gladly.
1CO 4:10, We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
Paul used sanctified sarcasm in GAL 5:12, concerning circumcision when he said Would that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.
In fact, he said if they circumcise themselves for a false God they should cut it off for the true God! You see you don’t see these things in the English language all the time, especially in the thundering version of the King James Bible.
Back in JOB 12:2-3, Truly then you are the people [God's special people], And when you die wisdom will die! But I have intelligence or a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?
It was all basic doctrine to Job except for some of the silly things like the altar call that Zophar gave. Job is saying in effect, “What you’re saying is common knowledge, Zophar, who doesn’t know those things?” But you see there is something going on behind the scenes, Job knows it but his three friends do not! It is very difficult for a mature believer to try and explain what's really going on to the legalistic or immature ignorant believer.
Zophar is then type of believer who not only makes false applications of doctrine to others but false application of doctrine to himself. He is the type that assumes that because he is moral and has observed a few taboos of Christianity, which are generally erroneous taboos, he assumes that he's a great believer. And al1 because he is not hurting at the moment, because he's not suffering at the moment, and because someone else is, they’re wrong! And today he would go to them and say such things like:
"you can't dress like that and be a Christian"
"you can't dress like that and come to this church"
"you can't smoke and be a Christian"
"you can't drink and be a Christian"
You see he has used the little doctrine that he knows to set himself up as the little demi-god! And the doctrine is out! What little doctrine he has, he has related it to his only self importance. All he does is to apply what he wants to and then makes statements like God is punishing you because you are wrong!
Prin - According to the Divine Decrees God has designed people testing in two categories:
a) In personal love or admiration, the object of your love can often control your life and provide for you unhappiness, unless you have attained spiritual self-esteem, and function with the ten problem solving devices. Many times, in wanting to please the one you love personally, you find yourself being a different person and not following your normal function.
b) The second category of people testing can come in personal hatred or resentment, when the object of your antagonism or irritation often has control of your life or happiness, unless you have advanced to spiritual adulthood. Under the PPOG, God designed His plan so that your happiness will always reside in you, and you do not depend on people or things for your happiness. As a function of your royal priesthood it all comes from within.
You are supposed to have personal control of your life, a personal sense of destiny, self‑confidence from metabolized doctrine, and therefore, poise and command of self. Therefore, you bring your happiness to others, but do not lean on others or circumstances for your happiness. People are easily led away from the PPOG and doctrine by their friendships, love life, and even hatred.
So unless you attain spiritual adulthood, every time you fall in love or acquire a friend, the object controls your life and your happiness. Without impersonal love from spiritual autonomy, you become a slave to people. When you fall in love, look how you act, how you change your modus operandi, how you begin to think in different terms relating everything you do to that person. So when you make a friend or fall in love, when you become jealous, possessive, when hate anyone who has it over you; you've immediately become a slave. You've manufactured for yourself many problems, and they're not all the fault of the object.
According to the Divine Decrees God has decreed that the solution to people testing is found in the combination of personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind. The function of spiritual autonomy in the use of virtue love. Spiritual autonomy is the prerequisite for solving all problems of human relationship, i.e., of people testing, also accompanied by system and thought testing. This is what happened to a lot of major denominations in our day and age!
Let’s notice this once again, JOB 12:1-4, Then Job responded, “Truly then you are the people [you're God’s special people], And with you wisdom will die! [sarcasm] But I have intelligence or a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these? I am a joke to my friends. The one who called on God, and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.”
He has become a laughingstock to his neighbors. Friends and neighbors make sport of him and mock him. And he says “I am the one who called on God, and He answered me.”
Job was a man who called upon God and was known for God answering him. He was known as a man of God. And boy do people love to hear that a man of God is having problems! They love it! They thrive on it! They can't wait to hear more!
JOB 12:4, “I am a joke to my friends. The one who called on God, and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.”
He is saying the just and blameless man is a joke. The man who is just and the man of integrity has become a laughingstock or a joke! People are laughing and mocking. It’s all a big joke! But they won't be laughing and mocking for long! You would be shocked how many people would laugh and mock when a mature believer falls or seems to be falling!
Back in JOB 12:4-5, “I am a joke to my friends. The one who called on God, and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke. He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt [or men at ease have contempt for misfortune], as prepared for those whose feet slip.
In other words, those who prosper and live in ease have contempt and hatred and look down on those who have failed! Remember, having people malign you, having people judge you. This is all a part of suffering for blessing and the Divine Decrees.
People love for a believer who respects God to fail, and Job is saying that their calamity and contempt in vs 5 is like that which is prepared for those whose feet slip.
JOB 12:6, “The tents of the destroyers or robbers prosper [a reference to those who bring on the destruction], And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.”
Job is actually rebuking Zophar, Bildad and Eliphaz for saying "if he was without sin that he would be prospering."
The Taylor translation for JOB 12:6 says, “For robbers prosper, go ahead and provoke God, it makes no difference! He will supply your every need anyway!”
This is a reference to logistical grace. Now, when you are faced with believers who think that they know more than you, you can’t teach them with doctrine so Job is now going to use the animals to teach his friends!
He is going to bring them to the zoo!
JOB 12:7-10, “But now ask the animals, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?”
Animals live because of the grace of God! Every breath that you take is courtesy of the grace of God! You are breathing because God in his grace permits it! And if you really want to get a glimpse of the unbelievable grace of God, just remember Zophar is breathing! In other words, whether it is the animals, the dogs, the cats, the rats, the fleas, the cockroaches, or humans, we are all here courtesy of the grace of God! If God can provide life for a rat, and he does, He can also provide life for you, and that's what Job is saying! Job is saying that we are all here by the grace of God.
And others are going to think they are, when in reality in their self-righteous arrogance, they are merely dancing to Satan's tune! Satan plays all the tunes for those kind!
JOB 12:11, “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?”
Whatever God provides is perfect, and as a part of your escrow blessings, the gifts from God have been tailored to fit you perfectly. Therefore God has given you a pastor-teacher. Now the gift is perfect, but the one who possesses it is not! This is why we have passages such as ACT 20:28 which teach that the holy spirit assigns a certain pastor to a certain congregation or group of people.
ACT 20:28, be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
The phrase has made is the aor-mid-ind of tithemi which means to place, to appoint, to assign. Here it means to place and appoint and assign a certain man over a certain or particular flock of believers. It may be for your entire life or it may be for a short time, but you will have the ability to discern that if you truly seek for doctrine!
According to ACT 20:17, Paul is addressing elders or pastors and this verse says that the holy spirit had made them overseers. overseers is the noun episkopos which means a guardian of the flock, overseer, supervisor, superintendent, and policy maker.
So once again, Acts 20:28, Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made or placed, appointed, assigned you overseers [supervisor, superintendent, and policy maker], to shepherd [to care, to rule] the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
By the way the word flock and the word church are both nouns in the singular, illustrating that there is one pastor for one congregation. In this verse the pastors are not to shepherd flocks or churches, but a flock or a church in the singular. The word church in the singular cannot refer to the entire church because it would be totally impossible for any pastor or even all those attending this pastor’s conference to take care of the entire church.
So the principle in this verse:
1. One flock and one shepherd over that flock.
2. One church and one overseer over that church.
3. And one pastor assigned or appointed by the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand, 1PE 5:3 teaches that there are certain believers who are allotted or assigned to a certain pastor.
1PE 5:1-2, Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, or being driven and forced from pressure, but voluntarily [willingly], according to the will of God
Please notice that it is according to the will of God.
God’s will is perfect and He has a perfect will regarding what pastor should be shepherding and exercising oversight over a certain group of believers.
1PE 5:3, Nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
By the way not lording it over those allotted to your charge refers to the pastors or those who think that they are pastors who violate the royal priesthood of the believer. These are the bullies behind the pulpits. The legalists. The manipulators. The liars. The self-righteous arrogant ones.
The phrase allotted to your charge is the Greek word kleros and it refers to the following;
a. Those assigned to the charge of a certain pastor.
b. Those allotted or distributed to a certain pastor.
c. The New Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon says concerning this word that in this particular verse those whose care and oversight has been assigned to one Presbyter or pastor teacher.
1PE 5:3, Nor yet as lording it over those allotted or assigned to your charge but proving to be examples to the flock.
The word examples is the nominative masculine plural of tupos which means a mark, or impression, or a pattern. It does not mean a clone but it means to be a pattern or example of that which you teach. A pastor’s mark, a pastor’s impression, or a pastor’s pattern is what he leaves behind as a legacy of Bible doctrine. Remember the simple principle; it is always the message that counts, never the man. And so when we say that it is the message and not the man, we are pointing to the fact that it is the doctrine which comes from the pulpit that counts.
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