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Part III, The Lord vs. Satan: SupCtHeaven; aka, the Trial of Human History -- aka, Did God err?

God's Script: NOW
Father Answers Son's John 17 Prayer, and Builds a Bride

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Intra-Part III Links in this table also serve to list webpage theses. Italic links are subtables.
The Bride ComethYour Priesthood
+ potential Crowning
Synopsis, Our Royally-Invisible
Spiritual Life:
I. KingshipII. Bridal Thought DDNA,
God's Apodoses
III. Bema Inheritance

1st Spir. Life Trait,
Invisibility:
1st Reason,
'Clone' Christ:
God's Apodoses5 Infinitives, katharizw aphairew
deiknumi plassw dikaiow
4 Happinesses, Hefty Hearty His HusbandLove Alphabet
Abiding in His 7-Faceted
'House of Thinking':
FunctionDesireDevelopmentPlunderVictoryIntimacyCompatibilitySpiritual Maturation
Process, Overview:
1Cor13:13's Faith Hope Love
I-VII Spiritual Growth BenchmarksS.ChildForm Before FunctionS.TeenS.AdultS.Adult, IIS. Maturity aka "Pleroma"2-3-4-5 Evidence Tests: E.Test Alphabet E.Test Structure
2nd Reason,
sign of Jonah
3rd Reason,
Qorban fulfilled
He Upgraded Divine Intimacy!4th Reason,
max tests Love for God
CrossOver LawEvil, adikia or Kenosis, Marriage?Victory or Dungheap?

2nd Spir. Life
Trait, Royalty:
1st Reason,
Priestly Bride of Christ
2nd Reason,
Royal Life Far Harder
3rd Reason,
Qorban Thinking
for Father:
Aletheia
Love
You, in Me! Baptizw
Building
Communion
Concert
Dendrites
for Dad!
Royal Spiritual
Multisphere Living
4th Reason,
Royal Defeat
of Satan&Co.

Reasons' Sum: His Escutcheon!Your Soul
Becomes a Polity
Spiritual Heraldry,
Life of Honor
Conclusions:#1, He
takes Precedence
#2, His Word
takes Precedence
#3, Royalty Makes
the Rules
Corollary 3A, Authority (=You)
Accountable for Divine Assets
3B, Bema Blessing
(or Burning)
3C, Caring Charge3D, Devoted Destiny
(or Dung)
Conclusions' Sum: Your Potential Escutcheon

Where do we go from here?How to Maximize Your Spiritual LifeHow to Make Dung of your Spiritual LifeAnd now, for that Blessing-by-Association Payoff


The Bride Cometh; and with Her, "Wifely" Blessing by Association

We saw in Part II that at His Session, His "kata Melchizedek" Office yet had no kingdom to go with it. Yet He's to be the King-Priest over king-priests to Father?! The only Priesthood to last forever, and the only one to the Father! As Hebrews Chaps 7 and 10 so wryly explain, The Lord's Humanity wouldn't even BE a priest, under Israel. Think of how the Godhead would humorously respond:

Hebrews 1 and 2 state that due to His Strategic Victory over Satan, Son's Humanity receives a second kingdom from Father: Church. 1Jn4:17 in Greek sums up the reason: to "complete" His LOVE. God's Love is an Absolute. Meaning, this second Kingdom is supreme over all others, except that of the Godhead Themselves, Eph1:15-23. Paul stresses this fact by calling the Age of Church, "the Age Over all Ages", a Greek lexeme in Eph3:21. [Verse is poorly translated. It should read, "to Him, the Glory! by means of the Church, even by Agency of Christ Jesus: throughout all generations of this Age Over all Ages, Amen [=I believe it, a Hebraism]." Anarthrous construction in Greek requires in English, the insertion of articles or demonstratives to signify the same meaning. By the way, beginning in 1985, my pastor spent seven years exegeting Ephesians, and the foregoing is roughly his re-translation. The book shocked him; he consequently re-tooled all his prior 30+ years of teaching due to it; he did this almost daily, to his own congregation. I have and heard all seven years; but also I understand now from Scripture, as well. Shocks me, too: daily.]

The Cross was about a lot more than salvation: salvation is but a floor, a "foundation" (1Cor3:11). The Grand Strategic Purpose of the Cross was to unite "all things" IN Him, main theme of the Book of Hebrews and Ephesians, visible even in translation, in their respective Chapters 1 and 2. Remember the humorous end of Part II? "Shall God not also want Full Blessing for Himself? Who else will freely choose to be grown up in Love?" Well, that's the theme of Ephesians, for Paul engagingly parallels a famous Greek play, to show God's Vast Blessing Humor. The play is "Ion", by Euripides, about how the Greek Sea Peoples were created by a liason between Phoebus Apollo (ancient name for Satan, by the way) -- and Creusa, a human. So Paul uses that famous play to show the Real Begetting Plan of God!

That's the issue: SONS! For Father For Father For FATHER! Starting with, THE Son! "YH", Who became "WH": Son of Man, Son of Israel, Last Adam, First and Last, Faithful Witness, Alpha and Omega. And therefore Founder, Pioneer, Originator, Archegos, Head, High of new Order of Priests. King-Priests: Church. Thus, requiring a New Covenant. For, each Covenant must have its own Priesthood, Heb Chaps 7-10! A Kingdom of Priests, even. For the FATHER of that Son. Forever. So, at the Second Advent, He will also be "King Over Kings", us. (Note: "King of Kings" is a Greek lexeme, which is more properly translated, "King OVER Kings").

Not good, that God should keep Themselves to Themselves, heh. So, there's the "kingdom", as it were, of the Godhead: Father, Spirit, and Son. The Father is the Head of that "kingdom". To celebrate Their relationship, Their "kingdom", creation was made. That would entail a Cross, since God would never permit rational beings to be unfree, as we saw from Part I and II. Want proof? Read the Matt22 wedding parable for a neat summary on why God Chose to create a) angels ("bottom layer" meaning of parable), then b)Humanity, then c) Israel, then d) Church ("top layer" meaning of parable). Funny thing is, the identity of the Bride isn't mentioned there: gotta see the Book of Esther to know that.

Of this rational creation, the angels together comprise a kingdom, for His Deity. He made them for the Father, and the Father gifts them to the Son (cf Col1:16-18): so, He's "Lord of Lords", Head of the Angels. Humanity comprises a kingdom as a gift to His Deity, headed up by Israel: "Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad" (the "shema").

However, Israel is also a gift to the Son's Jewish Humanity, as "David's Greater Son": "The Lord said to my Lord, Sit down until I make your enemies a Footstool for your feet." (Ps 110:1.) "Footstool" is the Millennium. For, He's Seed, the fulfiller of all the OT covenants, and it's during Footstool He will fulfill them. For at last Israel, long the laughingstock and "footstool" of world conquest, will head them all. The ugly duckling will become the Eternal Swan. God Keeps His Promises.

So, as it says in Hebrews 1, now EVERYTHING comes through the Son. For this Son, this Perfect Payor of our Salvation, also defeated Satan, as we saw in Part II. That was way beyond what the Law required of a human being. The perfect execution of a uniquely-difficult spiritual life: one requiring maximum intimacy with God. Granted, that unprecedented intimacy -- which should have killed His Humanity long before He reached puberty -- that intimate spiritual life was needed to pay for sins, which is why it could not be granted until the Son took on Humanity, John 3:34, 7:39.

As a result, we are in Hupostasis with THE Hupostasis, the Christ ("hupostasis" is a Bible keyword designating His God-man nature). So, like Him, we are given power vastly beyond what we understand. By the time you finish reading this Part III, you will hopefully come to realize that your every thought is given the same importance as His Own. Why? Because Every Thought Can Be Made INTO His Own. By, the SAME SPIRIT. Hence, with the same responsibility, and the same effects. Granted, we don't pay for sin -- but the world is held together only because we are here. And the future after us, only happens due TO us, as Heb11:39-40 climactically states. For the Covenant vested in Him, and we are His Body. It's an awesome inheritance, to have believed in Christ.

So Now, is nothing is 'outside' Church, since He is Everything; since Church is His Bride, His Body, becoming pregnant to the 'delivery' which is the Rapture -- the Completion of God's Love Expression, Contract. [Part IV is on the precedence for and nature of, the Rapture. Very different from what mainstream Christianity imagines.] Note this Macro Corollary Result: the "new covenant" to Israel is thus expanded, given a sibling, to make it better. This "better" is the main theme in Book of Hebrews, which also demonstrates how Church rescues Israel and her promises, so she doesn't lose them due to rejecting Messiah. Everyone knew when Hebrews was written that Temple Destruction, the fulfillment of Dan9:26 in accordance with God's Accounting System for Time, was imminent. [Mirroring.htm and Part IVa have details.] After all, Israel has been the footstool of humanity for a very long time. After all, God had promised her repeatedly that after some "little while" of punishment, she would be restored. After all, she was so persecuted and pressured since alone among all the nations, HER God would be coming down, taking on Humanity, paying for sins -- and then rule the world forever. And now He had completed that task. Non-Jews didn't like that prophecy very much, and now sure didn't like hearing from these new Christians, that He'd risen and was ruling! So, they plundered her often in the past, and were getting ready to do it all over again. So, 'someday' she ought to have everyone else be a footstool for awhile. And she will: in the Millennium. The "new covenant" accomplishes that. God keeps His Promises even when we don't, 2Tim2:11-13.

"Now" -- an NT keyword for Church's Age/Covenantal period -- is the time when we learn how to grow up into this our future King-Priestly, adjunctive role. It, like all things with God, is voluntary: maybe we want it, maybe we do not. Remember the Three Core Trial Issues from Part I? #1, God Provides Enough; #2, we choose or refuse God, based on what we know; #3, we choose or refuse God, based on what we don't know. So here in "Now", we choose based on both #2 Trial Issue, what we know about Him, and #3 Trial Issue, what we don't know. As always, these choices have their free consequences, Col3:25. The free consequence of choosing Him, is His Training us (His Power, never ours). The free consequence of choosing against Him, is Royal Punishment. After all, Royalty has responsibility. If it shirks the responsibility, it should be punished. 'Especially if it is in training to rule.

You are to be a King-Priest for FATHER.
That Is Your Destiny to accept or refuse.


The real person, is the soul: the fact you have thoughts is your evidence that you are a living soul. Not, the body: body is just a bucket of biology, mindless. So it matters not at all what race or gender you are, those are material dead attributes which function as a kind of 'house' you amble around in. Your soul lives forever. Question is, WHERE does it live? Believe in Christ, and you are instantly and forever saved-to-God, Acts 16:31, 4:12, John 3:16. Never believe in Christ, and you go to hell, where the burning on the outside, is nothing compared to the burning on the inside, souls loving their hatred of God. Don't believe it? Read Luke 16:19 and following, see how the guy in Hades loves to call himself a martyr so much, he USES his suffering to make Abraham and Lazarus suffer. So how much does he really feel the pain? Sure didn't stop his manipulating tactics! (That is not a parable. Real people are named.)

So believing in Christ is the better decision to make. Instantly, right now, you can just think "Father, I believe in Christ", and in that very moment you have eternal "salvation". So now you're forever saved. Okay, NOW what?

Well, here's a brief on the meaning of your being saved. "Salvation" means you are saved from hell, since it first means you are forever saved and separated ("sanctified") to God, Heb10:10-14. Moreover, as introduced prior to this table, everything is in Christ; He thus became "the Everything", as The King-Priest kata Melchizedek, to FATHER. Hence you are reborn in Him, that first nanosecond you 'obeyed' by believing, John 3:16. Hence you became a Royal Priestly spiritual being.

You can't feel or detect these facts, because nothing else about you changed the moment salvation began; your soul and body remain the same as before. The non-spiritual can never detect the spiritual per 1Cor2, whole chapter. Feeling is absolutely never spiritual, but a body thing: not even your immaterial soul, feels. So if you 'feel' spiritual, it's a big lie, because feeling is material, coming from the material body. You are now a "trichotomous" being, with three types of life: spiritual life, soul life, and body life. The latter lives on feeling, has no ability whatsoever to think or detect. Feeling is its 'truth'. The soul has a limited ability to detect truth, but it cannot detect spiritual truth, nor anything spiritual. That requires a spiritual LIFE, which you get only as a consequence of being saved. For more on Trichotomy, click here and review the four "Trichotomy" tables in "God is Not a Magic Doll", godnotmag.htm. [Failure to understand Trichotomy explains why Christianity is so inane that it invents magic doll ideas of spirituality, worshipping them. Pagans worship those dolls too, so a carnal Christian -- one not using 1Jn1:9 -- follows the same silly ideas as the pagans do.]

However, since you are now a spiritual being, your new human spirit can 'talk' to your soul via the Holy Spirit, so you can learn to detect and enjoy, this new person you really are. Learning, however, depends on your continuing consent. But where you go after you die -- nothing you choose can change that, John 10:28. You can't cancel salvation, because your spiritual being can't be corrupted, one of the points made by John in 1Jn5:18: God is a Spiritual Being, see John 4:24. You now are, as well. Your human spirit, which is your 'born from above' (aka "born again") spiritual nature (John 3, Titus 3:5), does not have volition or consciousness, nor is it detectable or corruptible: for within it resides God's Infinite Righteousness (i.e., 2Cor5:21) and His Own Eternal Life (John 10:28, 3:16, 1Jn5:18, etc). Only your soul, which has volition, can sin.

    Because your soul can still sin, you have recourse to 1Jn1:9, which purifies you from the sin, since the sin was paid for on the Cross. Use it like breathing. For the quality of the life you have while you remain down here, and the quality of your life in heaven, are vitally impacted by how much you 'live on' 1Jn1:9 -- for that's the only way to learn Bible, to have the Holy Spirit's Brains. Absent 1Jn1:9 you are spiritually comatose, so you'll get a huge amount of Divine Discipline to remind you to use it; you can even be executed by God for not using it, 1Jn5:16 (see also Ananias' story, in Acts 5).

    This Part III is dedicated to explaining the ramifications of your new life and the life-or-death importance of living in God's System (link at pagetop) for which you need 1Jn1:9. I use it probably a bizillion times a day, whether I'm sure I sinned, or not. Very few Christians know what you're about to read. So the material is designed to be testable. But you can't properly test squat apart from 1Jn1:9. Make it a habit to remember to use it, else you'll have spiritual apnea, and waste your time.

Moreover, the kind of spiritual being you became that first nanosecond you 'obeyed' John 3:16, you also cannot change. So what then must change -- at your option -- is your soul. Souls think, and that's all souls do. (Repeat: feeling is a body thing giving 'feedback' to the soul, and is never spiritual.)

    So your soul's thinking needs to be "renovated" into God's Thinking, before you can detect God, your salvation, and enjoy this new life you have. That's why we have a Bible. ["Renovation" is a huge threaded NT theme, using many metaphors, playing off Isa55:8-9, John 14:2-Chap17; but the explicit "renovation" metaphor is hard to see in translation. Eph4:23, 12:1-3, Hebrews 3-4, Eph3:15-19, "stones" verses, might show the vocabulary in some translations. Greek is unambiguous. See also Romans 12:1-3. Romans 121-3.htm shows the corrected translation.]

    DNA is the "instruction set" for your biological life, and nothing operates absent your cells' DNA. Even more true, DDNA, God's Thoughts, are God's 'DNA'; since God is a Spiritual Being, He is Pure Thought. Hence our need for the Bible, which is the Thinking of Christ, Who is both God and Man (1Cor2:16, "Word of God" and many other verses not well translated in English). Because He is also Man, we can get God's Thoughts, for that's what He got as a MAN, while He was down here. He paid for sins with God's Thinking deposited in His Soul by the Holy Spirit, per Isa53:10-11; you'll see more about that fact, as you read down this webpage.

    So you can now get those Thoughts, which are now in Writing. For your 'soul DNA' is the product of your past decisions; only God's DNA can change your soul to fit Him. Again: that's why we have a Bible. As John notes in 1Jn5 and throughout that epistle, since you are a spiritual being born from God, that nature cannot be corrupted; but your soul is corrupted. But if you get God's 'DNA' to replace your own 'soul DNA', then your soul heals, and becomes like His. That is a continuing option you have, so long as you are down here. You will take God's DNA with you in your soul ("true riches" verses). Get enough of His DDNA down here, and you become a king in your soul, so you will also inherit a kingdom, for all eternity: people who didn't opt to get enough of His DDNA will be your subjects, Isa53:12, Rev1:6, 5:10; and you all will be freely, extremely happy. Forever.

Now, for some important details. That first nanosecond you believed in Christ, you became a Royal Priest by spiritual nature. You can't change it for all the tea in China; so your real job and real position forever, starting down here, no matter how much of a scalawag you are, is -- Royal Priest. Just as one could only become a priest in the Levitical priesthood by being born from Aaron's genes, so also it is for you: your spiritual birth from Christ makes you a Royal Priest by Spiritual Nature, His 'genes' which saved you, birthed you. Which spiritual birth occurred, that first second you believed Christ paid for your sins, John 3:16.

    So your real name is "[your-name-here], Priest-Royal."

    Priest-Royal, you. Means that once your body dies, you will crave this role. It will be a craving of your own free will, and you will have it forever. Nothing else will satisfy you. Question is, what you learn down here, determines how well you can satisfy that craving -- up there. You'll never be frustrated again, post-death. But the scope of your expression, will be shaped by what of Him you learn down here. That is your destiny, and your consent shapes it. So it's up to you: God has kitted you out, given you a Script, a System and a Teacher. And, this warning (or wonderful news) about what awaits you 'up there'. Not at all like Christians imagine, though the Bible is plain enough: Book of Hebrews shows it all. Christ died so He could create a new Priesthood, a Royal Priesthood for Father. Bible in Hebrews and elsewhere shows how we will be like Him, when we are dead: so what else do you think you will want? If this is what Christ wanted, that's how it will be for you also. As goes the Head, so goes the Body, as Paul frequently explains in all his epistles.

    The sad thing about religious vocabulary is that it is fuzzy and used to buttress ego. So when you see words like "Royal" and "Priest" you'll tend to roll your eyes or reach for a Kleenex. This is serious stuff: it's a diplomatic post, a governing thing, and you should be frightened of not learning it. DueDisclosure.htm, the "Kingship" link at pagetop, walks you through some of the harder-hitting aspects of life in a royal/diplomatic position. For you are really in it, now. Deeply. Permanently. So you can't get out, either. My pastor often quips that an evangelist ought to give a warning message with the Gospel: beware of believing in Christ; for once you do, you can't get out of it!

    So skip the warm fuzzies of religion. Think heaven's (not earth's) politics. Think heaven's (not earth's) power. Think most of all, of soldiering and honor. For you walked straight into the heavenly battles going on above us, whatever a scalawag you were, that first nanosecond you believed in Christ. It's an erudite battle, a battle of words, of innuendo and lawyering. So there's a lot to learn. Learn, not earn. Bible Greek word "diakonia", which is always mistranslated, means ENVOY. Representative of a King. Etymologically, it means a server of food. Words are food for the soul, hence "emissary" is also meant by the term. The classical Greeks made dual-entendre plays from it, since a low servant and a high emissary could be signified by the same word. That's you. That's me. That's a lot to learn.

For this is a uniquely-powerful Priesthood which does not play on the world's stage, yet all the world depends on it. Since the world rejects God, the only blessing the world ever gets is due to the Positive Royal Priests (believers) living on it. If those Priests are negative, the world gets disciplined (i.e., bad weather, war, etc). Pretty unfair both ways, right? Welcome to the reality of being Royal. It's always someone ELSE who gets hurt, since royalty must always be protected. Hearing this makes you wanna OBEY, right? Yeah, that's your Royal Priest Spiritual Nature showing its 'face' to you. See? You can't not want to be a Priest! [Believers have always been the only source of blessing to the world. See Gen5, Gen 6:7-9, Gen 11:26ff, Lev26, Deut28, 32:7-12; Dan9; then, read Revelation Chaps 6-19, to see how a no-priesthood world (during Trib) gets judged by God. That's one of many reasons why Church is not in the Trib: believers are a conduit of blessing. See also Book of Jeremiah.]

So next, understand this: Israel's spiritual life was a besideness, a "with" God. Even Moses, for example, could never be more than a "Friend of God" (Bible title for him). The Promise of Brideship for Israel was conditional upon enough believers growing UP in the OT style spirituality; idea was to in sufficient numbers, accept Christ as Messias during the First Advent. As we saw in Part II, they didn't do that. So, the Bride still didn't get 'formed'. That's where we come in: 'grafted', as Paul notes in Romans 11 (see also Heb4, same concept). Part IV focuses on our Trial Legacy from Israel. And as a result of it, we are IN Christ, not merely "with" Him. The constant "in Him" refrain in the NT stresses that intimacy. For, we are married to Him. That too, is a part of your spiritual nature Now: your desire is for your Husband, so to speak.

So for Better and for Worse, we hapless Christians are Bride, Body of Christ. Much closer than "Friend": not merely 'with' or 'among' or even 'nearby'. IN Him, in fact. ["With" is a Bible keyword designating the OT level of relationship with God; showing how the Holy Spirit worked WITH ritual, ADDED TO what human stuff was there; Shekinah Glory in Temple was WITH Israel. See also Acts 1, Ps23:1, look up translation of "Emmanuel", etc.] So our spiritual life, by contrast, is exclusively IN God. There is nothing 'beside' our spiritual life; because in John 17, Christ prayed for our Oneness with Him even as HE is ONE with Father. That's serious stuff. ["Oneness", of course, means total rapport, not some mystical or phallic thing. TOTAL INTIMACY. All the "in Him", "in God", "in Christ" and synonymal keyphrases depict this relationship; there are a bizillion ways Bible stresses it; it is the fulfillment of Jer31:31-34, which Heb8:8-12-10:15-17 explains.]

So unlike other covenantal groups, your life is totally dedicated to Him whether you like it or not, whether you even knew it or not; everything about you, no matter what your societal status, what do's you have in your day -- are all "Qorban", an OT term for an item, animal or person wholly owned by God and doing what He wants done. Welcome to the reality of being Royal Priest. Not what you thought, huh. Ooodles of responsibilities, and the privileges you have are quite shocking; so there is much to learn, and self-control will be your number one priority. For the ruler, must be the most ruled. More about Qorban will be said in the Third Reasons (for Invisibility and Royalty), later in this Part III. The point to "get", is this: you don't own yourself. God has a Plan for your life and you can reject it, electing your horizontal meanings instead, just as the world elects. But whatever you do will still end up serving HIM, as that's your Vertical Purpose. Forever.

So you can never lose your Priesthood, because it is part of your spiritual nature. For just as Adam was created a Husband, not merely a man, and Isha a Wife, not merely a woman; so also the Last Adam gets a Wife. So, "Your Desire shall be for Your Husband" (Gen3). So, from the second you were saved, your only happiness in life will be the same as Christ's, which is His present to you: "My food is to do the Will of Him Who sent Me."

    It is your job to think Word before Father 24/7, says Rom12:1 in the Greek (always reverse-translated). It is your job to know God's Will at all times, says the Greek of Rom12:2 (also reverse-translated -- Word proves you). Because, you represent Him. So to learn that Will, you have a Textbook and a Trainer to transmute your thinking, says Rom12:2-3 (last half v.3 is also reverse-translated, see Rom121-3.htm for the corrected trans of all three verses). Both the Book and the Trainer, are not human: the Book is the Bible, and the Trainer is the Holy Spirit. He will match you up with a human teacher He personally selects; through whom, He will feed you spiritually. RightPT.htm is on that topic; and GodSystem.htm, the most important among all my sites -- is on the training system in general. Doesn't matter what denomination you are, or how 'scriptural' you think you are; you must be doing those Five Elements in GodSystem.htm or you'll be spanked royally. Just try violating one of the Elements, see for yourself.

    So you have the Royal right of privacy; intercessory, conversation-with-God and other prayer privileges -- every one of them, nuclear weapons! You also have many other closeness-to-God privileges which this webpage covers. There are no no no go-betweens. Christ, not someone else, paid your sins. So there are no go-betweens. No animal sacrifices, no little penances, no others to whom you confess sin; no one is more holy than you (please take that fact quite seriously) -- nothing, between God and you. The Tabernacle Veil was split, from top to bottom: no more barriers, last half Heb6, end Rom8! For by One Offering, Himself, He has sanctified you for All Time: from the moment you first believed in Him, you elected to take that offering. It cannot ever be rescinded, because He sanctified you for All Time. (Heb10:12-14, Greek, plus Rom6.) Consider yourself trapped, for you were born Spiritually Royal.

Next, there is a potential inheritance you CAN lose, which is designed to also function within this Royal Priesthood: Kingship forever. Actually two kingships: one which only lasts during the Millennium, and a separate kingship which lasts throughout eternity. Bible keyphrase for this is "inherit the Kingdom", or sometimes simply, "inherit". It's a potential, because it's a LEVEL of Priesthood function which you must grow into down here, via God's Script. So, while down here, you are also a Crown Prince, in training to become a King: this role you can forfeit, but so long as you are down here, it is yours to learn.

    At any moment down here, you can accept learning it, or turn the learning down. If you turn it down, you will shrink; so, down here, you will be more miserable than Satan (he was to rule on a lesser level). For God's Script is always, to learn Love. That is how anyone becomes big enough to enjoy Him. Will you accept it, or turn it down? If you accept it, you will grow up in Christ (explained in the next section). If you turn it down, you will still be a priest forever, but your priestly office will function at some lower level (tailored to you personally). So, while you didn't have a choice to be made united in Him, you do have a constant choice about whether and how much you want the relationship to be a merely 'legal' marriage or a truly intimate union.

    What Part I called "God's Script" ("1 John Outlines God's Script" link section) is |God's System|; so learning and living Bible in God's System, is the way you accept learning your inheritance, moment by moment. Those Five Elements need to be the habit of your life, 24/7. When you sin, just use Element #2, 1Jn1:9, and you're back in the System again. Doesn't matter what else you do, as the System is all-comprehensive, can take anyone 'wherever' that person is, and grow him. So just keep on keeping on in God's System, and you'll become a King. This Part III and even more Part IV, will walk you through the vicissitudes and Bible verses which highlight that process. Most of Christianity doesn't even have a clue about this System, largely because Christians study Bible shallowly, and in translation. But again, live in God's System and God will prove it to you directly. He always vindicates His Word.

This dual King-Priest position is unique, even as Christ is (shemah, Yisroel!) Unique. All past and future priesthoods were and will be for the Deity of Christ; but TO FATHER is the Son's Humanity, King-Priest; we are His Body. So no one else is given to be King-Priests under The King-Priest for FATHER. Forever thus co-ruling the entire universe. (See Rev1:6, 1Pet2:5,9, Rev5:10, "Bride" and "Body" verses in NT, plus Heb5-10, 2, 4, 1Cor6, uses of katharizw in LXX compared to 1Jn.)

So obviously, your 'job' is not at ALL related to works, etc. because your 'job' was positionally inherited already, when Christ was ON the Cross (see Rom6). By what Christ did; which (Heb10:9's "second") you inherit. Inheritances can be conditional, or unconditional. Your priesthood is unconditional, in the sense that when you believed in Him you didn't know nor were you given a choice about whether you wanted to be a priest-by-nature. However, the kingship inheritance IS conditional upon how much you grow up in God's Script, for the most obvious reason in the world: kings must first be trained, to become competent rulers. Now in law from time immemorial, and so also in God's law, the recipient of an inheritance must always elect or elect against it. So, you have to learn your inheritance, just like anyone has to learn how to be rich. And you can only learn it by God's Script.

    So you learn wealth, by having wealth. Yours is a wealthy office, right now. If you mess up, others get hurt, because you are wealthy and they are not. If you do well, others are blessed. Because, again -- you are wealthy, and they are not. Royalty and wealth have always been about Honor. True Love is Honor, not attraction. Honor means placing others above the self, and the purpose of wealth and royalty is to use those assets Honorably. Especially, spiritual assets. Eph1 grants "every spiritual blessing", which is the highest class of blessings there is. All else rank below these "true riches" of His Thinking. So you are commanded to get that Thinking and learn to live on it, 2Pet3:18. Don't do that, and you perish: Hosea 4:6. Israel lost out because she refused her much-smaller portfolio of spiritual assets. You will lose more if you refuse yours -- but it's your option.

    True wealth makes you happy. By contrast, there's no form of wealth in this world which can make you happy. People think they will be happy if they look better, feel better, and above all, have more money. But if you actually get those things, you are quickly disappointed -- they bring with them only bigger problems. It's a real shock to have spent so much time and effort to get worldly goods, only to discover that they aren't at all what was advertised. By contrast, if you live for HONOR -- and living for Christ is the highest honor there is -- then anything you have or lack, eventually becomes a source of happiness to you, however problemmatic. Because you have the True Wealth -- seeing Him, living for Him -- so everything else synergistically amplifies that enjoyment. Granted, your enjoyment of wealth is a learned thing, so it takes some years to see Him from all that Bible study you'll be doing -- but it happens. Takes maybe two or three decades, sometimes a shorter period -- but it happens. So either stay in this for the long haul, or quit now. But be sure you've believed in Him for salvation before you quit, 'doing' John 3:16. That way you never go to hell.

So, then: You accept God's Script by persisting in 1Jn's Script (Part I). You elect-against-the-Will, you turn it down by refusing 1Jn's Script. Your choice: God's Script, or Satan's. For, if you refuse 1Jn's Script, you are opting for Satan's Script. 'Whether you know it, or not.

Most Christians turn this offer of Kingship down. They want a distant relationship to God, and just the goodies of status, of stuff they can preen over in front of other humans. Now you know why verses in the Gospels about mothers going against daughters, why you have to bear your own cross, why you must leave everyone else to follow Him, exist. It's an isolating thing, to be a king. So the training you will undergo to become a king, will be isolating -- even if you spend your life amidst people non-stop, your thinking will be progressively alien to theirs. And they will eventually notice that fact, no matter how you try to hide it (as you should, since kings don't throw their weight around). It was a lonely thing, to be the Messiah. So his kings-in-training, will undergo the same experience of hostility, of ostracism, etc. Many verses about this in the NT, and the stories are all over the Bible. It was true in the OT that the prophets were scorned; even more true, for those in Church who would truly follow Him. The loud, gushy version of Christianity is all satanic tripe, and a lot of it isn't even believers, but Satan's fake Church of Rev17. So the believers largely reject Him, even as Israel largely rejected Him.

That is what you must choose, if you'll choose His Inheritance reserved for you: having Him grow you up on His Script in His System -- or you running after the world's satanic prescriptions, most of which are moral and godless (morality as the replacement for God, actually). No middle ground.

Which is why there must be kings. It only takes a nanosecond to believe in Christ and be saved forever. But then what? If the person has rejected learning Him, and thus rejected the Kingship offer, the person becomes but one of the "many" He inherits, per Isa53:12. Per that same verse in either the Hebrew or Greek (it's usually reverse-translated), Christ inherits Everything (not just a portion) and then HE apportions among the "great ones" -- i.e., the Kings of Church -- the "many", those who are saved. People booty, literally. For when you reject your Conqueror, that's what you are: "spoils". Now, even the lowest person in heaven is utterly happy. So being booty is a happy thing. But happier still, to be closer to the King of Kings -- which requires you yourself, BE a King. They elected distance. You don't have to. They will get the distance they elect. You don't have to. God's Will is that Everyone be a King, the "every spiritual blessing" clause in Eph1. But 99.9% of those "many", will elect against His Will. You don't have to. And if you elect His Will, then you will inherit your portion of "the many", as a king over them. For their benefit. A role which you will crave, for you have been trained down here to crave it. And they will love being under you, and you will love benefitting them. No middle ground.

Big choice for you to make, 24/7: what think ye of Christ?


Satan is dead certain we can't handle such a Royal-Priestly Training role. Satan banks on our not wanting to execute the spiritual life of the Son in our depraved bodies. Most of all, he's quite sure that the number of rulers needed won't happen -- for it takes a lifetime of arduous (and very enjoyable) growth in Bible Doctrine, which no one wants -- to reach Pleroma, "the fullness of Christ" (Eph3:19, 4:13), the spiritual maturation level one must reach in order to "vest" as a king-priest under The King-Priest, the Christ. Satan's thus thinking: I can still beat the Most High! Not washed up yet! So I'll implement my DIOS plan, make God foreign to them! Make Myself the foreign god over them! Deflect their attention away from this spiritual life -- and prove Him wrong! [The "DIOS" plan is explained under the "DIOS" link in the Appendix. More about it follows passim throughout Parts III and IV.]

Whoa. Must be pretty important, then, what we inherit in Christ.


Synopsis: What's Different about Our Spiritual Life, Now?

I. Church gets Unique Kingship from His Battlefield Royalty, Ps110

For us to get this Royally Invisible Spiritual Life, something had to first be killed. Hebrews and Galatians make it clear that the Mosaic Law no longer applies to us, because Christ fulfilled the Law, died perfect, and was thus Resurrected. [E.g., Matt5:17, Rom10:4 "for the PURPOSE of Justification" s/b trans. Foreign translations beat English Bibles here, and caught Paul's wordplay, since "end" in foreign languages has "purpose" and "fulfillment" connotations which today's English lacks; same is true for the foreign equivalents of "for". At least the ones I can read: French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Portuguese and here I can even read the German, what a surprise. Translations don't convey the drama, though: Paul is shouting (no verbs in Greek means high Attic-quality drama). See also Gal3, Rom7-8, all of Hebrews, esp Chaps6-10, which explain He was depicted BY the Law.] Instead, we have the "law of Christ", the "law of liberty", the "law of grace": all of these terms are synonyms. As it says in Heb 10:9, "He took away [lit., killed, abrogated] the first [covenant], in order to establish the second [covenant, ours]." After all, the Law pointed to Him, and He fulfilled the law; so a New Law comes from Him -- not from the Mosaic law. This is the main theme of the Book of Hebrews, to explain that Change in Covenant. We also know that Israel has not been abandoned from Romans 9-11; so what applies in this period of time, applies to all people spiritually born in this period, irrespective of race, Gal 3. Jews who believe in Christ during this covenantal period are part of Church, even as anyone who believed in Him during the OT period would have been thus a Jew. So the covenants to Israel have been put on hold, to be fulfilled later. ["Later", per Luke 21:24, Heb 11:39-40, and Daniel's prophecy about the final of the 70 weeks, for example.]

So now the Second, replaces what was killed: His Spiritual Life which we inherit, was both INVISIBLE and ROYAL when He was here. For He was born a King, and due to the Cross, became the King of Kings. So it's a lifestyle of King-Priestly Thinking toward Father which we inherit, since His Thoughts paid FATHER for sins, Isa53:10-11 (inspired Writ, not translations). He was born King of the World, not just Israel. For the Messiah of the OT was to come and rule the world through Israel. More about that fact is covered in Part IVa, since all of Church's Precedence derives from the past. And the past always was a prophecy of a WORLD ruler (i.e., in Isa9:6, 11:4,10); not just the ruler of a dusty backwater country no one liked!

His Three Kingships are:

Thus 2) and 3)'s "kings", become us. He has three kingships, and we potentially get the latter two of them, Rev1:6, 5:10, 1Cor4:8 (sarcastic), 1Pet2:5, 9 and a host of less-obvious-in-translation verses thoroughly explain these three kingships. We'll lump these as one kingship under the 3) rubric for purposes of Parts III and IV, since that's how the Bible lumps them (i.e., Book of Hebrews lumps the two as one under the kata-Melchizedek Battlefield award). [Greek word stephanos is a crown of achievement, and represents wealth awards; it's not related to ruling. Greek word diadema is for ruling. Unfortunately English Bibles translate both "crown" so you can't tell the very great difference between them in Bible.]

NOTE: as Part IVa will explain in excruciating detail, Israel's relationship to Messiah has not changed long-term: her unconditional covenants will still be realized, because God vested them all in that Son of David, fulfilling the promise in 2Sam7. So it is NOT true that Church took over from Israel, for the Kingships are SEPARATE so the covenants are separate, too.

As you'll see in Part IVa, which covers the macro-historical and precedence issues of the Trial and hence the Rapture's kicking off the Tribulation,
So we know that our covenant is not the Mosaic Law, just as the Gal 3 and Book of Hebrews repeatedly state. (Hebrews, about once or twice per chapter, rhetorical devices vary.)
II. Church gets Uniquely Bridal, Spiritual THOUGHT Life of DDNA, God's Apodoses

Hence two main Characteristics now constitute the Spiritual Life of Church: INVISIBILITY, and BRIDE-ROYALTY. The level of visibility was high in the OT, because Christ was Coming, so would be Visible when He arrived. But since His Visible Self was rejected, He is now INvisible. So the INvisible aspect of the spritual life, which was always 99.9% of the life even when the OT rituals etc. were extant -- is now 100%. Secondly, He is King of Kings, and we are awarded to Him, so unlike the OT folks, we have Royal Standards to learn and live on, because everything upgraded to Royal level (viz., James calls what was Lev19:18 the "royal law" in Jas2:8). Royal wealth, too: all those "riches" verses in the NT are the Wealth of His Thinking, which is His Love. My pastor stressed these facts repeatedly, and they are pretty easy to find even in Bible translations.

God has always 'been about' Oneness, Marriage, theme of Eph1. God is Trinity, because Spirit and Son choose to subordinate to Father, rather than be independent. Even though, they are Equally God. That's a "marriage" commitment. So also, God the Husband to Creation, the Wife: so the Wife must be made equal to be Fit Bride, Gen15:6 and 2Cor5:21. So we the Bride of Christ due to 2Cor5:21, are a unique spiritual species MATCHED to Christ per 2Cor5:17's Greek: so we Church will be the Chief Representative of Creation for all eternity; that's why we are Married to the Husband Who is the Substance, the Hupostasis of All Creation, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are therefore in an exclusive hupostasis with Him; Him, not the world. The world refuses Him. So the Divine Call out to the highways and byways of the world has a limit, just as does any proclamation: you got the due-diligence disclosure, so if you refuse it, no more will be said to you. Sign of Jonah. Meanwhile, we internally develop toward Him, growing up in our Bridal role: invisibly, for the Wife is the property of Her Husband, and is not for anyone else.

This unmagical-yet-SUPERnatural Royal Spiritual Lifestyle System, is metaphorically depicted in DNA biology and in Greek debating rhetoric's "protasis" and "apodosis". These ideas were introduced in Part I. Same processes occur INSIDE you with any learning you do: how much more, the SUPERnatural learning System of God's.

You can click here for the DDNA webseries or use its link at pagetop and bottom, to go through this metaphor in more detail. If you're not already familiar with DNA, start with its "Introduction to Love" link. If you just want to understand this split-to-replicate precision, click here for DDNA1.htm to read its "1st Aspect, Summary" link, which provides the biological details so you can better see the spiritual reality the biology reflects.

Notice the metaphorical parallel in the spiritual life: your 'soul DNA' is a set of instructions you've WILLED since birth. You tell your soul how to be, by taking what comes into your soul, and ruling on it. So the task is, to replace your own rulings with God's Rulings -- aka the Bible -- so you can become closer to Him, and hence become a King. For God is Ruler by nature, so you must become a ruler in order to be closer to Him. So it's just like DNA, except that it's Divine DNA, aka "DDNA" in my sites -- Christ's Thinking, replacing your 'soul DNA': line by line, precept by precept. When all those discrete learnings under your pastor have reached a critical mass (think of quantum mechanics), then your 'soul DNA' is ready to split and be spiritually re-engineered. It's a Cloning of Christ's Thinking. Each time, solely upon your discrete consent. Again, much more on this process is thoroughly explained in the DDNA webseries.

The second metaphor is derived from rhetoric, and was introduced in Part I. NT explains this conversion extensively. The "First Reason for Invisibility" section which follows this Synopsis, will introduce you to those five infinitives: they together invisibly constitute what God does to you as you learn and live on Bible in God's System. [Every NT verse points back to that contract in some way. Again, the DDNA webseries seeks to show in modern lingo, how this process works, especially since no one translates the LXX of Isa53:10-11, except Brenton. You gotta amalgamate both texts and then translate them, to see the full meaning. I prefer the poetic translation's amalgamation in Isa53trans.htm, as it follows Isaiah's Hebrew meter scheme.]

A whole SERIES of Thinking Skills come out from this process of DDNA building by the Holy Spirit, and the use of God's Apodoses on a repetitive basis, every day you live in God's System. It becomes a truly Royal Thought Life, and it's light-years smarter than the smartest person on this planet. Essentially, you learn to:Repeat: these thinking skills are often simultaneous, once you are mature. Even your secular IQ will markedly increase, never mind what science says -- you need a bigger capacity to think toward God, so you get it from Him. Idea is to widen the scope of thinking, since God is Omniscient and therefore the knowledge typology is an all-at-once, multisphere thinking style. It takes decades to get to a 24/7 fluency, but if you practice and seek these skills, they will develop much faster. How you do that, is of your own devising before the Lord. Since God runs the System, human smarts don't matter, here. A brain-damaged person can learn just as much as you can. No human ability 'helps' God, and no human handicap, handicaps God. In the spiritual life, we truly start out equal, and only end up unequal because we are unequally WILLING to learn Christ. [Spiritual insight is a matter of connecting the dots, but only God knows how they connect. Well -- He can connect the dots for a brain-damaged person just as He can do it in anyone allegedly 'smart'. So it doesn't matter how smart person A is, compared to person B. It matters instead, how WILLING.]

III. Church gets Unique Inheritance at the Rapture's Evaluation Seat, aka "Bema"

In the ancient Roman world, after a conflict ended the general or king would evaluate the performance of his troops and hand out punishments or awards. This was done from a raised platform somewhat like a proscenium stage, called a "Bema" (with an eta, not epsilon). So the Lord's Bema 1Cor3, occurs in Rev4:1, the Rapture. We will then each be be graded on how well we learned and lived this Royally Invisible Spiritual Life, parable of Matt25:13-29. [Matt25 is a series of nested parables depicting the eternal future. There are two sets of meaning layers; Paul, Peter and John often use these parallelisms (in translation, you best see Paul's in Galatians; John's, in 1Jn). First set of meanings: believers versus unbelievers. Second set: believers who grow up in Him, versus those who refuse. So the stingy servant in the first set of meanings, is contrasted with believers. But in the second set of meanings, he's the believer who doesn't invest what God gave him at salvation. Ancient rhetorical discourse was always dense and deft like this.]

Thinking God's Thoughts means getting the Royal Training, not magic at all. Not thinking God's thoughts means refusing the Royal Training, not magic at all. Because, the First Characteristic of spiritual development is always, thinking. For it's your soul which is saved. And what a soul does, is think. There is no emotion in the soul. Emotion is a body thing. So it's the invisible thinking, never the visible body, which matters. Pretty awesome thing to learn, huh. Can't go by what people say or fit in with them, huh. You'll be graded on what you think and do with your own soul in your own Royally Invisible Spiritual Life!

In sum, due to His Successful Completion of the Cross, He instituted a Royal New Covenant: it's under this Covenant that we derive our precedence, our rules of learning, our Royally Invisible Spiritual Life, in order to Train in our Future Brideship. [Repeating, this is the main theme of the Book of Hebrews; most folks miss this fact when they read it, in part because Bible is so economical in its use of language, and is rife with wordplay; you're expected to read with your brain on, 1Jn1:9 breathed as needed. For example, the Royal stress is deftly conveyed in Hebrews, by the term "Melchizedek", a King-Priest who lived at the time of Abram. If you don't understand that background, you won't understand the Book itself. Moreover, the term "New Covenant" is therefore used in tender wordplay. For the "new covenant" was to be the Bridal covenant the Jews would receive, had they accepted Messiah. That's the central theme in Moses, Jeremiah and the later (post-586BC) prophets. Messiah was to institute this New Covenant, and so the writer of Hebrews is assuring Jewish believers that in fact with Church, the New Covenant will be instituted: with us as the siblings, rescuing Israel. The fact that the letter is in Greek itself is important, as indeed all the NT is in Greek for that reason: for Vashti had refused, so Esther is Church, but the Husband will not abandon His First Love. And in the end (theme of Rom11), she will return to Him (like Gomer returned to Hosea).]

So if you were to chart the topmost features of Our Royally Invisible, Marital Covenant in Him, the chart might look like this. The verses in the table are merely flagship verses. Other verses tying to them are in the thousands, and are selectively referenced passim, in this Part III. Ask God to show you verses which you will recognize, for it's hard to guess what you'll find useful.
TRANSMUTATION FEATUREWHAT GOD DOESWHAT YOU DO
Divine-Quality ROYALTYDDNA manufacture by the Holy Spirit from Bible you learn and use, gradually TRANSFORMS your soul into Functioning Royalty, Isa53:10-12, Col 1:25-27, Rom12:1-3, Greek.Daily Learn and use Bible in God's System, Eph4:12-16 (esp. v.16), Greek. (Click here if you're not already familiar with the definition of "God's System".)
Divine-Quality Bridal Invisible INTIMACYDDNA manufacture by the Holy Spirit from Bible you learn and use, MATURES your soul so you can have a dynamic, intimate, 24/7 relationship with Christ Himself -- long before you die, Isa53:10-12, Eph3:15-19, 1Jn4:12-17, Phili1:21, 2Pet3:18.Daily Learn and live on Bible in God's System, with emphasis on practicing God's Apodoses in 'reply' to every thought or proposed action, á la Ps35:28, Matt4:4, 2Cor10:5, 1Jn3:10+3:18 (Greek), Rev22:11.
Divine-Quality CROWNING at BemaDDNA manufacture by the Holy Spirit from Bible you learn and use, MATURES your soul to become King-Sized: so you inherit a kingdom of believers who didn't mature like you did, Isa53:12, 2Tim4:7-8, Eph4:13.KEEP learning and living on Bible in God's System; KEEP 'replying' with God's Apodases, Phili 3:14, even under pressure -- just as was true for Christ.

Satan is out to stop the Wedding, as we saw in Part I. The Royal Spiritual Life is wearing on the soul. The constant besidedness of failure tempts us to want some chippie substitute like ritual, emotionalism or works, to make us feel less like failures all the time. Satan knows this better than anyone, because he QUIT. So he wants us to quit, too. Don't you think angels had the same offer as we get, for their size and natures? Is God ever inconsistent? If He wants unity with us, He surely wanted unity with all the angels -- first. Part II was on that topic. So now it comes to Church, and the covenant is upgraded, the other groups having all refused too much. Those who accepted, got their own rewards, though the OT folk will get theirs at the 2nd Advent. We precede them, Heb11:40. Point is, we are the group Now. Satan's out to stop the Wedding, so He can prevent God's Promises to the OT people as well as to Church, from being fulfilled. For if Church doesn't complete, then God is a liar. Again, we saw those issues 'born' in Part II's "Covenant Properties", and how Christ INVENTED Church to prevent a Mistrial Verdict -- yet set up potential for a BIGGER Mistrial Verdict, and Satan agreed to that. So, this Part III shows what spiritual life we must mature in, to "win". Next, Part IV will focus on that macro fight in history, so you can see the larger picture of the HISTORY you are making, when you do what seems a little thing, "just live on Bible".

Ergo, Satan intends to prevent or disrupt this DDNA growth in God's Matt4:4 Apodoses, toward Oneness; principally, Satan inserts his own viral DNA and passes it off as godly, see godnotmag.htm. So it's no walk in the park, to learn and live on this Bridal covenant. It's a Battlefield Royalty we inherit, because you have to battle it out in your soul, day in and day out throughout your life. Your enemies are your own soul, everyone around you, and Satan&Co. False ideas of spirituality and God abound everywhere. It's even fashionable to say there is no God, so that must be battled, too. Your own life is filled with a million fragmenting details, making it difficult to think. Your own life is filled with sound in every direction, whether music or TV or people talking at you -- making it difficult to think. All these things will be used to obstruct spiritual growth, and the people thus used do not know they are being used. You are being used also. We're all in this battle together. So the rest of this Part III will cover the vicissitudes and parameters of this New Bridal Covenant we Church get, and Satan's many subtle attacks against it. Part IV will focus on the larger historical context of the Bridal Covenant and the Grand Strategy of both sides, plus the historical impact of it: for the Rapture is determined by when in aggregate, the Bride finally grows up. That, no one but God can know.

So let's now examine further, what this "Invisibility" means for each of us, our Invisible Spiritual Life. In Part IIIb, we'll turn our attention to what its "Royalty" means.


FIRST MAIN CHARACTERISTIC: INVISIBILITY

So Christ's Thinking was invisible to the world when He was down here. You only heard parts of what He thought, when He spoke. But God sees every thought. So, the First Characteristic of the Spiritual life is Invisible, because it is Thinking. That was always true, really. Now it is true solely, for Church. There are no rituals, anymore. Even the Eucharist, which seems like a ritual and is commanded, is a Thinking Thing: "do this -- in Remembrance of Me", 1Cor11:24-25. So Church spiritual life is solely a Thinking Thing, never magical nor rote. A Supernatural Thinking Thing: God's Thoughts, God's Script, in God's System, Matt4:4.

First Reason for Invisibility, His Invisible Spiritual Life during 1st Advent, is now to be replicated in us: Divine Thinking "in earthen vessels".

The first 30 years of the Lord's life are barely mentioned in Scripture. Obviously He spent that time learning Doctrine, for He used it constantly, as the Gospels depict: esp. Matt4, His debut. All His Thinking, was Bible Doctrine. It circulated constantly in His "heart" (a metaphor for the soul), even while He slept, lest, just as any other human, He lapse into sin during sleep. It was a constant source of joy to Him. When He paid for sins, the Payment -- His Thinking! -- was likewise invisible to man: the Cross was enshrouded in supernatural darkness on that fateful Wednesday, from 12pm - 3pm.


God's Apodoses

When you think, you mix information with your scale of values about that information, to derive decisions. Hence there is a lot of protasis-apodosis thinking: if-this, then-that.

Protasis: If "a".
Apodosis: therefore "b".

If-then thinking is going on in your head, 24/7. So what apodosis you match to the protasis, governs your entire life. Much like DNA (same mechanics, really), which is an instruction set for your cells, your 'soul DNA' tells your soul, how to think. You program your own soul, 24/7, by means of the apodosis you choose each time. That choice stores in your brain, and then serves as an instruction the next time a similar protasis arises. This happens billions of times during your day. Every day. So just as Prov23:7 says, you are what you think.

Note well: you are RULING on the apodosis, not merely analyzing it. So if your apodoses are incorrect, your rule still 'sticks' since you are in charge of your own soul; you are thus influenced by those past rulings. If you got jealous, it becomes easier to give into jealousy the next time. If you resisted jealousy, it becomes easier to resist it the next time. So too, with God's apodoses for every "if"; especially, if you practice them over and over. More practice makes for more ease, more integrity makes for more enjoyment. For all God's Thoughts, are pure enjoyment to Him. Else, He'd have sinned and we'd all not exist -- or, we'd be automatons, like Satan&Co. prefer.

So to say the Bible constantly circulated in Jesus the Christ, means He learned it. Then, used it. So He lived on God's DDNA Apodoses, Matt4:4. So, He learned Lev19:18, don't-take-revenge. So whenever He was tempted to want to take revenge, He'd recall that verse as a weapon against the temptation. So, He learned David's Psalms. So, He thought about those Psalms constantly, enjoying their meaning, finding stuff in His Life which depicted their meaning -- which would be everything in His Life. For everything reflects God, just as David so often says. That process of course, developed His Own ideas and values about God, life, things. So totally did His thinking thus develop, that He became "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." For Life, is a thinking -- thinking Truth, here. Hence the Way to Live is to learn Truth: God's. Then you think it, 24/7.

Hence Christ got fully built in God's thoughts: "full of Grace and Truth", as John's Gospel puts it. As Isaiah 52:13-54:1 bluntly states, He paid for sins with His Thinking. Of course, even logic would tell you that: He was immovably nailed to the Cross, so all He could do, was think. He said "It is finished", while still alive, so His Physical Death didn't pay for sins. [
Click here to review the "Trichotomy 4" table in godnotmag.htm, if you don't understand that His Physical Death didn't pay for our sins. Failure to understand Trichotomy explains why Christianity doesn't understand how our sins got paid for on the Cross. First section in Grail.htm might also prove helpful if you have trouble understanding how His Physical death didn't pay for sins. As for the Isaiah passage, since it's so badly euphemized in published Bibles -- obliterating the very description of our salvation! -- I had to retranslate it three (similar) ways, in Isa53trans.htm.]

Isa53:10-11's LXX says there are the five contract verbs that happened in Him, to Him, of Him, for Him and hence VIA Him:
          1. Purify,
          2. Plunder,
          3. Point out (enlighten),
          4. Plassw (sculpt),
          5. Perfect (make righteous/justify the ACTION DONE, which was the imputation and judgement of sins to Him).
Via these five infinitives, God thus used sin to leverage Oneness, solving the Dichotomy of Isa55:8. It's not about sin. It's about the Oneness. And we get that: John 17 is answered, "Yes!" "Salvation" is about a lot more than paying for sin. God didn't just solve sin, He solved the dichotomy between Holy Infinity -- and puny sinner humanity. All via One Human, Christ. Whose Thinking we can now get DDNA'd into us, so we truly do become like Him. Just as God always promised, ever since Gen3:15. Now you know why you are a Bride-Level Royal Priest forever, that first nanosecond you believed in Christ. You are one in Him, main theme of Romans 6-8, all of Ephesians and Colossians, and especially John's Gospel Chaps 14-17, and all of 1Jn. The priesthood and covenant changeover to Church is tracked in the Book of Hebrews. In short, this Divine Truth is the answer to John 17 and is covered extensively in Bible.


How Isa53:10-11's Five LXX Infinitives Play Daily in His and hence Your Own, Life

Every time you learn or use Bible Doctrine in God's System, God sees and does these five infinitives to that learning or usage: thus He builds "gold silver precious stones" -- all metaphors for Word in you, see "riches" verses as well as 1Cor3 -- as you learn and live Bible, in God's System. He loves seeing it and doing it to you. Knowing that fact makes the difference in how you regard everything in life. Nothing you do is a failure, even if a failure. For God can work His Power upon it, and He loves doing that. So, I live on the information you're about to read. If you use it every day, you'll see its power. More importantly, Christ lived on it and all the NT writers focus on these five verbs. So let's now examine more closely, the meaning and usage of these five infinitives in your own daily life. Every day, they are happening to you as you live on God's Script in God's System. Witness the Precedence and Mechanic of our salvation, our transmutation process into having His Gorgeous DDNA Apodoses, multiply and cycle like synapses, dendrites and axons, in us mere earthen vessels! Oh: if you don't know already, an "infinitive" is a part of speech which in every language I know of, signifies that the verbal action is a goal, purpose, objective, and even a standard to practice. So true, here! As usual, the verbs are listed in their vocabulary forms rather than their infinitival forms, so you can find them more easily, in a lexicon. Don't use Strong's, it's not meant for deep Bible study, but only as a mnemonic. Find something stronger like Bauer-Danker (aka "BDAG"), Thayer or Kittle which provide extensive verse listings, Greek lit. occurrences, tally of usages, morphology and etymology.

  1. "Purify" Infinitive, katharizw (pronounced kath-ar-IDZ-oh), hence ATONEMENT: Full of DDNA, Christ in His Humanity could and did 'reply' to all those incoming sin apodoses, with the Replacing Apodoses of God's Thoughts. So when the sins of lying, murder, resentment, i-deserve, jealousy, etc. hit Him like javelins (meholal clause in Isa53:5), His 'reply' of replacing apodoses converted the sin apodoses into God's Apodoses. Think of it like genetic engineering, for that's what Isaiah said happened. Our 'soul DNA', so to speak, is our thinking. Sin is thinking, so all that evil 'soul DNA' was reserved since eternity past and poured out on Him on the Cross. As the sins hit His Soul, His Own "DDNA" (Divine Thinking, Divine DNA) replied with the correct apodosis (alternative to the sin 'answer' to temptation). Over and over and over, billions of times, and all faster than the speed of light. So that purified the sins and converted them to make Christ's Soul BIGGER. Part IVd will cover the effect on Him, but you can see here that katharizw's purifying was with respect to the sins hitting him.

    Principle: when you think God's Apodoses, a Purification process goes on. When you name your sin, katharizw means you are forever purified from it, 1Jn1:9 uses that verb just that way. Forever, because the Cross lasts forever, to Omniscience. See also Hebrews 10, which stresses the forever-nature of His purification on our behalf.

    But you also 'purify' whatever you are thinking or doing by using God's Apodoses, applying them to anything or everything, even toothbrushing or watching TV. For think: nothing in life is pure. Human ideas and purposes are always petty, banal, waste-of-time but necessary. So how to purify them from their smallness? Associate them with God's Apodoses, and now that petty thing is an OCCASION for your use of Bible, even as all the sins being imputed to Him provided the OCCASION for Him to think Bible in 'reply' to them. So if even our sins got purified by means of that 'occasion' of the Cross, how much more, the helpless stuff of life, which can't even sin, but only be annoying to one who can? And think more: doesn't it ATONE for the thing you're stuck with doing, if you can USE it as an occasion to play with Bible? What do you think the OT people did all day and night, given the fact it took probably 30 minutes to just fetch water?

    Satan just doesn't get it. Sure, God could have binged! us all from the get-go to be perfect, but then all these potential OCCASIONS for using Bible, would never exist. They'd end up as woulda been, iffy history that never occurred. Worse, all of us would not be anything like we are, our freedom to choose thus curtailed, the "hell c)" or "d)" in Part I. That's worse than being a Stepford wife -- at least the Stepford wives were drugged. Here, you'd know that you missed a whole side of life. God won't do that to us. Satan would, and does.

    In the trenches, just assert the verb. It's happening at a deeper level, and you are blindsided by whatever pressure is hitting, so appreciation for the purification process, will seem remote. Just assert the verb. Because it's going on, more than ever. Christ shouted Ps22:1 over and over and over, to remind Him of it.

  2. "Plunder" Infinitive, aphairew (pronounced af-a-REH-oh), hence PROPITIATION: Christ Himself Became Bigger in His Own Soul, due to all that incoming sin being converted into God's DDNA Apodoses. That too, Isaiah stresses, in v.12 (which is why Isa54:1 is so witty). Greek verb aphairew is usually translated "take away", but that's a bad English translation. It really means "carry off as plunder", because the root concept is to take something away which belongs to someone else. Main theme in Isaiah 53 is that the Lord was 'raped' by our sins as a woman taken in plunder, becomes 'pregnant' with us as a result, and gives 'birth' to our salvation. So Paul and the other NT writers play with aphairew a lot, whether using it directly or using the many synonyms for it, to stress our Plunder of Thinking in Christ. The writers all zero in on the plunder meaning which Isaiah climactically builds to, in Isa53:12-54:1. It's satisfying, get it?

    Principle: when you think God's Apodoses, a Propitiation process goes on. You are plundering "true riches" of His Thinking, and that's innately satisfying. The Lord uses aphairew this way, in Luke 10:42. The NT uses aphairew in the context of taking something away which belongs to someone, and it has a specialized meaning of taking away sins, in the OT. But think: that's a kind of plunder, and Isaiah talks about sins as plundering Him, in Isa53:10 where this verb is used. Taking away sins is indeed, satisfying.

    It's just flat satisfying to learn and live on Bible. Because you're in a body, everything in this life is a hassle. So learning and living on Bible is a hassle, too. But Bible's not to blame. Moreover, it Propitiates for the hassle of learning and living, in all other aspects of life. For, no matter what you're doing, you can think Bible anytime, anywhere. So no such thing as a waste of your time. Now, isn't that satisfying? Frankly, everything else by comparison -- isn't. The more you learn and live on Bible, the more previously-attractive things will become unattractive to you. You'll go through an irritability phase in spiritual adulthood (next section) during which it's like someone finally gave you the right glasses, and now you can SEE so clearly! Yeah, and what you see is that this world chases its tail, and calls itself holy for so doing. So you'll be tempted to right the wrongs you now see so clearly. God will spank you for that, and eventually you'll calm down. But you've crossed over the border into "Bible is more enjoyable than anything else." Welcome to the Twilight Zone, when you do.

    In the trenches, just assert the verb. This is even harder to detect under pressure than katharizw would be. Helps to remember that we get pressure in order to better understand what happened to Christ. So try remembering Heb12:2, here.

  3. "Point-out" Infinitive, deiknumi (pronounced dike-NOOM-ee), hence RECONCILIATION: His Very Soul was made Total Light on the Cross. Before the Cross, He was also Total Light, but 'smaller': the only 'portion' of 'light-making' (for lack of a better word) which remained to accomplish in His Human Soul, was to Convert Sin into Light (=OT metaphor of God's Thoughts). So that last stage of light-completion happened on the Cross, Heb 2:10, 5:8-9, 7:28. ("Perfect" as a verb means to "complete" a process or contract, even in legal English: Greek verb is teleiow.) [So many verses on this, too many to quote: look up all NT "light" verses and every verse with plerow or teleiow and their cognates, particularly in Paul and John's books, and Book of Hebrews. The latter two words and their cognates are used like twinned DNA threads, so trace them carefully.]

    As a result, He could bequeath to Church the selfsame DDNA process, via His prayer in John 17 (i.e., the "oneness" and "sanctify" clauses, esp. v.20-21). He had to vote on it in advance, for that would determine who would be made or not made, to pay for.

    • See, it was a Vote Whether You'd EXIST.
    • The OT people already did exist;
    • but Christ also had to choose who He'd pay for -- who didn't YET exist.
    • John 17 is His Voting Response which basically gives Father carte blanche as to who to make, believers and unbelievers (atonement is unlimited, God is thus never cheated, and freedom is not gerrymandered, either).
    • So that determined the sin content which would hit Him, since Omniscience knows all the potential as well as actual, etc.
    • Hence He became Bigger in His Soul due to the ADDED size of the sin content which got converted, #2.
    • So here in #3, the Result: Total Light, even in His Humanity.
    • My pastor always tells it like this: when your sins came up to hit Him, He knew you personally, and had the option to say no. He didn't say no. So you don't need to say no or feel guilty, either. [My pastor also stressed each time when exegeting Hebrews 1:4, that the Lord's Humanity IN His Humanity, became bigger than all the angels put together. Not just His Status (God never grants a status which is under-or-over matched to nature, that would be Unjust). So here you can see how that got accomplished. Greek verb "auxzanw" (sometimes transliterated without the "z") means to GROW BIGGER; sometimes it's translated as "increase" or "enlarge". You'll find it used for the spiritual life a lot, in both OT and NT. Now you have a better idea what that means. Isaiah uses the growth metaphor earlier in the passage, threading it from Isa53:2.]

    This is not at all a mystical or gnostic thing. We know now and the ancients always did too, that matter converts into energy and vice versa. They knew better than we apparently do, that thought converts from one kind to another. That's a DNA-style function, which is why DNA works as it does. So too, a thought coming in from person "A" to person "B" converts in person "B", yet remains the same in person "A". Because, thought is contagious, an 'RNA' which replicates immaterially with other immateriality. So to say sin converted means it converted IN Him. Those were our thoughts of sin, and they remain our thoughts -- but now the conversion is also true, and hence atones, propitiates, reconciles and redeems our own existence (which really is thought, the body coming along for the ride). So now you see simultaneity: our thoughts continue to be what they are, and yet God's Omniscience can in advance assign them to Christ for conversion. Which makes Him Bigger Light than pre-Cross. Total fusion of thinking with Father -- and also, with His Own Deity, resulted in His Humanity. [You'll find that this fact is recognized in varying ways among some pastors. Mine speculates a kind of 'blending' might have occurred post-Cross, for lack of a better word. There's a similar idea being considered by the Watchman Nee people. Greek Orthodox has its own way of describing the result. In short, this recognition of what I'm terming "fusion" has been around for centuries. I picked the term "fusion" of thinking, as that result doesn't alter the best theological definition of "Hypostatic Union" (esp. the "without loss or transfer of attributes -- the union being permanent and eternal" clauses). If the thinking is fused, the other human attributes wouldn't be altered or mixed, since thinking is immaterial by nature. Clearly His Humanity is a far bigger finity, greater than all the angels put together, per Greek of Heb1:4. Not as we know "humanity" now, obviously.]

    Greek verb deiknumi means to point out, make known, publish, declare, enlighten and even teach -- it seems to be the most common method to incorporate Isa53:10-11 by reference, in the NT. [Aphairew is used in carry-up, carry-off wordplay very thickly in Isaiah; he thesauretically weaves in every version of the carry up/off idea possible, seems like. NT writers thus imitate his style with as many carrying verbs and nouns as they can pile in a book, stringing them from the carrying of our sins to the carrying off of the riches of His Thinking. However, they prefer to use synonyms (especially komizw and harpazw, the latter also being the official verb for the Rapture) more than aphairew . By contrast, deiknumi is repeated more often, as well as played on thesauretically.]

    Principle: when you think God's Apodoses, a Publishing process goes on, and what you're publishing, is your Reconciliation of the Truth. That Enlightens You, both in the sense of seeing better, and in the sense of 'weight lifted'. For in accounting you must reconcile the books. Especially, THE Book, the Bible -- it and what you believe, must match. Or you will never be happy. Remember, you are a Royal Priest by nature, so you need this. That's why you have The Book. It proves God 100%, if you'll study it diligently. For any protasis requires a reconciling apodosis, for the entire concept to 'fit', Balance. So when you choose God's Apodoses in Bible, you're Publishing the Balancing Reconciliation to your soul -- but more importantly, to Heaven Who Hears You, 24/7. You might seem to be alone down here, but count on it -- if you're using Bible in your head, you have an Unseen Audience, Heb11:1!

    In the trenches, assert this verb and try to find even one Divine Apodosis which reconciles the pressure for you, and keep on asserting that. For me, it's "DDNA", or simply "dendrites". For Christ, it was Psalm 22:1, the Psalm of sins hitting Him on the Cross, foreknown by David. He told His Disciples He'd longed for that Cross, Luke 22:19 being the occasion He foreknew when He'd finally be 'set aside', since it was true 10 Nisan, nominal 14 Nisan, first day of Passover on the then-incorrect, calendar. So four days later on true 14 Nisan, nominal 18 Nisan, He's finally on that Cross from about 9am until 3pm: beginning 12pm, Psalm 22 reconciled everything for Him, and His shouting it is a happiness, not a complaining. He's telling the audience -- those around the Cross, us reading about it -- that He's now being judged for their sins and it is a relief for Him, Heb12:2. Combat is a relief when you've trained for a lifetime to be in it. The spiritual life is back-ended, all the profit finally showing up at the end, so a lot of hurry-up-and-wait characterizes the life. So the training has to be harder than the combat you'll undergo, or you won't complete it successfully. So it is comforting to finally get it. More about Combat will be covered in the "2-3-4-5 Evidence Testing" table below, and especially in Parts IVc and IVd. The final stage of your spiritual life is almost pure combat, as you'll see later on in this First Reason for Invisibility.

    For in the trenches, the objective is to hang onto what you believe most firmly and keep firing it. Will stand you in good stead, hold you together when you are close to an unconscious state (i.e., sleep deprivation, too much pain, too little food, etc). Spiritual dendrites are manufactured by the TON when you're under pressure, but you are so blindsided -- if you can think one or two words, that's a major victory. So repeat them over and over. If you find the RECONCILING item, obviously you will see the comforting propitiation and atonement meanings, which refresh you amidst the pressure.

  4. "Plassw" (=to sculpt, Greek) Infnitive (pronounced PLAH-ssoh), hence REDEMPTION: thus the dichotomy between finity and Infinity, was solved IN His Humanity. So He's THE Beneficiary, as Isa53:12 explains (usually mistranslated). He thus distributes His Own Thinking booty (and hence the people He purchased as well) to those "great ones" who grow up like He did: merizw clause in Isa53:12, which is incorporated by reference in Rom12:3, Eph4:16, other verses.

    "Plassw" is the most important of the five verbs, for it depicts the actual SCULPTING of His Thinking as first happened in Him, and from there -- to happen in us. The Hebrew counterpart verb is yatsar, and you'll find it used for sculpting the 'body' of a thing, person, mountain, etc. So the NT doesn't actually use plassw, but yet references it with many synonyms to play on its wry meanings. Idea of sculpting a 'body' of thinking: His. Very witty. The Hebrew in 53:11 is b'd'atto yatsdiq; LXX deiknumi and plassw clauses are used to translate but those two Hebrew words. Point is, the Hebrew text means what the LXX says, but the NT writers play with the LXX verbs. Paul never tires of body-of-Christ's-thinking analogies -- him the only virgin apostle of the lot of them -- so line by line, precept by precept, DDNA dendrite by God's Apodosis, the 'body of the Head' is to go in your head. And "plassw" accomplishes that.

    Principle: when you think God's Apodoses, a Play Doh process goes on. You yourself are Redeeming Time by crafting from your own free will, Bible in your head to apply to your life. See why it redeems? Here YOU are, a lump of clay with these Diamonds of Doctrine in your head, and from them you craft something -- under the Spirit, but the Spirit isn't forcing you to do this, He's ENABLING it. Well, think of how pleasing that is. God likes that even better than if He alone made up whatever you do. Just as, you'd treasure a clay animal your kid made more than something you make yourself. It redeems, doesn't it! Don't you find yourself glad despite all the hassles of child-rearing, when the kid actually comes up with something on his own? So too, does our Heavenly Father. [Play Doh is an American commercial plastic clay sold to children for their school crafts, non-toxic. It's probably sold worldwide, by now. It was invented when I was a kid in the 1950's. I loved it, TinkerToys and Lincoln logs. Bible is the ultimate version of such creative toys, and it's actually the Thinking of Our Beautimous Lord! Don't ever let anyone tell you that to be holy you have to be boring. Bible is anything BUT.]

    Now for the bad news: in the trenches, you FEEL this happening. The pressure you experience is the sculpting knife, and you're on the Heb4:12 operating table, so what you want to do, is keep on using your favorite Bible verse or just assert this verb, over and over. Our sins 'sculpted' Christ on the Cross. So in our own lesser crosses, the pressures 'sculpt' us, too. We either come out of the operation totally mad at God, or we grow by leaps and bounds. Never underestimate the power of failure to grow you. Look what happened to Paul, who blew it in Acts 21-22! My pastor spent the spring and summer of 1999 teaching "the fall of Paul". Yeah, then God turned around and gave him Canon to write! Just KOKO like Paul did, in his post-fall epistle, viz., Phili 3:14. That lumbering Greek is how you'll feel, too. Just KOKO.

  5. "Perfect" (lit., make righteous) Infinitive, dikaiow (pronounced Dick-eye-OH-oh), hence Result of Redemption, JUSTIFICATION: when Christ 'replied' to all those sin thoughts with replacing apodoses of God's, Divine Righteousness was produced out from those sins; the fact is echoed in 2Cor5:21. Isa53:10-12 repeats this fact several times, and Isa53:10, has the initial contract offer: "If you will give Your Soul as a substitute for sin". Interesting how "Soul" is put in the center of two clauses, a common technique in Greek to make the same word be subject/object of both the clause preceding the word, and the one following it (similar construction is in Rom8:28 and other verses' locations I can't offhand remember). Now you know how we get Divine Righteousness: it's first a conversion ON the Cross -- and then an exchange into us. Romans 6-8 therefore elaborates on how that same process plays in us, to exploit the results of the Cross. Two kinds of Righteousness here: first, the DDNA base, 2Cor5:21; then atop that, the previous infinitives' work building in us (per Eph2:10's Ionic dative of purpose for epi), what my pastor likes to call "capacity righteousness" -- all that DDNA building and functioning in you as you grow in God's System. This is the growth toward Kingship, a status of closest Rapport.

    Principle: when you think God's Apodoses, a Perfecting process goes on. The protases of life don't do squat for God. But they are justified, to Him and to you, when His Apodoses are used to 'reply' to the protases, even as happened on the Cross. It's the same mechanic. Obviously not the same scope, to apply Bible to your toothbrushing -- but since it's the same PRINCIPLE, it's justifying. After all, God has no need to watch you brush your teeth. But He loves hearing you think Bible, so while you brush, you can ponder something, remember, analyze -- so now your brushing is ASSOCIATED with that thinking, just like our sins became associated with Christ's Thinking on the Cross. Association is what justifies a thing. If you bought a lottery ticket and scratched off a winning number, bet you'll keep that ticket as a souvenir. By contrast, if you scratched off a losing number, what do you do -- throw it out. So here, the Justification -- your use of Bible in the activity or thinking -- is Associated with something that otherwise, would only be worth pitching in the trash.

    In the trenches, dikaiow finishes the Association, bonds to it. What happens is that the next time you have the same or similar activity, the remembrance of the Association is much faster and stronger. You go from asserting the verb to enjoying the verb, with the pressure coming to signify the verb, rather than itself. So the pressure, actually changes in meaning. Same kind of idea happens in physical exercise, as you repeat the exercise, it becomes less a hassle and more an enjoyment, until you attain so much proficiency, any pressure in it is actually enjoyed. It doesn't happen overnight, but you can see the progress, even after a week or so of repetition.

    This is the upswing in what one can call the "Circle of Plunder" that these five infinitives create. This dikaiow connects back to katharizw and the whole thing begins anew, over and over and over. Explains how Heb12:2 can be true. For that verse said He enjoyed the Cross, as my pastor never tires of explaining. How do you enjoy a cross of any kind, much less, His? I ask God that question every day. Well, this is how. So here, repetition is the key. KOKO as with the other verbs, assert assert remember assert. Here you see the payoff. No wonder Isaiah says in Isa53:11's Hebrew, yireh! yisbah! bedato yatsdiq, tsadiq av'di l'rabbim! "He will see! Be Satisfied! By means of His Mastery of Truth Knowledge, He makes Righteousness/Justification, My Righteous/Just Servant for the masses!"

    Here's what the world doesn't understand. A pain or a pleasure lasts for only a little while -- but the memory, lasts forever. Think of some party you went to -- or other event, time -- where you enjoyed yourself 'a bit too much'. Look back on it now. Do you feel a little chagrin? Yeah, and now you're stuck with that chagrin as a Remembrance forever. By contrast, look back on some horrible experience and what you learned from it. That learning lasts forever, but the horror, only a little while. That's what Bible keeps telling us -- we will live forever in either heaven or hell, what memories will we want to have? Only Bible in your head makes good viewing for Father, so guess what's the only happy life game in town -- for us? Matt4:4, always occurring! That's happiness forever. Not the "lala" emotional kind, smile here. But true contentment.


The Four H's of His Happiness, in which We can become Heirs

So what counts to the Father, is Divine (DDNA!) Thinking: Bible Doctrine circulating in our souls, since it is that same HAPPY Thinking of Our Highness, Who paid for our sins. See these four H's, Heaven's Holy Happy Highness, Now Complete Seated, Our King Forever! The Highways and Byways of earth the Holy Spirit searches, to add to His Harem! Harvest Time! In rural America, they used to have something called "Four-H Clubs", which were designed to teach rural folk better farming practices. So now witness the Divine 4H version, to Harvest Humanity and fulfill the prophecy in Isa53:10c, of His Hand Happily Harvesting Humans, w'hephets y'hwhah, b'yado yitslah!


God's Love Alphabet for Eternity


The Royal Issue is always Love. This Trial is about Love's Completion, 1Jn4:17.
Part I and II introduced this Trial, which is about whether you grow up in Love.
Trial Proof: growing up in God's Love creates Soul Integrity and thus Happiness.
Can't grow up in God's Love, unless you want God.
Three Core Trial Issues in red font from Part I:
#1 Trial Issue, God provides "enough"; so
#2, you can accept OR reject Him based on what you know; so
#3, you can accept OR reject Him based on what you don't know.

Now watch how all that plays out here, with respect to God's Larger Love Alphabet:

So here's the resulting Invisible Pattern of Your Developing-into-Christ Soul daily occurring "to produce a reflection" as Paul puts it -- of Him, 2Cor3:18! ["To produce a reflection" is my pastor's translation but I'm not sure this is the verse. I don't remember the Greek words, only that snippet of the translation, it sprang to my mind, so it remains, pending my further homework. I can't find the phrase in BibleWorks. It's true that the meaning is reflected -- pun intended -- in 2Cor3:18, but there are other verses. "Mirror" is a common moniker for the Word in the Word, often used allusively. So when you are produced by it, you reflect Christ, i.e., sea of glass is Church, in Rev4. That, my pastor stressed often, when exegeting Rev and James.] So now, let's look on the bright side. Suppose you choose to grow up in God's Script? How will it play, as you age in Christ? Well, you are used to complete the Love Alphabet for everyone else, even as we saw Christ's Own A-I complete our alphabet, from Part II:

See, we really sell God short with all our Brother-Foot Churchinanity. God wants EQUALS for His Son, not footmen. No fellowship with a footman. But intimate Fellowship, with a Bride. So those among us who opted to be footmen, considering themselves the more holy by opting for the low, will get what they wanted -- and be distant from Him, forever. Most of the women in a harem seldom saw their husband. Married, but oh so distant. Most of the people in a royal entourage rarely see the Royal Person of it. Depends on the intimacy, how often and how close.

Since Our Royally Invisible Spiritual Life is truly a DDNA, God's Apodoses', Learning-Love Transmutation process, then the Life's process is to be 'housed'; and within that housing, your Royally Invisible Spiritual Life experiences distinct stages of growth. So let's now examine the housing, and the growth stages.


His Seven-Faceted, Royally-Invisible Spiritual Growth 'House of Thinking'

So, then: how do we live out this spiritual life? What do we 'do' to grow up, "serve the Lord"? Should we shake tambourines and sing "Do, Lord"? Do we froth at the mouth and spout gibberish? Do we pray to merely "get" something? Do we sing hymns to get that good ol' feeling? Do we say grace because "it's expected"? Do we 'nod to God' on Sundays, like He's dirty laundry? Do we hustle? Do we trumpet the Gospel to the hostile, like pearls before swine? Do we knock on doors, stand on street corners "proclaiming Christ", to get brownie points? And then, consider ourselves good martyrs, for being scoffed at? Do we wrangle over denominations? Do we judge others? Do we feel guilty about how Christ paid for us? Do we want others to feel guilty? Do we crusade for causes, activism? Do we seek laws, so to make a 'Christian nation'? Oh no. The spiritual life we inherit from Him is none of these silly, wasteful things. Instead, we inherit the life He lived -- which had none of these stupid "works" in it. [A careful review of the Gospels reveals that Christ refused ALL of those works. Adamantly.]

Answer: we don't live out, we live IN -- Inside Him Who is Our House, our Vine, NT keyword "abide" (and many synonyms). Put simply, that means learning and living on Bible, His House of Thinking, 24/7, in God's System. This is the most common of the NT metaphors. In the early 1980's, my pastor coined the terms "Divine Dynasphere" and "His Palace" for this House, which he learned from teaching 1John's Greek. Trouble is, people don't even grasp what expressions like "house-of-thinking", or "learning and living on Bible" mean. The poetry of these Hebraistic metaphors, are obscure to those who don't know how Moses likened the Word to a house you lived in, slept in, ate in, 24/7 (Deut Chaps 6ff). You know: you might go to or even move in a house, but that doesn't mean you are FAMILIAR with that house, especially if you only stay in a few rooms, ignoring rest of Bible. Yet we've just seen that quite a lot is being done with that 'house' of Divine Information to renovate your 'soul DNA', the 'house of thoughts' you've built up over the years. We just saw that our Royally Invisible Spiritual Life 'begets' a God's Apodoses', DDNA Transmutation of our very souls being processed with five infinitives to produce four happinesses and nine Love Alphabet results.

Bigger Answer: God generates this DDNA Transmutation in you to create Abiding Togetherness aka Communion with Him. Each "Him", 2Cor13:14. For the OT folks got "You, with me!", Psalm 23:4b. But we get, "You, in Me!" It's all about Togetherness, Relationship. Period. Now God is Diamond-Quality, and we live in transparent houses, before heaven. So this House, is the Diamond of His Thinking. Again, it's good Greek rhetoric to mix metaphors. Your House is the Hardest Kind Of Stone, Diamond. But you need to learn its facets, explore it, live in it, to see its splendor and strength...

  1. Abiding FUNCTION. Greek verb usu. translated "abide" is menw (pronounced MEN-oh). Its cognate noun is used mostly as a suffix, mone (MOH-nay). The Lord uses the term in wordplay in John 14:2, very witty way to announce His Legacy (monai means dwellings, it's soundplay). It gets even more witty as He thesauretically branches into the parameters in the following verses -- for the next three chapters! Consequently, the NT's MAIN THEME is to explain how you learn to menw: meaning, to live in Him. Basically, the NT elaborates on what the Lord Himself explained in detail during the Last Supper, which we have recorded in John Chaps 14-17; and that discourse, was to show how the five sweeping contractural infinitives of Isa53:10-11 (in LXX), get DDNA-accomplished into Church.

  2. Abiding DESIRE. The root idea of "menw" is STAYING: lingering, tarrying, remaining. But more than mere position, you stay (etc.), because you WANT to do so. Reluctant to leave. This is the second "flank" of menw, the desire. It's not merely gritting a thing out, functioning like some robot or resentful, confused slave. Rather, "menw" emphasizes your State Of Thinking, your REASON for staying: your thoughts occupied/staying on someone or something, essentially. So your body stays, too. Hence the verb is used for where you live and remain; for marital faithfulness; for martial loyalty; for remaining truthful. All these, connote staying despite pressure, even -- because you want to stay so very much. Hence "menw" is a very homey, marital-intimate, shared rapport; very martial-honorable term. Its cousin hupomenw (lit., to stay under) is a favorite NT keyword, and is usually translated "be patient" or "endure". Those meanings don't convey in English the ardent desire to obey or endure which the Greek has built in it. That matters, since God's goal is to build us up in His Love -- main theme of 1Jn -- not legalism, which 1Jn warns ardently against (as does all the NT). So when you see "persevere", "endure" and other words which in English have this horrible, huff-and-puff-God-is-a-Tyrant translation, look to the Greek, which is probably menw or hupomenw or a synonym, being translated.

    Love is something you train in. It's not human love, as we saw in the previous section. Love has to be LEARNED, so of course your body and soul will have urges against it. Don't feel bad about that. Your body is allergic to the Divine, product of Adam's fall. Just use 1Jn1:9 as needed and keep on trying to learn and live on Bible in God's System because you want HIM, too. Battle of the Wants, theme of Romans 7 and 8 -- that's a daily combat you will face until you die. But the Desire to Know Him will keep on increasing, right alongside all those tares of the world's wants. Two crops are growing. God harvests them both at the end, and by then you'll be mostly Wheat, totally in Love with Him, Matt 13, Luke 8:5ff.

  3. Abiding DEVELOPMENT. Note Our Archegos (Pattern, Progenitor) again: He didn't 'do' anything which made Him Our Savior. Rather, He BECAME something: The Way, the Truth, and the Life. Because He Became, and because He menw'd in the Spirit -- that Way (heh) sins could be plundered "out from the labor of His Soul" and converted into DDNA, as the prior section's five infinitives demonstrated. See, we aren't like God. We needn't feel ashamed of that. We need God to transform us, even as Christ though Perfect, also needed that. So, He voted for the Compatibility. So, we can, too. God could have just zapped Christ to make that compatibility; can just zap us to make us compatible. But Love doesn't want to do that. Love wants to stay within the corridor of choice in the love object. So, it's not at all about being good little boys and girls, about performance, but it is a struggle to change from what you are, to what you want to be. That's true even secularly. So it takes God's Power to transmute you to be like Him -- a power you Vote for Him to use, since He won't coerce. And you'd want to vote, not to be a good little boy or girl -- but because you want to know Him better. Because you want Him. Just Him. God will make that happen as you vote. As you'll see below, it's a gradual process which takes decades -- took Christ Himself 30 years -- not unlike physical or mental maturation in its timelines. So it's okay that it's hard. The thing is to keep on voting for it by living in God's System, Philippians 3:14!

    Notice how Abiding Function and Abiding Desire combine to produce Abiding Development. You can't vote without information. You can't vote FOR something you don't believe in. So from all that Abiding Function, you have information which the repetition makes easier to remember; and obviously your Abiding Desire has been building also, since to repeat the Function, you had to Desire that. So here, Development results, again gradually -- but you vote for more. That's why Phili 3:14's keep on keeping on is so important. The Greek is lumbering (note the accent marks for the plodding nature of the stress): katá skopón diókw, eis tó Brabéion, tes ánw klésews -- tou theóu! en Christoi Iésou! Sounds like a tramping soldier, right? Yep. True Spirituality is a plodding. Notice how the exclamation comes at the end. Spiritual profit is back-ended, long downtime, huge payoff. After all, when you buy a house, you don't get the profit on all those mortgage payments -- until you move OUT!

  4. Abiding PLUNDER. So our Royally Invisible Spiritual Growth Pattern -- is His. So our spiritual growth structure parallels His Own. Those five infinitives we saw at the beginning of this First Main Characteristic of Invisibility, all act like a Circle Of Plunder:
    • the sins imputed and judged in Him being made plunder IN Him;
    • then Him being plundered to make us;
    • then Him being plundered for His Thinking On the Cross,
    • which became the NT, as Paul wittily notes in his threaded Head-and-Body book, 1Cor (English masks Paul's wordplay, cuts God's head off).
    • Then there are the financial take-offs from Isa53:12, which the NT incessantly repeats (covered over in translation, often): plunder booty deposit wealth riches glory gold silver precious stones hope love clothing housing food drink wine water. Well, every word which depicts something material man hankers after, is used as a metaphor signifying His Thinking. Yeah, and it's true!
    • Most remarkably, the share of teaching a pastor gets for his own congregation is also tied to the plundering in Isa53:12, using "metron.. merous" (meros means a part of a whole, and metron means an allotment, both are financial meanings). You'll see variations of that phrase used to incorporate Isa53:12 by reference in John 3:34, 7:39, Eph4:7, 16 and Rom12:3 and elsewhere (lexicons like Thayer's and Bauer, Danker, list the salient verses). The phrase specifically ties to "merizw" in the LXX of Isa53:12 -- an apportioning of PLUNDER. So when you see "every spiritual blessing.. in the Beloved" in Ephesians 1,
    • and Christ's Love-Thinking depicted as a HOUSE in both Eph3:15-19 and 1Jn4:12-16, well -- would you be surprised, anymore?

    Because the spiritual life is back-ended, the realization that you are plundering Riches of His Thinking -- which Plunder is your Inheritance in Him -- takes some time to recognize. You begin doing it from spiritual childhood forward, simply because you're living in God's System -- but that fact it doesn't register as valuable, it registers as a 'chore', a thing you are supposed to 'do'. Children do chores, not knowing why they are valuable. So it takes time to see how RICH you are becoming. However, if you use the five infinitives in the previous section to solve problems, analyse life's situations, you will begin to see the fifth one -- dikaiow, Perfecting Justification -- which completes this Circle of Plunder.

    As you practice using those infinitives in your life, you'll speed comprehension of the FACT of this wealth. Our God is a God of Wealth. Wealth means responsibility, which you want because you love spending everything on Him. Every other use of wealth ends up being disappointing. So your Abiding Function and Abiding Desire lead to an Abiding Development of an Abiding Plunder which you might not see happening, for some years. But again, if you practice asserting, analysing or problem-solving with the five infinitives, you'll see that Plunder much sooner. I need instant gratification, because it's stupid that God should have to see me be a human: remembering those five infinitives, is how I get it. He's DDNA-doing to me what pleases Father, and that's how I get through the next minute of any day. So it works, to use those infinitives and thus see the Abiding Plunder.

  5. Abiding VICTORY. Whoa. Even though we are fallen, we get this so-ROYAL spiritual life? Yes. For that is the Trial Issue: can we fallen humans grow up in the same spiritual life as His, since not even the angels got it? We saw the nine-member Love Alphabet. This is a six-member Trial Alphabet, and both alphabets play in our lives, to see if we know our Spiritual ABC's. Notice the tug-of-war quality to the Trial Alphabet, in what follows. Due to that tugging, you begin to see the Abiding Plunder. Ironic, that it takes Combat to see what you've won already.

  6. Abiding INTIMACY. So, we all get His Same Life, because growing up in That Life makes us 'Fit Bride': which FATHER wants for His Beloved SON. So we can be Intimately Together with Him forever. Now you know why there are literally hundreds of "in Him" verses in the New Testatment. That's clever Bible shorthand to (inter alia) incorporate by reference, the Vine and Branches explanation of John 15 (which obviously was known before John penned that chapter). Having gone through Abiding in Victory, you become much more aware of what it was like for Christ when He was down here. So your intimate understanding and hence rapport with Him, grows. This is the ultimate goal of the Christian life, to See Through His Eyes. This becomes a kind of constant understanding, the more you age spiritually. You seek to make parallels, 'rehearse' what He'd think in your own circumstances, to identify better with Him. At first this seeking is intermittent, but it becomes more an issue and a question mark in your mind, developing in strength over time. It becomes an all-consuming focus ON Him in maturity, Phili 1:21.

  7. Abiding COMPATIBILITY. Your new spiritual nature is therefore the opposite of the OT folks', who were stuck with seeing Him 'at a distance', Num24:17, Matt13:17, Luke 10:24, 2Cor3:1-18, 1Pet1:10-12. So your spiritual life is not based on the OT, as we saw in the "Synopsis" section. You don't even get the same "race" of human spirit as other believers "Then" or "Later". "Now" believers get a uniquely-coalescing human spirit, akin to how the woman was exactly matched to Adam. In short: we're all spiritually-designed to exactly fit the Christ. So, like Him, we are Indwelt by the Trinity, Filled (until we sin, ergo 1Jn1:9's importance), etc.

    As shown in Part II and even more in this Part III's Third Reason for Invisibility, the Mosaic Law wasn't 'big enough' to develop Him, because the Cross was His Task. So His Human Spirit from the get-go had to be bigger than the Mosaic Law's system of spirituality, could develop. So our human spirits at salvation, must be tailored to fit His Own. And, they are: Paul exults about this in 2Cor5:17, with the Greek words "kaine ktsis". Those words mean "new-in-species creation!" as my pastor likes to translate them. Not just new in time. He is a Unique Spiritual Species, and we are of that same species. And from it, we are to Grow Into Fit Bride: an Esther, corporately.

    Birds can fly, but horses cannot. Horses can pull huge loads, but birds cannot. Each species has special abilities which make it unique, so obviously the species are not equal. Nor are individuals within a species equal, though they have the same 'building blocks' by nature. By contrast, we start equal to each other in spiritual nature, since we all have the potential destiny of King (a main theme in Galatians, 2Cor5). So our like-kind spiritual nature, requires special spiritual food to grow up the way God intended: His Thinking. However, we won't equally grow up in His Thinking, because we won't equally choose to grow up in it. So we won't be equal down here, nor in eternity, either. But while down here, any decision made, can be reversed. So the only reason we don't remain equal spiritually, is due to differentials our free choices: how much and how often do we choose God's DDNA Apodoses, in lieu of our own? How often do we keep living on God's Script in God's System? You are what you choose, in God's Plan. Period.

    Again, "Compatibility-of-Thinking is God's Goal: 'sons'. It's never about anything else." That's why we get the same five infinitives happening to us, as happened to Christ. That Circle of Plunder results in Compatibility. But, we can choose how much Eternal Compatibility we want, even as down here we can choose to become or not become, compatible with people around us. So: if the sons don't end up being of equal compatibility, they end up being ranked, John 14:1-2. That's inequality. But the only thing bad about inequality is its incompatibility with your own nature. In heaven, everyone is suited to what they are, and especially because they chose to be what they became. God provided all the tools and the power: we chose unequally to use what He provided. So the results are unequal. Bristle about that all you like, down here. But up there, you'll see the justice and happiness of such a structure. And if you grow up to become a King as is your God-provided destiny to refuse, you will love throwing yourself down for your kingdom. No preening, in heaven: preening is boring, 1Cor1:31, 2Cor10:17, 12:9. So all the preening down here, is laughable -- up there. No one 'up there' enjoys lording it over someone else, because Our Lord Threw Down His Life for us. That's everyone's idea of maximum enjoyment, to throw self down -- up there (i.e., in Rev4:10-11). Just the opposite of life down here.

    So what was the point of that digression? To explain what you'll face vis á vis people you know and see in the world, versus your own growing compatibility level with Him. It becomes extremely painful to see loved ones and others elect incompatibility. Husbands and wives who don't equally love to learn God, grow apart. Same, for other members of the family or friends, i.e., Luke 12:53 (context begins in v.49). You will eventually have to choose between keeping peace with those near you, or growing up further in Christ. Compatibility is always a decision, in God's Plan. The world largely refuses to give up its claimed moralities of being compatible with people, in favor of being compatible with God. So abiding or not abiding here, will be the true test of your life. Bible is full of data on this subject: turn almost anywhere in the Gospels, you'll see the Lord talking about it. It's no exaggeration to say that maturity arrests for most people, over the compatibility issue, for you CAN'T serve both God and "mammon" (meaning the world's ideas of good, not merely money). James 4:4 throws down the gauntlet, Romans 8 and Galatians 5 explain why that enmity, and there's no way around it. You will be most tested on this VII of Abiding. It hurts. Only Love for Christ which you Developed from Abiding Function and Abiding Desire, while staying under the Spirit (1Jn1:9 used), will be sufficient power to carry you.

So these, the Seven Facets of your House of His Thinking, Your Diamond House -- each 'room', gets polished. It often hurts, it's messy, just as it is in any renovation of a secular home while you still live in it. Especially, since you live in a Diamond House, which is the Hardest Stone, so needs the Hardest Polishing, Isa52:13-14. That High-low Decree of God for His Son, is extended to us. We go through High-low, because the divergence between them, stretches, enlarges the soul. So the Diamond, actually Grows. Obviously this Diamond is not like any kind you find in nature. So as it grows, it goes through yet more renovation, as the hookups to make the whole house 'run', must be made. Like adding additions to a secular home, these are also messy, and you can't wait until it's all over. But it's never over. It just keeps on getting bigger and a new round of renovations begins, Eph4:23. Because, God is Infinite. So at some point in maturity, you learn to reconcile the fact that this is a never-ending process. Those five infinitives never stop. God loves doing them. Once you've matured enough, you'll be glad the house never ends its renovating. For by then, you'll come to love the process, too.


Overview of the Spiritual Maturation Process

1Cor13:13's "Faith" (childhood), "Hope" (adulthood), and "Love" (maturity, aka "Pleroma")

Use the videos and text below to help you get a hands-on grasp of the real spiritual growth process you'll go through, as you age (or retrogress) in Christ. The spiritual-maturation diagnostics begin with the fourth video in the list. The last one, shows you what to avoid. You can download the clearer originals of these videos: links are in their video descriptions on Youtube.

Click here for SMP.doc, which the videos use. It's a Word.doc, a set of six flowcharts: one per stage of Spiritual Maturation plus a generic overview chart. Videos basically talk you through the charts. They are color-coded for comparison and are easy to understand. You should be able to diagnose your spiritual maturation level within 10-15 minutes(?), even before you read what follows.

This is the ENTIRE POINT of being alive. To grow up in Christ. Nothing you are in human eyes, not even your own eyes, matters. Living really is Christ, far better than anything else you'd ever dream of being. But you won't learn and enjoy that fact, unless you mature spiritually. Most Christians, do not.

Only my pastor has taught the stages of spiritual maturation, and alone has taught the Pleroma stage, so far as I know; one can't find material like this on the internet, except through pastors who also learned the material under him. By contrast, the material on the House, DDNA, the five infinitives, 4 Happinesses and God's Love Alphabet is a repackaging I did, indirectly derived from his 1985 Ephesians and 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series. So what follows below on spiritual maturation, is synthesized from what he taught in those series; so at times I must use his terminology (since there's no one else). Thus you can audit his own material for Biblicity, as suits your inclination. [I try to avoid using his terminology because his material should be heard for itself, and I do not wish to sound like a parrot. That same respect should be accorded any pastor. However, there are occasions where a pastor's terminology is best used, i.e., so you can audit it yourself; and above all, if there seem to be no other pastors who teach the same subject matter. It just so happens in this case that the pastor in question, is my own. Hence his terminology will be stated as his, but with my description, and of course you'd thus be cautioned not to take my statements as accurately representing what he says, but would verify them yourself. These websites are for brainstorming purposes only. Teaching Bible is a very different discipline.]

Okay, now that we've seen Our Abiding-in-Him 'House of His Thinking', it's time to look at the vicissitudes of Our Royally Invisible Spiritual Growth. Life "in Him" is a progressive Spiritual Maturation which God does to you as you vote to keep on keeping on God's Script in God's System. The structure for this maturation which we've seen thus far:

So as you grow up in God's House of Thinking, you are being progressively weaned off from the world's ways of thinking, and instead weaned into Son's Thinking. Therefore, you go through a protracted and messy switchover in both Viewpoint and Focus. Viewpoint, from the human/worldly viewpoints, to God's. Focus, from being on self, people, earthly stuff to -- Christ Himself, exclusively. It's no exaggeration to say that the biggest benefit of the spiritual life is to come to the point where you see Christ 24/7 with every breath you take, Phili 1:21. Maturity is always a progressive switchover in viewpoint and focus from the childish preoccupations with self, people and things, to the larger issues of life itself, even humanly. If you're a king or President of the United States, you have no personal life. Everything is the job. So how much more, if we are in training to be Kings Under Christ, will our own Royally Invisible Spiritual Maturation shift out from the tiny-mindedness which characterises Christianity, into the Big-Mindedness of God's Perspective?

That's the gist of the overview. Now let's get into its subdivisions and benchmarks you'll need to track your Royal progress or -- ahem -- regress. My pastor divides spiritual growth into 8-9 classifications, denoted by what he calls "Problem-Solving Devices", some of which also are Bible-thinking Stages Of Spiritual Maturation: I'll subdivide this First Reason into his classifications. Other pastors classify them somewhat differently; but all these come from Bible, no matter whose nomenclature.


1Cor13:13's "Faith" (childhood), "Hope" (adulthood), and "Love" (maturity, aka "Pleroma")

SPIRITUAL GROWTH DIAGNOSTIC BENCHMARKS

Again, what Spiritually Matures, is your own soul's Viewpoint and Focus. All this begins at salvation, and of course you are clueless, then. The House is new, so it's unfurnished, has only de minimis electrical structure and power: for the only "Word" in it, is the Word of Your Salvation. At the new birth, you've no clue what "salvation" means, either -- you've just got this vague idea that you won't go to "hell", whatever that is -- and you'll live with the Lord forever -- whatever that means. Bible verses feel good, but the meaning is fuzzy to you. So you're not particularly comfortable in your new home, and you've no idea what to do or how to live in it. In fact, you don't even know you are in His House. For we literally start out "born-again", trichotomous persons with a new spiritual life, but an older soul and body life (lit., "born from above", John3:3,7; Tit3:5, 2Cor5:17).

During "Pleroma", the final Stage of Royally Invisible Spiritual Maturation, this switchover in Viewpoint and Focus from earthly to Divine, is demonstrated by two other maturations, and both constitute Conclusive Trial Evidence to justify your Crowning: i) your maturation in what "Relationship with God" means, and -- oh what a surprise -- ii), your maturation in Weakness. These two are Core Evidence Witness Depositions in the Trial: for they 'answer' Satan's root contention that God made creation defective, as we saw in Part I. Most Christians would keel over if they knew this is how it's supposed to end. But look at Christ -- His end was a Cross! That's weakness, that's maximum maturity in what "Relationship to God" means. So this is the Plan for you, too, since you are Bride, the "B" in God's Love Alphabet.

Any realtime tracking of these Royally-Invisible Spiritual Maturation Stages, can be a pistol. You periodically need a spiritual 'checkup', but don't become anal about it, obsessing over 'where' you are. Spend no more than maybe 15 minutes, and if you start to obsess, quit analyzing. Each Stage will have the same benchmarks, but a different description to reflect its character during that Stage. The benchmarks can be helpful for gauging how 'childish' or 'mature' you might be on a particular doctrine or idea, too. They are also helpful in human interaction, so you don't over- or underestimate the spiritual growth of people around you, and thus by your words upset them or yourself, as Romans 14 warns. [It's real easy to mistake someone as being older spiritually given a mature secular vocabulary, especially if he's fluent in Bible terminology; it's real easy to mistake someone as being younger spiritually given an immature secular vocabulary or uncultured mien. So many heartbreaks can be avoided if you know the spiritual benchmarks, and disregard the secular ones. Again, a person can be very smart, well-mannered, so will seem mature spiritually, but is in fact in his "terrible 2's." For spiritual age and secular age are not at all connected.]

Within this Royally-Invisible Spiritual Maturation, here are seven benchmarks of growth you can use for diagnostic purposes. They work in tandem, so the area or doctrine on which you are the most childish -- that's the area or doctrine holding you back from faster spiritual advance. We all have such 'pet' areas or doctrines we won't release, and they will fell us, if we don't let go. The benchmarks are:

  1. CONSUMING BIBLE. How much and often you learn and live on Bible, and generally what you think it's about. A lot of people don't advance spiritually because they won't take Bible seriously; or if they do take it seriously, they treat it as either a catechism or an ego boost. You learn Bible because you want to know God: not to predict the Rapture, prove science wrong, show how smart or 'spiritual' you are, or any other reason. To the extent you don't take Bible seriously, or you have some other motive for learning it (i.e., ego-petting), you won't mature, but will shrink in your soul.

    Motive is the last thing to mature. Gotta have info on which to base the motive, so just be aware that you'll catch yourself studying for the wrong reasons. Just use 1Jn1:9 when you do. Motive is a subtle thing. You think it's God you want to learn, but it becomes something else, often because just learning something new is gratifying of itself. That's a trap. So occasionally you'll get spanked. Ask yourself what's your motive. Then use 1Jn1:9 and truck on.

    Other related issues: sure, you're studying for the right reason, trucking along, but -- you're supposed to notch it up from the level of study you're in. Yet, you're not doing that. You get spanked for this, too. The stuckness might be due to you having 'favorites' among your Bible study topics, so the ones you like less, aren't getting learned sufficiently. We all have favorites, but the less-favored shouldn't be neglected. Another version of this happens in spiritual adulthood, when you literally are ON FIRE to learn Bible. Then what happens is you neglect your secular life. God uses 24 hours to teach you Bible, not merely the formal learning period. DDNA2.htm covers this "on-fire" problem. I've been spanked a lot for failures like this, so I speak not only from the Bible's verses on the topic (i.e., Heb12:5ff), but from (ouch) experience. (Part IV's topics were once among my least favorites, ones I avoided like the plague, all that technical Bible dating and why the Rapture. So I got Royally spanked. You can't imagine how much spiritual growth speeded up, when I finally studied them -- cost eight years of my life, almost non-stop. Don't be stupid like I was.)

  2. "SPIRITUAL SKILLS" (my pastor's term) you live on: how often you are using 1Jn1:9 and only therefore Filled with the Spirit, plus what Bible you live on. I. isn't working if you're not doing II. Your spiritual life tanks without 1Jn1:9, just as the OT Temple was defiled and the Holy Spirit left until the Temple purified=katharizw, so also you the living temple, must use the verse. To the extent you don't learn to habitually do II. during the day, you will gradually stop doing it, and your spiritual life tanks. I use 1Jn1:9 a bizillion times a day, probably against thought-temptations (so it's not needed), but I don't even stop to take a chance. This II. is mission-critical. You can overcome wrong motives for learning Bible if you keep on doing II. and try to get the motive right -- the Holy Spirit Builds The Motive And The Proper Execution, see Phili2:12c-13.

  3. THOUGHT PATTERN, which of 1Cor13:13's 'divisions' habitually characterizes your thinking. This is the fastest index of 'where' you are spiritually, so most of the description in the following sections will be spent on how this pattern plays.
  4. Your idea of RELATIONSHIP TO GOD, during that Maturation Stage. Since maturation's #1 goal is to mature your idea of Relationship to God, this too is a very fast index of 'where' you are spiritually.
  5. Your LOVE GROWTH during that Stage. V. is wholly an adjunct to IV., so to the extent you are childish in your idea of Relationship to God, you're not growing in V., either (main theme of 1Jn).
  6. Your TRIAL STATUS during that Stage. This is a heads-up on where you are in the Trial. As you mature your role in the Trial becomes something you must monitor, as you are not your own, and you must regard yourself as an entity, impersonally assessing where you stand and why.
  7. Your WEAKNESS GROWTH during that Stage. This too is a heads-up on where you are in the Trial. You have to be able to tell the difference between weakness which is due to immaturity, due to Divine Discipline, or -- most importantly -- due to your being in the Trial Witness Docket. Very subtle, the differences between each of these weaknesses, for they often look the same, on the surface.

In sum, Spiritual Maturation leads to a marital-style abiding in the Word despite Weakness; and as you mature in it, the Word becomes a Coalesced Whole to you. You begin to see the Big Picture the Word Crafts, and that Picture is a Mosaic: Him. You begin to see it, because you begin to Reflect Him. That's WHY you can see it. So your Abiding Function and Abiding Desire massively increase. Every 'room' of His House becomes impregnable, what my pastor liked to call "watertight compartments", for he likened Christ's spiritual life to a prototype submarine which could go to greater depths than we'll ever need. So you live in it. Which Abiding, living, likewise demonstrates a martial loyalty despite warring pressures.

It can be daunting to analyze this Spiritual Maturation as a structure, let alone know where 'you' are on the spiritual map. So to easily interrelate
  • The Five Infinitives,
  • the 10 Thinking Skills you might have seen in the "TULIPS?" webpage,
  • His 7-Faceted House (just covered above),
  • The 4 Happinesses,
  • and above I-VII Benchmarks
  • with Spiritual Life Maturation,
    CLICK HERE for SMP.doc. It's a Word.doc, a set of six flowcharts: one per stage of Spiritual Maturation plus a generic overview chart. The charts are color-coded for comparison and are easy to understand. You should be able to diagnose your spiritual maturation level within 10-15 minutes(?), even before you read what follows.
  • In each of the subdivisions of spiritual growth below, you'll see the Benchmarks repeated with the salient functions/structures, explained in more detail. The Word doc charts are quite helpful, as you read what follows.


    Spiritual Childhood

    This is page 2 of SMP.doc. Notice how the colored-in blocks are few, and baby-pinkish. That denotes a zero to tiny maturation in the spiritual life. Most Christians you meet will be spiritual children, 99% of the population on any given day. Now you know why Christianity is so childish. With that many children in adult bodies, childishness is deemed 'holy', given the titanic size of the group. Man forever mistakes huge numbers, for truth. But God uses almost imperceptible and even ignominous means to show His Truth. For example, much of the NT is seemingly repetitive, with only a small phrase or word changed. That style tells you the enormous impact of the "small, still Voice" of the Holy Spirit Who you can't see or feel. So in the bullets which follow, the bold text will be repeated in each maturation section, for tracking purposes, emulating the NT writing style -- but within each future section, be careful not to gloss over the text around what's repeated, and thus miss the very small changes in text which depict GIGANTIC maturation in the spiritual life for that stage. [This is especially important in 1Jn, Ephesians, Colossians and Hebrews. 1Jn makes deft changes in repeated text to show you the enormous meaning of such a change. The smallness of the text change versus the enormity of the meaning, thus stands out. Sometimes it's only a case change or a preposition change which he makes. James does the same thing with the insertion or removal of the article -- oh, John does that too in order to tweak the Jewish calendar being four days too fast, in John 19. My pastor warned us many times to track these types of changes. If Christianity had done that, it would not be in the dark about when Christ was born and died!]

    In short, spiritual maturation is a process of first learning, then using, God's Apodoses. As you grow via this constantly-repeated process -- much like learning a language -- God matures you in the Apodoses, themselves. Here in Spiritual Childhood, the only Apodosis you think you know, is "salvation". But you've barely learned how to spell it.

    1. Notice how, of the five contractural action infinitives which happened to Christ on the Cross per Isa53:10-11 LXX text -- only two of them (colored, pinkish-flesh tone) are largely operative upon you, katharizw and aphairew.
    2. Parts of the other three verbs, are happening also.
    3. For at salvation you come into your new house with a lot of 'baggage' from your old life; so there is a lot of soul debris to throw out.
    4. Accordingly, the first thing God does, is to purify (katharizw) and take away (aphairew) old ideas, replacing them with His Apodoses: just as He took away Adam's and Isha's figleafy loin aprons, and replaced them with animal skins (depicting His future Coming to pay for sins), Gen3:21.
    5. So the bi-directional pointer indicates action done to the maturation blocks below it by the infinitives;
    6. but also, the Holy Spirit causes the blocks to feed back to the infinitives, for the process is circular and its 'sphere' increases depending on that feedback;
    7. thus each infinitival action, enlarges. So you grow exponentially.
    8. Pointer placement tells you the goal of the stage: here, it's the clearing away, aphairew.
    9. For there is one infinitive "on point", through which all the others, "run".
    10. So here in Spiritual Childhood, taking away false ideas is the major goal of the stage.
    11. Your new Love Alphabet can't begin growing in you, until the old alphabet you've been living on (world's ideas) gets cleaned out.
    12. So this happens (as it were) one 'letter' at a time. Precept upon precept, easily and slowly.
    13. So now you're learning the beginning of that Alphabet: "A" is for Archegos, Leader, Pioneer, Originator, 'Father'. Time to learn Who is your New Parent. (Heb12:2 and Isa9:6, which doesn't directly refer to God the Father, but rather to the fathering-of-eternity action on the Cross, pointing forward to Isa53:5, play on ab'di, My Slave; our salvation being birthed in Christ back then. Abi'ad, My Father of forever-future and ab'di, My Slave (the "i" means "my") both have the same Hebrew letters, very witty. Isaiah loves to embed the Trinity doctrine whenever he can.)

    For of course, in Spiritual Childhood, you're young; so you don't have any Divine standards. So you project on God your human (usually body-oriented, emotional, moral) ideas; that's how you read Bible, too. For of course, we don't start out abiding in the Word: when spiritually-born, all you can do is wet your spiritual diapers, and drool. That's the beginning of weakness. Nothing's weaker than a newborn. He's in you fully, but where is your head? Drooling! Blubbering how you love Jesus, lol. Can't well do anything else, as a spiritual babe-in-the-woods. So until Bible is built up enough to shift us away from our human ideas, we'll shake the tambourine, nod to God on Sunday, get the Ghost, and make all manner of drooling doo-doo works, as depicted earlier. We do these baby things because we're too young in the Word (Bible term is usually teknon or brephos, see Eph4:14). So we have no defense against Satan's propaganda, which he aims at our depraved me-be-good urge -- to keep us thinking of God in human terms. We also do these things, because as spiritual babies, we are hungry and hurting. We do those works to alleviate tension. We'll thus also wonder if God really exists; wonder if we are really saved; wonder if we can lose our salvation; make nasty comments about how others will lose theirs. To alleviate tension, we'll also constantly 'eat' our favorite-flavor sins (be they moral sins, or immoral sins, per the genetic urge pattern). But Doctrine is our food, now. We'll starve if we don't get it. All those 'stupid works' manifest spiritual starvation.

    Retardation in animal life (therefore including human biological life) is caused by many possible factors. One of them, is poor nutrition. This is maximally true for the spiritual life. When one abides outside His House aka God's System for too long, one retards spiritually. It's a nightmare. However, cure is possible by a determined, sustained return to God's System, so it's always worth returning. Problem is, as one retards spiritually, one becomes a petulant child, very stubborn and i-am-god oriented, so one thinks of self as spiritual, already mature. A sweet personality often masks this prickly, retarded nature, which compounds the problem. So one doesn't regard self as being retarded, but as a spiritual giant. But others notice the rapidly spoiling, hypersensitive child beneath all that masking -- so God gets maligned (God is always blamed along with the 'bad' Christian, count on it). And no matter what someone might say to the spiritual retard -- and one shouldn't say anything, but it blurts out in exasperation! -- the spiritual retard, won't hear. The actual psychological ability to hear disintegrates, so that what you say to the person is not at all what they think you said, no matter how clearly you try to express yourself. All kinds of imagined meanings are attributed to what others say. It's weird. People hallucinate when they are starving. Much more true, for the spiritually-starving.

    The Exodus generation are the consummate illustration of spiritual retardation among a mass of people, Numbers 11:6. Next illustration are the many retards in the Book of Acts (Peter for awhile, end Acts 1 and Gal2:11ff; Paul, for a while, Acts 18, 21; the Judaizers all the time, and the Jerusalem church all the time, and anyone emulating them today). In short, spiritual retardation is more the norm, and we all experience some like-stuckness, during our spiritual life.

    So usually at some point disaster must hit to wake the person up to questionning his apodoses. Since 90% of Christians don't grow beyond childhood, they end up retards. When enough people are spiritual retards, God must judge the nation or locality per Lev26 and Deut 28. For we are Royal Priests, and the world's weal depends on our growing up in God's System. We're always treated as adults, even while we are children. So we are responsible, no excuses. Now why is it, we fail so routinely? Oh, because we're droolingly reading Bible; imagining that now we're saved, we're instant experts! Yeah, and it takes some 13 years for a doctor to even finish school: how much more, the Christian of the Infallible Christ?

    FORMATION PRECEDES FUNCTION

    Principle: in all life, Formation precedes Function. Until the Formation completes, there is NO life. Just as we saw in Part II's "sine qua non of Perfection: BALANCE" link, there must be balance between structure and function. Thus, Structure Creates Function; until the STRUCTURE has passed a threshold-of-completeness, there is no ability to function. You can't use a car until a) it has been BUILT, b) you've LEARNED the RULES of driving, and c) you've become COMPETENT at driving. So:

    • Until a check clears your bank, your deposit is not yours, your bill paid is not paid, etc.
    • No fetus breathes in a womb, so it's not alive;
    • Formation of Christ preceded the Cross.
    • Formation of Christ, preceded his functioning at a Filled-up-with-Truth level so high, He called the Cross, a joy (Heb12:2). ["Joy" in Greek means true happiness, not some emotional thing. Way bigger than emotion, is God.]
    • Formation of Church, precedes the Rapture.

    • So formation of the believer, precedes his successful spiritual function, and he is formed by means of Truth deposits under the Spirit -- that's the main theme of Romans 8. As is usual for OT writers of Scripture and Paul, this explanation is made via marriage and pregnancy analogies.

    • So, no believer without Bible Doctrine can do any 'work' whatsoever to please God, 1Jn1:8, 10. Even with 1Jn1:9 used, you have to be trained in that function before you can operate in it. So until you have the Doctrine, you aren't trained (i.e., few can give the Gospel properly). Doctrinal Standards must first be BUILT. Then, you have to learn how to USE what you learned, breathing 1Jn1:9 as you do. There is no "Good" absent the Holy Spirit 'in' it. [Greek word "agathos" only means Divine Good: but as usual, translations cut God's Head off, so you only see "good" in translation and don't know this.]

    • So, there is no production except wood, hay, stubble, unless Circulating Doctrine is running the soul of the Spirit-filled believer at the time of the activity. (See 1Cor3, compared with Heb5:11-6:6, 9:14, 11:6; and Jas1:1-2:23. James, especially, screams this fact.) ["[F]aith", as a noun in the Bible, most often means believed doctrine. Idea that the doctrine is in the soul, and one believes it. That turns the Doctrine "on" (well, the HS does it really), and then non-manmade precious gold/gems are manufactured. James2:14 repeats this point via a bracketed analogy to how man's believing in Christ doesn't make him regenerate -- HS has to do that -- 2:26 is the other bracket, and interprets the one in 2:14. That's why v2:14 is there; it explains that man alone accomplishes nothing, but rather, Work of God. Bible Doctrine is the Work of God, always. So, parallel to the "Lord, Lord" verse, Deut 30:11ff, Romans 10:9-10. Can't just mouth a faith, have to actually believe the Doctrine.]

    • Hence the requisite STRUCTURAL LEVEL of 'eaten' Doctrine in the soul determines one's spiritual-developmental stage. Next, one functions in that stage by 'eating' yet more Doctrine, so to get to the next-highest structural level, etc. One always needs to 'eat' Bible Doctrine; one never outgrows that need. Heh (cry all the way to the bank, baby). To 'eat' Bible is a Bible metaphor for learning and believing and living on it, idea that you need food to survive, and Bible is spiritual food, i.e. Jeremiah (15:16) says, "I found your words and I did eat them" when he found Bible 'lost' inside the Temple.

    • Hence the most dangerous people on earth, are Christians who FOR TOO LONG don't know and therefore misuse their Bible. They are all satanfodder.

    So here are the seven benchmarks of Spiritual Childhood. Again, to the extent these benchmarks characterize ANY individual doctrinal understanding or belief you have (i.e., what "love" means, what "God" means, etc.), you will be stuck here. You must eventually mature in all seven benchmarks, because they all are interdependent. So each of us is relatively 'childish' with respect to at least some aspects of our Bible understanding and belief. That's what holds us back from spiritual progress. Find out where that 'childishness' is, or it will fell you. God will spank you many times, to help you diagnose it.

    1. CONSUMING BIBLE. So, just like Christ when He was a spiritual (and physical) baby, we too need Bible doctrine: it feeds us, just as it fed Him. When you start out, it's really critical to get into God's System. Learning Bible Doctrine under whomever is your right pastor is the most important thing you can do. You thus acquire Truth Standards in your soul, which help alleviate the tension. That, because 1Jn's Script causes those perfect "deposits" we saw in Part II: the Depositor, the Holy Spirit, is perfect. The "deposit", the amount of Bible Doctrine we believe on learning it, is likewise perfect. So, Biblical Standards come to replace any depraved "good and evil" in our souls. We thus learn God's definition of "right and wrong". The learning here is both sporadic and rudimentary, especially since the average spiritual child thinks himself more spiritual if he does things, versus 'only' studying. The peer pressure is intense, just as it was when you were a physical child. When you were young, everyone focused on little do's. Big mistake to do that, for the spiritual life. Bad habits begin early, and all the typical Churchinanity emphasis on do's make you a doo-dooing Christian -- potentially, for life. We know physical children need to go to school for some years, before we expect them to hold down a job. So why is it, we so DISrespect the Word that we think we're supposed to hustle, shake the tamborine, sing in the choir, knock on doors -- right after we're saved? Christ didn't do any of that; He spent a lot of time alone, learning -- look how He talks when He's only 12 (Luke 2:49)? So should we.

      Spiritual children who raise children often impose on them a horrible idea of what life with God means. The legalism of the spiritual child is just like that bully in the playground who considered himself 'adult' only if he could beat up everyone else. So here, the spiritual child will go one of two routes: he will think works are "it", and beat his kids up to think the same way; or he will turn learning Bible into a "work", thus poisoning its meaning to the child he raises. I've seen a lot of both categories, and none of us escape physical childhood unscathed from the religious legalism of our parents. After all, most of us are born when our parents are in their early 20's, so they aren't exactly spiritually mature. Accordingly, there's a lingering taint in our minds which the parents did not mean to impose. And it gets passed down, generation after generation. Hence many among us find learning Bible unpleasant because it's been SOLD as being unpleasant. That's a handicap which is overcome only if you want to learn Bible, because it tells you about GOD. But it's a rocky road, to be sure. Between the God-is-unpleasant salesmanship for CENTURIES, and the snoozily boring translations of Bible, it's a wonder any of us grow up at all.

    2. SPIRITUAL SKILLS. Here in Spiritual Childhood you use 1Jn1:9 fitfully, so get purified from your Adikia (usu. translated "wrongdoing", but it's technical for being in a state of sin); you are Beginning to be sporadically filled with the Spirit; when Filled, you are living on Basics, like Claiming Bible promises you find, learning basic doctrines under your right pastor, playing with basic salvation and Essence-of-God concepts. A spiritual child who just wants to know Bible and starts studying it, will 'do' these skills instinctively. Although Bible translations are snoozy and boring, when you're new to it, everything about it is interesting. Your thinking is fuzzy, anyway. So you'll read and read and memorize and speak and spout and you love it all with the love of a child. So you'll read about 1Jn1:9, interpret it literally as you should, and do it. So you'll read in Bible about teachers, and it will naturally occur to you that you should have one. I went through that, so does everyone else. I daydreamed in Italian class about finding a teacher -- the book still bears the daydreaming scrawl, "Te Desidero Imparare" -- not knowing that my college roommate's teacher was the guy who'd end up being my pastor. But God knew. And I was a really stupid spiritual child: everything you see criticised in my pages, well -- I did them, too! It's normal. Just don't stay in the stage too long. But there's hope, however long one stays childish. So here, if you want to know Bible, God will cause you to know about these skills, and you'll regard them as an enjoyment, not a chore. The rebellion comes later, heh.

      In spiritual childhood these thinking skills are disparate and halting. Repetition makes them become instinctual. So the hallmark signature of spiritual childhood is that these skills have not yet MERGED into a sense of "Grace" and "Doctrinal Orientation" (terms are my pastor's). So the spiritual child who remains too long in that childhood becomes graceless, legalistic; doesn't see the overall doctrines Bible verses signify, but rather just parrots the verses, or parrots the teacher's teachings, not really understanding what he says. There's no coordination between the pieces of information. "God" is a set of parrotted soundbyte-y platitudes, and when queried about what the words mean, the child can only respond with more parrotting. Children, parrot. That's all they yet know how to do. But that's okay: the practice will stand them in good stead, later on when enough pieces of Bible information are 'eaten' (learned and believed).

    3. THOUGHT PATTERN. So the chief Thought Pattern Characteristic, would be called "faith". Which means, the development of a habitual learning and believing Word. It's fun, in this stage. All the Word you learn here is a jumble, but it feels good. Makes you feel like you're touching God. And, you are. So your "faith" viewpoint is an attitude which habitually continues and gets stronger, sporadically: you are living on God Lives, because what you're learning doesn't seem to make sense on its own, just yet. The words sound good, and you believe them, but you really don't understand anything. It naturally occurs to you to talk to God a lot. Read the Christian emails that circulate about what kids say on their Sunday School essays or tests. You can see God is real to them. Pity we lose that faith, as we grow older.

      Again, the older you are physically when in spiritual childhood, the more you will think you understand something, because you expect your spiritual age to match your chronological age. It doesn't. Stubborness is a real problem for the chronological adult who's a spiritual child, which is most Christians today. Hence the need for this description, so the "childhood" nature which is totally supernatural can be seen, appreciated, and not fretted over. Doesn't matter how old you are, does matter whether you are growing. No shame in it. Who said there was no such thing as a second childhood? Here it is!

      The first meaning of "faith" is WHAT you believe, not so much the act of believing itself, whether it's in the Hebrew or Greek. Second meaning is the act of believing, itself. For you first must have an OBJECT, to believe in. Then, you believe. That's how you got saved, and that's always the priority, the OBJECT -- "what think ye of Christ". In this stage, "Christ" is magical to you. That's fine! Again, the only thing wrong with spiritual childhood is the same thing that's wrong with physical childhood: there comes a time when one must grow up. And human maturation, even more spiritual maturation, will not progress until you are willing to leave childish ideas behind, 1Cor13:10-13.

    4. RELATIONSHIP TO GOD. Your idea of "Relationship with God" in this stage is childish, so it's emotional, feely, touchy, lots of do's. God is like this new toy to play with. A new person to know, but you see Him with a child's eyes. So when you do something Bible says you should do (as you then understand it) you are childishly happy and a tad boastful. Judgemental, too, the way children are when they see some other child mess up. So it's all about whether you took a shower, Daddy, but your brother didn't. Folks who sound smarter than you will either look like spiritual giants to you, or will make you feel threatened. Lots of accusations about 'heresy' and 'unscriptural' here. Most of those accusations are wrong, since Bible is progressively understood, and a later sophisticated understanding is not 'heretical' compared to the familiar words one heard in Bible class. But the kid doesn't know all that, yet. So what you construct is a kind of loudish belief in God loving you. It's very touching to watch. Very much childlike trust. Very easily deposed, since you are a child. So: very attractive to satanic predators, too. 'Deflowering innocence' is a real attraction to anyone loving evil. Spiritual molestation is the worst and most prevalent kind in the world today, Eph4:14. But Matt18, God 'visits' the predators -- count on it.

    5. LOVE GROWTH. As children, the closest thing we know as "love", is an emotional, childish trust. It's largely passive, responsive. We obey, because we trust. We don't really understand anything. We parrot. We believe. We are children, so that's all we can do. We get a lot of Divine Discipline (Heb12:5ff) at this stage to correct our childish, whiny ideas: of God, of the spiritual life, of our status. It's pretty painful, so Satan is keen to "help" by offering as much false doctrine as he can: like Brother-Foot Churchinanity. Even so, children are given do's secularly, so they will eat up the do's and think of God anyway. That's what you were supposed to do with the do's, under the Mosaic Law. In fact, all do's are doo-doo's if you're not thinking about God when you do them. So unless the child is beaten up over the do's, he'll get through this emphasis on action with little harm.

      Sooner or later you'll question the relevance of the do's, and that questioning occurs early in childhood. That's good. The earlier the questions begin, the better. A sign of impending or entrenched spiritual retardation is that the questioning stops. That means the spiritual child has either been beaten down so has lost his natural curiosity -- or, has turned the do's into a system of feeling good about himself, in which case it becomes a threat to his ego, to question. Bad news. That child will grow up to be a tyrant with the thickest blinders he can buy. It's a very common, sad story. Overemphasis on works and ritual pass as holy, so that feeling one gets from them coddles people into not asking questions. Bad news. Then one day disaster hits and now God is thrown out with the baby's bathwater, in disillusionment with the works and ritual. Very common biography of the average "I used to be a Christian".

      "Used to be" any religion, really. Children readily notice hypocrisy; it equals "you lie to me", and that's a very serious threat to a child, whose fledgling trust is so easily lost, anyway. Religion is nothing, if not hypocritical and shallow. So many a 'former Christian' is 'former' due to religion, but so too many others of non-Christian faiths. Afraid to be open in the disavowal, the child will settle for fitting-in. As an adult, that becomes his god. Love for God then will not develop, because God=hypocrisy was ingrained, early on. Takes a long time to recognize that God is not people, not religion. Usually something abnormal must happen, for the equating God=bad, to even be questioned. I hated and dreaded church when I was a child, and went to many different kinds, so it wasn't a particular denomination or church that I hated. All of them were horrible, except when empty -- but God, he wasn't like people. So the trick was to tune out the people, and just think about Him. Many others I've talked with over the years, tell a similar story. It's common.

    6. TRIAL STATUS. Notice how this Stage is marked by IGNORANCE. So, Part I's #3 Trial argument, wanting God based on what one doesn't know, is demonstrated. It's demonstrated, in that even a spiritual child knows more than the wisest unbeliever, that GOD ought to be paid for sin: else there can be no relationship. Every unbeliever religion bangs the drum in one way or another about how you'll be punished for the wrongs you do -- but notice how cagily they all avoid saying how God gets paid for those wrongs. Always the excuse: He doesn't need to be paid, He can't be paid, God has no partners, God is Love: yeah, and if He's Love, doesn't He love Himself? If He doesn't love Himself, how the heck can He love YOU? For even a spiritual child knows God is Holy. The child doesn't understand what "Holy" really means, and he's very emotional and obnoxious: but for all that, he's light years smarter than the wisest unbeliever, about how "holy" requires payment in order for Relationship To Be Just (i.e., to go to heaven). The widespread 'evangelical' movement, for example, for all their goofy misuse of Bible, can get it right that you only have to believe in Christ to get to heaven, John 3:16: because Someone had to pay God for our sins.

      Yeah, out from the mouths of babes, Thou hast perfected salvation, á la Ps8:2!

      The unbeliever, the all-religions-are-ok crowd, are all UNjust. First, they maintain that their ceremonies, their washings and taboos, the givings they like, God should accept. Which means they dictate to God: just like Cain was trying to do with his vegetables (Gen4:4-5). That's unjust. God isn't a dog, but they essentially claim He is or should be. Moreover, if all religions are okay, then God doesn't get paid what HE deserves: so that's unjust. Moreover, all religions conflict with each other. Not all of them can be right, therefore. So to say they are, is to say God Himself is Unjust; and instead, God's just a doormat, truth is a lie (lies conflict); hence justice should not exist -- at least, not for God. Instead, God's just supposed to accept everyone and they tell HIM what to do, 1Cor2:15. So all that, is 'wisdom', see. It's only wise, to be unjust!

      The poor child is thus assailed by those dippy arguments, since he yet lacks enough Truth, to refute them. Which arguments, always publically polarize around Bible, but not around any other faith (hint hint).

      So notice the impressive testimony here: the world is blind to its fixation, thus advertises that He is the Christ, just like the Dumb Dome and the Wailing Wall do (subtheme in Part IVa); but the child keeps believing in Him, though he feels threatened. That belief-despite-ignorance overcomes the world, theme in 1Jn. God loves His Children, and He vindicates them utterly.

    7. WEAKNESS GROWTH. The Core Trial Issue of WEAKNESS begins developing here. Satan accused God of making creation 'defective', as was explained in Part I. So the goal of the spiritual life is to -- get this -- perfect (complete, legal contract verb) you by Maturing You in Weakness, 1Cor4:9, 2Cor12:5-9. The seeming 'weakness' of faith is where that development begins. Christ didn't play macho man, He picked weakness. Hebrew word "he-heli" in Isa53:10 means "lovesick", there and in other passages (usu. translated "grief"). Love is so strong, it renders all else, weak. So it 'feels' weak to trust, to respect, to obey, to have faith. But those are strengths. Christ wanted weakness to express the strength of His Love for Father. For us. So, God the Holy Spirit maximally matured His Son's Humanity in Weakness. Not macho-man. That's the gameplan for us, too. Probably the biggest mistake theologians and Christians make about the spiritual life is that they expect to be shining heroes like in the movies, if they are 'right' with God. Nope. It's about Relationship, only. Not performance. So as you mature, your performance by human standards goes down, not up. Like Isaiah depicts with his rising and carrying words in Isa52:13-54:1, it's really a circle: you grow up up up up up -- and then are cut down down down down. And in those downs, love's strength is really shining. But it won't look that way, feel that way, to humans. It will look shameful, ugly, worthless, instead. Isa53trans.htm retranslated the foregoing passage, with a focus on this circular nature of true love. You can't get those nuances in any Bible translation I know.

      So the progressive Trial Evidence to be given in a believer's life, is how his progressive weakness doesn't motivate him to quit the spiritual life. In 99.9% of the cases thus far quitting occurs, or the Rapture would have happened centuries ago, as you'll see in Part IVb. So those who progress through Pleroma are extremely few. But it all starts here in childhood, with that beautiful, innocent, ignorant wanting to believe in God. Just because.

      Since the spiritual child can't really understand why Christ did what He did, he feels weak, to believe; and of course he's made fun of, by the foolish world which deems its rabid penchant for beating up God, 'wise'. So the world dumbly broadcasts its insanity in movies, documentaries, songs sung at fund-raisers for hurricane victims, newscasts, you name it -- all managing nicely to malign the Bible's John 3:16 Grace statement that there is only One Way to God (see also Acts 4:12). Weird thing is, this broadcasting was just as prevalent 2000 years ago, as today. Almost in the same words! Take a gander at how Christians were burlesqued in the 90's AD when Revelation was penned, then compare to what's said today.

      The most remarkable trend of history throughout history, is the world's fixation for-or-against Jews and Christians. It just continues generation after generation, like the Energizer Bunny. More reliable than your next bowel movement. Part IV and the Appendix will spend a lot of time on this phenomenon, so more need not be said here.

      So just for the moment, reflect: how is it, no unbeliever intellectual who knows history, catches on to all this fixation? Or even the simpler obvious thing: if Jesus the Christ is always the target, just who do you think the Real God must be? Could Satan make it more obvious? You realise it's Satan who's advertising that Christ is God, right? By always pointing Him out, just as Mark showed the demons behaving in his Gospel? It's a picture-refrain in Mark: The Lord does a miracle, the demons make a stink of Him being the True God, then all the people hate Him for that, even more. The more miracles the Lord does, the more He has to hush up the demons, and the more the people hate Him. So who's the really dumb pawn, huh? Not the spiritual child! The child is constantly vindicated by that same God the world loves to hate! So the weakness of the child's "faith" is stronger than all the world. No wonder 1Jn (e.g., 5:4) reads as it does, for Every Generation of God's Children.

      Of course, the spiritual child doesn't know any of this vindication. From his low level, from his weakness, all he sees is worry and threat and fear. The kid slaps the tambourine, drools his works everywhere, goes on street corners proclaiming Christ, makes a fool of himself in a bizillion anti-Biblical ways, always tempest-tossed per Eph4:14. But he keeps on believing, whaddya know. And you can bet from all his drooling, many other droolers got saved. Because even a child can understand and repeat, that quintessential power-of-God-to-save verse, John 3:16! Greater power than all the world, that. Coming from the mouth of a child, Ps8:2!


    Spiritual Adolescence

    This is page 3 of SMP.doc. Notice how the new colored-in blocks have grown in scope and are goldenrod, versus the 'pinkishness' of Spiritual Childhood. That growth in color and scope, denotes a further maturation in the spiritual life.

    1. Notice how, of the five contractural action infinitives which happened to Christ on the Cross per Isa53:10-11 LXX text -- you've progressed to the enlightening one, "deiknumi".
    2. Parts of the other two verbs are happening also.
    3. For now you're beginning to enjoy your new house, and a good bit of the 'baggage' from your old life, has been replaced with God's Apodoses.
    4. Accordingly, God now focuses on enlightening you (deiknumi), while still purifying and taking away (katharizw, aphairew) remaining old ideas, still replacing them with even more of His Apodoses.
    5. Here the bi-directional pointer indicates Coalescing Understanding within the maturation blocks below it, by means of the infinitives. Because, you've learned a significant amount of Bible, but as yet can't put it all together to ORIENT you to the 'big picture' of Grace and Doctrine, which are the operative spiritual life, Jn1:14, 17, 2Pet3:18.
      • Grace is operative, because God is Love and that means Freedom to grow or not. Doctrine is operative, because what you grow on and in, is Truth. So you need orientation to these twin pistons of your spiritual life, and the doctrine you've learned, gets knit together so you can see and use them, daily: the "GODO" team. For they act on each other.
      • As a child, you needed to learn right and wrong, so got legalistic about how good you were and how bad others were. As an adult, you need to learn Love, so you need to learn tolerance -- especially, of yourself. For here you begin to notice you don't conform to the standards, either.
    6. Again, the Holy Spirit causes the blocks to feed back to the infinitives, for the process is circular and its 'sphere' increases depending on that feedback.
    7. Thus each infinitival action, enlarges. So you grow exponentially. Growth here is so rapid it's traumatic, analogous to human maturation in adolescence. For the big goal is that that you become more independent of the world but more dependent on God, Luke 2:49. [In Hebrew culture then and now, you are an adult at age 12, when sexually mature: that's why you have a bar or bat mitzvah, at that age. The Lord was more mature than a mere spiritual adult by that age. So He's reminding them of His future role when He says that verse. They had forgotten it, and are treating Him as if he were still a child. You know this, because they not only left, but went on a whole day prior to even looking for Him. They temporarily failed to be good parents -- understandable, given the pressure of being parents to their own Savior!]
    8. Pointer placement tells you the goal of the stage: here, it's a coalesced, orientational enlightening, deiknumi.
    9. For there is one infinitive "on point", through which all the others, "run".
    10. So here in Spiritual Adolescence, orienting you to God's Big Picture of your spiritual life, is the major goal of the stage.
    11. Your new Love Alphabet's A-for-Archegos, wants a "B", Bride. The new "B" can't begin growing in you until the old, false "B" you've been living on -- for "bad", body-stuff passing itself off as spiritual -- gets cleaned out. For God's definition of "Body", is the Body of His Son's Thinking, 1Cor12:31 (Greek huperbole), Col2:19, Eph4:16.
    12. So this happens now in groups of letters, coalescing. Precept upon precept, knitting into whole paragraphs all that disparate Bible you've been learning. Traumatically, quickly.
    13. So now you're learning the next letter of God's Love Alphabet: "A" is for Archegos, Leader, Pioneer, Originator, 'Father': but "B" is for His "Bride", aka Body, the Church. Time you learn to Whom THE Father, will marry you off. (Isa9:6 also ties to Isa53:12's wa-et atsumim yehalleq shalal "great ones" clause, which means there are rulers under Him Who is made the fathering-of-eternity.)

    So if we instead keep on growing spiritually, and progress in God's Script to eat its solid food, we hit Spiritual Adolescence. Here, we begin to have a measure of independence, because enough of the Divine Standards and obedience have shaped our own thinking, our own values. So we lose dependence on the world and its ideas. We begin to obey God's ideas instead: not merely because we have come to trust Him, our "Faith-Rest" function now established -- but we obey also because we ourselves have come to VALUE His True Standards. A child needs to trust a person, because he cannot understand the principles; an adult comes to trust the principles, so doesn't need to trust the person as much, to obey. Here the "person" was your teacher, the world, your parents. But now it SHIFTS to God Himself, and His Word. Notice how this added motive, "ourselves" is a sort of self-confidence: emerging spiritual self-esteem. See, God is inherently satisfying, refreshing-to-know. So, we become more interested in God Himself. As a by-product of this learning, we begin to 'overlook' the me-be-good urge, so the urge can't sustain our attention as it formerly did in childhood. We're 'too busy' learning Him, you see.

    So, learning Him causes one to relax, become happier. Thus is woven the foundation for adulthood: like Christ, we start to disregard non-God knowledge in favor of regarding God. Naturally. Easily. Enjoyably. As a by-product of our increasing enjoyment in knowing Him better, we come to respect our own existence, our own motives. Our lives come to have a value of their own. We start to lose dependence on others' opinions of us, as the arbiters of how "good" we are, so we worry less. In short, we start to lose dependence on "being good". God has replaced that depraved focus, with Himself. Temptations become less interesting. God becomes ever more interesting. Because we respect God more, we come to respect everything else more, too. Including our own selves. See how Love is beginning to bloom?

    True esteem, like true love, means the flaws don't matter. A human being is alive. Your parents don't have to be perfect, and neither do you, to justify your existence. False self-esteem is really based on the opposite premise: that you are Good Enough, and thus you deserve to exist. You hear false self-esteem touted everywhere, from weight-loss contests to all manner of self-help programs. You deserve you deserve you deserve -- if you do something worthy. That sets up a hamster's treadmill and you just end up exhausted. Great satanic ploy, those figleaves of Gen3. True self-esteem is not like that: true self-esteem recognizes Grace. It's not even based on good, because it's based on GOD. God didn't make Himself, so "deserving" is ludicrous. So guess what? You live! God lives, and so do you! All these flaws exist! Grace, that they can! Grace and Doctrine team up in Spiritual Adolescence, to propel you toward Spiritual Adulthood. Like mental adolescence, it's a rocky time, because there's a Merging Of Understanding going on. The kiddies are still wrestling with right and wrong, and their idea of "grace" has yet to be mated to Bible-in-head. But the Spiritual Adolescent, is going through that mating process. So he becomes independent of others' opinions -- and more dependent, on God's Opinion.

    The biggest behavioral change in this stage, is a QUESTIONING. No longer content to be a child, one begins to wonder why about everything, to have independent and provable knowledge about it, for oneself. That's not rebellion. One wants more than just soundbyte answers. It's a salient characteristic of maturation. Of course, the rebelling, retarding child will mimic that questioning to defend his ignorance, constantly demanding answers which fit the answers he wants. But you can tell the difference between true versus false questioning in children, and you can tell the difference in spiritual children, too.

    Religion dissuades questioning, since then its satanic nature is exposed. So if the growing Spiritual Adolescent is still trapped by religion or religious people, he will experience much more trauma than is normal for the stage. Many people peel off here. Since Christianity is incompetently and childishly taught, yet rigidly imposed, so those who want real answers are frustrated; if they don't have sufficient interest in studying God for Himself, they will painfully separate from religion, yet still ascribe its satanic ideas as truth, so will claim God doesn't exist, the Bible is bunk, etc. Very common feature of daily life is to hear the disgruntled believer, complain how he lost his faith. Yeah, he found out that he wasn't believing in the truth -- yet doesn't desire the real truth, as his questioning is false -- he's not seeking God, but rather enjoys his anger at the falsehood. Such a believer will not grow up if he persists in such iconoclasm. Our parents aren't perfect. Neither are we. If we lambast the feet of clay we find, we'll never get new feet, and go anywhere fruitful. That's the fate of many who 'walk' into Spiritual Adolescence, but it doesn't have to be your fate.

    So here are the seven benchmarks:

    1. CONSUMING BIBLE. You are beginning to see the big picture: all those pieces of Bible-class data you learned under your right pastor are beginning to have a coherence about them. So you start to think on a higher plane than formerly. So you aren't merely claiming promises, but also the reasoning behind them. You are extrapolating from what you are learning to form new amalgamated conclusions, and you are beginning to live on those conclusions. Bible is easier to read than it used to be, and sometimes you find yourself using it like math -- all by yourself! You don't need to be spanked as much by God as when you were a spiritual kid, and you begin to see how all that right-wrong debate among the (overwhelming majority of) Christian children, is graceless. So it bugs you, but you use the Grace you are learning to live with it, sporadically. More often you debate, as rebelling begins to bloom. That's the dark side of a growing independence.

    2. SPIRITUAL SKILLS. Here in Spiritual Adolescence, you use 1Jn1:9 regularly, so you are regularly filled with the Spirit; when Filled, you are still living on basics, like finding Bible promises and claiming them, learning basic doctrine under your right pastor, playing with basic salvation and Essence-of-God concepts. But it's almost second nature to you, now. Additionally, you are living on what my pastor likes to call "Grace Orientation" and "Doctrinal Orientation", with "Orientation" being descriptive of your merging thought pattern.

      The hallmark signature of graduation from spiritual childhood is that these thinking skills MERGE into a sense of "Grace" and "Doctrinal Orientation" (terms are my pastor's), rather than remain disparate, halting activities. These skills all combine to become a higher base of spiritual living, a kind of 'team', so you're using them all at once. Just as it takes several different types of movements to bring up a rifle to your shoulder, steady it, ready it, fire it accurately in one motion, it takes several types of thinking skills to coordinate so you can accurately 'fire' Doctrine at a target. And as any sharpshooter can tell you, the ability to swiftly, smoothly, and competently do all those motions with instinctual calm, is a life-saver. So much more true, in the Royally-Invisible Spiritual Life!

      Or, perhaps you prefer a ballerina analogy. All that practicing of 1st-5th positions, the plié and jeteé -- is disparate, like Spiritual Childhood. But being able to put them into an actual routine during which you don't keel over as you dance -- is Spiritual Adolescence. Or, a piano analogy: all that practicing of scales over and over and over, the positioning of your hands and fingers (gently high, please), the disparate learnings of the differences between notes and their names, the length of time between a quarter note and a 1/16th; the difference between "bass" but it's not a fish, and "clef" -- endless Italian names to learn, tempos and chords and a clicking metronome which drives you nuts -- that's Spiritual Childhood. But being able to consistently play several short tunes by Satie or even Debussy -- perhaps without flair, but at least without eyeing the music, only a few errors -- that's Spiritual Adolescence.

    3. THOUGHT PATTERN. This Orientation teams up into a GODO of 1Cor13:13's elpis, aka "Confidence". It's incipient, here. You become impatient, and the on-fire quality of spiritual adulthood begins kindling in your spiritual 'belly'. So it seems like you are instead Waiting for Godot, and you can't understand why others aren't as excited about Bible as you are. For now your GODO is fitting together and you actually begin to see for yourself, stuff your pastor long taught as true, which heretofore you just blindly accepted. So you also begin to emulate the confidence you now begin to see Paul and the NT writers exhibit in their epistles. You start understanding that confidence and their thought patterns, and you start understanding their whys. That does a whole lot to increase your confidence in Bible: nothing like understanding the whys, to audit and thus prove, validity. So your confidence in God, alike increases; you still don't know how to argue against the world, and with this new burgeoning confidence, you will try, lol. But that's okay. You get combative. That's normal. For now all those former mere 'words' which you'd heard in Bible class after Bible class, are becoming whole concepts you can see as it were aerially, and oh boy you want to practice flying! Which, you should. That will bug your periphery no end, too. Through Darkest Adolescence, a 1960's book by comic writer Richard Armour (book is only available used, at Amazon) will help you get a grip on what Christian adolescence is also like. Same basic characteristics.

      So the chief Thought Pattern trait, would be called "Orientational Confidence". Getting the big picture, now -- and knowing it, too. And wanting more. An enlarging habitual learning and believing in Word -- because YOU want to do it, not solely because it's 'right'. All the Word you learn here begins to coalesce, and as it does, the focus becomes increasingly -- God Himself. The words still sound good, and you believe them, but now you really begin to understand what God is about. So what you do is gain the faculty of independent Bible thinking. It's this changeover from learning Bible just because you want to; this changeover of thinking about it independently without someone telling you how it fits, is how you cross over into spiritual adulthood. As a spiritual child, you were supposed to think what you were told, do what you were told; so you were a bad boy or girl, if you did anything on your own; you were a good boy or girl, if you didn't question, if you just believed everything your teacher taught you, as if that teacher were God Himself. Now all those childhood training wheels are falling off your spiritual bicycle. And with only a little regret, you begin to leave it behind.

    4. RELATIONSHIP TO GOD. Your idea of "Relationship with God" in this stage is still emotional, feely, touchy, lots of do's; but there's a 'weight' to the thinking, and it's beginning to take over your childish ideas. You ask heavier questions when you talk with God, and you start talking with Him more often; you start spending much more time analyzing. You still live in two separate worlds; generally when you are doing something in the world you don't think about Him during that time. Like the spiritual child, He's only on your mind sporadically, but the intervals when you forget Him are much shorter, as you've more to ponder. You begin to wonder what His Plan is for your life. Most of all, you begin to wonder what it's like for Him to be Him.

    5. LOVE GROWTH. Love becomes glitchy, here, because you're newly able to do it, and your emotions are wacko. A war begins between your Orientational Confidence, and those around you who aren't as advanced; plus, your confidence in yourself is still vulnerable. The GODO team is new, and it's your moderator, but you've only begun putting it all together. So you become testy, even churlish, but if the interest in knowing God better persists, you'll grow past it. Still the childish trust lingers; still emotion is associated with "Love" in Bible; but you're learning to be more tolerant -- at times.

    6. TRIAL STATUS. You're at the crossover point between Part I's Core Trial Issue #3's "ignorance", and its #2, where you Start To Know Something. You stay on the fence for awhile, back-and-forth. You'll cross over to #2 if you make the decision that you "must get serious about learning Bible." And then you actually do get serious. Every Christian I know who crossed over tells that same story. "I just needed to get serious about Bible Doctrine." It's really funny how they all use that phrase, no matter what church or national background they might have. I've heard people in chat channels say that from distant countries, other churches, not at all related to my own. It's also a common expression among people in my church, too. We all go through this same recognition that Bible ought to be more -- well, dominant in one's life. The traditional 'Christianity' answers and prescriptions, no longer satisfy. And we begin to understand here, that those answers and prescriptions aren't in tune with Bible, either.

      So kinda like John the Baptist yet not so starkly, the Spiritual Adolescent sporadically begins to seek a kind of self-imposed isolation, which at that spiritual age, goes against his nature. For Adolescence is all about, fitting-in. The isolation is maybe of short duration, but it sets a tone and the study begins in earnest. Sometimes there's a question, "should I be a pastor" or other 'offical' church career job, revealing the desire to dedicate oneself, not just go to church like everyone else -- and not to assuage ego or get human approval, either. Idea is, this pursuit of learning God is not something you do because it's expected. It's rather an interest of its own and you want to allot a good deal of time to it, and you genuinely want more time -- because you have bigger questions.

      You're vulnerable to satanic attack here. Chiefly, you're vulnerable to the satanic ploy which seeks to siphon off your desire to dedicate yourself, into some fake works program so to occupy your time so much, the study you wanted, you've no TIME to do. Then you'll atrophy, dying on the Vine, as it were. So the Abiding Desire 'room' of the House becomes all-important, here. If the Desire to learn is strong enough, the fake-y substitutes sent your way won't much grab your attention, or will be soon discarded. If the Desire is not strong enough, you'll get hooked. Most Christians who reach this Stage, don't go beyond it: Revelation 17 politicized religion, grabs their growing interest and traps it.

      For here you start to separate from people in your thinking and start to separate yourself in thinking unto GOD. That's the beginning of Real Love: His Own. It's a dangerous time.

    7. WEAKNESS GROWTH. Again, Trial Application: Weakness is growing. You become more dependent on God's Opinion, which is Love and therefore Grace; so you become gradually more INdependent of all else. Which paradoxically, makes you think of yourself as weak. And it's true. But you are actually stronger Spiritually, and that is More True. Hence the loss of self-preoccupation, because Grace justifies your existence rather than "good", theme of Rom4-5. God is Good, so nothing else need be. And God's Good, is just there: uncreated. So no other good need be. It's a gradual awareness of how Truth=Grace, so you become weak -- because you are learning to Love that Truth.

      It's really true that the world hates truth, grace, love. Litmus is the constant complaint that God should accept what we say is "good", just like Cain had done. So the Spiritual Adolescent is awkward for another reason: he's not yet matured in God's Script, but he's developed enough where he sees he must separate from the world. Yeah, and when you grow up enough, you leave your mom and dad. The world was our womb, so we were born dead to God. Now it's time to grow up and leave the thinking of our 'father and mother', theme of Rom6-7. There, Paul explains the conflicting feelings of disloyalty to the 'old man', human viewpoint. Divorce must come, sometime: He paid for it, on the Cross.


    Spiritual Adulthood, I

    This is page 4 of SMP.doc. Notice the enormous maturation which has occurred; so many new and grass-green sections, far greater than Spiritual Adolescence. That growth from goldenrod seeds to a crop of grass, denotes a huge advance in the spiritual life. Indeed, this stage represents what my pastor calls a "Tactical Victory" in the spiritual life. Hence the stage has two subparts, so page 4 of SMP.doc covers the first one. Historically speaking, only about 1% of Christians ever get this far, and they won't ever be popular on earth which Satan controls -- but they are famous, in heaven. So it's a dangerous phase.

    1. Notice how, of the five contractural action infinitives which happened to Christ on the Cross per Isa53:10-11 LXX text -- you've progressed to the birthing one, "plassw". Greek OT employs this verb to translate Hebrew yatsar, used to denote the formation of body parts, mountains, etc. Idea is, you're born now, just as Adam was created an adult, Gen 2:7. Paul plays on that meaning in Gal4:19 with reference to the Last Adam, covered below. Again, the Spiritual Adult is now capable of reproduction, analogous to sexual maturity, time for marriage. So that's the major theme of this stage of spiritual maturation, marrying your mind to Christ's. It's a long phase, typically from one to three decades, during Church.
    2. So note the other two verbs: plassw not being complete until the stage completes, it and dikaiow's blocks aren't yet fully green. The verbs work as a team. Verb dikaiow does mean to make righteous, but its first idea is to JUSTIFY, to Legally Perfect (Complete) something: and the result of that, is the righteousness.
    3. For now you greatly enjoy your new House, and most of the 'baggage' from your old life got replaced with God's Apodoses. In fact, God's ideas are more familiar than the old ideas, though the old stuff still assails you, dynamic theme of Romans 6 and 7.
    4. Accordingly, God now focuses on sculpting FUNCTION (plassw), while still purifying, taking away, enlightening you (katharizw, aphairew, deiknumi), still replacing the old with even more of His Apodoses.

    5. Here the bi-directional pointer indicates Coalescing Action within the maturation blocks below it, by means of the infinitives. Because, you've learned the Big Picture of the operative spiritual life, but as yet can't translate it into the RELATIONSHIP which is the purpose of the spiritual life, Col 1:27, Eph3:15-19, 4:13.
      • "Personal Sense of Destiny" is purpose of your own life;
      • "Personal Love for Father" is purpose, because living for Him makes life worth living -- that's Christ's Own Testimony.
      • "Impersonal Love for all mankind" is a far higher love, honor rather than attraction-based; and it's purpose also, because then life with humans not like you, becomes fulfilling; for God is Love and that means FREEDOM to grow or not, which you learned back during Grace Orientation -- which is the 'root' of Divine Love. God didn't make Himself Good; neither do you.
      • +H is purpose, because what you grow on and in, is Truth about Him. Each Him, Father, Son, Spirit. So you find contentment in just Knowing Them; the doctrine you've learned gets knit together so you can see Them daily, 2Cor13:14.
      • As a Spiritual Adolescent, you needed to learn tolerance; so now as a Spiritual Adult, you need to learn Love -- especially, for yourself. For here you begin to Love Father, and you will find your own shortfall, intolerable. Hence the need for a Personal Sense of Destiny, in which you orient to yourself as GOD has planned the crafting of 'you'. You start to see yourself in "third person", objectively. [Psychology is dead wrong when it accounts habitual speech about the self in third person, as a symptom of mental illness. That can be true -- when the individual can't confront himself -- but in fact true maturation means the self regards the self as an entity. No king or President or business owner can successfully 'rule' until he regards himself as dispensible. Your lose your personal life to whatever you have charge over, and you'd better be willing to do that, if you want to rule well. Notice that the Lord usually talks about Himself in third person in the Gospels, i.e., calling Himself by titles like "the Son of Man" -- that means He's viewing Himself as an Office, ignoring His personal feelings. The other NT writers also do it.]

    6. Again, the Holy Spirit causes the blocks to feed back to the infinitives, for the process is circular and its 'sphere' WIDENS depending on that feedback. For now you're advancing along a very broad front, as the greening depicts.
    7. Thus each infinitival action, enlarges in a widening fashion. So you grow exponentially wider in scope of understanding. Growth here is quite traumatic, analogous to falling in love; whether you detect that trauma or not, varies by underlying personality.
      • For the big goal is to fall in love with God, Rom 5:5, 2Cor13:14, 1Jn2:5, 4:7-8,19. Notice how you have to know God to love God.
      • So wanting to know God is the major tactical strategy of this stage in spiritual maturation. A lack of wanting will result in spiritual retardation, so Bible becomes a dry preening of how well you know it. Sad fate of many former Spiritual Adults who spun out during this phase. The "Abiding Desire" room of His House was rejected. So all the other rooms, go dark. Lots of casualties, here.

    8. Pointer placement tells you the goal of the stage: here, it's a sculpting of Love Function, plassw+dikaiow.
    9. For there is one infinitive "on point", through which all the others "run". But these two act together as one, with emphasis on the formation side, plassw.
    10. So here in Spiritual Adulthood, developing your Love for God is the major goal of the stage, Rom5:5. Notice how justifying-of-hope is emphasized in that verse, pointing to the dikaiow purpose, goal.

    11. Your Love Alphabet's A-for-Archegos, gets a "B", Bride. Your Personal Sense of Destiny Developing, Your Personal Love for God and honor for all mankind Developing, your Divine Happiness Developing, all make you realize how Bridal you are becoming. So you are Becoming to Him. So you are made Conductive, Developing. That's the spousal thing to do, Eph3:15-19.
    12. So this happens now in groups of sentences, coalescing. Precept upon precept, knitting into whole pages of all that disparate Bible you've been learning. Traumatically, quickly. You've asked question after question, and it seemed as though you'd never start to learn the answers. But now, you do. That burgeons your hope just as Paul said it would, in Romans 5:5. You become content. Even, too content, cocky, as you'll see in the paragraphs below.
    13. So now you're functioning in the first four letters of God's Love Alphabet: "A" for Archegos, "B" for His "Bride" -- now your cognizant Destiny. So, you're being Conducted to be Conductive, Developing. Time you prepare for your marriage, by meeting the Groom. (Paul ties Isa53:12's wa-et atsumim yehalleq shalal "great ones" clause, to learning Him via Bible, in Eph4:12-16, especially verse 16; also, Romans 12:1-3, 1Cor Chaps 12 and 13 -- that's the main theme of 1Cor -- and also, Col 1:12. For there are to be rulers under Him Who is made the fathering-of-eternity, and that's Church. This idea of sharing in Divine plunder, riches was a main theme of the Lord's when He was down here, i.e., the parable of the stingy servant, Matt25:14ff. Paul stresses it too.)

    Hence continued spiritual growth on God's Script in God's System from Spiritual Adolescence, produces Spiritual Adulthood (i.e., "young men" in 1Jn). It is a MERGING of what you've learned into a cohesive 'body' of thinking. Bible describes this stage as giving birth in Gal4:19. English Bibles truncate the translation to "Christ formed in you", so you don't know what kind of "formed" it is. God's Greek is not so bashful: "formed", because delivered, the birth pangs are over! Born! In short, like physical/mental adulthood, spiritual adulthood is a new independence, a life on your own, a transformation. Just as no fetus is a human being until born, because it is not independent of the womb; just as conceiving of the idea of sin doesn't make it sin until it too is born (see James 1:14-15, NAS); just as you have to be born again, not conceived again (i.e., just because you conceive the Gospel doesn't mean you are saved, else everyone who has merely heard, would be in heaven); just as you can't be graduated until you have completed the prerequisite courses, so also you aren't a spiritual adult until His Thinking has become an independent structure within your soul (right lobe, aka "heart", technically). No building can take tenants until it is completed! Gotta grow up first. Then you are 'born', so to speak, into adulthood. Not before. Only then are you eligible to have an Adult Spiritual Job. You usually can't do outward-works which "count" until then. (Well, God will throw the works HE wants to do via you smack! in your face, so you needn't go looking for them. A work He wants will make your sin nature bristle with an urge to say "no". Heh.)

    1. CONSUMING BIBLE. For what distinguishes this phase is that the Basic Structure of Christ's Own Thinking has formed in you. It's a comprehensiveness, though at basic levels. It's also habitual. So your Focus and your Viewpoint have merged. God just isn't on your mind during Bible class or prayer, anymore. You begin to see Him as a Person. So when you study Bible now, you study it to see Him better -- and you do. This is a monumental shift in your reason for Consuming Bible. When you were younger you had many motives for doing it: to be good, to think well of yourself, to justify believing, for the attacks against Bible worried you. But you've instead become so curious about how GOD is -- His Personality, why He wants to do things -- that the other motives, kinda fade away. The world and its wants still intrude a lot, but this newly-emergent focus on learning Bible to learn God Himself, shifted you into the "birth" that is spiritual adulthood. For Christ is all about, looking at Father. So now, you too begin to look at Father. By the end of this stage, you will look at Father as an instinctual habit, for you will come to want to live on His View of anything, even brushing your teeth. At the beginning of this stage, though, the idea of looking at Him as a habit, is newly born.

      See, as we grow spiritually, we age. As we age, we can see others more maturely. A child is utterly threatened by change, and really can't see his parents as persons. So they aren't allowed to fail, and any thing which looks like a threat is frightening. But as you age, since you are older, you can see older people -- as people. So God, the Ultimate Person, stops being a cartoon character, and you begin to see Him as a Person. For Himself. And you love seeing Him. It stops being an issue so much of right and wrong, but just flat wanting to know Him. And of course, what's really happening, is that you are becoming more like Him -- which is why you can see Him better.

    2. SPIRITUAL SKILLS. These are instinctive at this point, but still glitchy: use of 1Jn1:9 is remembered more often throughout your day, so you are more often filled with the Spirit -- in large measure, the remembrance is prompted by you wanting to just think about GOD. So when you do want to think about Him, you remember to use 1Jn1:9. You begin, therefore, to question more broadly the 'big picture' of your salvation, why did God do it, how could it benefit Him. So you try to add up many types of doctrines in an effort to learn something about Him; you now find yourself doing it in free moments, while waiting on the telephone, or even in the bathroom; not merely when you are in Bible class. Verses start coming to your mind when you need them, slowly at first. Again, the structure of Christ's Thinking has now formed, been born: so it begins functioning as a whole, having a life of its own. So the effort to remember, diminishes greatly. Or, increases greatly because now you are "getting serious" about Bible. When a person "gets serious" in a relationship, marriage is not far off. Even more true, here.

      The hallmark signature of graduation from spiritual adolescence is that these thinking skills MERGE into a "Personal Sense of Destiny", as my pastor likes to put it. That becomes your base, built atop the previous thought patterns which were using 1Jn1:9, being filled with the Spirit, claiming the promises of God and rudimentary Bible reasoning; to those spiritual-childhood Bible Thinking Skills were added Grace Orientation and Doctrinal Orientation, during spiritual adolescence. It took some time for GODO to integrate with the earlier skills and for them all to team up and coordinate; but that's happened now. So by analogy, if you were able to raise and fire a rifle in one motion, now you can do it in your sleep. If you were able to do a simple ballet routine without falling down all the time, now it's too simple for you and you start eyeing something in the "Nutcracker". If you were able to play "Goliwog's Cake Walk" by Debussy without banging the piano, now you are up to a subtle Chopin nocturne. In short, a wholistic view of the spiritual life has taken hold in you. For you are born, independent, and can function. You still screw up. You're just reborn for the third time -- to adulthood.

      The Personal Sense of Destiny is entirely due to a new Love for God the Father. You begin to see yourself through His Eyes, which makes you become more objective. It's glitchy, for what you come to see is often disturbing, so you are impatient with yourself, the world, etc. At the same time, a growing contentment at having the answers, mediates the upset. So you'll zigzag between these two poles of contentment and upset. So your spiritual skills will often focus on this mediation, to keep you on an even keel. Paul describes this stage poignantly in Romans 6-7. Battle really begins here.

      To say you have a "Personal Sense of Destiny" doesn't mean that you know your future death date, who you should work for (or marry, if you are yet unmarried). Rather, it's a growing awareness that this Bible you've been learning is real, God is real, your future is real and will really be with Him. There's a 'body' of understanding about it, which in turn means you have a 'palpable' grasp. "God" is no longer a two dimensional, candy-cane idea.

    3. THOUGHT PATTERN. "Hope", Greek elpis, which Bible uses as a shorthand moniker for Confidence in Word, characterizes your attitude during Spiritual Adulthood. What is spiritual adulthood like? Two chief soul traits of this stage are: cognitive recognition that His Thinking should govern, and thought-fluency concerning the content of His Independent Standard. There's no roteness about true fluency. It isn't the child's parroting, like spouting Bible verses, creeds, etc. Instead, it's the ability to Think Doctrinally, to analyze an issue and determine God's general position on it. 'With doctrinal reasoning to support the analysis and conclusion. There's a distinct confidence in one's ability to do this, because there's a distinct cognitive Confidence in the Standard. A less-salutary characteristic of this stage is a temptation to cockiness, due to the fact one begins to know he knows more than his contemporaries.

      My pastor uses terms like "cognitive self-confidence", and "spiritual self-esteem" to explain this stage. The "esteem" comes from the Confidence in the Standard, but since the Standard is in the self, it translates into a certain self-confidence, as well. The characteristic doesn't mean one is yet competently obeying; a new spiritual adult's obedience function due to the structure must first coalesce. There's much more to learn, but the Holy Spirit has interlinked the Doctrinal Database with the soul's norms-and-standards 'compartment'. As a result, the soul has found and accepted its 'place' with respect to Him, so a kind of confidence and contentment mark the inner life: it's a kind of Structural Rest. Before this point, as is true in regular adolescence, a huge struggle about "whats" had gone on. Now, enough of those whats are resolved, so a kind of restful attitude ensues. So, at this point the spiritual adult also begins to recognize where he is in God's Personal Plan for his life down here -- and, in eternity. My pastor calls this turning point "a personal sense of destiny": God's Personal Agenda for your own life becomes known.

      This "spiritual adulthood" stage is the first tactical objective God has for the believer's life. It's a Tactical Objective, as my pastor likes to explain, because you can't grow up in Love until and unless you first become an adult. For our spiritual mortality rate is extremely high; most believers don't want to know God, they want the goodies and status of being Christians, so they opt for Satan's Rev 17 substitute Churchinanity, over the centuries. The Church Fathers, for example, were demonstrably spiritual children, given their weird and legalistic writing. Bible wasn't at all clear to them: you don't need to convene councils to decide whether Christ is also God, whether Trinity is Biblical, if you READ the Bible. It's not debatable, Matt4:3 and 2Cor13:14 ARE VIVIDLY CLEAR. So, those people couldn't read the Bible, because they didn't use 1Jn1:9 to get the Holy Spirit's brains. And, it shows in their extremely legalistic, anthropopathic slants, persecutions and weird ideas, turning body stuff into magical spirituality, blaspheming the Word thereby -- for CHRIST did none of the things these dolts account 'spiritual'. Yet these folks are regarded as spiritual giants? Well, even today Christians laud them, not noticing how Different Christ Is from all of them. So children laud other children, and no one grows. It's the tragedy of 18 centuries, and it still continues. Therefore the Spiritual Adult is utterly rare, and it's a Major Victory in the Trial if you even get this far. The second bookended Tactical Objective is Spiritual Maturity, explained later below.

      This stage is a Coalescing Of Everything You've Learned, and you become Doctrinally Competent. Since an underlying structure got formed, you're now moving into function. It plays like discovery-after-discovery as all that got knitted in you, actually starts working. You'll easily mistake yourself for a genius. For you are: but 'Mom' (the Holy Spirit) is running the show. Yet you don't recognize that, often trying to 'help' by providing answers people don't want, and by impatience at others' disinterest or ignorance. So you get spanked. Then you begin to recognize it's the Holy Spirit, not you, Who's the Genius Behind Your New Thinking. Additionally, if you had a sin nature which favored lasciviousness, it now shifts over to the other side, legalism. If you were legalistic, you'll shift into lasciviousness during this stage. Your life is being freed up from the old patterns, so (lol!) you also switch sin patterns, too. Paradox: the bigger you get, the more you sin bigger sins which are subtle. Big people make bigger mistakes because they are big, see.

      Again, as in Spiritual Adolescence, the 1Cor13:13 moniker for this Stage is "hope". This "hope" is also the beginning of Love, Rom5:5; the latter starts growing per the four dimensions of Eph3:15-19 and 1Jn4:12-16 (parallel passage) from this point forward. So we now obey for an additional motive: to express gratitude to God. Life has become very enjoyable, even when being disciplined. We've come to know Father pretty well, now. We enjoy thinking of Him so much, we look for ways to thank Him. He's on our mind, most of the time. We often find ourselves asking, "What does God think of this?" -- and the answer is often instantaneous.

    4. RELATIONSHIP TO GOD. This is the biggest behavioral change: Knowing God Becomes A Burning Issue. You have a bizillion questions about Him personally. Why why why why what does He get what does He want. The pronoun has changed from "me" to He". It can be very traumatic, because here the Focus Shifts. Hence your idea of "Relationship with God" in this stage is a stable and urgent recognition of Him, so you do think of Him often during a day; but it's still somewhat emotional, you're preoccupied with your obedience, maybe; overall, you spend more time just thinking out how He is. So you are alone more -- and want to be. You've distanced yourself from your earlier Christian friends, if you had any, so you can spend more time alone to think about what you're learning, to talk with God, etc. So, at this point, "Christ formed in you" means the necessary Rapport Base with God has been built. You can't use it well, but it's there. The rapport function is stable, but basic; the Maturing Merge of the world you live in and the God you think about, is only beginning. See, the focus shifted to God, so now all your other foci must shift, too.

      Unfortunately, a side effect of this shift is that others in your periphery notice it, even if you do not. Some will be resentful and jealous; often the believer in this phase becomes obnoxious, because he comes to resent the disinterest in God which he's newly able to see. So whether it's his fault or that of others around him, marriages, families and friendships break up here, Luke 12:49-53. You'll have to choose. Most people when faced with a choice like this opt for the people, so do not grow up. Lots of casualties in this Spiritual Adulthood phase, for that reason.

    5. LOVE GROWTH. In short, due to that hope, you begin to Love God. Starting with, Love for Father. Love is still somewhat childish but its pace escalates, now. So, the aggressive facet of Love begins to develop, as gratitude needs an outlet. As 1Jn repeatedly notes, this Love-for-the-Father-outlet causes the 'overflow' of loving the brethren. You start to view people more objectively. That provokes a kind of overflow love to people: it's Divine Love beginning, which has no strings. It isn't based on attraction, but on God. So it doesn't feel good, and it 'plays' as a kind of respect (true love manifests as respect or honor).

      True marker of love is that your thoughts are occupied by the love object. And, secondly -- you respond honorably. Not necessarily competent at it, but that standard of honorable response has become more important than whether the love object is honorable toward you. Being right for its own sake is being replaced by a desire to rightly love. So we can initiate love, at this point. And we do: toward the Father. See, rapport begets the ability to be happily intimate, not the other way around. [FYI: this is the main reason why sex before/outside of marriage is so disastrous to the soul. Body can't take intimacy until soul has rapport, and body's design can't handle sexual rapport, outside of marriage: if "it" was "good", you think you are in love; if "it" was "bad", you think you are not. Soul's free will is thus significantly impaired by non-marital sex, because then the body dictates to the soul, with the result that soul satisfaction becomes progressively cut off. Other sins of course are very destructive, as well; however, sexual and criminal sins more quickly destroy the cohesiveness of society, owing to the dysfunctional effect on the relationship between soul and body that these sins engender. For, these types of sins separate body urges from soul dominance. That's why, for example, repeated sins of these types cause successively-higher need to repeat them, leading eventually to impotence: unfulfillable urge, no matter how often repetition occurs. Same pathology as for any type of addiction, needing ever-bigger doses to get the same high; eventually, no dose of any magnitude can give the addict a high. All he's left with, is overweening need.]

      Again, Hope produces Love, Rom5:5. This happens because the fundamental need all humans have, is to have a relationship with God. You realize you have that. Again, there's a distinct shift in all your Viewpoints from here on out. You need people and things less; you're not only newly secure, you're even cocky. You know God, and you know you know God, and wow! So you begin to ask new questions, re-prioritize your life, shed old hobbies and loves so to make room for more time to just learn Him. For you are confident in your knowledge, and it's a constant satisfaction to you. So you begin to simplify your life and isolate yourself. You might not even notice that fact. But others, will. Again, many won't like it. A 'wall' seems to be forming between you and them. That's true, too.

      Love increases when it isolates. That's a surprise. Live and let live. The frenetic pace of childhood and spiritual adolescence, with its crying need to tell everyone about Jesus, shifts -- you begin to realize that's not how God wants it done, and you decide you need to "get serious" about Scripture. For yourself. So you begin to isolate yourself. This will bug some of those close to you. So you will get some flak for this. But now your desire to know Him for Himself is independent of that pressure. Still hits you, you still fall down -- but now you keep on getting up again. Paradoxically, this shows more love for the brethren, since you are now doing the one thing God can use to bless those who are not doing what you are doing. For you, are doing the Word -- by learning Him. Just study, does all that. World couldn't even begin to do what God does to bless, click here and scan Part IVb's First Facet. No human works can buy the world time, good weather, competence, good crops, freedom from enemies. But God says HE will, Lev26. And if you scan that chapter, you notice that the contract is about Abiding in Word. Oh! Abiding in The Abiding House of His Abiding Thinking, bottom row in the SMP.doc charts?! Yeppers.

      For awhile, life after entry into Spiritual Adulthood will suddenly calm, because you're now getting an Abiding Contentment from Abiding in His House, huge deposits of His Four-Sided Happiness. 'Calm before the storm of Trial Testing. Rest up and enjoy, for you need this "R&R"!

    6. TRIAL STATUS. Romans 8:28 begins to apply at this point. You've moved out of Part I's Core Trial Argument #3, which was Ignorance; and you've moved into #2 Core Trial Argument, do you choose God based on What You Know. This is much harder. So, the spiritual life intensifies, for there is no burden greater than the burden of so much knowledge in such puny, fallen bodies. Yet there is no greater enjoyment either, since the knowledge, is of God!

      True wealth, "true riches" verses in Bible, all mean knowing God. Wealth is a shocker. If you don't have it, you imagine it to relieve you of certain burdens, and to afford you leisure, etc. What you never expect, is that the responsibility going with it, is far bigger than whatever problems it solved. New and bigger problems replace whatever the old ones were. So you can get cocky or resentful or burdened -- it takes awhile to sink in. Knowledge of God is the greatest form of wealth, so is exponentially bigger in 'weight'. You don't own yourself, especially when you know God, so it's a real shakeup to your self-image. Exhilarating and enervating (you feel so small). So again, Weakness is Growing, and you are innately tested at all times to just keep on keeping on God's Script in God's System -- or, to peel off. You are very vulnerable here.

      KNOWLEDGE KEY==> This burden of knowledge begins the deliberate parallel to the burden of knowledge Christ had in His Humanity. No greater test, no greater burden, existed for Him. Every second He had the burden of knowing Who He was, and What He was to do. Important: as mentioned at the end of Part II, what made bearing our sins so awful, was Knowing them Intimately. [2Cor5:21 makes this point: "For He [Father] made Him-Not-Knowing-sin, Sin! as a Substitute for us, so that we become Righteousness-of-God in Him." Verse has word-play which English doesn't show. I translate it here to depict that word play. Paul uses the accusative for "Him" (the first Greek word, for max-emphasis), and "Sin!" So, Paul shouts the equating of "Him" and "Sin!": meaning, ALL sin was imputed to Him. We know Paul shouts, since there's no verb between both 'sin' words. Next, Greek prep. 'huper' stresses substitution: alludes to OT animal sin-sacrifices. Next, "become" is subjunctive of both purpose and result, with 'hina' ("so that"). There's zero doubt. The parallel verb structure yells final Justice by Exchange (His Righteousness for our sins). ("[B]ecome" is also the left-out verb.) There's no "the" before "Righteousness": so Infinite quality is thus shouted. So again, Paul stresses totality-of-salvation. Finally, the "He" pairing Scripture so fondly uses denotes equating: here, saying Christ was good-enough-for-the-Father, i.e., equal. So, we get that, too: Father thus made us Infinitely Righteous, "in Him". This verse yells that judicial fact. So there is no way to claim salvation 1) needs our 'help', or 2) can be 'lost'. (Selfnote:L1320 says more on verse not listed here.)]

      The Pain of the Cross was a Knowing Pain, because that was the "cost" of the sins, to Divine Righteousness. So: it's Knowing which is the greatest burden -- and the greatest Joy. Satan had had a smaller version of this burden, so of course we have to go through a parallel: due to Satan's failure, due to Christ's Success.

      As will be explained further in the "Third Reason for Invisibility", finity can't handle knowledge of God. Intimate knowledge of God is supposed to drive one crazy. Were it not for how God reveals Himself (delicately, carefully, lovingly) -- we'd all be dead. Man cannot take too strong a dose of knowledge. It's like overeating food. You can die from overeating knowledge, just as you can die from overeating food, and obsessive accumulation of either is bad for your health in every way. The bigger you get spiritually, the harder it becomes to live with this burgeoning knowledge of God. Life down here becomes smaller, since life down here is innately unsatisfying. So the "stretch" between the beauty of knowing Him and the horror of puny life down here, becomes excruciating. So now think how it was for Him Who had Perfect Knowledge, to then go to the Cross, where all our puny thinking, lacerated Him?

      So, during the calm, our understanding of His Greatness coalesces; as a result, our awareness of Him intensifies, and that Knowledge creates new and traumatic pressures. On the one hand, we become shocked, because we know so much more about the differential between God's greatness, and our smallness. It's not that our confidence is shaken, but rather, our desire to live has undergone a dramatic change: we are living for the Father now. We thus are constantly tempted to despair, since what we want to do for Him is so much higher than what we are yet able to do. Due to the new "Rightly Love" motive, we revalue everything in our thinking. So as you might guess, we become weaker, not stronger. Because, the Love has become stronger.

    7. WEAKNESS GROWTH. Consequently, this stage is very traumatic: we've fallen in love with Him. When you truly fall in love, the Love Object is more important to you than you are to you. Another Person literally occupies the central space where your thoughts of self had been. It's hard to admit true love for Him, partly because the sin nature can't handle that admission, and partly because true love always wants to do 'more': you feel you don't qualify, for whatever you 'do' for Him is always too small. False "falling in love", by contrast, is loud: gushy, emotional, me-praise-me garbage.

      Additionally, a second major class of new traumas hit: we are sooo much more aware of what's wrong in the world! It's like getting eyeglasses for the first time: oh, how clear everything is, now! So, a kind of double-whammy ensues: falling-in-love with the Father, coupled with falling-out-of-love with the world. One is literally torn apart, internally. This tearing-apart also occurs because enough Doctrine has been built in the soul to make it functionally incompatible with the dead world of one's dead body: Romans 6&7. So, a new spiritual compatibility must be forged, in order to live in this dead body, this dead world, but unto the Lord! Every past thought-structure needs to be replaced or redone! (Romans 8.) Moreover, for awhile, this change-in-loves' trauma will not be recognized for what it is.

      Remember it was said back at the beginning of this First Reason for Invisibility, that Christ converted all sins into "DDNA" on the Cross? That's spiritual re-engineering. DNA doesn't split until there are enough compatible pieces made by the ribosomes, to complete the new strands. Well, here you've had so many Doctrinal pieces made by your human spirit's 'ribosome' factory (done by the Holy Spirit), that now you're ready for splitting and DDNA replication, all over the place! Well -- splitting means a fragmenting process, preparatory to a bigger integration process. So it feels like you're going nutso. Really, you're being knitted together. In God's Way of Doing Things, the loud meaning is always the opposite meaning. So when it feels loudly bad, it's quietly better. [Nerd Note: don't go by feeling; go by Bible Doctrine. As you do, you will notice that bad stuff has better value, regularly. That's a Justice valuation: gotta get a bigger rate-of-return (ROI) on the bad stuff, than on what's already working well.]

      DDNA Integrity Key==> Remember how psychiatry says mental health is based on an integrated personality? Well, that's the issue in your spiritual life, too. Integrating the Ever-Increasing Knowledge of God into Your Life. Into your daily routine. Into pressures of adversity and prosperity. Into, in short, your body. So you can become able to express Love. So that you can become able to do for Him what you want to do. In short, God wants to give you the ability to have what you want -- and what you want, from this stage forward -- is to Show Love for Him. Only, you're not able! Body's weak! You need to grow, make the body the 'footstool' of your own feet! Through constant living on 1Jn's Script! Look: if the desire doesn't run out in front, you can't get the motive to learn integrated strength over your body.

      So, that "integration" is to progress, from here onward. See, 'sacrifice' is not the issue. Love is the issue. Integration 'seals' Integrity, thus insures Love, so you can become free, forever -- to Love. No matter what.

      This desire-exceeds-ability stage is thus awkward, because 'true love' has hit you. Doctrine-body coordination goes awry. On the one hand, the sin nature will be screaming with defense-mechanism urges like sublimation, denial, etc. On the other hand, the hugely-increased desire to Thank Him isn't matched by the body's obedience. Instead, you find yourself giving into temptations you used to habitually spurn! Again, if you were lascivious, you'll become legalistic; or, vice versa! So, you'll feel like a spiritual failure, but the opposite is true. Hang in there! So, you will have arresting urges, and will be constantly tempted to be 'anal', going overboard in one direction or another; for sitting still, resting, is exactly what you need to 'do'. So, the sin nature will resist 'rest', big time: because, as we saw in Adam's Fall, its 'good' concepts are all doo-doo's!

      So in this temporarily-weak state, one also gets hit with many outward enticements: "competing loves", "suitors", as it were, to "kidnap" your love away from God. Prosperities with people, things will be introduced. Also, adversities. Satan needs a level playing field on us, and we need exercise. So, the function of the spiritual life refines: doctrinal usage shifts into subtlety. Life intensifies, so is at once much more enjoyable, and much more problemmatic. All the while, Love for the Father causes progressive focus on Christ Himself. Think of it as the Bride, not-yet-officially-married, but growing up in her Father-in-law's Royal House, as was once custom. As she grows, she comes to understand her Groom-to-be, better. So, love for the Groom develops, too. As this growth happens, competing suitors try to snatch her away, before the wedding.

      The snatching-away temptations will be extreme, and extremely subtle. You'll fail most of them, and fail most of the time. This, because the doo-doo genetics developed a tit-for-tat valuation of life: i do for you, you do for me, and that is supposed to be 'love'. But it's not love, it's fig-leaves craziness. Churchinanity. Or, rebelling against Churchinanity. Both are sin-nature functions, and neither is God's Thinking. Be, not "do". For, Love just is. Under bad circumstances, good circumstances, no circumstances, any circumstances, "the all things" (Big Bible keyword), all circumstances. You need to be weaned off the earthly, preoccupied idea that doing is supposed to be some kind of 'evidence' of love. Love just is, in God. In you, at this stage, that fact has only been born. It's real, it's in your soul, and like a baby, you don't know what to 'do' with it!! But you are to 'do' nothing, for the do's in the Christian life are all back-ended, after you are grown enough. Christ didn't go to the Cross until the end: after He learned to Completely Rest. That is Kenosis. So, you'll be jumpy all the time -- and through this jumpiness will come a lot of failures. Then, through the failures (!) you will learn what unconditional love means: God's, for you. Then you learn to rest, for then you learn that Love just is: No Barriers, no works, no conditions!

        Morality=spirituality is the way most Christians and non-Christians value the spiritual life. They are all wacko. They get wacko, because a) there is a genuine recognition that morality is "good", and b) it's attractive to be nice, to follow rules for harmonious interaction. It's also very difficult to be moral, just as Paul quips in Romans 7: until there was a law saying don't covet, he didn't covet. Like he also says in Corinthians, the power of sin is in the Law. It's "in" the Law, even though the Law is good, because sin is a derivative (separatist) power, deriving its power from the power of good (sin has no power of its own, so caroms off true good, to derive power).

        So, when people aim at morality, the counterurge is fueled, because the sin nature hears 'good' in morality, and tries to appropriate it to make-self-god (which is the quintessence of the sin's nature). So, to resist the counterurge, one either rebels outright (becoming lascivious), or one becomes religious in observing moral laws. This latter becomes ever-harder and nastier: oh, I didn't light that candle in 4 steps, but in only 3, so I am a bad person, 'cheating'. So, the eyes gradually get off God, and on what obedience one does (or doesn't do); on, what obedience others do (or don't).

        This is the cruelest and most subtle of snatching-away divorces, happening 'below radar', so to speak; and that's why Morality is the main objective of Satan's MEGA plan (explained in Part IVc). To Divorce You from God in God's Name. 2Tim2:26-3:7 explains the many sad forms of this divorcing. So, having been all this time surrounded by morality-touted ideas of spirituality but nonetheless having become independent of them enough to actually begin to love God -- every enticement in your body and on this planet and even off this planet will come against you. For, if you make it past this stage, you will likely stick with the spiritual life through the end. That, Satan can't afford, as you'll see in Part IV.

      It's a truly marvelous stage, but it often feels awful! See, being an adult doesn't mean you know how to think and act like one. It takes practice, and "practice" includes distractions you find both unpleasant, and pleasant. So you're tested:
      • Do you revert to childish dependencies (like defending yourself or seeking support), or do you become more self-sufficient, depending only on His Thinking?
      • Does the admiration (or antagonism) of others, who recognize your (spiritual) competence, trap you in 'helping' (or 'refuting') them?
      • Do you get tied up in earthly things, like politics and Brother-Foot Churchinanity? That's a big temptation here, for you'll ache to 'provide' the Doctrinal answer(s)!
      • Does your desire for Him remain (or return quickly) under the pressure of distraction, or do you peel off, chasing Satan's worldly windmills?
      In short, the Trial is in full swing: do you want God, or not? After sufficient practice in the above tests which largely center on morality's 'competition' to be your god instead of God, your adulthood function stabilizes.


    Spiritual Adulthood, Substage II

    This is page 5 of SMP.doc. Notice how the 'grass' of the spiritual life deepens in color, and there's more of it, due to aging spiritually. Here, you have successfully weathered the first hurdle of comfort due to becoming a spiritual adult and having certainty about Bible. Lots of people thereafter lose interest in the spiritual life, and become complacent -- at which point, they arrest. But for a few among the new spiritual adults, getting all these answers only fuels a greater interest in God. So what happens next, is a divorcing. For if you want to know God, there's only so much time in a day, and you have to split that time between knowing Him better -- or knowing the world better. So you enter Spiritual Adulthood II, if God 'wins out' in importance. So this is a divorcing substage. Notice the enormous maturation which has occurred; the divorcing results in near completion of most blocks, and the plassw structure has completed. Historically speaking, you've just entered the same spiritual territory as Paul and the apostles in their later life. This is the Divine Design for all of us, but most of us don't want to know God, so don't grow in the Design. So it's a more dangerous time.

    1. Notice how, of the five contractural action infinitives which happened to Christ on the Cross per Isa53:10-11 LXX text -- you've progressed to the justifying one, "dikaiow". Greek OT employs this verb to translate Hebrew verb tsadeq, used to denote the justification which results in righteousness (both justification and righteousness, never are the two divorced). Here, the development task is to Justify ENTERING you as Evidence for the Prosecution in the Trial, aka "qualifying the witness" in modern legal trial parlance. For if you complete this substage, that's what happens to you, pattern of Job 1:8. Can't be entered in Evidence until the defense (Satan&Co.) gets to depose you. So here in Spiritual Adulthood II, you are being deposed. Ergo you get what my pastor calls "momentum testing", four (to seven) categories of tests in the areas of your own thinking (Bible vs. sin nature apodoses, essentially); systems (in the world, i.e., injustice happening to you); people (obnoxious and nice, eyes-on-people problem); prosperity and disaster (eyes-on-circumstances problem). The tests can be subtle (like germs or a mosquito), or gross (like an elephant or a bomb), usually both. They seem to be serial, notching up in strength with each repetition you 'pass', until an overall threshold is "passed". That threshold, is Occupation with Christ as the Apodosis you live on, to get through the pressure. Some of these tests will carry forward in Spiritual Maturity, depending on the content of your deposition.

    2. So note the remaining verb: dikaiow is not complete until the stage completes, so its block isn't yet fully green. You finish this stage when it fully greens and matures into Combat Olive, as you'll see in Spiritual Maturity's diagram on page 6 of SMP.doc.
    3. Here in Spiritual Adulthood II, you become totally at home in His House, and in fact are uncomfortable anywhere else. The 'baggage' from your old life is still outside in the world, and you don't want to be around it, for nearly everything in your thinking is replaced with God's Apodoses. You will thus keep seeking the same old enjoyments, by habit; but will always be quickly disappointed in them, not knowing it's YOU who changed. For God's ideas alone make sense. The old stuff still assails you, dynamic theme of Romans 6 and 7. By the end of the stage you find out all this, and you'll generally quit trying to derive enjoyment from what has for you, "passed away".

    4. Accordingly, God now focuses on justifying you (dikaiow), while still purifying, taking away, enlightening, sculpting you (katharizw, aphairew, deiknumi, plassw), still replacing the old -- with Christ Himself. For if you complete this phase, you will become Spiritually Mature, and that means Christ becomes your life. You will see Him in everything, and don't want to be seeing, anything or anyone else. That's a kind of Justification -- your reason for wanting to live, to see Him. You won't be competent at getting rid of the competition, yet. That comes during the Pleroma phase of Spiritual Maturity. But here, the true fruit of Abiding Desire to see Only Him -- begins. For you discover during this substage, that only God makes you happy (the +H block in the page 5 SMP.doc chart). True fruit-bearing is an attitude of wanting to see only Him, and everything else is a "so, what?" in your mind. That was the Trial testimony from Adam forward, demonstrated by Abraham's willingness to sacrifice even his own son, because he saw Him; by Moses leaving Egypt. Hebrews 11 explains that attitude, not works, is true Trial Testimony which glorifies God.

      • Christians are worldly. Like the world, they think their works demonstrate faith or love. James shoots down that false definition in James 2:18-26, showing that it's Bible In Your Head You Believe which does the work, his theme since James 1:1.
      • If you learn God for Himself, the first thing to die in your mind is the cockamamie idea that works count for anything, Rom4, Gal3, Heb 6:1, 9:14.
      • The world values works, but Christ didn't do any works, instead He hung on a Cross, doing nothing. God the Holy Spirit did everything TO Him to sustain Him.
      • Christ went out of His way to not use His Own Abilities, Power. For then the RELATIONSHIP would have a 'god' between Him and God, which would be the 'works'.
      • Hence the Christian who prizes works of any kind, never matures, but remains body-oriented, just like the unbeliever.
      • So it's a rare thing, to have matured this far in the Trial, and the pressure to "do" something is enormous, since as a human being you too naturally feel an urge to reciprocate, which in human terms is a performance question.
      • Hebrews 11 demonstrates that all those heroes shunned performance, looking for "better things" -- a key rhetorical device in the Book, Attic "kreittwn".
      • So in this substage, you have the same attitude, and thus are justified for entry into Spiritual Maturity, when your testimony will be Eternal, demonstrating the Fulfillment of "Christ in you, the Confidence of Glory". All that is yet future, in this substage, but that's the goal of it.

    5. Here the bi-directional pointer indicates Coalescing Happiness within the maturation blocks below it, by means of the infinitives. Because, you've learned the RELATIONSHIP which is the purpose of the spiritual life, Col 1:27, Eph3:15-19, 4:13. So now it's time to finish off your Attitude, so that you come to see Your Groom.
      • "Personal Sense of Destiny" is purpose of your own life; at this point that purpose and sense is coalescing into seeing Christ Himself. Living, Christ, Phili1:21. It's not operational, but is a goal you now begin to want ardently. The fact that you begin to want to see Him only, demonstrates the Happiness is independent of the world and all its ideas.
      • "Personal Love for Father" is purpose, because living for Him makes life worth living -- that's Christ's Own Testimony. Now it's yours, as well.
      • "Impersonal Love for all mankind" is purpose also, and has become fulfilling, even when glitchy; Divine Love for people is a growing habit at this point. Problem is that you'll be naive and assign to people a greater nobility than they have. This naiveté will get knocked out either in this substage or during Maturity, depending on how much of a hangup it is.
      • +H is purpose, and you've found a lot of contentment in just Knowing Them; the doctrine you've learned is knit together and you see Them daily, 2Cor13:14. More development accrues during this substage to put all the Focus and Viewpoint onto Christ Himself. Think of it as Father preparing to move you into the Groom's House, which House you've been living in all this time, but without having "intimate relations" with the Groom. In Maturity, those intimate relations begin, so this substage is preparatory to it.

      • As a Spiritual Adult, you've learned Love for others -- but not so much, for yourself. For here you Love Father, and you find your own shortfall, utterly intolerable. Hence the need to ramp up your Personal Sense of Destiny, in which you see yourself more often in "third person", objectively. The need to be better than you evaluate yourself to be, interferes with that objectivity. For it's not about 'performance', but human love claims 'performance' as the sole index of 'love'. So that final human-idea impediment, needs to be knocked out during this substage. Depending on how anal you become about your performance, this impediment might linger on and get knocked out only during the final phase of Pleroma. (Hangups which are deep will carry over into the Maturity phase, my pastor often explained. We all have hangups.)

    6. Again, the Holy Spirit causes the maturation blocks to feed back to the infinitives, for the process is circular. Here, its 'sphere' DEEPENS depending on that feedback. For now you're to deepen in the Relationship to Christ, as the greening is wide, and you need more stability. This is a very unstable substage, lots of zigzagging. For since the objective is to Justify you to Stand Trial, you will be severely tested before you are Qualified to be a Witness for the Prosecution (God).

    7. Thus each infinitival action, enlarges in a deepening fashion. So you grow exponentially deeper in coalesced understanding -- of Him. Growth here is most traumatic, analogous to staying in love despite pressure; you know trauma in this substage.
      • For again, the Trial is about God's Love -- it's His Love which is On Trial, and so do you still love God when the spit hits the fan? That will be the test in the final phase, so to set up for it, you need the deepening. "Deepening" in associating every experience, bad or good, with Christ. So you get a broad-spectrum set of tests to provoke that kind of association, which my pastor classifies as "momentum testing".
      • So wanting to know Christ is the major tactical strategy of this stage in spiritual maturation. A lack of wanting will result in spiritual retardation, so Bible becomes a dry preening of how well you know it. Sad fate of many former Spiritual Adults who spun out during this phase. The "Abiding Intimacy" room of His House was rejected. So all the other rooms, go dark. Lots of casualties, here. For it's one thing to Desire to know someone. But once you DO come to know That Person, what you learn might kill your Desire to Become More Intimate. Relationship is measured by "for better and for worse", and here you come to understand the "for worse" side. So again, it's real easy to peel off, here.

    8. Pointer placement tells you the goal of the stage: here, it's a sculpting of Love Function, plassw+dikaiow. This time, Love for Christ Himself, subjective and then objective genitival meanings, Eph3:15-19. Love circle.
    9. For there is one infinitive "on point", through which all the others "run". But these two act together as one, with emphasis now on the Justification side, dikaiow. Particularly, Justification for Living becoming Him. Just Him.
    10. So here in Spiritual Adulthood II, developing your Love for Christ is the major goal of the stage, Eph 3:19. Notice how justifying is emphasized in that verse, pointing to the plassw purpose, a building goal, emphasizing His House and how you want to live in it, surpassing all else (i.e., worldly knowledge).

    11. Your Love Alphabet's A-for-Archegos, got a "B", Bride. Your Personal Sense of Destiny Developed, Your Personal Love for God and honor for all mankind Developed, your Divine Happiness Developed, all make you realize how you are Becoming Him. So you are ready for the actual marriage, Conductive, Developed. That's the spousal thing to do, Eph3:19.
    12. So all this happens now in groups of paragraphs, coalescing. Precept upon precept, knitting together whole chapters of all that disparate Bible you've been learning. Traumatically, quickly. You've asked question after question about what it's like to know Christ intimately, and it seemed as though you'd never start to learn the answers. But now, you do. That burgeons your hope just as Paul said it would, in Romans 5:5. You become content, but lose the cockiness. You'll indeed be lame, weakened. For when you are weak, then you are strong, 2Cor12:10.
    13. So now you're functioning in the first six letters of God's Love Alphabet: "A" for Archegos, "B" for His "Bride" -- now your cognizant Destiny. So, you're being Conducted to be Conductive, Developing. As a result, you derive momentum for living due to awareness of the Eternal Fulfillment which awaits, since now you've met the Groom and are Happy, so want to become Intimate with Him. (Paul ties Isa53:12's wa-et atsumim yehalleq shalal "great ones" clause, to Eph3:19, Eph4:13 and Phili 1:20-21, to denote the childbearing fruit from Intimately knowing Him via Bible. Also, Col 1:27 and all of 1Cor Chap 13 -- that's the main theme of 1Cor. For there are to be progeny under the Church rulers under Him Who is made the fathering-of-eternity. This idea of sharing in Divine booty, riches was a main theme of the Lord's when He was down here, i.e., the parable of the stingy servant, Matt25:14ff. Paul stresses it too. Childbearing is the main theme of Philippians, Greek verb megalunw in Phili 1:20.)

    So if God 'wins' in importance, if you keep on in Doctrine during the trauma of this Spiritual Adulthood stage, you will progress to its substage of coalesced Spiritual Adulthood, which Paul calls "Christ at home in your hearts". (Eph3:17; English Bibles usu. say "dwell", and they always mistranslate the temporal participle, so you can't see that God causing you to love Him is what makes Christ be 'at home' in your thinking. In Greek, the participle precedes or is co-terminous with the main verb, which here is menw. This you learn in Bible-Greek101. Aaargh.) My pastor calls this substage, "cognitive independence" and "spiritual autonomy". Christ then is indeed at home in your soul. Having made some gigantic bloopers, having tasted Divine Discipline for them, you're now far less cocky, too. Heh.

    So, from this substage forward, God's Agenda for your life becomes an issue: you want to know and learn to stay on, His Agenda. And you'll be able to prove it doctrinally, too. That's another parallel to how Christ Knew His Role. And had to know. So, also, do you: In advance. For, that is the Core Trial Issue #2 Test: do you keep on with God's Plan, despite what you know?

    Meanwhile, your focus during this substage shifts from your own agenda, your past plans, your past orientation to life, and instead you focus UP to what His Overall Plan is. It's a massive shift in values, and the hallmark behavioral change of this substage. Frankly, few Christians get this far. They're like Peter in Acts 1, dictating to God a set list of choices, and then God chooses 'second'. Not right. But here God's Choice becomes what you want to know, irrespective of your own choices. It's a struggle, for the self is being divorced. Love for God fights with the sin nature's self-preoccupation. Some people don't have much of a struggle here -- the struggle comes later. Depends on how 'set' you are in your ways at the time you hit this stage. Basically, you are shifting from living for yourself by your own standards, to an unknown -- living according to something God might want you to do with your life for the rest of your life.

    You get another nice R&R period, here, to learn what His Agenda is. Once you know it, your R&R might end, for you always get tested on something you've learned. In any event, what could be called Paul's "thorn" eventually occurs. It's personally tailored to you, and usually starts out toned-down, escalating as time passes. The "thorn" keeps us stable -- or, allows Satan to spin us out into his system permanently. In order to get the 'thorns', this "at home" substage is a prerequisite, so 'thorns' contain vital G-2 info about vulnerabilities within the Divine Standards' structure in your soul: you are also 'told' where in the spiritual growth spectrum you have stabilized. One is not yet fully mature, but one is no longer in his spiritual 20's, either. Therefore, one will be "childish" on some doctrinal topics, for example. In other words, the "thorn" is designed to catch you up, so to speak, so that you are mature on all doctrines, all applications (how you use "eaten" doctrine).

    Remember the "So, What?" Evidence Test in Part II? Well, a precursor of that ultimate testing level, is now happening to you: all else is rapidly dwindling down to the "So, what" level, though it won't feel like much advance is going on, and you'll zigzag a lot. But the truth is: it's just a matter of 'bringing to completion' this Love, in you. Which God the Holy Spirit will keep on doing, with extreme tenderness. So the tests must keep coming, so to 'complete' us, even as Christ was completed. ["Teleios", "complete/perfect/mature" is another Bible keyword, a synonym for "Pleroma" (fullness). Look up all verses with these keywords, to help see how this paragraph is true.]

    Again, the big issue here is a Divorcing from the self and the world, replaced by a Marrying of God's Will for your life. You don't 'divorce' the world by going to a mountaintop or special 'community' of believers. It's a Thought Pattern Change: All Your Values Reverse. More fundamentally, the Thought Basis shifts from being world-based, to being God-based. Because this is a massive Trial shift (like a series of really fantastic touchdowns), you won't recognize that's what's happening for some while. Instead, you will be increasingly disoriented, not knowing that the Very Basis For All Your Values Is Being Replaced: God's Thoughts have so much built up in you, the 'weight' of them has begun to crack the very foundation of your 'normal' human thinking, which by nature is to-the-ground, this-world-oriented. His Thinking has been growing and chipping away at other areas, on the phalanxes, toward the 'center' of your human mindset. And now the center is breaking. Your own Waterloo.

    So this precursor phase of divorcing (cutting out) and marrying (grafting in) is how God does things. So now that's happening IN YOU -- you are cutting out the world and your own ideas of life, and grafting in a preference for GOD's ideas for life. That's why it's so traumatic. For when you begin to love Someone, that Someone's Ideas matter more, than your own. So look how God shows His Love: Cain who hated God, was cut out; but Seth who wanted God, was grafted in; Ishmael who rejected God, was cut out, but Isaac who wanted God, was grafted in; Esau who said no to God, was cut out, but Jacob who said yes, was grafted in. Levi who rejected God at Shechem, was cut out, but Aaron who said yes, was grafted in. Now notice: then Levi was grafted to Aaron due to Moses, who refused to be God's Mouthpiece to Pharaoh. And on and on, with the last cutting out being Solomon's line, and Nathan grafted in, such that Messiah -- who is due to David, Israel having been cut off and grafted only through David -- such that Messiah could be born to graft in the world, 2Sam7:13ff. Even DNA works the same way, splitting before it replicates. So too, it went with Israel: the two walls of Eph2. We are sibling to her. She was cut off, as Paul explains in Rom11 -- yet grafted in, since any Jew who believes in Christ is automatically part of Church, even as we were grafted in due to her Jewish Messiah (big tweaking point Paul makes in Rom9, 11).


    Spiritual Maturity, aka Pleroma Phase

    This is page 6 of SMP.doc. Notice how all the blocks get filled up and go from grass green, to Combat Olive -- which becomes Peace Olive, if you complete the maturation "course", aka "endure to the end". See 2Tim4:7-8, Matt10:22, 24:13, James 1:12 (see also 5:11 for definition), Heb10:36 (in context of 4:1, 11:1). It isn't salvation that can be lost, but delivery of your kingdom. There are many "saves" after salvation to complete. At this point, you've been brought through all but the last one, the saving of your soul from thinking about anything or anyone but Him. This stage can take a decade or more, to complete. You usually die soon afterwards.

    The biggest salvation atop the salvation which places you in heaven forever -- is to be saved from having a human viewpoint of life, and thus miss out on seeing Christ while in this puny body. Only seeing Christ will make you happy, both now and forever. It's a big lie that being a good person, matters. So what if you are a good person? Christ is PERFECT, and what did He do with that? Spend it on FATHER! In short, rather than waste His Time preening over how good He is, He can choose what's more enjoyable, and spend His Time looking at Our Mutual Dad. Which is more enjoyable, to stare at self in the mirror, whoopee -- or look at God? No contest! So: can't you spend being any kind of person on Father? God will make good on you, so you don't have to worry about it. Thus go the rationales of the Spiritually Mature Person God has made you become, at this stage. It's a happiness and freedom from the unbelievable waste-of-time sin nature, which forever focuses on itself, in a dungeon of hallucinated merit. Focus on self is a waste of your time. You could be looking at God, instead!

    You'll learn that fact the hard way by flunking the spiritual life, or the easy way by growing up to this stage. For you will see Him if you make it this far, just as Paul testifies in Eph3:15-19. Your maturation in Christ completes here -- via combat. For if you complete this stage, you will indeed be "one" with Him in your thinking. That's the goal of the spiritual life. At the beginning of Maturity, you have successfully weathered the two hurdles of comfort due to becoming a spiritual adult and having certainty about Bible; of the pre-Maturity Trial Witness Justification. Lots of people before you flunked. You are now in the rarest group of humans in history, and are famous for even getting here, in the record books of heaven. But the fat lady hasn't sung yet. So what happens next, is a childbearing test, essentially. Do you, as Christ did, 'birth' the same kind of thinking While In Labor, Isa53:11? For your job as King forever under THE King, will be to bear children who think like Him, among your own allotment of believers who flunked the spiritual life. So you complete the Pleroma substage, if Christ 'wins out' in importance -- under maximum pressure, your own series of 'crosses'. So this consummates the marriage to Christ, in your head.

    So the truth is, sin isn't the issue, happiness is the issue. Being good or bad, sinning or not, anything OTHER THAN seeing Him is unattractive, a waste of your time. But you don't know all that, until you have completed Spiritual Adulthood II or nearly -- because you didn't have enough Bible in your head functioning, to realize what it all meant. "Christ in you, the Confidence of Glory" is a real statement of happiness, in Col 1:27. Sure, that verse is in context of winning in the Trial, but the larger meaning is the Glory of seeing Him, itself. Nothing compares to it. So of course along the way, you shed sin habits and false ideas about human good, etc. But the real story is seeing Him instead of everything else. Because everything else, is anticlimactic, a waste of your time. Here in Spiritual Maturity, you've come to that happy place, Heb12:2. Worth it!

    Notice the enormous maturation which has occurred; the divorcing results from Spiritual Adulthood have filled up with Him as the Replacing Apodosis in all things, in your mind. That's the goal of our Royally-Invisible Spiritual Life, for then Like-Mindness is Total. Without Like-Mindedness, 'performance' is irrelevant. And God alone can make this Like-Mindedness, so God Alone can make it 'perform'! Hence testing this Replacement Intimacy with Your King has yet to complete, for all prior testing was to see if you'd choose Him. But you did. So the plassw structure completed, and now its tandem dikaiow structure has completed, but not the dikaiow FUNCTION. For until you chose Your Husband, you couldn't exactly have "intimate relations" with Him and thus GO into labor. Historically speaking, you've just entered the same rare stratosphere as Paul and the apostles in their last stage of life. Again, this is the Divine Design for all of us, but over 99.9% of us don't want to know God, so don't grow in the Design. When push came to shove, the Christian only chooses to mouth "Jesus", and wants the form of marriage, its status -- but not, its intimacy. So now you're in the Spiritual Olympics, as Paul likes to put it. Everyone else you likely know, was disqualified. So you feel quite alone, and are one of the weirdest birds on this planet. Phili 2:5-10 will be important to remember, in this stage.

    1. Notice how, of the five contractural action infinitives which happened to Christ on the Cross per Isa53:10-11 LXX text -- you're solidly in the justifying one, "dikaiow": it's now cross-hatched to show it's functioning on all cylinders. Here, the Justification is to exhibit why you are Just Evidence for the Prosecution in the Trial. For if you complete this stage you get crowned, pattern of 2Tim4:7-8, James 1:12, Rev1:6, 5:10. Tests are personalized based on your own ideas of worst nightmares, and dreams come true which you had to forego, prior -- here you get them all, at once and in successively-bigger 'doses'.

      Abram's big stumbling point in maturation was that he wanted a son. Moses', that he wanted to avoid confrontation. So here's the Test: Abraham finally gets that son after he's been sexually dead -- and then, 20+ years later, must kill him. Moses, who actually had the power to free Israel as the next Pharaoh, is supposed to throw that away, in favor of isolation; then, after he's learned to love isolation, he's ordered to go back and do what he hates most: confront the new Pharaoh. Worse, he's now to free Israel, something he had to refuse, 40 years prior. Worse, he now gets the most confrontational group of nitwits ever to grace this planet, the Exodus generation -- and when he finally loves that confrontation, God retires him.

      See the irony God constantly employs? Embrace what you don't want, but eschew what you do want, and when you finally do that, the thing you learned to eschew, you get -- the thing you learned to embrace, is taken from you. True Twilight Zone. All the while, the person is voting that God's ideas alone make sense. Even when they don't make sense. That's a Love Testimony. Accordingly, Matt4's temptations are all based on God's Ideas Making No Sense: not feeding the poor, not being flashy, not defeating Satan. But the Lord preferred Father's ideas, just the same. So will you.

    2. So note there's no other verb: dikaiow is complete, so its block is cross-hatched, functioning to complete all the other (cross-hatched) blocks on page 6. It's a demonstration of completeness which already occurred before you got here. The demonstration is extremely intense, so again the fat lady hasn't sung yet. You can't afford to be complacent or cocky, even though you are in this class, the rarest of individuals in all human history. Alexander the Great is nothing, compared to you. But knowing how high you are, is really of no consequence -- that's Trial Evidence -- what matters to you, is knowing Christ, and like Paul said, the fellowship of His Sufferings, Phili 3:10.
    3. For now you want Him to be glorified in your body, Phili 1:20, bearing Him children in His House. The 'baggage' from your old life means nothing to you, but once upon a time it mattered -- so all that 'baggage' comes back into your life, in a successive series of ironic Testings: this, to show everything in your thinking is replaced with God's Apodoses. Also, to demonstrate Operation Footstool, your complete reversal from how you thought as a spiritual child. Also, to show how everything you used to want, God wanted to give you more -- but you had to be grown up, first.

      Again, Abraham only wanted one son. Was that too much to ask? No, it was too little. God wanted a universe of sons. So after Abraham passes the Test of being willing to kill the one son he longed for -- solely because God said so, even though it made no sense, morally -- now Abraham is mature enough to withstand the prosperity of being a kind of father of our salvation, blood-wise. For THE Son would be coming from his loins. Paul makes no end of witty parallels with this, throughout his letters (i.e., Romans 4). Same kind of no-sense-obedience is demonstrated in all the Bible greats, especially Christ. So for you, here all the old desires which got conquered BY Christ in your heart and soul and mind, get fulfilled. For now they are 'under' Him in value, and that will be demonstrated during the Pleroma phase, just as it was demonstrated with Job, Abraham, David, Moses, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel -- and most of all, with Christ Himself.

      As a consequence, the Testing here plays in two ways: i) you get all those erstwhile-desired things, and ii) they all are later taken away. That test pattern is the same, since Adam. But here in Church, it's a 100% exclusivity-of-Christ exhibition: that He alone matters with or without, anything else. A King must be Trained In Having. So therefore, must you.

    4. Accordingly, God now focuses on justifying your function (dikaiow), while still purifying, taking away, enlightening, sculpting and structurally-perfecting you (katharizw, aphairew, deiknumi, plassw, dikaiow), still replacing the old -- this time, with Christ Himself. It's not that you stop sinning. It's that your thinking is the same level as Christ's, the Eph4:13 level. For Christ became your life, and you think like Him from here on out. Same playing field, not the same scope; same kinds of motives and thoughts as He had, you will have. You see Him in everything, and don't want to be seeing, anything or anyone else: that is your dream come true, and it comes true, here. Your reason for wanting to live, to see Him -- so you do. Your reciprocation motive is to emulate Him -- so you do. God makes you competent at getting rid of the competition. Again, you don't stop sinning, you stop wanting anything but Him, even when normal human deprivations assail you. The true fruit of Abiding Desire to see Only Him -- completes. True fruit-bearing is an attitude of wanting to see only Him, and everything else is a "so, what?" in your mind. That was the Trial testimony from Adam forward, demonstrated by Abraham's willingness to sacrifice even his own son, because he saw Him; by Moses leaving Egypt. Hebrews 11 explains that attitude, not works, is true Trial Testimony which glorifies God. And now it's your live testimony, too. You won't recognize this perhaps for awhile. (Not everyone in Evidence Testing knows it until sometime after being in the Pleroma end of Maturity.)

      • Christians are worldly. Like the world, they think their works demonstrate faith or love. You prove how false is that definition in your own body, for what gets tested, are the values Christendom holds dear. Bible In Your Head You Believe, Replicates What He thought, WWJT: so you don't crusade, you withdraw.
      • For you learned God for Himself, and the cockamamie idea that works count for anything, died. If He doesn't do it in you, it's not worth doing. Bible in original languages constantly says that God achieves HIS works in man, but you can't see that in any translation. So the Bible's ironic and insistent portrayal from Genesis through Revelation, of you becoming great SOLELY due to what HE does to you, is always missed by Christians. It's not an outward thing, it's an inward transformation. So here, you demonstrate that fact via your thinking as God puts you through His Paces.

      • The world values works, but Christ didn't do any works, instead He hung on a Cross, doing nothing. God the Holy Spirit did everything TO Him to sustain Him. That's now happening to you, too. You pass the test if your motive is higher than morality. The 1st Commandment is higher than morality. Father is higher than people. So good deeds were the subject of testing in Matt4 and the rest of Christ's ministry on earth. He didn't do what Satan thought was right; He didn't cure everyone, feed everyone, flash His Divinity to prove He was God. He didn't put down immorality or Satan, even. He just walked and talked. So do you.
      • Christ went out of His way to not use His Own Abilities, Power. For then the Relationship would have a 'god' between Him and God, which would be the 'works'. You now think the same way.
      • Hence you emulate that Do-Nothing Waste, here.
      • So the pressure to "do" something is enormous, just as it must have been, for Him Who Loves More than Anyone.
      • Hebrews 11 demonstrates that all those heroes shunned performance, looking for "better things" -- a key rhetorical device in the Book, Attic "kreittwn". So do you.
      • So in this stage, you have the same testimony, and are added to the Hebrews 11 roster in the Pleroma Docket (so to speak) of Heaven, where your testimony will be Eternal, demonstrating the Fulfillment of "Christ in you, the Confidence of Glory". All that comes to pass now, in this stage. Happening one moment at a time, "Evidence Unseen!" as Hebrews 11:1 puts it (see Heb111.htm if you've not seen its corrected translation already).

    5. Here the bi-directional pointer indicates Coalescing Occupation with Christ, a Love Focus energizing all the maturation blocks, by means of the infinitives. Because, you've learned the RELATIONSHIP which is the purpose of the spiritual life, Col 1:27, Eph3:19, 4:13. So now it's time to show off your Viewpoint, your Attitude, and Focus: Love Rapport with Your Groom. God does this showing off: to you, to Satan&Co. At your end, you're constantly thinking you don't love Him enough. But look how your thinking gets upgraded:
      • "Occupation with Christ" is your Destiny in life, per Eph4:13. Seeing Christ Himself. Living, Christ, Phili1:21. It's operational. Happiness is Him, period. Completely, utterly independent of the world and all its ideas -- all of them are anticlimactic to you in this stage. So like Christ, you come to think all the kingdoms of the world are worth squat compared to the RELATIONSHIP.
      • "Occupation with Christ" is Loving Father, because Father Decreed to see His Son everywhere He looks, Isa52:13, 53:12. That's Christ's Own Testimony. Now it's yours, as well.
      • "Occupation with Christ" is true love for all mankind, same as His. All the phony ideas of what's good for man are rejected, in favor of Him. So Father rewards the world with blessing only God is capable of doing. Because, God honors His Son, and now you do also, hence the world can be hugely blessed because you please Father by fully reflecting His Son. This blessing is so gigantic it takes most of Part IV to explain. Satan gets defeated in the Trial by the Pleroma Witness. That begets a lot of Justified Blessing for the world which only God can do, and Satan can't argue against it, due to your testimony.
      • "Occupation with Christ" is True Happiness: your contentment is knit together in Him Who You See Daily, 2Cor13:14. Father moved you into the Groom's House, you have "intimate relations" with Him. And you are fruitful, constantly bearing His Thinking in your heart and soul and mind. That's Divine Currency, and the criterion for awarding you a kingdom in which perhaps millions of people who didn't learn to think like you did, need to get it from you. Forever. You'll see more about this criterion in the Reasons for Royalty in Part IIIb and IIIc, and in Part IV. Royalty means Royal Thinking. We all like emulating Royalty. So there has to BE a Royalty forever, to emulate. Christ is that Royalty, and we are Rulers to the extent we think as He does. So that's why it's true happiness and love for mankind, to grow up in His Thinking. Happiness, for you want to be fruitful FOR Him, as any loving spouse would desire.

      • As a Spiritual Adult, you've learned Impersonal (attraction-INdependent) Love for others -- but now in Spiritual Maturity, you love yourself. For here you see yourself in "third person", objectively. Depending on how anal you've been about performance, this demonstration might linger during the final phase of Pleroma. Deep hangups carry over into the Maturity phase, my pastor often explained, i.e., that you don't love Him enough. The idea is to demonstrate their defeat to you, that you don't have them anymore. Abraham didn't really know God was #1 to him, until he actually tried to kill Isaac. For if you deeply love Someone, you'll always make excuses in your soul about how insufficient, your reciprocity. So it has to be shown, how much you do love -- to you. So you become grateful and relieved, to see what God has accomplished in you, and thus view yourself in third-person terms. This is nothing like what the world calls "loving youself", which is a kind of silly preening "I'm a good person." Being a good person is irrelevant. Seeing Him is alone relevant, and as a result you want to reciprocate, but the Love for Him means you will never consider any reciprocation sufficient. So you are relieved and grateful to see God demonstrate that sufficiency, which after all HE created in you. Whew.

    6. Again, the Holy Spirit causes the maturation blocks to feed back to the infinitives, for the process is circular. Here, its 'sphere' deepens and widens to the Fullness of Pleroma. You seem unstable, lots of zigzagging, but actually you're being punched all the time, 2Cor 4:7-10, 12:7-10 -- it's really a demonstration that the much-higher tests don't knock down your Occupation with Christ. You experience deprivations which go against normal, God-given human desires.

      • It was normal for Abraham not to want to kill his son, even moral. But he had to go against it. Yet why didn't Abraham turn against God?
      • It was normal for Job to want his children to live, to want to be healthy. Yet God made him go against that.
      • It was normal even laudable, for Moses to instead become Pharaoh and legally free the Jews. But God said "nope", and instead had Moses do it in a spectacular way, 40 years later. After that, they wandered around for yet another 40 years, though travel to The Promised Land from Egypt, took maybe a month (a week or two, if travelling light as their scouts did).
      • It was normal for Paul to be paid for the missionary work he did; it was normal for Paul to teach. But what did God do? Oh, Paul worked for a living (tentmaker) and was chained in Rome for the years he wrote the best books in the Bible. Moreover, his eyesight failed, so someone else had to write for him, which means he dictated all that Divine Writ off the top of his head -- getting it right, the first time. This, while chained between praetorian guards?
      • Doesn't make moral sense, that God would treat His heroes this way.
      • But then, going to the Cross makes no sense, either.

      Yet notice the circularity and depth: the Love is so total, even what makes no sense, even what deprives, doesn't stop the love for God, end Romans 8.

    7. Thus each infinitival action, enlarges in a completing fashion. So you grow exponentially Complete in coalesced intimate understanding -- of Him. Growth here is beyond traumatic, analogous to staying in love despite Your Loved One, slaying you. It's a true dying to everything else in life.
      • For again, God's Love is On Trial. So do you still love God when the spit hits the fan, and even normal human moral needs go unmet? That's the test in this phase, essentially. Christ had to reject literally everything but whatever Father wanted, no matter how odd it might seem. For again, if there's anything else 'between' God and you, then that something between, is the real 'god' of the relationship. Marriage is for Better and for Worse, no go-betweens.

        This fact shows up starkly in Matthew 4. All Satan's temptations are MORAL, and on moral grounds. Think over the following bullets carefully, using 1 John 1:9 as you do it.

        • It was MORAL that the Lord convert stones into bread and feed both Himself and the world.
        • It was MORAL that the Lord jump from the Temple to demonstrate He's God to the world, so they would believe in Him.
        • It was MORAL to do fake obeisance to Satan, take over the kingdoms of the world, and then zap him into hell where he belongs.
        • It was IMmoral not to feed the world when all He has to do is command the bread, "Be!" just as in Genesis 1:1, 3.
        • It was IMmoral not to jump from the Temple, thus making people have to WORK at whether He's God or not, causing them pain.
        • It was IMmoral not to fake obeisance to Satan, take over, then zap him into hell where he belongs -- again, for that means the human race must undergo so much more pain.

          But notice:

        • It's MORE MORAL to serve God, than to serve man. For Who is the First Person in the First Commandment? There are no "people" in the First Commandment, and even the "love your neighbor" comes second, as 1 John stridently notes throughout his letter. You do NOT love people if you don't love God: main theme of 1 John.

          TEST PASSING KEY: You have to choose as Christ did in Matthew 4, here in the Pleroma stage. In a way, that's always been the test since spiritual childhood:

        • Choosing to study Bible and 'do nothing', rather than all those doo-doo works which Satan's world wants (1st Temptation);
        • Choosing to keep learning God rather than flashy emotional activity (2nd Temptation);
        • And then once a competent spiritual adult, Choosing to be WEAK and let God do it TO you, rather than you doing it yourself (3rd Temptation). For what He'll progressively do to you, is DEPRIVE you, so that you become spiritually INDEPENDENT of all human needs. And, you want that. Because, if it's not HIS Will, you don't want it.

          All these tests have been going on in your life, and you didn't know that's what they were. You thought you were bad, you WERE bad, and yeah you got spanked. But the larger purpose was for this goal, here in Pleroma. To choose God -- specifically, Christ -- over all else in life. Even, over all other MORAL things in life. Even, when God seems to be treating you IMmorally. Just as, in preparation for the Cross.

      • So Occupation with Christ to know Christ is the major Strategic Victory of this stage in spiritual maturation, Phili 3:7-10. A lack of Occupation will result in misery you can't even imagine: for in this stage, He is Your Life, and anything else is hell by comparison. The hardest part of being in this stage is that you come to yearn for crosses you are yet unable to bear, for you need that Love Outlet. The "Abiding Intimacy" room of His House is THE room you live in: all the others now have doors which lead off from it.
      • 'Mom' the Holy Spirit has indeed developed you -- even as, He developed Christ Himself. It goes against sane human nature to want to suffer, Romans 5:6-8. So the Completion of His Eph2:10 Developing Work in making you not only near but Intimate with Christ -- is made complete by means suffering, pattern of Heb2:9-10, 5:8-9. Which suffering relieves you when you receive it, Luke 12:50, 22:15, Heb 12:2, Phili3:10, 2Cor4:10, 12:10.
      • Notice too: you get NO sense of victory from this. You are WEAK, there's only failure; any success you'll deem too little, for There Is No Price Too High; whatever suffering is too small, in your own estimation: Philippians 1:29. Isaiah 53:2: Lo toar lo, wa lo hadar, wa nirehu. Wa lo mareh, wa nechmadehu.

        The Incarnation? Not him!
        No glamor,
        Will we see;
        No Worthy Sight
        Will we esteem of him.

    8. Pointer placement tells you the goal of the stage: here, it's a sculpting of Love Function, dikaiow. This time, Love for Christ Himself, JUSTIFIES ANYTHING so far as you are concerned, the "emoi" keyword in Phili1:21. Subjective and then objective genitival meanings in "Love of/for God", Eph3:15-19. Love circle. Demonstrated as Complete, Inviolate. We are here to be completed in God's Love, which also completes the Trial, 1Jn4:17. "Love" is a moniker for His Thinking both there and in Rom5:5, throughout 1Cor13. Idea that when Canon got completed, so God's Love Demonstration in the Trial would be completed in Church. And at this stage, you are Witness to that Completion, which occurs in you.

    9. For there is one infinitive "on point", through which all the others "run". So here emphasis now is on the Justification-of-Love Completion side, dikaiow. Justification for Living being Him. Just Him. How that's better than Satan's, the world's, and all other alternatives even God Himself could design. You go through ever-higher testing cycles during Pleroma. Each one demonstrates it's Just Him, a beyond-human Love: God's Own.

    10. So here in Spiritual Maturity, Fulfilling and Glorifying your Love for Christ in your body is the major goal of the stage, Phili1:20-21, Eph 3:19. Notice how justifying is emphasized in those verses, pointing to the dikaiow purpose, a birthing goal, emphasizing His House is Fruitful in you and you in Him, surpassing all else in your life. Clearly all the works in history, however noble can't even begin to produce one dot toward that goal. It's wholly Divine, produced solely by the Holy Spirit in you, fulfilling Eph2:10. So you are now, Fit Bride. Demonstrably.

    11. So your Love Alphabet's A-for-Archegos, got a "B", Bride. And you married Him. And you became Conductive, Developed. And now, Progeny-Fruitful, Fulfilled. That's the spousal thing to be, Col 1:27. Be, not do. Brides get done-to, and the 'job' of a Bride is to be something, not do something. Be -- compatible, companion. Again, all the works on the planet from the Fall until eternity can't add one dot toward that goal. It's a transformation, not a toil.
    12. So all this happens now in your head, coalescing leaping growth in groups of whopping chapters. Precept upon precept, knitting together whole books of all that disparate Bible you'd been learning. Traumatically, slowly; traumatically, quickly. You question within this new-found intimacy with Him, and you know His answers in mammoth detail, almost immediately. Like a pregnant woman, you are flattened by this knowledge growth within you, even crushed by it, 2Cor12:7-10; and you wait for your deliverance, pattern of Psalm 22 -- which He shouted on the Cross, Matt27:46.
    13. So now you're functioning in the all the letters of God's Love Alphabet: "A" for Archegos, "B" for His "Bride" -- now your vested Destiny, when the stage ends WITH that deliverance. So, you're Conductive, Developed. As a result, you derive Eternal Fulfillment Growth in Glory for your Happy Husband, as you now Intimately have His Impossibly Integrated, Integrity-Love. You are now one of the "great ones" in Isa 53:12's wa-et atsumim yehalleq shalal. For you yourself are the fruit, the booty now capable of bearing fruit just like you, your children for eternity, a whole kingdom of them -- all due to what you became in Him, never from what you did yourself. Sheep are not work animals or mere beasts of burden. Neither are you.

    So during Spiritual Maturity, the goal of the Royally Invisible Spiritual Life is finalized: one coalesces into mature Occupation with Christ. Bible has a number of ways to express this stage and its result. Here's a quick sampler: In the Bible, keyword "pleroma" as a maturation level means So in literal function, Pleroma thus means My pastor likes to explain the Strategic Importance of this stage as follows: Ok, next suppose you were in this stage. What would you be like? Well, you are in only one world, now: His. You're a One-Note Person. All items, people you see with your human nature, have been completely redefined as expressions of Him. Just Him. If you watch a movie, stuff in the movie will remind you of stuff about Him or Bible. If you brush your teeth your thoughts 'go' toward Father, about His Son, or you ponder something in Bible, glad for the time spent on your teeth, to think about it. If you are laid up in hospital you spend time analogizing your suffering to the Cross, taking advantage of the pain to learn more about what it was like for Him. In short, you are besotted. Everything reminds you of Him in some way, and your thoughts keep "abiding" there.

    For the switchover to Occupation with Christ is THE behavioral change of your life, literally eclipsing all other loves. He is the total motive for your existence, then. If you had "Spiritual Self-Esteem" aka "Cognitive Self-Confidence" and "Spiritual Autonomy" in Spiritual Adulthood, now you have "Cognitive Invincibility" in Spiritual Maturity. In short, you no longer merely believe Bible is from God, you KNOW it is, you know what it says (always more to learn, of course) and you live on it, day and night -- here, to keep seeing Him and know His Will, just flat 'be together'. It's about Togetherness, never religion, in God's Plan. (Quoted terms are my pastor's, used in the '85 Ephesians and '92 Spiritual Dynamics series.) You live on 1Jn's Script 24/7, even when dreaming during sleep. Temptations are higher than ever, but sin is occasional -- and has far worse consequences, if 1Jn1:9 goes unused. We're mature adults, now. Don't expect the spankings of childhood, to alert you. Here are the seven benchmarks. Notice how they all seem to be on the same topics; so unlike in earlier stages, you now can't easily tell I-VII apart. For they all merge, here.
    1. CONSUMING BIBLE. You consume Bible now to know Him better, and you're doing it 24/7, whether in Bible class or not. Bible is always on your mind, because it is His Thinking, and you can't get enough. Everything you've ever learned and now learn about Him burgeons, coalesces, melds, merges, and the resulting communion in Him is truly beyond description. Paul isn't kidding in Eph3:19-21 -- those verses literally come true and you experience them, 24/7. True communion is a constant knowing, not a feeling; it's a status quo in all circumstances, bad or good, kinda like breathing. Togetherness, flat. Feeling long since became recognized for what it is: puny body reaction to stimuli. Not even worth your time. Getting control over the knowing and the feeling reaction is a major problem, given the vastness of the increase in knowing God. Dream come true. Body can't deal with it. True riches, have arrived. My pastor likes to describe this as you receiving the "spiritual blessing" portion of your "portfolio of invisible assets" in a "down payment".

      Paradoxically, it's so big that all other pressures you will ever face are no longer effective -- except because they are sooo low by comparison. Instead, it's the Knowing in the context of the other pressures, not the pressures themselves, which makes life difficult. So that's why Pleroma is a longish phase -- gotta learn how to have these true riches of knowing Him in such abundance. For everything else is dead, slow, low, by comparison. It's like the rest of the world lives in slow motion, a tape recorded at 1 7/8ths which is played at half-speed. Like having to live in close quarters with a willfully-stupid person. Very hard to live in the world which is too small, too slow -- compared to knowing and seeing Him spiritually. So you keep consuming Bible, redefining all your earthly experience in Bible terms -- just to get through it.

      How Christ survived being so high among us puny humans, is almost impossible to understand. Imagine being a genius living among small-minded folk. Imagine being a devotee of Gibbon, or physics -- but your companions with whom you must live and work, are only interested in what they ate for dinner or who they dated. Imagine being a clean modern person, suddenly thrust into the bathe-once-a-year, slobber-over-your-food, Middle Ages. It's intolerable! But you come to understand what it was like for Him, because now the same incompatibility-with-the-world, happens to you. You have to live on Bible, to survive the day.

      So, God gives it all to you, in unending scope and depth. Anything you want to know about God you can know, and both the vastness and speed of comprehension, is overwhelming. That's the pressure, and of course that's #2 in the Trial Core Issues, do you want God despite what you KNOW. Christ had to know sin -- despite being sinless, so the knowledge He got was total and horrible beyond description -- so the test was, would He still want God? Same (smaller-scale version) idea, here.

    2. SPIRITUAL SKILLS. These are now fused; you live on all the 10 Thinking Skills (second row of boxes in SMP.doc, p.6). As a child you had been confused, easily conned by the world's many chippie substitutes for spirituality. But now the "con" of this world has left you; so with and in Him you are FUSED, instead. One-in-thinking. So 1Jn1:9 is always online and handy, as instinctive as your next breath. So you are almost constantly filled with the Spirit. Doctrine is all-comprehensive, firing all the time, and it's truly abnormal if you have a thought which isn't related to Bible. It's actually disconcerting to think in any other terms. Again, this stage is the opposite of spiritual childhood. Back then, remembering 1Jn1:9 was something you only did if you got spanked, or your pastor reminded you to do it prior to beginning Bible class that night. Back then, you could barely spell "salvation", let alone know what it means. Back then, you were full of the world in your eyes, and everything about being saved had this distinctly material definition of having no more pain, being finally comfortable, having loved ones around you, etc. But here in Spiritual Maturity, the world is the last thing on your mind. For you are in all the Rooms of HIS House, Abiding Function is almost Total, and that Abiding Desire, consumes you. The Abiding Development, while yet to experience its teleios completion, can. The Abiding Plunder is vast, you're receiving all the on-earth portion now, it's overwhelming, the riches of knowing Him. The Abiding Victory you've yet to taste, but you see Him -- it will happen, in good time. Most of all, you live in the "rooms" of Abiding Intimacy and Compatibility. You moved into them as your primary rooms sometime soon after you left Spiritual Adulthood behind. And you really don't want to be, anywhere else. For when you were a child, your new house was both small and empty, equipped only with a table, some chairs, and a cot. Now you live in a sumptuous mansion, greater than any you can find in the travel movies or international for-sale listings. All those vaunted castles and chateaus mean nothing to you. You have a better domicile: His.

      The hallmark signature of graduation from Spiritual Adulthood is that these thinking skills MERGE into "Occupation with Christ", as my pastor likes to put it. He becomes your base, built atop 1Jn1:9, being filled with the Spirit, basic promises and Bible reasoning; then came the GODO team, who coalesced all your understanding into a relaxation which gave rise to Spiritual Adulthood's characteristic Personal Sense of Destiny. Back then, your PSDestiny became a burning desire to know God for Himself, so you progressed into a motive and function of seeing Bible in terms of Love for Father, and all the earlier thinking skills ended up serving the Love-for-Father purpose. From there, you became happy from seeing God, and your need to derive happiness from circumstances, diminished and dwindled to almost nothing, despite the successive "momentum testing" (my pastor's term) which characterized your graduation from Spiritual Adulthood -- to where you are now, here in Spiritual Maturity.

      But that's all a base now. In fact, your base is now Occupation with Christ, and every thinking skill groups 'under' Him in some way. Indeed, every thought you think relates to Him consciously and directly in some way. "Unto the Lord" is no longer a nice Bible refrain people mouth but never understand. For you, that's your every waking moment, and even now in your dreams. So now all the thinking skills have merged into Just Him. So by analogy, if you were able to fire a rifle in your sleep, now you can deploy a whole army, complete with Kyle und Kessel. For it never happens anymore that only one set of doctrines or verses come to mind: oh no. Now, battalions of them do. You're giving up ballet and the piano in favor of combat, because of His Combat. In short, the Focus of Christ Himself has taken hold in you. Everything else, so what? You still screw up. You're just reborn for the Fourth time -- to Pleroma. For here, you're Growing Up In The Marriage.

      My pastor likes to say you grow up three times in life: physically, mentally, and in the intimate partnership of marriage. Well here, it's similar: you're first born spiritually, then born into adulthood, and now born into Intimacy with Your Eternal Husband, be you male or female. So it's the Fourth Growing Up, if you lumped all your pre-salvation growing up as the first one. So your spiritual skills have morphed to become intimate-marital and martially-oriented in content, focus, and nature. For that's what Greek verb "menw" means: marital intimacy homey-ness, and martially-adept honor.

    3. THOUGHT PATTERN. 1Cor13:13's "Love" is your thinking. Growing in scope and competence. All directed, toward Him. So far as you're concerned, you've already died and gone to heaven, even while still in this body. Analogous to, how He as God Came Down and took on a Human Body. And the last place you wanna be, is down here. Once this place seemed fascinating. Now, it's past. Not present. Something you have to keep wearing, like old clothes. So this place is alien, a post you're in, and happy to get whatever He wants to send you. Your body, of course, is deaf to the spiritual life, as indeed it always was. So as a spiritual child, you took your feelings seriously, as if they represented some truth. Now, you laugh. You know better. So the body keeps on its doo-dooing urges, and you've learned how to live with that -- kinda like living with a disease that will never kill you, but will always goad you. Been there, done that, move on, Phili3:14.

      So living on knowing Him is alone how you function; everything else is anticlimatic, now. So it no longer matters what circumstances you get: the good ones are too boring, and the bad ones are too annoying. Actually, the bad ones are better. And you'll get them the most, here (usually, piled up in cycles, with enough prosperity to keep you disoriented).

      You are one weird bird in this stage. Normal human motives are to get good. Normal humanity needs things to be good, and everything in human nature is about improving what you got, to get better. But you, oh! You are "he-heli", lovesick, Hebrew term in Isa53:10. You need it bad. You need bad, not good. Christ needed the Cross as an Outlet for His "he-heli" Love. Now, so do you. Antithesis of what a normal human should want; antithesis of what a normal human should be able to take, antithesis of life as we know it. Seems masochistic. But Love is sooo Big now, it desperately needs a SuperHuman outlet. Christ said He longed for the Cross, in Luke 22:15. That "longing", well -- um, you better look up meaning #2 in Bauer, Danker lexicon for epithumew, as it takes the accusative in that verse. So you need it bad, and you need it to be bad. Smitten but smart about it, that's you in your thought pattern.

    4. RELATIONSHIP TO GOD. This Focus on Him is a totality, a constant, a new base of operations (not really new, but perhaps newly-recognized for what it is). Him. Personally. Intimately. No goofball stuff. Rather, Honor is the closest word which can be used. Utter, total, Honor. And oh, your body can't take that! It's an Absolute Attitude but is inside a body which survives only on limits, so the divergence between your puny body and the Absolute Standard of Love, is intolerable. Love is not emotion: emotions are in the body, and they are all wacko, and you just learn to ignore them. Same, with circumstances. Love is not a rah-rah, strumming-harps thing. If anything feely can be said about this stage, the feeling is "trauma". For you are ever traumatized by the fact you can't meet this Standard, and everything else doesn't, either. For the trauma is the gigantic differential between the Word Whom you know, and anything else. In short, "Relationship to God" is total. You're not competent to deal with it, but it's an Absolute Attitude in you, just the same. Every thought you think references the Relationship. You might become anal about whether "God wants" you to eat fruit or Cheetos, here. For 2Cor10:5 is your all-consuming passion. Religion long since "left the building", so the motive here is love, not me-be-good garbage. What He wants is the Total Arbiter of your decisionmaking, so you want to know What He Thinks about even the most menial topics, like what you eat or wear. So you pick what's both tasty and most nutritious, since that's the most like Bible. So you pick what's most attractive and Royally-honorable in light of who will see your clothing (so as not to embarrass or impress them) -- since that's the most like Bible. See how SMARTLY besotted one becomes?!

    5. LOVE GROWTH. The Trial is about Love, which by nature is a Unity, since God's Undivided: so Love is Righteousness is Truth is Justice is Omniscience is Omnipotence, etc. God's Love is on Trial, so you are therefore simultaneously growing very strong in His Love; yet, weak and needing Him more than ever. Doesn't matter anymore what your circumstances are. You've lost pretty much all attraction to this world. Your human nature is adrift, since even it can't maintain the attachments. So you are sometimes very disoriented. Your attitudes are pretty much the reverse of spiritual childhood. God used to be a mystery to you; now you know Him better than you know yourself; people used to be a mystery or a snare to you; now, you don't need them. Bible used to be a collection of words in a book which put you to sleep; now, it's your living thought pattern. The world used to be an exciting place, and how you looked or acted and what status you had was important; politics and world affairs and its actors seemed to be the movement and shaking of history; now, well -- what do I have to pay attention to? Above all, the former nervousness and naive attitude which hallmarks spiritual childhood, is way past gone. You instead think like Paul does, in Philippians, viewing your life down here or in heaven in terms of stages of being in Him.

      Seriously: He alone matters. Philippians 1:21 is really your life, in this stage. Everything else is too small, makes no sense -- even though you know those old rationales. They hit you and maybe you fall down even a lot -- but the focus shifts away from Him, not at all.

    6. TRIAL STATUS. A believer's attainment of Spiritual Maturity is a major setback for Satan, as Part IV will show. Consequently, Spiritual Maturity is the most dangerous time in our spiritual lives, for the very few of us who even make it this far. Here, Doing Nothing is all-important. See, at this point it's inconceivable to you to get off Doctrine. See, at this point Love and Honor for Him galvanize your every thought; though you don't know it yet (for whatever you want to do for Him, it's never enough, in your view), your Love and Honor toward Him are structurally invincible, because the Doctrine in your soul has reached a structural level of Invincibility. But oh, how intense the Love-for-Christ. It's as though you'd hit spiritual adulthood all over again, and you'll be tempted to think you're a failure. So, a new trauma, too. Time to go from Structure, to Function. After all, the fat lady hasn't sung yet!

      Mature adults get mature and subtle circumstances in which to function. So, internal (and varying external) prosperity and adversity will cascade into the life at this stage: here we receive part of our escrow blessings, because Christ is First in our lives. That prosperity can kill maturity, because it is sooo wonderful. So the only way to keep going is to fight against prosperity: combat. Paradoxically, that's all one wants to do, too, if he keeps on keeping on! For you have HIM, now: what more can you need?

      But oh, the pressure to 'just rest a little' is huge, and the joy of the prosperity one has is Divine! See the parallel to what the Lord faced? He could have used His Divinity. He has always 'had the prosperity' of being God, but had to keep aggressively choosing not to use His Divinity to benefit Himself (Phili2:5ff) for that Task. So too we, at this stage, 'can' avoid combat. We too need to 'kenotically' avoid our can-do! Because oh, if we permanently peel off here -- and very few make it past this stage -- we will be the most miserable, most punished, believers on earth. For having grown so high, to peel off, is a mighty big fall. One had grown 'bigger', but now 'leaves' Him. As with King Saul, "nothing" will fill the void He once Occupied. Any Divine Discipline is a blessing, compared to such utterly frightening emptiness. Trouble is, as a mature adult, you don't get outside spanking, until it's almost too late to recover! Moses almost lost it for his smaller OT top-class, "Jeshurun". Paul almost lost it. The risk of loss has never been higher, than at this point in the spiritual life.

      So we need to "keep concentrating on Jesus" as the Greek of Heb12:2 begins, to survive. In a way, it's easy to do, since by this stage He is our life. We see Him every second, in every circumstance, in every speck of dust -- even when we sleep, He's our focus. The shock of Occupation with Him settles, and matures into Honor. This stage of Love manifests as an ongoing, professional and truly royal attitude: romanticism has long since departed. The desire and ability to "obey" is so honor-driven, folks in the periphery may mistake the Love for Him even as "cold", because they can't understand a Love which is above emotion. See, Love is now "without price", as Isaiah noted.

      So now the Core Trial #2 Issue of Knowing reaches its peak phase: this Spiritual Maturity is the beginning of the "Pleroma" stage Paul describes in Eph3:19. As my pastor puts it, you have "reached the high ground." Yeah, and you couldn't feel more like a helpless baby, either. For you've matured in your understanding that you are weak: God is everything, you are nothing, and like Paul in 2Cor12:9, all you want to do is boast in your weaknesses. So now you are truly strong: in Him. Holy Spirit runs the entire show, and you're on the operating table from here on out.

      The "2-3-4-5 Evidence Testing" table below and all of Part IVd focus on what you go through as Trial Evidence, so more won't be said here in this VI.

    7. WEAKNESS GROWTH. In many ways, when you enter this stage, you begin all over again. The surprise in Spiritual Maturity is that you are Weak, not strong. The goal of the spiritual life is to mature you in Weakness, not your own strength. Love's development makes you weak, as anyone in love demonstrates. But this is Divine Love in which you are developed, and your human nature simply cannot handle it. Christ opted for this; we of course had no power to begin with. God was and remains Omnipotent to start with. God was and remains able to bing! you with power to start with. So what God 'hankers for', so to speak, is Weakness. He's already Omnipotent Strength. We started out at the opposite end, and craved strength to alleviate our many weaknesses. We learned instead, to just trust Him; then we learned to Wait; then we learned to Love; at which point, it no longer mattered whether we were strong. Total reversal from childhood. So now what you crave -- big evidence test, this -- is what God 'craves'. Going down, tapeinow, Phili2:8's motive. Going down, just to have a cost. Because you are weak with love for Him and for mankind, Hebrew word "heheli" in Isa53:10. It's an Absolute, despite your puny nature. Which that nature demonstrably can't handle. You are living almost solely and almost all the time, on His Thinking. Nothing else can sustain you, and nothing else motivates you, either.

      Christ was Made Sin As A Substitute For Us, 2Cor5:21's Greek. So the closest a believer can come to knowing that experience, is here. That's why you are on the operating table. Prosperity or adversity, are the same. It's a simultaneity, a communion, and you are utterly helpless, no matter how well or badly your body seems to be operating. No matter how nice or horrible, are your circumstances. The divergence between the high spiritual life and the dead body life, is exponentially increasing. Feel good, feel bad, your soul is torn apart, either way. A "cross" isn't defined by how it feels. It's defined by the divergence. So you get both kinds, feel good and feel bad. And hence, you are helpless. And you want to be helpless: it's the culmination of all you ever wanted, Just Christ, Phili1:21.

      Here's why. Omniscience is TOTAL. So all the bad, all the good, all-at-once, occurring. To be close to God, you have to become like God, which is why you got His Righteousness that first nanosecond you believed in Christ, 2Cor5:21. Post-salvation, the goal is to get you to finish being filled up with DDNA, His Thinking, per Rom8:4's Greek. Per Rom12:1-3, that's a Transmutation process, which results in a 'building' per Eph3:15-19. And where you are on the spiritual map at this point, is Eph3:19 itself. At the beginning of it; and you'll stay there, until you die completed in it; or, you spin out in favor of Satan's plan. Zig zags and sin are still normal; it's Whether You Divorce (a permanent rejection), not the ups and downs of being totally in love with Him. Absolutely so.

      Here, then, what you have been learning all along, comes up-front-close: Two knowings are co-existing. The bad -- which at this point is anything other than His Thinking -- and the Good -- the Agathos, Divine Good (always mistranslated), which is His Thinking. It's like two circles of awareness, one heavenly and the other hellish. Even were you sitting on a yacht in the Caribbean during a beautiful day. Nothing compares to His Thinking. So you are getting trained in the all-at-once quality of God's Omniscience, on a smaller scale. It's the simultaneity which is being developed. For the Cross is a Simultaneity: the sins hitting Him and all that Divine DNA going on -- all-at-once, side-by-side. For that's how it really is, in Omniscience. One big Unity, a System of Truth. Playing live. Never ends, never changes, all-at-once all-time-at-once. And you gotta 'taste' that in larger doses, from here on out. It 'merges' you, to go through this.

      It's this Simultaneity which completed Christ on the Cross, Heb5:8-9, Heb12:2. It's two circles, and they are in a kind of tandem, and they also cycle ever bigger until a fusion (for lack of a better word) occurs. Then, completed, you (usually) die not long afterwards. Again, parallel to His Ps31:5 dying words. It's very rough, and you couldn't want any other experience, more. [Phase takes a long time for the believer, sounds like. My pastor tried to guesstimate the time for Paul, who made it (2Tim4:7-8): I'm not sure he ever settled on a number of years. Assuming 30AD was when Paul was hit in Damascus, since he died in 68AD it took 38 years to finish, but who knows how reliable a period that is for other believers (Paul was also the worst sinner in history, as well as the most-developed believer).]

      It's Total God-Dependence, On Trial. For after all, only God is Good, and only God can create Integrity in you. At this stage, Love means you don't find acceptable anything you can do on your own, and you're given can-do's to REFUSE, just as Job, Moses, David -- and especially, Christ. What you can do is not acceptable, for what you want is what God Can Do, instead. Thus you seem to be extraordinarily passive, and to your human nature, it's surreal: Why aren't I DOING something to relieve this pressure? will keep hitting the brain. But the fact is, just as you might have become anal about what to even eat or wear, you just plain want God's Decision to govern even the most traumatic big things. Like, whether you will live or not. You're not sitting on a park bench waiting for a million dollars to drop on you. You're waiting for His Decision on a thing to be known; or, if known, you're waiting like Abraham did, for it to be enacted. This is the absolute antithesis of what you thought spirituality was, when you were a child. The absolute opposite of what the doo-dooing world, considers "good", "strong", "right". Just as Satan thinks in Matt4, so also does the world. And you are dead opposite, all of them. Reflecting your Lord the Lamb Who Did Nothing, Dying to Everything.

      For it's a paradox of Royal Rule, that you just sit there. Learning that poise is extremely difficult, and while the outer mien is passive, the inner mind is extremely active. So you're very selective about what you do, pending sufficient information from God. Which, at this stage, you often get quickly; and if you do not, you know you're being tested for patience. It's anything but passive, but will look that way on the outside. Just like, a sitting Ruler would look.

    So now you are one Weak, Helplessly-in-Love Ball of Being. Kinda like the Lord must have felt weak after deliberately fasting for 40 days, so Satan would have the Testing Advantage. So, at this point, God puts you on the Witness Docket in the Angelic Appeal Trial. No one but God, the angels (and eventually you) will know it, down here. He will do the testifying, since it's to show off what the Holy Spirit did to you, growing you up. You are still a dufus. But you maturely know you are a dufus. When you were a kid, you wanted to be grown up. Now that you are grown up, you know you are a kid. So you get "Evidence Testing", my pastor's term, maybe taken from its use in Heb11:1's Greek. Verse is always mistranslated, as are all really important verses in the Bible, lol. Corr trans goes: "For it's about Confidence in Word! His Thinking, On Trial! Evidence, Unseen!" Great play on words: "hupostasis" is a moniker for Christ used by the writer of Hebrews, by Paul, and probably by Peter (I'd have to look it up), since Peter is addicted to hupo-prefixed words. Usually mistranslated "substance" or "reality" (which the term also means), the writers use it in wordplay to show He's the Substance of Reality, the Substance of God (Heb1:3), the Substance of the Trial, the Money, the Wealth, the Substance and Reality and Sine Qua Non of Life. Without Whom, who cares if one lives? Life isn't worth living without Him, period.

    So that's how you think of Him during this last and greatest phase of the spiritual life. So you lucky devil -- now you go On Trial to test how true that attitude is. Yikes.

    To maximally demonstrate the value of #2 and #3 in the Trial, at this point we are successively hit with the same strategic pattern of tests as Satan applied against Christ in Matt 4: all the things we ever wanted AT ONCE; but, overlapping, we are also cascaded with all the things we never wanted, too. So, being "occupied with Christ" is what sustains us during these last, most-intensive tests ever faced: what my pastor calls the (usually-invisible) "Evidence Tests" (in Part IVd). [If you analyze the Matt4 temptations over some days or months, seeking each day to see yet another layer of meaning Satan aimed within each temptation; if you spend time thinking about what Christ Himself wanted and didn't want, you'll see how those three seemingly-simple temptations were utterly devastating. 'Operating on innumerable levels: subtle, quick, so-easy-to-screw-up!]

    God's '2-3-4-5' Evidence Testing Alphabet and Structure

    FREEDOM, LOVE and JUSTICE 'Unity' Key, TESTED ==> Remember Part II's first table, "Freedom, Love and Justice 'Unity' Key" link? Why the Trinity and Why the Hypostatic Union? Remember Part II's last table? How the Trinity Evidence-Tested itself ON the Cross, "God's Evidence Test of Himself" link? So, then: we know exactly the Evidence Test Answer from Son and Spirit: that Father is the Be-All and End-All of life, "ta panta". And Father? He has the Same Attitude toward Son and Spirit! Since Son and Spirit are Co-Equal but instead Choose To Subordinate to Father, what other answer can there be, for such choice? For the Son, that means creation reflects His desire for lateral cost, so to maximally express His Love for Father. For Spirit, that means growing the created rational beings to have that same attitude: fixing our tohu wa bohu even as He restored the trashed-by-Satan&Co. planet, in Gen1:2. [See "Creationism" entry in VERindex.htm for the other "tohu" verses to show that Moses is making that analogy to restoring us, too, when writing Gen1:2. If you are under my pastor, get his Genesis '75 tapes.] And of course, Father throws Himself down in Love, in that He must do what He least desires -- to Judge His Own Sinless Son for our sins which He also imputes to Him. So for Each of them, the dream-come-true, IS the worst nightmare!

    Parallel to Son, we get the consummate privilege of having His Same Throw-Down-the-Self, Love Attitude; it functionally demonstrates via constantly living on Christ's Own Thinking. Rapport. Relationship with God is the Reason for living, so expressing laterally this Reason is the grounds for any lateral relationships in life. For us, that means we want to use everything we have, bad or good (and especially bad) to also maximally express Love for Him (see last half of Romans 8).

    And the way you throw yourself down, is to DO NOTHING. God does everything TO you, instead. Just like the Cross.

    God's Evidence Testing Alphabet

    God's Evidence Testing Alphabet is a subset of His Love Alphabet.

    • Absolute, Autonomous God need merely Assume a thing, think a thing -- and it is exactly so. Because He Assumes All Power and Responsibility, not merely is Power and Responsibility, Isa45:7. Agathos, even.
    • So as Basileus of All He could just therefore Bing! everything to be nice and perfect, but then nothing has a free and independent character. But God is Free, so doesn't want Bondage; but rather, Benefit. Bigger Benefit than if it were always nice and perfect.
    • So, He could instead bing! everything to have a free and independent Character, and then bing! each thing to have the Cost He wants Crowning that thing, never waiving its own autonomy to be what it is. And then, Compensating that Cost. Simultaneity, hupostasis. Verbal Plenary Inspiration.
    • And so He Decreed that Cost, that Crowning, that Character, Isa52:13-14.
    • As a result, He Enables us free, souled creation to have His Same Autonomous Assumption Privilege, so to train us in His Own Omniscience and Omnipotence -- just as He trained the Humanity of His Own Son, Who is First God Himself. Thus born with Total Divine Power. Yet, Eschewing it -- in favor of the Enabling of the Holy Spirit.
    • Ergo we Christians have that Same Full Power, John 3:34 and 7:39 -- but not God's Smarts to go with it.
    • So the Christian life is about Getting, Growing, and being Governed in and by His Thinking; which Thinking, is how He chooses to use Himself and His Powers.
    • Consequently, whether we are ignorant of Him or well-versed, our own soul's motives 'Head' and hence govern the character of the experience; both meaning and effect will indeed be as we rule in our own Hearts, Matt 7:2, Prov 23:7. Which character, should be Honor. For He is Our Honor.
    • So instead of a good or bad thing just being a good or bad thing, it also becomes whatever meaning we Impute to it. So if you impute a bad meaning to brushing your teeth, the next time you brush, it will have bad meaning. If you impute too low a meaning to brushing your teeth, then the next time you brush it will have that low meaning. If you Impute too low a meaning to God or the spiritual life, then the next time "God" or "spiritual" occurs to your mind, the meaning will be too low. He is Our INTEGRITY, so aiming high is the name of the game.
    • By contrast, if while we are living in God's System we vote for God's Own Justice Rule to govern: and then He does.
    • So too, if we want that good or bad thing to have the Kingly character God wants it to have, in His System we vote that, and -- it is so. Hence Kenosis occurs, as His Kingship governs, instead of our own.
    • It's just like prayer, when you are Living in God's System at the time you pray. Prayer is a Legally-Binding Vote for a thing to be or not be. And so, it is Law. And so, it is Love.
    • Therefore whatever your Motive, whatever your (legal) Motion voted while Living in God's System, that's how it is: for you are a believer in Christ.
    • Hence while living in God's System, you can 'Nominate' your experience, your self, anything -- to glorify Christ. And it is so. Thus the Nature you are Nominating, is the Nature which is growing in you.

    • When Love is so deep that all the nicenesses are no longer enough to express Love, bad stuff becomes the needed Outlet. So we can Opt for the bad thing to benefit God.. and it is so. Thus Omnipotence plays within our own being, towards the Oneness Goal Christ prayed for in John 17. For Truth poured into our hearts, pours out as Love for God, Romans 5:5.
    • That Romans 5:5 Plenary Genitive Process thus results in the self being grateful, relieved, amazed, Pleased to have the Painful or Petty stuff. Like, a cross. Propitiation, even. Purification, even. Prosperity, even, Hebrews 12:2+Isa52:13+Isa53:12.
    • Alongside this incredible gratitude, the qvetching cacaphony of human objections constantly clamors in the soul. It doesn't 'play' pretty: it plays like Twilight Zone. But it's Qorban, wholly-dedicated-to-God in meaning. Just as Christ is Qadosh.
    • The gratitude Remains and grows; the cacaphony Remains and grows. So, you'll be constantly struck by thoughts of hate/ fear/ guilt/ whatever-most-gets-you about what pressures you face. Yet often each thought is met by an exact matching (often punning) Reigning counterthought of its Real Bible meaning. And, it is so! Royally.
    • His Thinking in you Stays the pressure; His Thinking gradually Supercedes and becomes Stronger and more fluent under ever-greater Stress of ever-greater Spheres, as the Testing persists. Horror and heaven, side-by-side. For that's how it is for Omnipotent, Omniscient, God. That's how HE wants it, and that's how you come to want it, too. And, it is so! Supernaturally!

    • TESTED Practice in His Thinking is the essential mechanic of how Christ paid for sins: Doctrinal CounterThinking, God's Apodoses. Incoming sins of ours, each Touched, Tackled by Bible 'reply', Turned Into, 'birthing' DDNA out from them all, enlarging His Soul for Total Rapport with Father. See Matt4 on the mechanic of this 'reply'. Part IVd will cover the "enlarging His Soul" issue. Isaiah 52:13-54:1 gives you a very graphic blow-by-blow description of the Cross, and deftly shows the counterthinking in what appears to be an "antiphonal"-like pattern of writing (initiation and response, musical/poetic/rhythmic term). Published translations bland out so much, you think you're reading Mary Poppins. So see Isa53trans.htm.

    • Hence Evidence Testing is designed to Unify the believer's thinking with Christ's; to Uniquely Parallel the Cross Demonstration of Unconditional Love. So to prove to both the believer and to Satan &Co. that even 'hell' with God, is heavenly, fulfilling the Lord's Prayer for Oneness in John 17. But all this success is UNSEEN by anyone on earth, Heb11:1. God appears to forsake, Upbraid the believer under such testing.
    • For God's Vote is to make every believer Victory Booty for His Son, Isa53:12; the believer's resulting Voting Value to History in his lifetime -- and for all time -- reflects how the Cross impacted history for all time, Heb10:10-14, 11:40. And this Voting Victory is to play as the Cross did, ending as if in defeat, in Vain.
    • Son wants us to glorify Father, to serve Father, and "service" is the most awesome Wealth Enjoyment for the believer, way above all the wealth this puny world has to offer. Father then 'turns around', as it were, and wants us to glorify Son, serve Son -- so this awesome Wealth Enjoyment is doubled. And He Wants it done in WASTED Weakness, 2Cor12:10, Isa53:4-5,7-9, since the world wants works.
    • "Enjoyment" -- Greek word Xara, lit. "unalloyed happiness" -- is not a body thing, but a soul awareness of Xpistos, Christ. Your body will feel degradation, not enjoyment. But your soul enjoys and wants the meaning that it serve Father and Son -- so you keep voting for that meaning, which you have come to Love. And -- it is so. For the eXcellency of Knowing Christ, Philippians 3:8.
    • For Yehwah can make anything glorify His Son, even what's Yucky. Doesn't matter, that dung of itself is bad. Remember Christ's last three years? Sin is surely worse than dung. Yet God truly makes it into Diamonds. Saves the best for last. Which feels/plays like doo-doo and Diamonds. All at once. Which you come to Yearn for, as all this time you become more and more aware that you cannot reciprocate. So You Need It Done TO You.
    • For again: all Absolute, Autonomous God has to do is think a thing.. and it is so.

    God's '2-3-4-5' Evidence Testing Structure

    Glorifying God is the monopoly of and a privilege for, the believer. Frankly, the reason why God didn't just bing everything and make it perfect from the get-go, was to enable us to have that Privilege. Think: God isn't the one who needs to be glorified, He's Pure Glory by Nature. But we His Creation desperately need to glorify Him as an outlet for gratitude: if you actually saw Him, that's all you'd ever want to do. Everything else you could do with your life would suddenly become irrelevant, unimportant, stupid. Frankly, if you persist in learning God's Script in God's System, you will indeed come to see Him in this body, and from that moment forward your life means nothing else to you. You don't have to die, to see God. But you do die to this life, even while in this body, once you see Him. Everything else ceases to have value, to you.

    For Church, there's the added fact that we are Bride, so our need to glorify Him is far more intense: Ephesians 5 upgrade on "thy craving shall be for thy husband" concept in Gen3:16. So during Testing the believer is so 'in love' with God he yearns for this privilege more than his life. Yet, can do nothing of himself about it. (You never lose your helplessness.) So to get pressure one knowingly cannot handle, yet be carried through it, is such a relief! For all this glorifying is only done through the Spirit, Who massively enjoys transforming us. "Fourth Reason for Royalty" link section in Part IIIb (link in red box at pagetop) covers how this testing 'plays' on the inside, so to speak. Part IVd will also explain how Christ's Testing 'played' on the Cross ("Christ's Combat" link).

      We Christians typically think Christ was glorified because awww, He paid for us, died for us, we want to praise Him for that. Our praise is worth squat. We glorify ourselves, not Him -- deeming ourselves to be worthy of such a sacrifice, so now He's worthy of such praise. How disgusting. For the truth is, there's ZERO natural connection between paying for us, for our sins and His Resulting Glory. Sins are ugly, our evil thinking is unbelievably ugly, and nothing about us is ever glorious. So we can't make glory 'happen'. So being imputed and judged with our sins did not make Glory happen. Instead, God had to flat Decree it Glory, and Decree that He would use the imputation and judgement of sins to Him, to do it. Isaiah 53 tells you of that Decree (especially 52:13-14, 53:9-12).

      By the same token, therefore, nothing you do in this puny body is worth squat to God, helps God, glorifies God, no matter how moral it might be. But if you live in His System, you can Vote For The Meaning To Be What He Wants, and then and only then, IT IS SO. Of course, you'd need to be living on Bible in God's System, to even know that, to even know how to vote. But you can. So now even brushing your teeth or going to the bathroom, can be "voted on"! And He'll Decree that It Be So.

    God Decrees. God Decrees what will be the Independent Truth, since Truth is His Attribute, something He can use, any way He likes. You can use your hands any way you choose. Well, God's "Hands" are His Attributes, and He can use them any way He likes. And He likes, training us up to think like His Son, Who is Also God -- so we get GODLIKE POWERS in which to be trained. One of which, is to Decree The Relationships between thing "i" which is in one's life, and thing "ii", the meaning it ought to have. In God's System, therefore, you want to be glorifying God, so you want "ii" to have a Glorifying-Him Value, no matter what "i" is. For after all, God is looking at "i", same as you. So your toilet time can be voted on -- along with everything else, to have a "ii" value that glorifies Him. It glorifies Him if you use that time to learn Him better, think toward Him, apply Bible to your life, ponder something or go over something in Bible class, pray, etc. Notice how "i" can be quite base (illustrated here by being on the toilet) -- and that baseness, doesn't matter. Nothing is more base than the Cross, where Christ voted all the highest "ii" values for all time! God's Apodoses, those "ii" values. So get cracking, start voting!

      Why does it glorify Him? Because His Meanings, God's Apodoses are being applied to thing "i". That's exactly how His Own Decree works, as we saw in "C" of the Evidence Testing Alphabet. The thing "i" is crowned with an "ii" meaning that is glorious to see, so one glories in it. That glorifies, elevates "i", for now it has that "ii" meaning. Since the One Seeing "i" is First God, and it's His Meaning, that glorifies God first. Reflects Him, reflects the Decree He made -- and you got the privilege of decreeing it, too. In the Trial this matters altogether, for Satan contends that God's ABC's are unfair, unloving. That God just inflicts pain by not binging! everything to be nice and perfect, incapable of failure. Different "f" preoccupies Satan -- failure, rather than Freedom. But you pick Freedom when you pick God's Apodoses -- and especially, you pick when you are under pressure of testing, which is always a failure situation. So see the poetry of the Test? Rich, huh.

    Consequently, Evidence Testing is essentially a Privilege, and hence a Prosperity Test of How You Use God's Power, pattern of Matt4, John 17. Sometime during Evidence Testing you will notice how this dual purpose of glorifying both Father and Son, is being accomplished in your own life; the total 'disconnect' between your earthly life and this purpose, will beguile you. But just keep remembering, all God has to do is think a thing -- and IT IS SO. Hence you get that same privilege, of Decreeing The Relationship -- in order to be trained as Christ was. For, Christ always used this Privilege (i.e., John 17). In short, since this is a Wealth Test, your voting is required: so you are to know you are in Evidence Testing, which is essentially a Decreeing, Voting Test based on Who You Know. That Knowing makes the test harder, not easier. Prior to this point, it doesn't seem to be necessary that you know you are in some particular test. In a way, the ignorance makes it easier (i.e., less self-conscious). But here, you are being cross-examined by Satan&Co., and you gotta know that, at some point. When, probably varies by individual and by the particulars of an issue. Again, that's the Trial Core: what do you think of God based on what you know (#2), and what you do not know (#3). Knowing is far harder. Knowing God and living in this body afterwards, is the hardest of all. So now, wham! you get it all: your knowledge of Him skyrockets, during Pleroma. That Wealth makes you weaker, even overwhelmed -- and it remains, this double-sided high and low, theme of last half of 2Cor12. So How Do You Vote When Utterly Weakened By All That Wealth Of Understanding? That's the Test Christ faced, so that's what happens to us in this last maturation stage.

    Because, you really are a King in Training, with THE King's Power. By now, you're supposed to know THE King's Thinking well enough, to rule on how His Power should be used. Under, The Same Pressure. Ergo, you get this Evidence Testing. When you were much younger, the meanings of things to you were immature: spout Bible, be moral, get a gold star, get approbation from people, feel good singing a song about Jesus. So that's all those things meant -- very little meaning, you voted on. So very little growth and meaning, resulted. As you mature the meaning of everything to you becomes Christ Himself, to heck with the everything else -- and that's the meaning which resulted. So, you grew up to this Pleroma stage. Here, the meaning you vote, thus has to be the Same As His Own Vote -- if the meaning you pick is too low, you'll continue to be tested until the meaning you vote, is stably on His Playing Field.

    Hence, there is an overall structure for all Evidence Tests. This structure is, by Divine (Father's) Design, parallel to what the Lord's Humanity experienced during His First Advent, since our purpose is to become like Him. We get the same spiritual life, so we get the same testing. It's not about how good or bad we are, but about how totally sufficient Christ is. That's the purpose of the Evidence Tests. Even a failing believer will have a parallel life to Christ's: in which case, he demonstrates to angels, esp. to Satan&Co. in the Angelic Appeal Trial, the effect of rejecting Christ (never loses salvation, but does lose out as a successful witness, etc). Important: the believer's life always ends in humiliation, just as Christ's life did. You will not be able to gauge whether the believer is a loser or winner via His dying method. You can only gauge yourself. Death itself is innately humiliating, no matter how one eventually dies. Remember 1Cor15:55-57. For the believer in Evidence Testing, those in the periphery will conclude the person died abandoned by God, to fulfill the clauses in Isaiah 52:14, 53:3-4.

      As you know, an attitude can be aped or mimicked, but is nonetheless fake. This fact is especially true in the spiritual life. We know we are 'supposed' to love God, and many of us fancy we actually do; however, in life's tougher moments our fancy is revealed as fake. Too much prosperity, and God is demonstrably but a badge for preening; too much adversity, and God is demonstrably valued as but a genie, to make things nice again. True love doesn't operate like this. Only Bible Doctrine empowered by the Spirit regularly cycling in your soul over a very long period of time makes true love exist (John 14, 17, 1Jn4-5). So, Evidence Testing manifests the result of all that athletic cycling. The cycling is conscious and vigorously willed, but it cannot be counterfeited. Satan and man's attempts to counterfeit love/God's Word are as hysterically (and pathetically) obvious to the Spirit-trained person, as the Monty Python skit in which 'pet store owner' John Cleese sold Michael Palin a dead parrot.

      This structure is God's Testimony, really, not ours. So, we can objectively observe it in our lives, once we've learned enough of His Thinking; usually, as is true of the spiritual life stages in general, the observation of this Testing Structure's progress is clear once the believer is past a given threshold, rather than while still in it.

    From what I can tell, this Structure has the following 'skeleton', or one very much like the description below. I like to call it the "2-3-4-5" structure:
    • There are TWO ANSWER CATEGORIES of Evidence Tests. 1) "Relationship-to-God" (my pastor's term): to what surpassing degree is living for God more important and valid than living for self? 2) "Relationship-to-Life" (my pastor's term): To what surpassing degree is living for God more important and valid than living for anything and anyone else? "Two" is the Biblical number-metaphor of marriage, fidelity, bonding, integrity, hupostasis (God-man, inseparably and totally intimately united). So you could think of these categories as a 'marital intimacy' demonstration structure. Therefore it has a "for better and for worse" high-low testing angle. High, when God is blessing you and/or you are competent. Low, when God seems to be cursing you and/or you are incompetent. When self perceives failure in self or someone else, that's a major test of relationship and fidelity. Satan's all about failure: but God's all about freedom, nailing failure issues to the Cross. So what seems to be the "plan" God has for your life, tests the Relationship to Him, and to your life: do you want to do something about it yourself, or do you decree God's Plan should govern you, instead? That's what Matt4 is about. [If you're under my pastor, he covers all this beginning about Lesson 800 through 1000, in the 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series, "Occupation with Christ" Problem-Solving Device. The initial coverage was back during the Ephesians series, but it's passim in the context of "Invisible heroes", so maybe specific lesson numbers won't be helpful.]

    • There are THREE PHASES OF PROGRESSIVE INTENSITY within each of the two ANSWER CATEGORIES, repetitively administered, somewhat akin to labor in pregnancy; or, akin to progressively-intense physical exercise circuits/levels: 1) Matt4-style, invisible, mental, internal but the 'testor' is external and subtle; 2) á la the Lord's ministry post-Matt4, public prosperity of some kind (even if the 'public' is but a small group), which acts like a setup for 3) a 'cross' entailing public-yet-invisible humiliation; again, even if the public is a small group. This 3) is administered by the Father, looks like; 1) and 2) seem to be administered by Satan&Co. (my pastor calls it 'cross examination'). "Three" is the Biblical number-metaphor of stability (e.g., Trinity are three)/perpetuation (i.e., "family" is at least 3). Production, 'fruit' cannot occur until there is a fertile union, so fertility-of-union is illustrated by the progressive intensities. As you'll see in Part IV, and saw in Part I, the test of the believer is whether he becomes a superior ruler to Satan&Co.'s rulership. Rulership is a type of parenting. So the ability to PARENT is demonstrated here.

    • There seem to be FOUR STAGES/LAYERS-OF-VICTORY within each of the three INTENSITY circuits: 1) Shock Administered, 2) Shock Answered, 3) Shock Aggressively Accepted, and 4) Shock Accomplished. The number of shocks you will go through depends on what shocks YOU, so the number varies by person. Shock can be pleasant or unpleasant, and in the Pleroma stage both are administered in just the right mix so that the off-balance nature of shock CONTINUES WITH PROGRESSIVE INTENSITY. "Four" is the Biblical metaphor of completeness, which is what the Greek words "Plerow"/"Pleroma" and "Teleiow"/"Telos"/ "Teleios" signify. So the believer in Evidence Testing can monitor his development using these four benchmarks; of course, no one can do a thing on his own. The Holy Spirit's ALL SUFFICIENT POWER is being demonstrated. The ALL-SUFFICIENCY of the Truth the Holy Spirit built in the believer is being demonstrated. God's Attribute of LOVE is also demonstrated, having been built in the believer via those millions of Truth deposits. Hence the believer's happiness due to knowing God despite shock, is being demonstrated.

      Again, these (at least) four stages/layers mirror the Lord's experience in His Humanity during His First Advent (you can also see smaller-scale versions of these stages play out in Job and Abram's life stories). Each of these four will signify benchmarks of progress in Pleroma, being filled up to the point of maximally glorifying God (see Romans 8 and 2Pet3:18, plus Phili2-3). These stages are also layers, because when the first one is passed, it continues, and the second is built on the first; the third, on the second, and the fourth, on the third. As in biology, development is occurring in all levels at once, but not equally.

      So Evidence Testing looks 'messy' or 'mundane', but internally plays like jungle combat; except that outwardly only you will look the fool; you will never look like any soldier or hero one admires. Quite the opposite: people will enjoy your being a fool, for you are depicting Christ, and they get to enjoy hating Him via seeing you (which, most of them do not realize they are doing). Hence, humiliation is the name of the game, in the Pleroma stage (any popularity you get is only a setup for a bigger humiliation later on): Isa53:3, in context of Isa52:14ff. We inherit all Christ is and has, including His Suffering, and for the same reasons. And with paradigmal purpose/result. (DDNA.htm's Third and Fourth Aspects focus on this topic.)

        In 1)'s Shock Administered, the shock 'plays' overwhelm, blocking-of-Doctrinal-thinking and analysis, blocking of competence, raw and sheer competing power. Here, the believer's seemingly-blind insistence that whatever God allows to happen to him is good, gets demonstrated. (Remember when Job said, "Even if He slay me, yet I will trust in Him.")

        In 2)'s Shock Answered, the believer learns to respond mentally to the shock with a progressively higher Doctrinal Orientation to reality, despite the pressure; in practice, this means a progressively higher and more competent recall of the doctrinal meaning of the shock (i.e., greatest gift God can give the believer, rather than abandonment or cruelty). As he matures in this Answering layer, he begins to use the shock to learn more about Christ Himself, since that is the highest level of Decreeing, analogous to God's Own, in Isa52:13-14. So by the end, the shock reminds him so much of Christ, he values having the shock. Progressive acceptance of the FACT of the Shock, plus progressive orientation/adjustment to the FACT of the Shock, is demonstrated here.

          This is where those "Problem Solving Devices" in SMP.doc (second table in each page) are so helpful in diagnosis. Took my pastor almost 18 years to explain them, so I can't hope to summarize them well in a webpage. Essentially, your maturation level shows up in what of those devices you use to get through the pressure. Sometimes, the pressure is so strong, all you can keep doing is use 1Jn1:9, thus being Filled with the Spirit. Sometimes, you can 'advance' by also using Faith-Rest promises, rationales, etc. Sometimes, you immediately relate the pressure to God's Plan for your life, so Personal Sense of Destiny is operative. Sometimes, you relate the pressure to Father being glorified, so that's Personal Love for God. Sometimes, you relate the pressure to either people being helped or how happy you are to be tested, so that's IL and +H, respectively. Notice how each PSD tells you how much you've progressed in that layer on that shock, as you're moving forward, the reasoning becoming more mature and stronger. Of course, the goal is to relate the pressure to what Christ faced, having the same motive, 'rehearsing' Him, so to speak. And in Pleroma, you will do that, for everything to you is about Christ Himself, period. So all this pressure is just a way to coordinate life pressure with soul's focus on Him. It's a killer life. And nothing else begins to be as enjoyable.

        In 3)'s Shock Aggressively Accepted, the believer advances to EMBRACE the shock, rather than merely passively endure. God doesn't avoid sin due to the 'threat' of sin wrecking His Godness, as some theologians would have you believe. Rather, God flat ENJOYS the truth so much, He's not interested in anything else. So here, you stop being threatened by the shock and actually become interested in advancing in it. This is an attitudinal change which basically shifts you from being defensive, to offensive. As any military guy or football fanatic can tell you, the defensive never wins. Only the offensive wins. So you switch from being on defense, to offense, here.

          Part IVd's olive/sage combat table will illustrate how this Aggressive Acceptance functioned on the Cross. The key demonstration in this stage/level is the 'flip' in the believer's attitude from passive acceptance to YEARNING to have the Shock in question. (See Paul's "fellowship of His Sufferings" verse in context.) This plays quietly, not like some action movie. Thoughts are quick and fast, and in a way are just quiet yesses. Constant. Part II's "So, What" Evidence Test section showed the quiet, resting confidence. For Church it's a much bigger Test & Testimony, since we are "in Him" but other believers in other epochs at most get to be (occasionally) "with" Him. Physical competence may be nonetheless absent: you can't go by physical competence as a gauge of test-passing success. It's MOTIVATION, not execution. Holy Spirit fuels both, and it's really up to Him whether the physical competence, works. You just keep getting up again, like a Joe Palooka doll. [In 1950's America, Joe Palooka was a 3-foot, inflatable, snow-man-shaped, boxer 'doll', with lots of sand weighting its bottom. The idea was to blow up the doll, and then punch it. Due to the sand weighting, the doll would weave down, but always return upright. Perfect illustration of what happens in Evidence Testing. Love motivation from all that Bible Doctrine weights you so well, nothing can keep you down from a 'punch', 2Cor4:7-10.]

        In 4)'s Shock Aggressively Accomplished, the believer completes a threshold level of embrace, so that either the shock is no longer a significant challenge (so added shock is needed), or the shock itself ends (the shock itself having been tapped out, rather than the believer being spun out). Demonstrated and measured here is the All-Sufficiency and Superior Competence of a) Father's Plan and b) Legacy of Son's Execution in His Humanity, compared to Satan&Co.'s 'parental' plan for the human race. Satan's plan is goodies-dependent. God's plan is God-dependent, goodies-INdependent. So the believer here is INdependent, and begins to see that for himself (God does the testifying, not us), what the Holy Spirit has done to and for him. Hence it becomes a joy to have the experience, Heb12:2. Not, demeaning. Again, the bad and good run simultaneous, as Omniscience sees all bad and good at once, so it's the growing presence of the added joy 'crowning' the bad, not a lessening of the bad, which occurs. Due to that increasing joy (which is a knowing, not an emotion), the bad will seem less. But won't be.

    • There are FIVE micro benchmarks-of-growth within each Shock: 1) strength, 2) flexibility, 3) endurance, 4) coordinative Integrity, 5) Agility. The last one means you've so mastered the shock that you use it to your advantage, loving what you would otherwise hate. You can see these five benchmarks play out in the Lord's Humanity within the Gospel depictions. For example, the lightning-fast, astonishing humor and agility of His Answers to Satan in Matt4 depict all five operating perfectly. In Part IVd's "Combat" table, you'll see how all five operated flawlessly on the Cross. Of course, if you read and analyse the Gospels over and over and over, you'll see how His Answers on any topic also demonstrate these five Diamond-Doctrine facets.

      "Five" in Bible appears to be the numerical metaphor of PROFIT/COMPENSATION/ LEVERAGE, e.g., in Exodus 22:1. All the uses of "five" I could find in Scripture (excepting those which were mere facts) seem to convey that a critical property of completeness (number 4) is its ability to GENERATE PROFIT (etc). Five was an integral to Temple structure, for example (i.e., Exo26:3). Moreover, 2 (marital intimacy) + 3 (family minimum number) = 5 (profit).

      You'll see both Paul and Peter make reference to these substage developments in their letters. For example, Romans 5 lists them (v.2-5: in NIV, the five are translated "suffering", "perseverance", "character", "hope", "love"). In Peter's epichoregew passage, that Greek verb for financial equipping for competent execution of the Greek play, is the metaphorical base (idea that God has equipped you): 2Pet1:5-7. [Translations are bleepingly bad. Rather than the testing focus on the five, Peter lists all seven pursuits ("7" is Biblical number of perfection), and in the Greek-drama ranking. These are (1) "Virtue/Excellence" (arete, a pregnant word in Greek lit., related to artios, a measure of personal competence to enthusiastically seek); (2) "Knowledge" (tech term in Bible for learning Doctrine, "gnosis", idea of competent understanding); (3) "Mastery" (egkrateia), of which self-control is but a part, idea of competent execution; (4) Stamina/Staying Power/Perseverance/Patience, Greek word "hupomone", one of Peter's favorites, idea of endurance; (5) "Spiritual Life" (eusebeia, mistranslated "godliness" in most Bibles), idea of spiritual rather than earthly means; (6) "Brotherly (impersonal, independent-of-object) Love" (philadelphia) -- Greek term means that one unconditionally loves the stranger as much as if there were a tribal connection, idea of the to-humans result of "Spiritual Life"; (7) "Agape" -- in Greek lit. this is a specialized term, and means Virtue-Love for God, which is only produced BY God, His Own Attribute of Love, the highest result of the "Spiritual Life".) Passim, you'll find a number of references to each of these five components throughout both Old and New Testaments.

        Paul's reference point is the believer's volition. First, the believer sees suffering, so he tries to endure it; the result of the two (which constitute strength+flexibility+endurance in 'my' list of five) is coordinative Integrity, denoted by Paul's terms (NIV trans.) of "character" and "hope". Last, is Agility (in 'my' list of the five), denoted by "love".

        Peter's list has a different reference point. For Peter, the financial metaphor is denoted in the term "epichoregew", a Greek verb signifying the entire financial backing of the expensive Greek play. Obviously, then, Virtue represents the totality of the funds, so is listed first; then, knowledge, without which the funds can't be known how to spend properly; next, mastery, without which the funds can't be competently spent; next, stamina, a quality of investing and sticking with the project to completion -- absent this, no project is finished; finally, the play itself, depicted as the spiritual life, here. At this point, Peter's listing tallies up to Paul's "character" and "hope". Then, the results of the play: two types of love: toward mankind, and toward God, the latter being the highest. Paul concatenates these as "love". Agility means one loves to do what one is agile at doing, so that is why 'my' list uses the term agility. For, 'my' list's reference point/metaphorical base is the development of spiritual competence.

      Of course, if you've ever exercised, you know that the first thing your body must learn is strength in order to increase flexibility, endurance, coordination, and agility; that the body itself goes through these stages of performance in its own development. So, too, the soul -- for it's the soul Christ saved/delivers, not the body.

        Think of the physical parallel, to better understand the spiritual one.
      • Ok: if you're a couch potato, starting an exercise routine is so arduous, all you can do is gut through it.
      • You won't be able to keep on keeping on without proper motivation. Getting back some attractiveness will not be proper motivation, and will not sustain you. Doing it to get (spiritual) strength will be alone enough to sustain you. (But in the beginning, all you can barely think of is, "God will make this work.") Notice how that motive of wanting inner strength rather than looks is sophisticated, yet basic and still defensive.
      • Next, as you become comfortable about the meaning of the traumatic exercise, you will keep on, and the body (soul) will gain strength.
      • As a result, you become more flexible in your thinking: you don't just grunt through it anymore, but can better appreciate, even find humor in what you are doing (a sense of humor is a sure sign of some flexibility).
      • Thus, your gratitude (toward God) increases. This increases flexibility the more, and causes you to endure.
      • As you keep on, of course, the stamina to endure increases, so you can exercise for longer and longer periods.
      • As you endure, you'll find your thinking level increases again to a thought pattern of coordination among the various strengths and flexibilities which are progressing. (So now you're thinking, "The Holy Spirit will make this work FOR FATHER", or even "This is what Christ went through" -- and you're learning from it.)
      • So, your stamina increases yet the more, because you're INSPIRED by the increasing Strength of Motivation.
      • So, your strength and flexibility increase yet the more.
      • So, your enjoyment increases yet the more.
      • After a year or more of this traumatic daily exercise, you have formed a thinking habit and set of values which is agile, so it becomes easier to defeat the temptations to sloth which had beset you.
      • In fact, you find yourself looking for challenges, so you can use these five assets yet the more.
      • You end up not wanting the 'cross' to stop. For, Father is Infinite, and nothing will ever be enough of a gift. Nor do you want the gifting to stop, for at this point you are so grateful to have gifts to give, you feel the 'cross' is so high a gift you need to reciprocate by getting yet more 'crosses'.
      • So, you do get more of them. Whether you are competently exercising, or not. For, again: your soul is saved and delivered, but the body always ends up being delivered over to the Conqueror Worm, Isa53:9a.

    God's objective is to run the believer through ALL the cycles of shock which shock him. So, these five substages/benchmarks play out in each of the Four Shock stages; the Four Shock stages of course, overlap and layer; each Shock stage is also playing at one of Three Intensity Levels which likewise continue, overlap, and progress; meanwhile, each Shock stage, within its then-current Intensity level, portrays some overall level-of-completion within each of the Two Answer Categories, concerning the importance and validity of Life-with-God compared to any other relationship (i.e., with self or anyone/anything else).

    So, Evidence Testing is relative to what you are and are not, what you like and dislike, not relative to another person's abilities, not relative to what society values or demeans. It's the if faithful-in-little, then faithful-in-much criterion; the handling of True Riches criterion. Again, because all God has to do is DECREE a relationship BE -- and, it is so. Consequently, it doesn't matter what you are humanly, and it doesn't matter how 'high' or low the human idea of your situation might be. So for example, if you are a paraplegic, what taps you to exhaustion the most will not be the same as what taps an Olympic athlete, but the athlete is not better nor worse than you because he can move his arms and legs. God doesn't need you to be able to move physically, to make you Pleroma. So, the Olympian will need to have his own version of what taps him despite his ability: for if any of man's ability is in the execution, it's a competing power, so is of no 'credit' in the testing.

    Therefore in Evidence Testing, the '2-3-4-5' Structure constantly demonstrates the uselessness of human/demonic power and success compared to the all-sufficient superiority of Truth-bought Love for God. Thus, the testing is humiliating: the human abilities you have, obviously accomplish nothing, or are demeaned; or, are taken away. Your life appears to have been WASTED. The deeper proof is that nothing separates your Love (i.e., no competition prevailed), even in (for you) maximum pressure, end Romans 8. Abba, Father, 2Tim4:7-8! This is not a Perfection test (you still keep sinning); this is not a 'performance' test (Holy Spirit does all the work, and you remain just as helpless as always); this is a Love Completion test, 1Jn4:17. You are Evidence, on Trial to prove whether God is Fair to make life so 'hard' on creation. And your Trial Testimony becomes: even 'hard' is heaven, to you! So what, anything else!

    ONENESS is the real purpose of Evidence Testing. And if you complete the course, that's what happens. More on this completion of Oneness Rapport will be shown in Part IVd's "Christ's Combat" table.

    Let's go through an example of a believer who grew up spiritually and passed God's Spiritual Tests: Moses. (We have a more intense spiritual life than folks in the OT, but the testing criteria are essentially the same.)


    Let's take another example: Christ. What did He want, more than anything? To be one with the Father. To free mankind. So, He had to learn to dock all competing alternatives under those two motives. It was the docking which achieved ALL those goals. For example, in Matt4, Satan really did offer Christ all the kingdoms of the world -- a painless victory. No Cross. Christ refused it. Why? Because the Father would not have been paid for sin, which only Christ could do. Because the only way His Human Soul could become big enough to BE fully "One" with the Father, was by experiencing the Cross. [To see why, read here in Part III: "Third Reason for Invisibility"; next, "Third Reason for Royalty"; finally, in Part IVd, "Christ's Combat" table.] Also, He refused Satan's offer because, absent payment for sin, people could never be freed from the burden of sin, the me-be-good motive which destroys joy. So, the "competing love" of taking away all our earthly pain would not have been served, by avoiding the Cross.

    See? Christ got what He wanted. The Best Way. It wasn't a sacrifice. Why? Because He Loved it that much. He grew up to be big enough to fully get what He really wanted. Including, us (John 17 prayer). In short, Christ would not settle for "less than the Best" for the Father, for Himself, nor for us.

    That's what He says life is all about: go for the Best. So, false humility (Uriah-Heep arrogance!) has no place in the spiritual life. So, it's not evil to "want it all". However, as the Lord explained, no king who's about to go to war ignores the cost. One needs to prepare. Want it? Okay, then train. Train in 1Jn's Script. Then, you will be tested against what you most dislike, fear, etc. Get past those, learn how to "dock" those nightmares in God's Love Harbor, and then prepare to get way more than what you could have imagined. Yet still dock what you love the most, "under" Him.

    See, if everything is in its proper place, you can get it all. Kinda like a well-organized day, properly-ordered wants can ALL be achieved without "competition". So, go for it all, by going for God: "keep seeking first the Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matt6:33.) That's not mere rhetoric. It's God's Will for your life! (Note: the "all things" NT keyword ties in here, heh, like in Romans 8:28.)


    That's our "Footstool" task. If everything goes under His "Feet", then we are Heads. Of polities in the Millennium. Of maybe whole solar systems, in eternity. Which we are designed to rule. Which sufficient growth in Love (Integrity) enables us to enjoy ruling. With Christ! The Happiest Person in the Universe! In short, this Plan fulfills us. It also fulfills all who we end up ruling. It is not wrong, it is not demeaning to be ruled, is it? What, is it a joy to be ruled by Christ? Of course it is. So, what -- will those ruled by us, call it "joy" to be ruled by us? Of course they will. God is not inconsistent, is He?

    LIFE KEY==> It's all thought thought thought thought. Thought alone makes for happiness or misery, thought alone paid for sins, and thought alone pays for mankind even now, as Part IVc explains.

    Second Reason for Invisibility: Mankind became blasé toward visible supernaturality, in favor of making self god. So needs the "sign of Jonah": silence. So needs a New Covenant for his preservation: Divine Thinking "in earthen vessels".

    Further still, look at the nature of man's reasoning at the time of the Lord's Deaths: men were increasingly skeptical toward fancy displays of godness; like Herod, they had come to want "God" only for entertainment. The flip side of this scoffing: they were increasingly fascinated with the idea of becoming gods. So, since this goal serves Satan the most, it would behoove him to switch tactics, and want any visible supernaturality to be downplayed. Moreover, it makes sense to say that Satan was apprised of the lines of God's Plan, in part so the playing field could be level between them, and so Satan knew that an end to visible supernaturality would be forthcoming. So he fashioned an appropriate counter -- man worshipping himself -- in preparation.

    Ironically, it is Now that man's opportunity to "become like the Most High" is indeed the highest -- "in Christ". So, God withdrew visible supernaturality as a system of communication. As prophesied by Isaiah and others, within 40 years after Christ's death, the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed, and the Jews would go into dispersion; gone was the entire sacrificial structure, and the Law of Moses became greatly diluted into mere me-be-goodism.

    So, too, would become the message of Christ. Even in Paul's travels he constantly had to contend with moralistic apathy among believers -- they had also diluted Christ into me-be-goodism. So, over those same 40 years, God phased out visible supernaturality from Christianity, in favor of a written Canon, so folks could have Greater Assurance than mere, doubtable, dreams/visions, or "gifts". Before Paul's ministry even ended, his gift of healing had ceased; in a most unusual weaving rhetorical style which he begins in 1Cor2, Paul prophesied the end of the spectacular spiritual gifts upon the completion of the Canon (1Cor13: study it in Greek). [That chapter has too many specialized words which have no good English equivalents. Moreover, the threeness repetition style in Greek doesn't work like the English one. Probably have to really exegete from Chapter 2, tracing the keywords to really understand what Paul is saying. He uses this style because the completion of Canon is the biggest promise in Scripture, the gem of the New Covenant promise to Israel. Watch how the Ps119 people, who were tortured in their death march to Babylon, cherish this Word, and you'll get some idea how the Jer31:31-34 promise was of the greatest value to them. The current kissing-the-Torah practice common in every synagogue is in part a reminder of this promise.]

    After all, as Hebrews 1 says, in the latter days the message would come Only Through The Son. The Son was now "completed" ('perfect', in English Bibles). So, now His Thinking in His Humanity could be codified, a promise long made in the OT (Ps138:2b, Jer31:31-34 are flagship passages), because the "veil" between God and man had been removed, split asunder by the Victory of the Cross. No more a unique Ark, but a unique God-Man. The First -- Christ -- had been fulfilled, so to establish this Second, Church. (Play on Heb10:9.) The First Adam had been replaced by the Last Adam, so that now, all the promises find their "Yes" in Him. (2Cor1:20)

    And now the Son had Ascended, waiting for His Bride to be prepared. So, we get our fulfillment of the Jer31:31-34 promise, first: Heb8:8-12 compared in context with Heb10:15-17, plus Heb 9:16ff (covenant means testament, Will of the deceased Testator), plus Heb11:39-40. Why? Since the Son is absent, He is invisible. Since the Son has risen, there is no need for the OT visibilities: His Bride, His Witnesses, represent Him.

    That's why 1Jn says that we are evidence of God in the world, which is a main theme of his epistle, why it is so dramatic. [E.g., 1Jn4:12 -- keyword 'menw' has a legal/testimonial/military connotation, as well as the root 'at-home' meaning -- much more about this is in Part IVd's "Evidence Test" section.] If we are evidence, our bodies indwelt by the Spirit (Rom8:10-11, among other places), then the evidence outside of us would be slim. Sure, there is the universe, but when was the last time an angel got up in front of a group, teaching? Instead, they are learning from us (e.g., 1Pet1:12). We are "in Christ" (indwelt by Him, as well as by the Father). We are the evidence to a skeptical, scoffing, man-be-god world. Ironic: here we really are indwelt by the Godhead, the closest thing to being in Hypostatic Union the way He was, and the world says, "Where's God? I don't see Him."

    Third Reason for Invisibility: Mosaic Qorban Law was fulfilled, so Now association with Him is TOTAL!

    As we just saw in the First and Second Reasons, Our Spiritual lives Are Designed Parallel With Him: Bride. So, Blessing. By Association. With Him. Married.

    Passages like Rom3:20,28, John 1:17, 1Tim1:8-11, Gal3:2,21-26, 1Cor15:56 all help us to understand that the announced purpose of the Law was to explain God's Holiness by educating man about sin. And, from there, to show how God would solve the problem by means of a Redeemer-to-Come. Within that explanation was the concept of "Qorban", meaning "devoted to God" and thus unavailable for any other use; it's foundational to the concept of redemption. Something -- and eventually, the Unique Someone -- had to Redeem mankind, and to do that, it had to be wholly offered up to God. The Levitical sacrifices, particularly the whole burnt offerings, depicted this requirement. Idea was, you'd have to be perfect and wholly burnt up for God, to fulfill the Law. Which, no one but Messiah would ever be able to do.

    Book of Hebrews thus contrasts the old 'shadow' offerings of animals and food, with the Real Offering of Messiah, so that readers could understand the scale of Qorban was therefore changed to His Own Level of Sacrifice. Hence when Christ did come and did pay, He Forever Sanctified all mankind, and especially Church (Hebrews 10:10-14), which is why salvation is permanent in any covenantal epoch (aka "dispensation" in KJV). But also, His Payment FULFILLED the Law, which is the main theme of Hebrews 8-10 (see 8:1, 9:28-10:1 for the thesis statement). For God is holy, and all those temporary sacrifices of animals and food, didn't really make anything holy: but Christ did (ibid). So the purpose of the Law was to "advertise" Him.

    To say Christ "FULFILLED" the Law means two things: 1) due to His Total Voluntary Dependence on the Spirit, He fully obeyed every jot and tittle of the Law; and 2) the Law promised a Redeemer: that's what the "Ordinances" (dikaiomata), aka "Testimony" (marturia) meant -- and Christ fulfilled the Role and Function of Redeemer.

    So, having fulfilled the Law totally, both as to its exigencies and its promise, the Law now 'resides' in Him as the "Seed", the Fulfiller of all Covenants (Gal3). That's why He upgraded provisions in the Law even during His First Advent. That's why Now, Seated, He is in fact Ruling -- invisibly. That's why now, we are Bride, being "called out" (Biblical term for election, but also for development, has OT precedents). That's why any Jew who believes in Church is one of US, just as we would have been one of them by believing in Christ, back during the time before He fulfilled the Law. So, Our role now has the same 1) and 2) characteristics.

    [Like everything else in Scripture, when you see what seems to be a contradiction, if the verse is properly analysed, either the seeming-contradiction is not there, or you've found a boundary line. Below the boundary line, a thing continues; above it, something else replaces. Just as with real property. So it is, with the Mosaic Law's continuance. See, on the one hand, the Law is 'dead', because its purpose was fulfilled by Christ. On the other hand, the Law lives forever, because Christ lives forever. That's why you see verses like (I forget the exact wording) no jot or tittle will ever pass from the Law, but yet, the Law is "rescinded" (NIV's word, I believe, for the key verb in Heb7:18). Scripture writers reference one or another 'boundary line' for reasons which should be discernible from the context. This is such a common method of explanation in all human languages, it's a wonder that when it comes to the Bible, boundary lines are called 'contradictions'. Amazing: even more so, when so many really smart people, who just don't like Scripture, seize on these boundary lines, yelling, "Contradiction! Bible is bunk!" -- and wind up with egg on their otherwise-genius faces.]

    So because Christ lives forever, and He is Seed, the Law continues under His Rulership: but He is the Source now, having Fulfilled the Law; so the Mosaic Law is SET ASIDE. That's what Hebrews 1 is all about. The Book of Hebrews takes great pains to explain what UPGRADES, and what stays the same. If you read it over a dozen times (or more) in translation, or study it carefully in the original, you realize that the Law was upgraded as a result of the Session, and -- most importantly -- that because "everything comes through the Son" (Heb1), The Son Alone determines how and what the upgrades should be. We know His Opinion, from the NT. The secular provisions were streamlined (no more stoning, etc. for certain sins, and some which were crimes are now solely in the hands of the Lord's Discipline, viz., adultery); and the prior spiritual provisions serve as case law, past guidance, kinda like history lessons, still very instructive about what Salvation etc. mean; but no more special food or food taboos, ritual or special days, for example (except the Eucharist), as Paul explains in Rom14 and elsewhere, and 1Cor8:1 onward, etc. Think of these uses of the OT as instruction and case law, our "boy-leader": but now, we are no longer children, says end of 1Cor13. See also, Gal3. [I use the lit. trans here of paidagwgos, for the English translations are too high in meaning, compared to the Greek. The Holy Spirit is Our Mentor, teacher, etc. Someone who was but a supervisor of nearly the same age as those supervised, and NOT a teacher, is meant by paidagwgos. Modern American practice of hiring a "babysitter", usually a teenager, is a good cultural parallel.]

    Hence the Law Became Intimately United In Him. So it didn't die, but became "better", even: because this bettering had itself been long promised, as part of the "new" covenant (Footstool, the Millennium). [Attic Greek word kpeittwn ("p" is "r" in Greek; "w" is long "o" sound) is a gigantic keyword in Scripture, usu. translated "better things", referencing the "better things" of the new covenant, main theme of NT, main promise of OT. Other words which indicate the same meaning are used in other contexts, so you have to separate out the variant uses: kalos (good), compound words with "phero" at the end (Lord liked those a lot), mallon (pregnant Greek term used often in elative conclusions), and even oblique constructions using "he", a disjunctive particle often translated "or".]

    This Uniting enables the fulfillment of one of the most-desired provisions in the New Covenant, and the Book of Hebrews spends three chapters explaining it: the promise was that the Jews could one day, know Him intimately. Beginning with the Session, that Promise was fulfilled. (viz., Jer31:31-34, which is repeated in myriads of ways in every OT Book, and relied on by, for example, the Ps119 people.) Before He completed the Cross, the Law was our schoolmaster (lit., boy-leader in Gal3; house-servant (represented by Moses) in Heb3); now, the Lord is The Master, Our Husband (Heb3, Romans 6 and passim); so we get a Mentor, the Holy Spirit; no longer a mere schoolmaster, Gal 3 and 5.

    So as humans, we skyrocketed from a distant relationship to God, to an intimate one, theme of Eph2. All because the Seed now lives forever; and the "law" lives in the Seed. Enter yet another reason why the Lord took on Humanity and became the Redeemer: by taking on Humanity, the Word could be 'written' in His Human Soul. His Human Thinking became transmissible without risk of killing a (later) recipient believer. All this was meant in the Jeremiah 31:31-34 promise, as a replacement for the missing Ark: the dead Ark would be replaced by a Living One! In one's soul!

    Jesus Christ Upgraded Intimacy to His Own Level with Father -- for Church!

    There's nothing more shocking than this fact, which Paul so awesomely states in Eph4:13 (paralleling the individual-growth verse in Eph3:19) -- we can know God as well as Christ Himself. Verse 13's key clause "to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" is the usual way English Bibles translate the clause. It's retranslated in RightPT.htm, for the Greek says so much more than the insipid English. But even in translation, look: to His Level? There's no mistaking that. God is not kidding when He says He makes us very Sons of God in Christ Jesus (Gal3:26). Now you can see better why: to be Holy, good-enough-for-God, well -- only Christ was that good. But we can get His Thinking -- and that's required, since the thinking is before Father -- forever.

    This massively-superior spiritual life is a change from childish, concrete-style knowings, to full-blown intimacy with Infinite God. So, kinda like the difference between knowing your ABC's, and being totally fluent in all the languages ever on Earth, including all the knowledge in those languages. "For no one has seen God at any time", John notes. But now, we can 'see' God fully: through the Son's Thinking.

    He changed OT-style concretenesses -- to Infinite abstracts. Hence the OT writing style is concrete (Christ coming down in a Body) versus the NT's highly abstract reasonings (Christ rose and is Seated). Hence it's an abstract, adult-based understanding we are to (spiritually) acquire, not the babyish, paint-by-numbers Mosaic Law. Obviously this Legacy is way beyond anything humans can do; and, just as obviously, light years beyond so-called 'works'.

    Hebrews stresses this fact repeatedly, beginning slowly in Hebrews 2, but then focuses on His Pioneering Spiritual Life almost exclusively from Chapter 5 onward; climax of the explanation is Hebrews 12:2. There, similar to Paul's explanation in 1Cor13-14, the writer of Hebrews tells the readers that our "now" is an adult spiritual life, as distinct from the childish, concrete 'knowing' available to OT people (i.e., the Law).

    Therefore no human limitations hinder the Holy Spirit's ability to provide intimate knowledge of God. When God says No Limitations, He means it. Since most Christians refuse to grasp that Now the spiritual life is adult, abstract-based, they never complete the spiritual life, and end up 'retarded' (so to speak) in eternity. It's "refuse", not "can't help it", or "the dog ate my homework", or "I had a bad teacher", since The Teacher is the Holy Spirit. And if you don't get your Mentor's Teaching, it can only be, because you refused Him.


    So, as part of our Legacy from His Fulfilling the Law, we Now can have His "law" (His Thinking, the "law of Christ") written in our souls. Read repeatedly Heb2,7-10; Romans 5-14, passim. The Hebrews passages are quintessential, written from the gigantic OT "promise" of this writing. Its upgraded twin is likewise in two parts: first, the macro Father-designed purpose is exactly this 'writing', panoramically described in Ephesians (much more on this is in Part IVb). But the other quintessential twin-part is in 1Cor13, a climactic chapter (begun in 1Cor2, then woven big-time into 1Cor6 onward). Really, the awesome wordplay on how the Head is to get into our heads which Paul weaves in 1 Corinthians should have a separate website. Just read 1Cor a bizillion times in Greek, and with a really good lexicon (Strong's is too weak), parsing out the concepts: you will never ever see Scripture the same way again, afterwards. (BibleWorks 6 supposedly has conceptual parsing tools, if you want computer help. If, though, you learned how to diagram a sentence in school, you don't need computer assistance.)

    We saw in the First Reason for Invisibility that we inherit His Spiritual Life, which means we are to get His Thinking transmitted to us, which those prior to us could not get (John 3:34, 7:39). Because this intimate contact is His Thinking, it's an invisible way to relate to God. So, the NT writing style is largely aerial, not ground-level. So, creative, not prescriptive do's. So, Deductive, not inductive: since the Christ crafted a New Spiritual Life down here, we abstract from Him, so construct the Royal Protocols as they apply to us individually. Just like He did. Takes a lot of intimacy with His Thinking, to do that. No paint-by-numbers. So, one of the reasons All Three Members of the Trinity indwell us, is to protect us from the extreme pressure of this intimacy. (Part I's "Bride" subsection lists some Indwelling verses.)

    Because, God is pure Thought. So you relate to God, by Thinking Like His Son. Conscious thought is the manifestation of life; it takes up no space, and in God, is timeless. Therefore transcends time and space. It just IS. The sum total of all His Beingness is the Thoughtness. All thought of anyone ever is alive 'in' His. That's why the past, especially the Cross, is 'always occurring', since Omniscience is one of the Attributes of God's Thought. That's why you can read thoughts on this page, and the minute you do, they replicate in your own head -- yet still stay on the page, and in my head. No energy loss, no mass moved: immaterial. Ne shemmah, the spark of life, is thought. Therefore, the relationship to God is based on thought; in the OT, that relationship had to be buffered by physical mediators: The Mediator being chief among them. Now that the Mediator has come, gone, and is Seated, no more buffering is needed. So, the spiritual life Now is thinking thinking thinking thinking. No more body stuff is used in the contact between God and man -- the Cross nailed down all that barrier of physicality, forever: IN Him, not merely 'with' Him. So, IN the Spirit, not merely with the Spirit. So, the Indwellings, not merely 'Emmanuel', God WITH us. So the 0101010101's are the spiritual transmission and the real life. Far far closer to the way God really is. Now.

    For, what the OT folks saw in shadow, we see with unveiled face, as the writer of Hebrews and Paul (in Cor) explain. There are no longer any buffers or limitations. Witness, though, how God makes what would otherwise be an impossible-to-withstand intimacy, manageable: you learn Bible Doctrine. See, especially in the beginning, learning Bible Doctrine, His Thinking, will seem like an "it": "it" seems to be telling you about Him. You don't seem to be seeing Him at all. Moreover, the 1Jn Script learning process mimics natural learning processes, superficially. Of course, the Holy Spirit is doing the work, but He is very delicate about it. So you sit under your pastor, and with many repeated learnings using the steps as explained in Part I, you aren't given 'too much' at a time. This seemingly-slow process builds your strength to withstand seeing Him. And, from there, to enjoy seeing Him, rather than being afraid. Gradually, the "it" conceptual-buffering dissolves. You'll come to see the "it" -- is Him.

    Spiritual-Marital Intimacy, this. For, we are Bride. Frankly, unless and until you come to know Him through that 1Jn's Script, you will be just as fearful of Him as any demon. But He's not far away. He Indwells you! So, that fact also means no aspect of your life is 'distant' from Him, either. But Now -- Marital-Intimate! As Charles Dickens noted in David Copperfield, "Barkus is willing"! Willing to marry you, His Peggity. You are betrothed to Him, but you could settle for a mere legal relationship: salvation, with no 'extras'. Then again, you can be Intimate with Him in All Things, All The Time, and especially when suffering! See? Satan's big contention was that man would only love God so long as God 'bribed' Job with goodies. Aha. Ok, so what if the greatest intimate joy of being with Him was delivered, so to speak, via suffering? Even the suffering of the Cross? Don't you think that, of all the vicissitudes of His Human Life down here, the most enjoyable time was also the most agonizing time? Wouldn't it be fit for the Father to design it that way? Isn't that what Hebrews 5:8-9 and Heb12:2 shout? Isn't Hebrews 12:1 thus saying we get the same potential?

    So the level of love-intimacy we can have as Church is light-years higher than what the OT folks could get. Because, there was (and of course is always) this Bridegroom Whose Thoughts invented that level of love in His Humanity. Because in His Humanity, the difficulty of Divine Knowledge killing us is overcome. So we can know more. Love is a Knowing, not a feeling, and we get the most of it. Misery, likewise, is a Knowing, not a feeling -- so we can get more of that, too -- only by rejecting this So-Great Lover. Can't lose salvation, can't lose Royal nature, CAN lose Fellowship, Intimacy. And be married, yet forever distant. For us, that is the biggest tragedy. Rank has its privileges, but also the misery to go with rejecting them. Wealth=Responsibility=Love. Learn it, or lose it, your choice.

    Fourth Reason for Invisibility: Invisibility maximally tests Love-for-God, especially in the face of visible alternatives.
    As Paul would explain in Romans, "who hopes for what he sees?" We see nothing. The world sees nothing. Satan claimed, if you'll remember in Trial Argument #3 (Part I), folks genuinely didn't know God existed, despite the "evidence" of the physical universe, Romans 1:19-20, Matt4:6.

    That claim didn't hold much water in the OT, since supernatural manifestations were frequently visible. That's why the old supernatural "god" myths are so globally-prevalent. They are based on people frequently seeing supernatural manifestations, and then rejecting God; in their rejection they create animal-gods and other substitutes, Rom1:21. Nonetheless, in the Bible and other 'holy' books, there's a taken-for-granted tone to the writings about such manifestations. The kind of miracle, its scope or meaning, might be impressive. The kind of deity might be pondered, doubted, debated. But the fact of deity, supernaturality was simply and easily accepted. Why? Such manifestations were commonplace. Now those manifestations are gone, from God's "end". So now, it's easier to believe Satan's side of the #3 Trial Argument. [If you cruise the OT you'll find a lot of people who are scoundrels also getting input from God directly or via an angel, like Balaam, the king who took Sarai, the Philistines, Cain, Pharaohs, Rabshakeh, Nebuchadnezzer before his zoanthropy, Cyrus, etc. And that's just the from-God category. Demons manifesting was commonplace, viz., the Oracle of Delphi. So the supernatural manifestations were of course more numerous the more mature you were, but they weren't restricted to believers or mature believers, by any means.]

    The most important Trial reason for going-invisible is this: Christ had the "invisible" burden of "kenosis": not using His Own Deity, but rather depending on the Power of the Holy Spirit and the Bible Doctrine the Spirit built in His Human Soul. Yet at times, just enough to make it difficult! He was to use His Deity, for certain miracles. Why? Because the people needed proof He was the real Messiah. Such proof had been prophesied, so that people could use the prophecies to separate false from true Messiahs -- of which Israel had suffered many. So, Christ had to do things like "disappear in the midst" when folks wanted to stone Him. Or, turn water into wine. Yet on the Cross, as well as before, He didn't use His Deity to "save Himself", as one of the Cross onlookers would (nastily) comment. So, when He used His Deity, it was solely under the Father's orders. Even though, He could have used His Own Deity for any reason He personally chose!

    "Kenosis", as you may recall from Part II, essentially means to set aside abilities/ rights/ privileges you have in yourself -- in favor of another's. Love alone can be the motivation to do this, and Love alone is demonstrably the only happy reason to do this. If you love NASCAR, you set aside whatever else you could do while the race is on (usually) each Sunday, and watch it. You don't call that a sacrifice, you call it a joy! If you love Bible, you set aside whatever else you could do that day in favor of Bible class, and you don't say, "oh, I'm being good!", but rather "Oh, how wonderful, to have this!"

    Love 'Law' of Kenosis CrossOver

    So, then: Integrity Love is Abnormal. One has to become abnormal about normal wants, in order to dominate them, so one doesn't lose inviolability with respect to Rapport/Love of God. First Commandment. If God isn't First, then the other wants become 'god', for the lowest one which wins over God, so to speak, takes His Place in our values: the law of the CrossOver 'replaces' the Cross! Which, of course, is the history of the Trial, the meaning of that Tree in the Garden, the history of the human race. Not good! Ergo, like in war, to get good, we have to fight. Have to fight the body with exercise, to make the body healthy. Have to fight normal wants, to make one's rapport with God healthy. This is impossible, though: ahhh, but not impossible if the Holy Spirit is running your life! 1Jn1:9 and your right pastor -- your freedom to learn and use Bible Doctrine! This is Kenosis, this is how the Lord did it all the way to and through the Cross. This is our Legacy from Him, even as we receive the same spiritual life He had; this is Christian marriage (covered below). All this GRACE! Pretty abnormal, huh?

    Ergo, our lives are deliberately designed to parallel His: that's the main theme in 1Jn, especially at the beginning of 1Jn2 and 1Jn4:17. And what was His Life? Matt4:4. Not flash, not works, not do's. So, our happiness and love and joy are likewise designed to parallel His: that too, is the main theme in 1Jn (and everywhere else in the NT, frankly). So, we don't get to do flashy miracles for others, to prove we are Evidence of God, for the flashy miracles were only for Israel's covenant, and that covenant is temporarily on hold. So, the Cecile B. DeMille type-days are gone, during Now: "behold, new things have come!" as Paul exulted in 2Cor5:17. That's why Christ Himself is not doing flashy miracles today. Rather, as we saw in the Second Reason for Invisibility, Christ Himself is Ruling, and He uses the 'sign of Jonah': Silence, in favor of getting Bible Doctrine. [Luke 11:29-30; read whole of Jonah too, in order to understand what the Lord means in Luke, bearing in mind that Jonah spent the rest of His Life teaching Bible Doctrine to Assyria, and his tomb is there.]

    Our "miracle" is to learn Bible Doctrine, God's Script, in God's System. Constantly. As 1Jn keeps stressing, and Romans 12:2-3 (among other passages, e.g., Eph3:15-21) confirms, learning and using Bible Doctrine transforms us, so that we eventually learn to Love at a level impossible for humans. That's the miracle, far greater than flash: "love for the brethren" -- which only spiritual growth via 'metabolizing' doctrine produces. For, in learning Christ, we learn to see as He sees. So this transformation is actually a 'crossover' of its own: we cross over from our own view, to His. And His, is Divine (not human) Love.

    So it makes a lot of sense that, as 1Jn1:8-10 makes clear, not "eating" Doctrine is worse than sin, for us: we are supposed to have the Truth IN us, not make God out to be a liar (i.e., denying Jer31:31-34's promise). 1Cor2, 2Cor5, Romans6-8 (and esp. Chap8) all tie in, here. For the Holy Spirit is Our Mentor and Depositor; being 'spiritual' means being "Filled" with the Spirit (Eph5:18, +"not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord", etc). And what does "Filling" do? Well, as Romans 8:4 in the Greek explains, the purpose of the Filling is to "fill up" ="plerow", which we saw back in the First Reason for Invisibility is a big Bible keyword. [English trans of Rom8:4 usually says "fulfilled"; which is ok, if you understand that Filling-up is done by the Filling of the Spirit to make you fulfilled in Righteousness.] That means, filling up our imputed Righteousness (see 2Cor5:21 in this connection), spiritually. Rest of Rom8 explains how spirituality means 'things of the Spirit', which of course must mean that the Spirit does the Work. For, as Rom8:8-10 explains, the sin nature is at war with the Spirit, and can't obey. Hence the need for 1Jn1:9, to stay spiritual.

    Apart from this (unfelt!) Filling status, one is "carnal" and hence never learns Christ. That's the problem the Corinthians had, and that's why Paul spends so much time explaining to them what spirituality is. Since the Canon was not complete yet, part of the Corinthian problem was to distinguish between what spirituality actually was, and the visible gifts they got, to get the spiritual information during the interim. So, Paul shows that the spiritual life requires supernatural perception, as 1Cor2 explains in detail. Not works. Not dreams, visions, etc. By 1Cor14, Paul makes it clear that the gifts are just stand-in's, child-like devices (see end of 1Cor13 for the true beginning of that concept). So, once the "adult" version of the spiritual life is in place, nothing visible or natural is the spiritual life, anymore, because the Holy Spirit alone will use His Power to Deposit The Son's Thinking in us. Same way as He did, for Our Christ. [Bible uses "deposit" in a lot of ways: downpayment, escrow, and 'deposit' like a deposit of money. Greek words aren't all properly translated so the English reader can see all this financial wordplay. But in NIV, there is an attempt. Eph1's escrow-funding words aren't translated, but HS as "Deposit" (downpayment) is in 2Cor1:22, 2Cor5:5. Doctrine as "deposit" is in 2Tim1:14. Wish all the financial words were acknowledged in the English!]

    So it's worse than sin, to not use 1Jn1:9, for in rejecting that, one rejects the Holy Spirit. {The more I examine the verses about this and hear my pastor's teaching on it, the more I get the strong impression this is the Christian 'side' of "blasphem[ing] the Holy Spirit" ('unforgivable sin' of never-believing in Christ); no loss of salvation, but permanent loss of inheritance.}

    See why Paul used the swear word skubala in Phili3:8, to describe his own religious works? What is Paul saying, with such a coarse epithet? That works stink; that they are best gotten out of you, away from you, flushed out of your life! [Yes, it's a swear word: my pastor has spent a lot of time explaining it. When trying to talk about it in a chat room among Greek geeks, I was kicked out of the room. Modern Greek version is "skat", and I was able to verify that, too. Of course, the Modern Greek term is also a biological term for animal dung. So of course, the ancient Greek skubala is prudishly translated "dung" in KJV, or -- worse -- "rubbish" in other English versions. Man's self-righteousness knows no bounds. As usual, we are censoring God.]

    So works, disobey: for then we aren't 'running' under the Holy Spirit's Power like Christ did; meaning, our thinking 'running' (Phili2:5ff). So, we get punished for that. (Heb12:5-12, in context of Heb12:1-2 in the Greek; English is much harder to follow.) Punished bigtime: if we don't wake up, the punishment escalates all the way to capital punishment, like it nearly did for Paul (1Jn5:16; see also Phili3:18-19). Kinda raw, ain't it, to be executed for doing good deeds? But kinda evil, ain't it, to prefer your doings to having His Truth in you (1Jn1:8-10, again)? It's the Word of the Cross that's the Work of the Cross! No wonder the writer of Hebrews accused his readers of murder: "crucifying the Son afresh" by their works! (Heb6:6.) So, shouldn't one be executed, if one persists in stabbing Him? That's what works do: doo-doo murder! If Paul, the #1 apostle in God's Opinion, was prone to this problem -- how much more, we?

    Bible calls this disobedience "adikia", usu. translated "unrighteousness" or "wrongdoing" in English, the last word in 1Jn1:9; and if you trace the word and its synonyms in the Greek of NT carefully, you'll find it is used in connection with grieving, quenching, or lying to the Spirit, Who is the One Who builds Truth in us. Just like He did, for Our Christ. So it's adikia, adikos, unrighteous, wrongdoing! to not be kenotic. To not live on Bible Doctrine, to not have the Truth in us. Just like 1Jn1:8-10 baldly says (note how John crafts parallel clauses in that passage, carefully matching the last clause in 1Jn1:8 to the last one in 1Jn1:9; to the last one in 1Jn1:10). Colossians 3:25 uses the same terminology. [Col 1:9-10 are the contextual base, so in Col3:25, Paul's calling wrongdoing, not getting the Truth in you. Of course, English translations of Col 1:9-10 are all mangled: for they reverse the Greek's Doctrine="Fruit" meaning in those two verses. First of all, the terms in those two are anarthrous, to signify only Divine Work and Divine Enabling and Divine Production: so the Filling of the Spirit is presumed. You learn about anarthrousness in 1st-year-Greek in seminary. So to reverse the meaning to man, is flat blasphemy. Moreover, the translators overlooked the basic grammar rule that in Greek, participles always precede or underly the action of the main verb; also, the rule that the most important stuff is placed at the end of the clause or sentence, in order to stress basis or importance (same rule is in modern Russian). So in the God-breathed Greek, the participles in Col1:10 prove that because you learn under the Spirit, "fruit" is the learning, and that's the work God is doing! So to refuse the Spirit is "wrongdoing", adikia, in Col3:25. It's really clear. But English translations make God's Word of no importance, giving man's doo-doo's, replacing importance. Such translated reversals illustrate the classic satanic 2nd-Temptation method of murder-by-distortion, applied on us hapless Christians. So this complaint is not against the translators, but rather more evidence of the Trial defendants, preying on us. So we need 1Jn1:9 as protection against their predations. "Appendix" link at either page end summarizes his strategy and tactics.]

    The root meaning of adikia (the noun) or adikos (the adjective) is, ABUSE OF JUSTICE BY A JUDGE. In other words, someone in a position of public trust misuses his authority. So it's not just any ol' small thing, that "adikia" references. If you are not on God's Script in God's System, you are worse than a murderer, because you are in a public-trust position and are abusing your position. We are Royal Family of God. As you'll see in the Second Main Characteristic, that means everything we think is of epic importance in the Trial, and hence on earth. Parts IVa-d will cover how that epic importance, impacts history. My pastor stresses these facts so much (how else do you think I learned about adikia), he spent a good seven years on a daily basis, exegeting Ephesians to prove the parameters to us. Hence DueDisclosure.htm ("Kingship" link at pagetop) sketches those parameters: you'd not want to spend seven years to learn them, right? Take it very seriously, to be in God's System. For you will get it very seriously, if you are not.

    Evil, adikia, or Kenosis, Marriage?

    Let's pause to look at evil for a bit. Sin is kinda like slipping on a banana peel, but EVIL is calling the slip, 'good'. [Hebrew term for "Tree of the Knowledge of Good-and-Evil" literally equates both good and evil as two sides of the same coin.] Self-righteousness is the base of all evil; the homosexual's sin of same-sex is but a sin, but his justification of it, is evil. So, every time that justification is used, the person thus justifying himself becomes more evil. Line upon line. Until hopelessly tangled. At the so-called 'opposite' end, the self-righteous prolifer is also evil, for he justifies his crusading, rather than letting God handle it, for the self-righteous 'Christian' crusader lusts. For the crusader, is looking man-man, rather than at God-man: instead of looking to God, he looks to man; so in effect, has 'intercourse' with man, refusing God's solution. It's a major topic in Isaiah, and has parallels in the NT (eyeservice, men pleasers, don't be like the Pharisees, etc). Hence evil THOUGHT semen, in members of the same 'kind'.

      Paul makes this very analogy in Romans 2 onward, equating moral evil, to immoral evil. Paul does the same thing in Galatians. The second you crusade, you are just as evil as Satan. Whether you know it or not. For God, not man, Alone works. Satan doesn't like that fact, and the crusader doesn't, either. So, not merely sin, but rejection. Rebellion. Whether the one in it knows he is, or not.

      As noted in Part II's small-font note about Mary, the Mother of the Humanity of Christ, it is a sin to refuse sex with your husband (cites are there); hence, the Catholic claim about her is patently false. For, if she refused sex, she'd have sinned, and not be immaculate; if she didn't refuse sex, then Christ had half-brothers. [Which of course is what Gospels say; Paul also notes it in Gal1:19, 1Cor15:7; see also John 7, 1Cor9:5, NIV. More on the origin of the Catholic position, from Catholicism itself, is in Part IVc's "RETIRE" section. The point matters, to show how easily Satan dupes us sincere Christians, in any denomination.]

      Why is it a sin to refuse sex with one's husband? Biggest reason: Both throughout OT (graphically!), NT, and in the Trial, Sex depicts Relationship with God. That's why He invented it. [Most bald NT passage in Greek is 1Cor6, which uses proskollaw, the sex-act verb in the Genesis command for a man to "cleave" to his wife. Heb is davaq. Baldest OT passage is Ezek16.] Hence homosexuality and all non-marital sexual acts are severely punished. Hence works are also punished, for they are a form of 'homosexuality': done to/for man, rather than God. A form of harlotry (Rev17). Hence Paul was so severely punished. Hence Israel was so severely punished. Get it? All these are forms of infidelity to God, because all of these substitute people for God. True fornication is with your attitude.

    Could God make it plainer? "Kenosis" is intimate Love. Setting aside one's own desires, in favor of the One intimately Loved. 1Cor6, Eph5: He wants a marital relationship; to substitute anything for the learning of His Son's Thinking is to refuse the spiritual equivalent of "sex", which is why sex was created in the first place, to depict what the spiritual life is really like experientially. For, the 'body' you need to 'make love' to God, is the 'body' of Christ's Thinking! A physical body is not enough (phallicism's chippie substitute); emotion is not enough (ritualism & feeling-religions' chippie substitute); works are for someone/something else, so obviously not enough! Why? Because Infinite Infinite Infinite God is neither: both "body" and "emotion" are finite, and thus change; God having no body, works don't "go" to God, but to people, lol. Duh.

    So: "infidelity" is in the soul, not the body: as the Lord frequently said in the Gospels, it's the thinking which defiles a man.The body merely 'does' whatever volition, which is in the soul, tells the body to do. That's why you have comments in Scripture, like

    • the Lord's pronouncement that if a man even thinks of committing adultery, he already has, by that very thought. (Matt5; Bible's 33 verses on "adultery" are very apt, here.)
    • "My ways are not your ways, nor My thoughts your thoughts" (in Isa55, a complaint about incompatibility, as well as how much Higher God is);
    • what the Lord said about how what defiles, is what a man thinks, whereas food just goes into the stomach and out from the body (e.g., Matt15, Mark7).
    • the constant stress on thinking (Deut 6, Phili2:5, Rom12, many other passages).
    • the constant censure about being "cows of Bashan", or like analogies/terms (metaphor for stupidest, in Amos' day); or "aphron" (usu. "fools" in Eng of Eph5:17).
    • Proverbs (and Paul) praising wisdom, and as a female (both Heb and Greek nouns are depicted as female).
    See? The 'good wife' thinks, and thinks like her husband. The "foolish" one, of course, doesn't. Solomon bemoaned women like that in Ecclesiastes and Proverbs; and Solomon, who married so many women, should know!

    So Fidelity is thinking like your Husband, FOR Your Husband (Eph5);
    infidelity is the opposite.
    Coalescence of thought then, is fidelity; which means, Kenosis.


    So, then: what's the Divine Punishment gonna hafta be, if we reject 1Jn1:9, we who are the ONLY ones in history who can GET purification from adikia? So, even more for we Church, the far greater evil is rejecting Truth, which we routinely do, given our appalling lack of interest in Scripture qua Scripture. So to not use 1Jn1:9, as (apparently) many in Christendom now find so fashionable to reject (claiming verses like Eph1:7 and Col 1:14, yet ignoring 1Jn1:9 and its precedents in OT, like Ps32:5 and 66:18), is to ask for Heb12:5ff to scourge self. Of course, for anyone who awakens (2Tim2:26) from his addiction-to-self-righteousness and USES 1Jn1:9, God converts that punishment to benefit, as indeed He has always done for believers. Else, the person keeps on being scourged, for to not "eat" Bible Doctrine results in spiritual starvation. Thus goes Christendom's goofy history, and its maladies among those who chose to starve (i.e., they go insane). Can't eat Bible Doctrine without 1Jn1:9, as 1Jn1:8-10 clearly prove, even from English. [Nerd Note: Not all maladies are due to sin or Divine Discipline. Many are, some aren't. One can't "judge" another's spiritual life by illness. Worse, judging means one maybe gets that malady in 'reply' from God! So be careful. See the "Spir.Pathology" link at either page end.]

    TRIAL VICTORY (AND FAILURE) KEYS

    "Kenosis" is Love, and, like Love, it hurts: until one Loves enough. Thus "Kenosis" means living on Doctrine like Christ did, in order to learn to love enough (1Jn4-5, Eph3:15-21). Which, like physical exercise, 'hurts' until the (spiritual) muscles are strong enough. At that point, it's no longer a chore or a bother, but a joy to huff-and-puff. But one doesn't get there, on one's own power; nor, by one's own wants. Remember the mechanics of how He paid for our sins? So, then: what must we not do? Forsake learning Him! Could God make it more obvious? [Of all the things I can remember my pastor teaching, the one sentence which shocks me the most is his statement in 92SD, L1641 that the Trial Evidence Goal is for the believer to "have the exact same love Christ had on the Cross". When you review the "love" verses in Greek, paying very close attention to syntactical stress, you can prove that quote true. Truly awesome. ]

    As Part I explained, Love Completes Integrity, which is why its Completion IN you is a Trial Victory. Righteousness and Justice cannot retain their character and be 'foregoing', but "Love is innately foregoing", as Part I explained (quoting from it). For Love to rise to this level, it must be freely developed. Therefore the development of Love is your Trial Victory; failure to develop in Love is Trial Failure. And since "Love" in the Bible only means God's Love (term is always mistranslated, cutting God's head off) -- you cannot win, unless you are living on God's Script, in God's System.

    Here's why it's so important in the Trial. Love is voluntary, and the level of love is what sustains. Greek sunecho, keyword in 2Cor5:14: "sun" means "together", and "echo" has connotation of holding, having, owning. So, comes to mean what holds you together, sustains you, motivates you, keeps you going, keeps you wanting to keep going. Just the opposite of compulsion. Of course, if you don't love, and are legalistic like the dippy translators of that verse, you spin Love into a work, and screw it up by translating "sunecho" as "compels" or "constrains", sigh.


    So, then: lack of Kenosis means

    Do I need stronger words to say how bad this is? Can't get worse than Heb5:11-6:12, which has so much scathing sarcasm, you can barely read it. Try "crucifying the Son afresh" as the writer's description of what works do (Heb6:6)!

    Sadder still, lack of Kenosis means the 'wife' is busy doing stuff which doesn't benefit her! For, what did God say to Isha, as the 'punishment' for her fall? "Thy desire shall be for thy Husband." Cry all the way to the bank, Church! Our Husband is our desire! How blessed we are, then, if He is willing to punish us for not going in His Direction?

    Which direction, of course, we almost never go in, since we are Eph4:14, "panourgia": prone to any anti-God definition of 'spirituality'. Witness: the recent movie, "Dogma" (starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Alan Rickman), which covered our panourgiac direction rather well. We either rush headlong into hedonism, or headlong into halakic 'holiness', bored silly; "God" is capricious girl who keeps secrets; just a Voice no one can hear without dropping dead; and all God's servants fall splat! on the road before mankind. At least hedonism is more 'honest', and easier to cure! For, mainstream Christianity is anything but kenotic: works-oriented; emotional-service-oriented; activistic; trying to influence government and people. Ergo, public; noisy, full of "brother-this, brother-that", sonorous (zzzzz) tones and self-righteous pronouncements -- oh: and walls full of plaques with lots of initialled degrees, but no common sense. Just like the Pharisees before us, so we Christians are. "My people perish for lack of knowledge", Hosea moaned. Not for lack of good deeds, though, aha! After all, doesn't every university have at least one building proudly carved, "You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free"? High up, of course. Where no one can read it.

    By contrast, the Lord Denied Himself The Use Of His Own Power: He didn't do any works at all. Not even one. Check the Gospels for what Scripture says and omits about His, the Most Important Life:

    Didn't He condemn ALL such activities as Pharisaical and pride-motivated, in the Gospels? Didn't He say, "seek ye first the Kingdom and HIS [Father's] Righteousness", rather than the world and its righteousness? Wasn't the reason that the rich young ruler was given that deliberately-impossible way to inherit eternal life -- give away all he had and follow Christ -- wasn't that to show how love-of-the-world is not seeking "the Kingdom and His Righteousness"? Merely giving away all he had, wouldn't make him inherit, for what else did he have to do? "..and Follow Me"! So here's a deep question: when John the Baptist baptised Him, think -- did Christ need it to be saved? LOL! (See Rom4 and Rom6.) Even when the Lord converted the last Passover into the Eucharist, what did He say? "Keep on doing this in REMEMBRANCE of Me." Not, doing as a mystical experience, or cannibalism, or 'work', but -- dining together! Look it up yourself! [Luke 22:19, 1Cor11:24 NIV. "Doing" means "keep on doing", Greek word poieo. How anyone can get a literal wafer-changes-into-Body meaning out of Remembrance, I'll never be able to fathom. Spiked wine, maybe? Does no one remember that the Passover was originally and always a Remembrance of Deliverance From Bondage (Exodus 12)? Guess not, despite the fact that Exodus movies are among the most popular in Christendom (remember the 10 Commandments, starring Charleton Heston).]

    Ok, then What Did Jesus Think? What Did Jesus Do while down here? Well, look at the Gospels. What do you see Him do, except learn, use, or teach Bible? Gee, and that even before the Cross, on which obviously all He could do, was Think!

    Then where does Christendom get all its goofy ideas? Whose 'bible' are they avidly eating? Not God's.

    Yeah, not God's. Yeah, Satan's. Satan's counterfeit doctrine, 1Tim4:1, 2Tim4:1-4 (ties to Eph4:14). Mouthed to sound like the Bible, promoted on TV like you can't believe, even in mainstream network TV. Whatever is the false, gets lots of media attention. But the truth -- literal Greek, "the unhidden" -- remains hidden. In plain sight. Invisible truth, versus Visible Lies. And we panourgiacs just flock to them, hallelujah!

    Now let's look at what Satan does, how clever: Bible has all these warnings. Bible is mistranslated to make it look like man does stuff, cutting God's head off. So what 'you' think the spiritual life is, when 'you' see someone NOT 'living' it, can justify 'you' patting yourself on the back over how 'faithful' you are. So Demonation A and Demonation B can have at each other, each considering himself oh-so-faithful. And neither knowing what's actually IN the Bible. This happened in Constantine's Rome -- one of the most corrupt shameful periods in Christian history -- this happens today among believers. And of course, the same ruse is how the terrorists could justify flying planes into the Twin Towers on 9/11. Satan beats us all, baby, and he does it, via the visible. So that the unhidden remains safely hidden.

    The Dungheap VISIBILITY TRAP

    See how it's Now a lot easier for us to fail in the spiritual life? It's a lot easier to fall for Satan's Matt4 temptations: belly vs. Bible; splashy vs. silent spirituality; legalism vs. Love-For-God, the quintessential fantasy-over-freedom motive which felled none other than Satan himself. For we can't see God except via Doctrine, but we sure can see the lovely substitutes Grandma Satan wants us to 'eat'. Ay, Hansel und Gretel!

    For Satan's plan is at its most subtle, most complex -- totally visible, totally accepted by an ever-more-homogenized, competent world. There's no visible Divine manifestation. "Miracles" one sees are likely hoaxes. Any true miracles can always be explained away. So, world-improvement is the visible "miracle" Satan sells us, to replace God's "silence". Far more ways to trip up, than ever before. Far easier to fall for visible works. Or, "getting the Ghost". Or, praying for miracles which Satan&Co. can "do". Or, the psychic stuff (which is easy for them to make true). Or, that tyrannical religiosity known as "theonomy", which addicts the US, while I write. (Thomas A. Bailey, a famous American historian, maintains, in his The American Pageant, that we Americans have always had this mean theonomic streak, due to the types of religious sects which were popular at our founding.)

    Moreover, what we are Now invisibly to "do", learn Christ, is unlike the simple Mosaic standard. Thus, "Learn Christ" is hopelessly complicated by the inanities of religion -- especially Christian religion, as we all use our Royal Freedom to learn. This freedom results in the endless factions and their trivia; past Councils, spiritual-baby-debates, intra-Family persecutions -- these all muddy the waters of what "learn God" even means. Here are some examples of how childish we Christians are about Scripture, even after centuries of having full written Canon! What saps we are for Satan's plan, perishing in our ignorance of Bible's Doctrine. As you read the bullets below, notice how we sincerely can't even think our way out of a paper bag.

    It's shocking to realize that believers took positions on the puerile issues above, rather than read their Bibles; and then, used those positions to ostracize, plunder, maim, and murder millions of other people, who disagreed! All this, in the very name of God Himself!!! See how vile, how body-bound is our thinking? And how come our ideas of God were so goofy? What's so mysterious about the Hypostatic Union? Why is Trinity so hard to figure out? Weren't Matt4:4 and 2Cor13:14 in their Bibles back during Constantine's day -- or even today? How body-bound our 'theology', how we childishly narrow spirituality to do's and days and eatings and dressings. Paul wrote extensively against all that, in Romans and Corinthians; that to the unbeliever these puerile things are alike relevant; so although we aren't bound by them, we don't flaunt our freedom in the unbeliever's face; but we aren't to regard these idols as important, either. But instead, we idolize those things even more than unbelievers do. Proving we only thump our Bibles.

    So no wonder unbelievers see no difference in being Christian, and rightly castigate us for saying ours is the "only way". It is the only Way: but the way we are telling them, is NOT the Way it is. But we are blind-of-Word, so don't know that. But we prove our blindness by the issues we fret over. And Satan&Co. laugh their heads off.

    In sum, all these many tangles are far more complicated than the Judaic obsessions ever were. We don't have the neat rules of the OT -- except to argue over. Do they still apply? Jews never had to worry about that. We, however, do. So yes, we do need to learn what's right. Yet, not at the expense of growing. Spiritual growth requires we get beyond these babyish obsessions (cf. Heb5:11-6:6). Satan intends to tangle us up in them, so we never grow up.

    Whoa. What a Royal Role, Kenosis. What a Royal tangle we've made by our CrossOvers into the visible, eschewing the Word. What Royal screwups we are. And why? LOL, because we are Royal Family of God, no matter what!


    SECOND MAIN CHARACTERISTIC: ROYALTY

    Secondly, we, the Bride-Evidence, being Bride, are ROYAL, like our Betrothed. Royalty is essentially separated, distant -- even (in many ways), "Invisible" -- just as Christ Himself, The Lexeme of Lexemes: The King Over Kings, the Lord Over Lords, is currently Invisible to the World.

    CLICK HERE to go to First Reason for Royalty: Father's Gift To Christ is to make us Bride, Royal, High, instead of low; let us beware of plebeian arrogance.


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