In John 13:2 is the Greek word KARDIA – καρδία (kar-dee’-ah) that is translated “heart.” This leads us to another important doctrine, the Doctrine of the Heart. We are studying this topic because it is the place of influence inside a man’s soul. The Old Testament verse says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he, Proverbs 23:7. Well the fact is, we do our thinking through what the Bible calls the heart.
We have already studied Satan and his tactics in the deception of man, and we have noted Demon Influence. So, with this doctrine, we will understand the place within man that is the target of Satan’s tactics and demon influence. But, let us also not forget that the heart of the soul is the place that God targets too. Our heart is the place where we store and retain the Word of God that gives us functionality in the spiritual life and protection from Satan’s tactics and demon influence.
A Physiological Analogy of the Spiritual Life.
The physiological heart is used rarely in the Bible, but it makes for a great analogy. Some facts concerning the heart are; it is estimated that the heart pumps five quarts of blood every minute, seventy-five gallons an hour, seventy barrels a day, and about eighteen million barrels in seventy years. The heart’s anatomy and relation to the circulatory system includes a double pump: two atriums and two ventricles. The thick muscular walls of the ventricles are primarily responsible to pump the blood. Used blood is low in oxygen and high in CO2. To be cleansed, the used blood enters the right atrium through the superior and inferior vena cava. (When you think of used blood, think of it like the false ideas and thinking we pick up in life inside Satan’s Cosmic System.) The right ventricle then pumps blood through the pulmonary artery to the lungs where it discharges CO2 and picks up oxygen from the alveoli. Then the blood travels through the pulmonary veins to the left atrium, which in turn pumps the oxygen‑refreshed blood out through the aorta to the entire body. (So too is it with metabolized doctrine in your soul; it is pumped through various valves and circulates through the brain giving you a dynamic mental attitude. Likewise, the CO2 of the soul, i.e., all the false and erroneous ideas we’ve learned, must be replaced by the oxygen of Bible doctrine.)
The Bible also uses another anatomical filtration analogy for the inner workings of the soul in Revelation 2:23 where NEPHROS – νεφρός (nef-ros’) or kidneys is the analogy for the mind and emotions, while KARDIA references the right lobe of the soul.
As we have noted in our doctrines of Satanology and Demon influence, John 12:40 tells us, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”
The function of the blood is to bathe tissues with fluid, preserving their slight alkaline condition, supplying tissues with food and oxygen, to provide building material for their growth and repair, distribute heat generated by cells in order to equalize body temperature, carry hormones which coordinate and stimulate the activities of various organs, and convey antibodies and white blood cells which fight infection. Blood cannot support life, unless it keeps circulating.
Bible doctrine circulating in the soul, as a result of the function of the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP), provides these same functions. This begins and is accomplished in the heart, or what we call the right lobe of your soul.
The energy used by the heart is fantastic. Many tissues of the body use as little as one-fourth of the oxygen brought to them by the blood. The heart uses eighty percent of the oxygen brought to it by the blood. Therefore, the amount of blood supplied to the heart is extremely important, especially when its activity raises its demand for oxygen. That is analogous to positive volition in spiritual warfare.
The heart transforms chemical energy into the mechanical energy of contraction through a series of electrical ignitions much like a car’s engine does. Likewise, our spiritual heart transfers academic thought into spiritual energy inside your soul.
Until the atomic age, nothing manmade ever came close to the efficiency of energy transfer compared to the heart.
All of these statements provide fantastic analogies to the heart or right lobe of the soul as the circulator of Bible doctrine into the thinking part of the soul. When Bible doctrine reaches the heart, Bible doctrine is converted into spiritual energy, (i.e., the eleven Problem Solving Devices (PSD), Divine Viewpoint, and the Momentum of the Spiritual Life). No one can grow spiritually except through perception of Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness of the Heart.
Psa 139:13-14, “You have formed my inner parts; 14I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
The Biblical nouns for heart always refer to the right lobe of the soul. The Hebrew LEBH – לֵב (labe) and the Greek KARDIA are both translated “heart.” Both are used outside the Bible for the literal heart, but never anatomically in the Bible.
So, clearly from these and other verses, as we will see, this word is used for the mentality of the soul, which we call the right lobe of the soul and not the blood-pumping organ in your chest.
The First Mention of Heart in the Bible, Genesis 6:5.
Gen 6:5-6, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”
This tells us that in the days leading up to the flood, man stopped taking in and applying the Word of God. He was not cycling the Word within his soul. As a result, God’s heart was grieved by man’s predicament.
Here the word “heart” is used of both man and God. As for God, this is both an anthropomorphism and an anthropopathism, as we know God is not built like man and is instead a spiritual being without the blood pumping organ or brain as we have, nor does He think the way we do, or have the emotions we have.
Anthropomorphism is a physical attribute of man ascribed to God, which He does not literally possess in order for man to understand something about God and His policy toward man by the use of language of accommodation.
Likewise, an anthropopathism ascribes to God mental characteristics found in man to describe God’s thinking and God’s planning in human terms.
The First Mention in the New Testament, Matthew 5:8.
Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
This verse tells us that when we have the cleansing of our soul, through the circulation of the Word of God through our heart, we will come to have knowledge and understanding of who and what God is and our relationship with Him.
Hebrews 10:22, “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
The Second Mention is in Matthew 5:28.
Matthew 5:28, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
The second mention tells us that our heart can also be a place of sin influence over our soul, when we allow temptation from our Sin Nature to circulate through our heart/soul.
Just as the first two mentions of “heart” in the Old Testament had the meaning of sinfulness verses the thinking of God, the New Testament’s first two mentions show the same potential dichotomy in man’s heart but in reverse order.
“The Heart of Man” is the Place Where Wickedness Flourishes or is Eliminated in Parable Relationship to the Body’s Metabolization System, Matthew 15:11, 15-20.
Matthew 15:15-20, “Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? 17“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? 18“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20“These are the things which defile the man.””
Our Lord Uses this Word (5) Times in the Upper Room Discourse.
He first uses the heart in our text of John 13:2, then He uses it in:
John 14:1, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
In these two verses the heart is the originator of fear from within. If we do not circulate the Word of God through our heart, we will instead circulate fear, worry, and anxiety.
John 16:6-7, “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
John 16:22, “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”
In these two verses, we see the heart as the initiator of emotions which come from another part of the soul. We will see more of this a little later, but we note that our emotions are to be led by the thinking in our heart and not vice versa.
The Usage of “Heart” is a Basis for Analogy.
Just as the physical heart is the pump that circulates blood throughout the body, and thereby supports physical life, so the right lobe of the soul circulates Bible doctrine supporting the spiritual life of the believer. Bible Doctrine is actually perceived and understood in the left lobe of the soul, but it is in the right lobe where it is actually circulated and utilized.
The mentality of the soul is divided into two lobes: The left lobe, called the NOUS – νοῦς (nooce) means, “mind or thought;” and the right lobe, called KARDIA, means, “heart.” This is noted in Job 38:36, “Who endowed the heart with wisdom, or who gave understanding to the mind?”
The right lobe is the dominant lobe designed by God to dominate the entire soul. Whenever you are logical, analytical, or categorical in your thinking, you are using your heart, 1 Samuel 16:7.
1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his right lobe [heart], so he is.”
The Hebrew word for “thinks” is שָׁעַר – sha’ar [shaw-ar’].
SHAAR means, “to split open, reason out, calculate, reckon, or estimate.” It is a primitive root that literally means, “to act as gatekeeper [compare to SHOER – שׁוֹעֵר (sho-are’)];” figuratively it means, “to estimate or think.”
So again, we see the dichotomous action of the heart choosing for or against the ways of God through discernment based on what he has received in his heart, cosmic demon influence or the Word of God.
The Bible Never Uses the Heart for Emotion.
Emotions are designed to respond to thinking that comes from the heart of your soul, never the other way around. Faith too comes from the heart, because faith is thinking, not emotion.
2 Corinthians 6:11, “Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. 12You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections (emotions).”
Notice that emotions and heart are in contrast in this passage. Therefore, emotions are not a part of the function of the heart/right lobe of the soul.
Romans 1:21, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
This is a reference to the person who is negatively influenced and led by their emotions.
Romans 6:17-18, “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
This is a reference to the person who has rejected emotional control of the soul and is instead led by the Word of God circulating in their soul, which causes them to build upon their souls with more and more Bible Doctrine.
True Happiness Emanates from the Word of God Circulating in the Heart of Your Soul.
Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Having a joyful heart means you share God’s happiness (+H) in your right lobe, which is Problem Solving Device #10.
Proverbs 15:13-15, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. 14The heart of the intelligent seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. 15All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
That reminds me of a story I received via email last week:
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”
The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew, which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well-nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, “I don’t understand.”
“It is simple,” said the Lord, “It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.”
Now from Proverbs 15:13-15 we also note:
- “God’s +H in the heart makes for a cheerful face,” means, “You will have a marvelous life with vibrancy and animation when you have the Word of God in your right lobe.”
- But the “spirit is broken” meaning, the heart is sad, down, or complaining when you do not have the Word in your right lobe.
- “The heart of the intelligent seeks knowledge,” means that your motivation for learning more Bible doctrine comes from the Bible doctrine you already have in your right lobe.
- “The continual feast” means continuous circulation of Bible doctrine in the heart with never ending supply and sustenance.
The Heart is a Part of the Essence of the Soul.
The soul is composed of at least four invisible but real parts:
- Self‑consciousness, Acts 20:10.
- Mentality, Proverbs 19:2.
- Volition, Acts 3:23.
- Emotion, Luke 12:19.
The Mentality of the Soul is divided into two parts: The left and right lobes.
According to scientists, one lobe is verbal and analytical, while the other is mute and mysterious. Scientists say that the right hemisphere has language ability and is analytical; and the left hemisphere is artistic and talented. In most people, one side is more dominant than the other is. Talented people tend to live using mostly the non‑thinking part of their brain.
In the Bible, we classify the mute side as the left lobe (Mind) and the verbal hemisphere as the right lobe (Heart).
The right lobe is where you do your thinking, analyzing, applying of knowledge, and is the seat of common sense.
The left lobe is your place of assimilating information, and the area where your talent functions.
The Bible says the heart is part of the essence of the soul; it is the thinking, reasoning part. It is designed to dominate the soul. Therefore, it must be the target for doctrinal teaching, 1 Kings 3:9,12; Psalms 119:11; 19:14.
To reach its target (the right lobe / Heart), the Word of God must pass through two staging areas: The left lobe and the human spirit.
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The Essence of the Biblical Heart.
There are six compartments to the Heart of your soul including: The Frame of Reference, Memory Center, Vocabulary, Categorical Storage, Conscience; Launching Pad. We begin by noting the Frame of Reference.
Frame of Reference.
Definition, Webster Dictionary (1897), “An arbitrary set of axis with reference to which the position or motion of something is described or physical laws are formulated. A set of ideas, conditions, or assumptions that determine how something will be approached, perceived, or understood.”
The Frame of Reference provides the basis for effective communication of ideas in conversation, in professional functions, in witnessing, in social interaction, and in the exchange of ideas.
In application to the soul, it is the conceptual structure to which the Word of God, its principles and categories of Scripture are related. It is the entrance of the heart as the first place where Bible doctrine goes. This is because knowledge is built upon knowledge; truth is built on truth. Isaiah 28:10
In the Frame of Reference, information comes in and is processed out to the other parts of the soul.
Throughout this doctrine, we will utilize the analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / heart of the soul works, the overall Heart is the filing cabinet. It is the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls. Then there is the Frame of Reference which are the various drawers within the filing cabinet that provide first access to the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls. It is the reference for entering new information and removing old information, just as you enter new files into the filing cabinet and remove old ones when they are no longer useful.
- The Frame of Reference retains metabolized Bible doctrine under the principle that doctrine is built upon doctrine. You must learn from the simple to the complex.
The simple things are the foundation in the Frame of Reference for building systematic theology. In essence, spiritual growth is systematic theology in your soul.
- The Frame of Reference retains previously learned metabolized doctrines and becomes the entrance for new ones.
The Frame of Reference is the location or area of retention of EPIGNOSIS doctrine:
- The Frame of Reference is the location of all concepts related to the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age, which explains the Plan of God, i.e., God’s will, plan, and purpose for your life.
- The Frame of Reference is the seat of the inventory of metabolized doctrine, from which application of Bible doctrine or wisdom is performed. For example, the Frame of Reference stores the information pertaining to the eleven Problem Solving Devices for the Church Age.
- Metabolized doctrine, in the Frame of Reference, is the basis for the construction of the Edification Complex of the Soul.
- Metabolized doctrine, in the Frame of Reference, is the basis for the execution of the Plan of God; therefore, it is the basis for the glorification of God and for the manufacturing of invisible heroes.
- Metabolized doctrine, in the Frame of Reference, increases your Spiritual I.Q. and provides the basis for learning more advanced doctrines. The amount of doctrine you have in your Frame of Reference is what really determines your Spiritual I.Q.
- Metabolized Bible doctrine, in your Frame of Reference, provides your first Divine viewpoint, and it begins to shape your mental attitude for the conflict between Divine and human viewpoint, which is a constant struggle until you reach spiritual adulthood.
- Metabolized Bible doctrine, in your Frame of Reference, provides the right motivation for the Plan of God. It creates motivation for learning more doctrine and so results in increased momentum. Metabolized doctrine is the momentum factor that keeps you moving in the spiritual life and eventually leads to execution of God’s Plan for your life.
Proverbs 4:4, “Then He taught me and said to me, `Let your heart [right lobe] hold fast My doctrines, keep My mandates, and live.'”
Your heart is the source of concentration. Your ability and motivation for concentration starts with your Frame of Reference.
1 Corinthians 2:9, “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, and have not entered into the heart of mankind all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
There is no way you can understand all that God has prepared for you apart from your Frame of Reference being saturated with the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age. You can only understand all that God has done for you when Bible doctrine enters the right lobe of the soul.
To come to love God indicates spiritual progress. Personal love for God the Father is the 8th Problem Solving Device (PSD) and is the motivation for the Christian way of life.
Occupation with the Person of Christ, PSD #11, is the priority solution to problem solving in life, which is only accomplished if you have the Word of God in your Frame of Reference.
We do not have a human Frame of Reference for the perception of God’s Word, but a spiritual Frame of Reference for spiritual phenomena [PNUEMAKITOS – πνευματικός (pnyoo-mat-ik-os’)]. 1 Corinthians 2:13
The Frame of Reference constructs an instant reaction force or a red‑alert system from metabolized doctrine, so that you can tell what is true and what is false in the communication of the Word. 2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 1:9-11
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Philippians 1:9-11, “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Certain doctrines form your instant reaction force to solve the problems of life and cosmic involvement.
This is how the construction of the PSD’s for the Christian way of life is started. Metabolized Bible doctrine in the Frame of Reference is the basis for the manufacture and the function of all eleven PSD’s.
Many baby believers have been delivered from many false doctrinal areas, because from their Frame of Reference, they had certain instincts and knew something was wrong with false ideas, emotional activity, ritual, and the like. So, the Frame of Reference is where you get your first protection in life.
The Frame of Reference’s alert system is so necessary in the Christian life, because you must learn to avoid error, con artists in the spiritual realm, false teachers, and phony Christian service which is used to con believers.
Metabolized Bible doctrine in your Frame of Reference produces recall in various stages and circumstances of life. Lamentations 3:20‑25
Lamentations 3:20‑25, “Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down (humbled) within me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. 22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” 25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.”
The Frame of Reference provides capacity for life, happiness, blessing, success, prosperity, and promotion.
Psalms 119:16, “I delight in Your Bible doctrine; I shall not forget Your Word.”
That leads to the next compartment in our Heart, which is the Memory Center.
We now focus on the second compartment of the Heart, the Memory Center.
As we have noted in our analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / heart of the soul works, the overall Heart is the filing cabinet. Then there is the Frame of Reference which are the various drawers within the filing cabinet that provide first access to the central resource center for storing, and finding information within our souls. The Frame of Reference is the location for the classification of Bible doctrine. Now the Memory Center is the actual files you place within a filing cabinet. It is the actual storage of information within your soul.
The Memory Center is also the place of recall within our soul. It is the place where we bring back into remembrance all of the Bible doctrine we have learned and stored within our souls. All of this, of course, is accomplished through the power and filling of God the Holy Spirit. This is analogous to taking out a file within the filing cabinet and reading what is in the file.
Recall is necessary for the application of the Word of God to experience for worship, training the Christian reflexes, and the function of the Problem-Solving Devices.
The Memory Center circulates Bible doctrine into the various parts of the right lobe producing recall. It recalls information like a computer. You associate things in your Frame of Reference and then remember them from the function of the Memory Center. After a lot of repetition, the Memory Center stores the doctrines you have learned so that you can recall them in the future.
Recall is synonymous with the application of Bible doctrine to experience, and is therefore a part of wisdom [EPIGNOSIS – ἐπίγνωσις (ep-ig’-no-sis) and SOPHIA – σοφία (sof-ee’-ah)].
For example, recall becomes the basis for structuring the Problem-Solving Devices within your soul.
It may take only one verse to apply recall of a Doctrine such as 1 John 1:9, or one word such as “Rebound” or several verses and words combined to recall a Biblical principle of application.
More complex recall occurs after we learn about the Plan of God, including our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the Unique Spiritual Life, Suffering for Blessing, and the Life Beyond GNOSIS – γνῶσις (gno’-sis). It all depends on how your Frame of Reference is developed.
Recall is the basis for the function of all three stages of the Faith-Rest Drill.
- Establish a relaxed mental attitude and claim promises of God.
- Concentrate on pertinent doctrine in a logical order [doctrinal rationale].
- Reach doctrinal conclusions.
We cannot apply faith without information to believe in. When we recall information from the Word of God, we now have the opportunity to apply faith rest towards that information, but without information, we have no basis for applying faith. We will see more of this in our studies on the PSD’s.
Recall is the application of the doctrinal rationales to the circumstances of life. The principle of Doctrinal Rationale is when we combine various bits of knowledge, from the Word of God, together to form categories of doctrines in our soul. Once we have the doctrines stored in our souls, we can then recall and apply them logically and rationally to the situations of life. So, Doctrinal Rationale is the recall and application, in faith, of the Word of God in our lives. For example, the Essence of God rationale, the Plan of God rationale, the POLITEUMA – πολίτευμα (pol-it’-yoo-mah) rationale, the Grace of God rationale, the Logistical Grace rationale, etc.
Recall has nothing to do with whether or not you have a good memory as a human being. It has everything to do with the intake of the Word of God and the building of our Spiritual IQ by God the Holy Spirit.
Repetition is the key. You must hear a doctrine over and over again. The more you hear a doctrine, the quicker your spiritual IQ is built up, and the sooner you will apply it to life.
You haven’t learned a doctrine until you can’t forget it! You cannot use what you cannot recall. You can’t look up the pertinent principles and doctrines in your notebook when you’re being tested. It must already be in your Memory Center. You can only apply what you have learned.
Therefore, recall is the application of EPIGNOSIS doctrine in the right lobe to the circumstances of life. When EPIGNOSIS doctrine is applied, it is called wisdom (SOPHIA).
Lamentations 3:20‑24, “Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down (humbled) within me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. 22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, [Frame of Reference and Memory Center]; “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
What memory brings about humility as the basis for function in the spiritual life? Verse 21 answers the question; the memory of Bible doctrine.
In Jeremiah’s case, he had both Doctrinal Orientation and Grace Orientation, PSD’s 3 and 5, operating in his soul, because he saturated his Memory Center with the Word of God.
Psalms 119:16, “I delight in doctrine; I shall not forget Your word.”
Psalm 119 was the thinking of those young people on that long march from Jerusalem to Babylon as they were terribly treated and abused. They had learned much about the Word of God and recalled it under the most awful circumstances.
Psalms 119:109, “My life is continually in my hand (an idiom for “in constant danger”), but I do not forget Your law (doctrines).”
The Frame of Reference plus the Memory Center equals the recall of Bible doctrine.
2 Corinthians 10:4‑6, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”
The context of this passage is the angelic conflict, and the issue is your weaponry. You must have the right weapons. You come to Bible class to arm yourself spiritually. God provides the weaponry which is all in one arsenal, God’s Power System.
The phrase in verse six, “we are ready” is better translated, “holding in readiness,” and refers to EPIGNOSIS doctrine in the Frame of Reference and in the Memory Center.
Throughout this doctrine, we have been utilizing the analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / heart of the soul works, the overall Heart is the filing cabinet. Then there is the Frame of Reference which are the various drawers within the filing cabinet that provide first access to the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls. Then we noted the Memory Center as the actual files placed within the filing cabinet. It is the actual storage and retrieval of information within your soul. Now we have Vocabulary Storage. This is analogous to the tabs or headings we put on the files as a technical reference to the information within the file. We have information in the file, but we must put a heading on it for easy access and recall.
Vocabulary Storage is the place where thinking develops and where technical words are stored which develop new ideas. You cannot think beyond your vocabulary.
Vocabulary begins in the NOUS / mind / left lobe of your soul and is developed, as a result of learning new things and new information. Once you learn new things and accept or believe them, it is then transferred to the KARDIA / heart / right lobe of your soul.
Concepts are first learned in the left lobe where they are meaningless until we accept them; then they are transferred to the right lobe where they have form and meaning.
Often our capacity for life is related to our vocabulary. If our vocabulary is limited, our experience and thinking is limited. If our vocabulary is expansive, our experiences and thinking will be expansive.
After salvation, the believer must learn an entirely new vocabulary, including technical words for theology which is tantamount to learning a new language for thinking, for application, and for expression of their spiritual life.
Just as at physical birth a baby must learn a language and the meaning of words, so after regeneration, the believer must learn an entirely new language.
Cognizance of technical language is necessary to understand and apply Bible doctrine to your life. The plan of God, of necessity, is couched in technical theological terms. For example:
Soteriology = the doctrine of salvation
Harmartiology = the doctrine of sin
Eschatology = the doctrine of end times/kingdom of God
Bibliology = the understanding of the Bible’s design and development
Theology = the doctrine of God.
Christology = the doctrine of Jesus Christ
Pneumatology = the doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Angelology = the doctrine of angels
Anthropology = the doctrine of man
Ecclesiology = the doctrine of the Church
Hypostatic Union = Jesus Christ is 100% God while being 100% man, etc.
Jeremiah 15:16, “Your words were discovered and I ate [metabolized] them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.”
Deuteronomy 8:3, “And He humbled you [the Exodus generation] and He let you be hungry and He fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your ancestors know that He might cause you to understand that mankind does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”, quoted in Matthew 4:4 by our Lord at the temptation by Satan.
Psalms 119:103-104 “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.”
Psalms 119:130, “The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. 131I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.”
Throughout this doctrine we have been utilizing the analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / heart of the soul works, the overall Heart is the filing cabinet. Then there is the Frame of Reference which are the various drawers within the filing cabinet that provide first access to the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls. The Memory Center is the actual files you place within a filing cabinet. It is the actual storage of information within your soul. Vocabulary Storage is analogous to the tabs or headings we put on files as a technical reference to the information within the files giving us easy access and recall. Next is Categorical Storage, which is the organization system we use to file our files. For example, we file alphabetically, by date, by topics, by projects, etc. Categorical Storage is the systematic grouping together of similar information.
Categorical Storage, coordinated within the Frame of Reference, classifies Bible doctrine. This is the storage area of any technical concepts or categorical information in any area of life. It is related to recall from both the Memory Center and Vocabulary. You remember principles and technical words, and you finally put them all together.
By comparing Scripture with Scripture, certain subjects are brought together in the divisions of doctrine for the purpose of classification. In the various parts of Scripture, many ideas are covered from different viewpoints but are still part of the same subject. For example, Christ spoke from the viewpoint of fishing, farming, tax collecting, shepherding, etc. but conveyed the same overall message of salvation and living the spiritual life.
Categories are fundamental concepts of doctrine to which all knowledge of doctrine can be reduced.
Categories are the divisions of doctrine formed for the purpose of classification of subjects and subject matter in the Word of God.
Categorical Storage is the basis for conceptualism in the Perception, Metabolization, and Application (PMA) of Bible doctrine post salvation.
Both Vocabulary and Categorical Storage are essential to spiritual growth and the execution of God’s plan for your life.
Proverbs 2:2, “Make your ear attentive to (concentrate on) wisdom; apply your heart (right lobe) to understanding.” Only you can make your ear concentrate; no one can do it for you.
You are to concentrate on wisdom, which is CHOKMAH – חָכְמָה (khok-maw’) in the Hebrew. CHOKMAH is the Word of God resident within your soul that is applied to life. It is a combination of the Greek EPIGNOSIS plus SOPHIA. Wisdom is the basis of spiritual growth.
By applying your right lobe to understanding the Word of God by the power of God the Holy Spirit, you develop Categorical Storage of Bible Doctrine in your soul.
The heart pumps EPIGNOSIS doctrine through the Frame of Reference, Memory Center, Vocabulary, and Categorical Storage areas. Without concentration and positive volition to what is taught, you will not develop Vocabulary or Categorical Storage of doctrinal information.
Proverbs 2:10, “Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge (God’s Word) will be pleasant to your soul.”
Proverbs 3:3, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Proverbs 15:14‑15, “The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge… 15a good heart has a continual feast.”
Proverbs 18:15, “The heart of the wise acquires knowledge (of Bible doctrine); the ear of the wise seeks knowledge (of Bible doctrine).”
The “heart of the wise” is spiritual growth. It acquires knowledge through Perception, Metabolization, and Application (PMA) of Bible doctrine.
The “ear of the wise” is positive volition. With positive volition, everything falls into place. Positive volition continually seeks the Word of God.
Categorical Storage is the putting together of words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into chapters, chapters into books, etc. It is cognizance of the various doctrinal categories used to communicate information to the believer.
Knowledge is built on knowledge. Simple categories of doctrine lead to the more complex categories of knowledge in the classification of Biblical categories.
The study of doctrines categorically becomes the basis for greater and greater application. It is very easy to mix the promises with faith in the simple form of the Faith-Rest Drill. But to take a complicated Problem-Solving Device in your life and apply various concepts and rationales of Bible doctrine to it, requires a greater use of your right lobe.
Eventually, the greatest Problem-Solving Devices in spiritual adulthood are resolved by categorical application. In the Faith-Rest Drill, instead of claiming a promise, you begin to claim doctrinal rationales. It is from categories that you get stronger application of doctrine to your experience.
Both vocabulary and categorical storage are essential for renewing your mind, Romans 12:2. Cognition of a technical vocabulary of Biblical theology is necessary for the fulfillment of the Plan of God.
Every term, including Rebound, Faith-Rest Drill, Hope 1, 2, and 3, Spiritual Self‑Esteem, Virtue‑Love, Problem-Solving Devices, the Plan of God, God’s Power System for our life, the Portfolio of Invisible Assets, Escrow Blessings, Logistical Grace blessings, Election, Predestination, etc., all have extensive doctrinal explanations. They must be stored in both the Vocabulary and Categorical compartments of the soul’s right lobe for your reference.
Throughout this doctrine we have been utilizing the analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / heart of the soul works, the overall Heart is the filing cabinet. Then there is the Frame of Reference which are the various drawers within the filing cabinet that provide first access to the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls. The Memory Center is the actual files you place within the filing cabinet. It is the actual storage of information within your soul. Vocabulary Storage is analogous to the tabs or headings we put on files as a technical reference to the information within the files giving us easy access and recall. Categorical Storage is the systematic grouping of reference material for application. For example, we categorized files alphabetically, by date, by topics, by projects, etc. Next, we have the Conscience which is the scanning of information within a file to use as reference material. It is the actual reference material within a file that is applied in our lives.
The word and meaning of Conscience comes from a combination of Greek and Latin terms. The Greek word SUNEIDESIS – συνείδησις (soon-i’-day-sis) means, “to know with.” The equivalent Latin CONSCIENTIA means, “joint knowledge, i.e., to know with a standard.” From these two terms, we understand the Conscience to be, “the joining of knowledge together to from standards within your soul.”
Psalms 119:103-104, “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.” (norms and standards)
The Conscience is the heart’s (right lobe of your soul) storage compartment for your norms and standards and priorities in life, Romans 9:1, 2; Corinthians 5:11; Titus 1:15; Hebrews 9:14.
Romans 9:1-2, “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.” This was Paul’s attitude towards the Jews for rejecting Christ as the Messiah. He had the knowledge of God in his heart, and through the ministry of the Spirit was able to express sorrow towards the unbeliever.
So, you see, you have to know something to have a Conscience. The Conscience extrapolates from whatever you put into your soul; the norms and standards for life. When you know something, whether it is good or bad, you develop standards from that knowledge. Whatever you learn in the right lobe becomes a part of your norms and standards.
2 Corinthians 5:11, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.”
That is why it is so important to be careful about what you put into your soul and to take every thought captive. 2 Corinthians 10:5, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:15, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
Ezekiel 36:27, “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
In the development of your Conscience, you must have vocabulary and thought to establish norms and standards. It is first built on one word, no or don’t, negative words, which forbid doing something. Later on, there is explanation and reason in both positive and negative terms to go along with the prohibition, but it begins simply.
So too does the Conscience develop in the spiritual realm; first with simple adherence to God’s ordinances; later with knowledge, obedience to His Plan for your life.
Romans 2:15, “the law printed [written] in their hearts [right lobes], their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.”
Once you have norms and standards, you orient to whether you are doing something right or wrong. Therefore, the Conscience becomes the residency of the priorities of your soul, Daniel 1:8.
Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.”
Your Conscience is Divided into Two Parts:
- The place for norms and standards developed from the Word of God resident in your soul.
- The carnal norms and standards developed from your Old Sin Nature and cosmic living.
The decisions you make as a believer are generally based on your conscience inspired by either the Word of God or your Sin Nature. Unbelievers can only make decisions from their Sin Nature.
If your decisions are based on your doctrinal norms and standards, then your decisions are Divine good decisions (fruit of Spirit) from a position of strength, (gold, silver, and precious stones).
If your decisions are based on your carnal norms and standards, then your decisions are bad decisions from a position of weakness (wood, hay, and straw, 1 Corinthians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
1 Corinthians 8:7, “Not all men have this knowledge [about food offered to idols], but some being accustomed to idol worship until now [when saved] eat the food as if it were sacrificed to idols, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.”
Our norms and standards determine our priorities in life. Your priorities form your scale of values. If you have false standards in your Conscience, they cause spiritual weaknesses in your soul.
“Some of the best food in Corinth had been offered to idols and then sold as the choicest meat in the temple market. Food is food and meat is meat. So, it was alright to eat that food, once you sanctified it. But for those with an idolatrous background and a cosmic conscience, eating food offered to idols was very offensive. Likewise, those with a legalistic Conscience from a religious background did not understand the grace policy of God and had a warped sense of conscience. So, there is a conflict between those with a strong Conscience based on the principles found in the Word of God and those with a weak Conscience based on demon influence. A strong Conscience has Biblical standards from EPIGNOSIS and SOPHIA. A weak Conscience lives by standards acquired from its cosmic background, which may or may not be good, or which may be distorted in the spiritual life. Eating is a physical issue, and has nothing to do with the spiritual life. The weak Conscience assumes he’s strong, because legalism always assumes it is strong. Yet legalism is really weak.” R.B. Thieme, Jr.
The Conscience is a very sensitive thing. It can be erroneous in its concepts apart from Bible doctrine. If the Word of God does not feed the Conscience, instinct will quickly develop into legalism.
The norms and standards located in the Conscience are directed toward both God and man, but primarily toward mankind until you become aware of the existence of God and what He has done for you.
Acts 24:16, “In view of this, even I myself keep practicing to maintain even a blameless conscience, both before God and before men.”
True strength is to develop your standards toward both God and man from the Biblical standards of doctrine.
2 Corinthians 4:2, “But we have renounced the things hidden because of shame [false doctrine and apostasy], not walking in craftiness, not adulterating the Word of God, but by the manifestation of truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
Paul is saying that there is a legitimate mode of operation that goes with the spiritual life. You will build up norms and standards related to it from Bible doctrine, and at the same time set aside false norms and standards related to legalism or any other Cosmic thinking.
Principles Related to the Conscience:
- The believer’s Conscience demands that he submit to establishment authority.
Romans 13:5, “Therefore, it is necessary to be in subordination, not only because of wrath [law enforcement], but also for conscience sake.”
In other words, the Christian doesn’t refrain from criminal activity because he’s afraid of going to jail, but because, with a strong conscience, his norms and standards refuse to let him even consider any criminal or sinful activity. The Conscience in the soul is far stronger than any fear of punishment from law enforcement.
- The Conscience is a motivator within our soul to live in the Righteousness of God under His grace.
2 Timothy 1:3, “I thank God whom I serve with a clear conscience, the way my ancestors did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night.”
We also see that the Conscience has something to do with your effectiveness in prayer. Paul’s Conscience demanded that he prays for certain people, and he did so. Paul didn’t pray for people because he liked them, but for conscience sake, which is the strongest possible motivation.
- The Conscience is tested and trained when confronted with unjust and unfair treatment.
1 Peter 2:18-19, “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle masters, but also to the perverse and unreasonable ones; 19for this is grace, if for the sake of conscience toward God anyone bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.”
“Though originally addressed to slaves, this verse came to refer to anyone who is under the authority of someone else. Some people in authority are perverse, but you are just as responsible to submit to their authority. You serve them and do your best job as unto the Lord. Such a believer has a strong conscience. The weak believer complains and rejects authority, and so becomes a loser (of rewards). So, it is very important to have a Conscience based on EPIGNOSIS doctrine so that you can handle unjust treatment in the same manner that you handle fair treatment.” R.B. Thieme Jr.
- When going through suffering for blessing a good Conscience is a witness to others and causes the accuser to reflect upon their own Conscience. 1 Peter 3:14-16
1 Peter 3:14-16, “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.”
All three categories of suffering for blessing are in view here, Providential Preventative Suffering, Momentum Testing, and Evidence Testing. Regardless of the category of suffering you are under, you will be sustained by applying the Word of God resident within your soul, (Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ). When you are faced with adversity, such as slandering, your Conscience refrains you from retaliating. Instead, you turn the matter over to God, (the Supreme Court of Heaven), in faith and rest in Him.
- Reversionism and apostasy in a believer’s life is related to a Conscience that has been destroyed through neglect of Bible doctrine and absorption of Cosmic thinking, resulting in scar tissue upon their soul.
1 Timothy 4:1-2, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, (scar tissue as a result of reversionism).”
- The Conscience is purified from built up scar tissue and dead works through the substitutionary spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Hebrews 9:14
Hebrews 9:14, “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
We are cleansed at the moment of Salvation. That is true. But if we perform dead works (works performed in carnality, absent the power of God the Holy Spirit) post salvation, the cross remains effective for cleansing through the confession of sin, 1 John 1:9. With a cleansed conscience, you are now able to truly and righteously serve and glorify God.
Divine omnipotence and human power are mutually exclusive. Serving God and fulfilling His Plan cannot be accomplished by human power. Human power, including legalism, destroys the Conscience and results in dead works.
Serving God means the utilization of divine power and the cognition of Bible doctrine, which establishes the norms and standards for the right lobe / heart of your soul.
So, the Conscience in the Heart (right lobe) of Our Soul:
- Demands the believer submit to establishment authority.
- Motivates him to live in the Righteousness of God under grace.
- Tests and trains the soul under unjust and unfair treatment.
- Is a witness to and causes self-reflection in others when suffering for blessing.
- Is destroyed through neglect of Bible doctrine and absorption of Cosmic thinking, resulting in scar tissue upon the soul when in reversionism and apostasy.
- Is purified from scar tissue and dead works through the substitutionary spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The Launching Pad.
Throughout this doctrine, we have been utilizing the analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / heart of the soul works, the overall Heart is the filing cabinet. Then there is the Frame of Reference which are the various drawers within the filing cabinet that provide first access to the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls. The Memory Center is the actual files you place within the filing cabinet. It is the actual storage of information within your soul. Vocabulary Storage is analogous to the tabs or headings we put on files as a technical reference to the information within the files giving us easy access and recall. Categorical Storage is the systematic grouping of reference material for application. The Conscience is the scanning of information within a file to use as a basis of reference regarding the situations of life. Finally, we arrive at the Launching Pad. The Launching Pad is the gathering together of things stored within the filing cabinet. It is the animated process of removing a file and utilizing what is in that file.
The Launching Pad is the final and critical compartment of the Heart of your soul. This is the compartment that when confronted with an issue or situation, gathers information from the other five compartments of the Heart and sets it in motion.
It is the staging and application of metabolized Bible doctrine resident in your soul and/or Problem-Solving Devices to the various experiences of life. Applying the Word of God that you have learned to the situations of life is called Wisdom.
The Launching Pad is the staging area for EPIGNOSIS (complete knowledge) Bible Doctrine and setting it in motion to become SOPHIA (wisdom) as you apply it to life. Wisdom should be the natural outpouring of your soul, as a result of learning the Word of God. If it is not, then arrogance has or will set in.
- Unfortunately, many believers don’t take in the Word of God after salvation and do not receive EPIGNOSIS. That is problem #1.
- Problem #2 is that some believers with EPIGNOSIS Bible doctrine do not apply it in faith.
The most common cause of Problem #1 and #2 is that arrogance (i.e. independence and self-reliance emanating from the Sin Nature) has taken up residence in the soul in the place of EPIGNOSIS.
Without wisdom applied from your soul, there is arrogance.
The Greek word for wisdom, SOPHIA and the Hebrew equivalent, CHOKMAH means, “the ability to relate metabolized Bible doctrine in the Heart (right lobe) to life.”
Therefore, it is the ability to deal sagaciously (keen and farsighted judgment, acute discernment) with life from the accumulated facts and knowledge of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age.
The Launching Pad is an entrance hall or conduit for EPIGNOSIS Bible Doctrine to be applied. It works as follows:
You are faced with a situation in life. The Frame of Reference first sends some general reference points that are related to the situation. Then, the Memory Center sends in recalled details and data regarding those reference points. This is followed by the Vocabulary sending technical specifications that can be used for the situation. Next, the Categorical Storage compartment sends supporting data from multiple reference points. Then, the Conscience brings forth reasoning based on all the norms and standards built in your soul from accumulated Bible Doctrine that has flowed through it. And finally, the Launching Pad gathers together all supporting materials, stages them for launch, and thrusts them forward within your soul so that the Wisdom of God flows throughout your soul and can be applied to the situation you are faced with.
This all occurs under the function of your very own Royal Priesthood, through the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit working within your soul.
You cannot apply what you do not know. You can only apply Bible doctrine for yourself; the Pastor cannot apply Bible doctrine for you.
John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears (EPIGNOSIS), He will speak (Launch Pad); and He will disclose to you what is to come (Wisdom).”
The Launching Pad is where thought is converted into action. The standards from your Conscience are applied to life, and all of the other parts of the Heart come together to make an application. As you apply more and more Bible doctrine to life, you develop greater and greater wisdom.
In the Launching Pad, all the Bible doctrine in the right lobe of your soul comes together for its application. This is where virtue love, hope, and the other Problem-Solving Devices have a phenomenal impact.
1 Corinthians 2:13, “Which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
This means application of EPIGNOSIS Bible doctrine to your experiences in the privacy of your Royal Priesthood.
Under the Royal Family Honor Code, we are not to apply our own norms and standards to others (unless you are a parent).
But in grace and virtue (unconditional) love, we teach and train others with the hope that they will develop EPIGNOSIS and wisdom within their own soul to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 1:30, “But you are from Him in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, both righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
1 Corinthians 2:7-8, “For we communicate God’s wisdom in a mystery which has been hidden, which God predestined before the ages for the purpose of your glory, [divine wisdom], 8which none of the rulers of this age have understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
James 3:17, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and divine good production, impartial, without hypocrisy.”
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is integrity, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is any virtue, if there is anything worthy of praise, concentrate on these things.”
Summary of the Six Compartments of the Heart.
Throughout this doctrine we have been utilizing the analogy of a “filing cabinet” to explain how the KARDIA / HEART of the soul works. Basically, the Heart is the overall filing cabinet. It is the central resource center of your soul, the place where information is entered, stored, and available for recall and application. As we have noted in this doctrine, there are six compartments in the heart of your soul, so we will use the “filing cabinet” analogy to describe the six compartments.
1) The Frame of Reference is analogous to the various drawers within the filing cabinet. The drawers provide initial access to the central resource center for storing and finding information within our souls.
2) The Memory Center are the actual files you place within the filing cabinet. It is the actual storage of information within your soul.
3) Vocabulary Storage is analogous to the tabs or headings we put on files as a technical reference to the information within the files providing us easy access and recall.
4) Categorical Storage is the order and arrangement of files, the systematic grouping of reference material for application.
5) The Conscience is the scanning of information within a file to use as a basis of reference, establishing guidelines regarding the situations of life.
6) Finally, we arrive at the Launching Pad. The Launching Pad is the place where the things stored in the filing cabinet are gathered together for use and application. It is the animated process of removing a file and utilizing what is in that file.
For example, you are faced with a disastrous situation in life. The Frame of Reference sends initial general reference points that are related to the situation. Then the Memory Center sends in recalled details and data regarding those reference points. This is followed by the Vocabulary sending technical specifications that can be used for the situation. Next, the Categorical Storage compartment sends supporting data from multiple reference points. Then the Conscience brings forth reasoning based on all the norms and standards built in your soul from accumulated Bible Doctrine that has flowed through it. Finally, the Launching Pad gathers together all supporting materials, stages them for launch, and thrusts them forward within your soul, so that the Wisdom of God flows throughout your soul and can be applied to the situation you are faced with. This all occurs under the function of your very own Royal Priesthood through the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit working within your soul.
Spiritual Growth is the Result of Building Up Your Heart with the Word of God.
As a result of having Bible doctrine in the Frame of Reference, moving it into the Memory Center, Vocabulary and Categorical storage, developing Norms and Standards in the Conscience, coupled with faith application from the Launching Pad, we then have a growth factor from metabolized Bible doctrine which moves us to spiritual maturity.
This is the status in which spiritual growth is obtained, as a result of momentum inside God’s Power System for your spiritual walk. This is accomplished through the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit and momentum from the Word of God metabolized within your soul. Learning God’s Word provides momentum and motivation to learn more of God’s Word. This is the momentum factor of spiritual phenomenon resulting in God’s wisdom applied to your life.
There are two categories of spiritual growth.
- Normal spiritual growth that comes from the renewing of your mind post-salvation.
Ephesians 4:23-24, “And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This is accomplished through the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP) which includes the three R’s by means of the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit.
Receptive comprehension, faith upon hearing.
Retention, the metabolization of Bible doctrine, converting GNOSIS into EPIGNOSIS doctrine and storing it within the Heart of your soul.
Recall, the application of the Word resident within your soul, from the Launching Pad of the Heart, resulting in Wisdom.
- Accelerated spiritual growth, as a result of Suffering for Blessing.
The acceleration of your spiritual growth comes from the application of metabolized Bible doctrine and the function of the Problem-Solving Device, when you are faced with pressure and adversity in life.
As is the general rule, we tend to learn at an accelerated rate when we are faced with difficulties or perceived failures within our lives. This is in contrast to the times of success and prosperity when we are comfortable, think we are all set, and “have it all down pat.” In the latter, the trend is to not turn to God, His wisdom or power.
But in times of difficulty and pressure, we find ourselves in a position of hopelessness and helplessness when it comes to human solutions and our human resources. In these times, like no other, we are narrowed in our application to utilize the power of God, His Word, and Spirit.
This is called Suffering for Blessing, which is facing difficulties, disasters, or pressure when we are walking with God. This is in contrast to divine discipline, when due to our negative volition, God allows discipline to come into our lives to wake us up.
You can learn from Divine discipline, punitive suffering, the law of volitional responsibility, and self‑induced misery. But that is a slow process and does not necessarily advance you to Spiritual Self-Esteem. In those instances, if you wake up and get back in fellowship with God, the discipline is turned into Suffering for Blessing.
Suffering for Blessing has three categories related to three stages of spiritual adulthood, which moves us forward and provides momentum to achieve further spiritual growth in spiritual adulthood.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
Spiritual Self‑Esteem (SSE) plus Providential Preventative Suffering (P.P.S.) equals Spiritual Autonomy (SA). P.P.S. insulates against the arrogance complex of sins. This means you begin to eliminate jealous, self‑pity, bitterness, vindictiveness, hatred, inordinate ambition, inordinate competition, and all the other mental attitude sins in the arrogance complex.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Peter 1:6‑8; Philippians 1:29
Spiritual Autonomy plus Momentum Testing equals Spiritual Maturity. Momentum Testing includes People, Thought, System, Disaster, and Prosperity testing.
1 Corinthians 15:33; Proverbs 13:20; Colossians 3:12‑4:1; Matthew 9:4; Romans 12:2-3; Galatians 6:3; Philippians 4:12-13
Philippians 4:12-13, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Spiritual Maturity plus Evidence Testing equals Maximum Glorification of God. Evidence testing is Satan’s cross‑examination of every witness presented by God in the historical trial of all fallen angels. Zechariah 3:1; Romans 12:10, Ephesians 6:10-12; Revelations 2:8-11
Two categories of Evidence Testing.
- The Relationship to the Plan of God Test, illustrated by our Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 4:1‑11
- The Relationship to Life Test, illustrated by
No matter what stage of Spiritual growth you are in, keep in mind 1 Corinthians 10:13.
1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
So, in relation to our verse, John 13:2 in the Upper Room Discourse, we understand why it is so important to fill the Heart of our Soul with the Word of God, so that we are not deceived and influence by demons and doctrines of demons. In review, we have noted:
The Heart is the target within man for storing and applying the Word of God and the target for demon influence.
Doctrine of the KARDIA/Heart Summary
- A physiological analogy of the spiritual life.
- The first two mentions of Heart in the Bible, Genesis 6. – The dual nature of wickedness and righteousness of the heart.
- The first mention in the New Testament, Matthew 5:8. – The righteousness of the heart.
- The second mention in the New Testament, Matthew 5:28– The wickedness of the heart.
- “The Heart of Man” is the place where wickedness flourishes or is eliminated. Matthew 15:11, 15-20
- Our Lord used this word (5) times in the Upper Room Discourse. John 13:2; 14:1; 14:27; 16:6-7; 22
- The usage of “heart” is a basis for analogy.
- The Bible never uses the heart for emotion.
- True happiness emanates from the Word of God circulating in the heart of your soul.
- The Heart is a Part of the Essence of the Soul.
- The Essence of the Biblical Heart.
- Summary of the Heart – Our filing cabinet for the Word of God.
- Spiritual Growth is the result of building up your Heart with the Word of God.