Vol. 16 No 19 – April 30, 2017
Eph 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
Doctrine of Drinking and Alcoholism, (continued).
The Faith Rest Life
The Faith-Rest Life has far greater implications than just mixing the promises of God with our faith, as there are three spheres of operation involved in the function of the Faith-Rest Life: Faith Mechanics, Faith Functions, and Faith Execution.
- The second sphere of the Faith-Rest Life is Faith Function. There are two categories of Faith Function.
a.) The first category of Faith Function is the Plaintiff Function before the Supreme Court of heaven as a victim of injustice, real or imagined. This is when you take your problems to God and ask for Him to deal with them or resolve them in some way.
Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your cares, (anxieties, stresses), upon Him, because He cares for you.”
You put your problems with people and circumstances into the Lord’s hands and trust in Him to resolve them. This means appealing to the Supreme Court of heaven and avoiding any reactionary sin on your part by: complaining, vilification, denial, projection, self-justification, blaspheming, gossip, slander, maligning, judging of others, malice.
We should never react to unfairness or injustice in our life and try to solve our problems in vengeance without God. If we do, we become spiritual losers. Instead, we are to turn our problems over to God, seek His Word for solutions, and wait on God and His timing to receive the right action to take, if any at all.
When you take something to the supreme court of heaven through the function of the Faith-Rest Life, you must leave it there, and not take it back for your own revenge. Unfortunately, many people want to protect their self-image and perceived honor. Their self-image is more precious to them than the reality or facts of the case. Believers will do anything to protect their self-image. Therefore, instead of turning things over to the Supreme Court of heaven and trusting in God, they take matters into their own hands, which typically leads to sin. This is one of the great manifestations of scar tissue in the soul.
The great mistake is taking your case to the Supreme Court of heaven and simultaneously to take the case out of the hands of God by trying to do something about it yourself. When you do, you become liable for triple compound Divine discipline.
- You are judged by the Supreme Court of heaven for your own sin; some verbal or overt sin.
- You are judged for the mental attitude sin.
- Judging belongs to the Supreme Court of heaven, not to you. If you judge others, every sin mentioned, whether true or not, is put on you, and your judgement of them will fall upon you.
Mat 7:1-2, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Therefore, it is imperative that we turn it over to God and then faith-rest in God, that He will deal with the issue one way or another, whether we see the results or not.
b.) The second category of Faith Function is Faith Correlation with other Problem-Solving Devices. This is the key to why the Faith-Rest Drill should be applied within your soul. It is defined as the harmonious combination, coordination, and interaction of the functions of the PSD’s on the defense line of the soul to achieve inner contentment, peace, and happiness regardless of the situation you are facing. For example, if you have sinned, that is a problem, and you are out of fellowship with God. Therefore, you are to apply PSD #1, confession of sin, which leads to PSD # 2, regaining fellowship with God through the filling of the Holy Spirit. Now you engage in the spiritual life once again, and can be rightly oriented towards God’s Word and claim promises, as well as come to doctrinal rationales regarding your situation. Then you can be grace oriented towards others, PSD #5, and know that you have a destiny in God’s plan for your lives, PSD #7. In addition, you can apply any of the other PSDs to your situation, so that you have stability of soul and a Relaxed Mental Attitude (RMA) as you trust in God and have strength to refute temptations to sin, Psa 16:11; 146:5; Prov 3:13; John 15:11; Phil 4:6-7, 11; 1 Tim 6:6-8; Heb 13:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3-9.
Psa 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
- The third sphere of the Faith-Rest Life is Faith Execution. This means that you know and understand the first and second spheres of the Faith-Rest Life, and now apply them. But in order to apply them, you must have:
a.) True humility and the avoidance of self-absorption. Humility is authority orientation, grace orientation, objectivity, and teachability. It is the antithesis of arrogance, which transfers reality from self-centeredness and self-absorption to grace orientation and doctrinal orientation, James 4:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:5; Num 12:3. Humility is the quality or status of being humble; a modest sense of one’s importance in life, Rom 12:2-3; Prov 29:23; Luke 14:11.
Prov 11:2, “When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor; but with the humble is wisdom.”
b.) A heart of yieldedness to God the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, (see above doctrine on Yieldedness).
c.) Christian professionalism; accurate comprehension and use of God’s Word and the Problem-Solving Devices. It is the academic understanding and mechanics of the Plan of God. It is cognition of the spiritual skills and how they combine to provide spiritual power and production of Divine good. Professionalism means learning and accepting the whole realm of doctrine.
d.) Integrity, the spiritual strength to apply God’s Word and the PSDs to make the right choices; good decisions from a position of strength in the application of the Faith-Rest Life. Integrity is the use of spiritual power from metabolized Bible doctrine to execute God’s will for your life. While professionalism develops the ability to conceptualize Bible doctrine, integrity or spiritual strength from doctrine executes these things in glorifying God. Professionalism without integrity is arrogance. Integrity without professionalism is emotionalism. The application of metabolized Bible doctrine to stress conditions demands the coordination of professionalism and integrity on the foundation of humility.
Mat 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
“God gives the birds their food, but he doesn’t throw it into their nests.” We are to use the mind and body God has given us, but we are to do it in co-operation with Him. Our trust should not be in self-effort or man, and certainly not in government. God has given us His Word and His Spirit. With those two power options, we have the ability to live the faith-rest life in co-operation with Him, to be overcomers who produce Divine good. Therefore, with God and His Word resident within your soul, you can overcome any addiction or temptations to sin. But unfortunately, when you do not trust in God, you give over to temptation and sin that can lead to addiction. That is why you cannot afford to be distracted from living the Faith-Rest Life.
- Distractions to the Execution of the Faith-Rest Life. There are several humanistic distractions to the believer from living the Faith-Rest Life, which include:
a.) Self-absorption from the function of the arrogance complex of sins.
b.) The heart being overrun and put out of action from lack of use of the Eleven Problem Solving Device, to act as an instant reaction force to prevent the outside pressures of adversity becoming the inside pressures of stress in your soul.
c.) The dominance of the soul by the emotional complex of sins.
d.) The activation of the demand syndrome, in which we expect our wishes, (often our lust pattern of the sin nature), to be met and gratified.
e.) Failure to take the responsibility for your own decisions. Therefore, you assign the blame for your bad decisions from a position of weakness to other people or other circumstances.
f.) Loss of reality through denial and taking your own flaws and projecting them on other people and then blaming them for your problems.
g.) Rejection of authority and constant lust for change. The lust for change through human ability rejects both the grace provision and the grace policy of God, and ignores the two power options of the Plan of God, (the filling of the Spirit and cognition of Bible doctrine). Cf. 1 Peter 5:5-9.
Fear sees the problem; faith sees the solution. You do not solve problems with a problem, (i.e., drunkenness, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc.). Believers occupied with the problem inevitably end up trying to solve a problem with a problem. Believers who go to the Problem-Solving Devices end up solving the problem.
You solve problems with a Divine solution. Divine solutions are the only solution; human solutions are no solutions. The decisions we make today determine our future tomorrow. Making decisions in arrogance is reaction.
No victory won in arrogance is a victory won. We do not need to be right; we need to be right with the Supreme Court of heaven.
God makes war against the arrogant believer, Rev 2:16. Humble believers are blessed by God.
Prov 28:25, “An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.”
Prov 29:23, “A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.”
God is infinitely greater than His creatures. Therefore, God’s knowledge is infinitely greater than human knowledge. This fact escapes those who are preoccupied with self.
Therefore, you are to trust in God and His Word, utilizing the faith-rest drill of the Faith-Rest Life, for all of your problems, thereby avoiding the self-arrogance of self-problem solving, which leads to all kinds of sins, including drunkenness and drug abuse. Instead, you need to learn the Faith-Rest Life God has designed for you, so that you can recover from drunkenness, alcoholism, or drug abuse, and avoid falling back into their trap, thereby walking in God’s righteousness for your life for true healing and recovery, for true inner peace, happiness, and contentment.
God is perfect. Perfect God can only create a perfect plan. This perfect plan is designed for imperfect believers. The Faith-Rest Drill is a perfect Problem-Solving Device, but you must use the whole drill, James 2:21-26; 3:13-18.
Then we have, “but be filled with the Spirit.”
This phrase begins with the strong adversative contrasting Conjunction ALLA that means, “but, yet, or rather.” It sets up the contrast and distinction between being, “drunk with wine,” and being, “filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Then we have, “be filled,” which is the Present, Passive, Imperative of PLEROO, πληρόω that means, “Fill, make full, supply fully, or complete.” In both secular and Biblical Greek, PLEROO the idea of totality or fullness is always present. Thus, the word means “to fill something completely.” We have noted this word in Eph 1:23; 3:19; 4:10.
Eph 1:23, “Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Eph 4:10, “He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)”
PLEROO has four meanings in regard to being filled with the Holy Spirit, (FHS).
- To fill up a deficiency. The FHS fills up our deficiency of power to execute the spiritual life. We are deficient of Bile doctrine at salvation and the Spirit works within us to fill our soul with God’s Word.
- To fully possess. The believer must be fully possessed by the Holy Spirit to execute God’s Plan. This kind of possession does not mean we lose all control of our thinking and faculties, but it means to be fully occupied by Him and His holiness and righteousness. That is, we cannot have one foot in sin and one in holiness, we must function 100% in holiness to execute God’s Plan for our lives.
- To fully influence. The believer is fully influenced by the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit and Bible Doctrine so that he can have capacity for blessing.
- To fill with a certain quality. The FHS along with Bible Doctrine is the highest quality with which the believer can be filled.
Then we have the object by which we are to be filled, “with the Spirit” which is the Dative case of EN PNEUMA, ἐν πνεῦμα.
EN is the most widely used preposition in the New Testament. There are four basic functions in Greek when EN occurs with the Dative case, as it does here, 1) To denote location, 2) To designate a state or condition, 3) Temporal, to designate time, and 4) Used instrumentally to indicate manner or means, as it is used in this verse, and can be translated, “by or with.” Therefore, we are filled, by or with, God the Holy Spirit speaking of His total and complete influence over our souls.
PNEUMA can mean, “wind, breath, spirit, soul, self, disposition, spiritual state, a spirit (angelic or demonic), and the Spirit (the Holy Spirit).” Here it means God the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, this is a command to receive the total and complete influence of God the Holy Spirit over our souls in contrast to our emotions, arrogance, Old Sin Nature, and/or sin being in control.
Paul equates sobriety with being wise and the yielded heart that lives inside the will of God, which is achieved by being filled with the Spirit that results in praise overflowing from the heart, which we will see in vs. 19. As we noted in the first half of this passage, Paul exhorts the early church believers not to resemble the drunken false god worshippers of the pagan Gentile world. Instead of being filled with wine, believers are to be filled with the Spirit of God. That is, instead of the discoveries of the false god’s “divine will,” in their bacchanalian rituals to which the drunken priests of Dionysus/Bacchus would articulate, the believer should be wise and understand what the will of the Lord is by being filled with God the Holy Spirit.
So, we have our contrast and analogy: the filling of the Spirit produces spirituality; the filling of spirits produces drunkenness. When a person is drunk, wine controls, or literally the Old Sin Nature controls the soul. Yet, when a person is filled with the Spirit, God the Holy Spirit controls the soul.
Before we address what it means to be “filled with the Holy Spirit,” we first need to know who the Holy Spirit is.
God the Holy Spirit
- Who is God the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is just as much God as is God the Father and God the Son. The word “Trinity” is an English derivation from the Latin “Trinitos.” The word is found nowhere in the Scriptures, it was coined by a 3rd century AD theologian by the name of Tertullian. He used this to describe the relationship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Up to that point there was no clear understanding in the church of the doctrine of the Trinity. It is a technical theological word that designates God as one in essence but three in person; but three co-equal, co-infinite, and co-eternal persons. The Holy Spirit shares equally, infinitely and eternally all of the same essence and attributes that the Father and Son share. The Holy Spirit is ONE with the Father and Son as God, but is a separate person with a separate personality, Cf. Isa 48:12, 16; Psa 139:7-10; Mat 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; John 1:33; Luke 1:35; 3:21-22; Eph 2:18; Rom 8:2; Heb 9:14.
Deut 6:4, “Hear O’ Israel, The Lord is God, The Lord is one.”
YHWH ELOHENU, YHWH ECHAD
Mat 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
The attributes that make up the essence of God, including the Holy Spirit, include: Sovereignty, Righteous, Justice, Love, Eternal Life, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Immutable, Veracity. God is holy, perfect, merciful, kind, integrity, caring, infinite, immense, spirit, light, self-existent, faithful, good, unity, one, etc.
The Deity of God the Holy Spirit is emphasized by the fact that He is identified with Yahweh in Acts 28:25, which quotes Isa 6:1-13. Also, Heb 10:15-17 cf. Jer 31:31-34. Titles of deity are used for the Holy Spirit. He is called Spirit of God, Spirit of Jesus, and Spirit of Yahweh. The Holy Spirit is also associated with God the Father and God the Son on equal terms in Mat 28:19, the baptism formula which equates the three as one in essence.
He also has personality. He has the attributes of personality in terms of intellect and will, 1 Cor 2:10ff; Isa 11:2. The Holy Spirit performs action of personality. He guides believers, Rom 8:14. He commands, Acts 8:29 (Philip). He witnesses, John 15:26. He is the one who intercedes for the believer, Rom 8:26. He proceeds from God the Father throughout all eternity.
This third person of the Trinity is given the title “Spirit” primarily, which is the Hebrew Noun RUACH, רוּחַ and Greek Noun PNUEMA, πνεῦμα that are translated, “wind, breath, spirit, soul, or life.” Yet, many times it is accompanied with the term “Holy.” “Holy” is the Hebrew Noun QODESH, קֹדֶשׁ meaning, “apartness, holiness, sacredness, or separateness,” and the Greek Noun HAGIOS, ἅγιος meaning, “holy, consecrated, unapproachable, perfect, pure, or upright.” The term “Holy” indicates for us things pertaining to the third person of the Trinity, as He is a separate person within the Godhead who reflects the attributes of God and enables them in man. Interestingly only three times in the Hebrew Old Test. do we have the title “Holy Spirit,” but in the Greek New Testament we have it over 90 times.
Psa 51:11, “Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” The permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit that the Church Age believer enjoys was not a reality for Old Testament saints. Only a few O.T. saints were indwelt by the Spirit like David, (which we call the enduement of the Holy Spirit), because those who were, could lose the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Isa 63:10-11, “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them. 11Then His people remembered the days of old, of Moses. Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them.” God put His Holy Spirit not only on Moses and the 70 elders, Num 11:17, but also filled others such as Bezalel and Oholiab, Ex 31:3, 6; 35:30-35.
- The Person of the Holy Spirit.
a.) Scripture is quite clear that the Holy Spirit is a separate and unique person of the Trinity. He possesses and exhibits the attributes of a person in that He has intelligence. He knows and searches the things of God, 1 Cor 2:10-11; He possesses a mind, Rom 8:27; and He is able to teach people, 1 Cor 2:13. He shows feelings. He can be grieved by the sinful actions of believers, Eph 4:30. And He has a will, as seen in the distribution of spiritual gifts to the body of Christ, 1 Cor 12:11. He also directs the activities of Christians, Acts 16:6-11. Since genuine personality possesses intelligence, feelings, and will, and since we see in Scripture that the Holy Spirit has these attributes, He must be a Person.
b.) In addition, He exhibits the actions of a person as He guides us into truth by hearing, speaking, and showing, John 16.13; He convicts of sin, John 16:8; He performs miracles, Acts 8:39; and intercedes on our behalf, Rom 8:26. These are activities which an influence or personification could not do, but which Scripture shows the Holy Spirit can do.
c.) He also receives ascriptions which would be given only to a person, in that He is someone to be obeyed, Acts 10:19-21; He can be lied to, Acts 5.3; He can be resisted, Acts 7.51; He can be grieved, Eph 4:30; He can be blasphemed, Mat 12.31; He can be insulted, Heb 10.29. To think of acting and reacting to an influence in these ways is quite odd.
d.) As a person, the Holy Spirit relates to other persons including; the apostles, Acts 15:28; to Jesus; John 16:14; to the other members of the Trinity as equal to them, Mat 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14. The Holy Spirit, even though a spirit being, is as real a Person as the Father, or the Son, or as we are.
- The Holy Spirit is God.
Not only is the Spirit a Person, but He is a unique Person, for He is God. Proofs of personality are not necessarily proofs of Deity; but proofs of Deity are also proofs of His personality. If God is a Person, and if the Spirit is also God, then He is a Person also.
a.) Names and titles for God the Holy Spirit. He is called:
1) The Spirit of God, Gen 1:2; Mat 3:16.
2) The Spirit of the Lord, Luke 4:18.
3) The Spirit of Yahweh, Judges 3:10; Isa 61:1.
4) The Spirit of the Lord God, the Spirit of the living God, 2 Cor 3:3.
5) My Spirit, Gen 6:3.
6) The Spirit of our God, 1 Cor 6:11.
7) The eternal Spirit, Heb 9:14.
8) The Spirit of glory, 1 Peter 4:14.
9) The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, Rom 8:2.
10) The Spirit, Eph 4:3.
b.) Five titles reveal the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Son:
1) The Spirit of Jesus Christ, Phil 1:19.
2) The Spirit of Jesus, Acts 16:7.
3) The Spirit of Christ, Rom 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11.
4) The Spirit of His Son, Gal 4:6.
5) The Spirit of the Lord, Acts 5:9; 8:39.
c.) There are titles that reveal the nature of His ministry:
1) The Spirit of glory, 1 Peter 4:14.
2) The Spirit of life, the agent of regeneration, Rom 8:2.
3) The Spirit of holiness, Rom 1:4.
4) The Holy Spirit, Mat 1:20ff, the Holy one, 1 John 2:20.
5) The Spirit of grace, Heb 10:29.
6) The Spirit of grace and supplication, Zech 12:10.
7) The Spirit of adoption, the one who brings about our adoption into the royal family of God, Rom 8:15.
8) The Helper/Comforter in John 14-15, which indicates His role as nourishing, guiding, strengthening, and assuring the believer in his spiritual life.
It is through the Holy Spirit that God reveals His Word, 1 Peter 1:20-21. He is called the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord, Isa 11:2.
Isa 11:2, “And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.”
In John 15:26. He is called the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Word according to 1 Cor 2:12-16.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.
To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!