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August 25, 2011

DOCTRINE OF PERSONAL LOVE FOR GOD

A. The Problem of Finite Man And Infinite God.
1. God is infinite, eternal, and invisible. We are finite, temporal, and visible. Therefore, how can our finite minds come to know the infinities of eternal God who created us?
a. God is beyond comprehension in the function of our limited mentality. We, as human beings, lack the cognitive ability to see and to talk with God. While the finite limitation of human cognition to know and to understand God, to talk with God, to be with God, to love God exists; eternal and righteous God has revealed these things to us.
b. There are many manifestations of His existence in the very order and structure of the universe. Perfect design demands a perfect designer. The intuitive law of cause and effect indicates a designer, a creator, a preserver, a savior, which means that the universe cannot be its own cause. The very order and structure of the universe from the atom to the many galaxies of the universe present an overwhelming demand for belief in the existence of God and coming to Him as three distinct persons with exactly the same essence.
c. The evidence of immanent and transcendent being, which we call “God,” are confirmed by God Himself, who has taken the initiative and revealed Himself to us through the Bible, the infallible word of God. Postulate the person, character, and power of God as revealed in the Scriptures and all things become reasonable. The essence of God comes sharply into focus for us.
d. Heb 11:1-3, “Now faith [doctrine] is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by this doctrine men of old have become witnesses. By faith [doctrine] we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are seen.”
(1) Jesus Christ created the universe according to Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb 1:10.
(2) The deity of Christ held the universe together by the word of His power during the incarnation. He is not only our savior, but as eternal God He holds the universe together.
2. There is no subject more exalted to which the human mind can address itself than contemplating and learning of the person and character of God. While God is one in essence, God has three separate and distinct personalities. The three persons are co-eternal, co-infinite, and co-equal. “Godhead” is defined as the essence of being God.
3. Propositions About God.
a. God exists.
b. God reveals Himself.
c. When God reveals Himself, it makes sense.
d. God has a plan and purpose for your life as an individual.
e. If you can say, “I am a human being,” then you can conclude that God has an eternal plan for you personally.
f. God is perfect and His plan is perfect. Perfect God can only create a perfect plan. However, God has created a perfect plan for imperfect persons.
B. The Essence of God’s Love.
1. God does not possess life; God is life. God is infinite and eternal life. God is unending and unchanging life. Part of God’s life is love. Love is a part of the essence or being of God. All three members of the Trinity are perfect and eternal love. The love of God has always existed. There never was a time when God’s love did not exist.
a. 2 Thes 3:5, “And may the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.” Precedence for the spiritual life comes from the function of the humanity of Christ in the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
b. We are commanded in Jude 21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God.”
2. Divine love is compatible with all the other attributes of God.
a. God is sovereign; therefore, His love is self-motivating and is compatible with the divine decrees and all other divine decisions in both eternity past, time, and eternity future.
b. God is eternal; therefore, God’s love exists eternally, unsustained by Himself or any other source.
c. God is holy; therefore, divine love possesses perfect integrity, which includes incorruptible justice and immutable righteousness. This means that the perfect love of God has perfect and eternal virtue. Furthermore, because God is holy and unchangeable, divine love cannot be compromised by man’s sins or human good or evil or any other function of the sin nature including Christian degeneracy. This means divine love cannot be corrupted by any creature failure.
d. God is omniscience, which means God knows simultaneously all the knowable. There never was a time when God did not know everything. Omniscience connected with divine love means that divine love always functions in a rational manner and is devoid of any emotional content or any system of irrationality, but is filled with virtue. Love is not emotional in the function of virtue-love.
e. God is absolute truth and veracity. Therefore, divine love is revealed and integrated into every category of Bible doctrine. Divine love is rooted in every form of knowledge, which resides in God’s perfect, eternal, and absolute being.
f. God is infinite. Therefore, all members of the Trinity are without boundary or limitation, uniting in themselves those perfections, which belong to their co-equal, co-infinite, and co-eternal state. Hence, divine love is in that category.
3. Applications.
a. Divine integrity is maintained by the sovereignty of God plus His incorruptible, immutable, infinite virtue. God’s love is a part of this virtue and can never be compromised or its capacity diminished or limited by anything that a rational creature has done. Man’s sinfulness and failure does not change or effect God’s perfect, unchanging divine love. Even God’s pre-knowledge of our sins and failures in eternity past cannot cancel or diminish His divine love.
b. Because God is perfect and absolute righteousness and integrity, His divine love cannot be prejudiced, unfair, or in any way discriminatory.
c. The combination of God’s perfect righteousness and His immutability indicate that divine love is eternally consistent and revealed in the doctrinal content of the word of God. These doctrinal principles are beneficial to the believer without compromising the essence of God. This is illustrated by the so great salvation work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.
d. The combination of God’s omniscience and immutability means that God’s love cannot be complicated by ignorance, silliness, or absurdities. Immutability means that divine love cannot change. Therefore, God’s love does not improve or decline, does not increase or decrease. Therefore, the rejecting of God’s eternal love never results in any kind of a divine reaction that could be classified as sinful or evil. Divine love is the same yesterday, today, and forever even when divine love is performing punitive action (“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He skins alive with a whip every son whom He receives”). Divine love is perfect, eternal, and infinite in its stability and in its function regardless of any set of circumstances.
e. Because God is veracity and truth, divine love has perfect and eternal capacity, which cannot be diminished or changed by any failure or flaw of the angelic creatures or human beings.
f. Because God is infinite, He cannot be complicated by ignorance, absurdities, silliness, or emotion in the existence or function of His love for us.
g. Because God is holy, His love can only function in perfect virtue, honor, and integrity. Personal love for God the Father demands the ultimate in virtue from the believer. Before you have capacity for personal love, you must first have capacity for impersonal love. It was God the Father’s impersonal love that sent Jesus Christ to the Cross.
(1) When the Father says to the Son, “I love You,” this is a case of personal love. Personal love emphasizes the attractiveness of the object. Since the object (the Lord Jesus Christ) has identical perfect righteousness and integrity, this is personal love.
(2) But when God the Father says to the human race, “I love you,” this is impersonal love. Impersonal love depends on the righteousness and integrity of the subject (God the Father) only. The human race is born into the status of spiritual death and that demands judgment from the justice of God. That judgment was carried out when all the sins of the human race were imputed to the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ on the Cross. 1 Pet 2:24.
h. Because God is eternal, He gives His divine love whether there is an occasion or not. God foreknew human sinfulness and failure and He did not cancel or diminish His love for human beings. His love was not based on emotion but on integrity. God does not have to have an object for His love for divine love to exist; for divine love has existed from eternity past with or without an object.
i. Because God’s love is immutable and eternal, the content and the capacity remain the same. Therefore, God does not fall in love; He does not begin to love; His love does not increase. His divine love can never be bribed by good deeds or any form of human patronizing, legalism, or human merit. God’s love is never disappointed, frustrated, or distracted. Divine love is never sustained by human attractiveness, human rapport, human merit, or human worthiness. God’s love cannot be bought by good behavior.
4. There are three categories of God’s love: His divine personal love, divine impersonal love, and divine self-esteem.
a. God the Father loves the righteousness of God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God the Son and God the Holy Spirit love God the Father and each other. That is divine personal love. The object of God’s personal love is perfect righteousness.
b. Divine self-esteem means that each member of the Trinity has always loved His own divine righteousness.
c. Divine impersonal love is based on divine self-esteem. There is no impersonal love within the Godhead. Divine impersonal love is directed only toward the human race in spiritual death. Impersonal love in the human race is the capacity for personal love. If a human being does not have impersonal love, they have no capacity for personal love. The key to love is capacity for love, not inspiration from the object.
d. Divine personal love emphasizes the integrity of the object. Divine impersonal love emphasizes the integrity of the subject. Divine love is attracted to perfect divine righteousness.
e. How did God ever come to have personal love for anyone in the human race? At the moment of salvation, every believer receives the imputation of God’s very own perfect divine righteousness, so that any believer not only has regeneration through divine impersonal love but he also has divine personal love. God now has personal love for the believer. God’s righteousness in the believer is the basis for logistical grace blessing whether he is a winner believer or loser believer. What the righteousness of God in us demands, the justice of God executes.
5. Divine self-esteem is defined as God’s love directed toward His own personal righteousness. Each person of the Trinity loves His own perfect righteousness. Divine self-esteem means that no person in the Trinity ever feels threatened by another member of the Trinity. Divine self-esteem means that no person of the Trinity ever feels threatened by any form of creature failure. Divine self-esteem is the pattern for spiritual self-esteem.
6. Divine impersonal love emphasizes the virtue, the honor, and the integrity of the subject. God’s impersonal love is related to the unbeliever in the human race, who is spiritually dead from birth. God’s impersonal love depends on who and what God is, never on who and what any fallen creature is. God loves spiritually dead mankind as the object of His love.
a. Divine impersonal love is directed only toward the totally unworthy objects–unbelievers in spiritual death and believers in the state of sin. Therefore the emphasis in impersonal love is on the integrity of the subject and the unworthiness of the object.
b. Because God is perfect in His integrity, divine love is devoid of unfairness, or prejudice, or discrimination toward any member of the human race. An illustration of divine impersonal love is the doctrine of unlimited atonement. Therefore, when Jesus Christ was on the Cross, He died as a substitute for every sin in the history of the human race.
(1) 1 Jn 4:9-10, “By this, the love of God was manifest in our case, because God has sent His unique son into the world, in order that through Him we might live. By this, divine love exists, not because we have loved God, but because He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.”
(2) 1 Pet 3:18, “Because Christ also died once for our sins, the righteous One as a substitute for unrighteous ones, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”

C. Introduction To Personal Love For God As A Problem Solving Device.
1. Personal love for God is related to three of the adult problem solving devices:
a. Personal love for God the Father–problem-solving device number seven.
b. Impersonal love for all mankind–problem solving device number eight.
c. Occupation with Christ–problem-solving device number ten.
2. The believer is exhorted to love each member of the Trinity. 2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” The love of God is based on the fact that He loved us first before we loved Him.
We have here the concept of the believer’s impersonal love for all mankind, the believer’s spiritual self-esteem, and the believer’s virtue dependent love bound up in this sentence. The believer’s personal love for God the Father, occupation with Christ and fellowship with the Holy Spirit are different ways of saying how the believer comes to love each person of the Godhead.
3. How does the love of God solve problems that through physical birth are so devastating? The most devastating problem in life is the spiritual death of man, which occurs at the moment God gives human life to our souls at birth. How did God solve that problem? He solved that problem through the substitutionary spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
a. Spiritual death means total depravity, total separation from God, and total helplessness to do anything about it.
b. There can be no greater problem than the problem that occurs by the very fact that at birth we become human beings and simultaneously spiritually dead. This cuts off any possibility of ever doing anything to gain the approbation of God. Therefore, it is God who takes the initiative and solves problems.
c. All three members of the Trinity are involved in solving the problem of man’s spiritual death. God the Father judged the humanity of Jesus Christ on the Cross by imputing every sin in human history to Him and judging those sins. Jesus Christ is the only member of the human race who ever had “victory over sin.” He went to the Cross and solved forever the problem of sin as it relates to separation from God in spiritual death. God the Father loved the world so much that He gave His Son, the uniquely born One, that anyone who believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life. All of this is understandable only through the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
d. Rom 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”
4. A personal sense of destiny (problem solving device number six) on the FLOT (forward line of troops) line of the soul is the dividing line between spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood. A personal sense of destiny is analogous to spiritual self-esteem, entrance into the adult spiritual life.
5. Personal love for God the Father is the first adult problem-solving device. It is necessary to have this problem solving device deployed on the FLOT line of the soul in order to pass providential preventative suffering. Passing providential preventative suffering is designed to eliminate the three arrogance skills (self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption), the sins of the arrogance complex, and the sins of the emotional complex.
a. Spiritual self-esteem plus cognitive self-confidence plus personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind plus providential preventative suffering equals spiritual autonomy, which is the second stage of the adult spiritual life.
b. Spiritual autonomy plus cognitive independence plus sharing the happiness of God (problem solving device number nine) plus momentum testing equals spiritual maturity, which is the third stage of the adult spiritual life.
c. Spiritual maturity plus cognitive invincibility plus occupation with Christ plus evidence testing equals maximum glorification of God.
d. Spiritual self-esteem is the first tactical objective of the spiritual life and the base of operations for parlaying a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ, which is the first strategic objective of the spiritual life. 1 Thes 5:8, “But since we are of the day, let us attain spiritual self-esteem, after we have put on the breastplate of doctrine and virtue-love, and as the helmet, the confidence of salvation.”
(1) This “day” is a reference to the Church Age. In the Old Testament, they were always in semi-darkness except for just a few believers.
(2) The present active subjunctive of the verb NEPHO means “to be sober in the sense of not intoxicated; to be self-controlled.” It connotes everything contained in the concept of having spiritual self-esteem.
(3) Many believers have learned a lot of doctrine and then have no

confidence in their salvation. They start applying experience to doctrine rather than doctrine to experience. Therefore false doctrine replaces true doctrine.
e. Spiritual maturity, the second tactical objective of the spiritual life, is the base of operations for parlaying spiritual maturity into maximum glorification of God and becoming an invisible hero, the second strategic objective of the spiritual life.
6. God initiates virtue-love, 1 Jn 4:19-20, “We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, is not able to love God whom he has not seen.” You are never a good lover until you are loved by God. Since you are loved personally by God the Father, you are better qualified to love God than any other believers in history. This personal love was first demonstrated in heaven among the members of the Trinity and has capacity because of the virtue in the Godhead. Virtue is the capacity for personal love.
7. Our love for God exists because of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Rom 5:5, “And confidence does not disappoint us, because the love for God has been poured out in our hearts [stream of consciousness] through the agency of the Holy Spirit who was given to us for our benefit.” As the teacher of doctrine, God the Holy Spirit is our mentor.
8. The Distraction of the Adult Believer.
a. When the adult believer travels down the road from spiritual adulthood to loser believer, he has been distracted by arrogance, emotion as a criterion for the spiritual life, and problem-solving incompetence inserted into the spiritual life (trying to solve a problem with a problem).
b. The distracted believer is described in Eph 4:18, “They have been darkened in their way of thinking, and they have become alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the scar tissue of their heart.”
c. What are the principles of distraction?
(1) To be informed but not distracted requires the adult problem solving devices.
(2) To be distracted is to be uninformed about Bible doctrine at the critical moment of advancing in the battle.
(3) To be uninformed about Bible doctrine is to become a loser believer.
(4) To become a loser believer is to combine the emotional sins with the sins of arrogance resulting in problem solving incompetence.
(5) Emotion plus arrogance combines to form the irrational dilemma of problem-solving incompetence. Therefore problem-solving incompetence becomes a permanent distraction, resulting in perpetual carnality through distortion of the rebound technique. Therefore, the decision to not use rebound put the adult believer on the road to becoming a casualty in ranks.
d. What causes the believer to get all fouled up in his doctrine, when in the past he has been very clear in his understanding of doctrine? It begins with reaction to something in bitterness leading to a frantic search for happiness. This results in operation boomerang, in which your frantic search for happiness ends in greater frustration and unhappiness. You continue to spiral downward into the eight stages of reversionism.
9. Capacity for loving God the Father does not come from emotional streaks of gratitude, but from the mechanics of the spiritual life. Capacity for loving God is based on knowledge of doctrine rather than emotion, and application of doctrine through the problem solving devices

only, rather than emotional stimulation in the sphere of self-gratification. 1 10. Love for God includes gratitude, but gratitude does not necessarily imply love for God.
a. There is a difference between feeling grateful and being grateful on the basis of the capacity of Bible doctrine in your soul.
b. Feeling grateful is an emotion. Being grateful is capacity for thanksgiving from consistent advancing in ranks through the same system, Phil 3:16. The same system is the utilization of the two power options, function of the three spiritual skills, deployment of the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul, execution of the three stages of the adult spiritual life.

D. Personal and Impersonal Love.
1. The categories of love in the human race come from the function of divine love.
a. The verb “love” is a transitive verb, meaning that it must have a subject and an object. To whom can God the Father say, “I love you?” From eternity past He has said it to God the Son and God the Holy Spirit because they possess perfect integrity, perfect righteousness. Perfect righteousness is the object of divine love. There never was a time when God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit did not have personal love for each other. This is called personal love because the subject has integrity and the object has perfect and eternal integrity.
b. Each member of the Trinity also loves His own righteousness. That is divine, eternal, and perfect self-esteem.
c. We are born spiritually dead and spiritual death is total depravity. This spiritual death is totally obnoxious to God. So God cannot say to us “I love you” on a personal basis from the standpoint of our birth. Because of the original sin of the man and the woman, the love of God was no longer man’s frame of reference. Justice became our frame of reference. Divine impersonal love must now be used by God toward mankind. God’s love for us was not a personal love, when we were spiritually dead, as all born members of the human race are. As a result, we have some interesting verses.
(1) Rom 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”
(2) Jn 3:16, “God loved the world so much that He gave His Son, the uniquely-born One, that anyone who believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life.”
2. There is a greater and more powerful love than personal love. It is impersonal love.
a. God loves the unbeliever, who is totally obnoxious to God’s righteousness and justice. But because God has the virtue of impersonal love, He can say to the entire human race, “I love you.”
b. Because God loves us with impersonal love, He still has His integrity, His holiness, His righteousness, and His justice.
c. Jesus Christ received the judgment of our sins, not because He loved our sins or loved us personally, but He loved us with an impersonal love. Impersonal love is a more powerful love than personal love, and is the basis for all true personal love in the human race.
d. Impersonal love is integrity. Impersonal love fulfills the principle of capacity. Impersonal love not only provides capacity for personal love but provides the validity of personal love and the reality of personal love.
3. The moment you believe in Christ, you possess God’s righteousness. Now God can say to you, “I love you” and it is personal love. It is personal love because the subject (God) and the object (the believer) have exactly the same righteousness–God’s righteousness.
a. When we believe in Christ, eternal life is imputed to us, we are said to be “born-again,” and we are said to be in Gal 3:26, “You are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
b. Now that we are His children, we cannot lose our salvation. But whenever we sin, we are under two divine laws.
(1) The law of volitional responsibility, which says, “We sow to the wind and we reap the whirlwind.” “Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatever a person sows, that will he also reap.”
(2) We are also under the law of divine discipline for children. “You are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” He no longer deals with us as unbelievers, but as children.
c. As believers we have the privilege and opportunity of executing His plan through the two power options (the filling of the Spirit and the metabolization of doctrine), the three spiritual skills (the filling of the Spirit, metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, and the function of the ten problem solving devices), and the deployment of the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
4. It is important to have a genuine love in this life to attain a personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind. Verses that tell us about this include:
a. 2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” That means you have to have personal love for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
(1) To love someone personally you have to know how they are thinking, and we have to know how God thinks. That is why the spiritual life is the filling of the Holy Spirit and a system of thinking.
(2) You never love God until you know how He thinks. How do you know when you have the thoughts of God? It is through the perception, metabolization, and application of metabolized doctrine through the problem solving devices.
(3) The filling of the Spirit is our first capacity to respond to the love of God. No one is ever going to love God until he knows God. God reveals Himself through the Scripture. Fellowship with the Spirit is the means of loving both God the Father and God the Son.
b. 1 Thes 5:8, “But since we are of the day, let us attain spiritual self-esteem, after we have put on the breastplate of doctrine and virtue-love, and as a helmet, the confidence of salvation.”
c. Rom 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called on the basis of a predetermined plan.”
5. The Greek verb AGAPAO means, “to have virtue-love.” The cognate noun is the word AGAPE, and means, “virtue-love.” Personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind is the virtue system that produces capacity for true love, the validity of true love, and the reality of true love. As a believer, you have the opportunity to enter into a system of virtue through the power and provision of God that is fantastic beyond description.
6. There is greater vulnerability to failure at the point of entering spiritual adulthood than at any other point in the spiritual life. The reason for this vulnerability is failure to deploy two systems of love that give you the virtue for every relationship you will ever have with a human being in this life. There are three systems that keep you from coming to a personal love for God and impersonal love for mankind.
a. Malfunction, ignorance, misinformation, and distortion of the biblical doctrine of love.
b. The three arrogance skills and the arrogance complex of sins combined with the emotional complex of sins.
c. You are tempted from boredom, repetition of the teaching of doctrine, and hearing things you simply do not like.
d. Before you ever can ever deal with the subtleties of the arrogance problems in your life you have to have personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind deployed as problem solving devices on the FLOT line of your soul. Just before you achieve the first tactical objective of having a personal sense of destiny, you are going to be tempted to be a user of God rather than a worshiper of God. The user has no capacity for love. The greatest suckers for false doctrine are not new believers but the believers approaching spiritual adulthood.
e. Until you sort out love, you cannot handle people testing. Neither will you have any love for God, because you are using God against people to manipulate people.
f. There are two areas of vulnerability in the decline from spiritual adulthood to loser believer. The first area of vulnerability is the triple threat of the arrogance complex of sins functioning under the three arrogance skills, emotion as the criteria for the spiritual life, which includes emotional involvement in problem solving, and problem solving incompetence. The second area of vulnerability is ignorance of the general biblical subject of love and failure to deploy the adult problem solving devices in the first stage of the adult spiritual life. The failure to deploy the adult problem solving devices relates to ignorance and misconceptions of the biblical subject of love. This is the failure to rightly divide the word of truth regarding personal and impersonal love as virtue-love and distinguish this from the erroneous concepts of human love.
g. Pseudo love and arrogance are distractions to the spiritual life. The capacity for pseudo love comes from the arrogance skills. People use pseudo love as a system of manipulation. Eph 4:18 describes the distracted believer, “They have been darkened in their thinking, they have become alienated from the life of God, because of ignorance which is in them, because of scar tissue of the heart.” Reaching the first tactical objective–spiritual self-esteem or a personal sense of destiny–is easy, but most people do not develop personal love for God.
h. To be informed and not distracted requires the four adult problem-solving devices: personal love for God, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ. To be distracted is to be uninformed about Bible doctrine at the critical moment of advancing in ranks to the tactical objective of spiritual self-esteem. What causes this? The complete breakdown of the basic problem solving devices caused by the arrogance skills, the arrogance sins, and emotionalism. This leads to problem solving incompetence. To be uninformed as a believer is to become a loser believer. To become a loser believer is to combine the emotional complex of sins with the sins of arrogance resulting in problem solving incompetence. Problem solving incompetence becomes a permanent distraction resulting in perpetual carnality through the distortion of rebound.
i. Capacity for loving God the Father does not come from emotional streaks of gratitude but from the mechanics of the spiritual life. Capacity for loving God is based on knowledge of doctrine rather than emotion, application of doctrine through problem solving devices rather than emotional stimulation in the sphere of self-gratification. Love for God includes gratitude, but gratitude does not necessary imply love for God. There is a difference between feeling grateful (an emotion) and being grateful (capacity for thanksgiving from advancing in ranks). Giving thanks is a sign of capacity for love. The same system that provides virtue capacity for personal love for each member of the Trinity also provides capacity for genuine gratitude.
(1) 1 Thes 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(2) Col 2:7, “having been firmly rooted and edified in Him and stabilized by means of doctrine as you have been taught, overflowing with thanksgiving.”
(3) Col 1:10b-12, “constantly growing by means of metabolized doctrine from God, because we have been endowed with all divine power [the two power options] from that superior power of His glory, resulting in all endurance and patience with happiness, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us for a share in the endowment of the saints in the life.”
(4) The challenge is given in Jn 5:42, “I know you. And you do not have the love of God in yourselves.” May it never be said that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. But this is true of millions of believers who do not have capacity for love from metabolized doctrine in their souls.
7. There are five concepts of virtue-love.
a. Motivation. Motivation for all true love comes from personal love for God the Father.
b. Capacity. All true love must have a capacity. The capacity is mental or perceptive ability. Hence, capacity for true love depends on Bible doctrine metabolized and circulating in the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness. There is no capacity for love until you have Bible doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness and your functioning under the filling of the Spirit.
c. Verification. Verification confirms the authenticity and the accuracy of motivation and capacity for virtue-love. Your capacity for love and verification depend on the filling of the Spirit, Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, your utilization of the three spiritual skills, and the deployment of ten problem solving devices. There is no verification of your capacity for love until you deploy and use the problem solving devices.
d. Validity. Validity produces the desired result in true love through the execution of all three stages of the adult spiritual life. Validity is advancing to the third stage of the adult spiritual life–maximum glorification of God. In the third stage of the adult spiritual life, you join the Lord Jesus Christ as witnesses for God against Satan in Satan’s appeal trial.
e. Reality. Reality is the doctrinal principle that Christians can love God the Father personally and each other impersonally. This is function of virtue-love as a problem-solving device.
8. Believers have the greatest potential for love, yet fail miserably.
a. Principles.
(1) You can never advance in the spiritual life if all you see is the problem and not the solution. People who are preoccupied with the problem never see the solution.
(2) Unless you know and utilize the divine solutions, you will always be distracted and engrossed with your problems. The ten problem solving devices will handle any problem in life.
(3) To be informed is to avoid distraction to your spiritual life. The greatest distractions you are ever going to have are the terrible dilemma of trying to solve a problem with a problem.
(4) To be uninformed is to be distracted from the four spiritual mechanics of the protocol plan of God. To be distracted by the arrogance skills is to be distracted by the arrogance complex of sins, which causes you to focus in on your problems, never on the solutions. The emotional complex of sins does the same thing, resulting in problem solving incompetence.
(5) To be distracted is to be uninformed or misinformed about Bible doctrine. You may be informed but you will distort it.
(6) In the distracted and misinformed state, Bible doctrine is the first thing that is rejected.
(7) To become a loser believer is to rationalize the problem. To rationalize the problem is to be devoid of divine solutions.
b. You have the option of using the four mechanics of the spiritual life to attain the four spiritual objectives of the spiritual life.
c. To reject the divine provision of grace for the execution of the protocol plan of God and to adopt a system of pseudo spirituality is tantamount to rejection of doctrine and inevitably leads to the loser believer of Phil 3:18-19; Jam 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5.
(1) Prov 16:18, “Arrogance precedes destruction, and before a fall there is a lifestyle of arrogance.” An arrogant person has only lust for emotion. Love is how they feel. They have no capacity for love.
(2) Prov 11:2, “When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor.”
(3) Prov 29:23, “A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but a lifestyle of humility will attain honor.”
(4) Jam 3:14, “But if you have bitter jealousy and inordinate ambition in your heart, stop being arrogant and stop lying against the truth.”
(5) 1 Tim 6:3-4, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and does not concur with sound doctrines, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, even the doctrines pertaining to the spiritual life, he has become arrogant, understanding nothing; furthermore he has morbid obsessions about controversies and verbal conflicts from which originate jealousy, discord, evil speculations.”
d. Entrance into the adult spiritual life is the greatest sphere of vulnerability to failure in our spiritual life. Arrogance plus emotion always results in the irrational dilemma of trying to solve a problem with a problem in the state of carnality. This is the emotional dilemma of the ineptazoid or loser believer. You cannot solve a problem with another problem. You can only solve a problem with a divine solution. The divine solution is the only solution; human solutions are no solutions. The adult stage of the spiritual life has great potential for failure and great potential for advance.
(1) To become preoccupied with the problem is to reject the divine solution. When the believer becomes preoccupied with the problem, he ignores the solution because he feels so bad, he is hurting so much, and he wants sympathy. That is not the spiritual life. Preoccupation with the problem results in human solutions, which are no solutions, including: arrogance, emotion, problem solving incompetence, and failure to enter into the tandem function of the first two advanced problem solving devices (personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind).
(2) The greatest emotional responses you will ever have are when you are operating on virtue-love.
(3) The divine solution is rejected because people want God to give them something to make them feel good. The loser believer sees the problem. The winner believer sees the solution. You cannot see the solution until you learn the ten problem solving devices. The loser believer becomes engrossed with the problem. The winner believer becomes absorbed with the divine solution.
(4) Human solutions listen to bad advance and rationalize the problem. If you rationalize the problem, you rationalize the solution. A rationalized solution is therefore no solution. A rationalized solution is the rejection of the divine solution.
(5) Human solutions and divine solutions do not coexist in your spiritual life. When you accept a human solution from counseling or whatever, you have rejected a divine solution. When you have rejected a divine solution, you can only become a loser believer.
(6) To reject the divine solution is to reject the God given spiritual mechanics of the protocol plan of God. Any system of application of doctrine to experience, which ignores or rejects problem-solving devices distorts the truth and inevitably results in false doctrine. When you use emotion to attempt to solve your problem, you have neutralized the problem-solving device. God did not give us emotion, arrogance, or prayer as problem solving devices. Metabolized doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness through the filling of the Spirit is the only true source for application.
(7) The privacy of the believer’s royal priesthood is the sphere for doctrinal conceptualism, not someone else giving you advice. When the believer depends on others for counseling and guidance, he contradicts the divine system for cognition and the execution of the divine plan for each and every Church Age believer. The gift of pastor-teacher is designed to communicate to the privacy of your soul.
(8) Conceptualism is learning, thinking, and solving. Through learning Bible doctrine the doctrine is transferred from the page of the word of God to your stream of consciousness. The greatest accumulation of wealth you will ever have is Bible doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness. The spiritual life is a system of thinking through the agency of the Holy Spirit. In solving, you deploy the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of your soul. You deal with your problems in the privacy of your own priesthood.
e. There are six principles of application.
(1) Application without truth is false.
(2) Application without fact is folly.
(3) Application from emotion is irrationality.
(4) Application from arrogance is distorted thinking with a mishmash (jumble) of emotion.
(5) Application without doctrine is spiritual decline into the status of loser believer.
(6) Application without virtue is love without motivation, capacity, verification, validity, or reality, therefore, failure of the tandem function of the first two advanced problem solving devices in the first stage of spiritual adulthood.
9. The importance of virtue-love as a problem solving device is taught in 1 Cor 13:4,7,13, “Virtue-love is patient, virtue-love is kind, virtue-love is not jealous; virtue-love does not brag, virtue-love is not arrogant, …It [virtue-love] keeps all things confidential, believes all things [the faith-rest drill], has confident expectation [a personal sense of destiny] in all things, endures all things [suffering for blessing. …But now [during the Church Age] faith [the faith-rest drill], hope [a personal sense of destiny], virtue-love remain in place–these three; but the greatest of these is virtue-love.”
a. There are two things that never go together–arrogance and love. You cannot be arrogant and have capacity for love.
b. All advanced problem-solving devices are related to virtue-love.
c. Personal love for God has a love base–impersonal love.
(1) 1 Jn 2:5, “But whoever guards His word, truly in him the love for God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.”
(2) Jude 21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
(3) Rom 8:28, “For we know that to those who love God, He causes all things to work together for good, to those who are elected on the basis of a predetermined plan.”
(4) Jam 1:12, “Blessed is the person who perseveres under testing; because when he becomes approved, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”
(5) 1 Jn 4:19-21, “We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, is not able to love God whom he has not seen. And this is the mandate we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also love his fellow believer.”
(6) 1 Jn 5:2, “By this we verify the fact that we keep on loving the children of God, when we love God and execute His mandates.” Loving God is understanding God from metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. The test of loving God is keeping His commands or mandates. We respond to God through Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
d. Impersonal love for all mankind also has a love base, 1 Jn 4:7,11,21. Sharing the happiness of God has a love base, 1 Pet 1:8. Occupation with Christ has a love base, Eph 1:17; Heb 12:2, “Be concentrating on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our doctrine, who because of His exhibited happiness, He endured the cross, and He disregarded the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
e. The word “faith” represents the basic problem solving devices. The word “hope” represents a personal sense of destiny or spiritual self-esteem, the dividing line between the basic and advanced problem solving devices. The word “love” represents the four advanced problem solving devices. These three nouns represent the subject of the FLOT line of the soul.
f. Rom 5:5, 8, “And hope [our personal sense of destiny] does not disgrace us, because the love for God has been poured out in our hearts by agency of the Holy Spirit who was given to us for our benefit. …But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This teaches that once the adult believer has deployed personal love for God on the FLOT line of his soul he has neutralized the high risk factor of a rapid decline from adult believer to loser believer. Failure to deploy personal love for God the Father results in retreat to the status of loser believer. Phil 3:16, “However, as a result of what we have attained [spiritual adulthood], let us keep advancing in ranks by the same system.”
g. Faith, hope, and virtue-love remain as problem solving devices during the Church Age, but the greatest of these problem solving devices is virtue-love. If you do not deploy these three categories of problem solving devices for each stage of the spiritual life (especially the four adult problem solving devices), you can go no farther in the spiritual life. Instead, you will accept cheap substitutes and suck into your life all the dirt this world has to offer. For the believer there is no true love without virtue, and for the unbeliever there is no true love without morality. It is the advanced problem solving devices that protect you from the high risk factor of becoming a loser believer after you have advanced so far.
h. 1 Pet 1:8, “and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”
10. The Virtue-Love Tandem.
a. The adult problem solving devices in the first stage of spiritual adulthood include personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind. Personal love for God the Father leads the tandem, providing motivation for virtue-love. Impersonal love for all mankind follows in the tandem, providing capacity for personal love in the tandem in friendship, romance, and marriage.
b. Capacity results in verification and validity. Verification confirms the authenticity and accuracy of both the motivation and capacity of personal love in marriage. Validity produces the desired result, so that motivation plus capacity plus verification plus validity equals the reality of virtue-love. Reality is the doctrinal principle that the divine mandate for husbands to love their wives can only be fulfilled by human personal love when that human personal love is inside the integrity envelope with emphasis on impersonal love.
c. Personal love for God provides the motivation to keep you moving in the spiritual life. Impersonal love for all mankind is the capacity for personal love toward human beings in life. Virtue is a synonym for true love in life. Virtue is the only system of true love. Personal love among members of the human race has no virtue.
d. There is no happiness in marriage if there is no integrity envelope of impersonal love in which personal love resides. The laws of divine establishment produce the highest virtue an unbeliever can possess, and that becomes his capacity for love. Virtue for the believing husband comes only from the tandem of personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind.
e. Impersonal love solves problems in relationship to human beings. Personal love outside of the integrity envelope is a problem manufacturing device. Personal love is vulnerable to those sins, which combine the arrogance complex of sins with the emotional complex of sins to form problem solving incompetence (example–jealousy).
11. Impersonal love is part of the three divine rules for marriage.
a. The first divine rule for marriage, the responsibility of the man, is Eph 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself as a substitute for her.”
(1) This is a mandate for personal love in marriage inside the integrity envelope. It cannot be executed without virtue-love. Personal love in marriage without virtue is a problem manufacturing system. The standards in marriage for the believer is infinitely higher than the standards for the unbeliever. The believer is commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. The unbeliever is commanded to love his wife as he loves his own body. Under this mandate, most men are not even qualified for marriage, because they do not even have a personal sense of destiny or spiritual self-esteem. Only the husband is mandated to love in marriage because the woman is a responder. When she does not have anything to respond to, in time she will react her head off. She is commanded to respond to his virtue-love with respect and inner beauty.
(a) The divine mandate requires personal love inside the integrity envelope of the tandem of virtue-love. The mandate requires virtue in love rather than active arrogance. Apart from virtue-love the believer is helpless to fulfill this mandate. He does not have the virtue or problem solving devices to do it. The arrogant man has no capacity for love. Human personal love always gravitates to arrogance (What will make me happy? What is attractive to me? What turns me on? What can she do for me?). Personal love is hamstrung by arrogance and emotion.
(b) The husband who fails to deploy problem solving devices number seven and eight (personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind) never advances another step, but makes a rapid retreat from adult believer to loser believer. Capacity for true love in marriage comes from virtue-love.
(c) All relationships with God and mankind apart from these two problem solving devices working together in tandem are twisted and distorted, resulting in the inevitability of being a perpetually carnal and loser believer. The loser believer has no capacity for love in friendship, romance, or marriage.
(d) Personal love and impersonal love always function in tandem. Personal love for God the Father is motivation for virtue-love. Impersonal love for all mankind is capacity for personal love. In the tandem, motivation is followed by capacity for verification and validity of the husband’s love in marriage. Motivation plus capacity results in verification and validity. Verification confirms the authenticity and accuracy of the doctrine involved (motivation and capacity for virtue-love in marriage). Validity produces the desired result in true love in marriage. Motivation plus capacity plus verification plus validity result in reality that the husband’s love in marriage results from the deployment of both problem solving devices in the first stage of the adult spiritual life. The reality is the doctrinal principle that Christian husbands can love their wives just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself as substitute for her. The doctrinal conceptualism of learning, thinking, and solving, concentrate on the deployment of problem solving devices number seven and eight to pass the test of providential preventative suffering.
(e) Personal love is vulnerable to those sins that combine arrogance with emotion in the rapid decline of the adult believer to loser believer. The weakness of personal love in the human race is that it is virtue dependent for its motivation, its capacity, its verification, its validity, and its reality in friendship, romance, and marriage. This is true of both the believer and unbeliever. The unbeliever gets his virtue from the laws of divine establishment.
(f) The strength of impersonal love in the tandem is that it provides motivation, capacity, verification, validity, and reality of true love in the human race.
(g) Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. Christ loved the Church with a fantastic personal love from His deity. This personal love was established in eternity past by His personal love for divine righteousness and His impersonal love for the entire human race. Christ also loved the Church from His humanity by His virtue-love. The husband is not told to love his wife on the basis of his personal ability to love. That will destroy a marriage through the cruelty and evil of the husband. Personal love in the human race does not solve problems. It is only capable of creating problems.
(h) Impersonal love is the key to humility. Humility survives admiration on the one hand and antagonism on the other hand through impersonal love.
(i) In the tandem function of impersonal love in marriage, the motivation, capacity, verification, validity, and reality of personal for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind provides an integrity envelope for honorable function of personal love in marriage.
(j) Personal love is not virtuous or honorable in itself. Personal love is virtue dependent. Therefore, it must be inside the integrity envelope of impersonal love. All biblical mandates related to human love demand the function of impersonal love for fulfillment. Personal love is dependent on impersonal love for effectiveness. Personal love minus virtue will not hold a marriage together. Personal love is transient; for it depends on physical attraction, lust, desire, admiration, security, self-improvement, peer pressure, social acceptance, social climbing, and lack of boredom. Because personal love has no virtue in itself, it often results in vulnerability to tragic flaws and brings out the dark side of any person. (k) Personal love complicates life by combining the problems of two people in a pressure system, which intensifies stress in life. If a person cannot handle his own problems, he cannot take on the problems of someone else in marriage. Therefore, the weakness of personal love must be recognized. The weakness of personal love is generally related to the attraction stage of romance or marriage. Personal love that remains in the attraction stage and fails to advance to compatibility or rapport stages quickly fades. Lack of reciprocation in personal love causes frustration, bitterness, and disillusion. Therefore, it results in self-fragmentation.
(l) Personal love is weak, because it is conditional. Only impersonal love is unconditional. Personal love depends on the thinking that the other person must behave or else.
(m) A person is no better in marriage than he is as a person. Marriage does not improve him. An arrogant person has no capacity for marriage. An emotional person is self-destructive in marriage. Human viewpoint says, “Find the right person.” Bible doctrine says, “Be the right person.”
(2) Impersonal love is the second half of the tandem of virtue-love.
(a) The word “impersonal” is an adjective, which substitutes virtue for prejudice and excludes both emotional and arrogance complex of sins as having no part in the spiritual life. Impersonal means rejection of emotion. The noun “impersonality” denotes both the quality and status of not involving emotion or personal feelings in a relationship to others.
(b) Impersonal love is the imperative of the spiritual life. Personal love is optional in human life. You do not have to fall in love or look for someone to love.
(c) Impersonal love emphasizes the integrity of the subject. Personal love emphasizes the attractiveness and desirability in the object.
(d) Impersonal love is directed toward the entire human race. Personal love is directed toward a few in friendship, romance, and marriage. Impersonal love injects virtue into personal love. Without that virtue, there is nothing in personal love except lust and problems and evil obsession.
(e) Impersonal love in the tandem is motivated by personal love for God. Therefore, it is non-discriminating. Personal love is motivated by attraction. Therefore, it is both prejudiced and discriminating. Except when your personal love is inside the impersonal love envelope.
(f) Impersonal love is an advanced problem-solving device related to human beings as the object. Personal love is a problem manufacturing device.
(g) Impersonal love is mandatory for the believer. Personal love is optional. Impersonal love demands virtue in the subject; for impersonal love is the capacity for personal love in the tandem of the first two problem solving devices. In the tandem, personal love for God the Father is motivation.
(h) Impersonal love is manufactured by Bible doctrine. Personal love is manufactured by human viewpoint, including sin nature control, lust, emotion, vanity, arrogance, human desires, and self-gratification.
(i) Impersonal love is a virtue from God. Personal love is an expression of arrogance, when it is minus virtue.
(j) Impersonal love is sustained by the inventory of Bible doctrine in the soul–metabolized doctrine circulating in the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness. Personal love is sustained by attractiveness and mutual admiration.
(k) Impersonal love is a relaxed mental attitude toward all persons. Personal love is intense and possessive as an attitude toward a few.
(l) Impersonal love is free from arrogance. Personal love is hamstrung by arrogance.
(m) Impersonal love is the mandate of the protocol plan of God. Personal love is always optional.
(n) The power of impersonal love is defined as that virtue system whereby the integrity of the subject exceeds the unattractiveness of the object.
(o) Being unconditional, impersonal love emphasizes virtue, honor, and integrity in the subject rather than the attractiveness or repulsiveness of the object. Being unconditional, impersonal love is the virtue and integrity of overcoming all problems related to the object. Therefore, the subject possesses virtue-love as both an integrity envelope and a problem-solving device.
(p) Impersonal love functions on the basis of who and what the subject is not who and what the object is.
(q) Impersonal love never depends on approbation, flattery, patronage, hypocrisy, attention, social climbing, all of the things by which someone latches on to someone else, using them for whatever purposes they have in their soul.
(r) Impersonal love disregards malice, hatred, hostility, antagonism, and repulsiveness and substitutes the Christian virtues of tolerance, courtesy, humility, objectivity, and teachability. The filling of the Holy Spirit replaces the energy of the sin nature in control the soul. Impersonal love as a problem-solving device is stable, consistent, dynamic, unperturbed by arrogance, prejudice, or unfairness.
(s) Impersonal love remains stabilized and objective whether confronted with love, hatred, friendliness, antagonism, admiration, or animosity. Impersonal love removes reaction or frustration, retaliation or revenge, prejudice or discrimination, arrogance or jealousy, self-righteousness or self-pity, bitterness and hatred.
i. People without virtue always lust and personal love gets its motivation from people without virtue and their lust pattern.
ii. They lust for wealth without honor, success without integrity, promotion without ability, approbation without achievement.
iii. Love without virtue is marriage without happiness.
(3) The Integrity Envelope.
(a) The integrity envelope is the only way in which personal love in friendship, romance, and marriage can be fulfilled by the husband as God commanded in Eph 5:25.
(b) The integrity envelope originates from the tandem principle and function of personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind. Your love is not dependent on people loving you, but on execution of the adult spiritual life.
(c) The deployment of problem solving device number seven and number eight is the divine grace provision for the integrity of personal love and Christian obedience in this divine command.
(d) In the tandem system of problem solving, personal love for God the Father is the motivation for personal love in the integrity envelope, while impersonal love is the capacity for personal love. But personal love outside of the integrity envelope is lying, cheating, unfaithfulness, lust; everything that will destroy.
(e) Therefore, the tandem of motivation and capacity result in verification and validity. Verification confirms the authenticity and accuracy of both motivation and capacity for virtue-love in marriage. Validity produces the desired result, when personal love resides in the integrity envelope.
(f) Motivation plus capacity of the integrity envelope equal verification plus validity–the dynamics of personal love inside the integrity envelope. The day when you pass all the tests, you have reality.
(g) The integrity envelope was invented at the first Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. He established precedence for the spiritual life of the Church Age believer.
(4) Jesus’ Integrity Envelope.
(a) Jesus Christ went to the Cross as true humanity because He had deployed on the FLOT line of His soul personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind. These two problem-solving devices were His integrity envelope.
(b) In His undiminished deity, Jesus Christ loved the Father personally from eternity past. The humanity of Christ in hypostatic union deployed the problem solving devices of the integrity envelope on the FLOT line of His soul. The tandem problem-solving device forms the virtue envelope in which virtue-love functions with virtue. Virtue-love is the source of virtue in the spiritual life.
(c) The humanity of Christ in hypostatic union had personal love inside the integrity envelope even before the Church, the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, came into existence. The humanity of Christ had personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind inside the integrity envelope.
(d) The greatest manifestation of impersonal love for all mankind was when God the Father imputed all sins of human history to Jesus Christ on the Cross and they were judged. Impersonal love for all mankind motivated by personal love for God the Father accepted the imputation of every sin in human history and motivated Jesus Christ to stay on the Cross.
(e) The husband must be motivated by personal love for God the Father and function by impersonal love for all mankind. This is the strength for personal love of the husband for the wife in marriage. Marriages fail because the husband does not love his wife as Christ loved the Church. The wife can never have that maximum love response called respect unless he does. Respect is a far greater love than any other love that a woman as a responder could ever have.
(f) Our Lord was never outside the integrity envelope. Inside the integrity envelope, His personal love for God the Father was His motivation and His impersonal love for all mankind was His function. This was precedence for the mandate of love in marriage. The mandate for the unbeliever is to love his wife as he loves his own body. But that is not the issue with the believer. The mandate for the believer is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church from the integrity envelope of virtue-love, which the unbeliever cannot do.
(g) Personal love inside the integrity envelope is the only way to fulfill the divine mandate to husbands. Personal love of the believer has no virtue or honor apart from life in the integrity envelope.
(5) Jesus, Our Precedent.
(a) The humanity of Jesus Christ deployed the tandem problem solving devices on the FLOT line of His soul and set the precedent for our execution of the Christian way of life. On the Cross, the Lord had personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind–the integrity envelope. The integrity envelope furnished both motivation for going to the Cross and capacity for being judged for the sins of the world.
(b) He faced the greatest problem in all of history and solved it by using the tandem problem solving devices. This is the highest form of love and virtue that has ever existed. Without this tandem, there is no sharing of the happiness of God.
(c) Verification confirms the authenticity and accuracy of our Lord’s motivation and love capacity in receiving the imputation and judgment of every sin. Verification confirms the authenticity and accuracy of the husband’s motivation and capacity for virtue-love in marriage.
(d) The substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the Cross produced the desired result of God the Father being propitiated and mankind being reconciled. Validity produces the desired result, when personal love of the husband for the wife occurs inside the integrity envelope.
(e) Because Jesus Christ deployed the tandem problem solving devices in being judged for the sins of the world, anyone can believe in Christ for eternal life. Reality is the doctrinal principle that the divine mandate of Eph 5:25 can only be fulfilled when the husband resides in the integrity envelope.
(6) Principles.
(a) Out of impersonal love for all mankind comes our Lord’s personal love for the Chruch.
(b) Out of impersonal love for all mankind comes the husband’s personal love for his wife.
(c) The Church did not even exist when Jesus Christ demonstrated His impersonal love on the Cross by being judged for all the sins of the entire human race. The doctrine of unlimited atonement is a major factor in the spiritual life. It is the demonstration of the fact that our Lord on the Cross was inside the integrity envelope.
(d) Premarital virtue demands the attainment of impersonal love before marriage.
(e) To enter marriage without the virtue of impersonal love means malfunction, failure, the breakdown of personal love in marriage.
(f) Without the virtue of impersonal love in marriage, personal love has neither problem solving capabilities or staying power.
(g) Our Lord’s impersonal love for all mankind emphasizes the presalvation status on the Church as spiritual death. Hence, spiritual death is the most obnoxious thing to God. But for those who believe, our Lord had personal love inside the integrity envelope. Impersonal love must precede personal love, and that was true even in the humanity of Christ.
(h) Our Lord’s personal love for the Church emphasizes the postsalvation status of the Church as possessing divine righteousness and at the same time attaining the tandem problem solving devices.
(i) The priority problem must be solved before marital problems. The priority problem is development of impersonal love so that the husband can live with his wife on the basis of knowledge, 1 Pet 3:7, “Likewise, you husbands, live with your wives on the basis of knowledge [GNOSIS], as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” Showing the woman honor begins with impersonal love as a part of the integrity envelope.
(j) No believer can be successful in marriage unless he has the right priorities. Right priorities demand that God have first place in your life. God cannot have first place in your life unless Bible doctrine has number one priority.
(k) You have to learn how to have a successful marriage and the only textbook is the Bible. You cannot apply what you do not know, and without problem solving devices you cannot apply what you do know.
(l) Success in marriage demands doctrinal conceptualism: learning, thinking, solving. The application of Bible doctrine demands the deployment of problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul with emphasis on the tandem problem solving devices, which form the integrity envelope.
b. The second divine rule for marriage, the responsibility of the woman, is found in Eph 5:22, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” Respect is the highest form of virtue-love the woman can have for the man.
c. The third divine rule in marriage, the responsibility of both, is found in Eph 4:31-32, “All bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. Rather become kind toward one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, just as God also by means of Christ has forgiven you.”
12. The application of the doctrine of unlimited atonement to impersonal love and the integrity envelope is another way to approach the subject.
a. Unlimited atonement is a demonstration of the impersonal love of the Lord Jesus Christ for all mankind.
b. The doctrine of unlimited atonement is taught in:
(1) 2 Cor 5:14, 19, “For the love for Christ keeps on motivating us, in fact we have reached the conclusion that One died as a substitute for all [mankind], therefore all died. Namely, that God by means of Christ was reconciling the world to Himself, by not imputing their sins to them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
(2) 1 Tim 2:6, “who gave Himself as a ransom as a substitute for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.”
(3) 1 Tim 4:10, “For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have confidence in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.”
(4) Tit 2:11, “For the grace of God which brings salvation to all mankind has appeared.”
(5) Heb 2:9, “But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by means of the grace of God He should taste death for everyone.”
(6) 1 Jn 2:2, “and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the entire world.”
(7) 2 Pet 3:9, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is faithful toward you, not willing for any one to perish but for all to come to a change of mind.” Repentance is not the way of salvation, but a change of mind about Christ.
c. Unlimited atonement is the fact that Jesus Christ was a substitute on the Cross for the sins of the world. God the Father imputed all sins of human history to Jesus Christ on the Cross and judged them. This is the basis for our so great salvation. Any one who believes in Christ receives thirty-nine irrevocable things, one of which is the imputation of divine righteousness. Now God the Father can have personal love for us because we have God’s righteousness.
d. The application of the doctrine of unlimited atonement is the basis for the formation of the Church as the body of God and the royal family of God. The Church is anyone in the Church Age who believes in Christ, as per Jn 3:16, “ “For God loved the world so much [impersonal love for all mankind], that He gave His Son, the uniquely born One, that anyone who believes in Him shall never perish, but have eternal life.”