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Doctrine of Details of Life

June 3, 2012

DETAILS OF LIFE

1. DEFINITION: bona fide, normal human activities for function in the physical world in which we live.

They exist in two categories

A. Necessity details: those necessary to maintain physical life.

Luke 12.30b – The Father knows you have need – present active indicative – chrādzō

B. Surplus details: those not necessary to maintain physical life but they provide for greater comfort and pleasures in life. Luke 12.15b –

1. When one has an abundance: perisseuō – present active infinitive

2. possessions: present active participle – huparchō – what exists as one’s own

C. Phil. 4.12 – both categories mentioned

1. How to get along with humble means: tapeinoo – present passive infinitive – to be humbled

ie, limited to necessity details – food, drink, clothing (shelter)

2. How to live in prosperity: present active infinitive- perisseuō- have an abundance or overflow.

ie, above and beyond necessities

2. There are two areas of living for the believer. 2 Pet. 1.3

A. Life: moral living and normal human existence. Our citizenship is in heaven, but we live and witness in the human realm. Phil. 3.20

B. godliness: eusebeia – good worship. This refers to spiritual living. We are not removed from the human realm, but we are to be uniquely separated from the evil of that realm. Jn. 17.15; 1 Pet. 2.11

3. bona fide human activities exist for the believer. Ec. 3.12-13; 1 Tim. 4.1-5;

A. Necessity details: Food – Gen. 1.29; 9.3-4; Deut. 8.3; Pr. 24.13-14; 25.16; 30.7-9

B. Surplus details:

1. Marriage: Pr. 5.18; 18.22; 31.10

2. Sex: Pr. 5.15-19; 1 Cor. 7.1-5

3. Family: Ps. 127.3-5

4. Job: Pr. 6.6-11; 12.11; 15.16; 20.4; 22.29; 27.23-27; 2 Thes. 3.6-12

5. Friendship: Pr. 27.6

6. Education: Pr. 1.6

7. Luxuries: Pr. 27.9a

8. Celebrations/parties: John 2.1-10

9. Wine: Jn. 2.3-11; Pr. 3.9-10

10. Music/singing (entertainment): Eph. 5.19; Ex. 15.20-21; Ps. 150; 127.1-5; 33.1-3

11. Inheritance: Pr. 13.22a

12. Reputation: Pr. 22.1

13. Homemaking: Pr. 14.1; 31.13-31; 1 Tim. 5.14

14. Health: Pr. 20.29

4. So it is acceptable to God to allow our soul and body to partake of human life activity.

1 Tim. 6.17b

5. In fact, this human realm is the sphere of our witness.

A. We are to demonstrate the reality of peace and joy through participation in the details of life from the Divine perspective. 1 Tim. 6.3-10; Mt. 4.1-4; Heb. 13.9

B. In this way we proclaim to others that only through spiritual values can there be true fulfillment in life regardless of have or have not.

C. Solomon’s two-fold conclusion

1. Occupation with details: Ec. 1.1-3, 8

2. Divine viewpoint conclusion: Ec. 12.1, 13-14

D. So it is of the utmost importance for the believer to maintain moral consistency in order to accomplish this proclamation purpose. 1 Pet. 1.12-15; 2.12; 3.16

6. Denial of detail of life activities is a type of religious and moral slavery and is not condoned by the Word of God. 1 Tim. 4.1-3; Col. 2.20-23; Rom. 14.1-3, 14,

7. Only in Christianity is there protection against the distortions of man’s sin nature and Satan’s influence.

1 Tim. 4.4-11; Col. 2.23; Rom. 14.17

8. Confidence in details is delusion: Pr. 18.11; 23.4-5; Ps. 33.16.17; Jer. 9.23-24; 1 Tim. 6.17;

9. Recognize the principle of Divine provision: God is the source- Psalm 24.1

A. Common grace: Mt. 5.45b -provision for free enterprise activity for the whole human race.

(See business principles in proverbs: soon)

B. Family of God grace: Rom. 8.28, 32 (because we are in HIS family)

1. Mt. 6.25-33 – necessity provision – Ps. 23.1; 34.8-11; Pr. 13.25

2. 2 Cor. 9.6-11 – for your grace giving

3. Proverbs 10.22 – principle of no sorrow

4. 1 Tim. 6.17 – all things for enjoyment

C. Orientation to fulfillment in life: Pr. 2.1-11

10. Principles of control:

A. Food: Pr. 13.25; 15.17; 24.13-14; 25.16; Ps. 34.9-10; Mt. 6.33

B. Excess food and drink: Pr. 25.16, 27; 23.20b, 21a; 20.1; 21.17b; 23.29-35; 31.4-7

C. Pleasure: Pr. 12.11; 14.13; 21.17; 28.19; Ec. 2.1-3

D. Academics: Ec. 1.16-18

E. Business practices: Pr. 15.27; 9.17-18; 11.1, 18; 20.17; 21.6; 28.6; 27.23-27

(criminal activity – Pr. 10.2; 13.11; 15.27; 29.24)

F. Laziness: Pr. 6.4-5; 10.15; 20.4, 13; 21.25; 23.21; 24.30-34; 28.19

G. Wealth: Pr. 10.22; 11.3-4; 11.28; 15.6, 16

H. Generosity: Pr. 3.27-28; 11.25; 22.9; 28.9; 29.7; Ps. 37.21

I. Credit abuse: Pr. 17.18; 22.26-27

J. Marriage: Pr. 12.4; 19.13b; 21.9, 19; 27.15-16

K. Sex: 1 Cor. 7.1-2; 6.15-18; Pr. 5.15-20; 6.32

L. Children: Pr. 17.21, 25; 19.13a; 22.6

M. Friends: Pr. 18.24; 13.20; 19.4, 6; 29.5; 27.9; 1 Cor. 7.39

N. Romantic social life: Pr. 11.22; 1 Co.r 7.39; 2 Cor. 6.14-18; Deut. 7.3-4

O. Envy: Pr. 3.31-37; 23.17-18; Ps. 37.1-2, 7-11; 73.1-20

11. Principles of balance:

A. God’s sovereignty: Prov. 27.1; Pr. 3.5-6; James 4.13-17

B. Man’s weakness: Jer. 17.9; Pro. 30.7-9

C. Priority: Psalm 19.7-11

12. Comparison of value:

A. Psalm 119.14, 72, 103

B. Pr. 3.13-18; 8.10-11; 16.16; 20.15; (19.8; 4.13; 16.22a)

C. Integrity: Ps. 37.16; Pr. 16.8; 19.1, 22; 22.1

D. Food: Pr. 15.17; Deut. 8.3; Mt. 4.4 w/ Jn. 4.31-34; Pr. 24.13-14; Job 23.12

13. DETAILS OF LIFE: Balance, Control and True Enjoyment
9. The SEVEN steps for controlling (1 Cor. 6:12) the details of life (material things), combating (Luke 21:34) rich mindedness and finding TRUE enjoyment in life (1 Timothy 6:17, for enjoyment).

1 Timothy 6:11

A. You man of God: This refers to the believer who “wants” to conform his life to the viewpoint and standards of God’s kingdom (Rom. 14:17; Mat. 6:33).

B. First, what NOT to do:

1. Flee from these things: present active imperative of pheugo.
This refers to a humility acceptance of what God says is non-beneficial for us, and the ACTIVE avoidance of temptation
through application of the doctrine of separation.

C. Second, what to actively pursue: pursue is the present active imperative of dioko.

2. Righteousness: dikaiosuna refers to knowing and following God’s moral standards for relating to our fellow man as summarized in the 9 1/2 commandments.

See Topic: THE TEN C0MMANDMENTS

3. godliness: eusebeia refers to knowing and following God’s standards for relating to Him (worship and service).
The word group, sebo, means to “bend the knee” in worship. Eu = good and sebeia means worshipful obedience.
Good worship, then refers to following the policies God has designed for fulfilling our responsibilities as “servants” of God.

4. faith: pistis refers to the system of thinking by which the believer relates to The Creator and everything He has provided for us.
See Topic: FAITH THINKING

5. love: agapa refers to knowing and expressing the 15 character virtues of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
See Topic: LOVE: 15 Character Virtues

6. endurance: hupomonā refers to a “faith-rest” trust and dependence on God’s character and plan. The plan of God is greater than any adversity you can possibly encounter.
See Topic: FAITH REST

7. humility: praüpathia refers to emotional objectivity and control in reference to self and others.
(pathia = passion, desire, emotion; praus = gentleness, humility)
Phil. 2:3-5 – personal priorities subordinated to others.

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DETAILS OF LIFE: Balance, Control and True Enjoyment

The SEVEN steps for controlling (1 Cor. 6:12) the details of life (material things), combating (Luke 21:34) rich mindedness and finding TRUE enjoyment in life (1 Timothy 6:17, for enjoyment).

1 Timothy 6:11

A. You man of God: This refers to the believer who “wants” to conform his life to the viewpoint and standards of God’s kingdom (Rom. 14:17; Mat. 6:33).

B. First, what NOT to do:

1. Flee from these things: present active imperative of pheugo.
This refers to a humility acceptance of what God says is non-beneficial for us, and the ACTIVE avoidance of temptation
through application of the doctrine of separation.

C. Second, what to actively pursue: pursue is the present active imperative of dioko.

2. Righteousness: dikaiosuna refers to knowing and following God’s moral standards for relating to our fellow man as summarized in the 9 1/2 commandments.

See Topic: THE TEN C0MMANDMENTS

3. godliness: eusebeia refers to knowing and following God’s standards for relating to Him (worship and service).
The word group, sebo, means to “bend the knee” in worship. Eu = good and sebeia means worshipful obedience.
Good worship, then refers to following the policies God has designed for fulfilling our responsibilities as “servants” of God.

4. faith: pistis refers to the system of thinking by which the believer relates to The Creator and everything He has provided for us.
See Topic: FAITH THINKING

5. love: agapa refers to knowing and expressing the 15 character virtues of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
See Topic: LOVE: 15 Character Virtues

6. endurance: hupomonā refers to a “faith-rest” trust and dependence on God’s character and plan. The plan of God is greater than any adversity you can possibly encounter.
See Topic: FAITH REST

7. humility: praüpathia refers to emotional objectivity and control in reference to self and others.
(pathia = passion, desire, emotion; praus = gentleness, humility)
Phil. 2:3-5 – personal priorities subordinated to others.