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April 20, 2014

 

Flow Chart of The Spiritual Maturation Process

WARNING:Without 1Jn1:9 your Power is OUT, see 1Jn1:6-10. So until you use it again, all spiritual function ceases, and you’ll only fancy yourself spiritual.

 

Five Infinitives in Isa53:10-11’s LXX text, Run by the Holy Spirit: Power source, DDNA production, Divine energy for your human spirit and soul (seePart III’s “5 Infinitives” link section)

katharizw(purify)

aphairew (take away, plunder)

deiknumi (point out, make known, publish)

plassw (produce by sculpting)

dikaiow (to legally perfect by Making Righteous, Justifying)

 

 

Ten Problem-Solving Devices (“PSDs”) and Spiritual Growth Stages: (see“TULIPS?” Part V, #4 section)

These are my pastor’s terms. They are explained in his 1985 Ephesians and 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series (18 years of Bible classes, recorded live, available free). Small-font parentheses are explanatory.

Spiritual Childhood

Spiritual Adolescence

Spiritual Adulthood(substage 1 and 2)

Spiritual Maturityaka “Pleroma”

1Jn1:9

Spirit-Filling (due to 1Jn1:9 used, unfelt)

Faith-Rest

Grace Orientation

Doctrinal Orientation

Personal Sense of Destiny

Personal(Divine)Love(Focus on)

for Father

Impersonal

(Independent-of-attraction)Love

for mankind

+H, sharing (in) the Happiness of God

Occupation(Divine-Love Focus on)with Christ

 

 

Spiritual Maturation Benchmarks (seePart III’s “Spiritual Maturation Process, Overview” link section)

Consuming Bible

Spiritual Skills

Thought Pattern

Relationship to God

Love Growth

Trial Status

Weakness Growth

 

 

His Seven-Faceted House of Thinking (seePart III’s “Abiding in His 7-Faceted ‘House'” link section)

His Four-Sided Divine Happiness (seePart III’s “4 Happinesses” link section)

Abiding

Function

Abiding

Desire

Abiding

Development

Abiding

Plunder

Abiding

Victory

Abiding

Intimacy

Abiding

Compatibility

Hefty

(His Strength)

Hearty

(thought-based)

His Own

(Replication)

Husband-

Intimate

 

NOTES:

Flow Chart of SpiritualChildhood

Five Infinitives, Run by the Holy Spirit: Power source, DDNA production, Divine energy for your human spirit

katharizw

aphairew

deiknumi

plassw

dikaiow

Ten Problem-Solving Devices and Spiritual Growth Stages:

These are my pastor’s terms. They are explained in his 1985 Ephesians and 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series (18 years of Bible classes, recorded live, available free). Small-font parentheses are explanatory.

Spiritual Childhood

Spiritual Adolescence

Spiritual Adulthood (substage 1 and 2)

Spiritual Maturity aka “Pleroma”

1Jn1:9

Spirit-Filling

Faith-Rest

Grace Orientation

Doctrinal Orientation

Personal Sense of Destiny

Personal (Divine) Love (Focus on)

for Father

Impersonal

(Independent-of-attraction) Love

for mankind

+H, sharing (in) the Happiness of God

Occupation (Divine-Love Focus on) with Christ

  • Usage of spiritual life (1Jn1:9) is fitful to sporadic, increasing in duration and consistency with repetition, as human ideas of God and the spiritual life, dominate instead.

  • “Faith-Rest” is restricted to claiming simple promises and learning Basic Bible at a rudimentary level. Easily distracted and threatened. Concentration poor to sporadic.

  • Easily led astray by false doctrine, humanistic ideas of God and the spiritual life, works, ritual, human approbation. Feeling mistakenly used as criterion for spirituality.

  • Retardation evidenced by loss of curiosity, legalism, prickliness (hypersensitivity), stubbornness, a bizarre twisting of what is read or heard (reversal of what is clearly meant by a Bible verse or a person’s words). To the extent one has such attitudes regarding ANY particular Bible doctrine, the retardation there will spread like mold, to all other Bible believed.

Spiritual Maturation Benchmarks

Consuming Bible

  • Only in Bible Class, which is rarely or sporadically attended.

  • Low or emotional Interest; but grasp? Almost nil.

Spiritual Skills

  • Basic skills in flesh tones, with little coordination.

Thought Pattern

  • “Faith”: Word ‘feels‘ like touching God, but is a jumble to the mind.

  • Often talks to God.

Relationship-to-God

  • Feely, touchy

  • Do’s=spirituality

  • Morality=spirituality

  • Emotions=spirituality

  • Judgemental

LoveGrowth:

  • Child’s trust, curious

  • Spouts Bible, parrots

  • Easily hurt

TrialStatus

  • Ignorance

  • Believes despite discomfort in the face of putdowns by ‘smart’ people.

Weakness Growth

  • Threatened by every argument against Bible, defensive.

  • Easy prey for false teachers and ideas.

 

His Seven-Faceted House of Thinking

His Four-Sided Divine Happiness

Abiding Functions

  • Using Verses

  • Prayer

AbidingDesires

  • curiosity to know Bible more.

AbidingDevelopment

  • Desire to know Bible grows, so Desire to know God grows.

AbidingPlunder

  • Bible desired and recalled.

AbidingVictories

  • God’s View begins to matter.

Abiding

Intimacy

  • Prayer

Abiding

Compatibility

  • Learning Word

Hefty

(His Strength)

Hearty

(thought-based)

His Own

(Replication)

Husband-

Intimate

 

NOTES:

Flow Chart of SpiritualAdolescence

Five Infinitives, Run by the Holy Spirit: Power source, DDNA production, Divine energy for your human spirit, now a daily, habitual feature of the spiritual life.

katharizw

aphairew

deiknumi

plassw

dikaiow

Ten Problem-Solving Devices and Spiritual Growth Stages:

These are my pastor’s terms. They are explained in his 1985 Ephesians and 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series (18 years of Bible classes, recorded live, available free). Small-font parentheses are explanatory.

Spiritual Childhood

Spiritual Adolescence

Spiritual Adulthood (substage 1 and 2)

Spiritual Maturity aka “Pleroma”

1Jn1:9

Spirit-Filling

FaithRest

Grace Orientation

Doctrinal Orientation

Personal Sense of Destiny

Personal (Divine) Love (Focus on)

for Father

Impersonal

(Independent-of-attraction) Love

for mankind

+H, sharing (in) the Happiness of God

Occupation (Divine-Love Focus on) with Christ

  • Usage of spiritual life is sporadic to regular, increasing in duration and consistency with repetition, as human ideas of God and the spiritual life, come into question, instead.

  • “Faith-Rest” expands from claiming promises, learning Basic Bible — to reasoning it all out. Less distracted and threatened. Concentration sporadic, but stronger and more sustained.

  • Still attracted by false doctrine, humanistic ideas of God and spiritual life, works, ritual, human approval. Feeling less a criterion for spirituality. Intellect begins to matter more. All ideas now questioned. Answers begin to be known. This is the stage where Bible for itself begins to ‘compete’ with other values — and begins to win over them.

  • Retardation evidenced by intellectual legalism, stubbornness, reversing what is read or heard. Such attitudes on ANY Bible doctrine spread like mold to all other Bible believed.

Spiritual Maturation Benchmarks

Consuming Bible

  • In Bible Class, which is regularly attended. Ponders meaning after class, and sometimes when not in it, without external impetus.

  • Higher Interest; and grasp? Beginning!

Spiritual Skills

    • Basic skills in gold tones, with better to good, coordination.

    • One begins seeking isolation to study and think out Bible.

Thought Pattern

  • “Hope”: Word begins to have meaning morethan feeling, begins to coalesce in the mind.

  • Often talks to God, and asks God about MEANING of his own life. The “He” begins to replace the “me”.

Relationship-to-God

  • Feely, touchy, but now also content.

  • Do’s=spirituality, queried.

  • Morality=spirituality, queried.

  • Emotions=spirituality, queried.

  • Judgementalism declines though bellicosity increases. But that’s an emergent love of talking Bible, as it now begins to make sense!

Love Growth:

  • Independent trust, and still curious.

  • Spouts Bible, parrots, and habitually reasons it out.

  • If hurt, will seek answers.

  • Begins to appreciate pro’s and con’s. Can get bogged down in them.

Trial Status

  • Crossover to Cognizance, very dangerous time.

  • Believes with less discomfort (but more fixation) when disputed by ‘smart’ people.

Weakness Growth

  • Threatened by some arguments against Bible, combative.

  • Less prey for false teachers and ideas; too likely to fight them, so might miss accurate teaching.

 

His Seven-Faceted House of Thinking

His Four-Sided Divine Happiness

AbidingFunctions

  • Using Verses

  • Prayer

Abiding Desires

  • curiosity to know Bible more, burning questions.

Abiding

Development

  • Desire to know Bible grows, so Desire to know God grows.

Abiding Plunder

  • Bible desired and recalled.

  • Bible reasoned and found making sense.

  • Bible enjoyed!

Abiding Victory

  • God’s View becomes a burning question.

Abiding Intimacy

  • Prayer

  • Study (maybe too much)

Abiding

Compatibility

  • Learning Word, avidly.

Hefty

(His Strength)

Developing certainty Word is True.

Hearty

(thought-based)

Begins here.

His Own

(Replication)

Husband-

Intimate

 

NOTES:

Flow Chart of SpiritualAdulthood Substage 1

 

Five Infinitives, Run by the Holy Spirit: Power source, DDNA production, Divine energy for your human spirit, a daily, habitual feature of the spiritual life.

katharizw

aphairew

deiknumi

plassw

dikaiow

 

Ten Problem-Solving Devices and Spiritual Growth Stages:

These are my pastor’s terms. They are explained in his 1985 Ephesians and 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series (18 years of Bible classes, recorded live, available free). Small-font parentheses are explanatory.

Spiritual Childhood

Spiritual Adolescence

Spiritual Adulthood aka “Spiritual Self-Esteem”(substage 1 and 2)

Spiritual Maturity aka “Pleroma”

1Jn1:9

Spirit-Filling

Faith-Rest

Grace Orientation

Doctrinal Orientation

Personal Sense of Destiny

Personal (Divine) Love (Focus on)

for Father

Impersonal

(Independent-of-attraction) Love

for mankind

+H, sharing (in) the Happiness of God

Occupation (Divine-Love Focus on) with Christ

  • Usage of spiritual life is regular to instinctive, increasing in duration and consistency with repetition, as human ideas of God and the spiritual life are progressively discarded, instead.

  • “Doctrinal Orientation” is instinctive, and progressively sophisticated. It’s a beginning prosperity test, and we flunk it as the Laodiceans did. Competence is the new false spirituality.

  • Retardation evidenced by Bible-smarts legalism. True Bible Competence can wreck your spiritual life if you forget Who gave it to you. Dangerous, to enjoy smarts too much.

Spiritual Maturation Benchmarks

Consuming Bible

  • Bible Class attended instinctively. Part of the daily lifestyle. One ponders meaning every day.

  • High interest and grasp which is Comfortable.

Spiritual Skills

    • High skills in green tones, good to great, coordination.

    • Bible integrated with daily life, now. Too integrated, denigrates to level of mere culture.

Thought Pattern

  • “Hope”: Word is proven to the mind.

  • Since answers are now known, the believer oddly stops talking with God as much as formerly. It’s a setback.

Relationship-to-God

  • Content and whys dominate.

  • Do’s=spirituality, rejected.

  • Morality=spirituality, rejecting.

  • Emotions=spirituality, rejected.

  • Judgementalism switches to those who don’t study Word. Divorces and separation from friends, family, happen here, Matt10:34-40.

LoveGrowth:

  • Coalesced trust,which ironically dulls curiosity.

  • Bible reasoning dominates.

  • If hurt, ignores it.

  • Loves pondering pro’s and con’s, may be fixated.

  • ATTRACTION PHASE of Love.

Trial Status

  • Crossover to Cognizance,very dangerous time.

  • Enjoys debating when disputed by ‘smart’ people.

  • Prosperity rest ensues, so one slides into complacency.

Weakness Growth

  • Ticked off by some arguments.

  • Too ‘settled’, so misses good teaching.

  • Too busy enjoying the ‘rest’ of having answers. Setup for Divine Discipline to follow in substage 2!

 

His Seven-Faceted House of Thinking

His Four-Sided Divine Happiness

AbidingFunctions

  • Using Verses

  • Prayer

Abiding Desire

  • easy to want to study.

Abiding

Development

  • knowing Bible peaks.

 

Abiding Plunder

  • Bible recalled often.

  • Bible’s triumph seen.

  • One stops to smell the roses — yikes!

Abiding Victory

  • Tactical Victory of the spiritual life, God’s View is settled.

Abiding Intimacy

  • Prayer

  • Study revs up or down

Abiding

Compatibility

  • Learning Word, familiar or hot.

Hefty

(His Strength)

More certain Word is True.

Hearty

(thought-based)

Bigger here.

His Own

(Replication)

Begins here.

Husband-

Intimate

 

NOTES:

Flow Chart of SpiritualAdulthood Substage 2

 

Five Infinitives, Run by the Holy Spirit: Power source, DDNA production, Divine energy for your human spirit, a daily, habitual feature of the spiritual life.

katharizw

aphairew

deiknumi

plassw

dikaiow

 

Ten Problem-Solving Devices and Spiritual Growth Stages:

These are my pastor’s terms. They are explained in his 1985 Ephesians and 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series (18 years of Bible classes, recorded live, available free). Parentheses are explanatory.

Spiritual Childhood

Spiritual Adolescence

Spiritual Adulthood II aka “Spiritual Autonomy” (substage 1 and 2)

Spiritual Maturity aka “Pleroma”

1Jn1:9

Spirit-Filling

Faith-Rest

Grace Orientation

Doctrinal Orientation

Personal Sense of Destiny

Personal(Divine) Love (Focus on)

for Father

Impersonal

(Independent-of-attraction) Love

for mankind

+H, sharing (in) the Happiness of God

Occupation (Divine-Love Focus on) with Christ

  • Usage of spiritual life becomes instinctive under pressure. Human ideas of God are shot to hell, here. Jacob was lamed, and so is the believer. Some laming is reserved for Evidence Testing.

  • +H is what you live on to complete the phase, so it’s not filled in until you’ve finished. Love for Father becomes instinctive and progressively sophisticated — again, under pressure. The cockiness of substage 1 gets burnt out — or you do, and if successful you typically limp into Spiritual Maturity by the end. For what my pastor calls “Momentum” Testing, completes the phase.

  • You’ll either spin out of the spiritual life permanently here or you’ll make it. Most don’t make it.

Spiritual Maturation Benchmarks

Consuming Bible

  • The pressure begets an all-consuming interest in God and His Word. No longer merely a part of your lifestyle, the Word BECOMES your life. One associates Bible meaning ALL day.

  • “On Fire” grasp of Word.

Spiritual Skills

    • Fluent, high skills in green tones, great coordination.

    • Bible comes to be in every minute of your thinking, the Arbiter. Takes over your life.

Thought Pattern

  • Love”, by the end of the phase. Word is The Mind. You can’t handle that changeover, yet.

  • Talking with God becomes a constant oxygen tank, by the time the phase ends.

Relationship-to-God

  • You see Christ. Living is Christ. Bible is His Thinking.

  • Bible is your thinking.

  • Everything in the world “dies” toyou, as now you see the world’s flaws and your own, too well — and you see they don’t matter. Phili 1:21 is where this substage ends.

LoveGrowth:

  • Absolute Love forms by theend of this substage.

  • Bible reasoning owns you.

  • Compatibility phase of Love.

  • All competing loves die here, but you don’t know that, yet.

Trial Status

  • Cognizance reifies into seeing Him, very dangerous time.

  • Disputes end.

  • Prosperity ends the phase, to ‘aid’ recognition that He OWNS your life.

Weakness Growth

  • You lose everything here. Stage ends with a refining of reason for living — Phili 1:21 is that sole reason.

  • Setup for Evidence Testing to follow after respite in Spiritual Maturity!

 

His Seven-Faceted House of Thinking

His Four-Sided Divine Happiness

AbidingFunctions

  • Living on Bible.

  • Prayer

Abiding Desire

  • “on fire” to learn Christ.

Abiding

Development

  • Seeing Christ. Bible now seen as His Living Mind, wholly.

 

Abiding Plunder

  • You start thinking as Christ did, as your motive is to know Him better.

Abiding Victory

  • Strategic Victory of Spiritual Maturity, Occupation with Christ is front-and-center, by substage end.

Abiding Intimacy

  • Prayer

  • Intimacy with Him shifts into high gear.

Abiding

Compatibility

  • Compatibility with Him is now THE Burning Issue: but you know you are NOT Compatible.

Hefty

(His Strength)

Word is Him. You are happy. You feel like dog-doo-doo, and don’t care.

Hearty

(thought-based)

HIS Heart. You want to know it constantly.

His Own

(Replication)

Becomes Stable here.

Husband

Intimate. Begins here.

 

NOTES:

Flow Chart of SpiritualMaturity, aka “Pleroma”

 

Five Infinitives, Run by the Holy Spirit: Power source, DDNA production, Divine energy for your human spirit, a daily, habitual feature of the spiritual life.

katharizw

aphairew

deiknumi

plassw

dikaiow

 

Ten Problem-Solving Devices and Spiritual Growth Stages:

These are my pastor’s terms, explained in his 1985 Ephesians & 1992 Spiritual Dynamics series (18 years of Bible classes, recorded live, for free). Parentheses are explanatory.

Spiritual Childhood

Spiritual Adolescence

Spiritual Adulthood (substage 1 and 2)

Spiritual Maturity aka “Pleroma”

1Jn1:9

Spirit-Filling

Faith-Rest

Grace Orientation

Doctrinal Orientation

Personal Sense of Destiny

Personal(Divine)Love(Focus on)

for Father

Impersonal

(Independent-of-attraction)Love

formankind

+H, sharing (in) the Happiness of God

Occupation with (Divine-Love Focus on) Christ

  • You live on “Occupation with Christ” to complete the phase: it formed at the end of Spiritual Adulthood, and develops function here during Evidence Testing. Leftover +H and Momentum Testing often begin this phase. Any personality quirks or hangups you had upon entry into Spiritual Maturity get resolved in the process. All your personal ‘demons’ and conflicting desires become Operation Footstool under Him, now.

Spiritual Maturation Benchmarks

Consuming Bible

  • The Word became your life. Now you reflect Him: His Motives, Ideas, before Father. Matt4:4 IS your life.

  • TOTAL grasp of Word.

Spiritual Skills

    • God pours out rivers of spiritual understanding. There’s nothing you can’t quickly, fluently grasp.

    • Bible RULES your life.

Thought Pattern

  • Love”, Him. Everything Him. Word is Him, 24/7.

  • Talking with God is your oxygen tank.

Relationship-to-God

  • You see Christ 24/7. Living is Christ. Bible is His Thinking.

  • Bible is your thinking, 24/7, absolute.

LoveGrowth:

  • Absolute Love.

  • Christ owns you.

  • Rapport completion phase of Love.

 

Trial Status

  • “Cognitive Invincibility” (my pastor’s term). You see it play live, daily.

  • Internal disputes end.

  • He OWNS your life.

Weakness Growth

  • Phili 1:21. Everything you never wanted and ever wanted successively hits, and you are flattened the entire time.

 

His Seven-Faceted House of Thinking

His Four-Sided Divine Happiness

AbidingFunctions

  • Coalescing FUSION of His Thinking in you, occurs now.

Abiding Desire

  • Him.

Abiding

Development

  • You think as Christ did, to emulate Him better. And you know how. It becomes instinctive.

 

Abiding Plunder

  • Seeing Christ, 24/7.

Abiding Victory

  • Strategic Victory of Pleroma, Occupation with Christ is constant.

Abiding Intimacy

  • Prayer is constant.

  • Intimacy with Him completes, is totally aggressive and responsive all at once.

Abiding

Compatibility

  • Compatibility with Him is now forged and completes.

Hefty

(His Strength)

Word is Him. You are happy. You feel like dog-doo-doo, and don’t care.

Hearty

(thought-based)

HIS Heart. You know it. Constantly.

His Own

(Replication)

Completes here.

Husband

Intimate.

Completes here.

 

NOTES:

This final and extremely subtle Pleroma stage — which can last a decade or more — gets you crowned forever; but what you care about is seeing Him, glorifying Him, Phili 1:20-21. This finale is the 2nd Strategic Victory in the Trial, ending your testimony victoriously, or killing you in shame. So you go home, usually soon afterwards. So many years spent wondering about Him: and now you are like Him. You’re now a king, but only for Him do you want that. Wholly. Forever. So you began as an ignorant child, barely able to spell “Jesus”. You finish, not knowing where His Thinking begins and your own, ends. Simple start, simple finish. Circle, objective from subjective genitive, the Love of God in Christ Jesus, end Romans 8! Trial OVER!