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Doctrine of Repetition

October 28, 2014

DOCTRINE OF REPETITION

1. Repetition is defined as the act of repeated utterance; therefore, reiteration.

2. The principle of repetition is what you learn after you know it all.

3. The reason for repetition is that the rate of learning must exceed the rate of forgetting for the inculcation of Bible doctrine.

4. The inculcation of doctrine is designed to impress the stream of consciousness with epignosis knowledge of Bible doctrine by repeated teaching of a pertinent subject.
a. Inculcation is the difference between a well informed congregation and a great congregation.
b. Repetition is the only way to teach a congregation which is on different levels of the spiritual life and spiritual growth.
c. You cannot apply what you do not learn. Only what has been learned and remembered can be applied to life.
d. You can only apply what you do not forget. Consequently, repetition never bothers a believer in the sphere of spiritual momentum.
e. Repetition is necessary in everything in life to become proficient at what you are doing.
f. Lam 3:20-26, “Surely my soul remembers and is humbled within me. This I recall to mind, therefore I have confidence. The unfailing mercies of the Lord never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. My soul says, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I have confidence in Him.” The Lord is good to those who trust in Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good both to wait and to be silent for the deliverance of the Lord.”
(1) You can never learn in arrogance, humility is necessary.
(2) Repetition produces retention, which produces confidence. Bible doctrine that you can recall under pressure and have confidence in is the doctrine you will use in life.
(3) Having confidence in the Lord is occupation with Him.
g. Reality must be based on Bible doctrine. What the Bible says is true. Anything else is not.
h. The mind develops memory pathways called “learning process.” The process of learning is the process of developing what is called “conditioned thought pathways.” Conditioned thought pathways become memories. The rate of learning is the rate at which the person develops these new memories. These new memories of Bible doctrine added to the old memories of Bible doctrine are the thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 2:16.
(1) The rate of learning must exceed the rate of forgetting Bible doctrine.
(2) As a result of salvation, the believer builds new memories from the teaching of Bible doctrine.
(3) Through the mentorship and teaching of the Holy Spirit, inculcation includes perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
(4) The number of memories increase and the number of new thoughts become perspicuous in the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness.
(5) But when the rate of forgetting exceeds the rate of learning, the spiritual life of the believer declines. When the rate of learning exceeds the rate of forgetting, there is spiritual momentum in your life and the beginning of harmonious rapport with God.

5. Failure to respond to repetition of Bible teaching results in the function of the three arrogance skills (self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption) and their reverse order plus the four horseman of apostasy (emotional revolt of the soul, locked in negative volition, blackout of the soul, and scar tissue of the soul).
a. The three arrogance skills function normally as self-justification, self-deception, and self-justification. But their reverse order is the worse thing that happens, because this is how believers get into false doctrine.
b. The four horseman of apostasy then take over. Emotion becomes a way of life and then you go negative to doctrine. All doctrine is blacked out and then scar tissue is built up in the soul.
c. 2 Tim 4:3-4 is the result of reaction to repetition, “For the time will come when they will no longer endure sound doctrine, but lusting to have their ears tickled they will accumulate for themselves teachers on the basis of their own desires, and they will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside into myths.”

6. The Christian dilettante.
a. The Christian dilettante wants to hear something new to stimulate or arouse their emotions and satisfy their lust for knowledge.
b. They dabble in false doctrine, seeking either emotional stimulation or mental, philosophical and psychological distractions, which reject true doctrinal inculcation.
c. 2 Tim 3:7 describes the Christian dilettante, “Always learning but never able to come to a epignosis knowledge of the truth.”
d. The results of this negative volition is given in Phil 3:18-19, “For many keep walking, concerning whom I have told you many times, and even weeping I tell you, that these are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their emotion, and whose glory is their shame [they glorify things that are even a part of the wonderful things God has given to us], who concentrate on earthly things [anything that distracts you from Bible doctrine].”
e. The description of the Christian dilettante is given in 2 Tim 3:2-6, “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self‑control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of the spiritual life, but they have denied its power; furthermore, turn away from such persons as these. For among them are those who creep into homes and seduce silly women weighed down with sins, led on by various immoral passions.”

7. The response to inculcation from repetition results in the mastery of the four spiritual skills.
a. The first spiritual skill is the filling of the Holy Spirit.
b. The second spiritual skill is metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness.
b. The third spiritual skill is formation and deployment of the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
d. The forth spiritual skill is the execution of the three stages of the adult spiritual life.

8. Repetition is the principle of inculcation. Cognition and inculcation result in the attainment of the four objectives of the spiritual life.
a. The first tactical objective is a personal sense of destiny.
b. The second tactical objective is spiritual maturity.
c. The first strategic objective is occupation with Christ.
d. The second strategic objective is attaining Pleroma status, Eph 3:19, “that you may be filled up with all the fullness of blessing from God.”

9. Psalm 136 is the psalm of repetition. At the end of all twenty-six lines of this psalm it says, “For His unfailing love is everlasting.”

10. Doctrine is learned through repetition, 2 Pet 1:12-21.
a. The importance of doctrinal inculcation, 2 Pet 1:12-13, “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them and have been established in the truth which is present with you. Moreover I consider it my solemn duty, as long as I am in this tabernacle [earthly body], to arouse you by means of reminder,”
(1) The pastor-teacher has the duty of doctrinal inculcation through repetition of teaching.
(2) Peter failed in so many ways in his early spiritual life as a believer. So it was inevitable that he would look for some solution, and the solution was to learn Bible doctrine.
(3) The alert pastor-teacher always has the courage to repeat all of the principles of Bible doctrine. The minister of the gospel must learn to repeat doctrine that is important. Without that repetition there is no way for application of Bible doctrine when problems come.
(4) The true benefit of Bible doctrine is its application from the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness.
(5) God uses prepared pastors in the inculcation of Bible doctrine. No believer can execute the unique spiritual life apart from repetition and Bible doctrine inculcated from a pastor-teacher.
(6) Believers in the congregation must be constantly reminded of certain valuable principles in Bible doctrine, which they have heard before in order to avoid wrong application. This requires courage on the part of the pastor to repeat these things. Repetition of doctrine is necessary to avoid wrong application when you are under the pressure of personal or historical disaster.
(7) The principle is doctrine to experience; we apply doctrine in our soul to experience in life. Never apply experience in life to doctrine; you must always apply doctrine to experience. This requires listening to the teaching of doctrine over and over again. Repetition of doctrine avoids wrong applications. Wrong applications applies experience to doctrine rather than applying doctrine to experience.
(8) Repetition of doctrine is essential for correct application of doctrine to our experience or reverse concentration.
(9) Repetition of doctrine is the only way to teach an entire congregation at different levels of spiritual growth.
(10) Repetition of doctrine is necessary to convert gnosis doctrine into epignosis doctrine. The power of doctrine comes from perception of doctrine, and the perception of doctrine is not even possible until you believe in Christ.
(11) All believers in a given congregation must be constantly reminded of doctrinal principles they have heard before, because all true application of doctrine comes from inculcation of doctrine. No believer can execute the spiritual life apart from inculcation of Bible teaching. Inculcation is advanced repetition.
(12) Repetition produces inculcation. Inculcation is defined as teaching by frequent, repetitious admonitions. Repetition precedes inculcation of doctrine.
(13) You do not apply what you learn; you apply what you cannot forget, that is, what has been inculcated.
(14) Inculcation of doctrine under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit is the only way to execute the unique spiritual life. Before you can solve your problems you have to learn Bible doctrine, and you only learn it by hearing it again and again.
(15) The pastor must have perception, metabolization, and application of epignosis doctrine in the stream of consciousness and then pass it on to the congregation. The congregation to whom this letter was originally addressed where well taught (“although you know”). They had knowledge of doctrine. The difference between a well taught congregation and a good congregation is inculcation. The believer may be exposed to a lot of good doctrinal teaching, but without motivation and momentum in the execution of the spiritual life that believer will resist repetition.
(16) Doctrine pertaining to the unique spiritual life of human history is a necessity.
(17) The believer who consistently executes the spiritual life through the enabling power of the Spirit will respond to inculcation. Repetition never bothers the believer who is motivated to learn Bible doctrine, who has reciprocal love for God. Repetition is only resented by the believer involved in the labyrinth of arrogance.
(18) Momentum depends upon inculcation of Bible doctrine. You must have the repetition of doctrinal teaching and the execution of the spiritual life which follows.
(19) Peter recognized several principles regarding himself.
(a) He considered the communication of doctrine a solemn duty.
(b) He recognized the communication of doctrine as a pastoral responsibility.
(c) He recognized that he must inculcate believers on the subject of the importance of the daily perception of doctrine.
(d) He understood his role and responsibility in God’s plan for his life.
(e) He understood that God had given him the opportunity to execute the spiritual life, to be occupied with Christ, to glorify God to the maximum, and to have historical impact through the power of prevailing prayer.
b. 2 Pet 1:14-15, “because I know that the laying aside of my tabernacle [human body] is imminent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.”
(1) Peter’s knowledge of his approaching death resulted in emphasis on the importance of doctrine and the execution of the spiritual life under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. What follows is the dying declaration of one of the greatest believers in the Church Age. We are in a place where our death is constantly imminent. So it is important to note how Peter faced the reality of death.
(2) Peter is about to die and is not afraid. He recognized that his body is a temporary shelter for his soul and spirit.
(3) Dying was the final test of Peter’s great spiritual life. Our Lord made it clear to Peter, so that he would know that he would be able to glorify God in his death and there was nothing to fear. God has provided the death of the believer as a means of glorifying Himself and sending that believer into the highest echelon of happiness and blessing possible for humanity to have.
(4) Many situations in life are shocking. Disaster is one of the great blessings that comes to us, because it brings us around to realize the truths we have from the word of God. Peter was a great failure as a believer, and he was shocked by his failures. But when he rebounded, he recovered from his shock and overcame his failures with Bible doctrine, so that Bible doctrine was more real to him than shocking things in life. He became a prepared believer.
(5) If we are alive after something shocking happens in life, then God still has a purpose for our lives. God has provided the recovery procedure of rebound so we can recover from failure. Every believer is given a certain amount of time on this earth and that time must be used wisely.
(6) Peter came to the point in his life where he realized that if there is a conflict between what you see and what the Bible says, the Bible is always right. One of the greatest ways we enter into failure is through fear. This happened to Peter several times. He surrendered to fear and failed in the spiritual life. The more you increase the power of fear in your life, the greater your focus on the problems of life. Therefore, you ignore solutions that God has provided. Those who live by fear become intimidated by life.
(7) Peter uses a euphemism in describing his death (the laying aside of my tent) to emphasize the fact that it is not the man, but the message. This also emphasizes the fact that no one is indispensable in God’s plan (except the members of the Trinity). This also emphasizes that the death of a great leader like Peter does not hinder the plan of God nor does it destroy the great doctrinal principles taught by the apostles and others.
(8) Jn 21:18-19, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you dressed yourself and walked wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will dress you, and lead you where you do not want to go. Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’” Peter did follow our Lord in not being afraid of death. Peter learned from this dialog how to live and how to die. He must execute the spiritual life and be a prepared man.
c. 2 Pet 1:16, “For we have not followed cleverly invented myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”
(1) The myth refers to a false doctrine regarding Zeus and Hermes visiting the land of Phrygia as weary travelers where Baucis and Philemon were living. Phrygia was the alleged land of the origin of the Romans. Baucis and Philemon gave food and shelter to Zeus and Hermes, when no one else would. As a reward, Zeus (or Jupiter) changed their cottage into a marble temple and rewarded them with a happy life. This was a demon doctrine and human viewpoint to explain away the literal future of the Second Advent.
(2) Reality is found in the canon of Scripture, not in cleverly invented myths.