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Doctrine of Impersonal Love

July 23, 2010

Doctrine of Impersonal Love

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A.  Introduction.
1.  Nomenclature.
a.  God’s love is the integrity of God.
b.  One of the most difficult things to study in the word of God is the love of God, because people are constantly bringing God down to their level or humanizing God by restricting God to human frame of reference.
c.  The composite of God’s love is focused on four components: omniscience, righteousness, justice, and grace.
d.  God has chosen to reveal Himself through His integrity, which is synonymous with the love of God.
e.  Nomenclature is the name or terms that comprise a system.  Nothing is more important than doctrinal orientation to the system and language in which God reveals Himself to us as Church Age believers.  He revealed Himself in the original languages of Scripture, which were the best languages to reveal Himself (not the English language).
f.  For centuries, the love of God has been described by theologians as an attribute of the essence of God.  The love of God has been described as a part of the whole.  The love of God is not an attribute of the essence of God.  The love of God is the essence of God.  God is love.  The love of God is the sum total of all the other attributes or characteristics or components of God.
(1)  Righteousness is the function of the love of God.  It is a characteristic of the love of God.
(2)  The omniscience of God is what God knew in eternity past.  It is a component of the love of God.
(3)  The justice of God is a characteristic of God under the love of God.  It is a part of the love of God.
(4)  Grace is the policy of the love of God.
g.  The love of God is the integrity of God.  The love of God is righteousness, justice, omniscience, and grace.
h.  The composite is the whole and is classified as the love of God, synonymous with the integrity of God.  A composite is made up of several parts.  The several parts or components are omniscience, righteousness, justice, and grace.
i.  The omniscience of God is where the love of God knew all about us in eternity past.  The love of God was never diminished toward us even though the love of God knew all about our sins and failures.  The omniscience of God turns all of this knowledge over to the righteousness of God in eternity past before there was time.  The righteousness of God then programmed every sin and wrongdoing into the divine decree, and there they stayed until God invented time.  God invented time for the creation of mankind and the resolving of the appeal trial of Satan related to the prehistoric angelic conflict.
j.  In the right time the righteousness of God, which had condemned all these sins, turned them over to the justice of God for judgment, and the justice of God gave every member of the human race a fair shake by imputing every sin to the impeccable human nature of Jesus Christ for judgment.  This is the beginning of a fair shake for every human being.  There is no such thing as a person who does not have equal opportunity to believe in Christ.  There is no such thing as geographic isolation or language barrier or any other factor that can keep a person from believing in Christ.  Once a person believes in Christ, there is no such thing as race or gender.  This continues our fair shake.  All of us receive discipline from God for wrongdoing, Heb 12:6, which continues our fair shake.  All of this is a part of the grace of God.
k.  Without reciprocity the believer has no spiritual integrity.  Without spiritual integrity there is no spiritual life.  Without spiritual life there is no glorification of God.  Without the glorification of God there is confusion about salvation.
2.  God made a decision in eternity past in the divine decree to reveal Himself in such a way that every member of the human race would have a fair shake.
a.  The idiom “fair shake” is used in reference to the justice of God as a composite of the love of God.  A fair shake denotes sameness or uniformity–the quality of being uniform in the overall sense of sameness.  A fair shake is an idiom for everyone receiving the same thing from the justice of God.  It is an equal distribution to everyone involved.
b.  “Fair shake” emphasizes the equality and sameness of something received.  It is the absence of injustice.  God is fair in treating the human race alike in the potential for salvation.  When the justice of God punishes, there is no sameness or uniformity.  Certain sins receive more punishment than others.  God does not give a fair shake to carnal believers in dying.  They go through warning discipline, intensive discipline, and dying discipline.  The justice of God has provided sameness for the believer at the point of salvation, rebound, and death.
c.  Salvation is not available only to a few members of the human race per the doctrine of limited atonement.  Salvation is available to all.  Every person of the human race receives a fair shake.  There are four characteristics of this fair shake regarding salvation, which combine to make sure that there is no such person who does not have a chance to be saved.
(1)  1 Jn 2:2, “And He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the entire world.”  God gives every member of the human race a fair shake by judging every sin on the cross.
(2)  Rom 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died as a substitute for the godless ones.”  We were all totally helpless at birth, because of total separation from God and total helplessness to do anything about it.  Jesus Christ was judged for every person born into this world.  “At the right time” is the fullness of time, when God the Father called for the imputation of personal sins to Christ on the cross.
(3)  1 Tim 2:6, “Who gave Himself a ransom, a substitute for everyone, the testimony to be given at the proper time.”  The proper time is the time you hear the gospel.
(4)  Tit 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all mankind.”  The grace of God appeared in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
d.  Fair means treating all human beings alike with justice and equality, without bias, hence, equal opportunity for salvation as noted in the doctrine of unlimited atonement.
e.  The justice of God gives every person a fair shake at birth.  At birth every member of the human race is condemned by the imputation of Adam’s original sin to the genetically formed old sin nature.  We are born spiritually dead, so that we all may be saved.  The names of all members of the human race are written into the book of life.  Those who die without reaching the age of accountability or those who are born without having the mental ability to believe in Christ are automatically saved.  This is God giving a fair shake to all members of the human race at birth.
f.  The justice of God gives every believer a fair shake at four points: salvation, rebound, death, and resurrection.  There are always results associated with each fair shake from God.
(1)  At salvation every person receives the forgiveness of pre-salvation sins and thirty-nine irrevocable assets plus one revocable asset (the filling of the Spirit).  In the spiritual life all believers get a fair shake, because every believer receives equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute the spiritual life.  The carnal believer has the same spiritual assets as the spiritual believer.  The only difference is that the spiritual believer is using his assets.
(2)  At the point of rebound (1 Jn 1:9) every believer, who names his or her sins to God, receives the same things: forgiveness of post salvation sins, recovery of the filling of the Holy Spirit, restoration of fellowship with God, and resumption of the unique spiritual life.  We all receive the forgiveness of sins because our sins were already judged on the Cross.  1 Cor 11:27-32 says we have the right to examine ourselves and avoid judgment from the Lord by judging ourselves through the use of rebound.  We judge ourselves rightly by recognizing our sins objectively and naming them to God.  Carnal believers are disciplined by the Lord so that they will not be condemned with the world.  That is a fair shake for all carnal believers.
(3)  The justice and grace of God extends to the believer at death.
(a)  At death both the carnal and spiritual believer get a fair shake from God, being absent from the body and face-to-face with the Lord in an interim body.
(b)  Believers either die in a state of carnality or under the filling of the Spirit.  This means there are two different deaths that come to believers, but immediately after death every believer gets a fair shake.  The carnal believer gets a fair shake in death, but not in living or in dying.
(c)  The justice of God gives every believer a fair shake in death, but not in dying.  All believers get a “fair shake” in death, 1 Cor 15:55-57.
(d)  The justice of God gives every believer a fair shake in the matter of death regardless of how you have lived your life.  We receive an interim body, are reunited with loved ones, and have eternal life.
(e)  The justice of God does not give every believer a fair shake in dying.  Our dying is compatible with our execution of the spiritual life.
(f)  The carnal believer and unbeliever should fear death.  The person who fears death does not know how to live.
(g)  The believer who understands the love and integrity of God will never have a problem with death.
(h)  The justice of God causes believers to die in different ways, depending upon whether they have executed the spiritual life, whether they are filled with the Spirit because they continually use rebound, whether they continually learn doctrine, or whether they have lived lives of perpetual carnality.
(i)  Mature believers receive the victory of death in dying.  Loser believers receive the sting of death by dying the sin unto death.  But the moment we die, we all receive a fair shake in the victory over death.
i.  The integrity of God decides the time of our death.  The love of God decides the manner and place of our death.
ii.  Therefore nothing can remove us from this life apart from the integrity or love of God.
iii.  Once the love of God decides the time, manner, and place of our death nothing can keep us on earth.
iv.  What the righteousness of God decides, the justice of God executes.  The righteousness of God disapproves of the carnal believer.  Therefore, their dying is not dying grace, but dying punishment.  But for the believer who has executed the spiritual life, the justice of God blesses with dying grace.  But at death both receive a fair shake from God in the form of an interim body and eternal life.
(4)  Every believer gets a fair shake at the exit-resurrection of the Church in the reception of a resurrection body.  Both the dead in Christ and those alive at the Rapture of the Church all get their resurrection bodies almost simultaneously.  But the eternal rewards and decorations are different for the spiritual and carnal believer.
3.  The doctrine of reciprocal love expresses the mutual love relationship between God and the Church Age believer the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in which the believer responds to the perfect love of God in kind.  The believer responds to God’s love by producing virtue love through the execution of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.  Therefore, reciprocity results in salvation through faith alone in Christ alone.  The response of the believer to all the blessings of salvation, time, and eternity is reciprocal love for God.
a.  The love of God demonstrates that human love and human integrity are never separated, but are part of the virtue of the human soul of the believer.
b.  The love of God is far greater than virtue-love.  It is synonymous with integrity.
c.  We learn to love the Lord through Bible doctrine, and we learn to respect the Lord through divine punishment.
d.  The forty things God gave us at salvation tell us that God loves us and His love for us is from His integrity, which is His love, and that the spiritual life is designed to give us integrity, and therefore, a love which is integrity.
4.  Reciprocity includes eternal love of God for the Church Age believer.  Reciprocity means a mutual giving and receiving.  The mutual giving started in eternity past, when God knew all about us.  Receiving reciprocal love is a matter of understanding the doctrine of reciprocal love for God.  Reciprocity is God’s love for the believer in eternity past, and through that love provides blessings and advantages and privileges and happiness superior to anything mankind has to offer.
5.  The potential for reciprocal love for God from the Church Age believer is accomplished through the spiritual life of the Church Age.  Reciprocal love for God is the greatest spiritual life in all of human history.  This is why so many unique things have been given to the Church Age believers.
6.  Reciprocity began in eternity past before any creature existed.  This was a part of antecedent grace.  God knew everything about us and loved us in eternity past.
7.  The Church Age is the dispensation of the demonstration of reciprocal love for God.  Reciprocity only occurs during the Church Age because of the pre-historic angelic conflict and the rebuttal of the Prosecution.
8.  God’s love for us never diminishes.  Now we have the opportunity to reciprocate through personal love for Him and impersonal love for all mankind.
9.  With reciprocal love we can solve our own problems and have a far greater happiness beyond all we could ask or think.
10.  We do not get to reciprocal love overnight.  We must attain a personal sense of destiny first—the beginning of the adult spiritual life.  Then we move on to personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind.  Most people do not have what it takes to keep going, because they are easily distracted.  The greatest distractions to personal love for God are other believers.
11.  Without virtue-love we are nothing, we gain nothing, 1 Cor 13:2-3.  Our life is meaningless without reciprocal love for God.  We have an attitude toward people that we have never had before and an attitude toward God that we have never had before.  We come at this point to share in the happiness of God, which eventuates in occupation with Christ.
12.  Personal love for God is reciprocation.  We have a mutual relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit on the one hand, and the Church Age believer on the other hand.
13.  The Stages of Reciprocity.
a.  The first stage of reciprocity is personal love for God and impersonal love for mankind.
b.  The second stage of reciprocity is sharing the happiness of God.
c.  The third stage of reciprocity is occupation with Christ.
14.  Reciprocal love for God is the greatest motivator in the life.  Competition among Christians is the worst motivator.
15.  We have a completed canon of Scripture, so that we could reciprocate to His love.
16.  The fulfillment of reciprocal love for God includes grace benefits that never before existed in the history of the human race; for example, the indwelling of the Trinity and the universal priesthood of believers.
17.  The challenge of reciprocity is the witness for Christ in the Church Age, the dispensation of the rebuttal phase of Satan’s appeal trial.
18.  Reciprocity results in salvation through faith in Christ and benefits given at salvation plus the greater benefits after salvation plus the blessings of the eternal state.
19.  Reciprocity is enduring love.
a.  Reciprocity is the response to the grace of God as a component of the love of God in response to the integrity of God.
b.  Reciprocity is the enduring love for God from the accumulation of epignosis doctrine in the seven compartments of the steam of consciousness, knowing God through the Scripture.  It is inevitable that when we learn how God loves us we are going to respond with a reciprocal love for God.
c.  Reciprocity is the aggressive function of the soul in vigorous pursuit of cognition, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, which is tantamount to enduring devotion.
d.  Enduring devotion is intense love for and profound dedication to consecration and occupation with God; hence, dedication to God based on the metabolized Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
e.  Reciprocity is dedication to harmonious rapport with God, resulting in the principle of advancing to spiritual maturity and pleroma status.
f.  Reciprocity is respect for God, which is the response to the grace of God as the ultimate expression of God’s love from divine integrity.  Respect demands the fulfillment of Prov 3:34 as quoted in Jam 4:6 and 1 Pet 5:5, “…but He gives grace to the humble believer.”  This grace is a part of the integrity of God.  The integrity of God is the love of God.  Reciprocity is response to the grace of God as a composite of the love of God.  When we start treating people in grace, then we know that the garbage in our subconscious is beginning to be cleaned out.
g.  The spiritual life goes deeper than casual knowledge and relationship; for the love for God demands both categories of true love (enduring love and respect for God).
(1)  Enduring love as the aggressive function of the soul in vigorous pursuit of cognition, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.  This is tantamount to enduring devotion.
(2)  Respect for God, which includes every aspect of worship: admiration, deference, esteem, consideration, partiality.  Respect is response to the grace of God as the ultimate expression of God’s love from divine integrity.  Respect is the believer’s response to the love of God, expressed in the grace of God.  The only true worship of God is under the principle of respect.
h.  We must never think of love as separate from integrity, and this is the love of God as our point of reference in the spiritual life.
i.  We learn to love the Lord through doctrine.  We learn to respect the Lord through discipline.  There is no love of God in our life unless we have virtue and integrity in our soul.
20.  To be promotable in the spiritual life we must be compatible with the integrity of God.

B.  Scripture.
1.  We must first understand the phrase HE AGAPE TOU THEOU.
a.  HE AGAPE is the definite article and Greek noun of action, “love.”
b.  TOU THEOU is the genitive from the definite article and noun THEOS, meaning, “God.”
c.  The genitive can be a subjective or objective genitive.  The subjective genitive is translated “the love of God.”  The objective genitive is translated “the love for God.”  If God is producing the action, then we have a subject genitive.  If God is receiving the action of being loved, then we have a subjective genitive.  When the word in the genitive receives the action of the noun of action, then the genitive is an objective genitive and should be translated “the love for God.”  When the word in the genitive produces the action of the noun of action, then the genitive is an subjective genitive and translated “the love of God.  If the noun in the genitive receives the action, then we have an objective genitive.
d.  The “love of God” is God’s love toward us, which is God’s integrity.  The “love for God” is our love toward God in reciprocity.
2.  There are two great passages of Scripture related to this doctrine.
a.  1 Jn 4:12-19, which ends up by saying, “we love because He first loved us.”
b.  1 Cor 13:4-8.
3.  Other Related Passages.
a.  1 Jn 2:5, “but whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love for God has been completed.”
(1)  The word in the genitive “God” receives the action of the noun of action “love.”  Therefore, the correct translation is “the love for God.”
(2)  “Love for God” is our reciprocal love directed toward Jesus Christ, and is dogmatically declared by the objective genitive with the noun of action.  The definite article is a monadic definite article, which means, this love is one of a kind.
(3)  Our love for God is completed through the execution of the spiritual life through the power of the Holy Spirit and momentum through metabolized doctrine.
b. Rom 5:5, “Christ in you the confidence of glory, and confidence does not disappoint us, because the love for God has been poured out [circulated] in our hearts through the personal agency of the Holy Spirit, who was given to us for our benefit.”
(1)  “Absolute confidence [hope] does not disappoint us” means that we have taken in enough Scripture so that we now understand that God knew all about us in eternity past and loved us so much that Jesus Christ was judged for every one of us.  So hope does not disappoint us, when it is responsive to the love of God in eternity past.  We are never disappointed by God.  Col 1:27, “to whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is, Christ indwelling you, the confidence of glory.”
(2)  The love of God is the subjective genitive and produces the action implied by the noun of action (“love”).  The subjective genitive noun of action indicates that God loved all mankind in eternity past with emphasis on the believer.  The objective genitive noun of action is not stated in this verse, but is stated in terms of reciprocity through the personal agency of the Holy Spirit.  The love that comes from God and produces our love for God has been poured out in our hearts.
(3)  God’s love for us in eternity past is the source of our reciprocated love for Him in time.
(4)  Reciprocation can only come through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit as our Mentor and our Teacher.  The inevitable result is sharing the happiness of God, which is occupation with Christ.
(5)  The power of the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine is the basis for reciprocal love.
(6)  We have the opportunity for reciprocation in love for God as no one else in history, because the spiritual life, which Jesus Christ used in His humanity, has now been given to us.
(7)  The Greek phrase HE AGAPE TOU THEOU in this verse is unique, because it is a plenary genitive, combining both the subjective and objective genitive in one sentence.  Because the genitive with the noun of action has the exact same words for two difference phrases, both categories (subjective and objective) cannot occur in the same Greek sentence.  Therefore, when the plenary genitive occurs, the phrase HE AGAPE TOU THEOU can only occur once, whether it is subjective or objective.  The one not used must be implied by a different construction in the sentence.  The subjective genitive is stated first because the love of God was poured out in our hearts first.
(8)  All of this is for our benefit that we not be disappointed in spiritual things.
c.  Gal 5:22, “The profit of the Spirit is virtue-love, …”
(1)  The word KARPOS means “gain, profit, advantage” as well as “fruit.”
(2)  The profit, gain, advantage of the filling of the Spirit is virtue-love.
d.  1 Pet 1:8, “And though you have not seen Him, you love Him.  And though you are not seeing Him now but believing [faith-perception], you greatly rejoiced with inexpressible happiness, thinking your way to glory.”  The perfect passive participle of the verb DOXZAZW (which is translated “full of glory”) is an idiom, which means that by loving God now in time we glorify God in the eternal state.
e.  Eph 3:17, “so that Christ may be at home in your hearts through doctrine, when you have become firmly rooted and when you have been established in a secure place in reciprocal love.”
f.  2 Cor 5:14-15, “For the love for Christ motivates us, having reached this conclusion, namely that One died as a substitute for all, therefore all died [the spiritual death of the human race at birth].  In fact He died as a substitute for everyone that they who life should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died as a substitute for them and rose again.”
(1)  The word CHRISTOS is the subjective genitive, which is correctly translated, “the love for Christ.”  The verb SUNECHW means to hold together, to sustain, to devote oneself completely, to be completely absorbed, to be motivated.
(2)  Our love for Jesus Christ motivates us, which means occupation with Christ.  The positive believer advances in the spiritual life through reciprocity.
(3)  The believer is motivated by the staying power of Christ on the cross being judged for the sins of all mankind.
(4)  Rom 5:5 cf. 2 Cor 5:14 indicates that it was for our benefit that we were spiritually dead at birth.  This must also be compared with Rom 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died as a substitute for the godless ones [all human beings at birth].”  Spiritual death at birth was the best thing that could happen to us, because we are now candidates for eternal salvation.
(5)  The high point of the spiritual life is when we finally love Jesus Christ—occupation with the person of Jesus Christ.  When this happens, we are truly motivated in life.
(6)  When we execute the unique spiritual life, we are using the power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.  Eph 1:19, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power to us who have believed for the working of His superior power, which power He put into operation by means of Christ, when He raised Him from the dead.”  This is the power mentioned in 2 Cor 5:14.
g.  1 Cor 13:2, 3, “If I do not have virtue-love, I am nothing.”  “If I do not have virtue-love, I gain nothing.”
h.  Eph 3:19-21, “and to get to know the love for Christ which surpasses knowledge, in order that you may be filled resulting in all the fullness of blessing from the source of God.  Now to Him (God the Father) who is able to do infinitely more than all we could ask or think on the basis of the power that keeps working in us, to Him the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus with reference to all generations of this unique dispensation of the ages.”
i.  1 Cor 2:9, “But just as it stands written, ‘Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard nor has it entered into the heart of mankind all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’“
j.  1 Thes 5:8, “But since we are of the day [we can see what’s going on], let us attain spiritual self-esteem, after we have put on the breastplate of faith [four stages of the faith-rest drill] and virtue-love.”
k.  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.”  The power behind everything is the love of God.
l.  2 Thes 3:5, “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love for God and to the staying power (perseverance, endurance) of Christ.”

C.  Introductory Principles.
1.  In eternity past, each member of the Trinity had perfect, eternal love for each other.  They co-existed in perfect harmony and love for each other.  The love of each member of the Trinity for each other provided a fantastic relationship and a happiness beyond description.
2.  Because God has omniscience, God loved all believers in eternity past.  He knew everyone of us as Church Age believers and the wonderful spiritual life that would be given to us because of the work of Jesus Christ in hypostatic union.
3.  God loved us in eternity past no matter how we would fail in time.
4.  The Personality of God.
a.  God has personality.  Personality denotes self-consciousness and self-determination.  Self-consciousness always precedes self-determination.  We do not have self-determination without self-consciousness.
b.  Each member of the Trinity recognizes himself to be a person, and as such, God acts rationally.
c.  Infinity describes God as without boundary or limitation, uniting in Himself those perfections which belong to His character.
d.  Therefore, God cannot be complicated with ignorance or absurdities, emotion or irrationality.
e.  Infinity is theological nomenclature, used to describe all that God does including the function of His integrity.
f.  In eternity past, God existed in three persons with identical essence.  Self-existence is the first principle of infinity.  Eternal, divine existence is the meaning of infinity, and that is where the personality of God starts.
g.  God is governed by His own integrity.  Therefore, each person of the Trinity functions from righteousness, justice, and love.
(1)  God must always act in accordance with His own love, and He never acts outside of His integrity.
(2)  If the integrity of God requires punishment for sin, and it does, God is not free to disregard or omit punishment.  Can God forgive sin apart from satisfaction or propitiation of His righteous claims?  Not so long as He is righteous.  Righteousness and justice demands satisfaction, but loves solves the problem.
(3)  To forgive without satisfaction or propitiation would be to fail in the proper function of His divine integrity.  What would be destroyed if God let us get away with anything?  His love.
(4)  God’s integrity cannot be satisfied unless all sins are judged.  God’s integrity cannot be satisfied apart from the judgment of sin.
(5)  God’s love has found a way to solve the problem of our sin and the satisfaction of His justice apart from our righteousness and justice, and He solved the problem with His love, not with His righteousness and justice.  Love is the solution in the integrity of God, but God’s love can never be divorced from His righteousness and justice.
(6)  Atonement is the judgment of every sin in history.  There is no such thing as reciprocal love with God where sin is concerned.  There is no way we will ever have blessing from God unless something is done about our sins.  Jesus Christ made the decision in eternity past to become the atonement for all the sins ever committed in the history of the human race.
(7)  God the Father demands propitiation–that every sin in human history be judged.  In that propitiation there must be a basis for reconciliation.  Reconciliation is not based on how good we are or what we have done or are doing for God.  Reconciliation is based on faith in the judgment of Christ of the Cross as our substitute to reconcile us to God.  This is called the redemption solution, and includes atonement, propitiation, and reconciliation.  This is accomplished through the greatest motivation in history–divine love.  This is expressed in grace, Eph 2:8-9.
(8)  Why does the Scripture say when we sin we are punished?  Heb 12:6, “Whom the Lord loves, He punishes.”  Does He punish us for the sins we commit?  No.  why?  They were punished on the Cross.  So the basis for our punishment is our wrongdoing, which includes: grieving, quenching, and lying to the Holy Spirit, when we sin, as well as our Christian activism.  We are punished for our wrongdoing, which is failure to execute the spiritual life.  When we use the rebound technique (1 Jn 1:9) and acknowledge our sins to God, God forgives us our sins and purifies us from all wrongdoing.  Col 1:14, “in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
(9)  Why should Christ be judged for the sins of the world, if any other means of salvation were available?  Because no other means of salvation was available.  Jesus Christ provided the only solution that was available by becoming true humanity and going to the Cross as a substitute for us.  God’s love for us has never diminished or changed, because He loves His own righteousness and justice.
(a)  Ps 33:5, “He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”  When you love something that is right, you will do it.
(b)  Ps 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; unfailing love and doctrine go before You.”
(10)  Do affections (emotion or sentiment in human love) belong to God?  The absolute attributes of God are on a higher plain than human affections, including love.  Therefore, any category of emotion is not a part of divine essence.  In the word of God, affections are ascribed to God as anthropopathisms to explain divine policy.  Because God is perfect virtue, His love is totally devoid of sin, human good, altruism, or any source of evil reaction or emotion.  Since God is always has been and always will be perfect love and virtue, He does not fall in love.  God’s love cannot be complicated by ignorance, absurdities, silliness, or emotion.  God’s love cannot be bribed or patronized or compromised by human works, legalism, or Christian activism.  No matter what happens to believers in time, there is not greater security than the eternal and perfect personal love of God, whether the believer is spiritual or carnal, winner or loser.  Therefore, the personal love of God guarantees eternal relationship with God forever, even the most sinful and evil believers who ever exist.
5.  When you love someone, you must respect them.  The first concept in human love must always be respect.  Respect must come before rapport or be a part of rapport.  Respect is the major factor in love in any category.
6.  Respect is the higher form of love and purity of motivation.  There is a lot of love without purity of motivation.
7.  Respect is the highway of reciprocity or reciprocal love for God.  Reciprocal love for God is a new lease on life (a chance to enter a happiness and tranquility that you never experienced before), not a new leash on life.  A lot of love has many strings attached.
8.  Reciprocal love for God is a part of what is found in Jam 4:6 that God gives us greater grace at the moment of salvation and that God makes war against the arrogant believer and gives grace to the humble believer.  The beginning of the understanding of the fantastic love we have from God and responding to it is the humbling fact that we have been loved by God for billions of years.

D.  Reciprocal Love For God.
1.  When you truly come to love someone, you respect them.  Respect is the higher form of love and purity of motivation.  Respect is the highway of reciprocity.
2.  Reciprocal love has a great tranquility, knowing that we will remain here as long as the Lord wants us to be here.  Our Lord was willing to go to the Cross for us because of His personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, and a perfect tranquility in His human nature.
3.  Now we can have this personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ, which produces reciprocal love for each member of the Trinity.
4.  Reciprocal love for God is our response to God’s love for us from eternity past.  Reciprocity is personal love for God by the Church Age believer, which is accomplished through the execution of the unique spiritual life of human history.
5.  Reciprocal love for God is one of the highest motivations, one of the most fantastic things that can ever come into our life.
6.  Reciprocal love was given to us at salvation as a potential, but it does not come until we reach a personal sense of destiny.  With it comes the greatest happiness in the world and tranquility.
a.  Everyone is living their life on the basis of adventure, which is a waste of time.  Adventurers are not good lovers, are not stable in life, are not dependable, are always changing their mind, are always seeking greater excitement or something more.
b.  But the basis for stability in life is tranquility.  Tranquility means you have a system of values that you would not change for anything in the world.
c.  Tranquility begins with reciprocal love for God.  You stop reacting toward people; you stop being an irritable person.
d.  Tranquility under pressure equals wisdom.
7.  Worship is a matter of reciprocity.  1 Jn 4:16, “We have come to know and have believed the virtue-love which God has for us.  God is love, and the one who remains in that love remains in association with God, and God remains in association with him.”
a.  This is reciprocal love for God, tantamount to fellowship with God under the principle of harmonious rapport with God.  The believer remains in harmonious rapport with God through reciprocal love for God.
b.  Reciprocal love for God is the execution of the post salvation spiritual life through the power and mentorship of God the Holy Spirit as per Jn 14:26.
c.  Reciprocity brings a new kind of love to worship and subsequent execution of the unique spiritual life, and these occur simultaneously.  Reciprocity is worship as well as spiritual advance.  They are simultaneous.  When you have one, you have the other.
d.  Reciprocity brings in occupation with Christ and with it worship, which results in honor and maximum homage directed to all three members of the Trinity.
e.  The combination of the fulfillment of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age and reciprocal love for God then becomes the highest form of life on this planet.
8.  The first reciprocal love toward God is to believe in Jesus Christ as savior.
9.  We cannot find our self until we find God in reciprocal love.
a.  Once we see the invisible God through the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine Our reciprocal love for God motivates true spiritual self-esteem.  Only true spiritual self-esteem has the ability and capacity to respond to the love of God.
b.  Spiritual self-esteem has the ability to love and be loved.
c.  Spiritual self-esteem plus impersonal love destroys inordinate competition for someone else’s love.
d.  The power of God the Holy Spirit under spiritual self-esteem is never insecure in love and affection and never feels threatened by arrogance or jealousy.  Self-changing your life and personality and lifestyle is a major tenet of arrogance and legalism.  Spirituality is not changing your lifestyle.
e.  Your reciprocity must keep up with your intake of doctrine.  They have to advance together.  Your love for God cannot advance without the increase of doctrinal understanding in your soul, and your doctrinal understanding cannot advance without your love for God.
f.  Spiritual self-esteem is the beginning of a true change of character, not of personality.
g.  Spiritual self-esteem is the fulfillment of divine blessing related to reciprocal love for God.

E.  Reciprocal love for God is the basis for eternal rewards.
1.  Jam 1:12, “Happy [is] the person who perseveres under testing; for when he passes the test, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
2.  Testing is generally associated with pressure and stress, which is not normally associated with happiness, but here it is.  Persevering under testing is the opportunity for spiritual growth, the opportunity to apply your love for God to the pressure and testing.
3.  Reciprocal love for God under pressure and testing is knowing that God has never let you down and never will.
4.  The believer who uses reciprocal love for God to persevere and endure the testing and pressure will receive the eternal reward of the crown of life.  As Bible doctrine increases in the human soul there is a understanding in the soul that creates a system of worship that keeps place with our spiritual advance.  We have a simultaneous advance between perception and metabolization of doctrine and an increase in worship that combines with the Scripture we have learned.  This is what our Lord meant when He said, “They that worship Me must worship Me by means of the Holy Spirit and by means of the truth (of the word of God),” Jn 4:24.  Worship is a mental attitude which results in its fulfillment in occupation with Christ.
5.  Reciprocity or reciprocal love for God will inevitably result in the highest decoration of the crown of life.
6.  Reciprocity brings a new kind of love to worship and simultaneously to the execution of the unique spiritual life of all human history.  Christian worship is reciprocal love for God, not works, not ritual.
7.  This same love for God motivates the execution of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.  Therefore, the spiritual advance to PLERWMA status and maximum glorification of God is simultaneous with the function of reciprocity.
8.  Fulfillment of reciprocal love for God is the highest form of spiritual life that can possibly exist.  This is the invisible impact of that winner believer.
9.  The verb AGAPAW refers here to reciprocal personal love for God.
10.  Rev 2:10, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer.  Note that the Devil is about to cast some of you into prison that you may be tested, and you will have special persecution ten times.  Keep on being faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.”
11.  1 Jn 4:17, “Because of this (PLERWMA status), reciprocal-love has been brought to completion with us, that we may have confidence in the day of evaluation; because just as He is, so also are we in this world.”
a.  God has provided all of these things for us, and we respond with confidence.  Confidence sets aside all the inconsequentials in life.
b.  Every Church Age believer will be evaluated on one principle: the spiritual life that we have received demands responsibility—that we make responsible decisions, that we establish a scale of values that is so high that it motivates us through love for God to enter into the execution of this spiritual life and make Bible doctrine number one on our scale of values.
c.  “Just as He is” refers to the prototype spiritual life of our Lord during the Hypostatic Union.  “So also are we” refers to the operational spiritual life of the Church Age.
d.  1 Jn 2:28, “Now, little children, stay in fellowship with Him, that if He should appear, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.”
12.  1 Pet 1:8, “And though you have not seen Him, you love Him.  And though you are not seeing Him now, but believing, you greatly rejoice, full of glory.”
13.  Col 1:27, “Christ indwelling you, the absolute confidence of glory.

F.  Reciprocal Love and Corporate Testing.
1.  Every system of authority has three categories.
a.  The first category is related to management, leadership, and change of command.
b.  The second category is the objective for the system derived from its management.  Authority must have objectives.
c.  A policy for the execution or fulfillment of the objective.  There has to be a system to fulfill the objective.
2.  A system is defined as an organization composed of people under the command of other people, functioning under a policy, which is designed to fulfill a specific objective.
a.  Illustrations of a system: business organizations, military services, professional organizations—medical, law firms, engineering, etc., church organizations, denominations, athletic organizations, the divine institution of marriage, governments.
b.  There are good and bad organizations, good and bad systems, good and bad leadership and authority, good and bad policies, and good and bad objectives.  Therefore, there are many areas of system testing related to people, policy, and purposes of any given organization.
c.  Because no one is perfect and everyone has an old sin nature, personnel, policy, and purpose often conflict.
3.  Three areas of system testing exist.
a.  Personality conflict within the organization.  Unfair and unjust treatment from someone in charge, playing favorites.
b.  Policy pressures in the system.  The testing comes from policy that is unreasonable or policy that conflicts with normal living or policy that conflicts with norms and standards or policy that is stupid and still enforced.
c.  Pressure in fulfilling the objective of the organization.  Unreasonable objectives that are impossible to execute; lack of ability to fulfill the objectives; conflict of personal life with the objectives.  The greatest enemy of any organization is arrogance plus incapability plus laziness plus distraction by wrong priorities plus ignorance equals ineptizoid people.
4.  Reciprocal love motivation is the divine solution to corporate authority problems.
a.  For the Christian to glorify God in corporate environment, the believer must be motivated by the simultaneous advance in two spheres of the spiritual life.
(1)  The advance in the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
(2)  The advance in reciprocity—love for God.
b.  There are three stages in the advance of the spiritual life, which are significant: spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, spiritual invincibility.  Beginning with the motivation of spiritual self-esteem, the believer can deal with the unfair policy and treatment from management, because these advances in the spiritual life represent the function of reciprocity.
(1)  You put the matter in the Lord’s hands and carry on doing your job as unto the Lord.  You continue to have impersonal love for all.  Together these move you to occupation with Christ.
(2)  Beginning with the motivation of spiritual self-esteem, the believer can deal with unfair policy and treatment from management and go right on and do his or her job.
(3)  Your motivation for passing the testing is continuing to do your job as unto the Lord.
c.  Motivation to pass system testing comes from reciprocal love for God.
(1)  Reciprocal love for God motivation does not complain because the love for God is the point of reference for the spiritual life, not competition with others.
(2)  Reciprocal love does not become involved in organizational conspiracy.
(3)  Impersonal love as a part of reciprocal love does not get involved in personality conflict.
(4)  Through the function of the faith-rest drill plus the right application of metabolized doctrine, you do not complain about unfair treatment, but put the matter in the hands of the supreme court of heaven and carry on.  The person who hangs in there under system testing and does a good job will be promoted by the Lord.
d.  While arrogant leadership is unfair, the grace of God expressed in reciprocal love sees corporate testing as the opportunity to glorify God.
e.  By combining the function of the faith-rest drill plus the right application of metabolized doctrine with reciprocal love for God motivation the believer does not complain, but puts the matter in the hands of the Supreme Court of Heaven.
f.  Every time you quit an organization under the testing of unfair treatment, you have not only flunked the test, but you have failed to advance to the high ground on that occasion.  Just because you flunk a test once does not mean that it is all over.  You will have another chance under other circumstances.  Prov 24:10, “If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength?”
g.  The believer who hangs in there under testing and is motivated by reciprocity to do a good job will be vindicated and promoted by the Lord.
5.  Col 3:17-4:1, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  Wives, submit to the authority of your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives and stop being bitter against them.  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  Fathers, do not embitter your children, so that they will not become discouraged.  Labor obey management in everything, not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but with virtue of the stream of consciousness, respecting the Lord.  Whatever you do, keep functioning from your own soul, as to the Lord and not to mankind, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of your inheritance.  You serve the Lord Christ.  For anyone who does wrongdoing will receive the consequences of that wrongdoing, and there is no partiality.  Management, provide for your employees what is right and fair, because you know that you too have a Manager in heaven.”
a.  Reciprocity has the power to accept authority in a system without becoming arrogant.
b.  Reciprocal love has the power to handle unjust and unfair treatment or any authority problem that may exist.  Reciprocal love has the power to put the case before the supreme court of heaven and leave it there.
c.  Reciprocal love carries out the policy of management without becoming bitter or discouraged or conspiratorial.
d.  Reciprocal love fulfills the objective of the organization no matter how incompetent, inefficient, or unreasonable others in the organization may be.
e.  System testing is a major source of peer pressure.
f.  Reciprocal love has the power to put the problem in the Lord’s hands and carry on without bitterness, implacability, self-pity, hatred, revenge motivation and function.
g.  What God does not remove, He intends for us to bear.
h.  The husband must take the responsibility of becoming a leader in marriage.  You do not become a leader by doing something to punish your wife.  Bitterness is your failure to take responsibility for your decision to marry someone.
i.  You serve the Lord by recognizing legitimate authority.
j.  Summary.
(1)  Reciprocal love has the power to accept authority in a system without becoming involved in the sins of arrogance and emotion.
(2)  Reciprocal love executes the policy of management without bitterness or discouragement.
(3)  Reciprocal love fulfills the objectives of the organization no matter how incompetent, inefficient, or unreasonable others in the corporation may be.
(4)  While system testing is a major source of peer pressure, reciprocal love motivation has the power to carry on without sinful reaction.
(5)  Reciprocal love has the power to put the problem in the Lord’s hands under the doctrinal principle of a personal sense of destiny.
(6)  1 Jn 5:3, “And this is love for God that we keep His mandates, and His commandments are not difficult to fulfill.”
(7)  1 Jn 2:5, “Whoever guards His word, truly in him the love for God has been brought to completion.”
6.  1 Cor 10:13, “No testing has overtaken you but such as is common to mankind; in fact God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tested beyond what you are able (to bear), but with the testing will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
7.  The result of passing system testing is happiness, Jam 1:12, “Happy [is] the individual believer who perseveres under testing; for having been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
8.  To avoid becoming a source of system testing to others, the believer must understand the difference between management and leadership in the exercise of authority.
a.  Leadership motivates; management regulates.
b.  Leadership establishes authority through virtue, integrity, and honor; management uses enforcement of petty, bureaucratic regulations as a system of bullying and unjust treatment.
c.  Leadership delegates authority; management hordes authority through bullying and unfair treatment of subordinates.
d.  Leadership encourages efficiency and good ideas; management resents good ideas and is jealous of efficiency.
e.  Leadership produces esprit-de-corps; management creates frustration, dissatisfaction, dishonesty, laziness, and conspiracy.
f.  Leadership creates integrity; management creates inordinate ambition and destroys job integrity.
g.  The leader type pastor teaches doctrine faithfully and does not interfere with the privacy of the believer’s priesthood.  He expresses his love through the accurate teaching of the doctrine.  The manager type pastor develops a program dependence by which he seeks to regulate the life of the congregation.  The leader-pastor delegates authority to the members of the congregation, while the manager-pastor retains all the authority and bullies or courts his congregation.
h.  Leadership delegates authority; management abuses authority.
i.  Leadership establishes authority through the teaching of Bible doctrine; management establishes influence through programs, sharing, counseling, creates lonely-hearts clubs, or a Disneyland type atmosphere.
j.  Leadership produces response; management produces reaction.
k.  To fulfill the objective, leadership teaches, while management bullies and shames his congregation.
l.  Leadership gets attention; management wants attention, but does not get it.
m.  Leadership improves government, military, law enforcement, business, athletics, academics, etc.  Management undermines the morale and esprit-de-corps of the same.
n.  Leadership encourages; management discourages.
o.  Leadership brings integrity into an organization; management brings pettiness into an organization.
p.  Spiritual autonomy flourishes under leadership, but is tested under management.
q.  Leadership provides inspiration; management provides testing.

G.  Reciprocal Love in Serving God.
1.  Reciprocal love is our motivation for serving God.
2.  When we are motivated by personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind, then you begin to share the happiness of God and do not need supervision.
3.  Sharing the happiness of God as a part of Christian service helps us to be careful to not be critical of others.

H.  There is no fear in reciprocal love for God.
1.  1 Jn 4:18, “There is no fear in association with the love [reciprocity]; but mature love casts out that fear, because fear keeps on having punishment, and the one who fears has not been brought to completion by reciprocal-love.”
a.  The background for this passage is found in 1 Jn 4:16, “And so we have come to know and we have believed the love which God has for us.  God is love and the one who remains in that love remains in association with God and God remains in association with him.”
(1)  We started remaining in God the day we believed in Christ.  We start out in fellowship with Him.  “God remains in association with him” has to do with eternity past, when God knew all about us through omniscience.  God remains in us as the indwelling of the Spirit because God loves us.  Reciprocity is accomplished only through the filling of the Spirit, Gal 5:22, “the fruit of the Spirit is love.”
(2)  When it says that “God is love,” it means that we cannot diminish the love of God by our failures and we cannot expand it by our success.
(3)  God’s love for us brings on reciprocation.  Reciprocal love is the recognition that there is a higher and greater love than has ever existed before in history.
b.  There is no fear in association with love because:
(1)  Reciprocal-love is associated with divine love as the point of reference for the spiritual life.
(2)  Virtue-love is associated with the definition of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age—harmonious rapport with God.
(3)  Virtue-love is associated with the advanced stage of the spiritual life as per occupation with Christ.
(4)  Divine love as the point of reference for the spiritual life is associated with the word PLERWMA, the highest form of spiritual life, maximum glorification of God, as per Eph 3:19, “and come to know the love for Christ resulting in all the fullness of blessing from God.”
(5)  God has to be more real to you than dangerous situations.  Never let fear in your life wipe out the divine viewpoint in your life.
2.  Love does not produce fear, but harmonious rapport with God.  Our Lord faced separation from God the Father on the cross without any fear in his soul.
3.  Reciprocal love for God is the motivator for the spiritual life.  There is no motivation as strong as motivation in your own soul.  If you have to be pushed along by the whip of the taskmaster, if you have to be threatened, then there is something wrong with that.  It is not leadership.
4.  When we come to know the love of Christ, then from it comes the fullness of blessing from God.
5.  Things that cause fear and wipe out virtue-love include: guilt, bitterness, and emotional sins.  Emotional sins are distractions to the spiritual life and understanding the integrity of God.  Fear wipes out understanding your salvation, rebound, and fulfilling the spiritual life of the Church Age.
a.  What the righteousness of God condemns, the justice of God judges, but always through the love of God as expressed in the grace of God.
b.  What the righteousness of God commends, the justice of God blesses through the love of God as expressed in the grace of God.
6.  Fear and the function of our spiritual life are mutually exclusive.  We are either in fear or in the spiritual life.  If we are under the control of the Spirit, then there is no fear; we have virtue-love.  But if we are under the control of our sin nature, then we are in a state of fear every time we are tested.  Fear, worry, etc. is a warning to us that we are not involved in the spiritual life.
a.  2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a lifestyle of fear, but of power and of virtue-love and of sound judgment.”
b.  Ps 56:2-3, “My enemies have trampled upon me all day long; for many fight against me with arrogance.  When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
c.  The alternative to fear is the function of the four stages of the faith-rest drill.  Fear sees the problem, but faith sees the solution.  Rom 4:18-21.
d.  Virtue-love is compatible with divine integrity because it reflects divine love as a part of the integrity of God.  Divine love is always compatible with divine righteousness in the function of the integrity of God.
e.  The more we increase the power of fear in our life, the greater our failure to execute the spiritual mechanics of this unique spiritual life.  The principles of the distraction of fear:
(1)  The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear.
(2)  The extent to which you surrender to fear, the greater your capacity for fear.
(3)  The greater your capacity for fear, the more you increase the power of fear in your life.
(4)  The more you increase the power of fear in your life, the greater your failure to execute the spiritual life.
(5)  Fear as an emotional sin is both irrational and irresponsible, resulting in garbage in the subconscious and distraction from the spiritual life of the Church Age.  Therefore, the believer has the function of the emotional complex of sins and the utilization of the arrogance complex of sins.
(6)  Fear replaces Bible doctrine with the attack of the four horsemen of apostasy: emotional revolt of the soul, locked-in negative volition, blackout of the soul, and scar tissue of the soul.  Fear panics, when the four horsemen attack, and the believer loses the battle of stress in the soul.
f.  No believer can advance to spiritual maturity through fear or the deployment of the arrogance skills (self-justification, self-deception, self-absorption).
7.  Fear creates stress in the soul.
a.  Adversity is the outside pressure of life—outside the soul.  Adversity is constantly punching at your soul.  Adversity is used by God for testing.  Stress is the inside pressure of the soul.
b.  Stress is what we do to ourselves in carnality; adversity is what circumstances do to us.  We do not have to let the circumstances of life get into the soul as stress.
c.  Adversity is inevitable; stress is optional.  Adversity is a good thing, but what we do to ourselves is a bad thing.
d.  Stress in the soul contradicts the unique spiritual life of the Church Age and produces fear, panic, and hysteria.  Adversity comes because we have made good decisions and this accelerates our spiritual advance.  Stress comes because we have made bad decisions.
e.  When stress breaks through the doctrinal defense line and overruns the command post of the soul, the only solution is the divine solution: rebound (1 Jn 1:9) and counterattack (Phil 3:13-14).
f.  All divine solutions to carnality begin with rebound (1 Jn 1:9).  The results of rebound include: recovery of the filling of the Spirit, restoration to fellowship with God, resumption of our spiritual life.
g.  When we allow stress to invade our soul, we have defeated our own spiritual life by our own bad decisions.  We can only blame ourselves.
h.  Overthinking is a part of garbage in the subconscious.  God has made doctrine simple enough for us that we don’t have to over-think.  We think too much about ourselves instead of what the pastor is teaching.
i.  Fear blocks the function of your spiritual life by converting the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.
8.  Fear keeps on having punishment, which is unbearable divine punishment to the believer to wake him up.  We are going to having testing, but testing is not punishment for sin.
a.  Fear keeps on having punishment because you load up the soul with garbage.
b.  Fear is an association thing.  Fear gets into the stream of consciousness, when you start thinking of things that frighten you.  Fear is lack of association with Bible doctrine and reciprocal love for God motivation.
c.  The reason you are afraid of things is because you are associating them with garbage in your subconscious.  You associate something with fear and that just tears up the subconscious and garbage comes into the stream of consciousness.
9.  We must distinguish between fear and concern.
a.  Fear is a sin; concern relates to something important, like the filling of the Spirit and gives number one priority to Bible doctrine.
b.  Concern is the sense of responsibility, honor, and integrity related to the divine mandates given to the Church Age believer.
c.  When fear strikes, never try to say you are not afraid and then try to solve the problem.  If you are afraid, rebound and keep moving.  Never go into denial and try to deny fear.  To deny fear is to complicate your life and perpetuate carnality.  Denial is trying to solve the problem of fear on your own.
d.  By the time we master the four stages of the faith-rest drill, we have removed ourselves from fear testing and have entered into grace orientation plus doctrinal orientation resulting in a personal sense of destiny.
10.  There is no fear of dying in virtue-love, Mt 10:28-31, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So stop being afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
a.  There is no fear in virtue-love.  Therefore, there should be no fear of death for the believer with virtue-love.
b.  Therefore, the manifestation of divine love in dying is important to understand.  No matter how you sin or fail, death is God’s victory.
c.  The death of any believer is based on the virtue, integrity, and love of God.  What the righteousness of God decides (the death of the believer), the justice of God executes it, but it is executed through the love of God.
d.  If the integrity of God cares for the sparrow and his death, and He does, how much more will the integrity of God care for the believer in Jesus Christ, who is threatened by death.
e.  Therefore, we are to have no fear of dying.  If we are afraid of dying, then there is something wrong with our spiritual.  We are not using the spiritual life.
11.  Conclusion.
a.  The one who fears is the believer in a status of carnality.
b.  The believer accomplishes nothing in the spiritual life in carnality.
c.  Carnality is the status of sin, including such categories as: wrongdoing, grieving the Holy Spirit, quenching the Holy Spirit, and Christian activism.
d.  Both grieving and quenching Holy Spirit are the imperative of prohibition and are correctly translated “Stop grieving the Holy Spirit” and “Stop quenching the Holy Spirit.”

I.  Rebound restores reciprocal love.
1.  Our sinning destroys the function of God’s plan for us.  We are out of fellowship with God.  We are out of the will of God.  1 Jn 1:8-10, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and righteous with the results that He forgives us our sins and purifies us from all wrongdoing.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
a.  “If we say we have no sin” is denial and projection.  “We are deceiving ourselves” is the second arrogance skill—self-deception.  “If we say that we have not sinned” is a combination of the third arrogance skill—self-absorption plus denial.
b.  1 Jn 1:8 and 10 is a case of rejecting rebound when it is taught or to find an excuse for rejecting it.
c.  There is nothing more important in the spiritual life and there is no greater inheritance in history than that which has been given to the Church Age believer.  Rebound is a part of that inheritance.
d.  If the believer names his sins to God, the result is forgiveness of sins and recovery of the filling of the Spirit, and the  resumption of the spiritual life.
e.  Since our sins were judged on the Cross, we cannot again be judged for our sins, but we can be judged for something that results from our sins.
f.  There is a distinction here between sins and wrongdoing.
(1)  Wrongdoing is described in Eph 4:30 as grieving the Holy Spirit, “Furthermore stop grieving the Holy Spirit of God by Whom you were sealed to the day of redemption.”  We are not punished for our sins, but we are punished for grieving the Holy Spirit.  Those who reject rebound and continue grieving the Holy Spirit are severely punished by the supreme court of heaven.  Wrongdoing is grieving the Holy Spirit.  Grieving the Holy Spirit is rejection of rebound and perpetuation of carnality until the day you day.
(2)  Wrongdoing is described in 1 Thes 5:19 as squelching, quenching, suppressing, stifling the Holy Spirit, “Stop suppressing the Holy Spirit.”  Paul is warning against a deliberate suppression of the Holy Spirit by not using the recovery solution of rebound.  We suppress the Holy Spirit by perpetual carnality, which is wrongdoing.  This is a direct attack on reciprocal love for God.  Rejection of rebound is rejection of the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, rejection of rebound is rejection of reciprocal love for God.
(3)  Wrongdoing is worse than all of our sins.  Yet God purifies us from all wrongdoing.  1 Pet 3:18, “For Christ also died once for sins, the righteous One as a substitute for the unrighteous ones [ADIKIA means all those involved in wrongdoing], that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit.”
g.  In the context of 1 Jn 1:6-10 there are five third class conditions.
(1)  The carnal believer contradicts Christian fellowship, 1 Jn 1:6.  Carnality is defined as walking in darkness, and is mutually exclusive from spirituality, which is defined as the believer walking in the light.
(2)  The spiritual believer has true fellowship with God, 1 Jn 1:7.
(3)  The carnal Christian’s denial of the sin nature is characterized by the arrogance skills of self-justification and self-deception, 1 Jn 1:8.
(4)  The recovery procedure for the status of carnality, 1 Jn 1:9.
(5)  The carnal Christian’s denial of personal sins is characterized by adding self-absorption to the arrogance skills, 1 Jn 1:10.
2.  The principle of rebound and keep moving is found in Phil 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not evaluate myself to have attained; but one thing I do:  forgetting those things which are behind [failures] and pressing forward toward those things which are ahead, I keep advancing toward the objective for the decorations of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
a.  “I do not evaluate myself to have attained” means that Paul has not completed his advance to the high ground in the spiritual life.  He evaluates himself based on having maximum doctrine in his soul.  This was his mirror in the soul into which he could look and make his own self-evaluation.  According to his evaluation, personal love for God, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ were all not yet a part of his life.
b.  Believers acquire motivation through reciprocal love for God.
c.  God always had divine love in eternity past for each one of us, knowing all about us.  Therefore, His love is a demonstration to us, designed to motivate us.  God demonstrates His love to us and then commends it to us.
d.  We advance to spiritual maturity under two concepts: the doctrine that we learn day by day, and at the same time, the response to the love of God in eternity past.  We are motivated by the fantastic love that God had for us in eternity past.  Both of these must advance together.  If one falls by the wayside, the other will too.  Doctrinal teaching and motivation from the love of God must advance together.
e.  Rom 5:8 teaches that it is God’s loving action that displays His righteousness, “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”
(1)  Therefore, we are motivated by the demonstration of God’s love.  God’s love toward us is a demonstration of His love and grace; hence, the explanation of His integrity.  We respond to this demonstration of His righteousness by the stimulation of reciprocity in us.  This results in the most fantastic spiritual life—reciprocal love for God, which advances us to the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.
(2)  God’s love motivates us, but we do not motivate God’s love for us.  Divine love is the demonstration of His grace and integrity; hence, through the filling of the Spirit, we are motivated by the love of God for us to advance spiritually.
(3)  We as believers respond to this demonstration of His loving action by the stimulation of reciprocal love for God in us, which advances us to the high ground of spiritual maturity.
f.  Spiritual momentum does not stop with the counterattack of rebound.  Spiritual momentum must keep moving to the high ground of spiritual maturity.
3.  David is the classical illustration of a believer using rebound after his sin, Ps 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide.  I said I will acknowledge my transgression to the Lord, and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.”
4.  The failure to rebound means the following:
a.  No rebound means no spirituality—no filling of the Spirit.
b.  No rebound means no spiritual life—we are not living under the power of the Holy Spirit.
c.  No rebound means sin nature control of our soul.
d.  No rebound means false doctrine in the soul, which means garbage in the subconscious.
e.  No rebound means three arrogance skills take over our life.
f.  No rebound means Christian degeneracy.
5.  By rejecting rebound the believer becomes:
a.  The enemy of the Cross, Phil 3:18.
b.  The enemy of God, Jam 4:4.
c.  A psychotic Christian, or double-minded, Jam 4:8.
d.  Carnal, sinful, Rom 8:7; 1 Cor 3:1-3.
e.  The disciple of the Devil, 1 Jn 3:8.
f.  Drifts off course from grace, Gal 5:4.
g.  A tortured and unstable soul, 2 Pet 2:7-8, 14.
h.  A shipwrecked believer, 1 Tim 1:19.
6.  Without rebound:
a.  There is no spirituality (Eph 5:18) and no spiritual life (Gal 5:16,18,25).
b.  There is no fellowship with God.  That means no reciprocity or reciprocal love for God.
c.  Without rebound no believer can abandon his own agenda at the door of hope; therefore, no believer can enter the adult spiritual life of virtue-love.
d.  The loser believer fails to use rebound, the only recovery procedure.
7.  There are three categories of Christian fellowship.
a.  Basic Christian fellowship is a Bible teaching situation between a pastor and his congregation, 1 Jn 1:3a.
b.  The fellowship of spirituality.  The believer has fellowship with God the Holy Spirit only when he is filled with the Spirit.
c.  Fellowship with God the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, 1 Jn 1:3b.
8.  All three categories of Christian fellowship contribute to rapport with God.  Rapport with God must precede rapport with loved ones and people in general.  Social intercourse with other Christians is not fellowship in the biblical sense.
a.  1 Cor 1:9, “God is faithful, through Whom we have been called into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
b.  2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
c.  1 Jn 2:5, “But whoever keeps His word, in Him the love for God has been attained.”
9.  The postulates of rebound.
a.  Rebound is the only recovery procedure for restoration of fellowship with God.
b.  Rebound is a recovery procedure, not a promise to be claimed by faith.
c.  As a recovery procedure, rebound is the only divine solution to Christian carnality (1 Cor 3:1-3).
d.  The elative conclusion is that the divine solution is the only solution; the human solution is no solution.
10.  Rebound is not a promise; it is a procedure.
a.  A promise is a divine declaration or divine assurance that something specified will or will not happen.
b.  A procedure is a course of action by which a result in attained.
c.  Rebound is the manner of action specified by God as the means of recovery of the spiritual life (that is, the filling of the Spirit), restoration to fellowship with God, and resumption of execution of our spiritual life.
d.  Rebound is not a promise to be claimed by the function of the faith-rest drill, but a volitional response to a conditional procedure.  The volitional issue is stated in the protasis of a third class condition, “If we acknowledge our sins.”  The believer uses volition to sin and uses volition to enter into the specified recovery procedure to recover from sin.
11.  Summary.
a.  There is no spiritual life apart from the filling of the Spirit.
b.  There is no filling of the Spirit apart from recovery procedure.
c.  There is no spiritual life apart from rebound.

J.  Reciprocal love and doctrine are the motivation for the spiritual life, Eph 3:16-17, 19a; 2 Thes 3:5.
1.  Simultaneous objectives exist on the high ground of spiritual maturity.  They include occupation with Christ and PLERWMA status.  These two areas are the highest point of the spiritual life.  They merge to form maximum glorification of God.  There is not one single path to the high ground of spiritual maturity, but two simultaneous paths, and they merge when they hit the high ground.  One of the paths is the perception and metabolization of doctrine and the other path is the motivation of reciprocal love for God.  Both are moving toward the high ground, and when they arrive, they will eventually merge.  Motivation from reciprocal love for God and doctrine must go together, if we are going to reach the high ground of spiritual maturity.
2.  Both objectives are related to the mentorship and doctrinal teaching of God the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:26 must be compared with:
a.  Eph 3:17a, “that Christ may be at home in your hearts through doctrine;”
b.  Eph 3:19a, “and get to know the love of Christ, which goes beyond academic knowledge,” and,
c.  2 Thes 3:5, “And may the Lord direct your hearts to the love for God, and to the staying power of Christ [the spiritual life of our Lord].”
3.  The motivation of virtue-love and the doctrine of reciprocity meet on the high ground of maximum glorification of God.
4.  The motivation of reciprocal love results in the first strategic objective of our spiritual life—occupation with Christ, Eph 3:17.
5.  The function of reciprocal love for God becomes the status of PLERWMA, Eph 3:19, “that you may be filled up with all the fullness of God.”
6.  PLERWMA status demands simultaneous function of metabolized doctrine and motivational, reciprocal love for God.  They must stay together.
a.  If you lose out on taking in doctrine on a consistent basis or if you lose out on reciprocal love for God, then one destroys the other.  Doctrine is destroyed for lack of motivational love.  Motivational love is destroyed for lack of doctrine in the soul.
b.  You will never learn enough doctrine to advance in the spiritual life unless you have motivational love for God.
c.  Bible doctrine is only going to carry you if you have the right motivation.
d.  Reciprocal love for God is the motivation for consistent intake of doctrine.
7.  The Simultaneous Advance to PLERWMA Status.
a.  There are two categories of simultaneous spiritual advance that God the Holy Spirit supports.
(1)  He is our mentor in teaching us doctrine.
(2)  In that teaching of doctrine, we learn of God’s love for us in eternity past, in time, at the point of dying, and therefore, we develop reciprocal love motivation to continue to learn doctrine.
b.  There are two advancing columns in our soul, which God has provided for following the colors to the high ground of maximum glorification of God.  These two columns are the dynamics of our spiritual life.  One column is a system of motivation and the other column is a system of doctrine.
c.  Maximum glorification of God includes two categories: the winner believer with maximum Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness and the invisible hero motivated by reciprocal love for God.  Doctrine and love have to go together.  You cannot have one without the other.
d.  Each column is designed to protect the mutual flank of the other.
(1)  Reciprocal love motivation protects the mutual flank of advancing Bible doctrine.  Bible doctrine cannot advance successfully unless it is protected by reciprocal love for God.  Doctrine without the right motivation will end up in disaster.
(2)  Metabolized doctrine protects the mutual flank of reciprocal love motivation.  You have to be motivated by reciprocal love for God to consistently metabolize doctrine.
(3)  Doctrine cannot advance without reciprocal love motivation, and reciprocal love motivation cannot advance without Bible doctrine.
(4)  A mutual flank demands simultaneous advance.
(5)  Doctrine without reciprocal love motivation fails to pass testing for blessing, resulting in discouragement on the one hand and rejection of rebound on the other hand.  You have compromised the mutual flank and will suffer punishment and be miserable.  You compromise to the point where you lose out on the spiritual life completely.
(6)  Reciprocal love motivation without doctrine becomes a system of religious emotionalism and a Christian experience of wrongdoing.
(7)  Therefore, doctrine and reciprocity must advance together to reach the high ground of PLERWMA, where they merge into maximum glorification of God.
e.  The spiritual life on the high ground has two classifications: PLERWMA and occupation with Christ.  Occupation with Christ is the strategic objective, while doctrine and reciprocity merge into PLERWMA status, the second strategic objective.  On the other hand, the doctrine of reciprocity merges on the high ground to glorify God both in the appeal trial of Satan and in the function of serving our Lord under the principle that Jesus Christ controls history.  This merger is the individual impact of the winner believer in the Church Age as a member of the royal family of God.  We will never attain the high ground by doctrine alone.
8.  Eph 3:16-21.
a.  Eph 3:16, “that He may give you on the basis of the riches of His glory that you might receive strength with power through the personal agency of His Spirit in your inner being,”
(1)  “The riches of His glory” is divine love in eternity past.  God loved us in eternity past and decided that in the dispensation of the Church He was going to give this group of people, who believe in Him, the greatest wealth it is possible to give.  Therefore, He gave to us something He had never given before (except to a few people like Moses and Daniel) by way of wealth.  It is the wealth that can change history.  Divine love directed toward us is the greatest wealth in human history.  With God’s love He has given us the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.
(2)  The power is given to us at the moment of salvation, “You will receive power, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”  “That you might receive strength with power” is the result of a completed action reaching the high ground of spiritual maturity.  The result is the mentorship of the Holy Spirit in action teaching the believer Bible doctrine.  The completed action is the Church Age, through the power and ministry of God the Holy Spirit, advancing to the high ground of spiritual maturity.
(a)  If we have doctrine without motivation, we are going to end up in legalism.
(b)  If we have motivation without doctrine, we are going to end up in the distortion of love into emotion.
(c)  We have to be strong everywhere in our soul.
(d)  We have received power and have the strength to use it properly.
(3)  “With power” is the power of the filling of the Holy Spirit and the power of Bible doctrine in the spiritual life.  The power is the advance of the two columns together.  The power is not just the power of Bible doctrine.  You are given a power that is so great that you must have strength to function properly under this power.  The filling of the Spirit is the strength to use the power of the Holy Spirit.  God had to give us a spiritual life to handle this power without getting arrogant.  That strength is the integrity-love response to the integrity-love of God.  The integrity-love of God is the riches of grace and that love has been given to us.  It was given to us at salvation and we will never lose it.  At the evaluation thrown of Christ we will answer to the Lord for what we did with the greatest gift, the greatest power ever given to any believer.
(4)  “In our inner being” has to do with the stream of consciousness.
(5)  God the Holy Spirit teaches us the “all things” of Jn 14:26, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit as per the divine mandate of Eph 5:18.  Along with teaching us doctrine, God the Holy Spirit motivates personal love for God in our soul.
(6)  The believer receives the filling of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.  When the believer sins, he loses the filling of the Spirit and the sin nature overruns the command post of the soul.  The only solution to carnality is the function of the recovery procedure of 1 Jn 1:9.  Rejection of 1 Jn 1:9 means perpetual carnality, continual punishment until the sinning believer dies the sin face-to-face with death.  During the interim the carnal believer is overcome by the four horsemen of apostasy: emotional revolt of the soul, permanent negative volition, blackout of the soul, and scar tissue of the soul.
(7)  To receive strength with power is to come to know the love of God.  That is a gift from God to us, which we must understand and relate to the spiritual life under the doctrine of reciprocity.
(8)  We have to have the strength to make a double column advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity through love for God and doctrine in our soul.
b.  Eph 3:17, “so that the Christ is at home in your hearts through doctrine, when you have become firmly rooted and when you have a secure place by agency of reciprocal love.”
(1)  Perception of pertinent doctrine is a part of reciprocity or personal love for Christ.
(2)  “When you have become firmly rooted” is a reference to basic doctrine related to reciprocal love for God.
(3)  The secure place is occupation with Christ—the high ground of spiritual maturity.  Being established in a secure place is the result of the fulfillment of reciprocity, having that permanent love motivation for your advance.
(4)  We do not reduce God to our level of humanization, but we worship God on the level of His integrity, which is tantamount to the love of God parlayed into the love for God.
(5)  Without reciprocity the believer has no spiritual integrity.
(6)  Without spiritual integrity there is no spiritual life.
(7)  Without spiritual life there is no glorification of God.
(8)  Without the glorification of God there is confusion about salvation and the doctrine of soteriology.
c.  Eph 3:18, “may be able to grasp the idea with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth,”
(1)  We have four impersonal substantives in this verse.  Impersonal substantives cannot be identified without knowing something in the context to which they relate.  They relate to the immediate context, which has to do with the doctrine of reciprocity.
(2)  Width is the love of God in eternity past related to His omniscience.  Width is the love of God in time related to the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.  Width is the love of God in the future beginning with death and continuing forever.
(3)  Length is the advance of the believer in the Church Age related to the two columns of advance: doctrine and motivation from personal love for God.  You cannot have one without the other.
(4)  Height is the advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity through the double column advance of doctrine and reciprocal love for God with emphasis on God’s love for us, which is called the riches of His grace.
(5)  Depth is the love of God toward the unbeliever and the fact that God’s love is not diminished to the carnal believer even though he has failed.  The carnal believer was given the riches of grace at the moment of salvation just as the spiritual believer was.
(a)  Rom 9:22-24, “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His power, endured with great patience vessels of wrath having prepared themselves for destruction?  And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for the purpose of His glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”
(b) Rom 11:33, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!”  In God’s wisdom He does what is best for the spiritual and carnal believer.
(c)  1 Cor 2:9-10, “but just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.’  But God has revealed them to us by means of the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things from God.”
d.  Eph 3:19, “and get to know the love of Christ, which goes beyond academic knowledge, that you may be filled up resulting in the fullness of blessing from the source of God.”
(1)  Why should we get to know the love of Christ?  Because our Lord Jesus Christ is the revelation of the integrity of God the Father as well as the Holy Spirit.
(2)  The ingressive aorist tense indicates the beginning of an action and is translated “get to know.”  This is also an infinitive of command.
(3)  There is no reciprocity until the believer learns pertinent doctrines through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
(4)  Pleroma is the greatest blessings that we will ever have in this life.  The love of God is the highest and greatest of riches and wealth and the love for God is our response to that wealth.  Our scale of values come from our reciprocal love for God and results in attaining pleroma status being filled up with all the fullness of God.  Pleroma is the ultimate of all blessings a believer can have in this life.
(5)  2 Thes 3:5 is a similar passage, “And may the Lord directs your hearts to the love for God and to the staying power of Christ.”
e.  Eph 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or think, on the basis of the power that keeps working in us.”  This power that keeps on working in us is the advance in the spiritual life to pleroma status.
f.  Eph 3:21, “to Him the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus with reference to all generations of the unique age or the ages. Amen.”

K.  1 Jn 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.”
1.  Introduction.
a.  We should love God because God first loved us, but this does not happen with all believers.
b.  In eternity past God knew each and every one of us and He loved each and every one of us, and His love for us was not diminished even though He knew everyone of our sins.  Therefore, it is important for us to understand this as it relates to the spiritual life of the Church Age.
c.  No matter what happens to us by way of difficulty, heartache, or tragedy, we are here for a special purpose and have been designed for selective emphasis.  As we meet the problems of selective emphasis, it brings us to a personal sense of destiny.  Selective emphasis is prominence in the eyes of God.
2.  “We” refers to the believer, who has reached a personal sense of destiny and is advancing toward the high ground of spiritual maturity.  In this advance, there is the concept of the promotion system.  The promotion system is based on the principle that the greatest victory of the Church Age is promotion to PLERWMA.  The second subject nominative is the word “He” referring to God.  The two subject nominatives can be classified as a dramatic comparison.
3.  The fact there is no direct object (THEOS=God) after the word “love” also makes this very dramatic.  This emphasizes God without ever mentioning His name.  This is a dramatic Greek idiom to introduce the hero of the drama (who is this case is Jesus Christ, and He has no tragic flaw).
a.  The object of God’s love is the human race in general, but more specifically, the object is those who have believed in Christ.
b.  We respond to God’s love with reciprocal love for God.
c.  The gnomic present tense of the verb AGAPAW (meaning “to love”) describes a state or condition that perpetually exists.  This indicates virtue and integrity in God’s love as a part of the spiritual life and exists in all generations of human history, and is both amplified and intensified in the dispensation of the Church.
d.  We love in the Church Age because God loved us.  Now we have the opportunity of recognizing what He did with our sins and failures and loving Him because He first loved us.
e.  The love of God is parlayed into the love for God, when we learn what our spiritual life is all about.
f.  Divine love is not a matter of attraction, but of capacity.  Hence, God’s love has perfect, eternal capacity from His divine essence, and we respond with reciprocal love in time.  This is our soul capacity.  Soul capacity for virtue-love includes: persistence in the filling of the Holy Spirit by rebound when necessary, and continual perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, so that we duplicate the spiritual life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
g.  The believer’s love for God motivates persistent perception of Bible doctrine to form the two column advance (of reciprocal love and Bible doctrine) to the high ground of spiritual maturity (PLERWMA).
h.  The phrase “we love” is simultaneous advance of Bible doctrine and reciprocity.
i.  In reciprocity, God has given to us the power of love for God, so that He can reward us in the eternal state.
j.  The same motivating power combined with metabolized doctrine in the soul is the only means of executing the unique spiritual life of all human history.
k.  We are important because God loves us, not because we love Him.
4.  This statement indicates there is a promotion system for every believer.  Any believer in the Church Age can be promoted by God.
a.  The promotion system is based on a principle related to the integrity of God: what the righteousness of God commends, the justice of God promotes through greater grace (Jam 4:6).
b.  All promotions of the spiritual life are directly related to the love of God.  When the righteousness of God commends, the justice of God promotes.  This promotion is always a grace promotion.
c.  To honor God, we must be honorable.  We increase our grace function, our grace living, our grace attitude.  We develop a human integrity that honors God.
d.  To be promotable, we must be compatible with the love of God, which equals the integrity of God.  That means fellowship with God.
e.  Compatibility with the love of God comes through the grace of God.
f.  If God does not promote us, we are not promoted.
g.  Jam 4:6, 10, “He gives greater grace.  Therefore, it says, ‘God makes war against the arrogant believer, but He gives grace to the humble believer.’”  “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will promote you.”
h.  All promotions are grace promotions.
(1)  All promotions come through the function of the love of God with emphasis on the grace of God.
(2)  All promotions come from persistence in perception of doctrine.  Promotion in the spiritual life is not based on spiritual gifts.  Promotion is your relationship to God and future status quo for all eternity.
(3)  All promotions come from reciprocity—reciprocal love for God motivation.
(4)  A believer who is promoted is grace-oriented.  God never promotes any believer under any arrogance sin, like jealousy.
i.  Promotion evaluation is accomplished by the righteousness and justice of God.  In order for grace to work, there must be righteousness.  As long as you have arrogance in your soul, you will never be promoted.  If you are not promoted by God, you will inevitably go for self-promotion, which is full of the sins of arrogance.
j.  Jesus Christ controls history through the invisible hero who has been promoted.  Grace orientation as your motivation and doctrinal orientation are the two column advance to the tactical objective of a personal sense of destiny.  Personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind are the two columns which advance to occupation with Christ and PLERWMA status are the strategic objectives.  Impersonal love for all mankind is testing in the field of human relationship.
k.  God gives grace to the humble believer, and grace makes you promotable.  The grace that God gives is grace promotion.  Sharing the happiness of God is a grace promotion.  Being occupied with Christ and PLERWMA status is a grace promotion.
l.  You humble yourself in the presence of the Lord by using the recovery procedure of rebound (1 Jn 1:9).
m.  Corporate testing demands maximum humility combined with the grace composites as the ultimate in royal family honor code function and PLERWMA status.
5.  The principle of virtue and integrity love as a part of the spiritual life exists in all generations of history, but is intensified and amplified in the Church Age.
6.  Since love is a part of the integrity of God, it must also be a part of the spiritual life of the believer.  Because God’s love was directed toward us billions of years ago, we now have the chance of responding.
7.  In eternity past, God set the pattern for reciprocity.  It is revealed to us in time through the infallible word of God.
a.  Through divine love in eternity past, the righteousness and justice of God are expressed in grace.  This is called the doctrine of antecedent grace.
b.  Antecedent grace is the basis for reciprocal love, the fulfillment of reciprocity.
c.  God’s love in eternity past is related to His omniscience to provide antecedent love for the human race.
d.  In eternity past the love of God divine solutions for mankind are always compatible with His righteousness and justice.  In eternity past God provided divine solutions for everything we would ever face in life.
e.  Therefore, the absolute righteousness of God is the principle of divine integrity.  Divine justice is the function of divine integrity.  Divine love is the demonstration of divine integrity as per Rom 5:8.
(1)  God’s perfect righteousness is the standard of divine integrity.
(2)  God’s perfect justice is the execution of divine integrity.  Therefore, when we are punished, we are punished by a combination of righteousness and justice.
(3)  God’s perfect love is the motivational factor given to us from His divine integrity plus all the grace solutions of divine integrity.  Reciprocal love for God is the only legitimate motivation in our spiritual life.  It is our motivation to learn Bible doctrine.
f.  While the righteousness of God approves or disapproves, the justice of God provides blessing or judgment and discipline, and the love of God provides divine solutions, all of which are accomplished by the grace of God.
(1)  God’s righteousness and justice may change from blessing to discipline or from discipline to blessing, but God’s love never changes whether we are being punished and disciplined or being blessed.
(2)  God’s love provided eternal salvation for the human race based on faith alone in Christ alone.  No matter what we do, we cannot lose our salvation, because the love of God is far stronger than any failure we will ever have.  The power of the love of God is infinitely greater than our failures, and the love of God is the key to the integrity of God.  We do not have the power to change the love of God for us.
(3)  God’s love provided the recovery procedure of 1 Jn 1:9 for carnal believers to recover the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.  When a believer rejects rebound, he has rejected the love of God.  Therefore, he has no motivation for advance in the spiritual life through perception and metabolization of doctrine, and he will not advance spiritually.
(4)  God’s love in eternity past provided the basis for reciprocal love for God in time.
(5)  In reciprocal love, God’s love becomes the motivation for advance to the high ground of occupation with Christ and PLERWMA status.  Reciprocal love for God is the only legitimate motivation for the intake of Bible doctrine and execution of the spiritual life.
8.  God is never said to be motivated.  God is not motivated toward mankind.  God’s love provides motivation for us, but God does not have to be motivated.
a.  Introduction.
(1)  God motivates us, but we do not motivate God.
(2)  Motivation is a human function, not a divine function.  Therefore, motivation can only be used of God as an anthropopathism (the use of human words to explain a divine function).
(3)  God functions on His eternal integrity with emphasis on the love of God.  God’s integrity motivates, and this includes righteousness and justice as well as love.  God does not have to be motivated, because He knew all that would ever happen billions of years before it ever occurred.
(4)  God operates on the basis of His integrity, not on motivation or emotion, which are strictly creature functions.  Motivation has a beginning and an end.  God does not have a beginning or an end.  God does not have motivation.
(5)  Blessing or punishment from God originates from His eternal integrity, which has to do with our attitude toward what He provided.
(6)  Divine love is the key to understanding God’s integrity.  Omniscience always functioned under the integrity of God, so that divine love is the point of reference, not motivation.
(7)  Divine integrity has always existed.  Emotion and motivation as creature functions have not always existed.
(8)  Good and pure motivation begins with knowledge of Bible doctrine as epignosis.
(a)  Human motivation has a beginning in reciprocity, when the word of the Lord is part of the soul.  Therefore, human motivation has a love motivation.  But it is not isolated love; it is not motivated love; it is love based on doctrine.
(b)  God’s eternal integrity motivates the believer, but the believer does not motivate God.
(c)  There is both good and bad motivation; there is both good and bad motivation.  None of it belongs to God.
(9)  Motivation is the thinking and action of Bible doctrine in the stream of consciousness.
(10)  Summary.
(a)  God operates on His integrity, not on motivation.
(b)  Motivation is a human function, whether it is emotion or thinking, not a divine function.
(c)  God motivates us; we do not motivate God.
(d)  God functions on His eternal integrity with emphasis on the love of God.
(11)  Conclusion.
(a)  God motivates us through divine revelation of Himself in the infallible word of God.
(b)  God makes His motivation perspicuous through the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:26, “But our Mentor, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will cause you to remember all that I said to you.”
(c)  It is heresy to assign either emotion or motivation to eternal God, because it reduces God to creature status.
(d)  God’s love motivates the believer because He first loved us, but the believer’s love does not motivate God.
b.  Motivation is a human activity, which God is said to evaluate, 1 Cor 4:5, “Therefore, do not go on judging anything before the time, but wait until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the things that are in darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each person will receive praise from God.”
c.  Motivation is very important fact in our spiritual life, because motivation along with doctrine is the basis for the execution of the spiritual life.  Doctrine and motivation from reciprocal love advance together to spiritual maturity.
d.  Jam 2:4, “Have you not made distinction among yourselves and become judges with evil motives.”
e.  Jam 4:3, “You ask and receive not because you ask from wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
f.  God’s love is not described as motivation, but as demonstration, Rom 5:8, “God demonstrates (SUNISTEMI means to show clearly, to make evident, to manifest, to prove, to reveal, to bring together in the soul) His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”
(1)  This verse describes the love of God as functioning in terms of the integrity of God with emphasis on the substitutionary atonement as an act of divine justice.
(2)  Therefore, the love of God equals the integrity of God, so that the function of the component justice always provides a fair shake for every member of the human race without exception.
g.  God is not said to be motivated by love.  Motivation requires a beginning, and God’s love always existed without a beginning.  God demonstrates what He has always had.
h.  It is the believer, who becomes motivated, when he gets to know the love of God.
i.  1 Pet 5:5-7, “Likewise, you (congregation), become subordinate to your pastor; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward each other, and you must, because God makes war against the arrogant believer, but He gives grace to the humble believer.  Therefore, by casting all your cares on Him (because He cares for you), you allow yourselves to be humbled under God’s mighty hand, that He may promote you at the proper time.”
(1)  Clothing yourself with humility toward each other is a relaxed mental attitude.  It means that you should not allow yourselves to be led astray by those in the congregation who think they know more or try to undermine the pastor’s authority.
(2)  No one ever learns anything without being humble.  If we assume we know it all, we never learn anything.  Humility is not humiliation.  Being humble is a mental attitude, which recognizes that God has provided everything we will ever need, and we do not need to compete with others or run them down.  One of the greatest hindrances to learning doctrine are others Christians; therefore, the need for humility.
(3)  Promotion comes through the perception of doctrine.  The perception of doctrine comes through the status of humility.  God only promotes those who have true humility.  The promotion system is also found in Jam 4:6, 10.  All promotion of the believer comes through the function of the integrity of God with emphasis on divine love.  What the righteousness of God approves, the justice of God promotes from the source of the love of God through greater grace.
(4)  We become humble by casting all our anxieties on God, such as, guilt, bitterness, vindictiveness, jealousy, etc.
(5)  God gives grace to us by providing pastors to teach the word of God.  We have to be humble, be teachable, and want to learn.
(6)  All promotion comes through doctrine and reciprocity.  You can have a relatively insignificant spiritual gift and be promoted to having a personal sense of destiny, having personal love for God, sharing the happiness of God, being occupied with Christ, and PLERWMA status.
j.  Ps 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Unfailing love and doctrine go before You.”
k.  Summary.
(1)  Motivation is not a divine attribute, but a human attribute of the believer to encourage staying power in the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
(2)  The advance to the high ground is accomplished in two columns (positive volition to Bible doctrine and personal love for God) with a mutual flank (they protect each other).
(3)  The love of God is divine integrity, while the attributes of God are parts or components of that integrity.  The love of God is greater than simply at attribute of something.  It is God’s integrity.  The love of God has the attributes or composites.
(4)  Various parts or attributes are related to the whole, and the whole is the love of God, which is the integrity of God.
(5)  God has always functioned on His integrity, which is the love of God, both in eternity past, called antecedent grace, and in time, called temporal grace, and in the future, called eschatological grace.
(6)  Therefore, grace is an attribute of the integrity of God, and the integrity of God is the love of God.
(7)  Since this love of God is the whole or entirety of divine integrity, the love of God does not increase or decrease, but always remains the same, whether God is punishing us or blessing us.
(8)  Since divine integrity is the love of God, both emotion and motivation are not a composite or attribute of God.
(9)  Both motivations and emotions are human characteristics used by false teachers to humanize God.
(10)  The love of God is more than an attribute of God.  God’s love is God’s integrity.  Justice is a part of His love, because God has always been fair to us.  Righteousness is a part of His love, because true love has the highest possible concepts of how to live, of righteousness.  It is a righteousness that is one of the greatest blessings in the world.
(11)  We are on a grace basis with the Lord, and when we violate this grace, we are punished beyond anything we can imagine, and there are no exceptions.
9.  The fact that God first loved us is seen in the doctrine of unlimited atonement.  Unlimited atonement gives every member of the human race a fair shake.  Limited atonement is evil because it attacks the integrity of God.
a.  1 Jn 2:2, “And He himself is the propitiation as a substitute for our sins, and not for ours only, but also the sins of the whole world.”  Jesus Christ bore the sins of the entire world in His body on the Cross.
(1)  The love of God and integrity of God were satisfied by the justice of God judging all sins of the human race.
(2)  This was the grace of God functioning as the policy of God in providing a fair shake for every human being.  The fair shake for every member of the human race is described under three categories:
(a)  Those human beings whose names are written in the Book of Life at birth but do not have accountability are automatically saved.  At death their name remains in the Book of Life and their immortal life becomes eternal life.  This category includes morons and normal children who die before reaching accountability.
(b)  Those human beings whose names are written in the Book of Life at birth and are positive at God consciousness.  Those who are positive at God consciousness are positive at gospel hearing and their names remain written in the Book of Life.
(c)  Those who are negative at God consciousness and subsequently negative at gospel hearing have their names erased from the Book of Life at the point of death and they go to Hades awaiting the last judgment.  Every member of the human race has the right and opportunity of salvation.  People are not saved because they reject the offer of salvation.  Rom 1:18-32, “For the anger from God is being revealed from heaven against all non-godliness and anti-justice people to those who suppress the truth [the gospel] through anti-justice unrighteousness, because what is known about God is revealed to them [at the point of God consciousness]; for the God has revealed Himself to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly perceived, being perspicuous through things He has created, namely, both His eternal power and His divine nature, so that they are without excuse.  Because when they knew God, they did not honor Him [Christ] as God nor did they feel obligated to thank Him, in fact, as a result of their negative volition they received worthless thoughts in their evil deliberations, and their ignorant right lobe receives darkness.  Although they claim to be wise, they became fools (saltless), and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of mortal mankind and birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.  Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their stream of consciousness to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among themselves.  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and they worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged their natural function for that which is unnatural [lesbianism], and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another [homosexuality], men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a degenerate mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all categories of unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
(3)  Jesus Christ knew every unbeliever that would reject Him and not believe in Him, and yet He still willingly accepted the judgment for their sins.  That is true love, true integrity.  Their sins are never mentioned at the last judgment, Rev 20:11ff.  This shows all of us that every member of the human race gets a fair shake from the justice of God.
b.  2 Pet 3:9, “And the Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for anyone to perish, but for all to come to a change of thinking (about salvation through faith alone in Christ).”  God loves the unbeliever and wants the unbeliever to have eternal salvation.
c.  Tit 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all mankind.”  Every member of the human race has equal opportunity to have eternal life.  Salvation was provided for everyone.
d.  1 Tim 2:6, “(the man Christ Jesus) Who gave Himself as a redeemer, a substitute for all, the testimony to be given at the proper time.”
e.  1 Tim 4:10, “For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our confidence on the living God, who is the Savior of all mankind, with emphasis on (most of all, especially, primarily) believers.”
f.  Rom 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died as a substitute for the godless ones.”  Cf. Rom 5:8, “But God has and still is demonstrating His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”  The love of God or integrity of God has given every member of the human race a fair shake.  So when a person rejects salvation, they are rejecting the love of God.
10.  The Interpretation of 1 Jn 4:19 From The Standpoint of The Perfect Essence of God.
a.  God’s love is eternal; therefore, God’s love has always existed unsustained by Himself or any other source.  There never was a time that God’s love did not exist with omniscience.  Omniscience knew us from eternity past, and God loved us, knowing all about us.
b.  God’s love possesses perfect integrity, which includes incorruptible justice and immutable righteousness.
c.  This means that the perfect love of God has no beginning; for His eternal virtue-love has always existed without motivation and without emotion.
d.  The love of God always existed.  There never was a time when the love of God did not exist.  God’s love did not need or have to have motivation or emotion.
e.  God’s love can neither be corrupted by creature failure or motivation by creature success.
f.  God is absolute truth and veracity.  Bible doctrine always existed in the mind of God, which means, that divine love in eternity past was rooted in every form of knowledge that resides in His perfect, eternal, and absolute being.
g.  God’s eternal thinking did not include either emotion or motivation; therefore, emotion and motivation are not part of the spiritual life of any dispensation.
h.  God is infinite, which means He is greater than all creatures.  Therefore, we do not reduce God to our level of humanization.  We worship God on the level of His integrity.  The only way you can worship God is by having a true love for God.  Therefore, most believers never worship God.  Therefore, all persons of the Trinity are without boundary or limitation, uniting in themselves those perfections that belong to their co-equal, co-infinite, co-eternal essence.
i.  Since divine integrity is maintained by the sovereignty of God plus the incorruptible, infinite, unchanging virtue, God’s love can never be compromised, diminished, or limited by either emotion or a sudden burst of motivation.
j.  God’s perfect essence related to His integrity motivates believers, when they have learned and understood the doctrine of divine essence plus the function of divine integrity, which emanates divine love as a point of reference for every believer.  It is divine love as the point of reference that motivates every believer.
(1)  Therefore, God’s love, which has always existed as the overt manifestation of divine integrity, motivates the believer as part of the spiritual life.
(2)  The believer responds with reciprocity or reciprocal love for God motivation, which reaches its peak in occupation with Christ.
(3)  Because God is infinite, He cannot be complicated by ignorance, or absurdities, or silliness, or emotion, or assignment of motivation to His deity.  God has integrity, which is infinitely greater than motivation.
(4)  God’s love from His eternal integrity motivates the believer, but the believer’s love does not motivate God.
(5)  The integrity of God’s love is eternal.  Therefore, it has no beginning.  Emotion, motivation, and even human love has a beginning.
(6)  Because God is eternal, He gives of His divine love whether there is an occasion or not, whether there is an object or not.
(7)  God’s eternal thinking did not include either emotion or motivation.  Thinking resides in the soul; emotion resides in the body.
(8)  Reciprocity not only motivates the believer in his or her advance to maturity, but it also produces winner believers and invisible heroes.  It produces a love beyond our greatest dreams and desires.
k.  Love is a synonym for the integrity of God.  The phrase “the love of God” is simply a way of expressing God’s integrity.  Love is the nomenclature for the integrity of God.  God’s integrity is never motivated because it has always existed.  Therefore, God’s love is never motivated because it has always existed.
(1)  God’s love has no beginning.  God’s love is eternal, because God is eternal.  God’s love has always existed as the overt manifestation of integrity.
(2)  The believer responds with reciprocal love for God because God’s love never diminishes toward us when we fail.  Reciprocity is a key to our motivation to keep going with Bible doctrine and not to tire of learning doctrine.  The human love of the believer through Bible doctrine responds with love to the divine love, the integrity of God, which reaches its peak in occupation with Christ.  The only true love you will ever know with people is your response to the integrity of those people.
(3)  God’s love from His eternal integrity motivates the Church Age, but the believer’s love does not motivate God.  It glorifies God, it does not motivate God.
(4)  The integrity of God’s love is eternal.  Righteousness, justice, and grace are composites or attributes of the love of God.  God has a perfect sense of responsibility.  God has always taken tremendous responsibility for each member of the human race, since He created each one of us.
(5)  Because God is eternal, He gives of His divine love whether there is an occasion or not.
(6)  Because God foreknew human sinfulness and failure, He did not cancel or diminish His love for the spiritual dead human race.
(7)  God’s love does not have to have an object to exist.
(8)  Because God’s love is immutable and eternal, the content and capacity always remain the same.  Therefore, God does not begin to love, increase in love, or decrease in love.  His love is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
(9)  Divine love cannot be bribed by good deeds or patronized by any form of legalism or human merit.  This means that the works of Christian service must be the result of the spiritual life rather than trying to get something from God.
(10)  God’s love is never disappointed, frustrated, or distracted.
(11)  God’s love is not sustained by human attraction (by what He sees overtly), human rapport, human works.  God’s love cannot be bought with good behavior.
(12)  God’s love for the believer is never turned into any form of antagonism because of our sins and failures.
(13)  God loves His own righteousness, which is eternal divine self-esteem, imputes it to the believer, and loves the believer who has it.
(14)  While God does not have motivation, believer’s have the potential for motivation from the transfer of Bible doctrine from the written page of the Scripture to the soul.
(15)  Emotion in the body is not part of or the criterion for the spiritual life.  Motivation in the soul is the result of Bible doctrine in the stream of consciousness.  The soul is immortal, where you think is immortal.  Our body is mortal.  Emotion is in our body and our body is mortal.
11.  David discovered reciprocal love.  David is the only man in Scripture said to be a man after God’s own heart, 1 Sam 13:14; Acts 13:22.  He worshiped God through the integrity of God.  He was motivated by the love of God.  Even though David failed, it did not diminish God’s love for him.
a.  Ps 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; unfailing love and doctrine go before You.”
(1)  David worships God through the integrity of God.
(2)  God’s unfailing love is the love that motivates us.
(3)  Divine blessing does not come from motivation but from the integrity of God.
b.  David understood and used rebound after he sinned, Ps 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my wrongdoing I did not hide.  I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, then You forgave the guilt of my sin.”
(1)  Divine punishment teaches us how to deal with our failures.  To be punished by God is far better than being punished by people.  The love of God always punishes in a way that is beneficial.
(2)  Punishment from God is the best punishment we will ever receive in life.  We should be thankful for divine punishment no matter how much it hurts.
(3)  Anytime God punishes us, the justice of God is doing it through the love of God.  We hurt and He blesses.
c.  Ps 33:4-5, “For the word of the Lord is righteousness and all His work is in faithfulness.  He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the unfailing love of the Lord.”
(1)  When you love something that is right, you will do it.
(2)  Human motivation has beginning in reciprocity, when the word of God is a part of the soul.
(3)  Divine love is the integrity of God and has certain characteristics like righteousness, justice, and grace.
(4)  All true love has righteousness.  Men who seduce women have no righteousness.
(5)  2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
d.  Ps 23:3-6, “He restores my soul [rebound]; He guides me in the wagon tracks of righteousness [the righteousness of the integrity of God]; He rescues me because of His integrity.  In addition to this, when I walk through a death-shadowed valley, I fear no evil, because You are with me.  In the meantime my cup is overflowing.  Emphatically, prosperity and unfailing love shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
(1)  There is no fear of life and no fear of death; there is nothing but blessing for those who follow the colors in reciprocal love for God.  Even dying comes from the integrity of God.  Everyone gets a fair shake in dying.
(2)  Every believer has a death-shadowed valley and it is nothing to fear, because it is given to us by the integrity of God.  The integrity of God is never more gracious than when we are dying.
(3)  The believer walks through his very own death-shadowed valley under the doctrine of reciprocity.  Therefore, the integrity of God knows the right time to give us our death-shadowed valley.  Death is God’s personal decision based on the function of His divine integrity with emphasis on His eternal love.  Therefore, our death is God’s victory, but He gives the victory to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(4)  The love of God and the blessing that comes from it will pursue us all the days of our life.
(5)  This does not say that righteousness and justice shall pursue me all the days of my life, because unfailing love is the whole of the integrity of God and includes righteousness and justice.
(6)  No distinction is made in dying between the carnal believer and the spiritual believer, and that is the key to the grace of God and the love of God related to the grace of God in the integrity of God.  All members of the family of God are loved by God and the moment the carnal believer dies, grace takes over.  The carnal believer goes through his death-shadowed valley with great fear, pain, suffering, and regrets, but all of that ends at the moment of death.
e. Ps 86:15, “But You, Oh Lord, [are] a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in unfailing love and doctrine.”
(1)  “Slow to anger” is an anthropopathism, meaning that God never gives up on us.
(2)  David recognized the mutual advance of love and doctrine.
(3)  The love of God is the integrity of God.
(4)  The love for God is the spiritual life of the believer.  This is the doctrine of reciprocity.
(5)  Where the love for God meets the love of God this is the spiritual status quo of the believer at whatever point this occurs.  For example, the love for God may occur as early as the development of the faith-rest drill.  Doctrinal orientation and a personal sense of destiny develop as a part of reciprocity.  Reciprocity reaches its peak with sharing the happiness of God and occupation with Christ.
(6)  The grace of God is where the love of God is expressed and reflected.
(a)  If the grace of God is expressed to the carnal believer, that believer is under divine punishment.
(b)  If the grace of God is expressed to the believer in rebound, that believer has resumed the spiritual life.
(c)  If the grace of God has resumed on the high ground of PLERWMA status, the believer has become a winner and invisible hero, abounding in unfailing love and doctrine.
f.  Ps 145:8, “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and abounding in unfailing love.”
g.  Neh 9:16-17, “And they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.  They refused to listen.  They did not remember Your wonderful deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return them to slavery in Egypt.  But You are a God of abundant forgiveness, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger and abounding in unfailing love; Therefore You did not forsake them.”  The integrity of God has never forsaken any believer.
h.  Ps 136:1-26 says twenty-six times, “For His unfailing love is eternal.”
(1)  Verse 2, “Give thanks to the God of gods for His unfailing love is forever.”
(a)  The first use of “God” has to do with God the Father.
(b)  The phrase “of gods” has to do with false gods, where God is reduced to the level of a human frame of reference.
(2)  Verse 3, “Give thanks to the Lord of lords for His unfailing love is forever.”

L.  Reciprocity and Confidence, Rom 5:5.
1.  Rom 5:5 says, “And confidence does not disappoint us, because the love for God has been poured out [circulated] in our hearts through the personal agency of the Holy Spirit, who was given to us for our benefit.”
a.  The Greek word ELPIS means “absolute confidence,” not “hope” is the sense we use it in the English.
b.  The Greek phrase HE AGAPE TOU THEOU is the noun of action “the love” with the objective genitive from the definite article and noun THEOS, meaning, “love for God.”  The subjective genitive would mean God’s love in eternity past.
c.  We receive reciprocal love for God (objective genitive), not the very essence of God (subjective genitive)–His eternal love.
d.  We parlay the love of God for us into our love for God through understanding the doctrines of the Church Age and the execution of those doctrines.
e.  The love that comes from God produces our love for God; hence, a mutual exchange by two parties under the personal agency of God the Holy Spirit.  The preposition DIA plus the instrumental of agency from the adjective HAGIOS and noun PNEUMA indicates the subject of the passive voice of the main verb EKKEW, and should be corrected translated, “through the agency of the Holy Spirit.”  The love of God is not emotional; therefore, we cannot love or worship God through emotion, but only through the power and filling of the Holy Spirit.
f.  The dative of advantage from the personal pronoun EGW should be translated “for our benefit.”  God’s eternal and perfect love is given for our benefit, so that the Church Age believer can fulfill the unique spiritual life by reciprocal love for God the Father and perception of doctrine.
g.  There is no disappointment for the believer who has this confidence.
(1)  Reciprocity does not disappoint us; for reciprocity is a combination of confidence on the one hand and recognition of love for God through knowing Him on the other hand.
(2)  Confidence is understanding God’s love and responding to His love, and understanding that His love is equal to His integrity, and therefore, understanding God’s integrity toward us as well as His love for us.  We finally come to understand that the love of God is parlayed into the integrity of God, and this is where the spiritual life really begins.
(3)  There are no disappointments in grace orientation or doctrinal orientation, in a personal sense of destiny, in personal love for God or impersonal love for all mankind, or in sharing the happiness of God or occupation with Christ.
(4)  Reciprocity protects us from disappointments in life, because it leads to occupation with Christ.  We are all tested by disappointment; it is a major area of testing in life.
2.  The love of God is the love that God has for us from eternity past.  The love for God is our reciprocal love for God in time.  Reciprocity is the believer responding in time to the love of God in eternity past with love for God.
3.  When we have reciprocal love for God we will not be disappointed by anything that happens in life.  Reciprocity protects us from disappointment in life because it leads us to occupation with Christ.
4.  Confidence in God is doctrine and reciprocity advancing simultaneously to the high ground of spiritual maturity.
5.  A personal sense of destiny is confidence in God.  We are confident of the fantastic things God has done for us as we learn them one thing at a time.  As we learn what God has done for us, so our confidence begins to increase.
6.  The love that comes from God produces our love for God; hence, a mutual exchange by two parties under the personal agency of God the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us for the very benefit of entering into reciprocity.
7.  To the extent we are disappointed in life, to that extent we are a total failure in the execution of the spiritual life.
8.  Confidence in God does not disappoint us because when we reach a certain point in the spiritual life we cannot be disappointed by anything that happens in life.
a.  The love of God is not emotional.  Therefore, you cannot love or worship God through emotion, but through the power and filling of the Holy Spirit.
b.  The dramatic style of Rom 5:5 is plenary, which means reciprocity is defined in this verse as a complete doctrine.
c.  God’s eternal and perfect love is given to us for our benefit, so that the Church Age believer can fulfill the unique spiritual life by reciprocal love for God motivation.
d.  Reciprocity is response to the antecedent love of God in eternity past with personal love for God by the believer in time by agency of God the Holy Spirit as our fulfillment of what He did for us.
e.  The inevitable result of sharing the happiness of God is occupation with Christ–the first strategic objective of the spiritual life.
f.  This is the fulfillment of our point of reference.
g.  Reciprocity is a mutual relationship between God and the believer, orchestrated by God the Holy Spirit, Rom 5:5 Cf. Jn 14:26.
9.  Principles.
a.  The love for God is the spiritual life of the believer and our point of reference.
b.  Where the love for God meets the love of God is the spiritual status quo of the individual believer.
c.  The grace of God is the expression of the love of God.  Therefore, the grace of God is a composite and a point of reference for policy.
d.  A composite is part of the whole of the integrity of God; therefore, grace, as a composite is a part of the whole of the integrity of God.  Therefore, grace as a composite is part of the whole combined with omniscience to provide the solution to all the sins of the human race.
e.  The love of God existed in eternity past as antecedent grace and combined with omniscience to provide the solution to all the sins of the human race.
f.  Then came temporal grace, where the love of God became the love for God in the execution of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.
g.  Just as in eternity past, where the love of God was expressed in antecedent grace, so now also in time the spiritual status of the believer is determined by his love for God.
h.  The grace of God is where the love for God is motivated by the staying power of Jesus Christ, so that, if the grace of God is understood by the believer, that believer is advancing in the spiritual life, motivated by the love for God.
(1) If the grace of God is understood by a believer who is filled with the Spirit, that believer is advancing in the spiritual life motivated by the love for God.
(2)  If the grace of God is expressed to the carnal believer, that believer is punished by the love of God (Heb 12:6).
(3)  If the grace of God is expressed to the believer in rebound, he has resumed his spiritual life after sin and failure has come his way.
(4)  If the grace of God has resumed on the high ground of pleroma, that believer is going right into maximum glorification of God.
i.  Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and by it many are defiled.”  To come short of the grace of God is the greatest failure we will ever make and we pay for it.  We become weak when we fail to take responsibility for our own bad decisions and blame someone else.  Bitter people never take responsibility for their own decisions.  Bitterness is blaming someone else for our own bad decisions.
j.  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.”  This is a command that the grace of God be with us.
k.  All the divine attributes of the essence of God relate in some way to the integrity of God.
l.  Therefore, God’s love as divine integrity cannot be complicated by blaming others, when you should take the responsibility for your own decisions.
m.  The love of God demonstrates the fact that human love and integrity are never separated, but part of the virtue of the human soul of the believer.  Human love is based upon your integrity.  Your integrity demands a righteousness which takes the responsibility for all your own decisions.
n.  This is why we learn to love the Lord through Bible doctrine and learn to respect the Lord through divine punishment.
o.  We must never think of love as separate from integrity.
p.  Reciprocity is the enduring love for God from the accumulation of epignosis doctrine in the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness of our soul.
q.  Reciprocity is the response to the grace of God as a composite of the love of God.  The response is to divine integrity.
r.  Reciprocity is harmonious rapport with God.
s.  The principle of respect must be fulfilled in reciprocity, Prov 3:34 (LXX) quoted in Jam 4:6 and 1 Pet 5:5, “God makes war against arrogant believer and gives grace to the humble believer.”
10.  The spiritual life equation.
a.  An equation is a proposition assessing the equality of two quantities.
b.  In other words, something plus something equals something.
c.  The equation of the spiritual life: quantity plus quantity equals quality.
d.  The first quantity is motivation to execute the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.  The filling of the Holy Spirit plus human I.Q. is quantity one, and that is spiritual I.Q.
e.  The second quantity is operation Z plus epignosis doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness equals pleroma status or maximum glorification of God, which is the quality.

M.  Principles.
1.  Without reciprocity the believer has no spiritual integrity.
2.  Without spiritual integrity we will never execute the spiritual life; we will only be severely punished.  Our severe punishment is the proof we are truly and believer and truly loved by God.
3.  Without the spiritual life there is no glorification of God.
4.  Without glorification of God there is confusion about salvation.
5.  The staying power of Jesus Christ is the execution of the unique spiritual life of the human nature of Christ in the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
6.  The unique spiritual life executed in the power of the Holy Spirit resulted in the components of the love of God giving every member of the human race a fair shake.
(1)  The justice of God has given every unbeliever equal opportunity to believe in Christ.
(2)  There is no such thing as a human being, who does not have the chance to be saved by faith alone in Christ alone.
7.  This is demonstrated by the doctrine of unlimited atonement fulfilled on the Cross.
8.  Therefore, we must learn to recognize that the love of God is synonymous with the integrity of God, and the justice of God is a part of both.
9.  It is necessary for us also to distinguish between the love of God and the integrity of God; for both are parts of one.
10.  The love of God and integrity of God are part of the same and the components belong to both.  The one is to the other as the other is to the one.
11.  Harmonious rapport with God is based on recognition that the love of God is synonymous with the integrity of God plus the component functions related to the filling of the Spirit called grace.  Only God can love us as we ought to be loved.  No one else has the power to do it.  But we do have the ability to love others under all conditions and relationships in life through the filling of God the Holy Spirit.
12.  Grace is a component of the love or integrity of God.  The power of the integrity of God is the love of God.  Therefore, grace is a part of the integrity of God in the Christian way of life.  We cannot love people unless we have grace in our soul.
13.  Grace is something that comes from God.  Grace is freely given and undeserved.  In the spiritual life we are loved by God in grace the way we ought to be loved.  This love from God is freely given and undeserved.
14.  Therefore, grace is characteristic of the integrity of God.
15.  Only God can love us as we ought to be loved.  We can love others as they ought to be love, but it must come from execution of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age, which produces reciprocal love for God.
16.  The love for God is the spiritual life of the Church Age believer and the point of reference.  Where the love for God meets the love of God is exactly where you are in the spiritual life.  Wherever the love of God has taken us in the spiritual is where we have advanced in the spiritual life.  Grace orientation is where we begin to see that God loves us with a love that is far greater than anything we ever realized.  We begin to understand that only God loves us the way we ought to be loved when we begin to have a personal sense of destiny.
17.  The spiritual life of the Church Age is our love for God and our point of reference, not our dealing with people.  The spiritual life is our relationship with God, and from that it becomes natural to have impersonal love for all mankind.  The spiritual life of the believer is determined by the love for God.
18.  The four “ifs” that define God’s grace.
a.  If the grace of God is understood by the believer, who is filled with the Holy Spirit, that believer is advancing in the spiritual life,  motivated by the love of God.  We can expect testing, when we reach this point.
(1)  Antecedent grace and antecedent love in eternity past combine to form the most fantastic advance in our spiritual life.
(2)  When we have spiritual integrity in our lives through the filling of the Spirit, the grace of God comes to rule in our lives.
b.  If the grace of God is expressed to the carnal believer, that believer is punished by the love of God, Heb 12:6.
c.  If the grace of God is expressed to the believer in rebound, the believer has resumed his spiritual life.
d.  If by the grace of God the believer has reached the high ground of pleroma status (being filled with all the fullness of God), that believer has attained maximum glorification of God and the function of winner believer and invisible hero.
19.  Therefore, Heb 12:15 says, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, and that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many are defiled.”  Bitterness toward others is a terrible evil.  No one lives unto themselves.
20.  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.”
a.  All of us have a fair shake.  Every believer has the love of God and the same opportunity to expect the spiritual life.
b.  So the personal love of God is the point of reference for the spiritual life of the Church Age.
21.  The grace of God is where the love for God motivated by the staying power of Christ causes us to witness for Christ.  If the grace of God is understood by the believer who is filled with the Spirit, then the believer is advanced in the spiritual life, motivated by the love for God.

N.  Knowledge of God Precedes Reciprocity.
1.  If we humanize the love of God, we will never understand love in this life and we will never understand integrity, because the love of God is the integrity of God.  If we never understand God’s love, we will never live the spiritual life.  The love of God and the integrity of God are two sides of the same coin.
2.  When believers superimpose their own emotions and motivations on the love of God, they are guilty of humanizing the love of God.  Humanization of the love of God is a major attack on the integrity of God.
a.  True love is not an emotional thing, but a system of righteousness, which is the basis for our spiritual life and our ability and capability to love God.
b.  There is no such thing as true love apart from integrity.  True love is not attraction to another, but the integrity we have in our own soul.  No one ever truly loves another person unless they have integrity.  One of the great evils in saying “I love you” is to be a user of other people.
3.  God is not emotion, but thinking all the time about us.  God thought about us in eternity past as a part of His omniscience.  All of our sins were programmed into the divine decrees and the justice of God called for the printout of those sins to Christ on the cross.  As a result anyone who believes in Christ has eternal life.  Very few believers understand all that this salvation includes.
4.  Rom 8:28, “Now we know that to those who love God He causes all things to work together for good, even to those who are called on the basis of a predetermined plan.”
a.  Knowledge of God must precede reciprocal love for God, and reciprocal love is always personal love for God.  We do not love God until we know something about Him.
b.  Agape and epignosis is a simultaneous advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity.  Without doctrine (epignosis), we are in danger of becoming a holy roller.  Without love (agape), we are in danger of self-righteous arrogance and moral degeneracy.
c.  We have to be motivated by knowing the love of God through Bible doctrine in our soul and responding to it, because God’s love is a true love for you.  No one will ever equal it or provide the comfort and blessing that the love of God provides.
d.  God’s knew all about us in eternity past, and it did not diminish His love for us.
e.  If you love God (“to those who love God”), you will love the word of God.  The phrase “to those who love God” refers to those with reciprocal love for God.  How do we describe the believer in reciprocity?
(1)  When you know God, you love God.
(2)  When you love God, you respect God.
(3)  When you respect God, you accept the authority of God.   No one truly loves another human being unless they respect them.  Respect is the strongest form of love.  The authority of God is Bible doctrine.
(4)  When you accept the authority of God, you obey God.
(5)  When you obey God, you grow in grace as a part of the doctrine of reciprocity.
(6)  When you grow in grace, you fulfill 2 Pet 3:18, “Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”
(7)  Therefore the objective of reciprocity is found in the last phrase of 2 Pet 3:18, “To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”
f.  All things work together for good only to those who have love for God.  All things do not work together for good for those who do not love God.  Instead Heb 12:5-6 applies to them.
g.  Reciprocity is a right thing done in a right way.  Reciprocity is the beginning of doing right things in a right way in our spiritual life.  Right things done in a right way is the working together for good, the advance in the spiritual life through Bible doctrine in the stream of consciousness on the one hand and being motivated by reciprocity on the other hand.
h.  A wrong thing done in a wrong way is wrong.  A wrong thing done in a right way is wrong.  A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong.  The spiritual life is a right thing done in a right way.
5.  There is no reciprocal or true love for God apart from knowledge of God.
6.  Therefore, knowledge of God must precede love for God.  When we understand the love of God for us in eternity past, we begin to know something about the love for God in time.  This became the motivation for the staying power (2 Thes 3:5) in the advance to the high ground of pleroma, which includes occupation with Christ, maximum glorification of God, the status of the winner believer, and the invisible hero.
7.  When we get to know the love of God, our personal love for God will be in place, and we will know that “to those who love the God, He works all things together for good,” Rom 8:28.

O.  Reciprocity and Unrealistic Expectation.
1.  Very few Christians are ever loved the way they want to be loved or treated the way they want to be treated.  Unrealistic expectation is a trap that leads to self-pity.
2.  Because believers are not loved the way they want to be loved or treated the way they want to be treated, they become frustrated and loaded down with bitterness, self-pity, grudges, spite, malice, revenge modus operandi, all of which are parlayed into the arrogance skills of self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption.  Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no root of bitterness springing up cause trouble and by it many are defiled.”
3.  Unrealistic expectation plus ignorance of Bible doctrine pertinent to the Church Age destroys the focus of the unique spiritual life of human history.
4.  Therefore, perpetual carnality reigns in the life, and rebound is abandoned for arrogance and legalism.  Phil 3:18-19 takes over in the believer’s life–they are enemies of the cross of Christ.  They are described in 2 Tim 3:4 as “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”  And in 2 Tim 3:7 they are “always learning but never able to come to the epignosis knowledge of truth.”  Why?  Because they have rejected the only way they could ever be loved by God the way they ought to be loved.
5.  Only God can love us the way we ought to be loved.  Why?  Because the love of God is synonymous with the integrity of God.  Therefore, loser believers miss out on the principle that God loves you the way you ought to be loved.  God has perfect integrity to love us forever.
6.  When you respond to the doctrinal principle that God loves you the way you ought to be loved, you will enter into the spiritual life of reciprocity and motivation beyond your dreams or desires.
a.  We were loved by God in eternity past the way we ought to be loved.
b.  We have confidence in God (Rom 5:5) because He has given us the love we ought to have.
c.  Reciprocity is you responding to the fact that God has always loved you the way you ought to be loved.
d.  No “friendly church” can ever take the place of God and love you the way you ought to be loved.
7.  1 Jn 4:18-19 is the Scripture that tells us that God loves us as we ought to be loved, “There is no fear in reciprocal-love; but mature love casts out fear, because fear keeps on having punishment, and the one who fears has not been brought to completion by reciprocal-love.  We love because He first loved us.”
a.  When we respond to the doctrinal principle that God loves us the way we ought to be loved, we enter into reciprocal love for God or virtue-love, which is integrity-love.
b.  Reciprocity not only motivates the believer in his advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity and maximum glorification of God, but at the same time provides a love beyond our dreams and greatest desires.  Then we know that God loves us as we ought to be loved.
8.  Under the justice of God, the impersonal love of God is the point of contact for the unbeliever.  Therefore, the unbeliever is loved the way he ought to be loved.  God always keeps in touch with every unbeliever.  The impersonal love of God is the point of contact, not the point of reference.  Impersonal love is freely given and undeserved.  So the justice of God and grace of God work together for the benefit of the human race, so that there is no one with an excuse at the last judgment and no believer who has an excuse for not executing the spiritual life.