Fit For Engagement Chapter 4 – Threefold Salvation

Our soul consists of five senses which need the salvation of our regenerated spirit man. Salvation must be applied to the natural areas of the soul. Those five senses are: reasoning, affections, imaginations, memories, and conscience. Each is controlled by our intellect, emotions, and will. The world, the flesh, and the devil influence these three controls of our soul and then attack the five senses of the soul in order to dominate our life. It is important to commit these five senses to God and the power of the Holy Spirit every day. The Bible specifically addresses each of these senses.ReasoningFrom Jesus to Paul to Peter, they each interacted with people who were reasoning against the servants of the Lord. It is noteworthy to understand that the area of reason is also connected with the heart or the depth of one’s emotions. Jesus asked, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?” (Mark 2:8b NKJV).Paul reasoned with unbelievers for the Lord. Paul “as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,” (Acts 17:2 NKJV). Paul “reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.” (Acts 17:17 NKJV). Peter told us to always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope in you. He warned that we must respond with meekness and fear: “But [a]sanctify [b]the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” (1 Peter 3:15 KJV).

Fit For Engagement Chapter 4 – Threefold Salvation, continued

In the regeneration of our spirit the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us. He causes us to become aware of God’s presence. He gives us what the Bible calls gifts or graces. I refer to these graces as spiritual senses which He uses to help develop our spirit with a view of bringing us to a mature state in Christ. Those senses are faith, hope, love, true worship, and reverential fear of God. Through these senses our spirit ministers to our soul to help mature the senses of our soul which we will look at next.In the second part of our salvation, warfare is fought in our soul on a daily basis. Our soul by nature is self-conscious and requires a daily reorientation to the Spirit instead of ourselves. Our salvation is meant to be applied in our lives on a daily basis. The Bible calls this sanctification, which means separation unto God or holy living. Grace is more than the free gift of eternal life; it is the gift to be able to live this life in a consistent way: “for it is God who works in us, both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 NKJV).Our soul consists of five senses which need the salvation of our regenerated spirit man. Salvation must be applied to the natural areas of the soul. Those five senses are: reasonings, affections, imaginations, memories, and conscience. Each is controlled by our intellect, emotions, and will. The world, the flesh, and the devil influence these three controls of our soul and then attack the five senses of the soul in order to dominate our life.It is important to commit these five senses to God and the power of the Holy Spirit every day. The Bible specifically addresses each of these senses.

Fit For Engagement Chapter 4 – Our Three-fold Salvation

The Bible must be understood through the three-fold salvation our Lord has provided. In Genesis 1:26–28 we read that the Godhead took counsel together. God chose to reveal Himself to His created man as triune. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26a KJV). He created man a triune creation consisting of spirit, soul, and body. In Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians he prayed this about man’s spirit, soul, and body:Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJVThe writer of Hebrews made clear how the Word of God is the instrument used to divide soul from spirit as well as the joints and the morrow including the discernment of the heart. It is the Word of God which is the source of our understanding about how God intended each part of function in relation to each another.For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 NKJVIn the life of Jesus, we see the three-fold nature as He died on Calvary. He said to God: “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46b NKJV). The Psalmist wrote: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10 NKJV). Sheol is the same as hell.

Fit For Engagement Chapter Three – Doctrine of Eternal Judgment

The seventh principle is the doctrine of eternal judgment. This principle covers three biblical teachings regarding judgement. They are: The Return of Christ, The Great White Throne Judgment for all unbelievers (Revelation 20); The Bema Seat Judgment for believers (2 Corinthians 5:9–10) when all believers will stand and be judged for their works (1 Corinthians 3:11–15).There are many doctrines and views pertaining to the end of the world. Let me simply say that Jesus did not speak in detail about the events that would follow His return. Jesus connected the resurrection with the final judgment. The judgment of Jerusalem in AD 70 was a precursor to the judgment of the nations at the end of the world. My purpose is not to deal with the subject of eschatology (a doctrine of theology that deals with the final events in the history of the world). My purpose is to lay out the biblical discussion of judgment. In other words, what happens at the end of the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged.In John 11 when Jesus was addressed by Martha about her brother’s death, “Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’” (John 11:23–24 NKJV).When Jesus dealt with judgment, He spoke of the judgment that would occur in that generation. In Matthew 24 Jesus used prophetic language that the Jews understood. He was not addressing the end of the world and the final judgment. He was addressing the end of the age and the destruction of the Jewish system because a new age was coming after His resurrection. That new age is the age of the Spirit and the fulfillment of the mandate God gave to Adam and to Israel to deal with evil and establish righteousness in the earth. Jesus said in Matthew 16 that His qahal (the Hebrew word for “called out assembly,” and translated ecclesia in Greek, and church in English) would not fail. Adam failed in the warfare against evil and Israel failed in the same warfare, but Jesus said:Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18–19 NASBAlthough, He was talking to Peter, Jesus was speaking to all of the disciples that had been given to Him by the Father. They were to be His apostles or stewards that would be sent with the responsibility of laying the foundation for His work in the earth to be carried out by His assembly also known as His body. His holy apostolic church was sent to disciple nations and clean up the mess in mankind with the help of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel of the Kingdom by “pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4b–5 NKJV).The two judgements that will come after Christ’s return are: the Great White Throne judgement detailed in Revelation 20 and the Bema Seat judgment pictured in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10.The Great White Throne judgment is for everyone who rejects Christ as God’s means of salvation and rejects Him as God’s only appointed King of the nations. They will be judged along with the devil and his angels, and then cast into the lake of fire. Hell itself will also be thrown into the lake of fire. Heaven and earth will then be purged of evil and righteousness will reign forever and ever.The Bema Seat judgment is specifically for all believers. We will stand before Christ and be judged for our works throughout our lifetime which was established in Jesus Christ our Lord. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV). Paul drew this understanding from what Jesus had taught in Matthew when He said, “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27  NKJV). Jesus drew from Daniel 7:10: “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” (Daniel 7:10  KJV).In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he dealt with this subject in chapter three.According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:10–15 NKJVThe work that the apostle Paul spoke about is found within the boundaries of the warfare of which I am writing. The work we have been called to do is framed within the battles for our own souls that belong to Christ. The work includes the battle of light over darkness, truth over lies, and deception over sound words. It is about heaven coming to earth, God’s will over the will of man, and God’s kingdom over the kingdom of darkness.This work in us begins with our spirit man which is the inner-most part of our being: the core of our life which is meant to be in fellowship with God. Our spirit man became broken because of sin. Our spirit man needs regeneration. It affects the rest of our being that includes our soul (which contains our intellect, will, and emotions; basically, our self-conscious) and our body (which is world conscious).The six Doctrines of Christ lays the foundation for the new man and are necessary for us to grow up into Christ. Chapter four gives the application of the three-fold salvation that Jesus made possible for every believer.

Fit For Engagement Chapter 3 Resurrection of the Dead

The sixth principle is the resurrection of the dead. Paul’s thesis of the resurrection is found in 1 Corinthians 15. This is a critical chapter to understand because it relates to all aspects of the Gospel. For the purpose of this book, it is important to the subject of spiritual warfare. It lays out the Gospel that Paul preached, the Gospel that the Corinthians received, and the Gospel in which we stand. Standing is critical to the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged. We are not to run, hide, nor neglect: “Having done all to stand” (Ephesians 6:13b NKJV). Stand is the instruction. Standing includes being strong. That is our order which Paul, the apostle of the Lord, stated: “Stand therefore. . .” (Ephesians 6:14a NKJV).Paul wrote that we are saved by the Gospel he preached if we hold fast to the Word he preached. If we do not hold fast to the Gospel, then our belief was in vain.What did Paul preach? He preached that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day. The risen Christ was then seen by Peter, then by the twelve, and then by over five hundred people at once (many of those people were still alive at the time of Paul’s writing). After that the risen Christ was seen by James and then by all the apostles. Paul stated that last of all Christ was seen by Paul himself.Even in Paul’s day, some said that there was no resurrection. Paul made the case that if there was no resurrection, then our faith is futile and we are still in our sins. Those that have fallen asleep (died) have perished.The Good News is that Christ is risen and that He became the first of the new creation of the Spirit. In Adam all die, but in Christ all shall be made alive. Christ will be followed by those who belong to Him at His coming. Paul declared:Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and all power. 1 Corinthians 15:24 NKJVPaul gave us the order of God’s purpose by summing up everything in Christ. He quoted from Psalms 110:1 and Psalms 8:6 with his own explanation for clarity in the following:For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:25–28 NKJVPaul stated his own position in his understanding of the battle in which he found himself. We are in the same battle. However, many believers are not engaged because they do not know (or they do not understand) God’s purpose and plan in taking back the earth and all that is in it. Paul understood it and said, “I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31 NKJV). Those Corinthians were not perfect, but Paul boasted in them. For the cause of Christ and His whole church, Paul chose to die to his own self-interest for the sake of Christ and Christ’s body. That is standing, that is spiritual warfare, and that is what a soldier of the cross looks like!Paul called believers to “Awake to righteousness and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:34a NKJV). We are in a battle for the souls of God’s creation: man. God’s will is for the whole church to be engaged in this battle against principalities and powers in the heavenly realm. It will take the corporate body of Christ to disciple nations and baptize them into Christ and His Kingdom reign as Matthew stated:And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.Matthew 28:18–20 NKJVPaul continued to unfold the mysteries of God in 1 Corinthians 15 as he dealt with the natural man verses the spiritual man. As he wrapped up his teaching, he made this statement: “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” (1 Corinthians 15:50 NKJV). He continued with a mystery: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruption has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:51–55 NKJV).Paul then ended with this exhortation: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV).