The Neutrality of the Soul

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Question: The question arises regarding reckoning the old-man dead to the sinful nature. Who reckons the old-man dead? Is it the old-man or the new-man that does so?

Answer: The answer is neither. It appears as though it’s the NEUTRAL soul, specifically the soul’s neutral self-consciousness that makes the decision to reckon the old-man dead to the sinful nature.

Submitted: October 22, 2010

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The Neutrality of Soul
(especially the neutrality of self-consciousness and volition)
 
Answering the question: Who reckons the old-man dead to sin?
 
Question: The question arises regarding reckoning the old-man dead to the sinful nature. Who reckons the old-man dead? Is it the old-man or the new-man that does so?
 
Answer: The answer is neither. It appears as though it’s the NEUTRAL soul, specifically the soul’s neutral self-consciousness that makes the decision to reckon the old-man dead to the sinful nature.
 
DOES THE NEW–MAN RECKON THE OLD-MAN DEAD TO SIN?
 
A Basic Assumption: It is assumed that the soul and all of its characteristics are neutral in the sense that the soul is neither inherently sinful nor spiritual; therefore, it is classified as neutral.
 
Another Basic Assumption: Since man is saved by faith-alone in Christ-alone, and “Operation KRRY” and faith-alone in Christ-alone are not synonymous, “Operation KRRY,” if implemented, has to be implemented AFTER salvation occurs.
 
Another basic Assumption: If “Operation KRRY” must be implemented to enter the new-man, and “Operation KRRY” is implemented after salvation, there has to be a first time for the believer to enter the new-man AFTER salvation has occurred.
 
Another Basic Assumption: Since the function of “Operation KRRY” is required to enter the new-man, and since there is a first time to enter the new-man AFTER salvation, the new-man cannot possibly be the one who reckons the old-man dead to sin.
 
Another Basic Assumption: Since the concept of “Operation KRRY” is consistent with absolute truth, and the absolute truth regarding “Operation KRRY” must be internalized before functioning in “Operation KRRY,” and the function of “Operation KRRY” is the means of entering the new-man, then reckoning the old-man dead to sin cannot be a work of the new-man.
 
Critical to Understanding: Critical to understanding the neutrality of the soul during the process of internalization is the concept of “wanting to want” found in Philippians 2:13. This will be considered later in this document.
 
Conclusion: It cannot be the new-man that reckons the old-man dead to sin.
 
DOES THE OLD–MAN RECKON THE OLD-MAN DEAD TO SIN?
 
Question: If Satan’s kingdom cannot stand if Satan casts out Satan, why should I believe that the old-man is reckoned dead to sin by the old-man reckoning himself dead to sin?
 
Matthew 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? KJV
 
Conclusion: It cannot be the old-man that reckons the old-man dead to sin.
 
THE OLD-MAN IS RECKONED DEAD BY THE NEUTRAL SOUL
 
Thesis: It is the neutral soul, especially the neutral self-consciousness, that reckons the old-man dead to sin, and the remainder of this document is dedicated to support the thesis.
 
Yes, there are twenty-four more pages that follow, however, the volume of information that follows not only does so to support the thesis, but places in writing the thoughts that were generated in my mind as I contemplated the thesis.
 
I believe that every piece of information that follows is important to our complete new-man belief system that builds our Christian paradigm. Truth withstands the most careful scrutiny. In the interest of arriving at the deepest truth possible in support of our Christian life, I am certainly open to any and all comments regarding any facet of information contained in this document.
 
This document is provided to challenge our thinking and to equip us with a deeper understanding of how our Christian life is designed to function, presupposing this document contains absolute truth.
 
Introductory Information Helpful in Building a Solid Foundation
 
Regarding this entire document, a very legitimate question might be, “If the information that follows is correct, then why does it work this way?”  The answer is simply because it was decreed by God the Father for it to work this way.
 
 1.The born-again Christian is a trichotomous being:
 
· body.
· soul.
· spirit.
 
 2.The nature of the trichotomous being:
 
· the body is the residence of the sin nature and the body is sinful in nature.
· the soul is neutral, but receives influence from the sin nature and Holy Spirit.
· the spirit is the residence of the Holy Spirit and is spiritual in nature.
 
 3.The soul has five characteristics:
 
· self-consciousness.
· volition.
· mentality.
· emotion.
· conscience.
 
 4.The mentality of the soul can be categorized in two ways:
 
A. First Way:
 
· consciousness mind.
Ø embraces both nouj (nous) and kardia (kardia).
· subconscious mind.
 
B. Second Way:
 
· reference center (nous).
· heart (kardia).
 
 5. There are three major centers (1, 2, and 3) and four sub-centers (A, B, C, D) in the soul’s conscious mind (this is slightly different from what I previously taught; please note that I didn’t say heart, and you shouldn’t be thinking in terms of “Operation Z”):
 
(nouj).
1)Reference Center.
(kardia).
2)Memory Center.
A. Vocabulary Center.
B. Category Center.
old-man clothes closet
new-man clothes closet
C. Growth Center.
D. Conscience Center.
3)Launching Center.
 
 6.Data received in the Category Center can be stored in the following manners:
 
· new-man clothing stored in a new-man clothes closet as absolute truth.
· old-man clothing stored in an old-man clothes closet as distortions of absolute truth.
 
(see point A. on page 13 for a list of categories of new-man clothing)
(see point B. on pages 13-14 for a list of categories of old-man clothing)
 
 7.The four divine institutions are as follows:
 
· freedom.
· marriage.
· family.
· nationalism.
Ø capitalism.
Ø free-market economy.
 
 8.Data received as incoming at the reference center level can be categorized in two ways:
 
· absolute truth: a decree of God as God determines the decree to be understood.
· distorted truth (evil): any distortion of a divine decree no matter how slight the distortion.
 
 9.Evil can be categorized in two ways:
 
· evil principle: the distortion of any absolute truth that has been decreed by God.
· evil practice: the practice (actualize/apply) of any evil principle to a life situation.
 
10. There are three categories of people who actualize (apply) data from the launching pad:
 
A. Who actualizes (applies) data from the launching pad?
· natural man: unbeliever functioning from the old-man.
· carnal man: believer functioning from the old-man.
· spiritual man: believer functioning from the new-man.
 
B. Who internalizes data?
· any human being using the neutral self-consciousness and volition to do so.
 
11. There are two categories of function when actualizing (applying) data from the launching pad:
 
· old-man function.
· new-man function.
 
12.Truths found in the Word of God can be categorized in the following manners:
 
A. One Way:
 
1)historical narrative.
2)hortatory truth (biblical commands).
3)spiritual truth.
 
B. Another Way:
 
1)laws of divine establishment and the four divine institutions.
2)Gospel.
3)royal family honor code.
 
13.The Holy Spirit’s ministry during the internalization and actualization phases:
 
internalization: active teaching/confirming/witnessing
actualization: passive absorption/infusion
 
14. The concept of “Operation Z” has served us well in the past; however, there seems to be another way of expressing the manner in which data is processed from the printed pages of the Bible into a life situation. That process is the subject of this document.
 
More Foundational Information
 
The following information assumes that the believer has rebounded. It is not essential for you to determine whether the believer is functioning from the old-man or the new-man because neither is a factor in the process of internalizing data from the printed pages of the Word of God to the launching center of one’s soul. They are NOT a factor when processing data that is read or heard audibly.
 
 1.The Word of God starts out as data (information) on the printed pages of the Bible.
 
 2. The believer’s self-consciousness becomes aware of data being internalized at the reference center level in the following manners:
 
· through the ear gate (sighted, hearing and blind).
· through the eye gate (sighted, hearing and deaf).
· tactilely (a method used by those who are both deaf and blind).
 
 3.The following possibilities prevail when the process of internalizing data is underway:
 
· The believer is processing data without having rebounded.
· The believer is processing data after rebounding.
· The believer is processing data after rebounding and “wanting to want” the will of God for his life.
 
 4. When the believer is processing data at the reference center level:
 
· the reference center is the initial center to encounter incoming data.
· data received as incoming at this level, but not understood, is rejected for residence in the reference center.
· data received as incoming at this level and understood is accepted for residence in the reference center.
· data received as incoming at this level can be understood and believed.
Ø the data believed may be truth.
Ø the data believed may be distorted truth (evil principle).
· data believed when incoming at the reference center level is stored in the reference center and processed to the next center.
Ø it can be processed to the memory center.
Ø it can be processed on to the human spirit.
 
 5. What is the basis for processing incoming data from the reference center to the memory center or the human spirit?
 
· If the believer is processing incoming data that is understood and believed while in need of rebounding, it will go to the memory center.
· If the believer is processing incoming data that is understood and believed, having rebounded, but needing to “want to want” the will of God for his life, it will go to the memory center.
· If the believer is processing incoming data that is understood and believed after having rebounded and “wanting to want” the will of God for his life, the data is processed to the human spirit.
 
WHAT IS MEANT BY “WANTING TO WANT”
 
“Philippians 2:13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (KJV).
 
 1. Please note that if God is working in the born-again Christian to will His good pleasure, the implication is that this believer does not will God’s good pleasure for himself.
 
A. This believer might be saying it this way: “I do not will God’s good pleasure for myself.”
 
B. In today’s language, this believer is saying, “I don’t want God’s good pleasure for my life.”
 
C. When it is understood that from the moment a person is saved, he continues to function under old-man influence and the old-man belief system, it is easy to understand why this born-again Christian would not want God’s good pleasure for himself. It’s the very nature of the old-man to NOT want God’s good pleasure for himself.
 
 2.There’s a second problem in this verse.
 
A. Because this believer doesn’t want God’s good pleasure for himself, he will not DO what God wants him to DO.
 
B. Look at it:
 
1)He will not DO God’s good pleasure, because . . .
2)He doesn’t WANT God’s good pleasure.
 
 3. When it is understood than man is on this planet to resolve the angelic conflict through obedience to the will of God for his life during his respective dispensation, yet as a born-again Christian he begins his Christian life unwilling to DO the will of God for his life because he doesn’t WANT the will of God for his life, it isn’t difficult to understand why God the Father through His omniscience in eternity past was able to order the circumstances of this believer’s life to get his attention to change his want to’s. Until now, he not only didn’t want God’s good pleasure, he didn’t even want to want God’s good pleasure. To this Christian we can say, “Sir, say ‘hello’ to the circumstances of your life.”
 
 4. The circumstances of a believer’s life are designed to do one of two things:
 
1)Discipline: God using adverse circumstances to get your attention because you are outside the will of God for your life.
2)Testing: God using circumstances to stretch your faith for the purpose of your personal spiritual growth.
 
The Believer and God’s Destiny for the Believer’s Life
 
 1. After becoming born-again, when the new believer finally hears the truth concerning God the Father’s will for his Christian life, the following options are available:
 
· the new believer continues to reject His will.
Ø at first he rejected God’s will through ignorance of what that will was.
Ø later, after learning God’s will for his life, he chooses to reject God’s will knowing precisely what that will is.
· the new believer delays the pursuit of God’s will.
· the new believer begins the pursuit of God’s will.
 
 2. If the believer chooses to reject or delay pursuit of the Father’s will, the believer’s circumstances are divinely designed to capture his attention to enlighten him that he has a destiny related to the resolution of the angelic conflict.
 
A. The question arises as to how long it will take, if ever in this life, for the new believer to personally acknowledge the destiny that God the Father has designed for him.
 
B. Major point that must be understood: The Holy Spirit can offer this believer NO help until he acknowledges that his circumstances of life are directing him to change his attitude toward the will of God for his life. His attitude: “I don’t want the will of God for my life, and that’s only the half of it. I don’t even want to change my mind about not wanting the will of God for my life.”
 
1)Consider this statement: “I don’t want to want” the will of God for my life.
 
· There are two “want to’s” in this statement, one negative and one positive.
· Note the seriousness of this statement:
Ø “I don’t want to want God’s destiny for my life.”
Ø Your comment: “Well, sir, you should change your “I don’t want God’s destiny for my life” to “I want to want God’s destiny for my life.”
Ø His response: “I don’t want God’s destiny for my life, and I don’t want to change my mind about not wanting God’s destiny for my life.”
Ø If only the “don’t want to” existed, the door would be open to a change of mind, but saying “I don’t want to want” the will of God for my life firmly rejects God’s destiny for his life, unless of course, a change of thinking occurs later.
 
2)Please, contemplate the seriousness of this “don’t want to want” scenario.
 
C. When the new believer finally caves-in because of the pressure of his circumstances and begins to acknowledge that God is seeking his attention, the Holy Spirit can begin to do the following:
 
1)The Holy Spirit can confirm as absolute the absolute truths already in the believer’s reference center. (Note: this is only “what” the Holy Spirit can do; this is not “how” will do it.  The “how” comes later.)
 
2)The Holy Spirit can confirm as absolute any absolute truth being conveyed to the believer no matter what manner it is being conveyed to him: ear gate, eye gate, tactilely.
 
a.The believer will not hear voices or have a vision that confirms absolute truth to be absolute truth.
 
b.The believer will recognize the truth as absolute simply by “knowing that he knows that he knows” that he has received confirmation in his human spirit from the Holy Spirit.
 
HOW does this work? The Holy Spirit resides in the human spirit. The human spirit is designed by God the Father as a receptor organ to receive and transmit communication from the Holy Spirit to the believer who has met the conditions to receive this communication. The conditions for receiving transmitted communication from the Hoy Spirit is the believer having rebounded and “wanting to want” the will of God for your life. When the Holy Spirit speaks, He speaks with an inaudible voice that addresses the human spirit. By divine decree, the human spirit receives this communication and then transmits it. By divine decree, the reference center of the human mind receives this transmission and interprets what the Spirit is saying. The missing link, if it can be called the missing link, is the believer “wanting to want” the will of God for his life after having rebounded.  From a believer’s condition of being clean before the Lord and “wanting to want” the will of God for his life, the Holy Spirit begins His communicative ministry in the human spirit, but not one second prior the believer’s “wanting to want” preceded by rebound!
 
 4.Note the following truths contained in Philippians 2:13:
 
A. The believer doesn’t want the will of God for his life.
 
B. Because the believer doesn’t want the will of God for his life, he doesn’t want to DO the will of God for his life.
 
 5.Note that God the Father is at work in the believer’s life to accomplish two things:
 
· God wants to change the believer’s will from “I don’t want” to “I want to want.”
· God wants to change what the believer thinks because the believer has been thinking “I don’t want to want” the will of God for my life.
 
 6. From the outset of salvation, nothing has changed in the believer’s life except his spiritual status from lost to saved.
 
 7. The new believer MAY HAVE the following data available in his reference center, and perhaps even in his memory center, at the moment of his salvation:
 
A. Some absolute truths regarding the laws of divine establishment and the four divine institutions.
 
B. Just enough absolute truth regarding the gospel to have become saved.
 
C. Some doctrinal information associated with the gospel regarding how-to become saved.
 
D. A reference center full of doctrinal information (“Yeah, sure, I’ve heard about that.”).
 
· Learned from parents.
· Learned from others.
· Understood, yes.
· Perhaps even believed (intellectual assent) these things prior to salvation.
Ø Believed academically only.
Ø However, not confirmed by the Holy Spirit from within the human spirit.
Ø Able to be recalled.
Ø Somewhat conversant on the subject.
 
 8. The issue is that even though salvation has taken place, there may be no will (want to want) to fulfill the destiny that God has for every believer.
 
For the new believer to have no will (no want) to go beyond salvation is not uncommon, and even quite natural because the new believer may not have any information stored in his reference center that indicates a knowledge of, an understanding of, or a belief in the decreed destiny of every born-again Church Age believer, namely, to become exactly like Christ in His humanity.
 
 9. This is where both God the Father and the Holy Spirit work together to change the believer’s will (his not wanting to want).
 
A. Prior to this time, concerning God the Father’s will for the believer’s life, if you were to say to the believer, “Do you want the will of God for your life?” the believer might respond in this manner. “I don’t want to the Father’s will for my life.  I am satisfied with my eternal salvation.”
 
B. You might further respond: “Do you want to want the Father’s will for your life?” You may hear one of two things:
 
1)“I don’t want to want the will of God for my life.”
 
2)“Even though I don’t want the will of God for my life, I want to want the will of God for my life.”
 
C. The difference between these two statements is the difference between loss of escrow blessing-in-time and loss of reward-in-eternity and the distributions of escrow blessing-in-time and reward-in-eternity.
 
D. It is because of the believer’s “don’t want to want” viewpoint that God the Father institutes His decreed plan to provide circumstances designed to bring this believer to see the destiny decreed by God the Father for his life.
 
E.God the Father has decreed circumstance after circumstance designed to bring about a “want to want” in the believer’s life.
 
F.Until now, the believer’s want to want is “I don’t want to want.”
 
G. Even though the believer may not want to want the will of God, through God the Father’s ordering of circumstances, the believer’s “don’t want to want the will of God” can change from “I don’t want to want” to an “I want to want” God’s will for my life.
 
H. Please note this! “I didn’t want to want, but NOW, I want to want.” It’s the second want that’s important to our understanding.  It’s this second “want” that is in focus in Philippians 2:13.
 
I.While the believer is having to deal with the circumstances decreed by God the Father for his life, failure after failure may occur.
 
1)This means that the believer is failing to avail himself of God’s grace provision (new-man strategy/solution) to deal with his circumstances.
 
2)The believer generally believes that the solution to the circumstances of life lay within himself, or perhaps with some other human being that can deliver him.
 
3)It’s possible that through his circumstances this believer will reach a point of “wanting to want” the will of God for his life.
 
J.Now, it’s the Holy Spirit’s turn.
 
1)When the believer’s “want to want” is brought about by the circumstances of his life, assuming that rebound occurred, the Holy Spirit can now begin to confirm as absolute truth those absolute truths already in the believer’s category center, heretofore, unconfirmed.
 
2)Functioning under the principles of rebound and “wanting to want,” if a circumstance triggers the recall of a piece of data that resides in the reference center, the “principle of “wanting to want” further triggers that data to be transferred to the human spirit where the Holy Spirit responds with confirmation in the human spirit, “Beloved, that’s absolute truth.”
 
3)When circumstances trigger other information contained in the reference center and perhaps the memory center, the “want to want” principle causes this data to be transferred to the human spirit to be dealt with by the Holy Spirit. Here, the Holy Spirit continues, “Yep, that’s absolute truth, also.”
 
4)The key to activating Holy Spirit ministry in the believer’s human spirit is a “want to want” the will of God for your life preceded by rebound if rebound is necessary.
 
5)“Wanting to want” is tantamount to saying to the God the Father, “I am ready. I am sick-and-tired of being sick-and tired of having no inner happiness that comes from You.”
 
6)Here’s a principle of life:  Man’s extremity becomes God’s opportunity.
 
7)The same principle amplified: “Man’s extremity brought on by the circumstances of life ordered by God the Father becomes the Holy Spirit’s opportunity to begin to confirm absolute truth to a believer.”
 
Ø Data believed at the incoming reference center level cannot be confirmed as absolute truth until it is confirmed by the Holy Spirit’s witness in the believer’s human spirit.
 
\"*\" Without confirmation, the believer may think that what he has received is absolute truth, but it’s not.
\"*\" Without confirmation, the believer may think that what he has received is absolute truth, and it is.
 
v the issue is whether the Holy Spirit has confirmed or not confirmed.
v the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry is one of confirmation in the human spirit of what was first received at the reference level.
 
ü the confirming ministry of the Holy Spirit is why human I.Q. is not the final issue, but human I.Q. is a factor in being able to comprehend more complex issues for the Holy Spirit to confirm.
ü believers with a lower I.Q. do well with concrete data, but begin to lose ability to comprehend when abstract thought is required.
 
· this last thought is not demeaning; it’s objective reality.
 
A Clear Look At the Reference Center
 
 1. The incoming reference center is the first storage level to encounter data coming into the soul.
 
 2. Major point: Until the believer is functioning under the concepts of rebound and “wanting to want,” all data processed by the incoming reference center, if it is believed, by-passes the human spirit, is copied at the incoming reference center level and sent to the memory center’s vocabulary center, old-man clothes closet in the category center, conscience center, and on to the launching pad.
 
3.Major point continued: When the believer is functioning under the concepts of rebound and “wanting to want,” data processed by the incoming reference center is directed to the human spirit where the Holy Spirit begins His teaching/confirming/bearing witness ministries. If the Holy Spirit confirms the data as absolute truth, this conformation is understood in the reference center, and if self-consciousness chooses to believe this absolute truth, this data is copied by the reference center and processed to the memory center where it is stored in the vocabulary center and the category center’s new-man clothes closet.
 
 4. If the data received into the incoming reference center through the ear gate, eye gate or tactilely as distorted truth, it can be rejected as distorted truth in the following ways:
 
· Because of data previously confirmed as absolute truth and stored in the reference center, the incoming reference center can reject any incoming data for which its frame of reference recognizes as distorted truth.
· If the reference center has no frame of reference for the incoming data, and the believer is not functioning under the concepts of rebound and “wanting to want,” but believes the data, it is copied in the reference center and sent to the memory center’s old-man clothes closet in the category center.
· If the reference center has no frame of reference for the incoming data, and the believer is functioning under the concepts of rebound and “wanting to want,” the reference center sends what is understood to the human spirit. When the believer realizes that he is receiving no confirmation from the Holy Spirit, at the moment self-consciousness realizes that no confirmation has been received back into the reference center, the data is immediately stored in the reference center as data for which the believer now has a frame of reference.
· If the reference center has a frame of reference for incoming data that is associated with data that is already understood, believed, and stored, and if the believer is functioning under rebound and “wanting to want,” the information is processed to the human spirit, and if the Holy Spirit confirms this data as truth, and self-consciousness believes it, it is copied and sent to the memory center’s category center and is added to the doctrine that is already resident there. This is how categories of doctrine are built to completion.
 
The Reference Center and Memory Center Working Together
 
 1. When the carbon copy is sent to the memory center, the pipeline connecting the reference center and the memory center acts as a filter, filtering every piece of data through the following filters to be stored in the memory center’s sub-centers in the following manners:
 
· the principles filter filters principles and stores them as principles.
· the promises filter filters promises and stores them as promises.
· the doctrines filter filters doctrinal data and stores it as doctrines.
· the techniques filter filters techniques and stores them as techniques.
· the rules for living filter filters rules for living and stores them as rules for living.
· the operational procedures filter filters operational procedures and stores them as operational procedures.
· the laws of divine establishment filter filters the laws of divine establishment data and stores it as laws of divine establishment.
· the four divine institutions filter filters the four divine institutions data and stores it as divine institutions.
Ø the freedom filter filters freedom information and stores it as freedom information.
Ø the marriage filter filters marriage information and stores it as marriage information.
Ø the family filter filters family information and stores it as family information.
Ø the nationalism filter filters nationalism information and stores it as nationalism information.
\"*\" the capitalism filter filters capitalism information and stores it as capitalism information.
\"*\" the free-market filter filters free-market information and stores it as free-market information.
 
 2. Depending on whether the data received and believed at the reference level is absolute truth or evil principle will determine the status of the data stored in the reference center and the memory center as either absolute truth or evil principle. The Holy Spirit does not alter the nature of data received. He simply confirms the absoluteness of absolute truth. Guess what! If He doesn’t confirm it, it isn’t absolute truth. How then do I know whether data received is absolute truth or not? Answer: Has the Holy Spirit confirmed it or not?
 
A. absolute truths.
 
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