PART ONE: WARNING: If you want to save your life - DO NOT PROCEED!

Matthew 16:24,25 - Then said Jesus unto his disciples, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.'

  1. The purpose of this course is to break your heart, so that the corruptible shell around the heart can be broken away and the incorruptible spirit can be seen.

  2. Be thankful therefore, that God loves you so much that he allows suffering to end the reign of your sin nature.

  3. Enter into the fellowship of his sufferings by taking up the same cross he took.

  4. All forms of suffering are depicted here:

    1. Wounded (pierced, bored) for transgression (rebellion) = strickened - to reach, to touch violently, punish, destroy.

    2. Bruised (crushed) for iniquity (sin) = afflicted - to depress, to pulverize, to make gray, to be dust.

    3. Chastised (restrained) for peace (right relationship with God) = smittened - to defile, to strike, to kill.

  5. So if you would avoid hurt, pain, or distress, do not take this course. For I can guarantee your flesh will surface and you will feel stricken, or smitten, or afflicted. Yet God is in control. His goal is to set you free from your corruption - not cause pain for pain's sake. Perfection is God-friendly and no flesh can stand there. So if being in right relationship with God the Father is your goal, then follow Jesus to His Father.

PART TWO: Rules To Receive Training in Perfection:

  1. Must be committed to regard the works of the Lord and the operation of His hands.

  2. Must be committed to being faithful and obedient to your commitment to persevere in your training.

  3. Must be committed to the process of having your flesh dealt with.

  4. Must be committed to deal with offenses and/or hurts that may surface while you are studying this course.

  5. Must be committed to know man after the spirit not after the flesh.

  6. Must be committed to the effect that violation of these rules means you are not ready for this class and training, and you should be honest with yourself and not study this section yet.

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For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:12

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Created: 7/9/99
Updated: 5/28/2011