Lesson 25 - Doctrine of the edification complex of the soul
Lesson 25 - Doctrine of the edification complex of the soul
Parent Category: Completed Bible Lessons
Published on Sunday, 17 June 2012 13:41
Written by Stan Simonton
for June 17, 2012
OF THE EDIFICATION COMPLEX OF THE SOUL
The doctrine of edification is
based on the Greek noun “oikodome.” This word for edification has a dual
connotation. Collectively it refers to the formation of the Royal Family
of God during the entire period of the Church Age; i.e., the building up of the
body of Christ. When the royal family is completed, the Rapture of the Church
Individually edification refers
to the spiritual growth of the positive believer, and/or momentum in the
Christian way of life. Hence, the individual connotation refers to the
execution of the protocol plan of God and the subsequent manufacture of the “invisible
hero,” resulting in the glorification of God.
When the collective connotation
is used, “oikodome” should be translated “construction, building up, or
building process.” When the individual connotation is used, “oikodome” should
be translated edification complex of the soul. The collective connotation
of “oikodome” is based upon our Lord’s title of King of kings and Lord of
lords, the Bright Morning Star, given to Him as a result of His strategic
victory in the Angelic Conflict.
The edification complex of the
soul is technical nomenclature found in the epistles of the New Testament for
the attainment of spiritual maturity. The consistent function of intake
and application of Bible doctrine under one’s right pastor-teacher is the only
way to construct an edification complex of the soul. The mature believer
possesses a completed edification complex in their soul.
Accurate Bible doctrine
perceived must feed the soul of the believer for capacity. The
edification complex of the soul is the result. The development of virtue-love
is synonymous with the development of an edification complex of the soul. You
cannot have an edification complex of the soul unless you are using virtue-love
within the divine power system. Virtue-love is a sign you are metabolizing
doctrine. (I Corinthians 8:1; Romans 14:19; II Corinthians10:8, 13:10;
Ephesians 4:12-16, 29; II Corinthians 14:5,12,26)
Synonyms for the edification
complex of the soul are:
- “Light” is used for the divine power system and sometimes
for the edification complex of the soul.
- “Christ formed in you” in Galatians 4:19 connotes both the
edification complex of the soul and spiritual self-esteem.
- “The new man” in Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3 refers to
both the edification complex of the soul and divine power system.
- “The perfect man,” in James 1:4 refers to the spiritually mature person.
- “Imitators of God” in Ephesians 5:1 refers to following
the example of Jesus Christ.
The Motivation of the Believer
- There are two categories of motivation.
- Positive volition.
- Humility as a mental attitude.
- Positive volition is expressed in Romans 14:19.
“Consequently, we run after [pursue] those things related to prosperity and
- Running, not walking, expresses positive volition toward
the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, which gives us all the details
regarding God’s plan, purpose, and will for our lives after salvation.
- These details include the perception, metabolization, and
application of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age as the means of executing
the protocol plan of God. The execution of the protocol plan of God results in
the manufacture of invisible heroes. Invisible God plus invisible assets plus
invisible power equals invisible heroes who glorify God.
- Prosperity and edification go together; both are the
result of continual positive volition.
- In order for perception of doctrine to occur, it is
important to have a mental attitude of humility. Romans 12:2-5, “Stop being
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought
[divine viewpoint of life] that you may prove what the will of God is; namely,
the good of intrinsic value achievement [advance to spiritual maturity], the
well-pleasing to God [fulfilment of the protocol plan], the mature status quo
[manufacture of invisible heroes]. For I say through the grace which has been
given to me to everyone who is among you: stop thinking of self in terms of
arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the
purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of
us a standard of thinking from doctrine. For just as we have many members in
one body and all members do not have the same function, so we who are many are
one body in Christ and individually members of one another.”
- Conformity to this world
means involvement in Satan’s cosmic system.
- There must be a complete renovation in your thinking if
you’re ever going to demonstrate what the will of God is for your life.
- Certain types of thinking are out of bounds, i.e.,
thinking related to the arrogance complex (self-deception, self-justification,
- The standard of thinking from doctrine includes every
aspect of divine viewpoint, orientation to life through humility in the soul,
and everything that makes us objective and teachable toward the Word of God.
- “Many members in one body” emphasizes that although we
have different spiritual gifts and different personalities, we all belong to
one royal family, the body of Christ.
- “Individually members one of another” refers to
interaction within the royal family of God.
- Without humility, there is neither objectivity nor
teachability. Without objectivity and teachability in life, you will be
miserable, whether you are a believer or unbeliever, successful or not. Without
objectivity and teachability, there can be no edification complex in your soul
as a believer.
- Edification is the execution of the protocol plan of God
through your daily perception, metabolization, and application of Bible
- Edification is the status of the invisible hero. He has
completed the edification complex of the soul, the most beautiful structure in
life. It is found in the soul of the invisible hero.
- Edification is therefore impossible without humility, teachability, and
Edification is the key to the
proper function of the local church.
- 1 Corinthians 14:12, “So also you, since you are eager to
have the function of spiritual gifts, seek to abound in spiritual gifts that
edify the church.”
- “So also you” is a Greek idiom that should be translated,
“this applies to you.”
- The Corinthians were all eager to get the gift of tongues
because it was spectacular, and then they could assume they were spiritual.
- “Seek to abound” means you should give precedence to those
spiritual gifts which result in edification.
- 1 Corinthians 14:26, “When you assemble, let all things be
done for edification.” There are a number of ways in which we worship God, but
they must all relate to our spiritual growth. Everything in assembly worship
should be done with a view toward the objective, which is edification. The
objective is to communicate doctrine, the purpose of which is to produce
- The key to the operation of the local church is
edification. Edification, or the advance to spiritual maturity, is the
objective of the Christian way of life.
Edification follows the pattern
of the priority solution.
- Priority #1 for edification must be perception,
metabolization, and application of the mystery doctrine for the Church Age.
This demands concentration under the ministry of the Holy Spirit inside the divine
power system. Therefore, when doctrine is taught, concentration means there can
be perception through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
- As you give Bible doctrine #1 priority in your life, you
organize your life around priority #1. Therefore, you have an organized life
and your life is in order. This means you always give proper time to the
perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine.
- As you learn doctrine your thinking inevitably begins to
change; there’s a “renovation of your thought” (Romans 12:2). Therefore, you
begin to organize your thinking around priority #1. The more doctrine you
learn, the more you organize your thinking around doctrine.
- Mechanically, that means you use the ten problem solving
devices of the protocol plan of God. As these problem solving devices are
developed in your mind, you concentrate on executing the protocol plan through
the doctrine you have learned. That is how you construct the edification
complex of the soul.
- The purpose of the spiritual
gift of pastor-teacher is found in Ephesians 4:12, “for the purpose of
equipping the saints, for the production of Christian service, for the
edification of the body of Christ.”
- The “saints” refer to the Royal Family of God with emphasis
on the baptism of the Spirit, which forms the royal family.
- “Equipping” is the function of the pastor who, through
teaching the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, is able to see people grow and
become invisible heroes.
- All believers (saints) are in full-time Christian service
from the moment of their salvation. Christian service is the normal result of
spiritual growth but never the means.
- Edification is the execution of the protocol plan for the
Church Age and subsequent manufacture of invisible heroes, resulting in the
glorification of God.
- The spiritual momentum of the
believer comes from the teaching ministry of the pastor. Ephesians 4:16,
“Because of whom [Lord Jesus Christ] the entire body, being joined together
[baptism of the Spirit] and being inculcated by every joint of supply [pastor-teacher]
on the basis of the operational power [Holy Spirit in divine power system], in
measure one [pastor-teacher] for each part [of the royal family of God]; he
himself [pastor-teacher] causes growth in the body, resulting in its
edification by means of virtue-love.”
- The function of the body depends upon the proper use of
joints. Athletic coordination depends upon the proper use of the joints.
- So in this analogy of the pastor to the joints, it is the
pastor-teacher who gives the body of Christ its function on earth by supplying
- The result of the communication of doctrine is the
construction of an edification complex in your soul.
- Virtue-love includes three problem solving devices.
- Personal love for God the Father is motivational virtue
and motivation for perception of doctrine.
- Impersonal love for all mankind is functional virtue. It
gives one the ability to listen objectively to a pastor-teacher regardless of
- Occupation with the person of Christ is the ultimate.