Divine Good vs. Human Good by R.B. Thieme, Jr.Aug 2nd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Religion
(April 1, 1918 - August 16, 2009)
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Before you begin your Bible study, be sure that, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have named your known sins privately to God (1 John 1:9). You will then be in fellowship with God, under the control of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and ready to learn doctrine from the Word of God.
If you are an unbeliever, the issue is not naming your sins.
The issue is faith in Christ:
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
The Judgment of the
Believer’s Human Good
The fire is going to test (evaluate) the believer’s works and will destroy all the wood, hay and stubble (human good). The fire is divine judgment. “If any man’s work abide…” (verse 14). This is divine good; this is everything the believer does when filled with the Spirit; this is everything performed in the power of the Spirit. “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” Just think! The edification complex is the result of the GRACE apparatus for perception given to every believer (doctrine going into the mind through the filling of the Spirit, transferred by faith into the human spirit, and exhaled out the left and right banks of the soul toward God and toward people) - no works actually; and yet we receive a reward which will glorify God!
Divine good is recognized by God, divine good is pleasing to God, and divine good is rewardable. BUT…”If any man’s work shall be burned (this is the wood, hay and stubble), he shall suffer loss (loss of reward): but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by (through, literally) fire” (verse 15). In other words, all human good is going to be judged. When the believer arrives at the judgment seat of Christ, the first thing that happens is that all of the human good of his lifetime is destroyed! No believer can live in eternity with any human good.
The Means of Producing
The next verse follows in this context very logically: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you” (1 Cor. 3:16)? It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to produce divine good. But there are certain things which can be either divine or human good, depending on the means by which they are performed.
One of the greatest tragedies in the Christian life is that, as believers, we are so often doing things which we think are divine good, and should be divine good, but our ignorance or our deliberate carnality (as the case may be) is rendering them only human good. For example, the giving of money: you can give money to a church and everyone says it is a virtue. Or you can offer prayer, and people say, “h, isn’t that wonderful! He prays so beautifully.” You can attend church, and someone will tell you, “That’s great!” You can even witness for Christ, and do many other things, and they are all considered good.
But when you do these things, they can be either human good or divine good, depending on who controls your life. “Know ye not that…the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” If you do these things in the power of the Spirit, they count as divine good. If you do these things in the energy of the flesh (old sin nature), they count as human good. you can give ALL your money to the poor, you can give ALL your money to the church; but if you do it in the energy of the flesh, it will not be credited to your account as divine good! It is wood, hay and stubble. And so again, it isn’t WHAT you do, but WHO
CONTROLS YOU WHEN YOU DO IT. God may use it, and He always blesses His Word; but it is not rewardable for the believer who does it in the energy of the flesh.
This is how you take your own happiness wherever you go. If you’re controlled by the Spirit, if you are taking doctrine into the mentality of the soul and by faith it is transferred into the human spirit, you’re going to carry your own happiness wherever you go, because you will have that edification complex of the soul! Whether you are at a party or find yourself in the valley of tragedy, you will be exalted; whether you are in a place of prosperity or in a place of testing, you will always have this marvelous inner happiness, which belongs only to the believer with an edification complex.
Bible Doctrine, The Only
Now here is the principle of the grass and flowers of the field (Isa. 40:6): HUMAN GOOD is like the flower of the field. All of these beautiful flowers are here for a moment, and then they are gone; they make a great impression at the moment, but they do not last. And that is what life is like. People are doing things which make an impression for the moment, but their works have all disappeared. Caesar made an impression, but it has gone. The greatest men in history have made an impression through their good, but it has vanished.
But you, as a believer in Jesus Christ, can today, tomorrow and the next day and the next, do things which will count for all eternity. Long after history books have been burned and destroyed and when all history is in its true divine light from the Word of God, the divine good of the believer will be made manifest. Yet you don’t have to wait until then - you can see it now; and you can make your life count!