These are my notes, taken from the lectures by Richard Murray for anyone who might be interested to read them.
Note: it is long but print them out and read them slowly: the lectures ran for about 4-5 hours over 2 days which is why there is copious amounts of notes. If there is anything you do not understand, then just ask. All scripture is taken from his favourite version NKJV, the easiest to read word for word translation I am aware of.
Paul prayed for the church, which has faith and a love for the saints, to have a Spirit of wisdom and revelation; that their eyes would be opened. It is God’s wish.
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your 6understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
God has given us all things, including exceedingly great promises that we can escape evil and take on his divine nature. His divine power, creative, explosive power, has been given to us.
2 Peter 1:2-4
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 3corruption that is in the world through lust.
There are some things that we do not know, and they belong to God, but the things revealed are for us and our descendants, should we choose to take on those things.
29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
God has a purpose for you. He wants you to live an abundant, blessed life, and full of his Holy Spirit. His purpose will be worked out wherever you are. The general plans of your life are your decision (where you work, what you wear, where you live) We all have free will.
He will work in your life towards a purpose that you have set, coming from a heart that is after Gods.
This hope that he gives you is not a wishy washy pie in the sky type of hope, Like I really hope this comes into being. The hope he gives has confidence, determination. Hope keeps us alive and bubbles up on the inside like an unstoppable geyser, through this darkness.
He has an inheritance in us- good deeds, and he is waiting to collect on that inheritance. His exceedingly great power is available for our use in order for us to do good deeds.
We were created in the Image of God, each of us have a Spirit, Soul, and Body. The spirit of a man is not a soul of a man, they are two separate parts.
English Word Spirit, Soul, Body
Greek Word Pneuma (breath, wind-this is what enters the throne room of God)
Psuche(psycology, mind, will and emotion)
Soma(it’s like a taxi cab the body gets us from one place to another)
God wants to make us Holy, his fire will burn off any of the garbage around our lives. He wants to sanctify us. Set us apart for his purposes( which may or may not include cleansing) He puts us in his cupboard until he needs us. If we are dirty, then he gives us a good clean.
1 Thessalonians 5 :23-24
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify 7you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
God will do it. He will sanctify us. Clean us. It is totally his responsibility. We don’t have to do any effort at all. Isn’t this liberating? It does not depend on our faithfulness at all, only on he who is completely faithful.
Word for word translations of the bible such as the KJV and NKJV have anything to do with our spirit in the past tense because it has already been accomplished, but anything which is pertaining to the soul is always put in present tense.
46 And Mary said:
t“My soul 9magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
Her soul Magnifies, and her spirit has rejoiced.
We must strive to enter into God’s rest. Our spirit is already content and at rest in God. It is our souls that are up and down and battered down here. We must strive to reach an equilibrium with our spirit and Soul. That is how God desires us to live. And how we access his power.
God’s word is what cuts to heal, like a surgeon’s scalpel. It is sharp. Effective. It will separate the soul and spirit down to the joints and marrow (physical body) It will bring healing.
Our spirit is our life. When God created Adam, the physical body was completely perfect, but there was no life in it until God breathed his life giving spirit into man. Then his soul was created.
And the Lord God formed man of the hdust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
The words that God speaks to us, who are his children, are Spirit and Life. It is one of the biggest points of difference to what the enemy says to us and a key way in determining if something is of God or it’s not.
The Cross of Jesus and already set us free. It has been done. It is finished. But it is the truth that continuously makes us free.
The purpose of this course is to bring us into maturity and learn biblical sonship.
Peter walked on the water and his eyes were on Jesus, Jesus told him to come and gave him a word into his spirit. He got out and walked on the water. But he looked at the waves. His external situation and began to sink because he let fear into his thinking. He shifted from living on the word from his spirit given by God to the external circumstances of his soul, and men can’t walk on water in the real world so he sank.
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw 5that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
The spirit: this is where our communion with God is, where he speaks to us. It is our conscience, our intuition, our sixth sense. Our spirit is like a radio
God’s spirit is the signal, which is broadcast all over the place, but he cannot pick it up unless we tune our radio (spirit) into his signal. We need to discern what is being said to us. What is the source? Is it the soul or is it the spirit. These need to be divided. And that is why we need to be in the word constantly.
We need to get out of the airy fairy nonsense because it will not feed you. It belongs in the soul realm. We must stir ourselves up. Thoughts (spirit), from our spirit from God, and are consistent with the will and word of God, activate our emotions (soul) and end up with us taking action(Body). This is how the miraculous happen.
Bless athe Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Hear David here stirring his spirit up. It matters not what his external circumstances are( they belong to the soul)
We (our spirits) have been seated in Jesus Christ in heavenly places. Heaven is not a geographical location, it is a spiritual dimension. This has been done already. As is all things which pertain to our Spirit.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together min the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
By his stripes we were healed. It is already done on the cross. We only have to see it worked from our spirit through our soul and body.
1 Peter 2:24
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose 7stripes you were healed.
God’s word impregnated into the heart of a believer is explosive. We can plug into universe forming power. It is The same Power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Our responsibility is to bring the new birth and life of our spirit into our soul and body so everything will be in harmony and it matters very little what happens to us here on Earth.
Car plus Petrol will get you somewhere.
Body plus Spirit creates a soul. One without the other is useless.
Our spirits are already saved by God. It is his job alone. Our job here on Earth is all about saving our own souls.
(Strange concept to those who are under the impression that the soul and spirit are the same thing)
19 By your patience possess your souls.
Or we shall win our souls in another version.
1 Peter 1:22
“You have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren”
We must purify ourselves.
1 Peter 1:9
“receiving at the end of your faith- the salvation of your souls.”
The Christian life is nothing but a process by which we save our own souls. Otherwise how does this make any sense?
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
It is our responsibility to except the word into our lives which is able to save our souls. This is talking about a continuing work for Christians who have already been saved.
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entered into that within the veil.
The hope we have is an anchor for our souls. Stops them drifting away.
The difference between Body, Soul, and Spirit.
The spirit says I have been saved from the penalty of sin. Happens when we believe.
The Soul says I am being saved from the power of sin. Happens in our Christian walk.
The body says I will be saved from the presence of sin. At his return when we get new bodies.
The spirit says I am completely justified.
The soul says I am being sanctified.
The body says I will be glorified.
Let’s look at the deliverance from Sin of our soul.
There is a fire triangle If you have Fuel, Oxygen, and a Spark or ignition- the you have a fire. Take any one of these elements out and the fire will go out.
A sin triangle is very similar. If you have the presence of sin (in this world it is unavoidable) a physical body, and an unregenerate spirit, then you have the three elements to create sin’s dominion.
Take one of the elements out and Sin cannot have dominion any more. In Our case God has crucified the old man, our unregenerate spirit, on the cross with Jesus, and when he raised Jesus from the dead, we were also raised.
But if we continue in sin even though we have been set free from it, it becomes our master even though it has no legal basis to hold us.
The Path of freedom:
knowing this, that jour old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be 1done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
We should KNOW that our old man is dead.
Likewise you also, 3reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We should RECKON (an accounting term) ourselves. Consider ourselves free from it. Stop stressing so much about it and constantly giving sin our attention. God has already dealt with it. It is not our problem any more.
And do not present your members as 4instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as 4instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you,
Last step is to present our bodies to God for being used for good purposes by him.
Want to be free from the junk? Any junk? Know that Jesus died and we died with him. Just consider ourselves free from it and move on. And then use our bodies to glorify God. The sin will drop off and you will be free from it, unless you decide to go back to it, but that is never the plan.
We can never fall from salvation because we are born again of incorruptible seed. This seed cannot be corrupted.
1 Peter 1:23
having been born again, not of 2corruptible seed but 3incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides 4forever,
Spiritual death is the absence of spiritual life. Adam, when he sinned, died spiritually because he cut himself off from the source of all life.
It’s a bit like flowers. When you cut them they still look okay, but as time passes they fade and whither. Just like Adam. Just like us. God could not commune with Adam or us for that matter because he had been cut off.
But at salvation, God has given us a brand new spirit and now we can commune with him. We now have a new source from which we can draw revelation and knowledge from. Our perfect and saved spirit connects with his. We have been grafted back into the life source and it is now our responsibility to let it outwork into our soul and physical body.
God has reached out to man through Jesus which is the whole point of Christianity. Every other religion is man’s efforts to reach God.
God wants all of us to be confident of our salvation.
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Beloved, now we are children of God; and we have not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
We are the children of God and we shall take on his characteristics.
In Jesus we died when he died, our old man was crucified, all our passions and lusts.
Now we have a brand new spirit. We are a different creation. We are new. We are free to walk in the spirit.
Our own life is like a tree, sin or righteousness are the fruit. We waste all our time picking up the rotten fruit off the tree. We need to realize that God has already dealt with the sin fruit by getting rid of the root. Just concentrate on producing good fruit and the bad fruit will eventually drop off. Relax about it and live in the spirit.
Jesus didn’t catch any ones diseases (and he dealt with lepers and such) they caught his health. Doesn’t matter if you see it manifest right away or not. The sun still shines on a rainy day, it is just hidden for a time. Have persistence and patience and the clouds will part and it will shine upon you again. You just might need to wait a season.