The Dove Bible Study

Bringing Glory To God Is Your Goal

[Under Construction]
We Are Always Improving Our Site For You!
Under Construction Just Like Me!

To Go To The DOVE BIBLE STUDY Home Page Click Here





he victory of Christ is our victory.  Jesus Christ in you is your Hope of Glory.  The promise of reconciliation with God is the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.  Jesus wants to exchange our strength for His Life.  We exchange our ‘self-life’ for life walking in the Spirit.  The reason is clearly seen in Gal 5:17 that Paul wrote to Christians,  ‘For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.’  God wants to set us free and give us control of our life-body, soul, and spirit in the power of His resurrection.  He is our God and wants us to draw our life from Him through the Holy Spirit.   Gal. 6:8 states, ‘For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.’

          There is truly nothing to fear for the Christian who understands his birthright.  We know the truth about our 'self'; we are dead to the power of sin and death.  There is nothing to fear in death because God unites us in Christ's eternal life. 

          God wants us to exchange our ‘self’ life for a life with Christ at the center and on the throne of our heart.  This is God’s solution to the self-life.  He promises to: work all things out for our good, give us the fruit of the Spirit, the peace of God, strength and meet all of our needs.  These promises we see in the following Scriptures: 


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. -- Rom 8:28

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.- Gal 5:22-23


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -- Phil 4:6-7, 13


And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. -- Phil 4:19


‘For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’- Galatians 5:13-14

          God set us free from the bondage of necessity for approval from men.  Do not let anyone or anything persuade you into thinking that the prison we escaped from still holds any power over us.  Since we are in Christ we are free to obey and serve God with all our heart, soul, body, and spirit. God's passionate love for us should lead us to obedience through gratefulness. We can always have a thankful heart and reason to praise God if we see the true light of the gospel and refuse to deviate from the stunning inherent freedom in it.  It is for freedom’s sake that Christ set us free, Gal. 5:1..

          Our freedom in Christ is the result of understanding that faith alone in the work of Christ is the source of salvation.  This knowledge should result in a thankful attitude, gratefulness, and freedom.  Knowing that nothing can add or detract from our standing ‘in Christ’, we finally understand the heart of the Gospel, the Good News.

          The simplicity of the Gospel of Christ is that God transforms us.  God gives us a renewed heart and spirit.  The new birth and Christian life is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Our spirit is complete; our new life ‘in Christ’ begins when the Holy Spirit brings us direction for our new found liberty and freedom from the power of sin.  We do not need anything else; God completes the work in us ‘in Christ’ through the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work.  We cannot improve on something that is finished.  ‘It is finished!’  The atonement for sin is already complete!

          Jesus bought us with a price and our life is not our own.  We see the truth in 1Cor 6:20, ‘For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.’  Again God's Word declares that we are to allow Jesus to live through us, Col 3:1-4,  ‘So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.’

          Walking in the Spirit is a direct result of trusting Christ Jesus to live through us with power from the indwelling Holy Spirit.  It is the result of directing our conscious minds unto Jesus, the Spirit stirring up our praise and worship, and allowing the Word of God to be engrafted into our hearts and minds.  The will and purpose of God for His children are simply to find their identity and life in the power and authority of Christ Jesus.

          We rarely view our needs through the eyes of God.  God's answer to the human condition was to give the person of His Son as a sacrifice.  Religion and psychology can only treat the symptoms.  Through the death of God's only begotten Son He provided the divine solution for sin which is a change of heart and a renewed spirit.

          Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  The life that is in Christ Jesus is eternal.  Our eternal life became a reality when we accepted God’s offering of His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior.  As we stay connected to the vine, His Spirit in us will produce the abundant life.  The fruit of the Spirit will be spontaneous to fulfill the will of the Father as we walk in Him.  As He abides in us and we abide in Him, Jesus promises that we will bring forth much fruit.  When we trust Christ to be our life and give up on our own strength and efforts, the life of Christ in us will cause fruit to be produced in our lives.  Are you ready to give up on yourself?  God's will for your life is to allow His Son

to live through you!

          The Word directs us to look unto Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.  The focus of our everyday lives is to actually encounter Jesus Christ through the gospels as the indwelling Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding. Our lives should always center upon our relationship with Christ.  When we look unto Jesus, we discover a life of righteousness and peace.  When we look at our relationship in Christ, we discover the new creation in us and the Cross that delivers us unto the death of our self-life, the flesh. 

          While the law accuses us of sin, the gospel directs us away from ourselves and unto Christ who is able to set us free, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. --Jn 8:31-32, 36

          The Christian who wants an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ grows by daily communion and revelation of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit relates the person of Jesus Christ in our day to day existence.  





n order to experience a Victorious Life let’s take a look at what God has done.  God gave us the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.  Eternal life is life in Christ since He is the beginning and the end.  The victory is being placed in Christ by God, 1 Cor.1:30.  What the term ‘eternal life’ means is that our existence is totally of God through the Lord Jesus Christ.  We know this since Christ is eternal and He has an eternal life, without beginning or end, ‘He is the way the truth and the life!’  The meaning of eternal life is simply the life of Christ, the Son of God.  He is God, and is eternal life in Himself, and therefore we are eternal, since we are in Christ by God’s doing. 

          Jesus Christ came into the world having an eternal life before He became the Son of Man.  He died and then returned to heaven at His ascension to continue that eternal life as Lord of Lords and King of Kings, at the right hand of God the Father. These Scriptures give testimony to the eternal life we receive ‘in Christ’:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life; the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us; -- 1 Jn 1:1-2


And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. -- 1 John 5:11-13


And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we

may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. -- 1 John 5:20


          The current meaning of the Cross to most people is that Jesus died for our sins.  Since Christ paid for your sins, are you aware that God will never punish you for your sins?  So your life will never change, since God has placed you ‘in Christ’.  Yes, God placed you and I in Christ and we have become part of the eternal unchanging Christ. ‘Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever’.– Heb 13:8.  Do you understand that when Jesus died for your sins you are guilty of in your past as well as every sin that is in the future?  It is absolutely necessary that you know in your heart that your relationship cannot be jeopardized by sin anymore since you have entrusted your life to the Lord Jesus Christ!  No one can pluck you out of His hand.  Amen!

After Jesus died, they buried Him.  Then Jesus rose from the dead, and His existence continues forever in the future.  God also created you and me, placing us in Him according to the Scriptures.  Therefore our existence continues ‘in Christ’ into the eternal future.  Although Christ's life never changes, your soul (feelings, thinking, choosing) may change, or your body will change, yet your life ‘in Christ’ will never change.  God created us ‘in Christ’ in the Eternal Past to live through Him into the Eternal Future.  We see God’s testimony of our eternal existence ‘in Christ’ in the following Scriptures.


For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. -- Col 1:16-17


Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -- Phil 2:9-11


Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross. -- Phil 2:5-8


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. -- John 1:14


For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, -- 1 Cor. 15:3

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 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, the eyes of your understanding 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, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.- Eph 1:15-19





o practice Christianity takes an endless commitment to change and growth.  The journey is a continuum; an apparent headlong venture into the thoughts and intents of the heart.  I am guided by reason, logic, and intuitive recollections from countless scriptural studies to living consciously and with integrity before God and to know Him as I am known.   By the grace of God, I will live in Him.

There is an art to living passionately.  To know the master of our soul, the helmsman of a sacred trust, and His purpose for our life imposes a responsibility upon our shoulders.   We are to live out our vision to the fullness of God’s mercy, grace, and truth.  Our previous existence without Him is mediocrity; knowing His will is going to take our new existence to magnificence.  In the eyes of the one true God and Father of us all, I am His child.

The work of conversion for our soul brought an awareness of our being that caused the spirit within to be stirred from a slumber near to death.  Suddenly, almost instantaneously, there are choices to be made in the light of revelation shown upon the once darkened corridors of a dead consciousness.  Awake from the passivity to take control of the journey.  Prepare to depart and give your life for these purposes.  1) to bring glory to God;  2) to live a life that will bring glory to His name;  3)  by living for God’s purposes in life;  4) to live within the known will of God with integrity; to be conscious of the world and the impact upon it;  5) to take responsibility;  6) to accept myself and let people know my inner self;  7) and, to love myself and experience God’s grace toward myself.

The Spirit of Christ within is undaunted by the selfish nature of man.  God’s purpose is to bring man to the throne of grace and freely submit to the Lord of Glory.  We need to know God since we are to worship Him in spirit and truth.  We cannot worship He whom we do not comprehend nor understand.  Thus, the revelation of God to the inner man is the beginning of spiritual truth and understanding.  In that God reveals Himself to man is the revelation of the nature or character of God.  As us our consciousness of God one of His works for there is little reason to believe mankind would seek the creator of His own volition.  As disobedient children we ran from our parents and so we run from God.

The edifice to man’s intellectualism is seen the degenerative effects of his own self-destructive nature, the inherent carnal nature referred to as the flesh.  Whether the progenitors live good moral lives or are culpable they provide a dysfunctional atmosphere to rear children in.  The offspring are not innocent either, nor willing to serve anyone besides the false identity of the carnal nature until they are regenerated by God.

The corrupt nature or flesh is problematic to the counseling professions, secular and Christian.  From a Christian counselor’s point of view, the secular professions that deal with behavior modification, cannot and do not address the root cause of a client’s problem.  The problem is the nature of the client.  Until their spiritual death is undone by addressing their human nature there can be no transformation.  The counselor cannot take someone where they have never been.  The only knowledge that the secular world may convey is empirical, where experiential knowledge is required, and the Holy Spirit empowers the encounter by active intervention to change the nature of the client and create a suitable habitat within for the Holy Spirit’s everlasting presence.  For in the inwrought working of the Holy Spirit at conversion, the spirit of man is regenerated unto a holy estate, which is fulfillment of the prophetic promise.  In one intimate moment the unholy becomes holy, a vessel approved of by God, worthy of His everlasting residence.  We are the chosen ones, the sons and daughters of God, to be led unto heavenly battlefields for the souls of the lost and downtrodden.  We are to be the emancipators, to declare liberty to those who were once captive to the fear of death and hell.

The Holy Spirit empowers Scriptural counseling.  The encounter is a Sovereign act.  The Holy Spirit is an active participant in the intervention.  God changes the nature of the believer and creates a suitable habitat within for the Holy Spirit’s everlasting presence.  In the inwrought work of the Holy Spirit at conversion, the spirit of man is regenerated unto a holy estate, which is fulfillment of the prophetic promise.

In one intimate moment the unholy becomes holy, a vessel approved of by God, worthy of His everlasting residence.  We are the chosen ones, the sons and daughters of God, to be led unto heavenly battlefields for the souls of the lost and downtrodden.  We are to be the emancipators, to declare liberty to those who were once captive to the fear of death and hell.  We have overcome the world and the devil 'in Christ'.