Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 12, 2019

Many believers come to the wrong interpretation of a passage because they believe a certain doctrinal principle without having the doctrinal principle even mentioned in the passage that they are studying.

I would like to ask all of you a very simple question that demands some sort of answers on your part if you are searching for truth.

There are many believers who believe in certain doctrines and who try to make a verse say what they want it to say to back up their ignorance of the Word.

These types of individuals pick a subject and then they look for scriptures to back-up what they believe.

We should learn what the verses and passages say and teach us first, then we should allow the Word of God to dictate to us the correct interpretation of the passage.

Question: Would you agree with the fact that the Bible says things just the way our Lord desires those things to be said?
Question: Do you believe that it doesn’t matter what is said, all that matters is that we are sincere when we say it or teach it to others?

And I would submit to you unless your sincerity is accompanied by
Truth, it is nothing but sincerity; JOS 24:14.

JOS 24:14, Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

This is literally saying to put away or do away with the gods which your fathers served [Demons and Cults] beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

Question:  Do you believe that all believers should be accountable for what they hear?

Question:  Do you believe that the Lord has made available everything that a believer would need to fulfill the Word of God?

Question: Do you believe that a person can be saved or born again simply by asking Jesus into their Heart?

Question: Or, do you believe that a person can be saved or born again simply by asking Jesus into their life?

Question: Do you believe that if a passage is dealing with a certain subject that is very important for the believer to understand, that it should say exactly what the Lord wants to say to all of us.

There are many pastors and many believers who believe that the Bible reveals the principle of Tithing or giving God 10% of everything that you have made since the last time you gave.

Jews -  both believers and unbelievers --  are taught that if they give God 10% of everything they have made or earned, that God will bless those who Tithe and also those who give with the proper motivation.

"Well, What’s the problem then?"

"Well, What’s the problem then?" Tithing was never a form of grace-giving to God and to His people,  Tithing is paying the taxes that both believers and unbelievers owe to the Lord and the Levitical priests.

Tithing and Grace-giving is not a command for the Jews only, but Tithing is unbelievers and believers to pay their taxes and then secondly, to give to the Lord in both the natural and spiritual realm.

The natural = Tithing
The spiritual = Giving

Beginning in MAL 3:6 where we read about God’s faithfulness to the Jews and why they were not destroyed when they went astray and failed.

"sons of Jacob,"  = He wasn’t judging them but trying to guide them so that they could be changed from being a Jacob (liar and deceiver) to becoming an Israelite or named Israel which means  "a Prince with God."

Jacob had been striving to get to know the Lord so that he could get blessings from the Lord and also to become intimate with the Lord; GEN 32:24.

Israel also means that He Will Be a Prince with God.

GEN 32:30, So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved."

"I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved" -- refers to the Doctrine of the Trinity and the Doctrine of Divine Providence.

There is a distinction between tithes and offerings.

In the time of apostasy in Israel the citizens, both the believers and unbelievers, failed to pay their taxes and believers were not fulfilling their obligation in spiritual giving as well.

Tithes refer to a system of taxation that both believers and unbelievers were to pay, whereas the offerings can refer to the animal sacrifices that the Jews were to offer to the Lord and His servants.

Do not deny your fellow believer, male or female, the privilege of giving and the blessings that result from having a gracious attitude in the realm of giving; ACT 20:35. 2CO 8:5  and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

Do you believe that there are certain subjects in the word of God that are very vital and important for the believer to obey what the Bible says concerning the subject that is in view.

Do you believe that there are certain doctrinal principles that are much more important than other doctrines?

Do you believe that salvation is one of those doctrines that the believer cannot afford to mistranslate the passage or the verse in question?

Do you believe in the salvation that our Lord has provided for us and why it must be taught precisely and accurately?

Do you believe that there is only one way to salvation, faith alone with Christ alone.

Over 120 times the word believe (only) is related to how an individual can become a Christian.

The Bible is a book that you and I can read and understand that I believe gets right to the point if you are available to be taught precisely and without compromise.

Do you believe that giving is a very vital subject to master and where there are no excuses one can give for not being blessed for their attitude when it comes to giving.

JOH 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Giving is related to so many other Biblical doctrines that two chapters in Second Corinthians are necessary to adequately cover its relationship to the spiritual life; 2CO 8:1-9:15.

Giving includes your attitude, your viewpoint, the condition of your soul, the giving of yourself and of your capacity to give as well as of your possessions.

Billions and billions of years ago God knew that, because of the angelic conflict, the function of giving would be attacked both within the local church and in the secular world.

Many people give because they think that God is a "genie" who will give them what they want because they gave a certain amount in the collection plate = wrong motivation.

What do all of the principles that are involved in salvation really teach and reveal?  

They teach the importance of being accurate and right to the point without using semantics but instead they reveal the exact way to be saved.

In JOH 15 = be on the alert because of the false doctrines that apostate believers promote especially those who distort the real truth involved in salvation and rebound and recovery; JOH 15:2-6.

Rebound and Recovery
Giving of Self; 2CO 8:5 -- they gave themselves first to the Lord
Eternal Security

What happened to believers in the OT who refused to follow our Lord’s commands of Tithing (taxes) and Grace-giving (reciprocation) for the spiritual truth that men of God give to every generation.

To rob from the Lord means that both bels and unbels refuse to pay their taxes and refuse to give double honor to those individuals who have been laboring in the spiritual realm just for you, as a believer.

1TI 5:17, Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

1TI 5:18, For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

The average believer has problems with their finances and are under a curse in the realm of giving and receiving,  because they refuse to follow our Lord’s commands when it comes to giving and receiving.

LUK 6:38, "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

He also said in ACT 20:35 that  "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

In the time of apostasy in Israel the citizens, both the believers and unbelievers, failed to pay their taxes and believers were not fulfilling their obligation in spiritual giving as well.

Tithing (a system of taxation for both believers and unbelievers, it has nothing to do with grace-giving.

These are actually a principle that the apostle Paul warned the believers in Ephesus about concerning divine discipline, not losing your salvation;
EPH 4:17-19.

One (suffering for blessing) glorifies the Lord as He releases escrow blessings to the winner believer while the other (suffering for divine discipline) is a manifestation of the "love of God as a Father."

EPH 4:18, being darkened in their understanding" = their soul is filled with darkness and  counterfeit in the light of blackness;

The believer is said to be "excluded from the life of God"  = cut off from fellowship with members of the body of Christ.

"because of the ignorance that is in them "= the false doctrine that they have been receiving.

because of the hardness of their heart; = the hard-heart filled with apostasy.

EPH 4:19  and they, having become callous [scar tissue is built upon scar tissue and around the soul].

"have given themselves over to sensuality" = they are controlled by their emotions and feelings.

for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness = resulting in the fulfillment of lust built upon lust.

We are in union with the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, we also have been elevated above all angels, chosen and elect, fallen and condemned.

Our Lord’s victories in the Angelic Conflict gave us the absolute confidence that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us and has provided for us the "All Things" that we need to glorify our Lord.

JOH 14:27, "Peace He leaves with us; A peace that He gives us; not as the world gives, does He give to us but a peace that He says, "Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."

JOH 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

ACT 9:31 it is a peace that believers enjoy, as they are being built up; and, going on in respecting the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it (the early Church) continued to increase.

In ROM 12:18 it is a peace that If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Ultimately, it is a peace according to the Word of God" that is "alive and powerful" or even "alive and Cooking."

It is also a peace that is revealed in two major chapters in the book of Hebrews, chapters one and two; HEB 1; HEB 2. God never said this to angels, but He said this to a member of the human race, our Lord Jesus Christ, who God has raised and elevated above all angelic creatures as a member of humanity.

Who are these ministering spirits or angels who are sent out to render service [serve, honor, and obey] for the sake of those [believers] who will inherit salvation [believers of the Church-age].

Just reading this section of the word of God is a phenomenal manifestation of the grace of God elevating members of the human race above angelic creatures.

We do acknowledge that there are also "guardian angels" who have been assigned to believers who will inherit salvation as well as receive divine blessings as a part of their inheritance or escrow blessings.

Angels have been assigned to protect and provide for members of the human race as they did for our Lord Who desires to glorify our Lord; MAT 4:11.

MAT 4:11, Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

In MAT 13:49, Angels also will separate the wicked from the righteous as they get the "Millennial Reign" ready to be ruled by our Lord Jesus Christ for the next 1,000 years of "Divine Government."

MAT 18:10,  "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven = these are elect angels who have been made holy by our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is also true that angels were used as "spiritual ubers" to transport members of the human race from a compartment in Hades all the way to mansions in Heaven; LUK 16:19-31.

Prin: Spiritual truth is revealed by spiritual convictions.

Prin: Spiritual truth is manifested by the "Divine Inspiration" of the Word of God followed by the Divine Recognition of grace and knowledge which is motivated by the love of God; 2CO 5:14.

2CO 5:14, For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;

Angels also function as "Angelic Conflict Transportation" as our Lord told us in LUK 16:22, "Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom;

1CO 4:9, For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death because we have all become a spectacle or literally we are on a stage for both angels and to men.

We are also told that angels observe both winner believers and loser believers concerning the rules found in the early Church;
1CO 6:3.

1CO 6:3  Do you not know that we [winner believers of the Church-age and the winner believers in this life] that we live shall judge angels?

HEB 13:2, Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

EPH 2:6; 1PE 3:22, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

The word descendant is in the singular which refers to our Lord Jesus Christ and then remember that what happened to Him will happen to us.

It is because of this doctrinal truth that we all need to be on the alert about concerning the only reason why we have been elevated is because of our union and our position in Christ; 2CO 5:17; GAL 6:15.

2CO 5:17, Therefore if any man is [notice the phrase "en Christou" which means that the believer is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

The apostle Paul is using this passage to reveal the importance of the Cross and the result of what happens to believers concerning the new spiritual species also known as the new creature.

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