Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

2008 San Francisco Conference. Part 4.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Though the Christian life begins with sitting, that sitting is designed to result in walking.

It is now a matter of walking by means of faith and applying the privileges that are found in the doctrine of sitting as well as the invisible assets of God from the power of the Spirit.

Paul does not ask the believers in the first three chapters of Ephesians to start walking in the spiritual life but just to listen while he teaches the marvelous doctrines of the PPOG.

Our escrow blessings in EPH 1:3-4.
EPH 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
EPH 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,

EPH 1:9 He made known to us the mystery of His will,
EPH 1:11 we have obtained an inheritance,
EPH 1:23 we are His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all.

EPH 2:6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places,
In Eph 3 Paul tells us about mystery doctrine and then the doctrine of the angelic conflict.

Sitting describes our position with Christ whereas walking in the spiritual realm reveals our condition and belief toward what we have been taught.

As individuals who are citizens in heaven we are required to reveal that citizenship from above by our earthly lifestyle and conduct.

Sit – Love ourselves
Walk – loving others
Stand – Resisting temptation even from our enemies by loving them.

“To conduct yourself appropriately as a member of royalty” –
points to those standards of aristocracy that the Royal family should live in.

Then Paul proceeds in the light of this heavenly calling, to challenge us in the realm of our relationships with one another.

He addresses the subject of our neighbors, husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, all in a very realistic way.

The Royal Family of God or the Body of Christ is not something obscure and unreal; it is to be expressed in terms of a supernatural life.

For while it is true that we are citizens of heaven; it is no use just to talk about it but instead it is time to walk the walk.

Not all the scribes and the Pharisees were wicked; there were some who were straight, but not many.

The Pharisees were basically the religious spiritual leaders.Â
The Sadducees were primarily into politics.
 The Scribes were those who guarded the O.T. Scriptures and were considered the experts or the theologians of the Law.

1. The “shoulder” Pharisee, so-called because he wore his good deeds upon his shoulder and paraded the good that he did.
MAT 6:16 “and whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”

MAT 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”

2. The “Procrastinating Pharisee”

3. The bruised and bleeding Pharisee who thought it was a sin to look at a woman, and therefore whenever women were around he would bend over and close his eyes and he kept running into walls.

4. The hump-back tumbling Pharisee.
 He was called that because he wanted to demonstrate his humility, so he slouched way over and bent his back and walked around all day in that so-called humble position.

5. The ever reckoning Pharisee who kept count of all of his good deeds so that he’d know what God owed him in terms of blessing.

6. The “fearing” Pharisee who did what he did because he was scared to death of going to hell and being judged.

7. The God-respecting Pharisee who did what he did because he thought it was right to do it, and he had integrity to some extent!

1. They lack authority
2. They lack integrity
3. They lack compassion
4. They lack spirituality
5. They lack genuine humility

(1) In personal love or adoration, the one you love can often control your life or provide for you unhappiness, unless you have at least attained spiritual self-esteem.

(2) In personal hatred or animosity, the object of your antagonism or irritation often has control of your life or happiness, unless you have advanced to spiritual adulthood.

Under the PPOG, God designed His plan so that your happiness will always reside in you, and you do not depend on people or things for your happiness.

You are supposed to have personal control of your life, a personal sense of destiny, self-confidence from metabolized doctrine, and therefore, poise and command of self.

PRO 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

PSA 119:63 I am a companion of all those who respect Thee, And of those who keep Thy precepts.

MAL 3:16 Then those who respected the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who respect the Lord and who esteem His name.

Unless you attain spiritual adulthood, every time you fall in love or acquire a friend, the object controls your life and your happiness.

When you make a friend or fall in love, when you become jealous, possessive, when you hate anyone who has it over you; you have immediately become a slave.

The solution to people testing is found in the combination of personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind.

You do not have personal love for God the Father unless you have impersonal love for all mankind.
ACT 9:4 and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

MAT 25:40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did to Me”
MAT 25:45 “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”

1JO 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his fellow believer, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his fellow believer whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

The solution to people testing is found in the combination of personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind.

Spiritual autonomy or being SSS means maximum problem solving ability because of the presence of divine power in your life.

People who mock are arrogant, motivated by inordinate competition, which is usually from feelings of inferiority compensated by demonstrating a false superiority.

A scoffer or a mocker tries to prove he is better than anyone else.
A mocker or evil man is never straightened out by anyone.

The believer who walks worthy of his calling has the power to stay out of the life of these types of individuals and lets God deal with them!

A wise man is the believer who, having understood his position in Christ reaches spiritual adulthood and has perfect authority orientation due to his impersonal love.

A babbling fool is not someone who talks too much, but a person whose speech is arrogant.

You do not blame anyone for your decisions when you are spiritually self-sustained!

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