Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, July 31, 2016

1CO 4:15  For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

MAT 23:9  "And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven."

And so I quote HEB 4:12, 2TI 3:16-17 and 2TI 2:15 in honor of Colonel Thieme for he would quote those passages for years before every one of his services.

In a recent survey it was reported that the majority of the American people continue to be hungry for basic answers and simple solutions.

On July 18, an Afghan refugee in Germany used an ax and knives to slash and wound train passengers while shouting Allahu akbar "Our God is greater."

In a world where ISIS,  the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibly after a follower of Islam drove a cargo truck into a crowd in France murdering 84 people including 10 children, three Americans, and injured over 300 others.

In a world where almost 300 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded in bombing attacks in Baghdad.

A world before that, where radical Islamists in Bangladesh killed 20 hostages, including three American college students.

A few days before that, at the Istanbul airport in Turkey, ISIS attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 44 people and injured hundreds more.

Last month, a radical Islamist in Paris stalked a French police officer to his home where he murdered the officer, tortured his wife to death in front of the 3-old-son, while streaming it all on social media.

Two days before that, an attacker pledging of allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, and wounded dozens more.
In a world where if we were to give you the proper statistics hundreds of thousands of Christians have been murdered since the beginning of this century, which the media doesn't tells us about.

One analysis estimated…since January, 2015, some 30,000 people have been killed at the hands of terrorists.

REV 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
It is the best seller of all time because it is brilliant on the basics and simple with the solutions needed in a complicated world.

JOH 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
If you look closely at verse 12 you will see the things that it does and at verse 13, why it works.
diikneomai - to reach through, i.e. penetrate.  It's interesting that one of the definitions is that it moves through a three-dimensional space, which I believe can refer to the body, soul and spirit.

PRO 3:8  It will be healing to your body, And refreshment to your bones.

PRO 2:10  For wisdom will enter your heart, And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

PRO 20:27  The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

The word of God cuts through the garbage; the fog; the excuses; the rationalization; it cuts through the tradition.
The second thing that God's word does is that it [the word-not the Christian but the word] judges!
kritikos - judge = to critique, to judge, to discern, or to evaluate.

It works because it is universal in scope.....no one is hidden from God's sight.

It knows everything about us including our innermost secrets and all the skeletons in our closet.

The Word of God works because it is universal in scope and secondly, it is limitless in exposure.
all things are open means all things are uncovered.
laid bare means to be totally and completely exposed.

God's two edged sword reveals the thoughts of your heart and the intentions of your actions.

All scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine,  for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: so that the man {or woman} of God may become mature, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

This verse has to do with the Doctrine of Divine Inspiration.
theopneustos = breathing in and breathing out, and it speaks of the inhale and exhale of the Word of God.

God the Holy Spirit so supernaturally directed the human writers of scripture, that without waving their human intelligence, individuality, literary style, personal feelings or any other human factor,
that God's own complete message to man was recorded in perfect accuracy in the original languages of scripture,  and the very words in the original scripture bear the authority of divine authorship -- this is called verbal plenary inspiration of the scripture.

Verbal means that the Bible in its original words, from first to last, is the exact record of the mind and will of God as he intended it to be.

Plenary means the entire text is equally from God but not necessarily equally important or equally indispensable.

The Bible records human lies and satanic lies, and the erroneous views of false prophets but that is not as important as the doctrine of the hypostatic union or divine power.

MAT 24:35   "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.

JOH 6:63  "It is the spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Inspiration guarantees the accuracy of what is there, but it does not condone or sponsor errors, evils, or falsehood; it merely explains them in detail.

Man is the instrument but not the author of the word of God.

Theopneustos means breathing in and breathing out, speaks of the inhale and exhale of the word of God.

The inhale is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who communicates to the human author God's complete and accurate message to that generation and all future generations of history.

2SA 23:2  "the Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.

ISA 59:21 "My Spirit is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth,

JER 1:9 Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, "behold, I have put my words in your mouth.

MAR 12:36 "David himself said in the Holy Spirit, 'the Lord said to my Lord," sit at my right hand, until i put thine enemies beneath thy feet.'"

ACT 28:25  "The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,

The inhale in theopneustos is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who communicates to the human author God's complete and accurate message to that generation and all future generations of history.

The exhale is what the human writer wrote down in his own language and within the framework of his own personality, the divine message to man.

The greatest profit and wealth in the world is contained in the Bible.

For correction -  what a lot of us don't like.

For training in righteousness -  a reference to training which produces integrity

The believer will be proficient, capable, mature and equipped for every good work.

Prin - Without doctrine there is no legitimate Christian service.

Your spiritual skills must precede your production skills for the performance of divine good.
Inspiration guarantees that the canon of scripture or the Bible is accurate.

Inspiration guarantees that all believers in all dispensations will always have a clear revelation of the plan of God for their lives.

JOH 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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

JOH 12:48 "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

2TI 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires;

PSA 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust;

PSA 119:89   Forever, o Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

PRO 13:13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, but the one who respects the commands will be rewarded.

PRO 16:20 He who gives attention to the word shall find prosperity, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

ISA 40:8  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2TI 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

The pastor is responsible to communicate the information to the believer so that the filling of the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine in the soul makes the advance to maturity possible.

1CO 3:16   Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you?

JOH 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."

The indwelling of the spirit is permanent, it is something which every believer has.

You do not grow because of the indwelling of the Spirit, you grow because of the filling of the Holy Spirit, EPH 5:18.

Phillips Translation - EPH 5:18  Don't get your stimulus from wine, but let the Spirit stimulate your souls.

Bible doctrine is transferred from the written page to the believer's soul by Bible teaching from one's right pastor‑teacher.

Since the Holy Spirit works through the word of God in the Church- age, the vacancy of doctrine in the soul creates a demand for the perception of doctrine.

No believer can attain spiritual maturity and become an invisible hero or spiritual champion and glorify God apart from PMA of BD.
The Bible is our textbook, but the gift of pastor-teacher is designed to communicate the specifics of the mystery doctrine that causes spiritual growth.

Since every believer is a royal priest and represents himself before God, it is necessary for him to understand the system of delegated authority whereby he receives his spiritual nourishment and which causes momentum in the PPOG.

Joints and ligaments are to provide motion, coordination, strength, and body action.

Joints and ligaments cannot refer to TLJC because Christ is the head of the body, which is the Royal Family, EPH 1:22-23; EPH 5:23-24; COL 1:18.

Joints are those parts of the body where bones or elements of a skeleton join. Joints permit motion and coordination of the human body.
Ligaments are tissue used to connect joint extremities and ligaments can also be tough tissue used to support an organ of the body in its proper place.

This includes the joints and ligaments which are born again believers who function under a spiritual gift which provide what joints and ligaments are to provide for the body.

They provide motion, coordination, strength, and body action.

Different parts of the body represent the variety of differences among believers from the standpoint of spiritual gifts, growth, progress, function, and personality.

In the natural realm, joints provide the unity of the body and give it cohesion, because joints are the point of contact and the connection between various parts of the body.....and so it is in the spiritual realm.

The word "joint" does not apply to the evangelist, but only to the pastor-teacher, the one who communicates doctrine for the body's spiritual growth.

The casting director is God the Holy Spirit.

LUK 6:40  "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

This does not have to with his lifestyle, nor his personal opinions or his personality but his attitude toward doctrine as the apostle Paul teaches us in PHI 3:15-17.

Only the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher is equipped to dig out the truth of the mystery doctrine and communicate it to you.

COL 2:19  from whom the entire body, by the joints and ligaments being supplied and held together, grows with a growth which is from God.

a. Joints fasten one member of the body with another, therefore, the communication of doctrine from the PT is the only basis for true unity in the body of Christ, EPH 4:13.
b. Joints refer to the point of contact that TLJC, the head of the body, uses to communicate with his own body and therefore the teaching ministry of the pastor-teacher.

c. Joints provide the nourishment, proper function and unity in the body of Christ.
d. The communication gift of pastor-teacher is designed for the "edification" or the "building up" of the body.

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