Intensive training is the first thing a soldier undergoes after enlistment in the military. Like a boot camp.
Likewise, the first thing all believers need is spiritual training accomplished through the intake of Bible doctrine.
As believers, we are to be armed with the full armor of God.
On Friday, I pointed out to you some principles on truth and today I would like to press upon some principles on Integrity.
So, without getting into detail, I’m going to give you a few corrected translations this morning from our pastor teacher, pastor Robert McLaughlin.
We are going to look at Ephesians 6:13-14 from Pastor’s Christian Soldier book and if you want to check it out for yourself or do a deeper study on these principles- you can go to our website gbible.org and read the book right now online, or order a hard copy, free of charge as with all of our materials –
Please note the corrected translation of Ephesians 6:14
EPH 6:14, “Hold your ground therefore, after you have buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth [a reference to the perception and application of Bible doctrine] and [after] having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
Now, the point emphasized in these verses is that there is a great and powerful enemy kingdom surrounding you.
This kingdom is doing its best to stop you from going forward in the plan of God for your life and to hinder your spiritual growth.
This kingdom is called “the kingdom of darkness” and is controlled by your adversary, the devil, in 1Peter 5:8.
Satan is a very powerful king ruling on earth with a desire to first seduce and to ultimately defeat the believer.
The potent spiritual attacks from Satan and his “kingdom of darkness” are why so many believers are seduced today.
The god or king of this world, Satan, continually throws the darts of his many philosophies at the believer until he finally sees one hit the target – which is the soul.
The good news is that the bible gives us clear instructional spiritual training on how to handle these battles.
EPH 6:14, “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness…”
The principle developed in verse 14 is the integrity of the believer.
Christian integrity is commanded as a part of the Predesigned Plan of God.
So how does the believer attain integrity?
There are three concepts given in this passage which shed light on Christian integrity.
The three concepts are as follows:
Truth is Bible Doctrine, we just saw that.
This takes place over a period of time, perception of bible doctrine, and just attending bible class may get you allot of truth.
Truth metabolized is Knowledge.
Then it affects your thinking.
With volition, positive volition, you can think Bible Doctrine truth.
Ok, is that all?
What about mechanics?
Study to understand the Spiritual mechanics, spiritual skills and power options like the filling of the Holy Spirit and perceiving Bible Doctrine in the soul.
It is mechanics that builds and strengthens knowledge (experiential learning) and validates thought.
So, the first requirement for Christian integrity is a proper understanding of the truth.
Personal knowledge of truth allows the believer to think truth.
Then, When the believer “thinks truth,” he comes to the point of personal integrity.
And Integrity is also key to the Christian way of life, not legalism, not social arrogance, not service.
Sadly, Christianity in our day and age has become a disaster.
Why is this?
Because there is one thing missing from the life of the average Christian – integrity.
And The lack of integrity is due to a lack of humility; integrity necessitates humility.
Sadly, we live in a time of arrogance and subjectivity.
There is no humility in the Church today.
And A lack of humility signifies that there is no relaxed mental attitude by believers and no teachability in believers.
The average Christian today does not want to be taught.
He wants someone to compliment him and tell him what a great believer he is because of his service.
There is nothing wrong with Christian service, per se.
There is nothing wrong with a prayer meeting.
There is nothing wrong with fellowship.
But, if you participate in these activities without integrity, then they are wrong.
And a right thing done in a wrong way is wrong.
PSA 15:2, “He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness [produces divine good] speaks truth in his heart.”
Without integrity there is no Christian way of life.
And it is teaching, teaching, teaching that builds integrity. Integrity is greater than morality.
And so you must have integrity first!
In the Christian way of life, the first integrity that you reveal is the integrity that you display when you assemble in church for Bible class.
We must be teachable.
We must listen to the pastor-teacher, or whoever your pastor teacher allows to speak under his authority.
And we must do this with concentration and without disturbing others.
You must be filled with the Spirit.
BUT you must learn and apply promises (Faith Rest Drill) and learn and apply God's commands.
You need to learn to be Grace Oriented and continue the intake of Bible Doctrine.
This is the recipe to achieve virtue, integrity, truth etc.
Teachability is just the beginning of spirituality because it is the means by which the believer moves towards integrity.
Genuine integrity leads to personal love for God.
Because Genuine integrity means that you are teachable.
It means that you are objective, not subjective;
therefore, you can be taught to love God in the proper manner.
The only way you can love someone you have never seen is to learn all about who they are.
Thus, Personal love for God in the Christian life is only accomplished by metabolization of doctrine, metabolization of Truth.
And here is a great question: What doctrine should the believer learn first?
He must learn those things that give him a love for God.
But, a person who is ignorant of Bible doctrine cannot possibly love God.
Because Love requires thought.
Love is a system of thinking!
The thoughts that you have, your frame of reference, determine the love you will have for those in your life.
And thought has content.
In the case of loving the Lord, metabolized doctrine is the content of thought.
Now, all of these points are in view in our passage, Ephesians 6:14.
Let us briefly look at several definitions of integrity to prepare ourselves for further analysis of our study.
As given by our pastor-teacher, the corrected translation of verse 14 reads, EPH 6:14 “Therefore, hold your ground after you have buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth, and after you have put on the breastplate of righteousness.”
The “breastplate of righteousness” refers to the Christian soldier’s integrity during spiritual warfare in the Angelic Conflict.
Integrity begins with the believer’s relationship with God; Without a proper relationship with God, there can be no genuine integrity in life.
This brings out an important principle that we should apply to our own lives when dealing with people who are not believers -- and believers who do not live the spiritual life, -- the point is that We must be cautious and use discernment when dealing with such people, and that is because they lack integrity.
JOB 8:20, “God will not reject a man of integrity, nor will He support the evildoers [those under the influence of evil].”
All of this information comes from our pastors book “The Christian Soldier” -- and we will be covering this entire book after we finish the prophecy study because our pastor believes that -- it is so vitally important - for the believer - to execute the spiritual life, -- right now more than ever before – throughout all of his years of teaching…
EPH 6:13 reads, EPH 6:13 “Because of this vast demon organization, pick up and put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to hold your ground in the day when evil attacks you, even after you have achieved or accomplished everything, hold your ground.”
Even once you have gotten to where you were going, HOLD YOUR GROUND!!!
Even when you think you have made it and you accomplished it all, HOLD YOUR GROUND!!!
And Ephesians 6:14 so far reads, EPH 6:14 “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness…”
So what is the essence of the integrity described by the Apostle Paul in this passage?
There are countless definitions and descriptions of integrity that are available, but let us look at integrity as defined in Scripture.
One of the best definitions of Integrity is “the spiritual strength to put into operation that which one claims to believe.” Repeat.
Put it this way: Integrity is truth in action!
David wrote in 1Chronicles 29:17,
1CH 29:17 “Since I know, O my God, that You test the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things;”
In a pressure situation, an individual with integrity willingly puts into operation that doctrine which he claims to believe.
In fact, The believer’s integrity is one reason why God brings a believer certain tests, tests of the doctrine that is in his heart (right lobe of the mind).
Now, all integrity is related to truth.
As Ephesians 6:14 records, All biblical integrity is based upon truth, EPH 6:14.
This Integrity not only involves learning the truth, but living in the truth and telling the truth.
Loyalty to the truth, then, is the simplest form of integrity.
The more complicated form of integrity involves the entire lifestyle of the believer.
Often, the proper lifestyle of the believer has been described as morality, but that is not correct.
The proper lifestyle of a believer is personal integrity based on truth.
A believer can be very moral and still have no integrity.
We just saw that in our prior study on Friday with the apostle Paul in Romans 14 where the mature believer should avoid tension created from issues of what is right and what is wrong, concerning areas the bible is not crystal clear in…
In fact, arrogance and many other mental attitude sins arise from a believer’s morality via the “holier than thou” syndrome.
This fact does not imply that morality is sinful.
Instead, it simply warns the believer that The blind arrogance of morality often produces the arrogance complex of sins.
This falls under the term “COSMIC ONE”
in Pastor’s term book, (you can also check these out for yourself right now on our website, gbible.org along with all of our other books)
Cosmic One consists of grieving the Spirit.
In Cosmic one the believer becomes involved with sin or preoccupation with self, which is the arrogance complex of sins, hence exiting the predesigned plan of God (PPOG). Out of fellowship.
But for those of you who are new to bible doctrine, we want to reassure you, by the literal Grace of God, there is a way out to recovery: Once in cosmic one believers only need rebound, 1JO 1:9, to get back in fellowship with God.
So, let us close with a few biblical principles concerning integrity and how it is developed in the believer.
Integrity, then, is a system of thinking.
- There is no integrity without truth. JUD 9:16; PRO 2:7; PSA 15:1-3
Truth must come before integrity, just as the belt of truth must come before the breastplate of righteousness.
- Integrity reveals respect for God. And not only does integrity indicate a believer’s respect for God, it produces confidence in the believer, JOB 4:6.
- Integrity in the believer is the basis for God vindicating that believer from his enemies, PSA 7:8; PSA 26:1, 11.
- Integrity is also the basis for “blessing by association,”
The blessings that a believer who lives in integrity receives overflow from his cup (his capacity for blessing) and spill over to others around him, PSA 23:5.
PSA 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
His Royal title, “King of Kings, Lord of lords”; without which we could not become the body of Christ, the Church, and a Royal Family of God!
1Pe 1:20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
1Pe 1:21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
We should NEVER come accustomed to or take what we have received, by means His Grace, for granted, we must BE humble, to grow and operate in His Love.
The attributes of God = the characteristics and qualities of God or what makes Him who He is.
Colossians 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
Romans 6:5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
1Sa 2:2 “There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.
Lev 19:2 “Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
Deu 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (NIV)
God is Perfectly Good in that all of His Attributes are PERFECT and IN AGREEMENT WITH ONE ANOTHER. TRUTH.
PSA 25:8,9 Good and upright is the LORD;
Therefore, He instructs sinners in the way (Truth). He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
“HE IS INFINITELY, ETERNALLY, AND PERFECTLY LOVING AND JUST.”
God’s Goodness is expressed through His Love, not only in His Giving, but also in His Forgiving.
PSA 130:4 If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that is why you’re worshiped. (The Message Bible)
God’s Goodness allows you to trust and have hope in Him!
Pro 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
PSA 100:5 The Lord is good. His faithful love continues forever. It will last for all time to come. (NIV)
Zec 13:6 And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’
The mention of these wounds, harmonize with the piercing before (Zec 12:10) and the smiting of the Good Shephard which follows in (Zec 13:7). (nails, spear or sword)
PSA 22:16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
A band of evildoers has encompassed Me;
They pierced My hands and My feet.
Acts 10:39 We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.
Phi 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
John 20:27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving but believing.”
This Prophecy and fulfillment taken together, tells us how Jesus Christ came by the wounds; He received them as a “false prophet”.
Mat 26:63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Mat 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”
John 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
John 20:27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Jesus Christ graciously, in His Goodness, handles Thomas by singled him out from the rest of the disciples.
Jesus Christ demonstrates a perfect attribute by addressing Thomas personally, saying,
“Reach here with your finger, See My hands,”
The print of the nails, (wounds) are evident and should satisfy the questions of unbelief that Thomas was struggling with.
Jesus is saying “Keep moving forward Thomas” – Trust in Me!
John 20:25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.
Eze 34:16a “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick;
Rom 15:1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
The Lord has instituted an ordinance on purpose to keep his death in remembrance, The Communion or Lord’s supper.
Remembering Him, “Proclaiming the Lord’s death” can be simulated into what Thomas experienced,
The prophecies fulfilled and Christ’s faithfulness to His people, should give us Hope to attest all these things about Him are True, to the entire world.
- Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a colt (donkey).
Prophesied: Zec 9:9
Fulfilled: Mar 11:7-11; Mat 21:1-11 (v4-5)
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
“Rejoice” = gheel or gool = to spin around with gladness; to be exceedingly glad; take part in another’s joy.
“Greatly”, (as an intensive) = meh-ode = louder and louder; beyond measure.
“Behold, your king comes to you” … not a king, but Your King, the Messiah, comes to you in the city, Jerusalem.
“He is just and endowed with salvation,” =
The King brings with Him, Justice (Righteousness) and has the saving work.
Isa 32:1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, And princes shall rule in judgement.
- “JUST” can be seen here for the coming of their King in righteousness would be, to sinful man, a cause of fear and not of joy.
- “JUST” would be welcomed and cause for joy for the believing man, due to the ushering in of the long-awaited Promise.
Luke 2:10,11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Psalm 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
Zec 9:9c Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
‛ânı̂y (aw-nee') = afflicted, humble, lowly, needy, poor
Isa 53:4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
Mat 11:29 .., for I am gentle and humble in heart,… Mat 8:20b .., but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.
2 Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
He will come peacefully, lowly, but in the tradition of kings.
7 They brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it.
8 And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. 9 Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:
“Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.
Exo 12:3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household.
John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Jesus comes in pure humility, having emptied Himself, making Himself poor and lowly.
1 Chronicles 16:35 Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name, And glory in Your praise.”
Christ would seem to appear in His glory; however, it is in His meekness, not in His majesty.
Jesus is meek not only as a Teacher or Prophet, but as a Ruler, because He rules by LOVE.
Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
1 Peter 1:19 but with precious blood,
as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.
“Hosanna” = “save now” or “Save, we pray thee”; used as an exclamation of adornment.
Mat 21:11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”
John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
Mar 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.
Christ Purpose is for the encouragement of lowly, poor lost souls to be able to attach themselves to Christ.
Another Prophecy fulfilled giving us a beautiful painted picture of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Humble Servant King!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
Another Prophecy fulfilled giving us a beautiful painted picture of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Humble Servant King!
The closing moment of this message is for anyone that does not know TLJC and needs a Savoir. To those who can hears my voice now or something that was said in the message today to change your thinking about God, I’m here to tell you God loves you with a divine love and He knows that you are a sinner, He wants to be your Lord and Savior and wishes that none would perish. It is a private matter between you and Him. So, if you recognize this, I urge you don’t delay, today is your day of Salvation … you can tell God the Father directly, by forming the words in your thoughts only, that you recognize you are a sinner and you need a Savior, and you are believing on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for it says in Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Let’s take that moment now to allow anyone that opportunity …
Almighty Father, if anyone has acted on these words that have been spoken and they have Believed on your SON, the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, we ask you to bless and guide them as they move forward growing in Your Grace and we welcome them into the Royal Family of God. May you bless the remainder of the service, In Your Son’s Precious Name, Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN. Thank you!
Amazing Prophecies fulfilled by our Lord on the Cross.
Here’s a list of 29 of these Prophecies I have taught and we have looked at over the years. And remember the odds of one Man fulfilling even 2, let alone 29.
Here are 29 Prophecies fulfilled by the Cross.
- The first prophecy, the oldest of all, had been given by God at the time of Adam and Eve’s sin.
Prophesied: GEN 3:15
Fulfilled in JOH 12:31-33
- The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was foretold by David.
Prophesied: PSA 41:9
Fulfilled: MAR 14:10-11
- Jesus Christ would be forsaken by His disciples, as prophesied by Zechariah.
Prophesied: ZEC 13:7
Fulfilled: MAR 14:50
- The price of His betrayal (30 pieces of silver) was also foretold by Zechariah.
Prophesied: ZEC 11:12
Fulfilled in total accuracy: MAT 26:15
- Zechariah also foretold what would be done with the betrayal money.
Prophesied: ZEC 11:13
Fulfilled: MAT 27:3-7
- Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would be sacrificed as the Passover Lamb of God.
Prophesied: ISA 53:7.
Fulfilled: 1CO 5:7, 1PE 1:18-20
- Isaiah also prophesied the scourging and mocking and physical abuse that He would suffer.
Prophesied: ISA 50:6
Fulfilled: MAT 27:26-30, MAT 26:67
- David would also prophesy His physical abuse,
Prophesied: PSA 22:17
Fulfilled: MAT 27:26
- David prophesied the shame and dishonor that Jesus would suffer, being condemned as a criminal.
Prophesied: PSA 69:9, PSA 19-20
Fulfilled: MAT 26:55
- There would also be cruel and lying witnesses against Him.
Prophesied: PSA 35:11
Fulfilled: MAR 14:55-57
- Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would not make an effort to defend Himself at His trial.
Prophesied: ISA 53:7
Fulfilled: MAT 27:13-14
- Isaiah also foretold Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as the sin offering for the world.
Prophesied: ISA 53:4-6; 10-11
Fulfilled: JOH 19:16-19
- Isaiah had prophesied that He was numbered among the transgressors or lawbreakers.
Prophesied: ISA 53:12
Fulfilled: LUK 23:32-33
- David prophesied that His hands and His feet would be pierced.
Prophesied: PSA 22:16
Fulfilled: MAR 15:25, JOH 20:25-27
- The parting of His garments was also prophesied by David.
Prophesied: PSA 22:18
Fulfilled: JOH 19:24
- David prophesied that they would give Him vinegar to drink. |
Prophesied: PSA 69:21
Fulfilled: MAT 27:34
- David also prophesied that many would be watching Jesus during the crucifixion.\
Prophesied: PSA 22:17
Fulfilled: MAT 27:36, LUK 23:48
- The Bible says that among those watching would be our Lord’s family and friends, who would stand at a distance.
Prophesied: PSA 38:11
Fulfilled: LUK 23:49
- Some of His observers would shake their heads at Him.
Prophesied: PSA 109:25
Fulfilled: MAT 27:39-40
- The words of His enemies were prophesied by David.
Prophesied: PSA 22:8
Fulfilled: MAT 27:43-44.
- Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would make intercession for sinners. This intercession began even during His crucifixion.
Prophesied: ISA 53:12
Fulfilled: LUK 23:34
- David prophesied the thoughts of Jesus at the height of His suffering.
Prophesied: PSA 22:1
Fulfilled: MAT 27:46).
- Zechariah taught that His body would be pierced with a spear.
Prophesied: ZEC 12:10
Fulfilled: JOH 19:34-37.
- David prophesied that Jesus would commit His spirit to God.
Prophesied: PSA 31:5
Fulfilled: LUK 23:46
- David also prophesied our Lord’s last words on the cross.\
Prophesied: PSA 22:
Fulfilled: JOH 19:30
- As no bone of the Passover lamb was to be broken (Exo 12:46), not a bone of His would be broken.
Prophesied: PSA 34:
Fulfilled: JOH 19:32-36
- His burial in the tomb of a rich man was foretold by Isaiah.
Prophesied: ISA 53:8-9
Fulfilled: MAT 27:57-60
- Nailing of Jesus’ hands and feet;
Prophesied: ZEC 13:6
Fulfilled: JOH 20:27
- Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a colt (donkey);
Prophesied: ZEC 9:9
Fulfilled: MAR 11:7-11