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Abraham reveals the importance of the application of doctrine. Part 5.

Sunday, June 9, 2002

The Doctrine of Application. Point 2. Application of Doctrine is the Only Way to Handle People.

Our Lord is going to do something to separate those who are serious students of the Word of God from those who want all the nonsense that religion and the dog and pony show offers.

You give a command that will separate those who are serious students of the Word of God from those who want all the nonsense.

“You need to take in the word of God daily.”

MAT 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits.”

Use your time, talent, and treasure to glorify My Father.

2CO 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be face to face with the Lord.

A place described as a place of torment, LUK 16:28.

A place where desire is never met, LUK 16:24.

A place of unspeakable misery - everlasting fire, MAT 25:41.

Where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched, MAR 9:44.

The lake, which many believe to be a liquid form of lava, which burns with fire and brimstone, REV 21:8.

A bottomless pit, REV 9:2. Outer darkness, MAT 8:12. Fire unquenchable, LUK 3:17. Furnace of fire, MAT 13:42. Blackness of darkness, Jud 13.

He does so, not because there is something wrong with going to funerals, but His omniscience knows this man is in bondage to people and he needs to be released.

LUK 9:62 “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

It conflicts at this point with a higher calling.

“First” - proton - adverb of priority = let me do what I want to do first.

He must get to the funeral because of what people think, but he must not leave our Lord thinking evil of him also, so he seeks to be excused.

1. This disciple became entangled with and distracted by public opinion.

2. Public opinion is only a force for good when it is related to truth in three categories: The laws of divine establishment, the Gospel, and Bible doctrine.

3. “Vox populae vox diabolus” = “the voice of the people is the voice of the devil.”

4. If he failed to attend his fathers funeral, his family, friends, and society would not understand.

5. This person thinks more about people than he does about the Lord; therefore he fails people testing.

6. As long as there was no conflict it was convenient to follow the Lord, but now that there is a conflict it becomes inconvenient.

Our Lord knows all the facts and commands him to go to the other side, and the Lord is not unfair or unjust.

This man, in LUK 9:60, is already a preacher; he has enough doctrine to preach the Gospel, but he is too concerned about what others think.

This disciple does not have the moral courage necessary to face the ridicule of his friends and the condemnation of society.

Follow me - pres-act-imp = akolouthei = enter the ship, put doctrine ahead of your earthly commitments.

This man faces a subtle problem of good versus good.

Our Lord is saying, “Let the (spiritually) dead bury the (physical) dead.”

The reaction factor in personality conflict becomes a source of great irritation and misery to most believers today.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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