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The Angelic Conflict. Part 27. Is the Giver of grace more important to you than His gifts?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
January 25, 2006

Point 5. Satanic and Demonic attacks during the Church-age.

Blameless = he was a spiritually mature believer.
Upright = his victories in spiritual growth.
Fearing God or respecting God = his personal love for TLJC.
He turned away from evil = illustrates his grace orientation.

EZE 14:14, 20 -
Job, Noah, and Daniel represent three of the greatest believers of ancient history.

Satan’s first assault and the result of Job’s first test are found in verses 13-22.

We have four great disasters in which Job has lost something: his children, his work-force, his friends, and his wealth.

Verse 22 - he did not blame God, revealing the fact that the whole purpose of Satan causing this suffering was to make a creature blame the Creator, as Satan does.

Any believer who reaches spiritual maturity is qualified to be presented as a witness for the prosecution.

Neither his personal love for God nor Job’s integrity has been defeated by Satan’s cross examination.

Chapter 2 - Satan does not admit that he was wrong about Job.

Satan’s blind arrogance has led him to the conclusion that he not only knows better, but is better.

Satan is saying that the first test did not include loss of health and if God would just take away his health that Job would collapse and fail.

There is no one who is more inconsistent in his thinking than the super-genius of all time, Satan.

In this second test, Satan was able to inflict upon Job loss of health, but he was not allowed the power to take his life.

Satan is the source of certain diseases,
JOB 2:6-8; MAT 12:22 cf LUK 13:16; ACT 10:38.

“Present” - jatsab = to take one’s stand or to set oneself against another, to oppose.

That is very important in understanding what it means to glorify God in the angelic conflict - there is no reason for it!

This is evidence testing and suffering for blessing for no reason except the glorification of God (the main reason why we are here).

Flesh and bone is mentioned because Job has the doctrine in his soul to combat against the physical pain.

When a believer has the doctrine and has attained what Job has attained, that believer has what it takes to handle and pass the test.

Whenever there is any physical pain, emotional pain, mental pain, and loss of health, Bible doctrine in the soul is far far greater.

One of the greatest moments of spirituality in all of human history was when Job felt so bad, emotionally and physically.

Bible doctrine that you have accumulated in your soul, metabolized doctrine, is far greater than any adversity of life.

The comforting thing is this, we may not be able to handle this now, but when you can handle it you will have the experience!

Not only is he in pain but he is also socially ostracized.

What brings out the best in Job brings out the worst in his wife.

Manhood is not muscle and macho, manhood is integrity.

He is going to accept this as a gift from God just as he accepted all the prosperity - that is a great man.

They are willing to accept the prosperity that God gives, but they are not willing to accept the suffering that God allows.

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