Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 54. A slave and an heir are exactly alike while the heir remains a child or a minor.
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Point 12. The Existence of Free Will in the Human Race and how it Perpetuates the Angelic Conflict.
A slave and an heir are exactly alike while the heir remains a child or a minor.
While the heir is in his youth or immature, there is no difference between him and the slave.
As long as the heir is a minor, he has no advantage over the slave, though legally he owns the entire inheritance.
There is no difference between the heir and the slave because the heir has not recognized all the assets that belong to him.
Even though the heir has a fantastic portfolio of assets of great wealth, he does not act any different than a slave because he does not know, recognize, appreciate, or utilize those assets.
Before born again believers reach spiritual adulthood and understand the divine solutions, they act exactly like unbelievers.
There is no difference between a carnal believer in his walk or his conduct of life and an unbeliever when you are not cognizant or do not utilize the divine solutions which are at your disposal.
Being in union with Christ, we are joint-heirs with Christ, and are therefore adopted at the moment of salvation,GAL 3:26.
The lifestyle and the character of the heir begin to radically differ from the character and lifestyle of the slave.
2PE 3:18 grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When you begin to learn about the divine solutions for your life (that takes a lot of training in the mind of Christ) and then utilize the divine solutions, that is when you as an heir begin to radically differ from those who are not heirs.
They do not have the divine solutions to operate quietly in, so they have to use a lot of chatter because they are no different from their unbeliever counter-parts.
The ministry of the pastor-teacher is to get the born again believer out of the experiential stage of slavery and into the experiential stage of heirship and sonship where there is liberty and spiritual freedom.
“God has four classes of intelligent creatures in His universe - angels, Gentiles, Jews, and Christians - and there is more difference to be observed between Christians and either Jews or Gentiles than between angels and Jews and Gentiles.”
“Should this statement seem extreme, it must be because the true and exalted character of the Christian is not comprehended. No angel is a son of God by actual generating birth from above, nor is any angel made to stand before God in the pleroma or the fullness of Christ, JOH 1:16, which fullness is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, COL 2:9-10.”
The born again believer’s recognition of his sonship and union with TLJC and his exploitation of the divine solutions from living the unique spiritual life are what experientially sets him apart from both the unregenerate man and the carnal Christian.
EPH 6:10-11 Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Take up and put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
As a born again believer, there is nothing that separates you from an unbeliever experientially until you take up the divine solutions by learning them, and put them on by utilizing them.
The angels are blown away at the fact that there is more similarity between the angels and the unbelievers than between the angels and the believer who lives the unique spiritual life of the Church-age.
The mystery doctrine of the Church-age is the means by which ordinary people can become invisible heroes and glorify God as a witness for the prosecution against Satan and all the fallen angels and have a tremendous impact which will be recognized in the future ages forever and ever and ever.
2CO 6:9 unknown yet well-known,
Point 11. How God is Glorified in the Angelic Conflict.
Point 12. The Existence of Free Will in the Human Race Perpetuates the Angelic Conflict.
Because of this, blinding you from the real reason why you are here, and taking you away from the pastor-teacher assigned by God to teach you the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, ACT 20:28, is the intent and objective of the deceptions from the kingdom of darkness.
As a true friend, he speaks very highly about John in this passage.
This is a metaphor for a person who is made to waver or sway or to vacillate under the pressure of difficult circumstances.
If those who went out to see John in the wilderness expected to see someone who buckled under pressure, that expectation was bound to be frustrated.
MAR 1:6 - John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist.
In the devil’s world and the angelic conflict, a believer will come into times of great perplexity and adversity and persecution, as Paul said.
PHI 1:29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
2TI 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live [eusebeia] the unique spiritual life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Some of the most humble people on earth were like Moses and John the Baptist, who were very commanding, very authoritative, and very outspoken at times.
A lot of believers have problems with doctrine because doctrine always exposes the plastic pseudo stereo-type Christian who lacks individuality.
They generally concludes that the goal of the Christian life and spirituality is living moral, but it goes way beyond morality into spirituality.
Sweetness of personality and morality of life are his superficial concepts of what it means to be a Christian.
If the kingdom of darkness can get preconceptions into the minds of God’s people, especially concerning the one who is to teach them about God, then personality and lifestyle become the issue rather than the message.
Lewis Sperry Chafer - Volume 4, p. 223 - Warning against False Prophets.
“Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (MAT 7:15-20).
The warning to the children of God under grace is against false teachers who are to be discerned by their doctrine concerning Christ (2PE 2:1, 2JO 1:7-11): never by their lives; for outwardly, false teachers are said to be directly under the power of Satan who himself appears as an angel of light (2CO 11:13-15). The attractive personality of the false teacher affords great advantage as a background for the appeal he makes for his doctrine.”
God uses men of all kinds of personalities - Amos who was a farmer, Daniel, who was a scholar, Jeremiah who was very young when he was called into the ministry and tended to be emotional at times because of his patriotism, Isaiah, who was an ambassador for a king, Ezekiel who was a gruff or harsh character.