Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Angels are rubbernecking to peek at doctrine in your soul. Pastor John Farley.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
February 15, 2007
“Mystery doctrine” – derived from the verb mueo – used here in Phil 4:12.
The suffix “-teerion” is common in the Greek, appearing in words which fix the place of an action or denote a means to an end.
Despite the mystery around where this word musteerion comes from, it is fairly certain that a musteerion is something that calls for silence as its response in the hearer.
1) The baptism of the Spirit.
2) The indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory.
3) The Angelic Conflict.
4) The mystery of adoption.
5) The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
6) The pre-designed plan of God.
7) The mystery of predestination.
8) The unique equality factor of the Church-age.
9) The Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
10) The Royal Commissions for every Church-age Believer: the Royal priesthood and the Royal ambassadorship.
11) The indwelling of each person of the Trinity.
12) The unique availability of Divine Power to execute the plan of God.
13) The Rapture of the Church.
So we are going to spend some time looking at the connections between mystery doctrine and the Angelic Conflict, and between mystery doctrine and the Rapture.
Epithumeoo = to set one’s heart upon a thing, lust after, long for, covet, to desire, to desire to do, and to have eagerness to do so. It is used concerning those who seek things forbidden.
Parakupto = to stoop to a thing in order to look at it; to look at with head bowed forward; to look into with the body bent. Figuratively, it means to look carefully into, inspect curiously. It is used concerning one who would become acquainted with something.
In one rather interesting papyrus from 182 B.C., it was used of a slave who bent over the edge of a flat roof to catch a glimpse of musicians playing in the courtyard.
In some cases it probably referred to the barred windows of the harem, and either women looking out, or men looking in! So here it would denote a stolen and even forbidden, though steadfast glance.
Luke 24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.
JOH 20:5 and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in.
JAM 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Parakupto denotes penetrating absorption: The stretched forward attitude of the body indicates tension and curiosity. It suggests the attitude of the attentive and zealous reader who stoops over the roll of the Torah.
Elect angels observe human history while fallen angels oppose human history.
The concentration and the focus of elect and fallen angels were greater at the time of the Hypostatic Union than at any other time.
In the dispensation of the Church-age, angels observe members of the Royal Family of God in their failure or success to execute the pre-designed plan of God.
Theatron – “theatre.” This states that the apostles were in a theatre and the spectators included angels as well as human beings.
Angels even observe believers receiving commands from headquarters, 1TI 5:21.
The mystery doctrine of the Church Age includes a new phenomenon called Christian marriage.
The love who is God seeks to reach out and extend that love farther and farther, to the farthest reaches of the universe, to the most sinful sinner, the most lost loser, the darkened soul living in the darkest darkness.
Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people.
God became a worm so the worms could be godly.
“The Son of God became the Son of Man that we, the sons of men, might become the children of God.”
This says that God loves the born again believer with the same love with which He has loved the Beloved, His Only Son, from all of eternity.