Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Appreciating God requires spiritual self esteem.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
While suffering, our enemies, and spiritual warfare are necessary for our application of the spiritual life, the real spiritual life centers completely on our relationship with God.
Without a strong, personal, and social relationship with the Trinity we would never be able to handle any suffering or battles.
We could consider our relationship with God to be primary and the things in this world and in the AC that strengthen that relationship to be, while necessary and vital, but secondary.
“Blessed” - eulogetos. This is actually taken from the participle eulogeo (eu = good or well; lego = to speak), which means to praise. As an adjective eulogetos means “worthy of praise and glorification.”
To be ready to appreciate eulogetos one must have completed at least the first stage of spiritual adulthood, SSE.
At SSE you have capacity for category #1 love, personal love directed toward God.
At SSE you begin sharing the happiness of God. This begins with contentment, which becomes spiritual capacity for life, love, and happiness in every circumstance of life. This includes your stress, disaster, calamity, and pain which all of us have sooner or later in life.
At SSE is the beginning of true humility as the base for the Christian way of life.
At SSE there is professionalism, which is understanding the mechanics of the Christian way of life: mechanics related to your very own portfolio of invisible assets, the ten PSD’s, and everything God has provided in grace.
Professionalism demands integrity. Integrity is the spiritual strength to execute the mechanics you have learned.
There must be a perfect coordination and synchronization between these 4: love for God, sharing the happiness of God, humility, and professionalism.
This coordination leads to integrity, which makes you a winner and begins the road of SSE.
SSE is characterized by courage, poise, composure marked by self-assurance. This poise means humility, which is the foundation for coordinating professionalism and integrity.
Once you have this capacity you begin to appreciate the fact that the members of the Trinity are worthy of praise and glorification and that the capacity for this comes from what the Father has provided by way of spiritual food.
Food is converted into energy in the human body; spiritual food is converted into energy of the soul, the ability to truly appreciate who and what God is.
Therefore it is a miracle of grace that we in our souls as believer priests have as the highest function of our priesthood eulogetos the ability to appreciate God.
The call now is that you have the opportunity to appreciate God in time from spiritual growth.
REV 4:10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
REV 4:11 "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created."
They not only worship and recognize these attributes of God but support their worship by recognition of the fact that God is the sovereign Creator of the universe and, as such, is sovereign over all of it.
The 24 elders are representatives of the church. They sit on thrones around Christ’s throne which is promised to the winner believer in REV 3:21.
These are winner believers who have enjoyed victory in the AC in time and are representatives of the church, possessing the authority that comes with that victory for all eternity.
The number 24 represents the entire priesthood. 24 was the number of choruses into which the Levitical priesthood was divided (1Chron 24:1-19) and so this number represents the whole of the priesthood of which these elders represent as winner believers.
Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.