GRACE BIBLE CHURCH

07-03-2022

PASTOR ROBERT R. MCLAUGHLIN

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Christian Soldier 84, Doctrine Of The Rapture, 11.

 

 

In preparation of our 4th of July celebration of the independence of our freedom which is followed by fireworks, I thought I would teach on the real daily fireworks that exist today which is marriage.

 

And so,

 

Speaking of Jason’s great job on marriage, I figured I begin by commenting on what he really thinks about marriage as and he told me confidentially What he really thinks about marriage.

 

Here’s what he said to me;

 

When should you love thy neighbor?

 

I gave him my answer but he said no!

 

So, I asked him, when should you love thy neighbor?

 

He said, When her husband’s away on business.

 

Then he asked me concerning marriage;

What’s the difference between “incomplete” and “finished”?

 

I gave my answer and he said no!

 

What’s the difference between “incomplete” and “finished?

 

He said, A man without a wife feels incomplete.

Once married, he’s finished.

 

I asked him, what is one of the greatest lessons you have learned about marriage.

 

He said, I have learned that;

 

Behind every angry woman is a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong.

 

Which one of your kids will never grow up and move out of the house?

 

He said --- Your husband.

"It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jason said to his wife as he stepped out of the shower, "it's just too hot to wear clothes today," what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"

 

In her wisdom, Erica said, “what do I think the neighbors would think if you mowed the lawn like that?" = Erica said to Jason, "Probably that I married you for your money."

 

I asked him What’s the difference between “incomplete” and “finished”?

 

He said before you are married you feel incomplete, but once you are married, you’re finished.

 

He said to me, here some good counsel,

 

I say when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, it is love; after marriage, it is self-defense.

 

 

 

Wednesday evening, we finished;

 

Point 10. The place of the Tree of life related to the Rapture.

 

And when you do a detailed study on a subject such as the Tree of Life, there are some principles of doctrine that are fantastic that I don’t want you to miss.

 

And there were two doctrinal principles that we studied Wednesday evening that I thought I would give you this morning in case you missed it by not being here face to face or non-face to face.

 

On Wednesday evening we noted two very interesting principles;

 

The first one is that;

 

  1. The name Eve was not given to her until she became a mother, and we proved that Adam and the woman had sexual relationships and multiplied children while still in the Garden of Eden.

For in; GEN 3:20 we read Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.

 

This took place while they were still in the Garden before the fall in GEN 3.

 

Because when you read in GEN 4:1-2.

 

GEN 4:1 Now the man had relations (Adam had sex) with his wife Eve (the mother of all who were alive at the time), and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord."

 

GEN 4:2 And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

 

This means that Cain and Abel were not the first sons of Adam and the woman.

 

And so the real problem began in GEN 3:1-7.

The woman was not unhappy in the garden but she was not content and she was looking for something more than the perfection that God had provided so she was a perfect candidate for Satan.

 

The voice of the serpent convinced her that God was afraid that she was going to be as smart as Him; because she wanted to be like God, Gen 3:1-7.

 

Most of you are very familiar with this passage, but since we are here in the book of Genesis, let us read the passage in view that describes the voice of the serpent and the woman’s desire to be like God.

 

GEN 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said,   'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"

 

GEN 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

 

 

GEN 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.' "

 

GEN 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die!

 

GEN 3:5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

 

GEN 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

 

GEN 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened,  and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

 

Therefore;

 

When they were kicked out of the garden, there were more individuals that were kicked out of the Garden of Eden than just Adam and Eve.

 

The second principle I want to make sure you understand was;

 

  1. The tree of life is not seen again by man until the eternal state, REV 22:1-2.

 

Turn to the last book in the Bible which is REV 22 where we have a book that applies to the eternal state forever in a New Heaven and a New earth because this heaven and earth will be destroyed by God. (Trinity)

 

REV 22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

 

REV 22:2 in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Also note REV 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

 

Now, because those of you who are faithful to study this message live, either face to face or non-face to face, I am going to show you something that I’ve never heard anyone say before.

 

For when it says in REV 22:14  Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

 

Do you realize that;

 

The tree of life is mentioned in the first chapter of the Bible to the last chapter of the Bible which is in the Eternal state and the place of the New Heaven and New earth.

 

The Tree of Life came from eternity past and the Tree of Life ends up in eternity future.

 

In other words,

 

It is mentioned outside of time after God destroyed the old heaven and the old earth; 2PE 3:3-7.

 

2PE 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,

 

2PE 3:4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."

 

2PE 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,

 

2PE 3:6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

 

 

 

2PE 3:7 But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

 

So that;

 

When we enter the eternal state forever, one of the things that are carried over from the old heaven and the old earth is the Tree of Life.

 

The first sin involved no morality or immorality at all, but rejecting perfect happiness provided by God.

 

By expelling man from the garden, man now could choose to eat from the tree of the cross; 1PE 2:24-25.

 

1PE 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

 

1PE 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Only winners in the Christian life have the privilege of eating from the tree of life in the Garden of God in eternity.

 

The first sin in the human race really had to do with a man choosing a relationship with someone else over his relationship with God.

 

It’s interesting that Adam had happiness with the woman.

 

He had prosperity with that woman.

 

He had everything going with that woman.

 

They had a fantastic relationship.

 

Do you know why their relationship was so fantastic?

 

Because between the woman and Adam was the Lord Jesus Christ teaching them from the knowledge found in the Tree of life.

 

Just like today……

 

A husband and wife should have Lord Jesus Christ or the Word of God teaching them from the knowledge found in the Tree of life.

 

So, The Tree of Life gave them perfect happiness.

 

Yet;

 

They both gave up the source of their happiness for each other.

 

They ended up having absolutely nothing compared to what they could have had if Christ had remained in the relationship.

 

That ought to give us some insight into how we should constantly make decisions for doctrine above people.

 

If you don’t believe me, believe what our Lord says in MAT 10:34-39.

 

MAT 10:34  "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

 

MAT 10:35 "For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law;

 

MAT 10:36 and a man's enemies will be the members of his household.

 

MAT 10:37 "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

 

MAT 10:38 "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

 

MAT 10:39 "He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.

 

Doctrine must come above people.

 

For doctrine is God says JOH 1:1.

JOH 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

Therefore, to choose doctrine over people is to choose God over people or have God emphasis over people emphasis.

 

The Tree of Life in the eternal state will give the individual believer everything necessary to rule.

 

If you choose God emphasis over human emphasis instead of choosing your mate over God, you can be a winner believer.

 

Adam chose his wife over God because he thought that marriage was more important than God.

 

And therefore, we are ready for our next point which is

 

Y Point 11. The Rapture and the Marriage of the Lamb and the Marriage Supper of the lamb.

 

They are two different events.

For in REV 19:7 we read "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."

 

REV 19:8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright   and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

 

REV 19:9 And he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."

 

The marriage of the Lamb and the marriage supper of the lamb are two different events.

 

  1. The marriage of the Lamb is a personal wedding ceremony of our Husband and His Bride which is for Church-age believers only.

 

So, that’s the marriage of the lamb.

 

 

Then there is a second celebration called the marriage supper.

 

  1. Themarriage supper is for all believers from the Old Testament and the New Testament who are invited to a wedding ceremony second celebration for everyone who are believers in both the Old and New Testaments.

 

The first one was is the marriage ceremony while the second one is a marital celebration for all.

 

The point is that both Adam and the woman were looking for happiness in marriage, but let me give you some of the principles of doctrine from the Word of God with some marital advice based on scripture.

 

First of all, when it comes to marriage we note that;

 

To those that are veterans, it's work.

To those that are uninitiated, it's magic.

 

Marriage is a very misunderstood subject.

 

We just want to look at some principles of marriage and how they apply to it and how it relates to the Rapture.

 

The tragedy in marriage is not the problems between the husband and wife but the fact that born-again believers can't handle their own problems because they either lack the understanding of doctrine or they know it but refuse to apply it.

 

Let’s face it, there is one thing we can all agree on and that is there are always problems in marriage.

 

So, here’s some principles I think will really help all of you in some way.

 

  1. Marital problems are symptoms but the disease is the OSN or human failure in life.

 

This is why, as believers, we must be obedient to;

 

EPH 5:15   Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise,

 

EPH 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

 

EPH 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

 

EPH 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,

 

EPH 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

 

EPH 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

 

EPH 5:21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

 

EPH 5:22   Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

 

 

EPH 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.

 

EPH 5:24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

 

EPH 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;

 

EPH 5:26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

 

EPH 5:27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

 

EPH 5:28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

 

 

 

EPH 5:29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,

 

EPH 5:30 because we are members of His body.

 

EPH 5:31 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

 

EPH 5:32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

 

This refers to something I help the Colonel with called the third witness of Christ marriage.

 

  1. First Witness = TLJC
  2. Second witness = Winner believers.
  3. Third witness = Christian marriage, not needed but available.

 

 

 

EPH 5:33 Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.

 

Marital problems are never the disease but just symptoms of disease-outside of marriage.

 

This is why we must be filled with the Spirit to solve problems in marriage.

 

  1. Marriages fail because people are failures as human beings.

 

It's not the failure of marriage but the failure of people in marriage.

 

  1. Marriage is not designed for happiness but for virtue which means to conform to certain standards that our Lord revealed to us in His teachings.

 

Some men never know what happiness is was until they get married...and then it’s too late! (that was a joke!)

 

Virtue is the visible manifestation of the invisible, i.e., metabolized doctrine and the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

It is the function of virtue that develops common sense.

 

For example, this is why we have passages like;

 

2CO 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

 

Happiness depends on virtue manufactured inside the PPOG.

 

Happiness does not depend on fame, success, prosperity, power, approbation, sex, etc.

 

Virtue is manufactured from perception of doctrine and results in occupation with Christ, while arrogance is manufactured in the cosmic system and is preoccupation with self.

 

Believers who reside and function in the PPOG produce virtue, while believers who reside and function in the cosmic system destroy virtue and produce pseudo-virtue.

 

Virtue manufactured inside the PPOG is the source of all true happiness in life.

 

Therefore, virtue and happiness coexist.

 

There is no happiness in the cosmic system.

 

The production of virtue means both happiness and orientation to God's plan for the Church Age.

 

1PE 2:9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the [virtues] not the excellencies but the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  [PPOG].

 

 

 

Now, I have chosen a passage that truly illustrates the position of virtue with the other qualities and characteristics that must exist in the believer if he or she is going to glorify God.

 

The importance of this word virtue and how to explain it and one of the best passages I could ever teach when it comes to virtue is found in 2Pe 1.

 

2PE 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;

 

2PE 1:3  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

 

2PE 1:4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

 

 

2PE 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence [virtue], and in your virtue  knowledge;

 

2PE 1:6  and in your knowledge, self control, and in your self control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;

 

2PE 1:7  and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

 

2PE 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2PE 1:9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

 

 

 

 

2PE 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;

 

2PE 1:11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

 

Now, those believers who are living in the world today have one of the greatest challenges in all of human history.

 

You are NOT HERE to exist or to get by.

 

You don't live here that long.

 

Your life is just a drop in the bucket compared to all of eternity.

 

As our Lord said in MAT 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

And as James said;

 

JAM 4:14  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

 

Now, the great challenge is for you to keep your priorities straight.

 

The opportunities of being in touch with eternity exist now and yet most believers can just keep in touch with time.

 

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

 

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, do you 'know' what the Bible means?"

 

The son replied, "I know!"

 

"Okay, said his father. "Son, what does the Bible mean?"

"That's easy, Daddy.

 

It stands for (B) Basic (I) information (B) before (L) Leaving (E) Earth."

 

That basic information is your life.

 

It's the only real truth that exists.

 

And because;

 

The average believer doesn't spend enough time in the word of God to become a disciple of TLJC, the tragedy is that God is not real to so many believers except emotionally.

 

They have rejected the principle of;

 

JOH 8:31-32, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

 

 

  1. Virtue is the source of happiness not marriage.

 

People who marry to find happiness never find it in marriage - they merely complicate their lives!

 

Marriage is not a solution to anything but it's for those who have found their solutions.

 

Virtue is the visible manifestation of the invisible, i.e., metabolized doctrine and the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

It is the function of virtue that develops common sense.

 

Happiness depends on virtue manufactured inside the PPOG, it does not depend on fame, success, prosperity, power, approbation, sex, etc.

 

  1. Most people try to solve marital problems by changing their partners but you cannot change the other person in marriage you can only change YOURSELF!

 

Most want to change the other person into their mold  and it becomes a shoving match.

  1. Arrogance is the visible manifestation of Satan’s invisible cosmic system.

 

  1. Virtue is the monopoly of God. Therefore, it can only be manufactured inside the PPOG.

 

Virtue is manufactured from perception of doctrine and results in occupation with Christ, while arrogance is manufactured in the cosmic system and is preoccupation with self.

 

Believers who reside and function in the PPOG produce virtue, while believers who reside and function in the cosmic system destroy virtue and produce pseudo-virtue.

 

Virtue manufactured inside the PPOG is the source of all true happiness in life.

 

Therefore, virtue and happiness coexist.

 

There is No Happiness in the cosmic system.

 

Pseudo-virtue manufactured in the cosmic system is the basis of all hypocrisy in life.

 

The cosmic system makes a special offer to all believers:  wealth, success, promotion, sex, authority, lifestyle, approbation, and fame, but without honor, integrity, ability, virtue, love, leadership, capacity, or happiness.

 

Remember what Solomon taught us in the book of Ecclesiastes?

 

Solomon made all of these experiments and nothing brought him happiness!

 

  1. Academics.
  2. Pleasure.
  3. Family.
  4. Philosophy.
  5. Money.
  6. Reputation.
  7. Sex.
  8. Hero image.

All of these things are things which people associate with happiness, success and blessing but there is no happiness found in any of these things.

 

Solomon’s conclusion is a verse I picked out on our website which is the Truth of the whole matter.

 

ECC 12:13   The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

 

Inside the cosmic system there is a constant search for happiness, while in the PPOG, God's perfect happiness looks for you.

 

There are degrees of true happiness which accompany the function at every stage of spiritual growth.

 

The production of virtue means both happiness and orientation to God's plan for the Church-age.

 

 

 

1PE 2:9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the [virtues] not the excellencies but the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light [PPOG].

 

Now, those believers who are living in the world today have one of the greatest challenges in all of human history.

 

You are not here to exist or to get by.

 

You don't live here that long.

 

Your life is just a drop in the bucket compared to all of eternity.

 

JAM 4:14  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

 

Now, the great challenge is for you to keep your priorities straight.

The opportunities of being in touch with eternity exist now and yet most believers can just keep in touch with time.

 

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

 

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, do you 'know' what the Bible means?"

 

The son replied, "I know!"

 

"Okay, said his father. "Son, what does the Bible mean?"

 

"That's easy, Daddy.

 

It stands for (B) Basic (I) information (B) before (L) Leaving (E) Earth."

 

That basic information is your life.

 

It's the only real truth that exists.

And because the average doesn't spend enough in the word of God to become a disciple of TLJC, the tragedy is that God is not real to so many believers except emotionally.

 

They have rejected the principle of JOH 8:31-32, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

 

8, Marital counseling is a waste of time because all it does is to give people personal attention rather than Bible doctrine.

 

  1. Most people approach marital problems from standpoint of subjectivity which is self being justified for their own decisions.

 

In marriage there are two souls involved and two sets of volition, and  one should never disregard the input of the other.

 

 

  1. When the husband has to stand on his authority,  usually that's all he has left.

 

He has no virtue, honor, or integrity when he doesn't realize the woman has a soul which means a free-will to choose on her own.

 

You can't destroy your wife’s free-will and expect them to love you, etc.

 

  1. Solutions to marital problems are never permanent because people are failures.

 

People fail in marriage because they fail in life.

 

  1. Marital problems should never be made public property but solved in privacy.

 

As David said to the Lord in Psa 51:4.

 

 

 

 

PSA 51:4 Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, And done what is evil in Thy sight, So that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, And blameless when Thou dost judge.

 

  1. The solution for believers only in marriage is spiritual growth.

 

And there's no spiritual growth without learning doctrine and applying it.

 

JAM 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

 

  1. Real decision to solve your marital problems is eating from the Tree of Life as your daily attitude toward doctrine.

 

How high in your scale of values is Bible doctrine?

 

  1. Problems in marriage is not incompatibility with believers but failure to apply the doctrine of Humility,  Virtue, and Forgiveness. (Repeat)

These three doctrines could solve many problems in marriage

 

  1. Most marriages fail because of bad decisions in the selection of a mate which is why you should not make   a decision for marriage until you are mature enough to do so.

 

And that is mature naturally because unbelievers are told that God has designed for them their right woman, so the solution has to be in the natural realm because unbelievers do not have a spiritual realm.

 

There is also the inability to handle personal problems before, during, and after marriage.

 

If you can't deal with your own problems, how will you deal with your mate?

 

Failure to learn and apply doctrine means to be negligent in marriage.

 

 

This is why you have to be careful of taking bad advice from pastors, family, friends, etc.

 

People with problems listen to anyone!

 

In counseling, when you tell your story the other person always looks like a rat.

 

You will end up destroying yourself from the lack of royalty and unfaithfulness on the part of one or both mates.

 

PRO 6:32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

 

Many believers have no personal sense of responsibility on one or both mates and many others are getting married today as children mentally.

 

  1. You cannot solve a bad marriage by having children, you just make a bad marriage worse.

 

  1. A pastor must learn the humility of not answering marital problems because he doesn't have all the facts even though he may have answers.

 

  1. Marriage is not designed for perfect people but for people with old sin natures.

 

So don't think there's a perfect person just for you!

 

It can be from God but it’d given to imperfect man.

 

  1. The only thing wrong with marriage is not marriage but people.

 

Now we have to be very careful here because what's wrong in marriage is not the other person - it's you!

 

  1. No woman can be successful in marriage unless she has learned to entertain herself.

 

Ladies if you can't stand to be alone and he has to be there you'll never be successful in marriage.

 

  1. All women need to know that they should not marry an entertainer but a provider.

 

And by that, I do not mean a sugar daddy.

 

  1. Arrogant men are never good lovers because they are too busy loving themselves.

 

This also includes sexually because the Word of God  teaches a principle that most of you will disagree with me on.

 

And that is;

 

The more experience you have sexually, the worse lover you will make.

 

It’s not what the natural man thinks.

 

He thinks it’s good to have experience before you marry.

 

 

But that may sound good but it’s not which is why we are warned in ISA 5:20;

 

ISA 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;  who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

  1. No man can exercise his authority properly as a husband without honor, integrity, and virtue.

 

  1. No woman can respond to her husband's authority without humility, integrity and virtue.

 

  1. Beauty, health, attractiveness, are not permanent, the only permanent thing we have in this life is truth or doctrine.

 

So much for Point 11 we are now ready for Point 12.

 

But before we do that, we are now ready to celebrate our Lord’s supper.

 

Turn to 1CO 10:15, where the apostle Paul gives us a few verses upon the spiritual meaning of the Lord's supper when he said.

 

1CO 10:15 “I speak as to wise men; you judge or discern what I say."

 

1CO 10:16  Is not the cup of blessing [that is the wine at the Lord's Supper] which we bless [or ask God's blessing upon] a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?

 

In drinking the wine, we participate in and share a fellowship or communion in the blood of Christ, which refers to His saving work upon the cross.

 

The bread which we break, does it not mean that in eating it we participate in and share a fellowship a communion in the body of Christ?

 

Then he makes a very vital statement concerning us as members of GBC and RMBM when he says in;

1CO 10:17 Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.

 

No matter how many we are, we are spiritually a part of the spiritual body of Christ because we all partake of the one Bread [the One Whom the communion bread represents - TLJC].

 

For as the apostle Paul says in;

 

COL 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.

 

This is why we are told to;

 

Be careful concerning the celebration of the Lord's supper because it not only represents our fellowship with TLJC but also our fellowship with one another.

 

For in MAT 25:45, our Lord said;

 

MAT 24:45  "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."

 

It's interesting that in our study of the Rapture that in;

 

REV 21:3 John says "I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle or the Temple of of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,"

 

Then in REV 21:22, in the eternal state we read;

 

REV 21:22  "And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple."

 

Let's be careful how we treat one another in the Temple of God as the Temple of God.

 

1CO 11:23  For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;

1CO 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."

 

Let’s take a moment and remember Him as the Bread. (Silence)

 

For He said in JOH 6:35 "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

 

1CO 11:25  In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying,  "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

 

Let’s take another moment and remember Him concerning his blood or His saving work upon the cross which is called the efficacious death of our Lord.

 

1CO 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

 

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