Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, June 30, 2013

God the Holy Spirit would give the great apostle the necessary spiritual I.Q. to make analogies between the spiritual life of the Christian soldier and the military life of the Roman army.
A Metaphor is defined as a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another to teach certain principles.

1. The first area of a biblical metaphor is the selection and training of recruits, which we’ve already noted in 2TI 2:3-4.

2. A second metaphor is found in Gal 6 where this principle of brandmarks is mentioned by the apostle Paul brandmarks.

GAL 6:17, From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brandmarks of Jesus.
He had gone through the toughest training in the ancient world and maybe of all time with the exception, of course, of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

3. 1CO 14:8 is a metaphor for blowing the trumpet or the bugle.
There are trumpet commands for assembly, put on your equipment, to fall in, for moving out and forming in line.

a. Voice commands, where the voice could be heard.
b. Trumpet commands, which were used in combat where there was a great deal of noise.

The indistinct sound or not sounding a clear call is analogous in this passage to speaking in tongues which was a temporary spiritual gift not designed for teaching Bible doctrine.

Paul is actually saying that tongues were an uncertain sound which does not communicate the battle of the Church-age.

The divine will and the divine direction given from the commands from headquarters in heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ while He’s seated at the right hand of God.

ACT 2:34-35, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.

This military metaphor talks about the importance of the accuracy of the communication and application of Bible doctrine.

This fulfills the principle of doing a right thing in a right way, even as imperfect human beings.

The distinct sound therefore means the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine resulting in the momentum by which we execute God’s plan.

Learning God’s procedures is especially hindered by the two great enemies of the Christian: Ignorance and arrogance.

The energy of ignorance is arrogance comes from life in the cosmic system.

Remember you, or your friends, your mate, your associates, your companions, are either living in the PPOG or in the cosmic system.

JAM 4:4, You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

1JO 2:15, Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

2TI 2:15 is a distinct sounding passage,  Be diligent to present yourself approved to god as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling “accurately” the word of truth.

In LEV 22:21, we noted that the offering must be “perfect” to be accepted;

In DEU 32:4, His work is “perfect”, In PSA 19:7, the doctrine of the Lord is perfect, In ROM 12:2, the will of God is “perfect”.

In 1CO 13:10, the completed canon of scripture is perfect, In JAM 1:25, we had the perfect law, In ACT 18:26, the “way of God” is accurate.

In 2TI 2:15, the pastor is instructed to handle “accurately” the word of truth.

JOH 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The isagogics, the categories and the exegesis must be correct, also we call the principle of ICE.

If your pastor is not accurate in what he teaches than you will not have the accurate information needed to live in the PPOG.

LUK 6:40, “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”

4. The next military metaphor is found in 1TH 5:14 which has to has to do with Christian degeneracy or apostasy, 1TH 5:14.

The word unruly is the adjective ataktos which has within it the word which we get our word tactics from. And with the negative in front of it means those believers who have no tactics.

Ataktos, which means having no tactics, also came to mean no discipline, disorderly, out of ranks, inordinate, and rebellious towards those in positions of authority.

In this context it has to do with those who rebel against the authority in verse 12 and who are those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and therefore, your pastor-teacher.

Note the instructions Paul gives to us concerning those who sow discord and have no discipline, or are disorderly, out of ranks, and rebellious towards those in positions of authority, namely in context, the pastor-teacher.

2TH 3:14, And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.

1. Separation demands understanding permanent priorities,

1JO 2:15-17. Your permanent priority is your daily function inside the PPOG while avoiding at all costs any prolonged stay in the cosmic system. Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

2. Separation from unbelievers inside the cosmic system is taught in 2CO 6:14-17.

3. Separation is important in social life, JER 15:16-17; 1PE 4:3-4.

4.  The believer is to separate from the “fast crowd.”
JER 15:16-17, Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O   Lord God of hosts. I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult. Because of Thy hand {upon me} I sat alone, For Thou didst fill me with indignation.

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