Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

I have come to know how to be humbled and also I have come to know how to live in prosperity. Part 1. .

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

“I know” – perf-act-ind – oida – oi^da – used as a present tense = “I have come to know.”
Emphatic use of the conjunction kai – kaiV = “In fact.”

The greatest mistake some people make is living in constant fear that they will make one.

Life will be victorious when you can capitalize on your mistakes.

Paul’s mistakes in Jerusalem when he willfully disobeyed God and the warning discipline he was under, Act 21.

Pres-pass-inf – tapeinousthai – tapeinou’sqai = to be humbled, to be humiliated by being assigned a lower place at the table, to be degraded, or to be pressured.

Present tense = he can handle situations that continue for a certain length of time despite the pressures the situations may bring.
Passive voice = you receive from these circumstances pressure and humiliation; it is God’s purpose for you to face every situation in life rightly related to the grace of God.
Infinitive = this is part of the purpose of God conforming us to the image of His Son, ROM 8:29.

JAM 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.

LUK 12:48 from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Passive voice – tapeinoo = Paul as a reversionistic believer received the action of the verb, humiliation under grace.

PHI 4:12 I have come to know how to be humbled, he is referring to his Jerusalem reversionism.

Adjunctive usekai = kaiV = also.
“I know” – perf-act-ind – oida – oi^da – used as a present tense = “I have come to know.”

Intensive perfect tense = a completed action and the results go on after the completed action.
“Also I have come to know.”
Active voice – first oida = reversionistic Paul is speaking from what he learned from his mistakes in his Jerusalem fiasco. Active voice – second oida = supergrace Paul is producing the action of the verb, from what he learned from his victory.

Pres-act-inf – perisseuein perisseuvein= to have more than enough; to have prosperity.

Prosperity here is the result of his spiritual victories in supergrace.
Humiliation here, is not the humble grace orientation, but the degradation of discipline in reversionism.

Pres-act-inf – perisseuein = to have more than enough; to have prosperity.

1. Individual prosperity testing, in which some form of success challenges the top priority of doctrine.
2. Collective prosperity testing, in which a city, state, nation, or group becomes very prosperous.

There are many believers today who cannot handle any form of prosperity because promotion and recognition cause them to become arrogant and think more highly of themselves than what they ought to think, especially in churches.

Prosperity cannot bring happiness apart from the believer’s residence, function, and momentum inside the PPOG.

Our capacity must always precede our prosperity.

The cosmic system can offer you success, sex, fame, wealth, promotion, social and professional prosperity, but all these are without happiness and you make your own misery.

Passing this test consolidates the believer’s scale of values, making them consistent with the PPOG, resulting in stabilizing the right priorities of life, and giving capacity to enjoy prosperity.

Passing this test means that the mature believer receives God’s greatest prosperity, the greater blessings of time and eternity.

When you have the same happiness in adversity as well as prosperity, it means you have passed the test.

You concentrate on occupation with Christ,
HEB 12:2, so that He is the focus of your life, the priority solution, the motivation, and the basis for worship, as in communion.

Occupation with Christ becomes a major problem-solving device in passing momentum testing and advancing to spiritual maturity.

DEU 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity;”

ECC 7:14 In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider – God has made the one as well as the other.

On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted.

JER 22:21 I spoke to you in your prosperity; but you said, “I will not listen!” this has been your practice from your youth, that you have not obeyed my voice.

The prosperity test also brings out the covetousness and jealousy that some believers still have within them.

There is the prosperity of the wicked which sometimes causes envy in the righteous.

Asaph was one of the finest and chief musicians in Israel.

Even if you do not understand what you are going through remember God is good to His people.

How do you handle the prosperity of others?

1CO 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
ROM 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

God in His grace actually will allow the wicked to prosper on this earth.

MAT 5:45b He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good,

You do not see the discomfort and lack of content in their soul.
They do not have that peace that goes beyond understanding, PHI 4:6.

“Their body is fat” = their strength was from their riches.

You have something in your soul that money cannot buy, a peace that you can go through a tragedy, disaster, sickness, and still say, “I have learned to be content in whatever state I am in.”

ECC 2:10 And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,

PSA 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

They were standing on a smooth place, but always remember – smooth places can be very slippery.

JER 23:12 “Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them,They may be prospering right now, but slippery paths are going to follow. They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it; For I shall bring calamity upon them, The year of their punishment,” declares the Lord.

ECC 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.

The Lord says, “There’s a year for their punishment” = every person who is anti-God and has negative volition has a year assigned by God for their punishment.

ECC 8:10 So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are {soon} forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility.

“Beast” – behemah = the water ox or the hippopotamus; it means a plump colossus of flesh – an emblem of colossal stupidity.

Many individuals enjoy blessing on earth from the grace of God because they will have nothing but suffering for all of eternity.

1CO 4:7 What do you have that you did not receive?

3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

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