Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, May 7, 2017

There is a very popular statement that emerged around 1822 that was taken from 1Co 15:10 where the apostle Paul wrote "But by the grace of God I am what I am,"

"If it were not for the grace of God, there go but I"

In Num 14, these depressed believers are making accusations against God's men, verse 2.
In Num 14:3, they are complaining about the place that the Lord has led them to and making accusations against the Lord.

In Num 14:4, they are making plans to elect new leaders.

In verse 10, they have stones in their hand and are getting ready to throw them at Moses.

They are very frustrated, disappointed, discontent believers who are now living in terrible depression.

Everyone of us have something within us which could snap under pressure at any time unless we have integrity or the spiritual strength to challenge the different pressures of life.
The wood represents the humanity of Christ; The gold represents the deity of Christ. Together, they represent the hypostatic union.

(1) The urn of manna, which represented sin as rejection of God's logistical grace provision.
The Lord meets our murmuring and complaining with his mercy.
(2) Aaron's rod that budded, which speaks of sin in the sense of rebellion against the authority of God and rejection of God's system for communication of doctrine.
The Lord meets our rebellion and rejection once again with His mercy.
(3) The tablets of the Law, which spoke of sin as a transgression of the divine law.

Dan 9:9 to God belongs mercy and forgiveness.
Heb 8:12 "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more."
Mercy is that which the congregation of Israel should have remembered every time that they failed one of the tests that the Lord gave them.
JER 17:5 Thus says the Lord, "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.  

Ecc 7:20 says Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who {continually} does good and who never sins.
The Doctrine of Flaws ----- which, by the way, we all have.
Point 1 definition. Distinction must be made between genetic and environmental handicaps and flaws.
Genetic flaws are the weaknesses with which we are born because of the old sin nature in the cell structure of the body.

PSA 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
PSA 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

Environmental flaws are those which we acquire because of where we live and the surroundings that we face.

In genetic handicaps and flaws, human volition is simply not involved.

In environmental handicaps or flaws, human volition is involved.
Genetic or inherent flaws often manifest themselves through impulsive actions.

The person may be caught off guard and the suddenness of a pressure situation brings out a weakness that you may have never seen in that person before.

Mar 3:21 And when His own people [Gk-family] heard of this [He claimed to be the Son of God], they went out to take custody of him; for they were saying, "he has lost His senses."  

Joh 7:5 For not even his brothers were believing in Him.
This verse also tells us that they didn't want Him to speak to them, they wanted to speak to Him!
Per-act-ind of the verb hes-te-ka-sin, and in the perfect tense it means that they have been waiting outside for Him for a long time.

Prin-TLJC taught that His followers are even closer to Him than His natural family and closes relatives.
1Ti 2:4 He wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Prin-Relationship with God must have priority over relationship with people.
1Ki 18:21 "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him."

Deu 30:19 I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live,

Jos 24:15 "And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve:

Under spiritual death, people are born with certain flaws or tendencies which become manifest through various pressures or temptations.

They often reveal themselves through impulsive actions rather than deliberate actions.

Pressure means adversity and in times of adversity many believers do not have the spiritual strength or the integrity to apply what they have been taught, many times, for years.

Temptation comes from the old sin nature.

Being tempted in a certain area is not sin, it is only when we choose to give into the temptation that sin results.
Most environmental flaws or handicaps are directly related to the deliberate and conscious function of volition related to temptation.
Exceptions = when a baby is born addicted to drugs because of one or both of the parents with their addictions.

Some categories of sin involve both inherent weaknesses in the body plus environmental exploitation of those weaknesses in volitional function; e.g., drug addiction or alcoholism.
a. Flaws inherent in a dormant state and acquired under some circumstance or pressure, called impulsive flaws.
The Jews were going along just fine when all of a sudden the Lord would bring a tremendous test and pressure into their lives and their inactive flaws would become very active.
GAL 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.
When God gave the Law to the children of Israel, is was to remind them how helpless and hopeless they are without the mercy and grace of God.
a. Flaws inherent in a dormant state and revealed by some circumstance or pressure, called impulsive flaws.
b. The second category of flaws are flaws which are inherent or acquired.
Bitterness can be inherent, acquired by the volition in some circumstance, or both.
c. Flaws which are acquired as a direct result of volition responding to the temptation of the soul. These are called environmental or acquired flaws.
They include homosexuality, drug addiction, first degree murder, stealing, and some forms of lying, like pathological lying.
Some people are born angry, and so their anger is impulsive.
Others acquire anger through resentment of their environment; hence theirs is a deliberate acquired anger.
Some people are born angry, and some acquire it through frustration and arrogance, so that first it is impulsive, then it is developed.
While genetics is the source of inherent flaws, temptation is the source of all acquired or environmental flaws.
1. Inherent flaws are there without your consent.
b. Environmental flaws are there with your consent.
While human volition can restrain inherent flaws, volition is not the original source of these flaws (with the exception Adam's volition); spiritual death is the source.
In environmental flaws, human volition responds directly to the temptation of the old sin nature.

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