Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of the client nation. Part 2.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1. A client nation is a national entity under the patronage of God, assigned the responsibility for the formation, preservation, communication, and fulfillment of the canon of Scripture.
2. In Ex 19:4-6,
Deut 7:6; 26:18-19, we have references to the client nation concept.
3. There are two categories of client nations to God in human history: the five Jewish client nations of the Old Testament with a specialized priesthood and the Gentile client nations during the dispensation of the Church with a universal priesthood.
4. A client nation is a synonym for a priest nation. The name “priest nation” is used for Israel because it had a specialized priesthood. The term “client nation” is used for any Gentile nation because there is a universal priesthood.
In Roman history, a client was someone dependent on another family. In the Church-age believers depend completely on God directly and do not need a specialized priest.
So instead of calling a Gentile nation a priest nation as such, the believers in the Church Age are a holy priesthood and a royal family of God, 1 Pet 2:4-5.
As He says also in Hosea,
"I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’"
We, as royal family, as a family of priests are Christ’s house. He is the builder of that house as the High Priest.HEB 3:1-6
Israel was always called a holy nation. The Church is called a holy priesthood. Why? Because in the Church Age, every believer is a priest.
As goes the pivot
(core group of mature believers in a client nation) so goes the nation.
Decisions from leadership are important and they do impact the freedom of the citizens, however, they do not ultimately decide the fate or prosperity of the nation.
Your spiritual life directly impacts your nation, either for weakness and discipline, or strength and prosperity.
Our nation came to be the greatest in the world because of a large pivot of maturing believers who had the guts to risk their lives for freedom and prosperity.
Jesus Christ tested and proved the prototype spiritual life. God does not want sacrifices and offerings; He wants the sacrifice of the spiritual life (SSE, SA, SM).
The sacrifice of the Church Age priest:
1. Filling of the Holy Spirit
2. Metabolization of Bible doctrine
3. Deployment of the 10 PSD’s
4. Execution of the PPOG in all three stages of adulthood.
"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 "He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.
Christ laid aside His perfect deity to submit to the Father’s plan.
You are asked to set aside an imperfect human life, so much more that is a reasonable thing to do.
The spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God are the four spiritual mechanics of the spiritual life.
The idea of an elect race comes from the Greek phrase in
2 Cor 5:17 kaine ktisis, which means, “a brand new spiritual species.”
2 Cor 5:17
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Like a fish is only comfortable in water, you will only swim in this life if you stay in the waters of the Word and the PPOG.
The royal priesthood is related to positional sanctification; for our Lord is a king-priest from the line of David in the order of Melchizedek. Believers in Christ are royal family of God, and this is the key to Gentile client nations in the Church Age.
Positive volition towards the four mechanics determines the size of the pivot in the client-nation and therefore the prosperity or discipline of the nation.
5. A client nation to God is a nation under divine protection, because it has a large pivot of mature believers.
As the pivot shrinks, the nation loses its client nation status with God and undergoes the five cycles of discipline.
Point 2: The most important client nation is Israel and the key to all client nations is found in the history of Israel as a priest nation.
1. God directs and controls historical activity on the basis of client nations.
A client nation is responsible to do five things...
a. It must evangelize its own population at home.
b. It must communicate Bible doctrine to the believers in the nation.
c. It is responsible for the custodianship of Bible doctrine.
d. It provides a haven for the Jews.
e. It is responsible to send out missionaries to evangelize other nations.