Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, August 22, 2014
Introduction to our subject and also to give you a warning about what to beware of.
Two basic principles and the need we have to reconcile and correlate each viewpoint to the correct conclusion.
Monergism = the regeneration of an individual is the work of God especially God the Holy Spirit alone without the help of man.
Synergism = argues that the human will cooperates with God’s grace in order to be regenerated or born again.
Many theologians who believe in monergism, which again states that the regeneration of an individual is the work of God the Holy
Spirit alone without the help of man, many times forget that the free will of man is involved in a certain way.
1CO 2:14 says “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”
Those who believe in Synergism which argues that the human will cooperates with God’s grace in order to be regenerated or born again, they forget that human works can have nothing to with salvation.
EPH 2:8-9, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
ROM 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
The first question that naturally arises is “Does man have a free will?”
“If man has a free will then what part does that play in the doctrine of Election?”
Nothing is more important in our lives than Bible doctrine, since Bible doctrine reveals the invisible assets and how to glorify God and receive our fantastic inheritance from God.
Therefore is the conjunction “dio” which indicates that Peter is now reaching a conclusion.
Having understood election and our inheritance, and having understood God’s plan and purpose for sustaining us, we can begin to see the means by which of all these fantastic blessings are conveyed to us.
prin-Peter was a prepared pastor and God uses prepared men and women.
to remind you, = the presactinf of hupominnesko which means to remind you, to bring to your remembrance, to teach you something you’ve already learned and therefore to repeat.
prin-The purpose of repetition is to fulfill a deliberate objective which is to inculcate Bible doctrine in the believer’s soul so that the believer will remain in the PPOG.
“know” is the peractpart of oida which is eidotas and in the perfect tense it recognizes the completed action of knowing, which reveals that this was a “well taught congregation.”
prin-A well taught congregation is one that has been repeated to over and over again.
Established is the perpasspart of sterizo meaning to be supported, sustained, and firmly established.
The perfect tense means the congregation has been taught in the past through repetition.
The passive voice, the believers who had positive volition toward doctrine received the action of the verb i.e. doctrinal inculcation.
The participle recognizes the PURPOSE of repeating doctrinal teaching to the congregation.
1. In eternity past the blessings placed in your escrow account called in the Bible your inheritance were made contingent upon the future performance of each believer.
2. Spiritual maturity is the result of doctrines being repeated over and over again to the congregation, and spiritual maturity is the place that the believer graduates from.
For Heaven will reward soul winners, DAN 12:3.Heaven will reward humble servants, MAT 10:42.Heaven will reward faithful stewards, MAT 25:23.Heaven will reward those who give, LUK 6:35.
Heaven will reward those who produce divine good, ROM 2:10.Those who are persecuted, MAT 5:11-12.Those who suffer un-deservingly, 2TI 2:12.Those who master the O.S.N., 1CO 9:25.
This is why spiritual failure is brought in the scriptures such as in MAT 7:27, building upon the wrong foundation.
MAT 7:26 “And everyone who hears these words or doctrines of mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
MAT 7:27 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”
Spiritual failure is brought in MAT 17:16 as not being able to perform that which God has given the opportunity to perform (equal privilege, equal opportunity).
EPH 2:10, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
LUK 14:30, spiritual failure is revealed by starting but not being able to finish.
HEB 4:6, refusing to enter into God’s rest.
The main cause for spiritual loss is ignorance, 2PE 1:8.
The causes of spiritual loss are also said to be sin, JER 5:25, “your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have withheld good from you”
In MAT 25:27, spiritual loss results from not using your spiritual gift or talent.
In MAR 8:36 spiritual loss results from worldliness, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul”?
This is why some believers have the most fantastic blessings in time while other believers are discontent, filled with self-pity, filled with self-induced misery, and constantly off balanced from divine discipline.
This is also the reason why some believers enter the eternal state very rich at the Bema seat and others, at the bema seat, very poor.
Being poor in eternity means having a resurrected body in eternity, and that’s all.
The spiritually rich are those believers who receive the distribution of their fantastic inheritance for time and eternity.
The spiritually poor are those believers who, as losers in the “world system”, do not receive their blessings from their inheritance, why?
Whether negative through ignorance or negative through cognisance it all adds up to the same thing….a loser in time and a loser in eternity.
By teaching expository teaching, which is verse by verse teaching that causes you to suddenly discover that the apostle Paul, Peter,
John, James, the human writers of the N.T., all under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit repeated doctrines.
Why? REV 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory”
Prin-The teaching of Bible doctrine repetitiously brings glory to Christ not to the communicator.
“to stir you up” is the presactinf of diegeiro which means to wake up, to arouse you, to stir up.
This is a progressive present tense which signifies action in a state of progress or persistence.
Everyone resents at some time hearing something that they’ve heard a hundred times before.
This is one of the things that the apostle Paul had in mind EPH 4:1 when he said, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.
EPH 4:2 With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.
The active voice of “stir you up”, Peter produces the action of the verb through repetition.
The infinitive is an infinitive of purpose, it is the purpose of the repetition of Bible doctrine to stir you up!
“en plus the instrumental singular noun, hupomnesei which means by reminding or repeating.
Peter is about to die, and inasmuch as he is about to die, he will leave behind a legacy which is the greatest of all…the legacy of Bible doctrine.
Death cannot hinder or destroy the communication of Bible doctrine and the declaration of spiritual truth.
The futactind of spoudaso which means to be diligent, to make an effort, and to study, (2TI 2:15).
Prin-Doctrine is always available in every generation.
Second prin-The only thing that keeps a believer from doctrine is his own negative volition and his “erroneous priorities.”
He is going to emphasize the fact that it is NOT the “man” but the “message.”
prin-Apostles, pastors, good Bible teachers die, but Bible doctrine is permanent.
Bible doctrine is permanent and eternal.
MAT 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
1PE 1:25 But the word of the Lord abides forever. “And this is the word which was preached to you.
Prin-Every pastor who is faithful in teaching Bible doctrine will build something permanent.
The pastor’s memory is the doctrine resident in the soul of his own congregation.