Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 8, 2018
We have now come to the eighth commandment in Exo 20:15 “You shall not steal.”
Lo’ tignob = “You shall not steal”, — stealing refers to anything that falls under the category of things that are natural or spiritual, including people.
Your life is protected; marriage is protected, and the family is protected, all by commandments in the Mosaic Law.
One of the main reasons for the Mosaic Law was to reveal to mankind what sin is all about.
1. Volition. (You are free to either accept or reject TLJC)
Divine institution #1 Volition = is that which protects your freedom when it says; “You shall not murder.” Exo 20:13.
Divine Institution #2, marriage – we are given all the doctrine necessary to protect those involved in the marriage; — EXO 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”
Divine Institution #3 the family – protect those involved within the family unit; EXO 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother so that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
We have a command in our passage that deals with the stealing and violations of the property or materialism you own or possess in EXO 20:15 which says “You shall not steal.”
This commandment, “You shall not steal” is for the protection of your freedom and your private property.
This commandment establishes the :divinely given right” of the individual to own personal property and possessions, and it limits government interference to the protection of this property.
This was a test that certain the early church went through in the book of Acts; Act 5:1-11.
They lied to God,
They lied to the church.
They stole from God
They stole from the church.
The early church had individuals in it who lied, who stole, and was definitely a 2TI 3:2 type of believer; “They will be lovers of self, lovers of money.
The word for Temple and the word for body and what they refer to.
“Temple” — The Greek noun naos = a safe place to dwell, a shrine or a temple.
It is true that your physical body is a temple of the Holy Spirit but so is your “spiritual body, the Church,” which you are a part of forever, is also called a “temple of the Holy Spirit.”
There are times when the word Temple is used and it refers to a Natural Temple or the actual building itself during the Church-age.
Temple – it refers to the spiritual Temple or a group of believers who are worshipping the Lord together and the Lord is blessing them because they fulfilled;
PSA 133:1 (A Song of Ascents, of David.) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
The noun soma meaning a “physical body” or a spiritual body, which is His church also known as the “body of Christ.
Temple — the noun naos which can be translated “the temple” referring to the temple of your physical body or in reality it can also refer to the Temple of your spiritual body which is His Church.
The noun soma which refers to your body, literally or figuratively, meaning your physical body or,…… it can also refer to His spiritual body, which is His Church.
That is your physical body but also a reference to the spiritual body that you have been called to in 1Pe 5:2, where you are to glorify God with your Time, Talent, and Treasure and operating in your spiritual gift.
This is a passage that definitely uses the word “body” referring to the Church, the Royal Family of God.
2CO 6:16 “For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Notice here the Temple is called “we” not “you” referring to the church that you are a part of.
It is usual to regard these verses as referring to the individual Christian, but the Epistle here is addressed not just to a believer but “unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, 1Co 1:2.
1Co to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
the apostle Paul gives us a very serious warning concerning not only our communion and fellowship with the Lord but how the church should have communion and fellowship with one another.
The problem of Christian fellowship originates from the trend to emphasize relationship with people over relationship with God.
This is when interaction with people becomes the criterion of the Christian way of life instead of the execution of the PPOG and the glorification of God.
This is usually manifested by such statements as we must love each other or the issue is not doctrine but love.
It’s not that Christian fellowship is wrong, but it is overemphasized so that today believers are not growing up spiritually.
- Christian fellowship is never a substitute for fellowship with God.
- Christian fellowship is never a substitute for learning Bible doctrine.
- The execution of the PPOG and subsequent glorification of God only occurs through the consistent perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
- Execution of the predesigned plan of God and subsequent glorification of God does not occur through Christian fellowship.
- God always provides a right pastor for positive volition.
No pastor should ever get in your way to grow spiritually and that includes the pastor himself.
ECC 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
GAL 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
PRO 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.”
When you find yourself in a situation that is filled with “Cosmic Thinking” Do not lean on your own understanding.
You cannot change yourself through Christian fellowship, but only through perception of Bible doctrine.
The point is that your relationship with God is the major issue.
Changing yourself is a matter of consistent PMA and application of Bible Doctrine from which comes the consistent use of the ten problem solving devices of the predesigned plan of God.
The most dramatic change in the life of any believer occurs when he is using all ten of these problem solving devices.
Relationship with God must precede relationship with people.
Christian fellowship is secondary to perception of doctrine.
Christian fellowship is not the source of spiritual growth or momentum.
- It establishes wrong priorities in the Christian life through the influence of confused believers.
- It is a distraction from Bible doctrine through preoccupation with romance or friendship.
- It is the acquisition of legalism through association with legalistic and arrogant believers.
- It involves anti-nomianism, therefore association with promiscuous believers, which is also distracting.
- Using Christian fellowship as a dating bureau or a marriage pool is a distraction from growing in grace.
- Christian fellowship often results in acquiring erroneous views of doctrine, or the ridicule of doctrine in a group of Christian believers.
- Christian fellowship uses people as a crutch rather than learning and using the ten problem solving devices of the Christian way of life.
- A lifetime friendships develop among positive believers while they’re growing in grace.
- Encouragement from conversations among believers of like faith and practice.
Now, look at 1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you [you is the second person plural = ya’ll or believers] you all are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you [second person plural = ya’ll]?
1CO 3:17 If any man destroys the temple of God that is the church of God, — [notice the temple of God is called the Church of God.]
God will destroy him, for the temple of God is Holy, and that is what you [Second person plural = you all are.
Verse 19 tells us to be God’s fool is the path to true wisdom.
That is not discerning the value of the impeccability of our Lord’s physical body as well as it can refer to His Church, the spiritual body of Christ or the Temple of God.
Not discerning the blood of the Lord or His spiritual death and His finished work on the cross where He died for our sins and also for those in the Temple or His Church.
True fellowship should be based upon 2CO 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh or according to human viewpoint but rather divine viewpoint;
EPH 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender‑hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
The divine viewpoint of the church or the temple of God is found in such passages as JOH 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
ACT 17:11 Now these were more noble‑minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.
For the best results and for the correct and the most accurate translation of any passage, it is wise to stay under the authority of the principle we call “ICE.”
- Isagogics is the historical setting of the passage.
- Categories is the systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.
- Exegesis is the grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.
As we go forward in the PPOG and fulfilling our personal sense of destiny, it is important that we also know not “what glorifies the Lord” but “how to glorify the Lord.”
The apostle Paul said back in 1Co 3:17 that God will destroy him, for the temple of God is Holy, and that is what you are.
Because you have not judged or evaluated the Lord’s body, His church, His temple, correctly.
For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep or died. Because they did not or do not discern the Lord’s spiritual body which is His church, also called His Temple .
“because they did not or do not discern the Lord’s physical body” which He kept impeccable or His spiritual body which is His church and His Temple.
His spiritual body presently also known as His church, His Temple will forever be known as the bride of Christ for all eternity and it cannot be overstated or should ever be taken for granted; Pro 20:25.
The bride of Christ will be occupied with her right man, TLJC, for all of eternity and will do whatever her husband desires for all of eternity.
Do you operate with the Temple of God with your spiritual gift for in ROM 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly:
Do you neglect or reject your spiritual gift for 1TI 4:14 says Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you.
1PE 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Notice the three main words I mentioned, exercise, neglect, serve.
Exercise — ROM 12:6, let each exercise their gift accordingly:
Neglect — 1TI 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you,
Serve — 1PE 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another
I.P. (Important principle): -The operation of your spiritual gift has been given to serve others in the Temple of God or the Church of Jesus Christ.
How do you judge yourselves rightly? PSD#1 – Rebound or confession of sin or rebound and recovery, if needed or necessary.