Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
November 7, 2018

"What is the Christian’s purpose on this earth?"
"What is the Christian’s desire on the earth?"
"What is the Christian’s motivation on this earth?"


There are many believer's whose #1 priority is that the majority of believers fail to recognize the importance of laying down our lives for one another.


Every believer in Jesus Christ should ask himself this question --- After salvation, What?


Heaven is absolutely guaranteed for anyone who has believed in Christ as Savior (Rom 8:38-39; 1Pe 1:4-5).


Question: Why did the apostle Paul say that the Lord Jesus Christ gave certain spiritual gifts and not ?


Answer:  The quality of the believer’s life on earth depends on his execution of God’s plan after salvation.


Impact and blessings in time and eternity depend on fulfilling God’s plan in time.


Therefore,  what is God’s plan for the believer to follow after that initial in­stinct of personal faith in Christ?


Also, this attitude really understands  first of all, that God freely gives “all things” after providing salvation (Rom 8:31-32).


Therefore,  when it comes to believers, one of those questions that must be answered is this: "After salvation, what?


As you do so, you are able to fulfill 2PE 3:18   "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him {be} the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.


The Bible reveals God’s person and God's plan for all believers.


ACT 10:34  "I most certainly understand {now} that God is not one to show partiality".


God does not play favoritism and does not respect the jealousy that exists between the carnal believer--the spiritual believer -- those believers who live in the Comic system or in the PPOG.


As we continue then with our own personal problems = (SOT = sins of the tongue;  or the RMA (relax mental attitude)


The mental attitude sins) so that we will be able to control those following principles which refers to our MAS (mental attitude sins), etc.


Only through knowledge of God can anyone appreciate, love, and worship Him.


Let's begin with what we can all understand Joh 1:1-3, as referring to our Lord and His deity.


This is a passage that reveals the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is God or He is deity.


Most of you are also familiar with the importance of God's word as found in Joh 4 concerning the woman of Samaria.

Even in the Old Testament especially in the book of Job, we see the word of God magnified and elevated; Psa 56:3-4.


Many of you will recall the fact that David faked madness or he acted when he was captured by the Philistines and he was so good at deceiving them that they literally thought David had gone crazy.

Praising God's word also gets rids of any form of fear that believers may have to face as they try to live in the plan of God on a consistent basis; Psa 56:3-4; Psa 56:10-11.


No matter what stage that people are at this is why all believers are commanded to “renovate their thinking  with divine viewpoint thinking" so God’s gracious purpose can be fulfilled in and through our lives.


God's number 1 purpose for the post-salvation life of the believer calls for the believer spiritual growth (2 Pe 3:18).


The believer is kept alive on earth to fulfill his destiny, which is to become a mature believer, a spiritual winner, a “mature person to the measure of the maturity which belongs to the fulness of Christ.”


Whether found in the O.T. in the book of Genesis.
Books and leaders that Moses wrote about;
Lessons that Job learned and taught.


King David also did as well.
Solomon and some of the great orators of his day was also known for the wisdom that Solomon also wrote.


Eph  4:13-15 , Each believer's life becomes a unique expression of the glory of God in both time and eternity (Rom 8:29-30; Rom 9:23-24.


Only the mature believer glorifies God by receiving the highest and best that God has prepared for him (Rom 6:l-2; 1Jo l:5-2:6.


Divine blessings that the Christian can understand and experience and the overt manifestations  of the Christian way of life come as results of spiritual growth.


The content of the Word of God, which God designed to be communicated to the believer so that it becomes the measure of his thinking (Rom 12:3; 2Ti  3:16-17.

Pastors have a spiritual gift for teaching BD to their congregations (Eph 4:8, 11-13; The pastor is responsible before God to diligently study the Bible in order to accurately handle the word of truth (2Ti  2:15).


Bible Doctrine is determined by the isagogics or interpreting the text in its historical context, in terms of its author's intent and its original audience, as well as in light of the times and places in which it was written.


The classification of comparing all pertinent passages in categorizing other biblical subjects as translated from the original language.


Why does God go so far as to magnify His Word above His person (Psa 138:2)?


His Word reveals His nature and essence is the only as the Scriptures allow us to glimpse God's absolute character and to love the revealed member of the Godhead, who is Jesus Christ (Joh 1:18).


Bible doctrine is called the “mind of Christ” (1Co 2:16).


It is absolute truth, the very thinking of Jesus Christ (Phi 2:5).


1Pe 1:8 “Though [we] have not seen Him, [we] love Him”
When we learn who and what He is and begin to share His frame of reference ( 1Pe 1:8).


Understanding God’s Word is the root of all Christian virtues.  It is this type of transformation of the believer’s life occurs on the inside, in the inner person, in the soul (Rom 12:2).


His persistent intake and application of Bible doctrine enlarge his capacities for life, for love, for service, for blessings, for happiness (2Co 9:7-8.)


God’s “greater grace” fills up the mature believer’s greater capacities “to all the fulness of God” (JAM 4:6; Eph 3:19; cf. Rom 8:32).


JAM 4:6  But He gives a greater grace. Therefore {it} says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble."


Since Bible doctrine is so vitally important, the believer needs to understand an essential fact about the Word of God.

Bible doctrine is dispensational. The concept of dispensations, therefore, is a key to understanding the whole realm of Bible doctrine.


A dispensation is a period of human history defined in terms of divine revelation.


The doctrine of dispensations is the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time can orient to God’s will, plan, and purpose for their lives.


In the essence of God, there is “no variation or shifting shadow” (Jam 1:17).


God is never impulsive or arbitrary. The changes He incorporates into His plan are designed to attain His unchangeable purpose (Heb 6:17).

In different periods of human history, the biblical answer to “After salvation, what?” involves different mechanics and procedures.

This doctrine, therefore, becomes essential for understanding the believer’s postsalvation experience.

Knowledge of dispensations enables the individual believer to handle the word of truth accurately and to appreciate the magnificent grace of God both in its particular provisions and in its overall objectives.

This is a study of the Bible which must deal with the distinction between Israel and the Church.

The phenomenon that divides these two dispensations is the first advent of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ makes all the difference.

He is the key to the divine interpretation of history as the doctrine of dispensations spotlights Him, as we shall see.

Ministers may stress certain aspects of the doctrine while neglecting others.

Standing firm in the midst of human controversies, the criterion for identifying the dispensations must always be what the Bible says, the very text of Scripture.

The recognition of historical eras in the Bible unlocks the Scriptures, revealing profound truths with tremendous positive impact on our lives.

When biblical distinctions are overlooked, particularly those between Israel and the Church, there are adverse practical and theological repercussions. 

The Theocentric, or pre-Incarnation, dispensations are the Age of the Gentiles and the Age of Israel, which occurred “long ago” before God had “spoken to us in [His] Son” (Heb 1:1-2).


The Christocentric dispensations begin with the first advent of Christ (also called the Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union) and continue with the Church-age, which is the present dispensation.


Finally, eschatology is the study of the final destiny of the human race, and the eschatological dispensations that the Bible prophesies and promises for the end of history are the Tribulation and Millennium.


Salvation itself, however, is appropriated in only one way throughout human history—by grace through faith (Gen 15:6; Act 16:31; Rom. 3:22, 30; Eph 2:8-9.


In every dispensation there is only one Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, as He is revealed in that dispensation (Joh 14:6). Faith in Christ secures an eternal relationship with God.


There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved. (Act 4:12, NASB).

In the Hebrew His name is JHWH, a word considered too holy to even  sacred to pronounce, so He is called Adonai.


He appeared in many forms before His incarnation, including the burning bush, the cloud, the pillar of fire, and the Angel of Jehovah.


He has many functional titles as well, like Messiah, Son of David, Lord of the Armies, or Prince of Peace.


In the Greek of the New Testament, He is Christos or kurios or Iesous or any combination of the three. We know Him in Modern English as the Lord Jesus Christ.


Why does God alter His administration of human history?


He does so to reveal His unchanging glory, wisdom, and power under different conditions.


From God’s eternal perspective the ultimate in this long and varied demonstration of His character is the relationship between Christ and the Church, in which the believer is in union with Christ (Eph 1:17).

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