Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The eyes of your soul see open doors clearly. Pastor Joe Sugrue.
Sunday, October 8, 2006
If correct timing is to be realized the virtue of patience must be developed.
God has predestined many doors of opportunity for the believer to walk through. As a primary asset every believer has an equal opportunity to fulfill this predetermined plan.
To see these doors of opportunity you must use the eyes of your heart.
1CO 13:13 But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
“faith” is pistis = that which is believed (BD).
“hope” is elpis = confident expectation of the future.
“love” is agape = personal love for God and impersonal unconditional love for all mankind
Hope is the confident expectation of the many doors of opportunity that I will have the opportunity of walking through in the future.
1CO 2:15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.
You can’t see the doors of opportunity through human eyes, i.e. human power, ability, I.Q. or empiricism.
PSA 115:5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see;
MAT 7:3 And why do you look at the speck that is in your brotherâ€™s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye ?
PSA 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
PRO 17:24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
ECC 2:14 The wise manâ€™s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness.
HEB 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Another thing that is thrown into the equation of our spiritual life that trains us to be ready to see and walk through God’s doors of opportunity is undeserved suffering.
The Christian way of life is a marathon and not a sprint.
“Perfect” is the nominative plural masculine noun teleioi = mature.
“Standard” is the dative of kanoni, which refers to the standard or rule of Bible doctrine.
The Lord’s Supper
TLJC was breaking from a single loaf of bread, which points to the fact that we are of one body in Christ
GAL 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
The Corinthians were not acting as “one body” to glorify Him.
Part of the significance of the death of TLJC in view here is reconciliation, not just man to Him, but man to man (believers).
“examine” (dokimazeto) ourselves – for conviction, NOT condemnation.
Wuest – “refers to the act of testing someone or something for the purpose of approving it.”
The ultimate goal of judgment is redemptive not destructive!