Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Faith is the one system that man must use to get to know God.


JOH 15:1 -- a reference to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ as undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever = "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

Three  systems of perception whereby mankind can use one or more of those systems of perception to learn things.

Three Systems of Perception

  1. Empiricism
  2. Rationalization
  3. Faith

Here is the wisdom of God once again revealing His perfection with His omniscience, His omnipresence and His omnipotence, which all reveal the glory of God.

If man could get to know God through empiricism then getting to know God would be based upon the resources that man has from his experiences which are ever equal.

Man cannot know God by His experiences because his experiences are based upon his privileges or lack of them.

If women could get to know God through rationalism, then getting to know God would be based upon one’s intellect, or one’s I.Q.,  or one’s education, etc.

There is still no equality to those individuals who think they are a lot smarter than others and think that their ability and their knowledge and their experiences make them unique.

Only one system that man can get to know God, and that is the non-meritorious system of perception that we call faith.

Three Systems of Perception

  1. Empiricism
  2. Rationalization
  3. FaiTop of Form


Joh 15:1‎Vinedresser;

Joh 15:2 – Divine Pruning;

JOH 15:4 –Abiding in the Vine

Joh 15:9-10, Agape or impersonal love.


All of these mystery doctrineS of the Church-age reveal the tremendous wisdom of God as He motivates those disciples to be prepared for any spiritual warfare that comes their way.


If the Christian soldier is prepared for battle as stated in EPH 6:10,  where our Lord has given to us divine instructions concerning spiritual warfare, both in the angelic realm and in the human realm.


In EPH 6:10, the Christian soldier is commanded to be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.


PRO 24:5   A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.


There are a lot of the doctrinal principles in this chapter, which were given to us by God because in doing so it gives us power and ability to fulfill the PPOG & PSD.

EPH 6:10, Paul says tobe strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.

EPH 6:16  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil {one.}

EPH 6:17   And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Let’s take a quick look back at the wisdom of Isaiah in dealing with some of the problems that the Jews and others were having because of their very own NVTD.

Isaiah warned them to be careful how they are handling the people who were under the authority of God even though they may be backsliders.

Jam 1:8, 4:8, - an alert system ingrained in our spirit so that we can recognize who the  double-minded individuals in our Life who are trying to destroy us; Jam 1:8; 4:8; 1Co 2:14.

Our Lord even laughs at those who reap what they sow after they have spent a lifetime mocking, laughing, being sarcastic, disrespectful, as they spit on our Lord’s face.

To those who were attacking the people of God, God says ignore them --- he will take care of them.

PSA 2:4   He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

PSA 37:12-13,  The wicked plots against the righteous, And gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him; For He sees his day is coming.

Before the cross where He would be so abused and mocked, mistreated, punched in the face,  and so scared that He did not even look like a member of the human race.

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