Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Faithfulness of God. Part 2.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The Doctrine of the Faithfulness of God.
Point 1. Definition.
Divine faithfulness is God’s grace expression to the believer using His perfect character as the basis for expression.
Point 2. God is faithful to us in recovery.
1JO 1:9 If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and righteous, with the result that He forgives us our sins [known sins] and cleanses us from all unrighteousness [unknown sins].
The same principle is taught in 1CO 11:31; JER 3:13; PSA 32:5; PSA 38:18.
PSA 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgression to the Lord;” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
God is justified to forgive us because He has been propitiated by the sacrifice of His perfect Son.
There is no merit in naming a sin.
Four mechanics involved in recovery:
a. Name it, 1JO 1:9
b. Isolate it, HEB 12:15
c. Forget it, PHI 3:13
d. Keep moving, PHI 3:14.
Grace forgiveness is never a license to sin, but is the motivation to press on to spiritual maturity.
If you take God’s grace to mean that it is ok with God that you continue to live in the cosmic system you are missing the power of God’s grace and you will be a loser believer with no rewards at the JSOC.
Point 3. God’s faithfulness is manifest in His perfect plan.
1CO 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
As a part of His faithfulness, He has provided for every believer his very own plan in which to function as the basis for equal opportunity to reach spiritual maturity.
Point 4. God’s faithfulness is manifest in logistical grace provision and supergrace blessing, 1TH 5:24.
1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
Learn His doctrine.
Confess your sins.
Apply that wonderful grace to yourself and others in this life and He will pick up the rest.
God’s perfect faithfulness to you in eternity past inevitably leads to His perfect faithfulness to you in time.
If God was faithful to you in eternity past, He can only be faithful to you in time and eternity as well.
Point 5. God’s faithfulness in testing, 1CO 10:13; 2CO 4:17; ROM 8:18.
ROM 8:18 for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
We are tested in the area of logistical grace support from God.
LUK 12:29 and do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying.
We are also tested regarding our love of doctrine versus social life, loved ones, our failures, other distractions, and our families.
Prior to the different stages of spiritual growth, we must all pass through the different forms of suffering that the Lord brings in.
As a part of God’s faithfulness, He always provides the doctrine or the opportunity to get the doctrine necessary to pass each test before it comes.
REV 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.
Point 6. God is faithful to the Royal Family of God.
HEB 10:23 “Let us keep on holding fast to the profession of our confidence unbending, because the One having promised is faithful.”
Point 7. God is faithful to the apostate believer, 2TI 2:13.
2TI 2:13 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.”
God is faithful in keeping the degenerate believer alive for discipline.
Point 8. God is faithful to the believer in the realm of the angelic conflict.
2TH 3:3 but the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one