Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
March 22, 2019
"The Twelve," = it does not mean that all the 12 apostles were present at the time but the phrase, "The Twelve" is actually one of the TITLES for the Apostles.
The attitude of Judas Iscariot from this time forward will lead him to suicide; according to ACT 1:14-21.
This was the final eulogy of Judas Iscariot, a traitor, a liar, and plagued by the arrogance that he knew more about the Jews than even our Lord does.
You have some idea of the reasons that our Lord did what He did in the past, especially when He appointed certain disciples who became Apostles.
Joh 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.
This one verse describes for us the entire meaning of the Vine and the branches and how we have the power and the ability to apply the doctrine necessary to bring forth the "fruit of the Vine" = fruit of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is nothing that the Lord could ever request from us that He has not provided the assets needed to bring glory to God.
He knew their deeds and their works and how they persevered and how they refused to quit even though they had to endure evil men from those who call themselves apostles, and they are not.
Sometimes it is both healthy and humbling to remember where you and I came from and what the Lord has delivered all of us from?
Here is where the "Golden Rule" comes into the picture and reveals to us parents the importance of how we treat one another, especially how a parent treats their children.
One of the main reasons why the apostle Paul stayed with them was because of their PVTD.
PVTD remembers that in 1CO 1:26 we are told that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
God has chosen the foolish things or the foolish people of this world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak ones of the world to shame the things which are strong, 1Co 1:27.
Our Lord appointed the Twelve, including Judas Iscariot, an unbeliever, who was not only appointed by our Lord but he was given the authority by our Lord to perform miracles and preach the word.
judas was given the "power of God" and the "authority of God" to preach and teach the "Word of God," even though he was an unbeliever and not saved or born again.
When someone is called a “Benedict Arnold,” he is known for being a traitor who goes as far as betraying even the members of one's own family.
MAT 10:4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, [and then his eulogy] the one who betrayed Him.
Judas was known for being a traitor, a coward, a henpecked husband who is browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one's wife, girlfriend, or someone who never dared to contradict his wife.
JOH 6:60 Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard this our Lord said that He was the Bread of Life and if you do not eat His flesh or drink His blood, you cannot be saved.
Henpecked -- has its origins in the means (pecking) used by one hen to show dominance over another in the establishment of a pecking order.
Our Lord Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.
He cried out; There must be something wrong in Denmark!
The number of the chapter and the verse which is said to be found in JOH 6 verse 66 which talks about the disciples refusing to follow our Lord and fall into apostasy.
Even things as simple like the number that is assigned to the disciples who have quit upon the Lord which is Joh 6:66 -- 666 = man's number to worship angels and humanity.
As a result of this many of the scribes withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
"As a result of this many of the Pharisees withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
As a result of this many of the Sadducees withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
It says just what it says that as a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore.
PSA 19:13 Keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them (the presumptuous sins) not rule over me; Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
It doesn't say in the last part of verse 13, Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgressions (plural).
"And I shall be acquitted of great transgression." in the singular" because it refers to one sin that snowballs into many sins, and that is the sin of presumption.
PRO 13:10 Through presumption comes nothing but strife, But with those who receive counsel is wisdom.
ROM 15:18 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed.
Judas was money hungry or a lover of money, and yet the Lord made him the treasurer of the Apostles.
Verse 19 illustrates the "power of the word" and the "authority of the Word" as seen in Judas Iscariot, who was not only given the power and the authority to preach and teach the Word of God but he was also given the right and the authority to cast out demons.
Judas preached the Word of God, even though he was an unbeliever.
Judas taught the Word of God even though he was an unbeliever.
Judas also was given the authority to cast out demons, even though he was not saved or born again.
This particular subject also reveals the power of the Word even though Judas was an unbeliever -- the power is in the Word.
Prin: Judas was an unbeliever who performed miracles even though he was not saved.
One of the questions that emerge is "What is difference between a disciple and an Apostle?"
An apostle is sent to deliver or spread their teachings and their message that they were gifted to present, especially to the early Church.
The word "apostle" has two meanings, the larger meaning of a messenger and the narrow meaning to denote the Twelve people directly linked to the Lord Jesus Christ.
All apostles were disciples but all disciples were not apostles.
God decided to use certain women, who responded to the call to take care of our Lord and the Twelve, even though it was ONE of the TWELVE who was stealing the money needed to live on.
The passage in Luke Chapter Eight, because a lot of individuals have the wrong idea of how our Lord lived.
These women were responsible for supporting financially TLJC and the men who were under His authority.
Mary Magdalene -- seven demons had indwelt her body and there are some who assume from this fact that she was an adulterous woman but there is no proof of that whatsoever.
Many believers judge by sight and gossip about the lifestyle of other believers because they violate the Doctrine of Privacy.
Mary and the other women mentioned were women who were used by God in a substantial way by God in His plan.
Mary Magdalene constantly remained with the women who followed TLJC and His disciples and who also served them with the necessities of life.
The Lord was not married and because of that He did not have a help-mate to help Him but what He did have was doctrine in the soul which is far greater than being married or depending on others.
Our Lord had logistical needs that were supplied by certain women who I believe will be mentioned in God's hall of Fame because they provided the finances and the gifts that were given to Him and the twelve.
The Lord and His disciples needed money for food, shelter, and clothing and these women were used by God to fulfill that need.
None of the disciples worked, they had to leave their homes for three years and so God used women such as Mary Magdalene, Joanna the wife of Chuza and Susanna.
They are over-looked by many because of their secondary roles, ..but there are no secondary roles with God.
MAR 9:41 "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
It may seem like "what you do" is not needed, and yet it is the fulfillment of the plan of God designed just for you.
There have been many women throughout the Church-age who because of them doctrine was taught in powerful ways.
They were responsible for doctrinal pastor-teachers being able to do their job without having to be distracted.
I am definitely referring to our internet congregation which is a non face-to-face congregation and church as it was when the apostle Paul was in prison for years.
In the beginning of the Church-age, Paul taught doctrine by means of writing letters to his students or his disciples from jail.
Mary Magdalene was permitted to give her entire treasure to the Lord.
Mary Magdalene witnessed most of the events surrounding the crucifixion while all the apostles with the exception of John ran away and forsook TLJC.
She was also present at the mock trial of the Lord when she heard Pontius Pilate pronounce the death sentence; and she saw the Lord being beaten and humiliated by the crowd.
She was also one of the women who stood near the Lord during the crucifixion to try to comfort Him.
She was the first one who witnessed the resurrection of TLJC and she was sent by Him to tell the others, Joh 20:11‑18.
Here is a woman who put all the apostles to shame when it came to being faithful to TLJC and believing His words!
Madam = a respectful title for a woman, or a woman who runs a house of prostitution or a woman who is running a brothel where prostitutes work for money.
We have seen other women mentioned who were faithful to our Lord and His ministry namely, Mary, the mother of the apostle John, Joanna, the wife of Chuza the steward, and Susanna.
The world generally looks in a mocking way at such quiet service behind the scenes.
To be ordinary and in no way extraordinary is a secret between the Lord and the ordinary believer who because of our Lord has become extra--ordinary or extraordinary.
God's scale of values weighs differently than ours does.
MAT 25:21 "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master."