Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Florida Conference 2009. Part 2. Sit, Walk, STAND.

Friday, April 24, 2009

All in all there are three sections to the book of Ephesians, handling the believer’s position in Christ (EPH 1:1 – 3:21), his life in the world (EPH 4:1 – 6:9), and his attitude toward the enemy (EPH 6:10 – 24).

1. Our Position in Christ – “SIT” (EPH 2:6)
2. Our Life in the World – “WALK” (EPH 4:1)
3. Our Attitude to the Enemy – “STAND” (EPH 6:11)

Sit, Walk, and STAND.
There is the Cross of Sit, the Cross of Walk, and the Cross of Stand.

With respect to our sitting in the Christian way of life, the cross appears as the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross.

The Cross of our Christian walk is living in the Royal Family Honor Code, where we lay down our lives for the brethren.

There is the Cross of Stand.

Our Lord stood and delivered when He was on trial.

The LORD stands when He is ready to DO BATTLE!

ZEC 14:3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.
ZEC 14:4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,

When Stephen the first martyr was about to die, our Lord Jesus Christ who had been sitting, sitting at the Right Hand of the Father, stood up, ACT 7:55-56.

A person stands to give a speech, to say something important, to say something which will be opposed.

The disciples standing before kings is a picture of the stand that the mature believer takes against the prince of the power of the air.

The cross of standing is undeserved suffering, and the ultimate is evidence testing.

The witness STAND.

A true friend stands by you in your trials, and we have already seen that with our Lord standing with Paul as he prepared to face his trial before Caesar.

When you take your stand, remember that the Lord stands with you, and it is HE that fights for you on the evil day while you keep silent.

Here is our word “stand” and in the same verse the devil is mentioned.

In this section of the book, we find Paul talking about various items of military equipment.

We have powerful enemies. We are in a struggle.

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In context, it speaks of “one who vanquishes his adversaries and holds the ground, EPH 6:13; also of one who in the midst of the fight holds his position against the foe” (Thayer)

Our Christian stand has something to do with being soldiers.

Robert McLaughlin
Bible Ministries
and Barah Ministries
Florida Conference
Friday PM,
April 24, 2009

The Christian STAND

Take a STAND against REJECTION

REJECTION OF GOD

PSA 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God”

REJECTION OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

2CO 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled (and it is), it is veiled to those who are perishing…

REJECTION OF BIBLE DOCTRINE
2TH 2:10 …and (they are deceived) with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

REJECTION
To be forsaken, to be excluded, to be repudiated or to be eliminated… to be denied, to be discarded, to be set aside

PSA 27:10
(David says) For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the Lord will take me up.

The Lord will always be there and will ALWAYS provide the perfect provision in a rejection

REJECTION
The use of negative volition… to refuse to acknowledge… or to believe…or to receive… or to accept…or to hear… or to consider

ISA 53:3
He (the Lord Jesus Christ) was despised and forsaken (rejected) of (by) men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

JOH 14:6
I am the way (to salvation), (I am) the truth (of the Word of God) and (I am) the (eternal) life…no one comes to (God) the Father but through (believing in) Me

Those who hate the truth reject the truth.

REJECTION
To throw away as worthless or unsatisfactory

JOH 12:47
“If anyone hears My (the Lord Jesus Christ’s) sayings (the word of God…Bible doctrine…maybe they will and maybe they won’t) and does not keep them (rejection), I do not judge him (at this point); for I did not come to judge the world, but (my purpose is) to save the world.”

The Barna Group
www.barna.org

The study of the beliefs of Mainline Protestants…
Methodists
Lutherans
Presbyterians
Episcopalians

BARNA STUDY

35% of Mainline Protestants believe the Lord Jesus Christ was sinless
65% of Mainline Protestants DO NOT believe the Lord Jesus Christ was sinless

BARNA STUDY

34% of Mainline Protestants believe the Bible is totally accurate
66% of Mainline Protestants do not believe the Bible is totally accurate

BARNA STUDY

27% of Mainline Protestants believe works don’t earn your salvation
73% of Mainline Protestants believe works DO earn your salvation

BARNA STUDY

20% of Mainline Protestants believe Satan is real
80% of Mainline Protestants DO NOT believe Satan is real

The religious Denominations have large groups of people who REJECT foundational Christian doctrines
CHRISTOLOGY – The Study of the Lord Jesus Christ
BIBLIOLOGY – The Study of the veracity of the Bible
SATANOLOGY – The study of the enemy of God
SOTERIOLOGY – The study of the salvation work of the Lord Jesus Christ

Systematic Theology…has fallen upon evil days… it is rejected by so-called progressives…it is neglected and abridged by the orthodox…it is approaching the point of extinction as a potent influence

The study of the beliefs of Christians between the ages of 16 and 29 in Non-Denominational Churches…

BARNA STUDY of Non-Denominational Christian Churches

63% believe the Lord Jesus Christ was sinless
37% DO NOT believe the Lord Jesus Christ was sinless

BARNA STUDY of Non-Denominational Christian Churches

70% believe the Bible is totally accurate
30% DO NOT believe the Bible is totally accurate

BARNA STUDY of Non-Denominational Christian Churches

60% believe works don’t earn your salvation
40% believe works DO earn your salvation

BARNA STUDY of Non-Denominational Christian Churches

48% believe Satan is real
52% DO NOT believe Satan is real

REV 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…
1JO 5:19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

REJECTION of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ IS GOD!!!

JOH 1:3 All things came into being through Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
HEB 1:10 And, “YOU, LORD (Jesus Christ), IN THE BEGINNING (which was not really the beginning) LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS (the entire universe) ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS”

COL 1:16
For by Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) all things were created (ktizo), both in the heavens and on earth, (both) visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.

COL 1:17
He (the Lord Jesus Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

2CO 11:4
For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached (and they do!)…

Rejection of the Gospel

JESUS Freak
A derogatory term for Christians who evangelize

Get rid of their sin nature
Live a perfectly sinless life for thirty three years without a single mistake
Endure the most awful pressure and rejection anyone is ever faced
Agree to die for people who hate you

Hang from a Cross after having been beaten beyond recognition
Have all the sins of every creature who ever lived ticked off on your back
After dying spiritually, die physically
Have a trichotomous separation where your body goes to the grave, your spirit goes into the presence of God the Father, and your soul goes to Hades to announce victory

Rise from the dead!!
Record the whole thing in a book with perfect accuracy

2CO 11:4
For if one comes (and he does) and preaches a different gospel…

Rejection of Bible Doctrine
2TI 4:3-4 For the time will come (right now) when they (believers in Christ) will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled (the positive faith movement), they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

BILL LIND
The Origins of Political Correctness

Totalitarianism
A centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life including the freedom, will,
or thought of others

Take a STAND against REJECTION

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