Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, January 24, 2014
JOH 6:4, while TLJC has now gone away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee with His disciples while a great multitude was following Him instead of going to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover Holiday.
1CO 5:7b For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”
The functions which take place at a Jewish Passover and the tremendous analogies pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The fact that the Jewish people could not discern that “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world in (JOH 1:29)” is actually present with them on a mountain on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, is because they are blinded and, as this passage says, a veil is over their heart.
JER 17:5 Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
PSA 118:8-9, It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in princes.
PSA 146:3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
The believer has an adequacy or a sufficiency but that sufficiency is not from self.
In the original language the Greek for adequacy is the adjective hikonoi meaning adequacy, sufficiency, competence.
“Not that we are adequate, sufficient, or competence, or worthiness is in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy or sufficiency, or competence or worthiness, is from God,”
Our qualification comes from the fact that at the moment of salvation God the Holy Spirit entered us into union with the Lord Jesus Christ.
We were given a canon of scripture, we were appointed ambassadors for Christ, given a supernatural way of life and a supernatural means of execution.
So God has made every believer a minister of the New Testament; not of the letter [the Mosaic law], but from the Holy Spirit.
We live in the age of the unveiled glory of God the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer and when the believer is filled or controlled by the Spirit of God then God the Holy Spirit reveals the glory of Jesus Christ in that believer.
The letter or the Mosaic Law kills and destroys and it proves that we are dead and need a Savior and so the Spirit gives life.
2CO 3:6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The reason and the purpose that God gave the Jews the Mosaic Law. The giving of life here is the glory of God revealed in us.
Our nature of sin, that is the OSN, finding opportunity in the commandment to express itself, got a hold on me and aroused and stimulated all kinds of forbidden desires (lust, covetousness). For without the Law sin is dead [the sense of it is inactive and a lifeless thing].
The sin nature found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it.
GAL 5:16-17, But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
The Mosaic law, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me, and then the sin nature looked really dull and lifeless.
2PE 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
HEB 10:38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
When Moses came down from the mountain after getting the Mosaic law and he had a glory of glamour in his face that was so animated and so great that no Jew in the audience could stand there and look at him intently.
As Moses finished he pulled down a curtain, he put a veil over his face. Why? Because the glamour, the glory, faded away.
The law has a glory, but like the departure of youth it is a fading glory; it is a glory that disappears.
From one generation to another as Bible doctrine is learned and applied and utilized this glory becomes a very real and a manifest thing.
There is in every generation of believers those who have the courage to stand on the Word of God, who are not herd bound, who are not distracted, who do not fall apart and get into gimmicks, who do not substitute human for divine dynamics.
2CO 3:3, being manifested that you are a letter of Christ,
The words “of Christ” is what is known in the Greek as a genitive of source meaning that He is the source of the writing. Jesus Christ writes to the human race through your life.
He writes to the unsaved of the human race by saying, “I died for your sins,” ”I took your place when I was judged on the cross; believe on me.”
Every believer is an epistle written to other believers C revealing the importance of grace, the importance of the plan of God, the importance of the provision of God, the importance of the glory of God.
The writing is designed for every believer, you have a right to your priesthood, your privacy on the basis of the Word of God apart from gimmicks and apart from any system of human dynamics.
The source of the epistle is Jesus Christ, and we could translate this that “You keep on being an epistle from the source of Christ.”
The point is that the writing is on the inside and the writing is the glory that God has provided for the believer in the Church Age.
The believer possesses a glory that Moses knew nothing of, that no Old Testament believer of the past possessed.
God has unveiled something new, beginning on the day of Pentecost.
There has to be a way to break through human good, programs; these come from the old sin nature, so that in this verse we begin the unveiling of this glory which is not the same as any human, superficial glory.
2CO 3:3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God,
The Age of Israel is the age of the veiled glory, the Church Age is the age of the unveiled glory.
The glory which is emphasized in 2 Corinthians chapter three is the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
God the Holy Spirit imitates God in our lives in that He produces in our soul those characteristics which make all kinds of personalities attractive.
The Holy Spirit can indwell without controlling. The glory is not seen unless the glory controls your life.