Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Glory experienced in the life of the believer.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Success in the spiritual life can be measured by the reception of your escrow blessings in time.
God has given the Church-age believer the ability to have His very own essence functional in their lives.
The function of God’s perfect essence in your life is the same as God’s glory being in your life.
Definition of glory:
1. The glory of God refers to the sum total of His divine essence.
In times of prosperity or success the believer must never forget the Giver while being absorbed with the gift.
When you make strides in the spiritual life it’s time to watch yourself, take an inventory, lest you forget the Lord who brought you there.
In times of failure or adversity the believer must recall the doctrines of his position in Christ so as to avoid the evil of guilt and condemnation.
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
The glory that is restored to the Church-age believer at the moment of salvation is the FULL glory that was lost at the fall.
Israel could only be given a partial glory because the cross of Christ was still future and so the plan of God for the OT believer was a shadow and a ritual while the plan for the NT believer is the reality.
The glory that is revealed at the moment of salvation is so much brighter than the glory that was revealed in the OT that the OT glory is no longer considered glory.
Church-age believers exist in this world having three very effective and dangerous enemies that are sources of darkness with a vigorous intent on putting darkness where God’s glory should be.
Your first enemy is Satan, who stands on this earth and works hard to darken our hearts and replace the glory that could be there.
If you allow Satan to have dominion over you, you will live in darkness rather than the glory that God has restored to you as a free gift.
Your second enemy is the world system or cosmic system that is run by the KOD, which is the organized army of fallen angels who function under the command of Satan.
If we do not do this then we can only expect to live under the influence of the world forces of this darkness.
How do you pick up and put on the full armor of God? You pick up and put on the four spiritual skills. 1. F-HS 2. PMA-BD 3. Execution of the PPOG 4. Function of the 10 PSD’s
God has given us all the mechanics to become overcomers in this life.
Your third enemy is the agent within, the old sin nature.
The old sin nature desires to control your soul with the result that you will be minus the filling of the Holy Spirit and reside in the darkness of the cosmic system.
How do you lay aside the old self (OSN) and therefore remove yourself from darkness?
The Church-age believer is restored to the full glory of God through Jesus Christ at the moment of salvation, however, the believer can be shrouded in the darkness of his enemies by failing to follow the four spiritual mechanics.
The first mechanic is the provision that God foresaw for our failures.
When you allow one or all of your three enemies to darken your heart, you are given the grace provision of problem solving device #1, the rebound technique.
“Darkness” - skotos = darkness to the extent that there is a total absence of light.
Darkness in this life is a bad place to be, especially when you are a born again believer in the Church-age who has been given free reign of God’s glory.
Skotos is used in reference to the Lake of Fire, MAT 25:30.
MAT 25:30 And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Skotos = the darkness that existed before restoration (GEN 1:2,4,5 Septuagint; Hebrew equivalent: choshekh).
Skotos symbolizes the discipline of Israel for their disobedience
(DEU 28:29 Septuagint).
Skotos refers to the Tribulational period; the worst time this earth will ever see (JOE 2:2 Septuagint).
Skotos denotes the spiritual condition of blindness (ISA 59:9 Septuagint).
Skotos is used for severe divine discipline
(LAM 3:1-6 Septuagint).
Skotos is used for influence of the KOD over the believer’s soul (EPH 6:12), intellectual darkness (ROM 2:19), spiritual darkness (2CO 6:14; COL 1:13; 1TH 5:4-5; 1PE 2:9; 1JO 1:6), having an evil eye (MAT 6:23), the status quo of the unbeliever (EPH 5:8), life in the cosmic system (2CO 6:14).
It is only now in time that you have a CHOICE to walk in the darkness or to walk in the light.
Adversity is inevitable, but stress is optional.
Christ entered the darkness for each and every one of us so that we would never be lost in the dark again.
Now from the sixth hour darkness [skotos] fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Problem solving device #1: the Rebound technique.
Spiritual mechanic #2: PMA of BD.
Since the believer is placed in Christ at the moment of salvation, the veil is lifted at the moment of salvation, and therefore the glory of God is restored positionally at the moment of salvation.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
By means of the perception and metabolization of the word of God under the filling of God the Holy Spirit the glory of Lord is transformed to the believer as the believer’s heart is transformed.
The knowledge of the glory of God is revealed through the word of God, and more specifically in the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.