Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
A great sign appeared in Heaven. Part 2.
Friday, June 28, 2002
1CO 1:22 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;
1. The sign of circumcision, a sign that Abraham would perpetuate the Jewish race, GEN 17:11.
2. The sign of the virgin birth to point to the hypostatic union and the unique relationship that the Lord Jesus Christ would have with God the Father, ISA 7:14.
3. The sign of Israel becoming a nation manifested by the miracles of the ten plagues.
The first prophecy of the virgin birth was given in GEN 3:15-16 opposing Satan.
ISA 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
ISA 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The historical fulfillment of the virgin birth, MAT 1:19-25.
GEN 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
COL 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created by Him and for Him.
Paul said that Jesus was God, ROM 9:5.
1TI 3:16 And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
The third sign, REV 12:1 - the woman clothed with the sun = Israel.
Moon = the wives and mistresses of Jacob who reflect his glory in the sense that the moon reflects the glory of the sun.
1CO 11:7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
Listen - Qal imperative - shama = to obey.
Smooth - chalaq (refers to his skin) = to be smooth with the tongue.
Here we see Rebekah doing the same thing that Sarah did, trying to achieve the divine promise by human viewpoint.
Human viewpoint never can assist divine plans but merely complicates matters even more.
1. The stereotype Christian is someone who has personally believed in TLJC.
2. The stereotype Christian is totally ignorant of Gods plan as a member of the Royal Family of God.
3. The stereotype Christian has no understanding of Gods plan and substitutes what he assumes or feels must be Gods plan for his life.
4. The stereotype Christian generally concludes that the goal of the Christian life and spirituality is living moral.
5. The stereotype Christian assumes that the key to the Christian life is a sweet personality.
6. The stereotype Christian attends church at least once a week.
7. The stereotype Christian classifies anyone who is relaxed and enjoys life, especially when being pressured, as being worldly or carnal.
GAL 2:4 “spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.”
8. The stereotype Christian regards the mature believer as a fanatic or cultist because he has never heard certain things or certain doctrines.
9. The stereotype Christian respects the pastor who does not have the time to study because hes too busy hustling around the church.
10. The stereotype Christian is always striving to be sweet but behind that facade of sweetness lies his real face of hypocrisy.
11. The average stereotype Christian is a critic and whatever he does not understand he considers to be wrong.
12. The stereotype Christian is not usually interested in the sermon except for its length; he wants it to be short!
13. The stereotype Christian likes a convenient pastor, one who counsels when he needs attention and one who does not offer the challenge of truth!
GAL 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?
14. The stereotype Christian can be easily conned.
15. The stereotype Christian, being ignorant of Gods plan, is proud, legalistic, self-righteous, and a dropper of spiritual words and phrases.
16. The result of the stereotype Christian is a total failure in time, and at the Bema seat judgment he is going to shrink away in embarrassment.
17. The stereotype Christian develops mental blocks toward doctrinal teaching, 1TI 4:1, and the results are an arrogant subjective believer.
18. The stereotype Christian can counterfeit an outward righteousness through change of behavior pattern, but he cannot counterfeit an inner change of character and integrity.
19. The stereotype Christian loves to use clichs or stereotype holy language, calling the Lord Thee or Thou, calling people brother, and always saying “Praise the Lord!”
20. The stereotype Christian uses facial expressions which stand for sincerity, such as the intense or serious look.
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