Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The illustration of virtue in Greek drama. Part 13. What the dramatic chorus line will accomplish in your life.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Quality – demonstrative pronoun tauta – tauta = the qualities or the virtues mentioned in verses 5-7.
1. Virtue (respect, loyalty, devotion).
2. Knowledge – perception of doctrine.
3. Self-control – organized life.
4. Perseverance – endurance or consistency.
5. Godliness – living the spiritual life.
6. Brotherly love – love for members of the Royal Family.
7. Agape love – impersonal love for all members of the human race.
2PE 1:8 For if these qualities keep on being present within you and keep on increasing,
They render – pres-act-ind – kathistemi = to prevent.
The dramatic chorus line will prevent you from being neither useless (ineffective) nor unfruitful (unproductive).
Useless – adjective – argous – a*rgouV” = lazy, inefficient, inactive, careless, indifferent, apathetic; to shun the labor which one ought to perform – a procrastinator.
Unfruitful – accusative plural adjective – akarpous – a*kavrpou” = unproductive, without fruit, contributing nothing to the instruction, improvement, or comfort of others.
1CO 14:14 – to contribute nothing to the support and comfort of others.
MAT 13:22 – the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches cause the believer to become unfruitful.
MAT 13:22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
JUD 1:12 – those who are minus water or Bible doctrine are those considered to be akarpos – without fruit.
If you cannot take doctrine in and apply it to your personal life you will never be spiritually self-sustaining and therefore you will be inefficient.
MAT 6:21 for where your treasure [money] is, there will your heart be also.
“In the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” – prepositional phrase – eis + accusative of epignosis – eis epignosin – ei*” e*pivgnwsin = metabolized doctrine.
Your whole Christian life centers around how much knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ you have.
Metabolized doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ gives the believer the proper motivation to live.
Motivational virtue, love for God, must precede production and Christian service.
Otherwise, the believer’s production is wood, hay, and straw and will be burned up as useless and unfruitful works at the judgment seat of Christ, 1CO 3:11-15.
Personality conflicts and policy conflicts are all resolved by the same factor – occupation with TLJC.
As a royal priest you have motivational virtue toward God.
As a royal ambassador you have motivational virtue toward man.
Metabolized doctrine produces virtue.
Virtue produces proper motivation.
Proper motivation produces Christian service.
To lack – pres-act ind – parestin + negative me – mhV pavrestin = if these qualities are not near, or are not present, have not been stored up, or have failed to develop.
Blind – nominative singular adjective tuphlos – tuflov” = blind in the sense of blindness in the soul or blackout of the soul.
He is blinded by either arrogance or animosity toward doctrine.
Or he is blinded by indifference or apathy toward doctrine.
In the first system arrogance blinds him.
In the second system animosity toward truth blinds him.
The target of Satan’s first system is the believer’s ego resulting in pre-occupation with self to the exclusion of reality, ISA 14:12-14.
The target of Satan’s second system is truth or Bible doctrine resulting in antagonism toward Christ, His body, and doctrine itself.
One system emphasizes self over God.
The other system emphasizes human viewpoint over divine viewpoint.
One system was developed by Satan before the human race – living for “self rather than God.”
The other system was developed by Satan at the fall of the human race – human viewpoint over divine viewpoint.
Tuphlos – blind = mental blindness.
Tuphlos comes from “tuphoo” = to have a head full of smoke or to be inflated with pride.
1JO 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
TLJC – “those who were blind were those who cleaned up the outside but not the thought pattern,” MAT 15:1-20.
MAT 23:24 – the mentally blind “strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.”