Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The illustration of virtue in Greek drama. Part 5. Routine is designed to help you organize your life.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Your former sins = all the past sins you committed before salvation that have been completely blotted out or wiped away, ISA 43:25; 44:22.

Even your present sins, once you confess your known ones, are no longer remembered, 1JO 1:9; HEB 8:12;
HEB 10:17.

1. The epichoregeo – used for the one who provided the finances to train the Greek actors of his day.
Bible doctrine metabolized is our epichoregeo. It provides all the furnishings and supplies needed for our very own drama.

2. The choregeo – the Greek chorus.
The choregeo was made up of a small group of very excellent dancers and singers.

There are 7 qualities in 2PE 1:5-7 – Virtue, Knowledge, Self-control, Perseverance, Godliness, Brotherly kindness, Virtue-love.

3. It took time to train those in the chorus and it cost a tremendous amount of money and effort.

PRO 23:23 Buy doctrine, and do not sell out, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

MAR 12:30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

4. Just like every Greek chorus has a chorus leader, Bible doctrine is the leader of our “divine chorus,” 2PE 1:5.

5. The lead actor in the Greek chorus was the most important actor and therefore the lead actor and the first one mentioned. Virtue is the first one mentioned in our chorus line.

Virtue is the visible manifestation of the invisible – metabolized doctrine and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Basic virtues developed in the PPOG include enforced and genuine humility, love, worship, morality, courage, and confidence. Humility is the foundation for all virtue.

Virtue is greater than morality, it is the quality of intrinsic good.

1SA 16:7b for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Hypocrisy is a manifestation of an evil mental attitude.

People use evil thinking to justify their wrong actions, and hypocritical speech to conceal their thoughts.

The ones who every time they walked into a room where our Lord was, they got our Lord angry, MAR 3:5.

2SA 12:7…. “You are the one!”

We need these people in our life, we cannot always run from them because that would be loss of people testing and therefore loss of spiritual growth.

6. In Greek drama action, time and place were very vital.

Your life must have virtue as its action.
The time is one day at a time.
The place is the “PPOG.”

7. There was no Greek drama without an actor; and there is no Christian service without virtue first.

8. Christian service – praying, giving, witnessing, serving, etc., are all actions of the Christian life, but without the lead actor (virtue), there is no part to be played.

9. As the action of the drama was required to flow together with consistency so the believer’s lifestyle is to be one of unity and consistency from the power of God within.

MAT 11:30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

10. The “dramatic contests” also have an analogy to the Christian life.

The winner believer who is successful with his life can become a winner overnight,
REV 2:7;11;17;26; 3:5,12,21.

Routine is designed to help you organize your life.

Routine is very important in life because “routine” prepares you for what is not routine.

“Routine” prepares you for what is exciting, pleasurable, fun, and enjoyable.

ECC 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might;

COL 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Because she does not sense in her activity any meaning, aside from just the essentials of getting it done, therefore, she thinks it is meaningless.

It may be a part of the plan of God for her life and a manifestation of her pressing on toward the objective for the purpose of the reward belonging to the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus.

MAT 25:21 “Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”

ZEC 4:10 “Do not despise the day of small things!”

MAT 10:42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward.”

When you failed to prepare for life in a Greek drama it was known as “tragedy.”

When you succeeded in preparing it became known as “comedy.”

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

If you fail to prepare for the spiritual life through metabolized doctrine it will be known as a “tragedy.”

If you succeed in preparing through metabolized doctrine it will be known as a comedy or a relaxed situation.

Once you begin to metabolize doctrine as routine in your life, taking it in tomorrow, the next day, the next day, and the next, you develop capacity from this routine and there comes a time when you take it and use it in a magnificent way.

From your capacity you can handle the pleasures of life which is the comedy.
You can handle the disasters of life which is the tragedy.

Knowledge – dative singular feminine noun – gnosei – gnwvsei = academic information. Gnosis = perception of doctrine; knowledge of doctrine. Gnosis is used and not epignosis because Peter can only take us as far as our volition.

Under the subject of election, God wills the highest and the best for you.
Negative volition toward doctrine.
Even though the sovereignty of God wills you to be a winner, you are still a loser.

Virtue must take you to gnosis, then your volition must be positive so that gnosis is converted to epignosis.

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