Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The illustration of virtue in Greek drama. Part 6. The organized life.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Self-control – accusative singular feminine noun – enkrateian – e*gkravteian = self-discipline, or self-control.

Egkrateia also means an “organized life.”

1. Having the right priorities – “A time for everything,” ECC 3:1-8.

2. Bible doctrine which will give you the capacity to organize your life and have inner happiness with the right priorities.

Doctrine of election = “equal privilege, equal opportunity for all.”

NEH 8:18 And he read from the book of the Law of God daily, from the first day to the last day.

PRO 8:30 Then I [doctrine] was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him,

PRO 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.

LUK 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

LUK 19:47 And He was teaching daily in the temple; and the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him,

LUK 22:53 While I was with you daily in the temple,

ACT 16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.

PSA 145:2 “Everyday will I bless thee”
PSA 61:8 “I will perform my vows or my responsibilities daily”
PSA 72:15 “Daily shall He be praised”
PSA 119:164 Seven times a day I will praise Thee because of your righteous judgments.

PSA 1:2 “But his delight [the mature believer] is in the Law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
ISA 8:9 “My Lord, I have called daily upon you.”
ACT 20:31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.
2CO 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

ACT 2:46 And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple,
ACT 5:42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

The believer must have organization in his use of time, in his use of energy and to have the right priorities in life.

“Redeem the time because the days are evil,” EPH 5:16.

An individual who can triumph over himself is greater than an individual who captures an entire city in battle.

When an individual lacks self-control he is totally defenseless from the attacks of the cosmic system.

JAM 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man, able to control the whole body as well.

PSA 39:1 I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle, while the wicked are in my presence.”

ROM 6:12 Therefore do not let the sin nature reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts,

Egkrateia [self-control] = good manners when you are sitting in Bible class – you refrain from talking, moving around, etc.

Every athlete went through identical training no matter what his event.

Only the believer inside the PPOG is living the Christian way of life, and therefore is qualified to compete in the angelic conflict.

There was a group called the agonistai who were people who just worked out to stay in shape, which is just sheer agony.

The athletai or the athletes were the ones who trained under the rules of the national gymnasium for ten months.

You were not allowed to leave the large walled area of the gymnasium for ten months, and you had to exercise under the authority of the gumnasiarch, the ruler of the gym (analogous to the pastor).

a. You could not leave for any reason.
b. You were on a strict diet which everyone ate (other foods being analogous to distractions of the cosmic system).

c. Everyone participated in group exercise naked outdoors, regardless of the weather (analogous to everyone getting the same doctrinal teaching).

d. Daily trumpet calls had to be met each day at various times; if you missed one you were disqualified.
e. Everyone had equal privilege and opportunity to compete.

1. He received a crown of ivy leaves, which represented the rewards he would receive when he returned home.
2. He had a special entrance cut into the wall of his hometown city which he passed through when he returned home. Then a plaque was put up after the wall was sealed up again.

This is analogous to having your name recorded in the permanent historical record section because of your invisible impact during the Church-age –
REV 3:12a “The winner, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God.”

3. He rode in the best chariot through the city in a parade.
4. He received a lifetime pass to all future games.
5. He received a great amount of money.

6. An ode was written to him by a poet.
7. A statue of him was put up in the public square.
8. His children were fed and educated at public expense.
9. He was exempt from all income taxes for life.

“Much to say” – adjective polus + noun logos = “much doctrine.”

Dull of hearing = you have been undisciplined concerning the perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine.

They have horizontal dependencies.

1CO 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2CO 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

PHI 2:1 Since therefore there is encouragement in Christ, since there is comfort from virtue-love, since there is fellowship of the Spirit, since there is tendernesses and compassions,

PHI 3:10 that I may come to know Him, and the power of [behind] His resurrection and the participation of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

PHM 1:6 and I pray that your fellowship with doctrine may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

1JO 1:3b indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

“Practice” – accusative singular feminine noun hexin = “habit.”

What are spiritual adults? They are people who cultivate habits.

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