Grace Bible Church
pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
041020
Importance of Biblical Interpretation. The Accuracy, communication & Application of Bible Doctrine.

God the Holy Spirit would give the apostle the necessary spiritual I.Q. to make analogies between the spiritual life of the Christian soldier and the military life of the Roman army.

A Metaphor is defined as a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another to teach certain principles.

The first area of a Biblical metaphor is the selection and training of recruits; 2Ti 2:3-4.

The Roman army would brand every man with a hot iron, and that was one of the most honorable things in Roman life, to have that brandmark.

GAL 6:17   From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brandmarks of Jesus.

When he had that brand mark it said that he had gone through the toughest training in the ancient world.

Our third metaphor is blowing the trumpet or the bugle which the apostle used to describe the Christian way of life; 1Co 14:8.

1Co 14:8  For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

There are trumpet commands for assembly, for putting  on your equipment, and for moving out and forming in line.

  1. Voice commands, where the voice could be heard.
    b. Trumpet commands, which were used in combat where there was a great deal of noise from the war.

The indistinct sound or not sounding a clear call is analogous in this passage to speaking in tongues which was a temporary spiritual gift not designed for teaching Bible doctrine.

In this chapter, Paul is actually saying that tongues were an uncertain sound which does not communicate the battle of the Church-age.

This metaphor reveals the importance of the divine will and the divine direction given from the commands from headquarters in Heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ while He’s seated at the right hand of God.

This military metaphor talks about the importance of the accuracy of the communication and application of Bible doctrine.

This fulfills the principle of doing a right thing in a right way, even as imperfect human beings.

The distinct sound therefore means the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine resulting in the momentum by which we execute God’s plan.

The distinct sound means learning God’s procedures.

Learning God’s procedures is especially hindered by the two great enemies of the Christian: Ignorance and arrogance.

You, or your friends, your mate, your associates, your companions, are either living in the PPOG or in the cosmic system.

The plan of God is not:

C1 | PPOG | C2  | Rejection of all Three 

There are not four choices, there are only 3 = C1,C2, or the PPOG.

C1 | PPOG | C2 

If we do not have love for God, the Bible calls us adulteresses because as the future Bride of Christ when we live in one of the two cosmic systems, we are being unfaithful to our future Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The distinct sound talks about the accuracy of the plan of God.

2Ti 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

In Lev 22:2, the offering must be perfect to be accepted.

In Deu 32:4, His work is perfect.

In Psa 19:7, the doctrine of the Lord is perfect.

In Rom 12:2, the will of God is perfect.

In 1Co 13:10, the completed canon of scripture is perfect.

In Jam 1:25, we have the perfect law.

In Act 18:26, the way of God is accurate,

In 2Ti 2:15, the pastor is instructed to handle accurately the word of truth.

The point is that God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Believers think that if they are sincere, that their sincerity is impressive to God.

JOS 24:14   “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods [demon gods] which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

If your pastor is not accurate in what he teaches than you will not have the accurate information needed to live in the PPOG.

Luk 6:40   A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

The Biblical definition of AWOL is withdrawal and going in reversionism because of rejection of metabolized doctrine circulating in the soul.

The apostle Paul also tells us what to expect from believers who withdraw and go AWOL and how to handle them; 2Ti 4:14-18.

  1. Many believers also go AWOL and withdraw from doctrine when the doctrine gets difficult, as noted in the Gospels; JOH 6:66.

 

JOH 6:66   As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore.

 

  1. Going AWOL is an act of reversing or turning in the opposite way, or a state of being so turned. As believers we were designed to live in God’s plan for our life or the PPOG.

 

  1. In going AWOL, we turn the other way and cannot be distinguished from our pre-salvation status.

 

  1. Going AWOL is the act of regressing to a former state, habit, belief, or practice.

 

  1. Going AWOL is a reversal of your priorities, your attitudes, your affections.

 

  1. Going AWOL is the status of the believer who fails to execute the PPOG for the Church-age.

 

  1. Going AWOL is maximum control of the old sin nature over the life of the believer. And this results in the believer functioning under the dictates of the sin nature exactly as he did as an unbeliever.

 

  1. Going AWOL is lack of spiritual growth, failure to attain the three stages of spiritual adulthood, SSE, SA, SM.

 

  1. Going AWOL is the believer’s retrogression because of negative volition toward the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, which both defines and reveals god’s plan, will, and purpose for your life.

 

  1. Going AWOL is characterized by negative volition to doctrine, being influenced by evil, and results in perpetual carnality causing a life of perpetual discipline.

 

  1. Going AWOL is a technical theological term used for rejecting absolute truth, and drawing into your mind or accepting relative truth.

 

  1. The believer who goes AWOL, rejects the authority of God and His Word; 2Ti 2:3-4.

 

  1. During Peacetime some soldiers will even go AWOL because of Boredom or Inactivity instead of training for the battlefield.

 

  1. Some go AWOL because they don’t like the DISCIPLINE of being in the army of the Lord; 1Co 12:4-31).

 

  1. Some go AWOL. because of not wanting to submit to the spiritual authority that is in charge. (Usually because of personality conflicts, pettiness, or simple carnality).

 

  1. Going AWOL is an act of reversing or turning in the opposite way, or a state of being so turned. As believers we were designed to live in God’s plan for our life or the PPOG.

 

  1. Going AWOL is the act of regressing to a former state, habit, belief, or practice.

 

  1. Going AWOL is a reversal of your priorities, your attitudes, your affections.

 

  1. Going AWOL is the status of the believer who fails to execute the PPOG for the Church-age.

 

  1.   Going AWOL is maximum control of the old sin nature over the life of the believer. And this results in the believer functioning under the dictates of the sin nature exactly as he did as an unbeliever.

 

The importance staying in CONTACT with the COMMANDER and CHIEF, your Lord and Savior and your pastor-teacher who communicate the mind of Christ.

The winner believer will have an intimate relationship with our Lord; Joh 15:1-8, and with His people; Psa 16:2-3.

To protect us, just like exercising and staying in SHAPE is vital in the physical realm, it is also vital in the spiritual realm! (“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,” (Jude 1:20).

The Christians were known for saying grace before their meals while the Hebrews were known for saying grace and thank you after their meals.

Many believers go AWOL because they don’t know what their  WEAPONS are and do not know how to USE them!

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

MAT 23:28  “Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

TEAMWORK makes the DREAM work.

Fear can also produce sickness and depression; Gen 21:17.

Fear can produce suicide; 1Ki 19:4.

Fear can produce physical sickness; Neh 2:2.

Nehemiah’s countenance was sad and sick because of fear.

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