Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Important and unique characteristics of the Divine Decrees conncerning time. Part 2.
Friday, July 22, 2011
“Draw near” – pres-mid-subj – proserchomai = come near to worship.
This word also means to have an unqualified assurance and absolute conviction produced by faith and absolute trust and confidence in God’s power, wisdom, and goodness.
HEB 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another;
“One another” is added from pres-act-part – parakaleo =to be encouraged.
Participle used as a noun in the Greek – should be translated “encouragement.”
What is encouragement in the assembly? Perception of Bible doctrine, not Christian fellowship.
Most of the problems that you face in life, you face alone, and therefore you are to derive your strength from within not from without.
PHI 4:13 I can do all things through “him” who strengthens me.
HEB 13:5-6, let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for he himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you, so that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper [not people], I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?”
PRO 9:12 if you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
God has decreed that most of the problems that you face in life, you face alone, and therefore you are to derive your strength from within not from without.
2TI 3:13-14, but evil men [men influenced by satanic evil] and impostors [individuals who claim to be something they are not] will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them;
The point is that you derive your strength and encouragement from your fellowship with God, not your fellowship with people.
Bible doctrine must have #1 priority in your life. The manifestation of invisible God is Bible doctrine.
The only way you can have fellowship with invisible God is to “learn” His plan concerning the divine decrees, which metabolized doctrine gives you the ability to execute and fulfill the PPOG for your life.
They are isolated because of geographics, handicaps, illness, lack of transportation or many other reasons.
Bible doctrine is the purpose of assembly worship, and they can learn Bible doctrine alone.
The priority is to get doctrine to have fellowship with God.
While some believers are isolated from Christian fellowship, they are not isolated from the communication of Bible doctrine.
God always supplies a right pastor with doctrine for positive believers.
It is just a matter of pleasing self and not pleasing God.
HEB 11:6 And without doctrine resident in the soul it is impossible to please Him,
For the average believer, there is no thought of the duty he owes to God… no sense of requirement.
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.
LUK 10:27 And he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
DEU 6:5 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Concerning time, God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory.
This is why the mature believer regards every day alike, ROM 14:5-6.
God has created you for His glory and until you believe that and then live for that purpose, you will never find true happiness and contentment in life.
ROM 14:5 One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord.
JAM 4:14 “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
LAM 3:22-23 “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”
JOB 23:12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
Treasured – verb tsaphan = to esteem; to admire, appreciate, respect, and even worship.
PSA 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust;
PSA 56:10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose Word I praise,
PSA 102:23 “In the course of my life, He broke my strength, He cut short my days.”
EPH 5:16-17 “Constantly buying time, because the days are evil. [You purchase time with doctrine; doctrine is the capital needed to buy time.] Because of this, stop being ignorant, but completely understand the will [purpose] of the Lord.”
Accurate Bible teaching can only come through someone who is prepared and who is teaching line upon line, precept upon precept, especially the mystery doctrine for the Church-age.
HEB 10:25 occurs through some other form of technology where, though not assembled with other believers, Bible doctrine is taken in on a consistent basis.
Once the believer attains spiritual adulthood, he functions under cognitive self-confidence.
Because of his fellowship with the Trinity through Bible doctrine, the believer in spiritual adulthood understands that Christian fellowship (social life, interaction with Christians) is not the basis for fulfilling the PPOG.
In conclusion, Christian fellowship or social life with other believers at best is a “result” of taking in doctrine, whether you assemble with other believers or get it on your own in isolation.
Christian fellowship is not possible for isolated believers due to their geographical location, military service, illness, handicaps, or a job that conflicts with Bible class time.
In fact, being deprived of Christian fellowship may be just the blessing they need to get a good start in doctrine before they come into contact with other believers.
For a believer who is positive, Bible doctrine is never denied.
Christian fellowship is nice to have if there is no legalism involved, but Christian fellowship cannot advance the believer in God’s plan, purpose, or will for his life.