Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Knowing how to glorify God or how believers resist the will of God. Part 2.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Knowing how to glorify God or knowing the glorification of God.
Point 1. How the Believer Glorifies God. The glorification of God by means of the Church (in EPH 3:21) occurs when the believer attains spiritual adulthood and moves on to spiritual maturity.
Knowing how to glorify God or knowing the glorification of God is to take place in the church.
Glory to God also is to come down through all the generations through knowing how to glorify God.
Glory to God will take place in the Church-age, Tribulation period, through the Millennial reign and the eternal state through knowing how to glorify God or through knowing the doctrine of the glorification of God.
To be strengthen by His Spirit--not a worldly fleshly strength, but a glorious inner strength--
Knowing the doctrine of glorification of God will cause you to reach out and experience the breadth!
Test its length!
Rise to the heights!
Dig out and experience the depths!
You’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of the love of Christ.
Knowing how to glorify God will cause you to live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
There are different manifestations of knowing how to glorify God or knowing the glorification of God.
a. At spiritual self-esteem the believer has knowledge and self-confidence.
b. At spiritual autonomy or when the believer becomes spiritually self-sustained, he has a strong independence, not an independence from God but from depending on man.
c. At spiritual maturity, the believer has cognitive invincibility and can be manufactured into an invisible hero.
This happens when the believer glorifies God as he parlays the life beyond gnosis (EPH 3:19) into the life beyond dreams (EPH 3:20).
While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk--better yet, run!--on the road God called you to travel.
With humility and discipline, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love.
Knowing how to glorify God or knowing the glorification of God causes the believer to be alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.
Through knowing how to glorify God or through knowing the doctrine of the glorification of God causes us to recognize that everything we are and think and do is infiltrated with Oneness.
a. The life beyond gnosis, EPH 3:19.
b. The life beyond gnosis is epignosis =
the consistent function of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
The mystery doctrine of the Church-age found in the New Testament epistles, for it contains all the mechanics for the plan of God in this dispensation.
The result is the attainment of spiritual adulthood.
Spiritual maturity parlays the life beyond gnosis into the life beyond dreams, which becomes the basis for glorifying God.
Point 2. What Does Not Glorify God.
Christian service, sacrifice, and works.
All this is wood, hay, and straw and it will all be burned at the Judgment Seat of Christ, 1CO 3:11-15; 2CO 5:10.
2CO 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
The only Christian service and production that counts is production that results from the filling of the Holy Spirit and the perception of Bible doctrine.
Christian service and Christian works are not the means of attaining spiritual adulthood or of glorifying God.
Spiritual growth is not measured in works; spiritual growth is measured in momentum.
That production will be gold, silver, and precious stones and it will be rewardable at the Judgment Seat of Christ.