Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Knowing how to glorify God or how believers resist the will of God. Part 5.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Doctrine of Glorifying God.
Point 1. How the Believer Glorifies God.

The glorification of at this time in human history occurs within the Church (EPH 3:21) occurs when the believer attains spiritual adulthood and moves on to spiritual maturity.

Point 2. What Does Not Glorify God.

The only Christian service and production that counts is the 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 but the results of knowing how to glorify God.

EPH 2:10, We are His creation, having been created in Christ Jesus for the purpose of good of intrinsic value achievements which God has prepared in advance, that we should walk by means of them.

However, separated, you can’t produce a thing.

Anyone who separates from Him is like deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.

As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relationship to your calling and personal sense of destiny, the Father gives you.

Point 3. The Pattern for Glorifying God in the Church-age.

a.  Reception of Bible doctrine is the #1 priority.

Your #1 priority is the daily reception of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.

b. The second “R” is Retention, which refers to the metabolization of Bible doctrine, so that gnosis doctrine or knowledge in the left lobe becomes epignosis doctrine or wisdom in the right lobe, the heart, which is the basis of momentum in the PPOG.

2CO 3:18, but we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

It is only when gnosis is transformed into epignosis that the believer can receive the momentum to keep going and “put on the new man” who is being renewed because of epignosis.

2CO 4:7, but we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves;

This power comes from epignosis or metabolized doctrine, HEB 4:12.

When a positive faith decision is made, the Holy Spirit transfers gnosis to epignosis, or knowledge to wisdom

1CO 8:1b, Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.

PRO 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth {come} knowledge and understanding.”

Retention or spiritual metabolism occurs between gnosis and epignosis.

JER 3:15, “Then I will give you pastors after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

When gnosis is at the entrance of your soul, which is the location of your mind, it is up to you whether you will let it in or not.

Momentum is the Christian life is growing.

Metabolism converts food into energy.

Doctrine is spiritual food and it is at the point of metabolism that doctrine becomes spiritual energy, JOH 6:63, “it is the SPIRIT who gives life;”

Doctrine is the power and energy that the Christian uses to produce divine good and glorify God.

Evil and legalism is the human power the believer uses to produce human good.

Anabolism is the part of metabolism that is converted for good.

It is called the constructive part of metabolism.

Anabolism takes small cells of energy and enlarges them.

Catabolism =
katabole =
to throw down, breaks down the cells which could be destructive.

Doctrine destroys some things that are no good, and it builds you up.

In the building up process, a soul structure is built.

Doctrine doesn’t always build you up, sometimes it tears you down.

It gives us momentum and discernment in our spiritual lives (analogous to anabolism), and it destroys human viewpoint (analogous to catabolism).

Just as metabolism (anabolism and catabolism) has functions to neutralize the poison materials which enter the body through contaminated foods, so, M.D. neutralizes false doctrine that would try to sneak it’s way in through the cosmic evangelist, the cosmic preacher, or the cosmic believer.

JER 15:16, Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.

As long as you’re motivated by people, people will hurt you, even people you love.

Doctrine is designed to be your motivation not people.

Retention produces spiritual metabolism and results in love for God and confidence in God.

a. The formation and the preservation of the canon of scripture  ie the Bible.

b. The divine authorization of the local church as a classroom.

c. The provision of a certain pastor for the communication of doctrine.

d. The filling of the Holy Spirit and spiritual phenomena understood, to that it can be metabolized.

e. The provision and the privacy of the royal priesthood for receiving doctrine.

f. Logistical grace support to sustain your life so that you can fulfill the divine commands.

g. The grace provision of the human spirit which makes possible the understanding of doctrine and gives us the capacity to have an unlimited spiritual I.Q.

Illustration.

The solution for every problem you will ever face in life is for you to use the divine assets and the divine power that God has provided and given to you.

The enemy of Christianity is human good, which is the doctrine of pseudo-spirituality and this is because divine power and human power are mutually exclusive.

Gas is energy for your car.

Carbohydrates gives you energy for your body.

Carbohydrates that are natural sugars, supply the energy for the neurons in the brain to be able to print information.

You cannot mix the two energies.

You cannot mix human ability, human talent or human energy with the power of God.

If you get weary and faint it’s because you are relying on human power and not divine power.

HEB 12:1, Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

HEB 12:2, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

HEB 12:3, For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

We grow weary and lose heart when “our” thoughts are not like “His” thoughts or when we are minus the mind of Christ.

Prin - God the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine are the only means of energy sources whereby we are able to live a life which is glorifying to the Lord.

c. Recall is  comparable to the concept of wisdom; it refers to the application of doctrine.

1.  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

2.  The dispensation of the unique PPOG.

3.  Unique Equality in the PPOG.

4.  The Unique Portfolio of Invisible Assets.

5.  Two Unique Royal Commissions for every Church Age Believer.

6.  The doctrine of the Church Age is the unique mystery doctrine.

7.  The body of the Church Age believer is indwelt by each person of the Trinity.

8.  The Unique Availability of Divine Power.

9.  The Age of No Prophecy.

10. The Church Age is the dispensation of invisible heroes.

Knowing how to glorify God or knowing the doctrine of glorification of God results in problem-solving.

There is X-amount of suffering for blessing involved in the three “R’s”, Reception, Retention, and Recall, because this is the way you glorify God applying doctrine to your experience.

Glorification of God is ultimately the execution of the PPOG, the fulfillment of your personal sense of destiny, through the advance to spiritual maturity.

Many Christians take the verses that tell us we won’t know the time of His coming to mean they should ignore any and all scripture that might warn us of this time of tribulation.

God included certain historical events in the Bible and, since God is all knowing, we should trust that it is something we should know and study along with the rest of His Word.

The Great Commission tells us to be disciples to all nations, bringing the message of salvation through Christ to all people.

If the Church is raptured before the tribulation, it is important that we leave behind an explanation for the trials and judgments those left behind will face.

The omnipotence of God is the spiritual energy in the Christian way of life.

The only way that you can have this spiritual energy activated is through metabolize doctrine.

The Bible gives many examples of the signs that should warn us of the coming end of this age.

There are certain signs given by TLJC and the apostle Paul, as well as many other occurrences given by the prophets, that are   to occur "prior to" or "soon after" the end of the age.

It is true that while we are told we will not know the time of the End, God obviously wanted us to know when that time was getting closer.

As the Christian church is increasingly drawn apostasy and as more and more churches go into isolation, preparing to sleep through the growing attacks on their faith, perhaps God knew it would take a few signs to wake us up and remind us of the reason we have been created.

Others have fallen into the trap of the fear of being labeled a "conspiracy theorist" should they display an interest in the Biblical prophecies about our future on Earth.

It is increasingly obvious that the time of our Lord’s coming is drawing near.

Prophecy is being fulfilled daily, and at a faster pace than ever before.

The beginning of birth pains and the signs of the times should have the same effect on all of us.

It should motivate us to save as many souls as we can in the time that we have left.

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