Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
February 12, 2020
The last generation before the Rapture and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are living in one of the greatest periods in all of human history which I believe is the last generation before the Rapture and the Second Advent or Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The place that God the Father has designed for us in eternity past and then the Lord Jesus Christ to do His part in the plan of God which was to create the plan and live in that plan as a prototype.
Our Lord created all things for His glory and that includes you and the plan of God; GEN 1:1; Joh 1:3; COL 1:16-17; Rev 4:11.
GEN 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
PSA 19:1 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
Prototype refers to the first model of something, especially a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied.
A prototype is a test or a model of a plan, an idea, a design, a process, or even a service of creativity that is close to the end result in its functionality.
Our Lord was a model prototype of discipline or representation of God living in man or an example of deity living inside of humanity.
Concerning our Lord = the Hypostatic Union, which most of you have heard so many times before as it is undiminished deity and true humanity living in the plan of God for His life.
Concerning ourselves, this is known theologically as Theantric Action or some prefer Theandric action which is theology alive in man.
Christians have struggled with the dilemma of representing God to mankind which we call the process of Theantric Action as the only provision whereby Christians are able to manifest the true nature of God in their physical bodies.
The word “Theantric” comes from two Greek words, theos – God, and anthropos – man.
Theantric Action is the fullness of God’s life and Word overflowing God’s divine nature inside of human vessels, which refer to our physical body surrendering to the plan of God by means of the cross of Christ.
HEB 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active.
1CO 2:4-5, And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Many Christians never experience this, because they ignorantly live in the effects of the fall of man, expressing the character of the old adamic nature by fulfilling selfish and vain pursuits of their flesh.
It can be used to describe the positive aspects of the creative hand of God, both naturally and spiritually; PSA 139:14 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
The positive aspects of the flesh are to appreciate the powerful hand of God behind the wisdom and genius of our Lord Jesus Christ in creating the vessels that we call the human body.
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;
1TH 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.
The negative aspect of the flesh is found in living for self not living for others and this principle is revealed by many passages throughout the Bible.
Character trait #1: Judas did not care about the poor. He was a hard-hearted man, too concerned with feathering his own nest while others, less fortunate, suffered around him.
Character trait #2: He was a thief, pilfering funds from the Lord’s money box, which exposes that Judas was full of avarice, or greed.
Major issue — the question as to whether or not Judas was saved or unsaved and whether God chose him to betray the Lord or did Judas do it totally without the manipulation of God.
Was it without any coercing or violating of his free will?
Did God do anything to push Judas into a certain direction and then give him a nudge every now and then so that Judas was pushed into the direction to betray our Lord?
Did God harden the heart of Judas or did Judas harden his own heart through NVTD?
Did Judas harden his own heart with the help of God to fulfill the plan of becoming a traitor, and therefore they both worked together to accomplish the same goal to betray our Lord to the Cross?
No matter what happens in this life, the sovereign will of God and the free will of man co-exist be divine decree.
Judas became a traitor because the verb that is mentioned is known as the aorist-middle-indicative of the Greek verb ginomai which means to become something that one was not before.
I do not believe that the Lord chose Judas to fulfill a prophecy of damnation.
This is unfortunately the type of conclusions that those who are influenced by Hyper-Calvinism adhere to.
Hyper-Calvinism is a branch of Protestant theology that denies the universal duty of human beings to believe in Christ for the salvation of their souls.
Those who take these principles to the extreme teach that man is either chosen by God to go to heaven and live with Him forever or man is chosen by God to go to eternal damnation.
These types of believers usually function under what they call TULIP which is an acronym of five essential tenets or points concerning the Sovereignty of God and the depravity of man.
(T) Total Depravity;
(U) Unconditional election;
(L) Limited atonement;
(I) Irresistible grace;
(P) Perseverance of the saints.
Our Lord also reveals that He would be betrayed by sighting certain prophecies in the Word of God, especially from those prophecies that were made in the Old Testament.
When our Lord was around adult believers, or Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes, all of them were astonished by His knowledge and spiritual strength; Luk 2:40-52.
This is not to say our Lord was not strong physically, because it took a lot of human strength to endure the beatings, the punches whip, the forced crown upon His head.
All these principles apply to betrayers and traitors who make a living by manipulation, lies, broken vows; broken promises; etc.
It doesn’t really matter as long as if you love our Lord, because if you love the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there is divine blessing waiting just for you.
Tthe Lord is rebuking the shepherds in those days for betraying the people of God by denying them doctrinal teaching and therefore, the Lord uses a prophecy that points to the ultimate betrayer, Judas Iscariot.
This is a prophetic passages in the Bible that are so accurate and precise that any scientist or numerologist wouldn’t even think of denying it.
“I was not telling the truth when I said I studied the Bible myself and I said I don’t believe it because it was written by man and not by God:” — I was just saying what I heard others say.”
The only real barrier to truth is the arrogance of presumption whereby one presumes that they already have it.
I told you — give it a chance —- you’ll love it — be honest — you will begin to know the real meaning behind statements like; “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.
“Those born once will die twice and those born twice will die once.”
It means theologically that all of us were born in sin, we were born physically alive, but spiritually dead; Psa 51:5; 58:3; Rom 5:12.