Grace Bible Church
pastor teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin

Lord Used 3 Bible Story Illustrations of Doctrinal Great Men

  1. The first one is known as the Nobleman who walked for miles to ask Jesus to heal His son who was about to die a physical death.
  1. There was the military solder called the Centurion who was willing to go and beg our Lord for one of his soldiers to be healed physically because He loved His slave or his servant as one of his sons.
  1. There was a scribe who was known as an intellectual who would say things but not do them to try and impress our Lord by saying the right thing but not do them when he was asked.
So that we have;  1. A son 2. A slave 3. A scribe
The first one we call the nobleman who had faith and believed the words of the Lord.
He was a man who had true faith which is the result of trusting the Words of God.
The adult spiritual Faith in God’s word is preferred over faith in God’s wonders.
And this is because God may not always do wonders and miracles but His word is always around and it does wonders, especially when the believer learns how to perceive and metabolize the Word and applies it whenever he needs it.
Now, if you have not heard some of the principles we are about to learn concerning those individuals who have positive volition toward the Word of God, just relax because your blessings are coming in God’s perfect time.
As I mentioned a few times this past month in JOB 1:21, Job said,   "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Phi 4:4  Keep on having perfect happiness by means of the Lord at all times; Once more I repeat the command, keep on having perfect happiness.
PHI 4:5  Let your supergrace mental attitude be known to all men. The Lord is near.
This is how we should live our life as we think the Lord is very near, especially because of the historical trends that are taken place in our nation and through-out the world.
Especially because of the rulers of the cosmic system, Phi 4:6 should say to us, “Stop worrying about anything, but in every circumstance through prayer and through supplication for personal needs after thanksgivings let your requests or petitions be revealed to the God
Phi 4:7   In fact, that spiritual peace and prosperity that comes from the source of the God, which surpasses or rises above and beyond all comprehension, shall garrison your hearts [right lobes] also your motivation minds in Christ Jesus.
We need more than ever to notice that we are to be sure that the last days we are living in is a time where spiritual peace comes from God and surpasses or rises above and beyond all the lies that will be thrown our way --- such as the flaming missiles of the evil one.
PHI 4:8 From now on, members of the Royal family of God, whatever is true [doctrinal], whatever is honorable [noble or worthy of respect], whatever is just [fair or right], whatever is pure [of proper motivation]
whatever personal loves exist,  whatever is commendable, if there is any virtue and if anything worthy of praise [and then for the mature believer it says “be concentrating on these things.”
Learned is the aor-act-ind of the Greek verb manthano which means to come to know," to be disciplined, includes also the conduct of one's life Mat 11:29.
The Greek word for learned is also to learn from a teacher under strict academic discipline and received or accepted through metabolization of doctrine and having heard under discipline and have understood by means of me [Paul's teaching ministry]. Be putting these into action and the God of prosperity shall be with you, all of you [supergrace believers].
PHI 4:10 Now, I have received much inner happiness by means of the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your concern or thinking for me; indeed, you also were thinking about me, but you lacked the opportunity to express it.
PHI 4:11  Not because I am speaking with reference to poverty or lack; for I have learned to be content or I have learned the secret of the mystery in whatever circumstances I am.
Phi 4:12 In fact, I have come to experience, or I have come to know how to be degraded. [divine discipline for reversionism.]  Also I have come to know, what it is to live in prosperity, [that's supergrace, or ultrasuper grace.]
In every place and in all circumstances I have been initiated into the mystery both how to be well fed, saturated with doctrine, and to hunger for more doctrine, leading to ultra super grace.
By means of the One, God the Holy Spirit who keeps on pouring the power, the doctrine into me.
Once again, the doctrine that you possess, especially the mystery doctrine of the church-age will change your life and the way you think which is the highest system of thinking in the Church-age since it is the very thinking of God.
Both the Nobleman and the Centurion lived in these principles in the dispensation of the hypostatic Union and I am sure that they entered into the Church-age and enjoyed the “principles” of mystery doctrine.
And so, the purpose of the miracle is to magnify the importance of faith in our Lord.
Faith is simply applying the result of trusting the words of God.
Now, agent number one, the nobleman believed the Lord’s word for his son.
And we also see the obvious here, that distance is no barrier to the power of God.
This Faith in God’s word is preferred over faith in God’s wonders.
And that is because God may not always do wonders but His word is always around and it does wonders, especially when the believer learns how to perceive, metabolize, and apply the Word to whatever you ar going through.
If you have not heard some of the principles we are about to learn concerning those men and women who have positive volition toward the Word of God, just relax because your blessing is coming.
And as I mentioned before, I believe that the most valuable thing we have is not land, houses, money, but the thought content in our soul.
This time we have a centurion, a Roman leader usually over a century of soldiers which is more than likely over 100 men or so.
Here is a soldier who loved one of his own men and also knew that even though he is just  a soldier, he was very close to the Roman Centurion who was also very close to him that he loved him as a spiritual father or even as a son.
He knew about phileo love and he loved this soldier so much that he was willing to go and travel to meet the Lord for a healing for one of his own soldiers.
So, here is another soldier who trusted in God so much that he was willing to go beyond the normal care and love for one of his own, no matter what He could do.
The Lord admired this man so much because he was willing to go as far as he could because as a soldier who, he had something that very few Jews had in our Lord’s day and very few believers even have today, and that was character, virtue, nobility and most of all,  --- love.
Our Lord is going to do something to begin to separate those who were serious about His calling on their life and those who are not.
There are times that Jesus has to separate the disciples from the crowd so that they can concentrate on what is being taught.
It is to take you away from the realm of society and separate you for a short period of time to learn doctrine or the plan of God.
Remember, as we noted this past week "Crowds" or "herds" of people always have some agenda or evil influences upon believers who are positive and those who are not.
As we noted recently in 1CO 11:19   For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you.
Or in 1JO 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.
In 2TI 4:10  for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
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