Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, October 9, 2016
One of the most misunderstood subjects in the New Testament for believers in the Church-age under the principle of mystery doctrine is found in the use of the word Temple in the Word of God.
One of the other most misunderstood subjects is understanding the importance of what the Bible says about the principle or the doctrine of fellowship.
Not only are we vessels or Temples that the living God indwells as a Temple of God but we are also the spiritual body, known as the Royal family, the church of Jesus Christ, as a temple for God to indwell.
In drinking the wine we participate in and share a fellowship or communion in the blood of Christ (the Messiah).
The bread which we break means that in eating it we participate in and share a fellowship a communion in the body of Christ.
No matter how numerous we are or where we are, we are spiritually a part of the spiritual body of Christ because we all partake of the one Bread which represents TLJC.
COL 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first‑born from the dead; so that
He Himself might come to have first place in everything.
MAT 25:45"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."
It couldn't have been Jesus because He was in heaven seated at the right hand of God.
To persecute the Lord's people is to persecute the Lord, or the Lord's temple where He indwells corporately.
By corporately I mean as a community of believers who make up any local assembly as a Temple of God.
It is true that your physical body is a temple of the Holy Spirit but so is your spiritual body which you are a part of temple of the Holy Spirit.
Notice once again notice that the Church, the body of Christ, is referred to as a temple.
1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you [Second person plural = believers] are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you [second person plural = ya'll] ?
1CO 3:17 If any man destroys the temple of God that is the church of God, --- [notice the temple of God is called the Church of God.] God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you [Second person plural = you all] are.
ROM 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly:
1TI 4:14, The apostle Paul says Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you.
1PE 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Notice the three main words I mentioned, exercise, neglect, serve.
1CO 11:31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.
PSD#1 - Rebound or confession of sin or rebound and recovery, if needed.
The Divine Perspective on Christian Fellowship.
We must never assume that loving God the Father, loving God the Son under occupation with Christ, and fellowship with the Christian fellowship is nice, but it is not the Christian way of life.
We need to learn to distinguish between fellowship with God and so-called Christian fellowship with people, which is nothing more than having social life with Christians.
The reason there are so many problems today and sins among Christians is simply because of wrong priorities.
You cannot fulfill the #1 priority of fellowship with God simply by resolving to make God #1; it comes through the daily perception of Bible doctrine.
Spiritual growth and the execution of the PPOG and subsequent glorification of God only occurs through perception of doctrine, not through Christian fellowship.
If you forsake assembling yourself together with the people or the Temple of God you are living in sin.
The word encouraging is the present active participle of the Greek verb PARAKALEO which means to be encouraged.
But this is a participle used as a noun in the Greek, and so it should be translated "encouragement."
Telic participle - the purpose of the action of "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together " which is to gather together to receive encouragement not from fellowship with one another but from the communication of Bible doctrine.
What is encouragement in the assembly, the church, the temple, the body of Christ? It is perception of Bible doctrine, not Christian fellowship.
Without that you will never have fellowship with invisible God.
1PE 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
Heb 10:25 Encouragement comes from Bible doctrine, not from Christian fellowship.
Heb 10:25 is talking about learning Bible doctrine in the company of other believers not assembling together just for Christian fellowship.
The purpose of assembly worship is the function of post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, and through the momentum from metabolized doctrine.
They are isolated because of Geographic's, handicaps, illness, lack of transportation or many other reasons.
1CO 5:3 For I, on my part, though I am absent from you in my body I am present with you in spirit,
1CO 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I am with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
God always supplies a right pastor with doctrine for positive believers.
JER 3:15 "I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.
JER 23:4 "I shall also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the Lord."
For some positive believers, doctrine is provided through face-to-face teaching in a local church. For others, doctrine is communicated through the internet, tapes, audio, video, books, radio, etc.
(1) Through the local church under face-to-face teaching.
Under the principle of supply and demand, the demand of positive volition is for accurate Bible teaching regardless of the geographical location.
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.
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.
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.
1. Rebound And Recovery
2.The Filling of the Spirit
3. The Faith Rest Life
5. Doctrinal Orientation
6. A Personal Sense of Destiny
7. Personal Love for God The Father
8. Impersonal, Unconditional Love for All Mankind
9. Contentment and Perfect Happiness With God
10. The Ultimate Occupation with The Lord Jesus Christ
JOH 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
Unity is certainly more noticeable by its absence than by its presence.”
Psalm 133 sets forth the standard, the goal, the requirement,the necessity which is to dwell together in unity.
To truly love a person in the Lord is to love him as the Lord loves him—genuinely and sacrificially.