Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Losing your life. Part 1.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The key to beginning to understand what Christ means here by losing your life is the reason He gives - for My sake.
Losing our lives is not for the Lord’s benefit since He is glorified by the Father.
Learning, understanding, and living this life will cause you to be glorified with Christ before the Father and the college of angels.
REV 3:5 He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.
When we successfully fulfill the plan of God for our lives by living the life that the Father decreed for us in eternity past then we bring glory to the Father, the author of the plan.
JOH 15:8 "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Losing our lives means that we will find our true lives which also means that we will receive our escrow blessings which bring maximum glory to the name of Jesus Christ.
The word “name” means the title, the celebrityship, and the uniqueness of Christ.
“may be glorified” is the aorist passive subjunctive of endoxasthe which means to be invested with glory. He is invested with glory with or without us. The subjunctive is that with us we may glorify His name.
When we walk in a manner worthy of our calling, fulfilling the spiritual life and capitalize on the power of God through faith we will be participate in the glory of the uniqueness of Christ.
Finding our life is fulfilling the unique plan for the church that was first fulfilled by the humanity of Christ. This glorifies His uniqueness - His way of life.
The person of Christ is glorified by the Father. The way of life of Christ is glorified by the believer who lives the same way of life.
In this way you actually discover the real you. The real you that God desired and designed to be realized in time.
It is through suffering and trials and adversities that the believer applies doctrine and through which the new life flourishes. Through this flourishing of that life you will discover the fulfilled you, the real you that God designed and desired for you.
The plan or the system that God designed for the person of Christ receives glory from any believer who reaches the supergrace life, because the supergrace life is the status of the celebrityship of Jesus Christ.
“may be glorified” - the subjunctive mood is the potentiality; it all depends on whether you reach the supergrace life or not.
“heneken emou” = for my sake, because of me, for the reason of me.
JOH 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
The Greek word for life here is zoe, which refers to real life rather than the status of being alive. This is a lifestyle, that when used in reference to the life given to us by God has fullness, vitality, and is genuine.
MAT 10:39 "He who has found his life [psuche - soul] shall lose it, and he who has lost his life [psuche - soul] for My sake [because of Me] shall find it.
Christ is not asking you to lose a lifestyle, rather He’s asking you to lose your soul.
He’s not asking you to throw your soul away; rather He is asking you to lose something about the soul so that you might discover the real soul or the real you.
A believer has to be transformed into the image of Christ, the new life, in order to find the real him - the way that God initially designed and desired him to be.
The lost and found principle here is not you exchanging your soul for another, but it is changing what your soul values most. Phil 3:7.
It’s not about changing a lifestyle but a change in what your soul values.
To change what your soul values you have to be humble enough to know that repetition is necessary to safeguard your soul from the false doctrine that will lead you back to the old values.
False doctrine and legalism will destroy your discovery of the real fulfilled you that God desired and designed for you in EP.
GAP is the way you glory in the life system that has been passed down to us through Christ.
Many believers don’t want to lose the old life because they continue to have confidence in it.