There are many times when we have good intentions, but they are hindered by the old sin nature.


September 4, 2019

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday,
September 4, 2019
There are times when we have good intentions, but they are hindered by the overtime work of the O.S.N.

  1. 1. There must be a legitimate desire to please the Lord, and this desire even increases as we increase our intake of doctrine; 2Pe 3:18.
  2. 2. There are times when we have good intentions, but they are hindered by the overtime work of the O.S.N. with its trends especially toward human good and evil.

What a marvelous manifestation of the grace, mercy, and love of God.

 

  1. 3. Doctrine seems to be important is important because it helps you to recognize your flaws and the control that the O.S.N. has over you.

If God’s people could only realize this, along with understanding the Doctrine of Positional Truth, they would become free from bondage and slavery to their O.S.N.

 

  1. 4. The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit or what we would call the signature guarantee from God the Father.

2CO 1:21  Now He who establishes us with you in Christ [a reference to predestination] and anointed us [baptism of the Holy Spirit plus the sealing of the Holy Spirit], is God [the Father],

2CO 1:22  who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit [filling of the Spirit] in our hearts as a pledge [down payment].

The reason why it says that God the Father gave us the Spirit in our heart as a pledge is simply because He wants us to have confidence and boldness as a pledge or down payment of better things to come.

ACT 4:31   And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and {began} to speak the word of God with boldness.

EPH 3:11-12,  This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

You can’t understand that the ministry of the Spirit is given the way that it is unless you have the appropriate doctrine in your soul.

EPH 1:13  “In Whom also, when you heard [common grace] the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also, when you believed, you were sealed by the Holy Spirit with reference to the promise.”

There are four meanings to this signature guarantee of the Holy Spirit.

  1. 1. A guarantee of the grace of God.
    A guarantee of eternal life.
    3.  A guarantee of eternal security.
    4.  A  guarantee of your very own portfolio of invisible assets
    .

The word for “sealed” is the noun sphragizo which means to set a seal upon something or to mark with a seal.

 

  1. 1. It was used in the ancient world for business transactions or business contracts. In the ancient world, signet rings were placed over wax and the transaction was finished.Do you remember what the father gave to the prodigal son when he came back?

 

This story is about a young man who decided to go and make a life for himself without God.

Something was hindering him that he felt that he was missing something that the world could offer him and that his life was just fading away.

They are both sons as we all are in our position in Christ. They both were the father’s sons when it started, and both will still be His sons when this passage finishes.

The younger son, the prodigal son, would be the obvious one others would condemn but in reality, the real villain is “Miss Goody Two shoes”  which is usually the monster in the pack.

He didn’t give to one without giving to the other.

The prodigal son did what most Christians have done throughout human history, he accepted the blessings of the father but not the  father.

Notice that the Father made no attempt to stop him.

The father said in effect “If you must leave, then go.”

PRIN: God does not violate our free will nor does He force us to remain in fellowship with Him.

Only his arrogant legalistic self-righteous brother said that he spent it all on “harlots or prostitutes” in verse 30.

The Bible doesn’t specify what the prodigal son did.

All the Bible says is that it was just loose living…..without including women….though that is probably preferable for most men if you’re going to live it up.

The point is — and never forget it, it was the son who moved away from the father not the father moving away from the son.

This is what happens when we live a life of sin, we draw away from God, He does not draw away from us.

JAM 4:8   Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners [rebound]; and purify your hearts [perceive doctrine], you double‑minded.

Whenever a believer goes astray, eventually he will come to a point, as the last part of this verse says, when he will begin to be in need.

Having forsaken his very own father who represents God, he can now find nothing but poverty, misery, and want.

The human soul is empty if God does not fill it; Ecc 3:11.

The famine represents the fact that there’s a famine in every heart when we are no longer nourished by the word of God.

Until then, he’d never known hunger because he was always provided for by his loving father, the one he turned his back on.

kollao = to glue or to closely unite himself to a citizen of that foreign country who represents the devil’s children instead of God’s.

Prin: The further a believer goes away from God, the nearer he comes to being a slave to the devil.

There is no master as cruel as the Devil;
No burden so heavy as that of the old sin nature
;

No slavery so nasty as slavery to the old sin nature and the carnal, shameful, passions of the flesh.

Times of distress often lead to self examination and are used by God to bring about changes or repentance in people’s lives.

The key issue is recognizing who we are in Christ and not who we use to be in Adam or the old man

This young man still held on to the belief that he could maintain his self-sufficiency;
His separation from his father;
Even though it meant complete humiliation
.

His emptiness was shown by the job that he had to take, tending pigs

There could be no worse job for a Jew than feeding pigs according to Jewish history and the Works of the Jewish Historian Josephus who was known for being an excellent Roman and Jewish Historian.

JAM 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

He’s starving while he’s working because pay day only comes after the pigs are marketed.

2PE 2:22   It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

This shows the humiliation the young man was now enduring especially in light of the fact that he has forgotten that once a son, always a son.

For the Prodigal Son, gone were the fine robes and the rich food, because he was occupied with the filthiest of jobs from a Jewish perspective.

His hunger was so great that he considered filling his own belly with the pig slop covered with skubula.

The food that he was feeding the pigs called pods made passable livestock food, but despicable human food.

The detestable pigs who were even demon possessed were now eating better than the prodigal son who had left his father and all that he wanted now was to become a servant or a slave on the estate of the family.

Many times you do your best thinking on an empty stomach.

This man finally became honest with himself and looked at his life from a biblical perspective….which means to face up with the situation as it really exists.

Recognize where you failed and pick up the pieces and go on and live as the Apostle Paul says to live in Phi 3:12-15.

The point is to stop rationalizing or justifying yourself.
Stop blaming others for your failures
.

This is not a parable about what happens to a believer when he sins, this is a parable about what happens to a believer when he changes his lifestyle.

He knew that the hired servants in his father’s household were even far better off than he was

Self-realization of the hopeless and useless predicament of the sinful life is the first step towards true repentance

The believer must see that his own actions have led him away from the loving Father (God).

You must realize that the seeming pleasures of the sinful life are vanishing and un-satisfying, while life with the Father is full and rich

The believer must understand that a life of sin offers only destruction, while life with the Father offers prosperity and happiness

Until a person can be con­victed of the reality that he travels a dead-end road, true repentance cannot come to pass.

Please notice, rebound in verse 18, I have sinned.

LUK 15:19  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men., it’s ridiculous.”

Do you tell the Lord you’re not worthy?
If you do, you are not being humble but instead you are being arrogant
.

His big problem now isn’t loose living, it’s arrogance.

The same problem his brother has….who isn’t living it up at all and who is still at home with his father and judging members of his own family.

The doctrine of eternal security says we are the sons of God and we will always be a son.

Whether we are worthy or unworthy doesn’t change our son-ship.

Treat me like one of your servants, one of those hired hands, which by the way is an insult to his father.

That’s like saying that his father has no character and no integrity and He is not the forgiving type.

His Father saw him while he was a long way off.

The father’s not interested in some asinine speech like; “I’m no longer worthy to be called your son!”

The father was filled with compassion and his father ran to him.

‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him

The best robe represents restoration to full experiential righteousness.

LUK 15:22……and put a ring on his hand which was the signature to the Father’s checkbook.

This was a signet ring representing withdrawing from the Father’s resources, logistical grace.

LUK 15:22…….and sandals on his feet; which means that once again you’re getting the opportunity of service and production.

The fattened calf represents fellowship in the word, feeding on divine truth or Bible doctrine.

That is the divine attitude of grace when you’re brought back into fellowship with God.

The son wanted to do some penance from leaving his father.

He wanted to make it up to the Father or to compensate for his wrong decisions.

The father had no intentions of making him a hired servant just like He has no intentions of making us anything less than perfect.

He deserves to pay for his offenses and sins.

This was his son who he thought had died and so he wanted to prepare a feast for his son’s life.

Trying to work out everyone’s salvation rather than their own.

Because in their arrogance they lived in “Unrealistic Expectations” as well as “Transference Arrogance” which is manifested in believers who judge others for doing the same things they secretly do themselves; Eze 8:1-18.

This is a fabulous passage on what was taking place in the imagery of the imaginations of the false prophets and priests.

2PE 2:22  It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

The food that he was feeding the pigs called pods made passable livestock food, but despicable human food.

This man finally became honest with himself and looked at his life from a biblical perspective….which means to face up with the situation as it really exists.

Or, to recognize the sins in your own life.

To stop rationalizing or justifying them.

Here is one of the most popular principles that many individuals miss because it gets right to the point.

This is not a parable about what happens to a believer when he sins, this is a parable about what happens to a believer when he changes his lifestyle.

He knew that the hired servants in his Father’s household were far better off than he was.

Self-realization of the hopeless and useless predicament of the sinful life is the first step towards true repentance

You must realize that the seeming pleasures of the sinful life are vanishing and un-satisfying, while life with the Father is full and rich

This sons big problem now isn’t loose living, it’s arrogance.

The same problem his brother has….who isn’t living it up at all and who is still at home with his Father.

Whether we are worthy or unworthy doesn’t change our son-ship.

Treat me like one of your servants, one of those hired hands, which by the way is an insult to his Father.

His Father saw him while he was a long way off.

It almost appears as if his Father had been looking for him.

The father’s not interested in some asinine speech like; “I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.”

The father was filled with compassion and his Father ran to him.

The best robe represents restoration to full experiential righteousness.

This was a signet ring representing withdrawing from the Father’s resources, logistical grace.

LUK 15:22…….and sandals on his feet; which means that once again you’re getting the opportunity of service and production.

The fattened calf represents fellowship in the word, feeding on divine truth or Bible doctrine.

The divine attitude of grace when you’re brought back into fellowship with God.