Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery, Part 108. The antagonism of the world system toward believers and Bible doctrine. Part 11. Royal Ambassadorship.
Friday, October 21, 2005
1. Verse 18 - the kosmos system hates Christ.
2. Once a person is in the plan of God, as a believer priest, they no longer belong to the world.
3. Verse 20 - the slave is not greater than His master.
4. Because the kosmos is ignorant of the plan of God, JOH 15:21.
“All these things” = Satan who is in the business of exalting self and opposing God.
He has designed systems of religion, culture, politics, education, in order to obscure and to ridicule the plan of God.
He is the author of religion and legalism, and he is doing everything he can to discredit grace, discredit the plan of God, during the Church-age.
He is dioko [persecuting] wherever he can.
No one has ever gloried in the cross of Christ as did Saul of Tarsus, who later on became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.
GAL 6:14 But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
This one who as a Christian said that he counted all else but dung that he might win Christ, was just as fervent and passionate in the days of his unbelief when as a Jew and a Pharisee he persecuted the Church.
He thought it was his duty to drag Christians to prison, to make them blaspheme the Name of Christ, and if necessary to see to their being stoned, as in the case of Stephen, the Church’s first martyr.
Saul, trembling with astonishment, takes at once the attitude which characterized him the rest of his eventful Christian life, namely, that of a soldier, and says in effect, “Lord, what will You have me to do?”
As to His divine nature, He is the Christ; as to His human nature, He is Jesus.
Had the Lord said, “I am Christ,” the effect would not have been the same.
JOH 4:25 “I know that Messiah is coming and when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”
What Saul did not believe was that Jesus, rejected and crucified as a blasphemous impostor, was the Christ.
He knew that the glory which had knocked him to the ground was none other than the glory of God, yet the voice was the voice of Jesus.
How did he ever arrive at the position expressed in his Galatian epistle where he declares that he will glory in nothing but the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, saying that there, he, too, had been crucified unto the world and the world unto him?
He needed to reconcile the glory of the vision on the road to Damascus with Golgotha’s shame.
It was revealed to him that although wicked hands had slain TLJC, it was in the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1TI 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
ROM 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
This man under the headship of TLJC would become the master-builder of the church, constructing her doctrines, extending her borders as no other has ever done, and establishing the principles which should govern her to the end of time.
He would begin by pointing to the forgiveness and grace of God.
Until a person realizes that all of his sins have been completely wiped out and paid for, that person really has no hope.
It would be reaffirmed by that one who was the number one enemy of the early church.
Here is a man who went from the most notorious enemy of the church to the master-builder of it.
No justifying circumstances.
No merits of any kind (he was out to destroy Christians and the Church, therefore stabbing at Christ Himself).
No sign of a change of heart (he was on the road to Damascus getting ready to murder more Christians when he was called by God).
Because of the cross where another had borne his guilt, the One whom he hated.
COL 1:12-14, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
PHI 3:13 but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
EPH 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,
A false teacher of our times was known to say, “Of course, God forgives; it’s His business.”
A father whose business it is to forgive everything his children do, and who establishes no authority and who enforces no law, is not worthy of being a father.
There can be no authority, no government, whether human or divine, there can be no divine order, whether in heaven or upon earth, without law.
Law has no meaning if there is no punishment for those who break it.
Yet with all His love which can never be measured, He could not pass over man’s sin, because of His justice and righteousness.
That is why from the beginning of human history when man fell into sin a Redeemer was promised (the seed of a woman) who would undo the work of Satan and free the human race from the devil’s bondage and sin’s guilt.
It was not to appease God’s wrath that TLJC died on the cross but to give free reign to God’s love for the sinner, while at the same time His awful wrath against sin might be made manifest, and the righteous claims of a holy government fully satisfied.
REV 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”
Not for my name’s sake, but because of my name. Dia + accusative.
Sometimes he seeks to destroy all believers on the earth, when history is right for it.
Other times he seeks to discredit the believer on the earth.
Sometimes he entices the believer away with false doctrine, and sometimes he just wipes him out with those who have false doctrine.
They will do it because of me.
They attempt to discredit grace.
This is ouda, inherently they know not.
The idea that man will stand on the basis of personal worthiness has been the chief heresy apposing the central doctrine of grace, from the time of Christ’s death, to the present hour. It so permeates the church that few who preach are able to exclude it from their attempts at gospel teaching.
You have to feel sorry for your sins, then you believe on Christ, then you take a vow, and then you ask Jesus to come in. Then you take a vow to follow Him.
Then they throw in, you invite Jesus into your heart, and then you promise (ROM 12:1) to follow Him and be obedient to His commands.
ROM 12:1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
ROM 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.