Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery, Part 18. The mystery behind the new commandment.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

“Now” = the approaching crisis for which Jesus Christ will go through the humiliation of the cross, and then the glorification of resurrection, ascension, and session.

God’s glory will be on display. In glorifying the Lord, He Himself, God the Father is also glorified – there is glory all around.

The Father planned it.
The Son executed the plan.
The Holy Spirit reveals the plan.

“Little children” – vocative noun “teknia” – tekniva = actually a nursery term that in this case really means “spiritual children” or “ignorant ones” or “ones lacking knowledge.”

They have been arguing about which one of them was the greatest and then who it was that was betraying Jesus and therefore they were ignorant of the word of God, LUK 22:24, JOH 13:22.

MAR 10:15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

43 days – three days in the ground and forty in His resurrection body.

JOH 13:35 “By this [loving one another with virtue-love] all men will know that you are My disciples” –
He is saying that discipleship and love are definitely related, but it is the love of God not the human love of man.

It is through discipleship or learning Bible doctrine that virtue-love is developed to the point where it can be released toward others.

New – adjective “kainos” = new in contrast to old or new in species.

LEV 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

AhabLEV 19:19 = a love based upon certain conditions, or a conditional love; to act friendly toward your neighbor.

He is going to command agape love – a mental attitude free from mental attitude sins, a relaxed mental attitude with respect for the volition of another person and a willingness to lay down your life for others.

It is going to be a “new command” with a “new power” to fulfill the command.

PSA 139:21-22 Do I not hate those who hate Thee, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against Thee? I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.

PSA 137:8-9 O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

PSA 137:8-9 And you, Babylonians, ravagers! A reward to whoever gets back at you for all you’ve done to us; Yes, a reward to the one who grabs your babies and smashes their heads on the rocks!
PSA 58:6 O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.

MAT 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

A new commandment for a new species, for “kainos” is used –
2CO 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature;

Being a new creature or a new species demands a new set of instructions or commands.

The “new commandment” is based upon the fact that TLJC will have been raised from the dead, glorified, absent from the earth, seated at the right hand of the Father, and we have entered in to the intensified stage of the angelic conflict.

We call it the intensified stage of the angelic conflict because it is divided into 2 parts, the Church-age, the hidden stage, and the Tribulation, the overt stage.

The Church-age is the most intensive hidden part of the angelic conflict because in this particular age the life of every believer is a target, in contrast to the Old Testament dispensation, when Christ and the line of Christ was the target.

The “new commandment” obviously is based on some new provision that did not exist before this dispensation.

There are “new provisions” for the “new spiritual species” which allow the believer to love in a “brand new way.”

The baptism of the Spirit means that God the Holy Spirit has placed every believer in union with Christ. With our union with Christ plus our very own portfolio of invisible assets, prepared for us by God the Father in eternity past, we are given the ability to do things that Old Testament saints could not do.

You have the indwelling of all three persons of the Trinity, something that has never occurred before.

1JO 4:8b – God is love.

For the first time in history every believer has been given the unique availability of divine power, the omnipotence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This is why we all have a supernatural way of life with a supernatural means to execute it.

Give – pres-act-ind – didomi – divdwmi = to give us something graciously, and God in His grace is providing for us this wonderful love.

2TH 3:5 And may the Lord direct your hearts [right lobe] into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

a. God is sovereign; therefore, His love is self-motivated.
He chooses to love freely without any strings attached or ulterior motives.

b. God is also eternal; therefore, God’s love exists eternally unsustained by Himself or any other source.
JER 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar, {saying,} “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

If we are going to operate in the love of God, then we must realize that God’s love does not increase or decrease like human love.

c. God is holy; therefore, the love of God possesses perfect integrity, which includes incorruptible justice and immutable righteousness.

Because God is holy and unchangeable, divine love cannot be compromised by man’s sins, human good, evil, or any other function of the sin nature, including Christian degeneracy. God’s love is always fair. He is always just and righteous when He loves.

MAT 5:46-7-8 If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

d. God is also omniscient; God has knowledge of all things, past, present, future.
God knew billions of years ago about our sins and failures, but His knowledge of these did not cancel His love.

EPH 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
JOH 13:35 “By this [loving one another with virtue-love] all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have virtue-love for one another.”

Nor does God’s love for us increase because we advance to spiritual adulthood.

e. God is absolute truth and veracity; divine love is revealed and integrated into every category of Bible doctrine and every form of knowledge which resides in His absolute being. 1TH 4:9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

Bible doctrine is the thinking or mind of Christ, 1CO 2:16; therefore, divine love is rooted in every form of knowledge.

PHI 1:9 In fact, I pray this, that your virtue-love may excel to the maximum still more and more by means of metabolized doctrine resulting in all spiritual discernment,

Kenneth Wuest – Word Studies, Volume Two –
“Namely that your love yet more and more may overflow, but at the same time be kept within the guiding limitations of an accurate knowledge of God’s word.”

f. God is also infinite; all members of the Trinity are without boundary or limitation when it comes to divine love.
If you operate in the love of God then your system of thinking concerning “love” will be one with no boundaries and limitations toward those you are loving.

g. God is also immutable; His divine love is unchangeable, stable, compatible with His perfect character, and cannot be corrupted by anything.
Because God is immutable, His love does not increase or diminish.

God’s love cannot be changed by any form of human failure or vacillation, moral or immoral degeneracy.
MAL 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

Divine love does not improve or decline, increase or decrease.
Man’s sinfulness and failure cannot and does not change or affect God’s unchangeable divine love.
Even God’s pre-knowledge of our sins and failures did not cancel or diminish God’s love for us.

God’s love always depends on God’s character never on man’s character.
God’s love has no strings attached to it.

The combination of omniscience [God knowing all things] plus immutability [He never changes] means that God’s love cannot be complicated by or associated with ignorance, silliness, absurdities, or emotion.

In human love, man’s capacity for love is constantly changing.
Divine love is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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