Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 19. The new commandment for the intensified stage of the angelic conflict.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
This “new commandment” is designed to meet the intensified stage of the angelic conflict.
The angelic conflict is the result of prehistoric creatures being in opposition to God, which began with the fall of Satan, and continued until all angelic creatures had made a decision for or against God.
The angelic conflict refers to the two trials of Satan and fallen angels, one in prehistoric times, the other during human history.
EPH 6:12 Our warfare is not against blood and flesh but against rulers [demon general officers], against authorities [demon officer corps], against world rulers of this darkness [demon ambassadors], against spirit forces of evil in the heavenlies [rank and file demons].
During the Church-age, demon attacks on believers are limited to demon influence, in which the doctrine of demons or the “thoughts” of the fallen angels invade the right lobe of the soul.
2CO 2:11 In order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
EPH 6:11 Pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to hold your ground against the schemes or the strategies of the devil.
Satan’s offensive action demands, on our part, dependence on the Lord and the wall of fire.
The Church-age is the most difficult yet exciting time in history; for God’s plan for the Church is superior in every way to God’s plan for previous and future dispensations.
With doctrine, the Church is the greatest power structure against Satan’s rule of the earth.
When Satan makes splinters out of the Church through causing divisions, gossip, judging, denominationalism, the power structure is gone - replaced by human power and human organization which can never be a substitute for divine power and divine organization.
The Lord left behind the Church to challenge Satan, with the potential to share in the victory that our Lord won in the angelic conflict.
Jesus Christ does not come down to the earth today to bail you out as He did with believers in the past.
You have a portfolio of invisible assets and the PPOG.
During the Old Testament, Jesus Christ was present many times on earth, including His incarnation which occurred in the dispensation of Israel. In the Millennium He will be on the earth ruling for 1000 years.
The invisible impact of history resides in you, dependent upon your routine, your daily perception of doctrine.
The Church-age exists to challenge Satan during the absence of Christ from the earth.
One of his most successful ploys is to use friends, family, neighbors, enemies, fellow-workers, or other believers to hinder the progress of any believer.
This new command to love with an impersonal unconditional virtuous love will solve people problems.
We actually believe that the problems we have in life come from people only, and that is not true, EPH 6:12.
1. In personal love or admiration, the object of your love often controls your life or provides for you unhappiness, unless you have attained spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, or spiritual maturity.
2. In personal hatred or animosity, the object of your antagonism or irritation often has control of your life or happiness, unless you have advanced to spiritual adulthood.
The solution to problems with people is found in the combination of personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind.
When you become jealous, angry, bitter, vindictive, or implacable; when you are dissatisfied, antagonistic toward someone else, friend or stranger, lover or enemy; you surrender the control of your life to that person.
People can only become a distraction to the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life when human relationship becomes more important to you than Bible doctrine.
LUK 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple [My student of doctrine].”
Whether it is love or hatred, attraction or animosity, romance or disenchantment, friendship or disillusion, these can distract you from the fulfillment of the PPOG and the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ; unless you learn how to love with this new command to love with impersonal unconditional virtuous love.
Impersonal love is the most obscure and underrated factor in the spiritual life today.
ROM 5:5 “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
2CO 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”
1JO 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.
MAT 17:20 “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible to you.”
MAT 19:26 “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
LUK 18:27 “The things impossible with men are possible with God.”
MAR 9:23 “All things are possible to him who believes.”
JER 32:17 “Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee.”
All of you who place other things in life above doctrine in your false scale of values are losing all the equal privilege and opportunity God has provided for you in time to advance spiritually.
1JO 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
Beginning in JOH 13:36, we now have the four inquisitive disciples, Peter, Thomas, Philip and Jude.