Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be intiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 43. The Shekinah glory and the mystery of forgiveness.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
1. The prophecy of the indwelling of Christ, JOH 14:19-20.
2. The verification of that prophecy in the Lord’s prayer for the church, JOH 17:22-26.
3. The indwelling of Christ relates to the mystery doctrine of the Church-age only, COL 1:25-29.
1. The tables of the Law, the Ten commandments, which the Jews disobeyed.
2. Aaron’s rod that budded - a testimony to all of the sins that come from rejecting authority.
3. A golden pot of manna = the wonderful principle of logistical grace and all of the sins that come from rejecting logistical grace support.
Aaron became the first high-priest of Israel.
Aaron had four sons. Two of these sons were named Nadab and Abihu.
That altar of incense belongs to the holy of holies where we have the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, and the two cherubs.
Christology is the study of the doctrine of Christ centering on His life, person, works, and divinity.
Soteriology is the study of theology which examines His work of salvation.
One is the brass altar and one is the altar of incense.
The cloud was an overt manifestation - that Jesus Christ was actually indwelling between the cherubs on the mercy seat.
Point 1. Definition of Forgiveness.
Forgiveness = to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, release from payment, to forget an offense never bringing it up again not even to discuss it.
Point 2. The ultimate expression of forgiveness was the cross of Christ.
Point 3. Scripture Passages on Forgiveness.
ISA 43:25 I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake [because of My honor and integrity]. Furthermore, I will not remember your sin.
COL 3:13 Bearing one another and forgiving each other. Whoever has a complaint against anyone else, just as the Lord forgave you, so also you should forgive others.
EPH 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ has also forgiven you.
MAR 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.
COL 2:13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
1JO 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
Point 4. One of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness is found in the story of Joseph.
1. Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers which was a part of God’s plan for his life, which he failed to recognize, GEN 37:1-24.
2. Joseph was sold to a caravan, which just so happened to be coming by, and the caravan took Joseph to Egypt, God’s geographical will for Joseph, GEN 37:25-36.
3. Joseph then became a servant to Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh, and Joseph learned that God can provide prosperity in any situation, GEN 39:2-6.
4. Joseph was then tempted many times by Potiphar’s wife to have sex with her, and he passed the test magnificently, GEN 39:7-10.
5. Mrs. Potiphar reacted against the rejection by Joseph and falsely accused Joseph of trying to seduce her, and this was a total act of injustice, GEN 39:11-18.
6. Potiphar believed his wife and threw Joseph into the dungeon for his second “pit” experience, GEN 39:19-20.
7. In GEN 40:1-4, Potiphar abuses his authority and gives Joseph double duties as a slave to two aristocrats in the Egyptian prison.
8. In GEN 40:14-15, Joseph fails again by relying on man rather than the Lord, and the two men both forget to help Joseph in his prison experience.
In GEN 45:1, Joseph’s brothers, unknowingly, are begging Joseph for some help and food for the famine.
When God blesses and God promotes, the disasters, tragedies, and heartaches of life are all blotted out.
Joseph’s brothers assume that Jacob’s death will remove Joseph’s restraint and tolerance of them and that he will seek revenge.
The brothers judged Joseph by assigning to him their own flaws, their own sins, and their own weaknesses.
MAT 7:12 “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them,”
Believers who are losers always assign to others their own flaws, sins, and failures!