Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 48. Being transformed by the Shekinah glory within.
Thursday, May 5, 2005
The unbelieving Jews suffer from hardness of the heart and scar tissue of the soul because they have rejected TLJC, the Shekinah glory as Messiah.
The Spirit of the Lord indwells the body of every believer and the Spirit of the Lord gives liberty only when He controls the soul of the believer.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” = life in God’s predesigned plan.
But - post positive particle de = used as a contrast between the unbelieving Jew who has a veil over his mind and the one who believes in Christ and has the veil removed.
The believer who lives in God’s plan and has his momentum from metabolized doctrine has an unveiled face.
Most believers today still have a veil over their face because they have no idea about the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.
When we look into the mirror of the word of God we see the reflection of ourselves as we are in Christ as well as the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.
If I don’t understand the glory of the Lord I can’t be changed.
The glory or the doxan - dovxan = the Shekinah glory, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord - possesive genitive - kuriou - kurivou = God the Son.
The glory of the Lord can be seen through Bible doctrine which results in occupation with the person of Christ.
The believer who is persistent in living in God’s plan, and is persistent in the perception of Bible doctrine comes to a knowledge of the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory.
The Jews profited from understanding that which they could not see.
They could not see Jesus Christ in the Old Testament dwelling between the cherubs, but they knew He was there from the cloud overshadowing the tabernacle.
Understanding the indwelling of the Shekinah glory makes it possible for the believer to be transformed into the same image.
Beholding the Shekinah glory will lead us to Christ being formed in us, GAL 4:19.
Beholding the Shekinah glory will lead to Christ being at home in our hearts, EPH 3:16-17.
Beholding the Shekinah glory will lead us to Christ being glorified in our body, PHI 1:20-21.
PHI 1:20-21 On the basis of my intense concentration and confident expectation [a personal sense of destiny]that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but with all confidence, Christ shall even now [in time] as always[in eternity] be glorified in my body, whether by life or by death. For me, living is Christ, likewise dying is profit.
Pres-pass-ind - metamorphoo - metamorphism = to be changed and transformed.
Pictorial present tense - conveys to the mind a picture of the event in the process of occurrence.
We can only become transformed as we live in the predesigned plan under the principle of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
We are never transformed by any personal self-improvement program, or counseling, or Christian retreat or seminar.
Passive voice = the believer is acted upon by metabolized doctrine resulting in the attainment of spiritual growth.
Indicative mood = this is a dogmatic principle of Bible doctrine.
If you desire to be changed or transformed you must behold the glory of the Lord or the doctrine of the indwelling of Christ.
Accusative singular direct object - auten - au*thVn = same eikona - ei*kovna = “into the same image.”
We can emulate or imitate our Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity.
Jesus Christ is eternal God but His true humanity lived in God’s plan for His life.
He learned and reached spiritual self-esteem very rapidly.
He also reached spiritual autonomy and spiritual maturity.
He learned very rapidly submission to authority on earth.
He recognized the authority of God, such as, “Father if it be Thy will let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not my will but Thy will be done.”
Adam was created perfect, without sin.
Christ lived a perfect life in His humanity, without sin.
One of the first gifts that He gave to the royal family is not only a personal divine plan but the ability to fulfill that plan if the believer desires to do so.
Emulate = to strive to equal and to excel.
Being transformed into the same image = the image of Jesus Christ coming through the believer as the Shekinah glory.
We go from the glory of salvation to the glory of spiritual self-esteem.
We go from the glory of spiritual self-esteem to the glory of spiritual autonomy.
We go from the glory of spiritual autonomy to the glory of spiritual maturity.
We have a visible manifestation of an invisible phenomenon just as in the Old Testament.
We are the New Testament theophany.
Prepositional phrase - apo - a*poV + ablative of source - doxes - dovxh"
JOH 1:14 the Shekinah glory became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Preposition eis - ei*" + accusative - doxan - dovxan
Adverbial accusative of measure - indicates how far the action of the main verb extends; the main verb is transformed and extends all the way to Church-age believers.
“From glory” = Jesus Christ, the Shekinah glory becoming true humanity and residing in God’s plan for His life.
“To glory” = the Church-age believer attaining spiritual growth in God’s predesigned plan.
“Just as” - conjunction kataper - kaqavper = “just as if”
"Just as it were from the Lord, the Spirit.”
Pneumatos - pneuvmato" - ablative of agency = a personal agent who performs the action.
1. Our experience with God must take precedence over our experience with people.
2. As long as you emphasize experience with people over experience with God, you will suffer under the law of volitional responsibility.
3. The predesigned plan of God emphasizes right experience with God before there can be a right experience with people.
4. God is invisible and this right experience with Him can only come through beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.
5. The indwelling of Christ is much closer to us than any person on earth.
6. Wrong experience with God results in wrong experience with people.
7. Right experience with God results in right experience with people.
8. Right experience with God demands perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
9. There can be no true quality with our relationship with mankind until we have true quality with our relationship with God.
10. This true quality in our relationship with God begins at spiritual self-esteem, the first stage of spiritual growth.