Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part51. the mystery behind the faithfulness of God.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

And he that loves Me shall be loved - not “by” My Father - “hupo” = “under the authority of My Father.”

The Father is the initiator of the love and we are the responders.

Disclose - emphaniso = to communicate, to make known.

Here is the principle of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible doctrine and the exhale is love.

Divine faithfulness is God’s grace expression to the believer using His perfect character as the basis for expression.

Propitiation is the God-ward side of the work of Christ in salvation.

Propitiation = our Lord satisfied the justice and righteousness of God the Father.

Propitiation frees the justice of God to immediately give anyone who believes in Christ one-half of divine integrity, the righteousness of God.

Divine faithfulness manifests itself in divine discipline to the apostate believer and in blessing to the mature believer.

Faithfulness is an attitude to something in life which you love, respect, admire, or recognize its authority.

God is faithful to us in rebound and recovery.

1CO 11:31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.

JER 3:13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God And have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice, declares the Lord.

PSA 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah.
PSA 38:18 For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

God is justified to forgive us because He has been propitiated by the sacrifice of His perfect Son.
There is no merit in naming a sin.

A. Name it, 1JO 1:9
B. Isolate it, HEB 12:15
C. Forget it, PHI 3:13
D. Keep moving, PHI 3:14

God’s faithfulness is manifest in His perfect plan, 1CO 1:9.
God’s faithfulness is manifest in logistical grace provision and supergrace blessing, 1TH 5:24.

1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
JOB 23:14 For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such decrees are with Him.

It was harder for God to find a way to save us than it was for God to bless us in time.

If He could do the most for us at salvation, it follows, a fortiori, that He can provide the lesser blessing of logistical grace support in time.
A fortiori - Latin phrase = “with stronger reason.”

A fortiori is a conclusion compared with some other conclusion or recognized fact, as inferred to be even more certain or inescapable than the two conclusions it combines.

God’s faithfulness is also manifest in testing, 1CO 10:13, 2CO 4:17, ROM 8:18.

ROM 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Logistical grace = divine planning, divine support, divine provision, and divine blessing for the execution of the predesigned plan of God by the Royal Family for the fulfillment of God’s will, God’s purpose, and God’s plan for your life.

Not only are we tested with regard to logistical grace support from God, but we are also tested concerning our love for Bible doctrine as well as our social life, loved ones, our failures, other distractions, and our families.

As a part of God’s faithfulness, He always provides the doctrine or the opportunity to get the doctrine necessary to pass each test before it comes.

God is faithful to the apostate believer, 2TI 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

God is faithful in keeping the degenerate believer alive for discipline.
God is faithful to the believer in the realm of the angelic conflict.

God’s faithfulness becomes a reality as you advance to and reach spiritual maturity.

Faithfulness = the consistency and stability of God.

JOH 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”

Faithfulness = God cannot change His essence and be unfair to anyone.

God keeps His word.
He has never made a promise He has not kept, Psa 119.

HOS 14:4 I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them.

Unfaithfulness is totally incompatible with the very nature and essence of God -
MAL 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

DEU 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
LAM 3:22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.

God is faithful to us and He is not only faithful to tell us the good things, but He is also faithful to tell us the bad things.
2CO 1:20 For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

NUM 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Titus 1:2 - it is impossible for Him to lie.
HEB 10:23 He who promised is faithful.

1PE 4:19 - “entrust your soul to the faithful Creator who will do what is right!”
1PE 4:19 Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

He is faithful in what He withholds just like in what He gives.
He is faithful in sending sorrow as well as in giving joy.

The faithfulness of God is a truth to be acknowledged by us, not only when we are at ease, but when we are in trouble.

PSA 119:75 I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me.
PSA 89:33 “But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him, Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.”

HOS 5:15 I will go away {and} return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

God the Father is faithful, JAM 1:17.
The Lord Jesus Christ is faithful and is the same yesterday, and today, and forever, HEB 13:8.
The Holy Spirit is faithful to indwell us, JOH 14:16, and to teach Bible doctrine to the believer, 1CO 12:13.

God is greatly honored when under testing for blessing or chastening, we have proper thoughts toward Him and recognize His divine attributes in action.

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