Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery, Part 79. The fruit of the Spirit and faithfulness.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

1. It denotes the trust that one has in another.
2. As a virtue and a result of the production of the Spirit, it also refers to being faithful, trustworthy, reliable, and steadfast.
3. Having confidence, assurance, conviction, belief, and doctrine.

Propitiation = God the Father is satisfied with the sacrificial ministry of our Lord on the cross.

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

Faithfulness is a loyal attitude to something in life or someone in life who you love, respect, admire, or recognize their authority.

1JO 1:9 “If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and righteous, with the result that he forgives us our sins[known sins] and cleanses us from all unrighteousness [unknown sins].”

God knew every single sin we would ever commit during our lifetime in eternity past.

God is interested in the fact that Jesus Christ took our place as our substitute.

God is justified to forgive us because He has been propitiated by the sacrifice of His perfect Son.

JAM 1:17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.

1CO 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

God’s perfect faithfulness to you in eternity past inevitably leads to His perfect faithfulness to you in time.

GEN 12:13-19 - Abraham willfully lies to deceive the pharaoh and protect his own life.

GEN 26:7 - he committed the same sin as his father Abraham; he lived in fear of losing his life and therefore he willfully lied and told the men of Gerah that Rebekah was not his wife but his sister.

GEN 25:31-33 - he was naturally crafty and sly and stole the birthright from Esau.
GEN 27:18-29 - a record of his master deception over his father Isaac, and yet God was faithful to him.

EXO 2:12 - he willfully killed a man with his bare hands.

He made excuses to the Lord, EXO 3:11, saying that he was not fit to be used by the Lord.

EXO 4:10 - he gave excuses saying that he was not eloquent, and he could not speak.
EXO 4:13 - he asked the Lord to send someone else.
JDG 6:13 - he said, I cannot go because the Lord has forsaken Israel.
JDG 6:15 - he then said, I am not fit for the job.

JDG 8:24-27 - he foolishly makes a golden ephod which becomes a snare to Israel, and yet in spite of all this and much more the Lord was faithful to him.
JDG 14:1-3 - he kept associating with evil people, basically wild and perverted women.

He was very spiritual at times, JDG 13:25,
JDG 15:14, yet he was under the power of carnal lust.

JDG 15:4 - he was childish in his plans, yet courageous in battle, JDG 15:11-14.
JDG 16:28 - he called upon the Lord for strength, and after all this, the Lord was faithful to him.

1SA 21:1-10 - David willfully sinned and told a lie, and the result of his lie was that an entire city was wiped out (city of Nob).
Then he “faked madness” and made the enemy believe he was crazy, and as a result hundreds died, 2SA 2:11-18.

Then David failed in his responsibility as the King, 2SA 11:1.
While he was in Jerusalem, 2SA 11:2-27, he ended up in certain “shocking” sins.

He committed adultery,
he got a man drunk,
he committed murder,
and he willfully lied.

2SA 6:1-13 - he did not honor the word of God.
1Ch 21 - David rejected the promises of God and even questioned the faithfulness of God.

He lived an excessive luxurious lifestyle, 1KI 4:22-23.
He married all kinds of ungodly women, 1KI 11:1-2
He lived in excessive sensuality, 1KI 11:3.
He even sanctioned idolatry, 1KI 11:4-7.

1Ki 19 - Elijah just had a tremendous victory, and then he runs from the threat of a woman.

JoNAH 4:4-11 - the Lord was faithful to him and taught him a superb lesson on divine love.

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