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