Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 81. The gentleness of God.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
1. A reference to personal love for God and then impersonal love for all mankind.
2. Joy - inner happiness and contentment.
3. Peace or overt prosperity.
4. Patience as well as longsuffering.
5. Kindness, or graciousness.
6. Goodness or the production of divine good.
7. Pistis or faithfulness.
8. “Gentleness” - nominative singular feminine noun praotes - prau?th" = gentleness, humility, or meekness.
Humility does not consist in pretending to be less than one really is but rather is demonstrated when one does not pretend to be more than one really is.
Gentleness, meekness, or humility is the right condition of mind that we must have so that the Word of God may be received, JAM 1:21.
Humility is freedom from pride and arrogance.
a. Reception, in which the pastor communicates Bible doctrine to a group of believers, and the information goes to the believer’s human spirit.
The Holy Spirit makes that doctrine PNEUMATIKOS - spiritual phenomena.
Then the positive believer has faith perception, the metabolization of that Bible doctrine by which it goes into the KARDIA or right lobe, where it becomes EPIGNOSIS doctrine.
b. Retention which is epignosis doctrine by which we grow in grace, the basis for momentum.
c. Recall = the application of epignosis doctrine to experience, the basis for creating invisible heroes, the objective of the spiritual life.
There is a difference between enforced humility and genuine humility.
Humility must be distinguished from humiliation.
Humility is the virtue of freedom from arrogance.
Humility is recognition of authority.
Sincerity is not accepted by the Lord, accuracy is.
Obey - kal infinitive - shama = to hear and to concentrate, to hear intelligently, to pay attention, or to concentrate.
The superficiality of worship may say the right thing, they may say the biblical thing, but the only thing that really counts is how much doctrine you have in your soul.
The Doctrine of Forgiveness. Point 1. Definition.
Forgiveness = to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, to release from payment, to forget an offense never bringing it up again not even to discuss it.
The principle of legal pardon is no different from the principle of personal pardon and forgiveness.
If someone asks for your forgiveness, and in honor you forgive them, then integrity and loyalty to doctrine demands that you forget whatever was done against you.
It also means that you never again recall what the individual has done to you or penalize the individual for doing so.
Arrogance has no ability to forgive.
LUK 17:4 “If someone sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
Point 2. The ultimate expression of forgiveness was the cross of Christ.