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What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 87. The mystery of relationships, Part 3.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

1. Our relationship with Him or abiding in Him, verses 1-11.
2. Our relationships with one another, verses 12-17.
3. Our relationship with the world or the cosmic system, verses 18-27.

The apostle Paul is one of the greatest experts on relationships in all of human history.

EPH 5:25 husbands, love your wives as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it

Impersonal love was when Christ gave Himself for it on the cross.

The Lord loved with both personal and impersonal love, and yet when He commands husbands to love their wives He uses impersonal love.

The greatest failure is impersonal unconditional love, because out of impersonal love comes true personal love.

According to the Word of God, bitterness is a very serious thing.
Bitterness and jealousy often go together.

When you allow bitterness to cause you to explode, either inwardly or overtly, you hurt your own life = self-induced misery.

Every believer who harbors bitterness or jealousy is a walking time bomb waiting to explode.

Once a believer uses his own volition to allow bitterness, anger, or jealousy to control him, he shatters his own life.

Bitterness - pikria
This noun refers to animosity, jealousy, hostility, and it is actually a part of anger and harshness.

Bitterness is an expression of misery and disappointment in a person’s life.
Bitterness is severity of temper, biting sarcasm, a painful inward affliction, a deep distress of mind.

Marah = angry discontentment or angry frustration.

DEU 32:24 They shall be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague and bitter destruction;

The Jews ridiculed the message that Jeremiah was given. Why? Because they were bitter! They even made up songs about Jeremiah and his message and they said about Jeremiah, “He has filled our lives with bitterness.”

The Twentieth Century Translation - “for I see that you have fallen into the bitterness of envy.”
The Phillips translation - “you are a man bitter with jealousy.”

People were leaving him and going to hear the apostles.

Being rejected is a strong reason for bitterness in the lives of most believers especially in marriage, COL 3:19.

Degeneracy is a source of bitterness, ROM 3:14.

PRO 14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

Grace Bible ChurchPastor Robert R. McLaughlinSunday September 4, 2005

“filled” = present middle imperative of pleroo

1. Fill up a deficiency: without the F/HS we have no ability to learn or apply BD or to resist the influence of Satan (COL 1:24; 1Jn 4:4).
2. Be fully possessed: When filled the believer’s soul is completely controlled by God the HS (1CO 6:19-20).

3. Be fully influenced: When filled God the Holy Spirit will influence every facet of your life.
4. Be filled with a certain quality: The quality produced by God the Holy Spirit when He controls the believers soul is the characteristics of spiritual maturity (EPH 3:19; 4:10; PHI 1:11; 1Jn 1:4; REV 3:2).

The present tense with the imperative mood means that this is a command that we must adhere to habitually.
The middle voice: the middle calls special attention to the subject. The subject is acting in relation to itself somehow. (A.T. Robertson).
The middle voice is that use of the verb which describes the subject as participating in the results of the action. (Dana and Mantey)

“examine” is the present active imperative of dokimazo = to test, to prove, to try, to examine.

Classical use of this word was in the testing of the purity of metals and coins. This word means to examine or test if something is pure or if it isn’t.

JOH 13:10 Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."
JOH 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

Our Lord washed the feet of the disciples before they partook of the communion celebration. (MAT 26:26-29;MAR 14:22-25; LUK 22:19-20)

JOH 13:8 Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." and so [kai houtos thus or after that]. Examine yourself (wash your feet) and after that eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Examining yourself is washing your feet. Having clean feet is synonymous with being filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is synonymous with living in the PPOG. Living in the PPOG is synonymous with abiding in the Vine and having fellowship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

MAT 7:15-16 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sh eep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.

Now, in context, what is being discussed here; it is the fellowship of believers with God the Father and with Jesus Christ and with one another.

When we sin, we have to be cleaned from the effects of sin, which is loss of fellowship with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The word if introduces a third class condition. Fulfillment of the condition depends on your volition: maybe you will rebound and maybe you will not.
We confess = 1st person plural present active subjunctive of homologeo: to name, cite, admit, acknowledge, confess a crime in court, to make a legal statement.

The present tense means that you have to do this every time you sin.
The active voice means that you have to make the decision to rebound, no one can do this for you.
The subjunctive mood means that maybe you will rebound and maybe you wont.

“our sins” = tas harmartias hemon: the sins of ours (in the plural)
to forgive = 3rd person singular aorist active subjunctive of aphiemi.
Aphiemi is used in a variety of ways and has meanings: to let go, leave, to disregard, leave behind, dismiss, divorce, cancel, pardon, remit, forgive, abandon.

The instant we acknowledge our known sins to God He cancels the sins and the initial repercussion of loss of fellowship.

Cleanse is the Greek verb katharizo which means to cleanse, to remove for the purpose of purifying, hence, to purify, and it applies to all sins.
Known sins are usually accompanied by unknown sins. When we acknowledge the known sins to God, He forgives and purifies us from all unrighteousness, including unknown and forgotten sins.

2 Pe 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

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