Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 9. The mystery of the teacher and the disciples.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

“Ought” – pres-act-ind – opheilete – o*feivlete = a verb of obligation.

Nominative singular noun “Kurios” – kuvrio” – “Lord” = TLJC has authority over them.

Nominative singular noun “didaskalos” – didavskalo” = “Teacher.”

“If I am your Lord and Teacher and I wash your feet through teaching, you are obligated under My authority to teach others as I have taught you!”

“One another’s feet” = the believers of the first generation of the Church-age.

JJOH 15:3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”

EPH 5:25-26 Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.

They are going to communicate the mystery doctrines which have been held back and hidden since time began, but now revealed because Christ has put on His clothes and is seated at the table – or Christ is resurrected and seated at the right hand of the Father – now a whole realm of doctrine opens up.

“Gave” – aor-act-ind – edoka – e!dwka = a gift of grace.

Example – accusative singular noun – hupodeigma = an example, a model or a pattern to follow.

The heritage of grace is perpetuated through the communication of Bible doctrine.

The significance of foot-washing is not in the literal ceremony or ritual but in the doctrinal analogy – the filling of the Spirit and the function of perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine.

“Do” – pres-act-subj – poiete – poih’te = to practice habitually.

Slave – nominative singular masculine – doulos – dou’lo” = the disciple or the student from the standpoint of his discipleship; he’s a slave
Master – genitive singular masculine noun – kuriou – kurivou = connotes deity and indicates the greatest possible contrast between the disciple and TLJC.

If the Lord is actually teaching them, He calls them disciples.
If they are out of school, they are still not out from under His discipline and therefore they are called slaves.

Teacher or didaskalos is our Lord’s authority over us when we are called disciples.
Lord is Kurios or His authority over the disciples when they are called slaves.

One of the principles that comes out of foot-washing is that authority is always authority.

Speaking from His humanity only, TLJC is saying that the Father is greater than the Son.

GEN 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
COL 1:16 For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him.

JOH 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [the Word]was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

JOH 5:18 – the Lord “made Himself equal with God.”

Sometimes our Lord spoke from His deity, other times from His humanity, and then other times from His Hypostatic Union.

From His deity –
JOH 8:58 “Truly, truly, I say to you: before Abraham came into being, I existed eternally.”

From His humanity our Lord said from the cross – JOH 19:28 “I thirst.”

MAT 27:46 About the ninth hour [3 p.m.], Jesus shouted with a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [when the humanity of Christ was being judged for our sins on the cross]?”

From His person in Hypostatic Union –
MAT 11:28 “Come unto Me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. He that comes unto Me I will not cast out.”

JOH 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes unto the Father but by Me.”

MIC 5:3 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {Too} little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

TIT 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

1JO 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This One is the true God and eternal life.

ACT 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

ROM 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;
LUK 4:8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”

JOH 20:28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

The sacred Tetragrammaton = the sacred name for God.
JHWH [minus the vowels JeHoWaH] = Jehovah or YHWH [minus the vowels YaHWaH] = Yahweh.

Jesus Christ is called Jehovah, ISA 9:6-7, ISA 40:3, JER 23:5-6, ZEC 12:8-10.

ISA 40:3 A voice is calling [the voice of John the Baptist], “Clear the way for the Lord [Jesus Christ] in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.”

JER 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.”
JER 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, “The Lord our righteousness.”

The deity of the Father and even the Spirit are universally accepted but the deity of the Son is constantly being questioned and challenged.

COL 1:15 And He is the EXACT image of the invisible God.
HEB 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
ZEC 12:10It is Jehovah who has pierced hands.
PSA 22:16 “they pierced our Lord’s hands and feet”

MAL 3:1 Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple;

MAT 21:12-13 And Jesus entered the temple and cast out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.”

MAT 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
ISA 41:4 Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? “I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last. I am He.”

ISA 43:25; ISA 44:22 – only Jehovah can forgive sin.
ISA 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.”
ISA 44:22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

MAR 2:7 “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?”

If He wanted to reveal His equality with God, He would say –
JOH 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”

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