Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, October 11, 2013

The Doctrine of the Royal Family Honor Code and how it relates to putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness for the Christian Soldier.

Point 1 Definition and Description.

The recipients of the teaching of the Word of God must not only apply this truth, but communicate it in terms of their lives and their relationship to others.

Aor-pass-part of diakoneo = to be ministered to through doctrine or through the communication of the word of God. It means to be penned, to be written, to be prepared.

This means to prepare your students for life through the communication of the Word of God or Bible doctrine.

but you are our letter written on tablets of human hearts or human right lobes.

The recipients of Bible doctrine must not only apply the truth that comes from the word of God being taught, but also communicate it in terms of their lives in relationship to others.

GAL 6:1 “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

GAL 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

The recipients of Bible doctrine also communicate it in terms of their lives in relationship to others.

This does not mean to change your personality to fit and conform yourself to what others desire you to be.

1CO 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

Truth and Integrity, with integrity being defined as devotion to spiritual, moral, and ethical principles related to truth and honesty.

MAT 25:40 “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, {even} the least {of them,} you did it to Me.”

ACT 9:4 “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
ACT 9:5 And he said, “Who art Thou, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

1TI 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service;

1TI 1:13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. And yet I was shown mercy, because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

ACT 9:1-2 Paul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

ACT 9:2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

ACT 9:2 – Paul requested from the Jewish leaders that if he found any men or women belonging to Jesus Christ, he might bring them bound with chains to Jerusalem.

Gossip, maligning, slandering others is a violation of the Royal Family honor code.

TIT 3:2 Speak evil of no man, do not be argumentative, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.

The believer needs to understand that he is born again into a status quo of aristocracy.
And this is why the Church-age is the dispensation of the Royal Family of God.

We must have royal function to go along with the fact that we are Royal aristoracy.

1PE 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1PE 2:9, But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1PE 2:10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, is the basis for the fact we have an honor code and He is the prototype of putting on the breastplate of righteousness.

Prototype means that TLJC is the original model on which the breastplate was manifested and shown.

Remember that TLJC has three categories of royalty: Divine, Jewish, and Battlefield.

a. The royalty of His deity, by virtue of the fact that He is eternal and infinite God.

b. The royalty of His humanity, by virtue of the virgin birth, Incarnation and First Advent.

c. The royalty of His Hypostatic Union, by virtue of His strategic victory at the cross.

1. Divine royalty: This is a reference to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ always had this family in His divine royalty and always will.

2. Jewish royalty: This refers to the dynasty of David. All His ancestors from David and Bathsheba down to his legal father Joseph and His real mother Mary.

His stepbrothers: James, Joseph Jr., Simon, and Judas or Jude.

His stepsisters: at least two, being also royal descendants.
MAT 13:55-56

MAT 13:55-56, we have His mother and brothers referred to, “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?

MAT 13:56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then {did} this man {get} all these things?”

His Battlefield royalty: the royal family of God, every Church Age believer. After His ascension and session, there was no royal family for His third royalty.

The Age of Israel was brought to a screeching halt, and the Church-Age was inserted, the dispensation for the calling out of the Royal Family of God.

Technical phrases are used to describe the Royal Family are: the body of Christ, the Church, the bride of Christ, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, and the beloved brethren.

In His divine royalty, Jesus Christ controls history. Therefore, Jesus Christ will judge the entire world.

In His Jewish royalty, Jesus Christ returns as the Son of David, regathers Israel, terminates their fifth cycle of discipline, fulfills all the unconditional covenants to Israel, and rules forever over Israel’s born again believers.

In His battlefield royalty, Jesus Christ terminates Satan’s rulership of the world. He incarcerates Satan and his demon army at the end of the Millennium.

REV 19:12 And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself.

REV 19:16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

The Jewish Age was halted and the Church-age was inserted to call out the Royal Family.

Also the baptism of the Holy Spirit enters us into union with our Lord Jesus Christ making us spiritual aristocracy.

Aristocracy has standards, and these standards are what we call the Royal Family honor code.

(1) The baptism of the Spirit and current positional truth provide the Church-age believer with a double portion of perfect righteousness and eternal life.

(2) The imputation of perfect righteousness provides a purpose for the Royal Family.

We have the perfect righteousness of God the Father through imputation, and the perfect righteousness of God the Son through being in union with Him.

Right thinking results in right motivation.
Right motivation means right function.

There is a great enemy to the honor code or putting on the breastplate of righteousness and that is gossip, maligning, and slandering others.

EPH 4:25 “Therefore, having laid aside the lie, each one of you speak the truth with his fellow-believer, since we are members one of another.”

The PPOG is the greatest producer of honor and integrity in all of history.

Absolute truth will tolerate nothing less than the honor, integrity, and virtue that comes from the filling of the Spirit, the perception and inculcation of doctrine, and the resultant spiritual growth.

Verses 12-15 address the troublemaker.
He is arrogant, jealous, implacable with revenge motivation which and motivated by evil.
He is a gossip, and guilty of inordinate ambition and inordinate competition.

Troublemakers are always uptight.

In their own mind, troublemakers are always better than everyone else.

PRO 6:12 says “A worthless person, an evil man is one the who walks with a false mouth.”

Signaling with the feet was an ancient custom to give secret signs to others.

“Malice is in his right lobe; he devises evil at all times”; he spreads strife.”

First, the troublemaker suffers from self-induced misery under the law of volitional responsibility.

Then eventually he gets clobbered with divine discipline in three stages: Warning discipline, intensive discipline, and eventually dying discipline.

Note the pattern in verse 17, for it lists the three categories of sin: Mental attitude sins, sins of the tongue, and overt sins.

1JO 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

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