Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Meekness/Gentleness/Humility.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

1JO 1:9 If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and righteous, with the result that He forgives us our sins and purifies us from all unrighteousness.

GAL 5:22-23 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

Gentleness in the greek is the nominative singular feminine noun “Praotes” and its meaning could be one of 3 words, gentleness, humility or meekness.

prautes (prah-oo’-tace); from NT:4239; mildness, i.e. (by implication) humility:

prautes, or praotes, an earlier form, prau In its use in Scripture, in which it has a fuller, deeper significance than in nonscriptural Greek writings, it consists not in a person’s outward behavior only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. Rather it is an inwrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God.

He said that without Him we could do nothing.
And fruit is what He wants in our lives.

He wants us to bear much fruit. Now the fruit is produced by the Lord Jesus using the Spirit of God in our lives.

No believer can live the Christian life himself. The old nature cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Paul makes it clear in ROM 7:18 that the new nature has no power to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

a. Humility is freedom from pride and arrogance.
b. Secondly, humility is a prerequisite for learning doctrine.
c. Thirdly, humility in the PPOG is recognition of the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ and submitting to that authority.

Humility is recognition of authority.
As well as submission to that authority.

Moses said in DEU 9:23 that rebellion is not listening to the Word of God.
Nehemiah said in NEH 9:17 that rebellion is refusing to listen to doctrine.
Isaiah said in ISA 30:1 rebellion is refusing the counsel of the Lord and going to the world for help!
Rebellion means refection of doctrine. Stubbornness means rejection of authority.

So the result of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine should be grace orientation and humility.

In Biblical humility, the independence of human power and ability is reduced to zero, so that dependence on the power and ability of God are increased to the maximum through the function of grace.

At the point of faith in Christ, you reduced yourself to a state of total humility.
The problem solving devices can only be learned through humility which is teachability!

This means that humility is a system of divine viewpoint thinking related to grace orientation and occupation with Christ.

This means that humility is a system of cognition of Bible doctrine, resulting in the believer living in the directive will of God rather than the permissive will of God.

Humility is both a system of thinking as well as a way of life.
In fact, humility is a system of thinking before it becomes a way of life.
Humility is a system of thinking that reaches its peak under spiritual self-esteem.
Humility as a system of thinking doctrine becomes a way of life.

As a way of life, humility is the virtue of grace orientation and occupation with the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

JAM 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
1PE 3:8 To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
1PE 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.

Poise is the expression of humility under pressure or grace dependence upon the Lord.

So humility is freedom from pride and arrogance. Humility is first of all a mental attitude directed toward your self,
Then it is a mental attitude directed toward other people.

No one has the ability to learn, no matter how great his I.Q., unless he also possesses humility. Humility is what keeps the person with a high I.Q. in a teachable state.

(1) Pre-salvation grace-common and efficacious grace.
(2) Salvation grace through faith in Christ.
(3) Post-salvation grace-logistical grace.

PRO 3:34 God makes war against the arrogant but He gives grace to the humble.

God can only give blessing and deal graciously with those who have true humility.

Achievement belongs to God; happiness belongs to the believer.

God will only give achievement when the believer advances to a point where his achievement is compatible with his capacity, so that his achievement will not make him miserable.

Christian service performed in the cosmic system glorifies self, while the same Christian service performed in the PPOG glorifies God.

So, for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, humility is developed through consistent perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.

a. Self-determination is related to right priorities.
b. Self-determination is related to teach ability.
c. Self-determination is related to the function of your daily perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.

The difference between being a vessel of honor and a vessel of dishonor in the spiritual realm is your response to spiritual authority.

Humility is the key to the vessel of honor being formed.
Arrogance is the key to the vessel of dishonor being formed.
The humble believer is teachable and honors God.
The arrogant believer rejects grace and becomes a loser.

Therefore, it becomes necessary for a spiritual gift to have authority over believers for the communication of the Word of God.

Notice that respect is the issue and this only comes from impersonal love on the part of the members of the congregation.

Positive volition resides in the PPOG; negative volition rejects doctrine and becomes a cosmic Christian.

1. Humility is recognition and respect for legitimate authority in life.
2. Humility is divine viewpoint thinking, which means that humility is related to grace orientation and occupation with Christ. 3. Humility is poise and courage under pressure.
4. Humility is teachability which recognizes the factors in the PPOG.
5. Therefore, humility is the sum total of grace orientation and teachability.
6. Humility is capacity for life, love, and happiness.

7. Humility is the basis for gratitude and appreciation in life.
8. Humility is the function of establishing right priorities in life.
9. Humility is the right function of self-determination in life.
10. Humility is making right decisions from a position of strength.
11. Humility is the recognition of failure in the Christian life and the willingness to recover through rebound.

Humility is the basis for flexibility in life, the basis for God molding a vessel of honor which glorifies Himself.

13. Humility is related to promotion.
14. Humility is an expression of doctrine circulating in the soul;
it is understanding your own helplessness and appreciating what God in His grace can do.

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