Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah. Part 18.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Two doctrinal principles that really describe this great visible hero of Israel.
1. He was a grace oriented believer.
2. He understood the importance of delegated authority.

As a grace-oriented believer and one who functioned under the principle of spiritual leadership, Nehemiah used his authority, by means of taking his orders and receiving his messages from what the word of God says.

For the pastor who is a spiritual leader, this comes from his mentor, God the Holy Spirit, and his spiritual gift.

He has to know what his orders are and what is actually being said in the original language, or if he is not trained in the original language as of yet, he has to depend upon someone who does know the original language.

Unless a pastor is able to exegete the word of God in the original languages, he does not know what is really being communicated in the preservation of the Canon of scripture.

A pastor’s authority is the word of God, and he cannot, in taking his orders from the word of God, distort the word or try to use the word to his own advantage.

GAL 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?

In fact, look at 1CO 4:16 I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me.

1CO 4:17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.

1CO 11:1-2, Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the doctrines, just as I delivered them to you.

Paul is saying, “All of you, be fellow-imitators of me, mimic me, and follow the doctrine that I’m teaching so that you too can reach the objective of living the spiritual life.”

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