Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah. Part 5.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Each of the gates speak of the different spiritual experiences in our Christian life that we need to go through. Their station and position can give us insight into the types of different experiences that TLJC and the Church-age believer experience in the spiritual life. We see the enemy attacking from without, the opposition of the “enemies of the cross” as Paul calls them, PHI 3:18. We also see the enemy trying to attack from within, trying to eat away and tear and wear down the faith of God’s people.

DAN 7:25 And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One,
ISA 40:29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
ISA 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

MAT 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

ISA 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
GAL 6:9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
HEB 12:3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

The enemy within and without are going to try to divide the Jews and promote them into acts of disobedience and evil so that the work cannot be accomplished.

EXO 1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.

Before Nehemiah came on the scene, Ezra was faithfully laboring.
Before Ezra came on the scene, Zerubbabel was faithfully laboring.

The Temple has been built, beginning with the altar; you always have to begin with the Altar which pictures the Cross. When Nehemiah was called by God and led by God to go to Jerusalem to do the work, he was beginning some things but he was continuing others. We will also see what God is doing in our lives, the opposition, and the tactics that are used, and the tactics of victory, that Nehemiah so wisely implements.

The marvelous thing about this story is that these people pull together and devote themselves to a common goal which God has brought them together to accomplish. The marvelous thing is that by forming a team and focusing on that common goal, God begins to do something within the hearts and souls of those people that results in something only God can bring about, and that is revival within a nation.

One word used 36 times in Nehemiah –
“to repair” = chazaq = to seize, to strengthen, to fortify, to encourage, play the man, to recover.

The Doctrine of Unity in the Royal Family of God.
Point 1. What is Unity?

Emphasis on people rather than on Bible doctrine, especially the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, has destroyed unity among members of the royal family of God, the body of Christ.

a. The status of being combined with others to form a greater whole.
1CO 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
GAL 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

b. Unity is the status of being harmonious with other members of the royal family of God –
PHI 2:2 Bring to completion my inner happiness [in your life] by thinking the same things,
c. Unity is the state of being complete, which means a maximum number of believers executing the PPOG and becoming invisible heroes.

A maximum amount of invisible heroes in the pivot not only changes the nation, but it also provides a tremendous amount of toleration among believers.

d. Complete accord among believers regarding divine viewpoint mental attitude especially in the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.
e. Complete harmony among believers regarding mental attitudes, motivations, decisions, and actions related to the PPOG of God.
f. The absence of fragmentation which means the absence of judging, bickering, slandering, gossiping, jealousy, bitterness, hatred, anger, revenge motivation and function, vindictiveness, violence, hypersensitivity, self-pity, guilt, and implacability.

The two great enemies of unity among the members of the body of Christ which always bring fragmentation are ignorance of doctrine and life in the arrogance complex.

The present trend of Christianity is to emphasize relationship with people over relationship with God, or to assume that a good relationship with people means a good relationship with God.

Point 2. The Solution to Enemies of Unity.

The first is consistent perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine so that mystery doctrine is understood and metabolized.

The mastery of the utilization of the ten problem solving devices of the PPOG dispels arrogance.

EPH 3:19 And to come to know the love for Christ which is beyond gnosis, so that you may filled up with all the fullness of God.

“Being filled up with all the fullness of God” demands cognition of Bible doctrine related to spiritual adulthood.

“Being filled up with all the fullness of God” means you use those ten problem solving devices: the rebound technique, the filling of the Spirit, the faith-rest drill, grace orientation, doctrinal orientation, personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, +H or sharing the happiness of God, a personal sense of destiny, and occupation with the person of Christ.

It means ignorance is replaced by cognizance, and that arrogance is replaced by tolerance, the function of virtue-love as a problem solving device.

ROM 12:2 Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought, that you may prove what the will of God is, namely, the good of intrinsic value achievement [advance to spiritual maturity], the well-pleasing to God [function of ten problem solving devices], the mature status quo [execution of the PPOG].

Worldliness is a system of human viewpoint thinking.

ROM 12:2 Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought,

When your thought pattern is renovated it means ignorance is replaced by cognizance, and that arrogance is replaced by tolerance, the function of virtue-love as a problem solving device.

The most worldly people in Christianity are those involved in self-righteous arrogance and resultant legalism.

ROM 12:3 “For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you: stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”

A standard of thinking from doctrine includes motivation, thought, decision, and action related to the mystery doctrine of the Church Age and the unique factors of this dispensation.

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