Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The New Testament analogy of the Old Testament Fish Gate.
Friday, March 30, 2012
The next Gate from the analogy of the spiritual life for the Jews in the Old Testament as a shadow and now for both Jews and Gentiles in the Church-Age as a substance of what was to come is the Fish Gate, with the substance of witnessing for Christ.
This is said to every believer because every believer is an ambassador for Christ representing God to a lost and dying world, 2CO 5:20;
EPH 6:20; Phile 9.
Eph:19-20 “and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,”
The Fish Gate is unique in that this gate is also related to the invisible impact for Christ with the phenomenal testimony to millions of angels.
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and in Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
All of you have a ministry whereby you can provide the information to other members of the human race so that they can be reconciled to God.
a. The witness of the life, 2CO 3:3.
b. The second area is the witness of the lips.
1CO 4:9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
The Sheep Gate in the N.T. speaks of salvation and the Fish Gate in the N.T. speaks of the filling of the Spirit because the Holy Spirit is the sovereign executive of witnessing.
The witness of God the Holy Spirit in evangelism is the doctrine of common grace.
The power of God the Holy Spirit in evangelism is the doctrine of efficacious grace.
ACT 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
This is a prophecy of the first advent of the Spirit and His ministry of common grace as it began in the Church-Age.
Due to the fact that the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of TLJC occurred historically just before the Church-age began, there is a new emphasis and a renewed presentation of the Gospel.
1} concerning sin
2} concerning righteousness
3} concerning judgment
No it doesn’t say that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin(s), It says that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of “sin”…singular.
“sin” is the nominative singular feminine noun harmartias which means “sin” not sins.
In the presentation of the Gospel personal sin is not the issue since all personal sins were judged on the cross.
2CO 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 1TI 2:6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all,
1TI 4:10 who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
TIT 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.
HEB 2:9 But we do see Him, namely, Jesus, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
1.The spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross satisfied all the righteous demands of God the Father, we call that propitiation.
2.The spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the basis for the deliverance from the old sin nature, we call that redemption.
3.The spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the basis for removing the barrier between God and man, we call that reconciliation.
4.The spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the basis for the judgment of all personal sins in history, we call that unlimited atonement.