Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The new things that have come: The dispensation of invisible heroes. Part 3.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Because we have these new things that have come in the Church-age, and we are in union with Christ, every believer is an invisible hero now and needs to understand how to enjoy the benefits and privileges of being one.
1TH 5:24, Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
JOB 23:14, “For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.
PHI 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
PHI 2:13, for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who is at work in you, both to will [give you motivation] and to work [He gives you the ability to execute] above and beyond His good pleasure.
EPH 2:10, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2CO 3:18, But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
The manifestation of you and I already becoming an invisible hero would be a reflection of grace orientation and faithfulness on the part of the believer.
Therefore, the only one left who did not believe that TLJC is the way, the truth, and the life; was Judas Iscariot, not demon possessed, but worse, he is Satan possessed, possessed by Satan himself.
1. The right way of doing something or the way in which a thing is done or happens.
2. The proper way to act and function as Royalty.
3. A custom or lifestyle expected to be followed; protocol.
These manners will be manifested by the following:
Truth, Love, Integrity, Faithfulness, Mercy, Goodness, Righteousness, Justice, Patience, Kindness.
The disciples had come into the room, as was the custom in the ancient world, bare-footed.
There’s a pool of water there and they’re supposed to go through the pool and someone is supposed to wash and dry their feet.
They were so busy arguing as to which one was the greatest that no one would treat the other with more respect.
All they proved was they had garbage on their feet, but worse than that, garbage in their souls.
Good manners demanded that they understand the protocol such as the washing of their feet before entering into the room. But, since there was no servant to do so, they extended the debate by refusing to wash each other’s feet.
This is contrary to the manners or protocol of the lifestyle of the invisible hero.
The invisible hero truly understands -
MAT 20:26 “whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,”
They truly understand,
MAT 20:28 “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
MAR 9:35 And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
Remember that our Lord is about to die so He must take care of this arrogance an hypocrisy as soon as possible.
Bad manners, lack of divine protocol and understanding how to live spiritual life, come from a bad mental attitude.
1. Ignorance of the plan of God.
2. Arrogance concerning the plan of God.
In MAR 9:33-34, on the way to Capernaum they discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.
In LUK 9:46, after the mount of transfiguration an argument arose among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
In MAT 20:20-24, James and John got their mommy to ask Jesus to promote them and make them the greatest.
They’ve got literal garbage on their feet and mental garbage in their head, M.A.S.
1. The disciples had bathed before coming to the last supper....all of them had taken a bath.
2. The taken of a bath is analogous to salvation and therefore you can anticipate one bath but many washings!
3. From walking through the streets, the disciples have accumulated filth on their feet which is analogous to the believer being out of fellowship from touching the cosmic system.
4. The streets represent the world or the cosmic system where inevitably we fall into from time to time.
5. The custom of foot-washing is analogous to rebound.
REV 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
6. Before you eat the Lord’s food, which is Bible doctrine. you must wash your feet, rebound.
7. This dinner was fellowship with the Lord in which food was involved, our greatest fellowship with the Lord is when we meet to dine upon our spiritual food, Bible doctrine.
8. The feet also represent service, it’s impossible to serve the Lord with dirty feet.
9. In the last chapter, JOH 12:3, the feet of Jesus had been anointed with oil by a woman called Mary. While at the beginning of this chapter, the feet of the disciples are washed by the Lord Himself.
10. Oil on the feet of the Savior indicates the sustaining ministry of the Holy Spirit while water on the feet of the disciples indicates the cleansing of the rebound technique.
The disciples had to have their feet washed because of their perpetual carnality from their O.S.N.
11. TLJC will wash their feet which is a picture of Christ providing the basis of rebound on the Cross.
It means that all communicators of doctrine have to keep their feet clean or be cleansed to communicate.