Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday June 2, 2019

This passage our Lord uses to describe the Vine and the branches and the relationship that we all have with the Vine {TLJC} as well as with the other branches {believers}.

This is a reference to the Doctrine of the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ along with the Doctrine of the Hypostatic Union with emphasis on the Doctrine of Unity and Logistics.

and every {branch} that bears fruit [The doctrine of the Fruit of the Spirit – Gal 5:22], He prunes it [suffering for blessing], that it may bear more fruit [the Doctrine of Divine Good].

GAL 2:20  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the {life} which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither {can} you, unless you abide in Me [the doctrine of Positional Truth].

Some of these principles may shock some of you, some may not,  but either way, whatever it is, God’s word is available for whoever desires His doctrines.

Principle: If you cannot see the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in fallen man or those with Old Sin Natures you will not see Him at all.

Keep in mind that we are being fully trained to handle the outside pressures of adversity so that they do not become inside pressures of stress in the soul.

Let’s take Abraham, who, in Rom 4:12 is called the Father of our Faith.

When I point out to you the kind of believers our Lord will use, no matter what the problem is or may be, our Lord promises He will be with us wherever we go; MAT 28:20.

In MAT 28:20, our Lord was teaching His disciples to observe all that He commanded them you and He also said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In GAL 3:9,  Abraham will be called faithful Abraham; GAL 3:9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

God will use whatever He can to accomplish His plan working together with others to glorify the plan of God for all those who desire to do just that! (Glorification of TLJC and also His word).

In GAL 3:8, we are told that God would justify all the Gentiles (non-Jews) by faith, He would preached the gospel to Abraham, {saying}, “All the nations shall be blessed in you.”

Here is a man who lied twice (willfully) and refused to say that his wife Sarah was his wife but instead he chose to lie (willfully), knowing that it was wrong to do but he did it anyway.

Sarah was Abraham’s his half-sister; Gen 20:2-13.

Abraham is willfully deceiving Abimelech the king of Gerah by saying that Sarah was his step sister and mentioned nothing about him and Sarah being married to Abraham.

The first and most obvious problem is that Abraham willfully lied to the king by giving him the impression that Sarah was his sister and not his wife.

Why do I keep on saying that Abraham, the father of our faith, willfully sinned?

Those who say you can lose your salvation also say you can lose your salvation because all your future sins have not been judged and if you sin willfully there remains no more sacrifice for your sins.

In Heb 6:4-6, we have a passage that they quote and say that Heb 6:4-6, teaches because your future sins were not judged then you can lose your salvation because there is no more sacrifice for your sins.

It is possible because there are no sacrifices that God would ever expect.

HEB 10:10  By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

There is a passage that they misquote and are academically dishonest by taking the scriptures out of context.

For they will say if you go on sinning willfully after salvation there remains no more sacrifice for your sins.

The father of our faith Abraham lied willfully, after he was saved; Gen 15:6.

Our Lord desires for us to rest in His plan and beware of making certain decisions that go against the purpose of God for our life and the plan of God for our life.

In the case of Abraham, he failed many times but Abraham never lost his salvation because of anything that he thought, said, or did.

Next we have Lot, a young man who continually made worldly choices and worldly decisions for himself as he did in in Gen 13:7-11.

Choosing the wrong geographical location, Lot also associated with homosexuals and wicked evil men when he chose to live in Sodom and Gomorrah  over the plan of God; Gen 13:12-17.

This is a principle of doctrine that we should choose and take very seriously because of the importance of being in the right place at the right time.

Lot lost his prosperity, his wife and his reputation, Gen 19:24-38.

This is a picture of a carnal believer, (like Lot and his wife)  looking back to the Cosmic System and discovering that there is no life looking back to our old ways.

I just gave you two examples of individuals who made wrong choices, (Abraham and lot) but God turned the curses to blessings.

In 2Pe 2:7 he was called “just”, holy and righteous.

Then we have Jacob, the liar and swindler. He was subtle and crafty according to Gen 25:31-33. he was the master at deceiving people, Gen 27:18-29.

He cheated, he lied, and he stole his brother Esau’s birthright as the privileged one or the first-born with the double portion of blessings from our Lord; Gen 25:29-34.

Jacob even deceived his own father, Isaac in his old age, Gen 27:1-29.

I want you all to see and comprehend and understand the kind of people who the Lord uses to fulfill His plan.

1CO 1:22  For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;

The Lord was so successful in this transformation of Jacob to a Prince with God especially = God is the one doing the changing and reveals what it was that really and truly changed Jacob into a Prince with God.

This experiment was so fantastic that Jacob literally changed because of one major doctrinal principle, which is the fact that Jacob, with all his faults also had positive volition toward doctrine; Heb 11:20-21.

In HEB 11:20, we read  By faith — which is the Greek feminine noun pistis which is an instrumental of means meaning “By Means of doctrine.”

In Heb 11:21, Jacob was called a man of doctrine.

His name Jacob which means deceiver and supplanter was changed to Israel meaning the prince of God.

HEB 2:11b   “For which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

The Lord will not be ashamed of him when He appears He will call Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

How about Moses, who murdered a man with his bare hands, Exo 2:11-12.

EXO 2:11   Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

EXO 2:12  So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Moses made excuses in Exo 3 of why he could not serve God.

EXO 3:11  But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

Moses got angry but in Heb 3:5 Moses was called faithful in all his house and in heaven he will have his song sung with the Lamb of God and be called the servant of God, Rev 15:3.

In Num 12:3, this same man with all of his insecurities was called the Meekest Man in all the Earth.

What of Samson, who lusted after a wicked woman in JDG 14:1-3, and wanted her so badly that he was willing to do anything for her.

In Judg 6:1, the kind of person that our Lord used went to a prostitute and stayed with her all night.

In Jdg 16, samson finally gave in to Delilah, a woman sent to haunt him and take away his spiritual power.

Jdg 16:28 – the Lord empowered Samson  and when his name is mentioned in the N.T. as in Heb 11:32-33, it was said that he subdued kingdoms, produced righteousness, and obtained promises.

Elijah yielded to discouragement, 1Ki 19.

Elijah even wanted to die and quit living; 1Ki 19.

King Saul lost his crown, his cool, and his self-control. He became jealous, vindictive, superstitious, and even committed suicide in 1Sa 31:4.

It will be said of him that as King of Israel he was lovely and pleasant in his life, 2Sa 1:23.

Solomon — a fool with luxurious living, 1Ki 4. Who married heathen women and brought in idol worship, 1Ki 11. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines, 1Ki 11:3. He oppressed the people and condoned idolatry, 1Ki 11,12.

In Mat 12:42 our Lord refers to him as a great man of wisdom.

What of Jonah who ran from God and refused to go where God sent him?

He even became disappointed over his missionary success because he hated the Ninevites. But Jonah was taught a lesson of divine love, and the Lord will refer to him as a great prophet, LUK 11:32.

LUK 11:32 “The men of Nineveh shall stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

All the apostles will fail and forsake our Lord.

Peter will deny the Lord three times but still preach at Pentecost.

The prodigal son in Luk 15 will come home to his father after riotous living but the father will love him and have compassion and celebrate his coming home.

John-Mark will freak out and quit and argue with the apostle Paul back home but he will be forgiven and write the entire gospel of Mark.

We could mention the apostle Paul and his disobedience in going into Jerusalem and compromising his doctrine. Or his lack of compassion and forgiveness toward John-Mark in ACT 15:38.

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