Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
July 21, 2019

“True Vine” — because the word True refers to His character and nature or His divine essence and that is why He is called the God of Truth; Deu 32:4.

There will always be believers who either respond to our Lord’s plan or react to it.

Respond – the positive attitude of the spiritual adult believer.
Reaction – the negative volition of the “Loser” believer.

Many believers need to learn about the snowball effects of human good, sin and evil, where the problem is not really the sin that was committed but the problem is the effects of the sin.

Transgression is forgiven and sin is covered.

Even in the Old Testament, grace is still the issue and rebound is as simple as naming and citing your sins or acknowledging them;         1Jo 1:9; Jer 3:13.

There are two geographical divisions that split the Jews in half, they were known as the Northern Kingdom against the Southern kingdom.

JER 3:13,   ‘Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God And have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the Lord.


In verse 13, just two words are needed = “Only Acknowledge.”

There are so many negative attitudes or problems that come our way that our Lord had to assign some of the elect angels to protect us from — the fallen angels, the demons, the carnal believers and the unbelievers.

We know them as our guardian angel; Heb 1:14.

HEB 2:1   For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away {from it.}

If we are not living the spiritual life, then there is really no reason for us to remain on this earth unless God has plans for us, which He does,  says Eph 2:10.

He gave us certain examples that revealed that He was for us as our Lord; Rom 8:31-35.

No matter what type of trials or tribulations or disasters that come our way, the Lord has already provided the solution to that problem in eternity past.

We are not only kings, but our Lord has also made us Royal Priest; 1Pe 2:5, 2:9.

All human relationships have flaws within the relationship because of the presence of the old sin nature.

GAL 5:17   For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Even though we know that our sins have been forgiven, many of us still walk around filled with guilt and condemnation, why?

There is another word that is usually overlooked and not even mentioned =  the word “rightly.”

A biblical chronology = always seems to stimulate those believers who have not left their first love but desire to know and understand their place in the plan of God.

PSA 37:4-5,  Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

God determined to create all mankind with a free will in order to resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict, and to bring many sons into glory.

The Jews started to fall away from the Lord by missing what they called “Temple” which is equivalent to us “missing the local assembly” or refusing to gather together for the purpose of edification.

  1. “For the purpose of equipping the saints;”
    2. “For the production of Christian service;”
    3.  “For the edification of the body of Christ.”
  2. Eph 4:12 — there is the equipping of the “saints” which refers to the Royal Family of God with emphasis on the Baptism of the Spirit.
  3. The “equipping the saints” which refers to God’s grace policy and provision for the execution of the PPOG.
  4. “Equipping” is the function of the pastor who, through teaching the mystery doctrine of the Church-age and is able to see people grow and become invisible heroes.
  5. All believers are in full-time Christian service from the moment of their salvation.
  6. Edification is the execution of the PPOG for the Church-age believer and the subsequent manufacture of invisible heroes, resulting in the glorification of God.

Eph 4:12, “for the purpose of equipping the saints, for the production of Christian service, for the edification of the body of Christ.”

  1. God the Holy Spirit who uses Light for the PPOG and sometimes for the edification complex of the soul, especially as it relates to guidance and direction from the Spirit.

1Co 8:1  Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.

In Co 8:1,  Paul gives us some insight into the building of a soul structure in our hearts where doctrine resides, that is if you believe it metabolize it.

EPH 4:29  Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such {a word} as is good for edification according to the need {of the moment,} that it may give grace to those who hear.

  1. Our mentor, God the Holy Spirit who uses Light for the PPOG and sometimes for the edification complex of the soul, especially as it relates to guidance and direction.
  2. The apostle Paul said to the Galatians that he was desiring for “Christ to be formed in us;” Gal 4:19, which connotes both the edification complex of the soul and spiritual self-esteem.
  3. The New Man,” — Eph 4; Col 3, which refers to both the edification complex of the soul and the PPOG for the believer along with their personal sense of destiny.
  4. The perfect man,” Jam 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  5. “Imitators of God” — Eph 5:1, where there is a direct relationship between the mature believer and the edification complex of the soul.

In Eph 4:18, it is the way where the average believer is being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart.

In EPH 4:19 because of verse 18, these believers have become callous or filled with scar tissue as they have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

EPH 4:21  if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus.


  1. Foundation: Your eternal salvation.
  2. First floor: The perception of Bible doctrine under the consistent intake of the word of God.

c.Second floor:  Dispensational orientation, i.e., understanding the uniqueness of the Church-age.

All eleven of them until Saul of Tarsus is knocked off his high horse to become the little one, the apostle Paul.

While our carpenter is in heaven where He went to prepare a mansion for us, His bride.

  1. Third floor: Problem solving devices, which are very important for experiential Christianity.

As you understand and function under these problem-solving devices, you become spiritually self-sustaining and you function under the privacy of your priesthood to resolve your own problems.

There are two ways in which problems are properly resolved:  through the use of the ten problem solving devices, and through knowing specific principles and promises in the Word of God.

  1. Fourth floor: Spiritual self-esteem, the first stage of spiritual adulthood.
  2. Fifth floor: Spiritual autonomy, the second stage of spiritual adulthood.
  3. Sixth floor: Spiritual maturity, the point at which we execute the PPOG and live in our pre-ordained personal sense of destiny in the  plan of God.
  4. Seventh floor: The modus operandi of the invisible hero. The moment you personally believed in Jesus Christ, a foundation was constructed, comprised of the forty things from God at salvation.

2Ti 2:19 “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal; the Lord knows those who are His.”

1Co 3:11, “No one can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

The foundation is constructed on the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross, i.e., redemption, propitiation, reconciliation, imputation, and justification.

And it is because of that, their disobedience to the teachings of their prophets and priests led them to their rejecting of the “Truth.”

Their rejection of the truth led them to rejecting of God’s plan for their life.

Rejecting God’s plan for their life means to reject the reason and the purpose for their life and why they have been created.

We have been created to bring glory to the Lord in the midst of the angelic conflict.

Understanding the doctrine of the angelic Conflict means that we have arrived at the place that God ordained for us to arrive at, as we bring glory to the Lord.

Bringing glory to the Lord should be one of the top priorities for the believer who accepts the main reason why we all have been created which, of course, is to glorify our Lord, meaning to glorify the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Rejecting God’s plan for their life means to reject the reason and the purpose for your life and why you have been created.

Once you have reached a point where life loses meaning for you, then you will say something like Solomon said…..”Vanity of vanity, all is vanity!”

Man’s plans are constantly changing because of his instability and double mindedness;  Pro 19:21  Many are the plans in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord, it will stand.

Man’s plans die with man.
God’s plan elevates and bless man.

If we desire for our plans to line up with God’s plan then in PRO 16:3   Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

PRO 16:9   The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

Without the Lord, man makes all kinds of plans, usually based on his dreams and desires for self rather than for others.

2TI 3:1-2a  But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come for men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant.

In 2TI 3:4, the carnal or immature believers become lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

In 2TI 3:5, they have a system of religion or godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

In 2TI 3:7, they are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of “the truth.”

In 2TI 3:8, the reason is then given by the apostle Paul which is the fact that these types of individuals oppose “the truth” which means they have a depraved mind and rejected the faith or the doctrine.

2TI 3:12  And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Hamartiology = The Doctrine of original sin or inherent sin which says we all were born in sin as sinners who were totally depraved under the principle that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, ROM 3:23; PSA 51:5;58:3.

ROM 3:23 states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

PSA 51:5   Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

PSA 58:3  The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

JER 29:11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

  1. “you who forsake the Lord” refers to those believers who had negative volition toward doctrine resulting in backsliding.
  2. “who forget My holy mountain” refers to our Lord’s place of worship.
  3. “who set a table for Fortune” = made plans for making money or promoting self by using God as the means.
  4. “who fill {cups} with mixed wine for Destiny” refers to the influence of unnatural stimulants to fulfill their destiny rather than the Holy Spirit.

And all of you shall bow down to the slaughter [you will be humiliated by their arrogance].

Because I called [through His Word], but you did not answer [NVTD];

I spoke [the Word of God], but you did not hear [NVTD]. And you did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight.”


“Because I called but you did not answer” = if we do not answer when He calls, we may be in danger of divine discipline depending on the circumstances.

“Because I called, but you did not answer” referring also to NVTD at the point of perception.

“I spoke but you did not hear or listen” =  they had NVTD at the point of metabolization, either no concentration while it was being taught or no concentration when we need to apply the doctrinal principles.

“And you did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight” referring of course to the principle of application.

The “God of Truth” reveals His forgiveness to His people because the former troubles are forgotten and hidden from God’s sight as Heb 8:12;10:17.

ISA 65:17   “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.= the promise of God wiping away all the bad memories that we have.

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