Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday June 17, 2018
Your life right now is being recorded by the Lord as to whether you are a winner believer or a loser believer, it all depends upon you.
Do you operate as the Body of Christ your spiritual gift when needed, ROM 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly:
Do you neglect or reject your spiritual gift for 1TI 4:14 says Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you.
1PE 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Exercise -- ROM 12:6, let each exercise their gift accordingly:
Neglect -- 1TI 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you,
Serve -- 1PE 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another
Prin-The operation of your spiritual gift in the body of Christ has been given to serve others in the Temple of God or the Church of Jesus Christ.
We are either going forward or backward, no one stands still --- so where are you?”
PSA 119:113 I hate those who are double‑minded, But I love Thy law.
1CO 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
COL 2:13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
COL 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Col 2:15 tells us when and where all these things took place, including the time of the cross and the ultimate victory over sin and Satan.
Col 2:15 When [really between 12 noon and 3 PM on our day we call Wednesday --- there is nothing to what Catholics and others call Good Friday --- to be accurate we should call it “Good Wednesday].
They do understand how to “rob from God” because we are told that they did so in Mal 3:8-10.
Let's look at what took place after our Lord won this victory on the cross and paid the price for all who steal or are thieves in some way.
Our Lord went to Hades and spoke a message to all who were imprisoned for their rebellion and they all heard a message that could have been called “The Victorious Proclamation” from our Lord.
As of right now, some of Satan's fallen angels are held in the Abyss, the maximum security of the prisons the Lord made.
Under the custodianship of God the Holy Spirit, His soul not only went to Paradise but He also visited Tartarus.
While there, He went to Tartarus, the third compartment or area of Hades is called Tartarus and it is the prison of the angels who were involved in Gen 6.
Because these fallen angels did not see the cross, then TLJC went down to Hades and gave these angels, as well as believers and unbelievers a message we could call the Victorious Proclamation.
They still entertained hopes that Satan would keep Christ from the cross until the Lord's visit when He gave this victorious proclamation.
1Pe 3:19 in which [Spirit or by means of Whom, God the Holy Spirit] also He went [passive voice i.e. He received transportation] and made proclamation to the spirits [fallen angels and demons] now in prison,
“Spirits in prison” are the “beni ha Elohim” or the “sons of gods” of Gen 6 -- those fallen angels who were judged and incarcerated in Tartarus when the universal flood occurred on the earth, Jud 6; 2Pe 2:4.
“made proclamation” means that He proclaimed certain doctrines and informed those demons in prison that they had failed and God's plan was right on time.
He was in paradise, and I find it interesting that Dr. Luke tells us that He died with a dying thief beside Him, and the Lord also saw our old friend Lazarus, but He didn't stay there for long.
By means of God the Holy Spirit our Lord made one of the most dramatic visits in all of history, another great title for a message we could call “A Visit to Tartarus.”
The “Holy Triune Separation”, where our Lord's resurrection body is placed in the ground, His soul goes to Hades, and His spirit goes to the presence of God the Father.
In this “Holy Triune Separation,” our Lord's human soul was in Hades in an interim body for three days and during the time that He was there he went to Tartarus.
1Pe 3:20 Who - the relative pronoun refers to the sons of the gods, beni ha elohim, in prison now in Tartarus.
The patience of God waited 120 years and during that period they received the most intensive gospel proclamation in all of human history from a great evangelist we know as Noah.
Because of the righteousness and just of God we can conclude that every one of the Nephilim had a chance to believe in Christ, and every one of them said “No!”
In the vacuum of their souls, they continued to worship the gods of Mount Olympus, who were not gods but demons.
PSA 96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are demons.,
God kept waiting under the principle that grace always precedes judgment.
This is not and cannot be a reference to water baptism or baptismal regeneration because those who went under the water were destroyed.
The water that drowned the unbelieving world was also used to deliver the eight souls who were believers and true humanity, Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives.
Prin-Water was an instrument of destruction for unbelievers but physical deliverance for believers.
At the moment of our salvation, the baptism of the Spirit made us members of the Royal Family of God.
Each member of Noah's family in the ark is analogous to the believer who is union with the person of Jesus Christ.
Union with Christ delivers each member of the Royal Family of God from any form of divine judgment just like being with Noah and his family delivered anyone from the divine judgment of the flood.
Those eight souls were an anti-type or copy of what happens to us in the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is given only to those believers who are called “Temples or Body” during this Church-age.
For they were delivered from the catastrophe of the flood by being inside the ark just as we are delivered from the lake of fire by being in union with Christ, due to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Just as they were safe in the ark, so we are safe in union with Christ.
Your conscience was delivered at the moment you believed in Jesus Christ as Savior, when God the Holy Spirit entered you into union with the person of Jesus Christ, making you royal family of God and a new spiritual species.
The pledge of good conscience toward God begins with knowing that you are a new spiritual species and a member of the royal family of God.
First the Lord went to Paradise then Tartarus, and then His next trip was from earth to the third heaven.
When Jesus Christ ascended, He was seated at the right hand of God the Father and received his third royal warrant, King of kings and Lord of Lords.
When our Lord Jesus Christ went to the fallen angels of Gen 6 in Tartarus, He announced to them a victorious proclamation, that they had not succeeded in their great attempt to prevent Him from coming in the flesh as true humanity.
The Holy Spirit transferred our Lord's human soul from Paradise to Tartarus to make His proclamation.
He announced that He had come into the world as true humanity.
He fulfilled HEB 10:5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, But a body Thou hast prepared for Me;
Then our Lord gave those fallen angels, demons and unbelievers an entire dissertation on the dispensation of the hypostatic union, and how He had been judged for the sins of the world.
He told them how their plot had failed, for true humanity had remained on the earth with Noah and his family.
This was an attempt by Satan to destroy true humanity on the earth by the sexual intercourse of angels with women producing a race of half human half angelic beings.
This was another attempt by Satan to destroy true humanity on the earth by the sexual intercourse of angels with women producing a race of half-human half-angelic beings.
JOH 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
False teachers and false prophets are called thieves and robbers.
JOH 10:8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
JOH 10:9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
JOH 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
PHI 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
Like Abraham in HEB 11:9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
HEB 11:10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
The point here is that God is building a Home or a Temple and He is using you to furnish it and finish it.
This means that you have the opportunity to build, the opportunity to live and the opportunity to build a soul-structure within, regardless of all the problems with the giants you may be facing in the “promise land.”
Notice once again notice that the Church, the body of Christ, is referred to as a temple.
He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation of the Church and now He's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone.
REV 21:3 “I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle or the Temple of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,”
And then in REV 21:22, in the eternal state we read “And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.”
Repeat -- What we have noticed so far is that we need to be careful how we treat one another in the Temple of God as we would have treated TLJC.
This is especially true in the communication of doctrine for the last thing you want is to over-emphasize one doctrinal principle over another.
Listen, all scripture is from the same Lord and Savior and it is from the very breath of our Lord, 2TI 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2PE 1:20-21, no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Here we see how the scripture reveals to the believer the very life and breath of God; JOH 6:45;63.
JOH 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
Joh 6:63, it is the scripture or the words from God that carry the very life of God. Joh 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
You also have been taught and grounded to the principle that the Word of God, the very scriptures in the Bible, is really a revelation of to the fact that the word is God and God is the word, JOH 1:1.
JOH 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Look at another principle concerning the importance of the scriptures because they reveal or bear witness of TLJC; JOH 5:39.
JOH 5:39 “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me;
The scriptures also reveal the very life of God in the power of the Spirit, Joh 7:38.
Joh 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
If all these principles are true, and they are, then think how many times ignorant believers attack TLJC when they really attacking you and the Scriptures!