Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The new things that have come: The dispensation of invisible heroes. Part 8.
Friday, August 13, 2010
1CO 14:33, For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
The spiritual life is based upon the fact that there is a God we call Him the Creator, that’s it, over and out.
GEN 1:27, And God created man [human beings, homosapiens] in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
MAT 12:30, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
a. The pre-historic category called angels, who are rational creatures superior to mankind.
b. The historical category called human beings, mankind or man.
When it comes to the subject of betrayal, at their creation, all angelic creatures were created perfect and had respect toward God by being on God’s side.
They had no choice in the matter at that time.
At physical birth, all mankind was placed by God as being not on God’s side (being condemned at birth). And we had no choice in the matter.
Therefore, we must assume as members of the human race, that as every relationship begins, people are not on our side.
Good Intentions are not necessarily godly allegiance.
It is a crisis which reveals allegiance and provides clarity regarding whose side a person is on.
PRO 17:9, He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
PRO 17:17, A friend loves at all times, And as a brother is born for adversity.
PRO 27:6, Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
PRO 27:10, Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
With true friends, you can love them with personal love, and when they screw up, you forgive them, and love them in both ways with impersonal unconditional love and personal love.
All relationships go through three basic phases:
1. The Attraction stage
2. The Betrayal stage
3. The decision stage (reconciliation or divorce)
All people in your life will betray you in some way, at some time, simply because they possess an OSN and their self-interest is instinctive and powerful while interest in others is not.
One of the signs of the last days is
2TI 3:2, For men will be lovers of self,
PHI 2:3, Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;
At the point of betrayal, which all of us will be tempted with, the next move announces allegiance.
1JO 2:19, They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.
Returning to someone after a betrayal is called loyalty.
Failure to return after a betrayal is called disloyalty.
HOS 6:6, For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
If we are smart, we’ll treat the loyal differently at times than we treat the disloyal, - we’ll treat the loyal with personal love.