Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Pennsylvania Conference 2005, Part 1.
The Church at Smyrna.
Tuesday, June 21 AM, 2005
Some teach that the seven churches portray seven historical stages the church would go through.
Others teach that it refers to the seven different types of churches or seven different types of individual believers that live in every generation.
The seven churches portray seven different types of individual believers that live in every generation.
1. The Ephesus type believer who has some divine good production but has left their first love, REV 2:1-7.
2. The Smyrna type believer who is willing to accept suffering for blessing, REV 2:8-11.
3. The Pergamum believer is warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others,
4. The Thyatira type of believers tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though they have love and faith and service and perseverance, REV 2:18-29.
5. The Sardis types need to “Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain,” REV 3:1-6.
6. The Philadelphia type who have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lord’s name, REV 3:7-13.
7. The lukewarm Laodicean believer,
Angel – noun angeloo – a*ggevlw/ = the messenger or the future pastor-teachers of the church of Sardis or the Sardis type of believers.
Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, and the Lydian’s were one of the three races that contributed greatly to the Romans.
Sardis and Laodicea were the most wealthy churches and most beautiful geographical locations in the ancient world.
When a person just lives for pleasure and forgets about the calling of God upon their life, it is just like being dead.
1TI 5:6 But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.
The seven Spirits is a reference to God the Holy Spirit as the one who provides the power system of the PPOG,
a. The filling of the Spirit (the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him).
b. Spirit of wisdom – chokmah, application.
c. Spirit of understanding (perception).
d. Spirit of Counsel (plans or purpose).
e. Spirit of strength, motivational and functional virtue.
f. Spirit of Knowledge, ability to interpret history.
g. Spirit of respect of the Lord.
Seven stars = the teaching pastors of the Church-age
(seven = the number of completion and the finished work).
Not every pastor is a star because the function of a star is to give light and not every pastor is giving light to the Church.
The pastors of the Church-age are called stars because the stars in the celestial heavens were once the voice God used to communicate His word all over the earth.
Before the scriptural record there was the Stellar record, the record or the witness of the stars.
I have known your works or accomplishments, namely that you have a reputation that you are alive, or allegedly living in the PPOG.
Nekros – carnal death = a reference to believers living inside the cosmic system.
The cosmic death of the believer known as carnality, and, when perpetuated, reversionism.
To “wake up” means to be alert, to know what’s going on, to be able to read the historical trends in the time in which you live.
To be able to read the society which you find yourself a part of.
To be able to understand the issues related to wherever you happen to be as an individual at this time in your life.
If you have capacity for life, capacity for love, and capacity for happiness, you also have the ability to be alert.
Pres-mid-imp – ginou – givnou
Pres-act-part – gregoron – grhgorw’ + “‘” + ‘n
= “to be constantly alert.”
Alertness with regard to temptation is where it starts.
Alertness with regard to your failures and what to do about it, the function of the rebound technique.
Alertness to spend as much time as possible in the PPOG.
Alertness to make sure that you are not distracted by others from learning the word of God.
Imperative mood = a mandate for the believers to whom this was originally addressed, and a mandate to Christians in general.
Aor-act-imp – sterizo –
to establish, to support, to confirm, to strengthen = “strengthen.”
“Be constantly alert, and strengthen, stabilize, support”
The original connotation was to support something so that it stands upright and immovable.
Crowds inevitably are fickle, and unstable, and easily led.
He who was told by God to build an ark and to keep the faith, knowing that rain was coming, though there had never been any such thing as rain ever before.
Noah stood out as the only one who “walked with God,” GEN 6:9, as was true of his great-grandfather Enoch.
Noah was in the minority, GEN 6:5-8.
In the midst of all the evil there was one man who went against the herd and rejected the cosmic thinking of his day, who learned to wait upon God.
EXO 23:2 “You shall not follow the majority in doing evil,”
MAT 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.”
MAT 7:14 “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”
MAT 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The majority is always wrong and there will be a minority which is always right.
REV 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
He was laughed at, mocked, and ridiculed for waiting upon God until the floods came, 120 years later.
To stay away from the influence of crowds and of people.
The positive believers as a special category, to whom the pastor must be faithful in teaching, while there is negative volition present in the same congregation.
It recognizes positive believers as a special category, which glorify Christ, provide blessing for the client nation, fulfill the plan of God for the Church-age, and personally advance to maturity and great blessing from God in time.
B. A good congregation submits to the pastor’s authority in teaching and church policy, 1TH 5:12.
C. A good congregation has consistent positive volition to doctrine,
D. A good congregation has stability.
E. A good congregation has objectivity, poise, and good academic discipline under the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
F. A good congregation is thoughtful of others and recognizes the privacy of others.
G. A good congregation follows the pastor in his spiritual advance, staying hot on his heels.
H. Through spiritual growth and progress, they come to be blessed of God in time and are relaxed about their blessings.
I. A good congregation means a highly decorated pastor and congregation in eternity, who glorify our Lord Jesus Christ forever, COL 1:25-29.
HEB 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as is the habit of some [believers], but for the purpose of encouragement.
We assemble for the purpose of learning doctrine, which is the source of our encouragement.
What keeps you coming to Bible class is your own motivation from your own understanding and perception of doctrine, making it #1 in your life.
Robert R. McLaughlin
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