Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Pennsylvania Conference 2005, Part 2.
The Church at Smyrna.
Tuesday, June 21 PM, 2005
There is a remnant of believers in Sardis who have not fallen away and become distracted from fulfilling the PPOG.
This implies cosmic involvement, carnality, loose living, and lasciviousness by other believers have the potential to drag down those believers who are positive.
2PE 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
PRO 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his foolishness.
There is a tendency to put up a temptation in front of the positive believer, and they have an inclination to go negative, to get back into the cosmic system themselves.
ROM 5:5 because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit we have gnosis turned to epignosis or knowledge turned to wisdom.
NEH 8:18 – a revival was taking place in Israel because of the desire for doctrine from their teacher, Ezra, the priest.
NEH 8:18 And he read from the book of the Law of God daily, from the first day to the last day.
PRO 8:30 I was right there with him, making sure everything fit. Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause, always enjoying his company,
PRO 8:34 Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work.
LUK 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
LUK 19:47 And He was teaching daily in the temple; and the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him,
PSA 119:164 Seven times a day I will praise Thee because of your righteous judgments.
ACT 20:31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.
ACT 5:42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
2CH 8:14 – The Levitical priests would praise and minister daily.
2CH 31:16 – They would enter the house of the Lord for their daily obligations.
EZR 3:4 – they offered burnt offerings daily, according to the ordinance, as each day required.
JER 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all my servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them.
ACT 19:9 – the apostle Paul taught doctrine and reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
The remnant of believers in Sardis live and reside in the congregation, where the majority of the believers are negative toward doctrine.
Aor-act-inf – apothenesko – to die – “who are about to die” = a reference to cosmic death, and implies that from cosmic death comes the sin unto death.
Constantive aorist tense – contemplates the possibility, the potentiality of positive believers getting into the cosmic system, because so many are in the cosmic system in that particular local church.
Active voice – the positive believers, potentially under the influence and distraction of negative believers, produce the action of the verb.
1. People influence people, believers influence believers.
2. Cosmic believers, especially when they are in the majority influence positive believers.
JAM 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
The #1 priority in our life must be our relationship with God, which can only be fulfilled through the daily perception and application of doctrine.
3. Every positive believer must be very alert from the perception of doctrine, not to be disillusioned, or distracted, or misled by other believers.
4. The presence of cosmic believers as a majority in any local church means the potential spread of apostasy through cosmic involvement.
ROM 16:17-18 Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances [false, apostate teaching] contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Jesus Christ, but of their own emotions, and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the right lobes of the simple or the ignorant.
ROM 16:17 One final word of counsel, friends. Keep a sharp eye out for those who take bits and pieces of the teaching that you learned and then use them to make trouble. Give these people a wide berth.
ROM 16:18 They have no intention of living for our Master Christ. They’re only in this for what they can get out of it, and aren’t above using pious sweet talk to dupe unsuspecting innocents.
By apostasy it could be those who are involved with legalism and works, 2TI 3:5.
2TI 3:5 They [believers and unbelievers in the cosmic system] hold to external forms of Godliness, but have renounced the power of that same Godliness; you also be turning yourself away form these men.
5. Every cosmic believer in the local church is an evangelist for Satan and the cosmic system.
Cosmic one = living for self enshrouded with the sin of arrogance.
Cosmic two is when you are living a nice religious church-going life……and proud of it.
REV 3:2 Be constantly alert, and strengthen the things that remain [the remnant], which were about to die;
6. It is easier for believers to follow their friends into the cosmic system, than to remain faithful to the teaching of Bible doctrine.
PRO 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
GAL 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?
The Bible teaches that the smarter you are the fewer friends you will have, PRO 18:24.
When you have a true friendship, friends are not designed to be deceived.
Knit – qashar = to tie or to be chained together.
Covenant – beriyth = a soul agreement of obligation and faithfulness to each other and sacrifice.
a. The robe represented that which could be seen by the public and therefore, that which represented one’s character, nobility, strength and faithfulness to his friend.
b. The armor was used for covering and it symbolized the fact that Jonathan would cover David at all times –
PRO 17:9 He who covers transgressions seeks love.
c. The sword refers to Bible doctrine, HEB 4:12, and it reveals the fact that faithfulness is based upon Bible doctrine in the soul not based on carnality and fleshly rapport.
d. The bow was a hunter’s or warrior’s weapon – if necessary Jonathan would fight and defend his friend.
e. The belt is a symbol of a righteous life and a faithful spirit –
ISA 11:5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.
7. Friendship means influence, and if it is cosmic believer influence that means cosmic involvement, and cosmic involvement eventually leads to the sin unto death.
Accusative plural direct object – ergon = “accomplishments.”
perf-pass-part – pleroo = fulfilled, completed, or executed.
1. Pleroo = to fill up a deficiency.
Being controlled by the Holy Spirit fills up the deficiency of knowledge of the mystery doctrine of the Church-age – our ignorance of doctrine.
2. Pleroo = to fully possess.
The filling of the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG and walking by means of the Spirit means the Holy Spirit controls or fully possesses the soul of the believer rather than the sin nature.
The outside pressures of prosperity and adversity can create stress in the soul, which is tantamount to the sin nature controlling the soul.
We are either fully possessed by the filling of the Holy Spirit or by the sin nature.
3. Pleroo = to fill with a certain quality.
The filling of the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG provides a certain quality of life we need, the use of God’s power – divine omnipotence, the enabling power of the Spirit instead of the use of human power and ability.
4. Pleroo = to fully influence.
I have not found your accomplishments or production to fill up the deficiency in your life in the sight of My God.
I have not found your accomplishments or production to fully possess your life in the sight of My God.
I have not found your accomplishments or production to be filled with a certain quality of life in the sight of My God.
I have not found your accomplishments or production to fully influence your life in the sight of My God.
The filling of the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG provides motivation for consistent perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine and the execution of the PPOG.
Robert R. McLaughlin
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