Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Pennsylvania Conference 2005, Part 5.
The Church at Smyrna.

Thursday, June 23 AM, 2005

Remember – pres-act-imp – mnemoneuo = to recall, recalling doctrine in this case.

Perf-act-ind – lambano = the Bible doctrine they have received.

You are not to be influenced by what others think or what other opinions may exist.

Lambano = the perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine eventually resulting in getting epignosis doctrine, it also refers to motivation.

If doctrine does not become your motivation, sooner or later some friend or someone you love is going to drag you away from the plan of God, very easily, very quickly.

2CO 5:10 We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or worthless.

1CO 3:13 Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.

a. Motivation is what is located inside the individual’s soul impelling or inciting action.

b. Motivation is both the mental and-or emotional incentive or impulse.
c. Any thought which determines a choice or induces action.

PRO 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.

d. Inducement is an attractive consideration held out to persuade.
e. Impulse is an involuntary feeling prompting to act.

f. Motivation is a mental state or emotional force which induces an act of volition.

PSA 7:9 For the righteous God tests the right lobes and the emotions [reins].

g. Motivation is the design or object one has in any action; it is one’s intention or purpose.

In the Christian life, the believer is either motivated by Bible doctrine in the soul and the filling of the H.S., which produces personal love for God, or by the lust pattern of the o.s.n. and Satan’s cosmic system which produces good and evil.

JAM 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your lusts.

Point 2. The Word of God is the critic of motivation, HEB 4:12.

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.

It pierces – diikneomai = to cut through!
It cuts through the garbage.
It cuts through the confusion!
It cuts through the excuses!
It cuts through the rationalization!
It cuts through the tradition!

It judges!

Critic – kritikos = “judge” = to critique, to judge, to discern, or to evaluate.

JOH 12:47And if anyone hears My doctrines, and does not guard them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”

JOH 12:48He who rejects Me, and does not receive My doctrines, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.”

It works because it is universal in scope –
no one is hidden from God’s sight!

All things are open = all things are uncovered.
Laid bare = to be totally and completely exposed.

1SA 16:7 God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Point 3. Evil is the source of anti-Christian motivation, PSA 21:11; 1CO 10:5-6; MAR 7:22-23.

PSA 21:11 Though they were motivated to do evil against Thee, and devised a plot, They will not succeed.

1CO 10:5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low [by the sin unto death] in the desert.

1CO 10:6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved [evil things].

Point 4. False motivation hinders spiritual growth, PHI 2:14, JOB 17:11.

PHI 2:14 Keep on doing all things without sullen discontent [without pouting] or argumentations [which undermine authority];

JOB 17:11 “My days are past, my motivations are torn apart, Even the desires of my right lobe.”

Point 5. Divine motivation is the grace of God as seen in the predetermined plan of God, ROM 8:28; ROM 9:11;
EPH 1:11; EPH 3:11; 2TI 1:9.
It is described by the Greek word prothesis.

Grace and impersonal love are the motivators of the essence of God, while justice is the action of the essence of God.

Point 6. The great issue in spiritual giving is motivation, 2CO 9:7.

2CO 9:7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart [been motivated in his right lobe]; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful or a joyful giver.

Point 7. For the mature believer, God turns evil motivation into grace blessing, GEN 50:20,
DEU 23:5.

Point 8. The motivation of the mature believer is often maligned, EXO 17:3.

EXO 17:3 But the people thirsted there for water; and they complained against Moses and said, “Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?”

They did so because Moses was a constant challenge to their pride until finally their pride blew up and triggered the mechanism of jealousy, vindictiveness, implacability, etc.

Aor-act-ind – akouo –
in relationship to the perception of doctrine.

The proper use of authority keeps you from making an issue out of people.

In a true situation in learning doctrine, doctrine is the issue – not the one who communicates it; it’s not the man, it’s the message.

It isn’t the personality of the coach, it’s the principle; it’s the system he is trying to teach and communicate.

The same thing is true academically, the same thing is true in business; it isn’t the personality of the executive.

Often where personality conflict exists, it is simply that authority has never been related to the purpose of the company, the purpose of the organization, the purpose of the academic classroom, the purpose of athletics, etc.

You can recognize the authority and go for the doctrine, or you can get your eyes on the person who has the authority, because all authority in life has been delegated to people.

Aor-act-ind – akouo – views the function of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine, where you learn principle in its entirety, but regards it from the viewpoint of existing results, the application of the doctrine you have learned.

Once you have epignosis in the right lobe, you have principle, and therefore you have a launching pad to apply principle to people.

The positive believer produces the action.
Declarative indicative = the reality of positive volition on the part of a few.

Pres-act-imp – tereo = guard it, the doctrine, not the people, the doctrine.

This verb means to guard it, to keep it in the sense of not losing it, to keep in the sense of protecting it.

To keep doctrine, or to guard doctrine, as per this mandate one must reside and function in the PPOG.

Present tense of duration for what has been mandated in the past and continues into the present.

Active voice – believers in this dispensation, Royal Family of God are the recipients of this mandate.

Imperative mood of command is a mandate for the Royal Family to keep living in the PPOG, guard it, maintain or keep it, by living inside the of the PPOG.

Arrogance means loss of discernment.

1. Moral people can be affectionate without being passionate in category three relationship – social life and friendship.

2. Affection belongs to category three love (friendship). Affection and passion belong to category two love (right man-right woman).

3. Affection comes from the soul and is meaningful in human relationship when it includes both integrity and capacity for love.

4. Passion comes from the body and must be controlled or regulated by integrity of the soul.

5. For the believer, integrity of the soul is the result of living inside the PPOG learning Bible doctrine on a constant basis.

Arrogance destroys the balance of affection and passion.

Arrogance cannot discern between passion and affection, therefore arrogance assumes.

Arrogance assumes that a show of affection from the opposite sex is an invitation to passion.

Robert R. McLaughlin

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