Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Perfecting you doesn’t involve you. Part 2.
Friday, January 11, 2008
HEB 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Perfect: exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose (www.dictionary.com)
Principle the more you understand something or someone, the greater your ability to establish a point of reference for comparing that thing or person to others.
We must establish what is meant by God’s definition of perfection when it comes to spiritual walks.
When we realize what He means by “to perfect” in PHI 1:6, we then understand that our faith relies solely on His faithfulness in this act.
And under the utilization of His power, His omniscience and His greatness, God has taken upon Himself to make absolutely sure that you have what you need to stay alive and have every opportunity to become a winner believer.
HEB 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
ISA 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
Perfecting you doesn’t involve you!
Be confident that He will give you the knowledge and the tools. Your only part is to choose to use these things (PVTD).
will perfect it is the fut-act-ind of the verb epiteleo, which is epitelesei, meaning to perform, to accomplish, to perfect, to fulfill, to complete, to bring to an end, to execute, to bring something to a successful conclusion.
achri hemeras Iesou Christou correctly translated “right up to the day of Christ Jesus,” referring to the Rapture.
1. God has a plan for every church-age believer and that plan has divine objectives, which is spiritual maturity.
Works or production do not advance the believer. They are the result of advance but never the means.
1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
2. This plan and objective for your life demands logistical support from the Planner.
3. All objectives to the divine objectives are accomplished through the daily function of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
4. PHI 1:6 also brings out the principle of eternal security for He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
5. This verse also demands that the believer be confident about the fact that God has begun an absolute good work within the believer.
Faith is borne of thought…clear thought is unemotional!
PHI 1:6 [corrected] For I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?
a. For example, when our faith is operative, JAM 2:17-19
b. A second test you can take to see if God has begun a good work in you is when your love is laborious, 1JO 3:14-18.
c. A third test you can take is if your hope and confidence in the plan of God remains.
2Cor. 7:5 For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within.
2TI 1:12 “but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
Adversity is inevitable; stress is optional