Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Prosperity Special. Part 9. What causes God to become a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Without faith – “choris – cwriV” [without] pisteos – pivstew” [doctrine]” = “without what is believed” or “without doctrine resident in the soul.”

Accusative singular adjective – adunaton – a*duvnaton = impossible or powerless.

“To please Him” –
aor-act-inf – eu*aresthsai – euarestesai = to please or be pleasing, to be approved of by God.

Constantive aorist – gathers up into one entirety the action of the verb = pleasing God is consistent and persistent positive volition toward doctrine.

If you desire to please God, you must make daily decisions to take in doctrine.

Active voice – the subject, the believer as a member of the Royal Family of God produces the action of the verb – to please God but never apart from Bible doctrine.

Infinitive of intended result – the result is indicated as fulfilling a deliberate “aim.” The deliberate aim of your life as a member of the Royal Family of God should be to “please Him.”

COL 1:9-10 For this reason also, since the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with metabolized doctrine [EPIGNOSIS] of His will by means of all wisdom and spiritual understanding, in order that you might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing God in all things, bearing fruit in every good work, constantly growing by means of metabolized [EPIGNOSIS] doctrine from the source of God.

GAL 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

COL 3:22 Labor, obey human management on the basis of all things, not with eyeservice, as people-pleasers, but with the integrity of the right lobe, making a role model out of the Lord.

1TH 2:4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who examines our hearts.

“Bearing the weaknesses” of the weak = maximum utilization of impersonal love and total toleration in the area of non-essentials.

This is a warning because the more we advance in the PPOG, the greater the danger that in adolescence especially, there will be the inflexibility that will cause violations of the Royal Family Honor Code.

We become thoughtless, and instead of hypersensitivity the Royal Family Honor Code demands sensitivity and thoughtfulness of others.

Inevitably you have to come to the place, often through discipline, often through many tragedies, heartaches, and difficulties, you have to come to the place where God is going to be pleased.

Often commands are distorted into gimmick systems such as the command to give, the command to witness, the command to pray.

1TH 4:1 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you received doctrine from us as to how you ought to walk and please God

None of us can please God without doctrine in the soul and none of us have ever received doctrine in the soul without submitting to academic discipline.

“For” – explanatory use – particle “gar” – gaVr = indicates why there is only one way to please God in this life.

“He who comes” – pres-mid-part – proserchomenon – prosercovmenon = to approach or to occupy oneself with.
“For when one is occupied with” + “to theo” – tw/ qew/ = “the God.”

“Must” – pres-act-ind – dei – dei = used for the compulsion of duty.

It also refers to inner necessity growing out of a given situation.

1. Refusing to place yourself in a position of obligation to others as Abram did, GEN 14:22-24.
2. Being obligated to God for the many blessings He has provided for you, DEU 6:10-19.

PSA 116:12-14 What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? I shall lift up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord. I shall pay my vows to the Lord, Oh in the presence of all His people.

HEB 11:6 – the verb of obligation – pres-act-ind – dei – “must” = compulsion of duty, or necessity growing out of a given situation.

“Believe” – aor-act-inf – pisteusai – pisteusai = to believe, to be convinced of something so much that you become dogmatic about it.

First of all, you expose yourself to a little doctrine and it becomes resident in your soul. Then, that residual doctrine must convince you of the importance of going on with doctrine.

Then, the accumulation of doctrine in your frame of reference means that you are convinced from doctrine in your soul that you must go on with doctrine.Then you get more doctrine and then you get tests.

Whatever it is that tests you, the frame of reference says one thing, Bible doctrine in your soul; the old sin nature says another, doctrine is not important.

The more doctrine you get in your soul, the more your inner resources dictate to your volition.

“He is” – pres-act-ind – eimi – e!stin = “He keeps on being” = the essence of God and the fact that God exists and He has a plan.

The first “He is” is that “He is” but the second “He is” = pres-mid-ind – ginetai – givnetai = to become. “That He is and He becomes.”

Intensive middle – emphasizes the part taken by the subject, God. The form of the indirect middle stresses the agent as producing the action of the verb = “and that He Himself becomes.”

“A rewarder” – misthapodotes – misqapodovth” = a rewarder, or someone who recompenses and rewards wages – a hapax legomena.

The fact that God is a rewarder is a possibility or a potential depending upon your attitude toward doctrine.

PRO 3:2 For length of days and years of life, And peace [doctrine] will add to you.
PRO 3:16 Long life is in her [doctrine’s] right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
PRO 4:8 Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
PRO 8:21 Doctrine endows those who love it with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
PRO 9:11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.

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