Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday
March 17, 2019

Even though our Lord was about to face death,  He lived by principle, no matter what He faced.

COL 3:2  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

1JO 2:15  Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

PSA 30:5  "For His anger [Lord's indignation] is but for a moment,  His favor [grace] is for a lifetime; Therefore, weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy or inner happiness comes in the morning."

We all must go through the  "Night Seasons" or the "Times of Adversity and  Pressure,"  so that our spiritual life can be free from stress and jealousy and bitterness; etc.

Most of you will be able to handle whatever you need to honor and respect God, the Father (Author),  God the Son (Executor)  and God the Holy Spirit (Revealer)  for the human race..

The "Unity" that exists becomes our strength and our power as we are also trying to fulfill the plans and the desires that our Lord has created just for us.

The real battles we face are not of the flesh but rather the battles are from the Spirit and the flesh and there is a "Divine Purpose"  behind every thought, every word, and every action.

Circumcision was to the early Church what water baptism is for the church today.

The Hebrew Jews in the early Church were condemning gentiles for not keeping the Mosaic Law and they would also continue rejecting the grace of God and the word of God.

The Apostle Paul was told by God the Holy Spirit that the grace of God and the Word of God must be magnified.

You can't just pick and choose one doctrine over another and then study what you want instead of what you need.

"severed" =  Aorist-Active-Indicative of the Greek verb ekpipto; which means to drop, to fall away,  to cut off the flesh, to circumcise,  or to become inefficient.

DAN 7:25  that he [the false prophet] will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One.

MAT 11:28  "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy‑laden, and I will give you rest.

GAL 6:9  And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

HEB 12:3  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

Mutilate is used by the Apostle Paul as a manifestation of divine sarcasm.

All of these principles concerning the "Old Sin Nature"  and the "New Nature," are very active in the life's of God's people and God's desires, especially for those members of the human race or true humanity.

There are hardly any doctrinal ministries in this client Nation, USA, that are continually progressing but instead they are regressing and fallen back into the vomit of the Cosmic System.

Let's get ready for our Lord to come back and face any trials, heartaches, tribulations; etc.

No matter what believers go through, the Lord desires to turn the curse into a blessing.

Therefore, even though our Lord was about to face death, He realized the principle that David also faced in Psa 30:5  "His anger [the Divine Indignation of our Lord] is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime;

Psa 30:5b   Weeping may last for the night [that is the night seasons or the difficult times], But a shout of joy or inner happiness comes in the morning."

ISA 30:18   The Lord longs to be gracious to you or is tapping His foot as it were, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

The Lord is waiting for you to come back to Him because He desires to be gracious to you and to have compassion on you so that you will come back to Him, if you need to.

"The Twelve," = it does not mean that all the 12 apostles were present at the time but the phrase, "The Twelve" is actually one of the titles for the Apostles.

"What is difference between a disciple and an Apostle?"

An apostle is sent to deliver or spread their teachings and their message that they were gifted to present to the early Church.

The word "apostle" has two meanings, the larger meaning of a messenger and the narrow meaning to denote the twelve people directly linked to the Lord Jesus Christ.

All apostles were disciples but all disciples are not apostles.

These women were responsible for supporting financially TLJC and the men who were under His authority.

Seven demons had indwelt her body and there are some who assume from this fact that she was an adulterous woman but there is no proof of that whatsoever.

She constantly remained with the women who followed TLJC and His disciples and who served them with the necessities of life.

The Lord and His disciples needed money for food, shelter, and clothing and these women were used by God to fulfill that need.

None of the disciples worked, they had to leave their homes for three years and so God used women such as Mary Magdalene, Joanna the wife of Chuza and Susanna.

They are over-looked by many because of their secondary roles......but there are no secondary roles with God.

MAR 9:41 "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."

There have been many women throughout the Church-age who because of them doctrine was taught in powerful ways.

They were responsible for doctrinal pastor-teachers being able to do their job without having to be distracted.

Mary Magdalene was permitted to give her entire treasure to the Lord.

Mary Magdalene witnessed most of the events surrounding the crucifixion while all the apostles with the exception of John ran away and forsook TLJC.

She was also present at the mock trial of the Lord; she heard Pontius Pilate pronounce the death sentence; and she saw the Lord s beaten and humiliated by the crowd.

She was also one of the women who stood near the Lord during the crucifixion to try to comfort Him.

She was the first one who witnessed the resurrection of TLJC and she was sent by Him to tell the others, Joh 20:11‑18.

The point is, here is a woman who put all the apostles to shame when it came to being faithful to TLJC and believing His words!

The definition of madam is a respectful title for a woman, or a woman who runs a house of prostitution or a woman who is running a brothel where prostitutes work for money.

We have seen other women mentioned who were faithful to our Lord and His ministry namely, Mary, the mother of the apostle John, Joanna, the wife of Chuza the steward, and Susanna.

The world generally looks in a mocking way at such quiet service behind the scenes.

God's scale of values is given in MAT 25:21 "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master."

ZEC 4:10 "Do not despise the day of small things?"

Joh 15 --  the "vine" metaphor portrays the humanity of Jesus Christ living in the Predesigned Plan of God for His life during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.

It is the Vine which is the basis for the production of "Divine Good" or "fruit bearing."

The vine metaphor emphasizes the fact that all precedence and all production of divine good in the Church-age comes from the Vine, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fruit from the branch is a metaphor for the Church-age believer who is willing to go through whatever he or she has to go through to produce the fruit of the Vine.

No fruit (or divine production) can be any better than the vine that produces it.

Because of positional sanctification (union with Christ) and the grace provision of the filling of the Spirit, it is possible for the believer to produce divine good which glorifies God.

"in Me" =  a reference to the believer in union with Christ.

Because we are in Him or in union with Christ, we share some of His fantastic blessings, such as:

  1. Eternal Life, 1Jo 5:11‑12.
  2. Perfect Righteousness, 2Co 5:21.
  3. Election, Eph 1:4.
  4. Destiny, Eph 1:5.

 

  1. Sonship, 2Ti 2:1.
  2. Heirship, Rom 8:16‑17.
  3. Sanctification, 1Co 1:2.
  4. Priesthood, Heb 10:10‑14.
  5. Royalty (kingship), 2Pe 1:11.

So, we are the branches in union with the Vine, Jesus Christ.

And, there are two categories of branches found in this passage:

The first category of branches are called Dead Branches representing dead works or production skills minus the spiritual skills.

The second category are Live Branches representing divine good, with spiritual skills as the basis for production skills.

And again, another principle,  The branch in Christ that does not bear fruit represents the believer who does not produce Divine Good but instead, they produce "dead branches"  or "human good."

Dead works do not bear fruit and are punishable by divine discipline because of the believer rejecting God's grace and knowledge.

  1. The law of volitional responsibility, which produces a tremendous amount of self-induced misery.

 

  1. The law of volitional responsibility.
  2. Divine discipline.

Pruning is to trim a tree, shrub, or bush by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.

Pruning in the spiritual realm can refer to undeserved suffering or suffering for blessings by removing certain things in our Life for our own benefit.

 

Pruning is necessary for properly redistributing the "energy" for production.

 

The branch that bears fruit must be pruned occasionally so that the spiritual skills will increase and maximize = suffering for blessing.

 

Principle: Just as God provides divine discipline and punitive action for the one who bears no fruit, He also provides suffering for blessing for the fruit bearer.

 

The personal pronoun for you, humeis is in the plural, so we would say what our Texas friends would probably say,  "Ya'll Clean!"

 

He is going to teach them that you can be clean, saved, and still not produce fruit.

 

LUK 23:43, our Lord said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."

 

Isa 43:25 "I, even I, am the One who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins."

 

PHI 3:13b.....but one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead,

 

"Abide in Me" =  a command that indicates that this is an experience after salvation and not a reference to positional sanctification.

"Abide in Me" is a command to remain in fellowship with God through the use of 1Jo 1:9 in order that divine good may be produced in our lives.

When the branch is commanded to "abide in Christ, the believer is being commanded to enter into experiential sanctification through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

The phrase "I in you" is a mandate for the believer to learn and metabolize Bible doctrine (when we have doctrine, the "mind of Christ," in our souls, Christ abides in us).

The Vine has provided for us the precedent, the pattern, and the information necessary to produce divine good.

We cannot produce fruit apart from the function of spiritual skills--the filling of the Spirit; perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine; and execution of the predesigned plan of God.

The "Vine and Branch" metaphor is repeated.

Our Lord is the Vine; we are the branches.

Abiding in Christ is the filling of the Spirit.

Christ "in us" is a result of cognition of Bible doctrine.

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