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The secret of the mystery, Part 133. The pastor who communicates the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.

Friday, July 28, 2006

EPH 3:18 that you may utilize the power to grasp the idea with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth.

Once you have metabolized doctrine and have it circulating in the soul, the next thing is to direct it toward the four dimensions of doctrine.

“With all the saints” - prepositional phrase “Sun [with] pasin [all] tois [the] hagiois [saints]”

“Sun” - in the company of, together with = this preposition emphasizes the communication of doctrine in a “public” assembly in the company of or together with the saints.

The Complete Biblical Library -
“Sun” = together with, in association with, or along with.
The New American Standard Exhaustive Strong’s Concordance, p. 1684 -
“Sun” = together with, accompanied by, associated with, or along with.

EPH 3:18 That you may utilize the power to grasp the idea together with, accompanied by, associated with, or along with all the saints.

The Greek English Lexicon of the N.T. by Ardnt and Gingrich, pp. 781-82 -
“Sun” = in the company of, in association with, and to sit beside someone.
EPH 3:18 That you may utilize the power to grasp the idea in the company of, in association with, or to sit beside all the saints,

The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament by James Moulton and George Milligan, pp. 599-600 -
“Sun” = along with, together with, in company with, and in fellowship with. EPH 3:18 That you may utilize the power to grasp the idea along with, together with, in company with, and in fellowship with all the saints.

The New Thayer’s Greek Lexicon by Joseph Thayer says, pp. 598-99 -
“Sun” = in the company of, in fellowship with, in association with, or together with. EPH 3:18 That you may utilize the power to grasp the idea in the company of, in fellowship with, in association with, or together with, all the saints.

Kittel in Vol 7, pages 766-797, or Liddell-Scott, pages 1690-91, or Colin Brown, Volume 3, pages 1172-1207...

“Sun” is of great significance because it emphasizes the communication of Bible doctrine in a public assembly.

Together with, in association with, along with, accompanied by, in the company of, to sit beside with,
in fellowship with.

“Sun” is of great significance because it emphasizes the communication of Bible doctrine in a public assembly.

HEB 10:25 Do not forsake your own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more,

1. They recognized his authority as a communicator of doctrine.
2. The pastor who communicates to them the mystery doctrine of the Church-age desires to be with them because they are positive toward doctrine, and his ministry is devoted to teaching doctrine.

To desire the word of God is to desire God Himself, JOH 1:1.

Positive = a motion or decision that is definite, unyielding, constant or certain in its action.

“The pure milk of the word of God” - adolon [unadulterated] gala [milk] = the unadulterated, unpolluted, unspotted, untainted teaching of the Word of God.

3. Because they are an objective, well-mannered, poised, self- disciplined, Spirit-filled local assembly.

ROM 15:26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

2CO 8:2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.

2CO 11:9 And when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia, they fully supplied my need.

PHI 4:15 And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone;

4. They have been faithful and consistent in the function of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine and many of them are spiritually mature and are breathing down the pastor’s neck.

They rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, 1CO 12:26.

5. No congregation can exceed the growth of its pastor.
6. Because they have avoided reversionism.

A highly desirable person is one who while carnal has avoided reversionism.

He rebounded in a very serious way at least three times, because we have three different rebound Psalms, and in two of these rebound Psalms he was also under heavy divine discipline at the moment, but he was still a supergrace believer.

Where sin will not destroy the soul, reversionism will.

Going back to the word of God itself, the believer who says he does not sin anymore is a liar and doctrine is not in him, 1JO 1:10.

7. They reach supergrace and are now ready to follow their pastor into no man’s land and advance to ultra supergrace, and for this reason they will be the basis for the pastor’s highest decoration, the wreath of glory.

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