Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, Part 152. The relationship of Christian fellowship with your portfolio of invisible assets.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Point 5. The portfolio of invisible assets from the viewpoint of the believer’s experience.
3. If a believer really loves God, it will be manifested by his desire to hear God’s word; JOH 8:47.
4. If you love the Lord, you will guard and protect His doctrines in your soul, JOH 14:15.
5. It is doctrine abiding in Christians, not works, that reveals to the Father how much we love Him.
6. If you guard or keep God’s Word in you, God’s love will be in you, JOH 15:10.
9. Loving God is revealed by your impersonal unconditional love toward one another, 1JO 4:7.
10. Loving God and His people can only come through knowledge of doctrine, 1JO 4:16-21.
HEB 11:27 By means of doctrine resident in the soul, Moses left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.
17. There is a special curse on believers who fail to have category one love in 1CO 16:22; they are said to be“cursed until the Lord comes.”
1CO 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha.
18. Even witnessing must be motivated by category one love -
2CO 5:14 “The love of Christ motivates us.”
There is no love for God until there is an X amount of metabolized doctrine.
There is no real divine love toward people until there is first, personal love toward God.
ROM 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
When you start to love someone you have not seen, it is because you have linked up with their thinking.
Pres-act-part - pisteuontes - pisteuvonte" = believing doctrine or having it metabolized.
Answer: Bible doctrine, you believe the word of God!
“Full of glory” = the spiritually sustained believer who reflects the glory of God with the structure in his soul.
How can you ever assume that loving God the Father, loving God the Son under occupation with Christ, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit be set aside for a lot of nonsense called “Christian fellowship” or social life with Christians?
Learn to distinguish between fellowship with God and so-called Christian fellowship, which is nothing more than having social life with Christians.
Christian fellowship is no substitute for learning Bible doctrine from whomever is your right pastor.
Spiritual growth and the execution of the PPOG and subsequent glorification of God only occurs through perception of doctrine, not through Christian fellowship.
Encouragement - pres-act-part - parakalountes - parakalouâ€™nte" = to be encouraged, exhorted, comforted, and even to challenge.
Telic participle - indicates the purpose of the action: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.
Perception of Bible doctrine, not Christian fellowship.
Encouragement comes from Bible doctrine, not from Christian fellowship.
What keeps you coming to Bible class is your own motivation from your own understanding and perception of doctrine, and making it the #1 priority in your life.
Your Christian fellowship with other believers is inconsequential. It is your fellowship with God that counts.
The purpose of assembly worship is the function of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, and through the momentum from metabolized doctrine, to execute and fulfill the PPOG for your life.
They are isolated because of geographics, handicaps, illness, lack of transportation or many other reasons.
The priority is to get doctrine to have fellowship with God.
Positive volition will not be denied by God.
(1) Through the local church under face-to-face teaching.
(2) In an isolated situation where no assembly with orthodox teaching is possibly.
While the isolated Christian cannot assemble himself with other believers, he still fulfills the concept of HEB 10:25 through his daily perception of doctrine on tapes, video, audio, etc.
The fulfillment of HEB 10:25 occurs through some other form of technology where, though not assembled with other believers, Bible doctrine is still taken in on a consistent basis.
Christian fellowship or social life with other believers at best is a result of taking in doctrine, whether you assemble with other believers or get it on your own in isolation.
Christian fellowship is not possible for isolated believers due to their geographical location, military service, illness, handicaps, or a job that conflicts with Bible class time.
Often positive believers will not assemble in a local church because of false doctrine or wrong emphasis.
Positive believers in isolation can receive Bible doctrine through tapes, books, radios, video, and other modern conveniences.
If you have to ever make a choice between fellowship or doctrine, you better choose doctrine or you will be a loser.
Notice the word diligently. It takes “effort” to search for doctrine.
“Diligently seek” - piel participle - shachar - intensive stem = this is an intensive search for Bible doctrine.