Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, part 202. The mystery of invisible heroes, part 3.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Point 4. The Invisible Hero’s Impact on History.
LUK 24:8 And they remembered His words,
PRO 10:7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
Appreciation is the memory of the heart.
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
1. Personal impact = blessing by association with the mature believer who executes the PPOG through the function of the spiritual mechanics.
The believer is blessed by association with a supergrace leader in business, military, athletics, marriage, pastor.
Family: husband, wife, mother, father, children, relatives, and even pets.
Organizations: businesses, schools, teams, law firms, medical clinics, military organizations, law enforcement, engineering firms, banks, corporations, social life, etc.
A real friend is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
A true friend will see you through when others think that you are through.
Blessing for church life, mission board, prep school, Christian service organizations.
Geographical: neighborhood, city, county, state, nation.
Historical impact = blessing by association to the Gentile client nation through the formation of the pivot of mature believers.
International impact = blessing by association to a non-client nation through missionaries who have attained spiritual maturity.
1) The mature missionary is a blessing to the client nation from which he comes.
2) The mature missionary is a blessing to the foreign country to which he goes.
When the invisible hero goes to a foreign country as a missionary, he becomes a source of blessing by association to that non-client nation, so that it prospers.
The mature missionary does not interfere with the politics, the culture, or the function of the non-client nation through Christian activism which is both evil and a part of moral degeneration.
Angelic impact = the invisible hero becoming a witness for the Prosecution in the rebuttal phase of Satan’s appeal trial during human history.
Angels are visible in every other dispensation except the Church-age.
Everything that is true to us human beings and finite creatures is opposite to the majority of how the human race thinks.
To curse grief is easier than to bless it, but to do so is to fall back into the point of view of the earthly, the carnal, the natural man.
By what has Christianity subdued the world if not by the apotheosis of grief, by its marvelous attitude of suffering into triumph, of the crown of thorns into the crown of glory.
What does the apotheosis of the Cross mean, if not the death of death, the defeat of sin, the beatification of martyrdom, the raising of voluntary sacrifice, the defiance of pain?
Suffering was a curse from which man fled; now it becomes a purification of the soul.
Suffering was a sacred trial sent by God.
A new viewpoint arises to deny the apparent and the tangible.
All of these viewpoints pierce through the mystery of things; it places an invisible Father behind visible nature; it shows us joy shining through tears, and makes of pain the beginning of joy.
In death do we grieve for the one who passes on, or is it the one left behind with self-pity?
To doubt the wisdom and justice of the passing of a loved one is to place a limitation on the term of life.
EPH 5:13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
HEB 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Faith is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Heritage impact is blessing by association with the invisible hero after his death.
He is now "absent from the body and face to the face with the Lord" in a place of "no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain, no more death; the old things have passed away," REV 21:4.
Heritage impact is blessing by association on an individual basis only.
PSA 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Point 5. Failure to Become an Invisible Hero.
Point 6. The Personal Sense of Destiny of the Invisible Hero.
It is that standard of thinking from doctrine that gives the invisible impact of the invisible hero, that provides the magnetism of his spiritual function, his utilization of the problem-solving devices, and his invisible impact in five categories.
If you create an act, you create a habit.
If you create a habit, you create a character.
If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Your destiny is not always the one you seek, but always the one that finds you.
ROM 9:23 In order that He might make known to you the riches of His glory on vessels of mercy which He prepared in advance for His glory.
To attain your destiny as an invisible hero, you must pass the three stages of suffering for blessing.
a. Providential preventative suffering.
b. Momentum testing.
c. Evidence testing.
Point 7. The Death of the Invisible Hero.
This is because God, in His sovereignty, decides the time, place, and manner of our dying.
Up until then, we use our volition to choose for or against the PPOG.
1) The life beyond gnosis, EPH 3:17, from salvation to spiritual maturity.
2) The life beyond dreams, EPH 3:20, from spiritual maturity to physical death or the Rapture.
1) The living stage,
PHI 1:21a, “For me living is Christ.”
2) The dying stage,
PHI 1:21b, “and dying is profit.”
The dying stage of the PPOG begins at the point when we are aware (or unaware) that we are dying, and continues until the point of physical death or the Rapture, whichever occurs first.
Dying must be distinguished from the moment of death.
During the living stage, the believer has full use of his volition to execute the PPOG under equal privilege and equal opportunity.
But from the moment we begin to die, we are in the hands of the sovereignty of God.
The dying stage of the PPOG is a matter of the sovereign decision of God, based on His omnipotence, wisdom, and integrity.
Invisible heroes die well, for their dying is profit to them.