Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, June 23, 2013

EPH 6:10-11, Finally [or from now on], be strong or start becoming strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Pick up and put on the full armor from God, so that you may be able to hold your ground against the strategies of the devil.

The apostle Paul wrote some interesting passages which deal with the spiritual application of metaphors to the Church-age believer.

The importance of the believer understanding the power of God and being able to utilize that power.

It is inevitable that God the Holy Spirit would give the great apostle the necessary spiritual I.Q. to make analogies between the spiritual life of the Christian soldier and the military life of the Roman army.

A Metaphor is defined as a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another to teach certain principles.

1. The first area of a biblical metaphor is the selection and training of recruits, which we’ve already noted in 2TI 2:3-4.

A true soldier learns to endure hardship.

The training of the soldier is equivalent to our training as believers with the problems which accompany the details of life.

MAR 4:19, the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

The details of life, which are the charge of the mosquito are to train us to face the charge of the elephant, which is the ability to handle spiritual warfare.

Whether or not a believer endures the hardship will depend upon the
believer’s training.

Spiritual Champions are a rare breed.
They trust God while others ask for answers.

They see beyond the dangers, the risks, the obstacles, the hardships.”

The Roman army would brand every man with a hot iron, and that was one of the most honorable things in Roman life, to have that brand.

2. A second metaphor called brand marks is found in Gal 6 where this principle is mentioned by the apostle Paul.

Brandmark = he had gone through the toughest training in the ancient world and maybe of all time with the exception, of course, of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

PHI 1:29, Because to you it has been graciously given with reference concerning Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on behalf of Him,

ROM 8:17, If indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.

1TH 3:4, For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know.

1PE 2:19, For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.

1PE 2:21, For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

MAT 5:11, Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.

JOH 15:20, “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘a slave is not greater than his master.’ if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you;”

MAT 5:12, Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

3. 1CO 14:8 is our third metaphor, a metaphor for blowing the trumpet or the bugle.

There are trumpet commands for assembly, trumpet commands to put on your equipment, trumpet or bugle commands to fall in & there are trumpet commands for moving out and forming in line.

a. Voice commands, where the voice could be heard.

b. And trumpet commands, which were used in combat where there was a great deal of noise.

Tongues were an uncertain sound which does not communicate the battle of the Church-age.

This metaphor reveals the importance of the divine will and direction given from the commands from headquarters in heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ while He’s seated at the right hand of God.

This is part of the fulfillment of ACT 2:34-35, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.

This military metaphor talks about the importance of the accuracy of the communication and application of Bible doctrine.

This fulfills the principle of doing a right thing in a right way, even as imperfect human beings.

The distinct sound therefore means the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine resulting in the momentum by which we execute God’s plan.

Learning God’s procedures is especially hindered by the two great enemies of the Christian: Ignorance and Arrogance.

You, or your friends, your mate, your associates, your companions, are either living in the PPOG or in the cosmic system.

JAM 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

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.

LEV 22:21 ‘And when a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord to fulfill a special vow, or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted;

DEU 32:4, speaking of the Lord, it says, He is the rock, His work is “perfect”,

PSA 19:7 The Torah or the doctrine of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;

ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is,

The will of God is described by the apostle Paul, that which is good and acceptable and “perfect”.

1CO 13:10, Paul said, But when the perfect comes [a reference to the completed canon of scripture], the partial [signs and wonders] will be done away.

JAM 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law [doctrine], the law of liberty,

2TI 2:15 is a distinct sounding passage, Be diligent to present yourself approved to god as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling “accurately” the word of truth.

LEV 22:21, the offering must be “perfect” to be accepted;
DEU 32:4, His work is “perfect”,

PSA 19:7, the doctrine of the Lord is perfect,
ROM 12:2, the will of God is “perfect”.

1CO 13:10, the completed canon of scripture is perfect.
JAM 1:25, we had the perfect law.

ACT 18:26, the “way of God” is accurate.

2TI 2:15, the pastor is instructed to handle “accurately” the word of truth.

JOH 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The isagogics, the categories and the exegesis must be correct, also we call the principle of ICE.

If your pastor is not accurate in what he teaches than you will not have the accurate information needed to live in the PPOG.

LUK 6:40 “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”

4. The next military metaphor is found in 1TH 5:14 which has to has to do with Christian degeneracy or apostasy, 1TH 5:14.

ataktos – has within it the word tactics. With the negative in front of it means those believers who have no tactics.

Ataktos, which means having no tactics, also came to mean no discipline, disorderly, out of ranks, inordinate, and rebellious towards those in
positions of authority.


It has to do with those who rebel against the authority in verse 12 and who are those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and therefore, your P-T.


Notice the instructions Paul gives to us concerning those who sow discord and have no discipline, or are disorderly, out of ranks, and rebellious towards those in positions of authority, namely in context, the pastor-teacher.

2TH 3:14 And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.


1. Separation demands understanding permanent priorities, 1JO 2:15-17. Your permanent priority is your daily function inside the PPOG while avoiding at all costs any prolonged stay in the cosmic system.


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.

1JO 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

2. Separation from unbelievers inside the cosmic system is taught in 2CO 6:14-17.

3. Separation is important in social life, JER 15:16-17; 1PE 4:3-4.

4. The believer is to separate from the “fast crowd.”

JER 15:16 Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

JER 15:17 I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult. Because of Thy hand {upon me} I sat alone, For Thou didst fill me with

5. Biblical separation is involved in true Christian love, EPH 5:1-3.

When you truly love someone, you will operate in passages like
PRO 27:5-6, Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.

PRO 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

6. We are to separate from those who teach false doctrines.

ROM 16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.

ROM 16:18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

The answer is that any apostolic doctrine clearly presented in the Bible as a basis for fellowship and separation.

7. We are also to separate from apostate last-days
christianity, 2TI 3:5.

2TI 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

1CO 5:11 Actually, I wrote to you not to
associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler– not even to eat with such a one.

Prin-This is a reference to believers who leave the ranks because of pro­longed carnality resulting in cosmic involvement or Christian degeneracy.

Josephus, the great Jewish historian says that this word means a disorderly retreat and therefore a reference to going AWOL.

pres-mid-imp of the verb paramutheomai which means to speak or to address one by way of admonition and incentive, to encourage, to build up.

The word for help is pres-mid-imp of antecho which means to hold to something firmly, to aid someone, to endure, to hold to a person firmly, especially when they are going through something personally.

“be patient” is the pres-act-imp of makrothumeo which means to persevere patiently and bravely, not to lose heart, literally, to let God take care of the situation.

In the military metaphor believers return to the ranks through rebound and recovery, 1JO 1:9.

Deserting is the pres-mid-ind of metatithemi which means to go AWOL, absent without leave, it means to change sides, to fall away or to desert.

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