Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War; Part 8.
Friday, March 15, 2013
DEU 20:1 When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.
EXO 14:13-14, But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.
Cold or psuchros is used for the unbelievers in the Laodicean church.
Hot or zestos refers to believers who have lived in the PPOG and who have utilized grace and advanced to maturity.
This is important to understand because TLJC is not saying this to mature believers, who are hot, or unbelievers who are cold.
The solution for the cold unbeliever is to believe in Christ.
The solution for the hot believer is the problem solving devices made available through his relationship with God.
The prosperity that they have in the cosmic system is going to be a means of setting them up for divine discipline. Prosperous people like non-prosperous people are very unhappy and unstable people.
Inside is the same person, with the same uncertainties,
the same facade, but inside is a miserable person. Youâ€™re never going to have a truly successful and meaningful relationship with any human being when you have an attitude like this.
The wealthiest man I ever knew personally was the most miserable I ever knew personally.
Rich or plousios can mean many things;
It can mean success, promotion, fame, approbation, social prosperity, sexual prosperity, business prosperity.
I donâ€™t need anything.
Iâ€™m perfectly happy.
I have need of nothing.
I donâ€™t need doctrine.
I donâ€™t need a church!
I donâ€™t need a pastor!
I donâ€™t need the PPOG.
I donâ€™t need logistical grace.
I am a rock, I am an Island.
“Grace precedes judgment” and therefore the Lord offers them some advice on how to recover.
The word love is the pres-act-ind of the verb phileo, rather strange when you would expect agapao which is generally used for impersonal love.
The manifestation of his love for us now comes out in the next verb, the pres-act-ind of the verb e-leg-cho which means to convince, to convict, to bring to light or to reality.
The present tense is a customary present which indicates that which occurs when a believer becomes involved in the cosmic system and ends up in carnality or becomes fleshly.
The purpose of discipline which is to motivate you to rebound and recover, not to pay for your mistakes.
Suffering and misery are generally because you have made bad decisions not because you are under divine discipline.
ISA 3:9 For they have brought evil upon themselves.
repent â€“ METANOEO
the purpose of divine discipline which is to motivate the believer to recover.
JOB 5:17-18, Happy (or happinesses) to the man whom God corrects, therefore despise not the discipline of EL SHADDAI (the many breasted God). For He (God) inflicts pain ( warning discipline), and bindeth up (or bandages the wound); He wounds, and His hands heal.
There are three different categories of divine discipline;
1. Warning discipline
2. Intensive discipline
3. Dying discipline
REV 3:19-20, â€˜Those whom I [phileo] love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.
As a general rule, warning discipline is in itself less severe than the believerâ€™s self-induced misery.
Most Christian suffering arises from the believerâ€™s own thoughts, decisions, and actions.
At some point in this self-destructive process, God intervenes with divine discipline. All divine discipline is administered in grace.
Divine discipline is the sum total of punitive action taken by the justice of God in grace to correct, to punish, to encourage, to train, to motivate the believerâ€™s free will toward the PPOG.