How do you solve the problem with death? You realize that death has lost its power over those who belong to Christ.


July 17, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
071720
How do you solve the problem with death? You realize that death has lost its power over those who belong to Christ.

John 2 is a  passage where our Lord performed His first miracle; JOH 2:1-11.

This is the mother of the humanity of Christ, it is not the Mother of God. 

Because of this Roman Catholic prayer on Mary, the average believer  elevates the mother of Jesus.  

Hail Mary, full of grace”,  – Mary was a virtuous woman of God and she was known as being a woman of God who was full of grace.
“Blessed are you among women” — not above women like most Catholics believe today, but AMONG women.
“And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus” is a principle about Mary’s fruit of the womb and the relationship that Jesus had with His family as taught in the Word of God.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, — total blasphemous because she was never called God’s mother because God doesn’t have a mother.
Pray for us sinners”  — We don’t ask any saints or angels to pray for us because go directly to the Father, in the name of the Son and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now, and at the hour of our death, Amen’ = This is totally wrong because Mary has nothing to do with the death of humans.

Our death is a matter between the members of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and has nothing to so whatsoever with Mary.

Physical death is a matter of the sovereignty of God, Job 1:21, Psa 68:19.

Job 1:21, “The Lord gave, the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Psa 68:19, “God is to us a God of deliverance, and to Jehovah the Lord belongs escapes from death.”

Ecc 8:8   No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death;

All believers must realize that physical death is precious in the sight of the Lord, Psa 116:15.

Psa 116:15  “Precious [valuable] in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

Ecc 7:1, A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.  

The death of every church age believer, both winner and loser, also means to be face to face with the Lord, 2Co 5:8 where we are said to be “absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.”

We know that death will be a state of perfect happiness because everything related to your body that can produce pain is gone, rev 21:4.  

rev 21:4  “And he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes [comfort]; furthermore, there shall no longer be any death, no longer will there be any mourning, and no more crying, and no more pain; the first things have passed away.”

You accept the fact that death is an appointment with God that all members of the human race have to keep, Heb 9:27.

Heb 9:27  “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment [for the unbeliever].”    

Ecc 3:2    A time to give birth, and a time to die;

You realize that death is simply a shadow and a valley to pass through to enter into the eternal state.

Psa 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”

You have the greatest encouragement in the world, something far greater than anything anyone could say to you:  You have the ten problem solving devices and epignosis doctrine in your soul.

You realize that death has lost its power over believers, Isa 25:8, 1Co 15:51-57.

Isa 25:8  He will swallow up death for all time, and the lord god will wipe tears away from all faces.

The believer also realizes that people have been held in bondage and slavery all their lifetime because of not understanding the victory over death, Heb 2:15.

Heb 2:15    And might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

2Ti 4:6   For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  

2Ti 4:7   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;  

JOB 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” 

JUD 1:24   Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 

JUD 1:25   to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. 

Jam 4:13 Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.”

Jam 4:14  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

MAT 16:26 “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Heb 9:27  “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment [for the unbeliever].”  

Only unbelievers will be judged because believers have believed that TLJC who was judged for them in their place.

Dying is a part of the Christian experience which does not depend upon the volition of the believer, but on the sovereignty of God.

If you like living in God’s plan in time, you will love dying.  

In the living phase of God’s plan, the believer has control over his life for successes or failure, for execution of God’s plan or failure to do so.  

The believer approaches dying as a winner or as a loser, as an invisible hero or as one who has fragmented his life.

In the dying phase of God’s plan, the believer has no control over the time, place, or manner of his death.  

The physical death of the Church-age believer is a matter of the wisdom, integrity, and sovereignty of God.  

Anytime you become critical or upset, blaming God for the departure of a loved one, you’re in a state of blasphemy.  

Anytime you start blaming God for what He is putting us through, you are questioning the reasons why He is putting us through the things He has placed upon us.

Those of you who have studied with me throughout the years have heard me say many times, “What God does not remove from us, He intends for us to bear.”

He seems to be using “crisis evangelism” to wake up those believers who seem to have become lukewarm and have lost their first love and need to get back to a serious commitment with the Lord.

He expects us to bring glory to Him by not complaining what He  has chosen us to bear or to go through; Phi 2;14.

The point is that nothing will prolong your life beyond God’s time for you to die.

All of us will die with the exception of the Rapture generation; 1Th 4:15-18.

Prin-Since the omniscience of God knows all the facts in each individual case, the time, place, and manner of our physical death is a wise decision.

For the believer who has the ten problem solving devices, dying is the ultimate experience of it all.  

The person who has been using them while living is ready to die.

Psa 116:15  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

It’s impossible for God to be unfair, to make a mistake or a bad decision.  

When it’s your time to die, that is the perfect time for you to die.  

The death of the Church-age believer includes the manner of his dying, which is a matter of the sovereignty, wisdom, and integrity of God.  

Because of the infinite and eternal wisdom of God, He cannot be wrong in determining the time, manner, or place of our death.  

All decisions from the sovereignty of God, including death, are made in perfect righteousness, eternal wisdom, and gracious love.  

God is eternal, immutable, and perfect; therefore, His wisdom never makes a mistake in the time, manner, or place of our death.

The dying and the death of the believer is a matter of the sovereignty of God.

Only in the living phase do you have the option to make good decisions from a position of strength which will result in your receiving the most wonderful dying blessings.

Phi 1:21, “For me, living is Christ and dying is profit.”

All decisions with regard to the Christian way of life as to whether we are winners or losers are made by us; these decisions are related to our intake of doctrine.  

The exception to this of course is suicide, which is the blasphemy of superimposing your own will over God’s will, saying you know better than God when it’s time for you to die.

Psa 31:15   My times are in thy hand;

Once you settle in your mind this very simple principle that god decides perfectly the time and manner of your death, then you no longer have a problem with death.

  1. Physical death is a matter of the sovereignty of God, Job 1:21, Psa 68:19.

Job expressed this in Job 1:21, “the Lord gave, the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

David expressed this in Psa 68:19, “God is to us a God of deliverance, and to Jehovah the Lord belongs escape from death.”

Ecc 8:8   No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death;

  1. The believer must realize that physical death is precious in the sight of the Lord, Psa 116:15.

Psa 116:15  “Precious [valuable] in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

Ecc 7:1, A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.  

  1. You live as though the death of every Church-age believer, both winner and loser, also means to be face to face with the Lord,    2Co 5:8.

What is left behind is the biological part of you, your body.  

  1. We know that it will be a state of perfect happiness because everything related to your body that can produce pain is gone, Rev 21:4.  

Rev 21:4  “And he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes [comfort]; furthermore, there shall no longer be any death, no longer will there be any mourning, and no more crying, and no more pain; the first things have passed away.”

Our resurrection body will have none of these unpleasant things.

  1. You accept the fact that death is an appointment with God that all members of the human race have to keep, Heb 9:27.

Heb 9:27  “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment [for the unbeliever].”   

Ecc 3:2    a time to give birth, and a time to die;

  1. You realize that death is simply a shadow and a valley to pass through to enter into the eternal state.

Psa 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”

You have the greatest encouragement in the world, something far greater than anything anyone could say to you:  you have the ten problem-solving devices and epignosis doctrine in your soul.

  1. You realize that death has lost its power over believers, Isa 25:8, 1Co 15.

Isa 25:8  He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces,

  1. The believer also realizes that people have been held in bondage and slavery all their lifetime because of not understanding the victory over death, Heb 2:15.

Heb 2:15    and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

2Ti 4:6   For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  

2Ti 4:7   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.  

 The dying testimony of the greatest winner in all the church age, the apostle Paul, is found in Phi 1:20.

He knew the best is saved until last:  dying, death, heaven, resurrection, and the eternal state.

Paul would not be put to shame in dying, in death, in living in heaven, in resurrection, or in living in the eternal state.  

Because through epignosis doctrine and advancing to spiritual maturity, Paul came to the realization that God had saved the best for him until last.

“dying is profit” because dying is the beginning of the last, and the last will last forever.  

The last body experience you have is dying.

While you’re going through it, that epignosis doctrine makes your death very profitable.

Rom 14:8  “For if we live, we live for the lord; or if we die, we die for the Lord.  Therefore, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”

Prin-Winners utilize the ten problem-solving devices of the PPOG,  both while living and while dying.  

He has +H while living and +H while dying.  

He is occupied with Christ while living; he is occupied with Christ while dying.

He has a personal sense of destiny while living, and he has a personal sense of destiny while dying.

He has personal love for God the Father while living; he has personal love for God the Father while dying.

He has impersonal love for all mankind while living; he has impersonal love for all mankind while dying.

He has grace orientation while living; he has grace orientation while dying.

He has doctrinal orientation while living; he has doctrinal orientation while dying.

He has faith-rest while living; he has faith-rest while dying.

He has the filling of the Spirit while living; he has the filling of the Spirit while dying.

He uses rebound while living; he uses rebound while dying.

  1. Rebound
  2. The Filling of the Spirit
  3. The Faith-rest life
  4. Grace orientation
  5. Doctrinal orientation
  6. Personal sense of destiny

 

  1. Personal love for God the Father
  2. Impersonal unconditional love for all mankind
  3. Contentment and perfect happiness with God

10.The ultimate occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the believer there is no solution to the problems of life apart from the ten problem solving devices. 

The one great lesson that comes out of all of our Lord’s  miracle is that the Lord always saves the best for last.

A miracle is an action or event that is not caused by natural or scientific laws and is considered to be the work of a divine agency or God.

A miracle is an action from a supernatural being that we call God who performs unnatural works that violate natural laws.

A miracle is an unusual and significant event which requires the working of a supernatural force performing works or deeds that don’t normally function the way that the miracle functions.

Miracles do not have to be subject to the natural laws of nature but can use omniscience, omnipotence or omnipresence or any other divine attribute that the Lord sees fir to perform.

The main purpose of a miracle is usually to bring attention to the message and not the individual or the man with a message.