Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Spiritual metabolism part 10: You cannot handle your problems unless you have metabolized doctrine.

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Point 8. The Biblical Warnings Concerning the Rejection of Spiritual Metabolism.

Warnings concerning the rejection of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in the realm of spiritual metabolism –
1TH 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit;

You quench the Holy Spirit when you allow the sin nature to control the soul, by stress in the soul producing sin, by false doctrine in the soul, or by using defensive mechanisms instead of the problem-solving devices.

EPH 4:30 “Furthermore, stop grieving the Holy Spirit, the God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

To make it from salvation to maturity requires the filling of the Holy Spirit and the daily metabolization of Bible doctrine.

JOH 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper [Holy Spirit], that He may be with you “forever.”

A. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, MAT 12:14-32.
B. Resistance of the Holy Spirit, Acts 7:51.

Acts 7:51“>ACT 7:51 You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in your right lobes and ears [they heard and rejected common grace], you are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing what your ancestors did.

To the unbeliever, the Holy Spirit acts as a human spirit in order to make the gospel real, 1CO 2:14.

A. Negative volition at the point of Gospel hearing.
B. Negative volition at the point of the divine call.
C. Negative volition at the point of salvation opportunity through faith in Christ.

A. Lying to the Holy Spirit, Acts 5:3.
B. Grieving the Holy Spirit, EPH 4:30.
C. Quenching the Holy Spirit, 1TH 5:19.

Lying against the Holy Spirit is inordinate ambition and inordinate competition in the spiritual realm.

They became very jealous and covetous and entered into inordinate ambition and inordinate competition in the spiritual realm.
They were the worst enemies of the Church, not because they did not give, but because they were hypocrites.

Arrogance becomes the basis of rejecting the ministry or the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit in this life.
Christian activism is born-again believers being used by satanic thought to whitewash the devil’s world.

A. Lying to the Holy Spirit, Acts 5:3.
B. Grieving the Holy Spirit, EPH 4:30.
C. Quenching the Holy Spirit, 1TH 5:19.

Grieving the Spirit is self-fragmentation from soul sins (the arrogance complex of sins, the lust pattern, the emotional complex of sins) and legalism or antinomianism. No matter how low you go into sin, you always have choices – the choice to rebound and then to learn doctrine.

The third sin a believer can commit against the Holy Spirit is quenching the Holy Spirit – 1TH 5:19 Stop quenching the Spirit.

This suggests that the believer involved has ignored or rejected the rebound technique over a long period of time.

A. When you have stress in your soul, you are quenching the Holy Spirit.
B. When the old sin nature controls your soul to produce human good and dead works, you are quenching the Holy Spirit.
C. When you have false doctrine in the soul, you are quenching the Holy Spirit.

Quenching the Spirit is entrance into the last three stages of apostasy or Christian degeneracy – blackout of the soul, scar tissue of the soul, and the total collapse of the believer. Quenching the Spirit is perpetual living inside cosmic two.

REV 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

2PE 3:10 – what endures the destruction of the universe establishes the true eternal values of life and the highest priorities you should have as a member of the royal family of God.

Metabolized doctrine will give you permanent values with all other values subservient or compliant with them.

2PE 3:11 – this challenge is based upon you believing there will be a time of the destruction of the entire universe at the termination of human history – the end of the Millennium, the future 1000-year reign of our Lord on earth, REV 20:2-7; REV 21:1.

Holy conduct – dative plural adjective – hagiais – a” + noun anastrophais – a*nastrofai” = a dedicated to God life-style.

Godliness – eusebeias – eu*sebeivai” = living the spiritual life.

“A dedicated to God life-style living the spiritual life.”

2PE 3:12 – “looking for” – prosdokao = looking forward.

LUK 9:25 “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

Proginosko – “to know in advance.”

Verse 17 – “be on your guard” = with metabolized doctrine, we have an instant red alert system in our soul.

“Be on your guard” – pres-mid-imp – phulasso = to be on your guard to be on alert.

This is a command to be alert and have proper discernment concerning cosmic Christianity.

Do you put the Lord before people?

You cannot handle your problems and people problems unless you have metabolized doctrine.

Before we can have good relationships with people we must have a good relationship with God.

1JO 3:8 – cosmic believers are the agent of the devil.

1JO 3:10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his fellow-believer.

It provides discernment. This gives you the ability to hold your ground against public opinion, against the herd.

EXO 23:2 “You shall not follow the majority in doing evil,”

MAT 7:13 Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.

MAT 7:14 For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

MAT 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The majority of the cosmos is always wrong and there will be a minority which is always right.

REV 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;

Metabolized doctrine also provides objectivity in friendship as you switch from conditional love to unconditional, or personal to impersonal love.

Aor-pass-part – sunapago = to seduce; to be carried away – not carried away in an antagonistic way; to be carried away in a congenial way.

EPH 4:14 – they lie in wait to deceive and they do not even know they are under deception.

Sunapago = to be influenced by people, to be attracted to people, to think more of people than you do of doctrine and therefore to think more of people than you do of Jesus Christ.

Aorist tense – there are points of time deliberately designed to lead you astray from Bible doctrine.

Passive voice – the believer receives the action of the verb, even the mature believer.

Participle – denotes Satan’s purpose.

Error – plane = deception or deceit.

Those whom you love present a blind side unless you have metabolized doctrine for a red alert system to protect you.

“Unprincipled” – athesmos = heretical or phonies, or those who are putting on an act, like the stereo-type Christian.

To fall – ekpipto = to drift off course.

To drift off course from your own – idios – adjective meaning a private person, a believer-priest.

Steadfastness – sterignos = a secure position or a firm hold; more than steadfastness – it means your support system.
“To drift off course from your own support system.”

The “draw toward God” must be stronger than the draw toward those whom you love.

Satanic wisdom, human viewpoint, false doctrine, and religion characterize the believer who rejects spiritual metabolism.

“But” – particle de – used to emphasize the contrast with the previous verse.

“But grow” – pres-act-imp – auzano = to grow, to increase, to progress.
Joseph Thayer – in this passage it means to become greater with a substance, which is grace and knowledge.

En + locative – charis = in the sphere or the location of grace.

Grace is God doing all the work and providing everything for us to execute His plan.

1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

JOB 23:14 “For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.”

PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

PHI 2:13 for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who is at work in you, both to will [give you motivation] and to work [He gives you the ability to execute] above and beyond His good pleasure.

1. The formation and the preservation of the canon of Scripture – the Bible.

Canon – Greek term Canon = rule or standard of measurement.

The words of Scripture are God’s own.

Man simply transmitted what he received.

2. The divine authorization of the local church as a classroom.

3. The provision of a certain pastor for the communication of doctrine.

4. The filling of the Holy Spirit and spiritual phenomena understood, so that it can be metabolized.

5. The provision and the privacy of the royal priesthood for receiving doctrine.

6. Logistical grace support to sustain your life so that you can fulfill the divine commands.

Knowledge is gnosis not epignosis.

Grow in grace and “en gnosis” = by means of gnosis – en (plus the instrumental of manner) gnosis.

Epignosis = metabolized doctrine, the only doctrine that works in your life.

This is not a reference to metabolizing the doctrine but to “hear the doctrine first as gnosis.”

Volition is the issue at gnosis and Peter will not command you to eat it.

You might not have the ability to eat especially if you lack the filling of the Spirit.

Feed the flock, 1PE 5:2.
Feed the babes, JOH 20:15.
Feed the adolescents,
JOH 20:16.
Feed the mature, JOH 20:17.

Without “your” consent, God the Holy Spirit will not metabolize the doctrine.

Gnosis is in the instrumental of manner which indicates the method or the means that momentum is achieved in the Christian life.

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