Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The doctrine of spiritual metabolism. Part 9. The spiritual life is a uniform system of Biblical principles, not a uniform personality.

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Point 1. Definition.
Point 2. The First Step Toward Spiritual Metabolism Begins with the Believer’s Free-will decisions.
Point 3. God’s grace provisions for the metabolization of Bible doctrine.
Point 4. The Mentorship of the Holy Spirit Related to Spiritual Metabolism.

Point 5. The Indwelling and Filling of the Spirit Related to Mentorship.
Point 6. Spiritual Metabolism is Related to the Mechanics of Divine Inspiration.
Point 7. Spiritual Metabolism from the Holy Spirit is the Divine Power for the Spiritual Life.
Point 8. The Biblical Warnings Concerning the Rejection of Spiritual Metabolism.
Point 9. Spiritual Metabolism Related to the Communion Service or the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Point 10. Conclusion.
a. A system of personality imitation.

Mimetes = a follower of the doctrine being taught not the personality of the teacher.

b. Superficial mannerisms considered to be spiritual.

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

Mannerisms of dress – wearing black or dull colors is spiritual and considering bright colors to be worldly.

DEU 22:5 “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.”

Those who try to tell the ladies to refrain from the use of cosmetics, misquoting 1TI 2:9.

The Christian way of life is not designed to destroy your personality or make you different in your personality, as legalists attempt to do.

God has given you your very own spiritual life, and you are the only one who can live it.

God has provided for every believer his very own spiritual life with a uniform set of principles and divine mandates, and a means of glorifying Him.

The spiritual life is not a uniform personality – it is a uniform system of biblical mandates and biblical principles, not designed to change your personality, but designed to glorify God as He intended it to be.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.
d. Program Christianity.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.
d. Program Christianity.
e. Emotionalism which serves as human energy.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.
d. Program Christianity.
e. Emotionalism which serves as human energy.
f. The works of the flesh.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.
d. Program Christianity.
e. Emotionalism which serves as human energy.
f. The works of the flesh.
g. Change of behavior pattern.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.
d. Program Christianity.
e. Emotionalism which serves as human energy.
f. The works of the flesh.
g. Change of behavior pattern.
h. Spirituality by works.

c. The use of cliches or stereo-type holy language.
d. Program Christianity.
e. Emotionalism which serves as human energy.
f. The works of the flesh.
g. Change of behavior pattern.
h. Spirituality by works.
i. Spirituality by yielding.

ROM 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. – KJV

ROM 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

ROM 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

j. Spirituality through self-crucifixion.
k. Spirituality by prohibition, no drink-no smoke, etc.
l. Spirituality by relativity.

2CO 10:12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

m. Spirituality through rituals.

Human power and creature power is manifested by rejecting doctrine and gives no spiritual energy to the believer.

Be careful of those who have a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 1TI 6:4.

“Be diligent” – aor-act-imp – spoudazo = to labor, to make a constant effort, to study.

You may be found by Him at the Judgment Seat to be in prosperity or a winner.

2PE 3:14 – spotless and blameless = without embarrassment and shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

There will be embarrassment at the Judgment Seat of Christ, REV 3:18, 1JO 2:28.

“Beloved”agapetos = indicates the tremendous privileges that belong to you and me as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Proginosko – “to know in advance.”

You will never be able to “be on your guard” or to have doctrine as a warning system until you metabolize that doctrine.

You cannot solve the problems of life with gnosis doctrine.
You cannot solve the problems of life with academic information.

Between the academic and the spiritual, there must be metabolism.

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

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