To stand against the Devil, Believers need to learn how to walk with the Lord!


June 17, 2020

Grace Bible Church
pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
061720
To stand against the Devil, Believers need to learn how to walk with the Lord!

Many years I have taught you many subjects from a man named Watchmen Nee who was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century.

He was really tough on spiritual authority and revealed the importance of the body of Christ, fellowship with each other, and gathering together with oneness and unity.

This is The Doctrine of Sit; Walk; and Stand.

  1. Sitting in Your Position in Christ
  2. Walking in Your Position in Christ
  3. Standing in Your Position in Christ

We all begin by recognizing that we are all seated together with Christ, as we walk in the Spirit in Christ, and then we are able to Stand Up against the deceptions of the devil.

There are two verses that do not need some explaining because we have noted them so many times before in this section of the Word of God.

Whether or not a person can lose their salvation has been a doctrine that has separated Christianity since the Church-age began.

These are two verses in this passage that seem to say that a believer can lose his status with God or that a believer can say to God, “I no longer believe in you.”
You can say that to God until you’re blue in the face, but you cannot give a gift back to the Lord.

EPH 2:8   For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;

Those two verses are JOH 15:2 and 15:6,   “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.

  1. The “I” in Isagogics is the historical setting of the passage.

Salvation has always been “Faith alone, in Christ alone.”

  1. We have the capital “C” which represents the different Categories that come from systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.

 

  1. How many different passages and categories of the Word of God are there to back up the interpretation that you believe.
  2. How does the interpretation we have apply to the justice and righteousness of God.

Always look how the interpretation lines up with the character and nature of God, especially in two distinct areas, the justice of God and the righteousness of God.

Is what you believe something that reveals and honors the justice and the righteousness of God.

Inevitably, the real issue is this: Who is glorified by the correct interpretation, is it the Creator or the creature?

  1. The third area of interpretation that must line up with the principle or what we call I.C.E. which refers to exegesis of the word of God which is a grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.

I.C.E.

Isagogocs

Exergesis

Categories.

The best answer I heard from then was “We respect those Greek scholars, we just disagree with things like the doctrine of Eternal Security.”

The proponents of “losing salvation” actually teach that you are born physically, then you became “born again” spiritually, and then finally, if you sinned wilfully after salvation, then you could lose your salvation.

Do you realize that if you could lose your salvation that you went from being a believer to an unbeliever and then back to becoming an unbeliever once again?

You can never really have the confidence that you will need if you are occupied with “your salvation” and trying to keep yourself saved.

If a believer could lose his salvation, wouldn’t the Lord make sure that there are some passages or even just one passage that says, “Be careful Brethren, that you do not lose your salvation.”

Do you believe that our Lord finished the work that God the Father assigned for to Him to perform?

JOH 17:4 “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.

JOH 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.

There is not one passage from Genesis all the way to the book of Revelation that teaches a believer can lose what God gave them = the gift of salvation.

Salvation has nothing to do with works, but it is a gift from the Lord.

In ACT 2:38, the Apostle Peter reveals that salvation is also called a gift from the Holy Spirit.

ACT 2:38  And Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Notice that we are also said to be perfect in the eyes of God which is why Paul said we are justified not by trying to please God by our actions but we are justified as a gift from God, that we can never lose.

We have been given so many blessings from the Lord that it would be blasphemy to say we can give back the gifts our Lord gave to us.

Just in one small booklet on the 40 things that the Lord gave us at the moment of salvation reveals that the gifts that our Lord gave us go way beyond what we can think or imagine.

ROM 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

Notice the phrase “the gift by grace” because grace is the policy of God when He deals with His children, you and I.

Adam’s willful sin of disobedience was imputed to the entire human race without their consent or their permission;

Here is another principle concerning the gift of salvation which is called the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness that will reign, not be lost, but reigned or ruled in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Jon 2:9   But I will sacrifice to Thee With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.”

Notice, the five last words in Jon 2:8, which says “Salvation is from the Lord.”

The character and nature of God guarantees that God cannot cancel the forty things that He gives you at the moment of salvation through faith in Christ.

God cannot cancel His gifts. When God gives, He does not take it back. He has given us His righteousness and His life, so that we are qualified to live with Him forever.

Our relationship with God does not depend on our integrity, morality, virtue or failure.

We have peace with God because He gave us His righteousness. We do not have peace with God because of our self-righteousness.

When we “stand in grace,” this does not refer to our morality or self-righteousness, but the virtue of God.

Virtue is infinitely greater than morality, but virtue can only be produced by the filling of the Spirit and the perception of doctrine.

Morality can be produced by human self-determination and the energy of the flesh.

Confidence in the glory of God is personal love for God the Father and occupation with Christ.

You did nothing to gain it or maintain it; it is the work of God.

God never gives His righteousness without putting it in a permanent container:  our eternal security.

Eternal security is defined as an unbreakable relationship with the integrity of God, depending on the integrity of God.

It is an unbreakable relationship because God will not break the relationship regardless of what we do or fail to do.

Demons cannot cancel those forty things.

We cannot cancel them by renouncing God or our faith.

No one can pluck them our of His hands.

You have to be arrogant to think that you can commit a sin or make a renunciation of God that can cancel the work of God!

Yet people are so arrogant that they think they are greater than God.

Man’s failure does not abrogate the integrity of God.

Man’s weakness does not cancel God’s strength.

Failure to execute the PPOG does not cancel your eternal salvation.

Yet we are more impressed with our failures than with the integrity of God, and that’s one of our problems.

We need to be more impressed with the integrity of God and less impressed with our failures.

Salvation through faith in Christ results in receiving one-half of divine integrity, the righteousness of God.

The possession of the righteousness of God forever eliminates the possibility of losing salvation by any failure on our part.

We stand before God, not on the basis of our righteousness, but on the basis of His righteousness.

It is the quintessence of human arrogance to assume we can do anything to cancel or abrogate our eternal salvation.

The integrity of God is infinitely greater than any failure of man,

2Ti 2:12-13.

Joh 3:16   “For God loved the world so much that He gave His Son [deity of Christ], the uniquely-born One [humanity of Christ] that whosoever believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life.”

The Greek that is used is known as the Attic Greek which indicates that the writer cannot get all the details into one verbal form.

The first verb is the perfect passive participle of SOZO.

The intensive perfect of SOZO emphasizes the present state from a past action.

So, this indicates the completion of an action at the moment of faith in Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the existing results:  once saved, always saved.

The intensive perfect is a strong way of saying a thing is.

The intensive perfect is the emphatic method in the Greek of presenting the fact of eternal security after salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

The passive voice of SOZO means that, at the point of faith in Jesus Christ, the believer receives the action of the verb. We received forty things at salvation.

This is known as a gnomic present tense of EIMI which expresses a universal doctrine of eternal security.

The time element is remote, because the doctrine of eternal security is true all the time.

This might be called a static present because eternal security is a condition which perpetually exists.

The active voice of EIMI involves you, and you will never lose your salvation.

This is known as a declarative indicative mood of EIMI which is used for a dogmatic statement of doctrine, the doctrine of eternal security.

Salvation is not relative; it is an absolute. In just a few seconds of time, you believe in Jesus Christ and possess eternal life.