Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin

Sunday,  March 28, 2014

“He loved” = an aor-act-part of agape which is agapesas, which of course refers to His impersonal unconditional love.

Even though in the next 16 hours, the disciples did not pay attention to His words, and then proceeded out of the upper room and totally blew it.

They all blew it but agapesas expresses our Lord’s mental attitude toward those that He knows are going to fail completely, and that’s grace.

He knew that they were going to go out and fall TOTALLY apart as they did, but that didn’t change anything….He still loved them to the end, and that’s grace.

Prin-While our Lord was going to the cross and while our Lord was on the cross His attitude never changed toward the disciples….and that’s grace.

Notice that the pressure, adversity, tragedy, heartache, frustration, doesn’t even put a dent on His love.

There will be the desertion by the disciples, Peter’s denial, and many other things that would disappoint a member of the human race was thrown at the Lord Jesus Christ, but it didn’t change His love.

MAT 26:39  “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou will.”

Then toward the disciples, we have the same principle, he loved them at this time when the heat was off and He will also love them under pressure.

1JO 4:19 We love, because He first loved us.

1. His love for us was manifested by the fact that He taught His disciples as well as us how to lover, JOH 21:15-17. 2. His love for us was manifested by the fact that He gave Himself up for us, 1JO 3:16.

1JO 3:16  We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
How does a pastor show his love?  He shows it by communicating doctrine.

There are two totally different words in the Koine Greek that are used, agape and phileo, agape is impersonal love whereas phileo is personal love.

JOH 21:15  Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you have an [agape love or impersonal love] for Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [phileo or  personally with a deep devoted love]” He said to him, “Tend to or feed My lambs.”

“Lambs” is the noun arnion which refers to baby sheep or lambs and therefore, analogous to the new believers.

Arnion refers to the freshmen in the Christian life.

The word “shepherd” is the pres-act-imp of poimaino which means to rule or clobber which is how the pastor-shepherd must function with some believers.

This time he used the accusative plural of probaton which is translated sheep and it refers to the sophomores in the Christian life.

Above all, the pastor must possess “personal love for TLJC” to be effective in the teaching of Bible doctrine.

This means that the pastor must have phileo or personal love for the Lord and must have agape or impersonal unconditional love for all.

Prin-No pastor can survive in the ministry apart from occupation with the person of Jesus Christ.

“tend” = pres-act-imp of bosko which is the command to moderately and prudently feed my humble sheep which is a reference to
the seniors or the mature believers.

Poimaino means you have to kick or use that stick a shepherd carries.

The shepherd has to whack the sheep at times to keep them from running off the cliffs into the cosmic system, the devil’s world.
You don’t go around complimenting the sophomore believer or as the Greek say the sophos more’s which means in the Greek the sophos [wise] mores [morons].

This is what the humpty dumpty preachers do, they produce more humpty dumpty’s like themselves in LUK 6:40.

This is what the Philly doughboy preachers do, they produces more doughboys like themselves.

There are only two categories of teachable believers basically; freshmen and seniors.

Prin-To live and die for TLJC is when we allow ourselves to be taken anywhere that the Lord desires us to go.

Have you ever been under adversity of some type of another?

If you have, you probably will agree with Me when I say that first of all, you discover who your friends really are.

But even more importantly than that, you also discover who you really are.

The deity of Christ loved them in eternity past so that He was willing to become a member of the human race and in PHI 2:7… “deprive Himself of the proper function of deity when He had received the form of a servant and was born in the likeness of men.”

He loved them in time, therefore He was willing to go to the cross, PHI 2:8  In fact, although having being discovered in outward appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of spiritual death, that is the death of the cross.

He loved them on the cross, and therefore He was willing to be judged for their sins, LUK 23:34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

He will love them forever and ever and therefore He will never leave them or forsake them, HEB 13:5, and He will be with them to the end of time, MAT 28:20.

When it says He loved them in JOH 13:1, I want you to know, they are all reclining there at the table, and they haven’t had their feet washed yet.

It wasn’t dirt, it was skulbala on their feet, excrement.

He loved them when they were sitting at the table, and from that point on, He loved them all the way to the cross where the greatest expression of that love was manifested.

“to the end” = all of the way through his spiritual death for three hours, and right down to that second where he said, “Father into Thy hands I commit My spirit.”

When those sins started coming, the stench there was greater than the stench at the table.

2CO 2:15-16, For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.

EPH 5:2  “Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”

In the ancient world, this was long before the outhouse ‑ they had chamber pots and they dumped everything in the street, especially in the back roads.

Cities of the ancient world always had plagues ‑ why?

Every house had a pool of water at the entrance, and when you rang the doorbell in the ancient world, they didn’t say, “Come in!”

They said, “Wash your feet” ‑ that meant come in.”

Since there was no servant, they had to wash each other’s feet, and they wouldn’t do it, because they were having a hot argument as to which one of them was the greatest of the bunch.

MAT 23:2 “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;

MAT 23:6 “And they love the place of honor at banquets, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
(ROMAN STYLE PICTURE, PEOPLE AT THE TABLE, RECLINING)   Satan loves to cause distractions so he can cause opposition to plan of God the Father.

He loves to cause divisions and splits so that he can cause opposition to plan of God the Father.

He loves to cause personality conflicts so that he can cause opposition to plan of God the Father.

As well as discord, dissensions, disunity, disagreements, and whatever other words beginning with the letter “D”, after all he is diabolical, and one of his title is the Devil, as the father of the demons.

1TI 4:1  But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to DECEITFUL spirits and DOCTRINES of DEMONS,

If he can’t get to the spiritual leaders, he can get to those under their authority, get to the wife to get to the husband, or the husband to get to the wife, and sometimes he’ll use the children.

1JO 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.

“having put” is a perf-act-part, beblekotos, meaning to throw or to cast.

He tries to cast doubts and questions at others to distract them from the communication of Bible doctrine.

GEN 3:1  Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

One of the disciples was known so much for doubting that he was given the title “Doubting Thomas.”

The GNB says in JOH 20:27  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put
it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”

The Living TB says in JOH 20:27  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”

In MAT 14:31, the disciples were filled with fear because they saw the Lord walking on water and thought that it was a spirit and they ended up doubting that it was the Lord.

In MAT 21:21, we are told that if we have faith and do not doubt, we can overcome tremendous obstacles which are against us.

MAR 11:23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be {granted} him.

In MAT 28:16-17, we are told that doubt is the opposite of true worship toward our Lord.
Doubting also cause our heart to be overwhelmed with the troubles of life, says LUK 24:38  And He said to them, “Why are you
troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
The apostle says that doubting produces condemnation and is called sin, in ROM 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because {his eating is} not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
James says that doubting produces instability and double-mindedness, JAM 1:5-6.
Jude tells us what our responsibility is when we are around those who doubt, JUD 1:21-22, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
Overcoming doubts gives us victory in the spiritual life, says 2CO 10:3-4.
EPH 6:16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
Doubt can be the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
Don’t let doubts become traitors in your life that cause you to lose the good you could have achieved because you doubted that you could achieve it and therefore lived in fear of losing and so you did not attempt.
Sometimes by doubting we come to the truth.

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