Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, April 18, 2014
Makaroi which means to be happy, but in the plural it should read “happinesses” or “many types of happiness.”
JOH 13:17 “If you know these things, Happinesses or many different types of happiness are yours.
Happiness is related to knowing doctrine not having your dreams and goals fulfilled.
Some set of circumstances, things, or people can “make” us happy but happiness is not something that is made or manufactured by you or me.
We must never confuse happiness, as taught in the Word of God, with the various stimuli of life which are enjoyable for the moment, but have no ability to sustain us in day‑by‑day living.
It is only in the body to the extent that the soul is in the body, for happiness is related to the soul and spirit, to the immaterial parts of man, and is not related to the body at all.
Satan’s propaganda is that money, success, pleasure, social life, sexual life, public approbation, fame, material things, travel, health, and pleasant circumstances in life can make you happy.
What God has provided for us with His happiness is a permanent factor as well as a problem solving device.
Prin-Anything that is worthwhile is worthwhile in adversity as well as in prosperity.
Second prin-To the extent that you are dependent on people, circumstances, prosperity, success, or any accouterments of life for happiness, to that extent you are weak.
It isn’t dependent on people, environment, associations, or circumstances of prosperity or adversity; it depends on none of these things.
Having divine happiness is very simple because all that it requires is dedication and devotion to the intake of Bible doctrine.
LUK 11:28 “Happy are those who hear the word of God, and observe it.”
God’s happiness and the relationship with doctrine is also mentioned in 1JO 1:4, “In fact, we write these things that our happiness [+H] might be completed.”
The relationship between our Lord’s happiness and the Church-age believer’s happiness will also be given by our Lord inJOH 15:11.
“I have taught you these things, in order that My happiness [+H] might be in you, and that your happiness might be completed [fulfilled].”
Spiritual self-esteem is only the beginning of divine happiness.
Then by advancing through providential preventative suffering to spiritual autonomy, divine happiness becomes stronger.
By advancing through momentum testing to spiritual maturity, divine happiness reaches its peak.
And “if” and “when” you pass evidence testing, then you have the +H that will exist forever and ever; in living, in dying, and in the eternal state forever.
PRO 3:13 says “Happiness belongs to the person who finds wisdom, even to the person who gains understanding.”
PSA 31:7 “I will rejoice and be happy in the provision of Your grace.”
In a sense then, happiness is a form of energy. This is energy beyond human imagination or understanding.
God in His omniscience found a way to design a plan to make us happy.
In eternity past, God made the sovereign decision to share His happiness with the new spiritual species, the Church-age believer as royal family of God.
Neither the failure of angels nor members of the human race has ever given God even a second of unhappiness.
The verb for “do” is a pres-act-subj, poiete which means to keep on doing the same things.
It means by taking in doctrine today and taking in doctrine tomorrow and the next day, and the next day, and the next, you are accumulating a concentration of divine happiness.
“If you understand what’s important in life, you will be happy and you will never be humiliated from doing anything in life, including what I’ve just done to you”……which is to be a foot washing servant.
Eat = pres-act-part of the verb trogo which is trogon which is not the usual word for eating which is esthio, trogon means that the traitor is crunching his food, it means to crunch food, or to munch on food.
Judas has bad table manners, the other disciples are said to esthio which means to eat properly.But Judas chops his food.
Trogon also means “to gnaw,” “to bite.
“has lifted up” is an aor-act-ind, the verb epairo which is eperen which means to reject the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The raising up of the heel means to over-throw or to seek one’s destruction, or to reject authority.
Judas has pretended to love the Lord but ignorance of doctrine and a desire for approbation means that it has always been pseudo-love.
Judas has pretended. No person can love the Lord apart from the consistent intake of Bible doctrine.
MAR 12:30 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
If a believer really loves God, it will be manifested by his desire to hear God’s doctrines, JOH 8:47.
Hearing doctrine is not enough, not only will you hear doctrine but “if you love the Lord,” you will keep His doctrines, JOH 14:15.
“keep” is the aor-act-imp of tereo which means to guard something that belongs to you as precious. AMO 8:11-12“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.
AMO 8:12 “And people will stagger from sea to sea, And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it.
If you guard or keep God’s Word in you, God’s love will be in you, JOH 15:10.
Keeping with doctrine is the only way to love with God’s love, 1JO 2:5 “But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.”
This loving for God is revealed by your impersonal love toward one another, 1JO 4:7.
1JO 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The pres-act-part of lambano means to receive, to take hold of, to grasp, to seize, and it sets up the authority for Bible teachers.
“tina” – anyone, or a certain one, or someone, and it simply refers to those whom the Lord sends to represent Him on earth through the communication of doctrine.
In the first generation, He sent apostles and prophets and pastor-teachers.
TLJC is represented today by the prepared pastor-teacher and when a congregation receives the authority of their right pastor-teacher, they are receiving the authority of Jesus Christ.