Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, July 6, 2014

1. Nehemiah
2. The New Testament analogy of the Old Testament Fish Gate
3. The difference between reparation and restoration
4. The deceitfulness of faithlessness
5. Hosea 6. Christian soldier
7. The Art of War
8. Our final one – The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God manifested in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God manifested by our Lord in the Doctrine of the Substitutionary Spiritual Death of Jesus Christ.
Substitutionary refers to a person, namely our Lord Jesus Christ, acting or serving in place of another.

ROM 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

ROM 8:32  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

GAL 3:13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us‑‑ for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”

EPH 5:2  and 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.

TIT 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

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.

PRO 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

PRO 1:7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

PRO 1:22 “How long, O naive ones, will you love simplicity? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?

PRO 26:4-5 “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.”

PRO 26:5  Answer a fool as his folly {deserves}, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Point 1. Deals with the Categories of Spiritual Death.

a.  Real spiritual death, which is separation from God in a state of sin which applies to all mankind with the exception of TLJC.
PSA 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful]. [John 3:6; ROM 5:12; EPH 2:3.]

John 3:6“>JOH 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

ROM 5:12  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned when Adam sinned.

We were all made physically alive but spiritual born dead.
If we are ever going to understand why our Lord had to die a spiritual death upon the cross, which means separated from God, then we need to understand what spiritual death means to us.

He was a member of the Sanhedrin which was the ruling body of the Jews.

The Pharisees prayed seven times a day.

ISA 64:6  For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

MAT 23:27  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

One of the requirements of becoming a Pharisee was outward physical perfection.

The religious person has no concept of the doctrine of total depravity.

Arrogance, a lying tongue, murder, hearts that devise evil plans against others, promoters of evil, false witnesses, liars, and most of all those who spread strife among brothers.

1JO 3:15  Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

They are called attackers of TLJC in MAT 25:40 to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

They are said to be mentally disturbed, physically sick, and some have even died, because of not considering the body of Christ correctly, 1CO 11:29.

The point being is that the sin of pride is the number one sin found in the religious person who thinks they can impress God with their claim to be holier than others.

JOB 40:8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?

MESSAGE BIBLE TRANSLATION –JOB 40:8 “Do you presume to tell me what I’m doing wrong? Are you calling me a sinner so you can be a saint?

Amplified Bible – JOB 40:8  Will you also annul (set aside and render void) My judgment? Will you condemn Me [your God], that you may [appear] righteous and justified?

NIV JOB 40:8  “Will you discredit My justice and condemn Me just to prove you are right?”

Whether he had heard of the miracles or witnessed them personally, he was more fascinated and attracted by the deeds of Jesus than by His words.

Here is where Nicodemus, the religious person missed the whole point, a teacher from God teaches and communicates.

GAL 6:3  For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

1CO 3:18   Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise.

1CO 10:12  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

ROM 12:3   For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

The problem with Nicodemus was not his personal sin, but just like ours, the problem has never been our sins but our birth.

We get so sin conscious, (the problems with our sins), that we don’t focus in on the son consciousness, (our relationship with the Son, TLJC.)

We set our minds on things below, the things of this world, rather than the things above; COL 3:1-5.

HEB 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

HEB 11:1 “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction or evidence of things not seen.”

The problem is that so many of us allow ourselves to be taken away from the simplicity or the simple things in life that God desires us to observe and appreciate.

EPH 2:8-9,  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

Spiritual death means he is separated from God without any chance of fellowship.
You were born spiritually dead, Psalm 51:5, 58:3.

1CO 15:21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 1CO 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.

Man needs to change his position.

Man needs a new position and therefore a new birth.

Without a human spirit, our friends, family and relations are incapable of understanding spiritual phenomena.

The exception to this when God the Holy Spirit acts as a human spirit and makes gospel information known to the unbeliever, 1CO 2:9-14.

He knew that Nicodemus was truly searching for the truth and was not being sarcastic.

He also knew that someday Nicodemus would be a pallbearer at His funeral, John 19:39.

ISA 55:1  Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.

1. Here water represented salvation and the word of God quenching the soul of the woman.

REV 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

2. Water also represents the Bible or the word of God in EZE 16:9; EPH 5:26.

EZE 16:9, the Lord said to the reversionistic Jews, “Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you, and anointed you with oil.”

EPH 5:26  that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

The word of God provides spiritual cleansing.   It makes the bitter experiences of life sweet as in EXO 15:25 and PSA 23:1-2.

EXO 15:25  Then he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.

PSA 23:1-2,  (A Psalm of David.) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.

Water also represents the word of God.

3. Water also represents the Holy Spirit, ISA 44:3; JOH 7:37-39.

ISA 44:3 ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty {land} And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, And My blessing on your descendants;”

In John 3:5, we can eliminate water meaning salvation because water and the Spirit is a reference to salvation in this passage.

We can also eliminate water referring to the Spirit because the Spirit is mentioned with water.

We must therefore conclude that water refers to the water of the word of God.

The principle of the new birth and the Gospel relating to the word of God are found in many passages such as PSA 119:50;1CO 4:15; JAM 1:18; 1PE 1:23.

The point is that in John 3:5“>JOH 3:5 the Spirit refers to God the Holy Spirit as the agent of regeneration,

TIT 3:5  He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

No one has ever been saved and no one has ever understood the plan of salvation apart from the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

Once a person believes in Christ, he receives a human spirit, 1TH 5:23, and the Holy Spirit takes up His residence in the body of the believer, 1CO 6:19.

One of the things we are being taught here is to beware of the danger of trying to go on with a personal relationship with God before we have started.

The type of person who has been brought up in a religious atmosphere.
It is the danger of trying to apply Christian truth before there is any Christian life.

A monk was one who took a religious vow of poverty, a religious hermit.

Then of course he came to that critical understanding that he had been taught wrongly and that the just shall live by faith.

His great problem was that of justification.   He was concentrating on how to live holier but he had never experienced salvation.

There are basically two types of teaching in the religious realm; one, basis our justification on our sanctification, the other basis our sanctification upon our justification.

What I’m trying to say is that there is a danger in thinking of Christianity in terms of ideas which we are to apply rather than in terms of life.

It is not an informed mind but a transformed mind.

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