Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
July 8, 2018
For the unbeliever his human good not his sins but his good deeds are judged evaluated and rejected; Rev 20:11-15.
Ergons = deeds, works, labor, in the NT ergon can also mean that which designates the one who commissions the work or encompasses the unity of human conduct (2CO 10:11).
The word “deeds” is the Greek noun ergon — as you can see it means to work, to toil (as an effort or occupation), it has nothing to do with sins.
2CO 10:11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in [ergon – works or sins] when present.
In general phrases, ergons can express the personality of relationship to a power or group; (Rom 13:12)
Ergons is also a criterion for evaluation in judgment.
Scriptural passages on ergons referring to works or deeds and has nothing to do with sins, whether the believer knows it is sin or not, is not the issue; it simply doesn’t matter, MAT 5:16.
MAT 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
The idea that ergons also can refer to the “treasure of good works” is taught in 1TI 6:18.
Scripture: 1TI 6:18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works [ergons], to be generous and ready to share.
All of the unbelievers, both angels and humans, also have their final day in the Supreme Court of heaven.
ACT 2:27 Because Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.
ACT 2:31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay.
- Paradise is where the Old Testament believers resided after death before the resurrection of our Lord.
- Torments is where all unbelievers reside, Luk 16:23.
- Tartarus is where certain fallen angels, called beni ha Elohim in Gen 6, reside.
- The abyss contains demons who transgress the boundaries of the human race = the location of the demon king, Satan’s right hand man, called Abaddon.
In Rev 9, he breaks out of this jail with the help of Satan who also has now been cast out of heaven in the middle of the Tribulation and can never return to heaven again.
The Tribulation period is a seven year period in which the first three and a half years Satan, as the god of this world, blesses all mankind with great blessings wanting to be worshipped by him.
God’s word is true because in spite of all the blessings Satan gives to humans they still remain selfish, arrogant, critical, judgmental, and definitely implacable or impossible to please or satisfy.
In all of his frustration, anger, jealousy and especially his bitterness, Satan brings the last three and a half years of the worse time the world has ever or will ever face or go through.
We have the first 3.5 years of great blessings and then we will receive 3.5 years of the worse time in all of human history.
HEB 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
In this passage, the fruit mentioned belongs to the believer who will not allow Satan and the kingdom of darkness to give the devil an opportunity, Eph 4.27.
2Jo 1:8 “Watch yourselves, that you Might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.”
The believer who obeys this truth of doctrine will produce the fruit that is mentioned in Gal 5:22-23.
The believer who does not obey the doctrines that are found especially in the epistles, they allow Satan and his kingdom of darkness to steal their fruit away.
This is the type of believer who allows the kingdom of darkness to take away what GAL 5:22 calls the fruit of the Spirit —
As well as their love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self‑control;
In the vacuum of their souls, they continued to worship the gods of Mount Olympus, who were not gods but demons.
PSA 96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are demons.
Note that God kept waiting under the principle that grace always precedes judgment.
This is not and cannot be a reference to water baptism or baptismal regeneration because those who went under the water were destroyed.
The water that drowned the unbelieving world was also used to deliver the eight souls who were believers and true humanity, Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives.
Second Prin-Water was an instrument of destruction for unbelievers but physical deliverance for believers (opposites attract).
At the moment of our salvation, the baptism of the Spirit made us members of the Royal Family of God.
Each member of Noah’s family in the ark is analogous to the believer who is union with the person of Jesus Christ.
Union with Christ delivers each member of the Royal Family of God from any form of divine judgment just like being with Noah and his family delivered anyone from the divine judgment of the flood.
Those eight souls were an anti-type or copy of what happens to us in the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is given only to those believers who are called “Temples or Body” during this Church-age.
For they were delivered from the catastrophe of the flood by being inside the ark just as we are delivered from the lake of fire by being in union with Christ, due to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Just as they were safe in the ark, so we are safe in union with Christ.
And notice that last phrase,….but an appeal to God for a good conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Your conscience was delivered at the moment you believed in Jesus Christ as Savior, when God the H.S. entered you into union with the person of Jesus Christ, making you royal family of God and a new spiritual species.
So the pledge of good conscience toward God begins with knowing that you are a new spiritual species and a member of the royal family f God.
A nation that goes beyond God’s principles for the protection of human freedom is opening the door to satanic doctrine; and when these false doctrines are accepted, freedom is destroyed.
Both socialism and Communism are characterized by the destruction of freedom especially privacy and property.
A revolution seeks the destruction of the divine institutions, whereas the American War of Independence was fought to restore the divine institutions.
The Hebrew word for “steal” refers not only to stealing something that you can carry off, but to steal something you cannot carry off.
The government does not have the right to own your property, nor does the government have the right to interfere with industry, much less own industry.
We are in industrial slavery today in this nation because the government has violated this commandment through taxation of industry, through pressure upon industry and through legislation against industry.
When a government rejects God’s principles for the regulation of economy, the result is national self-destruction.
The role of government is to protect the operation of the four divine institutional; but when this concept is rejected and the government assumes the role of regulating and controlling the operation of the divine institutions, personal freedom and national sovereignty are destroyed.
The first sin committed by the human family was a form of theft; GEN 3:6.
GEN 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit or literally she stole the fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
The first recorded sin against Israel after having entered the land of Canaan was that of stealing.
This passage says that Achan stole from among the spoils, a goodly Babylonian garment, a wedge of gold, and 200 shekels of silver.
In like manner, the first recorded sin which defiled the early church in New Testament times, was stealing, lying and theft for Ananias and Sapphire theft; Act 5:2.
ACT 5:1-2, But a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Many times stealing is one of the first sins committed outwardly by children, and so God’s law concerning stealing should be taught from earliest infancy.
This Eighth Commandment then supports the right of the individual to own property, and the Commandment is designed to safeguard that property.
Some claim that Christ and the Bible denounce the possession of property, and that the biblical ideal is socialism or some form of communism—where no one really has the right to claim any possessions as his own.
The Eighth Commandment prohibits theft, dishonesty, cheating, swindling, robbery, and a whole realm of related schemes.
- Shoplifting, petty pilfering.
2. Robbing one of his faith is a serious form of theft.
- Looting in the time of natural disaster is a wicked act.
4. Going into debt beyond the ability to repay is stealing.
- Failure to give a full day’s work for a full day’s pay is theft.
6) Selling substandard merchandise for a substantial price is theft.
7) To keep silent when financial errors are made in our favor.
8) To use paid time on a job to carry on one’s personal business.
9) To tell an untruth about one’s age in order to get a ticket at half-fare.
10) To damage the property of another and not pay for that damage.
11) To falsify income tax returns by failing to report one’s true income is dishonest.
12) To steal another’s reputation by careless talk or jealous action—is a form of theft.