Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

True happiness depends on virtue manufactured inside the Pre-designed Plan of God.

Sunday, May 2, 2004

Virtue is the foundation on which that which is true, honorable, just, of proper motivation, and that which is commendable is built upon.

Virtue in the believer is the visible manifestation of the invisible – metabolized doctrine and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Turn to 2Pe 1

True happiness depends on virtue manufactured inside the PPOG and it does not depend on fame, success, prosperity, power, approbation, sex, etc.

As virtue is the visible manifestation of humility toward God, arrogance is the visible manifestation of Satan’s invisible cosmic system.

It can only be manufactured through the laws of divine establishment and living the spiritual life, inside the PPOG.

The opportunities of being in touch with eternity exist now and yet most believers can just keep in touch with time.

JOH 8:31-32 If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

LUK 9:25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?

MAT 16:23 “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

MAT 26:34 Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this {very} night, before a cock crows, you shall deny Me three times.”

He realized that being good and treating people right was not the main issue of life, Ecc 1.

He realized that seeking happiness in pleasure or in ECC 2:1-11, eating drinking and being merry, was not the main issue of life.

He realized that having children and living for family was vanity, Ecc 2.

He realized that looking for happiness from money, wealth and prosperity was vain,
Ecc 5.

He realized that building a reputation was vain, Ecc 7.

He realized that living for sex and intimate relationships was vain, Ecc 7.

He realized that looking for happiness in the hero image was vain, Ecc 9.

Bond-servant – noun doulos – doulo” = a slave.

He is emphasizing the fact that as long as God wants you to be alive, you will be alive and you will lack nothing that is necessary to sustain your life.

Apostolos = a high-ranking officer, either an Admiral or general officer in the Athenian navy (Fifth Century B.C. in Athens).

Whether it was an Admiral of the fleet or a governor, apostolos meant command responsibility.

Until the completed canon of scripture, God selected “apostolos” to command the church.

The importance of the divine plan or the PPOG.

The importance of Bible doctrine.
The importance of spiritual metabolism.
The importance of election.

Turn to 1CO 1:26

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