Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
February 7, 2020
Do you want to be a dead champion or a dread champion?

  1. He washed their feet = Rebound
    2. He “took His garments = Resurrection
    3. He reclined again = Ascension and Session.

The Great “I am” is our Teacher and our Lord.


We will come across certain words like “if” or “since,”  which need to be translated as what is known as a conditional clause.


  1. There is what is known as a first-class condition which is translated from the verb , “If, and it’s true.”

Main verb = pres-pass-indicative of the Greek verb ‎ago which means to lead; to bring; to induce; convince, persuade, or to encourage.


GAL 5:18   But if you are led by the Spirit (and you are says the first-class condition), you are not under the Law.


  1. Second-class condition – represents negation or unreality; Luk 7:39, “If this man were a prophet, [and He’s not] He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a prostitute.”

This is also known as a “contrary to the fact” condition which should be translated; “If, and it is not true, says this second-class condition.


“If you believed Moses you would believe me” is speaking of a present situation which is not true; they are not believing what Moses taught.


  1. The third-class condition is known as a future probable condition that always relates to the future as ; Heb 6:3 “And this we will do, if God permits.”

God the HS inspired the writer to use the conjunction  “eanper”  translated “if” and the Greek verb of permission = present passive subjunctive of ‎epitrepo – to allow,  to transfer, to give liberty.


1JO 1:9  If we confess our sins [homologeo — third-class condition because the verb confess is in the subjunctive mood which says, maybe we will, or maybe we will not],


He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


  1. The fourth-class condition presents a probable future that is known as a condition or wish or desire; 1Pe 3:14 “For even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, happy are you.”

Optative mood – Pe 3:14  “For even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [I wish you were, but you are not], happy [plural of makárioi] happinesses belong to you.”


How we arrive at the different classes of condition depends upon the Tense, voice or mood  =  e.g., we have illustrations like the pres-act-indicative or the aor-pass-subjunctive.


We have four different ways that we could use a simple English word like “if,” which has been created by our Lord Jesus Christ for the purpose of accuracy and preciseness.


  1. First class condition = “if, and it’s true.”
    2. Second class condition = “if, and it’s not true;
  2. Third class condition = “If, maybe yes, maybe no
    4. Fourth class condition = if, I wish it were true.

“has lifted up his heel against me” is an idiom meaning to try and over-throw or discredit one’s authority, to seek one’s destruction.


Do you want to be a dead champion or a dread champion?


Dead champion =  a loser believer who God willed His Highest and best for in eternity past but they rejected it and lived for self and suffered loss of the rewards that God created just for them.


On the positive side, the dread champion is the winner believer who even the gates of hell do not scare them away because they live a life of courage and confidence without fear.


EXO 14:13  “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today.”


DEU 31:8  “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”


1SA 12:24 “Only respect and be in awe of the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.


2KI 6:16  “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

1CH 28:20  “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.


There are times when we live in the Word of God in such a powerful way that the attitude of our enemies is like JOB 3:25  “For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.


Jer 20:11  But the Lord is with me like a dread champion;


PSA 27:1   (A Psalm of David.) The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?


PSA 118:6   The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?


ISA 41:10   ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.


ISA 41:13   “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’


ROM 8:15   For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”


1JO 4:18   There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.


Judas Iscariot was known as the traitor and betrayer of friends.


Judas Iscariot also pretended to love the Lord as the hypocrite that he was because of his lust for approbation, recognition, power, and authority.


Luk 6:16 says Judas “became a traitor,” denoting a double-crosser, or betrayer.


To be the “son of perdition” denotes that Judas is a man identified with eternal destruction, or damnation, whose destiny is the Lake of Fire.


Act 1:25,  it says that Judas went “to his own place,” which means the place of his own choosing as he continued to go in the wrong direction.


It is not that Judas was foreordained from eternity past to go to the eternal lake of fire without opportunity to be saved but that Judas chose willingly to reject Jesus Christ and suffer the consequences of rejecting the Savior.


(1)  It’s interesting that Judas experienced the privilege of selection into the unique circle of the “12,” becoming an apostle.


(2)  Judas loved the praise from men and he also observed great crowds flocking to our Lord Jesus Christ as He was becoming more and more popular every day; JOH 12:43.


(3)  Being close physically,  Judas saw our Lord’s own family thinking that the Lord was going crazy.


This is something Judas observed that even our Lord’s family thought that He was going crazy and taking this “savior thing” a little too far.


They called this same type of principle something like we would call today an intervention, that’s what our Lord’s family thought about the Lord.


JOH 7:5  For not even His brothers were believing in Him.


(4)  He observed that Jesus had extraordinary charisma and attracted large crowds, which meant potential political power, influence, and wealth and Judas wanted in on the action.


We might have supposed that Matthew would handle the money needed to sustain the Lord’s ministry because he had been a tax collector and well acquainted with money matters.


Judas was the treasurer of the Lord’s group of apostles indicating that he was no imbecile; (Joh 12:5-6; Joh 13:29.


Judas knew the ins-and-outs of collecting, managing, and spending money better than the others did, including Matthew, who was a Tax Collector for the Romans to the Jews in Rome.


We also find some very interesting principles concerning Judas and our Lord’s Final Passover, where Lazarus had been raised from the dead; Joh 12:1.

 Mary anointed our Lord’s feet with expensive “oil of spikenard,” which was used to wipe our Lord’s feet  with her hair” (JOH 12:3).


Character trait #1:  Judas did not care about the poor. He was a hard-hearted man, too concerned with feathering his own nest while others, less fortunate, suffered around him.


Character trait #2: He was a thief, pilfering funds from the Lord’s money box, which exposes that Judas was full of avarice, or greed.


Our Lord is telling them that there is a traitor in their midst and that he is about to betray Him.


First Principle: Judas became a traitor because the verb that is mentioned is the aorist-middle-indicative of the Greek verb ginomai which means to become something that one was not before.


LUK 6:16 says  Judas {the son} of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.


I do not believe that the Lord chose Judas to fulfill a prophecy of damnation.


Hyper-Calvinism is a branch of Protestant theology that denies the universal duty of human beings to believe in Christ for the salvation of their souls.


Those who take these principles to the extreme teach that man is either chosen by God to go to heaven and live with Him forever or man is chosen by God to go to eternal damnation.


These types of believers usually function under what they call TULIP which is an acronym of five essential tenets or points concerning the Sovereignty of God and the depravity of man.


(T)   Total Depravity;
(U)  Unconditional election;
(L)  Limited atonement;
(I)   Irresistible grace;
(P) Perseverance of the saints.


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