Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Wonderful memories associated with the Lord's supper and anything that comes from God must be an absolute truth and totally perfect.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It is customary in the function of the individual with honor and anyone with integrity to have wonderful memories associated with others.

The Lord Jesus Christ has never been seen by any of us with regard to physical form, and yet He is very real to us on our mind, and in our thoughts, as we learn doctrine, and as we grow in grace.

It is also called the Eucharist, which is certainly in keeping with the word of God, since the Greek word, Eucharistaou, means to be thankful, but that really isn’t the true significance of this ritual.

The significance is memory, and related to memory, love. The concept of the Lord’s Table is to remember Him. To focus our attention under the category of category one love.

Any form of memory is a form of concentration, the content of our concentration comes from the doctrine we have learned.

The cup signifying the unique death of our Lord and bearing our sins in His own body on the tree.

“Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and you have not obeyed His voice,” JER 3:13.

Put off the old man, that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, EPH 4:22-24.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and be filled with the Spirit, ROM 13:14; EPH 5:18.

For if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of TLJC when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences.

If we search or examine ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged by divine judgment.

Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
August 2, 2009

In the ancient world, as a part of Greek-Roman culture, one of the great facets in oratory, e.g., the art of public speaking, was the ability to debate.

The professional debater would take either side in any argument and seek to win simply by the use of logic.

Paul anticipates the reaction that the Jews or the religious self-righteous crowd will have after he taught what he did especially in
Rom 9.

Verse 19 with two debater’s questions.
This is where Paul anticipates the doubts and arguments made by those who do not want to accept the truth or the challenge of Bible doctrine.

1. Reject what is being taught because of living in one of the three arrogant skills: self-justification, self-deception, self-absorption.

2. Like the Bereans in ACT 17:11, who received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, {to see} whether these things were so.

The professional debater would take either side in any argument and seek to win simply by the use of logic.

Generally speaking the professional debaters were always opposed to the gospel, always argued against it, they tried to use logic in order to beat it down.

Anything that comes from God must be an absolute truth and totally perfect.

Resolutely is the aor-act-ind of sterizo which means to turn determined in a certain direction, to strengthen.

2PE 1:12, such sterizo or strengthening and  stabilizing of the Church is established in truth or doctrine.

In 2PE 3:16, sterizo is used with the admonition not to lose one’s “stability” false teaching.

Just as our Lord courageously set His face to go to Jerusalem to suffer so
1PE 2:21, For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

God’s supernatural power is going to kick in and He will help you overcome every single one of your challenges.

We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of His healing comfort.

Paul is saying in effect that if we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching.

1CO 12:26, And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

You’ve been running long enough it’s time to dig your heals in stand up strong and show the enemy what you are made of.

ROM 8:31, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

He’s called El Shaddai, the almighty God, the God who is more than enough.
JER 32:17. Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee,

We all have to get a revelation of who our God is and the power that is on the inside of us.

If you would quit being a coward and stop running from your difficulties and instead learn to confront them head on and deal with them quickly and forcefully then God will promote you and bless you and take you to new levels of His victory.

The children of Israel came to the Red Sea and it was a dead end they had no where to go.

They begin to murmur and complain they said “Moses why did you bring us out here in the desert to die? It would have been better if we just stayed slaves over in Egypt,” EXO 14:11.

They just wanted to take the easy way out and go back to where they came from.

They’re missing out on the freedom that God has in store for them because they’re always running from their adversities. There is a price to pay for freedom.

But do you know that it is more difficult to run from our challenges than it is to face them? If you’ve studied the life of the children of Israel and their journey through the wilderness you will find that every time they faced adversity they wanted to turn and run.

PSA 4:4, “Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
PSA 46:10, ”Be still, and know that I am God:”

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