Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The wreath of glory and the recipients of surpassing grace blessings. The doctrine of Surpassing grace, Part 3.
Friday, April 13, 2001
Point 4. In the Old Testament, “Stephanos” was related to the eternal Heavenly City, HEB 11:8-16.
The eternal heavenly city is used to designate surpassing grace blessings and rewards for the patriarchs and leaders of Israel, HEB 11:10,16,23.
“asteion [a city] to [pertaining] paidion [an infant]” = “an infant pertaining to a city.”
“Cities” in the Old Testament are used as the equivalent of crowns in the New Testament, LUK 19:17.
Point 5. The Analogy of Self-discipline is related to Surpassing Grace Blessings and Eternal Rewards, 2TI 2:5.
Only in time does God have the opportunity to give us pressure, disaster, and undeserved suffering to prove to Satan and the fallen angels that Bible doctrine can handle any situation.
The adult spiritual believer knows when he is under divine discipline or undeserved suffering.
Undeserved suffering also teaches us the value of Bible doctrine, PSA 119:67-71.
The Athletai was a professional athlete.
No one had more self-discipline than a professional athlete, analogous to the word disciple, mathetes, meaning one under discipline.
He had to be a citizen, analogous to being a believer.
He had to answer every trumpet call, analogous to the daily intake of Bible doctrine.
PRO 8:1-2 “Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice? On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;”
PRO 8:3-4 “Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.”
The athletai had to exercise under the exercise master in all kinds of weather, analogous to positive volition under one’s right Pastor.
He could have no contact with anyone outside of the training camp, analogous to no distractions to taking in Bible doctrine.
He had to obey the dietary rules, analogous to objectivity.
Even a small glimpse of eternity will motivate you to that self-discipline which is so necessary for the consistent metabolization of doctrine and resultant spiritual growth.