Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 12, 2019

There were “Many other signs” that Jesus performed, not that are not written in this book, but many other signs that Jesus performed “in the presence of His disciples” that are not written in this book.

Which means that there were even more signs that our Lord performed not in the presence of His disciples but many other signs that our Lord performed that the disciples did not even see.

In MAT 4:23,   Our Lord was healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

In MAT 4:24,  they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.

MAT 8:16  And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon‑possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.

In MAT 9:35,  Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

MAT 12:22   Then there was brought to Him a demon‑possessed man {who was} blind and dumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.

MAR 1:34   And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.

In LUK 4:40   And while the sun was setting, all who had any sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on every one of them, He was healing them.

In LUK 6:19  And all the multitude were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing {them} all.

Our Lord’s accomplishments when He was here and when He was known for healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, as well as opening the ears of all those who were deaf, and then He also taught doctrine as it was never taught before; etc.

As the Roman officers said JOH 7:46 “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks.”

Was it the healing of those who were sick?

Was it opening up the eyes of the blind?

Was it about opening the ears of all those who were deaf?

MAT 7:28-29,  The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as {one} having authority, and not as their scribes.

King David put it like this in PSA 40:5  Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which Thou hast done, And Thy thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with Thee; If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.

This was going to be one of our Lord’s last messages to His disciples concerning some of the new important principles that they need to learn and apply.

(1)  One of those principles refer to a doctrine that is overlooked by many where we learn that:  God saves the best for last.

(2)  Another principle is that if something is from the Lord,  He will also give you the capacity to enjoy what it is so that you have as well as the changes in your life that God has given to you and that is the life of God in the souls of man.

Look at what Solomon said about the capacity and the enjoyment God’s people should have as an experience because of Him;          ECC 2:24-25.

In His Sovereignty, He wills for all of us to have His Highest and best!

God is also omniscient, He has knowledge of every single individual and He knows what would make them happy and content and knowing all things, He has provided some of those things just for you.

God is also omnipotent and being all powerful He has provided everything we would ever need both in time and in eternity to handle any adversity and prosperity that would ever come our way.

Ultimately, because of our union with Christ, and because God said He was pleased with His Son, then God is pleased with all of us, especially as it is revealed in the Doctrine of Positional Truth.

Add all of these doctrinal principles up as well as others and even more and then add to that the fact that God is love, then you have the power and the ability to live in the abundant life.

One of the most overlooked gifts that the Lord gives is the gift of enjoyment in life, it is a gift from God.

  1. Right Mate; Ecc 9:9; 1Co 7:17
    2. Fine wine – Good food; Ecc 10:19
    3. Labor; Jer 31:5
    4. Success; Dan 6:28
  2. Doctrine, MAR 12:37.
    6. Prosperity; ACT 9:31.
    7. Fellowship; ROM 15:24.
    8. Wealth and riches, 1TI 6:17.

Another gracious gift — When you’re in fellowship with God, God empowers you or gives you the capacity to enjoy any riches and wealth that if you have received from your labor.

Enjoy the wealth, the riches, the prosperity, the blessings and the money that God has graciously bestowed upon you.

There are three gifts here;
Enjoyment in your life,
Capacity for your wealth,
Contentment in your heart.

(1)  The first principle referred to a doctrine that is overlooked by many where we learned that:  God saves the best for last.

(2)  The second principle is that if something is from the Lord,  He will also give you the capacity to enjoy what it is so that you have as well as the changes in your life that God has given to you and that is the life of God in the souls of man.

(3)  Then there is another principle that is normally true for every one of us because God usually saves the best for the last because that is His will for those who truly love Him.

1Co 2:9 states  “All things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Let us get ready as it were for His blessings, His love, His wisdom and as we have noticed,  His plans for the glorification of our Lord as He is awaiting for all of us to follow Him so that He could bless them for doing so.

Our Lord just broke bread with the disciples and He knew that one of His own students, Judas Iscariot, was going to betray Him and he was planning the betrayal.

Joh 13, the night before His death, Judas has just been told privately to go and do what he was planning to do which is to turn on and betray our Lord to the scribes and the Pharisees.

JOH 13:10, after our Lord taught His disciples the principle of washing the entire physical body representing salvation He also taught verses like washing the feet only because it represents rebound.

This Psalm was a Psalm or song of betrayal.

Little did Judas realize that Judas Iscariot was actually planning and scheming his way toward the top of the religious apostates of his day.

  1. They were uses of people.
    2. They were lusters after money.
    3. They were turning on our Lord, who was someone who had tried to help them in every way possible.

As usual, they turned on our Lord and followed the lies of the cosmic system and while they were doing that, they let the Carnal Corinthian Christians walk all over them.

You really have never been hurt until you have been hurt, or wounded, or lied to, or stolen from BY…..another CCC – Cosmic Carnal Christian.

They may appear to be loving and sweet and nice but inside they are ravenous wolves.

MAT 23:3,  they tell you what to do and observe, but they do not do according to their deeds; for they say things, and do not do them.

MAT 23:4, They tie up heavy loads, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves are unwilling to move them with {so much as} a finger.

In MAT 23:5, they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries, and lengthen the tassels of their garments.

In MAT 23:6, They love the place of honor at banquets, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

In MAT 23:7, they demand respectful greetings to them in the market places, and lobe being called by title such as Rabbi!

In MAT 23:13,  The Lord said that they were hypocrites and they  shut off the kingdom of heaven from men; and do not enter in themselves.

In MAT 23:14,  the Lord says that they devour widows’ houses and pray and pretend to make long prayers because God is pleased with them… they think!
In MAT 23:15,  they are hypocrites who travel thousands of miles by sea to make one proselyte or one individual to be just like them and when they become like them, they make the new convert twice as much a son of hell as themselves.

In MAT 23:25, they are Pharisees and hypocrites who clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self‑indulgence.

In MAT 23:27, these hypocrites are said to be like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

In MAT 23:28, they outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly they are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

They seem to be loving, when in reality the only love they have is truly love for themselves.

2TI 3:1-2b  But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant,

Joh 15:1, when our Lord and His disciples were learning together the doctrine of the Vine and the Branches as they were all walking together to the Garden of Gethsemane.

The vinedresser metaphor refers to God the Father as the author the PPOG.

The vine metaphor refers to the humanity of Jesus Christ during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.

Fruit through the branch is a metaphor for the Church-age believer bearing the fruit of the Spirit in the midst of the devil’s playground in the cosmic system.

No fruit or production can be any better than the vine which produces it.

Because of positional sanctification plus the grace provision of the three spiritual skills, it is possible for the believer to manufacture productive righteousness.

Positional Sanctification = reveals the positional truth of the believers in the Church-age.

The grace provision of the three spiritual skills – reveals the Word, the power, and the plan.

Productive righteousness — reveals the good works that believers can produce through the righteousness of God and the filling of the Spirit.

Although these are three vital doctrines, we also need to have the humility to perceive, metabolize and apply those doctrines.

The vine metaphor emphasizes the fact that all precedence and all  productive righteousness in the Church-age comes from the vine – our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joh 15:2, let’s just read the passage first;  “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.”

Joh 15:2  “Every branch [believer] in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away [that is He disciplines]; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes [suffering for blessing], that it may bear more fruit.”

Joh 15:2  “Every branch [believer] in Me”
“in Me” is a reference to the believer in union with Christ.

The disciples are being taught the doctrine of the Baptism of the Spirit just as we all have been taught that we are also the branches in union with the vine, Jesus Christ.

  1. Dead branches representing dead works, or production skills minus spiritual skills;
  2. Live branches representing productive righteousness, or spiritual skills as the basis for production skills.

The branch in Christ that does not bear fruit refers to the believer who does not reveal productive righteousness.

Dead works is not fruit-bearing and is punishable.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

The point of doctrine is that God the Father removes and takes away all dead wood, dead branches, branches which produce dead works.

God the Father takes away or removes the dead works through punitive suffering in two categories:  the law of volitional responsibility which produces a tremendous amount of self-induced misery; and divine discipline.

Mat 7:17-19 has a true analogy, “Every healthy tree produces good fruit.  And every diseased tree produces worthless [degenerate, or evil] fruit.

A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Pruning is necessary to redistribute where the energy for production should go.

The branch that does bear fruit has to be pruned occasionally so that the spiritual skills will increase and maximize.

Joh 15, verses 3-4 are the cleansing of the branches for production.

First, in verse three is salvation cleansing of the branches.

When our Lord says that “You are already clean [saved], He puts the verb este in a present-active-indicative form which should be translated “You are clean in a dogmatic way, Ain’t no doubt about it.’

Verse four refers to post-salvation cleansing of the branches, which is the rebound technique.

Joh 15:4 “Abide in Me [stay in fellowship], and I in you [command for knowing and learning Bible doctrine].  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit from itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”


The fact that “abide” is a command means that it is an experience after salvation and not a reference to positional sanctification or believers keeping themselves cleansed through rebound.

Prin: We are never commanded to be in union with Christ because we always are in union with Christ, especially the day we realized and became that.

Joh 15:4 “Abide in Me [stay in fellowship], and I in you [command for knowing and learning Bible doctrine].  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit from itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”

This is a command to remain in fellowship with God through the use of 1Jo 1:9, and the principle of productive righteousness which will result.

The believer can only produce perfect righteousness when filled with God the Holy Spirit.

So that in Joh 15:2 when our Lord says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit,”  He takes away.

In  JOH 15:4, when our Lord taught the principle of  abiding, He said  “Abide in Me, and I in you”  which is a reference to positional sanctification.

On the other hand, the branch commanded to abide in Christ is the believer commanded to experiential sanctification through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

This was a magnificent expression of the indwelling of Christ when He Said to His disciples in JOH 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I (will abide) in you. —  this is the command for the believer to learn and metabolize Bible doctrine.

The vine, TLJC,  has provided for us the precedent, the pattern, and the information necessary to produce divine righteousness.

We cannot produce fruit apart from the function of spiritual skills:  the filling of the Spirit; perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine; and execution of the PPOG.

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