Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Zoe-life. Part 5. The manifestation and impact eternal life can have upon the believer in time.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
HEB 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
It is not difficult to identify the power of eternal life – it is the power of love, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control, GAL 5:22-23.
There is a difference experientially in time between believing on TLJC for salvation and believing upon Him or His word to experience this zoe-life, a life filled with inner happiness and contentment in time.
Anyone who believes “in Christ alone by faith alone” is saved and will go to heaven and will experience eternal life for all of eternity.
If anyone keeps on believing on Him in the sense of following His word and applying it to their personal lives, they will have the privilege of experiencing zoe life right now in time.
“Not” – strongest Greek negative particle – ouk – ou*c = not + causal conjunction hoti – o@ti = “Not because.”
“Not that as to lack I speak.”
Pres-act-ind – lego – levgw = descriptive present tense to describe what is now going on in the life of the apostle Paul as he is speaking with his pen to the Philippians.
“Not because I am speaking.”
Kath – kaq= = from plus the accusative noun husteresin = poverty or lack.
A very important principle when it comes to giving is to maintain objectivity on both sides of the fence, the giver and the receiver.
The Philippian congregation, on the other side of the fence, maintained their objectivity and did not remind Paul of all they had done for him.
2TI 4:16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.
Explanatory use of the conjunctive particle gar – gaVr = why Paul does not have to beg or go around saying, I have needs and wants.
“As, because, that, but, even, for, indeed, no doubt, seeing, then, therefore, verily, what, why, yet.”
I have learned – ego – e*gwV = I
+ aor-act-ind – manthano – e!maqon = to learn through instruction, to come to know, to receive instruction under discipline, to appropriate knowledge.
2PE 3:18 – growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In whatsoever circumstances – preposition en – e*n + locative neuter plural – hois – oi%” = “in whatever”circumstances or situations.
I am – pres-act-ind – eimi – ei*mi = you keep on being content.
Present tense = a pictorial present, it presents to the mind a picture of events in the process of occurrence.
Active voice – the supergrace believer produces the action of the verb, they keep on being content.
Indicative mood = historical reality of the objectivity of thinking in supergrace with regard to anything in life.
A believer may be taken to a prison situation but he still has this inner-happiness.
Circumstances have changed radically, nothing is changed in the soul.
For the mature believer, circumstances do not change you, you change circumstances.
A dull circumstance can break a boring person.
If it has any discipline connected to it, any routine, then it is a monster and they cannot stand it, and they react to it.
The dull circumstances, the boring circumstances, or the disaster circumstances change you.
Circumstances can make or break you.
One of the great blessings that comes to the supergrace believer is not to be broken by circumstances, but to make your circumstances.
Predicate nominative – adjective autarkes – au*tavrkh” = self-sufficient contentment.