Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Tree of Life
A weekly Review.
Week Ending 012217
You need to be sure that everything God does has a divine purpose for His own glory. And that does not mean that He is on an ego trip but what it does mean that if we follow Him and do things His way we will be blessed. Not that sounds spiritual but many times it is not because the man could be a monster. And you must remember, this was one of the worst periods in all of history as far as believers are concerned. And all of this time they are the beneficiaries of God’s grace.
EXO 16:1-2, Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the sons of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’
Now this is what happens when people get emotional. Emotion as we have seen is irrational and can’t think in terms of doctrine at all. All they can do is think in terms of accusation. And this went on for 40 years. God delivered them, and then He tested them, and then they failed, and then God delivered them; etc.
And this was also God giving them the privilege of growing spiritually.
And He gave them doctrine with every deliverance. It was grace all the way….and they missed it! All lifestyle, and they did it to themselves. They were lovers of security rather than lovers of God…why?
Because they had the slave mentality as taught in Peter and Paul’s book.
If you put your personal security above everything else in life, you have a slave mentality. And so while they were traveling the Jews owned no land and had no means of growing their own food. Therefore in grace, God provided for them and for the client nation.
The PPOG is a strict system of procedure based upon the accurate teaching of the Word of God. It is based upon the very simple statement that a right thing must be done in a right way! It must be precise and correct in its’ procedure. There are no if’s, ands, or buts’ about it. There is to be nothing sloppy in the procedure of the Christian way of life. And with the introduction of human power and energy of the flesh function, sloppiness occurs.
Learning God’s procedures is especially hindered by the two great enemies of the Christian: Ignorance and Arrogance. The energy of ignorance is arrogance, which is life in the cosmic system. This is why the apostle says in Eph 5:15, Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise.
So the children of Israel followed their own plan concerning the provision of God. As far as the manna was concerned, first of all you had to learn and get to know the doctrine, and then you had to believe it. And then once you believe it, then you have the availability of the faith-rest life where upon you wait and rest for the manna from heaven to be dropped down from heaven.
You have to have the knowledge of the mechanics of the PSD and then you must have integrity or the spiritual strength to do it. It’s like a soldier, he must have physical strength to be prepared, but then he must have the integrity to fight when needed. And the integrity and the spiritual strength comes from the whole realm of doctrine. Therefore, manna was a challenge to the professionalism of the spiritual life which was in the case for the Jews — the faith rest drill.
A right thing must be done in a right way. And whenever you are wondering if something is from God or not…remember – a right thing must be done in a right way. And God always leads and guides in the right way. Therefore, we need to understand a few principles concerning the plan of God and God expecting His people to fulfill that plan under what I like to call the PPOG or the predesigned plan of God. The PPOG is based upon one major doctrine which is the doctrine of predestination.
And therefore, we need to understand a few principles concerning predestination. Predestination is the provision of the sovereignty of God for you in eternity past to execute God’s plan, purpose, and will for your life. For example, if God is going to deposit fantastic blessings in your escrow account and then He wills them for you, then He must provide a way for you to fulfill the conditions for receiving those blessings.
Therefore, He provides the way and means. He doesn’t leave anything to your works, abilities, personality, or attractiveness. He provided it all in eternity past. Under predestination, God provided everything you need to execute His plan, the PPOG, the only game plan for the Church-age.
Therefore, predestination is God’s grace provision for each one of us to fulfill His plan and to receive the conveyance of our fantastic escrow blessings.
Your equal privilege of predestination is being made Royal Family by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Who placed you in union with Christ at salvation. This is called positional sanctification. And being in union with Christ means we share all that Christ is and all that Christ has. So equal privilege means that we share Christ’s heirship, being made heirs of God. And also we are the sons of God, adopted as adult sons Roman style.
Your equal opportunity in predestination is your very own plan, designed perfectly just for you and prefabricated for you in eternity past. So, predestination is the work of God the Father in eternity past on behalf of every Church-age believer to execute God’s plan, purpose, and will for his life. Therefore, predestination is the grace provision of God the Father for the royal family.
Therefore, what we call in time the PPOG is from the divine viewpoint of eternity past, called predestination. And predestination means three things.
a. Predestination means that there is a plan perfectly designed for you, Eph 1:11, ‘Having been predestined for a predetermined plan.’ Eph 1:11, Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been ‘predestined’ according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
b. Predestination means the possession of your very own personalized and individual plan, Rom 8:29, ‘He also predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son.’
c. Predestination means royalty. The believer is Royal Family of God, Eph 1:5, ‘He has predestined us for the purpose of adoption to Himself.’
Eph 1:3-5, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
COL 2:14-17, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the Cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
So, whether it’s the ritual plan of God or the PPOG it is still based upon the very simple statement that a right thing must be done in a right way. The PPOG is much more challenging than the Old Testament plan under the principle that ‘to whom much is given, much is required.’ There is one major principle concerning both plans and that is that there is nothing sloppy in the procedure of the Christian way of life. And with the introduction of human power and energy of the flesh function, sloppiness occurs.
Pro 13:4, The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
The sluggard is a picture of the sloppy believer who never glorifies God and never receives his escrow blessings…He says such things like ‘Ask Jesus into your heart’ Ask Jesus in your life’ He prays to Jesus…He prays to the Holy Spirit…He says God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.
Or God Wants Me to Be Happy. We’re All God’s Children. Cleanliess Is Next to Godliness
God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
All of these statements sound good and spiritual but they are sloppy.
Now, think about it1
For example, let’s take the first two, ‘Ask Jesus into your heart’
‘Ask Jesus in your life’—- There’s not one passage in the Bible that states this. It’s Act 16:31 over and over again.
Or the next two: He prays to Jesus or He prays to the Holy Spirit.
This is a violation of what the Lord, Peter and Paul said in passages such as LUK 11:1 And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.’
LUK 11:2 And He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Paul said in EPH 3:14, For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father. Or as Peter says; 1PE 1:17, And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth;
If you are not accurate in your doctrinal intake, you will not be accurate in your doctrinal application. We are also warned against sloppiness and laziness in Pro 19:15, Laziness casts a person into a deep sleep, and an idle soul will suffer hunger.
Heb 6:12, That you may not be sluggish [lazy and sloppy], but imitators of those who through doctrine and patience inherit the promises.
So, God has developed, in His grace, a system which is totally impossible for human power to live in. In fact, it frustrates human power constantly. And sloppy procedure is always related to emotion, to human works, and to human activity, and is always a manifestation of arrogance. And so the power of God is not delegated to a system of sloppy procedure.
Anything the unbeliever can do is not the Christian way of life.
The Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life and demands a supernatural means of execution.
Therefore, the Christian way of life is executed through the power of the Holy Spirit who does not produce emotion. Emotion is produced by the body; The Holy Spirit produces the accuracy and preciseness a vast difference.
So the PPOG is the procedure for every Church-age believer as a member of the Royal Family of God and body of Christ. This plan is almost 2000 years old for it began with our Lord’s resurrection. Ten days after His ascension the Church-age began which is the dispensation of divine power.
And this system is God’s game plan for this dispensation only. It is the system God has devised to delegate His power to manufacture a winner out of the Church-age believer. This means that the ability to fulfill God’s plan is provided in the delegation of divine power.
This system, the PPOG, defines the way of living or lifestyle of the believer who fulfills the mechanics of the Christian way of life by residence, function, and momentum inside of God’s plan. And while all divine power is delegated to the PPOG, all human power is relegated to cosmic one and two. Therefore, inside the PPOG, the believer functions under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine, and under the application of these two factors, he executes God’s plan.
So, the PPOG is the divine system for the utilization of God’s power whereby every Church-age believer is able to glorify God, though not through any human means. In fact, God would be compromised if any Christian could glorify Him through any system from the energy of the flesh.
So, this system for the utilization of divine power is called the PPOG which is the power realm.
Inside the PPOG, the believer functions under two categories of divine power related to the Royal Family of God.
1) The enabling power of God the Holy Spirit.
2) The dynamic power of Bible doctrine, Heb 4:12.
However, this does not exclude the power of God the Father and God the Son in our lives. But we are now addressing the power that enables us to execute the PPOG.