Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Tree of Life
Weekly Review

We live in a very unique time that “I believe that you and I are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more about than it does about any other period of time including the Gospel Period.”

Can you focus in on the fact that our LORD does whatever He desires. Can you see that if we focus in on the times we are living in, all you and I have to do is to present our need to the LORD and then focus in on the plan of GOD.

Consider “The Final Divine First-born Son” that our LORD and Savior has as your  Guidance or Teacher so that your life is left for you to live in Sheol (O.T. – Heaven – below the earth)  but it is also Sheol which will make sure that you are able to function in your spiritual life.

We also have been noting some of the passages and principles that we can apply to the our spiritual life so that we have been called to live on the times in which GOD provides for us well as preparing to live the spiritual life that the LORD has also been challenging us to live in.

Now, one of the most important doctrines that GOD uses concerning the plan of GOD is “The Doctrine of Vindication”  which helps us and vindicates us as a part of the Unique message that the LORD would have just for me and just for you.

Therefore, before we look at “The Doctrine of Vindication” which also refers to “The Doctrine of Children” which, in reality,  most of the Proverbs is translated “The Doctrine of the Elite Believer.”

The “Elite Believer” can do almost anything that the evil believer works hard at doing and also
we have been studying the fact that a believer can do “Whatever” GOD’s Word cherishes.

Therefore, it is time to Relax and to Enjoy exactly what the word precious means and what how and the Word cherish is all about it. As, one of the main functions was to get serious about where we reside as we go forward. These individuals were based upon the fact that they said “We are to go right toward the target of GOD the Father” then, we are to go right with “GOD the Son” and finally “GOD the Holy Spirit.

Think of the time that we are living in right now and the many changes that we all have to deal with while we are being challenged to give up certain doctrinal principles that all of us have to give up from time to time as well as being prepared for anything that comes our way, face-to-face or non face-to-face.

One of the major principles of doctrines that we need to know and we need to understand is the Doctrine of Time. And for those of you who may not be up to date with what is going on in the spiritual life, one of the many doctrinal principles that we all need to understand is what Daniel was told concerning signs in the last days.

DAN 12:4, “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

And, if you don’t know what the Bible has to say concerning this principle, then you really need to get to know what the Bible has to say about knowledge increasing and traveling as never before.

Now, I also know that we read from this passage a few weeks ago but repetition is safe to have.

For it (that is the repetition) is said to be safe and secure as the apostle Paul anticipated that it would be safe and secure to repeat certain doctrinal principles that GOD the Holy Spirit wants us to repeat.

PHI 3:1, Finally, my brethren, keep on having inner happiness in the LORD. On the one hand, to be writing the same doctrines to you is not troublesome to me, while on the other hand, it is a safeguard or a basis of security for you.

Now, notice back in DAN 12:1, “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands {guard} over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.

The Message Bible translation says this in PHI 3:1, And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in GOD! I don’t mind repeating what I have written in earlier letters, and I hope you don’t mind hearing it again. Better safe than sorry‑‑so here goes.

The angel Michael then goes on to describe to the prophet Daniel what the LORD desires for him and Daniel.

For we read in DAN 12:2, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground [that is resting in the heaven called Paradise] will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace {and} everlasting contempt. And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

Now, when it comes to timing, we need to get that straight. Because you have to see and study what the Bible has to say in regard to the Divine Timing of GOD and observing what our LORD says – it’s about time! Do you know of a time that this would be possible other than the times we are in right now?

Now, before we go on with the difference between gnosis (knowledge) or epignosis (wisdom) which is what we need to be sure of the fact that we are ready and prepared. By now, you should understand that there’s a tremendous difference between having gnosis (knowledge) and epignosis knowledge (wisdom). Epignosis or metabolized doctrine is extremely important according to the word of GOD.

For example: The will of GOD for mankind is two‑fold.

  1. For the unbeliever: Salvation, or the believer: Metabolized doctrine.

1TI 2:3‑4 summarizes this will of GOD in one sentence. This is good and acceptable in the sight of GOD our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth.

The apostle Paul said to Titus in TIT 1:1 that he was Paul, a bond‑servant of GOD, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of GOD and the [epignosis] knowledge of the truth which is according to living the spiritual life.

EPH 4:13, until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the epignosis knowledge of the Son of GOD, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

  1. The cosmic believer fails to metabolize doctrine, 2TI 3:2‑7.

2TI 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

Paul is saying, don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead.

That’s why they end up under divine discipline and will eventually die the sin unto death says the word of GOD in EPH 6:2-3,  Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.

2TI 3:2-5, For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self‑control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited bloated windbags, lovers of pleasure or lust rather than lovers of GOD; holding to a form of GODliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.

2Ti 3:6, for among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,

These are the kind of people who smooth‑talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy and take advantage of them. Usually, they are males who work on the needs of females.

2Ti 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth.

The reason why the carnal believer does not metabolize doctrine is simply because the power of the Holy Spirit does not function in the cosmic system. Verse 7 says those in the cosmic system are “always learning”. They are always learning academic subjects and doctrine, but it is all gnosis and only academic. They are never able to come to epignosis doctrine. Therefore, their condition is described in verses 2‑6.

2TI 2:23‑26 also deals with this subject. In this passage, the majority of believers are in Satan’s cosmic system and doing his will because the majority of believers do not metabolize doctrine.

2TI 2:23, but refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

Refuse to get involved in pointless discussions because they always end up in fights. Ask yourself, does the thing that you’re arguing and disagreeing about affect your spiritual life? Many individuals want to find something wrong with the doctrine being taught or with the communicator of it because they do not like the challenge that comes forth from the pulpit.

2TI 2:24-26, and the LORD’s bond‑servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps GOD may grant them repentance leading to the epignosis knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses {and escape} from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

  1. Only metabolized doctrine can be useful for problem solving, EPH 1:17.

EPH 1:17, that the GOD of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the epignosis knowledge of Him.

The “spirit of wisdom” refers to the application of metabolized doctrine under the enabling power of the Spirit. This is GOD the Holy Spirit taking epignosis doctrine and giving you the ability to handle your problems. Whether in adversity or prosperity, you must solve your problems from the base of inner happiness from epignosis doctrine.

  1. Phile 6 teaches that all genuine fellowship with believers is based on metabolized doctrine and virtue.

PHM 1:6, {and I pray} that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the epignosis knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

  1. Therefore, only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the mandate of virtue first in the PPOG, PHI 1:9, In fact, I pray this, that your virtue-love may excel to the maximum still more and more by means of epignosis knowledge metabolized doctrine resulting in all spiritual discernment,

 2PE 1:8 for if these {qualities} are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge epignosis knowledge of our LORD Jesus Christ.

  1. Consequently, only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the PPOG, COL 1:9‑10.

COL 1:9-11, For this reason also, since the day we heard {of it}, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the epignosis knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, to please {Him} in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of GOD; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 

  1. Only metabolized doctrine can provide blessing under the PPOG. If you have only gnosis doctrine, there is no basis for blessing; 2PE 1:3-4.

2PE 1:2-3, Grace and peace be multiplied to you by means of the epignosis knowledge of GOD and of Jesus our LORD; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and GODliness, through the epignosis knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

2PE 3:17‑18 is the challenge to spiritual metabolism: You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him {be} the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

  1. You can have a zeal to know GOD but if you do not have metabolized doctrine it is useless.

ROM 10:2, For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for GOD, but not in accordance with knowledge.

  1. True wealth and prosperity comes from epignosis doctrine, COL 2:2, that their right lobes may be confident, {attaining} to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, {resulting} in a true knowledge or epignosis knowledge of GOD’s mystery, Christ,
  2. The new man can only be renewed and energized through metabolized doctrine.

COL 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge or according to epignosis knowledge according to the image of the One who created Him.

Now, you better understand the difference between gnosis and epignosis because there are some people who seem to be very sweet and kind and seemingly gentle and humble on the outside but in reality are monsters within. You see, some of you lack discernment and do not recognize this. You become to emotional. You would never say to others what the LORD would say when He dealt with those who were getting in the way of others executing the spiritual life. Like He said to Peter who was sincere but sincerely wrong in his assessment of the spiritual life.

MAT 16:23, But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on GOD’s interests, but man’s.”

Now, because we are a ministry that recognizes and honors the doctrine of privacy or the privacy of the priesthood, we do not run around telling you who the nuts and the monsters are. Therefore, you need your own discernment. And, a part of that discernment is to observe those believers who really do honor and respect the LORD. The Bible gives us guidance and direction concerning this.

We must make sure that fellowship with believers does not take us away from the plan of GOD. This can also happen because of personality conflicts or divisions between people. If you are going to enter into fellowship with other believers, there are few biblical principles that you should follow.

In PSA 119:63, the writer who was under extreme pressure said, I am a companion of all those who respect Thee, and of those who keep Your doctrines.

In PSA 101:6, David said, My eyes shall be upon the “faithful” of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in integrity is the one who will minister to me.

In PSA 101:7, on the other hand, he who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

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