Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Weekly Review Dispensation of the Mosaic Law.
The importance of different rationales a spiritual believer learns to live when suffering unjustly. 070217
We have noted the importance of different rationales a spiritual believer learns to live in when suffering unjustly.
- The essence of God rationale. 2. The plan of God rationale. 3. The policy of God rationale which is grace orientation. 4. And the a fortiori rationale.
This includes a thorough understanding of the plan of God and making such applications as: a wrong thing done in a wrong way is wrong, a right thing done in a wrong way is wrong, a wrong thing done in a right way is wrong, a right thing must always be done in a right way.
These are very simple principles but they are violated everyday by sincere believers who think that they are right but they are wrong.
Many times when believers learn the Faith Rest Drill (FRD) they malfunction by simply thinking that they are absolutely innocent in the situation, and they have done nothing wrong.
And that is approaching the supreme court of heaven in arrogance and if we do this, we will have a decision handed down “against us” under the law of volitional responsibility.
And, many times when we approach the supreme court of heaven for a decision we are approaching in arrogance. We are approaching in emotionalism. We are approaching in self righteousness. We are saying I am “all” right, and the other person is “all” wrong. Many times when we think that we're right, we're in the midst of some of the worst kinds of sins, the sins of arrogance.
So what are the lessons we learn from this doctrine?
- First of all we learn that God can take any type of evil situation and convert it into divine good. This is what Joseph said to his brothers who had betrayed him in GEN 50:20, and as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.
- We also learn that whenever someone tries to curse or destroy another believer, the Lord will turn the curse into a blessing when the believer operates in the F.R.D.
Baalim, who was a believer, tried to curse the Jews and Moses tells us in DEU 23:5, what God did about that situation, the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.
- This is why the Bible teaches that even when evil comes against you, the Lord can turn it into a blessing, providing that you operate in the F.R.D. And let him handle the situation.
DEU 32:41, if I sharpen My flashing sword, and My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, and I will repay those who hate Me.
- Therefore, the believer does not have to fight and defend himself, God will do that for the believer who operates in the FRD.
2TH 1:6, for after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
- The believer then is told stop being anxious and worried and let God handle any unjust and unfair situation, in ISA 35:4, say to those with anxious heart, “take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, and He will deliver you.”
- Because of this we are commanded never to take revenge on anyone for anything, ROM 12:19, never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
- If you are being mistreated in any situation, do not lift up your hand against another person, 1SA 24:12, “may the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.
- If you have been robbed by another believer do not take out your vengeance and frustration on him, give it over to the Lord, 1TH 4:6, and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.
- Never repay evil with evil and give someone what you think that they deserve, PRO 20:22, do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
- When someone has wronged you let the Lord repay him according to his deeds, 2TI 4:14, Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
Pro 24:29, Do not say, “thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”
Let the Lord handle these situations.
There is a court in heaven. It is in session NOW. The Judge is God. The Defendant is God (Christ Jesus). The Plaintiff is Satan. The Witnesses are the people (on earth). God established the Supreme Court of Heaven after the creation of the heavens and the earth. He established it because he had created beings both in heaven and on earth that had freewill. When their freewill woThere is a Court in Heaven. It is in session right NOW. The Judge is God. The Defendant is God (the Lord Jesus Christ). The Plaintiff is Satan. The Witnesses are the people (on earth). God established the Supreme Court of Heaven after the creation of the heavens and the earth. He established it because he had created beings both in heaven and on earth that had freewill. When their freewill would lead them against his will, then He would need to use this court to judge them. Either angels or people, all would have to face the judgment or the evaluation of God. No creature has power to escape God's judgment in heaven. In some cases compiled in the book of Revelation, God appears in the court as the Defendant, because even His creation is allowed to file cases against him. So if God is the Defendant in some cases, then who is the Judge? God himself is the Judge. He is a perfect God such that He is able to preside as the Judge and the Defendant of the same case.
So, let's look at some illustrations of the courtroom in Heaven. Case 1: Judge: God Plaintiff: Satan Defendant: God (TLJC) Witnesses: Adam, Eve
Both witnesses fell and Satan thought he had secured the victory.
Case 2: Judge: God Plaintiff: Satan Defendant: God (TLJC) Witness: Noah GEN 6:8, But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord
Case 3: Judge: God Plaintiff: Satan Defendant: God (Jesus) Witness: Abraham JAM 2:21-24, Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.
Case 4: Judge: God Plaintiff: Satan Defendant: God (Jesus) Witness: Job Case 5: (grace) Judge: God Plaintiff: Satan Defendant: God (Jesus) Witness: Peter
In LUK 22:31-34, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. And he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the cock will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”