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Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary.
The Tree of Life from the week ending 09/04/09
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” (ROM 9:19)
This one phrase “For who resists His will?” has caused us to take and a vital look at the will of God in a unique way. We have been noting that the will of God is based upon understanding a few basic principles:
1. Knowing the angelic conflict.
2. Knowing the glorification of God.
3. Knowing no man after the flesh.
4. Others.
5. Bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
We have been answering the question of what is this will that individuals seem to resist, though will inevitably be accomplished? For in spite of what you may think, remember ISA 46:8-11, “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; {I am} God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure' Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned {it, surely} I will do it.”
So, the question; “What is this will that individuals seem to resist, though will inevitably be accomplished?”
First of all, we have been answering the question: “Why the creation of man?”
The second question concerning the will of God: “Why did God allow sin?”
Thirdly: Why did God create the human race knowing that they were going to fall and that the entire human race would be born in sin?”
The answer to the first is: In order to resolve the angelic conflict all members of the human race must have the same free will as angels. This free will can choose for or against the plan of God, as did the angels in eternity past. This free will is also the source of all human sin. The primary source of temptation is the old sin nature, but the source of sin is volition. In the original sin of man in the garden of Eden, there was the function of negative volition against a specific prohibition. There was only one prohibition in the garden of Eden.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” (GEN 2:16-17)
Remember the subtlety of Satan who is a master at twisting things around so that the truth will be confused. Look at GEN 3:1,“Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” He turned around what was said, not completely, but subtly. God said, “You could eat from any tree except one.” Satan said, “Has God said you shall not eat from ANY of the trees in the Garden?”
The first part of understanding the will of God answers why God allowed sin to exist and come on the scene: To resolve the angelic conflict and concerning the will of God, all members of the human race must have the same free will that angels have. Therefore, God must allow them to make negative decisions. However, God's plan still went on and God turned the curse into a blessing because at the Cross, all human sin was judged while human good was rejected.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (TIT 3:5)
This is why the efficacious saving work of Christ on the Cross is the basis for the strategic victory of the angelic conflict (COL 2:14-15; HEB 1:4-14, Heb 2). The Cross was the place where God expressed His love, justice, and righteousness. If any accusation was made such as: “How can a loving God cast His creatures in the lake of fire?” Well, picture the fact that the same loving God forsook His Son on the Cross while He was bearing the sins of the whole world. If anyone makes an issue out of personal sins, the fact is that God took all of those SINS and dealt with them forever upon the Cross.
For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by Year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, But a body You have prepared for Me; In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure.” Then I said, “Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of Me) To do Your will, O God.” After saying above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will write them,” He then says, “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. (HEB 10:1-18)
The one who truly makes an issue out of personal sins is God's enemy, Satan. Every time someone makes an issue out of personal sin, you are seeing the same viewpoint of the devil, who in REV 12:10, is called “the accuser of our brethren.” Satan makes an accusation against the character of God saying: It's not fair that His justice and righteousness condemns sin and evil. Then the Cross comes into effect and condemns the Son of God as He is judged for our sins. The Cross broke the back of Satan. This is why even up until the time that our Lord was on the Cross, Satan used humans to try and tempt Him to come off the Cross. They even said in effect, if you come off the Cross then we'll believe you.
And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink. And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots; and sitting down, they {began} to keep watch over Him there. And they put up above His head the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him [blasphemeo which means to speak evil and vilify Him], wagging their heads, and saying with sarcasm, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the Cross. In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders [these are the so-called lovable spiritual leaders of their day], were mocking Him, and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him. He trusts in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” (MAT 27:34-43)
Satan hates the Cross and what was accomplished there because at the cross that same character of God condemned His own perfect impeccable Son while bearing our sins. The efficacious saving work of Christ on the Cross is the basis for the strategic victory of the angelic conflict. Therefore, Christ is now the issue, not sin or human good. The emphasis on volition in salvation continues throughout the life of the believer in time. Just as we use our volition to sin, so also we use our volition to choose for or against the plan of God. God gave His creatures free will and some have chosen from that free will to violate certain divine standards. Therefore God allows these things to take place as a part of His will.
The third question concerning the will of God: “Why chaos on planet earth?”
There will always be chaos and evil as long as Satan rules this world. Remember 1CO 14:33, for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, In fact, the chaos is only terminated by the Second Advent of Christ and His Millennial reign. The real problem is the insufficiency and inadequacy of Satan. Satan does not have the power, or the ability to control all the inhabitants of the world nor the ability to produce perfect environment on the earth. That's what communism and socialism tries to do. Communism and socialism try to take away people's rights and free will to make society better and it always turns out to be a disaster.
Therefore, because of Satan's inability to be like God, chaos exists. Satan would love to have people think that chaos exists because he is making it chaotic rather than because of the fact that he cannot control it. Today, what is known as Christian activism is alive and well. Christian activism is a movement that is ignorantly trying to help Satan clean up his world and make it a better place to live. There is a tremendous emphasis today to practice social and political engineering.
1. Social engineering is a concept in political science that refers to efforts to influence popular attitudes and social behavior on a large scale. 2CO 4:4, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2. Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.
3. Social engineering (or security) is the practice of tricking a user into giving, or giving access to sensitive information, thereby
bypassing most or all protection and freedom.
GAL 5:1, It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
4. Social engineering is the gaining of privileged information as from a computer system by an unauthorized person masquerading as a legitimate user.
5. Social engineering is the art and science of getting people to comply to your wishes.
6. Social engineering is the art of manipulating persons in order to bypass security measures and tools.
7. The purpose of social engineering is to obtain confidential information about others through the use of deception, manipulation, or persuasion to obtain information by illicit means.
8. In the religious realm, social engineering means trying to force biblical principles on society.
On the other hand: Political engineering is a concept in political science that deals with the designing of political institutions in a society. In the spiritual realm, political engineering means trying to control the government with principles from the Bible. Where do you see the Lord Jesus Christ doing this in His ministry? This arrogance manifests itself in the fact that most Christians don't have a clue about the spiritual life or the Christian way of life. Christians stick their nose into other people's business; violate the constitutional rights of other people. In fact, to outlaw a certain segment of society because they do not adhere to Christian principles is a disaster. We have the right to our opinions, but so do other believers and others who are involved in cults and religions. People have the right to believe what they want to believe. We have no right to persecute or imprison such people.
The devil sponsors Christian activism and social and political engineering because that is his way of getting believers involved in the improvement of the devil's world. Our Lord Himself anticipated this problem when He said “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.” (MAT 22:15-22)
Believers have a dual responsibility, but it does not include activism. “Render unto Caesar” refers to establishment activity and being a good citizen of your nation. “Render unto God” includes the execution of the Pplan of God.
Christian activism becomes tantamount to the Church-age believer being involved in temporal solutions to the problems of life when spiritual solutions are available. Most believers are trying to get rid of the chaos on planet earth and in doing so they are helping the devil try to counterfeit the Millennial reign of Christ. Satan cannot improve on the laws of divine establishment. He cannot duplicate God's Pre-designed plan. Satan does not have the power to provide for mankind in the way that he wants to, nor to delegate the necessary authority to the human race. He cannot duplicate God’s grace provision in the believer’s escrow account. Satan has counterfeit's for all these things, but they simply do not work. Arrogance, which originated with Satan, is not the means for establishing the Satanic kingdom on earth. Arrogance results in social and political engineering, chaotic activism, crusades of morality, human good, evil, violence, distortion, and disaster.
One of the worst times in human history were the Middle ages when religion was in charge. Although Satan is the super-genius of all time, the world is too much for him to rule. He has never been able to handle it. So, the chaos that exists is simply an expression of Satan's failure to pull together under his great power the successful rulership of this world. He's been trying for centuries to duplicate the Millennium. Satan has inevitably failed, as illustrated by the presence of sin, evil and human good in the world. Every Satanic program and attempt to bless mankind in his kingdom always results in some form of evil, human good, crusader arrogance, social engineering, socialism, communism, plus all the folly of rulers.
It’s questionable as to whether Satan is really happy with all the resultant evil in the world, manifest in degeneracy, since Satan is trying to prove that he's good and that he can come up with a system as good as God's good. The inevitable consequences of man’s involvement in Satan's cosmic system is chaos. Psychologically, socially, personally, nationally, and internationally. Man’s folly in rejecting God's plan-first at salvation, then in the PPOG, brings chaos, unfairness, evil and disaster into the world from both believers and unbelievers. Angels watch to see if believers will get sucked into Satan’s plans and operations for the improvement of cosmos diabolicus or if the believer will remain in the PPOG and have historical impact. The works of Satan can only be destroyed or nullified by the believer's function inside the PPOG under the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit.
The Cross broke the back of Satan while the believer’s function inside the PPOG destroys his philosophical attitude toward life. This is why the believer involved in the cosmic system actually becomes the disciple of Satan, because he is not in the PPOG which destroys or nullifies the work of the devil.
Concluding Principles.
1. Mankind does not possess the power to perpetuate or guarantee peace on the earth.  There will always be wars and rumors of wars until Jesus Christ returns, MAT 24:6-7. Therefore, beware of politicians who reject and diminish the military, EZE 13:10-16. Beware of the liberal clergy, who manufacture lies about world peace, JER 6:13-14.
2. All failure of client nations to God includes both the spiritual and establishment principles,
Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the sea disappear. Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest. So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will stumble with you by night; And I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (HOS 4:1-6).
The failure of believers to execute God's plan and purpose results in a shrinking pivot of mature believers and the rejection of establishment principles.
3. The Fantasy Notion.  Politicians seeking power with utopian plans destroy a national entity. Utopianism involves the dreams and schemes of an imaginary, divorced from reality status of political and social perfection. Hence, utopianism is the Satanic concept of the millennium brought on by the work of mankind rather than by the work of God. This is the warning of Ezek 13:10-16.
Utopianism not only rejects the biblical eschatology of the millennium but ignores the total depravity of mankind and the need for regeneration and establishment principles delineated in the Scripture.
4. God has ordained nationalism in the human race to protect it from self-destruction, Acts 17:24-27.
5. Utopian socialism is an economic system based on the premise that if capital voluntarily surrendered its ownership of means of
production to the state and the workers, unemployment and poverty would be abolished. This is tantamount to redistribution of wealth and is totally disastrous. The Bible does not teach any such things. The word of God teaches that you must always have capitalism and free enterprise. Capitalism is the only economic system that creates prosperity.
6. Jesus Christ controls history.
a.  He controls history through the function of His divine essence.
b.  He controls history as a judge of the supreme court of heaven.
c.  He controls history through the pivot of mature believers in the client nation.
d.  He controls history through the utilization of the wrath of man to praise Him, PSA 76:10.
e. He controls history through the preservation of Israel against all anti-semitism functions both Satanic and sin nature conspiracy.
f. He controls history through the preservation of planet earth during the course of human history. He not only created the universe, HEB 1:10, but He holds the uni verse together by the word of His power, HEB 1:3. By the control of history, Jesus Christ provides freedom for the function of human volition.
g. He controls history through the second Advent, which terminates the last and greatest world war of history.
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