What our LORD was doing even before HE created the earth, and before HE created man.


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Robert R. McLaughlin
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What our LORD was doing even before He created the earth, and before He created man.

As we continue with our subject this evening, the Doctrine of the Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, we need to establish what our LORD was doing even before He created the earth, and before He created man. In fact, some of most hidden mysteries concerning what our LORD provided is the fact that He was said to be the lamb who was slain before the foundation of the earth; REV 13:8.

This passage and some others are considered to be the reasons why our LORD was said to be crucified even before the foundation of the earth or the creation of man. In fact, as a background to our passage ACT 2:12-24, And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

But others were mocking and saying, “They are full of sweet wine.” But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give heed to my words.

For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is {only} the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

And your old men shall dream dreams; Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit And they shall prophesy. And I will grant wonders in the sky above, And signs on the earth beneath, Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.

The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the LORD shall come. And it shall be, that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by GOD with miracles and wonders and signs which GOD performed through Him in your midst,

just as you yourselves know this {Man}, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of GOD, you nailed to a cross by the hands of GODless men and put {Him} to death. And GOD raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

 

The apostle John gives us some insight into the mind or the thinking of the entire Trinity and our LORD is a part of that mind or type of thinking. We know that because of a few doctrinal principles that have been revealed to us throughout Angelic History or Human History. Now, knowing everything as He does, the LORD has provided, from His omnipotence, a divine solution for every problem. However, the divine solution can only be discovered when the believer is living in the pre-designed plan of GOD and their very own personal sense of destiny.

This plan was designed specifically from His omniscience which knew every solution for every problem that you would ever face as He thought all about you. And the main difference is found in the fact that He was thinking of you and what was He thinking of me billions and billions of years ago in Eternity Past. Remember that time before the LORD really does not exist like it does for us.

This means that the LORD provided clear evidence of His deity and His humanity in eternity past when He demonstrated that He has everything under His control. None of us can truly understand the separation that came about between the perfect Son of GOD and the holiness of GOD the Father when for the first time and the only time ever, that the Son was separated from the Father.

This was such an amazing event that there are really no words that can describe what it was like for the Son of GOD to be separated from His Father…for the first and only time.

Who can even think or imagine what it was like for the perfect Son of GOD to contact the justice and righteousness of GOD as He was being offered up for the very first and only time as an offering for sin or a sin offering. The Cross was so powerful and filled with the holiness of GOD, that our LORD had to be empowered by GOD the Holy Spirit for the first and only time. Notice that our LORD relied upon the supernatural power of GOD the Holy Spirit to get Him through a time of suffering that no one has ever gone through before.

Our LORD had to rely on the power of GOD the Holy Spirit to pull Him through and comfort Him during this time of suffering. Remember that Act 9:31 says, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the LORD and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”

Notice what GOD the Holy Spirit is called, He is called the Comforter of the Spirit in Act 9:31; 2Co 1:.

2CO 1:2-8, Grace to you and peace from GOD our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. Blessed {be} the GOD and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and GOD of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by GOD. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are {sharers} of our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came {to us} in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

Look at how GOD the Holy Spirit reveals the tremendous power that our LORD had to use when He was on the cross suffering for the sins of the world. This was all such an amazing event that it is overlooked by many as being to advanced. The point is that our LORD was in complete agreement with the plan of GOD for the entire human race.

What makes this even more glorious is that our LORD desired to fulfill the requirements of this spiritual death on His own with no manipulation. For even though it may seem that someone did this to our LORD, He is the one who chose to die for the sin of the world; JOH 10:17-18. Because in reality it was not the scribes and the Pharisees that killed Him. It was not the Romans who tried to kill Him nor was it even the Jews. It wasn’t any of the failure of others, in reality, it was our LORD who chose this plan to die for the sins of the world.

We also know some of the other events that took place, before the Cross, on the Cross, and then after the Cross. In fact, the LORD knew that Peter was going to fail and that is one of the reasons that our LORD used Peter after he failed.

Now, because the Bible is such an important manifestation for learning the truth, notice what Peter said in ACT 4:23-24, And when they [Peter and John] had been released, they went to their own {companions,} and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard {this,} they lifted their voices to GOD with one accord and said, “O LORD, it is Thou who didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

The LORD knew beforehand that all of us were not only in the mind of GOD in eternity past but we were also in the plan of GOD from eternity past. Then there is another aspect of GOD’s knowledge which is called the doctrine of Predestination which tells us that we were in the plan of GOD in eternity past. I refer to this plan constantly by calling it the PPOG or your very own personal sense of destiny. And therefore very few believers ever prepare for coming disaster because in times of prosperity they think it’s going to last forever.

Therefore, what we are getting ready for is to learn from Proverbs 8, the plan of GOD and the word of GOD which is always made available for those who desire to know certain doctrinal principles that exist just for you and me; TODAY! And it was our LORD who chose this plan to die for the sins of the entire world.

Proverbs 8 is probably more definitive to us and for us than any other passage in the OT. It dramatizes the situations we all face in some way with regard to the correct dispensation that we are dealing with at this time. And therefore, I have decided to look at Proverbs chapter 8 verse, where we have a personification of Bible doctrine, and its implication to our lives.

What do I mean when I say that Bible doctrine is personified? I want you to think of all the wisdom that has come from our LORD and Savior concerning the place in our heart where doctrine lives and abides. Now, let me show you how fantastic the word of GOD is when it comes to learning principles that actually existed billions of years ago.

For example, we are going to note some of the mysteries and secrets that GOD has placed within His word for all of us to love and enjoy because of all the things GOD has prepared for those who love HIM. Let me first of all, establish some of the things we are going to note by explaining why there are certain things that Solomon says that may be a source of confusion to us.

In PRO 8:1 it says, Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?

Now, right away I want you to notice something: Wisdom is being called “her” or “she” and therefore we call this wisdom, which is really metabolized doctrine, he or she. This should stimulate some curiosity as to why is wisdom, which is really metabolize doctrine, called she or her. GOD the Holy Spirit is the one member of the Trinity who is responsible for wisdom or metabolize doctrine.

Well, again we have a question, why is wisdom be called she or her? One of the most obvious reasons is that the female part of GOD and the ministry of GOD the Holy Spirit is a responder. Never forget that man was created in the image of GOD.

GEN 1:26-27, Then GOD said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” And GOD created man in His own image, in the image of GOD He created him; male and female He created them.

GEN 5:3, When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.

Though the roles may change from time to time, the man is called and known to be the initiator because he is usually and normally the aggressor in the male female relationship. Now, this does not mean that the roles cannot change because they can. In fact, psychology has recently reported that a healthy male and female relationship is based upon the roles of those involved. This means that there are times when role reversal is healthy, when the female is the initiator or the aggressor and the male is the responder, but that is not the norm or standard.

PRO 8:1-11, Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice? On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, SHE takes her stand; Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, SHE cries out: “To you, O men, I [that is wisdom or metabolized doctrine] call, And my voice is to the sons of men. O naive ones, discern prudence; And, O fools, discern wisdom. Listen, for I [that is wisdom or metabolize doctrine] shall speak noble things; And the opening of my lips {will produce} right things. For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them. They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Take my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things can not compare with HER.

Notice it in PRO 8 so far. In PRO 8:1, wisdom is called “her voice.” VS 2, she takes her stand; VS 3 She cries out:

The point is that in the first 11 verses we have the principle of communication of Bible doctrine, that’s the first paragraph. PRO 8:1, Does not doctrine cry out?

Wisdom is chokmah and it means metabolized doctrine. In other words doctrine has an invitation. Without the teaching of doctrine there can be no wisdom. Wisdom teaches doctrine. Without the perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine, there can be no wisdom. Receiving knowledge or understanding doctrine gives you a voice, it gives you an impact. And it will be an invisible impact but it will be greater than any impact in history.

Now, in this passage wisdom is being personified. It does not refer to TLJC, but it refers more to that which TLJC thinks. For example, the following verses in this chapter reveal that wisdom is differentiated from the person of TLJC, although in reality the two are inseparable.

Look at PRO 8:22, The LORD possessed ME at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. Notice that the LORD used wisdom to create the world. In PRO 8:24, When there were no depths I was “brought forth”, when there were no springs abounding with water.   

  

Pro 8:25 before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was “brought forth”;   

In Pro 8:26 while He TLJC had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor the first dust of the world.

Pro 8:27 when He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,   

Pro 8:28 when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed,   

Pro 8:29 when He set for the sea its boundary, so that the water should not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth;  

Pro 8:30 then I was beside him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him,   

Pro 8:31 rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having My delight in the sons of men.   

In all of these verses note that wisdom is differentiated from TLJC. However, the Holy Spirit has chosen in this chapter to make a distinction between the two. Wisdom is a noun chokmah in the feminine and it refers to Bible doctrine which has been metabolized in an individual’s life.

PRO 8:1, does not wisdom doctrine call,

Call is the Qal future of the Hebrew verb qara which means to proclaim, to read, to call, to preach. In the Qal future it means that wisdom or doctrine will always proclaim, read and call. No matter what type of attack is made against it, Bible doctrine or the word of GOD will keep on proclaiming and calling. Qara also means to declare and announce freedom to those who are in slavery and bondage. Only doctrine will ever give the believer the experience of true freedom and liberty.

But you have to know that doctrine or that wisdom. You shall “know” the truth and the truth will set you free. And so truth doesn’t set every believer free because although truth is calling out, very few believers “know it.” PRO 8:1, Does not wisdom call, and understanding lift up her voice?

Understanding – tebunah – discernment – refers to the object of knowledge after one gets the understanding of knowledge. In other word’s wisdom or metabolized doctrine gives the believer understanding and discernment. In fact, when it says that understanding lifts up her voice, it has to do with the red alert system in the soul that causes believers to know that something is not as it appears. Something is wrong, doctrinally.

PRO 8:1, does not wisdom call, and understanding lift up her voice?

Lift up is the Qal future of the Hebrew verb nathan which means to put forth, bring forth, or to give something. Here it means to give the believer future protection using the metabolization and application of Bible doctrine. It is doctrine which gives the believer discernment.

HEB 5:14, but solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

PRO 8:1, does not wisdom call, doctrine proclaim and understanding lift up her voice? Or give the believer the discernment needed in every situation. Only the believer with doctrine resident in the soul will ever have the ability to discern a situation properly.

Now where is doctrine taught? Is it available? Look at PRO 8:2, On top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; In other words, wisdom or metabolized doctrine is easy to find places as of now. Accessible places. Doctrine isn’t hidden! Anyone can get doctrine if they desire it, but one day Bible doctrine will be scarce.

AMO 8:11-12, “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. And people will stagger from sea to sea, And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find {it.}”

Notice back in PRO 8:2, we have a personification of doctrine. Doctrine is in the feminine gender so we have She doctrine takes her stand.

So verse 2 tells us, doctrine is available. And as long as I can stand I will do my best to teach doctrine from the pulpit.

Stand natsab means to take one’s stand, to recompense, to restore. Doctrine always directs the believer to take a stand, however, make sure you understand that it is a doctrinal one. Wisdom or doctrine always causes us to take a doctrinal stand, though many believers refuse to do so.

Natsab also means to set over, to establish, to station, to post, to garrison, to guard as an army. It means to watch out “for you” as well as watch “over you.” Wisdom or doctrine will set over the believer and establish the believer in the devil’s world. Doctrine will station itself and post itself over you for guidance and protection. And so this word means to take a stand with a firmness which implies the expression of strength.

PRO 8:2-3, On top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, she doctrine takes her stand; beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, she doctrine cries out:

Cries out is the Hebrew verb ranan meaning to shout for joy or happiness.

PRO 8:3, Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

Always in the gateway in the ancient world there was an auditorium that served as a news room to let people know what was going on. And knowledge of Bible doctrine let us all know what is really going on.

At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: or communicates out loud. She, referring to metabolized doctrine. Doctrine is always available for those who have positive volition. GOD provides your right pastor and the local assembly as a part of logistical grace.

PRO 8:3-4, beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, she doctrine cries out: To you, o men, I doctrine call,

Doctrine demands your attention. And so doctrine calls.

And my voice is to the sons of men. Or, all members of the human race.

PRO 8:5 “O naive ones, or ignorant ones discern prudence; or learn doctrine And, O fools, discern wisdom.

The word for wisdom or doctrine is chakmah and it has a technical meaning which means to have technical understanding. It means you have to learn a vocabulary that is technical. You have to learn categories that are technical. Theology and doctrine are synonymous. All good theology is based on Bible doctrine and it is technical. It requires concentration. And this means that a lazy mind without motivation will never make it.