The doctrine of glorifying God, Part 3; John 15:8
length: 1:19:12 - taught on Jan, 29 2012
Title: The doctrine of glorifying God, Part 3, John 15:8.
The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on the second Sunday of the month of February, 2/12.
John 15:8 "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
/Doctrine of glorifying God.
Point 1: Definition: Glorify - to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration.\
/Point 2: The description of how does a Church-age believer glorify God. \
/The production of divine good by the mature believer is the normal Christian way of life; therefore it is the attainment of spiritual maturity that glorifies God.\
/Glorifying God is attaining the life beyond gnosis and the life beyond dreams, EPH 3:19-20.\
/The precondition of the life beyond gnosis and the life beyond dreams is knowing the plan of God and the love of Christ, EPH 3:16-18.\
/The precondition of knowing the plan of God and the love of Christ is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ through the inculcation of doctrine, 1John 2:3.\
/The only production or service that glorifies God in the Church-age is that which results from the metabolization of mystery doctrine and spiritual growth.\
EPH 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles —
EPH 3:2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;
EPH 3:3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.
EPH 3:4 And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
EPH 3:5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;
EPH 3:6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
EPH 3:7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.
EPH 3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
/Mystery doctrine = the inexhaustible wealth that belongs to the humanity of Christ as He sits at the right hand of God.\
If I were to add the phrase “to be specific” I would put it in verse 8. This is the key objective to the mystery doctrine.
COL 3:1 If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
COL 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Col 3:3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
COL 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
The believer must understand that he must metabolize the mystery doctrine of the Church-age. He could master OT doctrine and all the prophecy of the Tribulation and Millennium and he will fail to glorify God.
/There are 10 unique factors to the Church-age:
1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. The protocol plan of God.
3. The equality factor of the protocol plan in both election and predestination.\
/4. Our portfolio of invisible assets.
5. Two royal commissions: Every believer is a royal priest; every believer is a royal ambassador.
6. The mystery doctrine of the Church Age.\
/7. For the first and only time in history every member of the Trinity indwells the believer.\
/8. The divine power available to the believer: the omnipotence of the Father (the plan and assets), the omnipotence of the Son (guarantee of royalty, temple), the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit (guides, teaches, and empowers).\
/#8 - the combined omnipotence of the Trinity is focused on building the edification complex in your human spirit which becomes Their command center for the production of divine good.\
/[slide: Edification complex]\
/9. This is the only dispensation in which there is no prophecy.
10. This is the dispensation of invisible heroes. (We are designed for low profile and invisible impact.) \
/I believe that the failure of the Church to see that she is a separated, a called-out Body in the purposes of God, charged with a definite mission limited in its purpose and scope, and the endeavor to take from Israel her promises of earthly glory, and appropriate them over into this Church dispensation, has done more to swerve the Church from the appointed course than all other influences put together. (C.I. Schofield) \
[Church’s persecution followed by acceptance from Constantine and turned persecutors themselves]
When the Church-age believer becomes an invisible hero he glorifies God and puts another nail in Satan’s coffin. He makes Satan’s accusations look all together silly and ridiculous.
To save himself the embarrassment, satan has done everything he can to distract the believer from the true power of mystery doctrine and the function of the disciple under that instruction.
Temporary spiritual gifts, laying on of hands, second anointing, salvation by works, reinstitute the Mosaic Law, make the Church earthly and deceive her into thinking that her mission is to clean up the world, etc.
Churches everywhere are attempting to clean up the world, change men overtly through human power, accumulate wealth and build big temples and monstrous churches, and teach prosperity in time over discipleship to the word of God.
The Church is to spread the Gospel and all the doctrines to every person. It is up to the one who receives it or not as to what they do with that truth.
The confusion lies in the mixing up of the Church with Israel and this all really started to gain momentum through a man called Origen in the third century AD who allegorized all of Israel’s prophecies rather than interpret them literally.
The fulfilment of the unconditional covenants to Israel by Christ who sets up His earthly reign for 1000 years some days after His Second Coming will restore the earth to perfection and in essence the world will finally be “cleaned up.”
/To be involved in so-called Christian service in feeding the hungry, building schools, cleaning up governments, or any other form of human good, does not glorify God.\
That’s not to say that you are going against the plan of God if you do these things, but you do them as a citizen and not a believer. If you think things like this glorify God then they become evil.
These things are reserved for the earthly Kingdom of Christ.
So, all of that lead us to the first and most important aspect of the believer glorifying God.
/1. Growing to spiritual maturity by means of the mystery doctrine and the filling of the HS whereby the believer produces fruit glorifies God.\
What follows would all necessarily fall under this category since everything that I will subsequently document all occur by means of spiritual growth.
/a. Believing the promises of God gives glory to God, ROM 4:20,\