Saturday, May 1, 2021

Weekly Bible Study – May 3, 2021; As long as you have a desire to repent, rebound and recover, then you have hope. The prodigal Son.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge [confess] your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [your unknown or forgotten sins] ." NKJV [New King James Version] [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

Study to show yourself approved to God!

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Grace Bible Church Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary: God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

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The nature of the human soul is empty if GOD doesn’t fill it. How to fill the hole in your soul.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge [confess] your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [your unknown or forgotten sins] ." NKJV [New King James Version] [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

Study to show yourself approved to God!

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Grace Bible Church Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary: God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

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As long as you have a desire to repent, rebound and recover, then you have hope. The prodigal Son.

I have chosen a very popular story in the word of GOD to illustrate how GOD the Father treats us in grace and what our attitude should be toward others who have failed as we do. This story is about a young man who decided that it was time for him to go and make a life for himself without GOD.

Lk 15:11, And He said, “A certain man had two sons;”

They have always been his sons and always will be.

Lk 15:12, and the younger of them [the prodigal son] said to his Father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ And he [the Father] divided his wealth between them.

The older brother and the younger brother both received a share of the estate.

Lk 15:13, “And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, [the distant country is in the cosmic system] and there [in the world of the cosmic system] he squandered his estate with loose living.”

Notice “loose living” that’s all it says! It doesn’t tell us exactly what is meant by loose living. All it says is that the Prodigal son squandered his estate with loose living. Squandering his estate with loose living is what causes the Prodigal son to waste his life away. Squandering is rejecting the calling of GOD and refusing to stand in the gap; Eze 22:30, “And I searched for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

We do not know what is meant by loose living because all we do know is what his arrogant, legalistic, self-righteous, brother said that he spent it all on “harlots or prostitutes” in verse 30.

The point is that the Bible doesn’t tell us or specify what the prodigal son did. The Bible says it was just loose living. However, the point is that he spent it all. He spent everything that his father gave him. Everything he would need to get started.

means that the father represents Jehovah Jireh which means the LORD provides for HIS children. We have two sons who were brothers, one who spent everything he had on loose living, while the other is not using his inheritance for anything including blessing his father. He was also flat broke, not money wise but doctrinally.

As the wealthiest King in the ancient world said in Ecc 5:10, he who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance {with its} income.

Ecc 7:12, For wisdom is protection {just as} money is protection. But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

So, it didn’t take long for the young son to pack up and leave his father

And reveal to us in Mat 12:38-40, Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and {yet} no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

And notice that it was the son who moved away from the Father not the Father moving away from the son. This is what happens when we live outside of GOD’s plan for our lives, we draw away from GOD, He does not draw away from us.

That’s why Jm 4:8 says, Draw near to GOD and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners [rebound]; and purify your hearts [perceive doctrine], you double minded.

So, in Lk 15:14, “Now when he had spent everything [he’s not investing, he’s just spending], a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be in need.”

This was a part of divine discipline which GOD brings on every one of His children who go astray for a length of time.

Why?

Because He loves us and wants us back!

And whenever a believer goes astray, eventually he will come to a point as the last part of this verse says when he will begin to be in need. Having forsaken his Father who represents GOD, he can now find nothing but poverty, misery, and want.

So that in Mat 12:40-42, for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The men of Nineveh shall stand up with this generation at the judgment, and shall condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

{The} Queen of {the} South shall rise up with this generation at the judgment and shall condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

The human soul is empty if GOD does not fill it. And the famine represents the fact that there’s a famine in every heart which is no longer nourished by the word of GOD. There is always a famine in the heart when a person moves away from GOD.

So, when the famine hit, he began to be in need and he couldn’t even find a job. Life was now officially meaningless, filled with boredom; with no meaning; no purpose; no direction and no personal sense of destiny.

Up until this point, he never knew hunger because he was always provided for by his loving father, the one he turned his back upon. And like any loving and caring father, he desires the best for his children, and he leaves the best for them now, especially the best that He has for the believers as well as the natural blessings that He has for all.

Lk 15:15, “And he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.”

Notice that he had to attach himself to someone because he was living in fear of what his father might do if he found out that his son had lost all his inheritance and was flat broke and looking for the food that the pigs were eating.

How low can you go? You can go as low as you desire but that’s just another walking zombie on planet earth. Now, as usual, as long as the LORD is involved with you and you have a desire to repent and to rebound and recover, then you have hope.

A hope that you can apply to your life beginning with honesty before the father. And so, the prodigal, embarrassed, shameful, guilty, condemned, humiliated, younger son went back home to get a job feeding pigs on a farm.

In this state, he attached himself which is the Greek verb kollao meaning to glue or to closely unite himself to a citizen of that foreign country which represents the Devil’s children instead of GOD’s.

And this reveals the misery of becoming a slave to the Devil and his cosmic system. The further a believer goes from GOD, the nearer he comes to being a slave to the Devil. And there is no master so cruel as the Devil.

There’s no burden so heavy as that of sin nature control. No slavery, so nasty, as slavery to the old sin nature and the carnal, shameful, passions of the flesh. Now, in times of distress we are often led to self-examination and are used by GOD to bring about changes or repentance in people’s lives.

This is not violating an individual’s free will, this is simply you, as an ambassador for Christ, being ready and prepared to be used by the LORD in a special way.

Before the prodigal son goes back home, he still has some issues that he needs to deal with before his GOD and his father. His problem, once again, is that this young man still held on to the belief that he could maintain his self-sufficiency.

This parable describes the depths to which a prodigal son or a prodigal daughter can sink so low that if they do not deal with their problem of arrogance, then they will keep on sinking away from the LORD. His emptiness was shown by the job that he had to take, tending pigs.

There could be no worse job for a Jew than feeding pigs who were considered to be unclean animals and expressly forbidden in the Mosaic law, Lev 11:7; Deut 14:8.

Lk 15:16, “And he was longing to fill his stomach with the pods or the slop that the pigs were eating, and no one was giving {anything} to him.”

He’s starving while he’s working because pay day only comes after the pigs are sold and marketed. And this is a picture of what happens when a believer goes back to the lifestyle that GOD has rescued him from which is a lifestyle that was marked by filth and waste from whatever they eat, which is almost anything.

2Pe 2:22 says, It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,”

This shows the humiliation the young man was now enduring. Gone were the fine robes and the rich food. Gone was the father’s excellent diet with fruit, vegetables, fish and some animals. Now, the lost son was occupied with the filthiest of jobs for survival.

And, his hunger was so great, his need was so wanting, his memories were so forgotten, and he was hurting so much inwardly, physically, and of course spiritually that he considered taken his life and filling his own belly with the slop (that’s about the closest he could get from skubula to the pigs).

The food that he was feeding the pigs with were called pods and they made passable livestock food especially for dirty animals like chicken, and pigs, and even rodents.

So that the detestable pigs were now eating better than the prodigal son. So, we read in Lk 15:17, “But when he came to his senses,”

I don’t know if you realize it or not, but according to the food that a person eats, it effects their thinking because usually we do our best thinking when our soul is on an empty stomach.

And so, this man finally became honest with himself and looked at his life from a biblical perspective, which means to face up with the situation as it really exists, and then do something about it.

This should be something that the prodigal son would want to teach others about so that he had a chance to recognize his own sins and flaws and do something right for the rest of his life.

He needs to deal with his failures and mistakes and not be occupied with the failures and mistakes of others or lust after the food that others have filled their stomach with. To be restored and healed spiritually means to stop rationalizing or justifying yourself mentally and get back to thinking spiritually with a healthy mental attitude.

Stop blaming others or accusing others for the condition that you are under, change your diet, get some exercise, and follow up with a healthier diet. It simply means that you go back to the life that you were living, taken care of your body, soul, and human spirit.

We all need to be honest with ourselves and others and come to a point where we acknowledge and recognize that certain things are wrong and contrary to the word of GOD and that is why we put ourselves or find ourselves in the situations that we are in.

And remember, this is not a parable about what happens to a believer when he sins, this is a parable about what happens to a believer when he changes his lifestyle and refuses to rebound and recover.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Internet Church Service – May 2, 2021; Baptism means identification or association, not always water, although water is used in some of the baptisms.

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Baptism means identification or association, not always water, although water is used in some of the baptisms.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have believed in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your unconfessed sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess (simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life>), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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Baptism means identification or association, not always water, although water is used in some of the baptisms.

Phil 2 these verses may NOT sound to be courageous or fearless, however, it was a part of our Lord’s thinking that kept Him on the Cross to bear all the sins that were ever committed in human history.

That is what makes it even more powerful, when we rely on the very same power that Jesus Christ did; Heb 9:14.

Heb 9:14 – It was through God the Holy Spirit that the Lord Jesus Christ offered Himself without blemish to God and also we could have our conscience cleansed from dead works so that we can serve the living God?

Jn 15:2 “Every branch in Me [Baptism of the Spirit] that does not bear fruit, He takes away [Divine Discipline]; and every {branch} that bears fruit [Fruit of the Spirit], He prunes it [suffering for blessing], that it may bear more fruit [Divine good and the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ].

1. The first part of the sentence when our Lord said, “Every branch in Me,” = He was referring to every believer in the Church-age who was Baptized by the Spirit and will be in union with our Lord Jesus Christ.

This was one of the first times that the disciples heard a phrase like “en amoi” which is correctly translated “in me” referring to the Doctrine of Positional Truth.

Every time the majority or the average believer hears the word baptism they automatically think water is involved in some way, and that is false.

There are eight different baptisms found in the Bible, Five Dry and Three Wet.

a. The Baptism of John the Baptist; (Mr 1:4).

b. The Baptism of Moses (1Co 10:1–3).

c. The Baptism of Jesus (Mat 3:13-17 ).

d. The Baptism of Fire (Mat 3:11-12).

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. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (1Co 12:13).

f. The Baptism of the Cross; (Mr 10:35-39).

g. The Baptism of Church-age believers; (Mat 28:19).

h. Noah’s type Baptism (1Pe 3:18-22)

One of the main reasons that we all need to study the Doctrine of Baptisms is because of the brand-New Life, the abundant life, that God gives to all us who are His worshippers.

Moses is considered a type of Christ.

The judgment was not on those “baptized unto Moses”; they passed through on dry ground. The judgment by water was against the armies of Pharaoh.

We have eight different baptisms that are found in the New Testament which means to be identified with something or someone as we ought to.

Baptism – means identification or association, not water, though water is used in some of the baptisms.

Two Categories of Baptisms or identifications:

a. Actual identification = Real Baptism.

b. Ritual Baptism – the use of water and the appropriate identification that is mentioned in the passage.

There are five “real baptisms,” meaning something is really identified with something else which is real or someone else who is real.

I am going to give you some further insight into the Doctrine of Baptisms by revealing to you the importance of identification and association, especially when we are living the spiritual life.

1. Noah’s type of Baptism where the Apostle Peter mentions that eight people were saved by water because Noah’s family identified with Noah and they were saved or delivered out of the water not saved or delivered in or by the water; Gn 6:13; 1Pe 3:18-22.

2. The Baptism unto Moses when the apostle Paul presents Israel’s baptism unto Moses “in the cloud and in the sea;” 1Co 10:1¬6; Exo 14:29.

This was a REAL identification in which Moses was identified with the open path through the Red Sea and the Jews were identified with Moses.

The water involved in this baptism killed the Egyptian military, it did not save them at all.

Egyptian unbelievers were immersed in the water as a means of our Lord killing them with the exception of a few Egyptians and rabble who had believed in the God of Israel, Jehovah Elohim.

Identification with the guidance and direction of True Leadership is also the concept here.

Moses was identified with the cloud or Jesus Christ and the people were identified with Moses.

3.The Baptism of the Cross which is found in Mr 10:38.

The cup mentioned is the cup of the cross where our Lord was about to be identified with the sins of mankind.

Nothing to do with water here but everything to do with the reality of the identification that would take place between the Lord Jesus Christ drinking the cup of sins from mankind by means of the Baptism of the Cross.

Jesus Christ was identified with our personal sins and judged for them, so that we could be identified and associated with TLJC=The Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect righteousness that He gave to us as He became our Savior.

The cup mentioned is the cup of the cross where our Lord was about to be identified with the sins of mankind.

Everything to do with the reality of the identification that would take place between the Lord Jesus Christ drinking the cup of sins from mankind by means of the baptism of the Cross.

Jesus Christ was identified with our personal sins and judged for them, so that Christ became our Savior.

4. The Baptism of the Spirit which is a Real dry baptism and not a WET baptism because the Baptism of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation for Church-age believers only, 1Co 12:13.

1Co 12:13, For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

The baptism of the Spirit is the means of forming the Royal Family and of breaking the back of the old sin nature as the old ruler of human life.

Through this baptism, the believer is positionally changed because he or she was placed in Christ, and identified with Him, as a member of His body, which is the Church, where He is the head and we are identified as members of His body.

This baptism, the baptism of the Spirit, is more real to us then who we are at the present time.

“seeming contradiction” = seems to ‘contradict itself’ until you understand the entire statement completely and then it all makes sense.

The Apostle Paul was so blown away by the wisdom and knowledge and love that God has for his own; Rm 11:33-36.

Rm 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit, what we are in our condition right now is not what we are now, positionally, as God sees us in our position not our condition.

As a real baptism we are really members of His spiritual body who are also really members of His bride.

His Body and His Bride is more real and more of a reality than who and what we are now, in our condition.

As a real baptism we are really members of His body and we are really His future bride, and this is more real than who and what we are right now at this present time.

One of the other differences between a real baptism and a ritual baptism is that the Ritual Baptism can be seen whereas the Real Baptism cannot be seen but must “be” believed.

Rm 14:23, He who doubts is condemned because he does not live in faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.

“What kind of sin do we commit if we don’t operate in faith?”

The obvious ones are fear, worry, anxiety, anger, condemnation, stress, bitterness, tantrums, frustration, implacable, etc.

Thumos indicates a more agitated condition of feelings, outbursts of anger, emotions from inward indignation, and this type of anger is overt and critical.

Orge suggests a more settled or abiding condition of mind, frequently with a view to taking vengeance followed by the silent treatment and it is much more subtle than thumos.

No matter which we have to deal with, either thumos or orge, they both have a hatred which is an emotional and irrational sin of violence.

After salvation, then What?

We need to see the importance of the heart as our tool which over 90 % of the time, it refers to our heart or right lobe not our cardiovascular system.

lebh (Hebrew) or kardia (Greek) are both translated heart, but both refer to brain function, not to the emotions or beating your chest because you feel so guilty and condemned.

Believer should be salt, or a preservative, a disinfectant, and metaphorically it is used in the Bible signify permanence, loyalty, and durability.

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The following link is to a good-news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about of their eternal future.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Weekly Bible Study – April 26, 2021; The nature of the human soul is empty if GOD doesn’t fill it. How to fill the hole in your soul.

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Scripture References, Word & Phrase descriptions: the “Logos Reftagger” scripture links are hover pop-up active, meaning the scripture reference will just pop-up if you hover your cursor over it (don’t click on the link, just hover your cursor over it), when finished reading, hover your cursor off the scripture reference link. If the Reftagger pop-up doesn’t show all the verses, left click on the “More” button in the Reftagger pop-up window and it will take you to the online bible. If RefTagger pop-ups don’t work on your computer, that’s OK, try right clicking the link then open in new tab or window; or if that doesn’t work, you can always use your Bible to look up the verses. Word or Phrase definition links may not have a website that opens.

Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge [confess] your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [your unknown or forgotten sins] ." NKJV [New King James Version] [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

Study to show yourself approved to God!

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Grace Bible Church Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary: God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

STUDY TITLE:

The nature of the human soul is empty if GOD doesn’t fill it. How to fill the hole in your soul.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge [confess] your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [your unknown or forgotten sins] ." NKJV [New King James Version] [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

Study to show yourself approved to God!

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Grace Bible Church Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary: God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

STUDY TITLE:

The nature of the human soul is empty if GOD doesn’t fill it. How to fill the hole in your soul.

Any area that you do not have sound doctrine in, is an area open to deception. This means that anything that we think or do, that is not oriented to the way GOD thinks, is open to deception. Deception is demonization of the soul and personality of the believer or unbeliever living in the cosmic system.

Col 2:1, For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf, and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,

This would be Paul’s non face-to-face believers in the Church-age.

Col 2:2-10, that their hearts [right lobe] may be encouraged, having been knit together in love [that is virtue love], and {attaining} to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, {resulting} in a true knowledge of GOD’s mystery, {doctrine} that is,} Christ {Himself}, in whom [our LORD Jesus Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom [metabolized doctrine] and knowledge. – that is knowledge of the truth. I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the LORD, {so} walk in Him, having been firmly rooted {and now} being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, {and} overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity [Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit] dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.

Now, behind His authority, there are degrees of deception. As a believer, it depends on how long you reside in the cosmic system without the use of rebound and recovery.

1Jo 2:8-20, On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light and {yet} hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of GOD abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world [the cosmos] is passing away, and {also} its lusts; but the one who does the will of GOD [fulfills his PPOG=predesigned plan of God and his PSD=personal sense of destiny] abides [fellowship with the Trinity] forever. Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not {really} of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but {they went out,} in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

So, deception is thought transference of demon doctrine to the believer or unbeliever in the cosmic system. And by thought transference I do not mean that you are thinking like members of the occult, but I am referring to human viewpoint or worldly thinking rather than doctrinal insight. All believers and unbelievers in the cosmic system are under some form of satanic deception.

This is why the apostle Paul said in Col 2:4, I keep on communicating these things in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument.

So many individuals think they are intelligent and wise, when in reality they are under extreme deception and delusion. And this type of deception is the worst kind, because it is deceiving yourself,

In 1Co 3:18, the Apostle Paul said, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish [realize that he is a fool] that he may become wise.”

Remember, even the woman in the garden, who was perfect and didn’t have an old sin nature ended up deceived by the craftiness and subtilty of Satan with his lies. After all, he has a lot to choose from being Satan, or the Devil, has been given a number of titles in Scripture. 52 times in Scripture, he is called Satan. In Isaiah he is called the “day star” or the “bearer of light” which comes from the Latin Lucifer. This was the name of Satan before his fall. One of his the most popular names or titles is the name, “the devil,” Matt 4:1 which means “slanderer.” He always accused GOD for something, now he accuses believers. Remember Rev 12:10, the Apostle John writes.

Rev 12:10, Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our GOD and the authority of His Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our GOD.

Being a deceiver, he is also a tempter who tempts people to sin and he also wants to bring out the worst in each of us. He is also identified for us as the Ruler of Demons. The Pharisees said, “By the ruler of the demons He drives out demons.” Matt 9:34.

Satan is also known as Beelzebul, which means “LORD of the flies,” or “LORD of the dung” – which comes out of his mouth. How would you like to have the name or be called Beelzebub really because of the skubala . or the rubbish that is found within you? He is the enemy of humanity. The point is watch for his deceptions.

This is why in 2Co 11:3, the apostle Paul said, But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray [deceived] from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. Notice that it is the “mind” which is led astray, not the body!

So, we enter into this very popular parable with one of the greatest passages given concerning salvation, and no condemnation along with grace and eternal security; Rom 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

So, the conclusion to be derived from this is that man is universally condemned, under sin, and considered to be in unbelief. This represents the very lowest level of human standing before GOD and all unregenerate men are now placed on that level. And at this point GOD offers one remedy: Grace.

Pure grace is no recognition of human merit. By the complete removal of all considerations of human merit, GOD is now unconditionally free to act in grace in behalf of man. And this is what we need to remind ourselves of constantly concerning grace after salvation. And this is why the preaching of law observance or moral reform is misleading because it is contrary to the grace of GOD.

Man is dead.

Gal 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of GOD, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”

In this dispensation, there is no middle ground. Men are either utterly condemned under the universal decree of the judgment of GOD or they are perfectly saved and safe in the grace of GOD through Jesus Christ. It is either Christ or Hell.

We live in the Church-age which is called in Eph 3:2, the dispensation of the grace of GOD. After we are born again it is important for us to fulfill certain biblical commands concerning the grace of GOD.

2Ti 2:1, Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2Pe 3:18, we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

After salvation, it is extremely important that we understand the grace of GOD. We need to understand how our Father treats us in grace and we need to understand how we should treat others. This is what we call grace orientation. Under the grace policy of GOD, all believers are commanded to be oriented to grace. Grace-orientation is a command.

For example, look at 1Pe 5:12, Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of GOD. Stand firm in it!

Notice the command: “stand firm in it” that’s grace orientation. We are to stand firm in grace. We are not to be confused by legalism.

Heb 13:9, Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace,

Varied and strange teachings have to do with human viewpoint or what Jm 3:15 calls: A wisdom which is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

So, we are to stand firm in grace. We are not be carried away from grace with strange teachings which are designed to give credit to men rather than to GOD. We are not to be manipulated by people.

There is a very popular story in the word of GOD to illustrate how GOD the Father treats us in grace and what our attitude should be toward others who have failed as well! This story is about a young man who decided to go and make a life for himself without GOD.

He felt that he was missing something that the world could offer him and that his life was just fading away. In Lk 15:11, our LORD began HIS third parable to this audience that HE has in this message which is often called The Prod¬igal Son.

Lk 15:1-2, Now all the tax gatherers and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. And both the Pharisees and the scribes {began} to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So, we have tax gatherers, sinners, prostitutes, Pharisees and scribes, which includes a very interesting combination for a congregation.

HE is going to teach them three parables about things that are lost and the attitude that we should have when someone is lost.

You have the lost sheep, Lk 15:4-7, the lost coin, Lk 15:8-10, the lost sons, Lk 15:11-32. So, this parable ranks among the finest pieces of teaching in all of Scripture.

The prodigal son is the emblem of a sinner who refuses to depend on the LORD and be governed by Him and go his own way no matter what. And we will see how dangerous it is for us to desire to be at our own disposal, and to live in a state of independence, and to be our own rulers!

So, in Lk 15:11, And He said, “A certain man had two sons;

Notice that they are both called sons. They are his sons when it started, and both will still be His sons when this passage finishes. In fact, the older was the worse but he was still with the Father as the son of his Father. In most cases, the younger would be the obvious one to be condemned by the average Christian as being the worse…and he wasn’t the worst…at all.

So, the man in this parable represents GOD the Father and the sons represent believers, therefore, this is not a gospel message, this is a doctrinal message for born-again believers.

Lk 15:12, and the younger of them [this is the prodigal son, by the way prodigal means to waste your life away], so he said to his Father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ And he [the Father] divided his wealth between them.

Notice that He didn’t give to one without giving to the other. So, each one receives his share of the estate. Each one had enough so that he was independently wealthy, and that represents the doctrine of logistical grace applied to your life. The prodigal son did what most people have done throughout history, he accepted the blessings of the Father (as all men do who live on GOD’s earth), while at the same time he turned his back upon his Father (as men do when they reject and abandon fellow-ship with GOD). And also notice that the Father made no attempt to stop him.

GOD does not violate our free will nor does He force us to remain in fellowship with Him.

Lk 15:13, “And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, [this is analogous to life in the cosmic system] and there he squandered his estate with loose living.”

He spent everything he had and now he was broke! So, it didn’t take long for the young son to pack up and leave his Father. And notice that it was the son who moved away from the Father not the Father moving away from the son. This is what happens when we live a life of sin, we draw away from GOD, He does not draw away from us.

Lk 15:14 “Now when he had spent everything [he’s not investing, he’s just spending], a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be in need.

Whenever a believer goes astray, eventually he will come to a point as the last part of this verse says when he will begin to be in need. Having forsaken his Father who represents GOD, he can now find nothing but poverty, misery, and want.

The human soul is empty if GOD does not fill it.

This parable describes the depths to which the prodigal son had sunk. His emptiness was shown by the job that he had to take, tending pigs. He’s starving while he’s working because pay day only comes after the pigs are marketed. And this is a picture of what happens when a believer goes back to the lifestyle that GOD has rescued him from.

Lk 15:17, “But when he came to his senses,

And so, this man finally became honest with himself and looked at his life from a biblical perspective…which means to face up with the situation as it really exists…to recognize the sins in your own life…to stop rationalizing or justifying them…to stop blaming others for them… and to come to a point where you acknowledge them and recognize that it is wrong and contrary to the word of GOD.

He realized the absurdity of his situation. He knew that the hired servants in his Father’s household were far better off than he was. Self-realization of the hopeless and useless predicament of the sinful life is the first step towards true repentance. The believer must see that his own actions have led him away from the loving Father (GOD).

The doctrine of eternal security says we are the sons of GOD and we will always be a son. Whether we are worthy or unworthy doesn’t change our sonship.

Lk 15:19, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”

Treat me like one of your servants, one of those hired hands, which by the way is an insult to his Father. That’s like saying that his Father has no character and no integrity, and He is not the forgiving type. For people who have character and integrity are the forgiving type!

Lk 15:20, And he got up and came to his Father. But while, he was still a long way off , his Father saw him, and felt compassion {for him,} and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.

His Father is a wonderful person and this is a magnificent way of expressing GOD the Father. His Father saw him while he was a long way off. It almost appears as if his Father had been looking for him.

The Father was filled with compassion and his Father ran to him. And the Father threw his arms around him and kissed him again and again.

Lk 15:22, “But the Father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”

This was a signet ring representing withdrawing from the Father’s resources, logistical grace.

Now, that is the divine attitude of grace when you’re brought back into fellowship with GOD.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.