Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, August 22, 2010
God’s Word (Isa. 40:8; Mt 24:34 ): 1) salvation (eternal status), Jn 3:16. 36, 10:27-31; 2) fellowship with God (present status), 1 Jn 1:5-7; 1 Cor 3:1-3. Spiritual maturity (direction of life), Eph 4:12-16; 2 Cor 10:3-5.
LIFE OF DAVID (47)
Seekers of Absolute Truth
1. 1 Sam 18:12-30: Reversionistic Saul vs. Supergrace David
2. David and Saul instantiate the only two options for the believer: the blessedness of progressive growth in grace (progressive enlightenment—increasing light in the soul) or the cursing of progressive development of carnality and reversionism (where divine light/illumination progressively grows dimmer in the soul), cp. 1 Sam 2:30; darkness vs light: Rom 2:19; 13:12; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1 Pet 2:9; 1 Jn 1:6, 2:9, 11; growth in grace: James 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5-6; supergrace blessings: Eph 3:20; Isa 30:18; 1 Cor. 2:9.
3. The single greatest issue in life is Truth! (Jn 1:14; 3:21; 4:24; 8:31-32, 44-45, 14:6, 16:13; 17:17-19; 18:37; Rom, 1:18, 25).
a. Throughout human history, the ultimate importance, validity, and
vindication of Truth has been attested to and resisted by believers and unbelievers alike.
b. Postmodern man and postmodern Christians have all but given up on believing and conforming to Absolute Truth. Consequently, they construct a philosophy that says in effect: we hold to those self-evident “truths” that make our lives more pleasant and personally fulfilling, and we reject all of those Truths which challenge us or otherwise get in the way of our preconceived ideas of what is good: i.e. our plans, pleasures, feelings, and goals of personal self-fulfillment.
c. It is the true truth seeker, the true doctrinal believer (like David and unlike Saul and –vol. types, cp. John 6:26) who lives with the philosophy that the mission in life is to discover Truth and apply it to life (Prov 23:23) under the lordship of JC (John 3:16-21, 8:32-36; promises: Psa 1:1; Prov. 8:17; Jer. 29:13; Jn 17, 18:37.
d. We are all natural born rebels with a chronic predilection for neglecting, resisting, suppressing, and massaging God’s inescapable Truth, Rom 1:18-20.
e. Truth is a daunting, difficult thing, it is the greatest thing in the world; we both love it and fear it.
f. Our regenerated side wants to pursue truth wherever it leads; our darker side balks when truth begins to lead us anywhere we do not want to go (e.g. Saul).
g. Negative volition says, “Let the truth be damned if the truth would damn me . . . I want truth just as long as it serves me.”
h. In negative volition a person seeks to construct his own truth, but he is not averse to taking slivers of truth from the Bible and fashioning them according to his own way—even if that means the destruction of Absolute Truth.
i. Truth and Integrity. The only person who can really speak Truth is the one who is already at home in it—not someone who still lives in falsehood and reaches out from falsehood towards truth on occasion.
j. Truth and Integrity in philosophy (worldview). Truth is a unified.
k. Truth and motives—what do you do when someone you dislike speaks Truth?
l. Dogmatism without Truth is nothing but arrogant ignorant dogmatism.
4. A look at David’s supergrace mental attitude dynamics regarding God, the Word of God, the plan of God, and enemies: Psa 15, 19, 25, , 27, 37, 26:3, 31:1-5, 40:10-11, 51:6, 86:11, 138:2, 145:18.
5. Continued growth in grace leads to GGB while continued carnality leads to a life of divine discipline followed by the great fall (Psa 19:13; 2 Tim 4:10; 2 Pet 3:18).
6. No believer remains the same – either the believer is growing or retrogressing each day of his life—either increasing light or darkness regarding the things of God.
7. God makes war against the arrogant (carnal) believer and gives greater grace blessings (supergrace) to the humble believer, 1 Pet 5:5-6; Prov 3:34; 1 Sam 2.
8. Supergrace blessing are those special blessings that God has for every believer who has developed the capacity for those blessings, Isa 30:18; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor 2:9-10.
9. Humbling yourself under the hand of God means, among other things, refusing to take things into your own hands when you are treated unfairly—you avoid temptations of anger, bitterness, injustices—you leave everything in the hands of God.
10. By waiting on the Lord, & thus avoiding anger and bitterness, the believer remains grace oriented and therefore develops greater capacity for the greater grace blessings.
11. God promotions in life are always a matter of His grace and His timing.
12. What makes waiting on the Lord (i.e. perseverance) so difficult is lack of faith in the blessedness of the POG, lack of trust in God, inordinate ambition, competition, lust for things, and a desire to seek happiness in the wrong way.
13. Waiting on the Lord means waiting for God’s promotion and in the meantime remaining faithful in the little things as God prepares you for the bigger things.
14. Testing is a required to remove deficiencies in the believer’s character and thus develop capacity for the greater things in the plan of God, Js 1:2-4.
15. The issue in all testing is always: the ways of God which are only recorded in His Word, Psa 27:11; 37:31; Heb 11; Mat 4:4.
16. Protracted testing is designed to develop protracted faith (perseverance) with its development of protracted capacity for the escrow (greater grace) blessings of God, Isa 30:18.
17. It is the daily fellowship with God and intake of the Word of God that prepares the believer not only for the upcoming tests in life but those fantastic promotions as well.
18. God is waiting to bless the believer with the greater grace blessings (escrow), but the believer must develop the capacity for those blessings and this capacity is best developed under protracted testing with requires protracted waiting on the Lord, Isa 30:18.