Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Wed., September 1, 2010
Our future with Jesus Christ, 1 Jn 3:2-3. Three essential Christian truths: 1) Salvation (eternal status), 1 Tim 2:4; 2) fellowship with God (present status), 1 Jn 1:5-6.; 3) Spiritual maturity (direction), Jn 8:30-32.
LIFE OF DAVID (50)
THE NATURE AND NEED FOR DIVINE TRUTH
A. David’s supergrace mental attitude dynamics with regard to truth, Psa 15:2, 25:5, 10, 26:3, 31:5, 40:10-11, 51:6, 57:3, 10; 60:4, 61:7, 69:13, 86:11, 15, 89:14, 108:4, 132:11, 138:2, 145:18.
B. Philosophical foundations regarding the nature of truth.
1. There are four theories of truth.
a) #1, coherence: true as it coheres with a body of other statements.
b) #2, pragmatic: “truth” that “works” and gets things done.
c) #3, functional: “true” by virtue of the fact that it fulfills a purpose.
d) #4, correspondence: truth corresponds to reality.
2. All tests for truth must be determined by the appropriate methods.
3. Truth cannot be separated from the first principles of thought in logic.
a) #1, the law of non-contradiction.
b) #2, the law of excluded middle.
c) #3, the law of identity.
C. Biblical foundations of truth.
1. Truth is knowable, Rom 1:20; Psa 19.
2. Biblical truth as reflected in the biblical words (‘emeth, aletheia).
3. Biblical truth is revealed by God.
4. Biblical truth is absolute in nature.
5. Biblical truth is universal - metanarrative.
6. Biblical truth is exclusive, specific, and universal.
7. Biblical truth is systematic and unified.
8. Biblical truth is an end, not a means to any other end.
9. Biblical truth is powerful because it allows us to enter into divine reality.
10. Man loves to both suppress and distort divine Truth, Rom 1:18-25.
11. Rejection of divine truth means ending up living a lie.
12. Jesus Christ is called truth because he personifies truth, Jn 14:6.
13. Jesus Christ came to testify to truth, Jn 1:17; 18:33.
14. Jesus Christ brought us enormous truth and grace, Jn 1:17; 18:33.
15. Only the truth of Christ can free us, Jn 8:31.
16. Truth is greater than any and all earthly possessions, Psa 19:10, Prov 3:13, 8:10, 8:17, 16:16; 23:23; Psa 119:127.
17. Truth must be taught, Psa 25:5; Jn 8:31-32; Isa 38:19; Mt 22:16.
18. It is impossible to serve the Lord apart from truth, Josh 24:14, 1 Sam. 12:24; 1 Kings 2:4; Jn 4:24;
19. Truth confronts and challenges us, Gal 4:16.
20. God desires for all men to gain epignosis knowledge of truth,1 Tim 2:3-4.
21. Truth gives us guidance throughout life, Psa 43:3.
22. Truth is the basis of worship, Jn 4:24
23. Truth will sanctify and preserve us, Psa 40:11; Jn 17.
24. God wants truth inside of us, Psa 51:6; 2 Cor 11:10.
25. In the last days, truth will be rejected, 2 Thess 2:7-12; 2 Tim 3:1-8; 4:1-4.
26. The JSJC is according to Truth, 1 Cor 4:5
27. The GWT is according to Truith, Rev 20:11-15.
D. David and Saul: doctrinal principles related to the believer regarding supergrace and reversionism.
1. God progressively makes war against the arrogant believer, but gives greater to the grace oriented believer, Js 4:4-6; 1 Pet 5:5-6; Prov 3:34.
2. Supergrace blessings are those special blessings that God has specifically designed for each believer, Isa 30:18; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor 2:9-10.
3. Humbling yourself under the mighty hand of God means, among other things, refusing to take things into your own hands when you are treated unfairly.
4. By waiting on the Lord, and thus avoiding anger and bitterness, the believer remains GO and therefore develops greater capacity for the greater grace blessings.
5. God’s promotions in life are always a matter of His grace and His timing.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Testing is required to remove deficiencies in the believer’s character and thus develop capacity in the believer for the greater things in the plan of God, Js 1:2-4.
9. The issue in all testing is always the ways of God, Psa 27:11; 37:31; Heb 11.
10. 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.
11. 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 for those fantastic blessings and promotions as well.
12. 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.
13. All suffering is either for discipline (Saul) or blessing (David).
14. Characteristics of suffering for blessing includes: maturation, mastery of the details of life, difficulties remain bearable, difficulties never make you miserable, greater orientation to the grace of God and the Word of God, and a deeper relationship with God, cf. 2 Cor 12:7-10; Phil 4:10-12.