Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Wed., September 8, 2010


Three cardinal truths of Christianity: 1) Salvation,  Rev 22:16-17;   2) fellowship with God, 1 Jn 1:5-9; 3)  Spiritual maturity (direction), Acts 20:27-32; Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:3-5.





A.  David, the man according to God’s own heart, was supremely a man of objective truth) and a man of fellowship (inner “subjective experiential truth”) Psa 40:10-11.

            1. David’s orientation to objective truth.  

            2. David’s inner “subjective experience” of fellowship with God was based on and a result of his orientation to divine objective truth.

            3. There are two aspects to our spiritual lives: objective BD and inner response.

            4. There are also two directions of our lives, 2 Cor 10:4-5:

                        a. Our royal priesthood, 1 Pet 2:

                        b. Our ambassadorship, Eph 6:20.

            5. Christian philosophy and apologetics are vital in each area. 

6. Consider the pathological consequences for Christians who use their “truth” colored  lenses to see the truth in God’s Word, cp. Js 1:8 vs healthy doctrine in 1 Tim 1:10; 6:3

            7.  Christian philosophy and apologetics can only provide more evidence.


B.  Biblical foundations of truth.

            1.  God is truth, 1 Jn 5:20; Jer 10:10; Jn 3:33; Rom 3:4; 1 Thess 1:9; Rev 3:7, 6:10.

            2.  The truth of God is the foundation of the spiritual life and all knowledge.

            3.  The truth of God is what is behind the faithfulness of scientific laws, the exquisite design of nature, the undeniable moral nature of man, and the continuous existence of all living things, Psa 19; Acts 17:28; Heb 1:3.

            4.  Truth is knowable for everyone, Psa 19; Rom 1:20.

            5.   God desires everyone to move into epignosis knowledge of truth, 1 Tim 2:4.

            6.  God’s truths regarding His thinking, principles, policies, and metaphysics are only revealed in the Bible.

            7.  Truth is a prerequisite to worship of God, Josh 24:14; Jn 4:24; vs Rom 10:2,

            8.  Truth leads us, Psa 43:3, 25:5. 

            9.  Truth protects us, Eph 6:14; 2 Cor 11:15; Psa 61:7.

            10.  Truth empowers us to overcome the tests in life, Mt 4:4; 1 Cor 10:13.

            11.  Truth requires humility,  Psa 25:8.

            12.  Truth confronts and challenges us, Gal 4:16. 

            13.  Truth cleanses, sanctifies and preserves us, Jn 15:3; 17:17; Psa 40:11.

            14.   Truth is greater than all of our earthly possessions, Psa 19:10; Prov 3:13;

8:10, 17, 16:16, 119:127;  Prov 23:23.

15.  Everyone that is of truth follows the LJC, Jn18:37-38; Jn 1:14, 16-17. 

            16. The church is to be the pillar and foundation of truth, 1 Tim 3:15, 2:15.

            17.  God wants truth inside of us, Psa 51:6; 2 Cor 11:10.

            18.  Walking in truth is the most important issue in life, 3 Jn 1:4; vs. Jn 8:44. 

            19.  Truth always prevails, 2 Cor 13:8.

            20.  In the last days, truth will be rejected, and deception accepted, 2 Thess 2:7-12; 2 Tim 3:5-8; 2 Tim 4:1-4.


C.   David and Saul:  doctrinal principles related to the believer regarding supergrace (suffering for blessings) and reversionism (suffering from discipline).

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 so difficult is lack of faith in the blessedness of the POG, lack of trust in God, 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/promotions.

12.  God is waiting to bless the believer with the greater grace blessings (escrow), but the believer must develop the capacity for those blessings, Isa 30:18.

            13.  All suffering is either for discipline (Saul) or blessing (David).

14.  Characteristics of suffering for blessing, cf. 2 Cor 12:7-10; Phil 4:10-12.

15.  Fundamental principles to remember in suffering:

                        a)  Suffering for blessing is accompanied with courage, & divine peace, Jn 16:33. 

                        b)  Avoid thinking that your suffering is unique, 1 Cor 10:13.

c)  Suffering or adversity is necessary to produce spiritual character, Rom 5:3-5.

d)  Suffering for blessing is designed to produce eternal rewards, Rom 8:18;

2 Cor 4:16-18, Rev 2-3.

                        e)  Only suffering can produce the attitude of biblical humility (grace orientation) and wisdom, 2 Cor 12:3-7; Jas 1:2-6; 4:6.

f)  The aim of suffering is always to bring you closer to Christ, Phil 4:11-13.

            16.  Panorama of suffering in First Peter—suffering is designed  

            a)  To refine and develop of your faith/B.D, 1:6-7.

                        b)  To refine and develop your priesthood, 2:19. 

c)  To refine and develop your ambassadorship, 3:14-16. 

d)  To refine and develop your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, 4:12-14.

e)  To develop greater strength, stability, and maturity, 1 Pet 5:10.