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Dr. Arnold Murray, DRE Newsletter #232 - February 1998
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We all have much to learn. We are all pupils ~~~~~~~~~~and produce fruit.
in God's Word. In this lecture, we are going to
discuss discipline and education. Normally, edu- 2:"'"
iis.ciplintb JOHN 15:7 If ye abide in Me, and My
cation begins in the home. The parents teach the t.Uu.catinn words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
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child to sustain themselves. Hopefully, they teach ""'
the child morals and how to get along with others. A parent Some think this verse means they can ask for a
should teach their child how to be successful. The blueprint luxury car and their request will be granted. Not so! The
to this essential teaching may be found in the Word of God. subject is producing fruit for God. If you are producing
fruit and ask for something to produce more fruit, it will
On a spiritual level, we are all God's children. He -be given to you.
teaches us discipline in spiritual matters. Some of us mature
in His Word; some of us remain children unto old age. The JOHN 15:8-9 Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear
latter group is biblically illiterate and hasn't the vaguest idea much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples. ~ As the Father
how to please our Father or be spiritually successful. God hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My
doesn't give spiritual success to anyone that hasn't earned love.
it. He doesn't like lazy people. If you do things God's way, Remember, God corrects those that He loves. Some­
He will pour blessings on you. When you discipline yourself times tough love comes into bearing. Tough love usually
in His Word, Father is able to utilize you to accomplish hurts the one giving it more than the one receiving it.
His plan. Why? Because you know His plan.
JOHN 15:10-11 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall
God only disciplines those children that He loves. Just abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's
as you expect your children to improve after having dis­ commandments, and abide in His love. 11 These things
ciplined them, God expects us to improve after having have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in
disciplined us. The purpose of disciplined education is to you, and that your joy might be full.
improve the individual. Let's open our Bibles to Saint John.
Is your joy running on full, or empty? It is up to
JOHN 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and My Father is the you. Everyone makes their own choice. Discipline your­
Husbandman. g Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit self in His Word. That is the only way to joy and true
He taketh away: and evety branch that beareth fruit, He happiness.
purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
JOHN 15:12-13 This is My commandment, That ye love
Christ is the Vine. We are the branches. Those branches one another, as I have loved you. ~ Greater love hath
that produce fruit are pruned and shaped to produce even no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
more fruit. Branches that don't produce fruit are cut off. friends.

JOHN 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I Jesus Christ gave His life for you on the cross.
have spoken unto you. Why? He thinks you are worth it. Are you?
God's Word cleanses you. How long has it been since JOHN 15:14 Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever
you have had a bath? Think about it! The Word cleanses. command you.
Get into it daily.
The smallest words are often meaningful. "If" is such
JOHN 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch a small word yet means so much. If you don't do as
cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no the Lord commands, you are not His friend.
more can ye, except ye abide in Me.
JOHN 15:15 Henceforth I call you not
You must be plugged in to the Vine to produce fruit. servants; for the servant knoweth
Remember, those branches that don't produce fruit are cut what his lord doeth: but I have
off. you friends; for all things that I have
heard of My Father I have made known
JOHN 15:5-6 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that unto you.
abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much
fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. ~ If a man abide Friends, if you will discipline

not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; yourself in Him, He will give

and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they you the education. Jesus said,

are burned. "for all things that I have·

heard of My Father I have

Anytime you feel your life withering, discipline yourself made known unto you."

to get back close to the Word. Follow God's instructions,

JOHN 15:16 Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen for they will increase unto more un'f0dliness. 1Z And their
you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth word will eat as doth a canker: 0 whom is Hymenaeus
fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever and Philetus;
ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give
it you. A canker is gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus both
believed that when the flesh dies, you are dead and that
Again, what is the subject? Are you producing fruit? there is no resurrection.
Are you receiving God's blessings? Unfortunately, many
fall into the category of branches that the Husbandman /I TIMOTHY 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred,
will cut off. saying that the resurrection is past already, and over­
throw the faith of some.
JOHN 15: 17-19 These things I command you, that ye
love one another. 16. If the world hate you, ye know, that Teaching the rapture will do the same. Many will
it hated Me before it hated you. 19.....1f ye were 01' the be deceived by antichrist thinking he is Jesus come to
world, the world would love his own: but because ye are rapture them away.
not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you. II TIMOTHY 2:19-20 Nevertheless the foundation of God
standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them
Don't expect to win any popularity contests in this that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name
world; however, Christ gave you power over all of your of Christ depart from iniquity. £fQ But in a great house
enemies. Take names, and kick dragon! Don't give Satan there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but
any quarter! I don't ever want to hear one of you say also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and
please to Satan. The word please means to beg, and if some to dishonour.
you beg Satan, he has you. If you were to say, "please In God's house, there are vessels to honour and some
Satan, leave me alone," he would laugh at you. Order to dishonour. Which are you?
Satan out of your life in the Name of Jesus Christ. Let's
turn to II Timothy. We'll pick it up with Paul preparing II TIMOTHY 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from
Timothy to teach God's Word successfully. these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and
meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every
/I TIMOTHY 2: 1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in good work.
the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Purge yourself from those that babble and speak
You become strong in Christ Jesus by disciplining nonsense.
yourself in the Word.
/I TIMOTHY 2:22-23 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow
/I TIMOTHY 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call
of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and
to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender
Don't waste your time on those that aren't interested.
Commit the things you have learned to faithful men and Teachers of God's Word should avoid foolish and
women. Don't cast your pearls before swine. unlearned questions. They cause nothing but problems
and quarrels. Find diplomatic ways to sidestep foolish
/I TIMOTHY 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as questions, and stick to the meat.
a good soldier of Jesus Christ. f1 No man that warreth
entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may II TIMOTHY 2:24-25 And the servant of the Lord must
please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach,
patient, ~ In meekness instructing those that oppose
Every combat soldier is going to get shot at. We are themselves; if God peradventure will give them repen­
in a spiritual war. Don't get so tangled up in the affairs tance to the acknowledging of the truth;
of this world that you can't be standing with the gospel
armor on for God. Let's go to verse 14. The word instructing in verse 25 means disciplined
education that begins at home. God takes care of the
11 TIMOTHY 2:14 Of these things put them in remem­ spiritual, and parents are responsible for everything else
brance, charging them before the Lord that they strive from the woodshed to the dining room table.
not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of
the hearers. II TIMOTHY 2:26 And that they may recover themselves
out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive
The power of God converts unbelievers, not words by him at his will.
to no profit. When you are planting seeds, it is not
important to try to impress the unbeliever with how much Don't ever say please to Satan. Practice the authority
you know. Christ gave you over all of your enemies. Discipline
yourself in the Word of God. Produce fruit, and God
1/ TIMOTHY 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto will give you whatever you need to produce more fruit.
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly We are all students. Practice disciplined education.
dividing the word of truth.

Rightly dividing the Word means to follow the sub­

ject. Always ask yourself who, what, when and where,
when you are studying God's Word.
II TIMOTHY 2:16-17 But shun profc:ne and vain babblings: