Study # 76
March 17, 1999
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: Believers are NOT to groan about what their fellow believers do that block their agendas. Introduction: Last week we looked at the issue of the nearness of the coming of the Lord. We saw that nearness must be technically understood in view of God's perspective as given in the Scriptures--that man's life is just a vapour and that a 1,000 years is as a day--and that the biblical issue is the impact that expectation makes upon the thinking and actions of the believer. IF he allows the thinking of the ungodly [the notions that the passing of much time means that the promise is a myth, and that we are free to pursue our own lusts] to penetrate his mind, he WILL begin to act like the ungodly. The biblical promise of nearness is not to be taken in the human sense of temporal proximity; it is to be taken in the human sense of imprecise expectancy--not knowing when exactly, but expecting at any time. This is most clearly taught by Jesus in Matthew 25:14 and following. This evening we are going to look into James' demand that we cease "groaning" about each other in view of his doctrine of imminency.