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The Doctrine of The Divine Decrees. Part 11.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Point 3. The principle of the pre-creation reality and lapsarianism. They are called in theology the five elective decrees.

Lapsarianism provides the logical environment as well as the logical order for the five elective decrees. It provides the place for the insertion of escrow blessings for every believer in the portfolio of invisible assets.

The term lapsarian refers to the doctrine of divine decrees from the standpoint that man is a fallen being or creature. There are five schools of interpretation in the order and arrangement of these five elective decrees.

Supralapsarianism
Sublapsarianism
Infralapsarianism
Arminian lapsarianism
Biblical Lapsarianism

1. Supralapsarianism - hyper-Calvinism or Beza’s theory.

A. Elect some to be saved and to reprobate all others (double predestination and heresy).
B. Provide salvation for the elect (limited atonement).
C. Create man, elect and non-elect.
D. The decree to permit the fall.
E. The decree to save the elect.

The blood of Christ, which refers to His substitutionary spiritual death on the cross, provided redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation for every human being in history.

1JO 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 2CO 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them,

Biblical Lapsarianism.
A. Create
B. Permit the fall
C. Provide salvation for all mankind
D. Leave the reprobate in their condition
E. Provide blessing, election, and predestination for believers only

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Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God in eternity past; predestination is the provision of the sovereign will of God for you so that you might execute the PPOG.

2. There is also the decree to provide a portfolio of invisible assets for every believer by depositing in escrow greater blessings for time and eternity for every believer.

Principle: The first thing that God ever did for us is the means of glorifying Him.
That first thing was escrow blessings.

Blessed - adjective eulogetos = “worthy of praise and glorification”

Under the principle of election, God the Father is the author of the divine plan which reveals the fantastic things that He has prepared for those who love Him.

“Has blessed us” -
aor-act-part - eulogesas = “having already blessed”

One of the those rules = in a sentence, whenever you have more than one verb, the action of the aorist participles in that sentence precede or come before the action of the main verb.

“Chose us” - main verb - aor-mid-ind - eklego = to elect.

Biblical lapsarianism
A. Create
B. Permit the fall
C. Provide salvation for all mankind
D. Leave the reprobate in their condition
E. Provide blessing, election, and predestination for believers only

God decided to provide His highest and best for “anyone” who would believe upon TLJC and would come under the principle of election.

The term “spiritual” blessings is used because God is the source, not because they are necessarily “spiritual” in nature, for they also include temporal blessings.

We, Church-age believers, are the beneficiaries of these blessings as stated by the word “us” which refers to every believer in union with Christ as Royal Family of God.

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