Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The doctrine of Election, Part 11. The spiritual and temporal blessings for the Church-age believer.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Point 6. Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account.
EPH 1:3 Worthy of praise and glorification be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
These blessings which we have been elected to receive, have come from the work of God the Father on behalf of the believer in eternity past.
God derives pleasure and is blessed by giving to us, ACT 20:35.
He created everything, and it is for His pleasure that they exist and were created, REV 4:11.
In eternity past, the blessings deposited in escrow were made contingent on the future performance of the obligee.
Eph 1 – the first thing God ever did for us is the means of glorifying Him, which is to receive the blessings He has provided for us.
Spiritual blessing = maximum awareness of life; you are very much alive and you treasure every moment of life, whether in adversity or prosperity.
Spiritual blessing = orientation to reality, a maximum amount of objectivity in your life, and the accumulation of all the characteristics of spiritual adulthood.
Spiritual blessing = maximum contentment, tranquility, and happiness in life regardless of your station, circumstances, or status quo in life, HEB 13:5-6.
Spiritual blessing = your relationship with God is fantastic and is based upon a tremendous confidence that, while you have never seen God, you know Him and understand Him as He wants to be understood through the mystery doctrine for the Church-age, 1PE 1:3-8.
Spiritual blessing = you will also be blessed in your contacts with all kinds of people, both loving and antagonistic.
Spiritual blessing = you have a relationship with self that is honest and virtuous –
1CO 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am.
Establishment blessing = privacy and freedom; the enjoyment of both life and property; protection from crime, reprisal, violence, and vindictiveness from others.
Professional blessing is maximum success or efficiency in a profession, whether law, medicine, engineering, science, military, teaching, law enforcement, athletics, art, music, literature, etc.
COL 3:23-24 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Business blessing, where applicable, means success in business as an owner or an executive of a large corporation; or where pertinent, success as a salesman, administrator, laborer, etc.
Social blessing is the possession of loving, faithful, reliable, and stable friends, and maximum enjoyment of your relationships with them.
Romantic blessing can mean a wonderful relationship with a member of the opposite sex where happiness replaces sinfulness.
Romantic prosperity is perpetuated under all circumstances of adversity and prosperity.
Mental blessing is the ability to concentrate; to organize both your thinking and your life; to synthesize, analyze; and to have courage – the ability to think under pressure.
Mental prosperity = freedom from the mental sins of fear, worry, and anxiety.
Cultural blessing is maximum capacity for good entertainment; the enjoyment of the best in music, art, literature, drama, history, and your hobbies.
Health blessing is given to some mature believers as well.
Leadership blessing, though not for everyone, is a blessing for some by virtue of either their genetics or spiritual gift, or it can be acquired.
PRO 8:18 “Riches and honor are with me [doctrine], enduring wealth and virtue [righteousness].”
PSA 23:6 “Surely prosperity and grace pursue me all the days of my life [your blessings for time], and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever [the blessings for all eternity].”
2SA 6:11 – entire household
DEU 29:5 – divine character
1KI 3:13 – riches and honor
EXO 23:25 – health; no sickness
1KI 3:14 – length of days
DEU 7:15 – vengeance upon your enemies
ISA 41:10 – blessing of strength
ISA 29:24 “And those who err in mental attitude will know the truth, And those who criticize will accept doctrine.”