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The doctrine of Election, Part 12. The principles of selection and election.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Point 7. Selection and Election.

At the point of physical birth, you come under the concept of selection not election.

EZE 18:4 Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine.

NUM 16:22 “The God of the spirits of all flesh,”

Since God knew in eternity past that you were going to be a member of the human race, and He also knew simultaneously in His omniscience that you would believe in Jesus Christ, God selected you before He elected you.

Selection is a technical term related to the divine imputation of human life at the point of physical birth.

At the moment of physical birth, God imputes human life to the format soul, at which point the individual becomes alive.

Life has meaning, purpose, and definition for everyone, regardless of environment or circumstances, historical prosperity or historical adversity.

Simultaneously, at the point of your physical birth, Adam’s original sin was imputed to the genetically-formed old sin nature resulting in spiritual death.

Our personal sins were never imputed to us for judgment.
Instead, they were collected and imputed to Christ on the cross.

Selection is the sovereign decision to impute human life at the point of physical birth.

Election is a term relating to the spiritual birth or regeneration.

Regeneration is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in creating the human spirit for the imputation of eternal life at the point of salvation.

The very fact that when a person is born he receives the imputation of human life from God, means God selected you as category homo sapien, or human being, a rational creature, when He imputed life to you.

1TI 2:4 He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Selection occurs when the sovereignty of God imputes human life to the soul at birth.

Election becomes a reality when any person believes in Christ for salvation.

At the moment you receive the imputation of eternal life, you also receive your invisible assets, such as election and predestination.

The fact that any person is born again through faith in Christ when he might have been forever under condemnation is the motivational challenge of election which follows selection.

The fact that selection at birth and election at regeneration occur for every believer opens the door for the greatest opportunity ever extended to the human race – for invisible but real historical impact, and blessing by association.

Potentially, your influence, while invisible, is far, far greater than any success factor in history.

This opportunity is described by two words: election and predestination.

He provided it knowing that you would have an old sin nature, knowing its every manifestation and your every failure. Yet He still selected us at birth and He still gave us election at regeneration.

Your first clue to this grace process is the sole requirement of non-meritorious faith in Christ for salvation.

COL 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

In salvation, faith in Christ attributes all the merit to Christ.

None of us earn or deserve our invisible assets.

There is no such thing as a handicap, whether environmental, volitional, or genetic; you have the same privileges and opportunities as every other believer, for you are royal family of God.

The only distinguishing factor among believers in the royal family of God is the personnel assets – different talents, different treasures, and a different spiritual gift.

We all have the same amount of time and can serve God in any realm when we do what we do as –
ECC 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do {it} with all your might;

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.

EPH 6:6-7 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,

“Spirit of God” = “ruach El”
Hebrew ruach = Greek pneuma.
It means breath, spirit, life, and lifestyle.

GEN 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

This statement by Job is after the fall of man in the Garden and states the principle of the origin of human life, which is from God.

ISA 44:2 “Thus says the Lord who created you, who formed you outside [separated from] the womb.”
“From the womb” – prepositional phrase – mi beten = separated from the womb, or out from the womb.

ECC 12:7 “Then the dust [biological life] will return to the earth as it was, and the breath [ruach, soul life] will return to God who gave it.”

Because of the character and nature of God and the imputation of sin at birth, God must provide salvation for everyone to whom He gives soul life at birth.

ISA 44:24 Thus says the Lord [Jehovah], your redeemer, the One who formed you from the womb [not in the womb but outside the womb], “I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,”

When a woman becomes pregnant and has a fetus inside of her body that is biological life.

The real you is not the body that came forth from the sperm and the woman’s ovum – the real you is the soul.

Job recognized, JOB 33:4, that there is no soul life in the womb but that God is the one that made him a human being by giving him the breath of Life.

Biological life continues as the home for the soul.

The cord takes the biological life of the mother and keeps the biological life of the fetus going.

ECC 12:7 “Then the dust [biological life] will return to the earth as it was, and the breath [ruach, soul life] will return to God who gave it.”

GEN 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

God’s creation of life, of soul life, occurs at birth – under the principle of selection.

Man is the source of biological life and he is also the source of the sin nature.

DEU 32:4 The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

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