Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The doctrine of Election, Part 11. The greatest opportunity ever extended to the human race.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Grace Bible Church
Pastor/Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday,
July 23, 2004

Point 7. Selection and Election.

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

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

MAT 19:4 “Have you not read, that He who created {them} from the beginning made them male and female,”

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

GAL 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all equal in Christ Jesus.

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.

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.

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.

At salvation you were saved by grace through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, that no one should boast, EPH 2:8-9.

After salvation, the same policy applies – all grace through faith; not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, that anyone should boast –
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.
You are not saved by anything you can think, say, or do.
After salvation, 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 amount of treasures, and a different spiritual gift.

When it comes to time, 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.

Job does not say that copulation between the male and female gave him life.

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.

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 male sperm and the female’s ovum – the real you is the soul.

“It is the spirit or the ruach, the breath of God that has made me, and the spark of life from the Almighty gives me life.”

Job recognized, JOB 33:4, that there is no soul life in the womb, but 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 actually 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.

It is important to note where soul life really comes from and how God selected you and imputed your soul to your body, and therefore God selected your race, your gender, your parents, your environment, etc.

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.

God did not make your human body but He did make the elements that the human body, biological life, is made from.

JER 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

In verses 4 and 5, he calls the miscarriage an “it.”

NIV –
MAT 1:20 …because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

“That” or “what” =
definite article “to” – neuter gender not masculine; it cannot and does not refer to a person; translated correctly “the thing.”

Offspring – “to” – neuter gender not masculine; it cannot and does not refer to a person!

LUK 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (KJV)

Governments administer law to the living, not where life does not exist. Government has no jurisprudence over the content of the womb.

Biological life in the womb is under the control of the volition of the mother.

Once human life is imputed by God, then biological life is under the control of what the soul decides.

Capital punishment is appropriate for murder, GEN 9:5-6; EXO 21:12; NUM 35:30; MAT 26:53; ROM 13:3-4.

Biological life minus soul life is not a human being.

The content of the womb is not regarded as human life.

Job describes the limits of life: out from the womb and to the tomb.

The limits of human life are from birth to death.

At birth, God creates soul life and imputes it to biological life.

At death, God removes soul life from biological life, and for the believer, takes that soul life to heaven.

Job could not die before birth, because he was not a human being prior to birth.

If he had died at birth, out from the womb, he would have been with those who had died before him.

It is not surprising that the Bible emphasizes human experience as existing between birth and death, not conception and death.

PSA 58:3 “The wicked are estranged outside the womb [me rechem]; those who speak lies go astray outside the womb [mi beten].”

ECC 3:2 There is a time to be born, and a time to die;

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