Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The doctrine of Election, Part 16. In the divine decree is a pre-creation record of each of our lives.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
The Doctrine of Election. Point 1. Definition.
Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God in eternity past before the universe existed and before mankind lived on the earth.
Point 2. Three Elections in History.
a. Israel under the ritual plan of God.
b. Christ under the incarnation plan of God.
c. The Church under the pre-designed plan of God.
Point 3. The unique election of history: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Point 4. The Election of Israel.
Point 5. The Election of the Church.
Point 6. Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account.
Point 7. Selection and Election.
Point 8. Election and the Sovereignty of God with the Free Will of Man.
The angelic conflict is the result of prehistoric creatures being in opposition to God, which began with the fall of Satan and continued until all angelic creatures had made a decision for or against God.
It refers to two trials of Satan and the fallen angels, one in prehistoric times, the other during human history.
God manufactured free will in both angelic creatures and in mankind and then He programmed the divine decrees just exactly how each free will would function.
The decrees of God are His eternal and immutable will regarding the future existence of all events which will happen in time and the precise manner and order of their occurrence.
Decrees = the eternal plan by which God has rendered certain all of the events of the universe (angelic history, human history) past, present, and future.
That one decision was to provide for you your very own election related to His plan for your life, and to provide for you your very own predestination related to His plan for your life.
In the divine decree is a precreation record of each one of our lives, and it reads either winner or loser, depending upon your decisions.
Everything you think, why you think it, and the environment in which you think it, was all known to God in eternity past.
God is perfect and therefore He gave you life at the exact time that He knew would be the best time and environment for you personally.
Everything you think, why you think it, and even the environment in which you think it, was all known to God in eternity past.
The distinction between the winner and the loser is in the divine decree but never in the sovereignty of God.
In human history, the sovereignty of God and the free will of man coexist by divine decree.
The spiritually rich are those winners in the PPOG who receive the transfer of their blessings from the escrow.
The spiritually poor are losers in the cosmic system who are still supported by God’s logistical grace.
The spiritually poor cannot lose their salvation and will receive their resurrection body at the Rapture, but they will receive no escrow blessings at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Their first loss is in time. Though they had equal privilege and opportunity at salvation, they failed to fulfill the PPOG. They are a double loser because, as a result, they do not receive their eternal escrow blessings as well.
Losers are under divine discipline in life –
1CO 16:22 If anyone does not personally love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha.
Pres-act-ind – phileo =
to fall personally in love with TLJC.
Although their names are still recorded in the Lamb’s book of life, losers are omitted from the honor’s list in eternity.
Name – “onoma” = fame, reputation, or title.
2Jo 8-9 look out for yourselves that you may not lose your momentum which you have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. No one has fellowship with God who keeps advancing out of bounds and does not remain on the playing field through the doctrine of Christ.
God the Father as the Grantor deposited into escrow greater blessings for time and eternity. When we meet the conditions of the escrow (reaching spiritual maturity), then our Lord conveys these blessings for time to us.
At the Judgment Seat of Christ, He conveys greater blessings for the eternal state to the winner. For the loser, these blessings remain on deposit forever as a memorial to lost equal opportunity to execute the PPOG.