Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The doctrine of Election. Part 19. The Order of the Morning Star is the highest manifestation of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

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.

Point 9. The Blessings and Rewards Given to the Believer Who Fulfills His Election.

Just like in time, there are winner and loser believers, in eternity there are winners and losers, or those who are privileged forever and those who lost their privileges, 1CO 3:11-15.

PHI 3:1 Finally, my brethren, keep on having inner happiness in the Lord. On the one hand, to be repeating the same doctrines to you is not troublesome to me, while on the other hand, it is a safeguard or a basis of security for you.

You will be poor in contrast to what you could have had and what the winner believers have.

Just like there are differences of rank among the elect angels, there are differences of rank and privileges among believers; 1CO 15:39-42.

1) The crown of righteousness.
2) The crown of life.
3) The incorruptible crown.
4) The crown of rejoicing.
5) The crown of glory.

The ultimate decoration is the order of the morning star, REV 2:26-28.

“Furthermore, the winner, even he who keeps my assignments [execution of the predesigned plan of God] until the end [perpetuation of spiritual maturity through evidence testing], to him I will give authority over the nations.”

The mature believer will be a ruler over a Gentile nation and rule during the Millennium.

Adam – 930, Seth – 912, Enosh – 905, Kenan – 910, Mahalalel – 835, Jared – 962, Methuselah – 969, Noah – 950

Receiving this decoration, the order of the morning star, is the highest manifestation of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ in the Church-age.

This same title was given to our Lord at the ascension and session and is related to both the strategic victory and tactical victory of the angelic conflict.

I am the root – Jesus Christ as eternal God, the descendent of David – Jesus Christ in hypostatic union, the bright morning star – His title for the First and Second Advents.

The order of the morning star is named after our Lord’s royal title and is given to the believer who had a historical impact in the Church-age.

MAT 5:13 You are the salt of the earth;
MAT 5:14 You are the light of the world.

The order of the morning star authorizes the recipient to reign with Christ in the Millennium and hold the highest privileges for all eternity.

These believers can eat from the Tree of Life in the paradise of God, located in the New Jerusalem, REV 2:7.

1) The uniform of honor, being invisible and worn in the soul, is exchanged at the Judgment Seat of Christ for the translucent uniform of glory worn over the resurrection body.

It was first modeled by Jesus Christ on the Mount of transfiguration –
Mat 17 “And His clothes became white as light.”

The uniform of glory is given as a translucent light which covers the resurrection body –
REV 3:4-5 “they will walk with me in whites”

2) The name of the winner believer also appears on the honors list, and he is presented in the court of heaven during the Tribulation period on the earth.

3) A new order of knighthood and eternal order of chivalry will be added to the believer’s name in the Lamb’s book of life forever, REV 2:17 cf; COL 3:4.

COL 3:1-4 If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

4) The winner believer will also rule with Christ during the Millennium, REV 2:26-28.

5) The winner’s name is recorded in the permanent historical record section because of his invisible historical impact during the Church-age, REV 3:12a.

This temple of God will be the historical textbook of the true heroes of history.

6) The winner receives his own coat of arms of glory, REV 3:12b.
7) The winner has special privileges related to the Tree of Life, the gazebo of the garden, called the paradise of God.

PHI 3:14 I keep on pressing on toward the objective for the purpose of the reward belonging to the upward call of God [Father], by means of Christ Jesus.

At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you.

At the end of your life on earth you will stand before God, and He is going to evaluate whether or not your life glorified Him in the midst of the angelic conflict and how well you served others with your life.

“Each of us will have to give a personal account to God,” ROM 14:10.

JOH 7:17 “If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God or not”
JER 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find {Me,} when you search for Me with all your heart.”

MAR 8:35 “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it.”

This truth is so important that it is repeated five times in the Gospels; MAR 8:35; MAT 10:39; 16:25;
LUK 9:24; 17:33.

You are going to give your life for something. A career, a sport, a hobby, fame, wealth?

What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived.

Abraham was old,
Jacob was insecure,
Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses was slow of speech,
Gideon was poor,
Samson was co-dependent,
Rahab was immoral,
David had an affair and all kinds of family problems.

Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant, Naomi was a widow,
John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered,
Martha worried a lot, the Samaritan woman had several failed marriages, Zacchaeus was unpopular,
Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health, and Timothy was timid.

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