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The doctrine of Election. Part 19. The only human dependence of the royal priesthood is the divine provision of your very own pastor-teacher.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Point 10. The Equal Privilege of Election Manifested by the Universal Priesthood of Every Church-age Believer.

In the Church-age, since every believer is a priest, every believer represents himself before God.

ROM 14:4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

ROM 14:10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
ROM 14:12 So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.
ROM 14:22 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

1PE 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1PE 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

You are the ones chosen or elected by God, elected for the high calling of the royal priesthood, elected to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him.

Under the privacy of your priesthood, you also have the right to assemble with other believers in a group, where your privacy is respected and where you can learn doctrine from whomever is your right pastor-teacher.

The privacy of your priesthood permits the function of both your positive volition toward doctrine plus the right to metabolize and apply that doctrine to your own experience.

The only human dependence of the royal priesthood is the divine provision of your very own pastor-teacher and your consistent positive volition under his teaching ministry.

1) To equip and train the Royal Family for combat.
2) For the work of service = preparing believers to function in their spiritual gift.
3) For the edification of the body – to study, to teach, to discipline (public), reprimand (private), and encourage by steadfastness and doctrine.

1CO 1:26-27 not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish ones of the world to shame the wise,

ACT 20:28 the Holy Spirit assigns a certain pastor to a certain congregation or group of people.

“Has made” – aor-mid-ind – tithemi = to place, to appoint, to assign.

ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
2CO 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

“Overseers” – episkopos = a guardian of the flock, overseer, supervisor, superintendent, and policy maker.

“Flock” and “church” are both nouns in the singular, illustrating that there is one pastor for one congregation.

A. One flock and one shepherd over that flock.
B. One church and one overseer over that church.
C. One pastor assigned or appointed by the Holy Spirit.

1PE 5:3 – there are certain believers who are allotted or assigned to a certain pastor.

God’s will is perfect and He has a perfect will regarding what pastor should be shepherding and exercising oversight over a certain group of believers.

“Not for personal gain and personal profit.”

One of the things that you must look for within the pastor – a ready mind is a prepared man.

“Not lording it over those allotted to your charge” – the pastors or those who think that they are pastors who violate the royal priesthood of the believer.

“Allotted to your charge” – kleros =
a. Those assigned to the charge of a certain pastor.
b. Those allotted or distributed to a certain pastor.

c. The New Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon, page 349 – “those whose care and oversight has been assigned to ‘one’ Presbyter” or pastor teacher.

“Examples” – nominative masculine plural – tupos = a mark, or impression, or a pattern.

It is always the message that counts, never the man.

COL 4:17 – Archippus received this ministry from the Lord.
Epaphroditus was the right pastor teacher to the Philippians, PHI 2:25, and he was called “your messenger” to the Philippians.
Epaphras was the right pastor teacher of Colosse, COL 1:17, where he is called the servant of Christ on “your behalf.”

In COL 4:12, he is called one of “your number.”
The apostle John was the pastor to Gaius and his church, 3Jo 4, and so he called that church “my children.”

1. Finding the right pastor means finding someone who is faithful in the communication of Bible doctrine under the principle of line upon line, precept upon precept.
2. Finding your right pastor = your consistent exposure to his Bible teaching through attendance at a local church, face-to-face, or through a consistent program of non-face-to-face teaching – the Internet, audio, tape, video, radio, television or the printed word.

Faithful Bible teaching from your right pastor demands your faith perception, metabolization, and application of that teaching to your own life as a royal priest.

Life in the PPOG is not only spiritual freedom under the filling of the Spirit, but spiritual independence within the framework of your royal priesthood.

As a believer-priest, you cannot fulfill your election and the PPOG by advancing to spiritual maturity on someone else’s thinking, motivation, decisions, actions, advice, counseling, emotion, or even their leadership.

The first stage of spiritual adulthood is spiritual self-esteem, which is when you know how to do it on your own, and you no longer feel threatened by all the things in life that cause fear, worry, and anxiety.

a. Rebound as the basic technique for the recovery of fellowship.
b. A consistent prayer life.
c. Perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine to your own experience.
d. Worship.
e. The sacrifices of life, such as praise, which is your doctrinal momentum resulting in spiritual adulthood and the manner of operating of virtue-love.
f. Divine viewpoint mental attitude from metabolized doctrine.
g. Self-motivation from metabolized doctrine.

Your priesthood demands that you live your own life as unto the Lord and take the responsibility for your own decisions.

MAT 7:1-3 “Judge not, or you too will be judged, for in the same way you judge others you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you again.”

God will not permit anyone to take His place in judging or evaluating other believers.

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