Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The doctrine of election, part 3: An election from God plus a plan from God equals a destiny.

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

2PE 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be motivated even more to make certain about His calling and election

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. There are 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.

a. The election of Israel brought in the new racial species, the Jew.

b. The election of Christ which brought in the hypostatic union, a new species – undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.

c. The election of the Church which brought in the new spiritual species, the Church or Royal Family of God, called the new creation, 2CO 5:17, GAL 6:15.

Point 3. The unique election of history: the Lord Jesus Christ.

The water represented something new – the Father’s plan and will for the dispensation of the hypostatic union – to begin His public ministry and to go to the cross and receive the personal sins of mankind and be judged.

a. In the water, TLJC was saying He would fulfill God’s plan and live a perfect life under the greatest testing and then go to the cross and receive the imputation of all personal sins, MAT 3:13-17.

b. As He came out of the water, TLJC recognized that when He completed the plan of the Father by being judged for our sins and then dying physically, He would be resurrected, followed by His ascension and session.

The election of Jesus Christ was impossible without logistical grace support provided for Him.

Logistics = the military science of supply, provision, and planning of troop movement necessary to sustain military forces.

Logistical grace = divine planning, divine support, divine provision, and divine blessing for the execution of the PPOG by the royal family for the fulfillment of God’s will, purpose, and plan for your life.

LUK 2:40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

LUK 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Election is closely related to logistics.

The cross was the ultimate in logistical support. Jesus Christ was sustained and kept alive until all sins could be borne by Him, HEB 9:14.

HEB 9:14 Through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God,

Point 4. The Election of Israel.

Israel became the first client nation in history in 1441 BC.

a. The United Kingdom, 1440-926 BC.
b. Two separate client nations of the Northern and Southern kingdoms, 926-721 BC.
c. The Southern Kingdom, 926-586 BC.
d. Judea, 516 BC-70 AD.

The function, the prosperity, and the perpetuation of the Jewish client nations always depended on the size of its mature believers, 1KI 19:18.

The election of Israel, as with all elections, applies only to those who have personally believed in Jesus Christ.

An election from God
+ a plan from God
= a destiny.

The election of Israel began a new racial species, beginning with Abraham at age ninety-nine. True Israel refers only to those who were born again, Rom 9-11.

Point 5. The Election of the Church.

Like the other two elections, the Church was elected to execute a plan, the PPOG.

After the first forty years of the Church-age, 30-70 AD, the Royal family of God provided spiritual champions or invisible heroes for all Gentile client nations.

The Church-age believer must not only understand his relationship to God, but his relationship to man and history as well.

1TH 1:4 Knowing, brethren, beloved of God, His election for you.

COL 3:12 As elected ones of God, holy and beloved, put on the affections of grace orientation.

2TI 1:9 “He has elected us into a holy station in life, not according to our works.”

ROM 8:33 “Who will bring any accusation against the elect of God, God is the one who justifies.”

TIT 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, According to the doctrine of God’s elected ones, and the full knowledge of doctrine according to the norms of godliness.

“Holy” = both the absolute and relative concept of experiential sanctification.

Election does not have anything to do with God violating someone’s free will, election relates to the experiential part of God’s plan for our lives.

Holiness has to do with separation unto God and the execution of the PPOG. Absolute holiness describes the mandates related to the filling of the Spirit.

When the believer is inside the PPOG, the Holy Spirit controls his soul, and the old sin nature is restrained in his body.

The believer in cosmic one is said to be grieving the Spirit, EPH 4:30, because the old sin nature controls the soul, though still indwelling the body.

The issue is who controls the soul: the old sin nature or the Holy Spirit.

“Blameless before Him” = ultimate sanctification in the eternal state.

The temporal state is from the time of salvation through faith in Christ until either physical death or the rapture occurs.

The “temporal state” and your dedication on the PPOG determines whether you enter eternity abundantly or deficiently, rich or poor, winner or loser.

The conveyance of the wealth that God has elected you to receive means that you will be rich forever or
poor forever.

The phenomenal spiritual blessings which have been provided for every believer, which may include financial blessing depending on whether or not you have a capacity for it.

2CO 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.

LUK 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you in a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they [blessings] will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

PRO 11:24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

PRO 11:25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Positive volition toward doctrine = rich in time, rich in eternity.

Negative volition toward doctrine = poor in time, poor in eternity.

The second state of the believer = the interim state, the in-between state. It is the state of the believer after physical death.

After physical death the believer is –
2CO 5:8 absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.

The “interim state” is a state of equality.

The eternal state begins with the resurrected body and the Rapture of the Church.

The “Judgment seat” of Christ in the eternal state determines and distinguishes between “rich and poor” and “winners and losers” in the spiritual realm.

As a part of election, God willed for you to be a winner and rich. However, you can reject that which God wills.

God’s desire is to bless you, and He has; however your desires can cause you to reject His blessings.

2PE 3:9 “The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of mind [repentance].”

The only generation of “Church-age believers” which will skip the interim state is the Rapture generation.

Once the Rapture occurs and we all receive our resurrected bodies the distinctions exist again.

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