Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The doctrine of Election, Part 7. Spiritual blessings in time go to the rich and poor.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Point 5. The Election of the Church.
a. There are going to be rich and poor believers forever and ever and ever in the eternal state.
b. In the temporal state, the believer is either a winner or a loser, either rich or poor.
c. The conveyance of the wealth that God has elected you to receive in time means that you will be rich forever in eternity.
d. Winners will be spiritually rich in time and spiritually rich in eternity.
True love, peace, contentment, inner happiness, confidence, security, courage, freedom, and abundant life.
e. God willed for you to be a winner and rich; however, you can reject that which God wills.
2PE 3:9 “The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of mind [repentance].”
Human volition can and does reject the saving work of Christ and the blessings and privileges God elected all believers to have in time and in the eternal state.
If you do not receive blessings in time, that is an indication that there will be no blessing in the eternal state or no abundance being supplied for you at the entrance into the eternal kingdom.
In time, “spiritual capacity or maturity” is needed to taste or relish these blessings.
The second conveyance occurs at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Because all of us have a free-will, there are differences among believers in time and there will be even greater differences among believers in eternity, in heaven forever and ever.
The command to stop sinning is not a reference to sinless perfection, but a reference to the fact that when believers lack knowledge it is a shame and sinful.
2TI 2:15 “Study to present yourself approved by God, a workman who does not need to be ashamed [at the Judgment Seat of Christ], handling accurately the word of truth.”
The issue that everyone of us must face is whether or not we are going to be rich or poor in time and whether or not we are going to be rich or poor in eternity.
1SA 2:7 “The Lord makes poor and rich.”
PRO 10:22 “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,”
2CO 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Shame for the believer, the embarrassment of failure to fulfill God’s plan under the principle of equal privilege and equal opportunity and spiritual freedom.
JOH 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
LUK 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate [love less] his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
JOH 12:43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
ACT 5:29 “We must obey God rather than men.”
Adam was cursed because he let his wife manipulate him into a spiritual decision, GEN 3:17.
He was cursed when he allowed his wife to manipulate him into making a spiritual decision that he knew he should not have made, 1TI 2:14.
Saul was cursed when he allowed the people to manipulate him and violate God’s word, 1SA 15:11.
ACT 4:19 “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;”
The loss of rewards will be a sign that you were a “loser in time.”
Spiritual blessings in time go to the rich and poor.
As far as the eternal state is concerned, it is a disgrace for any believer to be poor in his resurrected body.
He is not in the lake of fire where he would be screaming forever and ever.
He is not in the lake of fire, as a place of torment, LUK 16:28.
He is not in the lake of fire where desire is never met, LUK 16:24.
He is not in the lake of fire where there is unspeakable misery indicated by the term, “everlasting fire,”