Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
How God has designed the believer to understand the mystery doctrine and to stimulate our curiosity. Part 4.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
One of the most important doctrines the apostle Paul could ever teach us concerning the sovereign will of God and how it relates to the free will of man in that plan given for man to understand his place in that plan.
It is a vital part of God’s plan for man to be totally confident and convinced of his calling and his election, both of which guarantee and promise the believer of a fantastic life in time, but most of all, for all of eternity.
2PE 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
2PE 1:3 Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life [this life] and godliness [the spiritual life], through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
The second half of the statement which is man’s calling and election guarantee and promise the believer of a fantastic life in time, but most of all, for all of eternity.
The Message Bible –
1TI 4:7 Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God -no spiritual flabbiness, please!
1TI 4:8 Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.
The first subject Paul wants us to master concerning the book of life is the three-fold doctrinal principle concerning AOS, OSN, and the doctrine of imputation.
ROM 5:12-13, Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin [the sin of Adam] entered into the world [the area in which it entered, the devil’s world], – and death [spiritual death] through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned – [all sinned when Adam sinned]. for until the Law
Law – nomou = the Mosaic Law; a certain period of history from Adam to the Law.
That includes the dispensation of the Gentiles and part of the age of the Jews.
It includes man’s time of perfection in the Garden. It goes from Adam to Abel to Enoch to Noah to Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph all the way to Moses and when the Law was given.
ROM 5:13 for until the Law sin [personal sin]
Nominative singular – hamartia = personal sin which is defined by the Mosaic Law.
None of us are spiritually dead because of our personal sins.
We are spiritually dead because Adam’s original sin was imputed to its genetic home, the old sin nature at the point of physical birth.
From Adam to Moses spiritual death still existed even when there was no Law to follow. We sin because we have the trends of Adam which were passed down to us from Adam to our genetically formed old sin nature in the body.