Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin

Sunday, September 10, 2014

Point 5.  The election of the Church.

To know = peractpart, eidotes which in the perfect tense means that you should know fully and be able to recognize completely what election really means and how it relates to God’s plan for your life.

COL 3:12 “Dress yourselves, therefore, as elected ones belonging to God, separated ones, having been loved, [and then the verb is in view, dress yourself with the affections of grace compassions, kindness, [true sensitivity] humility, gentleness”

You have been called and elected to be good moral people, because in the eyes of God your little system of human good is just as disgusting as the Pharisees according to the prophet Isaiah in ISA 64:6.

ROM 9:23 And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,

We are the beneficiaries of the most fantastic plan that God has ever put together for those who are believers in Jesus Christ.

(1)  The temporal destiny is the advance to maturity and becoming an invisible hero.

(2)  The eternal destiny which begins with the Rapture of the Church when we receive our resurrection bodies.

a.  There is the sovereignty of God who has provided everything for our benefit, here referred to as “the riches of His glory given to vessels of mercy.”

b. There is also the free will of man which means that there coexists God’s sovereignty and human volition.
Death and resurrection are God’s victory, dependent solely upon His sovereign decision.

The only opportunity we have to use the free will God has given us in order to exercise it for His plan and purpose and to enjoy the riches He provided for us in eternity past is now.

EPH 3:16 I pray that He may give you on the basis of the riches of His glory to become strong by means of power through His Spirit in your inner being.”

EPH 1:18 Paul says I pray “That the eyes of your right lobe may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

EPH 3:8, “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace has been given to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable wealth of Jesus Christ.”

COL 1:27,  “In whom God willed to reveal to the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

COL 2:2, “That their right lobes may be encouraged, having been knit together in virtue love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding on the basis of metabolized doctrine of God’s mystery.”

PHI 4:19,  “My God shall supply all of your needs on the basis of His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

This means that God’s justice is imputed to God’s righteousness to us at salvation.

Possessing God’s perfect righteousness means that whether you are a winner or loser in life, God will support and bless you.

He does so because His justice imputes all blessing down the grace pipeline from His justice to His righteousness in you.

God blesses us on the basis of His riches in glory, not on the basis of who and what we are, or on the basis of what we do.

HEB 13:5-6, “Let your lifestyle be free from love for money; be content with what you have, for He Himself has said, `I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.’  So that we may say with confidence, `The Lord is my helper.  I will not be afraid of what man will do to
me.”

The wealth in eternity is forever and ever and ever. It is conveyed at the judgment seat of Christ completely.

The first conveyance or the down payment occurs in time as a transfer of phenomenal spiritual wealth and blessings!

“In time” spiritual capacity or maturity is needed to taste these blessings.

However, the second conveyance occurs at the Judgment seat of Christ.

We call it crowns, decorations, and rewards, but those descriptions do not even begin to describe the fantastic things that God has elected every single one of us to have.

Because all of us have a free-will, there will be great differences among believers in heaven forever and ever.

The Bible tells us that there will be those who will suffer a loss of rewards in 1CO 3:11-15. I didn’t say that, Paul did, take it up with him and the Holy Spirit.

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