Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, September 12, 2014

Point 5. The election of the Church.

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 and it is conveyed to you at the judgment seat of Christ completely.

The first conveyance or the down payment occurs in time as a transfer of the phenomenal spiritual wealth and blessings God has designed for all of us to have.

The point is that “in time” spiritual capacity or maturity is needed to taste these blessings.

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.

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.

GAL 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

JAM 1:12,  “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

ECC 9:10,  “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

GAL 4:16, Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?

The concepts of rich and poor are simply used as an illustration of the difference which will exist between winners and losers, those who have shame and those who do not.

1CO 15:34, Become sober‑minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
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.”

1JO 2:28  “And now my children, keep abiding in Him, that if He should appear [Rapture], we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame in His presence [Judgment seat of Christ].

The issue that everyone of us must face is whether or not we are you 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.

The loss of rewards will be a sign that you were a “loser in time.”

Because of your eternal poverty, and I mean “poverty compared to the winners, you will lack the richness that God elected you to have.”

Spiritual blessings in time go to the rich and poor.

In some cases “in time” it’s a disgrace to be poor, in other cases it isn’t.

As far as the eternal state is concerned, it is a disgrace for any believer to be poor in his resurrected body.

That same grace that saved him is the same grace that could have made him great.

2PE 1:11,  for in this way an abundance shall be supplied to you at the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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