Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, September 19, 2014

Point 5. The election of the Church or the Church-age believer.

Knowledge of doctrine is the only way to fulfill our election to privilege, 1TH 1:4.

Election means we are responsible to preserve the client nation by advancing and becoming invisible heroes or spiritual champions.

EPH 1:4 we read “Since He Himself has elected us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.”

“Holy” is a reference to experiential sanctification which is living a life set apart from the world or what we call the Cosmic system.

As in all other areas the kingdom of darkness has promoted false doctrine to blind believers from the real meaning that God intended,

2CO 4:3-4,  Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

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

When the believer is inside the PPOG, the Holy Spirit controls his soul, and the old sin nature is restrained in his body, which is when we are living in the world but not of the world.

MAT 13:22 “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world worries from the cosmic system, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

MAR 4:19 The worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Satan’s cosmic system comes from the father lies and is a direct enemy of the PPOG, JOH 15:19.

The word of God, or Bible doctrine, is a direct enemy of the cosmic system, JOH 17:14-16.

When we talks about the Cosmic System, we are basically talking about two fundamental systems, which I refer to it as Cosmic One and Cosmic Two.

The first one called Cosmic One is Satan’s exploitation of believers emphasizing a selfish love from their own arrogance.

2TI 3:1, But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money,

Cosmic Two is Satan’s propaganda and indoctrination college to educate and promote antagonism toward anything related to God, especially the grace of God.

Cosmic One, living for self, represents Satan’s attitude at the time of his prehistoric fall.

Cosmic Two, antagonism toward God and His grace, represents Satan’s attitude at the time of Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden up until the end of human history.

GEN 3:1, 4-5,  “Indeed, has God said,   ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’? You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Cosmic One, living for self, emphasizes arrogance and abnormal preoccupation with self.

Cosmic Two emphasizes antagonism and intolerance toward the plan, purpose, and will of God, as well as toward all Christians executing it.

GAL 4:29  But as at that time he [Ishmael] who was born according to the flesh [from Hagar the slave girl] persecuted him [Isaac] who was born according to the Spirit [from Sarah], so it is now also.

Cosmic One is Satan’s philosophy in the prehistoric angelic conflict.  Cosmic two is Satan’s philosophy in human history as the ruler of the  world.

The target of Cosmic One is yourself: The target of Cosmic Two is Bible doctrine.

In Cosmic One, we destroy ourselves.  In Cosmic Two, we become antagonistic toward Bible doctrine.

a.  Self related to arrogance, and therefore divorced from the reality of God’s plan.

b.  Antagonism toward Bible doctrine.  Only through the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine do believers have any hope of becoming tactically victorious, complementing our Lord’s strategic victory in the angelic conflict.

Cosmic One emphasizes self in contrast to God.  Cosmic Two emphasizes the human viewpoint of psychological living in contrast to the divine viewpoint of spiritual living.

2. C1 Target: Ego, self‑consciousness of soul. C2 Target: Truth or doctrine.

3. C1 Result: preoccupation and obsession with self to the exclusion of God and man. C2. Result: antagonism toward Christ as the living Word and doctrine as the written Word.

4. C1 emphasizes self in contrast to God and objective reality.     C2 stresses human viewpoint over Divine viewpoint.

5. C1 represents Satan’s attitude at time of his prehistoric fall. C2. represents Satan’s attitude at the time of man’s historical fall.

6. C1 – Believer in cosmic one assumes the arrogance inculcated with the attitude of Satan before human history. C2 – Believer
becomes inculcated with the attitude of Satan during human history.

7. C1 Believer is slave to self. C2. Believer is a slave to Satan.

The believer in cosmic one is said to be grieving the Spirit because the old sin nature controls the soul as well as indwelling the body.

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

This is an absolute; you’re either filled with the Holy Spirit and inside the PPOG which is 100% spirituality, or you’re in the cosmic [world] system, which is 0% spirituality and 100% carnality.

2PE 1:10‑11  “Therefore brethren, be all the more diligent or more motivated [this is from your perception of doctrine and the ability to recognize your invisible assets] to make certain about His calling and election;

For as long as you practice these things [fulfillment of the PPOG, perception of doctrine], you will never stumble [become a loser in cosmic system].

For in this way [execution the PPOG in time], your entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ [this is at the judgment seat of Christ when you are in the state of ultimate sanctification in the resurrection body]
will be will be abundantly supplied to you [conveyance of the escrow blessings to winners in the eternal state].”

2PE 1:11  for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom.

a. The first is the temporal state for the believer = your dedication in the PPOG determines whether you enter eternity abundantly or deficiently, rich or poor, winner or loser.

They will not be poor as we think of poor but they will suffer loss of rewards and what they had been elected to receive;1CO 3:11-15.

(1)  The loser believer has “drifted off course from grace,” GAL 5:4.

(2) The loser believer will have shame at the Judgment seat of Christ and are said to “come short of the grace of God,” HEB 12:15.

(3) The loser believe is described as “lukewarm” in REV 3:15-16.

(4) The loser believer is said to be “shipwrecked” as believers, 1TI 1:19.

(5) Believers who are losers are described as “psycho” or a double-minded believer, JAM 1:8.

(6) The loser believer is said to be those who fail to metabolize doctrine, JAM 1:22-24.

(7) The loser believer is called “the enemy of the Cross,” PHI 3:18-19.

I’m talking in terms of 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 11:24-25, One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Giving graciously or sacrificially produces an attitude in the individual which allows God to pour more blessing to the one who gives.

Positive decisions regarding Bible doctrine and the PPOG leads to life and prosperity, DEU 30:15-19.

Negative decisions regarding Bible doctrine leads to  residence in Satan’s cosmic systems, 1JO 2:15-17.

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

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

b. The “interim state” is the in-between state. It is the state of the believer after physical death.

2CO 5:1-8, For we know that if the earthly tent [HB] which is our house is torn down [physical death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house [our human body] we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling [the interim and resurrection body] from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked -or without a body for our soul and human spirit]. For indeed while we are in this tent [this human body], we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed [naked with just a soul and spirit], but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord‑‑ for we walk by faith, not by sight‑‑we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
In this state winner or loser rich or poor is not an issue.

The “interim state” is a state of equality. Both winners and losers, rich or poor believers, have interim bodies and great happiness.

c. The third state which is 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.

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

Just like God’s desire for the unbeliever is to be saved but His perfect complete desires are not always fulfilled. 2PE 3:9  “The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of mind [repentance]”.

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