Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Point 6. Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account.
Greek says eulogetos, worthy of praise and glorification]
Then forget about the next phrase at the end of verse 4, it belongs at the beginning of verse 5, the phrase “In love” should introduce verse 5;
EPH 1:5 In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
The point is that when God elected you, He had already graced you out by giving you fantastic blessings that stagger the imagination which we call your escrow blessings.
How did God know what would make you happy if you had not been created as of yet?
God has omniscience or (omni meaning all and science meaning knowledge) and therefore it is simple for Him since He knows all things.
If I were to show you the Greek structure of the sentence you would see that the first thing God ever did for you was to bless you….then He elected you.
He provided for you fantastic blessings for those of us who would believe.
1CO 1:29 So that no flesh would glory in His presence.
God provided an escrow account before He created creatures so that if any creature received what He provided in that account, they could not be able to take credit for it!
The blessings were provided before the creature was created!
The Law requires that we should be blessed if we follow it!
Because of our union with TLJC, we did follow it and therefore we deserve to be blessed not because of any decisions that WE MADE but because of the decisions He made on behalf of us.
JOB 23:14 “For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.
PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
PHI 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
JER 31:33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
The first thing God ever did for us was to bless us even though He knew whatever His creatures would respond to.
In the Koine Greek, (Koine meaning common), there is a rule which states that:
The action of the aorist participle in a verb must precede the action of the main verb.
The Greek verbs have what is known as tenses, voices and moods.
When you find the main verb, like we have here when it says, “He has chosen or He has elected us.”
The action of the first verb, which is known as an aorist participle precedes or comes before the action of the main verb which in our passage is found in the phrase “He has chosen or elected us.”
The participle is found in the phrase = He has blessed.The main verb is found in the phrase = He has chosen.
What came first? The answer = He has blessed.
What came after? The answer = He chose or elected us.
The first thing God ever did for His creatures was to provide fantastic blessings.
The second thing He did was to elect them.
What came first, their election or their blessings?
1CO 2:14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
How to Glorify God.
Point 1, How the Believer Glorifies God.
The glorification of God by means of the Church (EPH 3:21) occurs when the believer attains spiritual adulthood and moves to spiritual maturity.
a. At spiritual self-esteem the believer has knowledge of himself and self-confidence concerning how to glorify God.
b. At spiritual autonomy or spiritual independence, the believer then has the strong independence, not from God but from depending on man.
c. At spiritual maturity the believer has cognitive invincibility and can be manufactured into an invisible hero.
The life beyond gnosis is epignosis, which is the consistent function of perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine.
You must understand the mystery doctrine of the Church-age which is found in the New Testament epistles, for it contains all the mechanics for the plan of God in this dispensation.
Spiritual maturity parlays the life beyond gnosis into the life beyond dreams, which becomes the basis for glorifying God.
Point 2, What Does Not Glorify God.
Notice that left out of point one is all your Christian service, sacrifice, and works.
The only Christian service and production that counts is the production that results from perception of doctrine.
Christian service and Christian works are not the means of attaining spiritual maturity or of glorifying God.
Spiritual growth is not measured in works; spiritual growth is measured in momentum.
That production will be gold, silver, and precious stones and it will be rewardable at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Point 3, The Pattern for Glorifying God in the Church Age.
a. Reception of Bible doctrine is the #1 priority.
b. Retention refers to the metabolization of Bible doctrine, so that epignosis doctrine in the right lobe is the basis of momentum in the PPOG.
c. Recall is comparable to the concept of wisdom; it refers to the application of doctrine.
1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. This is the dispensation of the unique PPOG.
3. Unique Equality in the PPOG.
4. The Unique Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
5. Two Unique Royal Commissions for every Church Age Believer.
6. The doctrine of the Church Age is the unique mystery doctrine.
7. The body of the Church Age believer is indwelt by each person of the Trinity.
8. The Unique Availability of Divine Power.
9. The Age of No Prophecy.
10. The Church Age is the dispensation of invisible heroes.