Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Point 1. Definition.
Point 2, There have only been three Elections in history.
Point 3, The election of Israel.
Point 4. The unique election of history: TLJC.
Point 5. The election of the Church.
Point 6. Election and the believer’s escrow account.
Point 7. Winner and loser believer.
Point 8. Selection and Election.
Point 9. Election and the sovereignty of God with the free will of man and all His creatures.
Point 10. The equal privilege of election manifested by the universal priesthood of every Church-age believer.
Our royal priesthood shows that God’s plan for us in the Church-age as Royal family is totally and completely unique.
A priest is a human being who represents people before God.
In the Church-age, since every believer is a priest, every believer represents himself before God.
This establishes a system of what is known and what is called: Privacy.
Under the privacy of your priesthood, you are responsible for yourself before God.
You are responsible for;every thought you think, every thing you sayevery motive you have, and every decision you make.
God is holding you personally responsible for your own decisions.
Because he made you a priest so that you could represent yourself before Him.
A very vital part of representing yourself before God is to receive what you have been elected to receive.
What really gives God pleasure is when He is able to give to you that which He has elected you to receive…….fantastic blessing.
The Bible is the mind of Christ and Acts 20:35 tells us that God derives more pleasure from “giving to us” then He does from “receiving from us.”
I did not teach YOU to pray for the dead, which began in 300 AD, the RCC and their Pope said it, not me.
They are the ones who promoted making the sign of the cross in 300 AD
Wax candles, 320AD
Worship angels and dead saints, the RCC said to do in 375AD.
Exaltation of Mary, AS the “Mother of God,” first applied to her by the Council of Ephesus = 431 AD.
The Doctrine of Purgatory, established by Gregory I – 593 AD
Latin language, used in prayer and worship, imposed by Gregory I……600 AD
Prayers directed to Mary, dead saints and angels, about 600 AD
The Title of Pope, or universal bishop, given to Boniface III by emperor Phocas – 607 AD
Kissing of Pope’s foot, began with Pope Constantine = 709 AD
Worship of the cross, images and relics, authorized in 786 AD
Holy water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by a priest = 850 AD
Fasting on Fridays and during Lent = 998 AD
The Rosary, mechanical praying with beads, invented by Peter the Hermit = 1090 AD
Sale of Indulgences = 1190 AD
Transubstantiation, proclaimed by pope Innocent III = 1215 AD
Confession of sins to a priest instead of God, instituted by pope Innocent III, in Lateran Council =1215 AD
Adoration of the wafer (Host), decreed by Pope Honorius III =1220 AD
Bible forbidden to laymen, placed on the Indes of Forbidden Books by the Council of Toulouse =1229 AD
Cup forbidden to the people at communion by Council of Constance…..1414 AD
Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence………..1439
Apocryphal books added to the Bible by the Council of Trent……….1546
Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, proclaimed by pope Pius IX.1854
Infallibility of the pope in matters of faith and morals, proclaimed by the Vatican Council……………………..1870
Public Schools condemned by pope Pius XI………………………..1930
Assumption of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death), proclaimed by pope Pius XII……1950
Mary proclaimed Mother of the Church, by Pope Paul VI…………….1965
Add to these many others: forty days Lent-holy week-Palm Sunday-Ash Wednesday-All Saints day
Peter was the first to teach this doctrine of every believer being a priest around 65 AD, found in 1PE 2:5 and 9.
As a royal priest, every believer has a direct line to God, which means he represents himself before God, he evaluates himself, and he offers prayer for himself.
You can never learn anything if you are not objective, if you reject authority, or if you have any form of arrogance.
You can never learn anything if you already have a preconceived knowledge about the one who is teaching you are therefore you become critical and judgmental concerning the communicator.
All mankind is born in sin and is sinful and separated from God and therefore incapable of saving himself, PSA 51:5; 58:3;1CO 15:22.
ROM 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Secondly, there is the penalty of sin which is spiritual death.
Thirdly, we are born spiritually dead and physically alive.
Five, – There is the problem of our position in Adam, 1CO 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.
The problem of sin is removed by the doctrine of redemption which is the unlimited atonement, 2CO 5:18-21.
The penalty of sin is removed by the doctrine of expiation, the satisfying of the holiness of God, JOH 19:30.
The problem of physical birth is removed by the doctrine of regeneration, JOH 3:3, Titus 3:5.
The problem of man’s righteousness is removed by the doctrine of justification and imputation, GAL 2:16, ROM 3:24.
The problem of our position in Adam is handled by our new position in Christ, or the doctrine of positional truth through the baptism of the Spirit, 2CO 5:17, GAL 6:15.
To learn Bible doctrine under the principle of perception requires a tremendous amount of objectivity.
This is why the local church should be an environment where believers can gather together and yet have their privacy respected.
The believer‑priest cannot account for his thoughts, motives, decisions, or actions in undefinable terms.
God does not want you to depend on someone else for counsel or for a crutch, God wants you to become spiritually self-sustained!
The royal priest’s self‑improvement is based on the function of perception of doctrine, not upon the advice and counsel of others.
No believer can think, apply doctrine, or solve problems through the mind or the personality of another Christian.
The privacy of your priesthood permits the function of both your positive volition toward doctrine plus the right to metabolize and apply that doctrine to your own experience.
The only human dependence of the royal priesthood is the divine provision of your very own pastor‑teacher, and consistent positive volition under his teaching ministry.
Acts 20:28 which teaches that the Holy Spirit assigns a certain pastor to a certain congregation.
1PE 5:3 which teaches that there are certain believers who are allotted or assigned to a certain pastor.
Faithful Bible teaching from your right pastor demands your faith perception, metabolization, and application of that teaching to your own life as a royal priest.
prin-Life in the PPOG is not only spiritual freedom under the filling of the Spirit, but spiritual independence within the framework of your royal priesthood.
The first stage of spiritual adulthood is spiritual self‑esteem, which is when you know how to do it on your own, and you no longer feel threatened by all the things in life that cause fear, worry, and anxiety.
a. Rebound as the basic technique for the recovery of fellowship.
b. A consistent prayer life.
c. Perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine to your own experience.
e. The sacrifices of life, such as praise, which is your doctrinal momentum resulting in spiritual adulthood and the manner of operating of virtue-love.
f. Divine viewpoint mental attitude from metabolized doctrine.
g. Self‑motivation from metabolized doctrine.
Your priesthood demands that you live your own life as unto the Lord and take the responsibility for your own decisions.
1CO 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
MAT 7:1‑3 is the practical application to your royal priesthood, “Judge not, or you too will be judged, for in the same way you judge others you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you again.”
Prin-God will not permit anyone to take His place in judging or evaluating other believers.
The concept is a challenge in the field of judging.
People will judge your life, your motivation, your decision making, and all the way to criticizing your personality.
The point here is that we are under surveillance by a super-natural system of demon investigators.
According to EPH 6:12, Satan has demon investigators who constantly keep track of all believers to accuse them before the throne.
“Who” not only refers to human beings but angelic beings as well!