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Knowing how to glorify God or how believers resist the will of God not understanding the glorification of God. Part 9.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Point 4. The Glorification of God is Related to the Distribution of Your Escrow Blessings for Time and Eternity.

The first thing God ever did for us is the means of glorifying Him, which is to receive the blessings He provided for us in eternity past.

The grantor is the one who makes the grant. (God the Father).

An escrow contract is a binding agreement in which one party gives another party something valuable.

Instead of giving it directly, the grantor places the item in the custody of a third party, called the depositary or the escrow officer.

The escrow officer keeps the item secure and distributes it to the grantee only after certain conditions are met, which have been set forth in the escrow agreement.

There are conditions to be fulfilled by the grantee before the item will be conveyed to him.

In eternity past, God the Father prepared special blessings for each Church Age believer.

He deposited those blessings with Christ ?before the foundation of the world,? (EPH 1:4).

Just as an escrow contract is irrevocable from the date of the contract, so also the believer’s blessings belong to him irrevocably from eternity past.

ROM 11:29, for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

God has given every Church-age believer a private account in heaven which even God cannot cancel or close.

This account is filled with exceptional blessings-some for time, some for eternity.

God designed escrow blessings exclusively for each individual believer, an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for him.

Prin - Escrow blessings far exceed everyday logistical blessings like food, shelter, clothing, protection, transportation, and a source of Bible teaching.

MAT 5:45b, for He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good, and sends rain on {the} righteous and {the} unrighteous.

PSA 145:9, “The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.”

JOB 25:3, “Is there any number to His troops? And upon whom does His light not rise?”

Escrow blessings, however, are reserved for spiritual adulthood or spiritual growth consummating with spiritual maturity and the believers glorification of God.

So extraordinary are these “greater grace” blessings (JAM 4:6), that every recipient must possess a mature capacity to appreciate them and benefit from them.

If he received delivery of his escrow blessings while still spiritually immature, he would distort them, misuse them, and make himself miserable.

Before Jesus Christ will distribute escrow blessings, the believer must have spiritual momentum leading to spiritual maturity.

A mature relationship with God is by far the most valuable escrow blessing for the Christian’s life on earth.

Awe and gratitude toward God energizes and activates the mature believer’s attitude in everything he does.

DEU 10:21, He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.
PSA 22:23, “You who fear or respect the Lord, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him,”

In his soul, the adult spiritual believer has capacity to be happy, capacity to understand and benefit from divine blessings, capacity to endure suffering, capacity to maintain the initiative in his own life.

Worship becomes a profound responsiveness in a soul inculcated with truth and filled with the Spirit (JOH 7:37-39).

Personal love for God becomes occupation with the person of Christ
(GAL 2:20; PHI 1:21).

“Spiritual” in Ephesians 1:3 points to God as the source of escrow blessings, which also include many tangible and material blessings, tailor-made for the individual.

As the escrow officer Jesus Christ will begin to distribute escrow blessings for time when the believer reaches the different stages of spiritual growth on the way to the ultimate stage, spiritual maturity.

Our Lord will award escrow blessings for eternity at the Judgment Seat of Christ, which will occur immediately after the Rapture of the Church
(1CO 4:5; 2CO 5:10).

MAT 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”

Believers who fail to reach spiritual maturity and do not receive their escrow blessings for time also will not receive their escrow blessings for eternity.
(1CO 3:12-15).

After salvation, what?

In the escrow contract, the precondition for receiving escrow blessings for eternity is that the believer must have received escrow blessings in time.

2TI 2:5, And also if anyone competes as an athlete, [or in the athletic games, an analogy to the Christian way of life],

he does not win the prize [he does not receive a winner’s wreath, escrow blessings for eternity, unless he competes according to the rules [adheres to the PPOG]. In the future a wreath of righteousness [escrow blessings for eternity] is reserved for me [on deposit since eternity past], which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day [at the Judgment Seat of Christ] and not only to me but to all those who love His appearing [mature believers, whose thorough understanding of doctrine enables them to be occupied with Christ]. (2TI 4:7-8).

JAM 1:12 Blessed [happy] is the man who perseveres under testing [successfully passes the tests that accelerate spiritual growth]; he will receive the wreath of life [escrow blessings for eternity] which God has promised to those constantly loving Him [mature believers]. Describe a desire for truth, a love for God, strength of character, remarkable stability, perseverance, motivation, momentum, and happiness.

Invariably these traits-these escrow blessings for time-belong to the believers whom Scripture identifies as recipients of eternal rewards or “crowns”- their escrow blessings for eternity, (1CO 9:24-27; PHI 4:1; 1TH 2:19-20; 1PE 5:1-4; REV 2:10).

The precondition for receiving escrow blessings dramatizes God’s objective for the Church Age believer on earth: Learn Bible doctrine, gain spiritual momentum, grow up, attain maturity!

Ignorance of Bible doctrine means ignorance of divine assets, which guarantees failure to use those assets.

No maturity = No capacity for blessings.

God faithfully supplies logistical grace to winner and loser alike, providing more than ample opportunity for the loser to recover his momentum and renew his advance.

A loser stops being a loser when he starts using rebound and begins to learn, or relearn, Bible doctrine.

If the loser does not recover, his personal inheritance of escrow blessings will remain undistributed, unreceived, on deposit in heaven forever.

At the resurrection of the Church, the loser will receive his resurrection body and will enjoy perfect happiness in heaven, but he will not receive his escrow blessings for eternity,
(1CO 3:15).

Be God’s fool--that’s the path to true wisdom.

Many escrow blessings will remain on deposit forever as a monument to lost opportunity and as undeniable evidence of God’s grace in spite of man’s negative volition.

God was glorified by irrevocably giving escrow blessings to each believer “before the foundation of the world” (EPH 1:4; COL 3:24; 1PE 1:4).

He glorifies God by utilizing divine assets so that he grows spiritually and acquires capacity to enjoy his escrow blessings.

God created escrow blessings for every believer of every dispensation, but the greater extent of the Church Age believer’s portfolio makes even his escrow blessings unique.

Under the doctrine of election, God wills the highest and the best for you as a believer, only when you receive that highest and best do you glorify God.

God’s will is for you to glorify Him.

God’s will is for you to withdraw from your escrow account as much as you can.

Some of you don’t believe and in reality you think God is fighting against you because of some area in your life reveals that you have bought a lie from Satan.

The fact that you do not have the most phenomenal blessings in time and eternity simply means that you’re choosing to be a loser.

Equal privilege means that you are in union with Christ and His church.

Equal opportunity means that you have logistical grace support.

You can’t be positive if you submit to negative feelings and depressions.
Or if you allow someone’s personality to get in the way of your momentum.

So, Why are you here?

You are here to glorify God!

REV 4:11, “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”

ISA 43:21, “The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My glory.”

Glorifying God demands understanding.

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