Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The new things that have come; the principle of equality in election and predestination.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
a. The baptism of the Spirit which results in the creation of a new spiritual species and the royal family of God.
b. The PPOG and a personal sense of destiny which is unique for the royal family of God only.
c. A phenomenal portfolio of invisible assets which belongs to you as a member of the royal family of God.
d. The principle of equality.
For the first time in history, every believer, regardless of his background, attainments or lack of attainments, handicaps, success, or any other distinguishing human factor, has equality given by God Himself.
The unique equality factor has to do with the subject of election and predestination as equal privilege and equal opportunity.
Under the principle of election, God wills His highest and His best for each believer.
Under the principle of predestination God has
provided a plan
for the believer to have that highest and best.
2PE 1:8-11, For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
The word quality is the demonstrative pronoun tauta
referring to the qualities or the virtues mentioned in verses 5-7.
1. Virtue (includes respect, loyalty, devotion).
2. Knowledge - perception of doctrine.
3. Self-control - organized life.
4. Perseverance - endurance or consistency.
5. Godliness - living the spiritual life.
6. Brotherly love - love for members of the Royal family.
7. Agape love - impersonal love for all members of the human race.
2PE 1:8, For if these qualities are yours or keep on being present within you and keep on increasing,
means to prevent you from being neither useless (ineffective) nor unfruitful (unproductive).
Useless is the adjective
means lazy, inefficient, inactive, careless, indifferent, apathetic.
It means to shun the labor which one ought to perform which is being a procrastinator.
accusative plural adjective akarpous
meaning unproductive, without fruit, contributing nothing to the instruction, improvement, comfort of others.
In 1CO 14:14, it means to contribute nothing to the support and comfort of others.
In MAT 13:22, it means that the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches cause the believer to become unfruitful.
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, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
In JUD 1:12, those who are minus water or Bible doctrine are those considered to be akarpos which is without fruit.
JUD 1:12, These men are those who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;
It means that if you cannot take doctrine in and apply it to your personal life you will never be spiritually self-sustaining and therefore you will be inefficient.
MAT 6:21, for where your treasure (money) is, there will your heart be also.
In the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
the prepositional phrase eis + the accusative of
referring to metabolized doctrine.
Your whole Christian life centers around how much knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ you have. Metabolized doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ gives the believer the proper motivation to live. Therefore, the principle, motivational virtue, love for God, must precede production and Christian service.
Otherwise, the believers production is wood, hay, and straw and will be burned up as useless and unfruitful works at the judgment seat of Christ, 1CO 3:11-15.
It is the principle of independence from the plan of God and the provisions of God. For in the garden, the issue was not really man’s desire to sin but his ambition to be independent from God. The result of his independence was human good and operation fig leaves, only to find out that man’s goodness or righteousness was minus the perfect righteousness of God.
Good and evil is what the creature produces without the power and nature or help from God. GEN 3:15, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” The woman’s seed is a prophecy regarding the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and the entrance of the God man in the dispensation of the Hypostatic union.