Pennsylvania Conference 2007. The Church of Laodicea. Part 6.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Robert McLaughlin
Bible Ministries
Pennsylvania Conference
Thursday PM,
June 21, 2007

Most of you have been subject to that nonsense of having to “ask Jesus into your heart to live” for salvation.

ACT 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved,”

1CH 28:9b If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

HEB 13:5 “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

PRO 23:31 Do not even look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;

DEU 14:26 “And you may spend the money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.”

ROM 4:2-3 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.

JAM 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

EPH 4:26 Be angry, and yet do not sin;

EPH 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you,

The most obvious one is that the Lord is not talking to unbelievers in this passage; He is talking to lukewarm believers, REV 3:16.

There is no reference to the word heart in this passage nor is there a reference to salvation.

There are special rewards in history for those believers who were the anonymous heroes of the Church-age.

“He who overcomes” – “the one winning” = “The winner.”

Pres-act-part – nikon – nikw’n = to win, to overcome; to win a victory.
 It means to be victorious!
 It is used as a noun = “The winner.”

This word does not refer to being victorious without first enduring a struggle. Nikon occurs in both classical Greek and Biblical Greek, commonly found in reference to winning or prevailing in military battles or athletic contests.

Frequently there is a reference in this word to defeating the enemy in order to succeed.

Concerning “nikon” –
The TCNT says
“To him who conquers”

The Phillips translation – “To the victorious”

The Weymouth translation = “To the victor”

The Norlie translation – “To him who wins the victory”

The Adams translation – “To him who defeats the enemy”

Grant – fut-act-ind – didomi
Since being a winner involves grace, this is a grace verb = to give or to give graciously.

The future tense of this verb is what is known as a nomic future for a statement of fact which may be expected to occur at the judgment seat of Christ.

Active voice = TLJC produces the action of the verb at the judgment seat of Christ.

Indicative mood – declares the reality of a reward for a future period in history called the Millennium.

Dative singular indirect object – auton – the intensive pronoun used as a personal pronoun in the Koine Greek for the third person.
Dative of advantage indicating the one in whose interest the act is performed, the winner.

This is the last of the 7 statements about the winner in this section in the book of revelation, REV 2:7,11,17,26, 3:5,12,21. The winner is mentioned one other time in REV 21:7.

1JO 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.

Will all believers rule with Christ?
No!

2TI 2:11-13 Faithful is the word. For if we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure [in the PPOG], we shall also rule with Him.

If we refuse [to function in the PPOG], He will also refuse us [reward]. If we are unfaithful [live in the cosmic system], He remains faithful, for you see, He cannot deny Himself.

ROM 8:17 and if children, we are heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.

LUK 19:17 “Well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.”

LUK 19:19 “And he said to another faithful servant ‘And you are to be over five cities.’”

All overcomers [winners] are believers but not all believers are overcomers [winners].

REV 2:26 “Furthermore, the winner, even he who keeps My assignments [execution of the PPOG] until the end [perpetuation of spiritual maturity], to him I will give authority over the nations.”

REV 2:28 “Furthermore I will give to him the order of the Morning Star.”

Both in time and in eternity believers are classified in two ways:
All believers arrive in eternity either as winners or losers.

1CO 15:41-42 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead.

DAN 12:3 “And those who have insight [doctrinal discernment, wisdom] will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

The winners are those who lived in the PPOG and who learned Bible doctrine in time.

The believer was elected in eternity past for the purpose of inheriting blessing.

1PE 3:9b “For you were elected for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”

The first thing that is obvious about your blessings being deposited in eternity past is that under the principle of election, you could never work for any divine blessing in time.

All divine blessings were willed for you by God before you were alive to perform any good deed!

EPH 1:3 Worthy of praise and glorification be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

EPH 1:4 [He blessed us] just as He elected us in Him before the foundation of the world,

We are not blessed by personality improvement, by morality, by self-sacrifice or by Christian service.

You must have motivation in life.
 You must have a dynamic mental attitude.

COL 2:3 In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

Your motivation for treasure hunting is revealed by your daily availability to Bible doctrine.

DEU 28:12 “The Lord will open for you His good storehouse”

PRO 15:6 Much wealth is in the house of the righteous

2PE 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make His calling and election sure; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;

JOH 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, He who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

ROM 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation [katakrima – judgment, punishment, doom] for those who are in Christ Jesus.

PSA 37:24 When we fall, we shall not be utterly cast down because the Lord is the One who makes us stand.

JOH 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”

JUD 1:24 He is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

JOH 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.

Why would we ever have to make His calling us and electing us sure if election meant that God chooses you and your free will has nothing to do with it?

Election has to do with more than salvation; election has to do with the believer receiving God’s highest and best for their life or all that He has elected them to receive.

When the believer reaches the different stages of spiritual growth, especially maturity, the escrow account opens up and the believer is able to make some withdrawals.

The wealth and the blessings given to the believer who becomes a winner also extends to the future, EPH 2:5-6.

He designed the riches first and He did this to show what verse 7 calls, “the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us.”

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