Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
SundayFebruary 1, 2015
MAT 12:18, Behold, My Servant whom I have elected; My Beloved in whom My soul is well‑pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
LUK 9:35, And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!"
3. The church lives under the pre-designed plan of God, COL 3:12 And so, as those who have been elected of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
Each election also brought a new category of species into history.
a. The Jews or Israel became the new racial species and are called the people of God.
There are countries like Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Saudi Arabia; Turkey; Jordan; Kuwait; Syria; Lebanon - and also others who are not even from the Middle East, like China, Korea, and Russia, etc.
EXO 23:2, "You shall not follow a multitude in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;"
GEN 6:12, God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
We have the election of the Jews or Israel who became the new racial species and called the people of God.
b. There is the election of Christ as a unique species called the God-man which brought in the hypostatic union, i.e. undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever, 1TI 3:16.
1TI 3:16 And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
GAL 6:15, For neither is water baptism important or not being baptized of any importance, but only whether you are a new creation.
GAL 6:15, For neither is walking down an aisle or not walking down an aisle or speaking in tongues or not speaking in tongues or asking
Jesus into your heart or your life of any importance, but only whether you are a new creation = by faith alone in Christ alone.
Understanding your election, and what you have been elected to, and how it relates to our main subject of recall and repetition concerning the year 2014.
This means that every believer starts out with the same amount of faith but none of us end up that way.
We all start out with an equal amount of faith and then we are given equal privilege and equal opportunity to cultivate or develop that faith.
Actually the correct word order in the Greek is "Grace to you."
Under election, this is prosperity, that is spiritual prosperity, in many cases, social prosperity, mental prosperity, and for those who have
a capacity, economic prosperity, etc.
en plus the instrumental of epignosis - which means literally "through the instrument of metabolized doctrine."
Grace to you and peace be multiplied by means of epignosis knowledge or metabolized doctrine.
"By means of the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord."
Multiplication of grace and prosperity comes from learning more about the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
This all comes through the true knowledge of Him [there's epignosis again or metabolized doctrine] who called us by His own glory and excellence.
In verses 5-7, we have our subject of election and how to receive what we have been elected to receive.
The misnomer is that the doctrine of election has to deal with salvation only, but it does not.
There is the beginning of your election in time, for remember in EPH 1:4, we were actually "chosen or elected in Him" in eternity past.
In 2PE 1:5, the apostle Peter takes us back the 5th century B.C., in Athens and what we call Greek Drama.
The aor-act-part of the verb pareisphero which means to make every effort, to make a constant effort or having made every effort.
MAR 12:30, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
Here is where the verb comes up that introduces Greek drama and a chorus line about to come up and how it relates magnificently to our subject of election and what we have been elected for.
The aor-act-imp of the verb epichoregeo = a word which was used for the man who provided the finances to train the Greek actors of the day.
The group of actors was called the chorego or the chorus which was made up of a small group of very excellent dancers and singers.
The spiritual analogy is that the training of the chorus was the most important part of the drama, just like your training as a disciple is the most important part of your drama.
The chorus in Greek drama was the key to understanding everything.
They had to have an epichoregeo, someone who would sponsor them, a sugar daddy as it were.
Epichoregeo came to mean supply or to support. It meant supply everything that is necessary or needed.
It was very expensive for the epichoregeo to supply and support all the money needed for the Greek chorus but...no more expensive in concept than what it takes to be a winner in the Christian life.
PRO 23:23, Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Our epichoregeo is "faith" which supplies all that we need, such as character, virtue, knowledge; self‑control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly love, impersonal love for all mankind.
2PE 1:5 - epichoregeo (applying all diligence) by means of your faith.
In your faith is the prepositional phrase "en plus the instrumental of the noun pistis which means by the instrument or the means of your faith.
Pistis has 3 meanings, one which has a passive connotation as it does here, which means "that which is believed" or the "body of truth" and therefore doctrine.
The whole phrase is saying, "Furnish or supply by means of your doctrine."
Moral excellence is the Greek word arête which means manliness, excellence, virtue.
Virtue is manifested by worship toward God and grace orientation and morality toward man.
Virtue is confidence toward God, courage toward man and circumstances.
Next, with your virtue, (we have the main verb in view again) supply gnosis or knowledge or perception of doctrine.
The second member of the chorus line which is "gnosis" is a challenge to continue with your "positive faith perception."
Virtue must take you to gnosis where your volition must be positive so that gnosis is converted to epignosis.
Self-control is the accusative singular feminine noun egkrates which is self-discipline, or self-control.
Egkrates also means an "organized life."
1. Having the right priorities which is "A time for Everything," ECC 3:1-8.
2. An organized life is based upon Bible doctrine which will give you the capacity to organize your life and have inner happiness and the right priorities.
The doctrine of election says - equal privilege, equal opportunity for all.
Perseverance is the accusative singular feminine noun hupomonen meaning patience, endurance, perseverance, or persistence.
It means that in spite of opposition or distractions, you are someone who is not influenced by others.
Hupomone also means courageous endurance in spite of all opposition. It includes active and energetic resistance to hostile forces.
The fourth member of the chorus represents - "consistency."
The fifth member of the chorus line is godliness which is the accusative singular feminine noun from eusebeia which is a technical term for living the spiritual life.
Brotherly kindness is the sixth member of the chorus line which is the accusative singular feminine noun philadelphia meaning brotherly love.
2PE 1:7, the last member of the chorus line is mentioned, agape or impersonal love for all.
It is an objective, unbiased love that emphasizes the subject who is doing the loving rather than the object.
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.