Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, part 122. The pre-designed plan of God.
Sunday, July 2, 2006
As members of the Royal Family of God, there is an exact, precise, and accurate plan for those members of the Royal Family to follow.
The Church-age believer belongs to a spiritual dynasty founded by TLJC in which his standard of living follows the pattern that the Lord clearly established when He was on earth. MAT 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.”
Codex three is the exception, since it belongs to the entire world, and principles of Codex three are reiterated in such passages as ROM 13:1-10.
EPH 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; And walk in virtue love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
The exactness of God’s code for the Royal Family expresses His own perfection.
Only a right thing done in a right way is right.
Perfect God has provided His perfect truth and His own perfect power for the execution of His perfect plan.
Divine viewpoint from Bible doctrine must replace human viewpoint.
The same truth and the same power that TLJC relied on during the Incarnation and the dispensation of the hypostatic union define the only approach to life for every believer in the Church-age.
Ignorance mixed with negligence cannot avoid the trap of arrogance.
The “pre-designed” plan of God refers to the subject of predestination.
Predestination does not mean what those under the influence of hyper-Calvinism think that it means - that everything that has happened in your life and will happen has been predestined by God.
Predestination is the “provision of a plan” from the sovereignty of God for you in eternity past to execute His plan, purpose, and will for your life.
If God is going to deposit all those fantastic blessings in escrow for you and then “will” them for you, He must provide a way for you to fulfill the conditions for receiving those blessings.
Predestination is God’s grace provision for each one of us to fulfill His plan and to receive the conveyance of our escrow blessings.
Your equal privilege of predestination is being made Royal Family by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who placed you in union with Christ at salvation, called positional sanctification.
Your equal opportunity in predestination is your very own plan, designed perfectly for you and prefabricated for you in eternity past.
What we call in time the PPOG is from the divine viewpoint of eternity past, called predestination.
a. Predestination = there is a plan perfectly designed for you -
EPH 1:11 “Having been predestined for a predetermined plan”
b. Predestination = the possession of your very own personalized and individual plan -
ROM 8:29 He also predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son.
c. Predestination means royalty. The believer is Royal Family of God -
EPH 1:5 He has predestined us for the purpose of adoption to Himself.
1. Proorizo - pro = before + horizo = to set a boundary
“To set a boundary beforehand, to appoint or determine beforehand.”
1CO 2:7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery [mystery doctrine], the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
EPH 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
EPH 1:11 Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
1. Proorizo = to set a boundary beforehand, to appoint or determine beforehand.
2. Protithemi - pro = before + tithemi = to put, to place, to set before
“To predetermine, to set forth, to plan, to purpose, to design beforehand.”
3. Prothesis - pro = before + thesis = a presentation or a plan
“A setting forth of a plan, a presentation, a purpose, the laying out of something.”
2TI 1:9 He has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose [predetermined plan] and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
REV 13:8 “the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world”
4. Proginosko - pro = before + ginosko = to know
“To know beforehand, or to foreordain.”
This Greek word assures us that the plan was thought out from God’s omniscience and developed in eternity past.
ISA 42:1 “Behold My Servant whom I sustain, My Elected One in Whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.”