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The secret of the mystery, Part 137. Be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and election.

Friday, August 4, 2006

The third category of mystery doctrine is the unique equality factor of the Church-age called equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Logistical grace = the aspect of military science dealing with the support, maintenance, and transportation of military material and personnel.

1. Worry is a mental attitude sin which is self-induced and therefore soulish torment or anxiety regarding anything in life.
2. Worry is a disquieting and painful state of mind involving undue concern over something in life.

3. Worry always anticipates the worst, and so becomes apprehension or anticipation of danger, misfortune, trouble, or uncertainty.
4. Worry is a destroyer of the soul. If unchecked, it results in mental illness.

5. Worry is a satanic device to lead the believer into reversionism and the sin unto death, EZE 4:15-17; EZE 12:18-19.
6. Bad news causes worry, JER 49:23ff.
7. Worry causes hysteria, LUK 10:41, LUK 10:41.

8. People cause worry. People are always worried about other people because they have to have an object,
1SA 10:2.
9. Economic disaster is a cause of worry, JER 42:16.

10. Sin causes worry. People worry about sin which causes guilt, PSA 38:18.
Worry is a sin, ROM 14:23b.

11. We are ordered to stop worrying, LUK 12:29, PHI 4:6-7.
12. Worry characterizes reversionism, ISA 57:11.
13. Worry does not solve problems, MAT 6:25-34. Logistical grace offsets worry.

14. Worry distracts from doctrinal teaching, MAT 13:22; LUK 8:14.
15. Blessing from God includes freedom from worry, JER 17:7-8.

Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God in eternity past before the universe existed and before mankind lived on the earth.

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Election, foreknowledge, predestination, justification, and glorification are all from the sovereignty of God.
They belong only to the believer, ROM 8:28-30.

EPH 1:4 just as He chose us [elected us] in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.

Under election, equal privilege is your royal priesthood. Under election, equal opportunity is logistical grace support and blessing for both winners and losers.

“More diligent” - adverb mallon - ma’llon + aor-act-imp - spoudasate - spoudavsate.
Mallon = more than or much more.
Spoudasate = making every effort, doing one’s best, being eager or motivated.

With the adverb mallon it means “being motivated even more.”

2TI 2:15 Study to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

Spoudazo = to be eager and motivated about something and therefore applying oneself to a task with diligence. This is what many of you do on a daily basis.

Spoudazo = to be serious about something, being busy at doing something, paying attention to something, being zealous and eager. The most common meaning of spoudazo is “to do one’s best.”

The motivation comes from being “aware” of the PPOG, the angelic conflict, the distribution of your fantastic blessings, etc.

“Make” - pres-mid-inf - poieisthai - poiei’sqai = to make, to produce, to work, to accomplish, to perform.

MAT 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
EPH 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the purpose of good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

1TI 5:10 having a reputation for good works; she has shown hospitality to strangers, she has washed the saints’ feet, she has assisted those in distress, {and} she has devoted herself to every good work.

EPH 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,

COL 1:10 so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
2TI 2:21 Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things [cosmic involvement], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

MAT 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds.”

It is the sovereign will of God that all believers are motivated by two doctrines that are mentioned in verse 10.

“Calling” = accusative singular direct object - klesin = calling, invitation, or a legal summons.

Man has three systems of perception whereby he can perceive and understand things:
1} Rationalism
2} Empiricism
3} Faith

The one system of perception which he can take absolutely no credit for is faith!
The merit of faith is in the object.

The spiritually dead person can make legitimate decisions to listen to the gospel and believe in Jesus Christ, but these positive decisions which originate from spiritual death have no ability apart from the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

This is called pre-salvation grace or common grace.

a. Common grace, in which the Gospel is presented and made understandable to all, Titus 2:11.
b. The divine call, in which the personal invitation to believe on TLJC is given to the hearers.
c. Efficacious grace, in which the unbeliever’s faith is made effectual.

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