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The secret of the mystery, Part 138. The work of the Holy Spirit in equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Sunday, August 6, 2006

A. The baptism of the Spirit and its results pertaining to the angelic conflict.
B. The unique pre-designed plan of God taking its precedence from the dispensation of the Hypostatic union.
C. The unique equality factor of the Church-age.

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.

Race, sex, I.Q., nationality, economic situation, social status, none of these help or hinder the believer in fulfilling God’s plan for their life.

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

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


Election is used for believers only, EPH 1:4.

Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God for your life whereas predestination is the provision of the sovereign will of God for your life.

Not only do you have a magnificent destiny under predestination or the PPOG, but you also have the same privileges and opportunities as all other believers for the execution of that plan.

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

1TH 1:4 “Knowing, brethren, beloved of God, His election for you.”

COL 3:12 “As elected ones of God, holy and beloved, put on the affections of grace compassion.”

“Holy” = both the absolute and relative concept of experiential sanctification.
“Blameless before Him” = ultimate sanctification in the eternal state.

1. There is common grace, the work of the Holy Spirit in making the Gospel understandable.

2. There is the call of God, which is the invitation of God the Father through the Holy Spirit to believe in Christ.

3. There is efficacious grace, the work of the Holy Spirit in making faith in Jesus Christ effective for eternal salvation.

2PE 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be motivated even more to make certain about His calling and election;

ROM 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
God does not revoke His call because He knows that some will not respond.

Common grace, in which the Holy Spirit makes the Gospel understandable.
The divine call, which is the invitation of God the Father to believe in TLJC.
Efficacious grace, which is the Holy Spirit making faith alone in Jesus Christ effective for salvation.

There is an acceptance that takes place before salvation, but that acceptance is accepting the information that God the Holy Spirit has presented concerning TLJC and how to be saved.

If a person receives the information, he still does not have the faith to believe; therefore God the Holy Spirit takes the faith of the spiritually dead person and makes it effectual.

JOH 1:12 But as many as received Him [the information concerning TLJC], to them He gave the right to become [in the future] children of God, {even} to those who believe in His name,

You are to accept the information that God the Holy Spirit makes understandable to you.

EPH 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that [grace, salvation, faith] not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

The spiritual death of mankind makes it necessary for the grace of God to function on our behalf.

1. Spiritual death at birth which is total depravity, total separation from God, and total helplessness.
2. Because mankind is born dichotomous - he has a physical body and a soul.

JUD 1:19 These [unbelievers] are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, “not having a human spirit.”


“Worldly minded” - adjective psuchikoi = “soulish-persons” or an unbeliever only.
TCNT - “they are animal and unspiritual.”

The spiritual death of the unbeliever, as a dichotomous being with an old sin nature, makes perception of the Gospel totally impossible.
JOB 32:8 But it is a spirit in man [the human spirit], and the Spirit of the Almighty [God the Holy Spirit] gives them understanding [perception].

ROM 8:16 The Spirit Himself [God the Holy Spirit] bears witness with our spirit [human spirit] that we are children of God.

JOH 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water [word] and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

PHM 1:25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

At the moment we personally believe in TLJC, God the Holy Spirit actually creates a human spirit or a “pneuma.”

Soul life is human life.
Eternal life is God’s life.
“He who has the Son has the life,” 1JO 5:12.

In that act of grace, the Holy Spirit functions as a human spirit when we hear the gospel message.
This is “common grace.”

First, there is a restraint on total depravity so that the human race does not self-destruct under two categories: moral degeneracy and immoral degeneracy.

Violence is commanded in the Quran -
Surah 9:5 “Fight and slay the pagans (infidels) wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.”

In Mohammed’s teaching and in the Hadith -
Allah hath commanded me to fight against the Christians, the Jews, and the pagans until they submit to Islam or be killed.

“Do not make friends with the Jews and Christians” (Surah 5:51).

Surah 2:190-192 Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, for Allah loveth not transgressors. Kill them wherever ye catch them.

Surah 9:123 Fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.
Surah 48:29 Be harsh with unbelievers, the Christians, the Jews, the Atheist neighbors and colleagues.

First, there is a restraint on total depravity so that the human race does not self-destruct under two categories: moral degeneracy and immoral degeneracy.

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