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Motivation and progressive changes from equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

C. We are now noting the third category of mystery doctrine which is the unique equality factor of the Church-age called equal privilege and equal opportunity.

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.

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

Moral degeneracy is found in such areas like terrorism where they are very moral and told that if they kill Christians or Jews they will have 70 virgins waiting for them in heaven.

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

2. There is common grace - the ministry of the Holy Spirit in revealing the Gospel to the unbeliever.

“Common grace” recognizes the inability of the spiritually dead person to understand the Gospel.

1CO 1:18 For the doctrine pertaining to the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

In the function of common grace, the Holy Spirit acts as a human spirit so that those who are spiritually dead may be enlightened on one subject only, the Gospel.

In common grace, the unbeliever provides non-meritorious hearing.

Once understood, the next step in the invitation is from God the Father; He invites you through your understanding of the Gospel, to believe in Christ.

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

a. The invitation of God the Father to believe in Jesus Christ.
b. The election of the believer which is the reason for equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Motivation and progressive changes are two principles that go together.

They can move from “drug stimulation” or “lust stimulation” or “alcohol stimulation” but none of these have fulfilling gratification.

Don’t procrastinate - there’s no time to lose.

Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor and boring life, and poverty as your permanent house-guest.

They are usually guilty of inordinate ambition, desiring a lot but not willing to pay the price.

They are usually guilty of inordinate competition, filled with envy and jealousy instead of taking advantage of their equal privilege and equal opportunity.

MAT 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits.”
MAT 7:18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.”

Self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption. ISA 44:20 He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

These mental attitude sins include arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, all motivational sins, and sinful thoughts such as fear, guilt, worry, anger, judging, hatred, even murder.

1. Arrogance is the antithesis of grace, the total blindness to the grace of God.

Arrogance is synonymous with vanity, which is empty pride in regard to one’s person, attainments, or possessions coupled with an excessive desire to be noticed, a lust for attention, lust for approval or praise from others.

JER 49:16 “As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you.”

2. Pride is defined by inordinate self-esteem, conceit, and a pre-occupation with self.
Pride also means rejection of authority.

We call him Satan or the devil but his original name was “son of the morning,” Heylel.
He was the first creature to enter into this sin.

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