Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, Part 154. The first and second categories of invisible assets.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Point 6. The introduction to the four categories of invisible assets.
a. Primary assets
b. Secondary assets.
c. Personnel assets: spiritual gifts.
d. Unique assets: the indwelling of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
a. The primary assets.
Primary = first or highest in rank, quality, or importance.
The primary assets are election and predestination.
All believers start out with equal privilege and equal opportunity because of election and predestination.
Through utilization of the invisible assets, the believer understands his election and fulfills the pre-designed plan of God.
He learns day by day more and more about who and what God is and what these invisible assets are.
Both of the primary assets, your election and your predestination, mean you have equal privilege and equal opportunity as a believer.
1) We never again are to look at ourselves as being superior or inferior because of any human factors, such as the color of our skin, our nationality, our genetics, our success or failure, our economic status, GAL 3:26-28.
2) We must start thinking of ourselves not as man thinks of us, but as God thinks of us, 1CO 15:10.
3) As new creatures in Christ Jesus, we have a lifestyle that is infinitely superior to anything the unbeliever can produce such as morality, a facade of concern, whether genuine or misguided, or an overt manifestation of love and affection while using others.
Virtue in the believer is the visible manifestation of the invisible, i.e., metabolized doctrine and the power of the Holy Spirit.
4) We have to start making application of the fact that we are all “in union” with Christ; we all have exactly the same equal privileges.
If you have spiritual self-esteem or respect for yourself, you will have impersonal love for others as well.
Then you will respect the human race in general, no matter how nasty, stupid, imbecilic, or wonderful they are.
5) There is no believer alive, no matter how much he is a loser or a winner, who has any less of a portfolio than anyone else.
6) From salvation on, you are to regard yourself only as a person with invisible assets that stagger the imagination.
7) People always compare themselves with others, thinking of themselves as prettier or uglier, richer or poorer, better personality or inferior personality, zigzagging through their whole life and totally miserable as a result.
You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a dedicated and devoted people, which is the true meaning of holiness.
This world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.
Once we understand this equal privilege in Christ, we must completely change our attitudes and focus in on our election, predestination, and our portfolio of invisible assets.
b. Secondary assets.
Here is where your volitional decisions really matter.
You make doctrine #1 priority.
You do your own thinking and your own walking.
Your volitional assets use election and predestination to attain your escrow assets.
That is what a portfolio is supposed to do:
Use assets to create assets.
This is a picture of the Lord’s ascension into heaven and going into a distant country.
They all received the same thing - equal privilege and equal opportunity.
This parable teaches that the Lord bestows privileges on His servants and demands faithfulness in return and rewards for that faithfulness at the judgment seat.
MAT 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
MAT 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be mature, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
LUK 19:13 - they all received the same thing representing equal privileges and the fact that those who use these privileges will be rewarded for what they did.
REV 22:12 Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
Hate - aor-act-ind - miseo = to love Him less than they do something else, namely themselves.
2TI 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
The nobleman commanded his servants to appear before him to give an account of what they gained through trading with the deposit during his absence.
This is a picture of every believer who has been given fantastic invisible assets, and they are to multiply those assets as they live in the PPOG.
The portfolio of invisible assets is the means of receiving your escrow blessings, but God has provided both and is the one who deserves all the glory.
1CO 4:7 For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you brag or strut as if you had not received it?
His promotion to a greater service was based on the degree of fruitfulness in his previous service.
Just like your escrow blessings for eternity will be based upon what you did with your portfolio of invisible assets in time.
They differed from each other in the diligence displayed.
The Lord we serve notices both the quantity and the quality of what is done for Him.
This is a picture of the “sin of omission” which is the a sin of not doing something that you should be doing.
It is not an immoral sin but a sin of neglect and despondency.
MAT 25:26 “You wicked, lazy slave.”
The soudaion was for wiping perspiration from the face or binding the face of a corpse.
These individuals, though having their own assets, lived like spiritually dead individuals.
The faithful steward deserves greater responsibilities while the unfaithful lose the responsibilities they have.
There are certain blessings that God has ordained to take place in your life because His omniscience saw the positive volitional decisions you would make in time.
The issue in the execution of Godâ€™s will and plan for your life is advancing to spiritual maturity.
1CO 14:20 Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature.
EPH 4:13 Attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.