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The Doctrine of Election Part 6. The difference between Cosmic One and Cosmic Two.

C1 Emphasizes arrogance and pre-occupation with self.
C2 Emphasizes animosity, antagonism toward God and His plan.

C1 Target: Ego, self‑consciousness of soul.
C2 Target: Truth or doctrine.

C1 Result: preoccupation and obsession with self to the exclusion of God and man.
C2. Result: antagonism toward Christ as the living Word and doctrine as the written Word.

C1 Emphasizes self in contrast to God and objective reality.
C2 Stresses human viewpoint over Divine viewpoint.

C1 Represents Satan’s attitude at time of his pre-historic fall.
C2 Represents Satan’s attitude at the time of man’s historical fall.

C1 Believer in cosmic one assumes the arrogance inculcated with the attitude of Satan before human history.
C2 Believer becomes inculcated with the attitude of Satan during human history.

C1 Believer is slave to self.
C2 Believer is a slave to Satan.

The believer in Cosmic one is said to be grieving the Spirit because the OSN controls the soul as well as indwelling the body. Therefore, the issue is who controls the soul: The OSN or the Holy Spirit. This is an absolute; you’re either filled with the Holy Spirit and inside the Pre-Desogned Plan of god (PPOG) which is 100% spirituality, or you’re in the cosmic [world] system, which is 0% spirituality and 100% carnality.

This absolute status applies to any stage of spiritual growth.

1CO 3:1-3, And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able {to receive it.} Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?

Remember that believers are commanded to make their calling and election a reality:

2PE 1:10‑11, Therefore brethren, be all the more diligent or more motivated [this is from your perception of doctrine and the ability to recognize your invisible assets] to make certain about His calling and election; For as long as you practice these things [fulfillment of the PPOG, perception of doctrine], you will never stumble [become a loser in cosmic system]. For in this way [execution the PPOG in time], your entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ [this is at the judgment seat of Christ when you are in the state of ultimate sanctification in the resurrection body] will be will be abundantly supplied to you [conveyance of the escrow blessings to winners in the eternal state].

This brings out a very important aspect of election. There is a means of tapping into the eternal riches that God elected you to receive! So Peter says in 2PE 1:11, for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom. This is the third and final state for the believer. There are three stages for the believer. The first is the temporal state for the believer. The temporal state is from the time of salvation through faith in Christ until either physical death or the rapture occurs. The temporal state is the time for the believer to choose the PPOG. The temporal state and your dedication in the PPOG determines whether you enter eternity abundantly or deficiently, rich or poor, winner or loser. For there are going to be rich and poor believers forever and ever and ever in the eternal state! They will not be poor as we think of poor but they will suffer loss of rewards and what they had been elected to receive; 1CO 3:11-15. The loser believer is described under at least seven categories in the New Testament.

1) The loser believer has “drifted off course from grace,” GAL 5:4. The Greek says they had drifted off course from grace. They started out in grace at salvation and then some time after that they drifted off course from grace.

2) The loser believer will have shame at the Judgment seat of Christ and are said to “come short of the grace of God,” HEB 12:15. And guess how you come short of the grace of God. One way is described in HEB 12:15, bitterness.

3) The loser believer is described as “lukewarm” in REV 3:15-16.

4) The loser believer is said to be “shipwrecked” as believers, 1TI 1:19.

5) Believers who are losers are described as “psycho” or a double-minded believer, JAM 1:8.

6) The loser believer is said to be those who fail to metabolize doctrine, JAM 1:22-24.

7) The loser believer is called “the enemy of the Cross,” PHI 3:18-19.

So this state, called the temporal state, the believer is either a winner or a loser either rich or poor relatively speaking. God will either distribute the different forms of wealth in your escrow account to you or He will not.

The conveyance of the wealth that God has elected you to receive means that you will be rich forever and not just be a regular believer in heaven forever. REV 22:12-14, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. You can be rich forever in a resurrected body! Or you can be in a relative state poor forever in a resurrected body! It’s all a relative comparison.

So a “loser” never means loss of salvation, it means spiritually poor in time and spiritually poor compared to the winner believer in eternity.

Winners will be spiritually rich in time and spiritually rich in eternity. And I’m not talking about rich in terms of monetary standards. I’m talking in terms of the phenomenal spiritual blessings which have been provided for every believer which may include financial blessing depending on whether or not you have a capacity for it. Whenever believers think of their fantastic blessings they always focus in on finances, and that may never become a reality as long as they’re so occupied with it.

2CO 9:6, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.”

LUK 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you in a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they[blessings] will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

PRO 11:24-25, One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Giving graciously or sacrificially produces an attitude in the individual which allows God to pour more blessing to the one who gives. So, I’m talking about rewards and decorations that will benefit for all of eternity.

First all we have the temporal state. In the temporal state you make many decisions. Positive decisions regarding Bible doctrine and the PPOG leads to life and prosperity, DEU 30:15-19.

Negative decisions regarding Bible doctrine leads to  residence in Satan’s cosmic systems, 1JO 2:15-17.

Positive volition toward doctrine = spiritually rich in time, spiritually rich in eternity.

Negative volition toward doctrine = spiritually poor in time, spiritually poor in eternity.

Rich or poor are synonyms for winner or loser. The second state of the believer is called the interim state.

The “interim state” is the in-between state. It is the state of the believer after physical death.

2CO 5:1-8, For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down [physical death], we have a building[another dwelling place, not a resurrection body but what is known as an interim body which is temporary until the resurrection body] from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house [our human body] we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling [the interim and resurrection body] from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked [without a body for our soul and human spirit]. For indeed while we are in this tent [this human body], we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed [naked with just a soul and spirit], but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord‑‑for we walk by faith, not by sight‑‑we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

After physical death the believer is 2CO 5:8, absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.

However, in this state winner or loser rich or poor is not an issue. The “interim state” is a state of equality. Both winners and losers, rich or poor believers, have interim bodies and great happiness. And no distinctions are made in the interim state. Then finally, there is the third state which is the eternal state. The eternal state begins with the resurrected body and the Rapture of the Church. The eternal state is the status-quo of having a resurrected body and either being rich or poor. Having great decorations or having none.

The “Judgment seat” of Christ in the eternal state determines and distinguishes between “rich and poor” and “winners and losers” in the spiritual realm. Now, as a part of election, God willed for you to be a winner and rich.

However, as we saw already, you can reject that which God wills. God’s desire is to bless you, and He has, however yourdesires can cause you to reject His blessings. Just like God’s desire for the unbeliever is to be saved but His perfect complete desires are not always fulfilled. 2PE 3:9  “The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of mind[repentance]”.

Human volition can and does reject the saving work of Christ and the Christian way of life

Now, this brings out a very important aspect of election. There is a means of tapping into the eternal riches that God elected you to receive! So Peter says in 2PE 1:11, for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom.

This is the third and final state for the believer.

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