Sunday, August 18, 2019

Weekly Bible Study – August 19, 2019; Study: The Doctrine of Election, Prt 8. The Winner and the Loser believer when it comes to Election.


The Doctrine of Election, Prt 8. The Winner and the Loser believer when it comes to Election.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Doctrine of Election, Prt 8. The Winner and the Loser believer when it comes to Election.


Point 1 which was our definition.

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

Point 2 dealt with the fact that there have only been three elections in history.

a. Israel under the ritual plan of God.

b. Christ under the incarnation plan of God.

c. The church under the pre-designed plan of God.


Point 3 The election of Israel, as with all elections, applies only to those who have personally believed in Jesus Christ. This is why the Bible says that Rom 9:6, For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel.

Point 4. The Unique Election of history: the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that He gave His uniquely born Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Point 5. The election of the Church.

Rom 8:33, Who will bring a charge against Gods elect? God is the one who justifies;

Point 6. Election and the believers escrow account.

Point 7. Election is Related to also the Winner and the Loser believer.

The Christian loser is defined as the Church-age believer in Jesus Christ who, through negative volition toward Bible doctrine, has failed to execute the Pre-Designed Plan of God (PPOG=Predesigned Plan of God) for the Church-age. However, for whatever the reason, at this time he does not fulfill Gods plan for His life after salvation. So that it’s important to note that the loser does not lose his salvation; he only loses his escrow blessings for time and for all eternity. This is registered and backed-up by 1Co 3:15, If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.

Look at Rev 3:18 for those of you who do not believe in loser believers: The apostle John wrote what our Lord said to him when he said in verse 18: I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and {BUY} white garments, that you may clothe yourself, so that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and [buy] eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

The Christian loser fails to use power options (the filling of the Spirit and metabolization of doctrine) that have been made available. The loser is the believer in Jesus Christ who has wrong priorities and spends his life in the cosmic system. The loser has a right Pastor, but because of cosmic involvement, he never sees his right pastor, or he only visits occasionally.

The same thing is true with the right man-right woman relationship, because many individuals ignore the divine signals which God gives so they miss out on having God’s highest and best in a relationship. No discernment in those areas means no recognition of the divine signals. This is especially true in the right man-right woman recognition as well as the right pastor -right congregation recognition, and in some cases even both! In many cases, the loser finds his right Pastor but rejects him, or accepts him but gets distracted. Rejection of ones right Pastor is tantamount to rejection of the mystery doctrine of the Church-age especially the doctrine of Election.

However, it’s important to note that even the loser continues to receive logistical grace support and blessing. The loser has equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute the PPOG with all believers who become winners. But, instead of becoming an invisible hero, the loser is bored, dissatisfied, preoccupied with self, arrogant, frustrated, distracted, unstable, and unable to utilize the ten problem solving devices. Therefore, the loser provides cursing by association which has adverse historical repercussions in the client nation. Cursing by association means the family is cursed, social life is cursed, your job, the church, the city, state and finally even the client nation is under a curse.

The Christian loser is called:

1. The carnal believer, Rom 8:7; 1Co 3:1 3.
2. Prisoner to the law of sin, Rom 7:23.
3. A wretched believer, Rom 7:24.
4. Grieving the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30.
5. Quenching the Spirit, 1Th 5:19.
6. The enemy of the Cross, Phil 3:18.
7. The enemy of God, James 4:4.
8. The flawed believer, James 1:23 24.
9. The psycho believer or double minded, James 4:8.

This is manifest in the great number of believers who become psychotic. The bottom line is that these type of believers are implacable, impossible to satisfy! They are usually critical, judgmental, negative, gossipers, malingers, fault finders, That’s why we are told in Rom 16:17-18, Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

Jud 1:16, These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.

The Christian loser has the option of rebound, which means restoration to fellowship with God, recovery of the filling of the Spirit, and the continuation of the spiritual life. He is described in Gal 5:4 as drifting off course from grace. However, please notice in Gal 5, where the context of the phrase fallen from grace or drifting off course from grace comes from. Gal 5:1-4, It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [legalism]. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from or drifted off course from grace.

Notice in this context that fallen from grace has to do with going back under the law, not some form of immorality! It has to do with going back into legalism!

The loser is also described in Heb 12:15 as coming short of the grace of God. And in that passage, it has to do with judging and becoming very bitter toward others.

Heb 12:15, See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

The Loser believer is described as the tormented soul of 2Pe 2:7-8. And in that passage, it is because of compromise with the immoral crowd. 2Pe 2:7-8, and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day with their lawless deeds),

The Loser believer is described as the lukewarm believer of Rev 3:15-16. This is the believer who is passive and indifferent toward the things of God. Rev 3:15-16, I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

The Loser believer is described as the shipwrecked believer of 1Ti 1:19, Having doctrine and a good conscience, which some believers have pushed aside, concerning which doctrine they have become shipwrecked. In this context the shipwrecked believer is the one who listened to gossip and slander and ended up shipwrecked from the faith.

The Loser believer is described as being under the body of death in Rom 7:24-25, Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

The escrow blessings of the loser will remain on deposit forever as a memorial to his failure to utilize the unique assets of the Church-age, to fulfill the will, plan, and purpose of God between his salvation and his departure from this life, whether by death or resurrection. And while he cannot lose his salvation, the loser spends his life on earth in a state of misery, resulting in two categories of punitive suffering.

1. The misery he brings on himself, i.e., self induced or volitional misery.

2. Divine discipline in three categories: warning discipline, intensive discipline, and dying discipline.

So, logistical grace extends equal opportunity to every believer, beginning on the day of his salvation, to receive his escrow blessings. Every believer is kept alive by logistical grace long enough so that he could become a winner. Therefore, every loser is a loser by his own decisions. Every believer must take the responsibility for his own decisions in eternity future. Some believers exploit the equal opportunity of election and predestination and fulfill the (PPOG=Predesigned Plan of God) in time. Losers do not. At the judgment seat of Christ, they become double losers.

Time provides the opportunity for the obligee to attain Gods highest and best under election, i.e., under the deposit of the obligor in eternity past. The fulfillment of the PPOG in time leads to a rich entrance into the eternal kingdom. This dramatizes the importance of life inside the PPOG under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and the consistent perception of doctrine and its spiritual metabolism.

The fulfillment of the PPOG in time leads to a rich entrance into the eternal kingdom. This dramatizes the importance of life inside the PPOG under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and the consistent perception of doctrine and its spiritual metabolism. Nothing dramatizes the PPOG more than the spiritual blessings held in the eternal escrow.

What brings your blessings out of escrow? Staying in the PPOG; quickly rebound to get back in after sinning. Remaining under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. Metabolizing and applying the doctrine you learn.

How will you know when you’re in spiritual maturity? You will recognize your spiritual blessings! Your escrow blessings are actually a conveyance from the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ, the depositary, to the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ in you by virtue of your union with Him. The purpose of this escrow account in eternity past even before the believer was elected is two-fold:

1. The conveyance and the transfer of certain blessings in time known as temporal blessings and super blessings.

2. The conveyance and the transfer of certain blessings in eternity known as eternal blessings, rewards, decorations and privileges.

All of which are above and beyond the resurrected body for winners. Now, I’m not saying that being poor in heaven is bad, I’m saying that what you will be in contrast to what winners have will be like poor to rich! I don’t know what it means to be poor in Heaven, but I’d rather encourage being rich! When it comes to the spiritual life there is no excuse for anyone! If you are spiritually poor, it’s all upon your own shoulders. Under election, God wills the highest and best for you, you’ve heard a thousand times, but you can dispute it! Logistical grace blessings are nothing compared to the fantastic blessings held in the escrow account. So, election connotes the grace work of God the Father on your behalf in eternity past.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Internet Church Service – August 18, 2019; Sermon: Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union continued: As Christians we should look at giving not as an obligation but instead as sowing a seed.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union continued: As Christians we should look at giving not as an obligation but instead as sowing a seed.


“Terms used by Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries.”

If we do not understand the Terms that are used by RMBM [Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries], then we will not understand what God the Holy Spirit is trying to say to the Churches today.

This is why we are told seven times to listen to the Lord Jesus Christ as Rev 2:7 says “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Dispensation = a system of order or a period of time in which the Lord has at least one period of time in human history expressed in terms of divine revelation.

The word dispensation is a technical theological term used primarily by the apostle Paul in the presentation of the mystery doctrine of this Church Age; Col 1:24-29.

Notice the word translated stewardship is the Greek noun oikonomia which is correctly translated dispensations.

Dispensations are also said to be the divine categories of human history; therefore, both the divine outline and the divine interpretation of human history; as well as the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time in history can orient to God’s will, plan, and purpose for their lives.

Dispensation = a period of time during which a particular revelation of God’s mind and God’s will is operative, and during which man is tested as to his obedience to that specific manifestation of God’s will, purpose, and plan.

Eph 5:20, We should always be thankful for all things in the name of the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, our Father;

We continued by revealing some of the things that the Lord had done for us in eternity past and some of the reasons for Him doing so.

Billions and billions of years ago, our Lord designed and created certain blessings just for us “personally.”

Blessings that He knew would make us extremely happy if we knew what they were and how to receive them as well as how to enjoy them and the divine purpose that they were created for.

1. The Purpose of God in blessing His creation.
2. The Reason for God in blessing what He creates.
3. The Joy God receives in blessing what He creates.
4. The Capacity of God in enjoying what He creates.
5. How God is Glorified by what He creates.
6. The Importance of Capacity in what He creates.
7. The means God uses for what He creates.

There are many individuals who know about the things that God has prepared for them that love Him but do not understand how God is glorified by those things.

If we are parents and we love to give blessings and prosperity, how much more does our Heavenly Father love to give to us?

How much more does our Father desire and enjoy giving to His children?

Our Lord made one of the greatest statements ever made on this subject of giving and receiving to His children and also love doing just that; Acts 20:28-35.

Jesus Christ = He taught His disciples how to give and how to receive and how to enjoy the blessing from doing so.

How to Give.
How to receive.
How to enjoy.

Paul disobeyed God the Holy Spirit and went towards Jerusalem because of his love for the Jews.

The apostle Paul taught the pastors the importance of giving, receiving, and enjoying all that the Lord had done for all of us as Church-age believers.

The apostle Paul ended up disobeying one of the commands concerning the geographical location that God the Holy Spirit was leading the apostle Paul to a certain geographical location.

It was here in Ephesus that the apostle Paul was disciplined by God the Holy Spirit for refusing to go to Ephesus because he had become emotional and sentimental and wanted to go back to Jerusalem.

Notice that the apostle Peter said in 1Pe 5:2, to Shepherd or feed the flock of God among you,

Exercising oversight (spiritual authority) not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to {the will of} God; and not for sordid gain (money) ,

But with eagerness which refers to being motivated properly;

These two passages teach that there is a right pastor-teacher, for the right congregation .

1Co 7:17, Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches.

“to shepherd or feed the flock or the church of God which He (that is God) purchased with His own blood.

This verse God the Holy Spirit purchased the church of God with His (that is God’s) own blood, which can only refer to or mean that the Lord Jesus Christ is called God.

God the Father does not have blood nor does God the Holy Spirit have blood, only God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has blood.

This verse must refer to the Lord Jesus Christ because He is the only member of the godhead who has human blood.

The apostle Paul makes that very popular statement that says that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

This is one of the most popular statements that the word of God states concerning the subject of Giving and Receiving and the blessings that follow.

Most people place a lot more emphasis on “getting” than they do on “giving.”

Do you honestly get a lot more enjoyment out of giving than you do out of receiving?

God sees that many of His children place much more emphasis on receiving than they do on giving.

His Word clearly teaches that He put us on this earth not to see how much we can get, but to see how much we can give.

1Co 3:13, Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is {to be} revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.

2Co 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

(1) When we give freely and generously, we put God first ahead of our own selfish interests.

(2) When we give freely and generously, this shows that we trust God.

The degree of our giving is a clear indication of our freedom from fear and worry concerning our logistics we need for the future.

Freedom from fear and worry is always a blessing.

(3) When we give freely and generously, this protects us from the pitfalls of greed and (Get this?) covetousness.

Generous giving comes from a humble loving heart.

Greed and selfishness are derived from a proud heart and this blocks us from the blessings of God.

1Pe 5:5, “for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

(4) It is more blessed to give than to receive because the more we give to God, the more this opens the channel for Him to see that we can receive abundantly from Him in return?

Our Lord is saying “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back but given back with bonuses and blessings.

Giving under the principle that Generosity begets Generosity.

(5) Giving graciously and sacrificially produces an attitude in the individual which allows God to pour out more blessing to the one who gives.

Giving graciously and sacrificially is for your own benefit.

When it comes to giving and doctrinal directions, you must remember why the Lord said it’s better to give than it is to receive.

Independence Day = Day of Freedom as Passover.
Thanksgiving Day = Giving Thanks for all things to the Lord.
Christmas Day = God so Loved – He gave – John 3:16.
New Years Day = Celebrate the Brand New Year.

If we withhold our giving, we are actually withholding the blessing that our Father wants to give to us.

The “receiving” that most people want deep down in their hearts actually comes as a result of their giving.

These are some of the reasons why the Lord said that “it is more blessed to give than it is to receive” because, by our giving, we do receive.

We will get to the point where, when we give a little, it hurts and when we give a great deal it doesn’t hurt at all.

We will get to the point where, when we give a little, it hurts and when we give a great deal it doesn’t hurt at all.

not grudgingly – ekplus the genitive of lupe meaning out of sorrow, pain, grief, annoyance.

under compulsion = ex anagke – anankes meaning out of constraint, distress, necessity, imposed either by the circumstances or by duty.

The word cheerful is the adjective hilaron meaning joyful, happy, gracious, a willing to do anything type of person.

God’s Word tells us that He doesn’t want us to give grudgingly because we feel that this is a necessity.

God the Father didn’t give us His Son grudgingly says ISA 53:10, “But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief.”

Our Lord’s attitude was revealed in Luke 22:42 He was saying, “Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done.”

Heb 12:2, “who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,”

If we really understood our Lord’s attitude in giving, we would always have the proper motivation to be a cheerful Giver.

Too many Christians look upon their giving as an obligation that they owe instead of as a seed that they sow.

Most people think that the times that they “get” are the happiest times of their lives.

According to the mind of Christ, it is more blessed to give than to receive; Acts 20:35.

Who wouldn’t be cheerful if they fully comprehended that, in addition to doing God’s work, they would receive a bountiful harvest from the seeds that they had sown?

God blesses the cheerful giver, not the grudging giver.

God’s Word tells us over and over again that if we give bountifully, we will receive bountifully in return.

Prov 8:21, Doctrine or wisdom is speaking and she says “I want to endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.

The “moth” and “rust” and “corruption” that the Lord speaks about are things like inflation, high interest rates and the selfish desires of the world’s economic system.

Who are the “thieves” that the Lord said will break through and steal the money that we store up on earth?

God’s Word tells us that these thieves are Satan and his demons who are in control of the cosmic world system.

John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life and might have it more abundantly.

Two of his favorite devices are to try to influence us to spend “our money on selfish desires or to store it up to provide ourselves with worldly security.”


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Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekly Bible Study – August 12, 2019; Study: The Doctrine of Election Part 7. Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account.


The Doctrine of Election Part 7. Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Doctrine of Election Part 7. Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account


Doctrine of Election, Part 7 deals with Election and the Believer’s Escrow Account.

This falls under the principle of God willing His highest and best for every believer. For even though you have heard it many times before, here it is again:

When Eph 1:3-4 says, Blessed [the Greek says eulogetos, worthy of praise and glorification] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. [then forget about the next phrase at the end of verse 4, it belongs at the beginning of verse 5, the phrase “In love” should introduce verse 5] just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.

So we begin with the phrase in Eph 1:5, In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

When God elected you, He had already graced you out by giving you fantastic blessings that stagger the imagination which we call your escrow blessings. The Greek structure of the sentence shows that the first thing God ever did for you was to bless you, then He elected you. If you truly understood that you would understand that the first thing God ever did was not to create you but He provided for you fantastic blessings for those of you who would believe.


Why?

1Co 1:29 says, So that no flesh would glory in His presence. Now, you might ask how can that be? Well, let me remind you about a few principles:

Isa 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

So, God’s ways are not our ways. Let me challenge you. What if God said, I am going to provide a fantastic account of blessings for any creature who would ever believe and trust in Me”? And He provided that account before He created creatures so that if any creature received what He provided in that account, they could not take credit for it!

Why?

Because the blessings were provided before the creature was created!

Our Lord said in Matt 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

The first thing God ever did for us was to bless us even before He knew whatever His creatures would respond to.

Again, Eph 1:3-4, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.

In the original Greek grammatical structure there is normally a rule in the Greek language. In the Koine Greek, (Koine meaning common), there is a rule that the action of the aorist participle in a verb must precede the action of the main verb. The Greek verbs have tenses, voices and moods. The rule here is when you find the main verb, like we have here when it says, He has chosen us, and then you have a verb that is not in the indicative mood, but instead is known as a participle. In the Koine Greek, the action of the aorist participle which is the verb for He “has blessed” precedes or comes before the action of the main verb which in our passage is found in the phrase “He has chosen or elected us.”

The point is that the participle comes before the main verb:
The participle is found in the phrase = He has blessed.
The main verb is found in the phrase = He has chosen.
What came first?
The answer = He has blessed.
What came after?
The answer = He chose or elected us.

So, in other words, the first thing God ever did for His creatures was to provide fantastic blessings. Then secondly, the second thing He did was to elect them.

Always remember Deut 29:29, The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. And we are still not through with this mystery because I am also going to make the following statement very clear, meaningful, doctrinal and understandable: The first thing God ever did for us is the means of glorifying Him.

Eph 1:5-6, In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

We begin with a definition of an escrow account. There are four parts to the definition of escrow.

1. An escrow is a written agreement entered into by three parties, the obligor, the oblige, and the depositary, for the transfer of certain benefits. God the Father is the obligor. The obligor is the one who places himself under legal obligation. God the Father did so in eternity past to provide temporal and eternal blessings for every member of the Royal family.

The second party is the oblige. The oblige is every believer. The oblige is the one to whom the obligor is obligated. Therefore, God the Father is obligated to every believer who uses His grace assets to advance to spiritual maturity.
So, you are the oblige! Your name is written in heaven! You have the same privilege and the same opportunity under election of receiving the eternal wealth in time and at the judgment seat of Christ.

1Pe 1:3-5, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The third party is the depositary. The depositary is the person to whom all the deposits are entrusted. The depositary is our Lord Jesus Christ in Whom the blessings were deposited, in eternity past!

1. The second definition is the fact that an escrow is a sealed agreement of the obligor (generally accompanied by the deed, bond, or chattel to be conveyed) which is made contingent on some future happening or on the performance of some act by the obligee. It is delivered to the depositary and held by him pending the occurrence of that event or the performance of the required act by the obligee. When the event has taken place or the obligee has performed the specified act, the depositary delivers to him the agreement and the wealth which was promised. The depositary or custodian is allowed no discretion, but must follow strictly the terms of the agreement as it concerns the other two parties ty past, both categories of blessings were deposited with our Lord Jesus Christ in escrow, pending the obligee’s future advance to spiritual maturity inside the PPOG [predesigned plan of God]. The obligee is the Church-age believer. Under the PPOG and the sovereign will of God, expressed in the doctrine of election, the Church-age believer is obligated to fulfill the contingency prior to the transfer of blessings from escrow.

So the escrow of blessing was transferred in eternity past by the obligor, God the Father, and delivered to the depositary, Jesus Christ, pending the performance of the obligee, the Church-age believer in the PPOG. Temporal blessings on deposit are transferred to the believer when he fulfills the PPOG in time, not to be confused with logistical grace blessings given to all believers.
Eternal blessings are transferred to the mature believer after the Rapture at the Judgment seat of Christ, where the winner is awarded special rewards. This sealed agreement with two categories of blessings were delivered to Jesus Christ in eternity past. This emphasizes grace. God created the blessings, even before He expressed His sovereign will in election and before he designed the PPOG in predestination, Eph 1:3. Justification is the mechanics for the transfer of temporal blessings; glorification is the mechanics for the transfer of eternal blessings, Rom 8:30.

Eph 1 is a fantastic chapter for discovering the things that God has prepared for those who love Him and the value of election. In Eph 1:3, we have the escrow account mentioned.

Eph 1:3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Under the principle of election, God the Father is the author of the divine plan which reveals the fantastic things that He has prepared for those who love Him. As the author of the divine plan, God the Father is the author of all worship, praise, honor, and adoration.

Do you remember Biblical Lapsarianism?

A. Create
B. Permit the fall
C. Provide salvation
D. Elect
E. Save the elect

In election is the expression of the “sovereignty” of God who wills the highest and best for every believer in Jesus Christ. Therefore, He decreed to provide a portfolio of invisible assets for every believer by depositing in escrow greater blessings for time and eternity for every believer before the believer was even elected. God decided to provide His highest and best for anyone who would believe upon the lord Jesus Christ and would come under the principle of election. And He ordained that under election whoever believed upon His Son would have fantastic privileges and opportunities.

So, Eph 1:3 presents three parties involved in this election. God the Father is the one who blessed us and elected us and the provider of these fantastic blessings that we have been elected to receive. That’s why Paul said in Eph 1:3 “Worthy of praise and glorification be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing

God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ is the one to whom these blessings were deposited in. And we, Church-age believers, are the beneficiaries of these blessings as stated by the word “us” which refers to every believer in union with Christ as Royal family of God. So, these blessings which we have been elected to receive, have come from the work of God the Father on behalf of the believer in eternity past.

How does that give God glory, if He does all the work? Well, God is blessed by giving to us.

Do you recall what the apostle Paul said in Acts 20:35?

Acts 20:32-35, “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which [word of grace] is able to build {you} up and to give {you} the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my {own} needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The fantastic blessings and the invisible assets which God the Father has provided for each member of the Royal family of God before creation are a part of election. This is why I have said Election does not mean that God violates your free will, rather, election means that God wants to bless you! You have securities, blessings, and invisible assets that stagger the imagination. However, before these assets are usable and these blessings are attainable, they must be understood. So, in eternity past, the blessings deposited in escrow were made contingent on the future performance of the obligee.

In other words, your advance to spiritual maturity in the PPOGs [predesigned plan of God] is the contingent for the transfer of your blessings out of escrow to you. Spiritual maturity is the attainment of the believer who has PVTD [positive volition towards doctrine]. It is at that point that we leave behind the lesser blessings of logistical grace and move into the sphere of superior blessings of super-grace. Therefore, when the obligee, through residence in the PPOG, under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine, attains spiritual maturity, he receives the first installment of blessings from the depositary, Jesus Christ. The second installment is conveyed to him at the judgment seat of Christ.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.