Class Notes: 9/10/2017
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 94;The portfolio of invisible spiritual assets
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Lam 3:21-25; I recall this (God's Word of truth) to my mind, and it gives me confidence. Because The Lord's mercy never fails; His grace provisions never cease, they are renewed every morning; Great is Your faithfulness... Therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait silently on Him.
In our study of the doctrine of the winner believer. Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; Winner believers are the unknown, unsung heroes of history. 2Cor 6:9; who are the targets of God's grace imputations and one of the reason why God continues to support the human race in the devil's world.
We are now in a study of the portfolio of invisible assets that God gives to every believer on the basis of Jesus' work on the cross and conveyed to believers on the basis of grace and faith at salvation as salvation grace, after salvation as logistical grace and in spiritual maturity as the escrow in the form of supergrace and ultra supergrace. James 4:6; Eph 2:7;
Last time we noted from Eph 1:4; that God has elected Church Age believers for the purpose of glorifying Him by complying with His directive will and executing His protocol plan.
When the believer is functioning inside God's spiritual power system under the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit the believer in perfect compliance with God's directive will and in the status of absolute holiness.
God establishes this holiness through the synergy of the primary positional assets that He gives to every believer at salvation combined with their residence and function within His operational spiritual power system.
In association with Christ or "in Christ" the believer is positionally sinless from the moment of salvation. 2Cor 5:21; In theology this is called justification.
When the believer functions in God's power system God the Holy Spirit controls their soul and the old sin nature is restrained and confined to the body with the result that the believer has no experiential sin. 1John 5:18; In theology this is called sanctification.
The physical body is home to the old sin nature so the sin nature permanently resides there. Every naturally born person has to die a physical death because the old sin nature is terminated at physical death.
The believer in cosmic one is described as grieving the Spirit because the old sin nature that resides in the body is also controlling the soul with the result that God the Holy Spirit is grieved. Eph 4:30;
The issue is who controls the believer's soul. At any given moment either satan via the old sin nature or God the Holy Spirit controls the believer's soul.
The option to be spiritual or carnal exists at every stage of the believer's spiritual development.
"Carnal" is a translation of the Greek word "sarx" that refers to human body that is composed of flesh with its resident OSN. Spiritual is translated from the Greek word "pneuma" refers to God the Holy Spirit controlling the soul through the regenerated human spirit. Rom 8:6; KJV
At any given moment you're either filled with the Holy Spirit and inside God's spiritual power system and 100% spiritual and 0% carnal, or you're under the control of the old sin nature inside satan's cosmic system and you are 0% spiritual and 100% carnal.
The phrase "Blameless before Him" in Eph 1:4; is a reference to the eternal state after the sin nature and its personal sin have been completely eradicated. In theology this is called glorification.
There are three elections in history. Israel was elected under God's ritual plan. Jesus Christ was elected under God's salvation plan. The Church was elected under God's protocol plan.
Eph 1:4; is a reference to the election of the Church because it is addressing the invisible spiritual assets that God the Father has provided for those who are "in Him" (in Christ).
The sovereignty of God and the free will of man coexist in human history in order to resolve the angelic conflict. Election is the expression of God's sovereignty in eternity past. Predestination is the provision that God's sovereignty made available to those who are elected in God's decree from eternity past.
God is omniscient so He simultaneously knows all that is knowable; this means that in eternity past God foreknew every thought, motive, volitional decision, and action of every creature.
God invented free will to function freely for or against Him; the free choice lies with each individual. Free will is free but God also knew exactly what choices each one would make.
He knew the when, where and how of those who would choose against Him, and He knew the when where and how of those who would choose for Him. There was never a time when He didn't know just exactly how every creature's free will would function.
In eternity past, God made a single sovereign decision that contained many facets. That one decision was to provide for you your very own election related to His plan for your life, and through predestination to provide everything you would need to fulfill that plan.
The believer who takes advantage of their divinely provided invisible spiritual assets becomes a winner because they make good decisions from a position of strength because their decisions are based on God's Word of truth.
The believer who rejects God's plan and fails to learn, understand the mechanics of and utilize their invisible spiritual assets becomes a loser because they make bad decisions from a position of weakness because their decisions are based on satan's lie.
Winners are humble because they submit to and comply with God's Word of truth. Losers are arrogant because they rebel against and reject God's Word of truth.
Winners think like Jesus Christ Phil 2:5-7; losers think like satan Isa 14:13-14;
During their lifetime in the devil's world the believer who becomes a loser cannot be distinguished from and unbeliever because their thoughts, decisions, and actions are based on the same lies as those of an unbeliever.
Every believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity under election and predestination. Losers only become losers because they choose to be losers with their arrogant choice to be ignorant of and in noncompliance with God's Word of truth.
The doctrine of election describes how God provides the assets that are necessary for us to fulfill His plan, will and purpose on the basis of grace alone because in our status in association with Adam's fall we have no inherent capacity to do anything on our own that God can accept. Isa 64:6;
Election is the expression of God's sovereignty that was made in eternity past for every Church Age believer. God's sovereignly wills for you to personally have His highest and the best. Election expresses God's sovereign will by providing you with equal privilege and equal opportunity.
In election, God gave every believer everything that was necessary to fulfill His plan, execute His directive will and glorify Him with the result that they are blessed beyond their wildest imagination. Eph 3:20;
The universal priesthood of the Church Age believer is established by the equal privilege of election. This shows that God's plan for Church Age believers, as members of God's royal family, is completely and totally unique. Never before the Church Age and never again after the Exit Resurrection of the Church is there ever another universal priesthood.
A priest is a human being who represents people before God. In the Church Age, since every believer is a priest, every believer represents himself before God. This establishes a system of privacy.
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