Class Notes: 7/14/2021
The judgment seat of Christ part 14
2Tim 3:12-13; Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.13 and evil men and demagogues will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Jer 50:6-7; "My people have become lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. They have forgotten their resting place.
7 All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, 'We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the Lord, their true pasture. They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors trusted.'
We've noted how these evil people and imposters are working to turn God's client nation into a totalitarian state and they call anyone who opposes them insurrectionists and traitors.
But God is using the wrath of man to praise Him Psa 78:10 because the truth cannot be denied 2Cor 13:10; and working the entire mess together for the benefit of those who love Him. Rom 8:28; those who wait patiently for Him Isa 40:31;
Because Jesus came to save what was lost and destroy the works of the devil. Matt 18:11; 1John 3:8c; who deceives the entire world Rev 12:9;
Psa 34:19; Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
2Cor 12:9-10; He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong
2Cor 4:17-18; For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Last time in our study on the judgment seat of Christ we noted
The security of believers begins at the point of salvation through faith in Christ. At that moment they receive two major categories of security from God..
Eternal security related to the possession of eternal salvation as a work of God and guarantee that we shall spend eternity in the presence of God. John 10:28-29;
Temporal security which is related to the imputation of divine righteousness, forming a grace pipeline for the flow of logistical grace support. Phil 4;19; Rom 8:31;
The believer cannot earn, deserve, merit or work for either category of this security because it is supplied on the basis of grace alone.
Too often people relate security to happiness or to a change of circumstances instead of to freedom, and when that occurs it creates disaster. The leftist socialist totalitarians promote this lie using the rhetorical veil of hope and change and they have convinced too many citizens of client nation USA including many believers that their evil lie is true.
Like all other members of the human race, believers are the products of their own decisions so the decisions to live inside God's spiritual power system provides confidence in and love for God as a motivating virtue that also brings an awareness of the security from God alone.
On the other hand while the decision to live in satan's cosmic system cannot cancel God's gift of security because it is irrevocable it does cancel the believer's awareness of God's blessing of temporal and eternal security.
Believers who live in satan's cosmic system are uncertain of their security because they have no doctrine in their thinking.
Uncertain, insecure vacillating believers are unstable so they become easy targets for and generally succumb to the propaganda and lies of the leftist socialist totalitarians so they make the decision to exchange their freedom for the fake system of security the charlatans are offering so they become enslaved.
The philosophy of satan's cosmic system is the evil human good of socialism, communism and the welfare state. Socialism offers fake security in exchange for genuine freedom. God never overlooks the believer's security because spiritual freedom is the true issue in the angelic conflict. Gal 5:1;
Rev 2:11b; starts out with the articular present active participle from the verb "nikao," that means to be a winner, to be victorious, to conquer, or to overcome.
It should be translated winner, or he who is victorious. The definite article is a nominative masculine singular and is used as a personal pronoun in the subject. The present tense is a perfective present for a fact which has come to be in the past:
The believer's initial entrance into God's spiritual power system occurs at the point of salvation and, in this verse it is presented as and existing reality. The active voice: the individual believer in the Church Age and/or God's royal family as a group produces the action of being winners.
Rev 2:7; was addressed to the church at Ephesus where the emphasis was on perpetuation of the Christian life inside of God's system that creates momentum and maturity, and results in the conveyance reward in eternity.
Rev 2:11; that was addressed to the church at Smyrna the emphasis is on the initial victory at salvation when the believer initially enters Gods system, because not only is he a winner for the moment but at the same time he receives something he can never lose.
Believers can't throw it away by making bad decisions. Bad decisions are a cause of failure in life, and great unhappiness and misery in your life, but you can make wrong decisions as a Christian all of your life and you still cannot lose your salvation because it is based on God's immutable unfailing integrity love.
For the mature believers of Smyrna the reward is a decoration called the crown of life. Victory over satan's cosmic system begins at salvation with the initial entry into God's system with the indwelling, filling and teaching ministry of the Spirit.
At that moment in the dispensation of the Church Age every believer receives 40 grace gifts from God, and is entered into the aegis of God and His logistical grace, and starts out n the driver's seat inside God's power system. Gal 3:26-29;
The initial point of victory over the cosmic system at the point of salvation is also described in 1John 3:9; that says that at the moment when anyone is born from God (salvation through faith in Christ) he is not sinning, because his seed (God the Holy Spirit ) keeps residing in it (God's power system)
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