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I have heard this many times but I have never heard it backed up scripturally. I have searched my self but cannot find any reference to a double portionInterestedSister wrote:
Elders are given a double portion of the Holy Spirit so that they can feed and protect the church.
2Ki 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before
I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
At first glance it looks like it could possible support the idea of a double portion of the Holy Spirit, the context as well as the word1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and
In this passage, it is clear to me that the order of events in a person's life is:Eph. 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph. 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph. 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph. 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph. 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
While this verse is absolutely true, it is not directly applicable to confused's issues. His is a question of salvation and becoming a child of God. The judgment, or bema, seat of Christ refers to the throne of Christ in the millennial kingdom, and is referring to the distribution of rewards to (resurrected) believers, NOT to the judgment of sinners. This is basic eschatology (unfortunately something that's not taught well in the ACC). For someone who is a child of God, he will never again face any judgement that leads either to eternal life or eternal death... believers already possess eternal life, and the down payment is the Holy Spirit. When we come before the millennial throne of Christ, we, as believers, may be ashamed because we were not faithful... and may be disappointed when we're assigned the job of garbageman in the kingdom. Or, we may be thrilled because we're made governor of ten cities. It all depends on how faithfully we lived during this mortal life. But, eternal life is eternal life and we'll do those garbageman duties with happiness and eternal thankfulness that God chose us to be His child.Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.(II Cor.5:9-10)