Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict Part 40. The Importance of the Hypostatic Union.
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Point 9. The Importance of the Hypostatic Union.
Hypostatic union = in the person of Jesus Christ are two natures, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.
Sometimes our Lord would say things from His deity only, JOH 8:58.
Sometimes the Lord would speak from His humanity and not His deity, JOH 19:28.
We have the three unique temptations from Satan to our Lord Jesus Christ during the hypostatic union.
“Was led up” - aor-pass-ind - ago = the humanity of Christ received the action of the verb as a part of evidence testing; He was led by the Holy Spirit.
When a believer reaches spiritual maturity, Satan is permitted by God to cross-examine every witness that God enters into the historical phase of the angelic conflict.
Satan is actually given a tremendous amount of leeway including even taking away health, prosperity, causing misunderstanding and loss of friends, almost any kind of disaster.
God will not put on us more than what we can bear, 1CO 10:13!
Through residence, function, and momentum in the PPOG under the same power system we have, our Lord’s humanity advanced through the various stages of spiritual adulthood!
MAT 3:16-17 And after being baptized [the water represented the will of God the Father for the humanity of Christ], Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Tempted - peirazo = to make proof of, to test, to scrutinize, to examine, to try or test one’s faith, virtue, or character by enticement to sin or to act independently of God.
If the humanity of Christ even sins once during this test then He cannot go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world; therefore, He will not only be tempted like we are but He will be tempted far beyond anyone of us!
This is Satan’s attempt through cross-examination to discredit those believers who reach spiritual maturity!
The devil opens up with a verbal examination,
“Ei huios ei tou Theou” - “If you are the Son of God, and you are.”
One of Satan’s most powerful deceptions is to use truth and mix in his religious and legalistic lies.
Will TLJC who has the power to turn the stone into bread use that power and operate independently of the power of the Holy Spirit, or rely on God to meet His needs?
If Jesus Christ used His deity and His own power to satisfy His hunger by turning the stone into bread then He has stepped outside of the PPOG for His life, the power system provided by God the Holy Spirit!
It is committing the same sin that Satan did originally, choosing self-will over God’s will.
By persuading the deity of Christ to act independently of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the function in the PPOG, our Lord in hypostatic union would be acting independently of the plan of God the Father.
The doctrine of kenosis = during the dispensation of the hypostatic union, our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His divine attributes in compliance with the Father’s plan.
Our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His divine attributes, but certain functions of His deity continued to function, such as holding the universe together.
During the First Advent, TLJC depended on the provision and power of the Holy Spirit, the power of Bible doctrine, and the power of the problem-solving devices, and gave up any independent exercise of certain divine attributes while living among men with their human limitations.
Being full of grace and doctrine, JOH 1:14, the humanity of Christ extrapolated from His own soul, problem-solving devices.
He concentrated on the problem-solving devices to prevent the conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.
The problem-solving devises used by the humanity of Christ were: the filling of the Spirit, the faith rest drill, grace orientation, doctrinal orientation, a personal sense of destiny, personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, and sharing the happiness of God.
Our Lord did not depend on His deity to execute the Father’s plan; He depended on the One who provided the plan.
He depended on what the Father provided.
He refused to function independently of the Father’s plan.
This is also a temptation to solve the problem of hunger by a miracle rather than the function of His own humanity and under the doctrinal principle that the Holy Spirit led Him here and God the Father will provide for Him.
As long as God the Father has not removed the suffering, He intends for the humanity of Christ to bear it!
If God does not remove it, He intends for you to bear it.
Would the humanity of Christ pass this test by refusing to use His own power independently of the plan of God?
You can leave the plan of God for your home, the details of life, marriage, business, social distraction, friends, pleasure, personal goals and ambitions, etc.
Spiritual maturity + passing evidence testing = glorification of God to the maximum in the historic extension of the angelic conflict.