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The Angelic Conflict. Part 48. God has chosen the weakest of all creatures, mankind, to resolve the angelic conflict.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Point 11. How God is Glorified in the Angelic Conflict.

They do not recognize that there is a war on, and that God neither will nor can yield.

2CO 4:4 the gospel of the glory of Christ,

Dislocating pastors dispensationally to mislead congregations thoroughly.

In order to understand God’s grace to the maximum, they have to study the objects of maximum grace - fallen, depraved, unworthy, spiritually dead members of the human race.

When angels observe us as totally depraved and totally undeserving anything from God and then see a perfectly constructed plan directed toward imperfect man - it brings glory to God.

The grace and mercy of God toward undeserving and unworthy creatures.

1CO 1:27 - the foolish ones [moros] of the world [like Church-age believers] to shame the wise [like Satan and the fallen angels], and God has chosen the weak ones of the world to shame the things which are strong,
1CO 1:28 and unknown ones of the world and the despised, that He might nullify the things that are,

It is His grace being manifested to us that brings glory to Him in the angelic conflict, and that is why there is such an attack upon the grace of God.

God has chosen the weakest of all creatures, mankind, to resolve the angelic conflict in the most magnificent realm.

In choosing the plan of God at salvation through faith in Christ, regenerate mankind becomes positionally superior to angels through the baptism of the Spirit and resultant positional sanctification.

This not only makes us Royal Family of God, but also a new spiritual species, making it possible for the first time in history for all believers to live the unique spiritual life of freedom instead of an independent life of slavery.

When Jesus Christ received His third royal warrant, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, that is when the angelic conflict shifted gears into its intensified stage.

Our Lord became the victor of the angelic conflict as an inferior creature to angels, a member of the human race.

God could not say this to deity, and He never said this to an angel; He said this to the humanity of Christ, making the humanity of Christ superior to angels.

EPH 2:6 God the Father raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,

We cannot take advantage of our position now on earth unless we live in the PPOG designed for us in eternity past by God the Father.

PHI 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,

2CO 6:1 “We also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain-”

ROM 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

1TI 3:16 And by common confession great is the mystery of the unique spiritual life: He [God] who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

The resurrection, ascension, and session is based on the strategic victory of our Lord in the angelic conflict, Heb 1-2.

“Having become” - aor-mid-part - genomenos - genovmeno" = to become something you were not before.

Aorist tense - ginomai = points to the time of the cross when TLJC broke the back of Satan and all fallen angels through His victory.

COL 2:14 Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

COL 2:15 When [at the cross] He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Middle voice - ginomai = TLJC did all the work, but we are benefited by it.
Participle - denotes this was God’s purpose for TLJC to fulfill.

Better - adjective kreitton = superior or more advantageous.

“He has inherited” - per-act-ind - kekleronomeken - keklhronovmhken = to be an heir; to inherit; to obtain.

The "noun" for inheritance, kleronomeo = "heirs" or one who receives the property of one who died.
It also means one who inherits a rank, a title, and an office.

a. A new rank. In His humanity, He is now seated at the right hand of God, the highest place of authority in the universe, MAT 28:18.

MAT 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” 30:36

b. TLJC has a new title, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, 1TI 6:15, REV 17:14; REV 19:16.
c. TLJC has a brand new office; our Lord is appointed a high priest by God the Father, HEB 5:4-10; HEB 6:20.

a. Our new rank, we have been made kings, REV 1:5; REV 5:10.
b. Our new title, we are God’s beloved sons and children of God, EPH 1:6; MAT 3:17, 1JO 3:1.
c. Our new office; we are royal priests, 1PE 2:5,9.

1JO 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are.

TLJC is greater than the angels and we are in union with Him and “joint heirs” - we are greater than angels positionally, and someday experientially.

Name - noun onoma = title, authority, character, fame, reputation, and integrity.

HEB 1:4 - TLJC did not inherit a new name but a new title, authority, and character in His humanity.

Begotten - perf-act-ind - gegenneka - gegevnnhkav - [genetics] = all children are the property of the Father, but brought into the world by extension of the mother.

Worship - aor-act-imp - proskuneo = to kiss; to adore; to respect; and to worship.

The humanity of TLJC will be worshipped by angels at the Second Advent.
Aorist tense - at the point of the Second Coming angels will worship TLJC while Church-age believers throw demons into prison.
Active voice - God allows the angels the privilege of worshipping Christ.
Imperative mood - the mood of command and directive.

The point of the writer is that the angels are not merely servants, but of such a nature that God makes them according to the “needs” of His service, and being such as they are, they are changeable, in contrast to the Son who is their ruler, and unchangeable.

God could not say this to deity, and He never said this to an angel; He said this to the humanity of Christ, making the humanity of Christ superior to angels.

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