Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict Part 50. Human history demonstrates that God is glorified by the creation of man.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Point 11. How God is Glorified in the Angelic Conflict.
Disobedience - noun parakoe = disobedience that results from neglecting to hear doctrine and letting these fantastic things drift by, as in verse 1.
Verse 2 - the recompense is just; God is absolutely right and just concerning His judgment on the fallen angels.
1. God owes the fallen angels the lake of fire but they are not there at the present time.
2. Human history is the space between Satan’s trial and His conviction and between the passing of His sentence and the execution of the sentence.
3. The passing of the sentence is the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and His angels before human history,
4. The execution of the sentence: REV 20:10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
5. Because Satan appealed His sentence before human history, man was then created as a third party to show Satan that His appeal is not justified.
6. Human history demonstrates that God is righteous, just, and perfect; therefore God is glorified by the creation of man,
REV 4:11; ISA 43:21.
Neglect - aor-act-part - ameleo = to be careless toward something or to make light of, to disregard, to be unconcerned, to neglect.
“So great a salvation” = our Lord’s finished work on the cross.
MAT 25:41 Then He will also say to those on His left, “Depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and His angels;”
2PE 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
In the Church-age, Satan and His angels reign.
In the Millennium, man will rule, that man being Jesus Christ, the Son of David.
Remember - pres-mid-ind - mimneske = to recall to mind, to remember in an affectionate way.
“Son of man” = the descendants of Adam, not Christ, though the term “Son of Man” generally does refer to Christ.
Out of the lowest, God shall bring the highest.
Out of the insignificant, God shall bring the significant.
He shall Himself condescend to be a member of this lower creation called humans.
Out of that creation, even out of man’s fallen condition, God will reach down below the level man was created and bring new sons who shall be associated with Him forever and ever for all eternity.
ROM 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
Out of the creation of a lower creature called man will come the greatest glory to God and the full and total victory in the invisible war or the angelic conflict.
God was choosing “man” as the arm which would defeat Satan, both in bringing him to total defeat and in replacing him in the scheme of the government of the universe.
It was to be out of man that Christ would come, and it would be through certain chosen members of the human race that God would proclaim the defeat of Satan to both the elect and fallen angels. This is a reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ whereby all angelic creatures, including fallen angels, are subordinated to Him “in His humanity.”
In His deity, Jesus Christ is the creator of angels but, in His humanity, He was made lower than angels, HEB 2:7.
In His resurrection, He is higher than angels even in His humanity.
1CO 15:45-49 describes only 2 members of the human race who came into the world under conditions of perfection without an O.S.N.
Originally man was made inferior; the first Adam was made inferior to angels, both elect and fallen.
The only way man becomes superior to angels is through union with TLJC who is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
EPH 2:6 And [He - God the Father] raised us up with Him [Jesus Christ], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.
Positionally, every believer in the Church-age is superior to angels; some day experientially we will also be greater.
PHI 3:21, 1CO 15:53 - our resurrected body is greater than angels which is why the church is the first to go up in the rapture to receive their resurrected bodies at the bema seat judgment.
DEU 32:4 “The rock! His work is perfect, for all his ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He.”
Crowned - aor-act-ind - stephanoo = to adorn with an honorary crown, to receive the approval of God.
GEN 1:28-30 - God gave the first Adam dominion over creation.
Verse 9 - this time “crowned with glory and honor” = the birth of TLJC which was just like the creation of the first Adam.
The difference is that the first Adam lost his glory and honor; the second Adam, TLJC, built upon His glory and honor.
We have positional truth in the first Adam; we have positional truth in the second Adam -
1CO 15:22 “In Adam all die, in Christ shall all be made alive”
At the Second Coming, when the Millennial reign of Christ begins, there will be believers on earth minus demons and unbelievers, (the baptism of fire)
During the Millennial reign, the saints will rule in resurrection bodies just like the unseen forces now who run the world.
All things being subjected to Him refers to the human race, the angelic race, nature, weather, animals, and plant life.
“He left nothing that is not subject to Him” = the baptism of fire where all that is against Christ will be removed.
Acts 5:31 “He is the one whom God has exalted at His right hand as Prince and Savior.”
PHI 2:9 “Therefore also, God has highly exalted Him and given Him a title which is above every title, that at the title of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father.”
His third royal patent is related to His resurrection and ascension.
His title is “King of kings, Lord of lords, bright morning star.”
His Royal Family is in the process of being completed, made up of every Church-age believer.
MAT 1:21 “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”
Crowned with glory and honor is not speaking of His resurrected body but His physical body which was without sin and impeccable.
1. It saved mankind.
2. It got back the crown that Adam lost.
Taste is used because the first Adam tasted the fruit and died spiritually; the last Adam tasted death and we live eternally.
For - conjunction gar = used to link the last sentence with the next one; it points to the reason why Heb 1 andHEB 2:1-9 are true.
It was fitting - imp-act-ind - eprepen = to have inner fitness, to be totally equipped or suitable.
Every stupid, imbecilic, dumb, dense, moronic, dull believer - most of us included in that statement.
As a part of the victory in the angelic conflict and our Lord’s new position at the right hand of God the Father, God takes fallen human creatures and makes something out of them that causes Satan to grind his teeth.
1. Eprepen - it was fitting = everything depends on God’s character and God’s ability.
2. It also emphasizes that God designed a perfect plan that man can have nothing to do with or else it is no longer perfect.
3. Legalism is the great enemy of Christ.
4. Satan cannot get into us through demon possession, so he uses false doctrine and legalistic teaching to cause demon influence in our souls.
In the angelic conflict, Satan promotes human good within Christians to make them perform and improve his world!
MAT 3:17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
EPH 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Glory - noun doxan = dignity and honor.
Author - noun archegon = the chief or supreme leader, the ruler, the prince, or the author.
ACT 3:15 But you put to death the Prince [archegon] of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.
Acts 5:31">ACT 5:31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince [archegon] and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
“To perfect” - aor-act-inf - teleiosai = to advance to completion, to finish; TLJC is completed when every son (Church-age believer) is presented to Him as His bride.
Sufferings is in the plural because He was judged for every single sin in the history of the human race!
“He who sanctifies” - pres-act-part - hagiazon = to make holy, to purify even mentally.
Sanctified - pres-mid-part - hagiazomenoi = in the middle voice it means to receive holiness and to be set apart by God.
It is our position that ultimately counts, not our condition.
HEB 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
PSA 130:3 If you Lord marked iniquities, no one could stand.
TLJC is perfect and every believer is in union with Him.
To call - pres-act-inf - kalien = to call or to name.
1CO 2:16 - through the mind of Christ!
Behold - aor-mid-imp - idou = to look or to focus your attention.
God has given -
aor-act-ind - edoken = to reward through giving.
In this angelic conflict, Satan holds man in his power, just like a jailer holds a prisoner until there is a true legal release.
Might deliver - aor-act-sub - apallaxe = to release or to set free, or to deliver.
1. Jesus Christ became true humanity to do the will of the Father,
4. Jesus Christ had to become true humanity to be a priest.
A priest must be a man in order to represent man before God. Jesus Christ became true humanity to be our high priest, HEB 7:4-5,14,28; 10:5, 10-14.
“Suffered” - per-act-ind - peponthen = to suffer, to undergo punishment.
“Was tempted” - aor-pass-part - peirastheis = to test; to approve for good or bad, to test someone to determine their character.
Pres-pass-part - peirazomenois = to test, to try the quality and character of an individual!