Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The apostle Paul was blown away by the gifts of the Baptism of the Spirit and imputed perfect righteousness.
Friday, June 3, 2011
One of the main principles of doctrine that blew Paul totally away was based upon the baptism of the Holy Spirit with emphasis upon both Jews and Gentiles being in union with TLJC.
EPH 4:4-5 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
1CO 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free,
2CO 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new [spiritual] species.”
Paul wrote all of this and more because some of the Jewish believers in Rome had distorted the Mosaic Law into a system of legalism. They held the opinion that man is condemned for failure to live up to the Law’s perfect demands.
In illustrating God’s actions toward sin, Paul deliberately chooses the period of history when the Law did not exist.
ROM 5:13 For until the [Mosaic] Law, [personal] sin was in the world, but [personal] sin was not imputed when the [Mosaic] Law did not exist.
The Mosaic Law is an indispensable part of the Word of God; it includes far more than the Ten Commandments.
It defines human freedom and morality according to the laws of divine establishment.
The Mosaic Law also defines personal sin, in terms of man’s failure to match up to the essence of God, and relates sin to its original penalty, spiritual death.
The Law reveals man’s condemnation, denounces man’s resources as a means of reaching God, and excludes human righteousness as a claim on divine blessing.
The Law has a limited role; it is a minor actor that entered the stage to play a minor part,
The Law actually served in the role of a marriage counselor; it tells us in no uncertain terms that we have a “bad marriage” to the tyrannical old sin nature.
The Law served in the role of a marriage counselor telling us that we have a “bad marriage” to the old sin nature.
It points the way to “divorce” and to “remarriage” to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith at salvation.
ROM 3:20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
The Mosaic Law shows us we have a problem, and reveals the solution in a detailed delineation of the Gospel. Before the time of Moses, everyone sinned; after Moses, everyone still sins, 1JO 1:8,10.
This also means that the Mosaic Law has nothing whatever to do with our condemnation.
Personal sins, so clearly defined by the Law, are not imputed to man for condemnation.
This has always been the case, long before and long after Moses climbed Mount Sinai.
This is why Paul defines the Gospel specifically in terms of the non-imputation of personal sins.