Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The dispensation of the most dramatic exhibition of divine love. The Hypostatic Union, Part 2.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
“The dispensation of the most dramatic exhibition of divine love, the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.”
The Christocentric dispensations, where the Lord Jesus Christ is the center or the member of the Trinity who is to be glorified.
1. The dispensation of the Hypostatic Union = the period of time when Jesus Christ, who is God, lived on this earth around 4-5 B.C. to His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, around 30 A.D.
2. The second category of Christocentric dispensations is the Church-age, which began around 30 A.D. and will end at the Rapture of the Church, ? A.D.
The Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union was the period of time when God revealed the ultimate manifestation of His love and His character and nature to all His creation.
For the first time, a member of the human race fulfilled the Law -
MAT 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.”
GAL 4:5 in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law,
For the first time, a member of the human race functioned under the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the plan of God, HEB 9:14.
A period of time when a member of the human race became the prototype or example to all believers on how to live the spiritual life.
JOH 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
1JO 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
This was the period of time in human history when God chose to reveal His character and nature to all mankind by the ultimate manifestation of His love for us - the cross.
The Lord Jesus Christ would fulfill the Old, the Mosaic Law, and introduce the new, the new spiritual life for the Church-age.
That is why He is called the chief cornerstone.
In the dispensation of the Hypostatic union, Jesus Christ became the foundation for two spiritual buildings: Israel and the Church.
While both have the same person as their foundation, they are entirely different buildings.
The Church is under construction today waiting to be completed; while Israel will not be constructed and completed until the Millennium.
At the beginning of the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union and the greatest demonstration of divine power in man, beginning with the virgin birth, Jesus Christ became the foundation for the future spiritual building called Israel.
Jesus Christ was seated at the right hand of the Father, at which point He received His third royal title, King of kings and Lord of Lords making Him the foundation for the building now under construction, the Church.
The apostle Paul becomes our living example of the grace of God giving to mankind the power and the ability to love and worship and serve and honor God even though we possess an OSN.
The dispensation of the Hypostatic Union and the Dispensation of the Church-age are at the hub or the center of human history because of who the Lord Jesus Christ is and the Church’s relationship to Him.
“Hypostatic union” is the theological term for the incarnate person of Christ, the union of deity and humanity or God and man.
ROM 9:5 From whom [the Jews or Israelites] are the fathers, [the regenerate ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], - in fact, from whom is The Christ, the One who came in the flesh, the One who is God, ruler over all, extolled, praised, or eulogized forever, Amen.
The hypostatic union is the fact that in the person of Jesus Christ there are two natures, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.
The human nature always remains the human nature and the divine nature always remains the divine nature.
Sometimes our Lord would say things from His deity only as He did in Joh 8.
EXO 3:13-14 Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The GOD of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” And God [the Lord Jesus Christ] said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Then sometimes the Lord Jesus Christ would speak from His humanity and not His deity, JOH 19:28.
Timao = to revere, to value, to honor.
REV 22:8-9 And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God.”
Then sometimes He even made statements from both natures or from His hypostatic union.
1. Jesus Christ had to become perfect humanity to be our Savior, to be our high priest, to be the mediator between God and man, and to fulfill the promise of the Davidic covenant that David would have a son who would rule forever.
2. Jesus Christ had to become true humanity to be the Savior of the world because as God, Jesus Christ could not have anything to do with sin except judge and reject sin.
4. Jesus Christ had to become true humanity and perfect humanity in order to receive the imputation and judgment of our sins on the cross -
1PE 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body [humanity] on the cross.
JOB 9:1-2 Then Job answered, “In truth I know that this is so, But how can a man be in the right before God?”
JOB 9:32-33 “For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together. There is no umpire between us who may lay his hand upon us both.”
1TI 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6. Jesus Christ had to become true humanity to be a priest.
A priest must be a man in order to represent man before God.
Melchizedek was a king, the king of Salem; he was a priest under the family priesthood system, therefore, a perfect illustration and a perfect pattern of the unique priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ (TLJC is a king as well as a priest).