Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
October 19, 2018
The Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
Paul identifies himself as in EPH 3:1, where he changed his name from Saul meaning king or powerful or Paul, the insignificant one or the Little one .
Paul had his name changed to identify and claim who he was before salvation, which was a murderer of Christians; 1Ti 1:12-17.
Vs 13 = he was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor because the Lord was using Paul’s sins and failures to reveal His mercy because he acted ignorantly in unbelief;
oikonomia = administration, dispensation, or stewardship, referring literally to a time or a home where family members enjoy each other being at home with one another as they live in the same dispensation.
The apostle Paul, the messenger to every Church-age believer, tells us what really happened in EPH 3:3 that by revelation .
Revelation = refers to the new doctrines that were not taught in the OT but are now taught in the NT with the spiritual food or the mystery doctrines of the Church-age coming up next.
Revelation = apokalupsis = the appearing, the coming, the manifestation, but most of all it is correctly translated revelation or doctrines needed to hear as part of the mystery doctrines of the Church-age.
Those individuals who say that there is absolutely no need for rebound also teach there is no need for recovery because they mistranslated Joh 19:30.
Remember that last phrase in JOH 19:28 when our Lord said; “I am thirsty.
He used the perfect-passive-indicative of the Greek verb teleo which means to end, to complete, to conclude, or my favorite, to perfect and finish the task or the work before us.
- You don’t need to rebound
2. You don’t need to repent
3. There are no winners in the spiritual life
4. There are no losers in the spiritual life.
It means to deny us the blessings that we could have receive had we become winner believers and not loser believers; 1Co 3:11-15.
Winners and Losers, my friends, are taught how to be a winner believer as a member of the Royal Family of God or how one becomes a loser believer in that same plan.
You are either becoming a mature believer who can glorify our Lord or you are in the process of becoming a loser believer, who has brought shame to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We are also protected and defended in the spiritual realm because the real battles that a winner believer must face is the battles that are invisible to all of us; Eph 6:12.
Our Lord has provided everything that His people would ever need in the realm of logistical grace which provides everything that a believer or unbeliever would need in the natural realm.
Our Lord also supplied everything we would ever need in the spiritual realm so that we could become a winner or a winner believer identified in the Word of God as winners (the Greek word .
Eusebeia is the Greek noun translated godliness, and it is also translated holiness; devotion; dedication, or the one I prefer, eusebeia means living the spiritual life.
Paul answers those false critics who are always running away from their battles of life because they don’t like confrontation and think that if they ignore their battles long enough their problems will go away.
What really matters is for you to know what dispensation you are in and what your roll or function is.
Hypostatic Union or the Dispensation where the Lord Jesus Christ is the main attraction and the center of all worship in the dispensations that are found in the Word of God.
“Hypostatic union” = the theological term for the incarnate person of Christ, the union of God and man, also known to our ministry as true humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Question: What do all of these dispensations have in common?
Answer: All the dispensations have been created by the Lord to bring glory to our God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
They are all under a divine purpose which is revealed by the word incarnation referring to the time that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, dwelt on earth in hypostatic union.
Incarnation which refers to the expense of time that our Lord Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, dwelt on earth in hypostatic union.
Incarnation = the day our Lord was born as a member of the human race died in our place and therefore the definition reveals how the incarnation is closely related to our subject of the hypostatic union.
- Hypostatic Union = in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ are two natures, deity and humanity, which I like to call Undiminished Deity an True Humanity in person inseparably united forever.
The two natures are without mixture or loss of the two separate identities.
This is why our Lord would speak from His deity at times and then from His humanity at other times and then a very unusual principle, our Lord would speak from His nature of the Hypostatic Union (e.g. Joh 14:6).
TLJC is just as much God as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit…..and He is also just as much human as you and I. He is undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.
Tthe two natures of Christ maintain their complete identity through being joined in personal union forever.
The characteristics of His human nature belong to the human part of Him, the characteristics of His divine nature belong to the God-part of Him.
The Lord is never half-God and half-man or half man and half-God. the Lord is undiminished deity (God) and true humanity (just like us).
Sometimes our Lord operates from His human nature only.
Sometimes He operates from His divine nature only.
Sometimes He operates from both natures together but not mixed.
Satan is very deceitful and he is a liar, in fact, in Joh 8:44, Satan is called the father of all lies.
JOH 19:28 “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”
Only humanity can become thirsty, God cannot.
Our Lord also said some things like JOH 14:28 “For the Father is greater than I.”
Sometimes our Lord operates from His divine nature only and so He would turn around and say JOH 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
JOH 5:23 in order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.
Sometimes He operates from both natures together but not mixed when He says such things like JOH 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
The point is that the human nature in Christ always remains the human nature and the divine nature always remains the divine nature.
This is why we can also refer to Him as the God-man; 1Ti 2:5.
The two natures are united without transfer of attributes or qualities.
It is impossible to transfer an attribute of one nature to the other nature without destroying that nature.
If you add God to man than man is no longer true humanity.
If you add man to God than God is no longer undiminished deity.
There is no change in the essence of deity or the essence of humanity.
Beginning with the incarnation of Jesus Christ, a human nature was inseparably united forever with the divine nature of Jesus Christ.
This means that the two natures remain distinct, whole, unchanged, without mixture or confusion, so that Jesus Christ is true humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever.
There’s the God-man.
All the attributes of deity adhere to His deity and never cross over and become humanity.
All the attributes of humanity adhere to the humanity of Christ and never become deity.
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’s son would rule forever.