Dispensation of the Mosaic Law. Part 98. The Supreme Court of Heaven.


June 18, 2017

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Point 1. Introduction. The supreme court of heaven is composed of the three persons of the Godhead–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  1. Divine integrity or holiness, which is composed of God’s justice and righteousness.
  2. Omniscience, which means that all of the three judges have known all of the facts of every case from eternity past.

In Job 37:16, “He is One who is perfect in knowledge”

God’s knowledge is not based upon time. It is not related to or limited by time.

  1. The third attribute needed to understand is sovereignty, which means that the decisions rendered by the court come from perfect, eternal, incorruptible, divine volition.

Deu 4:39 know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.

  1. Omnipotence, which means that all three members of the court have the power to execute all sentences, all judgments of the court.

This is why He is called God almighty as in Gen 17:1. We are also told that nothing is too difficult for Him, Gen 18:14.

Point 2. The supreme court of heaven is open twenty-four hours a day.

The supreme court of heaven is composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and hears cases related to the following categories.

  1. Evil in the world. B. Sinfulness and injustice in human affairs. C. The rise and the fall of nations. D. Anti-Semitism, personal or national.
  2. Conflicts among believers. F. Satanic accusations against believers. G. Divine discipline of believers. H. Child abuse.
  3. Jesus Christ is God. He is co-equal with God, superior to mankind, and perfect mankind in one person forever. Therefore, He is the perfect judge.
  4. Jesus Christ, as the son of man, emphasizing his hypostatic union, makes him the unique judge sitting on the supreme court of heaven.
  5. The rebound technique–we have the right to judge ourselves by naming our sins and being forgiven by God, 1Co 11:27-30.
  6. The judgment of the believer’s works after the Rapture of the church at the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Co 3:11-15, 2Co 5:10.
  7. The judgment of all “believers” at the baptism of fire at the second advent of Christ. Mat 13:24‑30, 36‑40, Mat 13:47‑50.
  8. The judgment of all “unbelievers” at the baptism of fire at the second advent of Christ. Mat 25:31‑46.
  9. The judgment of Satan and all fallen angels at the end of the Millennium, Rev 20:1-10.
  10. The judgment of all unbelievers at the end of the Millennium. This is called the second resurrection and the Great White Throne Judgment, Rev 20:12-15.

Point 3. The uniqueness of Jesus Christ as a supreme court judge.

He is the God-man, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.

In the hypostatic union, the two natures of our Lord Jesus Christ are united without transfer of attributes, without loss or diminishing of the attributes of one to the other.

This means that the attributes of deity and the attributes of the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union adhere to their corresponding natures.

Divine essence is not changed by the hypostatic union. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Heb 13:8.

Prin: To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His deity would destroy His deity.

“Well didn’t He have to not function in His humanity so that He could become an example to us and not His deity.?”

“Yes, that’s true but meanwhile when He did not provide for His human nature to provide for Himself, He still was using His deity to hold the universe together, Heb 1:3.”

To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His humanity would destroy His humanity.

Phi 2:9 therefore also God highly exalted Him [this is the session and TLJC as the supreme court judge], and bestowed on Him a royal title which is above every royal title,

Phi 2:10 that at the exalted title of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth,

Phi 2:11 and that every tongue should confess or acknowledge that Jesus Christ is [Kurios or Jehovah] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Also, note the secret of our Lord’s greatness in His humanity: “He humbled Himself.”

Prin: While bearing our sins on the cross, He did so from His humanity by applying the maximum doctrine in His soul and using the problem solving devices.

He was filled with the Holy Spirit while bearing our sins as He had been from birth, Heb 9:14.

He maintained His perfection while bearing our sins because He used the metabolized doctrine in His soul. He did not use His deity to sustain himself while bearing our sins.

His deity could only condemn sin. The greatest function of the supreme court of heaven was the judgment that took place on the cross.

Certain attributes of our Lord’s deity were not used (like omnipotence), This means that our Lord voluntarily restricted the use of certain divine attributes while living among men and their human limitations.

Certain divine attributes were active at all times–holding the universe together, Col 1:16-17; Heb 1:3.

Prin: In His glorified state, the humanity of Christ resides at the right hand of the Father, and God the Father, therefore, has given to the glorified state of Christ all function of judgment.

Point 4. The Divine Qualification of Jesus Christ as a Supreme Court Judge.

Jesus Christ, as judge, is eternal God. Therefore, He is perfectly qualified to function as a justice of the supreme court of heaven.

As God, Jesus Christ has perfect integrity or holiness.

Jesus Christ judges on the basis of His perfect divine essence on the one hand, and on the basis of His perfect resurrected humanity on the other hand.

Since the integrity of our Lord Jesus Christ is both His deity and His humanity,

and since both are beyond reproach, and since the omniscience of God knows every fact in every case, and since His legal decisions are made in perfect and eternal wisdom,

our Lord Jesus Christ judges every case in perfect fairness, totally without prejudice or partiality.

Psa 55:22, “cast your burdens on the Lord, and he will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to fall apart.”

1Pe 5:7 “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”

All slander, all maligning, all public lies, all other categories of vituperation and vilification, all unfairness in the hands of Jesus Christ as the supreme court of heaven.

The believer making his appeal must understand that he or she may be at fault, and may suddenly become the defendant because they have taken matters into their own hands.

Hypostatic Union = in the person of the incarnate Christ are two natures, inseparably united without mixture or loss of separate identity, without loss or transfer of properties or attributes, the union being personal and eternal.

In the hypostatic union, the two natures of our Lord Jesus Christ are united without transfer of attributes, without loss or diminishing of the attributes of one to the other.

This means that the attributes of deity and the attributes of the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union adhere to their corresponding natures.

Divine essence is not changed by the hypostatic union. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Heb 13:8.

Prin: To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His deity would destroy His deity.

Prin: While bearing our sins on the cross, He did so from His humanity by applying the maximum doctrine in His soul and using the problem solving devices.

He was filled with the Holy Spirit while bearing our sins as He had been from birth, Heb 9:14.

He maintained His perfection while bearing our sins because He used the metabolized doctrine in His soul. He did not use His deity to sustain himself while bearing our sins.

Our Lord voluntarily restricted the use of certain divine attributes while living among men and their human limitations = Kenosis.

Certain divine attributes were active at all times–holding the universe together, Col 1:16-17; HEB 1:3.

HEB 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

In JOH 1:1-3, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

JOH 1:9   There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

Prin: In His glorified state, the humanity of Christ resides at the right hand of the Father, and God the Father, therefore, has given to the glorified state of Christ all function of judgment.