Sunday, March 6, 2016
Point 1. Definition: Imputation is used as an act of God whereby either condemnation or blessing is ascribed, attributed, reckoned, given, or imposed on the human race.
Point 2. There are three factors in imputation – the source, the nature, the recipient.
The first category of imputations is known as Real imputations, the second category are called judicial imputations.
In other words, there is a home or an affinity or a resemblance between that which is being imputed and where it is being imputed to.
1. human life to the soul. The soul is a place that God imputed life to —- there is a home for life, that is the soul.
2. Adam’s original sin to the old sin nature. Adams sin has a home or a target where it is comfortable with, the OSN.
3. Eternal life to the human spirit. The human spirit is that part of man that God created where He impute eternal life to because it has been created to handle that type of lie, an unlimited capacity within man.
4. Blessings in time to the perfect righteousness in man. +R is used to being blessed.
5. Blessings in eternity to the resurrection body. The resurrection body created by God can handle blessings for all of eternity, unlike the human body with its limited capacity.
There are judicial imputations which have nothing to do with where they are being imputed to. For example, our sins imputed to TLJC and His righteousness imputed to us.
Point 3. The Working Equation of the Plan of God when it comes divine imputations.
Every imputation has a divine solution which is found in the word of God.
X radical stands for God’s will for the unbeliever.Y radical contains God’s plan for the believer to receive blessings in time which glorify God. Z radical contains God’s plan for the mature believer.
X [I. of H.L. + I of AOS = P1 + D = H1] + (I of EL)
Y [JI#1 + JI#2 = P2 + D = H2] which is the (I of BT)
Z [IEL + IBT = P3 + D = H3] = Blessings in eternity at the JSOC.
The Greek word elpis is translated hope but it really refers to the absolute confidence we should have because of the divine solutions God has given us.
ROM 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope [this is H#2 or the elpis, the absolute confidence];
ROM 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
ROM 8:24 For in hope we have been saved [that is H1], but hope that is seen is not hope; [which means the absolute confidence that we have should not have to be proven – should it?
If we have the confidence of H1 or H2 or H3, we bring glory to God because we believe in the divine solutions that He has given us!
How important is this hope, well look at where hope rates in 1CO 13:13 But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
We are very familiar with the importance of faith….it is that which is the basis of Christianity; EPH 2:8-9.
We understand the importance of love, it is who God is as it says 1JO 4:8 God is love.
In 2CO 3:12, this hope gives us the absolute confidence in what and how we speak; “Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,”
EPH 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
EPH 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
COL 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. [all three hopes]
TIT 2:13 Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
HEB 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
Point 4. Imputation as it relates to Selection and Election.
Since God knew in eternity past that you were going to be a member of the human race, and He knew simultaneously in His omniscience that you would believe in Jesus Christ, God selected you before He elected you.
Selection is a technical term related to the divine imputation of human life and Adam’s original sin at the point of physical birth.
Selection begins at your physical birth when God imputes to your soul human life just like election begins for you at your spiritual birth, when God imputes to you eternal life.
“from the womb” is “mi beten” is translated not “in the womb” but “out from the womb” or even “outside of the womb” or “ever since you were born” or “ever since your birth.”
HCSB (Hebrew Christian Standard Bible says ISA 44:2 This is the word of the Lord your Maker who shaped you from birth;
TEV Today’s English Version says ISA 44:2 I am the Lord who created you; from the time you were born,
Every member of the human race has been selected by God to be alive and that God has a purpose for their life.
There’s a tremendous difference between a purpose and a destiny……just like there’s a tremendous difference between selection and election.
At selection, you have a purpose, 2PE 3:9.At election, you have a destiny, EPH 1:5.
God must provide salvation for everyone to whom He gives soul life to at birth. Therefore, He provides redemption for all.
For God to impute Adam’s original sin to our genetically formed OSN that was given to us by God and then He condemned us at birth because of that and then not to provide salvation for everyone is to say that God is unfair and unjust.
Once God imputes to you human life you fall under the doctrine of selection and from then on His desire for you is to fall under the doctrine of election.
Man’s ability is limited to the formation or creation of biological life in the womb. However, human life does not exist until God creates soul life and imputes it to biological life after the fetus has left the womb.
PSA 100:3 Know that the Lord [Jesus Christ] Himself is God; it is He who has made us [the real you is your soul and that’s what He made], and not we ourselves;
“He made us” is a reference to the entire human race after Adam and the woman. It refers to the origin of human life, the creation of human life by God.
ISA 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
This refers to TLJC because Jesus Christ is the Creator of everything, JOH 1:3; COL 1:16; HEB 1:10.
JOH 1:3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
COL 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities‑‑ all things have been created by Him and for Him.
The fact that you have human life means that you have a purpose from God under selection from the sovereignty of God.
By His sovereignty I mean by His desire for you which ultimately brings Him glory, the purpose of selection and election.
Selection can be turned into election which reveals your personal sense of destiny and means that you can capitalize on your escrow blessings that are on deposit.
The purpose of the sovereignty of God at birth is followed by the personal sense of destiny of the sovereignty of God at the point of regeneration.
The dynamics of the ordinary life in the Church-age become extraordinary.
Every church age believer has a double destiny: First under the PPOG. Secondly in the eternal state.
Through physical birth, we have a purpose in life, for God gave to us soul life when He created us and then imputed our soul-life to the human body that He decided for us.
The word breath is the Hebrew noun neshamah which means breath and when God gives breath, neshamah, the spark or life or the breath of life, He has a purpose for your life.
Through physical birth, the purpose exists. However, the purpose is meaningless without regeneration.
The purpose comes from physical birth. The destiny comes from spiritual birth.
a. First, a destiny in time which is the execution of the PPOG.b. A destiny in the eternal state in which God has willed His highest and best for you as a part of your escrow blessings.
If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.
The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of giving good things to others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point.
The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self- denial as an end in itself.
If we are occupied with the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, then we miss out on the principle of love, not just for others but also love for ourselves.
1. There is the teaching of self-denial which leads to asceticism, the belief that going without and denying yourself somehow is a Christian virtue and is to be a goal of the Christian life.
2. Then there is the “Positive faith name it and claim it teaching” which is the belief that you can have everything you want simple by speaking it into action.
PRO 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.
3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
LUK 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
2CO 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1CH 29:14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
PRO 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.
PRO 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
JAM 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
JAM 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.