Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The excitement and motivation from the death that comes from living the spiritual life.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
In ROM 9:20, the first part we have covered.
ROM 9:20, On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?
The second half, The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?
ROM 9:21, Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use?
a. Vs 20 = The thing molded and the molder.
b. Vs 21 = The potter and the clay.
c. Vs 21 = The vessel for honorable use, and the vessel for common use.
We have been noting some of the principles found in relationship to our Lord’s sufferings as one of the main reasons we have been created.
2CO 4:12, So death works in us, but life in you.
How one vessel becomes an honorable one while the other just remains a common one.
It is the victory over all kinds of death or the victory of death working in us that produces those things that ultimately bring glory to God.
1. Physical Death of the Human Race. Physical death is defined as separation of the soul from the body so that the person no longer lives on planet earth. The soul never dies, it lives forever.
After death, the soul of the believer resides in an interim body until the Rapture, at which time it leaves the third heaven, goes to the second heaven and receives a resurrection body.
2. Spiritual Death of the Human Race.
Spiritual death was the penalty of sin, and was so given as the warning to our original parents in the garden.GEN 2:17, “dying you will die.”
3. Positional Death of the Believer.
Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation, the believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
4. Cosmic Death or Carnality: the Believer in the Cosmic System.
Cosmic death is synonymous with carnality, the function of the believer’s volition in converting temptation into sin.
5. Production Mortality of the Believer: Dead Works.
Works produced in the cosmic system are dead.
6. Sexual Death: the Inability to Copulate. This category of death is only used in relation to Abraham, as found in
ROM 4:17-21, HEB 11:11-12.
7. The Second Death, REV 2:11.
For unbelievers only. It is the final judgment of those who reject Christ as Savior.
REV 2:11, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
8. The Sin unto Death.
This refers to the manner of death for the believer who rejects rebound and stays in the cosmic system.
Before death, there has to be a birth.
To die physically, you must first of all be born physically.
To die spiritually, you must first of all, be born spiritually.
The death that comes from living the spiritual life -which is why we have passages such as noted in 1CO 15:31…“I die daily.”
This is the death that we die to bring forth the resurrection life that follows.
JOH 12:24-25, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies [dead to the world], it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.”
This is that time of the year where we realize that God met man at the crossroads of human history which we call theologically the virgin birth.
1. The first prophecy of the virgin birth was given in
GEN 3:15, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
The virgin birth is extremely important because the Lord would have to be born without a human father since the human father is the one who passes down the OSN.