Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Experiential righteousness is the expression of positional righteousness.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
Abraham’s righteousness in GEN 15:6 was in position only, but with it Abraham was 100% righteous. In Gen 22 Abraham’s righteousness is experiential.
GEN 22:10-12 And Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." And he said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
Experiential righteousness is not his own righteousness or some addition to God’s +R, rather it is a genuine respect for the righteousness that he already possesses.
Experiential righteousness is the function of imputed righteousness in time.
REV 2:7 To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
REV 2:3-4 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
2 Co 4:17-18 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies
Experiential righteousness cannot occur unless imputed righteousness operates within the framework that God has designed.
God has designed righteousness to function in the environment of the PPOG, under the direction of BD and the power of the filling of the HS. Outside of this environment righteousness does not function.
JOH 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do
ROM 9:20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it?
When Abraham reached spiritual maturity and he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, though he may not have completely understood he did not quarrel with his master.
Divine good production (fruit) is the evidence of the existence of perfect righteousness in the believer, without which he can do nothing.
“justified” - present passive indicative of dikaioo = to keep on being vindicated. Abraham’s imputed righteousness was vindicated through the evidence of his divine good works.
“faith alone” - [in our context] the believer in time who has faith but without God as the object. Abraham believed God’s doctrines after salvation and it resulted in works because the object of his faith was God.
The object of faith for salvation is the living word. The object of faith after salvation is the written word, which results in much fruit.