Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Great faith in who God is, like the Roman centurion’s, can cause our Lord to marvel.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The book of Deuteronomy is one of the first books written by Moses in the Old Testament and is very important because it is in this book where you will understand Old Testament spirituality.

This book is a book dedicated to describing to us the difference between spirituality or living the spiritual life in the Old Testament versus spirituality or living the spiritual life in the New Testament.

DEU 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”

Faith in Him because of who He is.
Faith toward Him because of what He has done.

This is the faith that saves us from the imputation of Adam’s original sin passed down to the genetically formed old sin nature we all receive passed down from our earthly father.

ROM 5:18-19, So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

This is the kind of faith that can move those hindrances and obstacles which have been placed in your path by your very own evil trinity: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

1JO 2:15-16, Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love for God the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh [craving and lusting for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] –

– And the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things] and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world [cosmic thinking]

Faith [faith words, words of faith from the throne] is what the righteous man shall live by, ROM 1:17. [Faith, faith words, words of faith from the throne] is
why we believe
ROM 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

[Faith, faith words, words of faith from the throne]
ROM 10:17 comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

We are saved through faith, EPH 2:8.
2CO 5:7, we walk by faith.
GAL 2:20, we live by faith.

LUK 18:8 “However, when the Son of Man comes, He will hardly find faith on the earth?”

To God be the glory, for the great things He has done; So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

This is the doctrine of unlimited atonement from the standpoint of personal sin.

Atonement = the saving work of Christ on the cross.

HEB 10:4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Only the perfect sacrifice of Christ is efficacious, HEB 9:26; 10:5-10.

Atonement is the reconciliation between God and man, accomplished by the efficacious sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

Unlimited atonement and propitiation remove the barrier between God and man, so that every person in the human race can have eternal salvation.

1JO 2:1-2, My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

1TI 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

1TI 4:10 For this reason, we [pastors] work hard to the point of exhaustion, and we hang in there tough [keep on contending], because we have confidence in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

1TI 4:11 Prescribe and teach these things.

PSA 32:2 How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,

ROM 4:6-8, just as David also speaks of the blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, And whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”

In His omniscience, God found a way to save man without compromising His own integrity.

Under the doctrine of the unlimited atonement and the divine decrees, when a person dies as an unbeliever, his name is removed from the book of life.

A. God decreed the creation of all mankind with free will in the status of perfection for two reasons: To resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict, and to bring many sons into glory.

HEB 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

B. God decreed to permit the fall of mankind through the function of his own determination, his own volition as the extension of the angelic conflict into human history.

Angels had a fall; therefore man must have a fall to resolve the conflict.
This duplicates Satan’s fall and the subsequent existence of fallen angels.

C. Then God decreed to provide eternal salvation for all mankind under the doctrine of unlimited atonement.
God is fair and provides for all.
God does not arbitrarily assign creatures to Hell.

By unlimited atonement is meant that all sins in human history were imputed to Jesus Christ on the cross and judged, so that Christ is the issue and not sins.

D. God decreed to leave the reprobate (those who reject Christ as Savior) to their just condemnation.

E. God decreed simultaneously in eternity past both election and predestination for believers only.

1. The decree for historical election includes the election of true Israel, ROM 9:6, the election of the humanity of Christ in the dispensation of the Hypostatic union, and the election of the Church as the body of Christ and Royal family of God.

2. The decree to provide a portfolio of invisible assets for every believer by depositing in escrow greater blessings for time and eternity for every believer.

3. God decreed to apply salvation to everyone who believes in Christ.

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