Wednesday, February 3, 2016
DEU 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.”
PHI 3:1 Finally, my brethren, keep on having inner happiness in the Lord. On the one hand, to be writing the same doctrines to you is not troublesome to me, while on the other hand, it [the repetition of doctrine] is a safeguard or a basis of security for you.
Some of the greatest decisions or statements that an individual makes is on his dying bed as illustrated with the thief on the cross who said on his dying bed, LUK 23:42 “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
LUK 23:43 And the Lord said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
ROM 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death [that is spiritual death] came – through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned‑‑ [when Adam sinned]
The Greek word is in the aorist active indicative of hamartano which in the aorist tense it refers to a point of time and says in effect that all of us sinned when Adam sinned.
Adam was the federal head of human race and therefore represented us so that when he sinned he sinned “for us” or “on behalf of us” which is why when TLJC died, He died “for us” or “on behalf of us.”
ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
ROM 8:34 Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
GAL 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us‑‑ for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”‑ ‑
EPH 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us,
TIT 2:14 He gave Himself for us, HEB 9:24 He appears in the presence of God for us; 1JO 3:16 He laid down His life for us;
Just like Adam did things “on behalf of us,” our passages say or reveal that TLJC also did things “on behalf of us” or literally “for us.”
ROM 5:13 for until the Law [Mosaic Law] sin [sin nature] was in the world; but sin [all the sins that the sin nature produced] is not imputed [there’s our word imputation] when there is no law.
ROM 5:14 Nevertheless death [spiritual death] reigned from Adam until Moses, [from Adam tol Moses] even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
ROM 5:15 But the free gift [salvation] is not like the transgression [Adam]. For if by the transgression of the one [Adam] the many died [hoi polloi = altogether, the entire, or simply all referring to every member of the human race]
ROM 5:15 much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many [the human race with emphasis on the unlimited atonement]
1. Blessing from the justice of God, which is the imputation of divine righteousness resulting in our justification or us being justified before God, sets up a potential for blessing in time which means an a fortiori of greater blessings in eternity.
If God could do the greater which was to bless us in time when we have an old sin nature, it follows a fortiori that He can do the lesser which is to bless us in the eternal state when we are minus an OSN.
2. The point of reference for the human race is the integrity of God—which is made up of His justice and righteousness working together.
3. Righteousness demands righteousness and justice demands justice. When God works on our behalf it is because these things have
both been fulfilled.
4. The major principle is that Justice executes what righteousness demands.
ROM 8:4 The righteous requirement of the Law [which is required to bless us] might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
“might be fulfilled in us” = aor-pass-subj of the verb pleroo which in the subjunctive mood means maybe it will or maybe it will not.
a. To fill up a deficiency.b. To fully possess.c. To fully influence.d. To fill with a certain quality.
The righteous requirement of the Law will fully influence us and will fill us with a certain high quality of life, sometimes known a s the “zoe life,” JOH 10:10 “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”
GAL 5:22-23, The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self‑control;
COL 1:22 that He has now reconciled us in His fleshly body through spiritual death, in order to present us before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach‑‑or beyond accusation.
JUD 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
All of the divine attributes must go through the justice of God, not because justice is the greatest of all the divine attributes, but because that is the function of justice, to guard the blasphemous accusations that others make toward the character and nature of God.
It is for our benefit that we know this principle of justice guarding the divine attributes or the essence of God so that He cannot be accused of compromising His nature with how He treats both angels and man.
Satan’s goal = to attack the character and nature of God and the decisions that He makes.
5. Our first point of contact is always the justice of God. We are never going to be given anything from God which compromises His character, but we are going to be given wonderful things which glorify His person.
6. Everything depends upon our potential, and our potential depends upon the doctrinal content of our soul.
3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
1TH 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Only prosperity and grace shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall remain in the house of the Lord forever [eternal blessings].”
PRO 30:7-9; Two things I asked of Thee, Do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,
PRO 30:9 Lest I be full and deny Thee and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
7. From justice to righteousness is the highway through which all of these blessings come to us.
8. All blessing from God originates with divine justice and terminates with the divine righteousness that was imputed.
PHI 4:11-12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
PHI 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
2CO 12:9-10, And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2CO 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Prin-Contentment and inner happiness reveals you have the capacity to fill up the potential that you have for divine blessing from God which glorifies God.
The glorification of God by means of the Church (EPH 3:21) occurs when the believer attains spiritual adulthood and moves to spiritual maturity.
EPH 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
EPH 3:21 to Him [God the Father] be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
EPH 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.
Eulogetos = “Worthy of praise and glorification be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”
EPH 1:4 just as He (God the Father) elected us in Him before the foundation of the world,
Ephesians 1 teaches that The first thing God ever did for us is the means of glorifying Him, which is to receive the blessings He has provided for us.
Billions of years ago, God the Father deposited into escrow, the greatest blessings that you and I can’t even imagine.
Under the doctrine of election, God wills the highest and the best for you as a believer, only when you receive that highest and best do you glorify God.
God’s will is for you to glorify Him.
God’s will is for you to withdraw from your escrow account as much as you can.
The fact that you do not have the most phenomenal blessings in time and eternity simply means that you’re choosing to be a loser.
Equal privilege means that you are in union with Christ and His church.
Equal opportunity means that you have logistical grace support.
Why are you here?
You are here to glorify God!
REV 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of
Thy will they existed, and were created.”
ISA 43:21 “The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My glory.”
Glorifying God demands understanding.
God’s will for your life as a member of the royal family of God is to bless you.
EPH 1:3 Worthy of praise and glorification be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
EPH 1:4 just as He (God the Father) elected us in Him before the foundation of the world,
Verse 5 begins with the last phrase in vs 4, EPH 1:5 In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
Then EPH 1:6 says in corrected translation “Resulting in the praise the glory of His grace.”
EPH 1:12, “In order that we should be for the praise of His glory.”
EPH 1:14, “For the release of your assets for the praise of His glory.”
Anything God does results in His glorification.
God doesn’t depend on us for His pleasure and glory but instead He expresses His pleasure and glory toward us.
Because God is to be glorified you and I are the beneficiaries of His blessings and divine provisions.
prin-God is not glorified by our system of human works but is glorified by meeting our every need.
ISA 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, Thou hast increased the nation, Thou art glorified;
PSA 50:15 And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will glorify Me.”
EXO 33:18 Then Moses said, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!”
EXO 33:19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will
be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”
JOB 36:11 “If they hear and serve Him, They shall end their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.
9. If God provided the greater in justification it follows a fortiori that He will provide the less in temporal blessing from the justice of God.
A fortiori is a system of logic using comparison; ROM 5:15 For if by the transgression of the one [Adam] the many died [the human race] much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many –
10. Furthermore, the provision of temporal blessing glorifies God, and for any born again believer to have any of the blessings of life in the devil’s world it is glorifying to God.
11. The phrase “much more” means that God provides more in grace than man had in innocence before the fall. God provides more in the imputation of divine righteousness than He did in the garden where no righteousness had been imputed.
12. If God did the most for us when we were spiritually dead in Adam He can only do much more than the most for us now that we possess divine righteousness and resultant justification.
ROM 5:15 “But not as that transgression [Adam’s original sin], so also is that gracious gift [the work of Christ]. For if by the transgression of [that] one [Adam] the many [human race] died [spiritual death],
much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, by the one man, Jesus Christ, who has provided superabundance for the many [who believe].”
1. The believer in Christ through salvation adjustment to the justice of God has been placed in a greater position than that which was lost by Adam in the garden.
2. God provides more in grace adjustment to the justice of God than man ever possessed originally in the garden.
3. The gift of grace, Jesus Christ, provides the a fortiori link.
4. The justice of God did the most in judging our sins when Christ was carrying them on the cross.
5. If the justice of God did the greater at the cross it follows a fortiori that the justice of God can do the less—temporal and eternal blessing for the mature believer.
6. The sin of the first Adam results in the condemnation of the human race but now the grace gift of God provides more for the many than was lost originally.
7. The believer is not restored to the status of Adam before the fall, he is restored to something far greater than Adam ever had.
8. This constitutes a double a fortiori. If God can do the greater at salvation He can do the less after salvation. If God can do less after salvation He can do greater than less again and again and again for all of eternity.
ROM 5:16 And the gift [salvation] is not like that which came through the one who sinned [our Lord’s gift is different then what Adam gave us]; for on the one hand the judgment [of Adam’s original sin] arose from one transgression [Adam partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil] resulting in condemnation [that is condemnation of the entire human race],
but on the other hand the free gift [salvation] arose from many transgressions [Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world] resulting in justification [anyone who believes in TLJC receives +R and is justified before God].