Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
New racial species and the new spiritual species in the angelic conflict. Part 3.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The new racial species was made through Abraham’s sexual death, which was reborn through circumcision at age 99.
The new spiritual species is created by means of the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is made possible by the substitutionary spiritual death of our Lord upon the Cross.
God has so graciously planned that He will not begin His closing arguments in the AC until the true worshippers of God are called to the witness stand to prove beyond any reasonable doubt, to elect and fallen angels, that His Righteousness, Justice, Love, and Grace are not only pure and true, but that they go beyond what anyone ever thought possible.
Concerning us, God foresaw and provided a better thing for us in order that without us (believers in the present dispensation) they would not be perfected or completed!
He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
But an hour is coming, and now is [rebuttal phase of AC; HU and CA], when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
Church-age believers, by means of the rapture, the resurrection or translation of all believers of the Mystery-age, will precede these heroes of past dispensations in resurrection, 1CO 15:23, 1TH 4:16-17.
Witnesses - martus = a witness in a legal sense to testify as an eyewitness or of a character reference for one being questioned.
It also refers to those, who after our Lord’s example, have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing suffering or even death.
You have studied about these witnesses and how they took the stand and brought glory to God despite the suffering that they experienced, how much more should you be motivated as true witnesses with superior power to follow in their example?
HEB 12:1 is the transition from the formal trial (phase 1) of the OT Jew to the rebuttal phase (phase 2) of the NT Church-age invisible hero.
The writer of the book of Hebrews, a book written to the Jews of the Church-age, now identifies a transition of witnesses from the Old Testament racial species to the New Testament spiritual species.
“Endurance” - noun hupomone = to dwell under, a patient steadfast waiting for, patient endurance, sustaining.
The believer must abide under the pressure of the Angelic Conflict and not try to escape it.
Especially after we fail, it is so much easier to quit than to get back up on our feet and start running again. But don’t quit. Abide under the pressure; do not try to escape it.
“Be concentrating” - pres-act-part - aforao = to turn the eyes away from other things and to fix them on something. (Joseph Thayer)
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
“Consider” - aor-mid-imp - analogizomai = to think over, ponder, consider. With the accusative of the person “to consider by weighing, comparing” (Thayer)
Christ was able to fulfill the prototype plan of God because He learned endurance through dependence upon His own spiritual life in submission to the Father’s will