Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

"New things have come.".

Sunday, January 27, 2008

GEN 17:4 As for Me [the Lord is speaking, My part in the covenant], behold, My covenant is with you, And you shall be the father of many Gentile nations. Abraham is the first Jew, Sarah is the second, and both husband and wife became a new race at the point of Abraham’s circumcision.

GEN 12:3 “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

1. Israel was added as the new racial species.
2. The Church is the new spiritual species.

For example, Israel, the new racial species, came from the procreation or fathering of the first Adam; Abraham and Sarah came from Adam.

The Church, the new spiritual species, came from the last Adam, TLJC, as He perpetuated the great power experiment of the hypostatic union into the Church-age with His Bride as a new spiritual species requiring the utilization of divine power. 1PE 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, {that is,} through the living and abiding word of God.

The new racial species of Israel had to be perpetuated through procreation, while in the Church-age the new spiritual species of the Royal Family of God is perpetuated through regeneration or the baptism of the Spirit at the point of salvation.

First, the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah perpetuated the new racial species, and then in the Church-age being born again, through regeneration and the baptism of the Spirit, perpetuated the new spiritual species.

1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
ROM 7:17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but the sin nature which indwells me.

The new spiritual species originates from regeneration and the mechanics of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The election of Israel as a new racial species is two-fold; Israel has both a racial and a spiritual election.

a. The racial election of Israel is Abraham’s physical seed related to procreation and genetics.
b. The election of Abraham’s spiritual seed is related to regeneration.

ROM 11:26 and thus all Israel will be saved;
ROM 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;

You have to be of the election of Abraham’s spiritual seed related to regeneration not the racial election of Israel, Abraham’s physical seed, related to procreation and genetics.

The spiritual election of Abraham’s seed is related to Abraham’s salvation, who is the pattern for salvation in the O.T., first taught in GEN 15:6 -
“Abraham believed in the Lord and it was credited to his account for righteousness.”
(ROM 4:3,9; GAL 3:6.)

The object of faith in the Old Testament was Jehovah Elohim, the Lord God.
The object of faith in the New Testament is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The election of Israel is both visible and spiritual whereas the election of the Church or the Royal Family of God is strictly spiritual and invisible, a part of every Church-age believer’s portfolio of invisible assets.

MAT 7:22-23 Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

The election of the church is strictly spiritual, and it does not involve but removes environment, genetic, and volitional handicaps.

Israel was created for a visible historical impact in the Old Testament (age of Israel) and in the Millennium through their client nation function.

The Church was created for an invisible historical impact during the times of the Gentiles.

Each new species is a witness for the prosecution in Satan’s appeal trial which is coterminous with human history.

Israel is in the formal trial phase of Old Testament history, and the church is in the rebuttal phase of New Testament history.

An appeal was filed with God is presumed from the lapse of time between the sentence of fallen angels (MAT 25:41) in eternity past and the execution of that sentence at the termination of human history (REV 20:10).

Comparing GEN 1:2 with MAT 25:41, eternal damnation has been prepared for the devil and his angels. Human history = GEN 2:7 to REV 20:9.
Then the devil and his angels and all unbelievers are thrown into the lake of fire forever, REV 20:10-15.

Human history is not only coterminous with the appeal trial of Satan and his fallen angels but human history is the actual courtroom for that trial, and mankind was created to be a part of that trial.

This is why we have the doctrine of angelic observation,
LUK 15:7,10; 1TI 3:16; 1CO 4:9; EPH 3:10; 1TI 5:21; 1PE 1:12.

2CO 5:17 Therefore, if anyone [any Church-age believer] is in Christ Jesus [and they are - position in Christ], he is a new [spiritual] species. The old things [position in Adam, spiritual death] have lost their power; behold, new things have come [the invisible assets plus the PPOG].

The Greek phrase “kaine ktisis” does not mean that you have been renovated, but it means you have been created a brand new creature.

He is not created from a sweet personality, he is not created from living morally; he is not created from being good or witnessing, praying or serving.

The new creature is not a gradual improvement of the old, Adam.

It is a brand new nature within, not a spark to ignite the old one.

God has put something in us which was never there before, a brand new nature, a nature which cannot sin, 1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because his seed [incorruptible seed] abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

ROM 7:17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin [the sin nature] which indwells me.
ROM 7:20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

GAL 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”
The Christian is not the old man improved.

When our Lord said you must be born again, the word for born is gennao which means to procreate or regenerate. "Again” [not palin - to restore or to repeat] -
anothen = something totally brand new from above or from a higher place.

The reason for the new spiritual species is the continuation of the great power demonstration of the hypostatic union into the Church-age.

As a result of the new racial species of Israel, Bible doctrine distinguishes between Jew and Gentile from Abraham to Christ.

As a result of the new spiritual species of the church or body of Christ, distinction between Jew and Gentile is removed during the Church-age,
EPH 2:11-22.

The one new man is the new creature formed at salvation by the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The new spiritual species of the Church-age formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit erases all racial distinctions between Jew and Gentile, plus all other racial distinctions in the Royal Family of God.

Racial, cultural, social, and sexual, GAL 3:26-28; EPH 2:11-12;
1CO 12:13ff.

The application of this doctrine is tolerance for all believers, especially for baby believers and adolescents.

(1) Between carnal and spiritual believers, which is the absolute concept of Christianity.

(2) Between winner and loser believers, which is the relative concept of Christianity, based on spiritual momentum or retrogression.

1CO 3:5 - “the Lord gives opportunity to each one.”

COL 4:5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

We have the same assets and divine power available to us as Jesus Christ, yet we are imperfect.

(1) The new spiritual species is created by the baptism of the Spirit at salvation.

(2) The new spiritual species is forever protected from liability at the last judgment; you cannot lose your salvation, ROM 8:1.

(3) The new spiritual species possesses eternal life, 1JO 5:11-12.

(4) The new spiritual species possesses a double divine righteousness: The imputed perfect righteousness of God the Father, ROM 3:22, and the perfect righteousness we share with Jesus Christ through positional sanctification, 1CO 1:30.

1CO 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

(5) The new spiritual species has an inheritance protected by the omnipotence of God.
1PE 1:4 “We are guarded by the omnipotence of God through faith at the moment of salvation.”

(6) Being a new spiritual species is not progressive.

(7) Being a new spiritual species is not an emotion or an experience.

(8) Being a new spiritual species is not related to any form of human works or human merit.

(9) The new spiritual species of the Church-age is both justified and sanctified, ROM 3:24; 1CO 1:2, 30; HEB 10:10,14.

HEB 10:10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

(10) The new spiritual species is unique to the Church-age, never existed in any previous dispensation, nor will it exist in any future dispensation.

We have more going for us than even Adam had in the perfect environment of the Garden, or any group of people in history.

Our impact is not only extensive and invisible in human history, but it also extends into the angelic conflict with the elect and fallen angels.

After four racial species (descendants of Shem, Ham, Japheth, and Abraham), there now exists something far greater, a new spiritual species.

You must regard yourself as a member of the Royal Family of God, with your very own invisible assets plus an absolutely perfect and wonderful plan guaranteed to keep you on top of life as long as you live, guaranteed to give you a happiness you never dreamed existed, guaranteed to provide for you blessings beyond description.

Your ideas and dreams of happiness, greatness or prosperity, are nothing compared to what God provides, which is beyond what you can think or imagine.

If we are commanded to do something in the word of God then we can expect to receive from God the power and ability to do so.

The Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life and demands a supernatural means of execution.

It is also interesting to note that each new species, the racial Jew and the new spiritual species, the church, originates from a category of biblical death.

Israel originated from Abraham’s sexual death,
ROM 4:17-21; HEB 11:11-12.
The church originates from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, our identification with the substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross.

GAL 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”

ROM 6:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

Circumcision consists in cutting away the foreskin of the male phallus using a flint knife for the operation, EXO 4:25;
JOS 5:2.

This ritual was related to Abraham’s supergrace sexual prosperity and represented his adjustment to the justice of God.

Circumcision was to be the ritual to commemorate the establishment of the new racial species.

The new racial species is related to the circumcision of Abraham at age 99.

The new spiritual species is created through circumcision as well, but it is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation which began on the day of Pentecost.

“In the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ” = “by the renunciation of the body or the flesh” - the old sin nature which indwells the body.

By the circumcision of Christ = your retroactive positional truth.

The spiritual circumcision of being entered into union with Christ is the sign of the new spiritual species, “a circumcision made or performed without human hands,” COL 2:11.

Physical circumcision was cutting off of a part of the flesh as a symbol of a covenant relationship with God and His people.

In COL 2:11, spiritual circumcision is “removal of” not a part of the body, but the entire “body of the flesh.”

The “removal of it” is positional truth, the truth that arises as a result of the believer being placed in Christ by the Spirit’s baptizing work.

Because the sin nature was judged by Christ in His death, so the believer by virtue of his union and identification with Christ shares that “removal” that Christ accomplished, just as he shares Christ’s fullness and is declared to be “complete” in Him, COL 2:10.

The believer’s circumcision is not only a spiritual reality consisting in the putting off of the body of the flesh; it is more precisely Christ’s circumcision, effected by Him and imputed to the believer.

Our Lord’s circumcision mentioned in this passage has no reference to His physical circumcision, LUK 2:21, when He was eight days old, but is a meaningful term the apostle applies to Christ’s death to the entire sin nature.

There is no sin nature without the male phallus because it is his phallus that is the instrument that passes down the old sin nature to both the male and female.

One of the meanings behind circumcision is that fact that it was a ritual which was related to Abraham’s spiritual growth.

Under the principle of the uniqueness of the Church-age, our spiritual circumcision is based upon the fact that we do not have to wait to become a mature believer like Abraham did, because we are in union with Christ and we share in His circumcision.

It does not imply eradication of the flesh in this life, but it does indicate that by union with Christ the believer in time is delivered from the power and the authority of the OSN.

**101** Your flesh is dead!
It was crucified with Christ on the cross and the only thing that your dead flesh can produce is dead works.

**102** GAL 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

**101** **103** Our circumcision, which occurred at the moment of salvation, or spiritual birth simply says this, TLJC has cut off the foreskin of the OSN from the believer.

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