Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Point 5. The Old Testament Analogy to the Efficacious Substitutionary Spiritual Death of Christ on the Cross.
John the Baptist recognized both the Hypostatic Union and the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
LUK 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
John recognized the importance of our Lord’s impeccability both before and during the cross when He said in JOH 1:29“Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
John the Baptist understood the issue of the Hypostatic Union, and understood Christ would remain perfect and that His spiritual death would be substitutionary.
Many passages in the Pentateuch represent the impeccability and innocence in the animal sacrifices.Genesis ExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomy.
NUM 29:2 “And you shall offer a burnt offering as an aroma pleasing to the Lord [propitiation]. It can be a bull, a ram, or seven male lambs one year old without blemish [defect].”
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” LUK 23:34.
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” LUK 23:43.
“Woman, this is your son.”Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”; JOH 19:26-27.
Even “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” MAT 27:46.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said,”It is finished;”and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit; JOH 19:29-30.
In 1CO 5:7, the analogy is completed by Paul when he said, “For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed as a substitute for us.”
The OT sacrifices under the ritual plan of God were designed to teach both Christology and soteriology regarding the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
If a defective or blemished animal was offered, that was blasphemy by analogy, for it did not represent the impeccability and perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
Think about it with me for a moment, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit sustained the humanity of Christ in the greatest suffering the world has ever known.
If the power of God the HS could sustain our Lord upon the cross then that very same power can also sustain us no matter what kind of problems or difficulties we may be facing.
Never was there a greater demonstration of the omnipotence of the HS than during those three hours when the omnipotence of the
Holy Spirit sustained our Lord in His status of impeccability.
It follows, a fortiori, that the same omnipotence of the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG for your life can sustain you through any suffering in life.
In verse 13, the blood of the bull was used when the high priest went into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement once a year.
The day of atonement is the holiest day of the Jewish year.
He would sprinkle blood over the top of the mercy seat. That blood represented his own sins, LEV 16:13.
The priest would bring into the Holy of Holies the blood of a goat and sprinkle it on top of the mercy seat, which represented the sins of the people, LEV 16:15.
There would be two cherubs made of wood having their wings cover the mercy seat, one representing the righteousness of God the other representing the justice of God.
The righteousness of God looks down and is satisfied because that blood represented the saving work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
The justice of God looks down and is satisfied. Animal sacrifices are not efficacious, they could not take away sin; they were merely shadows pointing to the cross, to our Lord’s salvation work.
In verse 14, dead works are anything you do for salvation, and anything you do after salvation to try to impress God.
In verse 12, “He entered into the Holy of Holies once and for all” describes the strategic victory of great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
Entrance into the Holy of Holies is tantamount to His physical death, burial, resurrection, ascension, session, and the award of His third royal title, King of kings, Lord of lords.
The award of our Lord’s third royal title which was minus a royal family necessitated the extension of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union into the Church Age.
The great power experiment of the Church Age is designed for the calling out, the election of a royal family to complement our Lord’s third royal title.
The Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle was a type of the third heaven where the humanity of Christ in Hypostatic Union is seated at the right hand of the Father.
The red heifer offering mentioned in verse 13 was the rebound offering. The ashes are mentioned specifically in NUM 19:9.
There are two categories of cleansing: Sin at salvation, and of sin at the point of the use of the rebound technique.
Wisdom belonged to the humanity of Christ which attained spiritual maturity inside the PPOG.
Might refers to Jesus Christ who will rule the world at the Second Advent.
Honor refers to the award of our Lord’s third royal patent after His ascension.
Glory refers to the fact that Jesus Christ is the ruler of all Church Age believers as the body of Christ and royal family of God.
Blessing refers to the election of the royal family to accompany His third royal patent.
Point 6. The Two Judicial Imputations of the Great Power Experiment.
“on our behalf” is the preposition huper plus genitive of advantage which indicates that our Lord’s spiritual death was substitutionary.
The first judicial imputation was that of the sins of the world being imputed to perfect, impeccable Christ on the cross.
The second judicial imputation is that of the perfect righteousness of God, imputed to the believer at the point of his salvation.
In a judicial imputation, something is imputed to someone which is not antecedently their own.
The sins of the human race were not antecedently Christ’s own.
Point 7. The Function of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit during the Substitutionary Spiritual Death.
The phrase originates in Psalm 22:1, where it was spoken prophetically of the efficacious sacrifice for sin “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
The doubling of the vocative, “My God, My God,” (Eli, Eli) is a Hebrew idiom for intensity.
First, the highest quality of the person being addressed, God the Father.
Secondly, the highest quality of the attributes used by that person.
The repetition of the vocative = the OP of God the Father, by which all our sins were imputed to Christ on the cross, and the justice of
God the Father, by which He judged our sins while still perfect.
In Verse 1, the word why is the interrogative Hebrew adverb lamah which literally means “for what reason.”
For that reason, He uttered this phrase on the cross to tell us what occurred.
The Hebrew phrase “Wa atah qadosh” is translated “because You are holy.”
HAB 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You cannot look on wickedness.”
The righteousness of God the Father rejected the sins of the human race.
The justice of God the Father judged all the personal sins of the human race as they were imputed to God the Son.
The Father in His righteousness condemns all our personal sins. The Father in His justice judges our personal sins.
The answer to the second half of our Lord’s question, “why have You forsaken Me?” is found in one Hebrew word in verse 6, tolah translated worm.
Tolah refers to a worm which was harvested, crushed, put into a very large vat – its blood was used for the purpose of making a crimson dye used to color king’s robes in the ancient world.
He calls Himself a tolah, for the weight of those sins crushed Him as He was being judged for them.
Because our Lord was judged for our sins on the cross, we now wear the royal robes of His imputed righteousness.
Double righteousness = the firstborn receiving double blessing, – +R of God the Father, and +R the righteousness of Christ through the baptism of the Spirit.
The qal perfect second masculine singular of the Hebrew verb azab means to abandon or to forsake.
The subject is found in the suffix, a second masculine singular. The Father’s OP, which had provided everything for Christ in the incarnation plan, now had to call for the printout of all the sins of the world and impute them all to Christ.
He shouted this question, not because He needed an answer. It was a question to which we needed the answer.
JOH 3:16 “For God [Father] so loved that world that He gave His uniquely born Son . . .”
The aorist tense gathers together the entire three hours of our Lord’s spiritual death, during which time God the Father both imputed and judged all the sins of the world.
(a) The provision of eternal salvation for the entire human race under substitutionary, efficacious, unlimited atonement.
(b) The guarantee of our eternal security because the power of God is greater than human power.
(c) The strategic victory of Jesus Christ in the historical extension of the angelic conflict.
(d) His resurrection, ascension, and session, at which point He received His third royal patent, though He was without a royal family.
(e) The interruption of the dispensation of Israel and the substitution of the Church Age for the calling out of the election of the royal family of God to accompany His third royal warrant.
(f) The perpetuation of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union into the dispensation of the Church, causing the Church Age to become the unique dispensation of all human history.
(g) The greatest distribution of divine power to every believer in all of human history, causing the Church Age to become the crossroads of human history as an extension of the angelic conflict.
The active voice in the second person masculine singular refers to only God the Father who produced the action.
The interrogative indicative assumes there is an actual fact which can be stated in answer to the question.
The actual facts which explain the forsaking include substitutionary spiritual death, redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, unlimited atonement, imputation, and justification
(1) God the Father imputed our sins and judged them.
(2) God the Son bore their judgment and became our Savior.
(3) God the Holy Spirit reveals this Gospel message.
Throughout all the beatings and excruciating pain, “as a lamb before His shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.”
Point 8. A Fortiori and the Omnipotence of God as it Relates to the Substitutionary Spiritual Death of Jesus Christ.
A fortiori is a Latin prepositional phrase meaning “with stronger reason.”
A fortiori compares a first conclusion with a second conclusion, inferring that the first conclusion is more difficult and that the second conclusion is easier, therefore inescapable and even more certain.
An a fortiori in Scripture can generally be recognized by the Greek phrase “polus mallon” translated much more then or much more therefore.
If the omnipotence of God the Father has accomplished the most difficult thing, it follows, a fortiori, that the OP of God can accomplish the least difficult.
It follows, a fortiori, that He can do the least difficult thing, which is to deliver the believer from the Last Judgment.
The least difficult thing in the Church Age: deliver the believer from the Last Judgment, and provide eternal security and your very own portfolio of invisible assets, the easiest thing for Him.
It is easier for the omnipotence of God the Father to deliver the believer from the Last Judgment than for the omnipotence of God the Father to reconcile the world to Himself.
(1) The omnipotence of God the Father in providing us our portfolio of invisible assets.
(2) The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit in providing the divine power for the execution of the PPOG.
If the omnipotence of God can accomplish the most difficult thing, it follows, a fortiori, that the omnipotence of God can accomplish the least difficult thing.
It follows, a fortiori, that the least difficult function of the omnipotence of God occurs during the great power experiment of the Church Age.
“With Him” means with the substitutionary, efficacious atoning work of Christ on the cross.
“The all things” includes the omnipotence of God the Father doing the easy thing of providing for every Church Age believer with his very own portfolio of invisible assets.
“All things” includes the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit providing the easy thing: the divine power for the execution and fulfillment of the PPOG for the Church Age.
Again here is the substitutionary prepositional phrase: huper plus genitive of advantage of pas and ego means “in place of [instead of] all of us.”
Because when the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union reached its peak at the cross, our Lord had endurance.
Running with endurance includes the utilization of both categories of OP related to our function inside the PPOG.
Christ was able to endure the judgment of our sins on the cross through the available omnipotence of the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG and by using the ultimate problem solving device: +H.
+H is the ultimate problem solving device; it turns the world upside down.
+H fulfills the mandate to of HEB 13:5 “be content with such things as you have, for He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit is available to us inside the PPOG, in the fulfillment of the two commands: “Be filled with the Spirit,” EPH 5:18; and “Keep walking by means of the Spirit,” GAL 5:16.