Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, August 8, 2014

Point 3.  The Difference between Real and Substitutionary Spiritual Death.
You cannot relate the real spiritual death of Adam to the substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross except through cause and effect.

Adam was the cause of spiritual death to the human race; Christ being judged for our sins was the effect or the solution to spiritual death in the human race.

The Solution could not be spiritually dead the way Adam was; the Solution had to remain perfect.

The substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross resulted in the potential of salvation for the human race through personal faith in Christ.

Faith is the only thing we have that is non‑meritorious.

1. There is faith.
2. There is rationalism.
3. There is empiricism.

1. First of all, there is faith. Faith depends upon what we are trusting in or who we are trusting in.

2. There is rationalism. Rationalism is reason from the source of knowledge in itself, superior to and independent of any other source of perception.
Rationalism requires a more than average I.Q., from which systems of philosophy are often developed.

3. Empiricism is knowledge from perception by observation and experience rather than by theory.

Perception by faith is always non‑meritorious.    Faith also means a system of doctrine or a creed perceived by faith; i.e., what is believed.

The substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross resulted in the potential of salvation for the human race through personal faith in Christ.

In substitutionary spiritual death, Christ had to be forsaken by God the Father, but He also had to remain perfect.

ROM 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world [that’s Adam’s original sin] and death [real spiritual death] through that sin,
so [real spiritual] death spread to all mankind, because all [mankind] sinned when Adam sinned.”

Adam’s spiritual death was real and passed down genetically to every member of the human race except Jesus Christ.

Our Lord’s spiritual death resulted in making eternal life available to all, and was a substitutionary atonement.

ROM 5:13 “For until the Law, [personal] sin was in the world, but [personal] sin was not imputed where there is no law.”

Our sins were not imputed to Christ on the cross until 1500 years after the Law came.

Even though real spiritual death existed from Adam to Moses, and from Moses to Christ, our Lord did not come to die for the sins of the world until the Mosaic Law had been in effect for 1500 years.

GAL 3:24, Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.
GAL 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ; even we have believed in Christ that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law.”

ROM 5:13 “For until the Law, [personal] sin was in the world, but [personal] sin was not imputed where there is no law.”

JOH 1:9, There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

ROM 5:14, “Nevertheless death [real spiritual death] ruled from Adam to Moses [when no Mosaic Law],
even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of Adam’s offense [Adam’s original sin resulting in real spiritual death] who was a type of Him [Jesus Christ] who was destined to come.”

Adam was a type because he is the father of real spiritual death, whereas Christ is the author of substitutionary spiritual death.

ROM 5:15a “But not as that transgression, so also is the gracious gift.” = But the grace gift [Jesus Christ as a substitutionary atonement for sin] is not like the transgression.

ROM 5:15b, “For if by the transgression of that one [Adam’s original sin resulting in real spiritual death for mankind] the many died [real spiritual death of the human race] [and they did],
much more did the grace of God, and the gift with grace abounded to the many by that one, Jesus Christ.”

ROM 5:16 “And the gift [Jesus Christ offered as substitutionary atonement] is not like that [real spiritual death] which came through the one [Adam] who sinned

[The gift of grace is not like the result of one man’s sin]: for on the one hand, the judgment came from one transgression, resulting in condemnation; but on the other hand, the Gift [Jesus Christ] came from many transgressions resulting in justification.”
In both cases, spiritual death involved being forsaken by God; this is the only thing the two spiritual deaths have in common.
With one sin, the entire human race is born in spiritual death.

But with one substitutionary efficacious sacrifice for the many sins, the entire human race is offered the gift of salvation.

Justification is the result of the imputation of divine righteousness to us at salvation.

ROM 5:17 “For if by the transgression of that one [Adam], [real] spiritual death ruled through that one [and it did],
much more those who receive the abundance of grace [portfolio of invisible assets] and the gift of righteousness [imputation of divine righteousness]; much more they will rule in life through that one, Jesus Christ.”

Ours is a real spiritual death at birth because of a real imputation:  Adam’s original sin is imputed to the old sin nature with which we are born.

Since all the sins of the world imputed to Him had no affinity with anything in our Lord, His was a substitutionary spiritual death, not a real spiritual death.

In our real spiritual death, we are separated from God; there is a barrier between man and God.

But in a substitutionary spiritual death, Jesus Christ is separated from God the Father as a trichotomous person, having body, soul, and human spirit.

In our real spiritual death, we commit personal sins.  In our Lord’s substitutionary spiritual death, no sins were ever committed.

In our spiritual death, we are in total depravity.  In our Lord’s substitutionary spiritual death, He was in total impeccability.
much more those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness; much more they will rule in life through that one, Jesus Christ.”

ROM 5:18 “So therefore, as through one transgression [Adam’s original sin] resulting in the condemnation of all mankind [real spiritual death], even so through one judicial sentence resulting in justification of life to all mankind.”

“One judicial sentence” is the Greek dikaioma which actually means a judicial sentence, especially a punishment.

ROM 5:19 “For as through one man’s disobedience [Adam’s original sin] the many [human race] were made sinners, so also through the obedience of that One [humanity of Jesus Christ]
the many [believers] will be made righteous [imputation of divine righteousness].”

ROM 5:20 “Now the Law came in as a side issue, in order that the transgression of Adam might increase [multiply], but where [personal] sins increased, the grace of God increased in greater abundance.”

The word for came in is pareiserchomai which came from the drama vocabulary of fifth century B.C. Athens, and is used in only one way:  for a minor actor coming on stage to play a minor role in a drama.

“In order that transgression of Adam might increase”  means that Adam’s original sin is multiplied by all the personal sins of human history.

The grace of God was manifest by God the Father saving all the sins of the world, and His omnipotence imputing all those sins to Christ on the cross in three hours.

ROM 5:21 “that, just as the sin nature ruled in the sphere of spiritual death [real spiritual death],
so also the grace of God might rule through [imputed] righteousness because of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

2CO 5:21  He made Him who knew no sin to be a sin offering on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Point 4.  The Mechanics of the Substitutionary Spiritual Death.

The fact that the omnipotence of God the Father judicially imputed all the sins in human history to the impeccable humanity of Christ.

The holiness of the Father, that is His justice, both judged our sins and simultaneously abandoned the humanity of Christ on the cross.

Also the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit sustained the impeccable humanity of Christ through His enabling power in the PPOG.

We know our Lord remained trichotomous, for in His unique physical death His spirit went into the presence of the Father, His soul to Hades with the Holy Spirit, and His body into the grave.

The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit sustaining Christ was a far greater task than is required to sustain us.

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