Sunday, March 27, 2016
The word translated Easter comes from the pagan goddess "Eastre" which actually refers to a demon idol, PSA 96:5.
In the Eastern pagan spring festivals the goddess Eastre was related to resurrection and fertility of life.
These customs have taken a variety of forms in our day and age such as eggs, which were formerly forbidden to be eaten during Lent by the Roman Catholic Church but became prominent symbols of new life and resurrection.
The hare, or the rabbit was a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, a symbol that was kept later in Europe, is not found in North America.
Point 1. DefinitionPoint 2. The three factors in imputation - the source, the nature, the recipient.Point 3. The Working Equations of the Plan of GodPoint 4. Imputation as it relates to Selection and Election.
Point 5 Imputations and Virgin Pregnancy and the virgin Birth.Point 6. The Relationship of Imputations to the Spiritual Growth of the Believer.
God in his grace knows we have inherent flaws, environmental flaws, in addition to the sins we accumulate.
Point 7. The Imputations of Divine Blessings to the Resurrection body.
1CO 2:9 but just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him."
a. First of all, there is what is known as resuscitation which means a person returns from the dead in the same a body of corruption they died in and they eventually die again.
This was the body of corruption which been the house for Lazarus when he was alive on earth.
Lazarus had been underneath the ground in the compartment of Hades called Paradise where all the Old Testament saints were at this time.
For the glory of God, Lazarus came back from the dead, he wasn't raised from the dead he was resuscitated from the dead.
Paul in 2CO 12:2-4 was resuscitated from the dead.
Two boys in the Old Testament were resuscitated from the dead by Elijah.
Elijah and Moses during the Tribulation will be resuscitated from the dead.
a. Resuscitation - a person returns from the dead in the same a body of corruption they died in and they eventually die again.
b. There is resurrection which means a person returns from the dead in a body of incorruption and never dies again.
The body of incorruption is the same body that was corrupted the first time but now the power or the omnipotence of God re-creates it brand new---never to be corrupted again.
Resurrection is rising again from the dead in a human body, and never again being subject to death.
Resurrection is the body a person will live in for all of eternity.
Resurrection is one of the basic doctrines all believers must understand for spiritual growth, HEB 6:1‑2.
Anyone who dies during the Church Age has an interim body in heaven until the resurrection of the Church at the Rapture.
Once we change over from the physical body to the interim body then finally to the resurrection body then notice what happens next in 2CO 5:10.
This is the beginning of the final imputations to the believer, the imputation of divine blessings given to the believer in his resurrection body.
We will have a resurrection body like Christ's, but not all resurrection bodies will look alike.
There are different types of resurrection bodies depending on your success or failure in the Christian life and your attitude toward doctrine.
Some will be clothed with the uniform of glory and some will not.
While it is mentioned in the Old Testament, it did not occur historically until the Christocentric dispensations: the great power experiment of Hypostatic Union and the great power experiment of the Church Age.
The great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union terminated with the resurrection, ascension, and session of the humanity of Christ.
The great power experiment of the Church Age will terminate in the resurrection or Rapture of the Church.
The final imputation takes place sometime after physical death or the rapture or the "exit resurrection" of the church.
He has no control over the manner or time of his physical death. He cannot prolong his life or cut it short (except, of course, by suicide, which is the sign of a loser believer).
Neither does he have any control over the manner of time of the resurrection.
The death of the believer is always a matter of the wisdom, integrity and sovereignty of God.
PSA 68:20 God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
ISA 57:1 The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil,
The death of the believer is always God's victory and those who are raised from the dead are His trophies.
The believer's death means he is absent from the body, face to face with the Lord, in a place of "no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain, no more death," and the Lord's timing is perfect ‑ neither too soon and never too late.
The Old Testament saints will be raised from the dead but that takes place seven years after we, the Church-age believers are raised at the rapture also known as "Exit Resurrection" of the Church.
There could not be a resurrection in the Old Testament, for the first resurrection in history was that of Jesus Christ at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
God is perfect; His wisdom is perfect. God is perfect; His decisions are perfect.
JOB 1:21 "The Lord gave; the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
ROM 8:38‑39 "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus."
PSA 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
PHI 1:20-21 "On the basis of my intense concentration and confident expectation [a personal sense of destiny] that I shall not be put to shame in anything,
but with all confidence, Christ shall even now [in time] as always [in eternity] be glorified in my body, whether by life or by death. For me, living is Christ, likewise dying is profit.
First of all, the judgment seat of Christ is the time of the seventh imputation from the justice of God.
There are at least five categories of crowns for believers in the word of God.
(1) The crown of righteousness.(2) The crown of life.(3) The incorruptible crown.(4) The crown of rejoicing.(5) The crown of glory.
Some will have the crown of righteousness for loving His appearing which means that they were totally occupied with TLJC and produced a lot of divine good, 2TI 4:8.
JAM 1:12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
REV 2:10 'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Some will have the incorruptible crown for mastering their OSN; 1CO 9:24-27.
Some will have the crown of rejoicing for being soul winners, 1TH 2:19, For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?
DAN 12:3 "And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Some male pastors will have the crown of glory for being willing to feed the flock of God, 1PE 5:4.
Therefore, there is the warning regarding crowns, REV 3:11, "Hang on to what you have, so that no one takes away your crown."
2JO 1:8 Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.