Robert R. McLaughlin
Tree of Life
Weekly Review Dispensation of the Mosaic Law.
The Supreme Court of Heaven is always open.
Divine integrity or holiness, which is composed of God's justice and righteousness. This means that God is always just and righteous in his dealings with mankind. As the supreme court judge, God can never be unfair, unjust, or even play favoritism in any way.
PSA 139:1-6, (for the choir director. A Psalm of David.) O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, o Lord, Thou dost know it all. Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.PSA 139:13-18, For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee.
God's knowledge is not based upon time. It is not related to or limited by time. We usually can go back and evaluate things that have happened in the past, see our failures and hopefully, learn from them. We can even speculate about the future and even make some pretty accurate guesses, but none of us know exactly what will happen tomorrow. We are slaves to time! We are limited by time! However, God is not and therefore His knowledge is superimposed over time.
The third attribute needed to understand is sovereignty, which means that the decisions rendered by the court come from perfect, eternal, incorruptible, divine volition. Sovereignty means that God is supreme in rule and has authority over all things. There is no higher authority in the universe than God! DEU 4:39, know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.
The fourth pertinent attribute of divine essence related to the function of the Supreme Court of Heaven is omnipotence, which means that all three members of the court have the power to execute all sentences, all judgments of the court. The only thing that hinders a judgment from being carried out is that a believer gets in the way through reaction, seeking revenge, arrogance sins, emotional sins, lust to hurt others. Omnipotence means all powerful and limitless in ability. This is why He is called God almighty as in GEN 17:1. We are also told that nothing is too difficult for Him, Gen 18:14.
Point 2. The Supreme Court of Heaven is open 24 hours a day.
The Supreme Court of Heaven is never closed, day or night. The Supreme Court of Heaven is composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and hears cases related to the following categories. This means the Supreme Court of Heaven is never closed, day or night. The Supreme Court of Heaven is composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and hears cases related to the following categories:
A. Evil in the world.
B. Sinfulness and injustice in human affairs.
C. The rise and the fall of nations.
D. Anti-Semitism, personal or national.
E. Conflicts among believers.
F. Satanic accusations against believers.
G. Divine discipline of believers.
H. Child abuse.
JOH 5:27, and He [the Father] gave Him [Jesus Christ] authority to execute judgment because He is the son of man.
The qualification for judging the human race is based on two things:
Jesus Christ is God. He is co-equal with God, superior to mankind, and perfect mankind in one person forever. Therefore, He is the perfect judge.
Jesus Christ, as the son of man, emphasizing his hypostatic union, makes him the unique judge sitting on the Supreme Court of Heaven.The judgment of our Lord on the Cross, which was the work of eternal salvation, qualifies our Lord to be a supreme court judge and preside on the bench in judgments related to history. That judgment qualified our Lord to be the judge, not only of the Supreme Court of Heaven, but all of the historical judgments on earth after His session at the right hand of the Father. Remember that there are six major historical judgments on earth from the time of the church age until the end of human history in which Jesus Christ functions as the Supreme Court Judge.
The rebound technique--we have the right to judge ourselves by naming our sins and being forgiven by God, 1CO 11:27-30.
The judgment of the believer's works after the Rapture of the church at the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1CO 3:11-15, 2CO 5:10. The Lord judges our motivation for everything we have done as believers.The judgment of all believers at the baptism of fire at the second advent of Christ. MAT 13:2‘30, 36â€‘40, MAT 13:47â€‘50.
The judgment of all unbelievers at the baptism of fire at the second advent of Christ. MAT 25:31â€‘46.
The judgment of Satan and all fallen angels at the end of the Millennium, REV 20:1-10.
The judgment of all unbelievers at the end of the Millennium.
This is called the second resurrection and the Great White Throne Judgment, REV 20:12-15.Â
Point 3. The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ as a Supreme Court Judge.
Jesus Christ, as the Supreme Court Judge of Heaven, is unique. He is the God-man, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever. Remember that in the Hypostatic - union, the two natures of our Lord Jesus Christ are united without transfer of attributes, without loss or diminishing of the attributes of one to the other. This means that the attributes of deity and the attributes of the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union adhere to their corresponding natures. And, this also means that the essence of our Lord's deity cannot be changed. The attributes of one nature do not bleed over into the other nature.
This is the reason why He never changes His ways in dealing with us. To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His deity would destroy His Deity. This means that if the Lord Jesus Christ didn't operate as God always, He would cease to be God.
Now you say, â€œWell didn't He have to not function in His humanity so that He could become an example to us and not His deity?â€ That's true, but meanwhile when He did not provide for His human nature to provide for Himself, He still was using His Deity to hold the universe together, HEB 1:3.â€ That my friends is a very important principle behind the doctrine of Kenosis. To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His humanity would destroy His humanity.
So, in the Hypostatic - union of Christ, no attribute of divine essence is ever compromised or changed. In the Hypostatic - union of Christ, no attribute of true humanity is ever compromised or changed. Therefore, again we read, in PHI 2:5, have this attitude or keep on thinking this in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
PHI 2:6-11, who, although He existed in the form or the exact essence of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or a gain to be seized, but He deprived Himself [kenosis] of the proper function of deity when He received the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of mankind. and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him [this is the session and the Lord Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court Judge], and bestowed on Him a royal title which is above every royal title, that at the exalted title of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess or acknowledge that Jesus Christ is [Kurios or Jehovah] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So, this passage brings out the uniqueness of our Lord in His humanity as the supreme court judge and the One to whom all knees will bow. Also, note the secret of our Lord's greatness in His humanity: â€œHe humbled Himself.â€ While bearing our sins on the Cross, He did so from His humanity by applying the maximum doctrine in His soul and using the problem solving devices. He was filled with the Holy Spirit while bearing our sins as He had been from birth, HEB 9:14.
He maintained His perfection while bearing our sins because He used the metabolized doctrine in His soul. He did not use His deity to sustain himself while bearing our sins. 1PE 2:19-25, For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and sufferÂ Â for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
His Deity could only condemn sin. So, the greatest function of the Supreme Court of Heaven was the judgment that took place on the Cross. Therefore, in the fulfillment of the Father's plan for the incarnation, certain attributes of our Lord's deity were not used (like omnipotence), This means that our Lord voluntarily restricted the use of certain divine attributes while living among men and their human limitations. However, certain divine attributes were active at all times--holding the universe together, COL 1:16-17; HEB 1:3.
In His glorified state, the humanity of Christ resides at the right hand of the Father, and God the Father, therefore, has given to the glorified state of Christ all function of judgment. This is why the Lord Jesus Christ administers the five cycles of discipline to the client nation. Jesus Christ controls history.
Jesus Christ, as judge, is eternal God. Therefore, He is perfectly qualified to function as a justice of the Supreme Court of Heaven. As God, He is infinitely, eternally, and perfectly qualified to be our judge. His qualifications are related to His divine essence. As God, Jesus Christ has perfect integrity or holiness. This integrity is composed of His perfect justice and righteousness. Therefore, as the supreme court judge, He is always fair. He has always been fair, which means that He judges without partiality and without prejudice.
Jesus Christ judges on the basis of His perfect divine essence on the one hand, and on the basis of His perfect resurrected humanity on the other hand. This means that the integrity and capability of our Lord Jesus Christ to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court of Heaven is one of eternal and infinite qualification. Since the integrity of our Lord Jesus Christ is both His deity and His humanity, and since both are beyond reproach, and since the omniscience of God knows every fact in every case, and since His legal decisions are made in perfect and eternal wisdom, our Lord Jesus Christ judges every case in perfect fairness, totally without prejudice or partiality.
This is why the apostle Paul said what he did in 2TI 4:7-8, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Notice that The Lord Jesus Christ is called the righteous judge!
Now, part of the faith-rest drill is the application of the essence of God rationale to stress circumstances in life, especially unfairness and injustice. Many times we fail because we try to do something about unfairness directed to us instead of putting it entirely in the hands of the Lord and leaving it there.
So, this is the Supreme Court of Heaven rationale or explanation,
PSA 55:22, â€œcast your burdens on the Lord, and he will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to fall apart.â€
1PEe 5:7, â€œcasting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.â€
As a part of the essence of God rationale, you enter into faith-rest and leave all personal injustices, all slander, all maligning, all public lies, all other categories of vituperation and vilification, all unfairness in the hands of Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court of Heaven.
So, our Lord, as the Supreme Court Judge, hears every case that is submitted to Him.
However, the believer making his appeal must understand that he or she may be at fault, and may suddenly become the defendant because they have taken matters into their own hands. If you are truly a victim of unfair treatment, the worst thing you can do is complain, malign, or judge others. Your case never gets to the supreme court judge once you start complaining, maligning, or judging others. Leave the matter in the Lord's hands. One of the greatest areas of sinning is your reaction sins to injustice you receive from others. Reaction sins include all the sins of the arrogance complex of sins and the emotional complex of sins.Â
The Hypostatic - union refers to the fact that in the person of the incarnate Christ are two natures, inseparably united without mixture or loss of separate identity, without loss or transfer of properties or attributes, the union being personal and eternal. Since the incarnation, Jesus Christ is true humanity and undiminished deity in one unique person forever. This means that the attributes of deity and the attributes of the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union adhere to their corresponding natures. The attributes of one nature do not bleed over into the other nature. Divine essence is not changed by the hypostatic union. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, HEB 13:8.
To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His Deity would destroy His Deity. This means that if the Lord Jesus Christ didn't operate as God always, He would cease to be God. That my friends is a very important principle behind the doctrine of Kenosis.
So, in the Hypostatic - union of Christ, no attribute of divine essence is ever compromised or changed. In the hypostatic union of Christ, no attribute of true humanity is ever compromised or changed.
While bearing our sins on the Cross, He did so from His humanity by applying the maximum doctrine in His soul and using the problem solving devices. He was filled with the Holy Spirit while bearing our sins as He had been from birth, HEB 9:14. He maintained His perfection while bearing our sins because He used the metabolized doctrine in His soul. He did not use His deity to sustain himself while bearing our sins. Therefore, in the fulfillment of the Father's plan for the incarnation, certain attributes of our Lord's deity were not used (like omnipotence, like omnipresence), This means that our Lord voluntarily restricted the use of certain divine attributes while living among men and their human limitations = Kenosis.