Class Notes: 7/5/2009
The baptism of the Holy Spirit establishes the believer in God's power system
We are continuing in our study where we are discussing the relationship between the Jewish Feasts and the events of the First Advent of TLJC that launched the church age.
We have seen that the Jewish Feasts that relate to the events of the First Advent of TLJC are Passover, Unleavened Bread: First Fruits and Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit was sent to indwell and fill believers universally providing the power for unique spiritual life for believers in the church age.
We have seen that the model and precedence for this unique spiritual life was established by TLJC during his life on this earth in unglorified humanity at the beginning of the hypostatic union. Heb 10:5; Heb 12:2a;
At Pentecost God launched the church age and in view of this at this point in our study, we are briefly contrasting Israel and the Church.
Last time we ended with scriptures that show the results of the believer's union with TLJC where the believer shares his position, his eternal life, his righteousness, his destiny, his sonship, his heirship, and his priesthood.
Being in union with Christ gives every believer an equality that cannot exist in any other way. The only "equality" that exists anywhere is the equality before God that exists among believers in Jesus Christ in the church age.
This is because all believers in Jesus Christ were entered into union with Him at the moment of salvation resulting in all Church Age believers having equal privilege and equal opportunity before God in their priesthood.
In predestination, every Church Age believer has equal privilege because they are in union with Christ in positional sanctification.
Equal opportunity in predestination is the result of the believer's residence and function inside the PPOG through experiential sanctification.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit provides the basis for unity in the body of Christ, Eph 4:3-4.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the basis for eternal security for all believers weather they are advancing or not. 2Cor 1:21-22;
There is nothing a believer can do to cancel their salvation once they have believed in Christ, because God is faithful even when the believer is unfaithful. 2Tim 2:13;
The Church Age is the dispensation of the unique protocol plan of God.
Because the Church Age believers are royalty, they function under protocol. Believers must learn the mechanics of how to live as spiritual royalty.
Protocol defines what one is to do or not do, what one is to think and not think, and what one's proper motivation should be.
God has given every believer the divine power system as a palace in which to live. Everything one does in that system is made possible by the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit.
This means that God has given every church age believer access to and the potential to have the greatest lifestyle in history. Phil 4:13;
The protocol plan of God of the church supersedes God' ritual plan for Israel and is an extension of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
The protocol plan of God takes its precedence from the great power experiment of the dispensation of the beginning of the hypostatic union rather than from the ritual plan of Old Testament believers.
Consequently, the protocol plan of God is designed exclusively for the royal family of God in the Church Age, making the Church Age and believers in it absolutely unique.
No plan of God in history is as great and fantastic as the protocol plan for the church. It was never operational at any other time in history: not in the Garden of Eden, not during the dispensation of the patricharal priesthood or of Israel, even though some of the problem solving devices are identical.
The protocol plan of God is based on the unique power structure, unprecedented in past and future dispensations of human history.
As we have seen in our study of the mandates of the PPOG, the protocol plan of God is defined as a rigid, long-established code and procedure for the royal family of God, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure.
During our life on this earth, as royal family of God we are to function under precisely correct procedure, as it is very clearly delineated in the New Testament epistles, especially epistles of Paul.
The rigid, long-established code and procedure is based on the fact that God is perfect and because he is perfect, he has only one way of doing things, the right way.
What the right way and the wrong way are, are clearly described in the Word of God.
A wrong thing done in a wrong way is wrong. A wrong thing done in a right way is wrong. A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong.
Only a right thing done in a right way at the right time is right in the protocol plan of God.
God is eternally and infinitely perfect. Therefore, a perfect God can only devise a perfect plan. However, the protocol plan of God is designed for imperfect believers.
Because of this, the Church Age believer cannot contribute to or execute this plan through any form of human ability, human power, human personality or human works.
Perfect God has provided His own perfect truth and perfect power for the execution of the protocol plan of God for this Church Age.
The perfect power of God and human dynamics are mutually exclusive. Human works, human power, and human talent are excluded from the protocol plan of God.
The protocol plan of God is based on a unique power structure which has unprecedented availability to all believers, when compared to all other dispensations.
This is why the Church Age is called the "dispensation of grace." Eph 3:2;KJV YLT
God is perfect and his plan is perfect. Since God's perfect plan is designed for us as imperfect Christians, grace can be the only policy for the administration of God's plan for the Church Age.
Under the divine policy of grace, the believer cannot earn or deserve anything from God. God's work is always supported and enabled with divine provision.
This can be illustrated by logistical grace:
The justice of God imputes God's perfect righteousness to every believer. This sets up the grace pipeline whereby God can sustain and bless believers who advance and those who don't.
This means that no believer is blessed because of anything they do. God always blesses on the basis of his own perfect integrity.
Since Church Age believers have been provided with this unprecedented power and blessing, they cannot desecrate the grace of God and the plan of God by their own works, human dynamics, personality, self-righteousness, crusader arrogance, or anything else that originates from the energy of the flesh.
Contradictions cannot exist in the protocol plan of God.
Contradictions are only created by the believer's failure to understand God's plan, will, and purpose for their life. Believer will either utilize the omnipotence of God and execute His plan, or they will reside in the cosmic system and fail to execute God's plan and have loss of reward at the evaluation of TLJC. 1Cor 3:15;
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