Class Notes: 2/21/2010
The new Spiritual Species was created to extend the Power of the Hypostatic Union
John 1:14 - And the Word (undiminished deity) became flesh (true humanity), and dwelt among us (the Incarnation), and we (James, Peter, and John) beheld His glory (the visual manifestation of the Uniform of Glory), glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (Bible Doctrine).
In our previous lessons we reviewed the doctrines that relate to TLJC in his first advent when he was incarnated via the virgin birth in his first advent.
We started our study with a discussion of the doctrine of the virgin birth that was necessary for there to be no transmission of the OSN and then took up the doctrine of the hypostatic union that explains the mechanics of how undiminished deity and true humanity reside in the person of TLJC and then discussed the doctrine of the kenosis that defines God the Father's protocol for the deity and humanity of TLJC in hypostatic union.
In the context of these doctrines, we have been looking at some of the names and titles for our Lord Jesus Christ in order to see more clearly what God has done for us through him, so we can more completely understand who TLJC is and what he has done for us, and from our knowledge of him have our confidence established in him by being occupied with him. Heb 12:2;
Last time we started looking at the "New Spiritual Species" that the church age believer becomes part of at the point of regeneration or being born again.
This comes from Paul's teaching that is recorded in:
1Cor 12:13; For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
2Cor 5:17; If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature (kaine ktisis a new creation, or spiritual species); the old things (archaios: the status quo of unbelief) have passed away; behold, new things ( kainos: divine power to execute imputed spiritual assets) have come.
When we ran out of time last time we were discussing the fact that mankind was created as a new rational species to resolve the conflict between God and another rational species called angels.
All of mankind is descended from Adam through Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Most of us are combinations of these groups. Today there is no such thing as purity of race because of the intermingling that has occurred since the time of Noah.
In the entire history of the human race God has only added two new species.
Israel was added as the new racial species. The Jew is racially different from all the other descendants of Shem, and the Church is the new spiritual species.
The Jewish Race and the nation of Israel came from the miracle of the birth of Isaac after Abraham and Sarah in their old age were unable to procreate naturally.
The Church was created to extend the great power experiment of the prototype spiritual life of the Hypostatic Union of TLJC into the Church Age as the operational spiritual life.
The extension of this power system demanded a new spiritual species for it's utilization. This new spiritual species therefore originates from regeneration and the mechanics of the baptism of the Holy Spirit when one is born again.
The new racial species of Israel was perpetuated through procreation, while in the Church Age the new spiritual species of the royal family of God is perpetuated through the baptism of the Spirit at the point of salvation at second birth.
Israel as the new racial species has both a racial and a spiritual election.
The racial election of Israel is Abraham's physical descendants through Sarah and is a function of natural procreation and genetics. The Jew as the newest race in history has the genes of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
But the election of Abraham's spiritual seed is related to regeneration just like the church that is composed of the new spiritual species. This means that born again Jews have both a racial and spiritual election. The spiritual election of Abraham's seed is related to Abraham's salvation, who was the pattern for salvation in the Old Testament.
This pattern is described in Gen 15:6; "Abraham believed in the Lord and it was credited to his account for righteousness." Paul quotes this in Rom 4:3,9; and Gal 3:6;
This explains that no one was ever saved by keeping the Law. People were saved in the Old Testament just as they are now, but the object of their faith was different.
The object of faith in the New Testament is Jesus Christ. The object of faith in the Old Testament was the Lord God (Jehovah). Both refer to the same person, but in different languages.
No one has ever been saved by keeping the Law. To believe that is blasphemous because it presumes that man in his fallen state can be righteous from God's perspective without the work of TLJC on the cross.
The election of the Church or the royal family of God is strictly spiritual and invisible, it is a part of every Church Age believer's portfolio of invisible assets. It removes all environmental, genetic, and volitional advantages or disadvantages providing equal privilege and opportunity for every believer before God.
Both of the new species were created by God for a specific kind of historical impact. Israel was created for a visible historical impact in the Old Testament (Age of Israel) and in the Millennium through their client nation function. The Church was created for invisible historical impact during the times of the Gentiles aka the church age.
Both of the new species are a category of witness for the Prosecution in Satan's appeal trial that is running coterminous with human history. Israel is the witness in the trial phase of Old Testament history, and the Church is the witness in the rebuttal phase of New Testament history.
In the trial phase of the fall of Adam duplicates the fall of Satan. The witnesses for the Prosecution include Noah, Job, Abraham, Moses, and other OT believers. The case for the defense was suffering, persecution, adversity, and violence.
Satan always tries to make his case through adversity, persecution and violence in order to cause creatures to take his side in the trial by blaming and make accusation against God.
The rebuttal phase of the Prosecution was the first advent of Christ during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union. Its second phase is the Church Age where church age believers have the option use the same power that our Lord did in their testimony against Satan.
The rebuttal of Satan's defense is the adversity, persecution and violence of the Tribulation.
The closing argument and summary of the Prosecution is the second advent of Christ and His millennial reign, demonstrating once again that perfect environment is not the solution to man's problem.
The closing argument and summary of the defense is the attempted violence of the Gog Revolution at the end of the Millennium, when Satan will incite the revolt of approximately one-third of the population of the earth against TLJC in the perfect environment that is on the earth during the millennium.
After this final rebellion, history is closed down and Satan's sentence is confirmed and implemented. The earth as the courtroom is then destroyed and there is the creation of the new heavens, new earth, and the new Jerusalem for all of eternity.
Every time a believer is consistent enough to persist in living in the protocol plan of God, and learns to use the portfolio of invisible assets to advance to spiritual maturity, that believer is entered as a witness for God in Satan's appeal trial.
All winner believers who have made this testimony receive the conveyance of their escrow blessings in time and eternity. This conveyance glorifies God forever.
Each new species, racial Jew and spiritual Church, originates from a category of Biblical death.
Israel originated from Abraham's sexual death, Rom 4:17-21; Heb 11:11-12.
The Church originates from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the union with the substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross.
Each new species was formed from a significant event in history. The new racial species is related to the ritual circumcision of Abraham at age 99.
The new spiritual species is created through the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation which began on the Day of Pentecost ten days after TLJC ascended into heaven.
Some Summary Principles regarding the church as the new spiritual species include:
The perpetuation of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union into the Church Age demands the creation of a new spiritual species for the utilization of divine power.
This is why church age believers have the most fantastic opportunity for historical impact.
The new spiritual species in history demands new distinctions in Biblical systematic theology. This is why we have the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
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