Class Notes: 5/1/2011
Resurrection Sunday message 1 week late.
Every year we celebrate the validation of the strategic victory of Jesus Christ on the cross where Jesus died in substitutionary spiritual death, followed by His unique physical death that was a trichotomous separation of body, soul, and spirit, followed by His resurrection 3 days and 3 nights later.
This event has no counterpart in the Old Testament Scriptures, but it is prophesied in Isa 53;
In all of human history prior to the resurrection of Jesus there was never a resurrection to eternal life and an eternal human body. We must understand the difference between resurrection and resuscitation. Those who were resuscitated in the Old Testament were brought back to life but in a body of corruption, and so they eventually died again.
Jesus in his resurrection received an eternal human body that has eternal life and is not subject to death.
The resurrection of Christ established a precedent for the resurrection of all believers, but especially for the royal family of God at the exit resurrection. Christ's resurrection celebrates His strategic victory on the cross.
Just as the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit were the agents of our Lord's resurrection, so the omnipotence of God the Father and omnipotence of the Holy Spirit will resurrect the Church.
The omnipotence of God the Father, that returned our Lord's human spirit back to His body in the grave, will at the exit resurrection raise those Church Age believers who have died before the exit resurrection.
Rom 6:4; Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Eph 1:20; which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
Col 2:12; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
1Thes 1:10 ;and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
1 Pet 1:21; who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, which returned our Lord's human soul from Hades back to His body in the grave, will at the exit resurrection give a resurrection body to those believers who are alive on the earth at the time of the exit resurrection.
Rom 1:4; who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Rom 8:11; But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
1Pet 3:18; For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
This power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead in resurrection is now available to every Church Age believer for the execution of the protocol plan of God whereby we glorify Him. There is no precedence for this divine power that has been made available to us in the Church Age found in the Old Testament or in the dispensation of Israel.
This power that is available to us is the omnipotence of God the Father related to our portfolio of invisible assets, prayer, and the divine decree, the omnipotence of the Son related to the perpetuation of human history and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit related to life inside the operational divine power system.
Eph 1:19-20; "And what is the surpassing greatness of His power to us who have believed for the working of His superior power that is displayed in his immense strength.
v20That He put into operation by means of Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places."
The function of His superior power has no counterpart in the Old Testament.
Rom 1:4; "Who (Jesus Christ) was declared the Son of God by means of power belonging to the Holy Spirit by means of the resurrection from the dead."
We see here that his resurrection declared him "The Son of God". God demonstrated the truth of his identity by means of the power deployed in His resurrection.
This was a demonstration of a known truth or doctrine. It was the testing of an assertion to show it's validity. In this case it is the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead that is now available for us to execute God's plan for the Church Age.
The fact that he has risen declares Jesus to be the Son of God.
Rom 8:11, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead indwells you ( first class condition and he does). He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will give also spiritual life to your mortal bodies by means of His Spirit who indwells you."
Phil 3:10, "That I may come to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death."
Because of this between the resurrection of Christ and the exit resurrection of Church is there the greatest opportunity ever given to believers to glorify God. Every Church Age believer has greater opportunity to Glorify God than the greatest Old Testament believers.
The "fellowship of His sufferings" refers to a new and unique system of suffering for blessing. "Being conformed to His death" is a reference to the baptism of the Holy Spirit; similar statements are found in Rom 6:4-6 and Col 2:12-14.
This was prophesied by our Lord in Acts 1:8, "And when the Holy Spirit comes, you shall be witnesses of me." In Acts 1:5 He had said, "John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
After His resurrection, ascension, and session, our Lord was awarded His third royal patent but was without a royal family. This is the explanation for the extension of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union into the Church Age.
This is why we are still on this earth and not in heaven right now. God is still building our Lord's Royal Family. This is accomplished as we deploy the power of his resurrection to deal with our suffering.
We see from this that all precedence and authorization for the protocol plan of God for the Church is taken from the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
This means that the Mosaic Law is not a part of the Christian way of life. It contains no authorization for the protocol plan of God; it establishes no precedent for the function of the Church Age believer after salvation. Understanding this principle is the only way you can ever understand what God expects from you after your salvation.
This implies that all doctrine related to the function of the Church Age is classified as mystery doctrine. Mystery doctrine means that no characteristics of the protocol plan of God were ever mentioned or prophesied in the Old Testament, Rom 16:25-26; Eph 3:1-6; Col 1:25-26.
This means that in the Old Testament the Church Age was unknown and unforeseen it was a blackout dispensation. Practical applications of this include such things as: you are not expected to tithe (that was never a part of spiritual giving) or keep Sabbath or Holy days or do any of the rituals found in the Old Testament.
Under the concept of the mystery doctrine, God's plan for the Church is known to only by Church Age believers. It is known only through the spiritual life and the renovation of the believer's thinking after salvation. 1Cor 2:14-16;
This means that there is no substitute for the perception of mystery doctrine. That's why the last half of Eph 2 and Eph 3 are so important to the Christian life. This is why the angels are learning from church age believers. Eph 3:8-11;
This also means that under the doctrine of verbal plenary inspiration, a New Testament Canon had to be written to explain the mystery of relationship between the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union and the great power experiment of the Church Age. This explains the divisions in the New Testament.
The Gospels focus on the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Acts is the historical transition into the Church Age, mostly a pre-Canon history to explain how certain things finally came to pass and how they were established.
While Acts contains some mystery doctrine, we get most of it from the epistles because they focus on the mystery of the great power experiment of the Church Age.
The Gospels are very necessary because they show that Christ is presented as Messiah to Israel and rejected while simultaneously he was fulfilling the great power experiment the Hypostatic Union and setting the precedence for the Church Age.
Remember, the protocol plan of God for the Church Age supersedes the rescinded ritual plan of God for Israel. The mandates of the Mosaic Law have been rescinded and replaced by the mandates for the Church Age.
The only thing in the Mosaic Law that has any application in the church age is the establishment principles that are for both believers and unbelievers and have nothing to do with the spiritual life of the believer.
While the Old Testament prophecy anticipated the First Advent and the incarnation, it did not reveal the relationship between the unique power of the Hypostatic Union that was conveyed into the Church Age.
1Cor 10:11; Tells us that the Old Testament has benefit for us, but it does not tell us how to live the Christian life.
v11, "Now these things (failures) happened to them (Exodus generation) as an example (of law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline); furthermore, they were written for our instruction, upon whom (Church Age believer as new spiritual species, royal family of God) the accomplishments or objectives of the ages have come."
The word translated "ends" in the NASB is the Greek word "Telos" that in addition to "end" means purpose, fulfillment, aim, or objective.
These things were "written for our instruction" as an example of the law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline. The law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline is a subject in both the Old Testament and New Testament, so it is not specific to the Christian way of life. It is a general principle for all believers in all dispensations.
The "accomplishments of the ages" is the church and the church age believer. The church age believer's union with TLJC places them into a position that is beyond what God has done or will do in the future. This makes the Church age believer the object, end or target of God's plan and purpose and will.
The word is in the plural so it refers to all Church Age believers. This "accomplishment of the ages" is to take ordinary believers and give them all that God has provided in this Church Age.
These accomplishments have come, and they have been functional since the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent universally because our Lord had been resurrected, had ascended, and been seated at his place at the right hand of the Father.
Because of this, you are a royal priest, a royal ambassador, a member of the new spiritual species and the Royal family of God, with the availability of the 100% divine omnipotence found in the resurrection life.
You are indwelt by the Father, Son and the Spirit, are in Christ and have all of the other positional realities that are given to every church age believer.
1Cor 10:12; unfortunately this refers to many Church Age believers who do not know what God has done for them with the resurrection of our Lord so they are doing works for their Christian life; they're keeping the Law, tithing, or trying to be accepted by working in some church program.
v 12 warns these ignorant, arrogant, and cosmic believers: "Therefore, let him who thinks he stands (arrogant legalists who assume that morality is the Christian way of life) take heed lest he fall (perpetuation of suffering for adversity under the law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline)."
v13, "Testing (suffering for blessing) has not caught up with you except the human kind (self-induced misery, divine discipline); moreover, God is faithful (based on the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union) who will not permit you to be tested beyond what you are able ( with divine power), but with the testing (suffering for blessing) He will provide a way of escape ( through the ten problem solving devices) so that you can endure it (carry the pressure and glorify God in it)."
"Testing," the three systems of suffering for blessing that are unique to the Church Age equate adversity with prosperity where the believer is just as happy when under these categories of suffering as they are in the greatest of overt prosperity.
Being provided a way of escape so that you can carry it or endure it refers to the entire system of suffering for blessing that is unique to the protocol plan of God. This system of suffering for blessing is without precedent and is based on the power options of the spiritual life.
This escape is available with rebound and the filling of the Spirit, The function of the faith-rest drill, Grace orientation, Doctrinal orientation, personal love for God as motivational virtue, impersonal love for all mankind as functional virtue. a personal sense of destiny under suffering for blessing, the perfect happiness of God, and occupation with Christ.
Therefore, the unique spiritual life of the Church Age derives its precedence from the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union and the power of the resurrection that was conveyed to the church on the day of Pentecost after the resurrection, ascension, and session of our Lord. Acts 2:1-4;
Eph 3:20-21; "Now to Him (Father) who is able to do infinitely more than all we could ever ask or think on the basis of the power that keeps on working for us, to Him be the glory by means of the Church (tactical victory of the great power experiment of the Church Age) and by Christ Jesus (the strategic victory of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union) with reference to all generations of this unique age ( or dispensation) of the ages."
This is what we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday.... because He is Risen and has been for nearly 2000 years.
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