Class Notes: 12/25/2011
Our Lord Jesus Christ became the servant of all resulting in His being the greatest of all.
In our study of our Lord Jesus Christ, the unique person of the universe whose birth is celebrated on Christmas, last time we concluded with the fact that the omnipotence of Jesus Christ created the universe and holds it together, John 1:3; Col 1:16-17; Heb 1:3,10;
This means that prior to the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, Jesus Christ as Eternal God controlled history and held the universe together.
During the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union while the unglorified humanity of Christ was functioning under the power the Spirit, the omnipotence of His undiminished deity was simultaneously holding the universe together.
During the great power experiment of the Church Age, the omnipotence of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union continues to guarantee and perpetuate human history.
After the rapture of the Church, the omnipotence of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union guarantees the perpetuation of human history in the Tribulation and Millennium.
The omnipotence of Jesus Christ guarantees that mankind will continue to live on the earth regardless of the use of sophisticated weapons, environmental disasters or any other self-destructive tendency of the human race.
The omnipotence of Jesus Christ will return to the earth a second time and use His power to replace Satan as the ruler of this world, fulfill all of the unconditional covenants to Israel, and create perfect environment on the earth.
The omnipotence of Jesus Christ will suppress the Gog revolution that is led by Satan at the end of the Millennium, judge the world, execute the sentence on fallen angels, destroy the earth, and create a new universe for the eternal state. 2Pet 3:10-13;
The great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union that is also the First Advent or the incarnation started the point of the virgin birth. The incarnation is a synonym for the Hypostatic Union.
Hypostatic Union is a theological term used to describe 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.
Any deviation from this orthodox definition is heresy and results in a failure to understand the two Christocentric dispensations; The Hypostatic Union and the Church Age and the significance of the great power experiment.
Since the First Advent, Jesus Christ is the God-man. He is true humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever. This began with the virgin birth, but continues forever.
As the God-man, Jesus Christ is different from the other two members of the God- head. All three are coequal and coeternal, having exactly the same deity and the same divine essence. But Jesus Christ is different from the other two because He is also true humanity.
His humanity is different from that of all other members of the human race in that, not only is He eternal God, but that He was the only person ever born into the world perfect as Adam was created perfect.
As infinite and eternal God, Jesus Christ is superior to all creatures; to the angels, the super creatures, and to mankind, the lesser rational creatures.
As undiminished deity and true humanity forever, Jesus Christ is not only superior to all creatures, but through His deity He continues to hold the universe together.
Heb 1:3; Jesus Christ "upholds all things by the Word of His power,"
Col 1:16-17; "For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, that are in earth, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made,"
Jesus Christ is the unique person of the universe. He is not only our Savior, and eternal God, but He is the key to the unique characteristics of the Church Age.
The reason and purpose for His uniqueness is the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union that as we have seen is a dispensation all in itself.
The doctrine of the Hypostatic Union is a Biblical doctrine, taught in Phil 2:5-11; John 1:1-14; Rom 1:2-5 ;Rom 9:5; and is related to the mystery doctrine in 1Tim 3:16; Heb 2:14; 1John 1:1-3.
In systematic theology, this falls under the heading of Christology, but it is also directly related to the doctrine of soteriology or salvation.
As eternal and infinite God, Jesus Christ is coequal and coeternal with the Father and the Spirit. The incarnation does not diminish or destroy the deity of Christ.
Jesus Christ is also true humanity with a body, soul, and human spirit because He was born into this world trichotomous.
The great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union emphasizes the uniqueness and superiority of our Lord Jesus Christ. As eternal God, He is infinitely superior to angels and mankind. As impeccable humanity he is the winner in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
In the Hypostatic Union, the two natures of Jesus Christ are united without transfer of attributes. The attributes of deity and the attributes of humanity in the Hypostatic Union always adhere to their corresponding natures.
This means that in the person of Jesus Christ, the attributes of deity adhere to His deity and never become the attributes of humanity. The attributes of humanity always adhere to His humanity, and they never cross over to His deity.
The humanity and deity of Christ are two separate natures, that are simultaneously united in one person forever without any transfer of attributes.
Heb 13:8; describes Jesus Christ as being the "same yesterday, today, and forever,"
This means no attributes of deity can be changed. Sovereignty, righteousness, justice, eternal life, love, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, veracity, and immutability cannot ever be changed because Deity is always deity.
Even when Jesus Christ became true humanity, none of the characteristics of His deity ever changed, from the virgin birth to the eternal state. To take from Jesus Christ a single attribute of His deity would destroy His deity.
In the Hypostatic Union of Christ, no attribute of divine essence is ever compromised or changed, even during the thirty-three years of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
In fulfilling the Father's plan for the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, certain attributes of our Lord's deity were not used on His own behalf under the principle of the doctrine of kenosis Phil 2:7a;. However, Jesus Christ never surrendered or destroyed even one characteristic of His divine essence.
In the fulfillment of the Father's plan, our Lord did not exercise His own divine attributes to benefit Himself, to provide for Himself, or to glorify Himself. In taking on the form of true humanity, Jesus Christ veiled His pre-incarnate glory.
It was seen only for a moment on the Mount of Transfiguration, Matt 17:2; and in the Garden of Gethsemane when the guards fell back. John 18:6; The eternal glory of the deity of Christ was veiled but never surrendered.
The union of the deity of Christ with unglorified humanity was a necessary factor in His humiliation. While the deity of Christ was united to His perfect and impeccable unglorified humanity, He was subject to temptations, distresses, weakness, pain, sorrow, and limitation, a state that continued until His resurrection.
From His own sovereignty, His own divine free will, our Lord did not use His own relative attributes of deity (omnipotence, omniscience) to benefit Himself. This is classified as the true humility of our Lord Jesus Christ, the humility necessary for Him to become our Savior.
Our Lord did not surrender the attributes of His eternal and immutable deity, but instead He voluntarily restricted them in compatibility and compliance with the Father's plan for the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
This means that during His First Advent, our Lord gave up the independent exercise of certain divine attributes while he lived among men with their human limitations.
The unglorified humanity of Christ instead depended upon the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit under the protocol of the great power experiment inside the prototype divine dynasphere, as taught in Matt 12:18; 28; Luke 4:14,18; and John 3:34.
It is significant that during the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, our Lord did not depend upon His own omnipotence but upon the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit and the recall of Bible Doctrine.
Phil 2:7; "He deprived Himself of the proper function of deity when He received the form of a servant, when He had been born in the likeness of mankind."
The perfect man, Jesus Christ in His humanity, became a servant. Eternal God became a servant so that we could have eternal life and understand why it all happened. He who is the servant of all is the greatest of all. Our Lord Jesus Christ became the servant of all, and so He is the greatest of all.
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