Class Notes: 1/11/2012
Church Age believers have the same power available to them that Jesus used to maintain his impeccability
In our continuing study of the great power demonstrations that were launched with the virgin birth of our Lord last time we saw that the power was conveyed to the church on Pentecost ten days after our Lord's ascension. Acts 2:4;
At that point, the same omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit that our Lord used to fulfill the Father's plan for the great power demonstration of the Hypostatic Union has been delegated to the Church Age believer for the execution of the protocol plan of God.
In the prototype divine dynasphere the humanity of Christ performed miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit as a sign of his unique identity to the Jews.
Matt 12:28; "But if I cast out demons by means of the Spirit of God (and I do), then the kingdom of God has come upon you."
The Lord chose to fulfill His ministry in the power of the Spirit rather than depending on His own omnipotence in compliance with the doctrine of kenosis. Our Lord's humanity continued to reside in the prototype divine dynasphere under the filling and omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit in total reliance on Bible doctrine during the First Advent.
This was demonstrated by his reply to Satan during his evidence testing in Matt 4:4; "Man shall not live by bread (physical food) alone, but by every doctrine that proceeds from the mouth of God."
Jesus Christ did not use His omnipotence to benefit, to provide for, or to glorify Himself by turning stones into bread. He met evidence testing by deploying metabolized Bible doctrine inside the divine dynasphere.
He depended on the omnipotence of God the Father for logistical grace support and the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit for the prototype divine dynasphere.
This same omnipotence is presently available to all Church Age believers. 2Cor 5:17;
He demonstrated on the cross that with the problem solving devices of spiritual adulthood that any pressure of life can be handled. These same problem solving devices are available to you.
Heb 9:13-14; "For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled (a ritual sin offering) sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
v14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
Christ was sustained on the cross "Through the Spirit" without sinning while bearing our sins. This was his substitutionary spiritual death. He remained perfect inside the prototype divine dynasphere while bearing our sins. This is why the animal offerings that represented his sacrifice were always "without spot and without blemish" as a reference to His impeccability.
The "blood" refers to His substitutionary spiritual death on behalf of all mankind. He remained on the cross to be judged for the sins of all mankind weather they would believe on him or not. 1John 2:1-2;
He endured the suffering of the greatest judgment in all of history making possible salvation by faith alone for every believer beginning with Adam and the Woman all the way to the last believer in the millennium.
Our Lord was sustained by both the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit, Heb 9:14;a and His own perfect happiness, Heb 12:2b. With God's perfect happiness there is happiness regardless of the adversity caused by the circumstances of life.
Heb 9:14;b "Cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God" refers to the fact that the efficacious sacrifice of Christ was sufficient to save us, so that we may have a clear conscience before God.
A major source of the dead works of believers is the guilt complex that causes them to think they have to work their way into heaven with their "good deeds" but the conscience is not the source of or the motivation for the spiritual life.
True motivation comes from Bible Doctrine that is parlayed into confidence and then into personal love for God and occupation with Christ. 1Cor 13:13;
No one can serve God apart from faith in Christ, the filling of the Holy Spirit, and life inside God's power system.
Our Lord did not sin at any time during the great power demonstration of the Hypostatic Union. 1Pet 2:21-22;
His humanity was temptable, but impeccable. His humanity was tempted far beyond anything we have ever known or experienced.
In the Latin The Deity of Jesus Christ is described as being NON POSSE PECARE, or not able to sin. The humanity of Christ is described as being POSSE NON PECARE, or able not to sin.
Of course, deity cannot sin or not able to sin and because His humanity relied upon the filling of the Spirit inside the prototype divine dynasphere, He was able not to sin. He was able to resist every temptation.
Holy God cannot be associated with sin James 1:13; "Let no man say when he is tempted, `I am tempted by God.' For God cannot be tempted with evil, nor does He tempt anyone."
In Hypostatic Union, the unglorified humanity of Christ was temptable but impeccable because of His humanity's residence, function, and momentum inside the prototype divine dynasphere where He utilized the delegated omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit.
While our Lord was tempted in all points as we are tempted, and far beyond, He did not sin. Therefore, Christ as the last Adam remained in the status quo of perfect impeccability. 1Cor 15:22;
This means that there are two reasons for the perfection of the humanity of Christ. The union with deity in Hypostatic Union and the residence of the unglorified humanity in the prototype divine dynasphere where he relied entirely upon the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit and was tested in every way that we are yet without sin.
Heb 4:15; "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we have been, and yet without sin."
Temptability does not infer susceptibility because there is no sin until one's volition is involved. While our Lord's temptations were real, He had infinite power to resist the temptation.
His resistance was from His deity, and from the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit inside the prototype divine dynasphere as a result, the power in the Hypostatic Union to resist temptation was infinite.
The impeccability of Christ was the prerequisite for His saving work on the cross. Therefore, our Lord was qualified to go to the cross, to receive the imputation and judgment of all the sins of the entire human race, and to provide eternal salvation for all who believe in Him.
1 Pet 2:22; "He who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth."
1John 3:5; "Indeed, you know that He was revealed (First Advent), in order that He might take away our sins; in fact, sin was not in Him (impeccability)."
1Pet 2:24; "He Himself carried our sins in His own body on the cross."
2Cor 5:21; "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
And as we have seen He presently sits at the right hand of the father making intercession for us. Heb 7:25;
Our Lord's humanity after His ascension is at the right hand of God where he is described as being "holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens." Heb 7:26.
The impeccability of Christ is based on three factors. The deity of Christ is not temptable, therefore is impeccable. The humanity of Christ inside the prototype divine dynasphere is temptable, but remains impeccable. The entire person of Christ in Hypostatic Union is therefore temptable, but impeccable.
© Copyright 2019, Michael Lemmon Bible Ministries. World Rights Reserved.