Class Notes: 8/19/2015
Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 1Pet 3:15; The doctrine of witnessing part 6
In our study of the doctrine of witnessing per Jesus mandate, Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; we are looking at the various doctrines that explain how God saves mankind by faith alone in Christ alone so we are able to respond to those who ask. 1Pet 3:15;
Understanding how God saved us enables us to be secure in our position and to explain to others what they must do to be saved if we are asked as Paul and Silas were. Acts 16:30-31;
We are presently studying the doctrine of imputation because God's use of imputation becomes the basis for how He provided our salvation.
We have noted that in God's plan there are two judicial imputations and 5 real imputations. The judicial imputations include personal sins to Christ on the Cross and perfect righteousness to the believer at the point of salvation.
The real imputations include human life to the soul, Adam's original sin to the old sin nature, eternal life to the human spirit, blessings in time to perfect righteousness, and blessings in eternity to the resurrection body
Judicial imputations occur when there is no antecedence and affinity between what is being imputed and the target of the imputation and real imputations occur when there is antecedence and affinity.
We are presently studying the judicial imputation of all of mankind's personal sins to Jesus on the cross and under that category we are studying the doctrine of the virgin birth that was the basis for the impeccability of Christ that was necessary for Him to be qualified to receive the judicial imputation of our sins.
Jesus was unique (John 3:16;) in that He was born without an old sin nature and as a result He was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth. This position and power enabled Him to remain impeccable and therefore qualified to bear the sins of the world.
Because of the virgin conception when Jesus emerged from the womb He did not have a genetically formed old sin nature that could receive the real imputation of Adam's original sin.
This was because the chromosomes provided by God the Holy Spirit excluded the contamination of the OSN. There was no male human being involved in Mary's first pregnancy.
Jesus' humanity was therefore born as a clone of Adam before the fall, trichotomous while every other naturally born human is born as a clone of Adam after the fall, dichotomous.
Because of the virgin pregnancy and virgin birth, there was no genetically formed old sin nature and therefore no real imputation of Adam's original sin to the humanity of Christ at His birth.
A real imputation cannot occur without a home or target because there must be antecedence and affinity. Therefore, our Lord's humanity was born the way Adam was created. He still had volition just like Adam did before the fall so He was temptable but because of the power of His prototype spiritual life He never succumbed to any temptation to sin so He never sinned. Heb 4:15;
Jesus was born impeccable and He lived thirty-three years under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit inside the prototype spiritual life without committing any sin so He arrived at the cross perfect, impeccable, and therefore qualified to receive the judicial imputation of all sins of the entire human race on the cross and be judged for them.
This brings us back to the study of first judicial imputation, the imputation of all of mankind's personal sins to Jesus on the Cross.
Remember the factors in imputation are the source, which is the justice of God, the imputation itself and the recipient of the imputation and in the case of a judicial imputation has no antecedence, harmony or affinity between what is being imputed and the target. In the first judicial imputation our Lord Jesus Christ is only recipient.
He was pierced, he was crushed with the sins of the entire human race, and yet, not one of those sins, not one thing of which we were guilty has any antecedence, affinity, or harmony in Him.
The perfect humanity of Jesus Christ received the imputation and the judgment of all personal sins in history while hanging on the Cross. These sins of the human race were not antecedently His own; hence, there was no affinity between the imputation and the perfect humanity of Christ in hypostatic union.
The fact that our Lord was pierced with billions and billions of sins and still remained impeccable is one of the most phenomenal and important occurrences in human history.
This is God's integrity love in action providing mercy for all mankind unilaterally. It is the reason mankind should run toward God rather than away from Him. John 3:19-21; Heb 4:16;
This judicial imputation and judgment that resulted in Jesus' forensic spiritual death is the basis for the forgiveness of all of the personal sins committed by mankind. Col 1:13-14; 1John 2:2;
In the first judicial imputation God's justice took every human sin that His omniscience perceived from eternity past and He imputed those sins to Christ like javelins piercing Him and He judged every one of them in His impeccable sinless body on the cross.
Every personal sin committed by every member of the human race, past, present, and future were not imputed to those who committed them, and instead they were gathered up and reserved for judgment and imputed to Jesus Christ.
This is why Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Acts 4:12; and the demonstration of God's integrity love for the entire world. John 3:16;
Rom 5:8; "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us." 2Cor 5:14-15,19; 1Tim 2:6; 1Tim 4:10; Titus 2:11; Heb 2:9;
These and many other passages tell us that every sin in human history committed by both believers and unbelievers without exception were imputed to our Lord and judged by God the Father on the Cross. This is the unlimited atonement. 1John 2:2;
1Cor 11:24, "This is My body, a substitute for you."
1Pet 2:24, "He himself carried our sins in His body on the Cross."
1 Pet 3:18, "Because Christ also died once for sins, the Righteous One as a substitute for the unrighteous ones, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit."
While suffering forensic spiritual death for each and every one of our sins, because there was no antecedence or affinity He remained impeccable, He remained "the Righteous One", God the Holy Spirit continued to fill His humanity and His deity remained in union with His humanity while bearing each and every sin.
Gal 3:13; "Christ has redeemed us separated from (outside of) the curse of the Law, having become a curse as a substitute for us; for it stands written, `Cursed is everyone who hangs on the wood.'" NASB note 1
Because He was perfect and remained perfect during the judgment, Jesus Christ on the Cross remained outside of the curse of the law while He was being judged for our sins.
He was impeccable so He was not under the curse of the Law. He was never under the curse of the Law. His substitutionary forensic spiritual death removed the barrier of spiritual death at birth.
We were born under a curse, condemned from birth but our Lord removes it from us. Gen 50:20;
Christ removed the barrier of all personal sins from the human race through unlimited atonement.
Christ removed the barrier of physical birth through regeneration.
Jesus Christ removed the barrier of the curse of the Law and imprisonment in the slave market of sin through redemption.
Rom 8:31-32; "Therefore, with reference to these things, to what conclusion are we forced? If God is for us, who shall be against us?
v32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for judgment as a substitute for all of us, how shall He not also with Him graciously give to us the all things?"
If God the Father accomplished the most difficult at the Cross by imputing our sins to Christ and judging them, can God not also accomplish the less difficult of providing lesser benefit for you after salvation?
The accepted fact is the divine judicial imputation of all sins to Christ on the Cross and by comparison produces an inescapable fact that with Christ He has graciously given us all things.
If God has done the greater at the cross before we were saved, and He did, He can and certainly will accomplish that of lesser by providing everything that we need after we are saved.
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