Class Notes: 8/30/2015
Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; The doctrine of witnessing part 9
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;
In our study at the moment we are studying the doctrine of imputations because it is through imputation that God condemns everyone at birth so that He can save them when they believe in Jesus Christ at second birth. 1Cor 15:22;
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 the imputation of God's perfect righteousness to the believer at the point of salvation.
The real imputations include human soul life and Adam's original sin to the biologically formed old sin nature at physical birth, 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 or affinity between what is being imputed and the target of the imputation and real imputations occur when there is antecedence and affinity between them.
Understanding the process that God used to save us enables us to be secure in our position and in addition it enables us to explain to others what they must do to be saved when we are asked as Paul and Silas were in Philippi. Acts 16:30-31;
Last time we concluded our study on the pre-salvation imputations so today we will start with the two post-salvation imputations. The first post-salvation imputation is the imputation of escrow blessings in time at spiritual maturity.
Eph 1:3; "Worthy of praise and glorification is God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ."
1Cor 2:9; "However, as it stands written, `Things the eye has not seen nor ear has heard, nor mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
Prov 8:18; "Riches and honor are with me (Bible doctrine), enduring wealth and prosperity."
Eph 3:20; "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us."
These verses show us that the best things that happen to us in this life glorify God. These are the real imputations of greater grace blessings during our life in our unglorified sin infused body on the earth in time that is based on capacity developed through the PMA of God's Word that results in spiritual advance.
The basis for this imputation is the a fortiori we noted earlier. If the justice of God provided the greater at salvation (the imputation of God's perfect righteousness), it follows, a fortiori, that the justice of God will not withhold the lesser in spiritual maturity (the imputation of blessing in time to perfect righteousness).
This real imputation of escrow blessings at maturity is made possible because of the judicial imputations we have previously noted.
An escrow is a deed or a bond or other written agreement delivered to a third person to be delivered to the grantee upon the performance or fulfillment of some condition.
God the Father, the grantor, deposited into escrow with God the Son greater blessings for time and eternity for every believer. Every believer is a grantee. The condition for the distribution of these blessings is the believer's development of capacity from their execution of God's plan for their life.
These blessings are distributed in time when the believer attains capacity from spiritual maturity and at the Judgment Seat of Christ. These blessings are irrevocable because God deposited them into escrow "before the foundation of the world". Eph 1:4a;
If these blessings are not conveyed to the believer because of failure to fulfill the conditions of the escrow by developing capacity, then the escrow remains on deposit forever as a memorial to lost opportunity under the principle of even the wrath (negative volition) of man will praise God. Psa 76:10; and the principle that mankind's negative volition does not cancel God's immutable faithfulness. Rom 3:3;
As a result of the two judicial imputations that provided our eternal salvation, the believer possesses God's perfect righteousness that comprises one-half of His integrity.
The believer's possession of God's righteousness sets up the potential for the conveyance of escrow blessings from God's justice that is the other half of God's integrity.
The imputation of God's perfect righteousness frees God's justice to impute logistical grace blessing and subsequently as capacity from spirit taught doctrine is developed God's justice is free to convey maturity blessings without compromising His perfect holiness.
What the perfect righteousness of God demands, the justice of God executes. Perfect righteousness in us demands that God provide the logistical grace that is necessary for the believer to advance to maturity.
At maturity, perfect righteousness demands additional blessing from God.
Human good production or "good deeds" never demand anything from God so it is possible to have capacity blessings conveyed without production because God looks at how we think.
This is because a person is what they think and thought precedes action. Prov 23:7;
God's perfect righteousness only demands blessing when circumstances are right. At salvation, circumstances are right for God to convey the 40 grace gifts that are associated with our new identity "in Christ" and logistical grace support.
At maturity, circumstances are right for the imputation of "greater grace" or capacity or "escrow" blessing.
God's perfect righteousness does not demand greater grace blessing from the God's justice unless the believer has the capacity to receive the blessing.
Capacity is developed as the believer develops the thinking of Christ that is contained in God's Word. 1Cor 2:16b;
Maximum doctrine resident in the soul produces both the spiritual growth and capacity that demands greater blessing from God's justice.
Because God is Holy He cannot accept anything less than perfect righteousness, and cannot bless anything less than perfect righteousness. God's Holiness demands perfection so all blessing from God is based on what God does in us not what we do.
All we provide is positive volition. 1Pet 5:6;
The imputation of God's perfect righteousness at salvation is sine que non for the conveyance of any grace blessing from God's justice regardless of the category
What God's perfect righteousness rejects, God's justice condemns. What God's perfect righteousness demands, God's justice provides. What God's perfect righteousness approves, God's justice blesses.
The imputation of God's perfect righteousness at salvation is called justification. Justification means that God sees His own perfect righteousness that He imputed to us and justifies us because we possess it even though we don't deserve it.
The judicial imputation of God's perfect righteousness at salvation is the basis or potential for the conveyance of blessing from God's justice while we live on the earth during our life in the devil's world in sin infused bodies.
The potential established by God's imputed righteousness plus the capacity from God's Word in the soul equals the reality of escrow blessings imputed in time.
Matt 6:33; "But seek first the kingdom (positive volition at God consciousness and Gospel hearing) and God's perfect righteousness, and all these things shall be provided for you."
In Psa 23:5-6; David describes the imputation of special blessing. "You have prepared before me a table in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil;
v6 my cup is overflowing. Only prosperity and grace shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall remain in the house of the Lord forever (eternal blessings)."
These overflowing blessings are the "all things" of Rom 8:28,32;
The categories of escrow or capacity blessing are only distributed to believers who have developed the capacity from their PMA of God's Word sufficient to warrant God's perfect righteousness demanding them from God's perfect justice.
We must never forget that it is capacity not "human good works" that causes God's imputed righteousness to place demands for blessing on God's perfect justice because every blessing from God comes through the encapsulated grace pipeline that is managed exclusively by God's Holiness.
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