Class Notes: 9/9/2015
Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; The doctrine of witnessing part 12
In our study of the doctrine of witnessing Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; we are examining the doctrines that undergird the gospel so that we understand how and why it is God alone who made it possible for our so great salvation by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Eph 2:8-9;
At the moment we are studying the doctrine of imputations that explains how God uses both real and judicial imputations first to condemn us at physical birth through no fault of our own in order to save us when we are born again on the basis of faith alone exclusive of any works that we do.
We have noted that in God's plan there are two judicial imputations and 5 real imputations. The judicial imputations include the imputation of all personal sins to Jesus on the cross that makes it possible for God to judicially impute His perfect righteousness to every single believer at the point of salvation even though they have an OSN and as a result still sin experientially.
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
We are presently studying the post-salvation imputation of greater grace blessings in time where God blesses the capacity that God's Word creates in the believer's soul that is made possible by the judicial imputation of God's perfect righteousness at the moment of salvation.
When we left off last time we were noting undeserved suffering for blessing as a capacity blessing that God imputes to believers who have capacity to take it.
The ultimate role model for this undeserved suffering for blessing is our Lord Jesus Christ because all of his sufferings were undeserved. Phil 2:5-11;
Undeserved suffering is designed to demonstrate the power and sufficiency of God's grace, 2Cor 12:1-10.
Undeserved suffering teaches the value of God's Word. Psa 119:67-68, 71;
Undeserved suffering is designed to manifest the ministry and power of God the Holy Spirit, 2Cor 4:8-11.
Undeserved suffering is designed to make our confidence in doctrine (our faith) stronger through repeated use of the faith-rest drill. It also creates pressure from adversity that accelerates spiritual growth while at the same time keeping believers focused on their eternal future rather than their life in time, Rom 8:36; Rom 5:3-5.
Imputation to the believer's doctrinal capacity in time becomes an additional basis for confident anticipation of blessing at the Judgment Seat of Christ. This anticipation becomes motivation to persevere.
The mature believer has a special confidence, knowing that he will receive the seventh imputation from the justice of God at their evaluation in their resurrection body at the judgment seat of Christ.
This confidence matures into cognitive invincibility that carries the mature believer throughout the rest their physical life in the devil's world no matter how severe the opposition.
Heb 11:33-39; describes some of the undeserved suffering believers have endured for the sake of God's Word.
Heb 11:13; describes this confidence in doctrine (faith) as saluting eternity while crossing the bridge of physical death because the unseen eternal reality is seen by means of doctrine (faith) during one's physical life on the earth in the devil's world.
Rom 12:12; "Rejoicing in hope (confidence), persevering in adversity, devoted to prayer"
Col 1:5; "Because of the hope laid up in heaven which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel."
Titus 2:13; "Looking for that blessed hope," (this is the imputation of eternal blessing which glorifies God forever) "and the appearing (at the rapture or exit resurrection) of the glory of the great God, even our Savior Christ Jesus."
1Pet 1:3, "Blessed be the God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Heb 6:19-20; 1John 3:2-3;
Another category of imputation that God's justice targets to the capacity righteousness of mature believers is dying grace. Dying with grace requires maximum capacity from God's Word because it requires cognitive invincibility that is comprised of maximum confidence in God, His Word and His plan.
The general characteristics of physical death for all believers includes no appointment with judgment, Rom 8:1; being face to face with God, 2 Cor 5:8; no more pain, sorrow, death or tears, Rev 21:4;
The anticipation of an inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and cannot be lost, 1Pet 1:4-5; a new home in heaven, John 14:1-6; and the reality of eternal life, 1 John 5:11-12;
We possess eternal life in our sin infused physical body John 3:16; but we do not experience it empirically until our soul leaves the mortal body and enters the presence of the Lord.
This is why physical death is a promotion, gain, Phil 1:21;b and victory. 1Cor 15:55-58;
For the mature believer dying grace extends and augments these basic universal blessings that God gives every believer in Jesus Christ..
God removes the curse of death with its fear and pain through dying grace thereby causing the physical death experience to become the greatest experience of physical life.
This is possible only when the believer has cognitive invincibility from metabolized doctrine in their soul that enables them to understand the transition from time to eternity from God's perspective.
Dying grace is how God manages the transition between the real imputation of blessing in time and the real imputation of blessing and reward in eternity.
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