Class Notes: 5/29/2016
Memorial Day and The Doctrine of Freedom part 30 John 8:32 Gal 5:1;
As we celebrate Memorial Day and bring into remembrance those who have given their lives for our human freedom in this client nation there is an obvious connection between our study of the Doctrine of Freedom because Freedom is won and maintained by means of Military Victory
We have seen that God's Word states that the military establishment is vital to the establishment and maintenance of freedom in the client nation.
A client nation is a national entity under God that has been assigned the responsibility for the formation, preservation, communication, and fulfillment of God's Word.
The United States of America, with all the faults we have, is still the greatest nation in the world because we are still God's client nation.
Memorial Day is meant to bring into memory the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died for their country and our human freedom. It is good for us to have a day to remind us of what they have done for us because it is important that remember and honor them for their sacrifice.
The act of giving one's life so that others may live in freedom has always been amazing. This principle is brought to its fullest by what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did for us when He gave up His life in a forensic spiritual death as our substitute so that we along with every other person would have the opportunity to live free with Him forever.
Every time we celebrate the communion service we celebrate Jesus sacrifice for our spiritual freedom. In eternity past God the Father foreknew that mankind would be enslaved in the slave market of sin.
He also foreknew every single sin that every individual in the entire human race would ever commit so He provided a way for the entire human race to be delivered from slavery into freedom.
Peter addressed the Jews who had rejected God's provision in Acts 2:22-23; "Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know...
v 23 this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death."
We see from this that our Lord Jesus Christ was not put to death by the Jews or the Romans but by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God.
In John 3:18, John writes, "He who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name (onoma) of the uniquely born (monogenes) Son of God."
There is not a person alive right now that God does not desire to live with for all of eternity. God made provision for the deliverance from slavery and death into life and freedom for every one who has ever lived by simply believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
2Pet 3:9; The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of thinking decision (metanoia).
1Tim 2:3-4; this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, v4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full spirit taught knowledge (epignosis) of the truth.
At physical birth God selected every member of the human race and gave each individual the opportunity to be delivered from the slavery and death of first birth into the life and freedom of second birth and eternal life by giving them human life. 1Cor 15:22;
By granting human life at birth God was saying in effect, "I am giving you the potential to be freed from slavery to the OSN and confinement to Satan's slave market of sin.
The fact that some do not become free is a matter of their own negative volition toward God, His love and His grace provision. God has done everything that can be done to free mankind without violating man's free will.
God does not desire for all mankind to be saved and then do nothing about it. For God to impute human life to a human soul and then cast that person into and age abiding the lake of fire to burn because Adam's original sin was imputed to them would be unfair and unjust.
God who gives life at physical birth would not do so unless He had a way for everyone to be freed from the slave market of sin and death and delivered into the freedom of eternal life. This is the principle of the unlimited atonement.
2Cor 5:19; Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
No person in the entire human race will ever suffer judgment for or because of the sins they have committed. Jesus stated this in John 3:17; "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."
Jesus came to free mankind from slavery and to provide salvation for mankind. In eternity past, all sins were foreknown as part of the divine decree and then imputed to Jesus Christ on the cross in time.
God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit held a counsel and dealt with the entire issue of sin in eternity past. All those sins would then be imputed to the Lord Jesus Christ for three hours on the cross, 1Pet 2:24; 2Cor 5:21;
We celebrate this every time we observe the Lord's Table. 1Cor 11:24-26;
The unlimited atonement eliminates sin as part of Gods indictment of the unbeliever at the last Judgment. No one is ever judged for their personal sins; God evaluates them on the basis of only one single factor: That factor is "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He?" Matt 22:42;
The fact that some are not saved is because of their own decision to reject the Gospel and God's grace provision of salvation and freedom, it has nothing to do with the will of God because God judged Jesus Christ for the sins of the entire human race on the Cross, therefore everyone can be saved.
In spite of the fact that God knew that some people would reject Jesus Christ He still made salvation available to them. This is the impersonal love of God that is stated in John 3:16.
So as we celebrate Memorial Day and remember those who have given their physical lives to preserve our nation and for our human freedom let's also remember the one who died as a substitute for the entire human race, the one who died so that everyone could be saved and have spiritual freedom. Rom 5:8;
We can also remember and rejoice in the fact that many of those who did give their life for our human freedom are now in heaven with Jesus Christ because Jesus gave His life for them. John 15:13;
Continuing in our study of the doctrine of freedom. John 8:32: Gal 5:1; We have noted that positive volition to any aspect of God's Word of truth creates freedom because God imputes grace through the divine decree to bless positive volition to truth and discipline negative volition to truth. Lam 3:21-23; James 4:6;
We have noted that positive volition to divine establishment truth provides for temporal human freedom, positive volition toward the truth of the Gospel creates positional spiritual freedom and positive volition to the truth of Bible Doctrine creates experiential spiritual freedom and spiritual advance.
Under the principles of divine establishment every person has free volition so they have the right to be wrong but when their negative volition metastases to the point they meddle with and violate the God given freedom, privacy or property of others their free negative volition becomes criminal.
The internal enemy of freedom in the national entity is criminality and the external enemy of freedom in the national entity is criminal nations operating in power lust.
Free nations lose their internal freedom to criminals as the citizens reject truth, become passive and refuse or neglect to defend it because of negative volition.
As we have noted in our study. Freedom requires the renovation of the thinking and the establishment of accurate thinking based on doctrinal truth. Rom 12:2-3;
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