Class Notes: 1/8/2017
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 31
Lam 3:21-23; I recall this to my mind, and it gives me confidence. Because The Lord's mercy never fails; His grace provisions never cease, they are renewed every morning; Great is Your faithfulness... Therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait silently on Him.
In our study of the doctrine of the winner believer. Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; We have noted that winner believers are the unknown, unsung heroes of history. 2Cor 6:9; who are the targets of God's grace imputations that support all of mankind.
Last time we started a segment about the ultimate winner in God's plan our Lord Jesus Christ. The passage in Heb 12:2; establishes Jesus as the pioneer and perfecter of faith (the doctrine) who is our role model for the application of faith (doctrine).
We noted that the result of the virgin birth was that Jesus Christ became true humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever. He had to become true humanity in order to be judged as a substitute for our sins.
In Rev 1:8; 21:6; 22:13; Jesus Christ is called the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Alpha refers to His deity; Omega refers to his Hypostatic Union with emphasis on His humanity.
So in the words of the title of the second person of the Trinity, "Lord" refers to the deity of Christ. "Jesus" refers to the humanity of Christ. "Christ" refers to His Messiahship as the legitimate and eternal king of Israel.
The technical theological term "hypostatic union" refers to the unique person of Jesus Christ as the God-man that began with the virgin birth and continues forever.
The dispensation of his unglorified humanity in hypostatic union was when He fulfilled His mission to provide salvation for all mankind and present Himself to Israel as their Messiah while He was on the earth during His first advent.
This began with His the virgin birth and concluded with His substitionary forensic spiritual death while He was physically alive that was followed by His physical death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session. John 3:16; Rom 5:8; 2Cor 5:21; Heb 10:12-13; Rom 10:4; 1John 2:1-3;
The words "one Lord" in Eph 4:5; refer to the unique person of Jesus Christ as the God-man. We have seen that this concept was also presented to Israel in Deut 6:4; but in Jesus' day because of the oral traditions too many of the Jews didn't understand and believe it and they don't to this day.
The historical reality of His uniqueness began with His First Advent even though it was foreknown and programmed in the divine decree before the creation of the universe. Rev 13:8;KJV, NIV
Because of the virgin birth our Lord Jesus Christ had two natures inseparably united without mixture or loss of separate identity, without loss or transfer of property or attributes, the union being personal and eternal. This is the technical theological definition of the term Hypostatic Union.
Since the First Advent, Jesus Christ is the God-man, being undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.
When Jesus Christ was resurrected and ascended to the throne room in the third heaven, God the Father said to Him, "Sit down at My right hand." Psa 110:1; Heb 10:13;
As God, Jesus Christ is immanent and transcendent. He fills the entire universe and therefore as God since He exists everywhere He doesn't "sit" anywhere so this statement was addressed to His humanity.
As humanity, Jesus Christ went to the cross and was judged for the sins of the entire human race and when that was completed He said, "Finished." "Finished in the past with eternal results."
Salvation for the human race was finished forever while He was still physically alive before He dismissed His spirit to God the Father. John 19:30;
As God, Jesus Christ could not "die" for sins. To be a sacrifice for sins He had to be perfect true humanity.
On the cross, Jesus Christ was perfect humanity and remained perfect because He resided in the prototype divine dynasphere where the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit and His recall of God's Word of truth sustained His humanity.
He never sinned during His time on earth in unglorified humanity so He was qualified to be judged for the sins of the entire human race as the "lamb without spot and without blemish."
He was the reality of the ritual that had been practiced for thousands of years.
The actual "lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." John 1:29; 1Pet 1:19; No one else could do this; only Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God John 3:16; in His perfect unglorified humanity could provide salvation for the entire human race. 1John 2:2;
To provide salvation for mankind it was necessary for one member of the Godhead to become humanity because God's immutable essence is not subject to death.
God's perfect righteousness cannot have contact with sin. God has eternal life so He cannot die. God's omnipresence: cannot be reduced to one point (in this case the cross). Omnipotence is not able to die, and His immutability cannot change or be changed so none of these characteristics could be compromised.
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