Class Notes: 1/25/2017
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 35
Lam 3:21-25; I recall this (doctrine) 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 and the reason that God continues to support the human race.
We are now in a segment where we are discussing 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).
This establishes Him as the role model for the application of faith (doctrine) through the use the Faith rest drill as a problem-solving device.
Last time we noted that during the dispensation of the unglorified humanity of Christ in hypostatic union Jesus Christ continued to posses His Divine attributes even though gave up the independent use of them apart from the directive will of God the Father.
During the dispensation of the unglorified humanity of Christ in hypostatic union, our Lord veiled the preincarnate glory of His deity by giving up the outward appearance of God and voluntarily taking on Himself the form of man.
The preincarnate glory of Christ was veiled, but was never surrendered. This glory was temporarily revealed on the Mount of Transfiguration Matt 17:2; and at Gethsemane there was a momentary flash of His glory. John 18:6;
During His time in unglorified humanity Jesus Christ never surrendered any of the attributes of His Deity. His unglorified humanity was perfect and impeccable; and His Deity was inseparably united with perfect unglorified humanity.
This is called the doctrine of the humility of Christ. The union of the Deity of Christ with His unglorified humanity was a necessary factor for His humiliation because deity cannot not die.
This means that deity could not be the substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the human race but His unglorified impeccable humanity was.
While the Deity of Christ was united to a perfect true humanity, He was still subject to temptation, distress, weakness, pain, sorrow, limitation, and to more temptations than we will ever face because of His unique status as the God-man.
This was the basis of His humiliation during the first advent in unglorified humanity. He solved all of the problems He encountered during His life in unglorified humanity by using the appropriate problem solving devices.
These are the same problem solving devices that were subsequently conveyed to every Church Age believer once the universal indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit was initiated at the launch of the Church Age on Pentecost 10 days after Jesus was glorified in His ascension and session. Acts 2:1-4;
This power could not be conveyed to the human race until after Jesus' humanity was fully glorified. His glorification was completed when He was seated at the right hand of the Father.
The essence of our Lord's deity is composed of the sum total of His divine attributes, so that a change of attribute would necessarily involve a change of essence, and since Jesus' Deity is immutable this is impossible.
This means that no attribute of our Lord's divine nature was changed or suppressed in the hypostatic union. In the hypostatic union, the divine and human natures are united without transfer or compromise of attributes.
This means that the divine nature of Christ was not altered by the Incarnation or by being voluntarily restricted.
No divine attribute was transferred to His humanity and no attribute of humanity was transferred to His deity. Infinity cannot be transferred into the finite without destroying both.
The attributes of deity cannot bleed over into humanity and the attributes of humanity cannot bleed over into deity. To rob God of a single attribute of His deity would destroy His nature as deity. To rob the humanity of Christ of a single attribute of humanity would destroy His humanity.
In the hypostatic union, Jesus Christ possessed two natures, one eternal and divine, the other perfect sinless humanity.
The theological definition of the hypostatic union is that the person of the incarnate Christ contains are two natures, inseparably united, without mixture or loss of separate identity, without loss or transfer of properties or attributes, the union being personal and eternal.
In the hypostatic union the divine and human natures were united without transfer of attributes. Jesus Christ surrendered no attributes of His deity, but voluntarily restricted the independent use of these attributes in keeping with God's s plan from Him to live as a man among men.
From His own free will Jesus Christ chose not use His attributes of deity to benefit Himself. This was humiliation. The divine attributes were not surrendered, but they were voluntarily restricted in keeping with the Father's protocol for His first Advent.
All the temptations that Satan brought against Christ attacked the relationship between Jesus Christ's deity and His humanity under God the Father's kenosis protocol for His unique humanity. Matt 4:1-10;
This is why these temptations were unique to Christ. To comply with the Father's unique plan for His unique life, our Lord could not use His divine attributes to benefit Himself, to provide for Himself, or to glorify Himself. To do so would be a sin for Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ utilized the divine provision and problem solving devices that God the Father provided for the function of His humanity on earth. The use of problem solving devices from His divine nature was always compatible with the Father's purpose for the Incarnation.
This means that the humanity of Christ performed miracles through the power of God the Holy Spirit. He rebuked the storm; converted water into wine; and resuscitated Lazarus by the use of the power of God the Holy Spirit.
During the first Advent, Christ depended on the provision and power of the Holy Spirit, the power of God's Word of truth that were deployed through the use of the problem solving devices, and gave up any independent function of His divine attributes while living among men with their human limitations.
Being full of grace and truth, John 1:14; Jesus Christ extrapolated the problem solving devices in the thinking of His human soul. The humanity of Christ had to learn, metabolize, and concentrate on God's Word in His stream of consciousness just like we do.
He concentrated these problem-solving devices as a forward line of defense in His soul. They became an instant reaction force that prevented the conversion of the external pressures of adversity into the internal pressure of stress in the soul.
The problem solving devices used by the humanity of Christ included the filling of the Spirit, the faith rest drill, grace orientation, doctrinal orientation, a personal sense of destiny, personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, and sharing the happiness of God.
Because of His unique identity and His impeccability He didn't need the two additional problem solving devices of rebound and occupation with Christ.
Our Lord did not depend on His deity to execute the Father's plan He depended on the One who provided the plan. He depended on what the Father provided. Matt 12:28; Luke 4:14-18;
The same power system that God the Father provided for Him has been provided to us. 1John 4:17b;
The humanity of Christ submitted voluntarily to the non-use of His divine attributes in order to establish precedence for the spiritual life of the Church Age.
He established the power of the spiritual life in His human nature. He did not derive His spiritual life from His divine nature. He depended on God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, just as we do.
While the deity of Christ was manifested in the performance of certain miracles, He did not use His omnipotence apart from the glorification of God the Father in compliance with God the Father's purpose for Him during the dispensation of His unglorified humanity in hypostatic union.
In His deity, Jesus Christ possessed eternal, unchangeable glory, and He acquired glory through the function of the spiritual life that He deployed in His unglorified humanity.
The result of this glory that was acquired by His humanity was that He was seated at the right hand of the Father after His ascension.
Winner believers have this same glory. Col 1:25-27;
The problem solving devices were attributed to the humanity of Christ but the whole person was the subject. These problem-solving devices were resident in the soul of our Lord from metabolized doctrine circulating in His stream of consciousness under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.
This was His spiritual life and the basis for His being able to bear the sins of the entire human race and remain perfect while doing so. This is how the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union established precedence for the protocol plan of God for the Church Age.
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