Class Notes: 2/13/2022
The book of Romans part 30
We are in a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans and got through verses 1-6 with the expanded translation: Rom 1:1-6;
v1 "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called an apostle, through having been appointed because of the Gospel from God."
v2 Which (This Gospel) He (God) promised in advance through His prophets in the holy Scriptures or writings"
v3 Concerning His (God's) Son who was born from the seed of David according to the flesh.
v 4"Who was marked out or selected by the divine decree the Son of God by means of power, according to the Holy Spirit, by means of resurrection from deaths of Jesus Christ the Lord."
v 5 "Through whom (the resurrected Christ) we have received grace and apostleship, for the purpose of obedience to doctrine among all nations, for the sake of his personal reputation."
v6 "Among whom also you are privileged royalty (kletos) of Jesus Christ."
This took us to the doctrine of election where we noted that election provides equal privilege and opportunity because God's righteousness and justice in accord with God's omniscience provides logistical grace support and blessing to every believer priest.
Two aspects of logistical grace come down to you through the grace pipeline from God's justice that are targeted at His indwelling righteousness that was imputed to you at salvation. Logistical support is designed to sustain you. Logistical blessing is additional blessing, beyond basic support.
Logistical grace support and grace blessings are provided to winners and losers because both types of believers possess God's perfect imputed righteousness. This is the basis for equal opportunity and equal privilege for every believer.
The holiness or integrity of God is comprised of divine righteousness, divine justice, and omniscience. At the point of salvation, God's righteousness was imputed to you so that you would be in the proper position to receive God's logistical support on the basis of grace alone.
Righteousness demands righteousness; justice demands justice. What God's righteousness demands, God's justice executes on the basis of grace in accord with God's omniscience.
Ever since the moment of your salvation, God' righteousness has demanded, that God's justice sustain you through every mistake and every bad decision that you make. God's righteousness demands that God's justice keep you alive to fulfill your personal destiny that He as provided for you.
After salvation God keeps all of us alive on this planet in the devil's world on the basis of His grace. The same is true for the client nation. The client nation will function on the basis of God's grace until God is finished with it and moves the pivot that holds the nation together to another location thereby establishing a new client nation.
When God moves the pivot the client nation is over, it will not be over until that happens. The client nation is dependent on God alone just like the believer priests who comprise the pivot are dependent on God alone.
This means that the only thing that matters is your persistent and consistent function before God in the privacy of your very own priesthood as a member of God's Royal Family because that is the only thing that determines the destiny of God's client nation.
God's justice is the initiator of grace. On a daily basis, God's justice sends down the grace pipeline to the indwelling righteousness of God everything it takes to keep you alive and to sustain you, and as well as additional great and fantastic blessings.
God's justice sends undeserved blessings to all believers, both winners and losers. This is sometimes why the wicked prosper. They prosper because of to their equal privilege in God's plan.
All logistical blessing in the Christian life comes in this manner to both winner and loser believers. It is a matter of grace because no one earns or deserves any of it.
We're not blessed because we give, witness, perform Christian service, or because of anything we do. That would compromise God's integrity. God blesses you because you have His indwelling righteousness that is the predicate for His blessings so His integrity cannot be compromised.
The air that you breathe, the food you eat, everything you have, the only reason you are alive through every type of adversity in life is based entirely upon the principle of logistical grace.
All of our blessings from God are a matter of grace, just as our salvation was a matter of grace. We are saved by grace on the basis of doctrine, and we are sustained in the devil's world by grace on the basis of doctrine.
The equal privilege and equal opportunity of election means there never has been and never will be a Church Age believer who did not have exactly the same privilege and same opportunity to fulfill God's plan, to reach spiritual maturity, and to receive the fantastic escrow blessings provided for him by God the Father in eternity past as every other believer.
Under the doctrine of the divine decree, election cannot be divorced from predestination and predestination is the provision of God's sovereign will for every believer as a member of His royal family.
Predestination provides equal privilege that comes from union with Christ and equal opportunity that comes from the execution of God's spiritual power system that fulfills God's plan.
This brings us to Rom 1:7; "To all" is the dative of indirect object, the plural of "pas". The dative of indirect object indicates those for whom an act is performed. In this case, the action is Jesus Christ bearing all of our sins and God judging Him for them once and for all.
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