Class Notes: 2/27/2022
The book of Romans part 34
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."
v7 "to all in Rome beloved of God called saints or holy...
The use of the word "hagios" translated "saints" or "holy" brings us to the doctrine of sanctification.
When we stopped last time we had noted that positional sanctification is what qualifies the believer to live with God forever for at least two reasons.
First, the believer possesses God's righteousness on the basis of imputation, and we share the perfect righteousness of Christ through our positional sanctification. If we are going to live with God forever, we have to have His righteousness. By having His perfect righteousness we do.
Second, the believer possesses eternal life. 1John 5:11-12; "And this is the deposition: that God has given to each one of us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son (positional sanctification) has the (eternal) life; He who does not have the Son of God does not have the (eternal) life."
If we are going to live with God forever, we must also have His life, eternal life. We do have eternal life because it comes from the Father through imputation and from the Son through our union with Christ that God the Holy Spirit creates with positional sanctification.
Positional sanctification belongs to all categories of believers without regard to their experiential status as winners or losers. 1Cor 1:2, 30 says that even the worst of believers (like those in the Corinthian church) are sanctified in Christ Jesus.
Positional sanctification is the status of the new spiritual species. Eph 2:10; "We are His (God's) product, having been created in Christ Jesus for good of intrinsic value achievements that God has prepared in advance, that we should walk by means of them."
We "walk by means of them" through post-salvation renovation of our thinking that comes from cognition of Bible doctrine so we can orient to God's grace policy, His plan, and His provision.
Cognition of God's word under the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit is what creates our capacity to utilize God's omnipotence and deploy our very own portfolio of divinely provided invisible assets.
Cognition of God's word under the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit is how we develop and make use of the unique problem solving devices of spiritual adulthood.
It is how we use metabolized doctrine to pass the categories of suffering for blessing and it is how we adopt God's grace priorities for our lives.
God's grace priorities for our lives includes God emphasis over people emphasis, spiritual living in God's operational spiritual power system over psychological living in satan's cosmic system, and the use of divine power rather than human power and talent in the execution of God's plan.
Never forget that human thoughts and intentions do not perform God's righteousness. Only God, Jesus Christ and His Word of truth combined with motivation from God the Holy Spirit perform God's righteousness.
This means equating adversity with prosperity, sickness with health, and living with dying through the use of God's perfect happiness at spiritual maturity. Phil 4:11-13; Phil 1:20-21;
God's royal family is created by positional sanctification. Eph 1:5, 10;
Positional sanctification is not something you feel so it does not create an emotional or ecstatic response. It is not progressive so it cannot be improved in time or in eternity.
It is not related to human merit. We are not in Christ because of what we do, but because we made a non-meritorious decision to believe in Jesus Christ resulting in God the Holy Spirit doing the work of entering us into union with Him.
At the moment of salvation it is completely and totally obtained through the baptism of the Holy Spirit but it is only understood after salvation through cognition of the relevant doctrine. It is eternal so God, angels, or mankind cannot change it.
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