Class Notes: 3/2/2022
The book of Romans part 35
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 were noting positional sanctification. God's royal family that is the basis for privilege in the Church Age is created by positional sanctification. Eph 1:5, 10;
Positional sanctification is not something you feel so it does not create any 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, the angels, or mankind cannot change it.
Positional sanctification produces the following results.
We share the perfect righteousness of Christ. 2 Cor 5:21;
We share the eternal life of Christ. 1John 5:11-12;
We share the election of Christ. Eph 1:4;
We share the sonship of Christ. Gal 3:26;
We share the heirship of Christ. Rom 8:16-17;
We share the priesthood of Christ. Heb 10:10-14;
We are rescued from the power of satan's darkness and transferred into the kingdom of God's beloved Son. Col 1:13;
This is the basis for the formation of the new spiritual species that comprises God's royal family and it sets up the principle of equal privilege under the principle of predestination.
Theologically positional sanctification aka phase one sanctification is divided into two parts, retroactive positional truth and current positional truth.
This concept is presented as being analogous to the believer being separated from a marriage relationship with the old sin nature by death through retroactive positional truth and then being remarried to the Lord Jesus Christ through current positional truth.
In retroactive positional truth, the believer is identified with Christ in His spiritual death, His physical death, and His burial.
In current positional truth, the believer is identified with Christ in His resurrection, ascension, and session at the right hand of God the Father.
This corresponds to the idea of a second marriage relationship that demands "walking in newness of life" as "new creatures" because "the old things have passed away." The "old things" refers to the relationship with the old sin nature as the former marriage. This brings us to phase two sanctification.
Phase two sanctification is where this separation and unification occurs because the believer is mandated to view themselves as "dead to sin and alive to God in Christ." Rom 6:11;
This only occurs when believers acquire divine viewpoint thinking from metabolized doctrine. This brings us to phase two sanctification aka experiential sanctification.
Experiential sanctification is the function of the spiritual life after salvation. The function of the spiritual life depends on the application of the three spiritual skills: the filling of the Holy Spirit, the metabolization of doctrine, and the utilization of the ten problem solving devices.
This produces experiential or spiritual capacity righteousness. Our spiritual capacity righteousness creates capacity for God to bless us in the devil's world.
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