Dear reader, I would ask that you lay aside all you have heard about sin and religion and understand this guiding principle of perfection God has brought man back to Eden in order that man may be perfected and be with Him always. The sovereignty of God and man's free will has been designed to meet in one place. The law is an instrument of God. Faith is perfect obedience. In Grace and Innocence, God has only one command that guarantees the perfection of mankind by the exercise of his God given free will.
In this age of Grace we may accept the offer of the upward redeeming obedience of belief to release us from the downward condemning disobedience of the forbidden fruit of Eden. Salvation began in the loving heart of God before He first created an angel or a man with free will. God never acts on the legal fiction of perfect foresight. He acts upon the reality of events in His creation. Salvation is not a response to sin. Salvation is love that responds only to faith.
Sin cannot demand God's forgiveness by simple mercy, as a man might forgive someone. Sin and death are the result of the inherent defect of evil in a created free moral self, that may, in a god-like manner, choose self and independence from God. Evil, or sin and rebellion, is the inherent anti-pole of virtue and obedience to the will of God in a created free moral intelligent being. The Creator, the great I AM, has the freedom of a perfect conscience. He may only perfectly choose Himself. Holiness is God's nature. Forgiveness through the substitutionary death of God Himself, who joined Himself to humanity in the Unique Person of Jesus Christ is the only divine forgiveness available for man's sin. The one condition for forgiveness is faith and trust in this fact.
Perdition is God's just answer to an independent self will. Salvation is God's perfectly just solution. His problem is self created by His loving desire to share His presence and infinite life with a creation of His design. His solution was to create a salvation that satisfies His judgment upon the evil in the created men that He loves.
In the death of a willing perfect Substitute, His infinite love is liberated to be satisfied by His unlimited gifts of grace to justified men. If you believe in God, you must believe in the Substitute - the Son that always perfectly fulfilled the will of His Father. By trust in Christ for salvation and transformation one may receive the salvation that God has made available to all men.
The lessons whereby man may comprehend the terms of salvation are not fiction, they were formed in historical fact. This age of grace is a uniquely created period in history when the foolish choice of (i) a self-defeating obligation to a system of law is removed from Israel. However, in a similar manner, a system of future Kingdom Law may be foolishly chosen and has been made once again to be a temptation for the Jew, and now for the Gentile, also, to turn from the grace of God. The mountain was not deadly until the nation of Israel accepted the offer of the Mosaic Law from an undemanding God of grace.
By the power of grace they were taken out of Egypt. By the power of grace Israel will be gathered by angels from the four corners of the world at the second Advent of Christ. The Jews foolishly rejected their Messiah at His first Advent. God revealed His solution for the evil in mankind by the death and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our ascended Savior and Advocate for our sins. God's solution to sin has been made manifest in the reality of Christt Jesus.
Gentiles have never before, as well as now, been offered the temporary covering of any system of God's law. Christ did not die to give the future Jewish Kingdom Law to Gentiles. Christ died to remove the the temporary, ad interim covering of the Mosaic Law from the Jew. The Jew has been stripped and stands naked with the Gentile. Jew and Gentile alike are now condemned by God and placed together "under sin."
The new and only law for the unsaved in this age of grace is to "obey the gospel." Jew and Gentile are now one, and may now become the children of promise conceived in pre-law Abrahamic faith, "understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham and the scripture foretelling that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, saying, "All the nations will be blessed in you." ii
Christ, the Head of the New Creation, was the first to choose to be born, and, in a similar manner, in the image of Christ, unsaved men may choose a new spiritual birth by the power of God the Holy Spirit. By the power of grace through faith one is born from above. The salvation of each believer is the perfecting of his free will by free choice when they choose Jesus Christ. This is the freely chosen desire to be joined to the ascended body of perfection in the glorified humanity of Jesus Christ, the unique God-man, the Righteous One.
Faith in the sufficiency of God's Savior is perfect obedience to the new law of life given to unsaved men. The flaming sword of the Seraphim guarding the gate to the tree of life in the garden of Paradise is the old law that defends the righteousness of God. The new law of life satisfies God's righteousness and the gate to Paradise is open to all. The truth of Jesus Christ is the power of the gospel of grace. It is the new law of Christ that gives eternal life and judges the old law guilty because it had no power to save men. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (the law) and the Sabbath (the law) was made for men. Salvation, to rest, was made by Christ for men to become like Christ. God's new law is the instrument by which the spirits of justified men are made perfect.
The written will of God is to obey the gospel by believing in the Son that He sent, not self assumed effort in the law of sin and death. The old law is the forbidden fruit that kills in this age. The old law is the self-righteous enticement "to be as god" is blameless by personal effort to be blameless. To reject the imputed righteousness of Christ is to stand, god-like, in the place of God for salvation. To deny that Christ was "made sin," that God did not impute the sins of the world onto Christ, is to make the precious blood of Christ into the fiction of icor that ran in the veins of pagan gods. The cleansing from personal sin by a supposed future forgiveness is the damnation, not salvation, offered by a well dressed Satan.
In all this world of complications, only saving faith can make you perfect forever in the eyes of God. The privilege we have been given to be born into this opportunity is beyond estimation. The New Testament belongs to God and his children for their instruction, not to differing theologies of religion, and God most certainly offers a secured salvation in the new creation through Jesus Christ. Who might offer an unsecured salvation? Please, do not reject a written guarantee to be clothed by God in the righteous skins of Christ in the garden of Paradise for the freedom of futility to dress in the rich robes that appeal to the senses and the pride of an evolved religion.
God's positive single law for the unsaved in this age is to follow His command - obey the gospel. The only unredeemed sin is the greatest sin of all time, unbelief in the need for a kinsman redeemer - Jesus Christ. Condemned sinner are we all for no one ever chose to be born. Saint we become by the gift of choice to be born from above.
The Son of God chose to be born a man so that He could die in the place of every man, woman, and unaccountable child in order that fallen mankind may have a choice. The first step is to recognize the abnormal estate into which one is born. The challenge of sin for mankind may be likened to the same challenge water presents to a fish. Peter said, "Where else would we go Master, only you have the words of eternal life."
God said, "This is my Son Listen to him." Man's unregenerate free will is not perfected by predestination. Man's free will is not perfected by a false future existence in heaven that he earned. Man's unredeemed, natural free will is not perfected after he is born from above. It is perfected as the final act of the believing obedient unregenerate man when he is redeemed. Man is saved from the "flesh and blood" of himself. The natural desires of self are spiritually dead. Desires that are inborn and degenerated by the first act of disobedience that caused the spirit of Adam to die (Rom 5:12).
By the grace of God a man is born from above, and instantly, beyond experiencing, that man becomes a child of God and is no longer in Adam, in the "flesh," or sarkikos, and of this earth, but pneumatikos circumcised, dead, buried, and resurrected sinless and righteous in Christ by the Spirit of God. Thereby, becoming a new citizen of heaven. He has been delivered by the Alpha and the Omega and he has escaped from a doomed world of condemned men sentenced to everlasting destruction. He has conquered the world. He has ascended through Jesus Christ by the undeserved grace of salvation. And so it goes "Do not be amazed ... you must all be born from above." iii
"To be "in Christ", then, is the greatest reality that can ever characterize a human being. As the race is fallen because of its place in the federal headship of fallen Adam, so the believer is righteous, having been transferred or translated out of that fallen estate into the Last Adam who is himself the embodiment of God's righteousness. As certainly, then, as man, because of physical birth, is a partaker of that which Adam became through the Fall, so certainly the believer, because of the new birth and his union to Christ through the baptism of the Spirit, partakes of that which Christ is, even the righteousness of God. In an earlier discussion this greatest of realities has been considered more completely and this, it is hoped, remains in the mind of the student. Justification, then, does not make the believer righteous; it is the divine acknowledgement or proclamation of the fact that the believer is righteous. The formula already enunciated stands, namely, The believer is righteous because he is in Christ, and he is justified because he is righteous. God could not be just Himself and do otherwise than justify the one who, being in Christ, is made the righteousness of God. What is declared to be a New Creation is that entity which is formed by the union of the resurrected Christ with those who are in Him. The term Church is applied to the Body and Bride of Christ. It represents the company of believers apart from or in distinction to the Head and Bridegroom; but the New Creation permits no such division. It incorporates the resurrected Christ and all that are in Him. Of the New Creation it is written, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor 5:17); "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:26-28); "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" (Gal 6:15). (Systematic Theology, Dr. Lewis Chafer, Vol 5, pp 143-44)
New Citizens of the Third Heaven. Salvation is Christ.
"By the creation of a man and a woman with the instructions that they should multiply and replenish the earth, God has populated the earth, which is connected with the first heaven. By the creative act in which the angels were brought into being, God has populated the second heaven. The location of the third heaven has never been revealed, but it is the home of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and has never been inhabited by any created being until the present age. When a believer dies he goes at once to be with Christ (2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23) and therefore takes up his abode in that sphere. Thus all believers will be brought into that place of glory at the coming of the Lord, and the third heaven is being populated at the present time. Salvation consists in fitting individuals for that heavenly sphere. The Apostle writes in Colossians 1:12: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,' and all believers have become legitimate sons of God: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Rom 8:29).
It is clearly asserted that heaven is "far better" than the earth (Phil 1:23). It is in heaven that the child of God will be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29; Phil 3:20-21; 1 John 3:1-3), he will know then even as God knows now, and believers will be together with the Lord (1 Thess 4:16-17). In fact, God is now creating a new order of beings out of human material both Jews and Gentiles. Those who comprise that New Creation will retain but little resemblance to that which they were. Their citizenship will have been changed, their bodies will have been transformed, their whole being will have been transformed to Christ, they who are now joined to Christ will then be forever with Christ in glory. Being now in Christ, they are partaking of what He is, and being married to Christ they will share with Him in all things as a bride enters into the position and estate of her bridegroom." (Systematic Theology, Dr. Lewis Chafer, Vol 4, pp. 436, 438)
Dear reader, if the above witness of Scripture and exposition has impressed you with truth, I now ask a very serious question: How in the name of all that is good, for surely only God is good, has religious humanism taken what God has told us in His Word and turned it into such a broken heap of stinking trash?
"Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd that stood there and heard the voice said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, "This voice has not come for my benefit but for yours. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) Then the crowd responded, "We have heard from the law that the Christ will remain forever. How can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?" Jesus replied, "The light is with you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light." When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them." (John 12:28-36) NET (verse numbers omitted, bold highlights mine)
The greatest deception achieved by Lucifer is to maintain his presence secret. He is able to convince men who teach the Word of God that he is a metaphorical evil. He is and was, in fact; the wisest, most powerful, most beautiful, jewel studded, music making, perfect creature ever designed by God, and this, for the express purpose to display the glory of God's throne. He was God's crowning achievement of angelic beings.
Until God created Himself as the Self-chosen God-man, Jesus Christ, Satan was the supreme creature. Please do not be quick to assume what you may not know - God is not the only one who answers prayers. Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies, who surrounds a stinking trash heap, is very capable of answering the prayers of the unsaved by manipulating people and circumstances to sustain the health and wealth of religious humanism.
Read carefully between the lines of the book of Job Satan accused Job of being God's hired servant. And this from a creature whose aim is "to be like the most high God." Never a more true statement has ever been uttered, SATAN THINKS LIKE A MAN. A created being who exceedingly surpasses all the slandering, defaming wit of accusation possessed by the brightest legal mind of any man from any age.
When the unsaved "obey the gospel," God sees no sin, only the sure perfection of His Son in the saving faith demonstrated by a new believer (Rom 8:1 NASB).
Copyright 2007 by David Coulon. May not be used without permission.
i Israel choose law Exodus 19:3-8
ii Gal 3:7-8 , paraphrase of NET, this writer
iii John 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must all14 be born from above.'8 NET
8sn Or born again. The Greek word a[nwqen (anwqen) can mean both "again" and "from above," giving rise to Nicodemus' misunderstanding about a second physical birth (v. 4). Whatever Nicodemus understood, it is clear that the point is this: He misunderstood Jesus' words. He over-literalized them, and thought Jesus was talking about repeated physical birth, when he was in fact referring to new spiritual birth.
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