We Do Not Know How Long or Short This Present Age Is, But Then Comes Future Resurrection and Immortality

Posted January 3, 2021 by markmcculley
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I Corinthians 2: 7 The rulers of THIS AGE are coming to nothing. 7 God’s HIDDEN wisdom God predestined BEFORE THE AGES for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, because if they had known this wisdom , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory

Galatians 4: 3  We WERE in slavery under the elemental forces of the WORLD. 9 But NOW WE KNOW  God, or rather have BECOME KNOWN by God

Ephesians 3 :9 The mystery hidden for AGES in God who created ALL THINGS is now made known to the rulers and authorities.

John 18: 36  “If my kingdom were FROM THIS WORLD,  my servants would kill. But my kingdom is NOT FROM THIS WORLD

The word “world” in the Bible sometimes means God’s physical creation. Sometimes the word “world” in the Bible means a group of human creatures  (either all those who have not yet believed the gospel, or all those who have believed the gospel). But often the translation “world” refers to an age, an indefinite period of time.

Galatians 1: 4 Our Lord Jesus Christ gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this PRESENT EVIL AGE  according to the will of our God and Father. 5 To him be the glory for the age

Mark 4: 19  The worries of this age and the desires for OTHER THINGS enter in and choke the word, and the seed becomes unfruitful.

I John 2: 16 Everything IN THE WORLD —the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions—is not from the Father, but is FROM THE WORLD 17 And the WORLD WITH ITS LUSTS is passing away, but the one who does the will of God will  remain

Hebrews 1: 1 Long ago God spoke to our fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. 2 In these LAST DAYS , God has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed the Son heir of ALL THINGS and made the AGES through the Son . 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of God’s nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, God the Son  SAT DOWN at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
8 God says to the Son–Your throne, God, is for the AGE

Psalm 45: 6 Your throne, God, is for the AGE–The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.

Hebrews 5: 6 God said to the Son– You are a priest to the AGE according to the order of Melchizedek.

Psalm 110: 4 The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back–“You are a priest to the AGE “

In the future, when there is no more sin or sinners, there will be no more priest.

Revelation 22:21  I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple according to the pattern of Melchizedek.”

Colossians 3:  You died and YOUR LIFE is NOW hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is YOUR LIFE appears, then YOU also will appear WITH HIM in glory”

I Corinthians 15: 51 We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,
52 in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
53 For this corruptible must be clothed with incorruptibility,
and this mortal must be clothed with immortality.

There was dust here on earth before there was a “living soul”. There was God’s breath (spirit) before there was a “living soul”. But there was no pre-existing “ eternal soul” before and without the dust and the breath from God To be a soul, you need a body. To be a living soul, you need life from God. But every human life from God that comes biologically through Adam is mortal, because Adam was mortal.

Adam had a supernatural origin
Eve had a supernatural origin
Jesus Christ had a supernatural BIRTH
Mary was the seed of Adam
Jesus was the seed of Adam.
Mary is not the one to save Eve
Jesus Christ is the only Savior

We all began in guilt and nobody’s history in guilt ended until they were imputed with Christ’s death

Romans 6: 4  As Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also walk in a new life Romans 6 11 Consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

But even the elect now justified before God already in this age are NOT YET given immortality.

Romans 6: 5 We WILL CERTAINLY also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

Romans 6: 23 The wages of sin is DEATH, but the GIFT of God is lasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

in Christ all will be made alive.

I Corinthians 15 :23 Each in his own order– Christ, the first-fruits. THEN, at his coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 THEN COMES THE END when Christ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when God the Father abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For Christ must REIGN UNTIL God the Father puts all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death. 

I Corinthians 15: 45 It is written,  The first man Adam became a living being (Genesis 2:7) The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 

I Corinthians 15:48 Like the man from dust, so are those who are from the dust. Like the man from heaven, so are those who are from heaven. 49  As we have borne the image of the man of dust, we also WILL BEAR the image of the man from heaven.

Immortality will only be given by God to those who God justifies before God , not when God chose them, and not even when God justified them, but only when God the Son returns to earth. God the Son has been raised from death, but the age to come will not arrive for those given to God the Son until God the Son returns to earth. Only then, at some indefinite time (long or short) from now, will the present evil age end and then immortality will be God’s gift for those God loves.

I Timothy 6: 12 Fight the good fight for the faith. take hold of lasting life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the presence of God who gives life, I charge you to keep the command UNTIL THE APPEARING of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 God will bring this about in GOD’S OWN TIME. God is the blessed and only Sovereign, THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS IMMORTALITY.

2  Timothy 4: 6  The time for my  DEPARTURE is close. 7  I have FINISHED THE RACE 8 There is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me ON THAT DAY and not only to me, but to all those who have loved HIS APPEARING

Notice that this does waiting for the age to come does NOT mean that we don’t care about but Jesus or His future coming. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul immediately writes– 9 Make every effort to COME TO ME SOON 10 Demas has deserted me, because  he loved THIS PRESENT WORLD

1 Timothy 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in the PRESENT AGE not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God who richly provides us with ALL THINGS TO ENJOY

Philippians 3: 12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of the goal because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13… Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3: 20 Our citizenship is from heaven. FROM HEAVEN we eagerly WAIT for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 When He comes, Jesus will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.

John 12: 25 The one who loves their life will lose their life , and the one who hates their life IN THIS WORLD  will keep LASTING LIFE

John 1: 10 The true light was in the world, and the WORLD was created through him, and yet the WORLD did not recognize him

John 3: 1 7 For God did not send God’s Son INTO THE WORLD to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him

John 6:14 Then the people said, “This truly is the Prophet who is to come into the WORLD.”

 John 9: 5 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 14: 22 How is it  that you are going to reveal yourself to us and NOT TO THE WORLD?

I Corinthians 2: 12 We have NOT received the spirit of the WORLD.  We have received  the Spirit who comes from God, so that we  understand what has been FREELY GIVEN to us by God.

I Corinthians 3: 19 The wisdom of THIS WORLD  is foolishness with God

I Corinthians 7: 29 : The time is limited now . THIS WORLD in its current form is passing away

I Corinthians 11: 29 We are disciplined, so that we not be condemned with the WORLD.

Hebrews 1: 2 God made the AGES  through the Son .

Hebrews 11: 3 By faith we understand that the ages were created by the word of God, so that what is seen was MADE OUT OF what was not visible.

Ephesians 2:  You WERE DEAD  in your sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this age

Romans 6: 17 But God be thanked, that ye WERE the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine whereto ye were delivered 18 Being THEN made free from sin, you BECAME the servants of righteousness.

David Adkins– “BEING THEN” not BEFORE THEN!” Along with the true gospel form of doctrine God imputed
God’s Son’s Righteousness Obtained by His to individual elect persons. THE LEGAL STATE of these persons WAS PERMANENTLY CHANGED from a state of guilt and condemnation ( sins imputed to us ) to a legal STATE OF JUSTIFICATION, NOT GUILTY, JUSTIFIED by Christ’s Righteousness Accomplished by His death imputed to us.

Titus 1:1  The faith of God’s elect and the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH that leads to godliness in the hope of lasting life that God promised before the ages

Titus 2: 11 The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation, instructing us to deny worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in THE PRESENT AGE 13 while we wait for the blessed HOPE, the  APPEARING OF THE GLORY of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Christ Became guilty for a while, But Christ NEVER Lost Faith and NEVER Became Corrupt

Posted December 21, 2020 by markmcculley
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2 Corinthians 5:21 God made sin the One who did not know sin, in order that we would BECOME  the righteousness of God IN HIM

If you teach that all the elect are always justified, you need to change the Bible to read—-the One who did not know sin and who was never made guilty .
If Christ never changed legal states
then we the elect
also will never become justified.

But the Bible never says that we always were the righteousness of God
And the Bible never teaches that Christ was not made sin
The Bible teaches Christ became sin

God’s elect are moved by God’s verdict from one legal state to another legal state, so that God’s imputation of Christ’s death results in the new birth and faith in God’s gospel. But withoutexception, all those who God has declared righteous have believed the gospel.

Do you boast in Jesus obeying Moses? Or do you boast in Christ’s death as the righteousness Christ did not have until Christ died?

We BECOME the righteousness of God in Christ. We were not always justified Christ became the righteousness. Christ’s attribute of righteousness is not the same as Christ’s death to satisfy righteousness for the elect

2 Peter 1:1 to those who have obtained a faith of equal privilege with ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tianqi Wu–Christ did not die to sin’s corruption. Some antinomians teach that Christ not only became human but also became sinful (had a sinful nature). These heretics teach that Christ’s death somehow purged out of Christ’s person the corruption and despair they claim was in Christ’s heart when Christ died. This is truly a lie from the devil, because there was NEVER any corruption (or possibility of corruption) in Jesus Christ, who is holy, undefiled, and separated from sinners

Tianqi Wu–Christ died without any sinful defect imparted or infused to him. Christ was the spotless lamb of God whose death was the unique pleasing sacrifice to God. Christ never felt the corrupting power of sin, or the shame of being polluted. There is no hope in a Christ who is defiled in his own person. There is no hope in a Christ who did not bear anybody’s guilt.

Christ was not only a representative but a substitute. 2 Corinthians 5:21 is not only “made a sacrifice for guilt”
Christ also “became sin”. Christ was made guilty by God’s imputation of the specific sins of all the sins of all those for whom Christ died.

Hebrews 9: 28 Christ having been offered ONCE IN TIME to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time , NOT THAT FUTURE TIME TO BEAR SIN, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

How was Christ justified? Certainly not by becoming born again. Christ was justified by satisfying the righteous requirement of divine law for the sins imputed to Christ. Christ was justified by His death. Christ needed to be justified because Christ legally bore the guilt of His elect, and this guilt demanded His death. Christ was not justified because of His resurrection. Christ’s resurrection was Christ’s justification, and that declaration was because of Christ’s death.

Romans 8:3 God condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son IN FLESH like ours under the guilt of sins imputed

Donald Macleod, Christ Crucified, 2014— Romans 8:3 says that it not Jesus but God the Father who condemns sin in the flesh. While it was indeed in the flesh of his Son that God condemned sin, it was not only in his Son as incarnate, but in his Son as a sin-offering. God condemned sin by passing judgement on his Son. We are justified as ungodly (Romans 4:5), NOT as partakers of a nature which has been united with the divine.

I Corinthians 5:21. Christ was not only made to be the sin offering. Christ was made to be sin. Christ was made to be the sin offering because Christ was first made to be sin. Guilt was transferred to Christ. As the justified become the righteousness because of the transfer of righteousness, Christ was condemned because of God’s
transfer of the guilt of sin. The parallel is between becoming guilty and becoming justified. When guilt was transferred to Christ, He was then guilty. When Christ’s death is transferred to the elect, then the elect BECOME the righteousness of God in Christ.

Hearing God’s Verdict, Passed from Guilty to Justified before God, by Tianqi Wu

Posted December 13, 2020 by markmcculley
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The Christian’s confidence before God is not in how much they’ve done for Jesus or learned about Jesus, but in a verdict of “no condemnation” bearing the authority of the Great King that they’ve heard by faith.

This present verdict of “no condemnation” (on the believing sinner) REPORTS a past accomplished death (of a penal substitute) as the judicial ground for the verdict. Unless the verdict declares that the just retribution due to the sinners on its “pardon list” has been satisfied (in the execution of their full sentence on the substitute), a word of “unconditional pardon” from the King would be at best “paradoxically held in tension” with the many equally unconditional words of condemnation from the same King, and a fearful expectation of the wrath to come would remain, as there is no effectual propitiation that could purify the guilty conscience.

A “good news” without a revelation of the righteousness of God is powerless to save those believing it, because the Good News of God’s grace is a promise of eternal life to the believer based on the imputation of a righteousness revealed in it. If the message does not reveal a real righteousness, it can’t be the Good News, since it presents nothing to be imputed to its believers that grants them life.

Romans 3:16-17 The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone believing, because IN IT the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.

Romans 4:5 To the one not working, but believing on Him justifying the ungodly,. the object of their faith is counted unto righteousness.”
But the REPORT of a finished righteousness is not the entirety of the VERDICT. A
fter learning the reasons of God’s justice in the justification of the elect sinner, there still remains the concern: on whom does God pass the verdict, “your sins are forgiven on account of these things reported”?

This concern is addressed by the Good News in the simplest yet most powerful way. The Good News IS the verdict passed by God on the ones believing in it, because the doctrine of “Justification by Faith” means that the Good News of Christ carries the same LEGAL authority to release sinners from condemnation as Christ’s own voice on earth.

Matthew 9:6 the Son of Man has authority on earth to remit sins

John 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son. Truly, truly, I say to you, The one who hears my word, and believes the One who has sent Me, has everlasting life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

If the MESSAGE of the cross is not recognized as God’s verdict passed on the believer, then we would have to find the verdict of God ELSEWHERE (e.g. introspection, comparison of works with other people, clergy’s words or “sacraments”.)

The “eternal justification”  error is that the verdict was passed “at the cross” and is “in God’s mind from eternity” and the “good news” is simply a revelation of this verdict from the past (or eternity). This alternative “good news” also says “Justification by Faith”, but only in the sense that that past justification is revealed to the believer in this “good news”, informing that believers had already always been released in that past justification, which gives peace to his conscience.

How is this not a different “good news”? The reason some people consider this a “secondary matter” is that they do not view the Good News as the VERDICT that reports the judicial ground of the verdict, but only as the REPORT of the judicial ground of the verdict. But the fact remains that this alternative “good news” is a counterfeit verdict, and thus a different “good news”.

John 5: 24 Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has lasting life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life

Because Salvation In Nearer Now than When We Believed the Gospel

Posted December 8, 2020 by markmcculley
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Romans 5:10 “now that we are reconciled, we shall be saved by His resurrection.”

Romans 12: 11 Knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Luke 21:28 –Your redemption draws near

Ephesians 1: 13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

Christ is not paying in “installments” for our redemption. Christ Died for the Elect Once for all Time. The benefits of redemption are coming to the elect in “installments”.

Ephesians 4:30– “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

God in Time Imputes Christ’s Death and CAUSES those for whom Christ died to BELIEVE THE GOSPEL

Romans 5: 11 We rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have NOW received this reconciliation through Him. Receiving the reconciliation is not the reconciliation. Receiving the reconciliation is not yet our glorification and resurrection on that future day when Christ comes back to earth.

The reconciliation is what Christ obtained by Christ’s temporary death. After Christ died, Christ rose again. Christ is not still dying. The reconciliation by God before God is still and always will be the reconciliation  (objective and real)

The temporary death of Christ was unlike the permanent death of  the condemned. If the non-elect will be always dying but never dead, then they will not be dead.

1.  Christ is not still dying. Christ was dead, Christ is no longer dead.

Romans 6:9-10 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more. Death no longer lords it over Him. Christ died to sin once for all time

2.  If the condemned non-elect will never die because they will have never been tortured enough, the wages of sin is not death.

Romans 6: 23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is lasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Not all the elect have been justified yet. We must not identify election and justification. We must not identify atonement and justification. All the elect in God’s time will receive the reconciliation by God’s imputation.

The justified elect (those who believe the gospel ) are really  righteous now, not because of their new birth, but because of their justification by God. Legally in Christ, they now share in His righteousness. The atonement (reconciliation) imputed results in actual justification before God.

Though Christ has already been glorified, and the justified are in in Christ and in Christ’s righteousness, none of the elect have yet been glorified. They have not yet been given immortality. John 3:13 No one has ascended to heaven but the one who came from there.

Romans 8: 24 Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

Hebrews 11:39-40 “and all these did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they would not be made perfect.”

Tianqi Wu—It is not possible for us to have a change of legal state without also being converted to the gospel. To be “enslaved to righteousness” is to be BOTH imputed with Christ’s death and obedient to the gospel about that death accomplished and imputed.

Romans 6: 10 Christ died to sin once for all time… 11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey sin’s desires. 13 And do not offer any parts of your body to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But AS THOSE WHO ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD offer yourselves to God… 17 Thanks be to God that you were slaves of
sin, but you OBEYED from the heart the form of DOCTRINE to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you were enslaved to righteousness

Psalm 32– 1 How joyful is the one
whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 How joyful is the one
the Lord does not charge with sin
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

5 But THEN I acknowledged my sin to You
and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and You took away the guilt of my sin

Romans 8: 1 No condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Tianqi Wu—The people who have been legally justified by Christ’s atoning sacrifice are identified by their conversion to “walking by the gospel” To be “walking according to Spirit” is to have one’s confidence in the verdict of God’s gospel, rather than in our experiences and works

2 Peter 1: 1 To those who have obtained a faith of equal privilege with our faith THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tianqi Wu –The meaning of Christ’s death on the cross cannot be known apart from faith in Christ revealed in the gospel about God’s declaration of justification. Justification of all the elect at the time of the cross (or from eternity)” is a false attempt to exalt “it is finished” at the expense of “truth shall make you free”. The idea of justification without faith or before faith strips away the power of the gospel.

“The gospel of Christ — is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believes” — Romans 1:16.

“God be thanked, you were THEN the servants of sin, but yOUR have obeyed, from the heart, the doctrine into which you were delivered” — Romans 6:17.

“The word of the cross, is to us who are saved the power of God” — 1 Corinthians 1:18.

“The gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved” — 1 Corinthians 15:1, 2.

“He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” — 2 Thessalonians 2:14.

Tianqi Wu–In a false view of the meaning of “we died with Christ” language in Romans 6 (in order to support the error of all the elect justified at the cross) the elect were baptized into Christ PRIOR TO the completion of Christ’s death, so that when He died, the elect died with Him. In this false view, the elect were not legally placed into a FINISHED death, but were already legally in Christ as He was dying on the cross.

This view has terrible consequences. It changes the nature of Christ’s death on the cross from a substitutionary sacrifice, made by the holy Lamb apart from the presence of sinners, to a corporate (collective) death in the body of a legal representative, in which the legal subject of death is no longer Christ alone but Christ legally joined with the elect sinners. In this false view, Christ no longer died alone by Himself to redeem His elect in order to justify them in God’s time

This is a terrible time. Many who profess to believe in Jesus in Lord have put their trust in Trimp or in a political resistance to health regulations. At this time, let us be patient. Let us rejoice in Christ’s resurrection and in Christ’s future coming. Let us rejoice in that temporary  period of time when God’s Son (God Elect) became imputed with all the guilt of all the elect when the Word became incarnate (conceived in the womb of Mary) and THEN died on the cross under the magistrate Pilate.

I Peter 1:18 You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, the lamb without defect or blemish. Christ was chosen before the ages but revealed at the end of the ages  for you  who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Romans 6: 10 Christ died to sin once for all time… 11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey sin’s desires. 13 And do not offer any parts of your body to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But AS THOSE WHO ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD offer yourselves to God… 17 Thanks be to God that you were slaves of sin, but you OBEYED from the heart the form of DOCTRINE to which you were delivered. And HAVING BEEN set free from sin, you were enslaved to righteousness

God the Father did not die, God the Son does not impute, and God the Spirit is not going to make it real

Posted November 12, 2020 by markmcculley
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It is not our faith that imputes. It is God the Father who imputes.

I Corinthians 1: 2 8 God has chosen .. 30  It is from God the Father that you are in Christ Jesus, who became God-given wisdom for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,

 I don’t think that this text means that “Christ is the source of your life in Christ” or that “the Spirit is the source of your life in Christ”. It is God the Father who calls. It is God the Father who declares just those who were guilty. It is God the Father who imputes….

1. The Father is God.
2. The Son is God.
3. The Holy Spirit is God.
4. The Father is not the Son.
5. The Son is not the Holy Spirit.
6. The Holy Spirit is not the Father.
7. There is Only One God.

John 5: 21 Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to anyone the Son wants to give life to. 22 The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son….

John 5: 24 Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has lasting life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life. 25 “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also the Father has
granted to the Son to have life in Himself. 27 The Father has granted the Son the right to pass judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

Matthew 11: 27 All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal the Father.

The Father does not do everything the Son does. The Son does not do everything the Father doe . The Holy Spirit does not do everything that the Father and the Son do.

Romans 1: 4 Jesus Christ our Lord,  a descendant of David, has been declared to be the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.

2 Corinthians 5: 19 In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them

Romans 4:16 The promise is through faith, in order that it be according to grace.
Romans 4:24-25 “Christ’s death will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was handed over because of our trespasses and raised up because of our justification.

God the Father imputes Christ’s death in time to individuals for whom Christ died.
God the Son does not impute God the Son’s death to us.
God the Father does not impute God the Father’s death to us.
God the Father did not die.

In Christ, God the Father was reconciling the word. In Christ, God the Father was and is and will be “not counting their trespasses against them.”

John 16: 8 When the Holy Spirit comes, the Holy Spirit will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: 9 About sin, the Holy Spirit will convict because they do not believe in Me. 10 About righteousness, the Holy Spirit will convict because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me. 11 About judgment, the Holy Spirit will convict because the ruler of this world has been judged.

When God imputes (legally transfers) Christ’s death to a person for whom Christ died, then God imputes (declares) that person really justified before God.  God counts the one who believes the gospel as justified before God. God did not count that person’s faith to be the same as (or equivalent to) Christ’s death.  That person’s faith is a result of Christ’s death for that person. I Peter 1: 18 You  were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished
and spotless lamb. 20 Christ was foreknown before the foundation of
the world but was revealed in these last times for YOU WHO THROUGH HIM BELIEVE in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so
that YOUR FAITH  and hope are in God.

Romans 3: 26 God presented Christ Jesus  as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate God’s righteousness at the present TIME, in order that God would be righteous and DECLARE righteous the one who has FAITH IN Jesus.

Romans 3: 27 Where then is boasting? Boasting is excluded….A person is justified through  faith apart from the works of law. 31 Do we CANCEL any or lass law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold law

Romans 4: 4 To the one who works, pay is not considered  a gift but as something owed. 5 But the one who BELIEVES ON HIM  who DECLARES the  UNGODLY  to be RIGHTEOUS is NOT THE ONE WHO WORKS

God justifies the ungodly. Abraham was ungodly when God justified Abraham

Romans 4: 2 If Abraham had been justified through works, Abraham had something to brag about.   But Abraham was a person who believed on HIM  who declares the  UNGODLY  to be justified

Romans 4:11 Abraham had  righteousness through faith while Abraham was still uncircumcised.

Galatians 2: 1 9  Through the law I died to the law, in order to  live
for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live,
but Christ lives with regard to me. The life I NOW LIFE  in the body,
I LIVE BY FAITH IN  the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself FOR
ME. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes
through (my law-keeping)  then Christ died for nothing.

Matthew 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny HIMSELF , take up HIS cross, and follow me.  25 For whoever wants to save HIS LIFE  will lose HIS LIFE, but whoever loses his life because of me will find HIS LIFE 26 For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses HIS LIFE? Or what will anyone give in exchange for HIS LIFE?

Paul is not dead. Paul has found his life, by means of God the Father’s identification and imputation of Christ’s death as Paul’s death.

Galatians 1: 15 But God, who from my mother’s womb set me apart
and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me

Galatians 1: 23 They kept hearing, “He who formerly persecuted us now
preaches the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified
God BECAUSE OF ME

In the context of Galatians 2:20-21, there is plenty explanation about both Christ’s atonement and Paul’s justification. Galatians 2: 16 No one is justified through works  but through faith in Jesus Christ.  And we have believed in Christ Jesus in order that we be justified through faith in Christ and not by works, because by works no human being will be justified

In Galatians 2:20, Paul is not saying that he is dead. Paul has been crucified with Christ (Gal 2:19), because Christ has died in Paul’s place. Christ bore penal justice instead of Paul bearing the curse. (Galatians 3:13).

God the Father did not bear Paul’s guilt. God the Holy Spirit did not bear Paul’s guilt. Paul himself bore Paul’s guilt until God the Father imputed the death of God the Son to Paul.

God the Son bore Paul’s guilt and died because of Paul’s guilt. God the Son no longer bears Paul’s guilt. Now that the death of God the Son has been imputed by God the Father to Paul, Paul also no longer bears that guilt.

Romans 16: 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia– they were also in Christ before me.

Romans 16: 25 Now to Him who is able to STRENGTHEN you according to my gospel and the proclamation about Jesus Christ, according to the
revelation of the mystery kept hidden for lasting ages past 26 but
now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures,
according to the command of the  lasting God to advance the OBEDIENCE
OF FAITH  .

Christ being in us is not the same reality as us being in Christ, and
the Apostle Paul does not say that all the other elect are born again at the same time. Some of the elect were “in Him” before Paul was “in Him”. Some of the elect were justified before God before Paul was justified before God.

Romans 1: 18 God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all
godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness
suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident
among them, because God has shown it to them. 20  God’s  invisible
attributes, that is, God’s lasting power and divine nature, have been
clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through
what  God has made. As a result, humans  are without excuse.”

I Corinthians 2:12 We have not received the spirit of the world. We have received the Spirit who comes from God, in order that we understand what has been freely given to us by God.

I Corinthians 2: 14 The natural person does not receive what comes from
God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him. The natural person is NOT ABLE to understand it

The crucifixion of the “old man” refers to a definitive break with the
past in Adam and is something God declares to be true of the elect
only when God justifies them by imputation. God transfers the justified
elect from Adam to Christ


Romans 6: 6 We know that our old self was crucified with Christ in order
that…we no longer be enslaved to sin, because a person who has died
is justified from sin.

God the Son as the elect person was always loved by God the Father.

God the Son as representative of elect sinners was once under the wrath of God. God the Son was imputed with the guilt of Paul the apostle.

Romans 6: 9-10 Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die
again. Death NO LONGER rules over Christ . 10 Christ DIED TO SIN once
for all time

God’s purpose was for Christ to obtain righteousness. That does not
mean that the righteousness always timelessly existed.

If God does not see the difference between God’s purpose and what
God has in time brought in by Christ’s death as fulfillment of that
purpose, why make Romans 6 about regeneration? God DOES see the difference between God’s purpose and what God has in time brought in by Christ’s death. Romans 6 is about Christ under law in history accomplishing
reconciliation.

Some preachers claim falsely that God only elects people because they are
already imputed with Christ’s death. But God’s election in Christ was NOT based on Christ having died for some sinners. God the Son died only for those sinners God the Father elected in God the Son. Election is God’s love, and God’s love is not a result of justification but the cause for the death of God the Son.

If we were always justified and never condemned, then we never did become the righteousness of God in Christ.
If we were always the righteousness of God in Christ, then we never
had any guilt for our sins. If we never had any guilt for our sins, then  God the Father never imputed any guilt to God the Son who did not know sin.

Romans 6: 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were transferred.

 20  When you were free from submission to righteousness the fruit of those things was death. 22 But NOW , since you HAVE BEEN liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God,  the end is lasting life. 23 Because the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is lasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.







Not only believing in Jesus but living by faith in Jesus

Posted October 4, 2020 by markmcculley
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Philippians 3: 12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of the goal because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13… Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:16 we should live up to whatever truth we have attained…. 18 For I say again with tears, that many LIVE AS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS of Christ.

Romans 1: 17 The righteous will LIVE BY faith.

Philippians 1: 21 Living is Christ.
Philippians 1:27  Live your life in keeping with the gospel of Christ

Philippians 3: 18 I say with tears, that many LIVE as enemies of the
cross of Christ.

Galatians 2: 19 I no longer live, but Christ lives with regard to me .
The life I now live in the body, I LIVE BY FAITH IN the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 5: 16 LIVE BY the Spirit and you will not carry out the
desire of the flesh.

Matthew 4: 5 Then the Devil took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Jesus, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.
For it is written: God will give the angels orders concerning you,
and the angels will support you with their hands
in order  that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

7 Jesus told the Devil, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God

Mark 14: 36 And Jesus said, “Abba, Father! Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Philippians 4: 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I do seek the PROFIT THAT IS INCREASING TO YOUR ACCOUNT 18 I have received everything in abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Matthew 5: 3 But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 in order that your giving be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you

Notice words like “rewards” and “profit” and “your account”. Friendship with the God who raised Jesus from the dead is “giving and receiving”. Our confidence still grows in Christ Jesus

My dying as a martyr and then being raised from the death when Jesus comes could be “gain” for Jesus. But the apostle Paul is not Kantian (no self, no motives allowed) . Paul does not pretend not to think about what is also gain for Paul.

Philippians 3:8 —I consider everything to be a loss in view of the gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Christ I consider all things garbage in order to gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, having a righteousness that is through faith

I John 2: 14 I have written to you, fathers,
because you have come to know
the One who is from the beginning.

I have written to you young and strong
because God’s word remains in you,
and you have had victory over the evil one.

15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the pride of the visible —is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains

Philippians 3: 20 My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be
ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness,
Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether BY LIFE or by death.

But aren’t these other professing Christians “regarded as believers”  (by whom? by the world?) The passive voice tries to pretend that some speak for all and that “anti-politics” is apolitical when it supports minimalism and
the status quo.

Hauerwas—They tell me that you are the King of Jews. Is that true?”
Pilate’s question is meant to see if Jesus is “political.” Jesus
responds by asking if Pilate came up with such a view on his own or
did others tell him such was the case. “I am not a Jew, am I?” replies
Pilate.. “If my kingdom were FROM this world, my followers would be
fighting to keep me from being handed over. ” This is a response used
often to deny that Jesus was political. But Pilate rightly saw that
Jesus’ denial that his kingship was not of this world is not the
denial that Jesus is king. Jesus denied that his kingdom was just
another form of Rome.


I Corinthians 15: 15  We have testified about God that God raised up
Christ—If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and you
are still in your sins. 18  If Christ has not been raised,  those who
have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

Our Glorification, God’s Future Gift, not a Result of Our Capitalist Violence

Posted September 10, 2020 by markmcculley
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I Peter 1: 5 You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is READY TO BE REVEALED AT THE LAST TIME. 6 You rejoice in this, though now for a SHORT TIME you have had to struggle in various trials 7 in order that the genuineness of your faith will result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, YOU BELIEVE IN HIM and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving salvation, the goal of your faith

Tianqi Wu –False theology in “non-political matters” results in the endorsement of a status quo social order antithetical to the kingdom ethics of Jesus.

Matthew 6: “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…..24 No one can be a slave of two masters, since either they will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.

Matthew 7: Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are plundering wolves.

I Cor 15:25 Jesus must reign until He has put all things in subjection to Him

I am told that we should only talk about “future things”, and not about the secular here and now. But we live in the time that remains before Christ’s second coming . The difference between Imminent and Immanent is important. Imminent is soon, but immanent is here now in this world

Is God already living with us in history? Is God still in history? Are you still in history? Will Apocalypse make history go away? Does Emergency make history better? Is this Age an Exception?

The “sovereign power” of corporations and the nation-states that support outlaw powers do not now subject themselves either to God’s law or to human laws. The state of exception has become normal. It’s not only the humans in Guantanamo Bay who are living in a Concentration Camp occupied by slave masters.

Genesis 3:  4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said

Luke 4:  5 Satan  showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world — “I will give
You their splendor and all this authority, because it has been given
over to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. 7 If You will worship
me,all these will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered Satan, “It is written:
Worship the Lord your God and serve God  only.”

Colossians 2: 15 God who raised Christ from the dead  disarmed the
rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly.  God triumphed
over the powers by Christ.

We humans were born in God’s image but we humans were born different from God (who was not born) . We humans are born sinners, unlike God (also unlike Adam the human). The life of Jesus explains the difference between God and humans. The life of Jesus explains the difference between God and sinners. Humans born in the image of God sin against both God’s law and God’s gospel. Our sins dishonor God

Romans 1: 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie….and God handed them over to a worthless mind to do what is MORALLY WRONG . 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil …They even applaud others who practice these sins

God is not the created world. The universe is not divine. The created world is not God. The created world depends completely on God. The created world is not nothing, but the created world will never be “on its own”.

God is not a thing . God is not an idol we create . God is not our idea. Our idea of God is not God. God’s created world is an object. The created world belongs to God.

Our creation in this world is God’s gift. This created world is God’s gift.
Christ’s incarnation was a gift. Christ’s resurrection was a gift . Christ’s incarnation was not a payment for sin. Christ’s resurrection was not a payment for sin

Romans 11: 29 God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.

Romans 11: 35 Who has ever first given to God
and needs to be repaid?
Who has given to God, so that now God pays them back?

Luke 14: 12 Jesus “When you give a dinner don’t invite your friends or your rich neighbors, because they could invite you back, and you would be repaid. 13 On the contrary, when you give a dinner, invite those who are poor and you will be blessed, because the poor cannot repay you.

I Corinthians 4: 7 What makes you morally superior to the poor? What do you have that you did not receive? Why do you boast as if you had earned everything you have received ?

Capitalists reject the idea of unselfish love. Capitalist zero sum logic assumes that not even God loves unselfishly. Capitalists worship a QUID PRO QUO God who says ” I will love you only if you do a favor for me”.

Some of these “Christians” say that they owe Jesus for dying for them, but these “Christians” also think that Jesus will owe them if they accept that Jesus died for them. “I get as much from Jesus as Jesus gets from me accepting Jesus.”

Self-righteous folks with a “taste for work” attempt to make a distinction between “justification by works” and their own “work ethic” which condemns the poor for their poverty. The capitalist WANTS TO GET PAID.

“I get as much out of giving as those who I give to do….”

2 Corinthians 8: 9 You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, in order that by His poverty you would become rich
13 It is not that there be relief for others and hardship for you, but
it is a question of EQUALITY— 14 at the present time your surplus is available for their need, in order that their abundance also become available for need, in order that there be equality.

Philippians 3: 3 We boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence
in the flesh—
I HAVE considered what I used to think was gain to me to now be lost
because of Christ. 8 I continue to consider everything to be a loss
in view of the surpassing value of KNOWING Christ Jesus my Lord. I
consider John Macarthur’s big congregation as garbage,

In order to gain Christ 10 My GOAL is to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. My GOAL is to know the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, being conformed to His death,

Our glorification when Jesus comes again to earth will be God’s gift.

Jeremiah 9: 24 but let them who boast boast in this, that they
understand and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast
love, justice, and righteousness ON EARTH. For in these things I
delight, declares the Lord.”

Romans 8:23 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are
not worth comparing with the glory that is GOING TO BE revealed to
us…..we ourselves who have the Holy Spirit as the first-fruits—we
groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for ADOPTION, the redemption
of our bodies.

2 Corinthians 11: 21 I dare to boast 22 Are they Jews? So am I.
Are they Israelites? So am I.
Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23 Are they servants of Christ?
I’m talking like an insane person
with far more labors,
many more imprisonments,
far worse beatings, near death many times.
24 Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans.
Once I was stoned by my enemies.
Three times I was shipwrecked.
I have spent a night and a day
in the open sea.
26 On frequent journeys, I faced
dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers,
dangers from my own people,
dangers from the Gentiles,
dangers in the city,
angers in the open country,
dangers on the sea,
and dangers among false brothers;
27 labor and hardship,
many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst,
often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.

I John 2: 28 So now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He
appears we will have boldness and not be ashamed before Him at His
coming.

Philippians 3: 20 our citizenship is in heaven, FROM WHICH we also
eagerly WAIT FOR a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform
the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious
body.

We are not “Flying Away”, We Meet Jesus and Come back with Him to Earth

Posted August 15, 2020 by markmcculley
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John 17—Jesus spoke these things, looked UP TO HEAVEN and said:
Father, the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son
in order that the Son glorify You,
2 for You gave the Son authority over all flesh
in order that the Son give lasting life
to all You have given Him.
3 This is lasting life:
that they know You, the only true God,
and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ.
4 I have glorified You on the earth
by completing the work You gave Me to do.

It is a very bad over-reaction against those who say that Christ was made corrupt to deny redemptive history and to falsely claim that Christ was never MADE anything.
It would be wrong to deny that God the Son BECAME incarnate, both God and Human. It would also be wrong to deny that God the Son was first imputed with the guilt of the elect, and then that LATER IN HISTORY God the Son was raised from His death (His death because of that imputed guilt).
Because all the elect will be justified, Christ was raised from the dead.

Because Christ’s death paid for all sins imputed to Him, those sins are no longer imputed to Christ, and so it was that Christ was raised from the dead. This is history. This is news.

2 Cor 5:19 In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them…God MADE the One who did not know sin to MADE sin for us, in order that we be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.
Romans 6: 9-10 Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death NO LONGER rules over Christ 10 Christ DIED TO SIN once for all time.

John 17: 5 Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence
with that glory I had with You
before the world existed.

The Roman army would be gone for a campaign of two or three years. Finally, the army would return, leading captives in chains. They would camp outside the city and send in a messenger to alert the Senate and the people that the army had returned. When everything was ready, a trumpet was sounded. When Jesus comes back to earth, the justified elect, both dead and alive, will be caught up in the air to meet Him, not to stay up there, but to join His return in triumph.

There is a popular song called “I’ll Fly Away”. It not only has no gospel but also much falsehood. (Some glad morning when this life is o’er,
I’ll fly away To a home on God’s celestial shore, when I die, hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away, oh glory, I’ll fly away).

“I’ll Fly Away” is a song sung by slaves chained together in the daily torture of being worked unto death, imprisoned by “Christian church members” who believed in states’ rights and “the spirituality of the church”. (no protests, except when we the church ourselves disobey the local authorities)

Hebrews 9:22 Christ, having been offered once TO BEAR THE SINS of many, will APPEAR a second time (NOT to bear sin at a future time) but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

1 Thessalonians 4:15 We who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep”.

John 6: 40 Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have lasting life, and I will raise them up AT THE LAST DAY

Ephesians 2: 5 –Made us alive with Christ
Even though we were born by nature children of corruption, that is not what the Ephesians 2 text is teaching. Even the elect were born corrupt because even the elect were born UNDER WRATH.

We were not only dead in our nature or “spiritual state”. We were
dead in our guilt before God, not only before our conscience, but
under God’s wrath, not only in our “spiritual experience”

Christ was NEVER spiritually dead, and the Holy Spirit NEVER quickened Christ’s spiritual nature. Our Surety was under guilt imputed, and Christ being “quickened” means Christ being made alive from the dead, no longer condemned for our sins. Therefore, OUR being quickened WITH Christ means that the “making alive” in view in Ephesians 2 is a change from one legal state to another legal state.

There is a difference between election and justification.
There is a difference between effectual calling and justification.
There is a difference between putting on immortality and receiving the lasting life of the age to come.

John 5: 24 Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has lasting life and WILL NOT COME UNDER JUDGMENT.
Those who have passed from death to justification (lasting life of the age to come) will not put on immortality until Jesus comes again.

John 5: 25 “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live

Even though there is a difference between justification and effectual calling, every person who is justified before God has also been regenerated by God’s gospel. Those who do not yet hear God’s voice in the gospel are still in condemnation before God.

Even though Christ’s second coming has always been in God’s purpose, that resurrection day has not happened yet.

John 5: 28 Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come out


John 17: 6 I have revealed Your name
to those You gave Me from the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me,
and they have kept Your word.
7 Now they know that all things
You have given to Me are from You,
8 because the words that You gave Me,
I have given those words
They have received those words
and have known for certain
that I came from You.

Mark 16: 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” a young man dressed in a white robe
told them. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.
He has been resurrected!He is not here! See the place where they put
Him Now He is going ahead of you to Galilee.

John 11: 25 Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life.”
I John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have HEARD, which we have SEEN with our eyes, which we LOOKED upon and have TOUCHED with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made visible and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the lasting life, which was with the Father

2 John 1:7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not
confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh

John 1:14 The Word BECAME flesh and took up residence among us. We SAW His glory, the glory as the Only Begotten Son from the Father,

Romans 8:3 God condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son IN
FLESH like ours under the guilt of sins imputed

I Timothy 3:16 God was visible in the flesh. God was justified in the Spirit. God was seen by angels. God was proclaimed among the nations. God was BELIEVED ON in the world. God was taken up in glory

Hebrews 10:20 God has opened for us a new and living way through the
curtain (that is, His flesh)


Job 34: 14 If God withdrew the spirit and breath God gave, every living thing would PERISH together and mankind would return to the dust.

Our hope is NOT always having “an immortal soul” . Our hope is Christ’s death, Christ’s resurrection and our future resurrection at Christ’s second coming.
Neither John 17 or any other Scripture teaches that we go to heaven to be with Jesus by dying. We will only meet Jesus by being raised from the dead when Jesus comes back to earth.

I Corinthians 16: 21 This greeting is in my own handPaul. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him.  Come Lord Jesus, Come.

“Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have lasting
life, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:40)

In His Flesh, Christ Died under Law (for the Elect Alone)

Posted July 1, 2020 by markmcculley
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God’s elect were once far away, not only in our own conscience and mind, but also before God’s justice.

Romans 6: 9-10 Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Christ 10 For in light of the fact that Christ died, Christ died to sin once for all time and now Christ lives.


It is a very bad over-reaction against those who say that Christ was made corrupt to deny redemptive history and to falsely claim that Christ was never made anything.

It would be wrong to deny that God the Son BECAME incarnate, both God and Human. It would also be wrong to deny that God the Son was imputed with the guilt of the elect, and then that God the Son was raised from His death (His death because of that imputed guilt)

2 Corinthians 21 He MADE the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, in order that we BECOME the righteousness of God in Him.

I Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be MADE alive.

I Corinthians 15 is not describing all sinners. I am not denying that all humans are imputed with Adam’s guilt. But I Corinthians 15 (and Romans 5-6) are about “us all” who were elect in Christ.

in Adam all
in Christ all

I am making two points.
Point one– These texts are not describing the non-elect. The non-elect are born in Adam and they will stay in Adam. The non-elect will be condemned and perish when Christ returns to earth. (the second death)

Point two—all the elect are born guilty and condemned in Adam. All the elect need to be “legally buried with Christ” before God. Not only do all the elect NEED to become dead with Christ, but God’s plan (Ephesians 1 is that all the elect WILL BE made alive by means of Christ’s death.

Romans 6:7 is not describing a new birth but a “being justified from sins”, when each elect sinner receives by God’s imputation the legal value of Christ’s death. (They receive legally the righteousness. Romans 5:11,17) )

If you think that “time gaps” result in “fake justice”, why do you even think that you ever need Christ’s death ever imputed to you? Are you not justified as soon as your sins are imputed to Christ? Once your sins are imputed to Christ, they are His problem, whether He ever dies to pay for them or not. Why must the payment be imputed to you, as long as your sins are not imputed to you?

Is guilt imputed before corruption a “legal fiction”?

Is saying an infant is born condemned in Adam “fake news”?

Is there any “reality” to Adam being the representative even of the
elect before their justification?

It would be wrong to claim that God the Son was ALWAYS incarnate, both God and Human, because in truth God the Son BECAME incarnate. It would also be wrong to claim that God the Son was never imputed with the guilt of the elect, as it would be wrong to claim that Christ’s death really changed nothing so that Christ continues to be imputed with the guilt of the elect. God the Son was raised from His death (Christ’s death was because of that imputed guilt).

2 Corinthians 21 He MADE the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, in order that we BECOME the righteousness of God in Him.

Luke 9: 29 As Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly, two men were talking with Him—Moses and Elijah. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of His DEATH which He was about to ACCOMPLISH in Jerusalem.—-time and place

The word “departure”, which could be translated as “exodus”, is a reference to Christ’s coming DEATH (his being “lifted up”) . NOW His then future death is FINISHED, ACCOMPLISHED

Jesus is NOW one person with two natures. Jesus is NOT two persons, and the vision of Jesus in Luke 9 is not only of “the divine person”. Nor does the gospel talk about something preachers call “infinity”.

Donald Mcleod— “Jesus was glorified NOT because Jesus was always God and NOT because Jesus was God incarnate BUT BECAUSE JESUS FINISHED THE WORK (John 17)



Ephesians 2: 10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. 11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done IN THE FLESH by human hands. 12 AT THAT TIME you were without Christ , EXCLUDED from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenantS of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility IN HIS FLESH

Ephesians 2: 15 Christ made of no effect the Abrahamic law
consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, in order to
create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16
Christ did this in order to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by His flesh. 17 When Christ came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. 22 You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

A W Pink–“Receiving the reconciliation is not our laying down our own rebellion against God. Rather, we receive by imputation that which Christ’s sacrificial death has procured for us. “All things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:18). The “enmity” of Ephesians 2:16 cannot refer to that which existed between Jews and Gentiles, for that has been disposed of in verses 14, 15. “Enmity” is here personified (“slain”), as “sin” is in Romans 8:3. Thus, the verse means that all the sins of God’s elect met upon Christ, and Divine justice took satisfaction from Christ’s death.”

Redemptive history happens in Christ in history. Gnosticism and Docetism are great evils. The legal application of Christ’s redemption to the elect is by God’s imputation (and only then does the Holy Spirit give the new birth and faith in the gospel.

If you personally are elect in Christ (God’s purpose), then in time God will cause you personally to believe the gospel, and that believing will only happen after you have received by imputation the objective righteousness (something real, something that is something) of Christ’s death in his flesh by God’s imputation.

I Corinthians 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ, the first-fruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death

I Corinthians 15: 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”. The last Adam BECAME a life-giving spirit.

Romans 9: “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the PURPOSE of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calls.”

Galatians 3:16 He does not say “and to seeds,” as though referring to many, but referring to one, and to your seed, who is Christ. …..The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator. 20 And a mediator is not for just one person, but God is one. 21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not…. The Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin’s power, in order that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ be given to those who believe.


God’s promises to Abraham are not only one promise.
God’s promise to Abraham is not only a promise to Christ.
God’s promise to Abraham is not only a promise about one person.
God’s promise to Abraham results in a promise to “all who believe”.
God’s law to Abraham also promises negative sanctions (for
intermarriage or failure to be circumcised)

Genesis 15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know this for certain:
Your seed will be foreigners in a land that does not belong to them.
Your seed will be enslaved 400 years. 14 However, I will judge the
nation they serve, and afterward your seed will go out with many possessions….16 In the fourth generation your seed will return here

Psalm 110: this is the declaration of the Lord to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand UNTIL I MAKE Your enemies Your footstool.” 2 The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion. Rule over Your enemies.
3 Your people will willing on Your day
4 The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:
“Forever, You are a priest like Melchizedek.”

I Samuel 7:11 ‘The Lord declares to you: The Lord Himself will make a house for you. 12 When YOUR TIME COMES and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish His kingdom.

Hebrews 7 For this Melchizedek remains a priest forever.
Abraham gave him a tenth of everything.
First, his name means king of righteousness,
Then also, king of Salem, meaning king of peace;
3 without father, mother, or genealogy,
having neither beginning of days nor end of life,
but resembling the Son of God—

Hebrews 7:26 For this is the kind of high priest we need— holy, innocent, un-defiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 Jesus does not need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. Jesus ACTED ONCE FOR ALL TIME when He offered Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of THE OATH THAT COMES AFTER THE LAW appoints a Son, who has been permanently perfected.

The oath to David came after God gave law to Moses. This oath from God to David was not made before creation. God’s oath was “cut into history” quite a long time after God had ‘cut into history” covenants with Noah and with Abraham and with Moses.


I Samuel 7:18 Then King David went in, sat in the Lord’s presence, and said, Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far? 19 What YOU HAVE DONE was a little thing to You, Lord God, for You have also spoken about Your servant’s house in THE DISTANT FUTURE …. 25 Now, Lord God, fulfill the promise forever that You have made to Your servant and his house. DO AS YOU HAVE PROMISED as You have promised, 26 in order that Your name will be exalted

There is no need to deny the difference between promising and doing, in order to proclaim that God will do all that God has promised.

Psalm 2: 7 I will declare the Lord’s decree:
He said to Me, “You are My Son;
today I have BECOME Your Father.
8 Ask of Me,
and I will make the nations Your inheritance
and the ends of the earth Your possession.

Worship the Son or the Son will be angry
and you will PERISH in your rebellion,
because the wrath of the Son is revealed in time
All (and only) those who take refuge in Him are blessed

The Lord Has Told You What is Good—Not This For That

Posted June 17, 2020 by markmcculley
Categories: Uncategorized

Micah 6:8 The Lord has told you what is good
and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God.

I Peter 3: 10 The one who wants to love life
and to see good days
must keep their tongues from speaking lies
11 The one who wants to love life must turn away from evil
must do what is good. and must seek peace and pursue peace.

2 Peter 3: 14 Therefore, friends, while you wait for these things, make EVERY EFFORT to be FOUND AT PEACE with HIM without spot or blemish.

Not this for that
rather
in antithesis to “this for that”
not having this in order to be having that

Philippians 3: 8 Because of Christ I have suffered the LOSS OF THINGS and impute those things to be waste, in order that I gain Christ 9 and be FOUND in Him, NOT HAVING a righteousness from my own obeying the law, but HAVING A RIGHTEOUSNESS that is THROUGH FAITH IN Christ….10 My goal is to know Christ and the power of Christ’s resurrection and the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, being conformed to Christ’s death, 11 in hope that I will somehow reach the RESURRECTION FROM AMONG THE DEAD. 12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make EVERY EFFORT to take hold of the goal because I also HAVE BEEN taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 3 Help my coworkers (whose names are in the book of life). 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 The peace of God will guard your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. I do not give peace to you as
the world gives peace. . Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

Romans 15: 13 The God of hope fills you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him in order that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faith

James 3: 16 Where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving and gentle… The fruit of
righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.

1 Corinthians 15:15- – We would be found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that God raised up Christ—whom God did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised.

2 Corinthians 5:2 we groan in this body, desiring to put on our
dwelling FROM heaven 3 And when we are clothed,we will not be FOUND naked. 4 we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, in order for mortality to be swallowed up by immortality

Revelation 20 :11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was FOUND for them. 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. ANOTHER BOOK was opened, which is the book of life… 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death… anyone NOT FOUND written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire