Archive for August 2019

Faith Now and Sight On the Day of His Appearing

August 3, 2019

Matthew 5:8 They shall see God

Romans 13: 12 For now we see indistinctly as in a mirror
but then face to face.
Now I know in part,
but then I will know fully,
as I am fully known.

This past month I have received new implants in both my eyes during cataract surgeries. I am hoping for better vision.

But hopes for change in me is NOT the righteousness revealed by God’s gospel. The hope which “comes from righteousness” is hope for Christ’s appearing and our resurrection (in the future) when we will be given immortality.
This hope come from the rightousness. This hope is not ever to be confused with the righteousness itself obtained by Christ’s death (one time in the past) as the propitiation for the elect.

Galatians 5:5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness

The gospel is NOT that Christ died “for you”. Instead the gospel is that Christ’s death took away God’s wrath for all the sins of the elect (including unbelief before they believed the gospel). The gospel is also that Christ’s death purchased for the elect the faith to believe the true gospel. Assurance of justification is self-involving, because the gospel makes a promise to all who believe the gospel but ONLY to those who believe the gospel.

There is a difference between one’s legal state before God and one’s assurance of one’s legal state before God. Those sinners who are in an objective state of condemnation before God (even though all are commanded to obey God) cannot in any way obey God or do anything pleasing before God.

How can those without assurance of being in a justified state before God please God? A justified legal state does not become true because we believe that we are in a justified state. But there is no reason to assume any sinner is in a justified state if they do not yet believe the gospel and have assurance that they believe in the gospel.

John 5:24 I assure you: 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.

John 6:37 Everyone the Father gives Me will COME to Me, and the one who COMES to Me I will never cast out

Romans 8:30 Those who have been called were not always called but they stay called. Those who have been justified were not always justified but they stay justified. Christ had not always secured the permanent redemption (Hebrews 9), but now that Christ has secured that reconciliation, Christ is not still in the process of securing redemption. Christ is not still redeeming us with attempts to still make changes in us

Christ’s death paid the price for the justification of the elect and the justification of God in justifying the elect. Once that price is imputed to the elect, the elect are justified before God.

None of this fits with the false idea that the elect were never guilty before God. Nor does this justification by God’s imputation fit with the false idea that the faith necessary for justification is any part of the righteousness obtained by Christ’s death Christ’s death is not obedience to the law. Christ’s death is satisfaction to the law. Christ’s death is not abrogation of the law .

Completely corrupt people cannot and do not believe the gospel. God’s regeneration is not God’s righteousness but the regeneration that causes a person to believe the gospel is a result of God’s imputation of Christ’s righteousness

2 Peter 1:1 To those who have obtained a faith of equal blessing with ours THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the KNOWLEDGE of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 God’s divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who CALLED us…God has given us very great and precious promises, so that through these promises you share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world

Receiving the righteousness of Christ by God’s imputation is not like getting new implants that change us. What some call “vital union” is not “the new man” becoming part of us. Becoming the “new creation” ia becoming justified in Christ when God imputes Christ’s death to us. The lasting life of the age to come is not the new birth. The new birth causes us to believe the gospel, but the new birth is not Christ’s righteousness. The new birth is not a new nature

2 Timothy 4: 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 There is reserved for me in the FUTURE the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me ON THAT DAY, and not ONLY TO ME BUT TO ALL ll those who have loved His appearing.

The hope which comes from righteousness is Christ’s appearing and our resurrection when we will be given immortality. Luke 12: 36 You must be like people waiting for their master to RETURN from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37 Those slaves the master finds alert when he comes will be blessed

Melanchthon –The Colossians do not do good to the saints as if they were moneylenders, buying big profits with small favors The world is generous in hope of getting back. All gifts are greedy—-But the saints give because they value God’s will above the promised rewards. Their actions are not prompted by the desire to get something in return. For they know that all things have already been FREELY given and cannot be won through human effort. The magnitude of God’s reward to Christ’s death to the Colossians stirs them into doing good works, not to obtain future blessings, but because they believe themselves to have obtained so much already

Philippians 3:11 I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.

Philippians 3:20 our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Christ 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.

There is no way out of the grave except by the resurrection at Christ’s appearing

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 DEPARTURE which He was about to ACCOMPLISH in Jerusalem

Christ’s death was an “exodus” in which Christ was “lifted up”

John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be LIFTED UP

John 12:33 Jesus said this to signify what kind of DEATH He was about to die. 34 Then the crowd replied to Jesus, “We have heard from the scripture that the Christ will remain forever. So how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? 35 Jesus answered, ‘The light will be with you only a little longer.’

I Timothy 6:4 to keep the command without fault or failure until the APPEARING of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 God will bring this about in His own time. God is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords,
16 the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light

Hebrews 9: 28 so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

Hebrews 11:38 The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these were approved through THEIR FAITH, but they did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for US, so that THEY would not be made perfect without US

I Thessaalonians 4:15 Those who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up TOGETHER WITH THEM in the clouds to MEET the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Justification is the legal right to the lasting life of the age to come but those who are already justified are not yet immortal.

Philippians 1:20 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.

Living in my body is gain for Christ and dying in my body is gain for Christ. 22 Now if I LIVE ON IN THE FLESH this means fruitful work for me. I don’t know which one I should choose. 23 I am being pressed.

If there are two choices (and not a third–Christ’s appearing) , and one is far better, where is the being “pressed”?

If we oontinue to live in the flesh, will Christ be with or “away” from us?

2 Corinthians 5:6 We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord

Philippians 1:24 but TO REMAIN IN THE FLESH s more necessary for you

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

2 Corinthians 5: 2 Indeed, we groan in this body, desiring to put on our dwelling from heaven, 3 since, when we are clothed,we will not be found naked. 4 Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, in order that mortality be swallowed up by life.

The hope which comes from righteousness is Christ’s appearing and our resurrection when we will be given immortality

I John 2:15 the pride of present life is not from the Father, but is from the world

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight, 8 and we are confident and satisfied

2 Corinthians 5:16 From now on, then, we do not know anyone by the flesh way. Even if we have known Christ by the flesh,yet now we no longer know Christ by the flesh

Romans 1:16 The gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who BELIEVES ..The righteous will live by FAITH.

Romans 3:26 God declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where then is boasting? Boasting is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. 28 Because we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the works

Romans 9:32 They did not pursue righteousness by faith, but as if righteousness were by works.

Galatians 2:16 no one is justified by works but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus in order that we be justified by faith in Christ and not by works, because by works no human being will be justified.

Ephesians 2:8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this salvation not from yourselves. Salvation is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast

I Corinthians 15:16 If the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and you are still in your sins.

The idea that only the immaterial can become immortal is a false doctrine contradicted by the Bible. If we are already there in heaven and if heaven is already here, then here is there and now is then, and preachers can say any stupid thing they think sounds good. But if the “all have immortal souls” preachers are correct, then we have absolutely no need to hope for Christ to leave there to come here to us or for our bodily resurrection

Now “we are away from the Lord”—- The Lord is in His spiritual material body in heaven, and therefore absent from us, away from us.

Though we ourselves are now still in our perishible bodies, now we believe the gospel and we no longer believe that God’s righteeousness consists in changes to us by infusion or impartation or implaantation. We no longer live by the flesh, but hope for resurrected flesh on the last day only because of Christ’s death imputd to us.

In the age to come, Christ will become present with us BODILY, and we will be risen bodily to see Christ (whatever that means)

Job 19 Then Job answered:
2 How long will you torment me
and crush me with words?
25 But I know my living Redeemer,
and He will stand on the dustat last.
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,
yet I will see God in my flesh.
27 I will see Him myself;
my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.
My heart longs within me.

I John 3: 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will
be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be
like Him because we will see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this
hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.