Faith Now and Sight On the Day of His Appearing

Matthew 5:8 They shall see God

Romaans 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.

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13 Comments on “Faith Now and Sight On the Day of His Appearing”

  1. Mark Mcculley Says:

    Romans 5 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through Him by faith] into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God….5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    Romans 13:11 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.

    Galatians 3″ the righteous will live by faith….Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.14 The purpose was that …we receive the promised Spirit through faith.

    After we are justified through faith, does God then also justify our faith? After we are justified, does God then also justify our works?

    For what reason would our faith need to be justified, after we are justified? For what reason would our works need to be justified, after we are justified?

    Therefore I very much DISAGREE with this “reformed” second justification (first the person, then the works of the person)

    Luke 16:15— That which is highly esteemed among humans is abomination in the sight of God.

    Hebrews 6:1– “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of
    Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation
    of repentance from DEAD WORKS, and of faith toward God”

    Hebrews 9:14–”How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the lasting Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from DEAD WORKS to serve the living God?”

    “Faith is a work. No, faith is not a work.” The debate won’t take you very far. Even if the debate is about if faith comes from fallen man’s freewill contribution, the Calvinist accusation that says “well then in that case it’s a work” does not do much because the Arminians will explain that they never say it’s a work and that they know it’s not a work.

    Faith is not a good work for a regenerated person. Faith is not a work.

  2. Mark Mcculley Says:

    the antinomians say, don’t ask yourself if you believe the gospel
    think instead about the faith of Christ and not about if you have faith in Christ since our works are excluded in salvation, preachers say, our faith in Christ is also a work
    so don’t even think about your own faith in Christ

    preachers say, look to Christ don’t look to yourself
    but end up separating Christ and Christ giving us faith
    though the elect do not receive faith by faith,
    the elect receive both Christ’s death and assurance from Christ’s death
    but some preach justification already for those without faith in the gospel
    preachers say, don’t look to yourself looking to Christ
    look to Christ alone, but without looking at your looking

    but i don’t know what it means to look to Christ
    while trying hard not to look at yourself looking to Christ
    Christ was there then, I am here now
    does this mean, since i was not there then, I cannot here now look to Christ?
    you were already born saved, they say, before you look, without looking
    Christ, I trust you not only for the salvation of the elect whoever they may be
    Christ, I look to you for MY salvation

    1. All that has happened was meant to be and decreed by God.
    2. The sin of Adam was ordained by God as a means to the redemption of the elect by Christ to the glory of Christ.
    3. The sin of Adam was not a failure to build a culture but eating from the forbidden tree.
    4. The command to not eat from the forbidden tree was not a gift of grace, but law.
    5. Grace assumes sin and the need for grace, therefore there was no grace manifest in the garden before Adam’s sin, even though grace was always in the purpose of God.
    6. Adam was not created as neutral “nature” in need of “supernatural grace”. Adam was created in a righteous relationship with God.
    7. But this is not to say (with Lutherans) that redemption is a return to what was, nor is it to speculate on what Adam “could have or might have” done in a “covenant of works”, but to say that grace is located nowhere but in Christ’s death for those Christ has loved and elected

  3. Mark Mcculley Says:

    2 Peter 3: 10 But the Day of the Lord will come …. Since the earth and the works on the earth will be disclosed, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness 12 as you wait for and earnestly desire the coming of the day of God. ..Based on His promise, we wait for the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell

    A resurrection in which immortality is still not given could be called a “rescuscitation”—thus the first death and resurrection of Laazarus.

    Because of God’s promises, history is linear and predictable. God is “on the right side of history”. We are not God.

    If humans were, in fact, inherently immortal., what death could exist that could be swallowed up in victory? What imperishable could exist that we could put on? None! For we would already be immortal and imperishable.

  4. Mark Mcculley Says:

    2 Timothy 1: 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace given us in Christ Jesus (given before creation began)

    2 Timothy 1: 10 This grace has been Shown through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,
    who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

    2 Timothy 2: 18 They have deviated from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place,

    Some preachers can’t be bothered to notice the difference between God’s purpose and God’s calling. Since God’s purpose is according to grace (not works), and God’c calling is according to grace (not works), they conclude from these facts that God’s purpose and God’s calling happen at the same time. Or if they really want to sound smart, the preachers conclude that God’s purpose is not before God’s calling, because both purpose and “calling” are “timeless”. Does “timeless” mean that God is still calling and will always be calling Or does “timeless” mean that God never called in past history?

    Does the gospel only bring to light what already was the case?
    Were the elect always immortal, even before they were created?

    is the gospel the good news that Christ never did anything in history but only “made manifest “what already always beeen true, even before the incarnation?

    Is the gospel the good news that there is no difference between redemption and creation, so that redemption had already been accompished before creation?

    The idenitification of God’s purpose with God’s calling is dangerous to the teaching of the true gospel.

  5. Mark Mcculley Says:

    John 20: 27 Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.” 28 Thomas responded to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed.Those who believe without seeing are blessed

    2 Thessalonians 2: 2 not to be upset by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first

    • markmcculley Says:

      Consider the final words of Matthew’s account of the transfiguration: “And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only” (17:8). Surely Paul’s comments to the Corinthians and Colossians are prompted by this episode, when he will later speak of God who “has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6) and then when he names the Son “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). It is for this reason that the Reformed tradition has regularly included not only an emphasis upon the singular mediation of Christ in making the beatific vision possible for sinners, but also, as John Owen and G. C. Berkouwer have both suggested in various ways, that Christ singularly defines the very vision itself. Jesus is not just the salvific context of the vision; the good news is that Jesus is the content of the vision as well.

      Berkouwer went so far as to suggest that the beatific vision somehow requires the denial of divine invisibility. His motivation is noble, of course, in seeking to commend rigorously the promises of the gospel offered in Holy Scripture. But in so doing, he has extracted the gospel promise from its wider canonical matrix, wherein we are told that “God is spirit” (Jn. 4:24) or that the “invisible attributes,
      namely, his eternal power and divine nature” are perceived in nature (Rom. 1:20). Indeed, Berkouwer’s critique of divine invisibility not only forecloses the breadth of biblical teaching which he can attest
      (honoring the promise of divine sight at the cost of losing the repeated witness of divine invisibility) but also renders unsteady the Christological character of that sight. If God per se were not invisible, why then would the Christ’s work as “image of the invisible God” be definitive and noteworthy and not merely the latest episode of a temporary theophanic appearance?

      Hans Boersma, for example, argues that the Christian Platonic notion that all created things participate in, or partake of, God’s being supplies the only plausibility structure for his assumption that “thE telos of the beatific vision lies embedded in our human nature” (Seeing God, p. 11), ordering that nature to the supernatural end of seeing God in Christ after death and even enabling us to experience God’s infinite life on earth. Likewise, Craig Carter contends that “the synthesis of Christianity and pagan philosophy in late antiquity” explains how “the Old Testament writings do actually participate in the reality that is Jesus Christ” (Interpreting Scripture, pp. 86, 151) and that this ontology of Scripture brings a deep Christological unity to the words of the Bible. Hence, a so-called “synthesis” of Christianity and paganism in Christian Platonism is essential to the proposals of each work. In Seeing God, Boersma argues that a participatory, or as he often puts it, “sacramental” understanding of the beatific vision “points us to the recognition of the real presence of Christ already in this life,

  6. Mark Mcculley Says:

    Luke 21:28 –Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

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

    Romans 8: 28 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it—in the hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. 23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 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.

  7. Mark Mcculley Says:

    Exodus 24: 9 Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and 70 of Israel’s elders, 10 and they SAW the God of Israel. Beneath God’s feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire stone, as clear as the sky itself. 11 God did not harm the Israelites. They saw Him, and they ate and drank.
    12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and stay there so that I may give you the stone tablets with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua and went up the mountain of God.14 He told the elders, “Wait here for us until we return to you. Aaron and Hur are here with you. Whoever has a dispute should go to them.”
    15 When Moses went up the mountain, the cloud covered it. 16 The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from the cloud. 17 The appearance of the Lord’s glory to the Israelites was like a consuming fire on the mountaintop. 18 Moses entered the cloud as Moses went up the mountain, and Moses remained on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights

  8. Mark Mcculley Says:

    God the Son is NOW one person with two natures. God the Son is NOT two persons, and the vision of Jesus Christ in Luke 9 is not only of “the divine person”
    2 Corinthians 3: 18 With unveiled faces, we are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image

    Moses and Elijah were not alive at the Mount of Transfiguration—if
    they were, then there would be no need for Jesus to come again or for them to be raised from the dead. If Moses and Elijah did not have
    bodies, how could they be seen by the disciples? Was it a vision, or
    was it a separate resurrection so that Abraham and Moses do not have to wait for that day with the rest of us (Hebrews 11:39-40)?

  9. Mark Mcculley Says:

    Acts 8: 32 he was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb is silent before its shearer,
    so He did not open His mouth.
    33 In His humiliation justice was denied Him.
    His life is taken

    Acts 8: 39 the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer

    Acts 2:29 David is both dead and buried, and David’s tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since David was a prophet, David knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing this in advance, David spoke concerning the RESURRECTION of the Christ
    He was not left in Hades,
    and His flesh did not experience decay.

    32 “God has resurrected this Jesus. We are witnesses 33 Therefore, since Christ has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, Christ has poured out what you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, because David himself says:
    The Lord declared to my Lord,
    ‘Sit at My right hand
    35 until I make Your enemies Your footstool.’

  10. Mark Mcculley Says:

    1 Corinthians 15:42
    So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.

    It doesn’t say what has died but hasn’t yet risen is imperishable. No, it says what is raised is imperishable.

  11. Mark Mcculley Says:

    John 8:39 “Our father is Abraham!” they replied. “If you were
    Abraham’s children,” Jesus told them, “you would do what Abraham did.

    John 8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see My day

    1 Timothy 1: 17 Now to the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the
    only God, be honor and glory forever

    1 Timothy 6: 14 Keep the command without failure 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 King of kings,
    and the Lord of lords,
    16 the only One who has immortality,
    dwelling in unapproachable light;
    no one has seen or can see God
    to God be honor and lasting might

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