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

July 1, 2020

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