Daily Archives: November 10, 2013

The Celestial Mechanics of Righteous Overcompensation

The entire possibility of our ever experiencing the Kingdom of God turns on our being able to get God’s own Spirit to reverse our death and its results:  decay, lust, covetousness, wrongdoing, etc.  From a “mechanical” or “engineering” point of view, this was effected and mediated by the last Adam (Messiah Jesus) being glorified and becoming a vivifying Spirit (John 7:38-9, I Cor. 15:35-46).  This celestial occurrence is the divine process lying at the core of the salvific phenomenon of righteous OVERCOMPENSATION because of which we sinners enjoy the overflow of Wholesome Spirit that rightfully belongs to the Lamb of God, slaughtered wrongfully, as a sin-offering, for the sins of the whole world.  It is because Jesus the Master was duly overpaid that we, his brethren and friends, get paid anything!  7/28/06]

Any assertion regarding the meaning of “laying hands on” the head of the sacrificial animals specified in Leviticus (with the exception of the scapegoat…which was not sacrificed!)–such as “substitution for others” or “transfer of sins,” etc.–except “so that it will be accepted for him to make a protective shelter over him” (Lev. 1:4), is simply conjecture because the Scriptures do not tell us.  As with all other Old Testament shadows of New Testament realities, we must start with what was unveiled in the explanations and actions of the Master, Jesus the Messiah, and the sequel of God’s own interventions in earthly history and celestial events, insofar as God has revealed them by apostolic authority.  Then we must think backwards from there, into the shadows of dark, primitive figures and antiquated rituals.  [7/29/06]

“ONE WHO DIES HAS GOTTEN DONE JUSTICE FROM SIN”

Romans 6:7 clarifies how our lifetimes of sin are “paid for”:  we die, thus experiencing the consequences that God predicted in Genesis 3.  All our sins have earned us this justice.  And did Jesus’ dying on the Cross alter this consequence? NOT A BIT!  Even if we construe this consequence as a “penalty” (and many contest it), still, the alleged “paying the penalty of our sin(s)”  by Jesus on the cross evidently did nothing whatever “as a substitute in exchange” to “cancel” our “penalty.”  By contrast, his resurrection from the dead does assure agelong life to all who trust him.  SO WHAT “NEED” IS THERE FOR HIM TO “PAY OUR DEBT OF SIN” ON THE CROSS?  NONE WHATSOEVER!  Neither sin nor its “guilt” nor its “penalty” were paid for, cancelled, nullified, justified or otherwise traded AT THE CROSS!  SIN WAS “OBJECTIVELY” DEALT WITH BY THE RESURRECTED MASTER IN HIS PRIESTLY WORK OF SPRINKLING WITH HIS SINLESS, RIGHTEOUS BLOOD THE SINFUL HEARTS OF ALL WHO BELIEVE.  THEREUPON, GOD ACCOUNTED THEM “RIGHTEOUS” ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR FAITH IN MESSIAH’S FAITHFULNESSERGO:  JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS SO THAT GOD’S REWARDING JUSTICE WOULD AT LAST HAVE SOMETHING WORTHY TO WORK WITH!  HE WOULD THEN BE JUSTIFIED, AT LONG LAST, IN GIVING A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF HIS OWN INCOMPARABLE RIGHTEOUSNESS—A RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT ACTUALLY, INCREDIBLY, REVERSES CRIMES, UNDOES THEM, AND VASTLY OVERCOMPENSATES THEIR VICTIMS!  EVIL HAS NO CHANCE AGAINST THIS QUALITY AND MAGNITUDE OF GOOD!  [7/29/06]

THROUGH MESSIAH JESUS, OUR MASTER”

What redolent words!  The grace-filled interplay between God the Father and His Son, our Master, settles on the magnification process unveiled in the “Crossurrection” events.  Our salvation results from no penurious trickle-down from the heavens, but from an uncalculating downpour!  And Jesus is the cosmic conduit.  This unstinting bounty—God’s gifts are “unregretted” by Him!—is channeled through Jesus, however, not merely as through a conductor, unchanged (if undiminished), but as through a TRANSFORMER…an AMPLIFIER!  For God MULTIPLIED THE SEED THAT DIED ON THE CROSS A ZILLION FOLD…and this because of God’s justice giving Jesus back his JUST DESERTS!  [7/29/06]

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