Personal Union with Christ

August 21, 2019
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Christ is unconditionally condemned by the Father, for his glory, yet the law of God requires that sin and guilt reciprocally imply one another. Therefore Christ, being condemned, but not for any sin he committed, is condemned for the sins of others, whose sins are imputed to him. These are the elect, chosen in Christ for the glory of God.

The law of God requires that sin and guilt, righteousness and innocence, reciprocally imply one another in one person. However, the condemnation of Christ is unconditional, not for sin he himself committed, but for the sins of others. Wherefore, the elect are personally united to Christ, his the guilt, theirs the sin; and because he partook of their sin, they also partake of his righteousness.

And that lawfully, to produce an intuition of the Father, who unconditionally condemned his Son; and of the Son, who bore their sins; and of the Holy Spirit, who is justifies Christ in his submission to condemnation, that the elect may be redeemed for the glory of God.

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:10-12

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Election and Reprobation

August 11, 2019
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“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.” Romans 9:21-23

Election is not on the basis of works; yet there is an inner difference in the persons of men, whereby one is fitted for mercy, another for wrath, as one vessel is made unto dishonor, and another unto honor. For the plate is made unto honor, but the ash tray to dishonor; and the cup is made unto honor, but the sink unto dishonor. So also, with the souls of men, some are made unto honor, and others unto dishonor.

For according to the divine nature, all men are made in righteousness, and unto righteousness; but according to the divine persons, who are the fountain of grace, some men are shown mercy, and others are passed over, that mercy might be shown to the elect, that he has saved them from such destruction through the sacrifice of his Son. And that not of works, but of himself, who has unconditionally condemned the Lord Jesus Christ, imputing our sins to him, that he might be glorified in our salvation. For it is his mercy to give, or withhold, as he pleases.

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Romans 9:15

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