Part 2 – Who are we?
CHAPTER 3 continued – WHO I AM IN CHRIST BECAUSE OF WHO CHRIST IS IN ME
EXPOSITION OF THE 50 FACTS OF SALVATION
[learn_more caption=”CMC Editor’s Note”] In Ward Brandenstein’s introduction to chapter three he writes: “There is freedom from living a guilt-ridden life to those who have received Christ, once the person learns his true identity in Christ. All of the amazing facts occur at the moment that a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour!” Towards the close of his introduction to the 50 Facts he adds: “All of the facts are positional truths. Some may not be apparent as an evident experience at the moment of salvation. (What the believer is to do as a practical result of knowing who he is will be considered under the last section of walking in the Spirit.) These wonderful facts of salvation allow us to know who we are in Christ.” In our online presentation of these 50 facts of salvation we will consider one or more facts per week. We trust that you will be blessed as you follow along Ward Brandenstein’s unfolding of these precious truths.[/learn_more]
“There is freedom from living a guilt-ridden life to those who have received Christ, once the person learns his true identity in Christ. All of the amazing facts occur at the moment that a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour!” – Ward Brandenstein
FACT 18 – GLORIFIED
Romans 8:30, Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and whom He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified.
There are a great many Scriptures which refer to the future glory which the child of Christ will realize at the resurrection when he will receive a glorified body and share in Christ’s glory at the second advent. In dealing with our present glorification, the remarkable truth in Romans 8:30 is that the word glorified is in the aorist tense in the original language of the New Testament. The aorist tense conveys the sense of an action occuring at a point of time in the past with the result continuing into the future. Thus, God, the Eternally Present One, the I AM, with whom the past or future is one eternal present, is able to see the believer as glorified, as well as called, justified, and sanctified at the moment that person places faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. What peace, assurance, and contentment this affords the child of God!
Being glorified brings the reality of the ultimate state that the child of God is promised into present experience. The writer, John, has this in mind in I John 3:2, when he says,
…it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is.
At the transfiguration, a preview of Jesus in glory was given the disciples. In Matthew 17:2, it is described, …His face did shine like the sun, and His raiment was as white as the light. In other words, light actually emanated from Christ in a physical sense. Thus, in view of the glory Christ has, God considers the child of God as already glorified through identification with Christ. The practical result of the believer’s knowing this is given in I John 3:3, And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.
FACT 19 – GOD’S BUILDING
I Corinthians 3:9, For we are laborers together with God; ye are God’s cultivated field, ye are God’s building.
Ephesians 2:20-22, And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord; In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
I Peter 2:5, Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures use the concept of a building being built to teach the fact that God is doing a work throughout the entire church age in the midst of the world system by forming believers into a building, the believers being the parts of the building. Each believer has a place in that work as God chooses. In the passage in I Peter 2:5, the believers are said to be the living stones in the building which is God’s dwelling place.
The Apostle Paul considers himself as a co-worker with God in the building process, and continues the idea as he shows in I Corinthians 3 that each person must take heed how he builds on Christ who is the foundation. The purpose of the building is an habitation of God through the Spirit (Eph. 2:22). This dwelling of God through the Spirit in believers is the present day antitype or fulfillment to God’s previously having dwelt in the tabernacle and in the temple during His relationship to Israel as seen in the Old Testament.
The tabernacling theme of the Old Testament is related to Christ in His incarnation in John 1:14:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.
He dwelt among us can be translated from the Greek, He tabernacled among us. In summary, within the Old Testament time, God’s dwelling was in the literal tabernacle and temple; in the New Testament, God’s dwelling or residence is tabernacled in Christ through His incarnation and in the believer since Pentecost.
FACT 20 – GOD’S ELECT; CHOSEN OF GOD
Matt. 20:16, So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few chosen.
Matt. 22:14, For many are called, but few are chosen.
I Cor. 1:26-30, For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are, That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
Rom. 8:33, Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? Shall God that justifieth?
Eph. 1:4, According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him…
Col. 3:12, Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.
Titus 1:1, Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.
I Pet. 1:2, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…
I Pet. 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a people of His own, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
II Tim. 2:10, Therefore, I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Rev. 17:14, These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Election or elected means that individuals have been chosen or selected out from a larger group to be a part of a chosen generation who are to show forth the praises of God (I Pet. 2:9). Scripture reveals that believers are able to be believers as a result of God’s choice. The Scriptures which speak of believers as God’s elect do not mention the manner or means by which God’s choice influences that of the individual. The relationship of the believer’s choice to God’s choice is left to the truth of God’s being omniscient, and is never explained to the satisfaction of man’s rational understanding. Election is a truth which must be accepted by faith, since God reveals it as truth in His Word. The truth of being God’s elect is only applied to the person after he places faith in Christ. The emphasis never is given that he is chosen to make him believe.
The terms, chosen and elect, are two English translations from the same word, eklektos, in the original Greek. The Scripture states that those who are elect (or, chosen) are few when compared to those who have been called(Matt. 20:16; 22:14). The call of God is general; God’s choosing is specific and effectual. None of those who are the elect will fail to believe in Christ.
Being chosen is not based on worldly status (I Cor. 1:26-30), but is in great contrast to the world’s view. Those who are elect are unblameable (Rom. 8:33; Eph.1:4). The choosing took place before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). The choosing was based on the foreknowledge of God (I Pet. 1:2).
Those who are elect are to develop character consistent with their position (Col. 3:12). Paul’s apostleship is consistent with the faith of God’s elect (Titus 1:1). Obedience is manifested as the individual trusts Christ because of being God’s elect (I Pet. 1:2). As already mentioned, those who are elect are to show forth the praises of God (I Pet. 2:9). Paul’s sufferings were experienced for the benefit of God’s elect (II Tim. 2:10). Those who appear with Christ in His power and glory, are both called and chosen (Rev. 17:14).
FACT 21 – GOD’S INHERITANCE
Ephesians 1:18, The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
The Apostle Paul prays that believers will be enlightened to know the truth that God’s inheritance will be obtained in the saints. Also, Paul wants the believers to know that God’s inheritance in the saints brings glory to Him. Then, he wants them to know that there are riches accruing to God through the glory which is brought to Him through the outworking or manifestation of redemption in the lives of the saints.
Not only is there an inheritance which the child of God receives from God, but mutually there is the inheritance which God will receive when all the sons of God are made manifest or revealed (Rom. 8:19) at the revelation of Christ when we shall appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:4).
Next Week: Facts 22+
Copyright © 1996 A. Ward Brandenstein
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A. Ward Brandenstein
Pastor Ward earned an M.A. in Guidance and Counselling from Eastern Michigan University after taking special courses in psychology at Wayne State University, and earned a Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.) from Baptist Bible College and Seminary with Greek and Hebrew studies, and earned a diploma from Philadelphia Bible Institute (now Cairn U.), including New Testament Greek studies. His knowledge of the Bible and close walk with God are appreciated by all who know him and have sat under his teaching. Pastor Brandenstein and his wife Rose Ann reside in California, teaching college level singles and married couples, young professionals, and retired pastors and missionaries.