Monday, May 25, 2015

Hupostasis: Substance and Assurance

Hebrews 11:
1  Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
2  For by it the people of old received their commendation.

Hupostasis= substance/assurance
a setting under (support), that is, (figuratively) concretely essence, or abstractly assurance (objectively or subjectively): - confidence, confident, person, substance.

Hebrews 11:
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Ephesians 1:
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

We walk by faith in complete assurance that we already possess that which is promised. So whatever we ask for in faith, i.e. according to His promised will, we know that he hears and grants it to us, (1 John 5:13-15). We walk in newness of life now, and will receive immortality at His return etc. etc. (Romans 6:4)
Therefore we are in complete “oneness” with all the saints (elect) who lived and died in that promise prior to Christ’s historical birth death and resurrection.

Romans 14:
8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Faith is the thing, until we acquire actual possession of it.

Hebrews 12:
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Freedom In Christ;Freedom From Sin

Galatians 2:
4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in--who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery--
5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Paul is speaking positionally throughout all of Romans, specifically chapter 6. He never taught progressive sanctification. Freedom!

John 8:
34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.
35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed; (the elect).

The Lord also speaks on the same terms. Freedom!!

Romans 6:
22  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 17:
1  When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
2  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
3  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.