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What power does the devil have over us?
Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
The devil has no power over us.
What role does the devil fulfill?
Luke 4: 8 Jesus answered and said pomada him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and serve him only.
The devil is a servant of God.
What is the cause of all the things that happen to me?
Lamentations 3:37 Who will be the one to say that something happened that the Lord did not command?
God not only allows, but commands everything that happens to us to happen. If we get angry or get bad for the things that happen to us, who are we rejecting?
That is why it is important to study about "The Sovereignty of God".
Definition: The doctrine "Sovereignty of God" refers to the absolute control that God has over everything, including humanity. It also means that reality is the product of the decrees that God made before the foundation of the world.
FIRST EVIDENCE: THE NAME OF GOD INDICATES ITS SOVEREIGNTY.
His Name in the Old Testament
In the Old Testament, the term ADONAI appears 429 times. ADON means "someone who controls" or "one who is in charge." AI is an emphatic suffix that implies that someone is really in control. AI is also used as a possessive personal suffix. Therefore, ADONAI means "one who has absolute control" or "one who is my absolute master", as in "my Lord." It translates as "Lord God" and more accurately, as "Sovereign Lord."
Your Name in the New Testament
In the New Testament, the word DESPOTES is used 10 times. In 5 of them, it refers to God and in the rest, to men who owned slaves. The word "despot" is derived from this term, although in the first century it did not have the negative connotation it currently has. DESPOTES means "one who has total power or authority over another."
In the Bible, this term appears correctly translated as "Sovereign Lord" when referring to God. You can appreciate it in Lk.2: 29; Hch. 4:24; 2 P. 2: 1; Jud. 4; Rev.6: 10
SECOND EVIDENCE: THE DIVINE NATURAL ATTRIBUTES
There are three divine attributes that theologians call "incommunicables," because they can not be shared with a created being.
These attributes are:
Omniscience, that is, that God knows everything;
Omnipotence, that He can do everything, and
The omnipresence, that He is present everywhere.
Understanding these three natural attributes of God helps us to eliminate from our minds all the humanistic concepts of God.
These three natural attributes prove the sovereignty of God
Suppose something happened that was beyond God's control. This could happen only for one of the following three reasons: God did not know what was going to happen (he would not be omniscient), or He did not have the power to prevent it (he would not be omnipotent), or He was not present at that time (no it would be omnipresent).
If we deny the absolute sovereignty of God, by implication we deny one or more of his natural attributes. That is a heresy.
Even if there were no information in the Bible regarding the sovereignty of God, the divine natural attributes would be the sufficient basis to declare it as an article of faith. (This is what we call a 'theological inference').
THIRD EVIDENCE: THE IMMUTABILITY
The term "immutable" means "that never changes." It is found twice in the Bible in Hebrews 6: 17-18.
"Wherefore, God willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, he interposed an oath;
18 so that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, let us have a very strong consolation, those of us who have come to take hold of the hope set before us. "
The last translations use the expression "that never changes", because the word "immutable" is little known to some. This is unfortunate since "immutable" has the idea of irresistible and infallible. It not only refers to a plan devised by God, but also to his person.
James expresses this thought thus: "… of the Father of lights, in whom there is no change, nor shadow of variation." James 1: 7.
By logic, if God could change, he would not be sovereign. On the contrary, if He is immutable, He must be sovereign. (Another insalvable theological inference).
The Immutability of God's Decrees
Note that the "counsel" of God is immutable in He. 6:17 The word advice in Greek is "boule" and means "plan" or "purpose."
According to this, the plans and purposes of God, like his person, do not change nor can they be successfully resisted by man. If so, God could not guarantee the fulfillment of His promises, as described in Hebrews 6: 17-18.
Sometimes Scripture uses the words "purpose" and "counsel" to describe the immutability of God's will.
The concept that God does not allow anyone to change what He has planned, is called in theology: "Immutability of divine decrees" or "Immutability of God's will." This means that when God decides to do something, nothing can resist it. , that is, He does not allow his plans to be frustrated. Otherwise, God could not keep his promises and therefore, he would not be sovereign.
The eternal plan of God is immutable, therefore no one can change it. On the contrary, God allows his commandments to be disobeyed.
Let's see some texts that affirm this theme of God's counsel:
Apoc. 4:11: "Lord, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; because You created all things, and by your will they exist and were created. "-
Isaiah 14:27: "For the Lord of hosts has determined it, and who will prevent it? And his outstretched hand, who will drive it back?
FOURTH EVIDENCE: GOD IS OWNER OF EVERYTHING
Did God lose control and ownership of the land when Adam fell into sin? Some Christian groups say yes. Supposedly God gave the land to Adam, who in turn gave it to the devil. It is presumed then that God is struggling to get it back and uses the church as his instrument. The absurdity of this way of preaching becomes clear when we read Psalm 24: 1: "The earth is the Lord's and his fulness, the world, and those who dwell in it."
Let's read other verses that affirm that God is sovereign on earth:
to. God is sovereign on earth:
Lev. 25:23 The earth will not be sold in perpetuity, because my land is mine; for you foreigners and foreigners are with me.
Ex. 19: 5 Now then, if you will give ear to my voice and keep my covenant, you will be my special treasure over all the peoples; because mine is the whole earth.
1 Chron. 29:11: Yours is, O LORD, the magnificence and the power, the glory, the victory and the honor; because all the things that are in the heavens and on the earth are yours. Yours, O Jehovah, is the kingdom, and you are exalted above all.
Job 41:11: Who has given me first, so that I may return? Everything under heaven is mine.
Lc. 10:21: In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit, and said: I praise you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you hid these things from the wise and knowledgeable, and you have revealed them to children . Yes, Father, because that's how you liked it.
.b. God is sovereign over animals:
Ps. 50:10: For every beast of the forest is mine, and the thousands of beasts in the hills.
c. God is sovereign the inhabitants of the world:
Ez. 18: 4: Behold, all souls are mine; As the soul of the father, so the soul of the son is mine; the soul that sins, that will die.
d. God is sovereign over the will of men
Apoc. 17:17: "because God has put it into their hearts to execute what He wanted: to agree, and to give His kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled"
Prov. 19:21: Many thoughts are in the heart of man; but the counsel of Jehovah will remain.
and. God is sovereign over evil
Hec. 4: 27-28: Because they truly united in this city against your holy Son Jesus, whom you anointed, Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your council had previously determined would happen . "
F. God is sovereign over unclean spirits
1st King. 22:23: "And now, behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all your prophets, and the LORD has decreed evil against you."
g. God is sovereign over deception
1 Thess. 2:11: For this reason God sends them a deceptive power, so that they may believe the lie,
h. God is sovereign over diseases
Former. 4:11: And the LORD said pomada him, Who hath made man speech? Or who made the mute and the deaf, the seeing and the blind? Am I not Jehovah? "
i. God is sovereign over natural disasters
Amos 3: 6: Shall the trumpet sound in the city, and shall the people not be troubled? Will there be any evil in the city, which Jehovah has not done?
FIFTH EVIDENCE: EXAMPLES OF DIVINE CONTROL
to. God has control over the governments of the earth
Dan. 2:20: And Daniel spake and said, Blessed be the name of God from everlasting to everlasting, for his are power and wisdom.
2:21 He changes the times and the ages; remove kings, and set kings; gives wisdom to the wise, and science to the wise.
b. God controls until the time a person must live
Hech. 17:26: And the blood of men is made of one blood, that they may dwell on all the face of the earth; and he has predetermined the order of time, and the limits of his room. "
c. God controls until the time of life of the birds
Matthew 10:29: Do not you sell two birds for a room? Yet, not one of them falls to the ground without your Father.
d. God has control even of the smallest
Matthew 10:30: For even your hair is all numbered.
That God is in control even the smallest, gives us great comfort, so he says:
Matthew 10:31 So, do not be afraid; You are worth more than many birds.
In conclusion, we are going to read a estar that manifests its absolute sovereignty:
Dan. 4:35: All the inhabitants of the earth are considered as nothing; and he does according to his will in the host of heaven, and in the inhabitants of the earth, and there is none who stops his hand, and says to him: What are you doing?
In This Lesson We Have Learned The Following:
1. Certain names of God include the idea of sovereignty.
2. Divine attributes, not communicable, make the sovereignty of God insalvable.
3. The decrees of God are immutable, which implies sovereignty.
4. The property of God over all the earth and its inhabitants implies sovereignty.
5. Biblical examples of God's control over nature, nations and individuals are an indication of his sovereignty.
Total Human Disability
Introduction: You will have heard, when the evangelists tell people that they "must have faith," that they "must decide to convert," or that they "run to save themselves from the wrath to come." How much truth in this? Let's see what the Bible tells us about it.
"Total Humanal Disability" means that sin controls all the faculties of the sinner, to the extent that he is unable to desire or do anything to convert himself to Christ or to prepare for his conversion. Only a miracle of God, through the gospel, can enable the sinner to choose Christ.
This doctrine is interesting because it touches elements of human nature such as free will, mind and perceptions. Furthermore, Total Humanal Disability is intertwined with other biblical teachings, such as the fall of Adam and free will.
In this lesson we will study the scriptural support of our definition of Human Total Disability.
"Total depravity," does NOT mean that sinners are as evil as possible or that they want to be. Man has not fallen to the level of demons. This would be an ABSOLUTE depravity. We believe that God's benevolence preserved man from falling into those absolute depths. By "total" we mean that all human faculties, including free will, are infected by sin and under its control. By "depravity" we understand that in a sinner nothing is acceptable to God; This includes good works and virtues because they come from a corrupt source, the sinful heart of man.
In recent years, some theologians have used the expression TOTAL DISABILITY so as not to give the impression that we think that people are as bad as demons. However, this terminology can also be misinterpreted. Some might assume that God is the source of the disability rather than the corruption of man.
Either of the two expressions, Total Depravity or Total Disability, are acceptable and both require explanations.
We recommend the student use the terminology "Total Depravity" to vaivén the influence of modern humanism that defends the goodness of man. This name deliberately hits human pride and self-justification. In addition, this term is more in keeping with the biblical teaching about the sinful nature of man.
The question: Did Adam fall beyond his capacity to believe and repent on his own initiative? The two main theological branches, the Reformed and the Arminian, differ greatly at this point. The Arminian way of thinking holds that God stopped the fall before the point where man would lose the ability to generate faith, love and repentance of his own free will. We consider that man fell below that point. Let's examine the biblical evidence.
FIRST EVIDENCE: The Fall of Humanity, Romans Five Paul describes the fall of Adam in Romans 5.
5:12 Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death passed to all men, because all sinned.
5:13 For before the law, he had sinned in the world; But where there is no law, do not be accused of sin.
5:14 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even in those who did not sin in the manner of the transgression of Adam, who is a figure of him who was to come.
5:15 But the gift was not like transgression; for if by the transgression of that one the many died, the grace and the gift of God abound much more for the many by the grace of a man, Jesus Christ.
5:16 And with the gift it does not happen as in the case of the one who sinned; for certainly the judgment came because of one sin for condemnation, but the gift came because of many transgressions for justification.
(The word "Adam" means "humanity" in Hebrew). Paul mentions four things we inherited from Adam: sin, death, judgment and condemnation.
No human faculty escaped from these effects. Is the free will of man included? Yes. It is not necessary to mention the will of man to show that he was also subjected to the effects of the fall. It is enough to show that the fall affected the whole human being.
Adam's sin was a declaration of independence from his Creator. In theology, we call this attitude "autonomy," which means "to govern oneself," which is the opposite of being governed by God. Autonomy includes the idea of having no other cause for their decisions than oneself.
Apparently Adam assumed that autonomy was possible. It is not like this. How could something become independent of an omniscient and omnipotent Being? One would have to be equal to God himself to be independent like that. Among the stupid attitudes, this was the r that has been and still is.
The fall of Adam did not give him the freedom he expected, but enslaved him to sin. However, this slavery was not the worst effect of the fall. The worst was the deception that he had succeeded. This deception persists in sinners until today.
Being independent of God became the principle that governs fallen human nature. To this nature, we call it 'Adamic' nature because it is derived from Adam. The Bible usually refers to it with the terms 'the flesh' or 'carnal.'
Morality, religion and good works are perfectly accepted by the Adamic nature as long as they do not threaten their autonomy. The sinner participates willingly in strict religions, as long as he can control them and not require a genuine submission to the authority of God.
SECOND EVIDENCE: The Spiritual Death, Ephesians 2: 1 And he gave you life, when you were dead in trespasses and sins,
2: 2 In which you walked in another time, following the current of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now operates in the children of disobedience,
2: 3 Among whom also all of us merienda lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the will of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, as well as others.
Paul alludes to God's divine threat to Adam in Genesis 2:17: "For in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die." Although Adam did not physically die that day, he died spiritually in his relationship with God and in his own capacity to obey him. Paul describes this slavery as:
1. Following the current of the world.
2. Controlled by Satan.
3. Fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind. (In Greek it literally says, "doing the will of the flesh." This means that carnality determines the condition of the will.The term "mind" or "NOOS," includes perceptions. "Paul refers to the perceptions of the mind. as controlled by sin in such a way that the mind perceives the concupiscence of the flesh as preferable, the will follows what it likes).
4. A nature that deserves anger.
A sinner is as capable of escaping his condition as a dead man is capable of resurrecting himself.
THIRD EVIDENCE: The Effect of Sin on
The Scripture describes the mind as enslaved and controlled by sin and Satan. This includes the will since the will is a function of the mind.
1. The natural man can not perceive or understand the things of God. "But the natural man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God, because for him they are foolishness, and he can not understand them, because they are to be discerned spiritually" 1Cor. 2:14
2. Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers. .. "the god of this century blinded the understanding of the unbelievers …" 2Cor. 4: 4
3. The understanding is darkened. "Having the understanding darkened … by the hardness of his heart" Eph. 4:18
4. The carnal mind is unable to submit to the law of God. "… the designs of the flesh are enmity against God; because they are not subject to the law of God, nor can they "Ro. 8: 7
5. The will of the sinner is enslaved by the devil, therefore, the sinner can not recover his reason without God granting him the gift of repentance. "May he meekly correct those who oppose, lest God grant them to repent to know the truth, and escape the snare of the devil, in that they are captives at his will" 2Tim. 2: 25-26.
6. The sinner perceives the things of God as madness because he is blind to his ético condition. Your perceptions are distorted.
1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God, because for him they are foolishness, and he can not understand them, because they are to be discerned spiritually."
According to these verses, the sinner's mind has a perception problem that the Bible expresses as "darkness" or "blindness." The devil controls the sinner's will by controlling his perceptions.
FOURTH EVIDENCE: Carnal Nature, Romans 3: 9-20
Paul referred to the condition of the unsaved as "under sin," that is, "under the power of sin."
Without Christ, There is not:
1. Without Christ, There Is No Just Person. (Even the good works of the unsaved are like "filthy rags," unacceptable to God.)
2. Without Christ, there is no sinner who understands his ético condition. (Here the Greek term "understand" refers to "discern." No person has spiritual discernment without Christ, although he may understand the foundations of the gospel).
3. Without Christ, there is no sinner who seeks God. (Religious sinners seek to establish their own righteousness, see Rom 10: 3).
4. Without Christ, There is no Sinner who does good. (The New Testament defines "good" as obeying God.) Sinners do good works, not as signs of submission, but as substitutes for it, yet all the works of sinners, though good in themselves, they come from a corrupt source that is the sinful nature.If a sinner really wanted to be good, he would do the first thing that God commands him to do, repent and believe in Jesus.
5. Without Christ, there is no sinner who fears God. (If sinners really feared God, they would seek to please Him).
6. Without Christ, there is no sinner in peace. (Submerging oneself in pleasures is a false peace).
Paul is talking about sinners before God begins to attract them through the gospel. When God attracts a sinner through the gospel, the perceptions of the sinner begin to change. Occasionally we meet a sinner who says he is looking for God. This statement could be sincere. God may be attracting you by opening your perceptions through the gospel. In Lesson Six, we'll see how this works.
From the abundant biblical evidence, we conclude that the unsaved are unable to want to save themselves or do something that contributes to their salvation or that prepares them for conversion. Their wills choose wrongly because their perceptions are blinded by sin and controlled by Satan. Therefore, they perceive themselves as good, perceive spiritual things as madness and God, as unworthy of being sought. They see no reason to fear God and think that their lack of peace is due to a lack of pleasure.
In This Lesson We Have Learned The Following:
1.- Without God working through the gospel, sinners are unable to want or do anything to contribute to their salvation.
2.- Through the fall of Adam, humanity inherited sin, death, judgment and condemnation.
3. The mind of man, which includes his perceptions and his will, is blinded by sin and the devil, so he can not choose to submit to God.
4.- The carnal nature of man has no quality that could lead him to obey God.
5 .- None of the good works of a sinner is good because they are all generated from a corrupt source that is his carnal nature.
6.- Sinners do good works of all kinds. Without grace, the only thing they will not do is repent and believe in the gospel.
Justification Just for Faith
Introduction: The war cry of the Reformation, "Justification by Faith", resounded throughout Europe in the sixteenth century. Thousands gave their lives instead of renouncing this doctrine. Wars were unleashed in several countries of Europe. Why was he in controversy? Because this doctrine represented a denunciation of what was taught at that time about salvation.
At the end of the 16th century in Germany, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther, reading the Bible, realized that Romans 1:17 states the following: "The just shall live by faith." God illuminated his heart through this text. Then he understood that the merits had nothing to do with salvation.
Marveling at this revelation, he continued his studies in Romans and came to understand this important doctrine of grace. With this, began the rediscovery of the theology of the Bible that is known today as the Reformation.
What is the use of understanding this doctrine?
First: It frees us from fears and insecurities about our relationship with God. When we see that our acceptance with God is based on the righteousness of Christ and not on our own, we experience deep emotional relief.
Second: It helps us in prayer, since we realize that the answers to our prayers do not depend on our merits.
Third: It helps us to avoid all kinds of legalism, understanding that our justice is an internally fulfilled fact and that it does not consist of external practices.
Definition of the doctrine
Justification is a justo declaration made by God, that a person is just about the Divine Law, because of the perfect righteousness of Christ, granted to the person through faith in Christ.
What is NOT the justification
The Justification does not refer to the process of spiritual growth in the Christian life. (The latter is called "Sanctification".) Justification is a matter of our LEGAL acceptance by the Father, in front of the Divine law.
A common error among Christians in the study of Justification is to imagine that Justification means "to be made just". When it truly means "DECLARED just."
Nor is it a reward for our faith. Saving faith is a work of divine grace. Although God requires faith as a condition for Justification, we must not assume, therefore, that Justification is a reward for our faith; since it is God himself who gives it to us, through regeneration.
Nor do we affirm that faith replaces the Divine Moral Law. Some accused the reformers of teaching that if we have faith, we do not have to do good deeds. The reality of the matter is that the works of sinners are not valid for their salvation because they come from a corrupt source. The WORKS are not accepted if the PERSON is not accepted first. And the person will be accepted only if it is justified by faith.
The basic idea in the Justification, is not how to be saved without the Law, but how the perfect justice of the Law can be attributed to our account. According to the Bible, this is fulfilled through faith in Christ, who is our substitute under the Law.
Through the following questions we will come to a complete understanding of the previous definition:
A. Does God demand that the justice of the Law be fulfilled in Christians?
"… that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, that we do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. "Ro.8: 4
These words are clear. God demands that the justice of the Moral Law be fulfilled in us. On this point many Christians are wrong. They read verses that affirm that we are not under the Law, and that we are not justified by it. From this they draw the illogical conclusion that the Law does not count at all and that God does not demand the justice that it represents.
The Jews understood well that the Law represented the justice of God. Therefore, they assumed that the justification came from obedience to the Law. They erred because no one could keep the Law. Paul shows us that the justice that the Law represents comes to us through faith in Jesus Christ as a free gift of God. But beware. It is also a mistake to suppose that this is why God does not require the justice of the Law in the believer.
We and the Jews agree on this essential point. God requires of us the justice of the Law. In what we differ from the Jews is, in the method of obtaining this justice. They believe that it is obtained by keeping the Law. We believe that it is obtained as a free gift from God through faith in Christ.
It is essential to understand that the Law is not annulled in every way. It is abrogated only as a means of Justification. It remains in force in the following sense:
The Law still serves as a definition of certain biblical words, such as "justice" and "sin." It says 1 Jn.3: 4, "for sin is the transgression of the Law." Logically, the word "sin" would have no meaning if it were not for the Law. Paul also says in Ro.5: 13, "where there is no Law, there is no charge of sin. "And," because by the Law is the knowledge of sin. "(Ro 3:20)
The Law serves as a norm of justice. Without the Law, there would be no sin, and no one could be condemned.
The problem with the divine demands regarding the Law is that no one can comply with them. As Paul said "For the designs of the flesh are enmity against God; because they are not subject to the Law of God, nor can they. "(Ro.8: 7) With this, we come to the second question:
B) If We can not comply with the requirements of the Law, how is it that the justice of the Law comes to be told?
Here is one of the most important biblical principles: the substitution of Christ. Jesus Christ was our substitute against the Law.
Christ fulfilled the Law in our place in two senses.
First, he lived a perfect life under the Law, thus fulfilling all his demands. Ro. 3:21: But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been manifested, witnessed by the law and by the prophets;
3:22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, for all who believe in him. Because there is no difference,
3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,
3:24 being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
3:25 whom God hath appointed as a propitiation by faith in his blood, to manifest his righteousness, on account of having passed by, in his patience, past sins,
3:26 with the aim of manifesting his righteousness at this time, so that he may be just, and he who justifies him who is of the faith of Jesus.
Second, Christ accepted in his body the penalty that the Law requires for transgressors, death.
Paul revealed that in Gal. 4: 5-6: "God sent His Son, born of a woman and born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we would receive the adoption of children."
We see then why Paul says in Ro.3: 31: Then by faith do we invalidate the Law? In no way, if not that we confirm the Law. "
La crimen de Cristo era necesaria precisamente porque la Ley Moral siempre está en vigor.Si la Ley no valiera cero, no habría pecadores, y Cristo no hubiese venido a vencer. La fe, no es un sustituto para la conciencia de la Ley, sino que es la única guisa en que podemos cobrar esa conciencia.
Pablo nos enseña que la Ley misma serviría como medida de alegato si el hombre pudiera guardarla. “porque no son los oidores de la ley los justos ante Dios, sino los hacedores de la ley serán justificados.” Ro. 2:13.
Punto secreto: La sandunga no consiste en que Dios haya cambiado las condiciones de la salvación de poco que el hombre no podía hacer (abstenerse la Ley) a poco que el hombre sea capaz de hacer, (poner fe en Cristo). La fe, como ya vimos, es un don de Dios, no poco que el hombre produzca por su propia voluntad. El pecador nunca ha tenido capacidad de creer ni siquiera capacidad para abstenerse la ley.
C ¿Es la fe la cojín de nuestra alegato?
A aventura de ser malentendidos, contestamos NO a esta pregunta. La fe no es la cojín de nuestra Justificación. Sino la conciencia perfecta de Cristo. La fe es el medio necesario para recibirla.
Tomemos como ilustración el proceso de poner los cimientos para un edificio. El encofrado nos representa a nosotros. El cemento representa la conciencia perfecta de Cristo. El conducto representa la fe por la cual el cemento se derrama en el encofrado.
El encofrado, ayer de cobrar el cemento, está infructifero. Es igual a nosotros, ayer de aceptar a Cristo. Estábamos vacíos de toda conciencia. No teníamos cero. Pero Dios instaló el conducto, es afirmar la fe. Por medio de la fe, Dios derramó en nosotros el “cemento” es afirmar la conciencia perfecta de Cristo, y eso forma la cojín sólida sobre la cual construimos la casa de nuestra vida.
Tenemos que distinguir aquí la diferencia entre la Justificación y la Santificación. La Santificación es como la construcción de la casa posteriormente de poner el fundamento. Es un proceso que dura toda la vida y varía entre los cristianos. Pero la Justificación es un acto divino hecho una sola vez y para siempre en el creyente al momento de su conversión a Cristo, y nunca puede cambiar ni variar. Esto es obvio, porque la conciencia perfecta de Cristo, que forma la cojín de la Justificación, no puede cambiar. La Santificación, significa “ser HECHO justo”, (es afirmar, nuestra experiencia cotidiana de la vida Cristiana), mientras que la Justificación significa “ser DECLARADO justo”, (frente a las exigencias de la Ley).
Al analizarlo, se puede ver fácilmente por qué algunos cristianos sienten inseguridad respecto de su recepción frente a Dios. Es porque confunden la diferencia entre la Santificación y la Justificación. Imaginan que su recepción con Dios se friso en su nivel de Santificación. Así, experimentan inestabilidad emocional porque la Santificación es variable.
Es igual con el concepto de que el cristiano puede perder una y otra vez la salvación. Este concepto friso la salvación sobre el fracción de Santificación del creyente y no en la Justificación, como la Biblia enseña. Sobre tal cojín es inasequible tener la seguridad de la salvación en esta vida, porque el fundamento es variable y relativo.
Adán era el representante de su raza, por eso es que su pecado es la cojín sumarial para la condenación de toda la humanidad. Y, es correcto a que Cristo es el representante de su pueblo que, su conciencia es la cojín sumarial de la alegato de los creyentes.
La Justificación es un acto invariable e invariable. Por eso un gran Apóstol no es más justificado que un recién nacido en Cristo. Claro, habrá una diferencia enorme entre ellos en el fracción de santificación. Pero no en Justificación. En el Gloria no seremos más justificados que ahora. Más santificados, sí. Pero no más justificados.
Todo el Capítulo Cuatro de Romanos fue escrito para ilustrar cómo la conciencia perfecta de Cristo nos es contada a nosotros. Pablo usa a Abraham para esta ilustración. Abraham vivió más de cuatrocientos abriles ayer de la Ley de Moisés. No tenía la Ley de Dios escrita. Lo único que tenía era la fe. Y Pablo dice, “Creyó Abraham a Dios y le fue contado por justicia.” Romanos 4:3.
Eso no quiere afirmar que su fe fue contada EN LUGAR DE la conciencia. Solamente que la fe fue el medio que Dios usó para justificarle. La palabra “‘por” usada aquí, es una palabra difícil de traducir del incomprensible. Su sentido es “en vista de”.
No significa que Dios aceptó su fe como cojín de la conciencia, sino como medio para cobrar la conciencia.
¿Para quiénes está reservada la alegato por la fe?
“Y a los que predestinó, a estos también llamó; y a los que llamó, a estos también justificó; y a los que justificó, a estos también glorificó.” Ro.8:30
La Justificación por la fe está reservada para los predestinados, a los que Dios escogió para la salvación ayer de la fundación del mundo. La alabanza de estos es insalvable.
¿Es posible que un creyente pierda la alegato?
Pablo nos contesta: “¿Quién acusará a los elegidos de Dios? Dios es el que justifica.”Ro.8:33
Dios no acepta acusaciones de pecado en contra de Su pueblo escogido y justificado. ¿Por qué no? Porque Cristo les ha prestado Su conciencia. Y la conciencia perfecta de Cristo no cambia en la vida. Si se pudiera perder la Justificación, tendría que ser por otras causas, pero no por ser pecador. Pablo dice claramente que Dios no acepta acusaciones de pecado en contra de Sus elegidos. Pablo nunca dijo que los cristianos no tienen pecados, solamente que los rastros de corrupción que quedan en nosotros han dejado de ser causa de condenación.
¿Cómo llegamos a ser amigos de Dios?
De la misma forma en que Abraham llegó a ser amigo Dios alegato por la fe solamente.
La alegato es nuestra salvación Tito 3:4: Pero cuando se manifestó la bondad de Dios nuestro Salvador, y su sexo para con los hombres,
3:5 nos salvó, no por obras de conciencia que nosotros hubiéramos hecho, sino por su misericordia, por el lavamiento de la regeneración y por la renovación en el Espíritu Santo,
3:6 el cual derramó en nosotros abundantemente por Jesucristo nuestro Salvador,
La alegato es lo que nos consigue la vida eterna. Ti. 3:7 para quejustificados por su sandunga, viniésemos a ser herederos conforme a la esperanza de la vida eterna.
La alegato nos da paz con Dios. Romanos 5:1 Justificados, pues, por la fe, tenemos paz para con Dios por medio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo;
La alegato es la cojín de que recibimos el Espíritu Santo. Gal. 3:14: para que en Cristo Jesús la abundancia de Abraham alcanzase a los gentiles, a fin de que por la fe recibiésemos la promesa del Espíritu.
La alegato nos consigue perdón de pecado. Rom.3:4: De ninguna guisa; ayer correctamente sea Dios fiable, y todo hombre mentiroso; como está escrito: Para que seas justificado en tus palabras, Y venzas cuando fueres supremo
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Matias Bello. Instituto Bíblico Cristiano de Berea.
Autor: Pastor Calixto Gonzalez