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Doctrine of Positional Truth 1

August 3, 2014

Doctrine of Current Positional Truth

A. Definition.
1. Current positional truth is identification with Christ as He is seated at the right hand of the Father in His resurrection, ascension, and session.
2. Identification with His spiritual death means rejection of good and evil. Identification with His physical death means separation from good and evil. Identification with His burial means divorce from good and evil.
3. Retroactive positional truth is different from current positional truth. In retroactive positional truth, we reject and are separated from good and evil, and divorced from the old sin nature. While identification with Christ in His physical death and burial connotes breaking the power of the old sin nature, it still doesn’t give us anything new. When God takes away the old (by retroactive positional truth), He substitutes the new (by current positional truth).
4. Current positional truth emphasizes two factors:
a. Rom 5:15-17 teaches the blessing factor: imputation of God’s righteousness plus doctrine equals reality of blessing in time.
b. The environmental factor: the baptism of the Holy Spirit plus doctrine equals reality of our very own spiritual life. Retroactive positional truth positionally breaks the power of the old sin nature, but current positional truth provides the potentiality of “newness of life,” Rom 6:4.
5. Current positional truth is the basis for establishing the royal family of God’s relationship with Jesus Christ. It is for the Church Age believer only. It is characterized by the baptism of the Spirit, which is unique to the Church Age.
6. In union with Christ we share Christ’s perfect righteousness and eternal life, in addition to possessing the perfect righteousness and eternal life of the Father by imputation. Therefore, we have a double portion, making us unique. This means more is expected of us. There is no excuse for any of us not reaching maturity. All things necessary have been provided.
7. Divine righteousness imputed to us demands blessing. What the righteousness of God demands the justice of God executes.

B. Current positional truth is related to the imputation of divine righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21. Divine righteousness is imputed by the justice of God at salvation. It is also a part of current positional truth through the baptism of the Spirit. We have Christ’s righteousness and eternal life.

C. Current positional truth is related to the possession of eternal life, 1 Jn 5:11-12 cf. Rom 8:10-11.
1. We have a double portion of eternal life and divine righteousness. This double portion includes both what we receive by imputation at salvation from God the Father and what we receive at salvation by being in union with Christ.
2. 1 Jn 5:11-12, “He who has the Son has life.” This is eternal life from current positional truth. Jn 3:36 says that eternal life is also given at salvation through imputation.

D. Current positional truth is related to our physical death and resurrection, Rom 6:5-10, 23; Eph 2:6.

E. Current positional truth is related to election and predestination. Eph 1:4-6, “even as He has chosen us for Himself in Him.” We share the election of Jesus Christ in eternity past as a part of the divine decrees. Election means we have equal privilege and equal opportunity because we are in union with Christ. Verse 5 says we are adult sons because Jesus Christ is an adult Son.

F. Current positional truth is related to the royal priesthood, Heb 10:10-14.
1. Rev 1:6, “and He has made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
2. Rev 5:10, “And You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
3. Rev 20:6, “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.”
4. Jesus Christ is our High Priest, Heb 3:1, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our acknowledgement [HOMOLOGIA].”

G. Current positional truth is related to our sanctification, 1 Cor 1:2, 30; Heb 10:10-14. The baptism of the Spirit puts us in permanent relationship with God; we are set apart forever in Christ Jesus.

H. Current positional truth is related to our sonship as members of the royal family, 1 Pet 2:9-10.
The royal family of God is superior to all other believers of all time by virtue of positional truth. There is no equality. God protects His very own possessions. He provides the encapsulated environment from the baptism of the Spirit. Blessings which go through the grace pipeline from God’s justice to His imputed righteousness in us come out into an encapsulated environment which is the “newness of life” in Rom 6:4. Current positional truth provides the basis for being a new creature in Christ and having a new life, and therefore, having available the blessings of God. The objective of the new life is the imputation of blessings in time from God’s justice.

K. Current positional truth is related to our status as fellow-heirs of Christ, Rom 8:16-17.