Doctrine of Positional Truth

July 23, 2010


A. Definition.
1. Positional truth is equivalent to positional sanctification. It is composed of retroactive positional truth and current positional truth. Positional truth is our relationship with Christ in the Church Age.
2. It refers to the Church Age believer in union with Christ.
3. It is the key to understanding the Church Age and the royal family.
4. It is the basis for distinguishing between Christianity and religion.
5. It is one of God’s reasons for interrupting the Age of Israel.
6. It can be defined as God the Holy Spirit at salvation entering us into union with Christ in His death; i.e., in union with His rejection of human good and evil on the cross, separation from good and evil in His burial, and divorcement from human good and evil in His resurrection and ascension, when He was accepted in heaven and seated at the right hand of the Father.

B. The mechanics of positional truth is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, whereby He enters us into union with Christ, 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:5.

C. Positional truth guarantees no judgment for believers in eternity, Rom 8:1. We receive God’s righteousness and eternal life twice: once by imputation from the justice of God the Father, and again by being in union with Christ and sharing all that He has.

D. Positional truth qualifies the believer to live with God forever. To live with God forever, the believer must have eternal life and God’s perfect righteousness, 1 Jn 5:11‑12; 2 Cor 5:21. To live with God forever means you must have His life, and you must be as good as God is.

E. Positional truth guarantees the believer’s eternal security, Rom 8:38-39. Nothing can separate us from the love which is in Christ Jesus. We have a double portion of perfect righteousness and eternal life.

F. Positional truth belongs to all categories of believers: reversionists, mature, immature, spiritually adult, or carnal.
1. It occurs at the point of salvation before experience in the Christian life begins. Therefore, positional truth doesn’t depend on the experience you have, 1 Cor 1:2, 30.
2. Even though you may be carnal or in reversionism, you still have positional truth. Being in union with Christ has nothing to do with what you do (morality), or don’t do (immorality).
3. Being in union with Christ is an act of God the Holy Spirit, not an act or reaction by a morally degenerate believer.

G. Positional truth creates a new creature in Christ, 2 Cor 5:17.
1. You are a new creature at salvation by being in union with Christ.
2.It is what God does for you, and therefore is grace. It is not what you do after salvation, such as legalistic self‑righteous works.
3. The “old things” have to do with spiritual death, the power of the old sin nature in the life; the “new things” refer to things you receive at salvation.
4. It is a relationship you have with the person of Christ, not some experience you have, or your ability to give up some taboo.

H. Positional truth is designed for the production of divine good as a result of spiritual growth, and a pattern of life compatible with royalty, Eph 2:10.

I. Positional truth is the basis for grace blessing, Eph 1:3‑6. We are “in Christ;” therefore God pursues us with grace.

J. Because we are in union with Christ, we share His:
1. Eternal life, 1 Jn 5:11‑12.
2. Perfect righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21.
3. Election, Eph 1:4.
4. Destiny, Eph 1:5.
5. Sonship, 2 Tim 2:1.
6. Heirship, Rom 8:16‑17.
7. Sanctification, 1 Cor 1:2.
8. Priesthood, Heb 10:10‑14.
9. Royalty (Kingship), 2 Pet 1:11.

K. What positional truth is not.
1. It is not an experience, emotions or ecstatics.
2. It is not progressive; it cannot be improved in time or eternity.
3. It is not related to human merit or ability.
4. It cannot be changed by God, man or angels. It is eternal in nature.
5. It is not obtained gradually as you grow in grace, but in toto at salvation.
6. It is not known or oriented to apart from the metabolization of doctrine.
7. From understanding the doctrine of positional truth, we progress in our spiritual life, but we cannot improve it since it is perfect at salvation.
8. We are not in Christ because of what we do (be moral), or fail to do (sin), but because of what God has done.