The Human Race is Not a Guinea Pig Farm, Part 8
NIV Rom. 8 :23, “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved.”
Let me wrap up this talk with the words of Apostle Paul and the desire that was in his heart. But just a reminder as to what true sonship is using the life of Jesus.
Rom. 1:3, “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Msg. Rom. 1:3, “On God’s Son, His descent from David roots him in history; 4 his unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master.”
So from the above we can see that the real identity of Jesus as the Son of God was when He rose from the grave through the power of the Holy Ghost.
His life in the context of being the son of David as prophesied by Samuel in 2Sam. 7:12,
“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever,”
was merely a historical account of the true son of God, to which Peter gave a full explanation on the Day of Pentecost.
Jesus rose from the grave, ascended and released the Holy Spirit as written in Acts 2:25-31,
“29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.”
Now this is the life of true sonship, the one with FLESH AND BONES.
And the gloried body was the desire of Paul while he was in the flesh and so we are told;
(RESURRECTION FROM “AMONG THE DEAD” CLIMAX INTO IMMORTALITY.)
Phil. 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”
The Greek word used in Acts 24:15 is TON-NEKRON “… that there shall be a resurrection of THE DEAD (Ton-nekron) both of the just and unjust.”
Whereas in Phil. 3:11,
“The word used is EK-NEKRON,
“That if possible I may attain to the (spiritual and moral) resurrection (THAT LIFTS ME) OUT FROM AMONG THE DEAD (even while in the body),” Amp.
So you see, here Paul was dealing with his spiritual uplifting from among those he was living with, the Christian human community. Here Paul is saying I wish I could taste immortality while alive in the midst of the believers as a kind of first fruit from the rest of humanity.
This is confirming the same thought he shared in 2Cor. 5:1,
“FOR WE know that if the tent which is our earthly home is destroyed (dissolved), we have from God a building, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Here indeed, in this [present abode, body], we sigh and groan inwardly, because we yearn to be clothed over [we yearn to put on our celestial body like a garment, to be fitted out] with our heavenly dwelling, 3 So that by putting it on we may not be found naked (without a body);” Ampl,
which ought to be our goal as well.
So Paul was envisioning a higher attainment from among the Christian Community in Christ. I am persuaded within my spirit that he was desiring to put on immortality, the glorified body even while alive on earth, while in the body.
That itself is the fullness of the Christian perfection maturity. For he was walking in the realm of spiritual and moral resurrection, which in turn should lift him out from among those he was living with.
Why? Because he was “one born out of due time,” 1Cor. 5:8. That is, he was birthed-converted into the faith before the time of perfection when God’s people will be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19), which is the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ,” Phil. 3:14.
So how is it really going to take place? Again, Paul explained this in Phil. 3:20,
“But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior, 21 Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.”
So you see, the transformation- resurrection is coming from within us where Christ resides in our Spirit man. It is from here that He is exerting that same power that raised Him from the grave in our bodies to be conformed to His glorious body. He can’t give us anything less than Himself. For Christ himself is our life (Col. 3:3-4).
The human race is not a guinea pig farm.