Vol. 15 No. 27
The Believer’s Walk Based on His High Calling
Principles of the Royal Family Honor Code (RFHC).
Based on our union and position in Christ, we are Royal Priests and Royal Ambassadors for Christ, 1 Peter 2:5, 9; 2 Cor 5:20. Therefore, as royalty we are to live by a royal code. Aristocracy has standards, and these standards are called the honor code. The honor code is the Christian way of life, James 2:8; Phil 2:15-16.
1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” James 2:8a, “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture…”
Phil 2:15, “So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”
Jesus Christ Himself is the basis for the fact we have an honor code, 1 John 4:7-21. He left us this honor code for the privacy and protection of the Royal Family of God, so that we can execute the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.
In order to function properly in our position of royalty, we need to learn royal manners and conduct. One of the benefits of “wisdom”, (God’s Word / Bible Doctrine), is that by it we learn how to live as kings inside the Royal Family of God. Therefore, found in God’s “wisdom” is the Royal Family Honor Code that all Church Age believers need to learn and apply to their daily lives.
- Ephesians emphasizes the position of the Royal Family forever.
- Hebrews emphasizes the priesthood of the Royal Family forever.
- Romans emphasizes the objectives of the Royal Family.
- Colossians emphasizes the lifestyle of the Royal Family.
The RFHC is a system of spiritual integrity mandated by God and revealed by the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age.
The Royal Family Honor Code centers around three principles related to people.
- Truth or integrity.
- Impersonal love.
- Grace orientation.
The Royal Family Honor Code cannot be separated from Impersonal Love as a Problem Solving Device or Spiritual Self-Esteem. You need to maintain your love and continue your spiritual growth in the function of the RFHC.
The RFHC relates to personal integrity on the part of believers in relationship to other persons. In that sense, the honor code is a supplement to Impersonal Love and other pertinent Problem Solving Devices of the Pre-designed Protocol Plan of God for our lives for all believers. The honor code is the Christian way of life.
James 2:8, “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.”
Integrity related to the RFHC is adherence to spiritual, moral, and ethical principles related to truth, (The Word of God), and honesty, (personal integrity). The RFHC relates to both the Protocol Plan of God and the Laws of Divine Establishment.
The mode of operation of the RFHC demands grace, Rom 12:19-21.
Rom 12:19, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Maximum function of the honor code is to risk or give one’s life for another member of the Royal Family, Rom 5:7; 16:3-4; John 15:12-13; 1 John 3:16,
John 15:12, “This is My (Jesus’) commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
1 John 3:16, “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
The RFHC demands avoidance of self-pity or any function that arouses pity from others, Rom 12:9-10; 13:8; 15:5-7.
Rom 12:9‑10, “Your love must be non‑hypocritical. Despise what is evil, adhere to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”
The RFHC excludes self-righteousness, Rom 12:3.
Rom 12:3, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”
Judging others is not only a violation of the Royal Family Honor Code, but it becomes an occupational hazard in the execution of the Plan of God for your life and their life.
The RFHC and Impersonal love excludes carrying a grudge. You do not retaliate or seek revenge if wronged, Rom 12:19-21.
Therefore, as royalty, we are to live by a royal code and that code is what we call the “Royal Family Honor Code,” which is found in the mystery doctrines for the Church Age. The Royal Family Honor Code relates to your personal integrity in relationship to others, especially those who are a part of the Body of Jesus Christ, and is a supplement to Impersonal Love and other Problem Solving Devices, especially Grace Orientation.
In addition, the RFHC is related to your spiritual growth. The more you learn about God’s Word and apply it in your life, the faster you will grow to the glory of God, as you apply the honor code within your life. Finally, as we have seen in Eph 4:1-3, the RFHC means you will “walk,” (live the unique spiritual life for the Church Age), “in a manner worthy of God’s calling of you, by which you have been elected into the eternal Family of God.” As such, you will function towards others, especially your fellow believers who too are members of the Body of Christ, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in the sphere of love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Next in vs. 4-6, we have a wonderful doxology in praise of God and His Plan.
Here we see the perfect example of and the grounds for our unity in the bond of peace inside the Royal Family of God. It tells us what is the heart and soul of the seven characteristics of the Royal Family Honor Code noted in vs. 1-3. It too is given to us in a list of seven things, (the number of spiritual perfection), to remind us of the unity and oneness that is God and His Plan.
In addition, it is given to us in three groups of three, (the number of Divine perfection), where the last or 7th item has three actions making up the last three. As such, this list takes us from the realization of unity in the Spirit, to the focus of unity in the Son, and then to the source of unity in the Father. Therefore, these “threes” constitute the “one” (the number of unity), body that we have been made into by God; the Body of Jesus Christ!
Eph 4:4-6, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling. 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
In these three passages, the number “one” is used six times. The root word used for “one” is HEIS.
- It is used three times in the Neuter HEN regarding the Holy Spirit and His work; “one body,” “one Spirit,” “one baptism.”
- It is used twice in the Dative Feminine MIA regarding believers; “one faith,” and “one hope.”
- It is used twice in the root Nominative Masculine HEIS regarding Jesus Christ and God the Father, “one Lord,” and “one God and Father.”
Notice also the particular usage of the gender in the Greek language. The Neuter usage is for God the Holy Spirit, as HAGIOS PNEUMA is typically in the Neuter gender in the N.T. The Feminine gender is used in relation to believers, who are the Church, the body of Christ and the bride of Christ. The Masculine gender is then used for God the Father and God the Son.
HEIS is also the root word for the cognate HENOTES that we noted in vs. 1-3, which means, “unity or oneness.” As “one,” HEIS commonly means the uniqueness of something; i.e., the single or only one of its kind. In that respect, we see in our passages the “oneness” or “uniqueness” of God and His plan for our salvation.
As noted above, in these three verses, we see the unity of the Trinity working together on behalf of mankind, especially the believer.
Vs. 4 describes the work of the Holy Spirit. There is one Body, and the Holy Spirit is the One who makes us members of it. He is the One who first brought us into vital contact with the Lord and now maintains each of us, and all of us, in Him. Even as we were actually called, or converted by this same Divine Agent, “in one hope of your calling,” we find ourselves in whatever our natural diversities are as individuals included and united “in” the one glorious prospect of “hope” made possible because of Christ Jesus. As a result, we share “one hope,” an expectant attitude concerning the Second Coming of our Lord and all the benefits related to it.
Vs. 5 reminds us that there is only “one Lord” our Savior Jesus Christ. When Paul wrote these words, nearly every cult of mystery religion had its own lord. However, the N.T. has only one Head, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is the only means of access into His Church. He is also the one that has made it possible for our “faith,” which is placing complete confidence in God and His Word, giving us access to Him. This is also accomplished by the “one baptism” we received at the moment of our salvation; the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit who does many things for us, which we noted in Chapter 3, including entering us into the Royal Family of God as the body of Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 12:13.
Vs. 6 describes God the Father as the One who originated all that vs. 4 and 5 describe. The Father is sovereign “above all,” the sustainer “through all,” and the One who gives the energy for all that happens, “in all.”
In regards to God, this doxology reminds us of the SHEMA of Israel,
“SHEMA YISRAEL, YHWH ELOHENU, YHWH ECHAD,” which is “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is One,” Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29-32.
As such, the Bible allows for no other God but YHWH. God’s desire to bring all men to the knowledge of the truth is
grounded in His status as the only God. Paul wrote in 1 Tim 2:5, “For there is one God.” He continues that there is “one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus.” No other is God except the One: the one God the Father, the one Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit; through whom all things came into existence, 1 Cor 8:4,6; Eph 4:5-6.
In regards to our Lord Jesus Christ, a single man was the bearer of God’s grace towards us, Rom 5:12-20. He is the pivot of all history, vs. 14. The One died on behalf of many, 2 Cor 5:14; cf. John 11:50ff. The death of the One for many brings unity to the many, Gal 3:28 “For you are all one in Christ Jesus,” and Christ is head over all His Church, which is one, Eph 1:22; Col 1:18.
In regards to the Church, the unity of the Church is through the one Spirit. “There is one body, and one Spirit” Cf. Eph 2:18; 4:15-16. As we have noted, unity becomes the basis for our behavior as well as the criterion for the exercise of our spiritual gifts, 1 Cor 12-14, even though this unity is expressed in diversity.
1. ) “One body” refers to the total number of believers from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture of the Church. “One Body,” is HEN SOMA that means there is one Church, made up of all believers of the Church Age who constitute the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ who is head over that body. This one body is sometimes called the invisible Church, but this is not
completely accurate, as all true believers should be visible to a lost and dying world. It depicts the Church as a single visible community. It is not simply a mystical concept. Its unity is recognizable in that Jews and Gentiles are now seen to be reconciled in Christ as one Church.
In the pagan world, there were many religious cults to choose from. Christians, on the other hand, were all members of one body. So this refers to the basic structure of the Royal Family of God. All believers in the dispensation of the Church are in the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the name of the Royal Family on the earth.
Principles of the Body of Christ
- The phrase “body of Christ” is used to designate all Church Age believers in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The Trinity is related to the body. The Father, for example, appointed and placed Christ as the head of the body, Eph 1:22. Therefore, Jesus Christ is the head of the body, Eph 1:23; 5:23-24; Col 1:18. The Holy Spirit forms the body of Christ, 1 Cor 12:12-14, and He sustains the body of Christ, 1 Cor 6:15; cf. 6:19-20.
- Christ is the Savior of the body, Eph 5:23, 25, 30. Being the Savior of the body means that the body of Christ has eternal life and possesses it forever and ever.
- Christ is also the sanctifier of the body, Heb 2:11; 13:12.
- The body is related to the strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict, Eph 1:22-23.
- The body includes Gentile, as well as Jewish, believers of the Church Age, Eph 3:6.
- The body is the recipient of diverse spiritual gifts, Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:27-28.
- The communication of Bible doctrine gift, (Pastor-Teacher), is for the purpose of edification and leading the body / royal priesthood to super-grace, Eph 3:6-8; 4:11-12.
- The objective of the body of Christ in phase two, is to reach the super-grace life, Eph 4:15-16, and the purpose of the Royal Family or body of Christ on earth is the glorification of God through the execution of the Plan for this dispensation.
2.) “One Spirit,” HEN PNEUMA, refers to the Holy Spirit who baptizes each believer into the body of Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit is to unify believers in Christ. This is the unity that the believer is instructed to keep and protect. The Holy Spirit indwells the body of Christ, and by the Spirit, the body lives and moves, 1 Cor 12:13. The
Spirit is its soul; apart from Him it cannot exist. The same Spirit fell on the Jews at Pentecost and on the Gentiles in the house of Cornelius. The “one Spirit” who has already spanned this widest of all gulfs, will bring together all other diverse groups within the Church.
3. ) “Called in one hope of your calling” is KALEO EN MIA ELPIS HO KLESIS. This reminds us of 1. Every believer is elected into the Family of God and into the Plan of God; therefore, the life of every believer has meaning, purpose, and definition. It also refers to the goal set before all believers. They will be taken out of this world into the presence of Christ. This is the “blessed hope,” Titus 2:13.
Our election was accomplished at the same time and by the same means as our entrance into the Royal Family; by means of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance, Eph 1:14, and so He is the guarantor of the “one hope” to which we are called, Eph 1:18; 2:12. This is the hope, (confident expectation), of sharing Christ’s glory at the end of the age, 1 John 3:2. This eschatological expectation is entertained equally by both Jews and Gentiles.
4.)“One Lord,” HEIS KURIOS, refers to the Lord Jesus Christ and His lordship over believers that brings into existence the unity of the Church. KURIOS in the Greek language means, “Supreme controller, sovereign, owner, master, Lord, etc.,” which describes some of what Jesus Christ is in relation to believers.
Christ is central in this group of three and central to the Church, as He is the sole Head of His body, the Church. Believers are members of His body through trusting Him and acknowledging Him as Savior. So this refers to the fact that all believers in Jesus Christ have the same Lord. He is the Lord in your life from the moment of salvation. He is the Lord in your life through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and resultant positional sanctification. So this refers to the fact that all members of the body of Christ have one Savior, Jesus Christ, who is Lord and the only celebrity in the Royal Family.
By contrast, the pagan world spawned and continues to spawn many lords. Christianity on the other hand, has only One whose claim is absolute. That is why believers cannot call anyone else Lord, even to escape death.
5.) “One faith,” is MIA PISTIS in the Nominative Feminine, as it relates to something the Church performs. PISTIS means, “faith, trust, confidence, assurance, conviction, and belief.”
First of all, faith is the manner in which we are saved and given entrance into the one Royal Family of God. Secondly, faith is the means by which we live the Christian way of life. Faith is totally without merit in the subject. The merit in faith is always in the object. The object in faith for salvation is Jesus Christ, and all of us were saved in exactly the same way, by believing in Christ. Therefore, faith involves recognition of who Jesus Christ is as the Son of God and Savior of men, the one and only means of salvation. It is thus “one allegiance and one profession of allegiance,” (Lock, p. 46). That is why our Lord instructed that there is only one way by which man must be saved, Mat 7:13; 19:24; John 14:6.
Mat 7:13, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.”
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
Sometimes in Scripture, PISTIS means Bible doctrine, which is the mind of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is the object we trust or believe in, and is the one and only means of living the unique spiritual life of the Church Age. Therefore, faith also refers to Christ as the body of truth called the mind of Christ, 1 Cor 2:16, and the Apostles’ doctrine, Acts 2:42. When the Word of God is denied in the life of the believer, or even in the world, there are divisions. However, when it is adhered to, there is unity.
As McGee notes, “There must be substance to form an adhesion of believers. This substance is correct doctrine.” (Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee.) Therefore, faith continues to be the mode of operation for living the spiritual life after our salvation, as we trust and rely upon God and His Word.
Therefore, when men accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are saved and entered positionally into the Body of Christ, making us one in Christ having unity. In addition, when believers are consistent in learning and trusting in the Word of God, meaning applying it, there is experiential unity and oneness in the Body of Christ.
6.) “One baptism,” HEN BAPTISMA, is in the Neuter gender, which means this is a reference to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word BAPTISMA means the identification of one thing with another, resulting in a change, i.e., the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the moment of your salvation, which is a real baptism, where He also enters you into the Royal Family of God. Ritual baptism is by water. When water baptism was performed, it was a symbol of the real baptism of the Holy Spirit, by which believers are actually made one. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the seal of incorporation into the body of Christ, so that all Christians become one person in Christ Jesus, Eph 1:13; 2:5-6; 3:15. This Baptism is one because it makes us one. It enters the believer into the Royal Family, and it provides the evidence that all Christians, without discrimination as to color, race, sex, age, or class, share the grace of Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ, 1 Cor 12:13.
1 Cor 12:13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
Principles of the Baptism of the Spirit
- Prior to the Church Age, God the Holy Spirit was always the agent of regeneration for those who believe in Christ. He still is and always will be, so that regeneration is something that occurs in every dispensation when a person believes in Christ.
- In the Church Age, the Baptism of the Spirit occurs for everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior at the moment of salvation, John 14:16-17; Acts 1:5; Rom 6:3-5; 1 Cor 12:13; Col 2:12.
Col 2:12, “Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
- The Baptism of the Spirit means He joins the individual believer to Christ’s Body and thus to Christ Himself as the Head of the Body.
John the Baptist prophesized about this baptism in Mat 3:11.
Mat 3:11, “As for me, I (John the Baptist) baptize you with water for repentance, but He (Jesus Christ) who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Cf. Acts 1:5.
- This baptism is not an experience of any kind. It is the regeneration of the Holy Spirit of the Church Age believer where He performs several functions at the point of salvation:
1) Baptism, which is entrance into the Royal family.
2) Indwelling, which is the sign of royalty.
3) Sealing, which is the security of royalty.
4) Spiritual gifts, which are the guarantee of provision for royalty.
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the function of any spiritual gift, as alleged by the Holy Roller heresy, which equates the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. No one has legitimately spoken in tongues since A.D. 70. Therefore, because of the universality of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit provided for all Church Age believers, it is not in any sense experiential. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an act of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. Any time God uses His Divine power, whether it is the omnipotence of God the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, it excludes any form of experiential cooperation. That is grace!
- Therefore, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is peculiar to the Church Age. It did not exist before the Church Age began, it will never occur again after the Church Age is terminated with the Rapture or resurrection.
- No Old Testament saint had the Baptism of the Spirit. The reason for this is that only the Body of Christ is royalty and the Baptism of the Spirit is a special salvation ministry to create royalty.
- The baptism of the Spirit is designed to take the Church Age believer and make him a member of the Royal Family, and create him to be the palace of God forever, Eph 2:19-22. The uniqueness of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is related to the fact that in this dispensation every believer is royalty forever.
Therefore, Baptism is the salvation ministry of God the Holy Spirit; whereby, He enters the believer into union with Jesus Christ, making him a member of the Royal Family forever. All members of the Royal Family have the same baptism, which provides equality in the Royal Family, an equality that does not exist through human birth, and is not acquired through human ability. Gal 3:26-28.
Gal 3:26-28, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
As Pastor R.B. Thieme Jr. noted, “It is not an experience. It is not an emotional activity or ecstatics. Therefore, it is not speaking in tongues. It is not related to human feeling. It is not progressive. Therefore, it cannot be improved in either time or eternity. Our union with Christ is perfect from salvation. It is not related to any human merit or ability. There is nothing you can do to have the Baptism of the Spirit. It is obtained in total at the moment of salvation. It is not a post-salvation experience. It is not the “second blessing,” so called by holy rollers. Union with Christ is a completed ministry by the Holy Spirit. Hence, it cannot be reversed by any human failure. It is eternal and unchangeable in nature. It cannot be canceled or changed by God or man. It is a part of your eternal security. No renunciation; no sin, human good, or evil; no moral or immoral degeneracy can cancel this ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is known and understood only through perception of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age. Therefore, it cannot be applied in a state of ignorance. It is invisible, not subject to empiricism; it is subject to cognition of Bible doctrine only. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of the POLITEUMA privileges, i.e., one of the ten unique features of the Church Age, making the Church Age believer unique because it is the basis for making us royal family of God.”
So this second trio of unities is related to the “one Lord” or master to whom all Christians owe their allegiance. These three expressions may well be intended to convey a single idea, i.e., “one Lord in whom we all believe and in whose name we are baptized.” (Scott, p. 204).
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.
So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!