Vol. 16 No 29 – July 9, 2017
In that Declaration, representatives of the 13 Colonies defined the reasoning for throwing off the British government with its tyranny, in order to establish a new nation under God. It speaks of the reasons for separation, so as to enjoy the God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The declaration is not divided into formal sections; but it is often discussed as consisting of five parts:
2) The Preamble,
3) The Indictment of George III,
4) The Denunciation of the British people, and
5) The Conclusion.
The first section called “Introduction,” asserts as a matter of Natural Law the ability of a people to assume political independence; acknowledges that the grounds for such independence must be reasonable, and therefore explicable, and that they ought to be explained. It reads:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
The second section called “Preamble,” outlines a general philosophy of government that justifies emancipation when government harms natural rights.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism (tyranny and dictatorship), it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Through this declaration, the people of these colonies, later to be known as the United States of America, declared that they were setting themselves apart from the British Empire, to be a free and independent nation. This was not just some fanciful endeavor, but part of God’s administration of the history of the human race, to call out a people and nation unto Himself, to be a beacon and hope for the entire world through our Lord Jesus Christ. It was God setting apart, or better yet, sanctifying, a nation to the work of evangelizing and teaching the truth of God’s Word to the entire world. He called out a client nation to Himself, which has been preaching and evangelizing for the past 241 years.
It reminds us of what God is accomplishing through our Lord Jesus Christ regarding His Church, the body and bride of Jesus Christ in Eph 5:26-27.
As we have noted this past week, the AGAPE Love of Jesus Christ for His Church, has accomplish six, (the number of man), blessings for His bride:
- Sanctification, (HAGIAZO), to consecrate, dedicate, purify, and to set apart.
- Cleansing, (purification from sin).
- Glorification, (exaltation).
- No spot or wrinkle, (Sinlessness in our position before God).
- Holy, (perfect / righteous / set apart / consecrated).
- Blameless, (justification, declared innocent).
The first blessing is the header for them all, our Positional Sanctification, where we have been set apart from sin, Satan, and the world, to live holy and righteously before God. It speaks to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit who on the day of our faith in Jesus Christ, the day of our salvation, entered us into union with Jesus Christ, thus establishing the body of Jesus Christ, the Church, which is also called “His Bride.”
These six blessings define what Jesus Christ has done positionally for those who believe in Him. In other words, this is how we stand before God, and this is how God views us. These things are not ours because we have performed some good works or done some good deeds. They are given to us because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us upon the Cross. These six represent our Positional Sanctification.
Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
Interestingly, our founding fathers also defined these in overview with three, (the number of Divine Perfection), terms; Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Our founding fathers, being godly men, composed this declaration to define our God given rights before man. These three, just as the six above are wrought in the efficacious work of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross.
- Through the efficacious work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, those who believe in Him receive “life,” the new spiritual life that is accompanied with eternal life.
2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Gal 6:15, “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”
Rom 5:21, “That, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Rom 6:22, “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.”
Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Gal 6:8, “For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
1 Tim 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Titus 3:7, “That being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
1 John 5:11, “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”
1 John 5:13, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
- Through the efficacious work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, those who believe in Him now have liberty, as they have been freed from the slave market of sin to live a new life unto Jesus Christ, Rom 6-7.
Rom 6:17-18, “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
Rom 8:2, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
Gal 5:1, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
Gal 5:13, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Psa 119:45, “And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.”
2 Cor 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Isa 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives, And freedom to prisoners.”
1 Peter 2:16, “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”
James 1:25, “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed (HAPPY) in what he does.”
- Through the efficacious work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, those who believe in Him can purse the Happiness of God, (+H), that they never could achieve prior. Through their continued positive volition towards the Word of God and resultant spiritual growth, the believer receives the happiness of God in their lives.
The Greek words for happiness are MAKARIOS, many times translated “blessed,” found in Mat 5:3-12, known as the Beatitudes, and CHARA, translated as “joy” in John 15:11. Contentment and humility also speak of the happiness of God within your soul, cf. Phil 4:11-13; 1 Tim 6:7-8.
John 15:11, “I have taught you these things that My happiness might be in you, and that your happiness might be fulfilled.”
Your happiness is based on having the Word of God resident within your soul, Prov 3:13.
Prov 3:13, “Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.”
Psa 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
Rom 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
These things are freely given to us by God through our union with the Lord Jesus Christ, and the intake and application of His Word / Bible Doctrine.
Our founding fathers understood these principles as noted in the preamble that reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” and they understood that Divine Institution #4 was established to provide for and uphold these truths. Therefore, when the British Empire was impeding these principles, they were justified in throwing off that form of governance and establishing a new one, which they did, and by which we continue to be blessed by God today.
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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!