“The Doctrine Of Substitution” or “I’ll Fight Patrick Stewart” or “Another Picture From Mary Lou Z.” He Took My Place At Calvary” or “The Doctrines Of Grace: Part (3) Three”

“If you therefore me as a partner, receive him as myself. If he has wronged you, or owes  you anything, put that on my account; I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it.”  (Philemon 1:17-19 a.)

“…I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”                                                                                                                                            (Galatians 5:20 b.)

 

Years go I heard an analogy. I cannot claims its veracity nor do I need to.  An analogy is used to clarify a truth or a point, its veracity need not be truthful or exact, it needs only make the point clearer to the hearer. The analogy goes like this:  during the U.S. Cival War a warrant was put out for the arrest of a man that was fighting in the war. It was a bench warrant and stated that this man was wanted for execution. This man was away and did not know about this bench warrant or was never told about it. [I don’t know why or how he did not know…was warrant lost? was it hidden by his superiors? I know not.”]

In any event, he did not know about this warrant.  As time went by a man turned himself in and Identified himself as the wanted man. He was taken an hanged.  As more time went by, the real man heard about this warrant and that another man turned himself in. The real man ran to turn himself in so that the substitute would be released. He was taken to the authorities, but was told he was too late. They could not hang him as another was hanged in his place.  The guilty soldier was claimed justified, for as far, as the law was concerned, the guilty was already hanged for his crime.

The Biblical doctrine of substitution is something like the analogy. There are many other analogies that describe this great doctrine.

Years ago in a WWE pay per view. One of the big matches or big draws was Vince McMahon vs. Donald J. Trump. It was called, “The Battle of the Billionaires.”  Obviously neither of these men would actually fight, though McMahon has fought many times and was and is very capable, anyway these men woud not fight for themselves.  Each man would select a wrestler that would fight in their stead. As a stipulation, the winning billionare would have the right, under contract rules, to shave the head of the losing billionaire. THe winner of the match was Billionare Trump.  Is there any wonder why I voted for this man?  Donald J. Trump or rather now, President Donald J. Trump shaved the hair off of Fellow billionare VIncent Kennedy McMahon’s head on live television!!!  This, too, as silly as it may be to some is an ananlogy of substitution.  In the “winner’s column” President Trump is the winner of the match, though he, in actuality, did not participate in the fight, itself.

My good friend, or rather one of my very best friends, is on a trip around the world. Very often she will send pictures of herself and her very best friend and husband of (50) years, Fifty Years!!! These pictures will show the happy couple at various places from around the world.  By viewing these picture one could imagine themselves there and experiencing these adventures vicariously through Mary Lou and her husband. This is another way of understanding substition.  When Mary Lou gets home her friends will be able to sit down with her and hear about her memories and they will get to live them through their imagination.

Therefore, through another person, Trump defeated McMahon and through Mary Lou, many will be able to experience a trip around the earth. Also by these substitutions one may be inspired to experience these events for themselves. For example, I have heard that Captain Jean Luc Picard or Patrick Stewart had recently made the stupid remark that he wished he could be American so he could challenge President Trump to a fist fight. I don’t know why he would have to be American, however, I am an American, for which I thank God for very, very, very often and I doubt I will ever stop thanking God for very, very, very often…in fact, would you excuse me while I stop typing and thank Him right now…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..okay, I am done for now. Back to my point, I am an American. I weigh (160-178lbs) one hunded and sixty pounds to one hundred and seventy-eight pounds. I am a God-called preacher from a very young age…one could argue. (9) nine years old.  I have also been trained for (5-ish) five-ish years in jiu jitsu. I have kept up my training via autodidact training for the last (15) fifteen years, so one could argur I have (20) twenty years of traning ,whereas others would say I have only  (5) five years of training. We would be happy to be tested by either school of thought to find out………any way I speak as a human fool….the truth is, like King David, God has “[teaching] my fingers to fight and my hands to war” in all areas of human and spiritual warfare…no offense intended to our U.S. Armed forces. May Godspeed be with them and carry them though all lines of life’s battles. I will now stop writing and bow my spirit as I pray for them all….those who are still fighting, for those who are home and those that will be called in the future………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………okay, Back to my point, I would be happy to accept Mr. Patrick Stewarts challenge to Pres. Trump.  I will be (DV) Trump’s substitute. And after I/he win(s) (DV) MR. Trump’s record will be (2) two wins and (0) Zero losses. I would (DV) even wear a mask so that the victory goes to Trump alone.  Am I serious? Of course not, or am i?

After Mary Lou arrives home safe and sound (our prayers are always her companions) she will give words to pictures of her adventures. and all will live these adventures through her photos and words.  Is this not what reading does for us? Reading allows us to visit so, so very, very many worlds? I’ve heard it said, when one reads a book one visits a world and when one destroys a book or many books one destorys one or many worlds. After hearing her stories and then deciding to experience her adventures (DV) one might say, ” I am going to ‘Mary Lou’ this Summer, instead of saying, “I’m going on vacation this Summer.”

By these analogies, whether they are exacting parallels or not they explain the great Biblical doctrine of Substitution. Now (DV), let me teach you this doctrine. For some this will explain clearly, I trust, what Christ has done for you. For others this may explain what or Who 0r how their lost and condemned souls could be saved.

The Doctrine of Substitution Explained:                                                                                                     The doctrine of Substitution teaches us how a Jewish Man, born of a Jewish virgin, some (2000) two-thousand years ago, can save a person today or more specifically how it has saved you or how it can save you today. To warn you, though, this will be very clear. This will be so clear that a young child would understand it and once you understand it you are responsible or rather you will be, knowingly, responsible. I say knowingly because you are already responsible in the eyes of the seethingly incensed God that is focusing His boiling and bubbling and very overwhelming anger on you…Personally ….on you, if you have not submitted your life to His rule and reign of Righteousness.

The Doctrine of Substitution: Allow me to demonstrate how simple it is to understand this doctrine. There are (2) two brothers. There is a younger brother and an older brother. The younger brother is a bit on the weakling side and a bit of a trouble maker. The older or Elder brother is strong and good. One day the weaker, younger brother throws a ball through the family’s picture window.   [Side Note; you have already predicted the end haven’t you?  Then you see how simple the doctrine of substituition is, therefore you are already responsible before God.] Make no mistake, the younger brother did it on purpose.

The Father comes home and asks the obvious question, “Who broke the window?”  Before the younger brother had the chance to accept the blame (and who even knows if he would have) the elder innocent brother said, “I did it, father, I did it.” The father asked the elder brother. “was it on purpose or was it an accident? the elder brother said, “it…it …was on purpose, I wanted to see what would happen.”

The father told the elder brother to go into the office and the boy obeyed.  The elder brother was disciplined for what he had not done. The elder took the younger’s place for the younger was without strength to bear the discipline as well as the innocent elder brother could.

Why did the elder brother answer the father so quickly?  The elder decided to take the disipline before  the younger even threw the ball through the window.  The elder brother knew that this would probably happen because he knew his younger brother so well.

It’s kind of like when a child takes a drink into the living room. The Dad sees it and let’s it go even though he already knows the child will probably spill it.  Sure enough the drink is spilled and Mom is not happy with the child, Mom say’s “I’ve told you not to bring drinks into the living room, haven’t I” and before the child could say yes or nod her head, Dad say’s “it’s my fault, I told her she could bring it in, let me clean it up.” The Mom is not happy with the Dad now but all is well between mother and daughter. The daughter understands what has just happened. She sees her Dad in a new light and she never brings a drink into the living room again.

Back to the (2) two brothers: The elder took the discipline for the younger. Before the elder left the Dad’s office the Dad asks him, “Son, did you really break the window, and please be honest, son”. The boy begins to cry and said, “No, but he’s doesn’t have the strengh yet to take the punishment and I love him, so I took the punishment. The Father said, “Immanuel, My Son, I knew that, I knew that, before I disciplined you, I knew what you were doing and we both knew that Elect had to learn that someone must pay for the sin. The Father continued, “I love you so much, Immanuel, for what you have done and Elect, Your younger brother, will come to understand this too, and he will love you for it.

The doctrine of substitution: The Lord Jesus Christ, the Sinless Son of God, took the sinners place on the sinner’s cross. The Elder Brother, God’s Son, took the place of the younger sinful brother upon the cross, If you believe or will ever believe, The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Sinless Son, Your Innocent Elder Brother, Immanuel has taken your place upon your Cross and has endured the punishment for your sin, for your crime, for your iniquities, for your transgressions, for your trespasses, for your mistakes that you have made and have caused. By the Substitution of the Innocent Immanuel; the wicked sinner (You) has been declared innocent.  By the Innocent Immanuel, the Elect, me, you, us, have been justified and declared free of all charges because of our Innocent Immanuel, Who was the Substitute in our stead.

This concludes the (3rd) third part in our “Doctrines of Grace” series. So far we have written an introduction and we have written upon Election and Sanctification.  In this article we have written on Substitution and introduced the subject or Justification. (DV), we shall write upon the doctrine of Justification soon.  Godspeed, Fellow Pilgrims.

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