Class Notes: 10/31/2021
The book of Romans part 10 Doctrine of the Gospel
We are in a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans and got through verse 1 with the expanded translation: "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called an apostle, through having been appointed because of the Gospel from God."
In the verse we found 3 doctrines to explore: the doctrine of adjustment to God's justice that Paul had done, the doctrine of apostle that was Paul's office, and the doctrine of the Gospel that was Paul's message.
We are presently in a study of the doctrine of the Gospel and before we stopped last time we noted that God always turns the curse into a blessing for positive believers. It is the believer's job to learn the doctrine in order to understand the when where and how and why of what God wants them to do as God works the situation out to their advantage.
In this case God was using the oppression from the Jewish government to get the Jewish believers to move away from there so they wouldn't be killed when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD.
Gal 1:8; proclaims a curse on those who teach a false Gospel. "Even though we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a Gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, let him be accursed."
Today there is a curse on many believers for adding something to faith in Christ alone. Many believers who are very moral, self-righteous, and living good clean lives are under a curse related to their self-righteous arrogance because they are teaching a false Gospel.
An example of a false Gospel is that you must not only believe in Christ but also make a commitment to Him. If you do not, your faith is merely academic. That is wrong and evil. So there is a special curse on people who teach this.
Another example: "If Christ is not Lord of all He is not Lord at all." Yet the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation is union with Christ, so that He is your Lord whether you know it or not, or whether you accept it or not.
Most believers do not understand all of the ramifications of this at salvation but as they learn more doctrine after they are saved they learn about the various facets of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, These are the 40 things that God provides to every believer for their life as a member of His Royal Family at salvation.
When you enter God's spiritual power system and begin to use the problem solving devices, you begin to experientially understand that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Church and of your life as a believer when you learn and believe His Word of truth.
It's simply a matter of spiritual growth that comes from learning Jesus' thinking under the filling and teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit. It is not a matter of any commitment you make it's a matter of God's commitment, Phil 2:13; Eph 2:10; 2Tim 2:13; Rom 8:28
The communication of the false Gospel has brought a curse on our country because too many believers are trying to help God by adding to God's finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, by making issues out of things that are not issues that are dealt with at salvation.
Many misinterpret Rom 10:10; by saying that unless you openly acknowledge your faith in Christ, you aren't really saved. But the passage really says is that righteousness comes from believing and acknowledgement from the mouth is the result of salvation;"
This verse conflates the principles found in Rom 3:22; and Luke 6:45c; The mouth speaks of or acknowledges what fills the thinking and in this case the thinking is God's righteousness that comes from believing. Believing God's righteousness is salvation. Confession indicates that reality.
1Pet 1:10-12; explains that the Gospel was revealed in the Old Testament.
v10 "As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry,
v11 1seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glory to follow.
v12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels have an insatiable desire to bend down and concentrate on."
Many of the messages of the prophets taught salvation through faith in Christ. Isaiah 53 is an example of this. Prophets of the Old Testament, like Isaiah, were always trying to determine exactly when Christ was coming.
So the Gospel that was preached when Peter was alive on the earth was the same Gospel that was preached by the prophets during Old Testament times.
Angels are interested in the Gospel, because response to the Gospel is the first part of the solution to the angelic conflict.
Gal 3:8; "And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying (Gen 12:3), `All the nations will be blessed in you.'" The Scripture refers to the Old Testament because the New Testament had not been written yet.
Rom 1:16; Tells us what the believer's attitude toward the Gospel should be. "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.
"To be ashamed," means to be affected by shame. Shame is defined as painful emotion excited by the consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, sinfulness, or impropriety.
Shame derives from guilt and guilt destroys the Christian life. You are to "forget those things which are behind." Phil 3:13; That cannot be done apart from the application of 1John 1:9; "If we name (cite or acknowledge) our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
Once confessed you must forget those sins and you must move on. Do not let anyone in your periphery try to control you through guilt. Parents and spouses are especially guilty of this when they use phrases like "after all I've done for you!"
People are constantly trying to control others through guilt and shame that is what the present politically correct cancel culture zeitgeist in our country is all about.
Anything that is done from a motivation of guilt is not accepted by God because the motivation aka the "why" is wrong. You must determine for yourself from God's Word what is your #1 priority in life and you cannot allow yourself to be motivated by guilt no matter what the source.
Guilt is arrogance. Guilt is a sin to be confessed, to be forgotten, and from which to move on. People feel guilty about sins, failures, and improprieties instead of naming those things, forgetting them, and moving on.
So in this passage, Paul says he is not ashamed; therefore his motivation is pure. Shame is a painful mental attitude sin that is based in emotion, and emotion has no ability to rationalize.
Guilt and shame are part of the arrogance complex of sins that include jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, self-pity, inordinate ambition, inordinate competition, hatred, and implacability.
All of these are related to arrogant self-absorption.
There is no place for shame or guilt in God's protocol plan. When you find you have shame or guilt, your spiritual life is on hold until you rebound, get up and move on.
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