Class Notes: 11/3/2021
The book of Romans part 11 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 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 the arrogance of 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.
You must be filled with the Spirit, and no one is ever filled with the Spirit while in a state of shame or guilt. You are grieving the Holy Spirit when you harbor shame or guilt in your life.
This doesn't imply that you aren't guilty; but the problem with guilt and shame is that it is a facet of the arrogance complex of sins that if not recognized and dealt with on the basis of God's grace you will be enslaved to self righteousness in satan's cosmic system and that is exactly what satan wants.
The use of 1John 1:9; plus residence in God's spiritual power system under correct and accurate grace oriented Bible teaching aligns believers to His grace policy that is in accord with His protocol plan for Church Age believers.
Orientation to God's grace policy includes forgetting those things which are behind per. Phil 3:13; so it is designed to eliminate guilt and shame in your life on the basis of what Jesus did. Rom 8:3;
Many believers are ashamed of the Gospel because it excludes human good. However it is only the Gospel is "the power of God for salvation." Evangelists who are ashamed of the Gospel focus on other things like sin, giving up things, social injustice and reforming instead of faith in Christ.
Rom 15:20; tells us that the Gospel is to be preached to those who have never heard so it is a part of missionary activity.
John 14:6; describes Jesus as "the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through Me."
Acts 4:12; "There is no salvation in no one else, for there is no other person under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."
Rom 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ." For the person who rejects Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, there is no salvation, and therefore no function of the power of God for salvation.
While Jesus Christ was judged for the sins of the entire world, only who respond to the Gospel by believing in Jesus Christ receive the benefit of eternal life.
Since faith is non-meritorious, it is the power of God that provides salvation because God the Holy Spirit makes faith effective according to the doctrine of efficacious grace.
At the very moment we believe in Jesus Christ, the power of God provides at least forty things for us, including such things as: the perfect righteousness of God, eternal life, regeneration, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, entrance into God's operational spiritual power system, becoming a new spiritual species in union with Jesus Christ.
We are given our very own portfolio of invisible assets including escrow blessings, recipients of election and predestination, given our very own spiritual gift, have the protocol plan of God, become members of the royal family of God, become royal priests and ambassadors,
We are indwelt by all three Members of the Trinity, and many other things all given on the basis of grace and faith alone not as the result of any work or commitment from us.
John 3:15-18; "That everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.
v16 For God so loved the world that He gave His uniquely born Son, in order that anyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
v17 God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world but that the world should be saved through Him." (The plan of God for the Hypostatic Union is salvation, not judgment.) "
v18 He who believes in Him is not judged; but he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the person of the uniquely born Son of God."
John 3:36b, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not believe (does not obey) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God stays on him."
The Greek preposition "eis" plus adverbial accusative of respect from "huis" "in the Son," explains the direction of the action of the verb.
The action of the verb, "to believe" is directed exclusively to the Son.
This however is where some refuse to orient to grace because they think they need to add something to their belief in Christ but the action of the verb, "to believe," relates exclusively to Jesus Christ with nothing added. "Does not believe" is the Greek verb "apeitho" that is the negative "a" plus "peitho."
"Peitho" means to obey. One of the ways salvation was presented by Jesus during God's great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union was to "obey. How do we obey? We obey God by believing what God says is true.
To not obey is to refuse to believe what God says about Jesus, John 6:47. This was what our Lord demanded by way of obedience: "Truly, truly, I say to you (I am giving you an absolute truth): he who believes in Me has eternal life."
John 11:25-26; "Jesus said to her (Martha), `I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me shall live even if he dies. And everyone who lives (on earth) and believes in Me shall never die.'" Death doesn't stop anyone from having eternal life and resurrection.
John 20:30-31; "Many other attesting miracles, therefore, Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God, and that believing you may have life by means of His name."
John only wrote about twelve miracles in his book, because those twelve demonstrated Jesus Christ as Messiah as well as His being the only Savior. Verse 31 explains the purpose for writing about, "That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ."
The Greek preposition "en" plus the instrumental of the dative "toi" and "onoma" can be translated, "through His unique person." The focus is on his unique identity as the Christ the Messiah, and Savior.
Rom 3:22; "Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. For there is no distinction between Jew or Gentile." Salvation is for any and every race.
Rom 3:28; "For we maintain that man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law."
Rom 4:1-4; "What shall we say then, that Abraham, our ancestor, according to the flesh has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to brag about, but not before God. What does the Scripture say? (Gen 15:6) `Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness.' Now to the one who works (for salvation), his compensation is not credited on the basis of grace but on the basis of debt."
Rom 5:1; "Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
At the very moment you acknowledge in your thinking that you believe in Jesus Christ, that is when the forty things are given to you. Commitment, ritual or works have nothing to do with salvation.
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