Class Notes: 9/1/2022
The book of Romans part 72, Rom 1:28;
In our word-by-word study of Romans we have finished Rom 1:27; and are discussing a few principles from the previous 3 verses.
Rom 1:25; Expanded Translation: "They (reversionist unbelievers) who exchanged the doctrine of the God for a lie (gospel for false doctrine or evil), both worshipped and served the creature (satan) rather than the Creator (Jesus Christ), who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:26; Expanded Translation: "Because of this (exchange of doctrine for evil) the God delivered them over to passions of dishonor (sexual perversions of degeneracy): for even their females exchanged the normal function (of sex) for that which is contrary to or beyond nature or abnormal."
Rom 1:27; Expanded Translation: "But also in the same manner even the males (homosexuals), after they first abandoned the normal sexual function of the female, became inflamed with sexual desire in their lust toward each other (of the same category); accomplishing the perverted act, and receiving back payment in themselves the appropriate penalty for their perversion"
These verses describe the battle between God and the creature for the thinking of mankind in the angelic conflict.
Last time we noted that believers who do not serve the creature can expect accusation, slander, maligning, and judging. The more innocent the believer is the more satan's minions will pile on with lies and deceit. Zech 3:1,2; Rev 12:9,10. John 5:18-22;
Satan tries to get believers to react with arrogance skills instead of using faith rest to wait on Jesus with spiritual skills.
When believers fall for this tactic they become their own worst enemy. This is what happened to Moses and it also what satan is doing to former president Trump and his supporters in the USA at this time.
The believer's job in satan's world is to testify regarding God's veracity by simply standing their ground in truth, waiting, and staying focused on their job which is to testify regarding God's veracity by standing their ground and waiting some more. Eph 6:10-18;
Believers are to wait because only Jesus can engage the battle. While they wait prayer and the Gospel are the believer's primary offensive weapons.
Positive believers can also expect satan to create a lot of distractions that take them away from doctrine since he sponsors anyone going negative toward doctrine. He sponsors reversionism from doctrine in the believer. 1Cor 10:19-21; 2Cor 11:3; 2Cor 13:5-6;
Believers can expect satan and his minions to distract and frustrate them with propaganda regarding God's will for them: This includes the mental will of God. Eph 4:14; the geographical will of God 1 Thes 2:18; and the operational will of God. James 4:7,8.
This brings us back to our study in the book of Romans to Rom 1:28; with God's third conveyance of reversionistic unbelievers into the sphere of evil. "And even as" the connective "kai" and the causal conjunction "kathos" that means "and since."
"they did not approve" from the negative "ouk" plus the aorist active indicative from the verb "dokimazo" that means to put something to the test, to examine, to test for the purpose of validating.
With the negative "dokimazo" means to reject after testing. "And since they rejected the Gospel after testing and examining it." Again, this is a reference to the unbeliever reversionist who had "epignosis" Gospel under the common grace ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
The unbeliever thought about it and said I don't believe it. This is a constantive aorist tense that gathers into a single entirety their negative volition at God-consciousness and gospel hearing.
The active voice: the reversionistic self-righteous unbeliever maladjusts to God's justice and rejects it after examination. The indicative mood is declarative so it expresses it as a statement describing an actual fact of reality.
"the God to have " from "ton Theos echo." The accusative singular of the definite article "ton" is used as a proper noun to indicate a person whose identity is well known to the readers (Jesus Christ).
The accusative singular of Theon is used here as the object of the infinitive. Plus the present active infinitive of "echo" that means to have or possess or to keep.
"Echo" that we have translated " to have" is translated "acknowledge" in the NASB is a present tense that is a historic present viewing the past event with the vividness of a present situation the unbeliever after having spirit taught knowledge of the Gospel of Christ produces the action of refusing it and rejecting it.
The infinitive is the actual result of what occurs at gospel hearing. He actually had God right there in his thinking and had "epignosis" gospel in his soul. All he had to do was exhale faith in Christ and he would be saved, but instead he said no.
"in their knowledge," "en" plus the locative of "epignosis." This refers to the unbeliever's complete understanding of the gospel from the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit under common grace, and after having examining it carefully, saying no to it.
Literally, "and since in full knowledge they rejected after examination having the God." Or, in better English: "And since in full knowledge they rejected having the God after careful examination."
The words "any longer" that are in the NASB are not in the original or in the NET or the KJV or the NIV express the idea of retention from the verb' echo" that can be translated to have, to hold, to maintain or to keep.
The point is that because of reversionistic negative volition they lost what they had because they refused to believe it and they forgot it and moved on to something else.
The information was never moved from their short-term memory into their long-term memory so they forgot God.
"the God gave them over" the nominative singular subject is "o Theos." The definite article is used for someone well known to you, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The verb translated to hand over to judgment is "paradidomi." Again the aorist tense is a constantive aorist that gathers the judgment function of God's justice toward the unbeliever into one entirety.
Handing over to judgment occurs in both time and eternity: in time, the 5th cycle of discipline; in eternity, the lake of fire. The active voice, God's justice produces the action of the verb.
The indicative mood is declarative representing the action of the verb as historical reality. Then an accusative plural direct object from the intensive pronoun "autos", emphasizing the identity of the category of those in reversionism who are maladjusted to God's justice.
"to a depraved mind" is the preposition "eis" plus the accusative singular of "adokimos," an adjective used as a pun or a paronomasia.
The noun is "nous," translated" mind." The judgment is the worthless or depraved mind that is filled with satanic doctrines of evil that cannot have any kind of relationship with God because satan's thinking and God's thinking are mutually exclusive.
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