Class Notes: 12/15/2022

The book of Romans part 98; Rom 2:5; The doctrine of unrepentance

In our verse-by-verse study of Romans we finished Rom 2:5. Our expanded translation is "Because of your hardness and unrepentant heart, you store up and accumulate for yourself wrath against the day of wrath, even disclosure of just judgment from the God."

The words translated heart, hardness, unrepentant, and judgment in this verse brought up some doctrines to look at and we are presently looking at the doctrine of hardness of heart.

Last time we finished looking at the word translated "hardness" or "stubbornness" this brings us to the word "unrepentant" that is translated from the Greek word "ametanoetos."

"A" means not and "metanoetos" means repentant or to change your mind so an unrepentant unbeliever refuses to change their mind about Jesus in order to be saved.

The root word is the Greek transitive verb "metanoeo" that means to change one's thinking, or to change the mind. The cognate noun is "metanoia" that refers to a change of mind, a conversion, to turn away.

Repentance therefore refers to a change of thinking from human viewpoint to Divine viewpoint. Repentance refers to a decision that based on rational thought. Repentance is not emotion. It is rational.

This means that everyone who believes repents at the moment of salvation.

Witnessing only requires information it does not require a decision you do not try to get the unbeliever to "repent." That is the function of God the Holy Spirit using the Gospel information that is provided in by the witness.

God the Holy Spirit will that that doctrinal information and encourage them to change their mind about Jesus the only thing the unbeliever needs is the proper information for God the Holy Spirit to do His work.

Repentance is a theological concept that is used to explain the mechanics of what happens at salvation. Salvation repentance is that change of mind that follows the perception of the epignosis doctrine that is comprised of the spirit taught knowledge of the Gospel message.

The inhale is the principle of common grace, whereby the Holy Spirit takes the testimony of the witness and makes it a reality in the thinking of the unbeliever.

No one can come unless God leads them. John 6:44; But everyone is being led. John 12:32; Apart from God the Holy Spirit the unbeliever cannot understand spiritual phenomena. 1Cor 2:14;

Under God's policy of efficacious grace God the Holy Spirit acts as the human spirit in the epignosis perception of the doctrine of the Gospel, John 16:8-11; 2Tim 2:24-26;

After epignosis perception, positive volition expresses itself in a change of mental attitude regarding belief in Jesus. This means that faith in Christ and repentance are opposite sides of the same coin.

A change in mental attitude about the person and work of Christ equals repentance. Repentance results in the exhale of faith in Jesus Christ that results in salvation adjustment to God's justice.

Mark 1:15; explains that first a person first changes their mind about Christ and then believes in Him; Matt 12:41; Luke 13:2-3, 5; Luke 15:7; 10; Acts 17:30; Acts 20:21; Acts 26:20; Rom 2:4; Heb 12:16-17;

No one is ever saved by emotion. Feeling sorry for your sins does not result in salvation. Salvation is the result of a rational belief in Jesus Christ

Because of the scar tissue in his soul Esau made up a system of self-righteous arrogance and emotion that he thought would save him but since Esau refused to be saved on the basis of grace and faith alone he would not be saved. This happens to many self-righteous people.

2Pet 3:9, God is "not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."

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