Class Notes: 5/18/2023
The book of Romans part 133; Rom 3:2; Doctrine of the importance of doctrine
In our verse by verse study of Romans we just completed Rom 3:2; with the expanded translation "Much in every way: for in the first place since they (Israel) were entrusted with the doctrines from God."
We see here that one of the advantages of the Jew is that they were entrusted with God's Word of truth that is the basis for receiving grace blessing from God.
This tells us that doctrinal teaching is to be the believer's highest priority in life because Bible doctrine reveals the thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we stopped last time we were noting that Doctrine is also the basis for the distribution of escrow blessings for eternity, Heb 11:9-10 cf Heb 11:13; James 1:25 cf James 2:12-13.
Bible doctrine must be more real than empirical knowledge, 2Pet 1:19; Heb 11:1;
This explains that if there is a conflict between what you see in life and Bible doctrine, Bible doctrine is always right. The mature believer understands that Bible doctrine is more real than anything else in life.
Lack of Bible doctrine destroys a nation, Hosea 4:1-6. This explains why we have the situation we have in the USA right now.
Bible doctrine is part of the principle of logistical grace, Col 1:25-29; Heb 13:7, 17; Eph 4:11-13.
God keeps us alive so we can learn doctrine. Logistical grace includes time, food, shelter, clothing, money, transportation, protection, the Bible, a pastor, a local church, friends, and loved ones. Bible doctrine is an essential part of our logistical grace provision for our advance to spiritual maturity.
God's plan is for us to advance in and to vindicate Bible doctrine, Isa 53:10 cf Rom 3:4; Ps 51:4. When you are maligned or rejected the application of doctrine is your only vindication.
The communication of Bible doctrine by a pastor makes the advance to spiritual maturity possible by establishing the balance of residency between the filling of the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine in the soul of the believer. 1Cor 6:19, 1Cor 3:16; Eph 5:18.
God the Holy Spirit transfers Bible doctrine from the written page to the believer's soul when the believer learns doctrine from the communication of the pastor-teacher. We call this process GASP that is an acrostic for (Grace Apparatus for Spiritual Perception).
The purpose of this transfer of doctrine is to establish a balance of residency with the filling of the Holy Spirit, whereby God can be glorified in your life by blessing you.
In the church age God the Holy Spirit works through the Word in the believer's soul where the lack of doctrine in the soul creates a demand for doctrine under God's system of GASP.
The daily function of GASP fills up that lack of doctrine in the believer's soul.
The importance for believers to consistently function under God's GASP system is described in Heb 10:25,35-36,39; and Col 2:6-7.
Supergrace capacity is developed by persistent positive volition and the daily function of GASP.
Bible doctrine in the soul produces confidence for life in time, Job 5:24-27; 2Cor 5:6-8; Heb 10:35.
It produces divine viewpoint of life and establishes right priorities in the soul, Isa 55:7-9; 2Cor 10:5;
It orients the believer to God's plan, Isa 26:3-4; Rom 8:28, It produces stability of thinking, James 1:8, it is the basis for divine guidance and the execution of God's will during life in time, Rom 12:2-3.
It leads to occupation with Christ, your social life with Christ, and the capacity and ability to love God and appreciate Him as the Source of blessing when it comes, Phil 3:10; Eph 3:19; Heb 12:1-2.
Bible doctrine in the soul is how the believer attains and maintains spiritual maturity, Phil 3:12-14.
It is how the believer becomes the target for eternal grace blessing from God, Heb 11:9, 10, 13; James 1:25; James 2:12-13;
We have noted the Biblical words that describe maximum Bible doctrine in the soul include the Hebrew word "chakmah" and the Greek word "epignosis.
Theologically maximum doctrine in the soul is described as "megas charis," it is translated as super or greater grace. James 4:6.
Heb 13:10, describes an "altar of the soul" that is built using metabolized doctrine that is the place where church age believer priests worship God on the basis of truth.
Bible doctrine is how God equips believers for their service of building up the body of Christ. Eph 4:12, 16;
It is also how the believer relates to God and maximizes their use of time. Eph 5:15-18; It addresses how the believer is to relate to unbeliever for maximum spiritual impact in Col 4:5;
Eph 6:10; describes doctrine as God's power that the believer can deploy to take control of their life.
Doctrine is described in a military sense as the means of deploying the spiritual armor that God supplies to the believer in Eph 6:11-18;
These spiritual weapons are then deployed to follow our leader Jesus Christ who set the example of their deployment in Heb 12:1-2 for the purpose of taking and holding the high ground of the spiritual battle through their deployment Heb 11:1-3;
The spiritual war is a conflict between opposing ideas and ideology. Col 2:5-8; that can only be won with the superior thinking of Jesus Christ.
Crucifixion: Mark 8:34; Matt 10:38; Luke 9:23, 14:27, "Taking up your cross" and "follow Me" emphasizes the impersonal love of the mature believer.
Chemical preservative: Matt 5:13; Mark 9:50; Col 4:6; Luke 14:34, "Salt of the earth."
Sanctification: 1 Tim 6:3-4; 2Pet 1:3; The NASB refers to this as "Godliness."
Bible doctrine in the soul is the means of promotion, 1Chron 11:1-2.
Bible doctrine in the soul is the true source of happiness, Luke 11:27-28. "Happiness is hearing and retaining the Word of God." Life without learning doctrine is death.
Some important Bible passages on the importance of doctrine are Heb 11, Prov 8, 2Pet 1:12-21; and Isa 53:12.
Thinking is the application of Bible doctrine to experience.
Learning is understanding. Understanding is thinking. Therefore, thinking is the application of understanding so thinking doctrine is the application of doctrine
Learning Bible doctrine under the Holy Spirit is tantamount to understanding Bible doctrine because the Holy Spirit causes us to understand. Therefore, thinking Bible doctrine is synonymous with application of Bible doctrine.
God teaches us the doctrine so the issue is our volition. First we must choose learn doctrine, then we must choose to think doctrine.
You have to learn Bible doctrine before you can think Bible doctrine or apply Bible doctrine.
No believer can apply doctrine to his experience until he has used his volition to believe it. Believing it results in metabolized being resident doctrine in the right lobe of the mentality of the soul. Application of doctrine requires metabolization of doctrine then you have to think metabolized doctrine before you can apply it.
The concepts for the environment of application are learning, thinking, and solving.
Learning is tantamount to perception and application of Bible doctrine. Thinking is the application of metabolized doctrine to experience. Solving is understanding and using the problem-solving devices of the protocol plan of God.
The function of the application of the doctrine is determined by how it is directed. Doctrine directed toward God includes worship, personal love for God, and occupation with Christ. Doctrine directed toward people means impersonal love for all mankind.
Doctrine directed toward self refers to confidence from spiritual self-esteem. Doctrine directed toward dying means the peace and tranquility from application of the doctrine of dying grace.
This brings us back to our verse-by-verse study of Romans.
Rom 3:3; "What then" literally "for what" from the explanatory use of the postpositive conjunctive particle "gar," plus the interrogative pronoun nominative neuter singular from "tis" but this is an idiom.
In the Koine Greek the idiom means, "Well then, how stands the case with regard to the alternatives?" So "ti gar" introduces alternative possibilities regarding God's integrity or God's justice.
The question being posed is "What is the situation with regard to the alternatives related to God's justice."
According to the principle of the advantages are not advantageous without the advantage the Jew can only be benefited by being adjusted to God's justice. The idiom, "ti gar," introduces the problem of the Jew's maladjustment to God's justice in a conditional sentence.
The conditional sentence is composed of a protasis and an apodosis
The protasis is the suppositional clause "if" while the statement based on the supposition "then" that is called an apodosis. In this verse we have a first class condition of "if" that makes a supposition from the viewpoint of reality.
This condition is used when one wishes to assume the reality of his premise. The protasis is introduced by the conditional conjunction "ei", plus any mood or tense.
So we have the protasis of a first class condition, "if some did not believe," starting with the conditional particle "ei " that used to introduce a first class condition.
With it is the nominative masculine plural of the indefinite enclitic pronoun "tis," that is used to define a category, namely Jews who are maladjusted to God's justice because they have rejected the gospel.
"if certain ones." (An indefinite pronoun in the Greek always refers to something definite) Plus the aorist active indicative of the verb "apisteuo"(a = negative; pisteuo = to believe) meaning not to believe.
It really means to refuse to believe because it refers to someone who understands the issue because God the Holy Spirit has revealed it to them and they still say no, to disbelieve or to refuse to believe.
The aorist tense is a constative aorist, it contemplates the action of the verb in its entirety. It gathers into a single entirety every Jewish unbeliever's maladjustment to God's justice God from the beginning of the race, down through the nation, including all of the people who have rejected Christ right down to the time Paul wrote.
The active voice: the Jewish unbeliever produces the action of the verb by rejecting Jesus Christ as savior. As we have seen, this destroys the advantage of being a Jew. All the advantages of being a Jew are related to God's integrity and therefore to God's justice.
The indicative mood is declarative viewing the action of the verb from the viewpoint of historical reality.
Now the apodosis: "shall their unbelief" the particle of unqualified negation "me" is at the beginning of the question. The apodosis is a question. In questions where you have the negative "me" it infers no as the answer.
If the question begins with the negative "ouk" the answer is yes. The nominative singular subject "apistia" means "unbelief," referring to maladjustment to God's justice for salvation that is based on rejection of Jesus Christ at the point of gospel hearing.
Plus the possessive genitive plural from the intensive pronoun "autos" used as a possessive pronoun that indicates that each individual Jew was responsible for his own choice of rejecting Jesus Christ, so that that incredible spiritual heritage of his past was of no advantage to him.
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