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Jude 13 Lunatic Lordship (Man-Centered) Salvation Part 3 Romans




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Jude13 Lunatic Lordship (Man-Centered) Salvation Pt 3 Romans 

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Romans 10 Justifying faith must precede confession of Lord Jesus   John F. Hart Moody faithalone.org/journal/1999ii/J23-99b.htm 

III-B. Repent is never used in the Epistles (1x Paul); nor John's gospel; 5x of believers in Rev, re glorification where consequence is loss of reward

Repentance (mind change re Messiah Isa 40:10) is in light of the Promised Mill Kingdom to Day of Atonement Jews, re temporal wrath (Lk 3) 

Mt 3:2; 4:17; 5:3 Ser on Mt-blessed in K; 10:7 apostles; Mk 1:15 of God, R&B the G; Lk 10:9 of God; Acts 1:3 spking of K; 6 restore K to Israel; The Kingdom of/sourced in the HeavenS, was that spoken of by Isaiah, ie, the Reign of the Messiah/God on earth!

Has come near/at hand=Pft Act Ind (17x). Can't=Heaven has arrived=death imminent. Find verses re: requirements for getting to Heaven! 

Kingdom of HeavenS = Kingdom of God and is NOT Kingdom which is God nor which is Heaven. So issue isn't forgiveness/avoiding Lake of Fire Rev

Mt 6 Father in heaven...Thy kingdom come; (which is when) Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Which differentiates K & H

Acts 1:3 40 days spkg of kingdom of God;  6 restore the kingdom to Israel (12 thrones)?; 8 power when HS on you ...witness in Jerusalem...

IV.A.  Romans introduces the word “salvation”in 1:16 to those who have already believed in Jesus (but might still think the law applies)

1:4 declared to be the Son of God with power acc to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Thru Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith 6  you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7 all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints/holy: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8  your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 11 I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established ---12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. 15 I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  Redemption thru blood=forgiveness of sins Eph 1:7 Col 1:14 Rm 3 just and justifier...faith in Jesus

B. Wrath or Reward Rm 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in acc with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who "will render to each one acc to his deeds"

7 Dominion of The Age/eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;

8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness (see Rm 6)--- indignation and wrath, \

9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;

10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 

C. Wrath or Righteousness Rm doesn't use the word “salvation” when discussing being justified by faith in Ch 3; nor the verb “saved” (from wrath) until Ch 5   Faith is linked with righteousness (right rlshp) ~20x in NT (10x Rms) [believe 10x]},  but only 4x faith with “salvation”  Rm 13:11 And do this [love], knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. NB: response required

Rm 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God thru our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 thru whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath thru Him.10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God thru the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God thru our Lord Jesus Christ, thru whom we have now received the reconciliation.  Reconciled includes forgiveness and restored rlshp

C. Belief/justification is before Confession/Salvation  Rm 10:8 "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart/mind that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

12 same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." 

14How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Rm 13:11 And do this (love neighbor), knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12...Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day...14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

D. Being connected to the blessings of God (apart from forgiveness/being born again) is dependent upon faithfulness  or be cut off!

Rm 11:18 remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

  1. Purpose of creation is salvation, rather than the glorification of God thru displaying His grace/favor/reward to those who are faithful to Him (cx satan; cf Job)
  2. Fail to understand that salvation is a progressive reversal of the Fall 
  3. Fail to understand the different aspects/stages of salvation and righteousness
  4. Unbelievably ignorant about rewards/glorification
  5. (ignorant about subjunctive aspects or benefits of works) 
  6. Allergic to works and deny the existence of carnal or immature or disqualified believers
  7. Incapable of distinguishing love and acceptance, 
  8. falsely believing the latter is unconditional (vs covenantal)
  9. Confuse the kingdom from/of the Heavens/God with heaven/the eternal state
  10. Cannot articulate how the Jews had a rlshp with God for 1500+ years
  11. nor take into account the efficacy of the Leviticus sacrifices 
  12. (atonement +forgiveness= restored rlshp with God)
  13. nor that of the Day of Atonement. 
  14. Fail to understand OT righteousness, and that Jesus spoke to those whose sins were covered by participation in the Day Atonement
  15. Which is why the majority of the Gospels, and the initial message of John Jesus and the Apostles, 
  16. was not about the cross (ie, no mention in first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount)
  17. but about reward in the promised OT kingdom. 
  18. Misunderstand the audience and context of repentance (mind change) verses. Lk 3:8
  19. Falsely assert that faith is a gift (cx Eph 2:10 {“that” is neuter, thus not faith nor grace}
  20. Deceived re Calvinism and human responsibility 
  21. (the former is non-existent in the Bible, while the latter permeates the Bible from Gen-Rev.)
  22. Fail to see the role of HS motivated/directed works in working out one's salvation 
  23. and pleasing God (Phil 2:13)
  24. Blindly assert the gospel is only about Jesus dying for our sins (1Cor 15)
  25. and not about the Messiah coming to rule/repay (Isa 40:10) 
  26. Some object to the fear of God or hope of reward as Biblical  motivations for service 
  27. insisting only on love and gratitude. Mt 10:28 do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 
  28. Fail to see that the Gospels and Epistles were written to NT believers who often were behaving badly (babes in Christ)
  29. Fail to see that the corrective to errors pointed out to believers in the Epistles is never to believe that Jesus died for your sins
  30. Incorrectly view Gehenna, or outer darkness,  as the lake of fire; 

Lev17:11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul. Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

You can't reward/pay back someone unless they've done something