Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The positive and negative affirmation from the apostle Paul.
Friday, November 23, 2007
“I am communicating doctrine” - his positive affirmation.
“I am not lying” - his negative affirmation.
"My conscience bearing joint testimony with me in the Holy Spirit” = not only is his conscience testifying, but it testifies in conjunction with the Holy Spirit.
1. The “conscience” is under the authority of the Holy Spirit for guaranteed accuracy in the communication and writing of scripture.
Conscience - suneidesis = to know with a norm or standard.
Conscience (from Latin conscientia - joint knowledge) = to know with preconceived standards.
2. This triple compound oath in ROM 9:1 which says, “I am communicating doctrine in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,” is especially necessary because what Paul has to say condemns the Jewish unbeliever.
This condemnation is given because it excludes the Jewish unbeliever from the unconditional covenants and the future millennial reign of Messiah, and eternal heaven.
3. Paul will first express great sorrow that so many of his race, the Jews, and so many of the nation of Israel will be excluded from salvation, because they have rejected Christ as Messiah.
4. So many Jews are going to hell because they have rejected Christ as Savior, but this does not void the unconditional promises made to Abraham, in the Abrahamic Covenant.
(a) The Abrahamic Covenant.
(b) The Palestinian Covenant.
(c) The unconditional promises reiterated to David.
(e) The unconditional promises reiterated to Jeremiah.
5. The only way to be included in the unconditional promises, the Abrahamic, Palestinian, Davidic, and New Covenants to Israel, is to believe in Adonai Elohim, Jehovah Elohim, Jesus Christ the revealed God of the Old Testament.
6. The justice of God is totally fair, which means every Jew, and every person in history, has a chance to be saved, no exceptions.
7. The exclusion of Israel is the same exclusion that pertains throughout history; any exclusion is based upon negative volition at God consciousness, negative volition at gospel hearing, ie rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior, JOH 3:18.
8. Because some Jews have rejected Christ, it does not abrogate or annul the unconditional promises.
In our generation, as in every generation there will be those who do not believe, but it does not change the faithfulness of God toward those who do believe.
9. Nor does the rejection of some change the future of Israel. Israel has a future and all Jews who follow the spiritual heritage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob being born again will be in that future.
10. The promises of God to Israel, or the unconditional covenants will be fulfilled to the election of grace, except for the Church-age where believing Jews merge with believing Gentiles to become something unique, the Royal Family of God forever.
11. Self determination is a great issue in this parenthesis, Romans 9 through 11, because the unbelieving Jews despise the grace way of salvation, and reject the faith righteousness of God.
The wheel is the plan of God, and it runs upon the axle of imputed righteousness of God.
The wheel, which is the plan of God, runs on the axle of imputed righteousness, God’s righteousness.
By knocking out imputed righteousness, rejection of Christ, and substituting self-righteousness, keeping the law, they have reinvented the wheel, and in effect have superimposed upon the plan of God.
12. Because of the rejection of some Jews God does not cast off or abandon His people.
As an Israelite and a believer in TLJC, Paul in the next verse expresses his burden of sorrow for those who have excluded themselves by not appropriating eternal salvation.
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is only one person who is totally faithful to you and that is God.
Divine faithfulness is God’s grace expression to the believer using His perfect character as the basis for expression.
Propitiation is the God-ward side of the work of Christ in salvation. God the Father is satisfied with the sacrificial ministry of our Lord on the cross.
In propitiation the justice of God judges our sins and the integrity of God is satisfied with that judgment.
Propitiation frees the justice of God to immediately give anyone who believes in Christ one-half of divine integrity, the righteousness of God.
Divine faithfulness manifests itself in divine discipline to the apostate believer and in blessing to the mature believer.