Friday, March 30, 2018

6.3 After Incorporation

Chapter 6: Salvation
6.1 Predestination and Election'
6.2 The Conditions of Salvation

6.3 After Incorporation
6.3.1 Faith and Repentance
  • We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
  • Hebrews 11--the faith chapter gives examples of faith among God's people (e.g., 11:6).
  • Confession of sins (2:1--1:9 is more about pre-Christian sins)
  • 2 Corinthians 7:10
  • Progressive glorification! 2 Corinthians 3:18
6.3.2 Christian Maturity (a.k.a. entire sanctification)
  • Hebrews 6:1--"Let us go into perfection"
  • Philippians 3:15--"As many of us as are mature"
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23--"May God sanctify you entirely"
  • Matthew 5:48--"Be complete as your heavenly Father is complete."
  • 1 Peter 1:15-16--"Be holy as I am holy"
6.3.3 Falling Away
  • The Apostle Paul: 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:10-12--Paul did not consider his own resurrection, glorification guaranteed.
  • Romans 8:31-39 is talking about external forces, not a believer separating him or herself.
  • Romans 11:19-21 speaks of branches that are grafted in being grafted back out.
  • Hebrews and Apostasy: 3:14; 6:4-6; 10:26-27; 12:16-17
  • John is more deterministic in its language. Speaks of individuals that leave having never truly been in (e.g., 1 John 2:19). However, "no one can take them out of my hand" is again about external forces rather than internal ones (John 10:28).
6.3.4 Final Justification
  • 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 final justification by works
  • Romans 2:5-10--final judgment according to works
  • James 2--justification by faith and works
6.4 Proclamation of the Gospel (consider moving to Christology)
6.4.1 What is the Gospel?
  • The pre-gospel in the Synoptics--good news of the kingdom of God, the approaching reign of God, in earth as in heaven
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-8--good news of the death, resurrection, and lordship of Jesus, and all that it entails.
  • Romans 1:3-4--Jesus is king!
  • The good news is that Jesus is Lord, and all that it entails.
6.4.2 The Great Commission
  • Matthew 28:19-20--Go make disciples, baptizing, teaching
  • 1 Corinthians 1:21--God has chosen to save the world using proclamation
  • Preaching is the norm for evangelization--Romans 10:14-17
  • Acts 1:8--the apostolic witness to the resurrection
6.4.3 Anonymous Christians?
  • Beyond Israel--Abraham as a model (Gen. 15; Rom. 4; cf. Job, Nineveh)
  • Romans 1:20--natural revelation and general knowledge of God
  • Acts 17:27--nature as basis for seeking God
  • John 1:9--the lighting of everyone
  • A possible theology of prevenient grace
Previous "chapters"
Chapter 1: What is Biblical Theology?
Chapter 2: Theology of God
Chapter 3: Creation and Consummation
Chapter 4: Sin and Atonement
Interlude: A Theology of Israel
Chapter 5: Jesus the Christ

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