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Practice always outweighs profession as a test of true faith
1 John 1:6
God has no fellowship with darkness
1 John 1:5
John's motivation - his joy, fulfilled through his audience's mutual participation in their fellowship with God and Christ
1 John 1:4
Severed fellowship restored through credible, first-hand prophetic and apostolic witness
1 John 1:3
The Word of Life manifested, witnessed, and proclaimed.
1 John 1:2
Diagramming through the book of 1 John
Diagramming Index for 1 John
The Word of Life fully revealed to the Apostles
1 John 1:1
God acted for His own glory, not for our glory. We benefit, because God wanted to put the riches of His grace on display.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Who is there that does good?
Romans 2:9-10
Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
Romans 2:8
Eternal life to those who persevere in doing good
Romans 2:7
The just and righteous Judge, rendering just and righteous judgment
Romans 2:6
Why we shouldn't skip the bad news
Romans 2:5
The sin of presuming on God's mercy and grace
Romans 2:4
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Romans 2:3
And we know these things!
Romans 2:2
Self-condemnation - judging others while practicing the same things
Romans 2:1
Paul's Critique of Jewish Presumption
Romans 2:1-5
Those who give hearty approval to sinners
Romans 1:32
Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.
Romans 1:29-31
Romans 1:28-31 - Paul's list of "social ills" - haters of God
Romans 1:29-31
God's abandonment to a depraved mind.
Romans 1:28
The men who suppress and reject God's revealed truth.
Romans 1:27
God's judgment on man's rejection of His revealed truth
Romans 1:26
Paul thanks God for Timothy's sincere faith.
2 Timothy 1:3-5
God's grace, mercy, and peace to Paul's beloved son Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
"The underlying emphasis of the book of Romans is that salvation produces total transformation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:4-5
"If a criminal dies, he is no longer subject to prosecution and punishment, no matter how numerous and heinous his crimes may have been."
Romans 7:1-3
"In chapter 7 Paul expounds the second truth in verse 6:14, that believers are now under grace." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:1-6
"Only the Son of God could have paid the cost of salvation. But He calls His followers to pay the cost of discipleship" ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:23
"Without exception, every person who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is freed from sin and enslaved to God." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:20-22
"God delivers men from enslavement to sin for the sole purpose of their becoming enslaved to Him and to His righteousness." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:19
"After genuine salvation a person will have the innate, Spirit-led desire to know and to obey God's truth." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:17-18
"The unsaved person is not free to do good or evil as he chooses. He is bound and enslaved to sin, and the only thing he can do is sin."
Romans 6:16
"A life that gives no evidence of moral and spiritual transformation gives no evidence of salvation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:15
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Romans 1:29-31
The unregenerate Gentiles - inventors of evil
Published August 27th, 2020
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Romans 1:29-31
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Romans 1:29-31 NASB
Romans 1:29-31
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are a gossips, 30 slanderers, 1 a haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, b disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, a unloving, unmerciful;
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Romans 1:28-32
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God
any longer,
God gave them over
to a depraved mind,
to do those things
which are not proper,
a) being filled with all
a) unrighteousness,
b) wickedness,
c) greed,
d) evil;
b) full of
a) envy,
b) murder,
c) strife,
d) deceit,
e) malice;
c) they are
a) gossips,
b) slanderers,
c) haters of God,
d) insolent,
e) arrogant,
f) boastful,
g) inventors of evil,
h) disobedient to parents,
i) without understanding,
j) untrustworthy,
k) unloving,
l) unmerciful;
and although they know the ordinance of God,
that those ... are worthy of death,
who practice such things
a) they not only do the same,
b) but also give ... approval to those
who practice them.
While focusing specifically on the unregenerate gentile, another term Paul uses to describe them is "inventors of evil". Many will then ask "But don't Christians also sin? What's the difference then between what Paul is describing here, and a Christian who sins?" It is true that, this side of heaven, we still have the sinful flesh to contend with. Paul says in Galatians 5:17 that "the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another," and he also lists the "deeds of the flesh" in verse 19-21 - "immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these" - a list that could easily be reconciled to the unregenerate gentile which Paul has just described in Romans 1. And while it is true that, as a Christian, one may still fall into sin, even "times of sin," there is a difference. Paul says here that they are "inventors of evil," and similarly John calls these people "one who PRACTICES sin" (1 John 3:8). An unregenerate person will make plans, or purpose in his heart, to sin. He will deliberately orchestrate his environment and circumstances so that he will be able to sin, and then carry out that plan. The genuine Christian, on the other hand, will make plans actively, and actively orchestrate his environment and circumstances NOT to sin, and will continually guard against sin and pray for God's enabling power and protection. And when he falls, he will do a few things: - First, he will test himself, to see whether he is in the faith (2 Cor 13:5), because one who IS in the faith will persevere (Matt 24:13) in humble obedience and repentance until the end. - Then he will feel a genuine sorrow over his sin, not a worldly sorrow that is sad over the sin that he has to forsake, but a sorrow over what his sin has cost God and Christ. A sorrow that will lead to the next item on the list... (2 Cor 7:9-11) - Repentance. Genuine, godly sorrow, will lead to repentance - a continual turning away from sin, and turning to God and obedience (2 Cor 7:9-11). - Having recognized his sin, experiencing genuine sorrow over it, and genuine repentance in the heart about it, he will confess it before God, who is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). - Finally, he will actively make plans and purpose in his heart to not make the same mistake again. Why? Because it is God who is at work in him, both to WILL and to WORK for His good pleasure (Phi 2:13). Even though we are still in the flesh, Paul makes clear later in Romans that we "do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit," that we "are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in" us, and that "we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh." And if all of this is true and happening in our lives, then "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God." Obedience brings the only rightful assurance of salvation that we can have. While we are willfully and continually disobedient, we should and must doubt our salvation. And if our salvation is true, we WILL turn from our sin and back to God continually in this life, and so regain our assurance of salvation (Rom 8:1-15). 1 John 3:4-10 Everyone who PRACTICES sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. NO ONE who abides in Him sins; NO ONE who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who PRACTICES righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who PRACTICES sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. NO ONE who is born of God PRACTICES sin, because His seed abides in him; and he CANNOT sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are OBVIOUS: ANYONE who does NOT PRACTICE righteousness is NOT of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
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