Sunday, June 27, 2010

Romans Part 4

by Dave on June 27, 2010

in Theology

So far we have discussed the Paul, Jesus being the Messiah and a bit about the gospel.  Now I think we have enough background to start to get at what the letter to the Romans is saying.

Verses 5, 6 and 7

Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  NIV

Here we start to get into some of the basic foundations of Paul’s mission.  In verse 5 he makes it clear that it is through Jesus (him) that they received grace and the mission (apostleship).  How did Jesus do this?

For Paul, Jesus came in a vision that temporarily blinded him and somehow had the message of Jesus and the significance of Jesus revealed to him.  The significance of Jesus is that because he rose from the dead, he is now officially the Messiah of the Jewish people.  The Messiah is the king of the Jews that will come to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth and rule forever.  Remember, Israel is to bring forth a ruler that will rule over all the kingdoms of the world.  Jesus is that ruler, that King.

So in the second part of verse 5, he makes it clear that all people are called to be under the kingship of Jesus the King.  And what happens if you believe that someone is your King?  If you truly believe that someone is your King then you will be obedient to that King.  Jesus rising from the dead meant that he was the King that the prophets spoke about, the King that was promised to Abraham to be a King of all the world.  And if you believe that he is this King, then you will be obedient to him.  That is what Paul means by “to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith”.

In verse 6 he again emphasizes that those in Rome, the people of Rome are those who are called to belong to Jesus the Messiah of the Jews.  The term Christ means the Messiah.  It does not mean that he is God’s son (though I believe that to be true), it means that he is the great Kingdom Bringer!  The one who will bring the Kingdom of Israel’s God (Yahweh) to all the world.

We have heard it said many times that by dying on the cross Jesus proved he was God and then went to heaven so that we too will go to heaven when we die.  But that is not what the gospel is about.  Instead, the gospel is that God raised Jesus from the dead (the first resurrection), thereby proving that resurrection does happen and this then means that Jesus was indeed the promised King of Israel that would make Israel the nation to rule all other Nations.  And Jesus teaching as this ruler was to Love Others.

So, in verse 5 and 6, I could write it like this in my words:

Jesus the new King of Israel has given us the mission to tell all people that he started to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth and that we should be obedient to him if we believe that he is this new king.  All of you, all the people of the world and not just the Jews are able to participate in the new Kingdom by obeying his teachings.

Dave

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My Previous Church

by Dave on June 27, 2010

in Uncategorized

To my friends.  I have taken down the post temporarily that discussing the reasons for my leaving Western Hanover Church at the request of a friend in that church.  I still stand by everything I said in that post and continue to caution anyone who wants to dedicate themselves to their mission because of the fact that they hid the constitution of the church from me and deliberately lied about the nature of the administration of the church.

If you simply want to attend and have a nice church service then go ahead, it is great for that.  But if you want to help participate in the mission of the church then please due your due diligence to see exactly what the mission of the church is.

Dave

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