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The Obedience of Faith

We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations,  on behalf of His name,

Romans 1:5 

   Have you ever tried to explain a word or phrase to a young mind? And in the moment of explanation you question whether you actually know what it means yourself, or wonder how you came to understand a thing you can’t explain, you just know in your gut? We do this funny little thing with words and phrases. The more we hear a phrase we tend to take for granted it’s meaning. Sometimes the meaning we ascribe to it is correct, and sometimes it isn’t. 

   Here Paul says that the gospel is preached to bring about the obedience of faith and the meaning I was taught growing up was that means people should obey the command to believe in Jesus. Sounds good, right? But if we look at the context that surrounds this verse it seems Paul is speaking of something much greater than obeying a call to give mental assent to the gospel. 

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Posted by on July 15, 2019 in Soteriology

 

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Faith and Works

A reflection on Romans 1-4

As a child and young adult I was raised with the teaching of salvation by faith alone. This doctrine was taught as a contrast to the Roman Catholic teaching of salvation by works (as it was explained to me). Now this is not an attempt to exhaustively address the RC doctrine of salvation and how faith and Works play out in that teaching; I’ll leave that to someone else. This aim is to address the understanding that was delivered to me as a child; and to examine a more biblical view of faith and Works in contrast to it.

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Posted by on July 10, 2019 in Soteriology

 

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