Paul's Passing Thoughts

37 Gospel Propositions

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 23, 2016


1. The word “law” pertains to the Bible and the whole counsel of God.

2. The word “gospel” pertains to the gospel of first importance and the whole counsel of God.

3. The laws in Romans 8:2 are one law with different applications for the lost and saved.

4. Antinomianism is the antitheses of love, and separates the written law from Christian living.

5. Antinomianism is the official gospel of the kingdom of darkness, and will be the predominant religion of the last days.

6. The Holy Spirit uses the law (full counsel of God) to change people. Only truth sanctifies. The Holy Spirit does not participate in errant uses of the Scripture.

7. During the era of the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit was with believers and filled them for special tasks. During the New Covenant era, He permanently indwells them and fills them for special tasks. The permanent dwelling coincides with God’s intentions to make Jew and Gentile one body. The visible manifestation of the Spirit on Pentecost was also a sign that God had grafted Jew and Gentile together.

8. Old Covenant era believers were born again apart from the permanent indwelling. This means they had the seed of God within them apart from the permanent indwelling.

9. Saints ARE righteous BECAUSE of God and new creaturehood. Saints are righteous in and of themselves though it is a righteousness that comes from God as a gift, yet the saints possess this gift in its fullness. Saints are not just positionally righteous, they are righteous.

10. Eschatology is soteriology. Eschatology is a stated gospel. Eschatology is NOT “secondary truth.” More than one resurrection and judgment is consistent with justification as a finished work. Progressive justification is consistent with one resurrection and one judgment.

11. Epistemology is divided into two categories: “secret things” and “revealed things.” Man is able to understand the revealed things and is responsible to apply revelation to his life.

12. All three members of the Trinity were fully involved in the plan of salvation and its execution, and all three members are fully involved in our sanctification along with us.

13. God preordained the plan of salvation completely separate from man, but man has a role in accepting the gift of salvation.

14 Justification and sanctification are completely separate. Justification is a finished work that is offered as a gift. Sanctification is a progressive work that receives rewards. Justification and sanctification are separate and distinct according to gift versus reward.

15. Christians will not stand in a judgment that confirms justification; they will stand in a judgment that determines rewards. Only the eternally condemned will appear at the White Throne Judgment.

16. The four parts of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) are, definitive sanctification, justification, progressive sanctification, and redemption.

17. The covenants are building blocks that create the full picture of God’s plan for the ages. They are also promises. The covenant is only fulfilled when the promise is fulfilled.

18. The New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant because the New Covenant is an ending of sin and the Old Covenant is a covering of sin until faith comes.

19. The sins of Old Covenant era believers were imputed to the Old Covenant, and then the Old Covenant purpose of the law for believers was ended at the cross. The sins of those who now believe are no longer merely covered, but ended. This is because Christ went to the cross to end the law, and therefore all of the sin imputed to it as well.

20. Where there is no law, there is no sin. Therefore, the saints do not sin against justification. In regard to justification, the saints are perfect because there is no law. Their sin is against love in the family of God which grieves the Holy Spirit who has sealed them until the day of redemption. “Sin” must be qualified according to these different perspectives.

21. Creation and the body are NOT “broken” or inherently evil; they are “weak.” The body can be used for holy purposes by the believer. The creation moans with us for redemption.

23. The Old Covenant still serves the purpose of imputation for unbelievers. Though that role is ended for believers because Christ died on the cross to end the law, the sins of unbelievers are still imputed to the “law of sin and death.” This is the law that condemns them, and they will be judged by it at the Great White Throne Judgment. When one believes, all of their sin is ended along with the law—they are no longer “under law,” but “under grace.” The latter involves being led by the Spirit according to the same law, but for love without condemnation.

24. Obedience, submission, etc., are synonymous with love. Love and obedience cannot be separated in sanctification. If Christ obeys the law for us in sanctification because our sins are only covered and not ended, the Christian cannot love God—they are still under law.

25. It is not enough to believe in the historical facts of the gospel of first order (the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ), we must also believe in the promise that we follow Christ in the literal death of our personhood that was under the law, and that we are resurrected with Christ to serve the law of the Spirit of life. It is the belief that we have escaped the condemnation of the law, and are now free to obey the law in loving service to Christ and others.

26. Those under the law produce wages of death and fruits for death; those under grace produce rewards and fruits of righteousness guided by the law and the Spirit’s help.

27. Unbelievers can do good works apart from loving God’s law. Hence, their good works are selective according to their own conscience or fear of consequences. Because hell will be more tolerable for some as opposed to others, human works obviously have merit.

28. This is why unbelievers are indifferent to the law, while believers love the law. “Merit” of some sort is not the issue—love is the issue. When we are told to not “live by a bunch of do’s and don’ts, we are really being instructed not to love.

28. The law encourages us with promises, gives us hope, teaches us about God’s purposes in history, and teaches us how God thinks. Even though the applications of God’s purposes change over time, the fundamentals are the same. For example, we may not apply certain civil laws of the Mosaic law to our present lives, but God’s purposes in those laws may certainly have an application for us today. We do not have slaves in our culture, but a Christian business owner may apply the principles of some of those civil laws to his/her’s business; i.e., it is important for people to get rest! Overworking people, or for that matter animals, is a moral issue. Just because Christians are not under specific applications of many Mosaic laws, it does not mean that the information thereof has no application for us today. In fact, there is always a principle to be applied although the application may be different. The application may be applied to an employee rather than a slave. This is why ALL Scripture is applicable to the Christian life.

29. During the tribulation period, God will send angels to enforce the covenant that was originally made with Israel at Mt. Sinai. This seems to be instigated by the covenant Israel makes with hell, which will be annulled. At the end of the tribulation period which marks the beginning of the millennial kingdom, God will completely consummate the New Covenant which will entail the writing of the law on the heart of every Israelite. Again, SAME law, but unlike today, it will not have to be learned by Israel. They will teach the law to the nations and will be the “head and not the tail.” ALL of Israel will be saved—to be a citizen of Israel will be part and parcel with eternal salvation.

30. The new heaven and new earth will usher in pure righteousness. Heavenly Jerusalem will descend from heaven and God will dwell with man. This is the city that Abraham looked for. This is also the bride of Christ—the “church” is NOT the bride of Christ.

31. The colaboring between the saints and the Holy Spirit is seamless in its experience.

32. All tenets are exegetical and from Scripture.

33. Orthodoxy is the Reformed version of mythology’s metaphysical narrative. It is not synonymous with truth, and adds a mediator between God and mankind other than Jesus Christ.

34. Every person born into the world has the law of God written on their hearts with a conscience that either accuses or excuses their actions. That law also testifies to their minds concerning the existence of God.

35. Christ died for all men. Therefore, all of mankind is able to escape the condemnation of the law.

36. The Holy Spirit convicts all men of sin and the judgment to come.

37. Election concerns means of salvation and groups, not individuals.

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