Lesson 6 - Question 29 of 38 

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Examples of Faith - The 3,000 Who Obeyed the Gospel:

As we have seen...3,000 people in Acts 2 who believed in the gospel message were told to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins...and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

They had heard Peter's gospel message and believed.  They were pierced to the heart by this gospel message.  They responded in obedience to the gospel.

How does repentance, confession and baptism relate to faith?

Someone might ask, how does Jesus' commands for people to believe, repent, confess, be baptized, etc. relate to faith?  Let's see what the scriptures say about this:

Paul, writing to the church in Rome opens his letter by saying:

"Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name's sake..."  Romans 1:1-5 (NAS)

In Paul's conclusion to his letter to the Romans, he says:

"Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen."   Romans 16:25-27 (NAS)

Question:

According to Romans 1:1, Paul was called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.  In Romans 1:5, he goes on to say that, through Jesus Christ, he had received grace and apostleship to bring about what among the Gentiles?

  1. The obedience of faith.
  2. Faith without obedience.
  3. Belief only.

Obedience of Faith Faith w/o Obedience Belief Only


Other Translations - Romans 1:1-5:

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 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. (NIV)

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (NKJ)

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called (to be) an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 which he promised afore through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared (to be) the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; (even) Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake; (ASV)

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: (KJV)

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