Summary: To establish salvation can only be obtained after a person has obeyed from the heart: “That form of doctrine, which makes them free from their sin.” This lesson establishes that: “That form of doctrine;” includes our death to sin, our burial with Christ; in order to rise, in newness of life.”
1. The Form – Must be Obeyed from the Heart
2. The Form – Makes One Free from Sin
3. The Form – Makes Servants of Righteousness
1. In our lesson today we will be discussing: “That form of doctrine.” Paul writes the Romans regarding: “That form of doctrine;” or, Gr., “tupos didache,” that must be obeyed “from” or, “out of the heart.” The idea of a form: is that it can be replicated; and, the results will always be the same. The form ensures; that all believers, will have heard, believed and obeyed the same thing; and obtain the same blessings, which are promised.
2. First, Paul states that this “form of doctrine,” must be obeyed from the heart. The word “from” in Gr., is “ek,” which means, “out of.” Its promises are not obtained as a result of belief in the heart; but, from obedience that originates, “out of the heart.” This doctrine is believed in the heart; but, obeyed from the heart. This truth implies an act of faith; that is believed in the heart; but, is manifest in the “fruit of obedience!” Every statement of faith in the Hebrew letter; had enjoined within it, a corresponding act of obedience. The same is true concerning the “faith of the gospel.”
3. Second, Paul suggests that this “form of doctrine;” is that which make one “free from their sins,” Romans 6:18. When obeyed, from the heart. It was to this doctrine; Jesus spoke of in His preaching to believing Jews, which followed Him. He promises that if they would: “Continue in His word, they would know the truth; and the truth would make them free,” John 8:30-32; John 8:36.
4. Finally, Paul declares that once obeyed, the believers are no longer, “servant of unrighteousness; but, are made: “Servants of righteousness with fruits unto holiness,” Romans 6:19. We all were once servants of sin; but now, we have become servants of righteousness. Why? Because we: “Obeyed from the heart, that form of doctrine...we became servants of righteousness.” With this brief introduction, let’s consider our first point in this lesson.
BODY OF LESSON
I THE FORM – MUST BE OBEYED FROM THE HEART
A. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in chapter 6:17-18, describes a form of doctrine that they had obeyed from in Gr., “ek” or “from” the heart or “mind of obedience.”
1. Meaning, the believer’s salvation was not achieved by faith in the heart – but by an act of faith obeyed, from their heart.
a. Peter wrote: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit...see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently,” 1 Peter 1:22-23.
b. Notice, he wrote: “Ye have purified your souls;” not by, “hearing of the truth;” but, “in obeying the truth through the Spirit.”
c. Therefore, the truth is heard and believed in the heart; and then, “obeyed from the heart through the Spirit.” I wish I had some help!
d. Christ the author of eternal salvation. Paul wrote: “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” Hebrews 5:8-9. Salvation is possible only after faith and obedience to Christ.
3. The gospel must be believed, and obeyed. It is this truth; and act of faith, that saves the sinners from their sins. Beloved, you must stay with me hereto forth!
B. That form or pattern. God has always done things by using a “form or pattern.”
1. The word “pattern” in Gr., is typos or, tü'-pos, which means, a type, manner, i.e., a sketch for imitation:—form, or a pattern.
a. The word implies an outline, a sketch, a brief or a summary exposition.
b. God used a “pattern” or “form” in the construction of the ark; the building of the tabernacle; and in the conversion of the sinners, from their sins.
2. Types of patterns in the Old and New Testaments. Observe....
a. Pattern for the ark: “And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with a lower, a second, and a third (story) shalt thou make (in) it,” Genesis 6:13-16; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20-21.