Paul is a monotheist who affirms that the gospel of grace establishes the law and declares the state to be the punisher of evil in accordance with the law of Moses

Romans 3 v 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Romans 13 v 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

So for Paul both rulers and the gospel of grace are instrumental to the establishing of the law: one to justify and the other to condemn and punish. The law which Paul has in mind is of course the law given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. The same law works in different ways to the benefit of mankind and the glory of God.

The Sharia law of Mohammed is a late invention of man, which plagiarized various sources, and did not originate from God.

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13 Responses to Paul is a monotheist who affirms that the gospel of grace establishes the law and declares the state to be the punisher of evil in accordance with the law of Moses

  1. θ says:

    More or less the condition of Moslems is like Jew’s in the Tanach.
    i) Moslems are now hated by Anti-immigrant politicians and Islamophobes in the West just as Jews were hated so much by an isolationist Persian Haman.

    ii) It is said by Qur’an Q.5, v.82 that we Moslems tend to be much closer to Christians. It hinted otherwise reality how Jews tend to be much closer to us Moslems. Jews are permitted by Rabbis to pray in mosques, but not in churches.

    iii) Jews celebrate Purim annually as a success of their “Stealth Judaisation” outside of Israel under Esther, and we Moslems have the so-called the “Art of Political Islam” (which Islamphobes termed as “Stealth Jihad”) in the West.

  2. Paul is a monotheist who affirms that the gospel of grace establishes the law and declares the state to be the punisher of evil in accordance with the law of Moses:
    ://www.reformedapologeticsministries.com/2016/01/who-is-like-jehovah-and-who-is-his_8.html
    The Messiah Reigns On High!

    According to the NT, the Messiah has not only come but he has also begun his reign from heaven as the Most High over all the earth.
    Having been exalted far above every power and authority that exists, and which shall exist,
    “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE ALL principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and EVERY NAME that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet and made Him the head over all things for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all things in all ways.” Ephesians 1:19-23

    With the entire creation subjected to his power and control:
    “But our citizenship is in heaven, from where also we await for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our body of humiliation, so that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working of His power even to subdue all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21

    “For in Him lives all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all authority and power.” Colossians 2:9-10

    As such, Christ reigns in heaven as the only sovereign and immortal Ruler, being the King of kings and Lord of lords:
    “I command you, in the sight of God, who gives life to all things, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who testified a good confession before Pontius Pilate, to keep this commandment without blemish, blameless until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which HE, WHO is the blessed and ONLY Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will reveal at the proper time. HE ALONE has immortality, living in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen, nor can see. To Him be honor and everlasting power. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:13-16

  3. θ says:

    “martha_layton says: Paul is a monotheist who affirms that the gospel of grace establishes the law and declares the state to be the punisher of evil”

    Apparently Paul also gets influenced by the pagan idea of Greek poets who believed in the old Greek pantheon whose principal father is Zeus. According to the Greek legend, Hellen founded Greek nations. Hellen was the son of Deucalion (or sometimes Zeus) and Pyrrha.
    As the biological father, God breeds the so-called “offspring of God” in the nature of humans.
    Acts 17
    28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    Paul quotes the 5th line of Aratus’s Phenomena on Zeus’ breeding the Greeks:
    —Phenomena 1–5
    1. Let us begin with Zeus, whom we mortals never leave unspoken.
    2. For every street, every market-place is full of Zeus.
    3. Even the sea and the harbour are full of this deity.
    4. Everywhere everyone is indebted to Zeus.
    5. For we are indeed his offspring.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget one notable thing, that Paul doesn’t make any nature’s distinction between Jesus and other “offspring of God” when he talks to the Greeks.
    Paul uses the word “that man”:
    Acts 17
    31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by *that man* whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. 32. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Paul gets an uninspired revelation when incorrectly equating Zeus (of Aratus’ Phenomena) with the Father. Somebody forgets to inform him that in Greek theology Zeus has many siblings, father, mother, and wives.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “martha_layton says: As such, Christ reigns in heaven as the only sovereign and immortal Ruler, being the King of kings and Lord of lords:
    “I command you, in the sight of God, who gives life to all things, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who testified a good confession before Pontius Pilate, to keep this commandment without blemish, blameless until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which HE, WHO is the blessed and ONLY Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will reveal at the proper time. HE ALONE has immortality, living in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen, nor can see. To Him be honor and everlasting power. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:13-16”

    That’s an ironic quote applying: That’s one small step for a Reformed (worshiping a man Jesus), one giant leap for the Catholics (worshiping his mother).
    Was Jesus living inside of the womb of Mary equal to that in unapproachable light in 1 Tim 6:15?
    If Jesus were Jehovah in the flesh, Mary must be more greater than Jehovah when she was able to conceive Jehovah – one person with two natures – for nine months, hence she is venerated so highly as “Theotokos” (Mother of Jehovah) by the Catholics and early Christians.

  7. Anonymous says:

    No one could experience the Trinitarian belief “Jehovah in the flesh” other than Mary herself who was able to conceive Jehovah for none months.

  8. θ says:

    “Anonymous says: That’s an ironic quote applying: That’s one small step for a Reformed (worshiping a man Jesus), one giant leap for the Catholics (worshiping his mother).
    Was Jesus living inside of the womb of Mary equal to that in unapproachable light in 1 Tim 6:15?
    If Jesus were Jehovah in the flesh, Mary must be more greater than Jehovah when she was able to conceive Jehovah – one person with two natures – for nine months, hence she is venerated so highly as “Theotokos” (Mother of Jehovah) by the Catholics and early Christians.”

    Great analogy. In Qur’anic terminology (Q.4, v,171), the Word of God is put and implanted into Mary thru virginal conception, meaning that if Jesus were a “God in the flesh” as the Trinitarians believe, then they ought to believe that Mary is their goddess – since her womb hosts their God – as well.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Worse, in the Trinitarian understanding of Hebrews 1:6, Mary is a co-recipient of the worship, she receives the worship of angels for at least nine months:
    Heb 1:6
    And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

  10. Anonymous says:

    That’s a folly of incarnation: Once you worship a man Jesus, you have to have a further worship of Mary, simply because both his person and his flesh were wholly contained by her womb.

    For the Reformed, worshiping a man is just a small step, but for the Catholics, it is a giant leap of faith to worship his mortal mother as well.

  11. θ says:

    “Anonymous says: For the Reformed, worshiping a man is just a small step, but for the Catholics, it is a giant leap of faith to worship his mortal mother as well.”

    Agreed. Since 1 Tim 6:16 presented the most important attributes uniquely belong to God alone, we can conclude that the “Word placed right down into Mary’s womb” is not a God and can’t be a God.

    There’s no such an “unapproachable light” deep down inside of Mary’s body. 1 Tim 6:16 is a proof that the Word is not God. John 1:1 is refuted by 1 Tim 6:16.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Mary and the conception in her can’t be separated from the context of these particular verses:

    Col 2:9
    For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

    1Tim 3:16
    And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

    Jn 1:14
    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

    Heb 1:6
    And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

  13. θ says:

    “martha_layton says: and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE ALL principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and EVERY NAME that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”

    Not exactly correct. In fact, on the contrary, God shall give the eunuchs a “better name” than that of the son’s name, so that their name must be above Jesus’ name.
    Also God shall give the eunuchs a “better place” that that of sons, thus their exaltation must be above Jesus’ place:
    Isa 56:5
    Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

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