Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 13 - Life in Two Kingdoms

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Christians have been brought, by faith in Christ, into the kingdom of God, but they are still citizens of an earthly kingdom. How does life in one kingdom connect with life in the other? Does obedience to God somehow exempt Christians from obedience to earthly rulers? And what of the vexed question of the relationship of church and state? Insisting that these questions have been of more than theoretical interest throughout church history and remain so today, Dr Lloyd-Jones examines the function of government, the...
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Overview

Christians have been brought, by faith in Christ, into the kingdom of God, but they are still citizens of an earthly kingdom. How does life in one kingdom connect with life in the other? Does obedience to God somehow exempt Christians from obedience to earthly rulers? And what of the vexed question of the relationship of church and state? Insisting that these questions have been of more than theoretical interest throughout church history and remain so today, Dr Lloyd-Jones examines the function of government, the Christian's attitude to war and revolution, the lordship of Christ over church and state, the Christian's relationship to the law of God, the meaning of loving one's neighbour, and many related topics. All these matters are viewed in the light of the transience of earthly life and the coming of Christ in judgment. The heavenly perspective presented here is calculated to correct over-anxiety about the kingdoms of this world and to promote readiness for the 'day' that has yet to dawn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851518244
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

11
A new subsection in the Epistle
Connection with what comes before and after
The function of the state
Analysis of the chapter
216
Theology based on accurate exposition
What is meant by 'the higher powers'
Reasons for being subject
Fearing God and honouring the king
331
Christianity does not cancel the natural order
The world not abandoned by God
Government ordained by God
Pridham on Romans
Negative and positive roles of government
448
The Christian's relationship to the state
Two extreme views
Limits on liberty
The citizen's rights
No form of government to be idolized
Capital punishment
563
The sword
Pacifism
War and revolution
Just wars
Conscientious objectors
Rebellions must be justified
675
Church and state
Ecumenism
Church and state under Christ's authority
Constantine
Roman Catholic teaching
Wycliffe
The Reformation
Erastianism
Luther
The Church of England
Religious toleration
788
Church and state essentially different
Common grace
The differences explained
Value of history
Luther, Zwingli, Calvin
Belgic Confession on magistrates
Puritans
Presbyterians
Westminster Confession on magistrates
Melville
Two kings, two kingdoms
8102
Pilgrim Fathers and American colonists
Separatists
Cromwell
The 'Free Church idea'
Roger Williams
The Commonwealth
Democracy
The Ejection of 1662
Established churches
9117
Church-state relations unknown in New Testament
Old Testament appealed to
Israel's position unique
Christ's kingdom not of this world
Confusing the world and the church
10132
Summary of teaching
Lesson of history
Traditionalism
The state cannot Christianize society
Parable of the leaven misunderstood
No gradual advance, except in the church
11148
The lordship of Christ
Tension betwen the two kingdoms
The church should lay down principles
Freedom, education, the arts, science, law, morality
Individual Christians may influence society
12163
Christian view of duties
The Apostle's method
Inspiration not mechanical
Borrowing and lending
'I am debtor'
The law of God and love
13177
The law misunderstood by Pharisees and moralists
Loving our neighbour
How the modern understanding of this fails
Meanings of 'love'
Wrong views of self
Wrong views of law
The law reveals sin
14191
The meaning of loving our neighbour especially important today
Modern view denies the gospel
How love fulfils the law
Who is our neighbour?
The Christian and the law
Mysticism and rigorism
Danger of legalism
15206
A new subsection
Conversion of Augustine
Knowing the time
Doctrine and practice
Antinomianism, believism, mysticism
Preoccupation with gifts
Avoiding wrong emphases
16220
Argument from the last things
Christianity not just a moral system
Christian view of time and history
Secular views
Redemption history
The end in view
17232
Christian view of life in the world
Night, darkness
Ignorance of God, man, life and death
Moral darkness
Despair
Salvation, past, present and future
18245
The day
Apocalyptic element in New Testament
Christ's coming
Its purpose
New heavens and new earth
Judgment
Motives to holy living
Rewards
Glorification
19258
Christians have undergone a great change
The new birth
How Christians are 'of the day'
The 'already' and the 'not yet'
'Glory begun below'
20271
Sanctification always presented doctrinally
Realizing what we are
Inconsistency of living in the old way
The life of the day
How to overcome sin
Avoiding presumption
Warnings and encouragements
21284
Did the Apostles believe the end was imminent?
Evidence from the epistles
The critics' view disproved
Examples of prophetic foreshortening
The heavenly perspective
Being ready
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