Romans

The theme of the Book of Romans is Unity With God 

In Rome there were many nations and cultures, traditions and philosophies; from Gentiles to Jews; from vegetarians to teetotalers. Paul’s concern was to prevent divisions based on these superficial differences.

His message was that all that really mattered was living by every Word of God.

The unity of the saints was to be based on God the Father,  Jesus Christ and living by every Word of God. 

Unity was NOT to be based on a superficial unity of belonging to some organization, or following some human leader, or following some false human tradition.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul combats rivalries between Jews and Gentiles; which are very much a shadow of the organizational rivalries of today; and forbids the judging of others for their personal preferences, their race, or their corporate leaders: pointing all towards peaceable brotherly love, through unity with God the Father.

It is God and God’s Word, that are important: non scriptural matters of organizational unity, traditions of men, the leadership of men, or personal choice; should not be allowed to divide the saints from unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

Today’s trumpeting of organizational unity is a distraction from the very purpose for which we have been called; which is to become fully united with God the Father, in mind, spirit and actions; through a diligent Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God the Father.

 

Romans 1

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul introduces his letter by saying that the letter is about faithfulness to God and Jesus Christ.  Then he commends the faithful who are diligent to keep the Word of God.

1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all [Because they are faithful to keep God’s Word], that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Paul writes of his concern for the Roman brethren.  The Jews had been exiled from Rome (49 A.D.) and Paul had worked with the exiles Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth until they returned to Rome about 54 A.D. 

Priscilla and Aquila not only labored in the Gospel with Paul but also made tents with him in Paul’s business and were dear friends of Paul.  Romans was written about 56 A.D., to encourage the Christians at Rome and to resolve various difficulties until Paul could visit Rome.

Paul was about to travel to Jerusalem on writing the letter, which matches Acts 20:3, where it is reported that Paul stayed for three months in Greece. This would refer to Paul’s visit to Corinth.  Additionally Phoebe was a deacon of the church in Cenchreae, a port to the east of Corinth, and would have been able to convey the letter to Rome after passing through Corinth and taking a ship from Corinth’s west port.  Erastus, mentioned in Romans 16:23, also lived in Corinth being the city’s commissioner for public works and city treasurer at various times (WIKI), again indicating that the letter was written in Corinth. 

Paul writes that he longs to go to Rome; which explains why he faithfully went to Jerusalem knowing that he would suffer and then be taken to Rome by God’s will. 

1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let [hindered] hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 1:14 I am debtor [to preach the Gospel of salvation] both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

Paul declares that the gospel is the preaching of sincere repentance, and the way to salvation and eternal life, through the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and a commitment to go and sin no more.  Next Paul immediately begins to bring out that salvation is for both Jews and Gentiles [Greeks].  The term “Greeks” in this context is more of a general term for all Gentiles.

1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The gospel is about sincere repentance from sin, and to go on and live by every Word of God sinning no more, which is true godly  righteousness.

1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Those who know the Word of God and turn away from it to keep their own false traditions, and who then reject and condemn the zealous; will be rejected by God and will face his wrath. 

1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God can be seen in his creation. For example it takes both a male and a female to reproduce. There is no way that both male and female could have popped into existence at the same time; therefore, no reproduction and NO evolution! All life had to have been created by God.

Those who know God and are called out to Christ; and then turn away to idolize men are without excuse: because they know the power of God and have turned away from him.

1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Men rejecting the Eternal were still driven to worship something greater than themselves, so they made their own gods. In that way they could fulfill their drive to believe in something eternal and still do whatever they wanted; while refusing to accept God’s authority over them.

This is the situation in the called out church of God today, as the brethren would rather look to men for their salvation than to look to the only God who can save them.

As Israel wanted a man to mediate for them at Sinai, it seems that we want the same today!  As Israel wanted a human king instead of serving Christ directly, so it is in the church of God and in the world today. We look to our men, traditions and organizations in place of looking to God.

Why? Is it not because of fear? And is fear not born of our sin? Why did Adam hide himself from God? Was it not because of his feelings of guilt which is called shame? It is sin which separates us from God our Father (Isaiah 59). If we were close to God through the zealous keeping of his Word we would not fear His wrath.

1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves [homosexuality]: 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie [abandoning the Word of God for their own ways], and worshipped and served the creature [worshipping the creation instead of the Creator in society; and in the Ekklesia following idols of men] more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly [homosexuality], and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet [receiving the appropriate consequences of their actions in suffering and disease].

1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient [God allows those who refuse to keep His Word to do those things that are not good for them, so that they might learn from experience how evil and hurtful those things are.]

The church of God groups today are filled with sins in both the physical and the spiritual sense because they follow idols of men and false traditions, rejecting any zeal to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God.

1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness [sin and laxity towards the word of God], fornication [both physically; and also spiritually, following others instead of Christ our espoused Husband], wickedness [law breaking, like our rampant  Sabbath pollution], covetousness [desiring the chief seats and adulation of others], maliciousness [mean spirited, dominating and bullying]; full of envy, murder [Spiritually murdering the brethren by leading them away from any zeal for God, and into the path of idolizing men and eternal death], debate, deceit [the leaders and teachers were (are) full of deceit], malignity [hatefulness; they claim to be people of lover but are full of hate for all those who are zealous for the truth of God]; whisperers [starting rumor campaigns against God’s zealous], 1:30 Backbiters [attacking God’s faithful behind their backs], haters of God [by rejecting the zealous keeping of his word], despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Our society is full of these things and so is today’s called out spiritual Ekklesia who are lacking understanding because they will not obey the Word of God their Father and of their espoused Husband Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 2

Here Paul addresses the hypocrisy of condemning others while we are doing the same things ourselves.  In the modern church of God, this would be like sitting in a restaurant on Sabbath and looking down on the people that we are paying to serve us:  Pure Hypocrisy.

Paul also addresses the idea of repentance without the works of repentance; that is, baptism or circumcision without obedience and zeal from the heart, to live by every Word of God.

Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

If we do not do what we teach, we are become hypocrites and are without excuse for our sins; knowing that what we do is wrong, yet condemning others for doing what we are doing ourselves!

2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such [hypocrisy] things. 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Do we hypocrites who do the very things that we condemn in others, think that we shall escape the correction of Almighty God?

2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering [Patience of God]; not knowing that the goodness [patient mercy] of God leadeth thee to repentance? [God’s patience is meant to give us time to learn; and to produce sincere repentance in us with a complete change of behavior, turning away from our own ways to embrace living by every Word of God.]

2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: [We shall all be judged by what we do.  We are all storing up treasure for ourselves in the judgment; either treasures of wrath or treasures of a good reward.]

Those who condemn sin and continue in sin themselves are hypocrites and will face the wrath of Christ.  This is the judgment of God. 

And those who lead men away from zeal to obey God, to follow themselves instead of zealously keeping the whole Word of God, will be destroyed; while those who are faithful to obey God and are continually zealous to learn and keep his Word shall enter the Promised Land of eternal life.

2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing [commandment keeping] seek for glory and honour and immortality, [they will receive] eternal life:

The blessing for those who keep all of God’s commandments without compromise; is life eternal.

2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, [God’s Word is truth] but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 2:9 [Those who lead men away from their zeal for learning and keeping God’s Word to obey corporate idols, idols of men and false traditions shall receive great tribulation.] Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Here we have a direct warning from Paul; that the wicked who lack zeal to live by every Word of God to learn it and to keep it and the lax and lukewarm commandment compromisers; shall fall into the tribulation of God’s correction. 

2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, [does God’s will as reflected in God’s Word.] to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. [God will not judge you or me or anyone else, any differently from any other; each individual and all races are equal before God.  Racism is anathema to the Creator of all races!]

If one sins not knowing the law he shall perish; and if one sins KNOWINGLY he shall also perish.

2:12 For as many as have sinned without law [not knowing the law] shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law [knowing the law] shall be judged by the law

2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Keeping the law does not justify past sins, yet ONLY those who commit to “Go and sin no more,” committing to keep the law in future, will be justified by the application of the sacrifice of  Christ.

Christ’s sacrifice will only be applied to us and we will only be justified by the sacrifice of Christ if we STOP sinning and begin to live by every Word of God!

The sacrifice of Christ is ONLY applied to the sincerely repentant from sin, who then continue in a repentant attitude of living by every Word of God.

2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not [know not] the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not [known] the law, are a law [Keep the law naturally] unto themselves: 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, [If we have God’s Word written in our hearts; which is the New Covenant (Jer 31:31); we will do by nature the law of God]. Therefore those who willfully break the law and justify doing so:  Do NOT have God’s Spirit dwelling in them. 

That is what conversion is all about: Becoming of ONE NATURE, ONE MIND and ONE in ACTIONS with God and every Word of God!] their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another; [Our natural carnal conscience must be replaced by the conscience of God through his Spirit, so that we can then act consistently with the very mind and nature of God, or be convicted of sin by God’s Spirit.]

2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel [The true Gospel being the whole Word of God; Jesus Christ will judge all people by every Word of God].

The law keepers shall stand before God at the judgment with a clear conscience; while those who defy God’s Word will stand in fear of the Mighty God that they have defied.

2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 2:18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. 2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?

This is speaking directly to the latter day Ekklesia; for it is we who should live by the Word of God in the fullness of its letter and spirit. It is we; the SPIRITUAL Jews, who boast in our supposed knowledge of God’s Word and our supposed knowledge of the will of God.

It is we who are confident that should be:  2:19  we are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth.

Too many sin in BOTH the physical and the spiritual sense.  We break the law ourselves committing spiritual adultery and idolatry against our espoused Husband,  We claim to keep the commandments and then claim that we are justified in breaking the commandments of God to keep our own false traditions.

2:21  Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, [do we] through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

If we interpret the scriptures by the teachings of men, instead of proving the words of the men by the scriptures; we are spiritual Idolaters and spiritual Adulterers against Jesus Christ our Husband! 

Do you boast in the commandments declaring the Sabbath to be Holy, as you trample all over it? Then you commit sacrilege and dishonour God!  Today we call the Sabbath holy and then say we are justified in continually profaning Sabbath and Holy Days.

2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles [the spiritually unconverted] through you, [because we claim to be godly and we think we are called out and possess an understanding of the scriptures, and yet we set a wicked example; therefore the unconverted seeing our hypocrisy; blaspheme, saying that our God is no true God and we are hypocrites. Thus it is regarding the Church of God in the world today] as it is written.

Now Paul uses the terms circumcision and uncircumcision  to make the point that: a symbol of the Covenant is meaningless, without the substance of keeping that Covenant.

2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision [The sign of the covenant is invalid if the covenant itself is not being kept.] is made uncircumcision [The sign of circumcision is made void when the Covenant is not kept, just like a signature on a broken contract is meaningless.]

What good is a mere sign of the covenant; if you break that Covenant?  What good is your signature on any contract if you do not keep that agreement?

2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision [If the Gentiles  keep the law without circumcision of the flesh] keep the righteousness of the law, [If the physically uncircumcised Gentiles keep the Covenant; their zeal for the Word of God to keep it shall be counted for circumcision of heart: for righteousness is the keeping of the covenant, which righteousness is obedience to our Husband, Christ.] shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by [those having been circumcised or baptized and still break the law; are transgressors] the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

Let us apply the truth, that the keeping of the laws of the covenant matters far more than having the symbol of the covenant; circumcision or the rite of baptism.

If a man, NOT yet being baptized into the New Covenant, still keeps the law; is he not righteous before God for his law keeping?   I speak of a person desiring baptism and committed to learning and keeping the whole Word of God. 

And if a baptized man does NOT live by every Word of God, keeping the law in letter AND in spirit; then he is a sinner and his baptism profits him nothing! 

Neither circumcision, nor baptism, nor ordination; mean anything at all: IF we have no zeal to live by every Word of God!

What if a diligent lover of God and his commandments dies before he can be baptized?   God will judge him on his commandment keeping, in the same way that he will judge Abel and Noah who were neither circumcised nor baptized!

Circumcision and baptism are only symbols of our commitment, and there will be very many baptized [and many circumcised] people who will NOT be in God’s kingdom; through their failure to live by every Word of God! 

Very many lived before Abraham who will be in the resurrection, not having been either circumcised in the flesh nor having been baptized.

There will be many who repent and even die for the faith in the imminent tribulation, who will not have an opportunity to be baptized.

Baptism IS commanded and we are to do so at the earliest opportunity after sincere repentance, yet it is more important to love God  the Father enough to live by every Word of God with passionate zeal, than to be baptized and then not live by every Word of God.

Just being baptized and attending some corporate church does NOT mean you have a free pass into eternal life!

2:28 For he is not a [spiritual] Jew, which is one outwardly [in appearance only]; neither is that circumcision [or baptism], which is outward in the flesh:

We are NOT spiritual Jews [converted New Covenant overcomers] just because we are baptized and attend some corporate organized church; there is much more to conversion than that! 

True circumcision is not merely an outward appearance.

Like physical circumcision or baptism, true spiritual circumcision of the heart is sincere repentance and a commitment to diligently “Go and sin not more!”  It is having the Word of God written on our hearts and having a great zeal to keep the whole Word of God. 

Jeremiah 31:31   Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

Romans 2:29 But he is a [spiritual] Jew, which is one inwardly [A true spiritual Jew is one who is zealous to live by every Word of God, which has been written on our heart]; and [True] circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

The true spiritual Jew [New Covenant Christian] is NOT just a person who is baptized; but is the person who is truly circumcised in heart, and keeps the commandments and the covenant of God with faithful passionate zeal. Therefore the true Christian must be a spiritual Jew indeed; keeping the New Covenant of commitment to do all that our spiritual Husband requires, and living by every Word of God with Christ-like zeal!

 

Romans 3

Faith and Works, and the Calling of the Gentiles explained 

Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

This means that the Law, Prophets and Writings were given to Israel, and that when Israel went into captivity, the Jews [mainly through the scribes, now called Karaites], possessed and maintained the Holy Scriptures; which at that time were not widely available to the Gentile nations. 

The profit  or advantage was in the fact that the Jews had the scriptures while the Gentiles at that time did not. 

The Jews returning from Babylon with Ezra canonized the Old Testament. That does not mean that physical Israel and Judah always obeyed, or understood those scriptures.

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. 

This includes forbidding the Rabbinic changing of the Biblical Calendar to the modern apostate Rabbinic Calendar.  To use the modern Rabbinic Calendar [finalized in 1178 A.D.] in place of God’s Biblical Calendar is to depart from the Word of God and that is sin!

We are to stand on the Word of God as it is written; that means NOT rejecting scriptures that we do not like, by saying they do not apply to us; as many reject Nehemiah on the Sabbath, and God’s commands on the New Moons, or Luke on the order of Passover, etc etc.

The responsibility for having and understanding the scriptures was transferred from the Jews and given to those called into the New Covenant. They canonized the New Testament at Pella and the New Testament writings were then maintained by copying down through the middle ages, when printing and the reformation made them available to all people.

WE are responsible for sticking to the true scriptures of God as our forefather’s canonized them. That means that WE are responsible for using and pointing others to the purest form of scriptures available. We are NOT to use fraudulent translations to turn men away from the best available scriptures  and to justify our sins and our compromising with the Word of God.

To follow the modern Rabbinic Calendar which is contrary to scripture, is the sin of Idolatry by placing the false teachings of men above the word of God. 

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith [promises] of God  without effect?

Because some do not believe: Does that make the promises of God and the faith of the believers void?

3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar [The Word of God is true and the teachings of men, contrary to God’s Word are lies]; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)

God’s Word is true, regardless of the lack of faith of men.

God’s righteousness is not dependant on the righteousness of men; but stands high above any righteousness of men; therefore we are bound to seek out HIS righteousness and not our own.

OUR OWN righteousness and faithlessness is wickedness and unrighteousness before God!

It is only God who is truly righteous:  Is it wrong for God to punish the faithlessness and self righteousness of men? No of course not; for the righteousness of God reveals the righteousness of men as being NO righteousness at all, but only wickedness.

We must take upon ourselves the righteousness of God through sincere repentance and the zealous internalizing of the very nature of God through enthusiastically living by every Word of God.

If the Word of God abounded by the preaching of Paul, why do some say he justified turning away from the law?  Because many twist the words of Paul and many believe the LIE that Paul teaches against the commandments; when he truly taught a passionate zeal for the commandments!

3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 3:7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my [supposed false teachings]  lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

Why am I [Paul] called a liar and false teacher against the law; when the truth and commandments of God have abounded through my teaching?

3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come?

Paul calls those who say that Paul teaches against the law: SLANDERERS, whose damnation is just: Declaring that the people who say that Paul teaches against the law are liars.

Paul never taught against keeping all of God’s commandments; quite the contrary, Paul was a champion for zealous obedience to every Word of God and the keeping of all of God’s commandments with passionate zeal!  Paul boldly declares that all who twist his words to say that we need not be zealous law keepers;  are LIARS!

3:9 What then? are [are Jews better than Gentiles?] we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

BOTH Jews and Gentiles are sinful because they BOTH lack any zeal to live by every Word of God.  Even so spiritual Israel has lost her zeal for the Word of God and has fallen into idolatries.

3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [all men and peoples have sinned] 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one

No person disobedient to the Word of God, can be righteous by following his own ways or idols of men.

3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known: 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Both Jews and Gentiles are wicked and need to seek the righteousness of God. It is through the grace and mercy of God that some have been called out of our wickedness unto him. It is not by any righteousness of our own.

None of us are righteous and we all need to fully internalize the righteousness of God; through repentance and the zealous embracing every Word of God.

This is absolutely applicable to groups of men as well as individuals. There is none righteous, and there is NO church that is righteous! It is only God that is GOOD!

It is God that is Righteous! And we MUST seek out the righteousness of God, through seeking a unity of mind, spirit and actions with the Father!

That unity is accomplished through the passionate keeping of ALL of God’s commandments and living by every Word of God,  by the power of the indwelling of the Spirit; the very nature of God the Father and of Jesus Christ!

3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: [ALL have fallen short of the nature of God and the purpose of the law is to teach us the righteousness and nature of God!] that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: [Keeping the law from the point of repentance forward, cannot justify our PAST law breaking!  Any justification for PAST sin; MUST come by Grace (mercy) and not by the keeping of the law. For the keeping of the law CANNOT atone for PAST sin.] for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

If there is no law, there is no lawbreaking; therefore the law is given to us to reveal to us the nature of God and how we have gone contrary from that nature; and to reveal to us that we have sinned against the nature of God.

3:21 But now the righteousness of God without [God’s mercy to forgive repented law breaking] the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

The righteousness and nature of God is made known through his giving to us his righteous law, which defines the nature of God for us and reveals to us how we have fallen short.

3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference [between Jew and Gentile for all have sinned before God.  The Jew who had the law (scriptures) has not kept the law, and the Gentile who did not have the law (scriptures) also sinned]:

The very nature of God is righteousness which is defined by every Word of God. We must seek the righteousness of God through sincere repentance and the diligent keeping of God’s  Word.

If we then repent of PAST law breaking and resolve to sin no more, God in his merciful righteousness, has made a way for us to be delivered from sin through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Therefore we are saved by FAITH in the grace of God; and not by the deeds of law keeping.

Even perfect FUTURE law keeping cannot atone for PAST sin!  ONLY the application of the sacrifice of Christ can atone for PAST sin; and that sacrifice cannot be applied to us without our sincere repentance from sin and our commitment to: “Go and sin no more!”

3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

We can only be justified by Christ if we repent of PAST sin and commit to STOP sinning, and to go forward and sin no more! Only then will the atoning sacrifice of Christ be applied to us.

3:24 Being justified freely [once we have sincerely repented and stopped breaking the Word of God] by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

All sinners will have the opportunity to repent and to stop sinning; and if they do, then they will be justified by the application of the atoning sacrifice of Christ.

3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood [faith in his sacrifice for us], to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Here Paul makes it clear that “PAST” sins will be remitted by Christ ONLY upon sincere repentance and a commitment to STOP sinning; That is NOT a license to continue in sin in the future.

3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus [and sincerely repents of his sins, seeking the merciful atonement of Christ].

God is just and will justify ALL people who sincerely REPENT from sin and have faith, believing in the atonement of Christ; and commit themselves to go and sin no more.

It is Christ through his perfect life of zealously and passionately living by every Word of God, and his atoning sacrifice which will justify us: IF we repent of sin and allow the very nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father to live within us.   Then we can internalize the very nature of God through living by every Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? [we are not justified from our past law breaking by our future law keeping] of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

We cannot boast that we have saved ourselves by our perfect law keeping!  Because any perfect law keeping in future cannot atone for PAST sins!

All have sinned; and it is sincere repentance and faith in the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ that atones for past sins.

It is through repenting of past sins and working to internalize the very nature of God through a passionate Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God the Father that brings the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

It is Christ atoning for our sins; and then living in us through the Spirit, and empowering us to keep every Word of God the Father as Christ kept them; that brings us into a full unity of mind, spirit and actions with God.

It is sincere repentance from past sins and a commitment to STOP sinning which brings the application of the perfect life of Christ and his atoning sacrifice; that saves us.

Therefore NO person has anything to boast about; for we have ALL sinned and Christ has given himself for all.

All we can do is to provide the willingness to follow and submit to Christ and God the Father; God the Father even has to call us and give us the spirit of repentance to begin with.

3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith [in the atoning sacrifice] without the deeds of the law. 

We are saved by God’s forgiveness; that forgiveness does not justify continuing in the sin that required God’s forgiveness in the first place.   If we ask forgiveness from God and then continue in the sins that we were in need of forgiveness for committing, we have made a mockery of God’s mercy.

Man cannot achieve his own salvation by his own works.

Law keeping in future does NOT atone for and justify our PAST sins.

We can only be justified by the sacrifice of our Creator and our faith in that sacrifice.

Now faith without works is dead, therefore our faith must be accompanied by turning to become doers [keepers] of every Word of God.

Starting to do good in the law does not justify us for our PAST sins; it only keeps us from future sin. Only Christ’s sacrifice can atone for PAST sin!

No idol of men or corporate church, can atone for our sins and save us.  We must prove the words of men by the Word of God and hold fast to the Word of God, while rejecting and discarding all words not consistent with the whole Word of God. 

3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

God will justify the sincerely repentant whether they are Jews or Gentiles.

3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision [Paul is referring to the Jews by the characteristic of circumcision] by faith, and [justify the] uncircumcision [Gentiles] through faith.

3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

We establish the law by admitting that we need to be forgiven for breaking the law! 

That being the case, if we continue in sin; we are still in need of forgiveness for continuing to break the law; and forgiveness of PAST sin is made void! 

Therefore we must commit to STOP sinning, before God will apply the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us; otherwise we make a mockery of the sacrificial death of Christ!

The law of God is established in the lives of all people by sincere repentance from breaking the law, the atoning sacrifice of Christ, and the indwelling of the law keeping Holy Spirit.

 

Romans 4

Our salvation depends on our believing FAITH; that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and that Christ is an effectual sacrifice that enables the sincerely repentant to also be raised from the dead!  and then empowered by that FAITH we can go forward:  to “Go and sin no more!”

Romans 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory [Abraham may glory {and we also} IF he [we] can achieve salvation through his [our] own efforts]; but not before God.

4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, [and translated that belief into works; obeying God] and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

If we have kept the law perfectly through our own strength from our birth, then we have earned eternal life through our own works and deeds; and no one has done that except Jesus Christ!  ALL have sinned [except Jesus Christ] and no one has eternal life within them, except by the grace, and merciful forgiveness of God.

4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 4:5 But to him that worketh not [He that in PAST times did NOT obey, may be saved by belief in God translated into the action of sincere repentance, and will then be justified (Forgiven) by Christ for his faith (belief) and repentance]  but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly (Christ), his faith is counted for righteousness.

If we earn salvation then it is owed to us; if we are forgiven in mercy; our salvation is by faith in the gift of God. 

We cannot earn redemption from PAST sins by future law keeping;  that redemption is a  gift of God. 

Yet if we are redeemed from PAST sin; we are not to go back into the sin that we have been rescued out of!

4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

It is our sincere repentance and the sacrifice of Christ, which atones for and forgives PAST sin; that is what saves us from bondage to sin and death, as Israel was saved out of Egypt by God and not by their own works.

Should we then go back into, and continue in sin?  Should Israel have marched back into Egypt?  

Should we, who have been delivered from spiritual bondage march forward into a new life in Christ, or should we go back into the Egypt of bondage to sin that Christ delivered us out of?

4:9 Cometh this blessedness [Of merciful atonement and justification for PAST sin] then upon the circumcision [Jews] only, or upon the uncircumcision [non Jews] also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 4:10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Abraham was an uncircumcised Gentile when he was judged faithful and righteous, because he obeyed God.

That being the case; how is it that salvation is excluded from the Gentiles? No, salvation is extended to the Gentiles and to the Jew alike.

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered:

Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised [the Gentiles]; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 4:12 And the father of circumcision [of the heart] to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

This is talking about Abraham being the father of the faithful; of both the Jews, [the circumcision], and those Gentiles not being circumcised in the flesh.

4:13 For the promise, that he [Christ and all people of FAITH] should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of [active obedient faith, for Abraham left his city and followed Christ in faith in the promises made to him;  obeying God in faith.] faith.

Abraham acted on his belief [faith] in the promise of God  by offering up Isaac trusting in the promise the Isaac would yet be a father of many nations

Therefore all those of FAITH would be called the spiritual children of Abraham; and ONLY those of FAITH will inherit all things.

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

No amount of law keeping in future can atone for PAST sins; therefore it is only by sincere repentance and faith in the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and a firm commitment to “go and sin no more;” that a sinner may be justified from PAST sins.

Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Where there is no law there is no sin, but we know that Adam and Eve sinned so we know that the law existed in the garden of Eden

We usually look at the law as defining sin, but God’s law is also the definition of God, love and righteousness. As such the law is the definition of the nature of God and HAS ALWAYS EXISTED. 

The point is that: Whether we disobey WITHOUT knowledge of the law, or whether we disobey WITH the knowledge of the law; either way the result of breaking the law is DEATH. 

We must sincerely repent of breaking the Word of God and have faith in the atonement of the sacrifice of Christ for PAST sins and then we must go forward to live by every Word of God to receive grace [forgiveness] and life.

4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 

Abraham is the father of all those who have the faith to obey God and live by every Word of God!   

Faith and the Works of Faith

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? 2:5 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?

2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 2:18 Yea, a man may say, You hast faith, and I have works. Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble [Yet the demons will not obey God’s Word, therefore their belief brings them nothing but the sure knowledge of their coming judgment]. 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified [by his deeds] by works when he [obeyed God]  had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought [worked with] with his works and by works was faith made perfect? 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 2:25 Likewise also was not Rehab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.

Yes, there is a spirit in our body. It is a spirit of man, a spirit in man. And without the body it doesn’t function; it doesn’t think, it is not conscious. It must be plugged into the body. And the two work together; the spirit must be plugged into the body.

Faith and works is the same as the body and spirit; faith must be plugged into works, and works into faith; so that trust and belief result in the works of faith.

Faith without works cannot stand on its own. If we have faith, if we believe God, we will do what God says; which is our works.

We cannot do what God says if we do not believe [have faith] Him; anymore than the spirit can live without the body. These things are inseparable.

Faith is inseparable from the works of faith. If you have faith and no works, our faith is meaningless, it is a waste of time. Believing without acting on that belief is a waste of time; it won’t get you anywhere.

We are to grow and learn and perfect ourselves continually discarding error for the truth as we learn; that is called overcoming.

If our inheritance and salvation were by our works of law keeping, we will all perish: for all have sinned and future law keeping CANNOT atone for PAST law breaking.

Therefore we NEED an effective atonement and forgiveness for our PAST sins. We can then live in FAITH that our sins are forgiven, enabling us to begin a NEW life in Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.

If a man commit a crime [sin] and then be always law abiding after that; he still has to pay for the crime he has committed? and if that crime is indeed paid for; does that then become a license to continue committing crime?

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Our salvation depends on our believing that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and that Christ is an effectual sacrifice that enables the sincerely repentant to also be raised from the dead!  Then empowered by that FAITH we can go forward, sincerely repenting to “Go and sin no more!”

4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was [Jesus Christ was] raised again for our justification.

It is by our faith in the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God and in the promises of God that we are brought to sincere repentance. For when God the Father calls us; we must first believe and then respond to that belief with sincere REPENTANCE from sin; and a positive commitment to live by every Word of God. Then going forward in faith, to do the works of our faith; which is the keeping of the Word of God through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we thereby come into a full unity of mind, spirit and actions with God.

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

 

Romans 5

It is understood that every babe falls a few times in learning to walk, but when we fall spiritually; do we repent and get up to go forward like a babe? or do we justify our sins and continue in them, like a babe who falls and refuses to get back up? 

It is also understood that every person does not immediately have all knowledge upon conversion;  The converted life is one of growing, learning and overcoming. 

When we find ourselves in error do we reject the error to embrace God’s Word of truth; or do we fight tooth and claw to justify our error?  The godly person will accept the truth from God’s Word with great joy, and will NOT reject parts of God’s Word to justify his errors.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace [forgiveness for past sins repented of] wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

It is our  faith and belief in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ coupled with sincere repentance, which effectively atones for past sins; which then reconciles and brings peace for us with God the Father.

Romans 2:13   (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

When we are called to Christ by God the Father and we believe him, we must repent of past sin; and when we do sincerely repent and commit to STOP sinning,  the sacrifice of Christ is applied to the sincerely repentant, and God’s grace and forgiveness for past sins repented of; reconciles us to God the Father!

God calls; we believe him in faith; faith is translated into the action of repentance; and God then gives grace [mercy, forgiveness] reconciling us to him. We must then continue in faith believing the Word of God and continuing in our commitment to zealously abstain from sin through diligently living by every Word of God.

If we overcome sin until the very end, through the Spirit and nature of God dwelling in us; we shall be raised to eternal life in glorious unity with God the Father and Messiah the Christ.

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one [with God], even as we are one: 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;

When we are called, we must believe God; and when that belief translates into the action of repentance from past sin, and a commitment to sin no more; we are then reconciled to God the Father (John 5:14, John 8:11) by the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. After that, Christ will dwell IN us; enabling us to love and live by every Word of God the Father as Jesus Christ did!

If we then go out and sin again; that new sin separates us from God our Father AGAIN, and we are no better off than at the first!

If we then justify our willful compromising with the Word of God and justifying our sin instead of repenting and stopping the sin; there will come a point in time where God will  spue us out of the body of Christ into correction until we learn our lesson or are destroyed.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Brethren, we are at this point today

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am [Spiritually] rich, and increased with goods [knowledge], and have need of nothing [spiritual; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind [Knowing nothing spiritually], and naked [and are NOT clothed with God’s righteousness]

What is our sin? In our pride we have turned God’s grace into a license to continue in sin through a willing compromise and even rejecting portions of God’s Word to justify ourselves; Even rejecting  Nehemiah on the Sanctity of the Sabbath, and rejecting  the commandment to observe the New Moons.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we [the true godly faithful and zealous for the word of God] glory in tribulations also: [understand that our trials forge us into the people that God wants us to be] knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope [FAITH]:

As we experience trials and overcome them with God’s strength, we learn to TRUST in our Deliverer: which trust is: FAITH.

5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

2 John 1:6  And this is love, that we walk [Love is to keep God’s Word] after his commandments.

The love of God, the love of Christ; comes through the Holy Spirit of God, the very nature of God  being given to dwell within us; IF we obey God and keep his Word.

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without [spiritual] strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us [by allowing the death of his only begotten much beloved son], in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Repented PAST sins will be justified by the sacrifice of Christ; after which we are to go forward and sin no more, through the indwelling of God’s Spirit.  If Christ is in us, we will be strengthened to live as he lived and to walk as he walked.

1 John 2:3   And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk [live], even as he walked [lived].

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life [lived in us through his spirit].

We can be atoned for by the application of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God to the sincerely repentant; and we receive salvation from death, through Christ’s perfect law keeping life being lived in us and by us through the Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ the ultimate Lamb of God, being an acceptable sacrifice for sin, was resurrected to spirit and accepted as the Wave Offering for us: and he was accepted as our High Priest;  that we through his Spirit after forgiveness for PAST sin, we might go forward and live without sin as he lived without sin!

The Holy Spirit of God is then given to dwell in the sincerely repentant, empowering them to overcome sin [and death].

Therefore it was his perfect law abiding life, that makes him a true sacrifice for sin, reconciling us to God the Father; and it is Jesus Christ dwelling in us and keeping his Father’s law IN US; that keeps us in a harmonious relationship with God the Father; through which relationship we receive his promises of salvation from death.

If we turn back into the bondage of Egypt by willful compromise with God’s Word; we shall be destroyed for our faithlessness and sins; just as the Israelites who wanted to turn back into Egypt were destroyed.

5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

The chief joy of the sincerely repentant is God the Father and every Word of God, and we rejoice in our espoused Husband and our Saviour, like a bride rejoices in her husband! And in our passionate love we abandon all things of the past for our future with God the Father and our new Husband: Learning to please him and to do his will as reflected in his zeal for his Father’s law, above all else!

5:12 Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4)  therefore where there is no law there is no sin. 

The Law Pre-existed the Covenants and was not a Part of the Mosaic Covenant

The covenant of obedience is that we must live by every Word of God, the laws that God gave through Moses were not part of that Covenant, they were the things that God wanted done; while the Covenant itself was a commitment to do anything and everything that God wanted done.  

The sacrificial system was instituted as soon as Adam sinned in the garden and Cain sew Abel over his own unacceptable sacrifice.  The Sabbath was established at creation and Israel was told to REMEMBER the Sabbath which had been forgotten in Egypt; the law of clean and unclean was known from creation and was kept by Noah taking seven pairs of clean animals and only one pair of each unclean animal aboard the ark (Gen 7:2).  

All people on the  earth except eight souls were destroyed for sin, and since if there was no law there was no breaking of a non existent law:  the law did indeed exist because the people were destroyed for their sins!  The same thing can be said about Sodom, they were destroyed for their sin, the existence of the sin being proof of the existence of the law:  Long BEFORE Moses and Sinai. 

God kept Abimelech king of Gerar (Gen 20) from doing what?  From sinning by taking Sarah!  God kept Joseph from sinning with Potiphar’s wife.  The existence of the sin proves the existence of a law against those sinful deeds:  Long BWFORE Sinai and Moses!

 God’s law was not some new thing instituted at Sinai, God’s Law  existed from creation and was first broken in the flesh by Adam and Eve.

The law defines both sin and righteousness [which is the keeping of the whole Word of God]: 

Sin [death] reigned – before the formal law given through Moses – for two thousand years before Moses; showing that the law and sin existed from Adam until Moses. 

Noah, Abraham, Able and others obeyed God BEFORE Moses!

The point is that God gave a formal codified law through Moses, intending for the formal law given at Sinai to be God’s teacher and God’s instructions in the way to life eternal.

The law given at Sinai was given to us by a merciful God to teach us to eschew those ways that bring death and to teach us to embrace the ways and the nature of God which brings life eternal.

5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

All of humanity’s sins began with Adam and would be removed by Christ upon sincere repentance.

5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

Adam’s gift to man was sin, and the natural consequences of sin is DEATH.

The gift’s of Jesus Christ are atonement for sin, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, which empowers the sincerely repentant who are reconciled to God the Father by Christ’s sacrifice, to then go forward to live a Christ-like life passionately living by every Word of God.

5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

If we live as Adam lived, in sin, we shall receive death; but if we live in Christ, living as Christ lived in zealous faithfulness to the whole word of God to do the will of God the Father, we shall inherit life eternal!

Therefore if we sincerely repent of living contrary to the Word of God, and commit to go forward and sin no more through the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us, we shall be justified by Christ’s sacrifice for our PAST sins and receive the free gift of mercy or grace and forgiveness of sincerely repented PAST sins.

5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

If we follow Adam to sin, we are of Adam and sinful and we will die eternally without repentance; and if we follow Christ to enthusiastically keep the Law and Word of God, we shall be righteous as Christ is righteous, and live forever after our resurrection as he lives forever after his resurrection!

5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous

We are made righteous by our sincere repentance and by being forgiven of PAST sin through the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and then going forward to live as Christ lived; through the power of Christ living IN us by the Spirit of God!].

5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.

Israel’s law breaking with a knowledge of the law, demonstrated that even the knowledge of the law cannot save from death.

Grace or forgiveness through the free will sacrifice of the Creator for the past sins of the sincerely repentant is the essential atonement, and brings the gift of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to live as Christ lived, in perfect sinless living by every Word of God.] But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace [Forgiveness might reign over death through sincere repentance and going forward in righteousness, which is the keeping of the whole Word of God.] reign through righteousness [righteousness is the keeping of the Word of God] unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Romans 6

Paul now goes into the subject of baptism and whether to STOP sinning or to continue in sin, after we have been delivered from sin by the death and life of Christ.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

If we have been delivered from the slavery of sin [spiritual Egypt] why would we seek to remain in bondage?  To love God is to seek to please him and to become like him, as he has defined himself by his Word. If we reject any part of, or compromise with any of God’s Word, we love the slavery of Egypt and sin; MORE than we love God the Father of Jesus Christ, for they are in complete UNITY with one another!

Baptism represents the death and burial of the old sinful  [following Adam  in sin] man; and truly converted person will rise up from baptism; a new being, burning with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God as Jesus Christ did. 

Baptism is a seal of sincere repentance from sin and represents the death of the sinful man; and is a total commitment to God the Father and Jesus Christ; to please God, to keep the whole Word of God with passionate zeal and to become like God in every way.

Baptism is a total unshakable commitment of espousal in marriage to Jesus Christ for all eternity!  A commitment to internalize the very nature of God by keeping his Word with a zeal to become like our LORD.

6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

The old man of sin is dead and buried in baptism; that we may rise a new person in Christ; keeping the whole Word of God like Christ did.

Matthew 4:4   But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

We committed ourselves at baptism to destroy the old man of sin and to arise a NEW person in Christ!  It is our calling to becoming Christ-like; loving and obeying God the Father as Christ did, walking and living by every Word of God as Jesus Christ walked and lived!

6:5 For if we have been planted [if we have been buried in baptism] together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [rise from the grave of baptism as he rose from the dead] in the likeness of his resurrection: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old [sinful] man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

After our baptismal commitment we are:  TO NO LONGER SERVE SIN!

After baptism we should serve [obey] God; that we may then be raised up in a resurrection to spirit, as Jesus Christ was raised up to spirit.

The dead, sin not [they can do nothing]; therefore those who bury the old sinful self in baptism cannot continue in willful sin. 

We are to live as Christ lived, by following the Holy Spirit of Christ dwelling in us; and that Spirit will NEVER lead us to compromise with any part of the Word of God, or to tolerate sin and false doctrine.  Any spirit that leads into tolerating sin or false teachings contrary to the Word of God, is NOT of Christ; It is the spirit of Anti-Christ and is of Satan!

6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Being buried in baptism is a symbolic death of the old sinful person and frees us from PAST sin!

Why should we, being liberated from PAST sin; desire to compromise with God’s Word and to lose our Christ-like zeal for the whole Word of God, and associate with worldliness, going back into bondage?

There is only one reason: Because we love serving sin unto decay and death, more than we love serving God unto eternal life!

It is because we are willing to sell the birthright of our calling, which is eternal life in peace and harmony with God and all his children; for the temporary pleasures of sin which leads to eternal death.

Like Esau, many do not value their freedom from slavery to sin; and many sell their birthright, for a temporary and transitory relief from trials, or for temptations to take pleasure in evil doing.

6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ [in baptism], we believe that we shall also live with him [free from sin as he lives]: 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

As Christ died for our sin once; and was then raised up to eternal life to serve God the Father; we are to destroy the old man of sin and enter a baptismal commitment to serve God the Father and to: “go and sin no more.”

Once raised up from baptism, we are raised up to a new life free from sin; to serve God  the Father and to live by every Word of God with Christ-like passion. 

Jesus Christ died once and now lives again; serving God the Father; and we who symbolically destroyed our past sinful selves in the watery grave of baptism; are to rise up a new person to serve God the Father 

6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

The birthright of our calling is the same eternal life that was given to Jesus Christ when he was raised up from physical death and changed back to spirit.

UNDERSTAND the appalling price that Christ Jesus paid for us: Jesus Christ GAVE UP his eternal life to be made flesh for us!  He then GAVE UP his physical life for us!

He did this with COMPLETE FAITH, that his Father would strengthen him against all temptation to keep all of the Father’s commandments; making him a worthy sacrifice for his creation: In COMPLETE FAITH that his Father could and would raise him up and restore him back to eternal life!

6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God [We are to be sincerely repentant, spiritually sensitive and passionate to keep the Word of God] through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are to become like the dead in regards to all temptation to sin and compromise with the commandments and Word of God. We are to destroy the old sinful man and become a new Christ-like person!

If we love God the Father and the Son and internalize the very nature of BOTH God the Father and the Son through the same Christ-like love and obedience of God the Father and his Word; our beloved Father will also raise us up to eternal life as he raised Jesus up!

6:12 Let not sin [any transgression of the Word of God] therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead [freed from the bondage of sin and death], and your members [keep the whole Word of God with all your mind and deeds] as instruments [subject your whole being to serve God the Father] of righteousness [The righteousness of God is the keeping of the Word of God] unto God.

Shun all sin and compromise with the Word of Almighty God; who alone is able to save and deliver us out of all sin. Allow his very mind, spirit and nature to dwell within us; overcoming all sin through the power of God!

As baptized persons we are to consider ourselves symbolically resurrected back to a new physical life after the death of the old sinful person, and delivered out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage! We are not to turn back into that Egypt of bondage to sin, or we shall be destroyed as those Israelites who wanted to turn back were destroyed!

If we truly loved Christ; we would do those things pleasing to Christ; we would be as zealous for the Father’s Word as Jesus Christ was!

We are the servants of those that we follow and obey.  We are NOT to follow any man into willful sin against any part of the Word of God, we are not to allow sin to have dominion over us and we are not to turn back into bondage to sin and death.

6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law [facing a penalty for breaking the law], but under grace [having stopped sinning and having been forgiven for our sincerely repented PAST sins].  6:15 What then? shall we [continue in sin] sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Anyone who has made a baptismal commitment to espouse themselves to Jesus Christ, and then compromises with any part of the Word of God even to the slightest degree, is in danger of being rejected as a suitable part of spiritual bride.

As a bride is to become one flesh with her husband and is to faithfully follow him; so we are to become of one spirit, mind and actions with our Husband, Jesus Christ.

We are to internalize his very nature, which is the lesson of eating Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; representing the internalizing of Jesus Christ: The Bread of LIFE.

What was the nature of Jesus Christ?  He loved his Father with all his heart, and he kept all of his Fathers commandments, Word  and instructions, without compromise or deviation to the slightest degree.

If we go willingly back into sin through deliberate compromise with God’s Word, we are in danger of being rejected as a part of the bride; and if we do not repent, we are in danger of damnation.

If we reject portions of God’s Word to justify our sins [like rejecting the commandments regarding the New Moons, rejecting God’s Biblical Calendar, rejecting Nehemiah and the sanctity of the Sabbath and rejecting Luke on the Passover]; Jesus Christ will reject us!

If we return to the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin, from which we had been delivered by the application of the awesome sacrifice of Christ; we are returning back to the filthy burden of bondage to sin which we have been delivered out of; and we make a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ who died to deliver us.

If we prefer such filth, to the Holy Law of Liberty from sin; we are NOT worthy of Jesus Christ and will not be a part of his bride.

James 1:22   But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  1:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty [God’s law liberates us from bondage to sin], and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work [Word and law of God], this man shall be blessed in his deed.

My beloved brethren, it is time to wake up and to see how far we have fallen when we compromise and commit spiritual adultery against our LORD, by idolizing men and false traditions above the Word of God and the Glorious Law of Liberty!

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness [righteousness is passionately living by every Word of God]?

A minister once said to me: “I am a minister of Jesus Christ, I can do anything I want and God has to back me up.”

I tell you that a minister of Jesus Christ would be doing what Jesus Christ wants, and NOT anything that HE himself wants.

If he is doing anything HE wants, Almighty God will NOT back him up, because he is NOT a minister of Jesus Christ; he is the servant of another.

We are to prove all things by the Word of God which is also the Word of Jesus Christ; and we are to follow and obey God our Father and our espoused Husband totally; and to follow men ONLY as they follow God the Father and Jesus Christ.

6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you [Which is the sound doctrine of the Holy Scriptures to keep the whole word of God]. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness [Righteousness is to keep the whole word of God].

Let us rejoice that some have chosen to become like Jesus Christ, instead of continuing in sin; and are now the servants of righteousness through a passionate love of God, to enthusiastically wholeheartedly live by every Word of God.

Those who would compromise with any part of God’s Word; and those who would love or fear this world more than they love their spiritual Father and their espoused Husband: Will be corrected by God.

6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have [in the PAST committed many sins and were in bondage to sin]  yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Turn away from your PAST zeal for sin and the pleasures of this world; die the symbolic death of the old sinful person in baptism, and rise up a new person in Christ; seeking the righteousness of God by keeping all of God’s Word with an even greater zeal then we had for the pleasures of this world!

If we serve sin by not keeping a certain part of the Word of God, we are empty of the righteousness of God. 

James 2:10   For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

6:22 But now being made free from sin, and [once freed from sin we are to] become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God [given to those who follow the whole word of God] is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sin and compromise with God’s Word leads to all manner of decay and death. God‘s commandments bring harmony, peace and eternal life!

 

Romans 7

Many have falsely used Romans 7 to justify sin. In Romans 7 Paul explains to the Jews in Rome the weakness of the Mosaic Covenant and why a New Covenant and the Holy Spirit is needed to please God.   Romans 8 then explains how we can overcome all sin by Christ and God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.

Our sinful nature is to be ended by our sincere repentance and baptismal symbolic death; and we are to be raised up out of the water of baptism a NEW person, dead to sin and alive to the every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ. 

We are to rise up from baptism a new person dedicated to living by every Word of God and dedicated to internalizing the very nature of God by the keeping of his Word and the doing of God’s will, unto life eternal in full unity with God the Father and the Son. 

The marriage of a physical man and woman is to last until the death of one of the parties. 

Jesus Christ died for us and paid the penalty of death for us, yet we must sincerely repent of our PAST sins and accept the free merciful application of his sacrifice and go through the symbolic death and resurrection of baptism. 

We are baptized INTO God the Father and Jesus Christ, and into the Holy Spirit; which is the nature of Christ and God the Father; and we are to therefore to rise up DEAD to PAST sin, becoming a new person in God the Father and Jesus Christ;  passionately committed to living by every Word of God Father.  

When we go down into the watery grave of baptism after sincere repentance and a commitment to “go and sin no more” we are symbolically and literally destroying the old person of sin; and the penalty of the law [death]  will then be satisfied by the application of the sacrifice of Christ. 

Then we are to rise up a NEW person, wholeheartedly committed to godliness and to internalizing the entire nature of God through faithfully keeping of the whole Word of God:  Rising up from the watery grave of baptism to go and sin no more, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ and God the Father being given to dwell in us! 

The whole Word of God defines the nature of God, and the Spirit of God is also the nature of God; therefore anyone or any spirit that leads you to compromise with the Word of God is of Satan the devil and is a spirit of antichrist!

Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

The law of  marriage lasts until the death of one of the spouses.

Those who divorce and remarry in the faith are living in adultery.  The only acceptable reason for divorce is if one’s spouse runs off to live in adultery with another.  In that case the guilty person is to be ostracized from the assemblies as unconverted.

7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Physical marriage is an allegorical lesson of spiritual marriage to Christ

God forbids divorce and remarriage in the faith. Only if one or both persons leave the faith may they divorce [not being converted and living outside the law], because they are unconverted and not keeping the commandments of God.

If one of the persons is not keeping the commandments and is making the observant person miserable or has fled the marriage; the converted person is not bound to the apostate sinner who rejects their God commanded responsibilities.  

The called out  are not called to be ONE with evil [one with a wicked person]; we are called to be ONE with the Word of God and his righteousness.

If both persons claim to be in the faith and divorce and remarry; they are living in adultery and BOTH should be rejected from the fellowship and congregation. 

Marriage is a type of our relationship with God

When we die symbolically in baptism, our marriage [oneness] with sin ends, and we are free to marry [become one with] godliness;  then we are raised up out of that symbolic death to be espoused to a new Husband which is Jesus Christ; and we are to be committed to the duties of a bride to follow and obey our LORD!

7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the [sin and the penalty of the law for sin] law by the body [the sacrificial death of Christ applied to the sincerely repentant] of Christ; that ye should be married to another [that we may be espoused to Jesus Christ], even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Our marriage to SIN  ends with sincere repentance and our symbolic death in the grave of baptism through the application of the sacrifice of Christ; freeing us from our unity with sin; to become a part of the espoused bride in unity with Christ!

7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions [deeds] of sins, which were [revealed] by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 

God’s law teaches us the way to eternal life [which is keeping God’s Word] and reveals how to avoid the way to destruction.

7:6 But now we are delivered from the [penalty of the] law that being dead [the sinful person becoming dead to sin through repentance, baptism and the application of the sacrifice of Christ] wherein we were held [the sincerely repentant are freed from the bondage to sin which brings death]; that we should serve in newness of spirit [now becoming zealous to live by every Word of God in both letter and spirit], and not in the oldness of the letter [the list of (the indictment) of our past sins]

We rise up from baptism free from the indictment (the letter which condemns our law breaking) against us; and we are to go forth in the power of God’s Spirit to sin no more; now being given the Spirit of Godliness and the Whole Word of God; which is the nature of Jesus Christ in print.

We are no longer to be under the penalty of having broken the law [the law being that those who sin must die], being delivered by the sacrifice of Christ and the grace of God.

We are now freed from that part of the law [through the application of the sacrifice of Christ], which declares that we must die for our past sins; and being freed from our PAST sins and the indictment against us for those sins; we are to go forward in a newness of spirit, sinning no more.

7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: [The law is not sin; the law defines and describes sin and helps us to understand what sin is, so we can avoid sin and live!] for I had not known lust [we could not understand and avoid the evil of lust, unless God told us in his Word], except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

The law reveals what sin is, taking away our cloak of ignorance of what sin is, and makes us cognizant of our sins; and  if we continue in sin with the knowledge of what sin is; we are even more guilty of sin than when we sinned ignorantly.  For example of a person knows and admits that the Sabbath is Holy and then proceeds to pollute it; they are sinners indeed. 

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Paul now shows how the law [the formal law given at Sinai] which was intended to bring life, instead brought death because the people could not keep the law. 

This is about the Mosaic Covenant as a background to explain the need for a New Covenant and the necessity for the Gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep God’s law that brings LIFE ETERNAL! 

Jeremiah 31:31    Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence [evil thoughts leading to sin]. For without the law sin was dead.

The law reveals what sin is and without the law man cannot know what sin is;  therefore once we have the law defining sin, we become more guilty for breaking the law willfully than when we did so ignorantly. 

7:9 For I was alive without the [not knowing the law] law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived [because I had broken the law], and I [I came under a penalty of death for my sin] died.

The law which was meant to bring life by teaching us how to avoid sin; resulted in our falling into the condemnation of the law; through our law breaking

7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

The law could not be kept; demonstrating the need for the empowerment of God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to keep the law. 

The law which was given to teach us the way to life, then resulted in the breaking that law through temptation to sin; and that law which was holy, was twisted by Satan into a tool to destroy us.

7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

The law is Holy and Just and Good; it is the breaking of the law which is sin and evil.

The law is the very nature and will of God defined; and the Word of God is truth, love and righteousness personified.

Therefore the breaking of that law, is a departure from the nature, love, mind and Spirit of God; and is the opposite of righteousness, truth, and holiness.

7:13 Was then that which is good [the law being very good]  made death [Does the law bring death?  NO!] unto me? God forbid. But sin, [Sin IS death and the law reveals what sin is, so that we could henceforth avoid sin and death] that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; [sin is commandment breaking and brings death; while the law if we keep it: Brings Life!] that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Does the holy law bring death? NO; it is the breaking of that law which is sin and brings death!

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The carnal mind cannot be subject to the holy law of God which law is spiritual; therefore it was essential that a New Covenant with the addition of the power of God’s Spirit come, to enable man to keep God’s Word.

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

The weakness or ignorance of the flesh causes us to stumble, so that we cannot keep the law.   Therefore of necessity we need God’s help to keep the Word of God; and that help came in the form of a New Covenant with an effective sacrifice for PAST sin and the Gift of God’s Spirit of overcoming power! 

Through temptation or trial, our weak flesh will fall to sin; THAT IS WHY WE ARE TO RELY ON OUR DELIVERER AND NOT TRY TO OVERCOME SIN ON OUR OWN!  which was the lesson of the Mosaic Covenant!

We cannot overcome sin on our own!  Only the power of the indwelling Spirit of Christ can overcome the sin which besets us!

Paul then speaks of the Mosaic Covenant and how there was a desire to obey God, but no strength to do so. 

7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Mosaic Israel was a tremendous object lesson that we cannot keep the Word of God by our own strength; proving the necessity for a New Covenant [Jer 31:31] and God’s empowering enabling Gift of His Holy Spirit  

Our lives in the New Covenant faith are a constant struggle to overcome sin and replace that sin, with the nature of Jesus Christ and his faithful love and obedience to the law of God. 

Should we then give up the struggle and compromise with sin, because enduring and overcoming is difficult, as many in Israel wanted to do in the desert of Sinai; or should we  seek and use the strength of our God and the Gift of His Spirit to lift us up above our trials?

The temptation to sin is ever with us, yet if we are waging a constant and strong struggle against law breaking and sin, and we slip due to momentary weakness; it is the sin that we are fighting against that has momentarily overcome us, contrary to our own personal will!

But if we begin to justify law breaking and compromise, we are giving up the good fight and no longer struggling against sin, we are justifying and condoning our sin of law breaking; instead of running to our High Tower of Strength and Deliverer from bondage.

The called out, delight in the Law and Word of God; yet being weak they cannot keep the Word of God on their own. 

The Word of God is spiritual; and can only be kept through the indwelling Spirit of the one who had no sin and overcame all, to sit at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.  We can not do it on our own;  it is Christ dwelling in us that overcomes our sinful nature for us, if we rely on and follow him!

7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man [in my mind]: 7:23 But I see another law in my members [body], warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

If our mind or spirit, delights in the commandments of God, and yet we are in an apparent continual losing battle with our natural carnal man; what are we to do?

Who can deliver us? Is it not Jesus Christ who delivered Israel out of the slavery of Egypt?

As Pharaoh was a type of Satan and Egypt was a type of slavery and bondage to sin; Israel was a type of those called out of spiritual Egypt. As Jesus Christ delivered Israel out of Egypt; he will also deliver us out of our slavery to sin and the god-king of this world.

Therefore let us put on the whole armor of God; and fight the good fight against all commandment breaking, with the strong right arm of our Magnificent Deliverer and the power of God’s Spirit!

And if we slip or stumble; let us rise right back up, dust ourselves off; and let us run to our Mighty Tower of Strength, for his power to overcome.

Let us NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up the fight to maintain zeal to live by the whole Word of God!  Let us NEVER try to self- justify compromising with God’s Word, because we are weary with well doing!

7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Paul then answers his own question in chapter 8.  It is God the Father and Jesus Christ who are able to deliver us from our wretched predilection to sin!

7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul’s desire was to serve God, yet like us he could unintentionally slip.  We will be tempted and we may struggle and sometimes slip, but we must NEVER give up fighting the good fight, until through Christ we have conquered sin!

 

Romans 8

Paul now gives the solution for Israel’s inability to keep the law of the Mosaic Covenant. 

The Mosaic Covenant without the Holy Spirit is a representation of man trying to achieve godliness by his own efforts and strength.  The Mosaic Covenant explained the need for the power of God dwelling in us to enable us to overcome.

It is through conversion to the New Covenant by sincere repentance from sin, and a commitment to “Go and sin no more;” that the sacrifice of Christ will be applied and the Gift of the overcoming power of Christ to dwell within us through the Holy Spirit may be received. 

If we sincerely repent and commit to STOP sinning, the New Covenant provides the overcoming power of Christ to dwell within us and to overcome sin with us through  the Holy Spirit!  

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk [live] not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

If we live to keep the law through the indwelling of God’s Spirit, we are delivered from sin and eternal death. 

If we seek after worldliness and the things of the flesh, we follow the temporary things that bring eternal death!  If we seek after the spiritual to keep the whole Word of God through the power of Christ dwelling in us; we seek life eternal!

8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

The carnal mind, a mind without the Spirit of God remains in bondage to sin in worldliness and cannot overcome sin by its own strength.  

We must become spiritually minded through sincere repentance, forgiveness and the Gift of God’s Spirit, to be liberated from bondage to sin and worldliness.  

Then to remain free from the bondage of sin, we must continually follow the whole Word of God without compromise, into a full unity with the nature of God and eternal life!

8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh [are worldly minded] cannot please God. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ [which spirit leads us to live by every Word of God without any compromise or turning to the left or the right], he is none of his.

8:10 And if Christ be in you, the [our carnal worldly body] body is dead [in baptism] because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness [commandment keeping] .

The Spirit of God will change our nature from worldliness to godliness, IF we follow it in keeping the whole Word of God; and if we keep the whole Word of God we shall be fully changed into spirit on that day!

8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh [live your own way contrary to God’s Word], ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body [destroying sin], ye shall live [eternally].

8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

If we are sincerely repentant and turn away from the deeds of sinful flesh, through the power of God, to keep the commandments of God; we shall be the adopted children of God the Father! And we will become a part of the collective bride of Christ [being in complete SPIRITUAL UNITY with Jesus Christ and God the Father]!

If we have sincerely repented and committed ourselves to go and sin no more; the atoning sacrifice of Christ will be applied to us, and then through the overcoming power of the Holy Spirit [IF we use it] we are freed from death which is the wages of sin.

8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear [fearing damnation for our PAST sins]; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

What does the commandment say?  Honour your father and mother!  If we are to honor our physical father’s in their imperfections; how much more are we to honor the perfect Father in heaven?

8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The trials we face to be zealous to live by every Word of God are as nothing compared to the reward awaiting us for faithful passionate continual burning zeal for the whole Word of God to learn it and to keep it.

8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 8:20 For the creature [creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

The whole creation itself will be delivered from the decay into which it was subjected to in the hope that we would learn from our own mistakes to follow God our Father in heaven.

8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

We who are faithful followers of Christ also wait upon our change to eternal life.

8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body [from flesh into spirit].

We wait in hope, which is faith in the promises of God.

8:24 For we are saved by hope [Faith that Christ rose from the dead and hope in God’s promise that the faithful, may like Jesus also rise from the grave]: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth [already has], why doth he yet hope for? 8:25 But if we hope for that [what] we see not [We hope for our salvation which we seek and do not already have.  For salvation is given to the faithful overcomer], then do we with patience wait for it [wait for our change to spirit at the resurrection].

The flesh is weak and subject to sin; but the Spirit of God enables us to overcome, providing the things we need to overcome, even when we do not know what we need; IF we follow God’s spirit and keep the whole Word of God without any turning or compromise.

8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts [Christ our High Priest] knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit [the nature and mind of God], because he maketh intercession [Christ as our High Priest helps the faithful to overcome through the agency of the Spirit] for the saints according to the will of God.

8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Those who the Father calls to Christ, the Father predestined to become just like Jesus Christ; in the same faithful passionate zeal for the whole Word of God that Jesus Christ had for the Father!  

The very purpose of our calling is to become just like Jesus Christ, in wholehearted enthusiasm for every Word of God! 

To turn aside from, or to compromise with, or to reject a burning zeal for every Word of God; is a betrayal of our calling!

8:29 For whom he did foreknow [those the Father called], he [God intended that those he called would be conformed into the very likeness of Christ, in Christ-like zeal for God the Father] also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, [those God called, he called to conform to the image (to be just like) his son; (who kept his Father’s commandments)] that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

If we respond positively to the Father’s call with sincere repentance and a commitment to go and sin no more; we will be justified by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; and if we continue in the righteousness of the whole Word of God, we are predestined to be glorified in the resurrection to spirit!

As long as we rely on God to deliver us from all sin and we follow Christ in all things, to keep the whole Word of God without any compromise; we are predestined to eternal life. 

8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Our relationship with God is personal and direct through Jesus Christ our High Priest and our ONLY Mediator. If we are zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God, without compromise, regardless of the cost: No pope, priest, saint, god or goddess; No man, elder, corporate church leader or corporate church organization; can come between you and GOD ALMIGHTY!

8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

If we suffer or die for our zeal to serve our God; he shall raise us up to spirit on that day! 

If we compromise with any part of the Word of God to avoid trials, to fall to temptation, to fear men more then we love God; if we idolize men or organizations and exalt their words above the Word of God:  We are condemned to eternal death, unless we sincerely repent!

8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If we are faithful to live by every Word of God with Christ-like zeal:  Nothing can separate us from our Mighty God the Father.  Only our own sins can separate us from God (Isaiah 59:1).

If we turn away from zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God, if we instead have a zeal to follow the traditions of men, making idols of men; we are destined to eternal destruction unless we repent sincerely. 

Be zealous to live by every Word of God!  Prove all things by God’s Word!  Let no man take your crown!

 

Romans 9

Paul addresses apparent rivalries between the racial Jews and Gentiles; teaching them that it is only those who are faithfully obedient to the whole Word of God who are spiritual Jews and the children of Abraham indeed.  Therefore all who are faithfully believing and obedient to the Word of God are the true spiritual children of Abraham. 

Paul condemns racism in the Ekklesia in his day and in our day. 

The scriptures are clear that all physical races are to become one spiritual people in the New Covenant. 

Those who diligently keep the whole Word of God are one spiritual people; while those who idolize men and corporations, those who compromise with the Word of God, and those who reject any zeal to keep God’s commandments:  Are NOT the children of Abraham: They are NOT the children of Faith and are NOT the children of God the Father in heaven! 

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: [Paul is willing to die eternally to save his brethren of Israel]  

The Mosaic Covenant being the foundation of the spiritual New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31).

9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

The race of physical Israel is not spiritual Israel; unless they are obedient to God through faith as Abraham was.  It is obvious that Abraham had God’s enabling Spirit since a mind without God’s Spirit cannot obey or please God; and Abraham was in a spiritual sense the father of the faithful to God!

Abraham received the promised son, Isaac, and was given the other promises for faithfully following all that God said. 

In allegory Abraham was a type of God the Father, and Isaac the son of promise was a type of Jesus Christ in the sense that he loved and obeyed his father, and was willing to die at Abraham’s command.   

Thus Isaac was a type of Christ the son of God the Father, who obeyed and lived by every Word of the Father, willing to give his life for his father Abraham  as Christ later gave his life at his Father’s Word  for the sins of the world. 

Isaac was willing to die for his father Abraham, thereby showing that this Abraham was not only faithful himself; he was the father of the faithful.

9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

As Abraham was in type the father of the faithful; God the Father, is the ultimate Father of ALL the faithful, and Isaac was the son of faithfulness and a type of Jesus Christ.

In this allegory Abraham was himself a type of God the Father, offering up his son Isaac for whom a lamb was given; as the Father in heaven offered up his son Jesus Christ the Lamb of God. 

And those faithfully doing the will and living by every Word of their Father in heaven, as Jesus Christ did;  are truly the children of God the Father.

9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh [the worldly], these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9:9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.

Jacob and Esau

Even so, Isaac’s son Jacob became a type of faith and obedience to God and was promised while still in the womb that he would be exalted over Esau his brother,  a man who despised his birthright as a child of his father.

Paul is not concerned that Jacob or Esau sinned here.  Obviously BOTH sinned and in fact ALL have sinned.  The point is that God chose to work with one and not the other at that time; Paul is saying that was God’s choice to make. 

We are saved by God’s mercy and not by our own efforts at law keeping, since no matter how perfectly we keep the law it does not justify our PAST sins. 

God chose to show mercy to Jacob at that time even though BOTH were sinners; and God chose from the very womb; indicating that God did not chose by works [for there were no works neither being born yet] but according to God’s own will. 

We  are saved from PAST sins by God’s mercy, if we then continue in the sins we were saved from, we make a mockery of that mercy.

Esau will receive mercy in his time, but it was/is God’s choice [and not our own works] as to whom and when God’s mercy is extended.

Paul’s point:  Almighty God is the Decider who extends mercy as he sees fit and our own works cannot save us because they cannot atone for PAST sins.

As far as Jacob goes, Jesus said that where much is forgiven there is much love.  It is for this reason that God often calls the sinful.

Jacob loved and sought out the birthright, purchasing it from Esau.  The called out are to seek out and hunger and thirst after the birthright of their calling, which is eternal spiritual life in complete oneness with God. 

Esau despised the birthright of his father and sold it for a minor physical pleasure, as an example that we are NOT to compromise with the birthright of our Father’s calling; for any physical pleasure, need or temptation, or to alleviate any trial.

9:10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Speaking of the calling of a spiritual Israel

We are all wicked, therefore if God shows mercy to a few only at this time, it is his prerogative; God will also show mercy to others in his own good time.

9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 

Salvation is not of our own works for we have ALL sinned and  broken the law; we are saved from PAST sins by the tender mercies of God given to those the Father has called to sincere repentance.

9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

God shows mercy, calling some at this time, that through them HE may be glorified; and God will then show mercy on others according to his plan, purpose and will, in his own good time.

9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

The wicked might then ask:  Why does God find fault with us when he has not called us out of sin?

9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

We have all sinned and earned the wages of sin; and if God shows mercy to some before others, that is his right.  God calls out some now, according to his purpose, and will call others at another time according to his purpose. 

It is sin that will be condemned and all sinners who in their own proper time turn from sin in sincere repentance, will be grafted into a spiritual Israel the Bride of Christ.  Ultimately NO person will be condemned; UNLESS they adamantly refuse to repent after having been given every opportunity to do so.

9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

What if God endured wickedness to make his power and his great mercy known; in order to reveal himself fully to all people?

9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, [now the main point] not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Paul now quotes a prophecy of the millennial calling of a finally sincerely repentant Israel and also the Gentiles; into the New Covenant of spiritual Israel after the coming of Christ. .

9:25 As he saith also in Osee [Hosea], I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, [only] a remnant shall be saved [out of the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”]: 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth [The tribulation will be short only 1,260 days]9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth [hosts, armies] had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

To stop sinning now does not justify or pay for PAST sin! 

The Gentiles [and modern Israel and Judah] which do not seek to keep the law, shall be saved by sincere repentance and faith in the promises of God in the millennial Sabbath of rest.  And being justified of PAST sin by faith in the sacrifice of Christ; they will commit to “go and sin no more!” 

9:30 What shall we say then? That the [spiritually called out] Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Those who sought justification by repentance and faith in the atonement of Christ for PAST sins, are justified; while those who seek justification by keeping the law, are NOT justified because their PAST sin is not atoned for.

9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

The stumbling stone is that past sin cannot be atoned for by future obedience; PAST sin  can only be atoned for by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; No amount of law keeping can atone for PAST sin; and so an atonement for PAST sin is required.  That atonement for PAST sin [the sacrifice of Christ] can only be received by sincere repentance and a solemn commitment to sin no more, through the power of God dwelling in us.

9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The wages of sin is death: not because God arbitrarily said so, but because wickedness naturally leads to death. The law of God defines the way to life. Therefore, to break the law that results in life; will automatically ultimately cause death.

Because all men have broken that law; all mankind are facing the ultimate destiny of death.

Almighty God in his mercy, provided a way that this penalty could be paid and men could be forgiven.  The sacrifice of man’s Creator is sufficient to pay the penalty of death for all humanity. This atonement allows humanity, in each one’s proper time,  to gain a new start; a new chance to learn to live the way to life which is revealed and defined by God’s law.

We should be grateful for this opportunity to live the way that brings life as its natural consequence.  We show our gratitude by seizing the opportunity to turn our lives around and STOP BREAKING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS that bring LIFE!

When we make such a commitment and formalize it through the ceremony of baptism, we shall have the sacrifice of Christ applied to us; then we shall be empowered to overcome sin as Christ overcame all sin. We shall be empowered through the gift of the Holy Spirit of God, the very nature of Jesus Christ being given to dwell within us.

With God’s Spirit dwelling in us, we will be enabled to turn from our carnal natures and put on new spiritual natures, becoming like our pioneer and example Jesus Christ.  As he kept his Father’s commandments, which lead to life; we shall keep our Father’s commandments and inherit eternal life.

 

Romans 10

Many have a form and appearance of godliness [which many are rapidly losing], but not according to a knowledge of godliness; trying to work out their own salvation in their own ways, instead of being zealous to live by every Word of God.  

Not being zealous for the Word of God, they try to establish their own righteousness instead of submitting to the whole Word of God.

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The Word of God is the Logos, Jesus Christ in print! 

The Word of God sums up the nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father!  Those who sincerely repent of PAST sin and have the sacrifice of Christ applied to them; have committed themselves to go forward and sin no more.

10:4 For Christ is the end of the law [completes the law] for righteousness [to make righteous all who believe and obey] to every one that believeth. 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

The main point of Paul’s words here; is that no man can save himself by his own deeds! 

We have all fallen short and no one can be saved from the just penalty for their own sinning, which is death; except by sincere repentance and the application of the atoning sacrifice of Christ; and a firm sincere commitment to then go and sin no more, overcoming with the indwelling power of God! 

Man cannot save himself from the just wages for PAST sin which he has earned. 

BOTH forgiveness of PAST sin, AND the power to overcome sin in future; comes from God and is not from ourselves in any way. Yet, we make a mockery of God’s mercy if we break our commitment to stop sinning and continue in sin. 

10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who [what man can] shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

What physical man can ascend into heaven? What person raised up Jesus in his resurrection?  What human being has any power over anything spiritual?

These things are in the power of God the Father in heaven only; and it is by the Word of God that we may be saved to eternal life, as Jesus Christ was raised to eternal life!  We must confess that God the Father raised up Jesus Christ to eternal life and that he can also raise us up to eternal life if we live by every Word of God our Father with Christ-like zeal! 

The whole Word of God is the very nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father; for they are UNITED as ONE with each other.

10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

If you believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and act to follow him and live by every Word of God, you can believe that you will also be raised up like Christ was raised up.

10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Paul addresses the rivalries between Jew and Gentile in Rome. by teaching that all persons who believe, repent, seek the whole Word of God and commit to go and sin no more are the children of God the Father and the children of Abraham! 

If we have faith that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead because of his sinless life of diligent faithful zeal to please God the Father; and if we couple our faith in that miracle with the commitment to “Go and sin no more” and we are zealously diligent to live in Christ-like zeal to please God: we can also have faith that God the Father will raise us up from the grave as he raised Christ from death to eternal life!

The followers of the whole Word of God are the children of God, and inheritors of the birthright of their calling.  Godliness is not about following some corporate group or human leader; it is about having a passionate zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!

Some will say I have it made because:  I am an ordained elder; others will say;  I am baptized; others will say I am circumcised!

What does our God say?

Jeremiah 7:3   Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

7:4  Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.

If a man be ordained, if a person be baptized, if a man be circumcised in the flesh;  these things mean less than nothing; IF we are not zealous to learn and li8ve by every Word of God!

Do not put your trust in ordinations without the works of godliness; or in baptisms without the commitment to zealously keep the Word of God; or in circumcision to make a show and then not keep the deeds of righteousness:  Put your trust in the Eternal to KEEP his Word in passionate enthusiasm!

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek [Gentile]: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:32).

Love righteousness and truth!  Test every word of men by the Word of God.  Hold fast and embrace with all your heart that which is good by the Word of God to do it; and reject that which is contrary to the Word of God.

10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? [teacher]  10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent [by the Father and Christ]? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace [which gospel is sincere repentance which brings peace between man and God], and bring glad tidings of good things!

The true Gospel of warning and repentance and the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God will be embraced and followed by a few now, but the vast majority will not obey it until they have been humbled.

10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by [of the] the word of God. 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Peter spoke of the called out of the New Covenant (Jer 31:31); who would by their faith in Christ become a holy people.

1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [special, set apart] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

Under the Mosaic Covenant, Christ pleaded with physical Israel for many generations, and the need for a new and better covenant that could atone for PAST sin and empower to stop sinning was made manifest. 

10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, [concerning Christ] I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Thus showing that ONLY those CALLED by God into the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 including the Gentiles; and given the Gift of God’s Spirit, can please and live by every Word of God.

10:21 But to [physical Mosaic] Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying [resisting, argumentive] people.

Without a spiritual atonement for PAST sins and without the enabling power of God’s Holy Spirit [both of which were lacking in the Mosaic Covenant];  physical Mosaic Israel simply was not capable of keeping the Covenant and pleasing God. 

It was essential that a New Covenant come (Jer 31:31) that would atone for past sins and enable the people to “Go and sin no more” through the power of the Gift of God’s Holy Spirit!  

It is the calling of God, faith in the resurrection of Christ, sincere repentance from sin, a dedicated commitment to “Go and sin no more,”  the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God for sin, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; which reconciles the sinner to God the Father and empowers the overcoming of all sin.  

 

Romans 11

God has not permanently cast away physical Israel, but has set physical Israel aside until another time, when he will call all Israel into spiritual Israel.  So far only a few have been called out of physical Israel, as only a few have been called from the Gentiles into the New Covenant as part of a spiritual Israel. 

Remember Paul is trying to resolve difficulties between the Jews and Gentiles in Rome with this letter.

Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people [physical Israel; Judah]? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

God has not rejected physical Israelites or Jews at this time, he is simply waiting for the proper time to call them.  God is calling out BOTH some from Israel and some Gentiles to the New Covenant.  The New Covenant will soon be extended to all peoples; Israel and the Gentiles when Messiah comes. 

Romans 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 11:27  For this is my [New Covenant Jer 31:31] covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

The calling of some Gentiles does not mean that God is not also calling some of physical Israel.

Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people [Israel Judah] which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 11:3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant [called out to the New Covenant] according to the election of grace. [Paul is speaking about those called out to the New Covenant who have not bowed the knee to false teachings and idols]

The works of law keeping, cannot atone for past sin; only the mercy and pardon of God through the atoning sacrifice of Christ can cover PAST sins.

11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

11:7 What then? [physical] Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; . . .

Physical Mosaic Israel cannot obtain salvation and eternal life by law keeping, because there is no spiritual atonement for PAST sin. The Mosaic Covenant has no effectual spiritual atonement for past sins without the New Covenant.

The Mosaic sacrifices served as a reminder of the need to atone for sin and they served to maintain the physical Mosaic Covenant, but they did not atone spiritually or have the promise of spiritual eternal life; only physical blessings.

The faithful called out to the spiritual New Covenant, will attain to spiritual salvation  and eternal life if they hold fast and overcome.  Therefore the New Covenant is much better than the Mosaic Covenant. 

Jeremiah 31:31    Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

 

Romans 11:7 . . . but the election  hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

PAST sin can only be atoned for by sincere repentance, a commitment to go and sin no more, the application of the sacrifice of Christ; and the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower people to overcome sin and keep the Word of God in future

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

Why is most of  physical Israel [Not just Judah] being kept in darkness and ignorance, and not being called out to the New Covenant until Christ comes? 

Because Israel was chosen by God to be an example, and instruction and a prophetic allegory, that we should learn from their example and not turn aside as they turned aside.

God has not called out most of physical Israel to the New Covenant at this time, so that the Gentiles and Israel also may learn the lesson; that only faith in the atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Christ can cover PAST sin!  Keeping the law faultlessly from this point forward,  cannot atone for PAST sin already committed, even if we are perfect from now on the price for PAST law breaking must still be paid!

11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Yet, although most of physical Israel is stumbling now, when the lesson is learned and completed; and the world has been humbled:  Jesus Christ will return to Jerusalem and save his people Israel first, and the salvation of Christ the King shall spread out from  Jerusalem over all the earth. 

The history of physical Israel is a lesson and instruction for US today!

11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Paul states that as physical Israel is an example for the instruction of spiritual Israel: The Called Out of spiritual Israel are to be an example of faithful zealous keeping of the Word of God for physical Israel! 

As Jesus said; we are to be a LIGHT [an example of godliness] on a hill which cannot be hid!

11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: [speaking here that if the faithful called out firstfruits are holy, the remainder of repentant humanity will also become holy] and if the root be holy, so are the branches

If Spiritual Israel is holy, then all those who are called into spiritual Israel in  future, and that includes all flesh (Joel 2:28); are holy.  This then extends to include all people being grafted into spiritual Israel in their proper time; that they shall all, also become holy!

The lesson is that physical Israel was broken off from her Husband, the Root of Salvation; that the Gentiles may be called into the New Covenant of spiritual Israel and grafted into the tree of God. 

Therefore do not boast yourselves over physical Israel, but make your boast in Christ, for you were grafted into Christ by God the Father.

Our calling is the doing of God, according to his plan and mercy, and not of our own doing!  Therefore let not the Jew boast against the Gentile and let not Gentile boast against the Jew

11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree [a Gentile], wert graffed in among [grafted into the spiritual Israel of God] them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 11:18 Boast not against the [broken off natural branches which are physical Israel] branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

Let the us not boast against those who are not yet called out to the New Covenant   For our calling is the gift of God, and came by God’s will and NOT by our own will.  Physical Israel and the bulk of humanity cannot believe now, for they have not been called and their eyes have not been opened by God; their time will come as God works out his plan in his own good order.

11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

God did not call out most of physical Israel to the New Covenant now; in order to teach us  the lesson that law keeping cannot save us or justify PAST sin!  PAST sin must be paid for by the application of the atoning sacrifice of Christ! 

Many have also stumbled at Christ, assuming that they have been made free from the law to continue in sin. 

Absolutely not; we are freed from the bondage of sin, by sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ!  We are then to go forward and sin no more. 

Further willful sin makes a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ, and his sacrifice WILL NOT be applied to the willful unrepentant sinner.  Anyone who says that Christ is love and will overlook sin because he understands our weakness; is a LIAR and is the spirit of antichrist! 

Yes, we are weak and cannot resist sin:  But Jesus Christ is a Strong and Mighty Man of War against sin; who will give us the victory if we will only follow him like Joshua did. 

Take refuge in our High Tower of Strength and run to our God when we are threatened or tempted; and even if we must suffer for a time or be killed, he will raise us up on that day! 

Hebrews 11 and the histories of Daniel and his three friends, the lives of Joshua and Moses, of David and Elijah; were recorded for our example in courage and faith!  Why? To teach us the POWER of the Mighty One who delivers his faithful!   and who corrects and destroys those who willfully turn back into bondage to sin, making a mockery of his deliverance!

11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

The sincerely repentant who believe the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ and commit to go and sin no more and live by every Word of God; shall be grafted into Jesus Christ and God the Father. 

All Israel and eventually all humanity, shall have their opportunity to be called to the New Covenant and be brought into the family of God.

11:23 And they [all physical Israel and all the Gentiles] also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

God is able to spiritually call and bring to sincere repentance and will graft back into himself, those which had been broken off and rejected.  All being called into spiritual Israel in their proper time.

11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

The spiritual blindness of most of physical Israel [and that includes all Israel not just the Jews, and also includes most Gentiles] was allowed, so that  they could learn themselves that salvation is the gift of God and does not come by the works of men; no, not even by repentance and future law keeping; because PAST sins must be atoned for. 

Yes, salvation comes through sincere repentance from law breaking and a commitment  to go and sin no more; however the gift of the atoning sacrifice of Christ must be applied by God for all PAST sins, to cleanse us from PAST sins; so that we can be reconciled to the Father in heaven.

11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

When  our Mighty One comes WITH his chosen elect to put down all enemies; he will pour out his spirit of peace between man and God on all flesh (Joel 2:28); so that even the wild beasts are made peaceable (Isaiah 11).

11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Most of physical Israel and the Gentiles are enemies of the true Word of God at this time; but their ultimate calling is sure!  Therefore let the called out of today serve God in humility; understanding that all humanity will become the called out children of God as you are.

11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance

God’s promises are sure and God will not repent of them nor go back on His Word!

ALL have sinned [including us] so that God might have mercy on all and that NO man should glory that he is saved by his own deeds. 

Under the Mosaic Covenant Israel was a national state religion.  Once the Mosaic Covenant ended, the New Covenant entered as a spiritual covenant, creating a spiritual Israel, a spiritual nation of people from ALL nations!

11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through  their unbelief: 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Paul express his wonder at these things and the wisdom of our Great God.  All these things are from the great wisdom of God that in eternity all may be humble before God.

11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Therefore those who are called to the New Covenant are to rise up out of baptism in newness of mind and spirit, fully dedicated to living by every Word of God!  The old worldly sinful man becoming dead to sin and the new person no longer continuing in sin! 

 

Romans 12

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, [submitting ourselves to God’s Will; God’s Word; God’s Law] holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

12:2 And be not conformed [to worldliness] to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind [be transformed from sinfulness to holiness, through the gift of the Holy Spirit and the keeping of the whole Word of God], that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. [that you may do the will of God, keeping his commandments].

The called out are to be humble before God and others.

12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly [humbly], according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Paul now goes into the various gifts and offices saying that NONE is any better than any other.  The ONLY hierarchy is God the Father, then Christ, then husbands, and then wives/mothers  over their children.

All other offices are offices of service and not of hierarchical authority! 

The ONLY authority among the called out, is the authority of God the Father and Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God.  Anyone who teaches anything differently than the Word of God is to be rejected!

All of these offices and gifts are HELPS to assist the brethren to remain focused on God the Father and Christ and to be zealous for every Word of God.  The ONLY authority is the authority of the Word of God which the faithful keep and teach; and when any person departs from the Word of God, they have  no authority whatsoever; no matter who ordained them or what title they happen to claim.

12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

These gifts are to serve and help one another; not so that anyone can dominate over another.

12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

12:7 Or ministry, let us wait [diligently attend to] on our ministering : or he that teacheth, [diligently attend to] on teaching; 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, [diligently attend to] on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.  

God DOES NOT work through one man: God works in various ways through EVERYONE that he has called!

12:9 Let love be without dissimulation [honesty and sincerity, not feigned].

We are to learn the difference between the holy and the profane; which is the difference between the Word of God and worldliness; and to keep the whole Word of God; while utterly rejecting worldliness.

Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another [above ourselves]; 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Be humble and longsuffering of all trials with patient godliness.

12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Here Paul repeats the instructions of Jesus Christ.

12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place [turn away from] unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.   

Oh; if only the brethren, the various leaders and the various corporate called out groups of the Ekklesia  would follow these instructions!

 

Romans 13

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:

The highest power being God himself; therefore always put God first and obey others only as their teachings, laws, rulings and commands do not conflict with God’s Word.

13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist [the ordinance of God] shall receive to themselves damnation. 13:3 For rulers [as God intended them to be]  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:

If we are to obey the civil authorities in the land, and this includes the authorities in the spiritual Ekklesia; how much more are we to obey the Greater Power and authority of God the Father and Jesus Christ and their Word?  All authority is from God, and God’s authority and the authority of every Word of God comes FIRST!

Matthew 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

We are to obey the rulers and laws of the nations insofar as they do not conflict with the Word of God; and when they do conflict we are to obey God rather than men;  the best course of action is to leave the jurisdiction. 

Let the reader understand; his may mean leaving a nation and it may mean leaving a corporate church.

Matthew 10:23  But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over [you will not run out of places to go] the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Romans 13:4 For he [any godly authority] 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. 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

We are to obey God the Father who is the HEAD of Christ; and then we are to also obey Christ who is the Head of the Brethren.

1 Corinthians 11:3   But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God [the Father].

Now consider that if we do not obey God the Father and Jesus Christ, we are separated and cut off from them (Isaiah 59). 

Any authority of men is also cut off from God who is the source of their authority; if he breaks the Word of God.   Therefore if we follow any man contrary to the Word of God, we shall also be separated from and cut off from God, because we follow another in place of God. 

What shall we do then?  We are to prove all things and to follow men ONLY as they follow God; in other words, we are to follow God first and then to be subject to men in other things. 

This applies to following any man, including those who call themselves apostles, elders etc, as well as applying to physical authorities. 

There are many false apostles and false prophets who loudly proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, to lead people to follow after themselves instead of after Christ. 

Who was Jesus talking to in Matthew 24?  Was he speaking to the uncalled and the unconverted?  Or was he warning HIS disciples about being led astray? 

This warning was for the called out, that they might beware of the many the false teachers in their midst.  We are to discern between the faithful godly elders and the false, by assessing their fruits of zeal for godliness and their zeal to live by every Word of God (Mat 7:16).

Romans 13:6 For this cause pay [your taxes] ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

The following applies to supporting the faithful spiritual servants of God as well as the unconverted authorities.

13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another [if we truly loved on another we would be obeying the Word of God which defines true Agape love] hath fulfilled the law.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

If we love God and others, we will not take their wives, nor steal from them, nor deceive them, nor kill them, nor lead them away from God;  So we see that the commandments are simply instructions in how to love God and neighbor. 

Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Paul prophecies of today, for we are much closer to the coming of Christ than Paul was in his day, indeed the time is now very close at hand.

13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light [which is the whole Word of God].

Let us reconcile with God the Father and run to Jesus Christ our Deliverer, to keep the whole Word of God with burning zeal!  Let us reject our idols and false traditions and reject all commandment compromising and commandment breaking forever!

13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering [whoring] and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ [to live as he lived], and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

Romans 14

Zealously live by every Word of God, but do not add to it and do not dispute over non biblical non salvational matters.

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. [don’t dispute with each other regarding the customs of men]

The personal custom of being a vegetarian is used as an example of disputing over unimportant personal matters, which tends to divide those who are otherwise faithful to the Word of God. 

14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. [vegetarianism]  14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Verse 4  has been used to deceive people into not questioning and proving elders for a very long time.  We are commanded to: 

1 Thessalonians 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

If we do not question and prove all things by the Holy Scriptures, we are disobeying God and the Holy Scriptures.  We are to even question and prove out those who claim to be apostles as the church at Ephesus was praised for. 

Revelation 2:2  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried [tested and questioned by God’s Word] them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Paul tells us to judge all things by the scriptures, but also tells us not to judge others about race, personal customs and preferences; which are not matters of faithfulness to the Word of God! 

Jesus, Paul and others tell us plainly that we MUST judge elders, leaders, those who claim to be prophets or apostles and brethren; as to whether they are faithful to the Word of God, and whether we should follow them or not. 

The scriptures tell us not to associate with the sinful in the brotherhood, that they might be shamed to repentance;  while false teachers tell us to tolerate sin in the Assemblies for the sake of organizational unity.  Who will you believe and obey:  false men or the Word of Almighty God? 

1 Corinthians 5:11   But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

1 Corinthians 11:1   Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:21   Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

Romans 14:4  is another scripture falsely interpreted to prevent any criticism of the sinful elders and leaders.  This verse has nothing to do with proving the godliness of those who seek us to follow them; it has everything to do with condemning the judging of others over non scriptural matters, like race, culture, national customs and personal preferences in non biblical things from vegetarianism to demanding the wearing of a tie; etc etc..

Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? [Do judge whether a person who wants a following and claims to be an apostle or prophet; judge him as to whether his words are godly, by proving him with the Word of God!  Do not judge those who are faithful to God; concerning non-scriptural matters and the personal preferences  of men. Let every man be judged by the law and Word of God only] to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, [The man who is faithful to God, even if he has a different culture or personal preferences than yourself, is able to stand; if he stands on and is faithful to the whole Word of God.] he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Here this is referring to the weekly fast days of the Jews of that time; this is NOT a reference to feast days dedicated to pagan gods.

14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. [This is peaking of human traditions, and not talking about God’s commanded holy convocations]. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. [Let each person live in a good and guilt free conscience before God]

To fast on a certain day is a personal act of worshiping God and is nobody else’s business.

14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.  He that eateth [flesh instead of only veggies], eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not [eats no flesh, but grain and vegetables only], and giveth God thanks.

All that we do is between us and God; therefore do not judge and condemn people over non biblical personal choices or their race. 

14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  14:8 For whether we [The faithful called out are to be a godly example to all] live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.  14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead [the dead in Christ who will be resurrected to spirit] and living.

14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother [over non biblical things]? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother [despising others for trivial physical things, when he lives by God’s Word]? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ [to be judged by God’s Word; and not by human ideas].

14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

When we judge people for race, culture or personal choices that are a matter of personal conduct, and are NOT contrary to the Word of God; we offend them and we may cause the weak to turn away from God.  We also offend Almighty God by despising his beloved ones! 

Those who insist; “do not judge”, when it comes to their own spiritual errors; and then they force their personal judgments and preferences on others:  There is a word for that:  Hypocrisy.

14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any [in non scriptural things] more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

If a person esteem a thing unclean [wrong], it is wrong to him in his own mind and conscience; and he should NOT do it and sear his conscience before God.  For if we think something is wrong and we do it, we are sinning in our own estimation, and developing a habit of willfully doing what we believe is sin.

What we need to do, is to diligently study the Word of God to prove out a matter right or wrong, and then we can do or not do the thing, with a clear conscience before God.

In verse 14 Paul is speaking of unclean actions; and not about unclean meat.  He is saying that non biblical personal preferences like being vegetarian or not drinking wine, are not unclean or wrong.  Paul is speaking of deeds and not about clean and unclean meats.

14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself [actions are only unclean if declared unclean by God]: but to him that esteemeth [in his own personal opinion] any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy [scripturally sanctified flesh] meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy [criticism for being a vegetarian and not eating flesh] meat, for whom Christ died.

We are not to condemn others for not eating flesh, or for not drinking wine; or for any other matter of personal preference which is NOT declared an unclean deed by scripture;  but we are to remain in the righteousness of God, which is defined by God’s Word.

Nevertheless we are to GROW in knowledge and understanding by a continual study of the whole Word of God; to learn it and to keep it! 

14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, [every Word of God defines the righteousness of God] and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Let us follow the whole Word of God and not grieve each other by disputing over non biblical personal preferences which only offend and cause strife, accomplishing nothing godly.

14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, [God’s law and ways] and things wherewith one may edify [Build up each other] another.

14:20 For meat [do not offend and destroy one another over eating or not eating the meats permitted for that use by God’s Word, or by any other minor non biblical points.] destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

We must always be zealous to learn and live by every Word of God. 

We must never sear our conscience by doing things which we are doubtful of.

14:22 Hast thou faith [to eat meat or drink wine in good conscience]? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith [thinking that he might be sinning, and so hardening himself to do what he believes to be sin]: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. [doing things that we are in doubt of, is searing the conscience to deliberately and willfully do what we believe to be wrong].

 

Romans 15

We are instructed to help those younger or weaker in the faith to learn and grow in godliness, and not to cause them to stumble over non-biblical personal preferences, cultural or racial issues  

We are not to just do everything that we want, but are to be considerate of the sensitivities of others in non biblical issues.  In other words; we are to respect and be courteous to others.

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves [We are not to do whatever we want without consideration for others in non biblical matters]. 15:2 Let every one of us [respect, teach and encourage his neighbor to godliness] please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Jesus took the attitude that those who reproach his faithful zealous disciples are also reproaching him.

15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, [ALL scripture is for OUR personal instruction] that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

We are all to be like-minded with God the Father and Jesus Christ, and through our unity with God, are to be like-minded with each other in godliness.

15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, [accept one another in the Lord {in the brotherhood of obeying God}] as Christ also received us [to become like God through keeping his Word that God might be glorified] to the glory of God.

15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision [Jews] for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:  [of the New Covenant promised in Jer 31:31].

The Gentiles shall also receive salvation and eternal life and glorify God.  Remember this letter is about disputing between the Jewish and Gentile converts.

15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise [Being the HEAD of the called out of ALL races now and ruling ALL peoples when the Kingdom is established] to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. 

Paul commends and encourages the deeply converted who are passionately zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God and to follow and please our Lord.

15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind [in remembrance], because of the grace that is given to me of God, 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, [The called out are sanctified (set apart unto holiness) by the spirit of God; if they follow that spirit into the truth of the Word of God to learn it and to keep it] being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

John 16:13   Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Paul glorifies God that his work is to make many Gentiles obedient to God, along with many Jews.

Romans 15:17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me [I will speak only of what I do and I am not speaking of what others have done for this way], to make the Gentiles obedient  [Paul teaches the Gentiles to be obedient to the Word of God], by word and deed, 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Paul was given his own field to labor in; while the twelve [and others] labored in other areas.

15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named [by others], lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

Paul quotes the scriptures that salvation would be extended to the Gentiles, and that the knowledge of salvation was preached to them who were not of Israel, that they also might be saved. 

Paul now quotes how that the Gentiles who had not been part of the Mosaic Covenant; would also see, understand and have a part in the New Covenant. 

15:21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of [to the Gentiles who were not called out of Egypt and spoken to at Sinai], they shall see: and they that have not heard [shall hear the scriptures taught when they are called into the Spiritual Israel of the New Covenant] shall understand. 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

Satan had hindered Paul from going to Rome to preach the gospel of salvation  until God later intervened and opened the way for Paul to go to Rome from Jerusalem to preach to them.

Paul has been in Asia Minor for many years and is now ready to go to Rome, desiring to also go to Spain.

15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; 15:24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

Paul is writing from Corinth and must first go up to Jerusalem with the contributions of the saints and to consult with the other apostles.  This story begins in Acts 19. 

15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

Here the Godly principle that those who benefit spiritually from others, should also be a help to their benefactors in physical things is emphasized.

15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit [food, grain and other gifts], I will come by you into Spain. 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

Paul will go to Rome to preach the Gospel of warning, repentance, salvation and living by every Word of God (Mat 28:20).

Paul asks the brethren in Rome to pray that he may be delivered and the story in Acts explains how Paul was delivered through much hardship to go to Rome to preach there.

15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with [and for me] me in your prayers to God for me; 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service [to deliver the gifts to the saints at Jerusalem] which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 15:32 That I may come unto you [Come to Rome] with joy by the will of God, and may with you be [spiritually] refreshed. 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

Romans 16

This closing recommends those who have been a great help to Paul.  Note that this includes many women who were of great help to Paul and to the furtherance of the Gospel.

Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

Priscilla and Aquila had left Rome during the expulsion and worked with Paul in Corinth, before returning to Rome.  The letter to the Romans was written from Corinth after Priscilla and Aquila had returned to Rome and before Paul was later taken to Rome.

16:6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.

Andronicus was an apostle and Junia his wife, being of one flesh with her husband, was accounted as his apostolic helper. The wife shares in the office of her husband by being a helper in her husband’s office and helping him to fulfill his office.  An apostle is NOT primarily an hierarchical rank of authority;  An apostle is an office of responsibility!                  

16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

16:8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord. 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household.

Andronicus and Junia and Herodion were related to Paul.

16:11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord. 16:12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord. 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

The term “his mother and mine”  does not necessarily mean that Paul and Rufus were brothers; it could just as easily mean that Paul regards the lady as his own mother out of his deep love and respect for her.  This could also simply mean that Paul’s mother was in Rome along with the mother of Rufus.

16:14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.

16:15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss [Greet one another with a big affectionate hug and kiss on the neck!]. The churches of Christ salute you.

Mark [point out] and avoid those that are contrary to the sound doctrine of holy scripture;

Turn away from those who make the Word of God of no effect by their traditions and actions; and reject those who teach compromise with any part of the Word of God.  Reject those who depart from the doctrine of Christ obeying God while dwelling in us, to tolerate willful sin in the Ekklesia, as is commonly done today. 

Know and understand that the wicked will do their very best to present themselves as being full of the light of righteousness as they lead you astray.  They will say “we are not changing doctrine or our beliefs, only clarifying or amending it; as they change the meaning and practical application away from the Word of God. 

The biggest false teaching is that loyalty to a man, or organization and its teachings; is the same as loyalty to God and his Word:  That IS Idolatry! 

They may not come out and say that in so many words; but they teach it in a multitude of ways, as they insist that they are God’s chosen and that they must be obeyed regardless of the scriptures.

16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

This refers to those habitually and willfully breaking God’s Word and justifying their actions instead of sincerely repenting.   This does not refer to those zealously keeping the Word of God and simply having different personal,  national or cultural traditions

Those who teach false traditions and false doctrine contrary to scripture, are deceivers who use persuasive rhetoric to deceive people away from zeal for the whole Word of God.  Men who teach that the Sabbath is holy and then claim that they are justified to continually pollute the Sabbath and other such evils; are to be marked [be taken note of] and avoided; especially elders and leaders who teach contrary to the Word of God.

16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

16:19 For your obedience [The Rome Ekklesia’s obedience to God had brought them a wide good reputation; but certain issues needed to be addressed by this Epistle] is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good [Only God and his Word is good], and simple [innocent of evil things] concerning evil. 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

This letter was dictated by Paul to Tertius; who sends the Romans greetings from Timothy,  Lucius, and Jason, Gaius, Erastus, Quartus and Sosipater

16:21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 16:22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

16:23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

 

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