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? 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. 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. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 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. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 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. Romans 7:1-25 (KJV)

Most commonly used word (not counting pronouns and conjunctions): “I” and “Law”

Shortest Verse (12 words) Rom 7:22, For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Longest Verse (44 words) Rom 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.

Middle Verse(s) (of 25 verses) Rom 7:13, Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Middle Five Words (of 608 words) [‘commandment, deceived me, and by’] Rom 7:11, For sin, taking occasion by the [commandment, deceived me, and by] it slew me.

 

I know I’ve covered this recently, but this is the argument of the widow. It explains one of the biggest errors in soteriology, the study of how to be saved. All false religions and cults emphasize salvation by works. It’s a broken argument.

How many works must you do? Some religions leave it at, “there must be more good works than bad.” Okay… but what if the good works were “drop a penny into the charity box”? 10,000 pennies don’t add up to very much – $100. And what if the only bad deed was mass murder? Okay, there has to be a sliding scale then.

So, you’ve got to have more important good works than bad deeds.

Well, who decides what’s good and bad? And if your hands are tainted, doesn’t that corrupt the good deeds?

And how does God see it? God sees it so bad that ONE SIN leads you to Hell. We have to remember the Holiness of God almighty, something downplayedd by every religion and cult on Earth. God is so holy, so majestic, so amazing, so terrible in might and power, that sin is something He cannot even look upon.

13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? Habakkuk 1:13 (KJV)

So if God is so Holy, He cannot even LOOK on sin, unless we are purified, we cannot enter heaven. Sin is a blasphemy to God, so great a blasphemy that anyone who commits sin cannot poosibly enter Heaven.

This is the point of the last few chapters of Romans. We examined how God , the second person of the Trinity came personally to live in a human body, keep the law perfectly, and then pay our penalty for us, dying on the cross.

We saw how Abraham was saved by faith, believing God. Now we understand that any who repent of their sins and call upon God in desperation to be saved will indeed be saved, that prayer honored, and the person saved by their saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Now that we are saved, we are buried with Him in death, raised to walk in the newness of life.

So, you died, were buried, and raised from the dead along with Christ. Any demands upon you while you were alive ceased when you died.

Should you keep the law? nope. You DIED to sin and death. If you are dead, then those demands ceased, just as a wife’s status changes from “married” to “single” upon the death of her husband. This is Paul’s argument, not mine. If you don’t like it, go argue with God. He put the words in Paul’s mouth.

The purpose of the Law is to reveal sin. The Law is holy, just and good. But it exposese sin. Not only sin, but what Jews refer to as the Yetzer Hara, the inclination to sin (“evil inclination” is the most literal rendering).

Paul explains this inverses 14-15. These are probably verses that every Christian should memorize, as they wrestle with the issues of sins that still torment us.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. Romans 7:14-15 (KJV)

Are you still sinning as a Christian? Why, I thougt you were saved! Christians don’t sin, my friend!”

Ifg anyone says this to you, they’ve never read Romans. Paul describes the issues of besetting sins, the ones we are most prone to and will struggle with as long as we are still alive on this world.

The entire chapter is summed up in this verse: 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. Romans 7:25 (KJV)

You’re going to struggle with sin your entire life. However, you’ve been saved from sin, and its penalties. The issue is, how well will you resist it? Poorly. But God wants you to try, that you may be rewarded. We don’t know what actions merit rewards (well, none of them really – God chooses to give us rewards, but we don’t know what, when, how much…).

Be reassured. Aim for a life without sin, but understand you’re going to stumble. Repent. move on. Don’t worry, you can’t lose your salvation. If it were possible, everyone would have lost it by the end of the first day of their salvation! It’s not yours to lose.

Romans So Far


At this point into Romans, let’s stop and go back over what we’ve learned, because initially I was writing this in short, almost devotional kind of writing. Romans really shouldn’t be treated at all like this. Serious attention needs to be paid to this book, as CAREFUL study of it will set you right doctrinally.

I said it before, and I’ll say it again – by studying Romans in context, by reading a verse in the setting its found, and by endeavoring to understand every verse for what it is in relation to the verses around it, will refute almost every heresy and false teaching there is. most of what I spent 2013 and half of 2014 talking about would never have happened if the originators of those false systems had taken the time to read this book and understand it in context.

Here’s the thing – study of the Bible will yield exactly what you’re looking for. If you want to prove the existence of Bigfoot, I’m sure you’ll find the proof in the bible, through poor eisogesis. After all, people have imagined a New Age Christ, “proof” of Christ living in India, a Law teaching Christ, a Roman Catholic Christ, a hippie Christ, etc.

But if you really want to know what God wants you to know and believe, we need to be like those newly saved people that have not a clue. They’re saved, the burden of their sins are gone, and they’re reading the Bible with enthusiasm, wanting to know quite simply:

“what does God want to teach me? What does He want me to believe and understand?”

The bible is quite lengthy, at 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and over 53,000 verses. A four year seminary will give you a good grasp of the Bible – but that’s about it. A good grasp. I understand Bible doctrine because men have spent their entire lives reading the Bible, endeavoring to understand it, writing down their insights, and passing them on. Seminaries were put together and curriculums designed by men who understood the 12 major areas of doctrine.

There’s a lot of little subdivisions of doctrine we still need to grasp. Like the guy who decided he wanted to study the bible and all 365 references to money in it. I suspect he was a follower of the health and wealth, name it and claim it word faith system, because I can’t imagine a Baptist doing it! However, he put it together and made the Rainbow study Bible.

So, say what you like about it, at the very least, it identifies all the verses about money in the Bible. Is that a bad thing? Well, I don’t think so. How many Christian men have risked money in bad financial endeavors (usually with other Christians) and lost it all…. because they didn’t pay attention to the Bible?

Then there’s the advocates of “read a chapter of Proverbs a day.” That’s great advice there. My wife and I did that for a year or so. I can’t see that being your entire devotional reading for the rest of your life – it would be like someone to decide to read nothing but the Song of Solomon every day for the rest of your life. Prolongued study of only one book does not give a balanced view of the Bible.

Anyway, I’m rambling, which I understand I’m prone to do. Rereading Romans 1, the introduction (versus 1-7) alone merits study. Paul is describing first of all the status of an apostle. The office of Apostle has passed from this earth. The word itself in Hebrew would be Shaliach, “sent one”. In the odd usage of Chassids, it’s usually used in the Plural form to designate – a single person. It’s what’s known as “plural intensity” or “plural magnification” if you remember that from your first year of Hebrew Study. It’s a plural form of the singular, to show how important the office is. A Sh’luchim is one sent from one synagogue to another, sometimes with a message, sometimes to perform a specific function or task.

The difference is, the apostles were all permanently designated as “shluchim”. Paul explains that concept in the very first verse of Romans!

With apologies to everyone in the word faith movement that have named themselves Apostle, here’ s how you get to be an apostle. It’s not a special ceremony with oil anointing or what have you. To be an Apostle, one must have seen a physical manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ after the Resurrection. If He appeared in a vision, I’d say first test the spirits, because the Bible makes it clear in the first verses of Hebrews and Jude that in these Latter times, the Lord speaks to us through the Bible. Why does the Lord need to come to YOU? Who the heck are YOU that the Lord Jesus Christ needs to come to YOU in a vision???

The office of Apostle was designated as one permanently put aside and separated (notice the wording Paul uses…)

1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, Romans 1:1 (KJV)

Apostles don’t live n fancy houses and drive fancy cars. They don’t have big screen TVs – matter of fact, in the lifetime of the last living apostle, the canon of the Bible was once for all sealed. Done. Apostles were designated and separated unto God, to spend their entire lives in service. They slept in homes on the floor, or on a spare bed if they had them – but mostly on the floor. And went hungry a lot. And understand this, the Apostles all knew they had limited time, because all of them – ALL of them – knew they were going to die for the sake of the gospel.

so, if you’re going to call yourself an Apostle, because you were calling yourself pastor but everyone calls themselves Pastor and you wanted to feel important so you called yourself bishop (even though its an interchangeable term for pastor) and now everyone calls themselves Bishop, but you REALLY wanted to magnify yourself and call yourself Apostle – watch out. God may well honor that, and you may find yourself being judged as an apostle. You may have had great rewards as a pastor, but now you’re an apostle, and God may judge you according to that standard.

And God may well require your life, which was the price all the Apostles paid. Every Apostle died in the service of the Lord, were beaten, etc. They didn’t have 150 acre estates.

Anyway, that’s all from a study of the first verse of Romans. I’ll spare everyone the very in depth study of EVERY verse of Romans in that manner, because even in the pulpit I wouldn’t subject a week-long sermon over every verse in the bible, as you could understand, it would take 50,000 weeks – which means since Christ ascended into heaven, the entire Bible would have been preached – twice. That’s how long we’re talking to analyze every verse in the Bible in that manner. Almost 962 years through the Bible like that.

Anyway, I’m asking that if you want expositional study of the Bible – which is how the voting is tending so far! – then do yourself and me the favor – as I teach through each chapter of the Bible, you have to read the verses.

Voting So Far


Well, to my surprise, the voting so far has shown that most of you want expositional teaching (verse by verse) of the bible. It’s kind of surprising to me, since most of my efforts have been to responding to the challenges of cults and atheism.

It’s really simple to understand my motivation. I am commanded to preach the Gospel. Not too hard to understand, right? Also to feed the Lord’s sheep. Okay! No problem, I enjoy that!

To do that, I have to be all things to all men. What does that mean? No, that doesn’t mean Paul hides his am sandwich behind his back when he sees another Jew – that’s a silly statement, but then again, Ray Comfort uses a lot of humor, and I think it’s merely the setup for a joke. That teaching is actually contained in “not putting a stumblingblock before the blind.”

It means I have to communicate in the manner others do. When talking to a Mormon, I have to talk, well, in their language. And I have to earnestly contend for the faith.

There’s an apologetics streak in me a mile wide and a mile deep. I see people who obviously have the Gospel wrong, and something in me says, “fix that. They’re going to go to Hell if you don’t.”

So, between that exceptionally strong urge and the need to rant sometimes over an attitude among many Christians I can only describe as “sleepwalking”, I started a blog on my laptop. Unfortunately, nobody was listening except me, so after a couple of years, I took it live onto wordpress, last August. Yup, I’ve been online with it for only 10 months or so.

“That I might save some” could have been the title of this blog. Then again, “ramblings of a coffee drinker” could have been, if I were the least bit artsy. Which I’m not, really.

I put the poll online because I was curious – were people wanting to read strong teachings, and just wading through my apologetics to get to it? The answers surprised me, because my primary focus – apologetics – has actually received zero votes so far!

Is it that Pastors are not giving strong teachings? Who do we blame for this? Well, in the SBC, the deacons.

Huh?

Yup. Somehow, the deacons became the ruling elite that run the SBC. And I’ve found that Pastors have to (in some churches) actually run drafts of their sermons by the deacon board for approval.

Uh… Biblically, the Pastor of the local church is the undershepherd. He is responsible for the congregation. How is that going to work on Judgment Day? “Lord, I wanted to preach as you designed me to, but the Deacon board wouldn’t let me.”

Well, that’s fodder for a blog entry all on its own, so you can probably imagine the wheels burning in my brain, I’m sure!

I’m not going to get into why many pastors don’t preach strong sermons. I’m just going to say, when you’re standing in the pulpit, you can feel when you’re getting too harsh. When you’re too strong. When I’m typing, all I feel is usually caffeine, or that my cat is digging his claws in my leg. So I can blast on, blissfully unaware of hurt feelings.

Your pastor also has to consider the new Christians in the congregation. They’re easily hurt, not at all used to a Pastor taking a congregation to the woodshed. And in a church where a Pastor talks like I write, sooner or later, he’s going to preach on something a baby Christian is still doing. And then feelings get hurt.

so pastors tone it down a little. (where am I going with this? I don’t know!).

Over the next year, where do you really want me to address? Please go back four days or so (just scroll down) and vote in the poll. Let me know what you really want me to write about. I mean, I’ll try, but there’s just something in me that when I see someone caught in a cult or false religion, the urge to save them becomes too great, and I’ll probably write about that again.

But eventually, I’ll have addressed every cult and false religion I legally can address (I’ve already mentioned that the Attorney General of the United States has promised that if you criticize one religion, it will be investigated by Federal Agencies – why I don’t know, as the Constitution of the United States specifically grants me the ability to do so, and there’s no law against it. But I suppose it’s because that’s the religion of the President, despite his claims to be a Christian – bottom line, I won’t be discussing *****).

please vote. Thanks. I’m off to get more coffee.

Romans 6


1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 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, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 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? 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. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:1-23 (KJV)

I’m going to do this a little differently, and simply list all the words in the chapter up to about 3 uses.

the (21) of (20) ye (18) that (17) sin (17) we (13) unto (12) to (9) for (9) God (9) but (9) in (9) from (8) servants (8) death (7) not (7) dead (7) are (7) your (7) shall (7) Christ (6) is (6) as (6) righteousness (5) be (5) he (5) were (5) have (5) also (4) under (4) then (4) his (4) now (4) him (4) yield (4) members (4) with (4) and (4) being (3) should (3) yourselves (3) our (3) what (3) obey (3) free (3) into (3) Jesus (3) life (3) grace

It keeps going like that. Read it like a sentence. Amazing. It’s all coincidence, but isn’t it cool?

I’m such a Bible nerd.

Anyway, here’s the rest of the info.

Shortest Verse (9 words) Rom 6:7, For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Longest Verse (40 words) Rom 6:19, I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Middle Verse(s) (of 23 verses) Rom 6:12, Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Middle Five Words (of 485 words) [‘of unrighteousness unto sin: but’] Rom 6:13, Neither yield ye your members as instruments4 [of unrighteousness unto sin: but] yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Doctrinally, we have moved from sin, to the gospel, to imputed righteousness, to sanctification (being made ready for holy Use) and baptism.

What is baptism? Is baptism salvation? Nope. The Bible makes that distinction. We’ve already dealt with the salvation issue, now we’re talking about how to walk as a child of God. Notice that abstinence from sin and baptism are the first two things brought up.

Baptism is your visible sign that you have been born again. It is your testimony that you have been buried with Christ, and raised to walk in the newness of life.

Notice the verses don’t say anything about Baptism saving.

Baptism must be done by placing your entire body under water.If anyone sprinkles water on your forehead, or the top of your head… you need to wipe that off. That’s not a baptism. You don’t bury someone by sprinkling a little dirt on their forehead. “Yup! Buried!”

Nor does tracing any kind of geometric shape on someone’s forehead with water equate to baptism. I suppose it’s neat someone traced a cross on your forehead with water, but, that’s not a baptism. Any more than a triangle in your forehead.

Baptism means to place a body completely under water. In Greek literature, for something to be baptized (baptidzo) meant it was…well. sunk. pouring a glass of water on the deck of a ship was not baptidzo, but most assuredly, the sinking of that same ship was.

So, if you think because someone poured water on your head from cupped hands as an infant that you’re baptized – you’re not. Get you to a church immediately that has a real baptismal.

That brings up the further point of – if you were baptized as an infant – it doesn’t count. If you thought you were saved at age seven and were baptized correctly, but later on went into the world in a period of rebelliousness – you’re not baptized. The point is, it must be a sign for a saved person, someone who really has come to understand the Gospel and accepted it.

Baptism is a sign, not the gift of salvation itself.

Romans 5


1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 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. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 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. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 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. 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. 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. 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.) 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. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:1-21 (KJV)

most common words: one (13), for (12) we (11), and (11) is (9) that (8) not (7) Christ (7) God (7) but (7) unto (6) us (6) gift (6) grace (6)

Again, I don’t believe in Bible codes. It’s an amazing coincidence. Remember, I’m not listing all the pronouns, adverbs, and conjunctions, but when you see them strung together in patterns that form sentences, I’m going to list them, because that’s just astounding.

Shortest Verse (6 words) Rom 5:4, And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Longest Verse (43 words) Rom 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.

Middle Verse(s) (of 21 verses) Rom 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.2

Middle Five Words (of 482 words) [‘sin was in the world:’] Rom 5:13, (For until the law [sin was in the world:] but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

key verse: Romans 5:8

We’ve examined the key verses in Romans so far, and we’ve actually answered some of the most common doctrinal errors that arise from a defective understanding of Romans. Romans, in case you didn’t know, is a major heavyweight in understanding key Biblical truths. It’s no error it’s placed immediately after the Gospels and Acts, as it begins the crucial task of teaching correct doctrine to the new believer, who will try to read the New testament from start to finish.

This chapter now explains several crucial concepts. It’s a rare thing that one man will give his life so that another will live – we all have a self preservation instinct. It literally is one of the first things that the military of every country has to overcome, that and the tendency for individualism.

But God… can you imagine God almighty dying for you?

One of the bigger doctrinal errors is to assume that God is higher in rank than Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. The real understanding is to say, all three are of equal rank, but Christ voluntarily submits to the Father, and the Holy Spirit testifies of Christ, while God the Father exalts Christ. It’s confusing at first, but study the Scriptures and see, and if you have more questions, well, there’s always seminary. Trust me, you get an entire semester of Christology, Theology and Pneumatology.

7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8 (KJV)

I’ve said it before, but until you abandon the blinders of evangelicalism, and put on the crystal clear glasses of Fundamentalism, you have a tendency to take God’s love for granted. But once you understand that a powerful God, who will judge the world and demands justice and punishment for sin – then you REALLY understand the depths of the forgiveness and love of God.

“that’s not so bad a sin!” we say, but it’s enough to send you to Hell if you’re not saved. That’s a bottom line statement.

What’s God’s response to your little white lies, your placing anything else on equal footing in your devotion to Him? After all, just one little sin like that will send you to the Lake of Fire for EVER.

He chose to come to earth and die for you. That’s His response. Think about that for a little while. Walk away from your computer, think about this for a few prayerful minutes, and seek the Lord on this. Jesus Christ, the judge of all mankind, the soon coming King Messiah, who will baptize all sinners with fire for all eternity – chose to come here, suffer, be humiliated, spit on, beaten, tortured, hung on the Cross, and die.

When you understand the agony of crucifixion, any objection to Christ fades away. The word for the most intense pain a human being can experience is Excruciating. If you had any Latin, you’ll know that Ex Crucis means “from the Cross”. The agony of the Cross is intense.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 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. Romans 5:9-10 (KJV)

This is important – it helps to explain how salvation works. The word here is “Imputation”. Christ’s righteousness is so great, so amazing, that it is an amazing thing to have it imputed to us. In other words, not only are we Justified by His grace (think of “Justified” as meaning “just as if I’d never sinned”), but His Righteousness – the righteousness of God Almighty is imputed to us, by simply choosing to believe in Him, to accept the gift of His life and blood for us.

Now we are partakers of His grace, His righteousness. Well, in the same manner He rose from the dead…. He brought us up with Him. We thus escape the punishment of Hell, because Christ ascended, and took us up with Him.

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. Romans 5:18 (KJV)

There you go. Free gift. Please accept it if you have not already – because the cost of refusing this simple, free gift – is terrible.

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:19-21 (KJV)

Amen.

Romans 4


1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 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; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision 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. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 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, 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. 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. 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 Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 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; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 4:1-25 (KJV)

most repeated word: Faith (10 times) Righteousness (8 times)

Shortest Verse (9 words) Rom 4:22, And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Longest Verse (45 words) Rom 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; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

Middle Verse(s) (of 25 verses) Rom 4:13, For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Middle Five Words (of 550 words) [‘but through the righteousness of’] Rom 4:13, For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, [but through the righteousness of] faith.

crucial words “righteousness” and “Faith”.

The context shows us that Abraham believed God, when God told him he would have a son, when his body was too old to do so. Thus, Abraham put his faith completely in God, and not himself – and thus it was counted to him for righteousness. this gives us our true picture of salvation and works. We are declared righteousness when WE cease trying, and allow God to work the salvation in us.

That’s one of the key teachings of this chapter.

Why else does it say Abraham believed God? If God just gave us the ceremonial law of Moses, and left it up to us, then we could glory in that. “I did it! With my own arm I saved myself!”

But we can’t. The law leads us to Christ, concludes us in sin, that we may see by faith are we saved – faith and belief in Christ.

While Calvinists seem to make a cardinal point of their doctrines that “belief” is a “work”, the Bible itself makes a distinction between the two, as this chapter has shown. Verse 2 explains that if Abraham had saved himself by works, he could have gloried in that. Verse 3 – THE VERY NEXT VERSE – Abraham believed God.

See also verse 5 –

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5 (KJV)

verse 5 makes a distinction between works and belief. Therefore, according to the Bible, belief is not a work.

remember, we don’t make a pre-determined doctrine, then search the Scriptures for proof texts for it, as John Calvin did – but rather, we read the Bible, allow it to teach us, and go from there. Let GOD determine what your doctrine will be, not john Calvin, not David Stern’s commentary, not Jacob Armenius, not even Charles Spurgeon! And Spurgeon would no doubt boom a basso, “Amen!”

Chapter 4 gives us a new thought – Abraham is not only the father of the circumcision (the Jews) but also of those who believe by faith, as Abraham was saved by faith.

Let’s have no more “there were different methods of salvation” teachings – the Bible makes it clear – Abraham was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, even as we!

What else does this mean? In Judaism, when someone converts, their Hebrew name is not “David Ben Jordan” or “David Ben Vince”… but “David Ben Avraham”. Abraham is your immediate father now, not whoever your physical father used to be.

Paul is teaching something deep here – he is connecting Abraham counted righteous through faith, and salvation by grace through faith.

If you’re saved, your father now is Abraham.

So… why do we need two house nonsense? The Judah and Ephraim thing is completely unneeded, according to Romans 4!

“Well, I want to understand how I fit in to Israel!”

Read Romans 4.

“I don’t understand!”

Then read it again. In due time, you will come to understand that Gentiles have a place in believing Israel, as explained here and many other places. If you remain unclear what it is… relax. I’m sure Jesus Christ will be glad to explain it to you personally. “Lord? May I ask you a question?”

I really doubt the living word of God will mind if you voice questions about the bible He wrote! I’m sure He will GLADLY teach us if we ask Him to!

Trust me, we have eternity together. He’s going to explain things in the Bible we didn’t even NOTICE to have questions about!

22-24 explain imputation. We’re going to talk about this a lot more tomorrow.

The chain of logic you’re reading right now will continue now for several chapters!

Romans 3


1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 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) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. 9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 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: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:1-31 (KJV)

most common words: God (20) and (13) law (11)

Also used…. We (9) by (9) Faith (8)

key verse – 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28 (KJV)

Kinda hard to argue with that.

Shortest Verse (9 words) Rom 3:17, And the way of peace have they not known:

Longest Verse (31 words) Rom 3:25, Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Middle Verse(s) (of 31 verses) Rom 3:16, Destruction and misery are in their ways:

Middle Five Words (of 564 words) [‘peace have they not known:’] Rom 3:17, And the way of [peace have they not known:]

This chapter is extremely important, as it establishes themes it will repeat throughout the book. in just a few chapters, Romans will begin a run-on thought that will last for several chapters, expositing on the concepts in this chapter.

crucial words: Propitiation (satisfaction of a debt) Justified and remission (5. Forgiveness; pardon; that is, the giving up of the punishment due to a crime; as the remission of sins. Mat 26. Heb 9., Websters 1828)

Verse 31 is going to be explained at length soon. for the Messianics still lurking on this blog, remember, we read the Bible in context. Don’t get hung up on a single verse without first seeing what the entire bible has to say on that subject – something Messianics fail miserably at!

The issue here is – we cannot keep the law. The law shuts us up in disobedience, exposes us as children of sin and rebellion. Is the law sin? Is the law wrong, or evil? By no means. We’ll explain over the next few days as we continue with Romans.