9.13.2010

Paul's Message

This is a very brief look at what Paul was teaching in some passages of Romans.

Ro 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.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
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?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
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;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
17 ¶ Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Ro 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.

Ro 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.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
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:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
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.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
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, he is none of his.
10 ¶ And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
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.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Ro 10:1 ¶ Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
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.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
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;
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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

OK, load these passages into your RAM in your brain and reason with me. Let's tie this all together, this is all one long thought process Paul is taking us through, it is a letter expalining how we are saved, not some verses and chapters to cut and paste and make up our own ideas from. What is this man trying to tell us? Who was he talking to, and what was their problem? How was he addressing the problem? This is probably the most important subject in the bible we could fail to understand. Paul's letter to the Romans is the hingepin of the explanation of what role does the Messiah play in our salvation, and what role does the Messiah in the form of His WORD, the Torah, play in our salvation, and what role does His Holy Spirit play in our salvation. The answer is we need all 3 in our life!!! Let's examine Paul's discourse on this:

Who was he talking to and what was the debate or problem about?? Answer: Ro 10:1 ¶ Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
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. Paul informs them that this is not a correct way to obtain salvation. Why? The Word says there is life in keeping the law? He addresses this issue: 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. And Paul himself teaches this is the case here: 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. So it seems like the Jews have a good argument for their brand of the Gospel, which teaches perfection is obtained by keeping laws. Paul explains that there is a righteousness of the law, and God certainly wants us to try to achieve that, but it is impossible. Thus, the problem. He says: 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. So it seems like we are in a pickle here. If you are doomed for not trying to keep the law, and doomed when you do try to keep the law but fail, how can we be saved??? And why even have a law? Paul answers this question, but only after making it abundantly clear, that everyone is a sinner, no matter how self righteous they may decieve themselves into thinking they are. He says: 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. This is a parallel teaching of 1 Jn 3:4. Simply put, the law just tells us how God Himself lives, and He has instructed us like a Father instructs His children in ways that are good and healthy and right and safe to live in. He punishes for disobedience, because if He tolerated it, nobody would try to walk in His ways and be like Him. Even with the curses for sins, the whole world partakes in them and chooses to bring on this pain on themselves rather than following in God's ways. Since God has given this law, it gives Him the right to justly punish those who break it: Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 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. So the whole world stands in need of saving from this disobedience and a reminding of how they should be living. Paul tells us the solution to the problem: 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.

Again, all have sinned. All need help. There is punishment for sin and that is spiritual death (Ro 6:23) The answer is Jesus paid the price, he died that death that was required for the sins of the world. But, we die with Him: 10 ¶ And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
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. There are other parallel passages in Romans and Galatians and Colossians that explain we die with Christ. This death is shown in an outward action of baptism. But the death takes place in the heart, the circumcision of the heart, is the cutting off of the fleshly man, the fleshly mind, etc. The death to the desire to serve sin (break the law.) But how is this really helping us? Yes, His blood paid the price for our sins. But what if we keep sinning after we believe? Is this OK? Is this a license to sin? And how are we righteous before God simply by believing on Jesus? I mean, what difference does that make? If one man is doing the exact same things as another man, but one believes in Jesus, will he be saved and the other damned? They are both breaking the law. Paul answers these questions. Again, it is explaining how to be righteous and in good standing with God and obtain eternal life and not death.

First, let's see what it is about faith in Jesus that makes us righteous. Aside from the forgiveness of sins, how is it that now that we believe in Him, we can stay in good standing as imperfect humans that are going to mess up from time to time? Paul answers this: 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. So remember, not sinning is keeping the law, but this is impossible to do perfectly, everyone is a sinner. But this is the standard of righteousness in God's eyes. The solution? Ro 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.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
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:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Finally some straight answers from Paul! Jesus lived the law perfectly, what we all can't do. This was what God wanted from all of us, but knew we couldn't do it. So by His great mercy and grace, He gave His own life in the form of the Son in the flesh on the cross. But it doesn't stop there. The transistion of this perfect righteousness is fulfilled in us how? How does that perfect required righteousness now transfer to us? By faith in Jesus that He did come to earht and accomplish this for us. When we do that, He puts His Spirit in our hearts and now we cry as adopted sons, Father, Father! It is also described as being clothed in His righteousness, in the parable of the wedding garment and Isaiah:

Isa 61:10 ¶ I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Paul says we put on Jesus:

Ro 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Ga 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

So now when God looks at you, he sees the robe of Jesus righteousness and His blood atonement covers your sins.

But there is more teaching to understand that people don't. We don't get a get out of keeping the law free card. Paul clarifies himself so we don't get this idea. The whole point of all this was to fix the problem that we broke the law and that was sin and the penalty was death. Why in the world would we then get the idea that we can now sin or do away with the law which simply defines sin? In Romans 2 Paul was speaking of how we needed to keep the law because that is what causes punishment when we break it. In Romans 3 he goes on to explain this is impossible to do so perfectly that you can save yourself by doing it. Everyone is a sinner and needs some help from God to make this right. Speaking of the law Paul goes on: 18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

So we see four things. The law is valid because it is instructions, the truth, and a light, and His will!! All of this can be verified with tons of verses from the old testament, but to save time lets move on. Paul also said: 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.


How is the law established? It sounds like all I need is faith, if I just cut and paste Paul's other verses. Because the law tells us we are sinners and need salvation by grace and faith. If you take away the law, then God can't judge mankind and we are innocent and don't need grace or Jesus. Let's look at a few other things: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.


What is living after the flesh? What causes death? Sin. What defines sin? Breaking the law. If you abolish the law at the cross, now we can't teach men they are sinners and God can't judge the world, and there is no way of knowing if you are walking in the flesh or the Spirit except your own conscience which differs from person to person and culture to culture. If you establish the law, and it is valid, and still teaches us what is right, then with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we now have the power to not break the law, and if we quench the Spirit and mess up and break the law, then we are still righteous if we mantain faith and a circumcised heart, because walking in the Spirit is not a perfection, but it is a journey to perfection, layered by God's amazing grace and mercy and the covering blood of Jesus. This is the solution to sin. It is not a liscence to sin. Paul said it this way in several places:



Ro 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.



Ga 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.



Is Paul saying the law is done away with in the book of Galatians? Let's investigate: 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. What does the bible degine as a transgression: 1Jo 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. This might be kind of hard to do if the law is abolished. So what is Paul saying in Galatians? The same thing he said in Romans. You can't keep enough laws to be saved or righteous on your own. You need faith that Jesus covered those sins, and covers you in His righteousness and lives in your heart to help you not sin. When you do sin, John says ask forgiveness and stay in the faith and walk of seeking to be like Messiah, and do not turn away and go back into loving the world and not trying to keep His commandments.



¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 ¶ Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.