The Epistle of the apostle Paul to the Romans

verse by verse study

with Commentary

by J.W.Weeda

 

 

Introduction:

Writer:

The epistle is written by the apostle Paul. It is one of the biggest epistles the apostle Paul wrote in his life to brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ at Rome. The epistle was written from the place Corinth (Greece) to the believers at Rome. Probably it was written in the year 60 A.D.

    Luther called the Roman epistle the chief book of the New Testament. It deserves to be known by heart, word for word, by every believer in Christ. The epistle to the Romans is one of the most enlightening books of the Bible. We find in this epistle big doctrines completely and systematically.

    Personally I call it a little Bible!

The apostle Paul who wrote this epistle was very intellectual man. He was originally a pharisee from the pharisees and he was more learned than any other pharasee. He was also the leader of the rebellion against Christ. He was God's bitterest enemy on earth. In I Timothy 1: 12-15 we read the following verses: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief”

On the way of Damascus Paul, Saul of Tarsus, was saved by grace, by faith and in Christ alone. Read Acts 9, 22, 26! Remarkable 3 times we read in the Bible how the apostle Paul was saved by grace alone, by faith alone in Christ alone!! The apostle Paul was Jewish and he was too a Roman citizen by birth. In Philippians 3:5 we read: “Circumcised the eigth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew fo the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee” and in Acts 22: 27-28 we read the following verses:”Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born”

A lot of people pretend or state that the apostle Paul is one of the 12 apostles. This is not true and there are Scriptures to show that this is not the truth. Paul wasn't and isn't one of the twelve apostles. Some Scriptures to prove this we find in Acts 1:21 and 22. We read there: “Wherefore of thes men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that He was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of His resurrection” In the same chapter we find in Acts 1:26 that Matthias was numbered with the eleven apostles, so he is the 12th apostle. The apostle Paul never saw the Lord Jesus Christ on earth, in His earthly ministry! He, Paul, Saul of Tarsus was saved on the way to Damascus. In Galatians 1 verse 1 we read: “Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, Who raised Him from the dead”

There are more differences between the apostle Paul and the 12 apostles.

 

Paul                                                                                             12 apostles

The Representative of the Body of Christ                                Representatives the nation Israel

One man: Jew and Gentile reconciled Eph.2:16                     12 tribes, 12 men, 12 thrones Matt. 19:28

Called by Christ from heaven Acts 9:3-5                                  Called by Christ on earth Luke 6:13

Knowed Christ only from heaven 1 Cor 15:8                           Knowed Christ only on earth Acts 1:9

Send to everyone, everywhere Rom. 10:12                              Send to Israel and the nations

Rom 11:32, Acts 9:15                                                                   Matt 10:5-6, Luke 24:47-48

Send to tell Gods Mystery and purpose                                    Send to tell Gods Prophecy

Salvation of Gentiles through the fall of                                    Salvation of Gentiles to Israel's rise Acts 3:24-

Israel Romans 11: 7-25                                                                 26

Not send to baptize but the preach the gospel                          Send to baptize, conversion, water-

of the Grace of God I Cor 1:17, Forgiveness                               Baptism for forgiveness of sins

of sins through the blood of Christ                                              Believing and work Acts 2:38, Mark

Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14 16-16                          

The Law is ended Galatians 5:1, Eph 2:15-16                              The whole Law must be obeyed

Colossians 2:14                                                                               Matthew 28:19

 

The Theme of the Epistle:

The Theme of the Epistle to the Romans is the Gospel of God. The Gospel what the apostle got from the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the Gospel of Grace. That is the Gospel of God and the only Gospel under this dispensation of Grace Read Ephesians 3:1-3, Galatians 1:15: “But when it pleased God, Who seperated met from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace” This Gospel what the apostle Paul preached is for everybody, not only Jews but also Gentiles. The world is found guilty before God. The solution from God for this is His Son Jesus Christ Who died on that cross on Calvary and bore the sins of this world in His own body on the cross. He died in our place on that cross and after 3 days laying in the grave He stood up from the death for our rightousness Romans 4:25, I Cor 15:3-4 and to give us new life, everlasting life in Him. The Key word is the righteouness from God through His Son Jesus Christ!

 

The epistle to the Romans is divided in 7 parts:

 

First: The whole world is guilty before God Romans Chapter 1:18 till Chapter 3:21

Second: Justification through righteouness of God by faith: the Gospel is remedy for guilt. Romans

Chapter 3:21 till Chapter 5:12

Third: The crucifixion with Christ, the resurrection life of Christ, walk in the Spirit, the Gospel for inherent sin. Romans Chapter 5: 12 till Chapter 8:14

Fourth: The full result in the blessing of the Gospel Romans Chapter 8:14-39

Fifth: Parenthesis: the Gospel doesn't abolish the covenant promises to Israel Romans Chapter 9:1 till

Chapter 11:36

Sixth: The believers life and service Romans Chapter 12:1 till Chapter 15:33

Seventh: The outflow of believers love Romans Chapter 16: 1-27

 

Another division of the epistle to the Romans is:

 

1 Doctrinal : How the Gospel saves the sinner Chapter 1 till the end of Chapter 8

 

2 National : How the Gospel relates to Israel Chapter 9 – 11

 

3 Practical : How the Gospel bears on conduct Chapter 12- 16

 

 

Romans Chapter 1

 

Verses 1-5

 

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, seperated unto the gospel of God, Which he had promised afore by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, Concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By Whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His Name”

 

Before we begin the whole book of Romans or the epistle to the Romans it is a verse by verse Biblestudy!

 

Verse 1: We open our Bibles in Chapter 1 of the epistle of Paul to the Romans. The very first word we see here is that the apostle Paul begins with Paul! Who is Paul who wrote this very big letter to the saints who were at Rome? As you can read in the Introduction to this verse by verse Biblestudy through the whole epistle to the Romans Paul was the Lord's bitterest enemy on earth before he was saved. Paul or Saul of Tarsus was a Pharasee. In I Timothy 1: 12-15 we read the following verses: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” Saul of Tarsus was the leader of the rebellion against God and His Anointed One, His only Son Jesus Christ. On the way of Damascus Paul, Saul of Tarsus, was saved by grace, by faith and in Christ alone. Read Acts chapter 9, 22, 26 for yourself carefully! Remarkable 3 times we read in the Bible how the apostle Paul was saved by grace alone, by faith alone in Christ alone!!

In I Corinthians 15: 9 and 10 we read the following texts: “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me”

From the bitterest enemy here on earth Paul or Saul became the servant of Jesus Christ. God saved Him on the way to Damascus by His Son Jesus Christ through Grace, through faith and in Christ alone! Paul became the first man here on earth who was saved by God's Grace without works and without the Law.

Paul not only became a servant of God.  He became also an apostle of Jesus Christ and he was seperated unto the gospel of God!

First what is an apostle? And why was Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ?

The word apostle comes from the the Greek word Apostolos which litterally means: one who is send. From whom? From God. In Luke 6:13 we read the following verse: “And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom He named apostles” So our Lord has 12 apostles: that were His disciples! He chose them to send them with a message: to preach the gospel of the Kingdom!

As you can read in the introduction it was already explained that Paul was not one of the twelve. Paul didn't meet our Lord on earth! Paul was commissioned directly by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, after His Ascension, to carry the Gospel of Grace to the Gentiles Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26, Ephesians 3:1-3

Why was Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ? Had not our Lord already 12 apostles whom He send with the good News? Yes He send the 12 apostles with the good News of the Kingdom. The twelve apostles began at Pentecost Acts 2 to explain the goods News of the Kingdom and in Acts 7 the good News of the Kingdom was rejected by the Jews, Israel (the leaders of the folk Israel) and the King, our Lord Jesus Christ was rejected and also the Holy Spirit of God was rejected. In I Samuel 8:7 we read that Israel didn't want God the Father to be their King, than they crucified with the Romans the Son Jesus Christ Acts 3: 14-15 and in Acts 7: 51 they rejected the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. So they, Israel rejected God in totallity and in Romans 11: 11 we read: “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” Read also carefully Romans 11:25!

Through the fall of Israel God called a new apostle named Paul, who was the leader of the persectution, and send Him with a new Gospel for all the nations: the Gospel of the Grace of God. This Gospel or Mystery was before the world began known only by God and God revealed this Gospel or Mystery when He saved Paul, Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus. God revealed this Mystery to Paul not in one time but through revelations. In Acts 26:16 the Lord spoke to Paul the following words: "But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee"  This Gospel of Good News is based upon the redemptive Work of Christ at Calvary!!! A new Gospel and a New Dispensation or administration with other rules God began with this. Ephesians 3: 1-3. We live under this wonderful Dispensation and as we received Christ as our Savior we are the same as Paul saved by Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone! Ephesians 2:8-9!

 

Verse 2: The apostle Paul was seperated unto the Gospel or Good News of God. Was Paul seperated unto the Gospel of the Kingdom? Why says the apostle Paul that the gospel he preached was promised before by the prophets in the Holy Scriptures? Answer: as a whole in Gods Word refers Paul here not to his gospel, the Gospel of the Grace of God but the fact is here that God had wonderful News for mankind in His Son Jesus Christ. In I Corinthians 2:9-10 we read the following text: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God”

The apostle Paul never preached the gospel of the Kingdom. He only told the Jewish hearers that Jesus was the Christ and in Acts 13:38-39 we read: “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through This Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him al that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses”

The gospel of the Grace of God Paul preached was not prophesied in the Old Testament and by the prophets. The dispensation of Grace was a secret, a mystery and by revelation made known through the risen Lord Jesus Christ to Paul. Ephesians 3:1-3.

 

Verse 3: What is the good News from God which was also spoken by the prophets? Answer: concerning His Son Jesus Christ! That is good News. In John 3:16 we read the following verse: “For God loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” That is great and wonderful good News from God! Now back to verse 3 of Romans 1. He, Jesus Christ, the Son of God is of the seed of David. In 2 Timothy 2:7-8 we read: “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel” And in John 7:42 we read: “Hath not the Scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

Really our Lord Jesus Christ is concerning the flesh, human form, the seed of David. In Luke 3:23-31 we read about the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh! In verse 31 it ended with David, the king of Israel.

 

Verse 4: Declared to be the Son of God with power. In Hebrews chapter 1: 1-2 we read the following verses: “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the Worlds” This in particular for the Hebrew believers in the future and it is also a general verse! The Lord Jesus Christ, of the seed of David was by the apostle Paul preached in a fuller light than Peter at Pentecost proclaimed to the Israelites in Jerusalem. Read Acts 2:29-31! So our Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead! The apostle Paul got more light from the risen Lord Jesus Christ concerning the resurrection and justification because the Lord Jesus Christ lives and is alive! In Ephesians 2:5,6 we read: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quikened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Before the apostle Paul was called this was only known by God and never by men. God didn't reveal it to the 12 apostles or prophets this secret and now throught the epistles of Paul we come to know these facts and wonderful news through the wonderful gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26!!!

Verse 5: By the Lord Jesus Christ Paul received the Grace of God and his apostleship. He received it from the Lord Jesus Christ, not on earth, but from heaven! In Galatians 1:1 we read the following verse: “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, Who raised Him from the dead” . Paul the apostle to the Gentiles, the non Jews, the apostle for this world and for anyone who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. The message Paul received as apostle of Jesus Christ was and is the gospel of the Grace of God! Read Acts 20:24! For the obedience to the faith among all nations, for His Name. We read again Romans 16:25-26: “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, 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” The gospel of the Grace of God which Paul received from our risen Lord Jesus Christ is for the obedience of the faith, also for the obedience of our belief in Christ, our walk in Him. We have to stand for this message what builds us up as Paul stands for it till the end of his life! 

Romans 1: 6-7

 

Among Whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 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”

 

Verse 6: The brothers and sisters of Rome were exactly as Paul called of Jesus Christ. The were the same saved just like Paul through God in Christ Jesus. And we, the members of the body of Christ, the Church, now today are also called like Paul and the brothers and sisters in Rome from the local churh (churches)

 

Verse 7: The apostle Paul wrote his letter, the Word of God, to all that be in Rome. The all are all saints, all the brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. A saint is a believer in Christ and God declares a person a saint. Not the pope in Rome who does this when somebody died in Christ or not in Christ long ago! The pope cannot declare somebody to be a saint. No human being can declare someone else to be a saint because we are all sinners. God declares someone a saint and also in Rome the brothers were called saints by God in Jesus Christ, His beloved Son.

The greeting in all his letters the apostle Paul begins his epistle with Grace to you and peace from God our Father. God our Father gives now Grace and peace under this Dispensation of Grace. He is God of peace and Grace. He gives this Grace and peace through His Son Jesus Christ to this fallen world. For us as saints He, Jesus Christ, died our death on Calvary and rose again from the dead for our justification and everlasting life! Through Him we have peace with God the Father. We read Romans 4:25-5:1: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

 

Romans 1: 8-9

 

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 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”

 

Verse 8: The apostle Paul is an example in praying and thanksgiving to God. He thanks God through the Lord Jesus Christ for all the saints, the brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ at Rome. It is also for us, members of the Body of Christ, very important to thank God for our brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ and special for the ones who know also the gospel of the Grace of God and stand for it. Personally I know some brothers and sisters

in the Lord Jesus Christ who stand for the rightly dividing the Word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15 and the gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Ephesians 3:1-3, Romans 16:25-26, Colossians 1:5-7 which is the Truth!

Why was it so important for the apostle Paul to thank God for his brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. The answer is after this: their faith in Christ was spoken of throughout the whole world. A lot of people in the surroundings of Rome and in the Roman Empire knew about those saints in Rome and their faith in Christ. It was not only that they stood for the Truth which is the most important thing is but also how they behavior was in their daily life. They were a good example otherwise this was not spoken of throughout the whole world. They were not accused for bad behavior or something else. The church at Corinth was not a good example and we can read it if we read and study the epistles to them by Paul.

 

Verse 9 For the apostle Paul the real Witness was God Himself. In I Thessalonians 2: 5 we read the following verse: “For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is Witness” God was the apostle Paul his Witness. The apostle Paul served God in the gospel of His Son after he was saved. After the apostle Paul was saved by grace through faith in Christ alone he was also sealed with the Holy Spirit and could serve God in the gospel or good News of His Son. Read Ephesians 1:13-14 for yourself. Otherwise no human being can serve God without the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit fo God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” And in the prayers to God the Father in the Name of the Son Jesus Christ, the apotle Paul made always mention from the brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ at Rome! How special this was. The apostle Paul had heard from them and he longed also to see them at Rome and prayed always from them (made mention of them) because they were a example in the Roman Empire at that time! For us this is really a example that we have also to mention in our prayers with name our brothers and sisters to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Romans 1: 10-12

 

Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me”

 

Verse 10: In his praying to God the apostle Paul not only mentioned the brothers and sisters who he loved so much in our Lord Jesus Christ but also that he wanted to visit them, to come to them by the will of God. It was the love of Christ who constraineth him to visit them at Rome! Read 2 Corinthians 5:14! That one time and it must be a good time to travel to Rome and see them and have spriritual fellowship with them in Christ! What a love we see here in this verse. Not the love of men but the love of God for men, brothers and sisters. Oh we can learn so much from these verses brothers ans sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ! If we follow Paul in this example and serve the Lord Jesus Christ daily what the apostle Paul did than we have the same love for other brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, the CHURCH. The apostle Paul had many disappointments because earlier he wanted to visit them but was hindered to come to them. Sometimes we have the same as the apostle Paul in our daily life.

We have earnestly to wait and pray for a good opportunity to come to our brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. A example: in June this year my wife and me by the will of God shall go to Spain to see Rob and Teresa van der Zee and their children. They visit us already 2 times and now we will visit them in Spain Lord's willing! In the time of the apostle Paul there were no cars, airplanes, trains etc. Now we have them and we travel faster than he did by feet or sailing with a ship on the Middlesea! It is now more easier to visit people than 2000 years ago! But still it is by the will of God and on the right time!

 

Verse 11: For I long to see you! How big the apostle's love in his heart was for them at Rome. He longed to see them and we have the same experience or feeling if we make plans to see our brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ who stand for the truth, for the gospel of the grace of God or who are open for it! In I Thessalonians 3: 6 we read the following verse:

But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought s good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you” You see something here in this verse too the heart of the apostle Paul and as we follow Paul this will be also our hearts too! I Corinthians 11:1. Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: it is not only to know the Gospel of the Grace of God but also it is our daily walk and grow in it and have the longing to see other brothers and sisters who stand for this Gospel or want to know it and began to stand for the truth that we may have spiritual fellowship with them. To Timothy in his second epistle and the last epistle the apostle Paul wrote he says in in the first chapter in verse 4 to Timothy to following words: “Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy”

The apostle Paul longed to see his brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ at Rome with a purpose that he may impart to them some spiritual gift so that they may be established in their faith! He, Paul, would by the Word of Gods Grace lead them further in the truth so that their faith in Christ would be more grounded and that they would stand unmovable! That was his aim to visit them and have spiritual fellowship with them. This is a great example for us to think about it and also to share the gospel of Grace with people who are open for it and want to grow in the spiritual life. To study with them and let them see the deeper things of Gods Word of Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26. Lets read Colossians 1:27-28: “To Whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” This must be also our aim if we follow Paul as he followed Christ!

 

Verse 12: The apostle longed to see them and it is first that by his coming the brothers and sisters would be established in the faith and in the message of Grace, that they may grow and also that they would have spiritual fellowship together that he Paul could comfort them and they could comfort him with the same belief in the Grace of God. It is very important when we share the message with somebody that the other person is open voor the message of Grace and stand for it so that you can also be comforted from the other person (s). So spiritual fellowship is very important. When we know the Gospel of the Grace of God it is important that we regular meet each other and build each other up in the Grace of God.

 

Romans 1: 13-15

 

Not I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, ande to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also”

 

 

Verse 13: Oftentimes the apostle Paul his plan was to come to the brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ at Rome but was always hindered. This happens also in our life when we want to visit some brethren or sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ who are interested in the Gospel of Grace or stand for this. Sometimes it is time and our own work which hindered of money because they live to far away from our homes. And there are more reasons which hindered. Sometimes it is satan who hinders.

 

Their faith was spoken throughout the whole world (Roman Empire). Paul wanted to visit them to have spiritual fellowship, that they will be comforted and grow in the spiritual life and that he could also learn from them and here in this verse that he might have some fruit among them also. Which fruit he is speaking about? The fruit of the Holy Spirit who worked in them and too in us who live 2000 years later and are also members of the same Body, the Body of Christ. What is that fruit of the Holy Spirit? In Galatians 5:22-23 we read the following verses: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”

Some fruit among them. Some fruit what we see in Galatians 5:22-23. That same fruit was also among other Gentiles who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let's read I Thessalonians 1:3: “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father” The Thessalonian believers were really examples and the apostle Paul mentioned in verse 6 and 7 of the same chapter: “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, ahving received the Word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia” Read also verse 8 for yourself! Among the Thessalonian believers the apostle had sure some fruit and there are more examples!

 

Verse 14 The apostle Paul was a debtor to the Greeks and the Barbarians, wise and unwise people. Strange that in this verse the apostle mentioned not the Jewish people. Greeks and Barbarians stand for Gentiles. In Ephesians 3:1 we read the following verse: “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles” Paul is the apostle for the Gentiles. He was not one of the twelve apostles for the Jewish, the circumcised! Read Galatians 2:9, Romans 11:13! What Paul is saying here in this verse is that he is prepared to pay his debt. Paul was a Jew and he felt himself a debtor to the Gentiles too. God had send him with the message of Grace to everyone in the world! Because for God there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles because of the finished work on the cross!

The Jews as a nation had rejected Christ and God in totality. Romans 11:11, 25!

In I Corinthians 9 verse 16 and 17 we read the following verses: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is commited unto me” For this the apostle Paul was a debtor to Greeks and Barbarians who are Gentiles. We too brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ are Gentiles and members of the Body of Christ and we can read the Good News which the apostle Paul preached in Gods Word and believe it and stand for it.

Verse 15: The apostle Paul told first that he was a debtor to the Gentiles and here in this verse he tells us that is he ready with all that was in him! He was not afraid and he was not ashamed as we shall see in the next verse, to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God to everyone that believeth. This is the gospel, the Good News to everybody that believes! The apostle Paul is also our example because he was not afraid or ashamed for the Gospel of the Grace of God he had to preach to everyone and we have to follow him too in this example if we know the gospel of the Grace of God! 

We read Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God”

Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ here in the Netherlands and in all the world: This is the Gospel or Good News from God that saves you for all eternity! Through this gospel you got saved, saved from eternal death. This is the Gospel that saves you from false doctrines and build you up in your spiritual life and it is for the obedience of your faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let's read Romans 16:25-26: “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, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures fo the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith”

Brothers and sisters: there is no other gospel than this gospel of Grace! In Galatians we read the following verses: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert te gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” Galatians 1: 6-8

The professing church(es) in this world doesn't see this gospel as the gospel for us today. They didn't want it to know and preach this gospel of Grace but you my brother and sister in Christ Jesus, you can know it and believe this Gospel of Grace and you can stand of this and see that this is the only gospel has saved you from all eternity and saves you from the false doctrines if you begin to stand for this. Your faith is not build on what your preacher in your church is telling you. Your faith is in Jesus Christ in what He has done for you on the cross, His finished work! 

So brother and sisters: don't be wise by your own or listen what others say but listen what God says in His Word of Grace and learn to rightly dividing the Word of Truth II Timothy 2:15! If you do that you will be growing in your spiritual life and the Gospel of Grace will keep you or saves you from false doctrines and you will be no more tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine but you will be stablished in the faith in Christ Jesus, yes in God Himself! 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 16: The apostle as we already saw was not ashamed for the gospel of Christ. The good News that Christ died for the sins of the world and that He rose again from the dead. Let us read I Corinthians 15:3-4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that wich I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” My dear friend, brother and sister: this is the gospel or good News, this is the gospel of Christ!!! And the apostle was not ashamed for this! Why not? Because it was and is the power of God unto salvation. Through this gospel or good News we are saved, through this Gospel or Good News we have eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ!!! This gospel is based on the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross on Calvary! It is what He has done for us. Not what we have done, not our works my dear brother and sister, friend! We read in Ephesians 2: 4-9 the following verses: “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by Grace ye are saved); And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast” This is the Gospel or Good News of Christ. What a wonderful God we have that He saved us by His Grace, by His Faith in Christ alone! This is really the power of God! Power in Greek is dunamis and the English name is dynamite! This is more powerful than the dynamite we know in our world! Everyone who believes this Good News and receive Christ as his or her Savior he or she is saved. That is also for you my friend: If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ you are saved forever, for all eternity!

Why is it written here in this verse to the Jew first and also to the Greek? To answer this we must see first that the Jew as a nation had rejected Christ, had rejected God in totality Read Romans 11:11 and 25!

In Romans 10: 12 and 13 we read:”For there is no difference between Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved”

When this word was written of the apostle Paul, he wrote this word in the Acts period. Maybe on the end of the Acts period and Paul went always first to the Jews because the Word of God was first sent to the Jews and that they should not have a excuse that they didn't know about God's Gospel of Grace. For God there is no difference between Jews and we or Gentiles! God is now not working with Israel because of their fall. He is now working individually with men and everybody can be saved through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:17

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith”

 

Vers 17: The just shall live by faith! This was and is what Luther, the Reformator found in the Scriptures! The just shall live by faith! Live by the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ! Not by himself. From himself man has no faith. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” The righteousness of God is known from faith to faith! The epistel to the Romans has a lot to say about the righteouness of God. Now is the question: How can God justify sinners and say that they are righteousness? The answer for this is that God declared sinners righteousness on basis of the fact that His Son Jesus Christ died on the cross for us sinners. Yes He died our death what we deserved. He the Rightousness One died for the unrighteouss, the wicked men! As we believe this , trust upon the finished work of the cross on Calvary than we are right with God through our Lord Jesus Christ! In Romans 4:5 we read the following verse: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. It is the Faith of our Lord Jesus Christ whereby we live. On Calvary the Judge Himself, God Himself through His Son, manifested in the flesh, stepped down from His throne to bear the cross and represent the sinner and paid the full price of men sins! Yes He died for you and me and my dear friend: if you are not saved yet and live in unbelief and read this; recognize that you are a sinner and that Christ died for you the full price on Calvary. Trust Him as personal Savior and you will be saved forever! Do this today! We and you don't know if tomorrow will come. You can do this on the place you are now!

 

Romans 1:18

 

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

 

Verse 18: Till this verse we see the righteousness of God through His Son Jesus Christ for this world and individually for men. From faith to faith. Now in this verse we see God's wrath revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men! The unrighteousness man, the man who doesn't believe in God is ungodliness. He refuses to know the One who made him, he refuses that Jesus Christ died for him too on the cross. In John 3:36 we read the following verse: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and het that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” The wrath of God abideth on him who does not believe in God through Jesus Christ. The unbeliever hold the truth in unrighteousness. In Psalm 53:1 we read: The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God” For him or her God is dead. He or she believes in themselves or in other people or heroes! Ungodliness is simply a disregard for God and His claims. For the unbeliever God is not welcome. The man without God denies or ignores Gods creation and believes in evolution for example: men came originally from apes (monkey's) and came to a higher level than the apes. Man without God does not believe in guilt of man, that he is a sinner and comes from Adam. The wrath of God is on unbelievers! We now live in the Day of Grace and still every man or woman have a chanche to receive Christ as Savior for their sin and have eternal life. So my dear friend if you haven't yet receive Christ as your personal Savior you can do it right now. First recognize that you are a sinner and that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross for your sins and paid the full prize for you there on Cavalry and rose from the dead after 3 days you will be saved, be saved forever and you will receive eternal life! Don't be a fool but believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! Acts 16:31

 

Romans 1:19-20

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

 

Verse 19: In this verse and verse 20 the following verse we read about Gods creation, what He has made and what He is and what He has. He made the heavens and the earth, He made the moon, He made all the stars, the planets with all their purposes. Only on the earth men can live. On other planets men cannot live, there is no life possible on other planets as far as we know. He made not only this, He made also the birds, the fish in the sea, the cattle, all kind of animals He made and they live altogether on this earth. What is manifest in man of God and known is His power and Godhead Deity. How God created men is so beautiful. Deep within man he acknowledge that Somebody has made him what he or she now is with a body, soul and spirit and a character. With brains that can understand, can think about things etc. Even the devils believe and tremble. We can read this in James 2:19. Read this! Even if men doesn't believe in God he acknowledge that there is a Maker who made all the creation. God gave men the light of conscience. This is the inner ability to know good from evil and men can choose between these two! Man is without excuse before God. God is the Judge of the universe. This is the thesis in this verse and verse 20.

Verse 20: Invisible things of Him are from the creation of this world clearly seen. What are these invisible things? Think about the wind. We cannot see it but we see how the wind acts like in a storm. What we also cannot see with our eyes are bacteria. We can see through a microscope bacteria. When I learned for Doctersassistent in the past, I was working in a Laboratory and saw through a microscope bacteria in patient's urine. It was very interesting to see this for the first time! Through this invisible things what God created in this world we can recognize that there must be a Maker of this all. Every year we have the four seasons. Now it is winter and you think the trees are bald but this is not so. If you see very well you see on the trees the leaves and they are in buds waiting for Springtime and than the leaves will come out of the buds. Isn't that beautiful! No men can make this! Only God can make this and had made it so that we understand that there is a Maker of this all. His nature, what He had made is seen in His creation and in this we can see His eternal power and Deity or Godhead.

There are more things. Look to the sky during the evening or night. You see so much stars and planets if the sky is clear! You cannot count them. There are thousands and thousands of stars. Men couldn't made this and everybody who can think knows this. Even the eternal power of God men can acknowledge! No men is without excuse when he sees this and can understand. There is no excuse my dear friend if you read this. Think about it. God created you and me! Because of Adam we are sinners Romans 5:12: “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” You and me are sinners! God Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ died for you and me on that cross on Calvary. He paid the prize for you and me on that cross for our sins. After 3 days He rose from the grave and He rose for our righteousness, so that we become right before Him. Acknowledge you are a sinner and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved forever, for all eternity! Acts 16:31!

Romans 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”

 

Verse 21: This verse speaks about history my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ and everyone who will read this! It is past which is spoken here. We go back to Genesis 4 where we read about Cain who was the brother of Abel. In the context we read that God asked the two sons of Adam and Eve to bring a offer to Him. The two sons knew about God and acknowledged Him as God. We read in verse 3-5: “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. “

And it goes on: “And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” We know Cain choose for the wrong and slew his brother Abel to death. He wasn't thankful to God and became vain in his imaginations and the descendants of him too. Their foolish heart was darkened. They say there is no God so they didn't listen to the One Who created them too and was their Creator too. They were unthankful and in their thinkings reasonings empty. They believed only in themselves that's why they became wise by themselves and became fools. And this went on in when we read about history in the Bible. Men became rebellious against God. They builded their own gods. In Genesis 6:5 we read: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of th thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” Men became so corrupted that's why God destroyed all men by the flood except Noah and his family. After the flood human race united again against God and builded the tower of Babel. Read Genesis 11:1-9.

Romans 1:22-23

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things”

 

Verse 22: Instead of serving God people in past days were more lovers of themselves en thought that they are more wiser than God Himself so they became fools. In Psalm 14:1 it is written: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. This is men in general my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ and my dear friend. In time past men didn't want God in his or her life. They didn't want to believe in God because they thought themselves more wiser than the Creator Who made them. Not only in history we can read here. For the same it is with all men who have not received Jesus Christ as personal Savior. For them God does not exist yet as human beings thousands and thousands of years ago like in Sodom and Gomorra!

 

Verse 23: Instead of glory God they didn't do this: they became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Every man of God his heart is darkened. No wonder that men formed gods in their own image and elevating the creature above the One Who created the creature: The Creator God Himself. Men didn't wish for themselve the glory of God. Instead of this men likes the image of the corruptible man, birds, fourfooted beasts, creeping things. God is set aside in their lives. That's what happened with men in the past. We read Genesis 11: 3-4: And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. Adn they brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” Because men is under sin even after the flood men was under sin because of Adam and that's why they became again corrupt. Nothing was changed with men.

 

Romans 1:24

 

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves”

 

Verse 24: This is the answer of God to this world. A synonym of wherefore is why! That is why God..... Why did God gave up the world? Well we saw already in verse 21-22: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful ; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened and they changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” This is what human race did in the past: not to acknowledge God and to believe in Him,

so God gave them up. He set them aside. God gave them up to uncleanness. This is moral impurity.

In verse 26 we see For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections. These are disgraceful lusts.

In verse 28 we read God gave them over to a reprobate mind. This is a worthless and rejected mind.

So He gave up the world. After He devided human beings into different language groups. This is a judgment of God and man lived further on in distinct nations and God gave them up or over ot their sinful self.

Read 29-30 of Romans chapter 1!

 

Romans 1:25-26

 

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that wich is against nature:”

 

Verse 25: Men in general changed the truth of God into a lie! They believed more the lie than the truth of God because of the fall of men. Let us read Romans 5:12: “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” The fool said in his heart there is no God so why should he worship and serve the Creator. He worship and serve himself more or another human being more. The Creator is not on the first place to worship or serve. He, God the Creator is to be blessed for ever. Amen. But the human race didn't want Him. This went on from the the first sin till now on! Men thinked and think still that they can live without God in their lives. To deny the creation that God create everything through the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of this they believe the lie as the Evolution theory of Darwin. Human race gave themselves over to passions which they couldn't control. We see this in the following verses. Read for example Genesis 19:5-8: “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after Him, and said I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” There was in Sodom and Gomorrah a lot of homosexuality and other sex. It was awful what happened there and as we see in this broken world more, much more of this because there are so much more people in the world than in the time of Sodom! 

 

Verse 26: Because men changed the truth of God into a lie that He created man and woman, male and female God created originally the human race. Let us read in Genesis 1:27-28:”So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

The Evolution theory of Darwin says that the origin of men is a sort kind of monkey. That he further on evolved in what he now is. According God's Word in Genesis 1:27-28 we don't believe this theory from men in this world. God created man and woman and the first man and woman were a couple. In Genesis 2 we read about the creation of Eve. It is Adam and Eve his wife. Man and wife. God never created Eve and Eve or Adam and Steve. Man and woman is natural. Unatural we see in the second part of this verse: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. This is homosexuality! In Babylon, in the old Greece world and in the Roman Empire there was a lot of homosexuality. Think also about Sodom and Gomorrah (see the explenation of the verse above). Homosexuality is known as Sodomy. Today we see a lot of homosexuality here in Western Europe, in the United States. In the Netherlands homosexuals can marry each other. The Netherlands was one of the first countries in the world where homosexuals can marry each other. According to the anti discrimination law here it is forbidden to discriminate homosexuals.

In the past God destroyed cities like Sodom and Gomorrah because of ungodliness and the full practise of homosexuality.

Because of changing the truth into a lie God gave this world up in vile affections. Because of the fall of one man, men originally is a sinner and he totally missed the mark of God's righteouness and holiness from nature on. As believers in Christ we cannot judge homosexuals. God says in His Word that this is unnatural because He created them man and woman and not man and man or woman and woman. So to change this natural use and bring into practice unnatural use is sin and against nature! This is what Gods Word tells us. The nature originally is man and woman and from them children and so on and on. 

Romans 1:27

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lusts one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet”

 

Verse 27: In the past there was a lot of homosexuality. For example we have Sodom and Gomorrah. In these cities a lot of homosexuality was there and we have read the verses about Lot and the men just before God destroyed these cities. Not only there you had it, also in the rest of the world because of the fall of sin by one man. Nowadays we have a lot of homosexuality in this world: men leaving the natural use of the woman. God created Adam and Eve, man and woman. The first married couple made by God! Through the fall of sin in this world men changed this truth of God into a lie. Men listens more to lies, to the father of lies, the devil who is behind this all than to taking God seriously in His Word and listen to His Word. Men who have sex with other men. In the future God will judge it. He will recompence it. We as believers have not to judge it. According to Gods Word God do not accept those handlings, way of living. In this world this way of living is most of the times accepted by men and women. Also most of The professing churches here in the Netherlands accept this. I knew the time when I was volunteer under the organization Youth for Christ. In the past on ground of the Scriptures they refused the way of living of homosexuality. Later they changed their minds and now they accept this way of living. Maybe they changed their minds because of pressure I don't know but I was amazed that they accept this way of living. I will not say that I don't accept the person himself if he or she is homosexual. God loves this person too so whom am I that I don't accept and have the love of God not for this person? The way of living (deeds) God doesn't accept this and I too does not accept it. It is really a error. What can follow after such a relation, way of living is the disease AIDS. It is a terrible disease and now with better medicins people can live longer maybe 10 years longer but because of weaker bodies through this they got cancer or other diseases on which they will die.

In the past God punished people who lived like this. He destroyed cities like Sodom which was full of homosexuality and other sex. Now under His Sovereignity He gave them up to wrong thinking because they will not seek Him and His Word. Finally He will judge it and listen brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: we have not to judge it. Let it over to God!

Romans 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”

 

Verse 28: Human race didn't want to know God in their lives en in their knowledge. So they became fools because the fool says in his heart there is no God. Because of wrong thinking God gave them over to a reprobate mind so that they believe the lie what satan wanted them to believe. And to things they did like homosexuality or other sex or envy's, murderings etc which are not convenient. Things who are not good but bad. This began with the fall of man, with Adam. His son Cain murdered his brother Abel and after Cain it went worser and worser till God destroyed the earth and all the inhabitants therein with water, the Flood. Only Noah found Grace in God. He and his family and from every animal male and female were in the ark and were saved. After the flood men was still a sinner and did after a while the same things. We have seen this with the building of the tower of Babel. In Genesis 11:5-7 we read: “And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one anothers speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: an they left off to build the city” This was the punishment of God and God gave this pagent world up after Babel.

 

Romans 1:29-32

 

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Backbiters,

haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 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”

 

Verse 29: God gave them up in wrong thinking and through this wrong thinkings they did a lot of things who are not good but bad and here we see the bad things.

Let us read and see all the meanings of men's wickedness! Because this is sin dear reader!

First: Unrighteousness: this is the opposite of righteousness and only God is right. Men are unrighteous so they did and do in their lives unrighteousness things.

Second: Fornication! It is obvious that this is named the second word! Fornication! What is it? Sexual intercourse between people who are not married to each other, especially when considered as a sin. So to commit adultery is fornication! Example: You leave your wife for the reason you fell in love with another woman you commit adultery and that is fornication.

Third: wickedness: the fact of being morally very wrong or bad.

Fourth: covetousness: This is envy and jealousy

Fifth: Maliciousness: intended to harm or upset other people

Sixth: Full of envy: it is a kind of jealousy!

Seventh: murder: we know what this is and Cain was the first human murderer because he killed his brother because Cain was full of envy and wicked.

Eigth: Debate: discussions

Ninth: Deceite: an act of keeping the truth hidden.

Tenth: malignity: Intending to cause harm or evil

Eleventh: Whisperers: it is to gossip!

Verse 30: 1 The following word is blackbiters. What are blackbiters? That are people who speak spitefully or slanderously about another or someone who is absent at that moment. You see it all around you and also in my work people do this and thousands and thousands of years people did it already because people are sinners and from the beginning of the fall of man.

2 Haters of God: in the past a lot of them and now at the moment too. People who also curse God in everything they say or think.

3 Despiteful: full of malice!

4 proud: men are proud, proud of themselves, this is naturally in men because of the fall of man, because men is a sinner.

5 Boasters: A source of pride

6 Inventors of evil things: To make up; fabricate evil things.

7 Disobedient to parents: because of sin children became disobedient. Children has to be obedient to their parents. Disobedience leads to worse things.

Verse 31: What we read here in this verse it was in the time of Paul, before the apostle Paul and after the apostle Paul and now also. Because people didn't listen to Gods Word or don't listen to what God says they became without understanding. Because the wisdom is to find in Gods Word! Because people didn't want God in their lives they became fools in their hearts. Covenantbreakers: If you see through all the years Israel did it. They had a covenant with God but broke it a lot of times. Read for this the story of Israel in Acts 7!

Without natural affection: no natural love for other people.
Implacable: men who have meanings who are impossible to change. Like in war: people who doesn't want peace. You see it a lot in this broken world even as in the past. Unmerciful: God is merciful. He is only merciful. Men is not because of the fall. This is cruel, cruelty. That what happened in this world when God gave it up. Today the world is not better. It is a broken world and that's why this happens everyday. You see it all around you and in newspapers, on your smartphone, TV, internet etc.

Verse 32: From the fall of men, men knew and know the judgment of God. They are not unaware about this. In Hebrews 9:27 we read: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Every person in this world knows this and also in the past the knew it but ignored it and went on with the above things to commit which are worthy to death and have pleasure in it but not only of themselves but have also pleasure when others did the same things and worser. Today the unbelievers in this world live also like this. The world is not better than in the time of Paul on earth or before under the Old Testament and before it in the time of Prophesy. It is a broken world wherein we live my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are no better than the unbelievers around us, we are better off. We are in Christ. In Him and through listening to Gods Word we have instructions from God according through the Gospel of His Grace how to live. Read Romans 6: 11-13!

 

Questions according to Romans 1

This are questions for yourself. You can make them at home. 

 

 

1 Paul wrote this epistle or letter to the saints at Rome. Why not to the church at Rome?

 

A Saints are the same as church

b In Romans 16:5, 14 and 15 many assemblies are named at Rome

c He called them saints because then all the believers were there

d Only b and c are good.

 

2 How do we know from the Scripture that Paul hasn't been in Rome before he

wrote this epistle?

 

A The book of Acts describes his only trip to Rome when he was a prisoner

B It is not known

C Paul purposed to come to them but was hindered

D Only A and C are good.

 

3 God is dealing in Grace today Romans 1:7 and 16:24. Why wrote the apostle Paul

about the wrath of God in Romans 1:18?

 

A Grace is shown to believers and wrath is shown to unbelievers

b Wrath is the reponse of God to unbelievers who don't want to know the truth

C Wrath is shown from God to believers who live in sin

D Only A and B are good

 

4 God gave them up. What does this mean?

 

A God let it go that man goes his sinful, idolatrous way

B God let it go that men changed the truth of Him into a lie

C God turned men over to his sinful ways

D Only A and B are good

 

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Romans 2: 1-2

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. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them wich commit such things.

 

Verse 1: Every person in this world and in the past from Adam till now is a sinner. From the fall of man people blame each other or judge one another. Every man and every woman is a sinner because we come from Adam who was the first one. Let us read Romans 5:12: “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” In general: if we as persons judge another person or persons which is not good we judge ourselves too because we are no better than that person or persons. We are all sinners we have seen in Romans 5:12. We do the same things what the other person or persons do. We have no excuse before God. Naturally we blame each other like Adam blamed his wife for the sin he commit when God called him after he sinned. In Genesis 3:12 we see and read: “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” With other words the woman is guilty, not man the man defended himself. We have no excuse before God as human beings because we are all sinners and come short of the glory of God Romans 3:23!

Verse 2: This verse says that if a man judge or condemmed another man because of sins he commits, judged himself because he is a sinner too and do the same things. So to sit in judgment to judge others we as human beings are of the same things guilty. God shall judge by His truth them that judge or condemnest others.

 

Romans 2:3-4

 

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? Or despisets thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

 

Verse 3: This verse says in general that the man who thinks that he is righteousness and judge others because of sins they commit and do the same as others think that he can escape from the judgment of God? In Hebrews 9:27 we read the following verse: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” All human beings in general cannot escape the judgment of God. We in general as sinners shall be judged by God and God knows us better than we know ourselves or that others may know us or that we know others. That is why Gods Word is so sharper than any two edged sword. Hebrews 4:12-13: “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do”

Verse 4 What is despisest? Despise is to feel a strong dislike for someone or something because you think that that person or thing is bad or has no value. The self righteous moralizer who is blessed bij God's riches and His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering don't see this and thank not God for this. He is not thankful and doesn't repent from his sins he commit and fills his heart. He is good in critisizing other people but never critisize himself and doesn't see that the goodness of God leadeth him to repentance. He does the same things as others do but instead to recognize this and repent from it goes on to critisize this and will not have a change in his life.

 

Romans 2:5-6

 

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; Who will render every man according to his deeds”

 

Verse 5: Man should thank God for His mercy and should repent from his sins but instead of that man thinks he is better than another man or woman and refuse the goodness of God that should lead him to repentance. Instead of that his heart is hard and impenitent and he treasurest up unto himself wrath against the day of wrath. The day of wrath is the day of the Lord. Let us read Hebrews 9:27. It says: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment” This judgment shall come when Christ will come back on earth in His second coming. Men thinks in general that he can escape this judgment and men think that God will not see them because they don't believe in Him. In Hebrews 4:13 we read: “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do” This verse let you see that God sees everthing and it is all under His control. Also this world wherein we live. He knows every heart of men. The judgment in the future shall be righteous because God Himself is righteous and good! He is right, men is unrighteous from nature because he comes from Adam and has the Adamic nature in him. 

Verse 6: God will judge men according to his deeds. Men cannot escape the judgment of God. God will reward the good men with eternal life (no man is good). God is just; He will reward the good and will punish the evil. This verse comes from Psalm 62:12:And unto Thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” Jeremiah 17:10 says: “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

Romans 2:7-8

 

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath”

 

Verse 7: To them, people, who seek for glory and honour and immortality there is eternal life. How can people reach this? By trusting Christ Who died for their sins, was buried and rose again? By grace through faith without works? By believing the gospel or good news? No the answer is to those questions. The aposte Paul claims before Gods justice that any man who ever patiently continued in well doing and seeking after glory and honor and immortality that God will give eternal life. God will give eternal life to anyone who deserves it. In theory eternal life is open via man his works.

Read again verse 6. This is the principle to get eternal life.

 

Verse 8: Here in this verse 8 God assures that those who are contentious and do not obey the truth of Him but obey unrighteousness for them at the day of judgment they will have indignation and wrath. They will receive eternal death! The human race is without excuse at that judgment before our righteous God if they don's obey the truth: tribulation and wrath will fall upon them. That is the principle! In Genesis 11 after the tower of Babel God gave the Gentiles/nations up.

So the conclusion is that God will reward the good and punish the evil.

Before the plan of salvation of God will be explained we have first to know the principle of God that's why these verse here are written in the epistle to the Romans.

 

Romans 2: 9-10

 

Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile”

 

Verse 9: Again in these verses we see the principle of God. Every soul of man that doeth evil upon him or her is tribulation and anguish. We know what tribulation is. Tribulation comes from the Greek word thlipsis what means trouble. So trouble will come on that person who doeth evil and God will give trouble on that man who doeth evil. This verse speaks of the time when our God was still working with His folk Israel. Here we see the Jew first and after him the Gentile. It is the basic principle from God to reward the good and punish the evil. This is not Gods plan of salvation by grace! Don't misunderstand this! It is just the basic principle of God how God in general will do! From Romans 3: 10-12 we know the following verses: “As it is written, There is none rightous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”

If we asked people are you good, have you ever told al lie? They have to respond that they did. So no one is good, no human being is good because we have the Adamic nature inside us, we are sinners. Here in these verses the Jew and the Gentile are subject to God's judgment which is just according to their works. Why in verse 9 we see the Jew first written and not all human beings? The answer is that the Jew had a great spiritual advantage over the Gentile because the Word of God was first told to them, to the Jews. So they were more responsible than the Gentiles who came later.

Next question: what is anguish? Anquish is to suffer or it is suffering.

 

Verse 10: We know from the Scriptures that no one is good only God is good.

Luke 18: 18-19 confirms this : “And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is God.”

This was under the Law of God, the Law of Moses. In Luke 18: 20-22 the Lord Jesus spoke to this man the following words: “Thou knowest the commandments, Do nt commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, He said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me” After this the man was very sorrowful; for he was very rich so he didn't do it, he went away.

The basic principle of God is very clear and sure when people were under the Law of God like Israel under the law. When they should obey God to keep His commandments than they should be blessed and honored but when they did evil and didn't listen to God God punished them and He did many times we can read in the Bible.

The conclusion to this is that the Law couldn't save man because man need a Savior, One who will pay the debt and guilty man. And God did this through His Son Jesus Christ Romans 5:8, I Corinthians 15:3-4! 

 

Romans 2:11

 

For there is not respect of persons with God”

 

Verse 11: Both Jews and Gentiles are subject in general under Gods just Judgment according to their works. God is no Respector of persons. Every human being is for Him the same. There is no exception by God. Every person is equal before Him. God is above all men, every human being! He will never pay respect to persons! He has absolute justice and this is the basis for our complete confidence in Him. In general God will take justly every man before the bar of justice to say that he is guilty.

That's why in His infinite Grace God came down from His position in heaven and paid the price for every human being, for every man and woman, through our Lord Jesus Christ!  He died for you and me on that cruel cross on Calvary!

Romans 4:25 tells us the following: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised for our justification”. Believe this! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ my dear reader and thou shalt be saved Acts 16:31

 

Romans 2:12-13

 

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; For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified”

 

Verse 12: The apostle Paul begin to tell us about Gods law. Without the law people who have sinned shall also perish. People who have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law of God. In Romans 7: 7 we read the following text: “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. The Law of God was spiritual but we, we are sinners and carnal, sold under sin from nature. Read Romans 7:14! Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. Apart from the law sin destroys the body and destroys the soul as well. Everybody shall be judged by God. In Acts 17:31 the apostle Paul in Athens spoke to the people the following verse: “Because he hath appointed a day in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man Whom He hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” This is it all about: God will judge in His righteousness the whole world: if they lived without the Law of God or lived under the Law of God. This is the principle of Gods judgment! In Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”

No man can escape this judgment of God. This is because of sin, because we all are sinners because we come from Adam. Romans 5:12: “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”

Verse 13 Apart from Gods Grace in Jesus Christ Jews and Gentiles stand before God guilty and shall be judged by Him. This what we see in verse 12 and 13. The Jews had the Law of God. They lived under the Law of God. Here in this verse we read that not the hearers but the doers shall before God be justified. We know from Romans 3:20 the following: “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” It let us see that the Law of God which God gave we as human beings cannot hold. It only let us see what sin is. The Law of God cannot justify the sinner this is the conclusion.

Romans 2:14-16

 

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: 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; In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel”

 

Verse 14: In the past the Gentiles (we) had no law of God. The only people who had the law of God were the Jews, the folk Israel. In Ephesians 2: 11-12 we read the following verses: Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that wich is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” Dear reader, brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gentiles and we were too were without God, without Christ in this world when God was dealing with Israel in the past dispensation! He gave the law through Moses to the folk Israel. The Gentiles had no Law but were a law unto themselves because they knew what was wrong and what was good because of their conscience. They got this from Adam because he was and is the first sinner in this world. They did the things of the law. They knew what stealing, lying and other wrong things were apart from the law! Because their conscience bearing witness! The purpose of the Law was this: “For by the Law is the knowledge of sin Romans 3:20 and the Law worketh wrath! Romans 4:15.

 

Verse 15: In their thoughts they knew what was wrong and good and they judged each other and themselves apart from the Law of God. They accused others and themselves and excusing each other. They knew they were guilty because of conscience and every man have this. He or she is born with it and knew deep in his or her heart that they are not perfect and are sinners. How often we hear people say to us or that we say to others the word sorry! Or sorry that was wrong I did or pardon!

So first:  every man is created with the fact that stealing, lying or commit adultery is not good and

second through the fall of men, men have their conscience. Through this, man blamed others instead of himself and we see it already in Chapter 3 of Genesis! 

 

Verse 16 Three things we see in this verse:

First: God shall judge the secrets of all men!

Second: God shall judge the secrets of all men by Jesus Christ.

Third: God shall judge the secrets of all men by Jesus Christ according to Paul's gospel! Read Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26.

Because Jesus Christ is the End of the Law men cannot be judged anymore according to the Law of Moses. Romans 10:4 confirms this: “For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believeth”. In Colossians 2:14 we read the following verse: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” Dear reader, brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the End of the Law. The Law of Moses is not anymore! We live now under Gods Grace and God will in the future judge all men who didn't believe in Him according to His Grace and according to the gospel of His Grace! Read also Acts 17:31!

 

Romans 2: 17-18

 

Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the Law, and makest thy boast of God, And knowest His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, bein instructed out of the Law”

 

Verse 17: It is so beautiful to see here in the epistle of the apostle Paul to the Romans that the first 3 chapters to apostle Paul let everybody see that men are sinners and need a Savior. And now in this verse the apostle Paul mentioned here the Jew. That are all the children of Israel. The Jew had more privileges than other people of the nations. God gave them the Law, the written revelation of His will. They knew very well what sin was and is because through the Law they knew what sin is/was. In Romans 7: 7 we read: “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” So the apostle mentioned here the Jew and the Jew too is a sinner and needs a Savior because the Law couldn't help the Jew to be right with God. In Galatians 3:21 we read: “Is the Law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law” The Jew with the Law of God which was given to him couldn't help him to get rid of his sin. The law showed him what sin was, is. The Jew boasted in God and in the Law he got from God and knew the will of God through the Law. We shall see in the following verses that it made him not a better person than the Gentile. 

Conclusion: The Jew had two privileges: he rested in the Law of God and boasted in God.

 

Verse 18: The Jew knew the will of God through the Law of God which was given through Moses to the folk Israel. The Jew knew also through the Law what sin was. He, the Jew approved the things that are more excellent. What are the things? The Jew was instructed by the law and through the Law he tested the things that differ. The Jew saw the differences in the Law of God. He could see through the Law that there were things who were similar. The Jew was confident and a guide to the blind and a light of them in darkness.

 

Romans 2:19-20

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness. An Instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the Law”

 

Verse 19 and 20: The Jew was: first confident a guide of the blind, second a light of them which were in darkness, third an instructor of the foolish, fourth a teacher of babes and fifth the Jew had the knowledge of the truth through Gods Law. This were the benefits of the Jew. The Gentiles were without God and Christ in this world. Let us read again Ephesians 2:11: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that wich is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” The Gentiles lived without God in this world at the moment God was working with Irael and the Jew had at that time the Law of God and had more benefits. The Word of God was first made known to them, the Jews. Not the Gentiles! The Jew through this could boast in the Law and in God.

 

Romans 2:21-22

 

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? Thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

 

Verse 21: A example of a Jew who teachest another persons was the Pharisee Nicodemus. In John 3 verse 1-7 we read the following verses: “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” Also the Jew who teachest other Jews under the folk Israel when God was dealing with Israel needed to be born again. He needed to be born of the Spirit. So the Jew also need also to be teachest. He didn't teach himself. Also the Jew was under condemnation and sure he was under the Law of God he would be judged by this Law, condemned. The law couldn't save him. He was bad just like other men around him in the world.

Verse 22 The learned men in Jewish religion like the Pharisees teached that people couldn't commit adultery and the question what they do, they did the same like other people. Learning not to steal he stole also. It is easier to teach others don't do this or don't do that and never to look at yourself because you commit also sin. So we see here that the Jew could boast in the Law of God and boast in God but this didn't make him a better man. He needed to be born again what our Lord Jesus Christ told Nicodemus. The Law couldn't help him to get rid of his sin and have eternal life. The law was only to let him see what sin is. He needed a Savior!

 

Romans 2:23-24

 

Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the Name fo God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written”

 

Verse 23: The Jew boasted in the law of Moses. He boasted in God and in the Law which God had given through Moses to the folk Israel. He, the Jew couldn't hold the Law. He couldn't obey so the Jew broke the Law and for that sin he dishonourest God. It was really a dishonour to God and God was not pleased that His people, the folk Israel was breaking the Law. Why could the Jew not obey the Law which was given of God to him? The answer to this question we can find in Romans 7 verses 12-15. We read: “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that wich 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. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin” Because of the fact that the Jews too like Gentiles sinners from nature that's why they were breaking the law and dishonered God. This verse let us see that the Jew was also hopeless when he lived under the law of God.

 

Verse 24: By breaking the law through disobedience, Israel was watched from a distance by Gentiles and they saw that Israel was not a good example so through their disobedience to God , the Gentiles blasphemed God through Israel. The Gentiles were without God and through this bad example of a folk which was always in disobedience the Gentiles didn't want to believe in God and cursed and blasphemed Him.

 

 

Romans 2: 25-26

 

For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteouness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

 

Verse 25: In this verse till the end of this chapter the apostle Paul deals with the Jew and circumcision to show that according to his flesh the Jew is too a sinner and need a Savior.

What was circumcision? It was a token of the covenant which God made with Abraham, the rite that seperated Israel from the rest of the world who were without God. Circumcision was a seperation to God and death to the flesh and its passions. Circumcision became a part of the law of God. If a man was circumcised and kept the law the circumcision profiteth. The man had to kept the whole Law and in Galatians 5:3 we read: “For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law” The question arises: could the Jew keep the Law which God through Moses had given him? No, the Jew couldn't not kept the whole Law, he was a breaker of the Law because in verse 23 again we read the following text: “Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?” The Jews broke the Law of God and placed through this themselves before God in the status of Gentiles who were uncircumcised!

Verse 26: Who were the uncircumcised people? Answer: The Gentiles. Some Gentiles perfectly kept the Law of God in the past when God was dealing with Israel. They saw it as the revealed will of God and wanted to obey this. The law couldn't save them but God revealed Himself to them. The example we take is in Acts 10: 34 and 35 we read the following words of the apostle Peter: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteouness, is accepted with Him” This in the case of Cornelius the Gentile. No one could perfectly kept the Law but some Gentiles accept the Law of God as the will of God revealed and tried to obey it. They were not saved. In the case of Cornelius the apostle Peter was sent to tell them how to be saved! So uncircumcision was counted for circumcision.

 

Romans 2:27-29

 

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?

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 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”

 

Verse 27: Outwardly het Jew stood in judgment of the Gentiles who were by nature the uncircumcision, if they could fulfil the law. The Jews were breaking the law of God. Inwardly the Jew was equally condemned as was the Gentile. The advantage was that the Jew knew God through the Law and had promises from God but was equally a sinner like the Gentile and couldn't escape too the judgment of God.

 

Verse 28: It is not the outwardly man, the Jew. It is not the circumcision which was a token of God which He made with Abraham. In Romans 4: 11 we read the following verse: “And he (Abraham) received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the rithteousness fo 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 righteouness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.” Conclusion: Circumcised or uncircumcised it doesn't matter to God. God is not a Respector of persons. Everyone is equal in Gods eyes. 

Verse 29: He is a Jew which is one inwardly and circumcision is that of the heart. Let us read Philippians 3:3. There we read the following: “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” This verse tells us that the outward form of religion doesn accept God. He is not pleased with it. He is pleased only with the inward work, the work of the Holy Spirit inside the believer in Christ! The inward man who praises God instead of men or himself!

 

Romans 3: 1-2

 

What advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God”

 

Verse 1 and 2: To be a Jew had a benefit because the Word of God was first to the Jews. The Jews had the covenant of circumcision. They had the Law of God. They had contact with Him. He was their Shepherd and they were the sheep. They were the folk. Let us read again Ephesians 2: 12: “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” That, brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, that was our state as Gentiles. Israel had the commonwealth, they had the covenants of promise, they had hope and were with God. God was with them. The Gentiles were outside and without God. The oracles were given to them through Moses to Israel direct at Sinai. We can read this in Acts 7: 38: “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us” Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: through the Word of God it was given to the Jews these oracles. They were privileged the Jews and they stood in their possession of the living Word of God. The Jews as a nation, their possession was higher than the possession of the Gentiles.

 

Romans 3:3-4

 

For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written. That thou mighest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged”

 

Verse 3 and 4 Under the folk Israel there were also unbelievers and they received not benefit from the law. The law is good from itself but the advantage of possessing it becomes a disadvantage through unbelief and sin. Now the question! Some were unbelievers and through their unbelief it makes the faithfulness of God without effect? That it has influence on the faith of God? In Numbers 23:19 we read the following verse: “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent; hath he said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” Well dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ and dear readers: God is not as men a liar. His faithfulness is always and through unbelief of men it has no effect on His faithfulness, His faith. He is true and good. He made also everything good. Also the Law was good and true. God made de Law and gave it to Moses that he gave it to the folk Israel.

In Romans 7: 12: Wherefore the law is holy and the commandment holy and just, and good” And in verse 14 we read: “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin” That is the point! Man is carnal, flesh and sold under sin by nature. In Romans 5:12 we read: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon alle men, for that all have sinned” By nature all men inclusive you and me my dear brother and sister, dear reader, we are sinners because we received through Adam the Adamic nature, the sin nature. We are born with this nature and that's the point that we are liars. Every man and woman is a liar and God is true, He cannot sin, He cannot lie, He is faithful!

Under the law men couldn't hold the law because they broke the Law because of disobedience. God by the law condemns every one, every man and woman! It is not enough to try to keep the Law and ask God for forgiveness of sins. God is just that's why He is justified in His sayings and He overcometh when He judges! Romans 3:19 tells us: “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 quilty before God”

 

Romans 3:5-6

 

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 forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?”

 

 

Verse 5: The question here in this verse is does sin glorify God? The universalist teach people that God created sin. They take the verse of Isaiah 45:7: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things” The universalists teach that God created sin to bring glory to Himself. The fact is that God overrules and turns sin to His own glory and that is another different thing! The evil what we just read is not sin because it is not here the opposite of good but of peace. This refers to trouble and calamity rather than to sin. God is not unrighteous when He take vengeance.

 

Verse 6 We see here the confirmation that God is righteous. How could He when He isn't righteous judge the world? We have a righteous God, Who is good and He is the Only One who can judge. He made everything through His Son Jesus Christ! He is true because He is perfect, without sin! He never committed and commits sin!  Men are sinners and liars and deserve jugdment from nature! That's why God can judge the whole world! 

 

 

Romans 3:7-8

 

For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And no 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 “

 

Verse 7: Was the Universalist right than God was unrighteous to judge and take vengeance and the sinner would complaining: Why am I also judged as as sinner. That is how the unbeliever sees God. He says that God is a unrighteous God. So he doesn't believe that God will take vengeance and will judge the sinner.

 

Verse 8: There were some people who thought let us do evil that good may come! And now at the moment in this world there are a lot of people who think like this: let us do evil that good may come! What is the answer to such a lie? Because every human being is a liar. A strong rebuke: Whose damnation is just to this. This is God's answer to the lie of men! The conclusion to this is that God is not a liar. He cannot lie. Man is a liar from birth on because he is a sinner and comes from Adam.

 

Romans 3:9-10

 

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; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”

 

Verse 9-10: All having said about Jews and Gentiles before this verse we see that Jews and Gentiles inclusive ourselves are all under sin by nature. No one is better than another before God, the Everlasting God. In Romans 3:23 we read the following text: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Sin is in us, we are born sinners because we come from Adam who was the first sinner. In Romans 5:12 we read: “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”

From our nature, which is a sin nature, we are the man who says the following words: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” Psalm 14:1. Through Adam, by his nature, the Adamic nature, we all are unrighteous. There is no man righteous! In I Corinthians 6:9-10 we read the following verses to confirm this: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” The conclusion of verses 9 and 10 is this: we are all sinners from nature and are aliens of God. We stand before God on the same platform. In Romans 11:32 we read the following verse: “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all”

 

Romans 3:11-18

 

There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no , not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes”

 

Verse 11: This verse and the following verses till verse 19 is man in general how he is in Gods eyes because of his sin nature. Because of sin nature men is born with because of Adam read Romans 5:12, no person is wisely. Before the fall of man man was without sin, he knew no sin and was perfect shaped after the likeness of God. After the fall men is far away of wisely, far away of perfectness. He is born with the sin nature that's why none understandeth and none person who seeketh after God Who have made him. From nature, the Adamic nature man is not looking or searching God, his Creator.

 

Verse 12: They, all men, are gone out of the way. This is because of sin and the sin nature men is born with. For God men is not profitable. God cannot use men who are not believing in Him. They, all men from nature are useless. No men doeth something good. Men cannot do something good from nature. This is what this Scripture tells us. The humanist thinks that he doeth something good if he is good for others, if he is good for the nature, the earth etc. He says: I do good things. I am good for my neighbours, good for my wife, children, parents, friends. I give always money to good things etc. Than the question arises in what kind of motivation he doeth all those things? Most of the times deep in his heart he hopes that other people see in him a good man. For God no one is good! Only God Himself is good. No one is capable of doing something good even if he helps others or rescue others. This is because of the fall of man. Conclusion: all men are bad and are sinners.

 

Verse 13 and 14: The throat of human being, men, is an open sepulchre. It is the condition of everyone who is without God. All men and women are like this when they are born to this world. We are sinners and without God when we come to this earht through birth. It is a depraved condition. First sin comes through the heart of men and than the tongue and lips until the whole mouth of men is filled with cursing and bitterness. This is men in general (women included). Because we come from Adam! Let's read again Romans 5:12: “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” The first sin wrought the moral ruin of the race. The first sin have a universal effect upon all men in this world. The consequence of Adam's sin is comdemnation upon all men in this world

 

Verse 15 and 16: This verse is from the prophet Isaiah and in Isaiah 59 verse 7 we read the same verse: “Their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths” This is men in general because of the Adamic nature. All this is sin and not correct but corrupt! Men in general is corrupt because of his nature that he got from Adam.

 

Verse 17: The way of peace men don't know. Here in the Netherlands we live now more than 70 years in peace. The second World War ended here in May 1945. Since than we have no war. Without war men don't know what is peace. In a lot of countries in the world there is war. Think about Syria, Iraq etc. In those countries a lot of destruction and misery. Other countries do not know how to again to make peace in such countries because men don't know what peace is. Men in general don't know the real peace what God can give and what He mad with this world. Read II Corinthians 5:19-21!. As long as this world will be it will not come the peace! Only God can give peace through His Son Jesus Christ. And those men who received Jesus Christ as their Savior, those men have peace with God: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Conclusion: Peace will not come from men, because man is a sinner, he cannot make peace because from nature he don't know what peace is.

 

Verse 18: From nature men have no fear for God. He don't respect God in his life. He is a alien from God and wish not to know God, his Creator Who made him. This verse comes from Psalm 36 verse 1. The apostle Paul took verses from the Old Testament to write down this: “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes” In general men is a fool and the fool saith in his heart there is no God Psalm 14:1

Conclusion to all the above verses: Men from his nature on is corrupt and said in his heart there is no God!

 

Romans 3: 19-20

 

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. 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”

 

Verse 19-20: In this verse the apostle Paul is here speaking about the law of God which God gave through Moses to His Folk Israel. As long as God was dealing with Israel the Law of God was given to them to keep. Whatever the Law sayeth it was for them who were under the Law namely Israel. The Law was never given to the Gentiles. It was very easy to prove that Gentiles were guilty because they were without God. The Jew had a favor with God. By the Law the Jew was also guilty before God so here we see in this verse that the whole world was guilty before God. With the Law or without it doesn't matter to God. All people are guilty before Him. That every mouth may be stopped. How was the whole world under the Law of God guilty before God?

Every man in this world is guilty before God, no one is without excuse. We read Romans 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”

The covenant what God made with Israel affected the Gentiles too. The only way for a Gentile to reach God was through Israel. Israel was the blessing channel. So also under the Law people were all guilty before God and acknowledge of guilt is the first step to salvation. The Law was given for the knowledge of sin. Through the Law man could know what sin was. So by the deeds of the Law, to do the Law and try to obey the Law of God no man was justified before God. The Law is holy but human being is unholy, sold under sin. That's why the Law couldn't help Israel from their guilt

 

Romans 3:21

 

But now the righteousness of God without the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets”

 

Verse 21: But now! It is from now on. What is behind is behind. The law of God is behind. The law is ended. What is the righteouness of God? It is not the changed character of the believer. It is Christ Himself Who gave Himself for us, for our sin. He died for our sins and rose from the dead for our righteouness/justification. Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Through Him, through Christ the righteouness of God is manifested. 1500 years God had kept Israel under the Law to demonstrate that by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight. It is the faith or faithfulness of our Lord that revealed the rigtheousness of God. It is proclaimed by the Law and the prophets! It is the full payment of sins penalty by Christ Himself. Read Philippians 2: 5-9. Read this carefully for yourself and think about it! The power of Gods Grace gospel is laid in the fact that the righteousness of God is revealed in Christ! What a Wonderful God we have that He loved us so much. Read Romans 5:8-10 and study those verses! 

Romans 3:22-23

 

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: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

 

Verse 22: The righteousness of God is by the faith of Jesus Christ! Through our Lord Jesus Christ God revealed His righteousness! Through the Law no one could be right with God. The only way to be right with God is through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ! Think about this and be still! Let us read again in the epistle of the apostle Paul to the Philippians the following verses:”let this mind be in you, which ws also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name” Philippians 2: 5-9. He died our death on the cross to pay the price for us! He did it for us! Be still for a moment! We have redemption through His blood! Let's read Colossians 1:14: “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins” He without sin and righteousness, gave His life for us sinners who from nature on are unrighteousness! It is not our believe! It is His believe, His obedience to His Father, the obedience unto death, the death on the cross! We as sinners have nothing of ourselves. We are from nature not right with God. Nothing we can do of ourselves to reach God. Also not the Law couldn't help us to reach God because we are sold under sin we are born with. Romans 7:14 confirms this: “For we know that the Law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin”

By His faith, the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ we are right with God and with us all men who trusted Christ as personal Savior no matter who we are, blank, brown, yellow or in which country you live: if you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior you are right with God, without guilt before our God. God declares you righteous! 

There is no difference in color or which country in the world you come from: we are the same in Christ :a new man! The old man is gone, in the grave, burried with Christ in the grave! Romans 6:4

 

 

Verse 23: All have sinned! All people have sinned, are sinners. In Romans 5:12 we read again: 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” Here you have it! God's Word confirms that all people have sinned. From nature we are sinners. We are born in this world as sinners. In Psalm 51 verse 5 we read the following words: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” Sin came in this world by one man, Adam! With this sin eternal death. What does this mean eternal death? This means separated from God for all eternity! For all times. From nature we are condemned and separated from God and we come in this state short of the glory of God. This is from nature on! We cannot do works to reach God. How much we try to do good works like to give money to organizations who do with the money good work or if we go every Sunday to a churchmeeting or that we be good for our neighbours it doesn't help us to reach God. We need Him as Savior for our lives! He died for our sins on the cross read Ephesians 1:7. Romans 5:8

As the apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians said: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God” Dear reader, if you have not received Christ as your personal Savior today accept that you are a sinner from nature and believe that Christ died for you in your place there on the cross, that He took all our guilt there on Calvary and that He rose again from the grave after 3 days for our justification and to give us eternal life! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31 Do it now at this moment before it is to late! Tomorrow it can be to late to do this!

 

Romans 3:24

 

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

 

Verse 24: Being justified freely by His grace! Think of this a moment: being justified freely by His grace! What does this mean being justified? To justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God. It is done! We are freely justified by His Grace! Not our works that we can boast in it. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us the following: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” Grace is here the most important! Grace comes from the word charis what means the merciful kindness of God. It is His redemptive mercy through His Son Christ Jesus. We deserved eternal death but God loved us so much that He died in our place on the cross through Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 tells us: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” Oh my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: we are justified, we are right with God through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Otherwise we couldn't be right with God. This was and is the only way of God to make us right with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ. First the redemption, than the justification! Read this verse again and see this for yourselves and make it your own! 

We close this verse with the following verses: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His Grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” Titus 3:5-7

 

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 25: The Whom here is Jesus Christ. He, God set Him forth to be a propitiation! God through Christ reconciled us to Himself by His blood on Calvary! Wonderful!!! Through the blood of Jesus Christ what was shed for us on Calvary we have as His sons forgiveness of our sins, past, present and in the future!

It is His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past! The sins that are past. What does that mean? That are not our sins who are past but to those of past history . It is Gods forbearance! Christ's blood shed on Calvary is the full satisfaction for sin!

We are saved by Him, we couldn't save ourselves. We were enemies of God! Think of this! In Romans we read in Chapter 5: 10 the following words: “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”

Oh, you reader if you haven't received Christ as personal Savior: understand and believe that you are unrighteous and deserves death, yes eternal death because you are a sinner. Believe, believe that Christ died for you on Calvary in your place and took all your sins there in His body on Calvary and believe that he resurrected from the death for your justification! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! Not for a moment but for eternity! What a wonderful God we have. He is love!

 

Romans 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”

Verse 26: Thus God is just and the person who believes in Christ as personal Savior is right with God and justified. There is no guilt anymore for the one who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior. The conclusion is that God condemns the sinner but He justifies the believing sinner and the believing sinner is righteous in Christ. You and me my dear brother and sister are rigthteous in Christ! Think of it. First the sinner is guilty Romans 3:19. Second: the sinner's sins imputed in Christ Romans 3:24 and Third it is Christ's righteousness imputed to the sinner Romans 4:5. This is all based on the finished work of Christ on the cross on Calvary!

Romans 3:27

Where is the boasting then? It is excluded, By what Law? Of Works? Nay: but by the law of faith”

 

Verse 27 Where is the boasting then? It is excluded. Let us read again Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” Dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: again it is not our work that we can have pride of but it is His work, His finished work on Calvary by which we are saved. By Grace alone through faith alone, in Christ alone! That's it! Nothing more. We cannot boast by ourselves. We have nothing good of ourselves by nature. That's what we read in this chapter! Because we are sinners by nature through the fall of Adam. We have the Adamic nature. Also the Law of God couldn't save us and we cannot boast in the Law or the works of the Law. The Law is good and just but we are sinners sold under sin. We couldn't hold one Law so by the Law of God and the works of it we cannot be justified, righteousness. Through the law of faith the boasting is excluded! That's another Law than the Law of Moses!  The conclusion is : if salvation was of good works it was no more the gift of God's Grace. Let us read Romans 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”

 

Romans 3:28

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law”

 

Verse 28: This is the conclusion my dear brother and sister in Christ: a man just like you and me is justified by faith. His own faith? No by the faith, the faithfulness of Christ a man is justified! Think of it. Not by deeds of the law, not by being religious or human laws a man is justified. Only by the faith of Jesus Christ!!! This is what Martin Luther in 1517 rediscovered after a very long time of dark ages. A man is justified by faith. Not by works or deeds of the law. The law (Moses) couldn't save a person or justifie a person. Galatians 2:16 tells us: “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” And we have the following verse: “I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if rithteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”

If the law could save persons and persons would through the law be justified and right with God than there was no need for Christ to die for all men!!

Romans 3:29

Is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also”

 

Verse 29: From verse 9 of this chapter 3 we read the following verse: “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” For God all men are the same and He is God of the Jews and the Gentiles. What we already learned is that God justifies both believing Jews and believing Gentiles. So He is God of them all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ as Savior! There is now is no difference between Jews and Gentiles anymore. We all are a new man in Christ. So is it how God sees us: in Christ as new men!!!!

 

 

Romans 3:30

 

Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith”

 

Verse 30: One God! In Ephesians 4:6 we read “One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all” In Deuteronomy 6:4 we read: “Hear , O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” We have one God and He is Just. He shall justify the circumcision (Jews) by faith. The Jews belonged were the covenant race. They were justified by or out of faith. They had a favored relationship to God fand faith shoud be the natural outcome of their relationship to God. Justified by way of works and the Gentiles who were farr of and without God in this world are justified through God's grace, by way of faith. Both are justified through Christ's finished work of redemption!

 

Romans 3:31

 

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

 

Verse 31: What does this mean? Now the Jews and the Gentiles are justified on the basis of faith. Now the question here does not this make void the law? The Law was given to the Jew in the first place not to justify but to let him see that he was guilty just as the Gentiles before God. Justification comes from God through His Grace by His Son Jesus Christ, on basis of the finished work on the cross! It is the payment of all our sins by Christ! This is the righteousness of God!

 

Romans 4: 1-2

 

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God”

 

Verse 1: Almost this whole chapter is about Abraham, the father of the Jews and he is also the father for us Gentiles who are in Christ. This whole chapter the apostle Paul is to proclaim the gospel of the grace of God. First he uses Abraham because Abraham is in all history of men the most respected, loved man. Most people in the world know about him. The apostle Paul uses Abraham to demonstrate that justification is by faith! As Abraham is justified by faith so all believers in Christ are justified like Abraham! The question is here in verse 1 is: according to the flesh of Abraham, his flesh, what did he Abraham receive? From I Corinthians 1:29 we know the following: “That no flesh should glory in His presence. As human beings we cannot glory in ourselves before a living God! As Abraham was a sinner, we too are sinners and in us dwelleth no good. Romans 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”Read again Romans 3: 9-20. Abraham couldn't boast in himself before God and so we as believers in Christ cannot boast in ourselves. We are nothing from ourselves! We are born sinners and saved by Grace alone, in Christ alone and by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9!

 

Verse 2: The proposition here is: if Abraham were justified by works he could only boast in himself but not in God. This is hypothetical that he has ground for boasting. From verse 1 we saw in I Corinthians 1;29 that no human being, no flesh should glory in His presence. We and also Abraham is justified by faith without works of himself. Also we cannot glory in ourselves or boast in ourselves. From ourselves we have nothing and are nothing because we are sinners and sold under sin. That is our nature and it was too with Abraham. He didn't know about Jesus Christ Who would die for sinful men, for man's sin. God counted Abraham righteous and that was and is in Christ!

 

Romans 4: 3-4

 

For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt”

 

Verse 3: In Genesis 15:6 we read the following verse: “And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness” Abraham trusted in the Lord when the Lord told Abraham So shall thy seed be like the stars what He had showed to Abraham before.

Abraham believed like a child just simple and the Lord counted it to him for rigteousness. Abraham was right with God: his faith in God was counted for righteousness. This was the result of Abraham's faith in God. His justification was based,we know now because we have the whole Bible, God's Word , on the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary for his sins. Abraham didn't know this. He obeyed God and did what God asked of him.

 

Verse 4: If someone is working it is not of grace. You have to pay such a person if he works. Salvation of works is not the way how to reach God! You cannot reach God with your works or works of the law. The reward is not reckoned of grace but of debt. Justification is not by works , nor by works what we have done or by the law but by Gods grace, in Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone. We have simple just believe like Abraham! We have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that He did the Work on the Cross on Calvary: died for all mankind and for you and me , to pay for all our sins, in our place, and was resurrected for our righteousness. Romans 4:25

Romans 4: 5

 

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

 

Verse 5: God forbids that men should work for salvation! Justification is not by works but by His Grace through our Lord Jesus Christ. If a man wants to be justified before God he have to receive the gift of righteousness of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Just simple believe that Christ died for his sins and rose again for his righteousness. I Corinthians 15:3-4! Read these verses!!!! As ungodly people we were justified by God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as Abraham was justified by faith we are justified by only receiving what Christ had done for us on the cross on Calvary. No one can boast in himself. If someone will boast let him or her boast in our Lord Jesus Christ. In II Timothy 1:9 we read the following verse: “Who hath saved us , and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and His own Grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” Let this be clear: we cannot reach God with our works or cannot be justified by our works! Read again Ephesians 2:8-9!!!!

 

Romans 4:6-8

 

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

 

Verse 6: David, the king of Israel, lived under the Law of God. He knew very well what was sin and that he was a sinner. Frequently he asked God forgiveness for his sins. In Psalm 32 we read the following first 2 verses” Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto hwom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” David recognized that a person would be righteousness without works and that God could only give this.

 

Verse 7 The forgiveness was on basis of the finished work on the cross by the Lord Jesus Christ. David didn't know the Lord Jesus Christ but it is on that basis that someone his iniguities are forgiven. He didn't understood this. Abraham lived before the law and David under the law of Moses. They two are witnesses to justification by faith, without works. David describes here the man whom the Law cannot condemn. In Psalm 51:12 we read: “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” When a man like David under the Law sinned God disciplined him to restore him to fellowship and will not cast him away.

 

Verse 8: So blessed is the man tho whom the Lord will not reckon sin or asked man for a account. That is the conclusion of the verses. It was always according God's Grace that men would be justified and whose sins would be forgiven. On basis of the blood. And that came later through our Lord Jesus Christ Who died in our place on the cross and now we have the forgiveness of sins because of His blood and we are justified by Him Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Romans 4:25. What a wonderful God we have!

 

Romans 4:9-10

 

Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it reckoned? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.”

 

Verse 9 -10 Having said that blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin now the question is if this blessedness then is only upon the circumcised person or also the uncircumcised person too? Abraham believed in the Lord and it was counted unto him for righteousness. God declared Abraham right with Him. By simple believing, Abraham was justified. When he believed in the Lord he was not circumcised, he was in uncircumcision. Abraham was a man from the nations and God called him and began of Him a new nation, the nation Israel. That was God's earthly plan. So God reckoned righteousness according to faith in that time when Abraham was not circumcised but uncircumcised! Abraham believed, he obeyed by faith. He trusted in the Lord. We read Genesis 12:1-3: Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing; And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall al families of the earth be blessed” Abraham's reliance upon God's promise of a better country, that simple believe in made him righteousness and that's how he is and was blessed.

 

Romans 4: 11-12

 

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 a father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised: that righteousness might be imputed unto them also”And the father of circumcision of 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”

 

Verse 11-12: Abraham received the sign of circumcision. This was a seal of the rightousness of faith. He believed God, het trusted in God. God counted Abraham righteousness not in his circumcised state but in his uncircumcised state. So that's Abraham is the father of all them that believe! The covenant of circumcision God made with Abraham had nothing to do with his justification before God. Abraham was justified by faith without works. This is how Gods Grace works: justified by faith without works! On the basis of Gods Son Jesus Christ Who later paid the price for sin and rose from the dead for our justification!

So Abraham is the father of them that are not circumcised and believe!

On the same basis is Abraham also the father of them who are circumcised and submitted under this religious rite of circumcision but walk also in the steps of that faith which Abraham had. Conclusion: Abraham is the father from us all, we who believe in God! It doesn't matter to God circumcised and believer or uncircumcised and believer: justification is on the basis of faith and not by works we are justified.

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 13: God promised Abraham that he should be a heir of the world. It was promised not by the Law of God. In fact the Law was not given to Abraham. That came later with Moses, hundreds of years later. In Galatians 3:18 we read the following verse: “For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise” It was pure through the righteousness of faith that God gave this to Abraham. Could the Law which came later justify the sinner? No in no way the Law condemned the sinner. Only through faith God justified Abraham.

 

Romans 4:14

 

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect”

 

Verse 14: The promise God gave Abraham (Abram) is a seed through whom he would become a father of many nations. The Law covenant didn't establish the heirs of Abram's promise. So the Mosaic law didn't override nor supersede the promise God made with Abram(Abraham)

 

Romans 4:15

 

Because the Law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression”

 

Verse 15: Here we have it and we can read in Galatians 3: 10-12 the following verses: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them” Could the Law justify the sinner? The answer for this is no. The law of God condemns the sinner. We have some other verses: “It (the Law) was added because of transgressions” Galatians 3:19. It is called the administration of condemnation and it is called the adminstration of death. Read II Corinthians 3:9 and 7.

In Colossians we read the following verse: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” Colossians 2:14. Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: we are not anymore under the Law. We live now under the Amazing Grace of God! Romans 6:14!

 

Romans 4:16-17

 

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; 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”

 

 

Verse 16: If you depend on the Law for justification my dear reader you would never be sure of acceptance of God. Therefore it is of faith. The believe is in our Lord Jesus Christ what He had done for us personally. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read: “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”

God had made salvation possible through the easiest, simplest and freest of channels. This is through His Son Jesus Christ. Abraham didn't know this. He only believed God at His Word and so he was justified by God. It was on the basis of the finished Work of Jesus Christ that would come later, much later than Abraham lived!

What a wonderful God we have! This is really a blessing for us. Not justification through the law but by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. Abraham was justified by this same faith and therefore he is the father of us all: no matter we are Jews or Gentiles. For God we are on the same basis justified and saved: by Grace alone, by faith alone in Christ alone!!!! Let us rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice! Philippians 4:4!!!

 

Verse 17: This verse takes us back to Genesis 17:4-5 where we read the following verses:”As for me , behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee” Here we see that Abraham who is the father of us all placed his trust in God Who can do everything! Only He cannot lie! He can quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which be not as though they were! What a wonderful God we have my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ! God had made everything, the world, the stars, the moon, the whole universe, you and me He made and everybody here on earth. Believe this my dear reader and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved if you are not saved!!!! Do it now before it is to late!!!

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 18: Abraham believed in hope. We go for this back to Genesis 15 verse 5 where it is written: “And He brought him (Abram) forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be” Like the many stars who are in heaven. We never know how much there will be but Abraham or Abram before he was circumcised believed, trusted in God Who told him that his seed shall be like the stars of heaven: many people. Abraham was very old and if you are old you never think that this can happen in your life but Abraham trusted in the Lord and his faith in God wasn't weak like much people. The Lord had promised him this so he believed God and God declared him, Abraham or Abram righteousness, justified. He became the father of many nations because of faith!

 

 Romans 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't womb”

 

Verse 19: Abraham was strong in the faith of God. He trusted in the Lord. He, Abraham was old and still he believed what God said to him that he would get a son. God promised Abraham a son. For God everything is possible! He can do everything! So Abraham believed God and therefore he was justified and righteousness. Let us read Genesis 15:4-6: “And, behold, the Word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out iof thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness” And in Genesis 18:13-14 we read the following Word of God: “And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” So Abraham trusted the Lord at His Word. A beautiful example for us believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can trust God upon His Word. We read Romans 10:17 again: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”

 

Romans 4:20-21

 

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully pursuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform”

 

Verse 20: He that is Abraham staggerd not at the promise of God that he would be father of nations and even he was old and Sarah was old they should get a child. Abraham never doubted about this promise of God. He could have doubted because they, he and Sarah were very old. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90 years of age. For men's thinking this is impossible that Sarah could be pregnant. But then the Word of the Lord spoke to Abraham: Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” Genesis 18:13-14. Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: for God is nothing impossible. For Him is everything possible!!! He is a wonderful God!!!

 

Verse 21: Because of this Word of God Abraham was fully pursuaded and believed what the Lord promised him and his wife Sarah and that He should do it!!! The Lord is trustful. What He promised He will do. He cannot lie. So God made Abraham righteousness, right with Him upon believing, upon trusting God at His Word. Abraham never doubted and this is a example for us. We have to trust God at His Word. We have the whole Bible and if we rightly divide the Word of God we know how to read the Bible and can also grow in faith.

 

Romans 4:22-23

 

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake only, that it was imputed to him”

 

Verse 22: Because Abraham believed God at His Word and so believed the promise it was imputed to him righteousness. God made him, Abraham right with Him. It is on the basis of the finished work on Calvary. God reckoned the righteousness to Abraham because trusted Him at His Word. Read again Romans 10:17: Faith cometh by hearing and hearing through the Word of God, the Bible!!!

 

verse 23: Not only was Gods Word written for his sake only that God declared Abraham righteousness. God loves every men. In Romans 4:25 we read that Christ was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Not only Abraham is justified by faith and is right with God but we too, members of His Body, the Body of Christ, the Heavenly Church. We are of Him, we are in Him and He in us. We are saved by faith alone, by grace alone in Christ alone. What a wonderful God we have!

 

Romans 4:24-25

 

But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification”

 

Verse 24 and 25 : We all deserved death, yes my dear brother and sister in our Lord. We deserved eternal death. But He, our Lord Jesus Christ was delivered for our offences, for our sins on the cross He died, He died our death, eternal death. We believe this, we trust God at His Word. He paid the price for us my dear brother and sister and now we are rigtheousness, right with God trough Christ Jesus. Death couldn't hold Him!  He was raised from the dead and through His resurrection we are justified! Now He lives and sit on the right hand of the Father! His death on the cross on Calvary  made full satisfaction for our sins, and His resurrection proved that full satisfaction had been made.

With this I share with you the following verse: "And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" Philippians 3:9

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Romans 5: 1-2

 

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”

 

Verse 1: Therefore: this is a declaration. Here in this chapter we have 5 precious blessings in the first five verses from God our Father because of justification, because we are justified. Before Him we are without guilt!

First: We have peace with God ---verse one

Second: Access to God---verse 2

Third: Rejoicing in hope of the glory of God---verse 2

Fourth:Rejoicing in tribulations also---verse 3

Fifth: The love of God shed abroad in our hearts----verse 5

These blessings are not from ourselves but through our Lord Jesus Christ we have these above written blessings because of His blood shed for us on Calvary!!! What a wonderful and loving God we have!!!!!

Let us first see the first words of verse 1: Therefore being justified by faith. Our sins accredit to Christ and His righteousness accredit to us. The barrier of sin is removed and now we have peace with God through Him our Lord Jesus Christ! What a blessed relationship we have with God. This is our position my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ!! We read in Ephesians 2:14 the following Word of God: “For He is our peace, Who hath made both (Jews and Gentiles) one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” Justification by Christ's finished work! We were in bondage of sin and lived under sin but now we are justified by God. We are saved by faith alone, by Grace alone and in Christ alone!!! Think of this. This is our position we have now. From enemies from God changed by God in beloved sons and daughters of Him!!!!

Verse 2: Through our Lord Jesus Christ we have access by faith into this Grace of God. This is one of the most precious truth's in the Bible. When the Law of God through Moses was given to Israel the people of Israel were warned that they should not come near to Mt Sinai and on that mountain God spoke to Moses because they should die if they came near. Later when the tabernacle and much later the temple was builded there was a veil that seperated the people and even the priests from God. It was forbidden to come in God's presence. In Hebrews 9:8 we read: “The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing”

Now under the administration of Grace under which we live now we as believers my dear brother and sister we have free access into God's presence. The mercy seat of Old Testament tabernacle has become a Throne of Grace. This throne is a seat, a chair in glory. So you see my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ Grace does far surpass mercy!!! In Ephesians 2:18 we have: “For through Him we both (Jews and Gentiles, men and women)have access by one Spirit unto the Father” Let us rejoice! Rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ because He made it possible that we now have free access through His Spirit unto the Father!! What a blessing and this gives us so much rest. We have not be afraid anymore of God. He is our Life NOW Read Galatians 2:20!!!

Romans 5:3-4

 

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience experience and experience hope”

 

Vers 3 and 4: We not only glory in hope of the glory of God the apostle Paul tell's us. We glory also in tribulations because tribulation (s) worketh patience! In Romans 8:18 we read: “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” We as members of the Body of Christ, the Church, rejoice triumphantly in Christ in this world. In Romans 8 :37 we may know that in all tribulations, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us”

The apostle Paul had a lot of tribulations in his life when he was on earth and those tribulations worketh patience. Through those tribulations he got more patience. He got more experience and the experience worketh hope. This is also for us my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. Through all the difficulties or tribulations we got more patience. We can handle throse things better in our lives with the Lord. We know we are more than conquerors in Christ. We got more patience in difficulties in our lives because our hope is in heaven and not on this earth, this cruel world wherein we live temporarily. There comes a better time for us members, believers in Christ. Our hope is in heaven: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 5: Hope, this is eternal Hope whate we have in Christ my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ! We as members will go to heaven! In Titus 2:13 we read: “Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” And in Philippians 3:20-21we read: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, The Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” Christ is our hope my dear brother and sister! And the above verses are our hope and that maketh not ashamed. We have a wonderful, wonderful future! Not on earth but in heaven! Oh, what a blessed Hope we have! And this is because of the love of God which is in our hearts. He lives in our hearts through His Holy Spirit. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 confirms this because we read: “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” Read also Romans 8: 15-16!

Romans 5:6

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly”

 

Verse 6: Think about this verse and be still! We were ungodly on the moment Christ died for us on the cross. We were without strength at that moment! We were without God in this world. God knows everything. He had at that moment on the cross when His Son Jesus Christ for our sins us in the picture. He knew us far before we were born in the flesh!!!! Think about this! Our God is a wonderful God and we have to thank God our Father for this. In due time Christ died for us on that cross on Calvary! What a love! He loved us so much that He gave Himself in Christ Jesus for us! For us my dear brother and sister, friend! He died not His own death! He Christ, died our death and made the way open to God our Father through Him so that we could have eternal life and have a relationship with God. What a joy! How wonderful His love for us! Ephesians 2:4-6 we read: “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”

 

Romans 5:7

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die”

 

Verse 7: For a righteous probably somebody would give his life but for enemies? That's another question! Even for a good man somebody would die, maybe you give your life for this man, a man who is kind and looks upright! But again for a enemy would we die? Humanly not, we as human beings, as sinners we will not die for people we don't like or are our enemies.

Romans 5:8

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”

 

Verse 8: God commendeth His love toward us! When Christ died on the cross in our helpless state He died our death. He gave His life for us. We were the enemies of God at the moment when Christ died on that cross on Calvary! He took our sins upon Himself on the cross! He died our death! In our place He died!!! He didn't die His own death. He was without sin and died for us sinners. We, the enemies of God. God loved us so much and this was the only way to redeem us! On the cross He knew us already! What a love!!

Dear reader if you deny that you are a sinner we say surely you are the only one of that opinion. A question for you do you think that only criminals, drunkards, harlots are sinners but not the selfrighteous? Think about this and recognize that you are a sinner Romans 5:12!

God gave His only Son, His dearly beloved Son, to suffering, shame and death to purchase eternal life and heaven for you. Don't reject this gift from God. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! Acts 16:31. Receive Him as your personal Savior and you will have eternal life and your sins will be forgiven forever!

 

Romans 5:9

Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved

from the wrath through Him.

 

Verse 9: Dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: you are justified by His blood which was shed on Calvary where our Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for you and me there! What does this mean justified? The word justified comes from the word justification which means: the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God. It is done! He had made us justified by Christ's blood! Through His blood we have forgiveness of sins! Let us read Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14: “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins”

And here we see Justified by His blood. We are not justified by works my dear brother and sister. We are justified by God through His Faith in Jesus Christ His Son Who died in shame on Calvary our death and was raised from the dead for our justification Romans 4:25.

What a love! We are justified by Him by His blood and we shall be saved from the wrath through Him. That wrath must come! In I Thessalonians 1:10 we read: “And to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Which delivered us from the wrath to come”

Romans 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”

 

Verse 10: This is very good News! We were enemies and reconciled to God through the death of His Son Jesus Christ! He died on the cross for our sins. He bear all our sins upon Himself and died in our place there on Calvary! Reconciled by the death of HIS Son! This is Grace! We couldn't pay for our sins, He did it!!! Not by some payment or work of ourselves we are reconciled. The reconciliation comes from God, not by us men! We are reconciled. What does that mean? That there is peace between God now and us through our Lord Jesus Christ. By His life we are saved and shall be saved forever! What a wonderful news! By the reconciliation we are brought nigh to God and experience His love toward us. What a joy to be in Christ my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ! This is what shall make us very thankful for! That's why we as ambassadors for Him can say the following verses to anybody who will listen: "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" 2 Corinthians 5:19-20.

 

Romans 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

 

 

Verse 11: What a joy we have in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have forgiveness of sins, redemption through His blood on Calvary, we are reconciled to God by Him through His death on the cross. We are justified by Him. We are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone, in Christ alone. What a wonderful News!!!! We only can have joy in Him, in God Himself. From ourselves we have no joy but in Him, Christ we have joy, a new life!! We are new men in Him my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ!!!!

By Whom, that is Christ, we have now received the atonement. The original must be reconciliation!!! The translaters of the King James here departed from their own Received Text which read katallagee. This is literal translated as reconciliation and reconcile. So reconciliation is here the subject of this passage and not atonement. Through this reconciliation we are brought nigh to God and in our life we experience His love toward us. What a loving God we have, He loved us so much that He gave us everything, every blessing in Jesus Christ! Let us be thankful for this every day of our lives! 

 

Romans 5:12

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”

 

Verse 12: Through one man sin entered into the world. Through Adam sin came into this world. He disobeyed God through eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge fo good and evil. God forbade him to eat of it. In Genesis 2:17 we read: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” In Genesis 3 verses 11 and 12 we read that Adam eat of the tree. He knew for sure that he was in disobedience to God! By this deed sin entered into this world. We as human beings are born with this Adamic nature, this sin nature. We come all of Adam because death, eternal death passed upon all men because all have sinned. From nature sin is living in us en it doesn't matter how much good works we do, it is impossible to reach God or to please Him with our deeds. Read Romans 3:23. The result of sin is death!

Romans 5:13

 

For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law”

 

Verse 13: Until the Law of Moses there was sin in the world. All that time till God gave Moses the Law on mount Sinai there was sin in the world. Because everyone comes orginally from Adam. Every man, woman is born with the sin nature. So after Adam all the descendants from him were sinners too! We see a but. That but is that sin is not imputed when there is no law. What does this mean? In Romans 4:15 we read the following verse: “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression” Even there was in that period till the law sin! Death reigned even over them that in that time lived!

Romans 5:14

 

Nevertheless death reighned 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”

 

The death reighned from Adam to Moses. In that period you hadn't the Law of Moses but still people sinned because everyone was a sinner and death reigned in that time/ period. Why death reigned in that period? Because every man, woman, child, comes from Adam. Because of Adam's transgression everyone after him is a sinner too because everyone had this sin nature and born with it. God placed Adam, the first man as a federal, a central representative of the head of mankind. As Adam went, so went the race. Adam was a figure, model, pattern of Him that was to come. Christ is the One that was to come! His one act of obedience to the Father's will to die on the cross for mankind is in contrast to Adam's one act of disobedience

Paul here describes Adam and Christ in a typical relationship, as both are placed in representative rolls regarding the human race.

Even death reigned over them who didn't do anything wrong in human eyes but in God's eye everyone is a sinner and come short of the glory of God. Read Romans 3:23

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 15: Here we have two words offence and free gift. They are complete different from each other. Adam's one sin caused many, all mankind, to die. By another MAN our Lord Jesus Christ the free gift and grace hath abounded unto many. We see here it is “the gift by grace” Christ's redemptive work exceeds all that Adam's sin initiated. The free gift by grace! In Ephesians 2: 8-9 we read: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. And in Romans 3: 24 we read: “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” Dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: What a wonderful and loving God we have!!! To Him be the glory!!!!  Christ's death not only dealt successfully with Adam's one sin but completely overcame all sins! 

Romans 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”

 

 

Verse 16: The apostle Paul makes a special commendation of this free gift in this verse. He points out that Adam's one sin brought condemnation: judgment! The free gift of God's Grace in Christ dealt with many offences unto justification! Again the death of Christ not only dealt succesfully with Adam's one sin but completely overcame all sins!

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 17: Through Adam's one sin death reigned in all men, in all the world! So every man or woman in this world is born with the sin nature and by nature dead because of this Adamic nature. But there is good News. Very good News: the person who receives abundance of grace through Jesus Christ, he or she shall be rigtheousness in Gods eyes and this shall reign in his life! Dear reader have you received this gift, this gift of righteousness? This free gift comes from God! This is abundance of grace. If not, receive this gift of righteousness of God! Do it now before it is to late! From your own you cannot reach God or strive to reach God. God reached you through His Son Jesus Christ!

And if you dear reader have received this gift: grace and righteousness, then you too shall reign (as king) in life all by our Lord Jesus Christ. No longer sin and death reign in us who received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior . We may reign in life by one: our Lord Jesus Christ!

Romans 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 justifcation of life”

 

Verse 18: Again through Adam's one sin, his disobedience, the judgment of God came upon all men to condemnation. All men through this one sin deserved condemnation from God! Every man or woman who came into this world by natural birth is a sinner and is condemned, deserves judgment and is guilty before a righteous God. This is bad news and by nature we human beings cannot change ourselves, we are born with this sin nature. Now comes the Good News from God: But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8! In I Corinthians 15:3-4 we read the following verses: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according tot the Scriptures.”

It is His rigtheousness! He died in our place on that cross on Calvary! He died not His own death there, He died our death there on Calvary. The righteousness is accomplished by the death on the cross! He, Christ, righteous for us unrighteous human race! This free gift: by His Grace alone, by His Faith alone and in Christ alone everybody can be saved and be justified and can have everlasting life! So my dear reader: if you haven't received this free gift from God receive this free gift: Receive Christ as your personal Savior before it is to late! He is the Only One to everlasting Life! We ended this with the beautiful Words of God:

1 Peter 2: 22-24: “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth; Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; When He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously; Who His own self bare our sins in His own bodya on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto rightousness; by Whose stripes ye were healed”

Romans 5:19

 

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous”

 

Verse 19: By Adam's sin, his obedience all who came and come of his offspring are sinners too. Every human being , inclusive you and me is a sinner because we come from Adam. We are born with this sin nature. Read again Romans 5:12. Romans chapter 3! In Psalm 51:5 we read the following verse: “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” Now the Good News: Christ that Second MAN died on the cross on Calvary for our sins! He took all our sins upon Himself on Calvary and paid the price there for us with His own blood! Through Him my dear brother and sister we are made righteous! Right with God. God made it possible, He made the way open to Himself because the way was not open to God because of the fall of man. He paid the price for you and me my dear reader and if you have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior do it now because now is the Day of Salvation. Tomorrow can be to late! So do it right now. See that you are a sinner and in that state you are lost forever, eternal death! Believe that Christ died for your sins too and is risen from the grave. Trust Jesus Christ alone as your Savior and thank Him for the forgiveness of sins and you are saved forever!

Romans 5:20

 

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”

 

Verse 20: God gave the law with a purpose: the offences, sins became more through the law.

The Law had not always existed as a program of God's adminstration. There was a time before the law. Adam's sin or offence abounded under the law dispensation. The law did not enter to put away Adam's sin, nor forgive it, nor reconcile the guilty sinner. The only way of God to reconcile the world was through His Son Jesus Christ.

In Romans 7:7-8 we read: “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. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead” The law was like a mirror for us to let us see what is sin and the sins became more and more to it's height! But Gods Grace was much more abound than all the sin of this world which was abounded! His love through His Son Jesus Christ for this world was much bigger and greater. Let us read 2 Corinthians 5:19: “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” And in verse 20: For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness fo God in Him”

Because Christ nailed the Law on the cross: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” Colossians 2:14. Christ is the End of the Law. So we are freed from the Law. Let us read Romans 6: 14: For sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the Law, but under Grace” What are we blessed as members of the Body of Christ! We are His and live under His Grace. What a wonderful God and loving God we have!

 

Romans 5:21

 

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord”

 

 

Verse 21: This is the conclusion of this Chapter: sin hath reigned unto death. Sin became more under the Law which God gave to Moses to Israel we have seen in verse 20. And now we have the Grace of God. We live now under this Grace, this wonderful Grace of our Great God! This Grace of God reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Now Grace abounds! We are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone.

Now as members of the Body of Christ and in Him we read the following verse: “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” My dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: this is reality. We are now from Him, not from ourselves anymore. So let us be thankful everyday for this Grace of God! Let us rejoice in Him! ( read Philippians 4:4! )

Romans 6

Introduction:

 

This Chapter 6 is one of the most important Chapters of the epistles of the apostle Paul for the Church, which is His Body. For us members of that Church to understand. This chapter is about our identification with our Lord Jesus Christ. If we know this very well we come to know the deep meaning of the cross of Christ. The cross is always the meeting place between the believer and God. In this chapter we see what Christ did on that cross on Calvary and what we have in Him!

 

 

Romans 6:1-2

 

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

 

Verse 1: This verse is to compare with Romans 3:8 and there we read the following verse: “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” The question here is can we continue in sin because we are forgiven by His blood on the cross on Calvary Ephesians 1:7?  Because we live under Grace and that Grace may abound?

 

Verse 2: The answer to this question is NO. God forbid!!! Be far of it!! We are free from the power of sin. How can we still live in sin? By Jesus Christ we are resqued from the power of sin. We were before we were saved in Adam and in our sins because we were born with the sin nature. Read Romans 5:12. On the cross our Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and died our death there. He is our sin bearer! This is a fact! How can we live any longer in sin? God now sees us in Christ as new creatures, holy, without guilt, forgiven. We are dead to sin. We are free from the power of sin. As new men in Christ we can choose everyday: we have not to serve sin, so serve our flesh. We can serve Him Who loved and love us and died for us on that cross on Calvary and rose again from the grave to give us life.  Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 5:8! 

Romans 6:3-4

 

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 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”

 

 

Verse 3: From this verse on till verse 11 we read about our identification with our Lord Jesus Christ. This verse is for us my dear brother and sister because we live under the Dispensation of Grace read Ephesians 3:1-3 and we are members of His Body, the Body of Christ, the Heavenly Church! Read I Corinthians 12:13! As members, my dear brothers and sisters we were baptized into Jesus Christ and baptized into His death! Remember our Lord Jesus Christ never sinned! He was and is without sin and hath no death to die! Why He hanged on that cross on Calvary like a criminal between two murderers? The answer is that this was because of you and me! Yes for you and me, enemies of God, sinners, He died our death and not His own death! Here we have the secret what is revealed about the cross He died on! We died with Him, our old man died with Christ on that cross on Calvary! In Galatians 3:27 and I Corinthians 12:13 we read the following verses: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” This baptism is through belief! This Scripture here is not speaking about waterbaptism. Nowhere in this Scripture we can find water! Christian Charismatic groups( churches) and Baptists churches in this world tell us a lie my dear brother and sister and let us believe that Romans 6 verse 3 and 4 is about waterbaptism and that whe should be waterbaptized. If we read the context and take it litterally we cannot find water here in this Scriptures! This is the baptism into His death what the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about it in Luke 12:50: “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it is accomplished” When the Lord Jesus Christ told this Word 3 years after our Lord was baptized with water see Luke 3:3 and verse 161 First the our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized with water because to be equal with sinners so that He could later die for the sins of this world!!! Colossians 2;12 tells us: “Buried with Him n baptism, wherein also ye are raised with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead”

My dear friend, fellowbeliever: it is the operation of God, not ours! Not our works. It is His work on the cross, the finished work of God the Father that raised His Son Jesus Christ from the dead!

 

Verse 4: Our old man is buried with Him by baptism my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ! Buried and laying in the grave! Christ is raised from the dead and we with Him!!!

In Ephesians 2:15 we read: “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace” Brother and sister: we are new man in Him. We died with Him, we are buried with Him and stood with Him from the grave and we become new people, men in Him! The work is done, it is finished!!! This is to believe, to accept this as a fact! Calvary is the meeting place between God and the sinner.

If you read in these verse water and make it a religious rite as many Christians do than the verses have no reason anymore. People who think that here is spoken of waterbaptism and see this a sign for belief than they are not trusting God at His Word! Brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: we are members of His Body, the CHURCH and are one with Him! Read Galatians 2:20, 3:27!!! We are in Christ and no more in Adam.

To prove that Romans 6:3-4 speaks not about waterbaptism:

 

1 Nowhere in the Bible can we find that believers will be buried in water. Nowhere we find in Scriptures that we must do this (be waterbaptized) as a symbolic!

 

2 We buried our loved ones when they died in a grave, not in water! So also Christ, when He died our death, He was buried in a grave in the rocks. He never was buried in water!

 

3 For example in Acts 8:38 we can read about Philip and the Eunuch from Ethiopia: And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went doewn both into the water, both Philip and the Eunuch; and he baptized him. This Scripture don't tell us how fare they went into the water, we cannot find that the eunuch was baptized under water!

 

The question is where does this learning comes from that people must be waterbaptized (under water) as a symbolic baptism? Romans 6 is clear enough and don't tell us about water baptism!

 

The reason that Christ is raised from the dead is that we should have life in Him and are members of His Body, the CHURCH and should walk in the newness of life in Him.

 

So my dear brother ans sister trust the Scriptures of God and not what men say to you!

 

Romans 6:5-6

 

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: 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”

 

Verse 5: We are planted together in the likeness of His death. We become united with Him. We were buried with Him in the grave. Our old man was buried with Him in the grave, in His death. He, Christ took all our sins upon Himself on the cross on Calvary. He died our death! This is a co-burial in His death! Christ stood up from the grave. He had resurrected and we with Him. This is also a co-resurrection and it is now! We, our old man having died the same death: the death of Christ and therefore also sharing in the same resurrection: His resurrection! What amazing my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. The old man died with Him in His death and we are resurrected with Him and we are new man in Him. Think of it! This is reality! We are no longer in Adam! We are in Christ!

 

Galatians 2:20 tells us: “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”

 

Verse 6: Knowing this: the old man, our old Adamic man is crucified with Him with the purpose that we are liberated of saved from the power of sin!!!! So that we don't have to serve sin anymore. We were sinners, without God and now we are saved by our Lord Jesus Christ and saved from the power of sin and that by the operation of God! We are not longer slaves from sin. We have to accept by faith that the old man has been crucified and buried with Christ and now we have to bury that “dead body”experiently. Now we can choose to serve God and His Word of Grace and grow in Him and we have not to serve sin. We have to make the decision everyday now to serve sin or to serve God. The more we realize that we are in Christ and live under His Grace we want to serve Him.

Colossians 3:9-10 tells us: “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off that old man with his deeds. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him” Read for yourselves Ephesians 4:22-24.

Now it is through Gods Grace and through Faith, believe! Saving from sins is not through our works, religious works but through Gods Grace by faith alone, by Grace alone in Christ alone!

The secret of the battle against sin is to acknowledge trough faith that God in Christ won the battle and that we daily recognize that our old man is buried in the grave with Him and that we are new man in Christ! We are freed from sin, from the power of sin. We live now with Him and is this not fantastic! Thank God for this and all praise goes to Him, our Father Who had done this for us by His Son Jesus Christ!

 

Romans 6: 7-8

For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him”

 

Verse 7 and 8 We know now that our old man is crucified with Christ and is dead in the grave. We are freed from the power of sin! We need not to sin, we need not to be slaves again of sin. The old man hath died! We have to reckon the old man as dead! Our old man is dead with Christ and we believe now that we live with Him. We have eternal life in Christ my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ stood up from the grave and so we with Him and we have a new life in Him, we are new man in Him.

 

Romans 6:9-10

 

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, He liveth unto God”

 

 

Verse 9-10: Christ is raised form the dead! We read I Corinthians 15:3-4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that wich I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures And that He was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” My dear brother, sister: Christ raised once from the dead. He never die anymore because death hath no more dominion over Him. Death is not His Master anymore. Death couldn't hold Him because He is and was God and had no sin. He died once for you and me and for this whole world! Once was enough to reconcile this world into Himself! Yes for our sins He died and took upon Himself once the whole sin of the world in His body! He will never die again and that He liveth, He liveth unto God.

 

Romans 6:11

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”

 

Verse 11: We are baptized into His death. Our old man is dead and buried with Christ. Leave it there in the grave! That's how we have to see it. Now we have to know and believe that we are alive unto God through our Lord Jesus Christ. In Him we are alive. Through His Spirit which lives in us we have a new life and are new men! Isn't this not wonderful! Reckoning here in this verse is the believers faith response to God's stated fact in Romans 6:2: How to live sin : we are dead to sin and how can we live any longer in sin? We as believers my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ are commanded to see this a fact contineously in our lives. We are commanded to to this contineously, to yield this. Whatever is ours now belongs under Gods righteousness.

Romans 6:12

 

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

 

Verse 12: We are freed from sin! That's a fact my dear brother and sister in Christ! The power of sin that we lived under before we received Christ as our personal Savior is gone. Now God asks us through the apostle Paul here in this verse: let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. Let Gods's Word rule you! In Galatians 5:16 we read the following verse: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”. The advice of God is clear: serve not sin that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof! My dear brothers and sisters: we can choose everyday and we have to walk in the Spirit. God's Spirit lives in us and we are sealed with God's Spirit! Ephesians 1:13: “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit Who is in us that we are only busy with sin. Ephesians 4:30: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” My dear brothers ans sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: let God do the working in us through His Spirit and with His Word. May Gods Word lead you in your daily life and that you make Gods Word of Grace your own so that sin cannot reign anymore in your mortal body!

 

 

Romans 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, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God”

 

Verse 13: Now we are freed from sin my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. Sin has no dominion over us anymore. We still are sinners as long as we live here on earth. So God asks us through the apostle Paul to yield our members not unto sin but unto God. So not to sin but to serve God through our Lord Jesus Christ! Romans 12: 1-2 is very clear in this: “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” My dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: we as members of His body, the CHURCH, we can choose and we have to choose/decide everyday to yield ourselved unto God because we are alive from the dead. We are new man in Him. Shall we continue in sin? No, we shouldn't do that! We cannot live the life what we lived before we received the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior! The old man is dead, he died with Christ as we have seen and read. Sin has no further claim upon us. God will use us, you members as instruments of righteousness as we yield ourselves to Him. So brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: let us do this!!! Let Him do the work in you and me!!!!

 

 

Romans 6:14-15

 

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

 

Verse 14: Sin have no dominion over us who are now members of the Body of Christ, The Church! What does that mean in the practise of everyday? We live under Gods Grace. We still are sinners and we sin everyday. In Romans 7: 8 and 9 we read the following verses: “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died” Under the Law of Moses sin was alive and sin had dominion over us. But now we are not under the Law, but under Gods Grace and so sin have not dominion over us. Christ our Lord is the End of the Law. The law was our schoolmaster till Jesus Christ took the law and nailed it to His cross. Read Colossians 2:14! Now we are free from the Law and under a happier condition than under the law my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Vers 15: Now we are free from the law the question arises shall we sin now we are under Gods Grace? God forbid. Be far from it! Yield yourselves not into sin but yield yourselves unto God alive from the dead! This is what we already saw in the verses before this verse. Under Gods Grace it is never a licence to sin that we touch sin! No, in no wise. We do not have to sin anymore. Everyday we can choose, we can have to decide not to sin under Gods Grace and be led by Gods Holy Spirit and His Word who work together. Why should we continue in sin? We are no slaves of sin anymore! Around us we see a lot of people being slaves of sin and are still under dominion of sin. They smoke, they drink to much (alcoholism), dope, sex etc. My dear brother ans sister: we are delivered from such bondage. If we daily serve our Lord Jesus Christ the chains fall away because we are His bondmen. Mark well you have everyday to decide and every moment: it is the one or the other!

 

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?

 

 

Verse 16: Brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. We can decide everyday to serve God and be obedient or to serve sin and disobedient. To serve righteousness what is the will of God or unrighteousness and sin and fulfil the lusts of our flesh. God is not pleases with the last: the unrighteousness. We have as human beings a free will, we are no robots. It must come also from our hearts my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have to do things heartely for the Lord and not to please our flesh. To serve our flesh, sin, leads to death things. The result is that we not experience the peace of God in our lives if we serve sin. Death here has nothing to do with eternal death but the believer's experience.

 

 

Romans 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”

 

 

Verse 17: All the glory and thanksgiving goes to our God through the Lord Jesus Christ my dear brother and sister! We were in the past, before we received the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, servants of sin. We couldn't choose in that time. We served only sin. When we received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior we began to obey from our hearts God and His Grace. The Roman believers were saved through the gospel of Grace, the sound doctrine under which now God works in this Dispensation of Grace Read Ephesians 3:1-3!

This same doctrine, the gospel of God's Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26 is also delivered unto us my dear brother ans sister! We have to accept this Gospel that this Good News is the News for us today by which we can grow in our daily walk with God! Read Galatians 1:6-9. There is no blessing than only in this gospel. The gospel or mixed things which the Christian world comes with (including most churches in this world) is not a blessing doctrine! You cannot grow through it. It will bring not the blessing from God. Instead of this a lot of misery. So my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ believe the gospel of the Grace of God and read the epistles of Paul. This is our daily spiritual food for today!!!!

 

Romans 6:18

 

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”

 

Verse 18: Again this verse my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ speaks about our position. We were under sin, sin had dominion over us, the power of sin was over us and now we are free from this power of sin by our Lord Jesus Christ Who took all our sins upon Himself on the cross. He paid the prize for us. What we deserved He did it in our place and died for our sins there on Calvary. Now we are free from sin, from that power of sin. This has no power over us anymore! Thank God for this!!! And we became in position the servants of righteousness. What does that mean for us. We are free from the power of sin and we are righteous in God's eyes. He called us righteous! What does that mean? We are right with God, from enemies to servants! Right means without guilt! This will not say that we cannot sin. We sin everyday and thank God our sins are forgiven Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14!  

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 19: We were the children of wrath my dear brothers ans sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ! We were the servants of sin before we received Christ as our personal Savior. We yielded our members, our body to uncleanness. Some of us used drugs or drank that leaded to be stoned or drunkenness like other people in this world. Or we had lusts to sex, pornography etc. This uncleanness leads to iniquity unto iniquity! Now we are free from the power of sin through our Lord Jesus Christ who bore the prize for us on Calvary. He died for you and me my dear brother and sister! Now we have not to serve sin anymore. We can serve our Lord. Now we yield our members to rightousness unto holiness. So to have an apart life with Christ. However we can decide or choose everyday whom we will serve: to serve sin again that leads to uncleanness or to serve our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to holiness. In Ephesians 4 we are called by God in verse 17-24: “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus; The ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” We have to read those above verses very carefully my dear brothers and sisters! Put thus on the new man and this is very important for our daily life. First we have to know what is our position in Christ and than to realize that we have to walk according our new man in Christ through Gods Gospel of Grace the epistles of the apostle Paul.

 

 

Romans 6:20-21

 

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

 

Verse 20: Not only to the Roman believers the apostle wrote this epistle but also to us who live 2000 years later and are members of the same Body, the Body of Christ. We were the servants of sin my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. This was our state before we received the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives as personal Savior. In that state we were unrighteous, without God in this world. We were not right with God and lost! Lost indeed my dear brothers and sisters. Thinks about this: lost forever and free from righteousness as other people in this world who doesn't know God and have not received Christ as their personal Savior. What is a life without Christ? You live in this world but you are eternal dead, dead in Gods eyes and unrighteous! We were like the others and lived in the vanity of our minds. Our understanding was darkened and we were alienated from the life of God. We just read this in the above verse 19. We did only sin because we were the servants of sin.

 

Verse 21: What fruit had we in that time before we received Christ as our personal Savior? Let us read Galatians 5:19-21a: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkeness, revellings” This are the fruits and now in Christ we shame for this. The end of this is death. Sin was master over us in that time my dear brother and sister in our Lord! But this is past now! Now we are in Christ!

 

Romans 6: 22-23

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

 

 

Verse 22: We are made free from sin my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ and positional become the servants of God. This is the fruit of God's Spirit! Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” This is the fruit my dear brother and sister! This fruit leads unto holiness and the end is everlasting life. If we give ourselves unto God servants to Him in the practice of everyday than we will notice the fruit unto holiness, that God is working in us and through us!

 

Verse 23: The apostle Paul ended this chapter with the famous words of God: for the wages of sin is death. The payment of sin is death, the reward of sin is death! Spiritual death, death eternal! But now it comes: but the gift of God, the offering or present of God is eternal life! How? Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord my dear brother and sister!

If you are not saved this day my dear reader. Think about it that you are a sinner. That you come from Adam who first sinned Romans 5:12. That you are eternal dead. You need Christ as your Savior. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ Who died for you personally on that cross on Calvary and rose again for your righteousness. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved forever! You will be saved by His Grace, through the Faith of Jesus Christ and in Him alone! Ephesians 2:8-9. My dear reader: you have to make that decision! No one else can do it for you than you alone! Do it now before it is to late. Tomorrow can be to late!

 

 

Romans 7 Introduction

In Romans 6 what we just studied before we saw the truth that believers died with Christ, was buried and resurrected with Christ and alive in Him and the believer is now the servant of God in Christ. This chapter 7 the theme is that believers become dead to the law by being identified with Christ's Body. His death, burial and resurrection become effective for believers n delivering them form the law. The believer is free from the bonds of the Law of Moses by being dead to the motions of sin.

 

Romans 7:1-2

 

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? 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”

 

Verse 1: The apostle is not speaking here about the Law of Moses but the Law as abstract. The Romans had a deep interest in the Law. They were great law maker of the ages. Some of the laws we can find in the laws of countries. Dutch, American and English laws are based on Hebrew and Roman law. As long as a man liveth he has to pay taxes, has temporal responsibilities, rights etc. So the law is above him and when he died death dissolves all bonds.

 

Verse 2: This verse is about a marriage between wife and her man. Through the marriage the wife is bound to her husband. For sure the man is also bound to his wife in the marriage. In the context it is about the law. The law was a marital covenant between God and Israel. We can read this in Exodus 19:4-5: “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people; for all the earth is mine” God in this covenant with them loves and cares for Israel and Israel on their turn was to love and obey God as the woman has to obey her husband and not to leave him when he is alive because than she will be called an adulteress.Israel as the people of God is called very often an adulteress because she departed a lot of times from the Law and went after strange gods. The Law was given to Israel but it affected also the Gentiles in the past. Under the Law to approach God was through Israel and this will be so in the future when God will again dealing with Israel after this dispensation of Grace whereunder we now live. Ephesians 3:1-3. Israel couldn't hold the Law, they couldn't keep their agreement with God through this. God in due time have demonstrated their need of salvation from sin. He gave Christ to pay the penalty for the broken Law and thereby cancelled it. Read Ephesians 2:15, Colossians 2:14: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross”

 

Romans 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 aulteress, though she be married to another man”

 

 

Verse 3: In the marriage and this was also under the law: when a wife left her husband in the time that he liveth for another man she was an adulteress. Because of the law of marriage she should not leave her husband. If the husband is dead she can marry another man because she is free from her husband and free from the law. As long as the husband lives there is a obligation between wife and husband and also husband and wife through the law of marriage!

 

Romans 7:4

 

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”

 

Verse 4: My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: we believers have indeed died to the Law. We have been crucified with Christ (Romans 6) when He , in His death nailed the Law to His cross. We have been crucified, our old man with Christ, buried with Him and resurrected with Him from the death. He raised from the dead and we with Him. We belong now to Him and to the body of Christ, the CHURCH. We are married to Him, Christ. We have to understand that our bodies litterally didn't die to the Law but Christ's body did. We became dead to the law by the body of Christ. He shed his blood for us so that we might be free from the Law which had dominion over us and now we belong to Him Galatians 2: 20.

The reason and purpose that we belong to Him is that we should bring forth fruit unto God and not the motions of sins which were by the law did work in our members and this fruit ended in death. Fruit to God brings fresh new life!

 

Romans 7:5

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

 

Verse 5: Under the Law of God sin became more in the person himself. Verse 7 of the same chapter describes: “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” Through the law people could know what is sin. Sin became more and it did work in our members the apostle Paul describes this. The fruit of sins is death. By the law is the knowledge of sin. Without the law people couldn't understand what is sin. The law of God was good and spiritual but men is carnal with sins from birth on so men couldn't hold the law. The motions here in this verse are passions or emotions. The law in that time, under the dispensation of the law had dominion over people. Christ had delivered us from the Law of Moses. He is the End of the Law. The Law couldn't justify the sinner, only condemn him! Galatians 3:11: “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for , The just shall live by faith”

 

Romans 7:6

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”

 

Verse 6: My dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: we are free from the Law, the Law of Moses. The Law couldn't save us. We are delivered from the Law and that through our Lord Jesus Christ! Galatians 3:13 tells us the following: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree” And in verse 24 and 25 of the same chapter: “Wherefore the alw was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith si come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”

Now we aren't no more dead as under the Law under which we were held!  We are alive my dear brother, sister in the Lord Jesus Christ!!! We serve now in newness of Spirit. We live now under Grace and the Spirit of God Who is in us directs us with the Word of God to serve God through our Lord Jesus Christ and not in the oldness of the letter which was under the Law! So wake up my dear brothers and sisters and don't sleep as other people do: the Law with all the 613 commandments has no dominion over us, we are free from the Law by Jesus Christ. He is the End of the Law!

If you attend a or your local church and hear the 10 commandments every Sunday which is a part of the Law, you placing yourselves again under the Law which also the believers in Galatia did!  Wake up: you are not under the Law, you, even as I, are delivered from the Law!!! We are under Grace, Gods Grace. We have not to serve God in the oldness of the letter! We are to serve God under His Grace!!!! Think about it and ask God if you haven't light on this to give you light or insight on this very important thing!!!

Romans 7:7-8

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.

But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence . For without the law sin was dead.

 

Verse 7: The question here is: is the law sin? In verse 14 we learn that the law is spiritual and good. God gave the law with a purpose: to know sin! By the law is the knowledge of sin. The law is not sin! God forbid this! Be far of it! Let us read again Romans 3:19-20: “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. 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” The whole law which was given to the folk Israel first had 613 commandments. The law saith do this do that , don't do this and don't do that etc. Who was under that law was carnal sold under sin. The law couldn't save a person. No one was or is saved by the law. The law said thou shalt not covet! Exodus 20:17: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's”

 

Verse 8: Through the commandment sin became more in the person under the law. That is what the apostle Paul tells us. He was under the law and had this experience. Sin wrought under the law all manner of concupiscence! The commandment came the apostle says sin revived and I died. The commandment which was ordained to life it was to the opposite unto death! By the law we know now it causes more sin. The person under the law is sold under sin and sin became more with the commandment! Without the law sin is dead! No one knows what is sin if there is no law. Again the law is good and not sin. The fault liest rathre with the sinful human heart which reacts adversely to the holy Law of God!

 

Romans 7: 9

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died

 

Verse 9: The apostle Paul speaks here that he was without the law of God. He Paul was alive when there was no Law and he was doing what he pleased. The commandment came, the law came and that Law made him conscious that sin was alive in him and that he was dead. Sin was under the law very alive in Paul, he experienced this every day under the Law.

 

Romans 7:10

And the commandment, which was ordained to life , I found to be unto death

 

Verse 10: The law made Paul conscious that sin was alive in him and that he was dead and powerless to deliver himself from it. The commandment was good which was ordained to life: This do and thou shalt live. This didn't work because of man's sin. The law is good but man is sold under sin. He is born with sin and by the Law can man know wat is sin.  It did work unto death. Again the fault lies rather with the sinful human heart which reacts adversely to the holy Law of God!

 

Romans 7:11

For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me

 

Verse 11: Through the Law we have seen is the knowledge of sin. This was the purpose of the law. Let us read Galatians 3:19: Wherefore then serveth the law? Is was added because of transgressions, till the see should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordeained by angels in the hand of a Mediator. Sin became more under the law. The law was the occasion that men knew what was sin. Sin deceived men and slew men to death. Men was slave of sin and specially under the law of God because he knew sin under that schoolmaster! He knew that sin was not good under the law but under the law sin dominated men and there was no way to get rid of sin. It was a real problem for men and the apostle Paul knew this very well otherwise he couldn't write about this. 

Romans 7:12

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good

 

Verse 12: The Law is holy(apart) and also is the commandment holy and just and good. There is nothing wrong with the Law. The fault does not lie with the law of God which was given to Moses to dispense to the people of Israel in the first place. Nor is the fault with the precepts of the law. What the case is this: the corrupt nature of man. The law is spiritual but man is carnal, sold under sin. Men in general couldn't hold the law because of his sin nature. The law was like a mirror: it let you see what is sin and sin became more under the law by the commandment. 

Men is the cause of sin in this world read Romans 5:12! 

Romans 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

 

Verse 13: Which is good made: What is this? This is the Law my dear brother and sister and dear reader! The law we saw in verse 12 was good and just and is holy. It came from God and what God creates or created was and is good, holy and just! Made this law death unto me? The answer is no!!!! God forbid. Be far of it! The cause is sin my dear brother and sister and reader! Sin worketh death! Not the law. By the law we know what is sin! Through the commandment/law sin became more exceeding! Man in his heart hates rules! He doesn't like it because this is against his own nature, his sin nature. The law says do not steal or thou shalt not covet. Nature says do it and deceives man. Under the law sin became more and more and men was under the law hopeless. There was no direct way to God. Man couldn't save himself and the law couldn't save him.

Romans 7:14

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

 

Verse 14: This verse gives us a conclusion my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. The law of God is spiritual. The law is good. Nothing is wrong with the Law which God gave first to His people Israel. The apostle Paul lived under the Law of Moses and when he was saved he still lived under the foreign dispensation where the Law of God or Moses played a big role in it. The problem is not the Law: it is spiritual. The law is good and apart and just because God gave it to Moses to dispense it to His folk Israel.

The problem is men. Again we read Romans 5:12: “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” Because of this we are from nature carnal and this means fleshly and sin reigned unto death. Read Romans 5:21. So the Law let us see what is sin because by the Law is the knowledge of sin. The Law couldn't justify the sinner because we read in Romans 3:20: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the Law is the knowdledge of sin” What kind of work someone did under the law he was never justified by the law. Men could never be saved by the law and that is the conclusion!

Romans 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

 

Verse 15: From this verse on we see the apostle Paul how he lived under the Law of God or the Law of Moses and how he lived with the old nature in himself. The old man is dead but the old nature is not dead. What the apostle hated he did and we have this same experience in our lives my dear brother and sister. It is so easy to go back to our old nature and walk according to our flesh. What he Paul wanted to do he didn't and so it is also with us. It is very important for us as believers in Christ to reckon that we see ourselves dead indeed unto sin and accept that the old man was crucified with Christ.

Romans 7:16

If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the Law that it is good

 

Verse 16: Under the Law the apostle Paul let us know that he does the things he hates and what he doesn't have to do. The law says do this and don't do this. And the dont's the apotle did under the law of Moses. With this the apostle Paul confirms that that the Law is good!

 

Romans 7:17

Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me

Verse 17: The apostle Paul says here in this verse that he doesn't want to do wrong so this is not the I but the sin that dwelleth in him and also in us. He came here to the conclusion that it was sin that was in him that makes him to do the wrong things. So this is the sin nature and every man or woman is born with it because we came all from Adam Romans 5:12!

Romans 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

 

Verse 18: The apostle Paul experienced in his life and recognized that in his flesh dwelleth no good thing. From nature on He and we are sinners from nature and sure in our flesh is no good thing. The will to do good is present but how to do this Paul and we from nature we cannot. To reach that goal we find not. This is the experience of any believer. How to consistently perform which is good we cannot find. We cannot living a sinless life. In Galatians 5:17 we have the famous words of Gods Word: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” Everyday we have to choose between the flesh and the Spirit. We have to pray everyday to God to help us by His Grace that we will be lead by His Spirit instead of our flesh.

 

Romans 7:19

For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do

 

Verse 19: The experience in life for the apostle was and also for us is that natural we try and will do good but evil is also with us and just that evil we do. So with the mind we want to do good but with the flesh we do the opposite: evil and that we do. It is sin what we do by nature and we cannot help it because we are from nature sinners. Because we are sinners we come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

 

Romans 7:20

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me

 

Verse 20: The apostle Paul in his life didn't the things he wanted but the things he hated. So we have the same experience as Paul. It is no more I that do such things but sin that is in us. We are born sinner Let us read again Romans 5:12: Wherefore ab by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

Death passed not upon one man but all men because all men have sinned and came short of the glory of God Who created men. So everyone of us is a born sinner. So by nature sin dwelleth in us! We cannot help it, it is our nature, our old nature. We were born with this.

Romans 7:21

 

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me

 

Verse 21: The apostle Paul found the law and this is also the conclusion to the verses before: when I would do good, evil is present with me. There are two natures in the believer my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. One is the old nature and from the old nature comes evil: that is that evil what is present with me. The new nature would do good. This is the new birth in Christ. They fight with each other everyday. You have this experience everyday in your life here on earth. If you don't have this than there is something wrong.

Romans 7:22

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man

 

Verse 22: The inward man, the new man in Paul's inside and in us too have a delight in the law of God: to do good. That's what the new man wants to do, to please God. This is the new nature in man when he received Christ as his Savior. We as believers have this new nature and we have as children of God, as sons of Him the desire to obey His Word and do the will of Him.

 

Romans 7:23

 

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

 

Verse 23: Another law in my members: that is the old nature in our members the apostle Paul tells us here and this goes against the law of my mind: the new nature in ourselves because the new nature wants to please God, that is the inward man. This old nature brings the person in captivity to the law of sin which is in our members. The old nature in us wants to sin and our new nature doesn't. So there is allways a fight with each other. Old nature: flesh against spirit new nature in ourselves.

 

Romans 7:24-25

O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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”

 

Verse 24-25: Wretched man that I am. Paul recognized this in his life as believer in Christ and we too we recognize this! The only One who can deliver us from the body of this death is God through our Lord Jesus Christ! We are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and have eternal life in Him. We still have the old nature in us and have daily to put off that old man which is corrupt according to the deceiftul lusts and Be Renewed in the Spirit of your mind Ephesians 4:22-23. This is what we have to do.

We are new men and have to recognize that God will us deliver from this body of death One Day I Thessalonians 4:13-18 with the Rapture! Till that time we have to serve our God through the Lord Jesus Christ! With the flesh we cannot please God because this is at enmity with God, so with the flesh we serve the law of sin!

 

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no comdemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

Verse 1: There is no condemnation! What does it mean: no comdemnation? The word comes from the Greek word katakrino which means no punishment! So the believer and that is every one who had received the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior have no punishment anymore in Christ! Christ Jesus wore our punishment on Calvary. He died for you and me for our sins on Calvary, in our place He died for us. He died not His own death. It was for us He died on that cross. Think about this and be still! This is the first part of this verse. Now comes the second part of this verse. From this second part you can conclude that if you walk after the flesh you are still comdemned! Wait a minute. Are we comdemned as believers in Christ? Are our sins not forgiven? Are we still sinners and are we damned? Let us read again the second part of this verse: who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. What does this mean: who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit? We are saved and our salvation depends not on our walk daily! God gave us this salvation in His Son Jesus Christ. The believer in Christ is freed from condemnation because he or she is in Christ. God in His Grace did for us what the Law couldn't do so that the rithteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Conclusion: the believer is made accepted in the Beloved and is complete in Him and this depends not on our own walks. Let's read Ephesians 1:6 folks: “To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein he hath made us acceptated in the Beloved” And we go further on with Colossians 2:9-10: “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him which si the Head of all principality and power” This is really something folks! This is a blessed standing! So this verse my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ is about our position in Christ, not our daily walk or our daily life.

 

Romans 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death

 

Verse 2: The law of the Spirit of life in Christ. We brothers and sisters are in Christ!! We are accepted in the Beloved! Ephesians 1:6 tells us: “To praise of the glory of His Grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved”. We are complete in Him Christ! Colossians 2:10: “And ye are complete in Him which is the Head ofa all principality and power” Our sins are completely forgiven by the blood of Christ Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14! Read those verses! What is the law of the Spirit? Answer is that this is the life in Christ Jesus! We have life, eternal life in Him and that made me free from the law of sin and death. That made us free from the eternal death. We have everlasting life my dear brother and sister!!! The moment we placed our trust in Christ at that same moment the Spirit imparted us and gave us eternal life, the life of Christ Himself. This is an immutable law. Sin hath no dominion anymore over us because we are free from it through our Lord Jesus Christ. We are reading now Ephesians 1:13: “In Whom yea alsos trusted (that is Christ), after that ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” Thus on the moment we trusted Christ as our personal Savior my dear brother and sister we are sealed with the Spirit of God, He lives now in Him. What a wonderful News and praise the Lord for this!!!!

Romans 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”

 

Verse 3: The law God gave to His folk in the first place was good and there was nothing wrong with it. The problem was and is: man is carnal, sold under sin! Romans 7:14. That's what we saw in the last Chapter, Chapter 7. Through the Law God gave man could know what is sin. Because of the law and through the weakness of the flesh man began to sin more and more. Through the law nobody can be saved! In Romans 3:20 we have learned: “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. And in Galatians 3:11 we have the point! “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith” Nobody can be justified or could be justified by the law. That's why God send His Son Jesus Christ in the likeness of sinful flesh. He was and is without sin and bore the sin of this whole world on the cross on Calvary! So the Lord Jesus Christ took the penalty that we deserve(d) for sin and placed this upon Himself and died in our place on that cross on Calvary! Again the Law couldn't justify anyone! It could only condemn sinful man thus God in His Grace send His Own Son Jesus Christ! Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared in the likeness of fallen Adam! In Ephesians 2:13-15 we read what happened exactly on the cross: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace”

Not only our sins my dear brother and sister, He took upon Himself. He nailed also the Law which was against us to His cross. Colossians 1:14 (read this!) That's why Christ is the End of the Law. Now we are through our Lord Jesus Christ justified by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Him alone! Praise the Lord for this!!!!

Romans 8:4

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

 

Verse 4: Brothers and sisters! We are right before God. He sees us in Christ. We are righteousness. We have learned that our Lord Jesus Christ is the End of the law and God's rightousness in Him is fulfilled in us. He, Christ as we have seen in Colossians nailed the law to His cross on Calvary. He had justified us, not by the law but by faith. So we are just, right in God's eyes in Christ! He bore our sins in His body on that cross on Calvary! He loves and loved us so much!!! What a love! We have no guilt before our God anymore! And God's Spirit lives in us Ephesians 1;13-14. No longer are we in our flesh! We are no more in our sins, condemned by the law. We are justified believing sinners! Read Romans 5:8! We are no more enemies of the cross! We are no longer slaves of sin!

Romans 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

 

Verse 5: Who are they that are after the flesh? Let us see first the word flesh. In the believer in Christ the flesh is the old man or the old self. The Adamic nature in man: the human nature. The believer in Christ, you and me my brother and sister, we have the Spirit of God within us on the moment we trusted Christ as our Savior! Ephesians 1:13,14 and Ephesians 4: 30. Read those Scriptures! Still in us we have that Old Adamic nature the flesh! Thus we saved by God's Grace Ephesians 2:8-9! In daily life we can walk according to our flesh and do the things of our flesh. It begins with our ego or I will do this or I will do that. I is very important in our flesh. This is after the flesh, our fleshly mind! But brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: you and me can walk also according to the Spirit or after the Spirit and pleasing God, serving Christ and spending time on God's Word and in prayer and rejoice in all what we have in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 tell's us: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”. In Colossians 3:1 it begins with the following Word: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things wich are above, where Christ sittith on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” Folks, Brothers and Sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: the things we have on earth are temporal. The things we have in Christ are eternal!!! We live here on earth a very short time. Let us seek always the things which are

above and not to seek the things of our flesh! We have to make always a choice, everyday. All our life we make choices. Let us to be Spiritual minded and not fleshly minded! Why we have to do that? Well the following verse will explain this!

 

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace

 

Verse 6: The word carnal is the word in the Greek sarx which means general flesh. So to be carnally minded is to have your mind upon things of the flesh. The flesh is never satisfied. We want more and more according to our flesh! What does it mean to be carnally minded is death. That we die? We are delivered from death? The answer is yes because Christ paid for us on Calvary and death reign no more over us. We have eternal life through and in Him! That's true! Still in our experience in this life if we do the things of our flesh and to be fleshly minded than we die experientially. God cannot work in us if we are fleshly minded. He only can work in us when we do His will and be spiritually minded because that is life and peace. We can notice the difference between carnally minded and spiritually minded my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. The carnal mind is never satisfied, unrest, nervosity, anger etc. Brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead Ephesians 5:14. That is what we have to do: Awake from the dead, from the fleshly mind and be spiritually minded!

 

Romans 8:7

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for is is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

 

Verse 7: This verse let us see that the old man is against God. He rebelled against the Holy God. We see that the carnal mind, the mind of the flesh is against God. The old man is not subjected to the law of God. It cannot because the old man is corrupt: he goes his own way instead to listen what God says in His Word. He is his own god and wants his own way.

 

Romans 8:8

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God

 

Verse 8: The apostle here in this verse explains to us that they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Who are they that are in the flesh? This is the man who doesn't believe in God, he is a enemy of God. This man or woman can be very intellectual, kind, religious, generous. Still he/she cannot please God because he or she because he or she is without God in this world. He or she is still at enmity with God because he or she rejects God's saving Grace in Jesus Christ. He or she goes on in his or her selfrightousness. He or she thinks I don't need God in my life. God is dead for them. Later on they will see and hear from God who they rejected when they all will stand before Him in Whom they have not believed and what will happen to them. This is a call to them who doesn't believe and refuse the saving love of God in His Son Jesus Christ: don't be foolish, you are a sinner too: believe that Christ died for your sins on Calvary and rose from the grave after 3 days for your righteousness!!. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!

 

Romans 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, he is none of His.

 

 

Verse 9: But! What does that mean but? The but is used to introduce an added statement. Usuallly something that is different from what is written before. Brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: We are not in the flesh but in the Spirit! Be still and think about this! As members of the Body of Christ we are in the Spirit because God's Spirit lives in us. Let us read again Ephesians 1:13-14: “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” On the moment we trusted Christ as our personal Savior through Gods Word of truth, our gospel of salvation, God's Gospel of Grace, we were sealed with the Spirit of God! Now God's Spirit lives in us that's why we are of Him and not from ourselves anymore. We no longer are in Adam but in Christ we are! This is really something to think about it!!! This is wonderful and thank God everyday about this! We no longer live in the flesh because the flesh cannot please God we have seen. We have the Spirit of God and where the Spirit of God is there is freedom. We are no longer slaves of sin! Through Christ our sins are forgiven and we are no longer under sin! We have the Spirit of Christ, He dwells in us!!! We are saved by Grace alone, in Christ alone and by faith alone!!!

If any man doesn't believe in God through our Lord Jesus Christ he or she is none of His. Most people in this world don't believe in God, in Christ as their Savior!

Now a call to you if you don't believe in God: you are in Adam and still in your sins. You are dead in your sins, dead for eternity! Acknowledge you are a sinner and your state is hopeless.

God loves you sinner that He sended His Son Jesus Christ to this earth 2000 years ago to die for your sins. Him, Christ Who had no sin! Read carefully II Corinthians 5: 14-21! 

Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross on Calvary, died for your sins and that He rose again from the grave to give you life, yes eternal life! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! Acts 16:31!

Romans 8:10-11

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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.

 

 

Verse 10: If. What does that mean? The word if means a condition or supposition. If you are in Christ my dear reader than the body is dead because of sin. In your body an mine body dwells no good. Therein is the old Adamic nature and that is sin. With our nature what we have from Adam we can only sin. However we are in Christ so the Spirit of God lives in us. Let's read again Ephesians 4:30: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” Till the Day of Redemption we are sealed with God's Holy Spirit. God dwells in us so His Spirit lives in us and that is why we can understand His Word and specially His Word of Grace! On the moment we received Christ as our personal Savior we are sealed with that Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13-14. And that Spirit is life because of righteousness. We are righteous not of ourselves but of God. God sees us in Christ and in Him we are righteous. We are right with Him! Thank God for this. Without guilt. We are saved by Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone and we are sealed by His Spirit! His Spirit is our life now! We are no longer guilty before Him!!!! What a wonderful God we have. That's why we have to do this: “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”

 

Verse 11 But: there is a change here! If you my dear reader have the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead and dwells in you than something will happen in your life and that depends also on the will what we have. He and that is God Who raised up Christ from the dead shall quicken our mortal bodies by His Spirit. There comes life in our mortal bodies. Our bodies are dead unto sin. It depends on us that we let us lead by Gods Spirit. Yes than God can work in us through His Spirit who will work with His Word of Grace. Than we are build up in our spiritual life. Everyday we will have a choice to be lead by His Spirit or to be lead by our flesh! To quicken our mortal bodies does mean here in this verse is to help us to overcome sin. The conclusion is that this verse has to do with our daily walk with God! It is by His Spirit to overcome the desires of the flesh!

Romans 8:12-13

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 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.

 

Verse 12: Therefore! What does that mean? This means for that reason! We are debtors! This means guilty not to the flesh, to do the things of the flesh which means sin! We no longer have to serve sin by living after the flesh and to do the things of the flesh. In our flehs dwells no good we know from Romans 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” From our nature, the Adamic nature which is sin nature nothing is good. We have an alternative. We have to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and we can choose to serve Him in daily life. So we are debtors not to sin but we have to run to God Who helps us in our weakness. With this help at hand at all times it is wrong to say this excuse: I can't help it. Sure we can help it as believers in Christ! The following verse is here applicable: “That I may know Him, and the power of His ressurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death” In practice: everyday to ask God to work in us through His Word of Grace that built us up. So everyday with God on our side we have to be awake in our walk with Him my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, here in the Netherlands or England, Spain, United States, South Africa, Philippines, Germany, Belgium! We are the body of Christ and we have to do this everyday! This gives us rest in Him!

 

Verse 13: If and that is the situation when we follow our flesh experiently in our walk we die. We have at that moment no rest but unrest, nervosity, all things of the flesh will work . Read in Galatians 5 verses 19 till 21 for yourselves all the works of the flesh! If we are led of the Spirit of God through His Word, we are no longer under the law of sin! Galatians 5: 18!

What does that mean to us. What do we have to do? Read carefully the rest of this Scripture! If we through Gods Spirit mortify the deeds of the body we shall live. Then Galatians 5:16 will work in us: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the fleshEphesians 5:3 tells us as brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among youas becometh saints” So flee from this just as Joseph did in the past! He fled from Potifar's wife! And we can do this my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. We can choose! Unbelievers cannot choose so they fulfil the lusts of their flesh! So, we are through Christ different people: let us be led by God's Spirit through His Word of Grace. Romans 16:25-26 and let us not say I can't help it! In Acts 20: 32 we read: “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified”

Romans 8:14

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

 

Verse 14: What is the meaning of this verse? We can conclude that if you are not led by the Spirit your are not a son of God. But is this true? A lot of people believe this is. They believe that if they are not busy with God's Word and doing nothing for God than they are not the sons of God. It can't! In position we are the sons of God, we cannot be lost again! The apostle is speaking here in this verse about of being led rather than being forced like under the law of God. In position we are the sons of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. To be led by Gods Spirit is to be filled by the Spirit is a goal by Gods Grace through faith as we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God. Read carefully again Galatians 5:17-18 for yourself. We enjoy fellowship with God as we yield ourselves to the leading of the Spirit.

Romans 8:15

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father”

 

Verse 15: God's Spirit, the Spirit of Life lives in us! He is alive in us! Let us read again Ephesians 1:13: “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye hear de Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvationl: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” We don't have anymore the spirit of bondage again to fear. Before we received Christ as our Savior our life was a life of bondage! Bondage in sin and our life was full of fear. So people who don't believe in Christ they have still the spirit of bondage and fear all their lives here on earth. But we not my dear brother and sister:  We are better off! We are in Christ and God's Spirit lives in us. We are alive in Him! What wonderful, how great position we have in Christ! Yes my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: We have the Spirit of adoption! We are adopted by God through Christ and we are sons of Him! Isn't that wonderful to know and to believe? By this or through His Spirit we cry Abba Father! In Ephesians 2:18 we read: “For through Him(that is Christ) we both (Jewish and Gentiles) have access by one Spirit unto the Father” The way to God the Father is open now!!! See it and be still! Think about this! This is really something!!!

 

Romans 8:16

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God

 

Verse 16: We have the Spirit of God my dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. So we have not only our natural human spirit because with this spirit we were born. We have also the Spirit of God in ourselves and this Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Children: the original word is here born ones or teknon , huios or sons. We are the sons of God! God sees us in Christ as born again and huios. We are adopted by Him.

The Spirit of God in us and the spirit from ourselves go together and through the Word of God we read, know and believe and we noticed in our daily life that we are the sons of God. Through the Spirit of God we have contact with our Father in heaven through the Lord Jesus Christ. That is something to think over and over again. How such a wonderful position we have in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Romans 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

 

Verse 17: This verse says children. We just learned from verse 16 that we are sons. The Greek word is teknon which means born one! If we are the sons of God than we are automatically also heirs of God. We are adopted by God. We were the enemies of Him and God brought us in the Heavenly kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ. A son is a heir. A slave is not a heir. So when we were the enemies of God we were slaves of sin. In that time were not a heir. Now we are heirs because we are sons and daughters of God! Ephesians 1: 5 tells us the following: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children (teknon), sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” More beautiful verses are Galatians 4: 6-7: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant(slave), but a son; and if a son, then a heir of God through Christ”

And brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: we suffer with Him now at the moment here on earth. This can be bodily, spiritual. It can also be both! We suffer a lot in this world and we may know that later in heaven we will be glorified in Him! What a wonderful good news this is!!!

Romans 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.

 

Verse 18: From this verse on till verse 26 the theme of this part of Romans 8 is about our hope, our hope in heaven and what hope is! We read here in this verse that we suffer in this present time here on earth. Here in the Netherlands and more countries in this world we are allowed to preach the Gospel of Gods Grace and we can believe in this without persecution! There are a lot of countries in this world who have not this freedom! Believers in Christ, our brothers and sisters are persecuted and suffer bodily and spiritual. There are many who suffer like this in a lot of countries in this world. The apostle Paul suffered more than everyone of us who believe in Christ as personal Savior. We read II Corinthians 11:23-28: “Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep. In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils amonge false brethren. In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without that wich cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches”. And the apostle tell's us here in this verse that all those sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Those sufferings he endured and what we have to endure is just for a moment. II Corinthians 4:17-18: “For our light affliction , which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things wich are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” So brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ let us see to the things who will come and we are waiting for it: we look for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ Who shall change our vile body into a glorious body that may be fashioned like unto His glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21

 

Romans 8:19-20

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope”

 

Verse 19: What we say already in verse 18 these verses are about our hope as members of the Body of Christ. Here we see the earnest expectation. What does this mean? Earnest means serious, intense. Expectation means a strong belief that something will happen or be the case. What will happen in the future in the creature. What is the creature waiting for? Answer: the manifestaion of the sons of God. What is the meaning of manifestation? Answer:

an event, action! So what kind of event will take place in the future? The suffering creation awaits with earnest expectation our manifestation as the sons of God. The answer to the event which will take place in the near future is the Rapture of the Church, the Body of Christ. We read Colossians 3:4: “When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory” How wonderful this EVENT will be and it comes nearer and nearer my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ!!!! What a difference it will be at the manifestation of the sons of God!

Verse 20 And what a difference it will be when creation is delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God! A lot of Old Testament Scriptures describe this change that will also take place in the future. In Isaiah 35 verse 1 and 2 we read the following: “The wilderness and the solitary place whall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of the Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God” The creation was made subject to vanity. This was with the faill of man. We read in Genesis 3:17-19: “And unto Adam He said (God), Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” Because of the fall the whole creation became under vanity and it became in decay until now. If we see around us we see a lot of destruction and decay and the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now! It suffers and more and more! It becomes worser and worser in this world! We see this day after day as long as we live on this earth. The great promised change has not yet come!

We as members of the Body of Christ have a higher hope than the creation wherein we live. Our hope is in heaven! Read Philippians 3:20-21. To be with Christ on one moment forever and ever and in heaven with new bodies!!!! What a wonderful day that will be!!!

 

 

Romans 8:21

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God

 

Verse 21: The creature self shall also be delivered, the whole creation is waiting for this moment my dear brother and sister. This will take place when the new heaven and earth shall be in reality! In Revelation 21 verse 1 we read the following verse: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” This is what the apostle John saw when he was on the island of Patmos. The apostle Paul is here speaking of a universal change that is coming. Than the bondage of corruption will be away and there will be glorious liberty. How wonderful this will be!

 

Romans 8:22

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together unto now

 

Verse 22: Until this moment my dear reader, brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole creation is in pain and awaits the deliverance from it! We see it in this world for example statesmen have failed to abolish war and bloodshed. The medical profession has failed to eliminate sickness and death. Healing or medicins will not help. Death rate still remains. Educators have failed to dispel ignorance and superstition. Even all religion in this world is a BABEL of confusion!!! Even Christianity with all the religious churches and streams of religion is really a mess. It's all confusion. People in general have not the truth of God or don't know it! There will be no change until the glorious manifestation of the sons of God will be!

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 23: Not only the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together unto now. We too groan within ourselves. We, the members of the Body of Christ, the CHURCH, the heavenly CHURCH. We have the firstfruits of the Spirit. God's Spirit lives in us Ephesians 1:13-14 and Ephesians 4:30: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” With this Spirit of God we are sealed unto the day of Redemption!!!! What will take place on that day of Redemption? The answer to this is the adoption, the redemption of our bodies my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ!!! That's it! We shall be changed on that day and now we are still here on earth and we are waiting for this event patiently!!! Let us read now I Corinthians 15: 51-53: “Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” Let us read also Philippians 3:20-21: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” Till that day, that moment, we have the task my dear brother and sisters to tell people about God's Grace and Love and His wonderful Gospel of Grace and how people can come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Read II Corinthians 5: 19-21!

Romans 8:24

For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

 

Verse 24: As we already saw is that this part of this chapter is about our hope. Our hope is in heaven! Let us read Titus 2:13 together my dear brother and sister! “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” We are saved by this hope! Saved from the wrath which will come! I Thessalonians 1:10: “And to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Which delivered us from the wrath to come” We are saved forever by our Lord Jesus Christ! Think about this my dear brother and sister and be still! We wait for this event that our Lord Jesus Christ will bring us home! This moment can at any time take place!

Now hope that is seen is not hope. What we see around us my brother and sister is not hope. We see it everyday. Good we see everyday something else around us. No day is the same, everyday is something else. But what we see is not hope. The life here on earth is temporarily! Beside the heavenly hope we have no hope on this earth as members of the Body of Christ.

 

Romans 8:25

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

Verse 25: The heavenly hope we cannot see but by this hope we are saved. We believe this will happen and it can be every moment! In the meanwhile we wait for this event with patience. Our task is not over as long as we live here on earth. We have to tell other people about God's love in the Lord Jesus Christ also for them and they too can receive Jesus Christ as Savior for their lives Read2 Corinthians 5:19-21, Romans 5:8! In the meanwhile when we are not retired we can work in this world because this is also God's will for us. Read for yourself II Thessalonians 3: 10-12!

 

Romans 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

 

Verse 26: Verse 26 and verse 27 is about the Holy Spirit of God Who is in us and here we see how He works in us in our praying to God. This is very important to know for us as believers in Christ. We know we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and that Gods Spirit lives in us . Here we see in this verse how He works. Read Ephesians 1:13-14 and Ephesians 4:30 again!!! What does the Spirit of God do? He helps us! The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with respect to our daily walk in Christ. In verse 16 of this Chapter we saw already that the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. In our infirmities the Spirit of God helps us. Because we don't know what we should pray for. The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers to God because He makes self intercession for us with groanings= tomake a deep, inarticulate sound expressive of derision,disapproval,desire. In this present evil world wherein we live we receive not all what we ask for even in faith. God has given us His Spirit who is dwelling in us and maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. He prays for us! From ourselves we cannot pray. This let us see how great His love

Romans 8:27

And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God

 

Verse 27: The believer in Christ has two divine Intercessors. One on earth it is the Spirit Who lives in us what we have seen in verse 26 above. With this Spirit we are sealed read Ephesians 1:13-14 until the Day of Redemption read Ephesians 4:30. The second is in heaven and that is the Lord Jesus Christ Who is sitting on the right Hand of the Father. He makes intercession for all the saints according to the will of God! He is the Mediator between God and men! Let us read I Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. The Catholic Church learns that Mariah is the Mediatrix between God and men. On basis of the Bible is this untrue and false because we see here very clear that Christ is the Only One Who is the Mediator between God and men. In verse 34 of this chapter 8 we read: 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” And in Hebrews 7:25 we read: “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with respect to our spiritual experience and He beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God Romans 8:16. The Spirit within us helps with our infirmities what we have seen in verse 26. God in Christ searches our hearts and knows what is in our prayers according to the will of God.

 

Romans 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

 

Verse 28: There are two things we know in Romans 8. First we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. This will continue until now because on Pentecost it seemed that there was hope that the favored nation Israel would repent and than the Lord should come on earth again to begin the Mellenial Kingdom on earth and than the whole creation should change. But instead of repentance they Israel, hated Him and say We will not have this Man to reign over us Acts 7:51-59. So the whole creation is in pain until now and this will continue until our Lord will come in power and glory to sit on the throne when He will come on earth.

Now comes the second knowing: in the meantime we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.: to them who are the called according to His purpose. What a loving faithful Heavenly Father we have Who works all things out for our good! God causes all things to work together for our good. First the Spirit, Gods Holy Spirit makes intercession in our behalf with groanings that cannot be uttered. The Lord Jesus Christ makes also intercession for us at the Father's right hand! The Spirit, One of the Trinity of God, is deeply and personally interested in our weakness and concerned that we pray right. That's is why we have also Philippians 4:6-7: Be careful anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, Let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God, which passeth all unterstanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”

Brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: tell God everthing in prayer and don't be anxious about anything because He will work it all out for our good! Maybe we don't see it now at this moment. Maybe we have a lot of sorrows and are sad about things or we are angry. Bring it in prayer to God our Father! He will give us His peace!!!

 

Romans 8:29

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 

Verse 29: Here in the verse it is speaking about God, God the Father. Who did He predestinate? First we want to know what is predestination? It is from the Greek Word Proorizo and this means foreordained, to determine, ordain! So God the Father knew for the beginning of this world about the Body of Christ, the heavenly CHURCH. And we are members of this CHURCH! We are predestinated!  Let's read Ephesians 1:5: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children (sons) by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” And in Ephesians 1:11 we read: “In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” What a wonderful, wonderful God we have. He predestinated us with the purpose to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. We are in Christ, we are no more in Adam my dear brother and sister in the Lord! Jesus Christ is the firstborn from the dead. If Christ was not resurrected this could not happen! Christ is the Head of this Body, the Body of Christ! Let us also read: “And He is the Head of the Body, the Church; who is the beginning, the firstborn, from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18! This is a explenation from God why we are conformed to the image of His Son. He is risen from the the dead! He is the firstborn from the dead!!!! This is really wonderful news. He, God had this in mind before the world began that He would save us in Christ!

 

Romans 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 als glorified.

 

Verse 30: My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. All the members inclusive we are predestinated or ordained by God in Christ and this not only. He called us through His Son Jesus Christ by Whom we are justified. We are without guilt before God! Romans 5:1 tells us: “Therefore being justified by faith. This is the Faith of Jesus Christ!!! We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ!!!! We are no more guilty and we do not have the feeling or thought to be guilty anymore before God!!! This is a fact. It is done by the cross, by Jesus Christ our Lord!!! We are not only justified by God , we are also glorified in His Son! With Christ we are exalted forever. That is glorification! This is done! This is our position my dear brother and sister. This is how God sees us in His Grace and may now occupy this God given position by faith and appropriate the all spiritual blessings that go with this until that blessed day with the Rapture of the Church! Than we shall have glorified bodies and than we shall ever be with Him in heaven I Corinthians 15:51-54, I Thessalonians 4:16-18. We are already in heaven and sit with Christ on the right hand of God! That's why we have to read Colossians 3:1 and study this: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things wich are above, where Christ sittith on the right hand of God” Let us everyday my dear brother and sister rejoice in the Lord and under what for circumstances we may live: our position in Christ will never change and our hope stand fast Titus 2:13!

 

Romans 8:31-32

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 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?

 

Verse 31: We have the victory in Christ my dear brother and sister! God is for us, who can be against us? The enemy of God satan is against God and all the people who are His. We know that and he is te biggest accuser. He hates the Word of God and special the Truth, the gospel of the Grace of God because he is defeated by it!!! That's why he hate this so much!

In Verse 37 we may know we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We have the victory in Christ! How wonderful to have God for us!

 

Verse 32 He, God, manifestated this through His greatest gift ever given to mankind: the Lord Jesus Christ Who died in our place on the cross on Calvary. He paid the price what we as enemies from God deserved. He bore the shame and death that even, even the vilest sinner may be redeemed and justified before Him. First He spared not, second His own Son, He delivered Him up, For whom? For us all! With Him all things are freely given! We have all blessings! We can read in Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” We believers in Christ my dear brothers and sisters are heavenly persons, and strangers and pilgrims on the earth whereupon we live now! All spiritual things in Christ are freely given to us. So let us be thankful to God everyday and don't forget to thank God everyday for this. What a wonderful and loving God we have!!!!

Romans 8:33-34

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 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.

 

Verse 33: Who is the one that charge or accuse. This is satan who tries everytime to accuse the believers in God. But we are God's elect. No one can charge us as members of the Body of Christ. We have no guilt before God so satan cannot. He is the biggest accuser but he is already defeated. No one could lay anything to the charge of God's elect because it is God that justifieth. He had justified us as members of His Body, the Body of Christ. This is what matters. What a wonderful and loving God we have. He is Love, only He!

 

Verse 34: Who is he that condemneth? No human being, no satan can condemn anyone of us who are in Christ. Christ died for us on the cross on Calvary. He took all our guilt and died for our sins on that cross. Let us read I Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. He paid the price for us on that cross on Calvary! Yes He did it so that we are not condemned anymore. We are of Him, not from ourselves anymore Read again Galatians 2:20!!!

He not only died, He was also buried and He rose from the dead the Third Day for our righteousness, justification! Read Romans 4:25!!!!

Years ago I was in the Garden tomb near Golgotha/skull place and I was visiting the Tomb and on the door it was written: He is not here, He is risen!!!! Where is He now you have to ask yourself?  Answer: He is on the right hand of God and makes intercession for us!!! In our Dutch Bible it is written: He prays for us, every moment of the day and every day! It is rendered prayer. He prays for His Body of Christ, for each member of that Body! This is fantastic: Christ prays for us on the right hand of the Father. He is on the right hand of God the Father. Let us read in Ephesians 1: 19-20 the following words of God: “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand, in the heavenly places” Yes my dear brothers and sisters: Christ is on the right hand of God now and He is our Mediator and He prays, makes intercession for us! We are secure in Him and saved forever! How wonderful our God is! What a blessing and we have to rejoice in it! Philippians 4: 4. Read this Scripture!

 

Romans 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?

 

Verse 35: Here in this verse after knowing that Christ prays for us members of the Body of Christ, the CHURCH, who can  separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord? The answer is in verse 39 of this chapter. There we find that no one can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ. We are from Him, we are in Him. Colossians 3:3 tells us: “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God”! Can we have possibly greater assurance of eternal security than this? It is important to know that the apostle Paul nevers tells us in his epistles about his love for Christ. He only tells us about Christ's love for him and us and for others! The law tells us or commands us: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God but Gods Grace puts it the other way and tells us how deeply God loves us. Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Again it is Gods love towards us instead of our love towards Him. We cannot from ourselves naturally love God! Thats why we have a loving and wonderful God! Tribulation: not the great tribulation but tribulation in this life now on earth, distress: need, deep need. In our deep need we have God in our lives to help us through, persecution: also in persecutions He will help us through  read II Corinthians 12:10. Famine: hunger, Nakedness: no clothes, Peril: danger. The apostle was a lot in danger. Sword: people who wanted to kill him Paul with the sword, that was very dangerous. All those things cannot separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

 

Romans 8:36

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

Verse 36: The whole life of the apostle Paul was a life of persecution and there was everyday danger because he believed in Christ and in the Gospel of Grace and he proclaimed this to the people. He and his co-workers like Timothy and others with him proclaimed with Paul the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24. They were as sheep accounted for the slaughter. They were a easy target for angry people, who would kill Paul and his co workers. In 2 Corinthians 11: 23-30 you can read my dear brothers and sisters about the danger and what the apostle Paul experienced as a apostle of Jesus Christ because the told people the truth. Colossians 1:5-6! The apostle was weak as we are my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. But he was never defeated by this because we can read in the following verse

 

Romans 8:37

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

 

Verse 37: The apostle was very sure that he was more than a conqueror in Christ and his co laborers also like Timothy, Silas, Luke and others. In all those persecutions he and the co laborers were secure in Christ and in Him they won the victory over all these things. This is also for us my dear brother and sister: we are more than conquerors too through Christ Who gave His life for us so that we may live now! We have eternal life in Him whatever happens to us! We are save in Him Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:1-3. We can be killed for believing the Gospel of the Grace of God but no one can seperate us from Christ and that is our victory in Him, Christ!!!

 

Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 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”

Verse 38-39:
For I am persuaded. This is was the apostle Paul said here in this verse. What does it mean persuaded? It means that the apostle Paul is convinced from the fact! Which fact? Well that comes after it: no death, life, angels, principalities: Principalities in Biblical times was known as a state ruled by a prince, governor or satrap and was usually a relatively small state or a state that falls within a larger state or nation such as in the Roman Empire. Also heavenly principalities too! It can be that which holds or has held rule over a population that is either republics or principalities. Taken as it is, a principality can have dominion within the confines of a larger dominion or rule, powers: Powers are those that hold power within a kingdom, a principality, or even an empire. This could be wielded by kings or emperors, like King Nebuchadnezzar held absolute power over the kingdom of Babylon, nor the things who are now at this moment or what comes in the near future or later. No height, no depth, nor any other creature (no human being or beast can seperate us from the love of God, whichi is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing can separate us from God through our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

The conclusion is in this last verse is : no separation from God through the Lord Jesus Christ! We can never be separate from God my dear brothers and sisters! With the apostle Paul we are convinced from it because God's Word convinced us here in this verse!

We have seen that we began with no condemnation in the first verse of this chapter and now in the last verse of this chapter: no separation!

Romans 9: 1-2

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart

 

Verse 1: In Romans 9, 10 and 11 the apostle Paul is dealing with the fall of Israel and her present position before God. Through the fall of Israel salvation came to the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul is telling the truth in Christ. God knew Paul didn't lie! God was and is the Witness of the apostle Paul, because his conscience bearing him witness in the Holy Spirit. In II Corinthians 11:31 the apostle Paul tells us some similar verse: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not” Chapter 9, 10 and 11 are a sudden interruption

 

Verse 2: The apostle had a great haeviness and continual sorrow in his heart. This is really a deep feeling and it speakt also about a emotional feeling: a continual sorrow in his heart. Why had the apostle Paul such a great haeviness and continual sorrow in his heart? It was for Israel that the apostle Paul, who was also a Israelite, had such a great heaviness and continual sorrow in his heart. In the book of Acts the apostle had always the burden for his kinsmen, for Israel . That's why he went a lot of times to Jerusalem. His heart was a lot of times with the Israelites and it came after each other back.

 

Romans 9:3-4

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 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.

 

Verse 3: In this verse we hear the apostle Paul saying this that he wished he was accursed from Christ for his brethren, the Israelites according to the flesh. He, according to his flesh, would to be back to his kinsmen, the Israelites. The apostle Paul was and is a Israelite. In 2 Corinthians 11: 22 we read: “Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.” In Romans 11:1 we read the following verse: “I say then, hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin” It was his heartache! He wishe in his flesh to go back to them and live with them together as before his conversion but it couldn't. He was now in Christ! Read Galatians 2:20! He was a new man in Christ. He couldn't go back to his former life, that was a life full of death and misery. Also for us: we have our background, our families we came from or countries. In Christ we are new men and there is no difference between us as members of the body of Christ. We are members now of the body of Christ, the CHURCH!

What he, Paul wished in Christ is that also individually Jewish people came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior too as he knew Christ according to the revelation of the mystery Romans 16:25-26! In Romans 10: 1-2 we read the following texts: “Brethren, my heart's desire and pryer 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”

 

Verse 4: In this verse and verse 5 we read about Israel's place of privilege! They have a special place in the program of God according the earthly program. We in that time as Gentiles were without Christ, being aliens from the commenwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants fo promise, having no hope and without God in the world”Ephesians 2:11-12. We see here in this verse a lot of privileges God gave to his folk Israel:

First: the adoption and the glory: in the future all Israel shall be saved and will be glorified and they shall be called the sons of God. Let us read Hosea 1:10: “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God”

Second: Israel was given the covenants: They were given the covenants of promise. They were only promised to Israel of God!

Third: and the giving of the law and the service of God. God's Word and therein the Law and how to serve Him what was written therein it was given to Israel, to their trust. You can read by yourselves Exodus 25: 8-16 and 21 and 22. Verse 22: And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark fo the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel”

Fourth: The promise: all the promises which should follow if Israel came under the glory of Christ as King reigning over them! Isaiah 60: 1-3: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glry shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising”

Romans 9:5

Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen

 

Verse 5: From Israel came the fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God loved so much Abraham Isaac and Jacob. For whose sakes God woud ever love them. Let us read Romans 11:28:

As concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers sakes”

From them the folk Israel came and they were the earthfathers. Concerning the flesh the Lord Jesus Christ came. In Matthew Chapter 1 verse 1 we read the following verse: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” This last, Christ, is by far Israel's greatest honor, though she does not now recognize it. God is blessed for ever Amen.

 

Romans 9:6

Not as though the Word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.

Vers 6: The apostle Paul had a lot of sadness about his nation Israel because she was not saved from sin. So the nation Israel was under the bondage of Rome. The Jews believed that the Jesus Christ was the Messiah and would delivered them from the bondage of Rome and this didn't happen so they began to believe that God hath forsaken them and had left them. This is not so the apostle tells us here in this verse because they are not all Israel which are of Israel. National history and prophetic Scriptures proved this.

Romans 9:7

Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Verse 7: Abraham had two sons. One son was from Hagar, his bondslave and later he got a son from Sarah named Isaac. Abraham asked the Lord that the son of Hagar Ishmael might be accepted but God's answer was “In Isaac shall thy seed be called” Let us read Genesis 17:19: “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed: and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

Ishmael was an product of unbelief and later Abraham and Sarah got a son named Isaac and God commanded Abraham: Nevertheless what saith the Scripture/ Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman” Galatians 4:30. So Ishmael and all his offspring didn't receive the inheritance. They were not the promised seed.

The promised seed began with Isaac and his offspring Jacob and the offspring of Jacob. Not everyone who was from the offspring of Jacob were the children of promise because there were also of them who didn't believe in God.

 

Romans 9:8

That is, They wich are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

 

Verse 8: What we have seen in verse 7 was that in Isaac shall the seed be called. He was the son of the promise. Ishmael and all his offspring were excluded from the promised seed. Ishmael and his offspring were not Abraham's legitimate seed. He, Ishmael was a son of Abraham but a son of the bondwoman and not his own wife. Sarah was the freewoman and she and Abraham got a son what God had promised to them. His name was Isaac, the son of the promise and he and his offspring was counted for the seed. He Isaac was the child of God. Not Ishmael.

 

Romans 9:9

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son

 

Verse 9: The Word of promise God promised! We read Genesis 18. We read in verse 1 of this chapter the following text: “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent doro in the heart of the day” And in verse 9 and 10 we read: “And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo Sarah, thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Sarah shall have a son, the son of promise and he shall be the seed! 

 

 

Romans 9:10

And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

 

Verse 10: Isaac was the offspring of Abraham and Sarah and through his wife Rebecca he got with her two sons. They were twins. The oldest was Esau and the younger Jacob. She was pregnant of two children.

 

Romans 9:11-12

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” It was said unto her (Rebecca), The elder shall serve the younger.”

 

 

Verse 11 and 12: God knew before they were born these two sons: one son should be in the line of the promise, be his child and the other should serve him. Later in the Scriptures we read that the oldest should serve the youngest. Esau serving Jacob. This because of the election of God. He calleth Jacob instead of Esau. This verse have nothing to do with salvation for today. God calleth in the past His folk and through the earthfathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob because He loved them so much. According the election of God: He loved Jacob and hated Esau. In Genesis 25: 23 we read the following verse: “And the Lord said to her (Rebecca), Two nations are in thy womb, and tow manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger” Never Esau, the oldest served the youngest Jacob in his life.

Romans 9:13

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

 

Verse 13: In Malachi 1:1-3 we read the following verses: “The burden of the Word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid hs mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” Strong words of God! This was a long, long time after the death of these two men Jacob and Esau. What is the meaning of these words: I have hated Esau and loved Jacob? Jacob represented Israel, God's folk. God gave a fruitful land, the written Law, the tabernacle and temple to worship Him and more things. This was denied to the offspring of Esau. His descendants were the children of the desert and maybe today nomadic tribes of Araby. Their father had a independent, lawless spirit. Esau had no interest in God and in the things of God. He was a hunter who wished not to stay at home with those who were heirs together of the same promises. Esau despised his birthright and the blessings went with it and Jacob desired it deeply.

 

Romans 9:14

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

 

Verse 14: God is not responsible what men is doing and what kind of decisions men make. In case of Esau he despised his birthright and the blessing with it. He didn't want to believe in God so afterwards God loved Jacob and hated Esau and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. That is what we read in the 13 th verse of this chapter. Now the question: Is there unrighteousness with God. Never, God forbid. God is righteous. He is right. Men because of fall is not right and unrighteousness, he is a sinner. God cannot sin, He cannot lie. What He says is true because He is true and righteouss.

 

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 15: Is this unrighteous of God to have mercy on those whom He chose to spare? According His sovereign right He showed mercy and compassion according His will. This is not negative but positive. In Exodus 33:18-19 we read the following verses: “And he, Moses said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And He said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. God showed mercy on those condemned by sin. It is not man's will, nor his works, not of him that willeth or runneth.

 

Romans 9:16

 

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

 

Verse 16: God shew mercy on persons. He is independent of men. God is severeign and it is His right to show mercy and compassion upon whom He will. This is according His will. This is outside the will or works of men. God operates or sheweth mercy according His will. He is not dependent on men!

Romans 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.

Verse 17: What does this mean Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up? Pharaoh was the highest ruler in the world than. This was his position. In that position, the highest in the world God could let him see His mighty power and that His power is more powerful than the power of Pharaoh! And also that the Name of God might be declared throughout all the earth! Pharaoh didn't believe in God and his heart was hardened. That's why God had no mercy upon him. God knew that Pharaoh wouldn't trust Him and that's why He let Pharaoh see His power. In Exodus 7:3-4 we read: “And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the hand of Egypt by great judgments” God foretold Moses what would happen in Egypt and you see God have foreknowledge. Read also Exodus 9:16!

 

Romans 9:18

Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will he hardeneth

 

Verse 18: Men have no influence upon God. God has mercy on whom He will and whom He will harden. This is how God works. He knows everything. He knows the hearts of men and foreknew the heart of men. He knows who will believe, trust Him as personal Savior through the Lord Jesus Christ and who not. God is omniscient!

 

 

Romans 9:19

Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?

 

Verse 19: As we already have said: men have no influence upon the will of God. No man, no one can resist the will of God. God does find fault with unbelievers. He condemns the unbelievers and He says to the unbelievers the following Word: “That they should believe the lie. This are the unbelievers and they believe not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. In the case of Pharaoh: Pharaoh failed to resist the Will of God: Let my people go! Pharaoh would stop this but couldn't. God hardened his heart and God find fault with Pharaoh and God was not to be blamed for this, only Pharaoh was to blame. God is not to blame for the fact that man is sinful because he is a sinner!

 

Romans 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?

 

Verse 20: To reply against God is to talk back to God. Man is by nature condemned, wretched, sinful and dying eternally! The unbelieving man thinks that if God shows mercy upon one person He have to show mercy to all men. But God does not work like this! We have to learn as sinners this: God owes no man anything. He is the Potter and we are the clay. He has the power over the clay. In the case of Pharaoh: the wrath of God was upon sin. Pharaoh was a vessel of dishonor. On Israel God had mercy and Israel was a vessel unto honor. For us as men it is wiser to place ourselves under the hands of God, the Master Potter and ask Him to make us vessels unto honor. Let us read II Timothy 2:20-21: But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. So brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: we have to trust God instead of men, trust in His Word and let Him work in us so that we be a vessel unto honour everyday again. We have also to ask the Lord to work in us this day and everyday which will follow after this!

Romans 9:21

Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

 

Verse 21: The potter here is God. God has power over everything which He has made, the whole world, the earth, the planets, the space, the heavenlies, the Heaven of heaven. He all made it! In this case here the apostle Paul is speaking about Israel and the mercy God had upon them in the case of Pharaoh. On Pharaoh God showed no mercy because Pharaoh didn't believe in Him and sinned. He, Pharaoh was a vessel of dishonour and Israel was a vessel unto honor. In the case of us today under the Dispensation of Grace in which we live under Gods Word of II Timothy 2:20-21 is realistic in daily life!

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 22: In the case of Pharaoh God shewed His wrath and made His power known to Egypt with the 10 plagues. We can read this in Exodus in our Bibles. God will not cause the sinner to sin. God cannot sin. He knew and know no sin. Sin we do as human beings because we come from Adam who first sinned Romans 5:12! In the case of Pharaoh in Egypt: God endured with much longsuffering because Pharoah rebelled against Him. Pharaoh was a vessel of wrath and was fit for destruction and that followed later.

Romans 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.

 

Verse 23: The riches of His glory He made and make known on the vessels He had or have mercy on. God endured much longsuffering in the time of Pharaoh. He still endures now longsuffering with a world which is in rebellion against Him and is unbelieving. We see it all around us: people who don't believe in God. They believe in themselves and have worldly pleasure. They think that they need no God in their lives. Poor people!  Because they already are eternal dead and if they will not accept God's Grace through His Son Jesus Christ as Savior they will later pay for their sins and will go to a place totally without God! Read 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9!  The vessels of mercy here were His people Israel and now today we as believers in Christ are the vessels of mercy like Israel in time past. God has us prepared unto glory! All in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ! What a blessing to see this!

 

Romans 9:24

Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

 

Verse 24: Even us, whom He hath called. God called people that let this verse you see. God called Israel, the Jews to be His people. Not only Jews He hath called, also among the Gentiles He hath called people! In Isaiah 42:6 we read the following verse: “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee and give thee for a covenant of the people for a light of the Gentiles” This is what God said to Israel, His particular folk! Israel in time past when God was dealing with them they were a light, a blessing to the Gentiles. Through Israel God also called the Gentiles. Israel was the blessing channel! Now in this Dispensation of Grace not. In the future she will again His people and a blessing for the Gentiles/nations!

 

Romans 9:25

And He saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved”

 

Verse 25 From this verse on we learn about the future Jewish remnant which will be the people of God. For this verse we go back to Hosea 2:23:And I will sow here unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say Thou art my God” The apostle Paul let us see here in this verse that in Israel's history that they are not all Israel which are of Israel. Only by God's Grace even a remnant of Israel will be saved. With this remnant God begins to fulfill His Kingdom promises to Israel. First Israel was not His people! In Hosea 1:9 we read: “Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi; for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God” The remnant of Israel is the beloved of God! The reconciled wife to God. That will be in the future! In Romans 11:26 we read the following verse: “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”

Romans 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.

 

Verse 26: This verse goes back to Hosea 1:9-10 and there we read the following verses:” Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. This was because of their spiritual adultery!

Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God” Sons of the living God. The word sons comes from the Greek word huioi. In the future Israel, or the remnant of Israel will be again God's people! Indeed this shall take place in the future after Israel and the nations are judged.

This is after the rapture of the Church. In Ephesians 1:5 we have the same verse and we as Gentiles who trusted Christ as Savior are also sons of the living God. Let us read Ephesians 1:5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children( sons, huios) by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” This is our state, our position in Christ. God is not dealing with His folk, His people Israel today under the dispensation of Grace. He is now busy and dealing with the Church and in particular with all the members individually!

Romans 9:27

Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

 

Verse 27: A remnant will or shall be saved. This will be the blessed people and this remnant in the future  participate in the kingdom blessing. God has always worked through believing remnants. He also now is working in us as sons from Him. In the future He will work through Israel. Not that big Israel bu through the remnant because they are saved.

 

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 28: What does this verse means? God will finish the work after He has judged Israel and the nations in the great tribulation. Than this will take place. This is what this verse is about. Israel is for a time not God people Lo-ammi. Hosea 1:9-10. Because of her spiritual adultery. God never stopped His loving for her or abandoned His promise and purpose with Israel. After the tribulation she will be again His own. That will be the remnant of Israel.

 

Romans 9:29

And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma and been made like unto Gomorrha.

 

Verse 29: The seed is left. This is the remnant and through this remnant of Israel the nations will be blessed. 144.000 people will Israel be. This will be in the future after the Tribulation period. From every tribe 12.000 people. This will be resurrected and will participate in the Kingdom blessings when Christ will be King in the Thousand year reign here on earth. The twelve apostles will than sit on 12 thrones with Him and reign with Him 1000 years! If God had not left a remnant, a seed all Israel will be judged  as Sodom and Gomorrha. No one will survive this judgment. Think about this! God has a lot of love for His folk. He will never stop His promises to her! Now in this Dispensation of Grace God is not dealing with Israel. He is dealing with individual persons from the Body of Christ, the Church. This Church is not in the place of Israel because we live under another complete other Dispensation from God. 


Romans 9:30-31

What shall we say then? That te Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteouness, even the righteouness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of rigtheousness, hath not attained to the law of righteouness.

 

Verse 30: The Gentiles followed in the past not righteousness. But God offered them through His Son Jesus Christ righteousness and imputed now to believers and many have received it in faith. It is the faith of Christ through whom a lot of Gentiles inclusive us have righteousness.

 

Verse 31: But, this is another thing: Israel was given the Law of God and followed after this Law. The Law is good and righteousness. But Israel couldn't hold the law of God. Romans 10:2-3 tells us: For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's rigtheousness, and going about to establish their own rightousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Israel didnt sought righteousness by faith but by works and their own works and the works of the law.

 

 Romans 9:32-33

Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence; and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.

    Verse 32: Israel sought it not by faith. This is the conclusion. They rejected God the Father in I Samuel 8:7. They wouldn't God as King over them. They rejected God the Son, Jesus Christ. He is the Stumblingstone.  They not only rejected Him, with the Gentiles Israel rejected and crucified Him and in Acts 7 they rejected the Holy Ghost. So they rejected God in totality and sought by works of the Law to please God and stumbled at that Stumblingstone. They didn't believe in Him so they came with the whole world in rebellion against God. 

     Verse 33: This verse goes back to Psalm 118:22: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.   Christ is the Stumblingstone and the Rock of the corner!  I Corinthians 1: 23 tells us the following verse: But we preached Christ crucified, unto the Jews a Stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Whosoever believes, recieves Him as personal Savior that person will never be ashamed! He will be saved forever. So my friend do you also believe in Him Who died for your sins too on that cross on Calvary and rose from the grave to give you eternal life? Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! 

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 Romans 10: 1-2

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.

 

Verse  1 and 2:  The apostle Paul here in this verse prayed to God for his people Israel. The apostle Paul himself was a Jew and from the tribe of Benjamin. We read Philippians 3: 4-5: "Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day , of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee" And in Romans 11:1 we read the following verse: "I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin."  The apostle is not praying to God for the salvaltion of whole Israel. That will come after the Tribulation period Read Romans 11:25-26! The apostle Paul is praying to God for the individual ones of Israel that some might be saved in Christ. It caused him much pain that the individual persons of Israel had no knowledge of God. They tried to hold the Law of Moses and to please God in that time. In the time the apostle wrote this the Jews still had their temple. It wasn't yet destroyed by the Romans under Titus. They had their own religion and still now at this moment the Jewish people have their own religion, a zeal of God but have no knowledge because they are blind. They sought their own righteousness and the works of the Law and stumbled at that Stumblingblock! They rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost Acts 7. They tried to serve God just as the apostle Paul did before his conversion. So he knew them very well because he had lived the same way as them! He, Paul hoped and prayed to God that some of them might be saved in Christ. We have that same feeling like the apostle Paul. We have also to pray for our families, for the ones who doesn't believe in Christ and for the individuals in this world that they might be saved if they don't believe in Christ as Savior! II Corinthians 5:19-21! 

 

Romans 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

 

Verse 3: Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ! Israel tried tot establish their own righteousness by doing works of the Law (of Moses). They knew all the details of the law but haven't understand the purpose of the law and didn't wished to understand it. The Jews with a part of God's Word in their hands were wilfully blind to what that Book of God said that they all were guilty under the Law before a Holy God. They tried to established their own rigtheousness which didn't worked. And with this they didn't submitted themselves unto the rightousness of God. They rejected the counsel of God against themselves. We read in Luke 7:30 this: “But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him ( John the Baptist). They were the leaders of that folk Israel! Israel as a folk thought to do it by their own and so to established their own righteousness. Today millions of unsaved people think so like Israel. They don't realize that they need the righteousness of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. They too like Israel in the past, submit themselves not unto the righteousness of God. Israel didn't do it in the past. They came into rebellion with the whole world against God! That's why God began a new plan with the apostle Paul, the dispensation of God's Grace. Ephesians 3:1-3. Gods Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24 because of the fall of Israel. Read Romans 11:11, 25! 

Romans 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth

 

Verse 4: Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness! What a love of God! God is righteousness! He is the Goal to which the Law led. In Galatians 3:24 do we read the following verse: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” And in Colossians 2:14 we read” Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” Listen carefully my dear reader, friend, brother and sister in Christ: the law couldn't justify us! Never can the law gives us righteousness. Through the law we know what sin is and let us see that we need a Savior. The law let us see our own unrighteousness! God's rightousness is manifested in Christ alone! In Christ our sins were judged at Calvary!!! Think about this brother and sister and dear reader!!!! He died our death on that Cross on Calvary and our sins are fully paid for. Now people can be justified by His faith. Think about this and be still!!!! If you don't believe in the Lord Jesus Christ do it now before it is to late dear reader!!!! The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3:9 the following: “Be found in Him,not having mine own rightousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the rigteousness which is of God by faith”

 

Romans 10:5

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doet those things shall live by themselves

 

Verse 5: How can a man be righteousness under the law. In Leviticus 18:5 we read : Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, an my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord. The rightousness obtained of the law is to do it says Moses. Not only talk about the law but doing it. The man doeth those things of the law shall live by them. Now the word if a man do. Now we go to Galatians 3:10: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” No human being, no man can hold the things of the law. Men comes to short! He is a sinner so he cannot hold the law and do the deeds of the law. The law condemnes him or her.

 

Romans 10:6

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)

 

Verse 6: What does this mean? This verse goes back to Deuteronomy 30:11-14 which says us the following under the law: “For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyound the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it” Moses tells the Israelites that the law is not hidden from them and that the law is simple and plain. Many Jews were trying earnestly to keep that law, every jot and tittle in order to save their souls. They thought only about themselves, not about God. They were not serving God but their own selves. The law couldn't save so Romans 4:5 tells us the following verse: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness”

What will faith do according this last verse? Answer: Faith will rejoice and say What a wonderful Grace of God! This is what the apostle Paul tells us that nobody need to go to heaven to bring Christ down to us or descend to the deep to bring Christ up from the dead because our Lord Jesus Christ is already risen and He is the living Savior! All what we have to know about Him is to read in our Bibles. We have the whole Bible, The Word of God! And we have to believe, to trust this with our hearts!

 

Romans 10:7

Or, Who shall descend into the deep? ( that is , to bring up Christ again from the dead)

 

Verse 7: No one shall descend into the deep to bring up Christ again from the dead because our Lord Jesus Christ is already risen from the dead. He is our risen Savior! Read it in your Bible. I Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures! He is alive, our Lord is alive and we read it just here and there are more scriptures to let us see that He is alive. We have this to accept by faith!

 

Romans 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.

 

 

Verse 8: All what we need to know about our Lord Jesus Christ, about Him is right here in in our Bibles and in our mouth as we read and study this and with our hearts we believe it! That was also the faith which the apostle Paul in all his epistles which is the Word of God preached. We find it there. Awake my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ and learn the epistles of the apostle Paul. There you find your daily bread! Your spiritual bread and you will be strengthen with it and your daily life will change at the moment you take it as God's Word. Be not wise by your own but listen what God says to you through this Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26! It is the TRUTH! Read also Colossians 1:5-6!!!

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 9: This is the Word of faith and which the apostle Paul and his co-workers preached under this dispensation of the Grace of God! This is not what we hear in local churches today!

     This is really the Word of God! What does the word confess here mean? Answer: to acknowledge or admit. A person has to confess or acknowledge in his mouth the Lord Jesus as the One Who paid the price for his sins and believe in his heart that God hath raised Him from the dead than is that person saved forever.

    Dear reader do you confess or acknowledge the Lord Jesus and that God hath raised Him from the dead? Do yo believe that Christ died for you personally, for your sins and paid the price for you on that cross on Calvary? If so you will be saved forever! Do not put off until tomorrow! Believe now on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved now forever! Acts 16:31

 

 

Romans 10:10

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Verse 10 Confessing is naturally compared with the mouth and believing is associated with the heart. That is what this verse will say to us. We have to confess and to believe to be saved. The heart and the mouth are a symbol here in this verse. It is when the sinner comes to the point that he confesses or acknowledges that Jesus Christ is Lord and believes that He is risen from the dead and that He is a living Savior than the sinner is saved. Any work of named righteousness for salvation is useless for this. Now we come to our verses in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”

 

Romans 10:11

For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed

 

Verse 11: Beautiful Word of God. What a truth! Believe on Him, Christ. It is His faith! It is what He has done for us and not what we have done see Ephesians 2:8-9! My dear friend, reader, brother who read this: we have to believe in the finished Work of our Lord Jesus Christ! Not our works. Our works of so named works of the law cannot save us forever. Only His Finished work on Calvary and that He is alive that can save us forever!!!

Romans 10:12

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him

 

Verse 12: That is very, very Good News: No difference between Jew and non Jew!!! or Greek, Gentile!!!! Why is there no difference anymore because in the past there was a difference between Jewish people and the rest of the world. For a answer we read Ephesians 2: 14-16: “For He is our peace, Who hath made both (Jew and Gentile) one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace” So my dear reader, brother or sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what happened on Calvary when our Lord Jesus Christ died our death there!!! This is the finished work of God in Christ!!! He broke down the middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentile!!! What is that? In Colossians 2:14 we read the following verse: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” This is the law my dear reader! The law of Moses which stood in the way between Jews and Gentiles. He, Christ on Calvary nailed this law to His cross. The wall is not anymore between Jews and Gentiles! We are new man in Christ! It doesn't matter who you are: for God you are the same in Christ Jesus!!!! He, Christ is Lord over everyone rich that calls upon Him!!! In the Body of Christ we have new men! From all nationalities in this world we have members of that Body! There is no difference now. All people have sinned and come short of the glory of God Romans 3: 23 and in verse 21-22 of the same chapter we read : “But now the righteousness of God without the law si manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the rightousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference”

 

Romans 10:13

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved

 

Verse 13: Everyone who shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved! That is a fact! Everyone must know first that he or she is a sinner by nature and believe that Christ died for him or her on that cross on Calvary and that He rose from the dead to give everyone life, yes eternal life!!! My dear reader if you have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior do it now before it is to late. Who will say that tomorrow will come? Yes you can do it now: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ Who died for you on Calvary, in your place and took all your sins upon Himself and paid for this and He will give you eternal life because He lives! Don't be foolish but believe on Him!!! Acts 16:31!

Romans 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?

 

Verse 14: Without someone is telling other people the Word of God others cannot believe. They have to hear it: The Word of God and specially God's Saving Grace otherwise a person cannot believe. So faith, trusting God comes only by hearing God and this is through the Bible, God's Word. This is by hearing through a preacher and reading the Bible: God's Word!!! This was also in the time when God was busy with His folk Israel. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

 

Romans 10:15:

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

 

Verse 15: This verse comes from Isaiah 52:7. There we read: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth” The apostle took this verse as a example to let us know that someone has to preach the glad tidings, the gospel of peace otherwise others cannot believe in God. So this is also true for the gospel of the Grace of God. The apostle Paul was first sent from God to bring the Good News of the Grace of God! Acts 20;24. Through the epistles of Paul which is Gods Word, can a person now be saved! And we His ambassadors we have to preach this Gospel of Grace now in this world which is without God and is very dark!

 

Romans 10:16

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

 

Verse 16: We go back to Isaiah, to the folk Israel and in chapter 9 verse 27 we saw already the following verse: “Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved. We know not whole Israel believed in God and in the future there will be a remnant of Israel who will believe in Christ! We have now the same situation in this world. There are few people who believe in Christ as Savior. Who obeyed the gospel of Grace and are saved. This is a minority in this world. The majority don't believe in God and His saving Grace in Christ! This specific verse is taken from Isaiah 53:1: “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

 

Romans 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”

 

Verse 17: So this is the conclusion of the above verses: faith is by hearing, it comes by hearing it. You hear something of the Word of God, the Bible and you believe it, you take it as God's Word and not a word of men or your own words. If we read the Bible my dear reader, brother or sister in the Lord we hear God is speaking to us. We hear it through the Holy Spirit within us because otherwise we don't understand it! I Thessalonians 2:13 tells us the following verse: “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” This is a beautiful example for us who also believe that we take the Word of God as the Word of God and not the word of men! This can be only through Gods Word, the Bible!

 

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 18: The apostle Paul is citing the Word of God in Psalm 19:4. We read there: “Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun” Israel His chosen people must have heard it that's why the apostle asks: Have they not heard because the sound of Gods Word went into all the earth and Israel was the first who heard the message of God. The world here stands for inhabited earth from the Greek word Oikoumene!

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.

 

Verse 19: The apostle Paul is using in this verse Deuteronomy 32:21“They have moved met to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked met to anger with their vanities: an I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation” Israel had heard God's Word through Moses, through the Law and they knew the Words of the Lord their God. But Israel didn't listen, as people from God, to God and to the law. They were disobeying Him. In the same chapter we find in verse 17 the words: “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom our fathers feared not” My dear reader, brother, sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: this is the whole history of Israel. Through all her history as a nation they didn't listen to God and did not the will of God. They first got the Scriptures from God first through Moses, later through prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah and others. Israel understood very clearly as a nation. God provoked Israel as nation to jealousy by a foolish nation. This is the little flock of His Jewish followers! In Matthew 21:43 we read the Word of the Lord: “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. You cannot interpret as many people do that this nation are Gentiles. The Gentiles were never a nation! We read in Ephesians 2:11-12: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commenwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” So how could God use Gentiles to provoke Israel as nation (the leaders inclusive) to jealousy if they were without Him and had nothing to do with Israel? The nation here is a little flock of God's followers in Christ: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32.

 

Romans 10:20

But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me

 

 

Verse 20: This verse is taken from the book of Isaiah in chapter 65 verse 1 “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by My Name”

Isaiah is very bold here. He uses here language which is very bold. Israel as nation did not want God. But God says here: Behold me, behold me here I am to a rebellious folk. This verse came into reality when Christ was represented in the time of Pentecost during the first 7 chapters of Acts! People came to belief in the Lord Jesus Christ during that Acts period. The little flock were the 3 thousand people which believed! Read Acts 2:41 and 47!

 

Romans 10:21

But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

 

Verse 21: The apostle here argues which God says to Israel as a nation before Him: “I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good after their own thoughts” That's why they were so disobedient: they walked in a way that was not good after their own thoughts!!!! We have seen what they did and this was during their whole history! Finally God gave the nation Israel up with these words!

 

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Romans 11:1

I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

 

Verse 1: Hath God cast away His people when He gave them up? The answer is no, be far of it! God forbid! He never casted away His people because His promises to them are eternal. In 1 Samuel 12:19-22 we read the following verses: “And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not; for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake His people for His great Name's sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you His people” He will never cast away His people and this proves the above verses of 1 Samuel and there are more place in the Bible which can prove this! God has not cast away all Israelites. We see here that the apostle Paul himself was also an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham and of the tribe of Benjamin. Paul, before he was called by God through our Lord Jesus Christ near Damascus, was a murderer! He was our God's biggest enemy on earth! And God saved him by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone!!!! Also in the time the apostle Paul lived there were many Jews who had trusted Christ as their Savior and were the same saved as the apostle Paul!!!

 

Romans 11:2

God hath not cast away His people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the Scripture saith of Elias? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying.

 

Verse 2: God hath never cast away His people: Israel. He never should do that! In verse 1 we have seen God forbid, be far from it!!!! No He promised them eternal life if they would obeyed Him. In all the history of Israel they didn't obey God. They lived their own lives and in the time of Elias the prophet Israel as folk prayed to other gods who were no gods as the Astarte, strange gods. And Elias made intercession to God. He talked to God and prayed to Him for Israel as folk. Elias thought God had cast away all Israelites because they worshipped Baal and they became very religious. When Eliah lived, that was under King Ahab and Jezebel the multitude of Israel bowed down before this pagan god. This sounds very familiar isn't it? We now have also countries in this world in which they do the same! Think about the religions Buddhism and Hinduism! Elias had to flee for his life because Jezebel would have killed him if he didn't flee.

 

 

Romans 11:3

Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

 

Verse 3: This is what Eliah prayed to the Lord. Praying is talking to God! Eliah was in despair because Israel as folk walked not in the ways God told them to do. They killed the prophets God had send to them. Let us read the verse in I Kings 19:10: “And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away” This was his praying to God when God asked him what he was doing in the cave because Eliah had lodged in the cave. Eliah thought he was the only one who was with God. The rest of Israel was praying to gods like Baal. That this was not true the following verse and answer of God is there!

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 4: In this verse God's answer comes!!! There is hope! Eliah isn't the only one who bowed not his knees to the image of Baal!! God told him: I have reserved to myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal! We are going to I Kings 19:18: Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him” What we can learn from this is that we as believers in Christ as we are in depair to come out of it with Gods Word of Grace and be strengthen by it and listen what God have to say to us in His Word the Bible rather than to look to the circumstances we live under or live in!

Romans 11:5

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

 

Verse 5: When the apostle Paul lived on earth, in that time and there is he is speaking off, there were many Jews who had trusted our Lord Jesus Chiste as Savior! Stood for the truth to Him and had to suffer a lot because of their kinsmen . They were saved by grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone. So there was a remnant of Jews who believed in Christ! This is and was according to Gods Grace. They were with the Gentiles members of the Body of Christ! It was not according the Law of God or according to the Kingdom program.

Romans 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.

 

Verse 6: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: you are saved by God's Grace. You are not saved by your works! We read in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, letst any man should boast” And God wants us to live by His Grace also in the daily life! Our works or works of the law cannot help us to be saved and not in our walk with God! Let you think about this!!!! Grace is not grace when it is mixed with works or the Law! So if you hear preachings of pastors who teach Law and Grace mixed than you have to think for yourselves what is going on here? Is this the right way to believe in God daily? You have to wake up and learn the Grace of God through the epistles of the apostle Paul and know that we live under the Dispensation or administration of Gods Grace and that the Gospel is the Gospel of Grace! Works or works of the Law and Grace cannot be mixed!!! It is Grace or it is Work! Your salvation dear brother and sister in the Lord is not your part to perform but it is the gift of God's love to be received in faith! Read Romans 6:23. You cannot go back to the Law of God ( Law of Moses) because the Law condemns you and let you see that you are a sinner and needs a Savior! But God's Grace saves you for all eternity and also in this life from false doctrines!

 

Romans 11:7

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

 

Verse 7: This is a conclusion verse. This is what happened with the nation Israel. Let us read again Romans 9:31 and 32: “But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone” And Romans 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 problem is this: Israel submitted not themselves as folk unto the righteousness of God! They continued their own righteousness! They rejected God in totalility. They rejected God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost! They stumbled at that Stumblingstone and that is Christ. They didn't want Him because they crucified Him with the Romans! They knew, Israel knew that they had failed day after day and year after year to keep God's Law but they were unwilling to give up and cry to God for mercy but they continued to establish their own righteousness. Thus God gave them finally up and allowed a blindness that came over them. The election here is the little flock as we have seen and this started in Acts 2 at the end of that chapter 3000 men and later 5000!

My dear friend or reader: The law couldn't save Israel from their sins. For you, you cannot be saved by the law, also not the 10 commandments who are the written Words of God on stone. Maybe you hear this every Sunday in your local church you attend. It is only Christ, through Him that you can be forgiven all your trespasses and sins and in Him you can be righteousness and have eternal life. Don't be foolish like the folk Israel. Receive Him as your personal Savior and thou shalt be saved! Acts 16:31

 

The righteousness of God is in Christ and in Him alone. Israel didn't want this righteousness imputed by grace because they sought not after faith but after the works of the Law that's why God stopped His plan with his folk for a time!!!

 

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

 

Verse 8: God hath given them the spirit of slumber because Israel sought their own righteousness in the works of the law and didn't want to accept God's righteousness in Grace. They not only are blind that they cannot see, also they are deaf that they cannot hear. The whole had consequences to them: eyes who cannot see and ears who cannot hear. God gave Israel up to her self blindness. What is the spirit of slumber? This is a spirit of sleep! They are not awake, they sleep spiritually! Like the world who doesn't know the glory of God in Christ, the nation Israel is joining them!

 

Romans 11:9

And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them.

 

Verse 9: This verse comes from Psalm 69. He, David asked God in this Psalm that God will judge Israel because of her bad attitude! When David lived here on earth most people sat down on the ground to eat and most of the time in a circle with the food placed before and about them. The climate in that time was very hot and ate out of doors on blankets. This was a good time for an enemy to surprise them because they were seated on the ground and surrounded by food and dishes. In such a case their table became a trap and a stumblingblock because in such circumstances it was not easy to rise up quicly on their feet. They would fall on the food, the servants and other obstacles. This too applied to the religious leaders of Israel in Paul's day and also unsaved people in our time. Their special privileges become a trap and recompense= curse to them because for their sefl righteous attitude.

Romans 11:10

Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway

 

Verse 10: Let their eyes be darkened. That they cannot see their condition. Israel was judicially blinded and must bear the fruitlessness of their self righteousness. To bear the consequences. Until now in this Dispensation of Grace God is not busy with Israel. Israel joint the world in rebellion against God after Acts 7. God is now individual busy with the members of his joint Body: Jews and Gentiles in one Body, The Body of Christ which is the CHURCH. Israel is for a time blinded because they didn't sought God's righteousness in Christ. They rejected God in totality when they stoned Stephen See Acts 7. God sended them this darkness so that they could not see and until today bear the consequences of their self righteousness!

 

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 11: This verse is about the fall of Israel. Throught their fall salvation came from God to us Gentiles, individuals. If Israel in the past shouldn't fall they would be a blessingchannel to all the nations to come to God. But this didn't happen. What happened was this: In I Samuel 8 verse 7 we read: “And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them” So first they rejected God the Father that He should not reign over them.

In Acts 2:23 we read that they crucified with the Romans God the Son: “Him, being delivered by the determintate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” With the Romans Israel rejected God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Acts 7: 51 Stephen told the folk Israel the following: “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye”

So they rejected also here God the Holy Spirit. For God after this stopped His earthly plan with Israel as folk and began a new plan which was not made known by men but only by God and choose the apostle Paul to reveal this whole plan to the world! 

Paul who was Saul of Tarsus and a Jew, Roman and the bitterest enemy on earth who was in rebellion against God and was the leader of the rebellion. God saved him by grace through faith alone Ephesians 2:8-9 nearby Damascus Acts 9:1-16, Acts 22:1-21 and Acts 26: 8-20

This will not say that God has forgotten his plan with Israel. In this Dispensation of Grace Ephesians 3:1-3 God is now not dealing with Israel but with individuals on basis of His Grace through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross! Israel as nation is fallen and for a time she lives in blindness. See verse 25 of this same chapter. They didn't fall because of stumbling. They rejected God in totality so that's why they are fallen as nation. In the future God will save Israel! This will be the remnant of the folk, not the whole nation will be saved. In verse 26 of this chapter we read: “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”

 

 

Romans 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?

 

Verse 12: The nation Israel is fallen and joined the world before the Lord saved the apostle Paul. This fall happened with the stoning of Stephen. See Romans 11:11! They rejected God in totallity with the stoning of Stephen. This was the sin against the Holy Ghost which would not be forgiven! The diminishing of them has to do with Israel's national and spiritual loss. Now at this time, under this Dispensation of Grace Israel no longer is the head or blessingchannel of the great nations of this world. She is blinded now at this moment. God is not working with Israel now at this moment as I write this to you. God is working now with individual people who are members of the Body of Christ, The Church, the heavenly Church.

The diminishing has also to do with their numirical deminution because Israel forsook God. If they would believe and obey God than God would multiply and enlarge them Exodus 34:24 but through their unbelief and disobedience the following is and has become this: And ye shall be left few in number, whereas yea were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the Lord thy God Deuteronomy 28:62. This has happened and now God is not working under this Dispensation of the nation Israel. That will be in the future after the rapture of the Church than after the Great Tribulation their fulness will come!!! Romans 11:26-28. This will be the little flock which is spoken in the book of Revelation 144000 people!

 

Romans 11:13

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

 

Verse 13 The apostle Paul declared here in this verse that he is the apostle of the Gentiles!!! Not Peter, John or James are the apostles of the Gentiles. They were the apostles of the Jews. Let us read Galatians 2: 7-9 the following verses: But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; For He that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision , the same was might in me toward the Gentiles : And when James, Cephas, and John who seemed to be pillars, perceived the Grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen (Gentiles), and they unto the circumcision (Jews)”

So in the above verses we see the difference between Paul and Peter and the eleven. Paul as we already studied was not one of the twelve. The apostle Paul preached a complete other Gospel: the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24. His apostleship was wholly separate and distinct from that of the twelve apostles. He was never qualified for a position among the twelve apostles. In this world the unique character of Paul's apostleship is minimized or denied. Last my wife and me attended a local church and through the preaching we heard only about the 4 gospels Matthew, Mark Luke and John. Not the preaching of the cross and what God has done in Christ for us sinners! It was a very poor preaching which was preached there. But through the apotle Paul, our apostle, the apostle of the Gentiles we can know the preaching of the cross, the secret of the cross!!! Let us read I Corinthians 15: 3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures!” This is the Gospel, this is the GOOD NEWS! Christ died for us, in our place on that cross on Calvary. He didn't die His own death! No, He died the death of you and me to save us for eternity! Most people in this world ignore or deny the distinctiveness of Paul's aposteship and ministry and so minimize what God has magnified. So to undermine Paul's position as the God appointed apostle of Grace is to undermine the very dispensation of the Grace of God Ephesians 3;1-3 itself because the apostle Paul is the living demonstration of God's Grace and he proclaimed it. He magnified his office but he never exalted himself.

Romans 11:14

If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might

save some of them.

 

Verse 14 The apostle Paul was originally a Jew, a Pharisee and he was from the tribe of Benjamin, of the seed of Abraham. His folk originally was fallen and now he wished that he could reach also Jewish people, from his own folk with the wonderful gospel of the Grace of God. Romans 16:25-26. They were from the same flesh, the same people. In this layed also some emotions. And might save some ot them. That he could tell some people this wonderful News of God and that they came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and that God would save them. The salvation of Jews or Gentiles today is not based on the covenant which God made with Israel but only through God's Grace, not on the fulfillment of any prophesy but upon the eternal purpose of God: the Mystery, kept secret since the world began but made known in due time through the Apostle Paul. Now today under this Dispensation of Grace people individually could be saved by Christ's shed blood on Calvary for their sins if people believe this! If you are not saved at this moment dear reader: believe that Christ died for your sins and rose from the grave to give you eternal life, yes eternal life I Corinthians 15:3-4 and you shall be saved forever! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!

Romans 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?

 

 

Verse 15: Israel as nation falled. Why? They obtained as nation not that which the nation weeketh for. They came not to the righteouness of God because they didn't believe as nation in God. Instead of that they rejected God in totalility what we already saw in this chapter. Through their fall the reconciling of the world began. Not through their salvation as nation but through their fall. Romans 11:11, 25. They are blind for a time. Under this Dispensation of Grace under which we live now God is dealing with individuals, not a nation. In the future after the rapture of the CHURCH, God began again with dealing with Israel and then they will receive Him and then it shall be life from the dead. Not now at this moment. But someone could say and there are a lot of believers who say the Israel who exists now at this moment is already ordained by God! This is the country of God! According to the Scriptures and the rightly dividing 2 Timothy 2:15 the conclusion is that this country Israel now at the moment is not the people of God. Ask a Jew in Israel if he believes in Christ and his answer will be that he don't believe in Christ as Savior. May be when he is religious Jew he will be very angry when he hears the Name of Jesus Christ. I have seen it with my own eyes when I was in Jerusalem a long time ago. According to the Bible, God's Word, God now at this moment is dealing with individual persons who believe in Him, the Body of Christ, the CHURCH. Not in the place of Israel and this CHURCH and this CHURCH is not spiritual Israel! This Dispensation of Grace God had made interpolated. It was known by God before this world exists. He made it known by the apostle Paul and through the epistles of Paul which is God's Word we can know this.

 

 

Romans 11:16

For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches

 

Verse 16: From this verse till 25 it is dispensationally. As we already saw in the verses before this according to prophecy the Gentiles are to be blessed through Israel as blessingchannel but today the Gentiles are blessed through Israel's fall, her rejection, her obtinacy. Through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles. This verse speaks not about personal salvation. It deals with dispensational position. Not the doctrine of justification by faith. During this Dispensation of Grace Israel as nation have no privileges. The apostle Paul teaches us that to the Gentiles (Non-Jewish people) have been offered God's salvation apart from and without Israel supervision. Now at this moment Israel as a nation has been out of God's favor as the Gentiles had been many centuries before but now is offered reconciliation by grace through the shed blood of Christ!

What is the firstfruit? Who are the firstfruit? The firstfruit: the apostle Paul is speaking of Israel. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the firstfruit, the partriarchs, the fathers of Israel. In Hosea 9:10 we see and read: “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time” So the firstripe fruit of the fig tree is the firstfruit! So in the case of Israel: Israel is the fig tree or olive tree (Luke 13:6-9) and the patriarchs are the firstfruit! Now the lump is also holy. Who is the lump? The lump represents the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the twelve tribes from the 12 children of Jacob, the 12 sons of Jacob until a folk Israel. All that natural descendants from the patriarchs saved or not saved people. They were holy in the eyes of God because God was dealing with the nation Israel. The nation Israel had believers and unbelievers and they were apart or seperated from all the other people of the earth. That is the holiness which the apostle Paul is speaking about here in this verse. God told Israel that they were “an holy people...a special people...above all people” We can read this in Deuteronomy 7:6: “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people htat are upon the face of the earth”

This kind of holiness, the holiness that rendered all of the natural seed of the patriarchs “so nigh” to God (Deut. 4:7)! Unsaved people in the nation were influenced by saved people and had more chance to come to God than people who were in the world: the Gentiles who were without God and have nothing to do with Israel.

Israel is the Olive tree and the root here is Abraham. We know that our Lord Jesus Christ was the offspring of David because He was a natural descendant of David We can read this in Matthew 1:1 and 22:41-45. David himself was the offspring of Abraham.

Of course, if Abraham be the natural root of the olive tree of Israel the branches represents the natural descendants of Abraham, the Jews. So this is the declaration of this verse. Read and study this verse very well.

 

 

Romans 11:17

And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree

 

Verse 17: The olive tree represents Israel. In this verse the aposte Paul is speaking about the root and fatness of the olive tree! What does that word fatness mean? The word fatness in the Bible speaks about blessing. In Genesis 17: 28 we read the following verse: “Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine” Here Isaac spoke to Jacob on the moment that he blessed Jacob first instead of Esau. So the fatness here of the olive tree is the representation of all spiritual blessings that flowed form the covenants of promise which God made with Abraham and Abraham is the root of the olive tree. The basic of this promise was eternal life. In Romans 4:13 we read the following verse: “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 righteouness of faith” This promise of eternal life does combine with the adoption and glory and service of God which was only to Israel. Read Romans 9:4-5. Israel as a nation had the nearness to these blessings wheter they were saved or unsaved. The branches who are broken off is unbelieving Israel. That are unbelievers in Israel who were broken off from being nigh to these blessings. The Gentiles saved and unsaved have been grafted in among the believing Jewish branches that were left: the remnant. On this moment the Gentiles are nigh to these blessings and if they will find it they must search and find them now among the Gentiles. Now saved Gentiles partake of the fatness of the olive tree by being grafted in among the believing branches of Israel. God saved Saul, the apostle Paul and send him to the Gentiles that they may receive forgiveness of sins and the inheritance and sanctification by faith. In Acts 26:16-17 we read: “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee: Delivering thee form the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee” The branches here the apostle Paul is speaking about are the sanctified believing branches in the olive tree of Israel who had a inheritance in Christ before us. Romans 16:7. We as members of the Body of Christ, originally Gentiles, don't have the same inheritance in Christ as Israel has, but we have an inheritance in Him among them. Now the unsaved Gentiles partake of the fatness the same way as the unsaved Jews partook in the past.

 

Romans 11:18

Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Verse 18: Branches in this verse are not believing branches among whom the Gentiles were graffed in. We are warned not to boast against unbelieving branches that were broken off because why should we boast against branches with whom we share an inheritance? We bear not the root and that is the root of Abraham but the root of Abraham bears us. We aren't the root of Abraham. We are grafted into the root of Abraham and have noting to boast about. Abraham bears us. The connection which believing Gentiles have now with the believing branches of the olive tree is not based upon Jacob but it is based upon Abraham. We are a part of the seed of Abraham but not a part of Israel. Let us read Ephesians 2: 11-13: "Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hand; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from teh commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."

 

Romans 11:19

Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.

Verse 19: It was God's eternal purpose in the mystery to graft us into the olive tree. This is nothing to boast about! God did the work, not we! However boasting could be because the unbelieving branches were broken off and instead of them we were grafted in and we are now better than the unbelieving branches. God grafted us in, not we ourselves. So that's why we don't bear Abraham but Abraham us. Abraham was justified by faith. Let us read Romans 4:13: “ For the promise, hta the should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteouness of faith” We have not to boast in ourselves because from ourselves we are nothing. We have to boast in the Lord Who gave us all these blessings: righteous, saved by Grace by faith and in Christ alone, sealed with the Holy Spirit Ephesians 1: 3-14, Ephesians 2:8-10

 

Romans 11: 20

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

Verse 20: Well means that this is a conclusion and the apostle Paul acknowledges it that the unbelieving Jews were broken off of the olive tree and during this Dispensation of Grace the Gentiles were grafted in. This is not to be boast of or highminded over it. In the past the Jews as a whole: believing or saved Jews and unsaved and unbelieving Jews stood by faith. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God what we have learned. Romans 10:17. Unto Israel were committed the oracles of God. This was it what brought them near to God. This doesn't mean that every Jew believed the Scriptures of God! It meant that they stood by faith before God because of them. When a Jew believed the Scriptures he became obedient to the faith. But because of a lot of them who didn't believe and specially the leaders of the folk the nation as a whole was broken off from the position of nearness to God. In the same way the Gentiles saved or unsaved now have the Word of God, the whole Bible to believe and specially the Word of His Grace by which someone can be saved! If a Gentile believes the Word of God like the Jew than he becomes obedient to the faith. Read Romans 6:7. But if a Gentile refuse the Word of God and specially the Word of His Grace he shall be disobedient and will also be broken off from the position of nearness to God. A lot of Gentiles depart from the faith. Let us read 1 Timothy 4:1: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. Gentiles will fall from the Word of God that they hear in Paul's epistles and being highminded about what is God doing in and through us in this Dispensation of Grace. It is a form of proud, arrogance. The apostle is warning us here that we stand by faith and not to be highminded like others do. We should rather fear God  instead of to be highminded! 

Romans 11:21

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee

 

Verse 21: Who are the natureal branches which God not spared? They were broken off of the olive tree. These are the natural descendants of the partriarchs and they were broken off their position of being nigh to God because they didn't believe. That means that the Gentiles as a whole are grafted in but they get this similar warning. If they also not believe in God, God will not spare them too even as the unbelieving descendants of the partriarchs. God wants us to understand that the olive tree of Romans 11 is about the group of people who will be His witnesses of the world. Israel in the past was the Testimony of God and they were His witnesses. We can read this in Isaiah 43:10. Israel was the testimony among all nations because she had the true God and the nations had the false gods.

Now God witnesses are found among the Gentiles. The Gentiles are now the witness to this world. God will not spare the Gentiles if they depart from the faith.

Romans 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.

 

Verse 22: What is the goodness and severity of God? This is God's goodness in grafting the wild olive tree of the Gentiles into the root of Abraham for blessing of the world with God in our midst just as He was in the midst of Israel as nation and in that time Israel was the blessing channel to this world. The severity of God refer to severing of the people of Israel as a whole (nation) grom being a blessing to the world. In this verse is a warning and that warning is to encourage the Gentiles to continue to be the source of God's testimony to the world. And what if this will not happen? What does it mean to cut off? This means to be dismissed: the similar risk as the source of God's testimony to the world if they fall the same as Israel as nation was fallen in apostasy: the departure from the faith. They will be cut off and that will happen at the Rapture of the Church I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and this Dispensation of Grace whereunder we live shall close.

Romans 11:23

And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

 

Verse 23: For God it isn't difficult to graft Israel as a nation back into the olive tree because the root originally is the life of Abraham, how he lived and believed. This will happen when the Body of Christ, the CHURCH of Christ is gone from this world. In the past God took the headship that Israel had over the world away and gave it to Nebuchadnezzar. We read this in Daniel 4:20-24. The whole tree God cut down and left the stump of his roots in the earth. Daniel 4:15. Because of Abraham the stump of her roots are still over. It is easy for God to rejoin the people of Israel to the root of Abraham and return them to the headship of the world and gave their position back. This will taken place after the Rapture of the Church. The Gentiles who will not believe will be cut off after the rapture and God will restore the olive tree of Israel to her roots the same He did with the tree of Nebuchadnezzar. It let you see that for God nothing is impossible! We have a great God!!!

 

Romans 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?

 

Verse 24: In this verse the apostle Paul assures that Israel and that are the natural branches will be in the future be grafted back into their good olive tree! They were the people to whom God had given birth as a nation. He nurtured them and it was unnatural to think in the past that Gentiles who had not received this attention of God could be grafted into the olive tree of God's testimony to the world. But God did this and His act was contrary to nature. The apostle Paul is argueing here in this verse that if God could do what is unnatural how much easier it is for Him to return the people who were naturally the branches and associated with Him to the olive tree of His testimony again. It let you see that God can do everything. That's why He is so Great and we have a Great God! Praise Him!

 

Romans 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.

 

Verse 25 There are some people even believers who think and boast against the natural branches of Israel. Who believe that the CHURCH is in the place of Israel: the replacement Theology and teach this. For them and also for us believers God would have you to know that Israel's blindness is temporary. (in part) The day will come that God will return Israel to her roots. Now at the moment this will not happen because God is now dealing with individual believers (the Body of Christ) and we still live under the Dispensation of Grace Ephesians 3:1-3. After the Rapture of the Church I Corinthians 15:51-53 God again will let the Prophesy run and Israel will one day get all that God promised her. The Rapture of the Church has to do with the fulness of the Gentiles. When the Body of Christ, the Church is full, has his last member to come in than after this the Rapture will come.

 

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

 

 

Verse 26: Now at this moment salvation of the Gentiles is through Israel's rejection of Christ. This was never prophesied: it was hid in God Ephesians 3:9 and hid from ages and from generations Colossians 1:26. In other ages not made known Ephesians 3:5 and kept secret since the world began Romans 16:25. In this verse we turn from the Mystery of God whereunder we still live to the prophesy and God's covenant with His folk Israel. Christ will return to earth and will finally bring the millenial Kingdom with its peace and prosperity. The Deliverer, the PEACE MAKER will come from Sion, not from Moscow, Washington, Rome or Berlin. Israel wanted always to be saved from tyranny, from their enemies, persecution and trouble but have not longed to be saved from sin. She will not be delivered from her troubles above until she is saved from her sins. Some Scriptures to prove this we can read in Matthew 1:21, Acts 3:26. This will be a great day when Israel shall be saved from their sins and that God shall turn away in Christ ungodliness from Jacob.

 

Romans 11:27

For this is my Covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins

 

Verse 27: In this verse we go from Mystery with the riches of God's Grace to prophecy and God's Covenant with Israel. When Christ will return on earth He the Deliverer will come out of Sion and He will take away the sins of Israel . In Matthew 1: 21 we read the following verse: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins” This will take place after the Rapture of the Church, the Body of Christ. After the Great Tribulation Christ will come to earth to reign as King of kings and than Israel as nation will be restored and will again be a blessing channel to the Gentiles, the world.

Romans 11:28-29

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

 

Verse 28: The Jews are enemies of the Gospel. Which Gospel? They are enemies of the Gospel of God's Grace. We read Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear untor myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the Grace of God” This is the Gospel which the apostle Paul preached to the Gentiles, to the whole world. This Gospel brings salvation, makes us as believers in Christ stronger and we learn deeper things through this Gospel of God. The Jews rejected this. 3 Times in the book of Acts we can read about this and in Acts 28:28 we read about the last time when they rejected the Gospel of God's Grace in Christ and rejected also the Mystery. Let us read Acts 28:28: Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it” The Jews believe not in God and joined the world against God and His love. So they are the enemies.

 

Verse 29: God elected them because He had so much love fot the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who are the patriarchs. Through the partriarchs God began His folk Israel and this folk was because the partriarchs the beloved from God! He loved them so much and so His gifts and calling are without repentance. The Jew now will reject Christ. In 1984 I was in Jerusalem and I saw with my own eyes that fanatic Jews heard the Name of Jesus Christ and became mad and very angry and would destroy the instruments of the people who played gospel music, who were believers in Christ! Some very strong people dissuaded them from it.

Because otherwise it was really broken and the believers maybe broken beaten in the face or worser. I saw the hate in their faces of this religious Jews. Very dangerous! In the future God will call His folk back because He promissed this! This will be after the Rapture of the Church , after this Dispensation of Grace and after the Great Tribulation.

Romans 11: 30-31

For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

 

Verse 30 and 31: We as Gentiles in past times didn't believe in God. In Ephesians 2:11 we read the following verse again: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, have no hope, and without God in the world. Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: in time past when God was dealing with Israel, His Folk, we were without Christ and had no hop and without God in this world!!! We Gentiles were nowhere, lost forever!!! This still applies for the unbelievers in this world today: they are without God, without Christ and having no hope and lost forever! Now for us believers there is hope, eternal life in Christ!!! Because of the fall of Israel as nation we obtained mercy by God. In Ephesians 2:13 we read the following verse: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” Under this Dispensation of Grace we live now God is bringing Gentiles to Himself and they all are placed in Christ and in the Body of Christ , the Church! I Corinthians 12:13. We as believers in Christ have a great task: not only telling other Gentiles about God's Grace and forgiveness of sins and eternal life: also Jews people to tell them the Good News of God's Grace and Love in Christ also for them! In Ephesians 2:16 we read: And that he might reconcile both (Jews and Gentiles) unto God in one Body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” God offers individuals everywhere now, Jews and Gentiles alike, reconciliation by Grace through faith in Christ Who died for us on that cross on Calvary and rose from the grave to give us eternal life in Himself! That's is what we have also to tell the Jews now so if individual Jews believe this they obtain also mercy by God.

Romans 11:32

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all

 

Verse 32: After the tower of Babel God gave the Gentiles up and they were scattered over the face of the earth We read in Genesis 11:9: “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” And in Romans 1: 23-27 we read: “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishounour their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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: 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, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet” Later God concluded Israel in unbelief. Let us read Acts 22:17-18: “And it came to pass, that , when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw Him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning Me”

God gave the nation Israel up over the face of the earth where we find them this day. Read Acts 28:25-27. What do we have now in this world? Answer: individual lost sinners to whom God offers salvation by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone. Through the death of His Son for our sins at Calvary! What a LOVE. God is a merciful God and He is Great!!!!

Romans 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!

 

Verse 33: The question is who could have thought of this Amazing Plan to show sinners their need of Christ. Who could have thought of this plan of God for our salvation? No one, only God had this plan to offer: to offer His Son, Yes His Dear Son Jesus Christ for the sin of this world, for everyone He hang on that Cross on Calvary. He didn't die His own death! No He died our death there on Calvary. No one could think to come into this world but He Himself as one of us and to represent us and pay our debt for us! What a LOVE because God is LOVE!!!! His judgments upon upon His nation Israel and upon the nations are unsearchable. He concluded them all in unbelief so that He might have mercy upon them all!!! Let us read Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Think of this! He died for all men on Calvary: for you and me and if you are not saved this day: you have to know that you are a sinner from birth on and you have to believe that Christ died for your sins on Calvary and took all your sins upon Himself. He is the Sinbearer, because you cannot save yourself from sin. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! Accept this free gift of eternal life! He already made peace with this world and also with you: you have to accept through believing His Word of Grace! Acts 16:31. The ways of God and His judgments are not to fathom!!!

Romans 11: 34

For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor? 

The question here is: is there someone who hath known the mind of the Lord, the mind of God?  God is never and will never be man's debtor! He is the supreme Giver and the supreme Benefactor. No one, even not the angels can know the mind of our God. Our God is so great. He hath such a Love. This plan to save this world by Grace through faith in Christ Jesus was known by God before the world began! No one is His Counselor or fathom Him. 

Romans 11:35

Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 

No one can say that he first given to Him the the things that he received from God! God gave everything to men. Men cannot give things to Him. Man is a sinner, he is unperfect. No one is perfect, only God is perfect and without sin so that's why He could die for the sins of mankind I Corinthians 15:3-4!  Forgive sins of men and give eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Romans 11:36

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen. 

This verse is about the creation! God made Heaven and Earth and all what is therein and made everything through His Son Jesus Christ and for His Glory. This verse is also about our salvation which was planned by Him, wrought by Him and at One Day redound to His eternal glory! To Whom be glory for ever. To Him be all the glory! Amen!!!!

 

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Romans 12:1,2

         “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

     These words come from the apostle Paul who was inspired by God. Paul didn’t receive the message of Grace not of men but by revelation of Jesus Christ. We can read this in Galatians 1:11,12: “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ”

       Verse 1: Here in Chapter 12 verses 1 and 2 we see the practice in the daily life. We see here in these verses the will of God. First it begins with I beseech you therefore, brethren. To whom is the apostle speaking here? He is speaking in the first place to brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ who are in Rome because the epistle is written to the believers at Rome, and for the whole body of Christ, also for us as members of this body of Christ, the heavenly Church. We see in Chapter 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” To beseech is not a command or direct somebody else. It is to ask or to call somebody. The brethren are the saints in Rome like you and me, members of the body of Christ I Corinthians 12:13!!! Before we were in Christ we didn’t have any hope and were without God in this world, enemies of God and in wicked works. Ephesians 2:11, 12. Thanks be unto God Who had reconciled us to Him through the redemption of Christ , the gift of grace!! By the mercies of God. To translate this word mercies it means compassions. What God already did for us: we are justified from all things, baptized into Christ and seated with Him in heaven and more blessings we have in God and now the practice in our lives: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God. It is God’s will, not our old own will because from ourselves we do not good things. We can see this in Romans chapter 3:12:”They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” This is the natural man and is still with us. However we can now say that we are in Christ and we can now walk in the good works which God  hath before ordained. Ephesians 2:10. What we have to do? We have to present our bodies. If we in the daily life present our bodies to Him that loves us, God has the whole man because the man consists of soul, spirit and body. It is thus to present yourself to God, to let Him work through you. It is like Paul, the apostle who was a slave of Jesus Christ and served God till the end of his life in Rome! We have to yield the inner man to His will and not to do our own will!!! This is always our daily fight! We want to please God and to do His will and then the old nature comes and doesn’t want it.  In Romans 7:19: “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do”. A living sacrifice! What does this mean? This is God’s will for today that we live a life of sacrifice for Him day by day! The apostle Paul was living example for this. He suffered a lot for Christ. All this we can read in 2 Corinthians 11: 22-33. Once he was stoned, 3 times he suffered shipwreck, a night and a day he was in the deep, in weariness, in painfulness, in hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness. For us as believers of the body of Christ who live in Western countries like the Netherlands, USA, Germany we cannot imagine what the apostle Paul went through with the Lord. And still he had the love of Christ that constraineth him and his fellow labors to bring to the people in that time the gospel of the grace of God Acts 20:24! We have no hunger, nakedness, being in the deep of the water! In this world there are countries where brothers and sisters are persecuted because of believing in Christ! Maybe they don’t know the gospel of Grace and the Word rightly dividing. Still they are suffering so much! Last I heard the story of a sister in the Lord Jesus Christ from North Korea, who is now living in South Korea who suffered for many years and was persecuted in 10 prison camps there. Since 2 years she is now living in South Korea and lives in freedom now. And I heard that there are more than 50.000 brothers and sisters who are persecuted in North Korea and most of them live in concentration camps! What we only can do for them is to pray!

   A living sacrifice, to sacrifice ourselves for Him! Holy: this means apart for God. We as members of the body of Christ are apart in Christ, in God! And as we are a living sacrifice for Him than it is also acceptable unto God. That is God’s desire because He loves us so much that He wants that we live in our daily life with Him. Our example is the apostle Paul. He is the living example for a living sacrifice! And he says to us:”Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” 1Corinthians 11:1. As a slave for Christ the apostle exhorted Timothy and also us in 2 Timothy 2:3:”Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” The last of this verse is: which is your reasonable service. It is a divine service. This is far more than religion! It is a service for God and that every day of our life! It is a logic service for Him.

       Verse 2: The next verse, verse 2 begins with: And be not conformed to this world! What does this mean? In Galatians 1:4 we read the following text: “Who (that is Christ) gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”.  This was the purpose of God! To deliver us from this present evil world, that’s why gave Himself through His Son Jesus Christ for our sins! Now in Christ we have the forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14 through His blood on Calvary shed for us! Our position is in Christ! We read in Ephesians 2:4-6:”But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” This is our position in Christ!!!! What a wonderful God we have, we are delivered through Him from this present evil world!!!! Think about it, delivered, freed from this evil world. We are no part of it anymore, we are in Christ!!! So be not conformed to this world. God says here be different. Modern believers or Christians today think that to win the lost for Christ they have to adapt themselves to this world. But here in this verse it says be different. First it begins with our mind and later the behavior from us. First we have to learn why we have to be different from other people (in our thinking and behavior, daily life). Because God want’s this!! He had delivered us from this present evil world and now He asks us to be different! To be different from what? Be different from this evil world!!! Do not the same things what people in this world do! An example is to drink a lot of alcohol in bars! If people in this world see that we behave ourselves different from them sometimes they can be impressed with our testimony. But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. The word transformed comes from the Greek word metamorphoo or metamorphosis. It is being changed. A verse for this we can find in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. It is in the daily life to let the Spirit of God rule in our hearts by His Word!!! It is to put off the old man with his deeds and put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him!!! Read Colossians 3:9, 10. If you in the daily life present yourself for God a living sacrifice and so be different form this world than you know that the will of God is good and perfect for our happiness temporal and also eternal. So it have to be in our daily life with God and we can pray that in our own weakness we let God to work in us through His Word and that He will use us for His glory and purpose!!!!

Romans 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 thatn he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

Verse 3: To Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles was the Grace of God given! Let us read Acts 20:24 again: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God. By Grace are ye save by faith and that not of yourselves. You cannot as member of the Body of Christ boast in yourselves. Ephesians 2:8-9. All the honour goes to God Who have given us His Grace through Christ Jesus His Son!!!

There are a lot of believers in Christ who overrate themselves. They think that they are very intellectual and this has a effect upon other members of the Body of Christ. Maybe also in assemblies you have these people. So this happened also in the assembly or assemblies in Rome and the apostle Paul warns about this and exhorts every man not to overrate himself but to think soberly and be humble before God so that God can work in the life of him. Brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: God gives you everything and all the gifts you have are from Him and you can use those gifts He gaves you. Let God do His Work in you instead that you think you can do it yourself! Don't boast in yourselves because of ourselves we are nothing and we live not anymore for ourselves. Let us read Galatians 2:20: “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”

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Romans 12:4

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office

Verse 4: In one body there are a lot of members. Let us think about our own body. We have for example different fingers. The thumb is not the same as the pink . The thumb is a saddle joint. The function of the thumb are the following:

The thumb contrasts with each of the other four by being the only digit that:

  • Is opposable to the other four fingers
  • Has two phalanges rather than three
  • Has greater breadth in the distal phalanx than in the proximal phalanx
  • Is attached to such a mobile metacarpus (which produces most of the opposability)

The pink has another function: The pinky finger is the fifth digit of the hand and is the least often utilized of the five fingers. As the smallest digit, the pinky is located next to the ring finger. In comparison to other fingers, the pinky possesses the most diminished range of motion.

As a assistant of Radiology almost everyday I make Rontgenphotos of hands of patients. So that's why I use this example! This two examples are members of our body and are in one body: on the left and on the right hand! They have their function you just read. But not all members have the same office or task! So is this also with the Body of Christ, the CHURCH. Christ is the HEAD of the Body of Christ or CHURCH. The heavenly CHURCH! We as believers in Christ are members of this Body I Corinthians 12:1! We too have not the same office, same task. Everyone of us has his office or task. Some of us are preachers, teachers, some listeners, or helpers financial in local churches. Everyone has his own task. All the members work with and for each other in your own body and this is also true of the Body of Christ, The CHURCH! 

                                                                             

Romans 12:5

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another

Verse 5: We have learned in the human body that members have not the same office or task. There is no equality in the body. The members work with and for each other and they all depend upone one another. So is it also in the Body of Christ, the CHURCH! Christ is the HEAD of this Heavenly CHURCH. We are the members as believers in Christ. If one member is seriously ill or in danger the others feel this and suffer too if they know the person! So every believer my dear brother and sister in Christ is a member and you are members of each other and of me! We need each other as members as in a human body!

Romans 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.

Verse 6: When the apostle Paul wrote this part of the letter to the Roman believers God's Word was not complete! We have now the complete Word of God. Read Colossians 1:25: “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the Dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the Word of God” In that time prophecy was in order and in this verse it is first written. In I Corinthians 14:1 we read the following verse: “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy”. So the apostle exhorts believers who have this gift to use it according to the proportion of faith! To tell others what the Spirit of God has revealed to him or her without pride!

Romans 12:7

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministring: or he that teacheth, on teaching

Verse 7: Ministry is a service. You as believer in Christ serve Christ. We live not for ourselves anymore. Paul was a servant. He was in the ministry. Here it is also a gift given by God Himself. If you Paul said are in the minitry: Give yourself to it. God honors the most lowest task done from the one who is in the Body of Christ. Gift of teaching here: if someone had this gift he had to give himself to teaching. Not to give up after a while which happened and it happens more times that people give up the ministry they are in or preaching or teaching.

Romans 12:8

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness

 

Verse 8: Beside teaching there is also the gift of exhortation: to exhort someone is to encourage someone. This was a gift from God as the gift of teaching. He that gives is also a gift which we as believers should know. Giving is not to think to become better from it, no, it should be done with simplicity. Now the word ruleth which means to stand in front, to lead and this should be done with diligence which means with earnest care. It is more than leading a public service. The last word is sheweth mercy. This must be done in cheerfulness. Not without the love of God because than mercy is robbed from her quality. The attitude is very important in this gift of God but not only in this gift: in all the gifts who are named here in these verses. God's love must work in the one who has this gift from God otherwise those gifts has no meaning in the practice!

 

Romans 12:9

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good

 

Verse 9: From this verse on we have the outworking of God's Grace: that God's grace will shine through the believer to other believers and also non believers: to everyone. It begins with the will of someone who is a believer in Christ. If you don't want to let God rule your life God's Grace cannot work in you as believer. Let us follow in this the example of Abraham: he believed God in daily life, he obeyed God as a child and God justified him. Or as Joseph who obeyed God and did no fornication with the wife of Potifar. These are examples to follow in daily life. Let love be without dissimulation. What does this mean dissimulation. Dissumulation is hypocrisy: it is lying or to lie to one another. Let this not be named under us as believers in Christ! Abhor means here flee from which is evil: don't touch it! In 2 Timothy 2:22 we read the following verse: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow rigtheousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” Cleave to that which is good. What is good? To follow righteousness, faith, charity and peace. All things of God and we have to pray for this everyday that God will lead us through the day. That His love, charity may work through the day! We need Him everyday!!!

Let us not walk like the unbelievers who go after lusts like drunkeness, cursing, fornication etc.

 

Romans 12:10

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another

 

Verse 10: This verse is about brotherly love. In the old Greek language it is philadelphia which is different from agape (God's love). The love between brother to brother is not the same as husbands have with their wives. In Ephesians 5:25 we read: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself fot it” This is more agape. Brotherly love is between brothers in the Lord and it should also be strong. Kindly affectioned we see here. Kind is also something we have not in our nature as human beings because we are sinners originally. We have to learn this from God in His Word and sometimes it is very difficult to be kind. In the case of brotherly love and honour preferring one another we read the following verse in Philippians 2:3: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” So brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: don't place yourself in the foreground! That's egoism and we all have this from ourselves. Give the other more place than yourself! That's love and this love isn't not from yourself, it is from God Who will learn this to us in this verse!

Romans 12:11

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord

 

Verse 11: Slothful has to do with slackness or lazy. Let us not walk like this. Let us serve the Lord Jesus Christ and being busy with His Word of Grace everyday of our lives! Let us be fervent which means sincere, intense! We serve the Lord Jesus Christ and not ourselves anymore brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. As a example we have the apostle Paul who worked day and night: “For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the Gospel of God”1 Thessalonians 2:9 and in verse 11 and 12 we read: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, Who hath called you unto His Kingdom and glory”. If we are slothful or lazy, God cannot work in us and this is not a good example for a believer in Christ who knows the truth and rightly dividing the Word of truth. Romans 16:25-26, 2 Timothy 2:15

 

Romans 12:12

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer

 

Verse 12: The world knows nothing of the hope we have in heaven! Titus 2:13 tells us this hope: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” This world is keeping hoping for the best. They don't know the hope what we have as brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast!!! People around us who are not believing in Christ as Saviour are ignorant of this hope of the Bible. For them the Bible is foolishness. They believe in themselves and everything is uncertain for them. We have this hope in heaven: laid up for us in heaven!!! Let us rejoice in it!!! Let us be patient in tribulation, in difficulties in work or in our lives outside our work. Let us read Romans 5:3: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” Our hope is in Heaven 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18!!! Continuing instant in prayer: the meaning is that we have not to forget to pray. Regular praying is good to do and if you think of some brother or sister in the Lord: pray for him or her and that moment.

                                                                                                                                            

Romans 12:13

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality

 

Verse 13: Our first responsibility is for our brethren in Christ my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. This doesn't matter that we don't care or don't mind about sufferings of unbelievers in this world. I work a long time in a Hospital and I care about patients and when they are in troubles I help them and give what they need at the moment. But simply our first responsibility is toward believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Galatians 6:10 it is written: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” Let us not forget this!!! What is hospitality? To be open for strangers or friends into a warm house and have fellowship with him or her in the Lord Jesus Christ. The days are very hectic and we notice this more and more and there is not so much time for this. On the other hand every believer in Christ should have a hospitable spirit and seeking for opportunities to receive others into the home for Biblical fellowship. We know from Titus 1:8 the following verse that Bishops or overseers has to be a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate”

 

Romans 12:14

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not

 

Verse 14: Wow, this is very difficult you will say but it;s doable only with the strength of God's Word which will rule our hearts. This week I saw a article of a very old man who was persecuted by the Germans (SS) in the Second World War in the concentrationcamp Auschwitz and he told the newspaper and in the book which is written of him that he hold no grudge against the Germans who had persecuted him. Wow that is something to think about it. I don't know if this man is a believer in Christ but not to hate your persecuters and to forgive them and bless them is something. We only can do that if we let God's Spirit with God's Word rule our hearts. The apostle Paul in I Corinthians 4:12 writes the following verse: “And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it” We know and read that the apostle Paul was many times persecuted and suffer it. It is totally self-effacement! Don't curse but bless: this is the power of God and His Word of Grace!!! God will repay and vengeance is for Him, not for us. We have to be glad in Him.

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep

 

Verse 15: In this verse the apostle exhorts us first to rejoice with them that do rejoice. Philippians 4:4 tells us the following text: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say Rejoice” This will be the outworking when God is working in us my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. Than we can rejoice with them that rejoice and weep with them that weep. Let us read I Corinthians 12:26 because we are brothers and sisters of one another: “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it” We are brothers and sisters of one another and members of the Body of Christ, the CHURCH!

Romans 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

 

Verse 16: The apostle Paul exhorts us here again and there are two things here in this verse you have to know as believers in Christ. First: Be of the same mind one toward another. Same mind? What does that mean? That we are not divided in this that we look toward to other one, that other person. Let love and trust and sympathy and interest toward to other person in the Body of Christ be. In Philippians 2:4 we read the following verse: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” So in this modern world with media, cellphones etc the world is a lot egocentric, more that she was in Paul's days. People are more self centered and if we are not awake we do the same things as the world does. So let us not by highminded and see not looking down on men of low estate!

If you as believer know the Knowledge of the Truth of God, the Gospel of your Salvation, the gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing the danger is that it can bring you that you feel more than people who don't have this or have a low estate.

Romans 12:17

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

 

Verse 17: If people are angry to us let us not be angry at them. For example if somebody steals from us let us do not the same and begin to steal from other people. So we have not to do evil things which the unbelievers do in this world. In I Thessalonians 5:15 we read the following verse: “” See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men” Dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: to do this is very difficult because we cannot do it by ourselves. The old nature wants revenge if people wronged us. But we are in Christ, we are new men in Him!!!

So to win people for Christ it is very important that people see from our attitude (and let God work in us),that we are different and begin to think that they are not good and need also Christ in their lives. Let us be gentle and nice to other people (believers in Christ or non believers) Let us be different because we are different in Christ and as we are honest people recognize in us maybe the difference and begin to think. In the sight of all men: not a few, all men!!!!

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men

 

Verse 18: This is not to easy to do: to live peaceably with all men. If people wronged us or do cause us pain we are inclined to revenge. This is our nature, our old nature but the Lord saith something different here in this verse: if it is possible live in peace with all men. How can you do that? We can do this through with help from God because from ourselves we cannot do this but as we are led by God's Holy Spirit and His Word of Grace Acts 20:31 that build us up we can do this. God loves everybody, every men so to win people for Christ it is very important to have this attitude everyday. And it is also important according to this verse how much we are grown in Christ that we can do this. And if this is not possible we have to think that the difficulty lieth not with you but by the other person.

Romans 12:19

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay, saith the Lord.

 

Verse 19: In verse 18: if it is possible live in peace with all men and here in this verse if someone wronged us or cause us pain we have not to avenge ourselves. Our old nature will do that. If someone beats us we beat back: that is the natureal reaction! But we are believers, new men in Christ! So rather give place unto wrath! It is natural to resist wrath and to resist the person who would do us wrong. After this you give room to your adversary so give him no room because God will recompense this and vengeance is mine saith the Lord. He will repay it. It is a mistake to take our problems out of His hands because we are angry. Bring this to the Lord in prayer and He will give us peace also in this and that we resolve this problem with His Word and we have to be kind to and try to live in peace with the enemy so that the enemy begin to see that he or she had made the mistake. If we give this problem to the Lord He will help us to forgive the other person and He will repay it!

 

Romans 12:20

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals fo fire on his head

 

Verse 20: As we have seen in verse 19 that we have not to avenge ourselves but the Vengeance is for God: He will repay! Here we are to asked to feed our enemy if he or she hungers or if he or she thirst that we give him or her drink. This will help the enemy to think about this attitude. So be ye kind not only to your brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ also to our enemies we have to be kind because maybe through our good attitude which God works in us they will think about it and maybe they come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 12:21

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good

 

Verse 21: If we make friendship with our enemies we will have overcome evil with good. As we know that God saved His chief enemy on earth Saul of Tarsus He can save others too and as we are kind and not to recompense evil what others do than it to overcome evil with good and people begin to think about it and maybe come to believe too in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Romans 13:1

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

 

In this Chapter verse 1 till verse 8 it's about how to be subject unto higher powers because this is ordained by God. Higher powers are governments. God had set the governments. This is a principe and we as citizens also on this earth have to obey the government of our Country! Let us start with verse 1

Verse 1: Every soul, that is every men has to subject unto the higher powers/governments. Here in the Netherlans we have a government. In other countries you have it too. Some countries there is chaos because of war etc. Think about a country as Libya. In this country a lot of people are in war with each other and there is no central government after the leader Ghadaffi some years ago was adjusted to. But most of the countries in this world have a government. It will not say that this is a good government. There are a lot corrupt governments in this world because of sin but the principe of God that He had set the governments to reign over us is good! In Titus 3 verse 1 we read the following verse: “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” So God had ordained this powers and we have to obey them because otherwise you resist them and you shall receive damnation of them because the rulers are not a terror to good works but to the evil. If you drive with your car to fast on the highway or you drive with your car through red light you got a bill if the police see it with camera's for example. This is dangerous not only that you don't obey it but also that you bring yourself in danger and other road users. You can cause a accident!

Romans 13:2

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation

 

Verse 2: So every man or woman who resist the power that is to be disobedient to the authorities is disobedient what God had ordained which is the government above us in our country. There are some laws and rules in a country otherwise there will be a chaos and arnagism and that is not good. God is a God of order so that's why He had ordained this system, this authority to rule over a country. So that's why we have police, justice in our country and also in a lot of countries. So every man or woman who is disobedient to the laws and rules and openly resist the power shall receive to themselves damnation. He or she will be guilty and in the worsed he or she can be put in jail for murder, stealing etc. However there are also corrupt governments we know where people have no freedom of religion, believing in God. People disappeared when they believe in concentrationcamps or would be killed because of believing in Christ as Savior. Thank the Lord that we have here in the Netherlands and in more countries in this world freedom to believe in Christ as our Savior and that we aren't persecuted for our believe in Him. If this will happen no one can forbid us to believe in Christ as Savior and believe in the Bible His Word of Grace Act 20:24. No one can stop us from not believing!!! We read Acts 5:29: “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men”

Romans 13:3

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not to be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

 

Verse 3: If you as person are disobedient to the authorities/government that is above you they can give you punishment and this punishment can be different because not every crime or disobedience is the same. If you for example drive to fast with your car or drive with your car through red light you can get a bill if they see it. If you steal money or a bankpass you get a higher punishment if they catch you. For us as believers in Christ and under God's Grace we have to do which is good: obedience to the powers who are above us and not to resist them than shall we have praise of the same. The rulers of this world are not a terror to good works but to evil works. We have not to forget that we can sleep in this country the Netherlands at night very well because the police is watching also at night and God had ordained this system. We have not to be afraid as believers in Christ for the police because we are obedient as citizens also on this earth.

Romans 13:4

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

 

Verse 4: The authorities in a country for example in the Netherlands is a minister ordained by God for the good for you and me. It is also to protect us from evil and other things. If you do evil like stealing money or driving to hard on a road which is not allowed than you have to be afraid of the autorities because she beareth the sword. She keeps the laws/ rules and the autorities know which is not good and which is good. Most of the laws we have in this country are based on the Bible: the Law of Moses: thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not murder etc. She the authorities (policemen, judges, justice) are revenge to execute wrath upon the person who does evil. If you steal, murder or simple drive to hard on a road which is not allowed they will put you in prison for this or give you a warning or a bill! That is right and there is nothing wrong with this. It must follow punishment when people do evil.

Romans 13:5

Wherefore ye must needs be subject not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake

 

Verse 5: The authorities are above us and we have to obey them not only for wrath but also our conscience plays a roll in it. For example to drive through the red light it makes your conscience, your mind, not good. You feel sorry about it and quilty and it gives you no rest, not a good feeling. 

The rules of a country are made by the authorities and most of them are based on the Bible, God's Word, let you think for example not to do everything we want to do from ourselves, which our flesh wants.

 

Romans 13:6

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing

 

Verse 6:On the government/tax, we pay tax money because they have the right to ask this from us. The Government has to pay a lot of money on things like nature, highways, buildings etc and people like you and me have to pay tax for this. Also for example for electricity or gaz or water we have to pay tax for it every month here in the Netherlands. In Paul's days it was already so. The authorities are busy with this, that is their job to receive tax money and do something with this money, to give out for purposes. We pay and if you don't pay you got warnings and in the worsed they can you expand your home!

Romans 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

 

Verse 7: When you are guilty to someone because of money pay the amount of money owed.! Tribute to whom tribute and that is in our country the Netherlands the tax authority. Custom to whom custom. We have here in the Netherlands a toll road in the South West part of the Netherlands. You have to pay money if you will drive on that road and this way is under deep water (Westerschelde) in Zeeland. Fear to whom fear. This has to do with give honour to authorities and this can be the government of our country and maybe also our King and Queen of the Netherlands. You have not to be afraid of them but you have to respect them and that is the meaning of honour to them whom to be honoured.

Romans 13:8

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 

Verse 8: From this verse on this chapter is about our walk, how we behave ourselves and what we have to do because we serve Christ and not ourselves, our own flesh! We as believers in Christ and members of His Body, the Body of Christ my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, are to owe no man anything but to love one another! In Galatians 5:14-15 we read the following verse: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.but if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another” Love one another: that is anything for another! If you do that and let God working in you my brother and sister in Christ than the law of God hath to be fulfilled. Brother and sister: It is my desire and wish as editor in the Lord Jesus Christ that you are going to grow in the spiritual life with the sound Doctrine, the gospel of your Salvation, the gospel of the Grace of God which is the truth of God. Read Acts 20:24, 32! That will lead you to a spiritual walk with God and things will change in your life so that you also can love one another and be patient to everyone in this world. Let God do the work in you and me and this is my prayer for you and me everyday!

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.

 

Verse 9: The apostle Paul in association with our walk and relationships with others brings here the law of God, the Law which God gave through Moses to Israel first and it has influence on the whole world. The law says do not or thou shalt not and all the law is fulfilled in one word: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Why to bring this into this verse because we know from Galatians 3;13 that Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” He had done this because that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit Galatians 5:14. We are not under the law in Romans 6:14 we can read this. It is the law of Christ and we read in Galatians 6:2: “Bear ye on another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” Dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: We are in Christ, we are identified with Him. The love here is from God's Holy Spirit and this does not seek itself! From ourselves we cannot love our neighbour but with God's Holy Spirit with His Word we can! Yes we can and this is good to see. That's for example can I love my brothers and sisters also in countries in Africa! We are brothers and sisters in the Lord and in the Body of Christ we are members of each other.

Romans 13:10

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law

 

Verse 10: This is true. Love one another with the love of Christ do not harm the other one. Under the Law of God this wasn't possible but under God's Grace this is possible!!! Because we read in Romans 5:5 the following verse: “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” By the Holy Ghost of God through God's Word we can love one another. There is no difference between me and some brother or sister in Africa or in Asia or in the United States. We are all members of each other in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have also to be patient with our next door neighbours and other people in this world who don't believe in Christ. Let the Love of God shine through us to this world which is full of harm, murder, war. Philippians 2:15 tells us the following: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, withour rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” Dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: let this be our attitude in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Romans 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

 

Verse 11: Brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: let us not sleep! In this case let us read I Thessalonians 5:4-6: “But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief (the Day of the Lord, the Day of vengeance! ) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” Apperently there were believers in Christ who sleep there in the churches in Rome. And now also there are believers in Christ who sleep. Brethren: let us not sleep!!! Let us be awake in a world which is in the night and sleeps in the night. We are not in darkness so it is hightime that we are awake because the days are very evil, much more evil than 25 years ago! We read Ephesians 5:14-17 : “Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” Believe in the Gospel of Grace and rightly dividing the Word of Truth and stand for it than you are awake!!! Read and study Romans 16:25,26 2 Timothy 2:15 and let these verses reach your heart, make it your own!!

In Colossians 1:9 we read: Filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” The salvation here is speaking about the Rapture of the CHURCH, the Body of Christ that we shall be delivered from this earthly life and will be with the Lord forever. The salvation of this body is nearer than 30 or 35 years ago my dear brother and sister in the Lord. It is getting worser and worser in this world! Let us spend the time good with God's Word of Grace. Read and study the epistles of the apostle Paul!!! These epistles are our daily food, spiritual food and read the Bible through the Pauline truth!!!!

Romans 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

 

Verse 12: Let us not walk like the unbelievers who walk in darkness and brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: let us not walk according to false doctrines. Read and study the epistles of the apostle Paul. This is the truth: read Colossians 1:5-6! According to this Gospel or Good News for today you can cast off the works of darkness. Let us put on the armour of light. Read Ephesians 6:10-16!

Romans 13:13

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkeness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying

 

Verse 13: We have to put off the old man and put on the new man everyday. Walk honestly. What does that mean? In a truthful way we have to walk so that people can see this because we are not in darkness as the people around us who are not believing in Christ. Rioting means behave in a unrestrained way. Drunkeness that is clear. Chambering and wantonness refer to the various forms of sexual sin and abandoned sensuality. Again we have not to do this because we can choose in our Lord Jesus Christ not to sin and put off this sin and concentrate on the Word of God and let God's Word work in us.

Romans 13:14
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

Verse 14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ! We have to put on the new man in Christ. Let us read Ephesians 4:23-24: “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and tue holiness” Dear brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: we are new men, we are in Christ and God want from us a holy life now. Galatians 2:20 tells us: “I am crucifief 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” These Words of Galatians and Ephesians make it your own so that it will land into your heart and from now on you walk according what God wants through His Grace, not as the old man but as new men! And we have to choose everyday. A unbeliever cannot choose, he or she has no choose to walk. His or her life is living in sin. We are not living in sin, we are out of the darkness! 

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Romans chapter 14

 

Romans 14:1

Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations

 

This chapter 14 is about our walk, our attitude towards brothers and sisters in the Lord who are weak in belief and in eating things. Not to judge a brother who lives different than you etc.

 

Verse 1: Him who is weak in the faith we have to receive. This word receive is from the Greek word prostambano which means to receive, to one's self, to embrace, a special interest on, to welcome such a brother or sister in the Lord. But not to doubtful disputations. What are disputations? This is arguing, to debate, to discuss etc. We have not to discuss with our brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ who are weak in faith. In 2 Timothy 2:23 and 24 we read the following verses: “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient” If you are strong in the Lord you have to show the love of Christ toward brothers and sisters who are weak. They are also welcome and let God work in you to receive such a person. Do not discuss because than the opposite will come and you draw away such a brother or sister. You will win this person for Christ and for His purpose so you have to be patient to that person.

Romans 14:2

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak eateth herbs

 

Verse 2: This verse starts with the eating. One person believes he or she can eat everything inclusive meat and there is another person who is vegetarian and eat vegetables and bones maybe because he or she is weak. Weakness has to do with the intestines because maybe they are weak and when such a person eat everything he or she got some problems with the stomach and intestines. As believers we have to accept this as it is and receive each other. Don't criticize another person. Let everyone free in eating things.

 

Romans 14:3

Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge heim that eateth: for God hath received him.

Verse 3: We as believers have not to judge each other on eating or not eating things or what you eat. Colossians 2: 16-17 tells us: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” As believers in Christ we have liberty and that is a priceless possession. When we take it legetimately we use it as an ever-flowing source of spiritual joy and power. On the other hand it can be used as an occasion to the flesh which we can read in Galatians 5:13: pride which takes the place of love. So when a brother or sister in the Lord Jesus Christ does not feel at liberty to eat everything, let him or her do the things what he or she can and do not judge that.

Romans 14:4

Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

 

Verse 4: When the apostle Paul lived here on earth you had servants. God didn't want that somebody, someone who was in the Body of Christ, a believer should judge on a another man's servant. His own master will interfere with him and shall judge him according what the servant does for his master. That's the master business and it was a advice for believers not to interfere in it. God is able to make the servant stand, to hold him fast! What has this verse to do with our lives in Christ. Well to judge somebody else is very easy to do and we have not to do it. The only One Who will judge everything and everyone's man heart is the Lord.

Romans 14:5

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

 

Verse 5: For the Body of Christ is not a special day given above another day. The Sabbath was for the Jews given but never given to the Body of Christ, the CHURCH! So we have not to esteeme one day above another. For a lot of Christians here in the Netherlands the Sunday is like a Sabbath. But Sunday is not Sabbath. The Sabbath was a sign between God and His folk Israel and they only . We can read this in Exodus 31:13 and 17. If any man would like to esteem one day above another he may think so and is fully persuaded in his own mind. But he cannot judge another man who esteemeth every day alike. Okay it's good to have a day of rest because we work every week. It is not wrong to do this and you can use this day to meet other brothers and sisters in the Lord to have spiritual fellowship with. It is also not wrong to move on Sunday or to work. The Galatian believers would go back under the Law and had this desire and they observed again the Sabbath and other days and seasons Galatians 4:9, 21. Paul asked them the following and also us: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage Galatians 5:1.

 

Romans 14:6

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and het that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

 

Verse 6: Everyone of us believers in the Body of Christ has to search the Scriptures and ask God to guide us through His Spirit and be fully persuaded in his own mind. This is true for the day and also true for eating: what you eat (meat or vegetables only) or eat not.

In I Corinthians 10:31 we read : “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”

Romans 14:7

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself

 

Verse 7: No one liveth to himself when he or she is in Christ. We are of Him. He lives in us through His Spirit Ephesians 1:13-14! This does not mean that our lives have no influence on others! This means what we see in the following verse in 2 Corinthians 5:15:”And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him Which died for them, and rose again.” And in I Thessalonians 5:9-10 we read the following versers: “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together wit Him” Brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: you live not for yourself anymore. Your life is now in Christ and He lives in you and you are not your own anymore. And when you die you die in the Lord Jesus Christ too. The Lord Jesus Christ is Lord over dead and living Ephesians 1:22!

Romans 14:8

For whether we 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

 

Verse 8: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: we are in Christ and live unto the Lord. We are the sons of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:20 again tells us the following: “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” We live not for ourselves anymore my brother and sister! To live here is quick or lively and die means here to be dead. If we die physically we are from the Lord so we die in Him and go to heaven with our spirit and soul. So why to worry or have a fear for the death: we are from the Lord! Our life is in His hands! Romans 8:38-39 tells us the following: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor heigth, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Romans 14:9

For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living

 

Verse 9: It was and is God's purpose: He came into this world to save sinners like you and me and died on the cross for our sins and rose again for our rigthtousness and to give us also life, yes eternal life my dear brother and sister. What a wonderful God we have! The purpose was and is that He might be Lord of the dead and living in Him. He cares/saves for eternity. So if you die the Lord is still your Lord and now you live here on earth He is your Lord too. We are from Him! Think about this and stand still with this fact! This gives you rest in your life now! Read Ephesians 1: 20-23!

Romans 14:10

But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

 

 

Verse 10: This verse refers to the Bema. All believers inclusive we too my brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ will stand one day before the Bema. In II Corinthians 5:10 we read the following verse: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” This judgment is not for our sins because our sins are paid for it by Jesus Christ. This is the judgment or Bema what we have done with God's Word. Did we use the Gospel of the Grace of God, did we stand for it or did we build we the wrong gospel/message (mixed). Were we believers who were tossed and fro with every wind of doctrine or did we stand for the Grace of God and strong in the Grace of God which is in Christ Jesus. That's what we have to see before God's Bema or Judgment seat. In I Corinthians 3: 11-15 we read: “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” Brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ may I ask you a question: which material which is named here in these verses shall burn? The answer is for sure wood, hay and stubble. This shall burn and this is not good material because it will not come through the test. God, silver and precious stone will go through the test. They will not burn. So what we did not good with God's Word, not rightly dividing and not according to God's Gospel of Grace and that we didn't stand for this, shall burn and we shall see it. We shall suffer but we are saved. It will be painful but for sure we are not lost as millions of people in this world who are without Christ.

We are no better than another brother or sister in the Body of Christ so let us be careful not to judge our brothers and sisters. We can warn them in this life for false doctrines and exhorts them to learn the Gospel of God's Grace and rightly dividing. In case of this chapter we have not to judge each other if someone among us will not eat meat or see the Sunday as a special day in the week for the Lord.

Romans 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

 

Verse 11: Wow, this is really something! We read in Isaiah 45:23 the following verse: “I have sworn by myself, the Word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, nd shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” Every knee shall bow before God: believers and unbelievers shall bow their knee before God. Every man and woman shall bow their knee before God! Think about this and every tongue of men shall confess to God! No one can escape, no man or woman can escape this! We too cannot escape this at the judgment seat of Christ when we stand before the Bema my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 14:12
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God

 

Verse 12: Everyone of us. Every member of the Body of Christ shall give account of him or herself to God. When will this be? At the Bema, after the Rapture of the Church. Everyone shall stand there before God at the Bema, shall bow his knee and confess God and what we have seen in I Corinthians 3:12-15. We can suffer there but we are saved, we never lose our salvation! God will ask each one of us what have you done with my Word and my Word of Grace and rightly dividing the Word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15. Did you lived according God's will!? That will be at the Judgement Seat of Christ.

Romans 14:13

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

 

Verse 13: This verse is again about judging your brother or sister because of eating. Some brothers and sisters in the Lord don't eat meat, they are vegetarians. There is nothing wrong with that. It comes down to that we don't critizise each other. We have to stop that. Are we better than another brother or sister? No we are not better than any brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. The brother and sister are not better than we are. What important is is this: not to be a stumblingblock. If eating meat offends a fellow brother or sister the law of love, walking according to God's love will not give a the other person a irritation. Than you will not be a stumblingblock. So be ye kind to one another! That is very important. So it's not to give offense. The apostle Paul was in his relationships with other men not a stumblingblock. So that's he exhorts the saints in Rome to do the same and inclusive also us who live nearly 2000 years later.

Romans 14:14

I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

 

Verse 14: The apostle Paul was fully convinced by the Lord Jesus Christ that there is nothing unclean of itself. Again this is about food and specially meat. The apostle Paul received when he wrote this verse a special revelation which causes a change in dispensation. This was completely different which was taught to Moses in Leviticus 11: this chapter you can read about eating meat for the folk Israel: which beast they could eat and couldn't. If for a brother some meat is unclean it is for him unclean. Only you give him or her! If you for example eat with a brother or sister in the Lord and he or she is persuaded that some meat is not good to eat, eat it not! Eat the same what he or she eats!

 

Romans 14:15

But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died

 

Verse 15: In this verse it is again about meat. You have as believer in Christ not to grieve another brother in the Lord when he says he is vegetarian and you begin to eat meat before his eyes or make meat for the meal that he also has to eat it. You addept to those different person. You have to accept that he or she is vegetarian and don't eat meat or some meat because Christ died also for him or her their sin and was raised for him or her righteouness. Romans 4:25 you can read!

 

Romans 14:16

Let not then your good be evil spoken of

 

Verse 16: It will be a pity or disgrace to God if the liberty you have to rejoice in Him is evil spoken of or blasphemed because you grieve your brother or sister in the Lord or more people. This will not be our attitude and we can ask God to lead us also in these circumstances that we show our brother or sister in this situation the love of Christ. From ourselves we are not friendly but God can work through us with His Word and by the Spirit of Him so that we become friendly to people, our sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Verse 17: The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteouness and peace! The Word of God speaks here about Kingdom of God. Which Kingdom God is speaking here in this Word? This is the Heavenly Kingdom. We are in the Heavenly Kingdom my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ! If you be lead by God's Spirit in your daily life this is right in the eyes of the Lord and peace and you experienced also joy in the Holy Ghost.Galatians 5:18 tells us the following verse: “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law”That means not under bondage of effort to please God by law-works. So my brother and sister if we live in the Spirit of God, let us also walk in the Spirit of God. Let God do the work in us and than you will experience the Kingdom of God in your heart and daily life. In Galatians 5: 22 we read: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith”. So let us not make a point of meat, some days someone else , a brother and sister would hold on. It is better to have spiritual fellowship in the Lord Jesus Christ with him or her!

 

Romans 14:18

For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

 

Verse 18: To be led by God's Spirit and His Word of Grace than you serve Christ and this is acceptable to God my dear brother and sister in the Lord! It is better that other people believers or unbelievers have a good report about you. Let us not be self willing but let us be led by God, by His Spirit Who is in us Ephesians 1: 13-14. We are urged by the apostle Paul to put on the whole armor of God and to stand for His Grace as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 6: 10-20 and II Timothy 2:3. And approved of men. What does that mean? That other men should consent to. So when we serve Christ we are examples also in this world! We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6: 12!

Romans 14:19

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another

 

Verse 19: The daily attitude towards our brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ is very important and we have to live peacefully with each other. God's Word rightly dividing 2 Timothy 2:15 and the Word of God's Grace edifying our brothers and sisters and ourselves Acts 20:32 and Romans 16:25-26. We have to put the whole armor of God Read Ephesians 6:10-20 again! Let God use us to build up our weaker brothers and sisters in the Lord! Let us not criticize or judge our brothers and sisters about food! Let us read Colossians 2:16-17:

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ”

 

Romans 14:20

For meat destroy not the Work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

 

Verse 20: With critisizing and judging what somebody eats the Work of God cannot work in us so it is better to let everyone, every believer in food free what he or she eats. We are free to eat and as we thank the Lord for the meal we have than it is blessed. Let us read I Timothy 4: 4-5: “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer. This also applies for food/meat etc. For the person who doubted what he eateth or begin to eat it is evil! This is not good: to doubt. All things comes from God are indeed pure! In Acts Chapter 10 verse15: And the voice spake  unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common"

Romans 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

 

Verse 21: In Paul's day a lot of the flesh or meat was first offered in sacrifice to idols. That's why a lot of believers in that time feeled that this was not good to eat and that it would dishoner God. So the apostle exhorted the saints in Rome not to eat meat or drink wine because of the weaker believer. To be a example is something the saints has to be and it is also for us to be a example for believers and also unbelievers and also in this. If a brother or sister don't eat meat or drink wine you have not to drink wine or eat meat but eat what he or she eats so that you are being a example also in this.

Romans 14:22

Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

 

Verse 22: Hast thou faith? This is asked to the person in Christ who is strong in his or her belief in Christ. We have not to flaunt our faith before others who are weak in the faith. That's why he says here Have it to thyself before God. If we condemn ourselves in that which we allow, we also stand condemned in it before God because we acted not in faith but in self will. The liberty we have is not permitted to do what we wish. Let us read Galatians 5:13 here in this: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” To be proud and a proudness attitude is not good and you will not win others to the message of God's Grace Acts 20:24. This is all the context of eating (flesh), drinking wine or other things like to hold on a day as special to the Lord.

 

Romans 14:23

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

 

Verse 23: Again if you eat or before you eat you thank God for the meal you have before you and than there is nothing wrong with that. If you doubt what you eat than it is not of faith and that is sin. Everything we do not of faith we sin. We sin everyday we know and sometimes we are aware about it and a lot of times we don't know that we are doing it. Thank God that our sins are forgiven by Jesus Christ our Lord. On Calvary He died for us sinners: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that , while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”

Romans 5:8 and read also Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 2:8-9!

Romans 15:1

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

 

Verse 1: What does this mean ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. This can be translated in help the weak. It is not only to accept him or her but if they ask for help or you see him or her in a helpless situation you as stronger sister or brother in the Lord can help. In I Corinthians 13: 4 and 5 we read about the love of God which says: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind, charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil” And in I Corintihans 10:24 we read: Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth” Love of God will do that. Pride don't do this, only the opposite of it: it seeks only his own: if I have it good!

Romans 15:2

Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification

 

Verse 2: The apostle Paul first exhorts the saints in Rome to look not to their own only but to look to their brothers and sisters that they will be build up in the local churches. It's not only written to them, it is also written to us who live 2000 years later when this was written. To not only edify your brother and sister in Christ but also to be good to them, to love them in the Lord! To be proud of yourself is not so good. It is better for us to help our sister and brother in Christ with a attitude that you are willing to help him or her. To break down is much easier than to build up a brother or sister in Christ! With a good attitude in Christ this will succeed. Read Romans 16:25-26.  

Romans 15:3

For even Christ pleased not Himself; but , as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me

 

Verse 3: Christ and He alone had the right to please Himself but He didn't. He bore willingly not merely the infirmities of His friends but the reproaches of His enimies. He gave Himself, His life for His enemies and that were you and me my dear brother and sister in Christ. He loved us so much that He gave Himself for us. We read Romans 5:8 again: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

So we are to bear or ought to bear the infirmities of our brethren in Christ if we are strong in the Lord. If they are weaker in the faith than we are.

Romans 15:4

For whatsoever things were written aforetime where written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope

 

 

Verse 4: So everything in the Bible which was written is for our learning. Let us read 2 Timothy 3:16 : “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” The Scriptures of God's Word gives us patience and comfort. It gives us encouragement. The Scpritures of God gives us consolation my dear brother and sister in the Lord. That's why it is so important to read the Bible and not just reading but rightly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15. Through the Scriptures of God we get hope! We have a God Who is patient to us and He is God and is patience. That's why the Scriptures of Him, His Word are patience and full of comfort! Think of it and be still!!!

Romans 15:5

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus

 

Verse 5: God is the God of patience. We as human beings are impatient from nature but God is patient. Every moment of the day! Think about that! In the past God had a lot of patience with His folk Israel. The same patience He showed to them in the past He shows to us. We don't have that patience to each other. In relationships with each other as members of the Body of Christ we both should have the mind of Christ toward each other. Let us read Philippians 2:4 and 5: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” This is very important in relationships with other members of the Body of Christ my dear brother and sister! That we are not self centered but really interested in the other person in Christ!

Romans 15:6

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Verse 6: This is a very important verse! With one mind: that is with the saints or brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ you have it is very important to have one mind and one mouth glority God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is so important to have the unity of the Spirit in the Body of Christ. Read Ephesians 4: 3-6 with this verse! To the Philippian believers the apostle Paul wrote the following verse: Only let your conversation bea as it becometh the gospel of Christ (Gospel of Grace); that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel” Philippians 1: 27,28. How important to have this unity among saints! That we as brothers and sisters together and the most beautiful is in a local church to keep the unity of the Spirit and that we stand fast in one spirit and strive together for the faith of the Gospel. There is so much disunity in this world among brothers and sisters in the Lord! Brothers and sisters learn the Gospel of the Grace of God: that is to learn the epistles of the apostle Paul. Open your heart for it and let Gods Word of Grace work in you! Than something will change in your life! Than we can sit together my dear brother and sister and have fellowship together you and me! Do this! Your life is very short here on earth and nobody from us know how much time there is left here on earth before we will be in heaven! I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15: 51-53! Read these verses!!!

Romans 15:7

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God

 

Verse 7: God is calling us here my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. Receive one another as Christ also received us to the glory of God! To embrace each other that is the real meaning of this verse as God in Christ embraced us. This is real love my dear brother and sister. Real love of God. This is agape. We are the sons and daughters of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He paid the price for us to give His life for you and me on the cross on Calvary. Let us read Romans 4:25: Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” And read also I Corinthians 15:1-4

Romans 15:8

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

 

Verse 8: This verse is about the ministry of Jesus Christ. He was a minister of the Circumcision the Jews. This was in the past and it let you see that a change has since taken place. When our Lord Jesus Christ was on earth He was sent to none other than to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. We read in Matthew 15:24 the following verse: “But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. He commanded his twelve apostles”Go not into the way of the Gentiles....but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel Matthew 10:5-6. When the Lord was on earth He never mentioned about the One Body which is the CHURCH or about the one baptism. He was confirming the promises made unto the fathers. He was the Messiah for Israel. He was born in Bethlehem, brought up in Nazareth, He preached good news and healed the sick and Died on the cross, was buried and rose from the grace and ascended to heaven and He send the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. These were the promises God made with the fathers of Israel and Christ confirmed all those promises. Read Matthew 2:4-6, 23, Luke 4; 17-21, I Cor. 15:3, 4, Acts 2:34-36. Pentecost is not the beginning of the Heavenly Church which we are members of. Pentecost let you see that the old promises made to Israel were confirmed there.

 

Romans 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”

 

Verse 9 This verse the apostle Paul starts with the Gentiles who will glorify God for His mercy! There were no promises made to the Gentiles! Read also Ephesians 2:12! It was because of the promises made unto the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that the Gentiles were to find mercy. Thus in the original promise to Abraham God said: “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed' Genesis 12:3. So our Lord's ministry was in confirmation of the promises which God made with Israel so that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy.

This is not fulfilled my dear brother and sister in the Lord! This will be fulfilled when the Lord will return to this earth to reign! Then after that, the Gentiles will rejoice with the people of Israel. Read Isaiah 60 verse 3!

Romans 15:10

And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with His people.

 

Verse 10: This will be in the Millenial Kingdom! The Gentiles with Israel shall rejoice in the Lord. When Christ shall return to earth and begin His Kindgom on earth than the Gentiles with the children of Israel shall rejoice! Let us read Isaiah 60:3 again: “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and ings to the brightness of thy rising” Israel will again be the blessingchannel for the Gentiles and kings all over the earth than. Now at this moment under the Dispensation of Grace under which we live now the Gentiles or nations are not rejoicing with Israel today, nor will they do so until Christ will return to earth to reign over Israel and the world. Now you don't see that. Oh you asked mayby what about the state of Israel now? Has God not already given them that state and land? The state Israel now God never gave it to the Jews. 70 years ago the Zionists and Jewish people occypied that land through wars and force. God is not working today in battles like that. We live now under the Dispensation of Grace my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. God is not with His folk Israel. He put them aside for a time Romans 11:11, 25. We live not under prophecy but under the Mystery program. Ephesians 3:1-3

 

Romans 15:11

And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and laud Him, all ye people

 

Verse 11: Again this will happen when Christ will be on earth again to begin His Millenial Kingdom on earth with the nation Israel and the Gentiles who will believe at that moment. Israel will be again the blessing channel. Now at this moment this is not so. We don't have this situation now at the moment under this Dispensation of Grace whereunder we live now for about 2000 years.

 

Romans 15:12

And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; In Him shall the Gentiles trust.

 

Verse 12: This will be in the Millenial Kingdom. Christ will be the King and He shall reign over Israel and the nations of the world. The nations/Gentiles shall trust in Him. They shall believe Him and not anymore another person. Now at this moment Christ is in heaven and rejected by the nations of this world in general. They seek all themselves, not Christ. This is the situation now at this moment because we live under another Dispensation: the Dispensation of Gods Grace Ephesians 3:1-3. We don't live under the prophecy of which this verse is speaking about my dear brother and sister in Christ!

Romans 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.

 

Verse 13: My dear brother and sister in Christ: God is the God of hope and in verse 33 of this same chapter we read: “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. We have a God of Hope!!! Think about this and be still!!!! God will fill you and me with all joy and peace in believing. He will work in you and me. From ourselves we don't have joy and peace. We cannot produce with our own spirits this. Our nature will not produce this. This is what God through His Spirit which will work with Gods Word will work in us. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13. His power works in us : this is the power of His ressurrection which works also in us as believers in Him! We have to lead Gods Word working in us my dear brother and sister. We are not from our own but we are of Him Galatians 2:20!!!

Romans 15:14

And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able to admonish one another.

 

Verse 14: The apostle Paul was complete persuaded over them. What he heard of them how they were filled with all knowledge: not the knowledge of this world but the knowledge which comes from God and His Word of Grace. That's what the apostle Paul mentiones here: full of goodness and filled with all knowledge. And with this they could admonish one another. They could build each other up in Christ with this!!! And so it is also with us my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: if you and me are full of goodness and we are filled with all knowledge of God through God's Grace than we can build other people brothers and sisters in the Lord up. Otherwise it cannot be!!! It is to encourage other brothers and sisters in the Lord.

 

Romans 15:15

Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God.

 

Verse 15 The apostle Paul had written the brothers and sisters in Rome very boldly in a sense or in a way. They were always on his mind because the apostle Paul put them in his mind. This was with a reason: The Lord Jesus Christ had given him the Grace of God. The gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and the apostle Paul could tell this to everyone who wanted to listen to this. It was and is the mystery which the apostle Paul could tell the people and also in Rome. In Colossians 1:27 were read: “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering up ot the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

 

Verse 16: First we see here: Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles. In Romans 11:13 we read: For I speak to you Gentiles inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office” The word minister here the meaning of it is servant. We read in Romans 1:1: Paul , a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle” To the Philippian believers in Christ he, Paul, write to them: Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ” To Titus, his son too in the faith he writes: Paul , a servant of God , and an apostle of Jesus Christ. So Paul is the servant of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.

Second we see here: ministering the Gospel of God. This is the Gospel of Gods Grace and that is what the apostle Paul and minister to the Gentiles, to us, ministered through his letters/epistles!!!! Let us read again Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministery, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the Grace of God” From the risen Lord Jesus Christ from heaven through revelations the apostle Paul got his ministry from Him to testify the gospel of the Grace of God to the nations or Gentiles!!!! In Galatians 2: 7-9 we read the following verses:

7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Peter, James and John agreed with Paul and Barnabas. This was their agreement: they should go to the circumcised people the Jews and Paul and Barnabas to the uncircumcised people the Gentiles. James, Peter and John ministered to the Jews and went not to the Gentiles or the world. Paul and Barnabas went to the world the Gentiles and ministered to them. What a pity that most believers in this world not see this inclusive theologians and even resist this!

Three: the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable. What does this mean? It is certainly not the fulfillment of prophecy. It is the mystery among the Gentiles. Read Colossians 1:27: “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you the hope of glory

Four: being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. The ministry is through God's Holy Spirit what works with His Word. God is speaking through His Word and in this Dispensation of Grace He speaks through the epistles of Paul. This is our spiritual mail!!!! Sanctified means setting apart, holy!

Romans 15:17

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain of God.

 

 

Verse 17: The apostle Paul is the example here in this verse because he gives glory to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have this too to do my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have not to boast in ourselves because from our nature we are nothing. In Him we have everything and He lives in us!!! In Him we can boast and be enthousiastic even as our great example the apostle Paul. There is a reason and that is what the Lord Jesus Christ had accomplished for us already at Calvary! Galatians 6:14 tells us the following verse: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”

Romans 15:18

For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed.

 

Verse 18: Christ did the Work in Paul and the apostle Paul was very thankful. How often we forget this that Christ will do the work in us. It is the work which God hath prepared for us that we should walk in it. Let us read Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” You see here in this verse that Christ was working in the apostle Paul for the obedience of the Gentiles. In Philippians 2:13 we read: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” Just as the apostle Paul we have to let God leading us by His Word and the deeds will follow! Conclusion my dear brother and sister in Christ: it is His Word which is working in us!!!

Romans 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

 

Verse 19: Through mighty signs and wonders and by the power of the Spirit of God the Gospel of the Grace of God or the Gospel of Christ was made known. When the apostle Paul wrote this epistle to the Roman believers in Christ signs and wonders still existed. The epistle is written during the Acts period. Israel was set aside but the Acts period is a transitionperiod. The gospel of the Kingdom made known to Israel passed away and the Gospel of Gods Grace became more and more. It changed in that period from prophesy to mystery. For the Jews people they have to get used to that God stopped His program with Israel and began a new program though the apostle Paul to the Gentiles: the Mystery and in that Acts period God worked through Paul with mighty signs and wonders by His power through His Spirit. From Jerusalem until Illyricum . Illyricum lies now in Macedonia or Albania! . The apostle Paul fully preached the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24.  It was not a little bit but everything he knowed he preached!   The circumstances the apostle Paul lived under were not so very well. He suffered a lot for the Gospel of the Grace of God. In II Corinthians 11:21-30 we have a summary of which happened to him: imprisonment, beatings, stonings, shipwreck, perils of all kinds, weariness and pain, hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness and more!

Acts 20:32 tells us : And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified

Romans 15:20

Yea, so have I strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, let I should built upon another man's foundation.

 

Verse 20: It is not wrong to preach Christ where He is preached. That is not the case here. The case here is the apostle Paul expected his co workers to build upon the foundation he wrote in I Corinthians 3:10: the foundation of the Church. To reach many with the Gospel of the Grace of God as possible that was the purpose the apostle Paul had.

Romans 15:21

But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see; and they that have not heard shall understand.

Verse 21: Paul's desire was to reach many people with the Gospel of the Grace of God. Romans 16:25-26. The Gospel he preached to the Gentiles according to the revelation of the mystery for the obedience of faith. It is also God's will that people come to know this. I Timothy 2:3-4: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” See also Colossians 1:5. This verse is written in Isaiah 52:15: “So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him; fo that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider” Paul had laid the foundation for the CHURCH, the Body of Christ! And you an me my friend who will read this you too can know it by reading and study the epistles of the apostle Paul: Romans -Philemon!

Romans 15:22

For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you

Verse 22: For what cuse was the apostle Paul hindered not to come to the saints at Rome?

He, Paul had laid the foundation for the CHURCH, the Body of Christ and laying foundations of local churches. He was very busy with this so through this he was hindered to go to Rome and see his brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. It had hindered him so long time that he couldn't see the saints at Rome. It was not satan who hindered him, no the work of the Lord was to much and he must delay it everytime. He longed to see them, it was his desire in the Lord Jesus Christ to see them in his life on earth. Sometimes we too have this same desire. I have a desire to see my brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ , who believe in God's Grace Gospel in countries like the United States, countries in Africa and Asia. I would go but there is so much to do in the work of the Lord and that hinder me too to go. 

Romans 15:23

But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you.

Verse 23: The apostle Paul had a great desire to see all his brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ at Rome and that for many years. These church(es) at Rome was already there and that's why he wrote this epistle to them. He wanted to see them at the moment he wrote them. There was a lot of hinder not to go to them. At least we know now at the end of the Acts period the apostle Paul went to Rome but not as a free man, as a prisoner they brought him to Rome because he asked to be judged by Ceasar and that he would stand before Ceasar. There in Rome Paul dwelt tho whole years in his own hired house, and received all that cme in unto him. Read Acts 28:30-31!

 

Romans 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 hitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company



Verse 24: The purpose of the apostle Paul was to travel to go to Spain and tell all the people there of God's Grace and the Gospel of the Grace of God there too Romans 16:25-26. Apperently there were also saints there and people who wanted to listen to this new Gospel of the Grace of God. First he wanted to visit his dear brothers and sisters in Christ in Rome and through their city go to Spain. First to see them in Rome and be comforted of them and to bring them the Gospel of Grace and comfort and build them up in the Lord Jesus Christ  For so far we know: He, Paul never went to Spain!   He was at the end of the Acts period a prisoner and was brought by Roman soldiers to Rome and at least he died there for the Gospel of Gods Grace! Acts 20:24. What we know he was beheaded in Rome by Ceasar! In 2 Timothy 4:6 we read the apostle Paul his lasts words: "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand" 

Romans 15:25

But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

Verse 25: The first the apostle Paul would to do is to go to Jerusalem and bring them the good News! The Gospel of Gods Grace to them Acts 20:24. Probably it was his last journey to Jerusalem which he told them. There in Jerusalam the Romans catched him and put him in jail because of the Jews who were so very angry about him and wanted to kill him. His purpose to go first to Jerusalem was because they, the saints were so poor. In the early Acts no one under them was poor. Acts 4:34. They lived under a different dispensation and this has changed. There was a new Dispensation , the Dispensation of Gods Grace and everything had changed Ephesians 3:1-3. They became poor and some churches in Macedonia and more churches collected goods and maybe money for them.

Romans 15:26

For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which art at Jerusalem



Verse 26: Some years before this at the great Jerusalem Council the leaders had asked Paul and Barnabas to remember the poor. We can read this in Galatians 2:10: “Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do” Who were these poor saints? The poor saints were the members of the church of Jerusalem Judea. The Gentile churches like the Philippian church collected or contributed things for the poor saints in Jerusalem. These Gentile believers were truly pleased to help the Judaean saints and they were debtors. Philiippians 4: 15: “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving but ye only” They did it to Paul and so they did also for the poor saints at Jerusalem.

Romans 15:27

It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, they duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.



Verse 27: These Gentiles were the debtors. They were indeed to help the poor saints because they had received spiritual things: the Word of God's Grace and were builded up in the faith. Their duty was and is to give others like Paul and the poor saints in Jerusalem carnal things. This is food, maybe clothes, money. What lesson we can learn from this? Well if someone is a pastor and have a local church with members (people) and preach the Word of Gods Grace and rightly dividing the Word of Truth Romans 16:25-26, 2 Timothy 2:15 and so bring them the truth by preaching them this and take care about them that they should not fall away from this than their duty is to collect money and pay the pastor and the contribution is also for the building (hire) and for the spreading of God's Word. Like the Berean Bible Society for example can only live of gifts of men otherwise they cannnot spread the gospel of Grace. So if you have enough money you can give as believer. Let us have attention to II Corinthians 9 verse 7 in this case: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Romans 15:28

When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.



Verse 28: With all the goods from the saints in Macedonia and Achaje the apostle Paul went to the poor saints in Jerusalem. To see them first and than after that his plan was to come to Rome and see the saints there and stay with them and after that to go to Spain. That was his aim. This plan didn't succeed because in Jerusalem he was catched by the Romans and they put him in prison otherwise the Jews had killed him.



Romans 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

Verse 29: The apostle Paul was sure that when he will come to Rome he shall come in the fullnes of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. He was 100% sure about this. He knew what he should tell the people at Rome. He was not like a lot persons who stand in the pulpit and have no real vital message for their hearers. He should proclaim the glorious message of Gods Grace and this message filled his heart to overflowing. And this is a real example for us because if we know the Gospel of Gods Grace and rightly dividing the Word of truth we are the same as Paul sure what we say to people. Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26, 2 Timothy 2:15.

Romans 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 me in your prayers to God for me.


Verse 30: This is very serious the apostle is asking the saints in Rome! He asks to pray to God for him because he decided first to go to Jerusalem to see their the poor saints of the church of Jerusalem. He asked the people to pray for him because he saw also that he was in danger when he would visit Jerusalem. His fear for danger was justly because we go now to verse 31 and there we find the answer why he asked them to pray for him.

Romans 15:31

That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints.

Verse 31: This is the answer for verse 30! The apostle asked them to pray for him that he may be delivered from the unbelievers who live in Judea. We read in Acts 21 from verse 18 -31 the whole history what happened in Jerusalem. He went to the house of James and he told them all the things how God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. The people were after that very happy because they glorify God. That was their response to Paul and than they quickly changed the subject to a matter that could only embarrass the apostle Paul. They say : How many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law. After this they began to tell Paul what he had to do. These verse doesn't say that they were agree what the apostle Paul told them. He was pressed there Acts 21:24 to keep again the law of Moses and should walk ordely. In verse 27 of Acts 21 we read: “And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him” What the apostle Paul feared which would happen happened to him and he was charged with blasphemy and at least he was sent to rome in chains to be tried for Ceasar.

Romans 15:32

That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed

Verse 32: The apostle Paul hoped to come to the saints in Rome with joy and by the will of God and that he may be refreshed in freedom as free man. He couldn't know that he should be brought in chains to Rome with Roman soldiers and that he would be put in prison and hold in prison by Ceasar. In Philippians 1:12-13 we read: but I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel; so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the Word without fear” What a positive outworking it had that the apostle Paul became a prisoner and it was known in all the palace of Ceasar and in all other places in Rome!!!! Many brethren became bold to speak the Word of God without fear and became stronger in their belief in Christ.

Romans 15:33

Now the God of peace be with you all Amen

 

Verse 33: What a wonderful news! The God of peace Who is in us by His Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13, 4:30. God is with us, with us as members of the Body of Christ, the CHURCH. He never abandon us. He is allways with us. Amen. In this assurance the apostle Paul lived till the end of his life here on earth and with these word he could encourage the saints in Rome and not only them but we too are encouraged by these words and we believe and know that God never leave us, He is allways with us!!!

 

Romans 16:1

I command unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea

 

Verse 1: This was a special sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: Phebe. Paul didn't visit the Roman saints and it is amazing how much people he knew in Rome. In this closing chapter the apostle Paul mentioned at least 9 women, sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. The first woman he named here is Phebe. Phebe was a servant of the church in Cenchrea. Where do we find Cenchrea? It was the eastern harbour of Corinth. When the apostle Paul returned from his second missionary journey to Syria, he sailed from this port. We read in Acts 18 verse 18: And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aguila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow”. Who was Phebe? She came from this place Cenchrea and she was a servant, a deaconness of the church there.

 

Romans 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

 

Verse 2: The saints in Rome had to receive Phebe in the Lord and to accept her in Him. This testifies to an adutl attitude which is very wise. They had not only to assist her but also to receive her in the Lord. She, Phebe was a businesswoman of some wealth from Cenchrea. They had to help her in whatever business she had there. She was a succorer. What does that mean? She took upon herself the responsibility of physical and material welfare of others other saints and also from Paul. That's why he was so proud of her and mentioned her here in the first verses of this Chapter. She had a special place in his heart. What a example this woman was and we can learn a lot of her and from the apostle Paul what he is writing about her!

 

Romans 16:3

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus

 

Verse 3: The first very known persons the apostle Paul mentioned here in the last chapter of Romans is Priscilla and Aquila. Who were these people Priscilla and Aquila? We read about them first in Acts chapter 18 in verse 1-3: “After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came in Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; ( because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers”

So they were Jews and came originally from Italy and had to go because of Ceasar Claudius who had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome. Even then in that time, there was persecution of Jewish people! But Aquila and Priscilla were believers in Christ and believed in the Gospel of Grace! They were helpers of the apostle Paul! Helpers in the Work of the Lord, the Gospel of Gods Grace! What a example for us to read these verses here in this chapter!!! They told Apollos the truth: the Gospel of the Grace of God Colossians 1:5-6!!!! Read this in Chapter 18 of Acts and verse 24-26!!!! They were servants of Christ and it has his influence on others too!!! The apostle Paul was very glad with them to have them as helpers of him.

Romans 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.

 

Verse 4: From this verse you can imagine how special Aguila and Priscilla were for the apostle Paul. We have seen in verse 3 that Paul together with them were tentmakers. Not only that because Priscilla and Aquila were believers who stood for the truth the Gospel of Grace and exposed themselves to the gravest personal danger to protect the apostle Paul. They were very dear to him and you see here the love of Christ in these verses. The life of Paul was in danger and they helped him through it by the power of God: the resurrection power!!! The apostle Paul would not only thank Aquila and Priscilla but also all the churches of the Gentiles. There were a lot of churches who helped him too and he gave thanks. What a example for us to follow him through this too. We can thank also our brothers and sisters who told us the truth the Gospel of God's Grace and took care about us or take care about us or the ones who stand with us for the truth!!! Colossians 1:5-6, Romans 16:25-26.

 

Romans 16:5

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

 

Verse 5: Priscilla and Aquila were dear saints to the apostle Paul and they had opened their home for assemblies of believers in Corinth I Corinthians 16:9 and now also in Rome. They went back to Rome and in their house there they did the same. It is very Biblical you see my friend, brother and sister to have a church at home. To preach the Gospel of Grace it is easier to do it and it saves you also a lot of money because of not renting a room and have all the administration of it and before every Sunday or Biblestudy get everything ready like the pulpit, chairs etc. In your own house in some minutes you have everything ready and after the service it is all rapidly cleared. In a building it costs you a lot of time and me and my wife experienced that in the past. Epaenetus was the first one who believed the Gospel of Grace in Achaia and became a fellowbeliever of the apostle Paul. My personal meaning of this is that Epaenetus must be a very special person for the apostle Paul otherwise he would not be mentioned here.

 

Romans 16:6

Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.

 

Verse 6: Mary, a fellowbeliever of the apostle Paul and a fellowlaborer. She did a lot of work in the Lord Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul was very happy with her. Maybe she was a diaconess too like Phebe who he mentioned in the first verses of this Chapter. She was a special woman for the apostle Paul and he mentioned her and that the saints at Rome wil greet her because she was also living in Rome or in the surroundings of Rome. 

Romans 16:7

Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.



Verse 7: Very special! The apostle speaks here about Andronicus and Junia and they are relatives from the apostle Paul. At the end of this Epistle we see here that the apostle Paul was already a prisoner and Andronicus and Junia were fellowprisoners. They too were in prison like Paul. They were very important among the apostles because they were trustful and did maybe a lot of work in the Lord's work. They believed in Christ before Paul believed in Him. Which apostles? The 11 apostles who were left and the apostles in the second place in Jerusalem. Paul was already in prison in Jerusalem and from there he wrote this last chapter to the Roman believers in Christ and that's why he greet so many people whom he knew and had contact with. For the apostle Paul this time was uncertain. What will happen to him and his fellowbelievers who were also put in prison? A very difficult and hard time he had to endure.

Romans 16:8

Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord

Verse 8: The apostle Paul mentioned here Amplias. We know only that Amplis was and is a beloved in the Lord Jesus Christ. We don't know what this person did or had done. The Bible doesn't mention this. We know only that the person was a believer too and a fellowbeliever.

 

Romans 16:9

Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved

 

Verse 9: Than the apostle Paul ask the saints in Rome to salute Urbane, helper in Christ and for the Gospel of Grace and Stachys his beloved. All believers whom the apostle Paul knew and he mentioned them here and ask the people to say hello from him and also for encouragement.

 

Romans 16:10

Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus household.

Verse 10: Apelles a fellowbeliever in Christ and we can see from this word that he stood for the truth: the Gospel of Gods Grace Colossians 1:5-6. He too was a beloved brother in Christ we can see here. Salute all them that are in the house of Aristobulus. Aristobulus was maybe also a brother in Christ and Paul knew them of his household personally.

Romans 16:11

Salute Herodion my kinsman, Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.

 

Verse 11: Salute Herodion also a relative of the apostle Paul. What we know is that he is a relative and living in Rome. If he is a Roman citizen it could be. And them that be of the household of Narcissus. They all were and are in the Lord. A lot of people personally the apostle knew. He had no Internet to see them all on Facebook what we can do now or other media, no telephone, no computer. But without this he knew them all and maybe also personally.

 

 

Romans 16:12

Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

 

 

Verse 12: Tryphena and Tryphosa: both women and sisters who laboured in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who were in the Gospel of the Grace of God and did their labour. And than salute the beloved Persis which laboured much in the Lord. Also a woman who laboured in the Lord Jesus Christ. She had a good reputation among other believers in the church or churches in Rome. Probably a very hard working woman and faithful in the work of the Lord. She was beloved by the local church at Rome and maybe also beloved by the apostle Paul.

 

Romans 16:13

Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine

 

Verse 13: The saints at Rome had to salute Rufus. Nothing is known about this man/brother. Only that he is chosen in the Lord. And Rufus had a mother and Paul knew her also and Paul also regarded her as his mother. Very special woman she was for Paul and he didn't forget her. A very long time ago precisely 31 years ago I went for the first time to brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ in the United States that Summer. I was for 2 weeks with a family. I slept there, I eat there. They did everthing for me even to buy for me flighttickets to Chigago from Detroit. They took me by car to a lot of places. I never forget them: they were like a father and mother for me all those weeks and after that we had contact with each other. We visit my wife and me in 2004. She was still alive and in her eighties and that time it was like that we were neighbours (next door).

 

Romans 16:14

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

Verse 14: Another 5 brothers in the Lord who lived in Rome or in the surroundings and brethren with them. Maybe there were more local churches there at Rome. Maybe they were organized as a group. The Word of God let us know that they are a group of believers.

 

Romans 16:15

Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.

Verse 15: Anothre group of 5 brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ and others with them. What a lot of people the apostle Paul knew. Maybe he had seen a lot of them in Greece like Corinth and other places because he met also Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth for the first time he was there. Otherwise how did he know all those names het mentioned here in Chapter 16, the last chapter of this epistle. It is amazing how much people the apostle Paul knew personally. So much people you never find in the other epistles.

Romans 16:16

Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

Verse 16: Salute one another with an holy kiss. This is well meaned. The apostle Paul heard that there were divisions among the saints in Rome and thats why he exhorts the saints there if they see each other after a while to greet each other with a kiss. It was a custom that man there in the Old world where the apostle Paul lived under each other greet with a kiss. We do a heartely handshake or give each other a hug. The apostle meant with this to greet one another warmly and heartily. Because of divisions and strivings there were maybe a lot of them who didnt do this anymore.

 

Romans 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

 

Verse 17: Also in the churches in Rome there came divisions caused by false doctrines and persons came with this. People who say you have to go back to the law or bring some other false doctrine. A lot of them became confused and maybe abandoned the Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24 and the rightly dividing 2 Timothy 2:15. Mark them. This is a strong saying! In Ephesians 4:3 we read: “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” In Ephesians 4:4 till Ephesians 4:7 you can read what the unity of the Spirit is. They had to keep it and we are also exhort to do this with other believers who believe this too. To the Corinthians and to us also the apostle wrote: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment I Corinthians 1:10

This is also for us my dear brother and sister who read this! And it will happen, divisions in great and small churches and it shall always happen as long we are here on earth. I have personally experienced this. It is not good to have this but it happened! Well it is better to avoid this and do the false doctrines away in your own group or local church if you stand for the truth Colossians 1:5-6, Romans 16:25-26. Stand for the doctrine of Grace and what you have learned from this Gospel my dear brethren ans sisters! Avoid false doctrines which cause divisions. Try to speak with each other all the time when this happen in your group and find a solution through Gods Word!

Romans 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.

 

Verse 18: The persons who are against the doctrine, the Gospel of Grace which the apostle Paul preached to the Gentiles and also at Rome, serve not the Lord Jesus Christ. It is just the same today. Everyone who doesn't want to learn the Gospel of Grace and is against this serve not our Lord but his own belly. He or she is like a religious person and thinks that good works can help them to reach God and to serve God. They are very tricky: they deceive with fair speeches and so named good words the hearts of the simple: that are people who are not stable in the faith or weak and have no answers to false doctrines. They will be deceived like the Galatians or Corinthians and shall turn from the truth Colossians 1:5-6. Thats why the saints who were strong in the message of Grace warned by the apostle Paul to avoid such persons who came with false doctrines and also to protect the weak in the local church. Thus hold fast the sound Doctrine which you have learned from me the apostle Paul told them and also us who live many years later.

Romans 16:19

For your obedience 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, and simple concerning evil.

 

Verse 19: The saints at Rome were faithful to Gods Word and served really through God Grace the Lord Jesus Christ. This was very well known by all men in the neighbourhood/surroundings and the apostle Paul was glad of this. Because of this attitude they could grow in the Lord too. Read Colossians 2: 6-7! He would/he wished that they were wise in that which is good: this is in Gods Word and the Word of His Grace and rightly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15 and simple concerning evil. So to be objective in their attitude and not only them, also we are exhorted here to do the same. The saints in Rome were a example for us how to deal in daily life because they learned this from the apostle Paul and we too!!!

 

Romans 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

 

Verse 20: God will do the work brothers and sisters! He shall bruise satan under our feet shortly. He would soon crush this work of satan: divisions and false doctrines, speaking lies through his ministers (even believers in Christ). He is the God of peace. We have seen this before in Romans 15:33: Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Is this not wonderful to know and to believe? The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. We are saved by Grace, by Faith alone and in Christ alone. What a wonderful Savior we have and this is wonderful news and not only to keep it for ourselves but also to say this to others too.

 

Romans 16:21:

Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you

 

Verse 21: Here we have more greetings from persons the apostle Paul knew very well. In the first place Timotheus, his son in the faith and workfellow. Timothy was and is a pastor of the church in Ephesus. One of the most faithful man under the believers Paul knew. Very trustful to the Gospel of Grace. And after Timotheus the kinsmen or relatives of Paul Lucius, Jason and Sosipater. A lot of Pauls relatives became believers in Christ. So amazing to read that!

Romans 16:22

I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

 

Verse 22: This man Tertius salutes the saints in Rome. He was the one who was secretary of Paul and Paul dictated everything in this epistle to him Tertius. Tertius wrote this down and now we have still this epistle because of this. The apostle Paul had not so good eyesight because of all the revelations he got from the risen Lord Jesus Christ from heaven. This was the handicap the apostle had to bear in his earthly life and he suffered a lot with this handicap. To the Galatians he wrote: “Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand” Galatians 6 verse 11. And in Galatians 4: 15 we read the following verse: “Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? For I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me”

Here we see the proof that the apostle Paul had bad eyes. So that's he dictated most of his epistles to someone else, a secretary, who could write it what the apotle Paul was telling the saints in Christ.

 

Romans 16:23

Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

 

Verse 23: Who was Gaius? A host is someone who introdiuces guests and performers. That't the definition. Gaius was the host of the of apostle Paul. He introduced the apostle Paul to the people and also was a host of the whole church. Erastus was a steward of Corinth. A political office of high civic status. He was a manager of household or household affairs. A treasurer. He was a brother too so that's he salute the saints in Rome. Quartus who was he? We know only that he was a brother in the Lord in Christ and salute also the saints by this letter at Rome. By including their names in his letter here the apostle Paul gave them an imperishable memory.

 

Romans 16:24

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen

 

Verse 24: This is one of the last words the apostle Paul wrote to the saints at Rome: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Not to them only also to us who live almost 2000 years later is this Grace also given and we are saved by this same Grace Ephesians 2:8-9 and God's Grace will be always with us. God will not leave us! Amen brother and sister for this wonderful news!!!

Romans 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,

 

Verse 25: Now to Him: that is God. So God is of power to stablish us my dear reader, brother or sister in the Lord Jesus Christ according to Paul's Gospel. What is stablish? It comes from the word establish. That is what the Gospel which the apostle Paul preached does personally! To establish us. Through this Gospel of Grace you and me are saved my dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by Grace are ye save through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. And in Ephesians 1:13 we read: “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation; in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” We have a position in Christ my dear brother and sister in the Lord and that through this Gospel of Grace! We have in Him redemption through His blood Ephesians 1: 7, forgiveness of sins. In Him we are righteous because of His Grace Romans 4:25.

 

Why the apostle tells us here my Gospel? Didn't he preached the same Gospel as the 12 apostles did? Are there more Gospels in the Bible? For a lot of people has the Bible one Gospel and do not wish to know that the Bible speak about more Gospels. If the Gospel Paul preached is the same as the other 12 apostles why should Paul write, by divine inspiration the following verses:
my gospel 3 times, our gospel 3 times, that gospel which I preached unto you 1 Corinthians 15:1, The Gospel which was preached of me Galatians 1:11, that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles Galatians 2:2, That Gospel which we have preached unto you Galatians 1:8. If we do not distinguish Paul's good News (Gospel) about the cross and his preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the Mystery from the good news which the twelve had proclaimed, we will never be established in the faith. In a position in the faith. Most believers in the Lord in this world doesn't see this difference between the Gospel the twelve proclaimed and the Gospel what the apostle Paul proclaimed. It is a complete different Gospel which the apostle Paul proclaimed. This Gospel makes us strong. In Acts 20:24 we read the following verse: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received ot the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God. And in verse 32 we read: And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” My dear friend, reader, brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: this gospel of Grace builds you up. It makes you very stron in the faith in Christ!!! In Ephesians 3:1-3 we read that the Dispensation of Gods Grace which the apostle Paul received from the risen Lord Jesus Christ from heaven is associated with the mystery which was made known to him by revelation. This mystery was only known by God before the world began and through the apostle Paul God revealed this mystery and the Gospel of Grace. It is not preaching Christ by His earthly life. Now we know Him not so. We know Him as the risen Lord and through this mystery through this heavenly plan we can know Him now through the epistles of the apostle Paul Romans-Philemon. This Gospel was in the time Paul proclaimed this for the first times a New Gospel and for  people in that time like the Jews or other people it was very difficult to understand this Gospel. That is also a reason that he mentioned it my gospel or our gospel. Now almost 2000 it is still very difficult for people to understand this Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. It was only known by God so kept secret for men before the world began: Unique in this Gospel: Jews and Gentiles one new man  in Christ on the basis of His Faith.  Christ died not only for our sins. He rose also for our righteousness Romans 4:25. And all the blessings, the heavenly blessings we have in Him.

Romans 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.

Verse 26: But now! At the moment the apostle Paul wrote this last words to the saints of Rome the gospel preaching Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery was made known. He the apostle Paul was the first one who preached this Gospel which first was hid by God and made known to the apostle Paul to make it known to this world wherein we still live. Now this is almost 2000 years ago and still this gospel , the Good News of Gods Grace is still the gospel for today may dear friend, reader, brother or sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. By the Scriptures of the prophets: You may think the prophets of the Old Testament. No these are the prophets of the time when Paul was here on earth. There were prophets in that time. Agabus Acts 21:10 is one of them, Philip the evangelist had 4 daughters who prophesied Acts 21:9 and there are more. Paul himself was also a prophet.

According to the commandment of the everlasting God. God commanded it to the apostle Paul to proclaim this gospel and others with him too: to make it known to this lost world. This is still the only Good News for this world: Christ died for the world, He bore the sins of the world, died in their place on that cross and stood up from the grave for our righteousness. Romans 4:25! Made known to all nations: all nations of the world, the whole Gentile world inclusive the Jewish people. For the obedience of faith. If you believe this gospel my friend, reader, brother or sister in the Lord you will obey God. It is for the obedience of faith. It is my prayer at the end of this commentary to the Romans that a lot of people come to know this Mystery, The Gospel of Salvation for today and began also with me to stand for this Gospel or Good News of Grace. Acts 20:24, 32, Colossians 1:5-6.

Romans 16:27

To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen

Verse 27: This last word ended with God Who is only wise. Wisdom is in Him. If you seek wisdom go to Him and to His Word of Grace: the epistles of the apostle Paul and rightly dividing 2 Timothy 2:15. To Him be the Glory through our Lord Jesus Christ for ever. It never will stop. Amen!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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