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The Book of Roman

Commentary by Arnold Murray, D.R.E

The Shepherd's Chapel Bible 1979

 

 

The book of Romans is doctrinal, and more or less the ABC’s of the church. It is the first of seven epistles to the churches, which were Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians. The epistles are doctrinal and for instruction. We’ll start oddly enough, with the last chapter of the book (16:25). Some think this postscript by Paul is a fraud, but most know that Paul added it more than likely after he arrived in Rome. Start with Chapter 16 verse 25.

 

 

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,

 

 

# It is especially important to realize the depth of Paul’s teachings. He teaches on three levels (Acts 9:1 to the Gentiles, the rulers and the elect), and therefore Paul’s writings are even prophetic in a sense, particularly for the elect here at the end times.

 

 

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: 

 

 

# Or, the spreading of the gospel to all nations, whereby they would know what was expected of them, or their position with the Father.

 

# I would call to your memory II Peter 3:16 where Peter himself warned about Paul’s in-depth writings causing confusion for some, even to their own destruction. “To their own destruction” can be understood as “to their own deception.”

 

# Now we’ll return to the beginning of Romans.

 

 

Chapter 1

1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.

 

 

# I want you to notice he was “called”, and you know the story how on the road to Damascus he was struck down and called to be on apostle, separated unto the gospel of God. In other words, he was called by the Holy Spirit directly and given direct instructions on his apostleship.

 

 

2. (Which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy scriptures,) 

 

 

# The Old Testament spoke of this Word going to this world, and we just read of it in verse 26 of Romans 16.

 

 

3. Concerning His son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

 

 

# Or, concerning the good news that all people could partake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

 

4. And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

 

 

# By being the Firstfruit raised from the dead proved He was the Son of God.

 

 

5. By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name:

 

 

# In other words, through faith in Christ comes all gifts of God, you might say.

 

 

6. Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.

 

 

# Now remember Paul writes on three levels. He was sent to the Gentiles, to the rulers (Pharisees or the lawgivers) that sat in the seat of Moses at the time of Christ’s first advent (Matt. 23:2), and to the true Israelite, both the lost sheep and the elect. We shall call attention to all three levels.

 

 

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.

 

# Now saints here are the “called” or chosen to be elect. Therefore, we see he is writing specifically to the elect at the same time he brings this good news to the Gentiles.

 

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

9. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

 

# In other words, l’m praying for you and about you.

 

10. Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

 

# Paul had been drawn here. In the book of Acts, Jesus came to him in a dream or vision, telling him directly to be of good cheer because it was intended to send him to Rome.

 

11. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12. That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

 

#He’s saying, we’re both going to gain by this. We can help each other. Certainly Paul saw the benefit of his teaching and that of his converts that he had sent on to Rome. Naturally, he took is pride in them.

 

13. Now 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 have wanted to come there many, many of times and I don’t want you to be ignorant concerning that, but I was taken elsewhere as well.

 

14. I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the and to the unwise.<

 

# Or, Paul was sent to all peoples to teach and warn on all three levels.

 

15. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

 

# The Holy Spirit had already told him he was going there, and he felt the Father leading him to the mission that would soon take him there.

 

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.

 

# Paul says, to be able to teach the gospel, I count as my highest honor. Now I want you to note in the last phrase the expansion here: salvation to everyone that believes and of course he means those who really believe from the heart.

 

# This salvation is offered to the Jew first. Let’s examine this. You’ll remember that the Kenites (sons of Cain) had slipped into the temple in Jerusalem at this time and brought about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. They stood in the holy place calling themselves Jews, as it is recorded in Revelation 2:9...claiming to be Jews, but were lieing and in fact they were the synagogue of Satan.

 

# Remember that before Christ’s crucifixion He said, “Go not, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. In the Old Testament, all the covenants of God with the Adamic race from the beginning were made through Abraham, and until Christ shed his blood for everyone, salvation was only to Abraham’s seed or the Israelite. When Paul explains salvation to the Jew first, he refers to true Israel and the Greek, of course, refers to the Gentiles.

 

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

 

# In a sense here, this is faith in Jesus Christ versus the faith in Satan, if you would have it so. In other words, those who live by faith in Jesus Christ can attain salvation.

 

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

 

# Who holds God’s truth in unrighteousness?

 

II Thessalonians 2

6. And now ye know what withholdeth that be might be revealed in his time.

 

# The “he” in this verse refers to that man of sin, the son of perdition.

 

7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

8. And then shalt that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.

9. Even Him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 

# I’d like to mention here that in verse 3, we are told the Christ will not come until Satan is revealed (or has appeared) and here in verse 9 again, we are told even Him (Jesus Christ) whose coming is AFTER Satan, the one of lying wonders who comes with deception, as described in the following verse.

 

10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 

# In connection with this verse, remember the word “unrighteousness” In Romans 1:18, where we were reading.

 

11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

 

# So again, the question: who holds the truth in unrighteousness? It is Satan and his children, the Kenites, who have slipped in among the true Judeans. These verses in II Thessalonians speak specifically of Satan and those who choose to follow him and pinpoint the men in Romans 1:18 who invoke God’s wrath.

# Let us continue now in Romans 1:19.

 

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

20. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are mode, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 

# Here, the invisible things are those things hidden from the very foundation of the world. It was made known to them that the Father created this whole world, therefore they are without excuse.

# I would remind you deeper students of the falling away even before the foundations of this world. (See App. IV.) Lucifer and his fallen angels did turn against God (and they knew better). This is the reason for our existence here and the necessity for Paul’s gospel to correct and teach these people, who were not in ignorance concerning the Father (or any of His designs), yet they followed the wicked one.

# If any wish to pursue the subject of pre-foundation, it is covered in our study on identity: Sec. 1, Elect.

 

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.

22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

 

# Understanding this on the first level (to the Gentiles), we see here that man made images and practiced idol worship of birds, four—footed beasts as cattle, creeping things, etc. even as various religions do, even today.

# Now on the third level (to the elect or the wise that understand), “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image”.. .image in Greek means “a representation of”. Now don’t forget the image that will be made in the last days (Rev. 13:18), when the false christ will stand in the holy place causing the people to worship the image that will be called one-worldism in our day, or this world’s political government. Scripture tells us “for it is the number of a man.” There is no doubt. Satan will be the false christ directing this world’s government.

 

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

 

# Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness”... Whom are we speaking of here? It could not be the Israelites, because in Romans 11:1, the question is asked has God given up Israel? Is there no difference? And Paul states, God forbid, for I myself am an Israelite and he explains that God certainly did not give up Israel. The souls who followed Satan and refused Christ.. these he did give up to uncleanness and the lust of their own hearts.

# We can get a better fix on this lust of their own hearts by turning to John 8:44. Jesus is speaking to this group and identifies them, saying, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” In other words, ye are of your father, the devil, the partaker there even in the Garden of Eden. “He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there was no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.” So the lust here to dishonor their own bodies between themselves is of the devil, the father of lust.

 

25. 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.

 

# They changed the truth of God into a lie, and this began in Genesis 3:4-5. They worshipped the sun and animals and Satan himself, who said, surely the day you eat hereof, you’ll become wise, etc. The lie is simply that Satan is man’s benefactor and should therefore be worshipped; - or the creature served more than the Creator. We see then a comparison in this day and age when the Kenites, that have slipped in among the Jewish people, return to Jerusalem even at this time and make ready for the Kenite messiah. Today’s churches teach that the Kenites are God’s chosen people and the layman is unaware of this delusion, or abomination as Christ termed it in Mark 13.

 

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

 

# Of course, this is talking about a sexual abuse of the body here.

 

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

 

# Remembering John 8:44, we see the father of this evil lust.

 

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:

 

# In II Thessalonians 2:11, it says because they believe not the truth, God has sent them strong delusions. Verse 28 of Romans more or less says, as they rejected God, then God in turn rejected them.

 

# Let us consider a reprobate mind by turning to I Thessalonians 2:14-15.

 

14. For ye, brethren, become the followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

15. Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

 

# The Kenites have slipped in among the true Judeans, and we see God has given them a reprobate mind to do inconvenient things, such as crucifying our Lord, Jesus Christ.

# Let us return to Romans 1:29.

 

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

30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

 

# We see now that I Thessalonians certainly speaks the truth in those 14th and 15th verses.

 

31. Without understanding,covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 

# So we see then that Lucifer and his following did these things, knowing they were contrary to God’s plan and in addition they take pleasure in converts to their synagogue for participation in these evil deeds.

 

 

Chapter 2

1. Therefore thou art inexcusable, 0 man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest, doest the same things.

 

# What Paul is saying here is, you complain that these people are bad, yet you are doing the same thing yourselves.

 

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

3. And thinkest thou this, 0 man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

 

# In other words, we talk about their being bad, but are we any better?

 

4. Or despiseth thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 

# Paul is saying, are you overlooking God’s patience with us, or do you just not care?

 

5. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

 

#Think about this for a moment. How many of our own today preach against sin with the threat of hell and damnation, and at the same time practice idolatry by leading their congregations to worship the Kenite messiah and, by this same erroneous line of thinking, to also believe the Kenites (the sons of Satan) are God’s chosen people. This is what the Father is hinting at here.

 

6. Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

 

# On the first level, this judgment refers to our moral laws; but on the third level, it speaks of our own people who follow Lucifer in ignorance.

 

7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

 

# These are the firstfruits, and this is you, I pray .

 

8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

 

# In other words, unto those deceived who follow the beck and call of Satan through his Kenite followers, who are the false prophets of the last days.

 

9. Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

10. But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

 

#The word used here as “Jew” means a son of the tribe of Judah (or of the House of Israel), so we see again that Christ went first to Israel. “And also to the Gentile” means regardless of race or dwelling place; if people do as God would have them do, then they will receive that repentance or salvation to live among their own people and notion.

 

Revelation 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

 

11. For there is no respect of persons with God.

 

# God judges each person fairly.

 

12. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

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

 

# Do people today understand and live by the law, or do they break the laws? Hearing and knowing the law as it is taught by the Sanhedrin today is not enough. They do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. He is refused. On the other hand, Paul was put in chains for teaching Jesus Christ, and we ourselves even at this time try to live the truth, try to lead and guide our people, and we (you and I) will soon be delivered up for doing this very thing.

 

14. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the low, are a law unto themselves:

15. Which show 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;)

 

# Whether a person is Gentile or Israelite, nature itself tells one that those things mentioned in Chapter 1 ought not be. Thus, even without the law or the writings of the Old Testament, one should refrain from these things.

 

16. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 

# Paul warns that God will judge by Jesus Christ, and when we get to the 11th chapter of Romans you will understand that God has specific duties for specific people, or put differently - diverse purposes for the Kenites and the Israelites.

 

17. Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

 

# Or, you call yourself a Judean and even boast of resting in the law.

 

18. And knowest His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

 

# Or, you know what God expects from your studying and learning. I want to mention again the churches of today. They know what the law says. They read the Book. They teach it in the pulpits, yet in ignorance, they do not know the truth of the lie that Satan himself brought upon the world in regard to his plan to steal the birthright.

 

19. And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

 

# You think you know the truth so well that you consider yourself a light to them which are in darkness. Remember what Christ said in Matthew 7:21-22 concerning those who said, Lord, Lord, we have prophesied in your name, and to whom He replied depart from Me, for I know ye not. Their prophecy concerns the Kenite messiah and not our Messiah, Jesus Christ. Thus, to paraphrase, they are not a light to people in darkness because they themselves are in darkness, not recognizing the signs of the times and the things that are upon us.

 

20. An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes which host the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

21. Thou therefore, which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

 

# Are you not studying it out for yourself?

# Think of the birthright here. Many teach the Kenite messiah today. By this false teaching, they steal the very place of Jesus Christ, putting the false messiah there instead. At the end of this book of Romans, we’ll have more on this third level thinking concerning the secret that was hidden before the very foundations of this world.

 

22. Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

 

# Continuing on the third level, consider our people who commit adultery. We are the bride of the Messiah, Jesus Christ while He is away. Will we be one of those with child when He returns? In other words, will we have taken on another husband, the Kenite messiah, before Yahshua returns? “thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege’.” Are we taking from the true temple, which is the body of Jesus Christ, and putting in its place, the false Christ?

 

23. Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonourest thou God?

24. For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

 

# I recommend you read Ezekiel 36:20-23. The subjects there relate to this verse. God Himself said, I know you’ve caused the Gentiles to talk against Me, blaspheming Me because of the way you act, and God says not in your behalf but for My own name, I’ll bring you from this. it is good reading with this chapter and will help you to understand it better.

 

25. For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

 

# It did profit before Christ’s crucifixion, because it was God’s law, but circumcision is outward and if you break God’s law in your heart, the fact of circumcision counts for naught. Circumcision today is a matter of the heart and is spiritual.

 

26. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shalt not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

 

# In other words the Gentile, that keeps God’s laws, shall certainly be a partaker in the promises of God.

 

27. And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

 

# You have the truth. You’re educated. You can read God’s law and yet you lead people from the law and actually take them to that den of iniquity which is the abode of Lucifer, as stated in Mark 13:14. (The abomination shall stand in the land of Judea in the last days.)

 

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

29. But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

 

# Here again Jew should be translated Israelite or Judean. See App. III.

#Paul tells us here how to identify the true Israelite even at this day and time. Now the ten tribes went north from Jerusalem and became lost - not to God - but to their own identity. In other words, circumcision does not define the true Israelite, - but the heart does. One who loves Jesus Christ, who follows Him from the heart, one who teaches Jesus Christ and accepts Him, this is where you will find the real Israelite.

 

 

 

Chapter 3

 

# Now you will remember Paul had been speaking of God’s salvation to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. Also remember that the Greek word, which is translated Jew, means two things or two people, a son of Judah and or a citizen of the land of Judeo.

 

1. What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision.

 

# In other words, what profit is there in being good, or obeying the law? Or, inasmuch as the law was given to the Israelites, what advantage do they have therefore?

 

2. Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

 

# Paul says it makes a lot of difference; it’s important that you, an Israelite, understand this. Paul says it’s important mainly because God’s promises were made to Israel. Now actually

the things that would happen in this world were to he accomplished as promised to the people of Israel.

 

3. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

 

4. God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man is a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

 

# Because man makes promises and doesn’t keep them changes nothing. The Father won’t change; His promises are still in effect. see Psalms 51:4 and 62:9 in connection with this verse. This might be summed up: every man on his own falls short of the law, but Israel has the advantage of God’s promises.

 

5. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)

 

# The English translation is misleading here. Paul says he speaks as a man speaks, or in other words, this is what men are saying... is our breaking the law good because we then give God the opportunity to forgive us?

 

6. God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

 

7. For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

 

# Paul is saying, if it were true that doing evil or breaking the law helped God, then why would Paul still be judged a sinner?

 

8. And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil! that good may come? whose damnation is just.

 

# Paul was being slandered. They were saying that he was teaching these things, and he is refuting it. You understand that Paul was having great difficulty getting the Sanhedrin and synagogue to accept the Gentiles, as they had not been accepted up until this time of Paul’s teaching. Many false things were said against Paul and his teachings concerning the seed of Abraham in relationship to the Gentiles.

 

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

 

# Are the Israelites better than nonIsraelites? There is no man or woman perfect. In fact, we’re all going to fall short.

 

10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 

 

#See Psalm 14:1-3. 

 

11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

 

# The exception to this is the remnant that seek God with a constant perseverance, and you are a part of that remnant. You seek the deeper truth and seek the deeper understanding of what the Father would have you do.

 

12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

# This refers again to the fact that if your salvation actually depended on living by God’s law - the Ten Commandments and others - it would be impossible.

 

13. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of the asps is under their lips:

 

# They speak so foul that it is like the stench from the open grave. They talk about each other; they spread false rumors. The serpents’ (asps) father is the father of all lies, as it is recorded in the 8th chapter of St. John, and his people repeat what he says.

#Remember that normally Christians think in terms of personal sin, and that is not necessarily what God is concerned with here, but rather with the spiritual sin of forgetting who the true

Father really is.

 

14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

 

#Their foul mouth brings bitterness.

 

15. Their feet are swift to shed blood:

 

# They are ready, even eager, to shed blood and fight with anyone who differs with their opinion. Whose blood was shed from this very poison of the asp or serpent? It was Christ’s blood, yet from this came all the blessings.

 

16. Destruction and misery are in their ways:

 

# In other words, they leave a trail of misery. Consider the world today. Without knowing the full truth and understanding the plan of God, misery and destruction abounds.

 

17. And the way of peace have they not known:

 

# Through whom does true peace come? Through the teachings of God and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who strengthens you and gives you courage, who stands behind you as a foundation and stronghold.

 

18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

 

# They don’t worry about God’s laws. They don’t care what God thinks. They don’t care.

 

19. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

 

# In other words Israel is responsible to God’s law and for carrying out His plan as foretold by prophets. By the law, we know we have sinned, and the whole world is guilty on their own merit before God, as far as the law is concerned.

 

20. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

 

# We are shown a new way, foretold by the prophets - that Jesus Christ, the babe, would be born the true Son of God and through Him would come a new way.

 

22. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

# Now, here is the new way, through Jesus Christ; but I want you to see the qualification put upon that. The qualification is the word “believe”. This seems freely given to everyone, but you the elect understand that in addition to belief, we must know whom we mean when we say we believe in Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus Christ? When will He appear? Is it the real Christ or the false Christ? You of the elect know certainly that the false Christ shall appear first, saying, I am Christ. In fact, before we finish the book of Romans, we will become aware that many have been blinded to the fact that the false one will appear first. Therefore, it is mandatory that we believe in the real Christ, the true and only begotten Son of God - in Jesus Christ - and not be among the many that call themselves His bride today, but who will not be virgins on His return, having already turned away to the false Christ. This is important. Understand this!!!

 

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

 

# This is why we turn to Christ, to confide and talk to Him.

 

24. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

# He is the way. The redemption means to actually blot our sins away.

 

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 forebearance of God;

 

# This is a deep verse. Through Christ, it is possible to have forgiven the sins that happened before Christ even was in the flesh and walked the earth. Now this will puzzle many people, but you of the elect can understand it is because of the millennium when all people will be raised back to life to have an opportunity to choose to either love God through Jesus Christ or to turn to worship the false Christ. This is why it can be said Jesus Christ is even a forgiver of sins in the past. Those who died even before He came here will be brought back in the millennium and given the right to choose eternal life by worshipping God, the Father, and refusing the impostor, Satan. We have a fair and just God; therefore this verse. Remember that until Jesus Christ came, there was no promise to the Gentiles, but only to Israel.

 

26. To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

# I don’t care what your particular sin may be, or how great.. if you believe in Him when He comes, He has the power and authority to put your sin away. As you well know, there is only one unforgiveable sin and that is to deny that Jesus Christ is the true Christ. The only people in a position to commit this sin are the elect, because you know better. If you turn to the false Christ when he comes, then you are turning your back on the Holy Spirit.

 

27. Where is boosting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

 

# What are you bragging about? Salvation doesn’t come by law or by good works, but only by believing in Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

# That law is our responsibility but that’s not what brings our salvation.

 

29. Is He the God of the Jews only? is He not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

 

# Is He the God of Israel only? Does He save Israelites only? If the Gentile has faith and believes in Jesus Christ, he will have salvation. God judges no one in ignorance and the reason for the millennium is so those who died in ignorance can be taught and have the right of choice.

 

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

 

# The circumcision, those living by the old law. In other words, both Israelite and Gentile will be judged by their faith. Understand my words: that faith must be in the true Son of God.

 

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

 

# And only with faith in Jesus Christ can we even come close to establishing, or living, God’s law.

 

 

Chapter 4

1. What shall we say then that Abraham, our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

 

# Or, lets consider Abrahams experience.

 

2. For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

 

# In other words, Abraham’s good works were glorious, but not necessarily in God’s viewpoint.

 

3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

# That’s quite plain. His belief, his faith, was what was glorious in God’s sight, and remember Abraham was the one given the promise and covenant. By his seed, he would become the father of many nations.

 

4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

 

# Salvation is a gift, but someone that goes strictly by works counts it as a debt, or in other words, he wrongly thinks it is owed to him. The gift of salvation is given freely on your faith.

 

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

6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

 

# See Psalm 32:1-2.

 

7. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

 

# Covered means put out of sight. Read the 32nd Psalm and you’ll learn God is the only one who can cover your sins or hold you not accountable for them.

 

8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

 

#If you confide in God and ask for His help, He will forgive you.

 

9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

 

# In other words, was Abraham given the promise because he obeyed the law or because of his faith?

 

10. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

 

# This is redundant and bulky in English. It refers to the fact that Abraham was given the promise and covenant before he was circumcised, so the question answers itself. Abraham was blessed because he believed God, so it was through faith and not the law. And how strong the faith of Abraham! Remember he was tested severely; he was even going to sacrifice his son and had his arm raised with the sword that would destroy his son’s life, when the Father said to stop. Abraham believed God and obeyed Him even to this extent, and remember he did this by faith before he came under the written law or Commandments, which were later given to Moses.

 

11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed upon them also:

 

# First through faith, he received the reward and then was circumcised later. I’d like you to notice here also that the total plan of salvation for all nations was so decreed even back to this time. It must be noted that the plan of salvation had already been defined, when the law was given to Israel. In other words, all events of yesterday, today and tomorrow are part of God’s over-all plan for the world.

 

12. And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

 

# You see that Abraham found favor with God before the law of circumcision came into being for him.

 

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.

 

# You might say that he had faith in God and this seed that would bring Christ.

 

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

15. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

 

#They couldn’t live up to the law, which brings the wrath of God, but where there is no law, there is no sin.

 

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

 

# By faith comes this free gift and not only to Israel of the law, but to all who have the faith of Abraham. He is father of us all when it concerns faith; not seed.

 

17. (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

 

# This was God’s promise to Abraham and “many nations” means not only Israel but even other nations.

 

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.

 

# In other words, Abraham believed beyond any shadow of a doubt when his wildest hopes should not have let him hope, because he was 100 years old. Yet God told him he would, and he didn’t doubt. He believed because God spoke it.

 

19. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:

 

# It is recorded in Genesis 17:17 that Sarah was 90 years old. Looking at this in a normal way, her pregnancy would have been on impossibility, and Sarah had never had a child, but God said it would be so and Abraham believed.

 

20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

 

# He doubted not, but instead thanked God.

 

21. And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform,

 

# Again, no doubts. He knew that God could carry out that promise, and he would father a child.

 

22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

 

# God gave him this gift because of his faith.

 

23. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24. But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord, from the dead;

25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

 

# Now I’d like to ask you something here. God has told you that very soon He’s going to call on you to be a witness to the whole world. Will you have Abraham’s faith to know that He’ll be with you all the way? Can you have enough faith to speak out to reach the seed spoken of here at the time the false christ comes in the near future? It is not an impossibility that you shall stand up to the whole world denying the false christ, saying, this is not Jesus, the Christ; our Christ is yet to come. And with loving words and kind thoughts, you will take and lead the people to that time when the real Christ will come.

 

 

Chapter 16

 # In this chapter, Paul closes his letter to the Romans, whom he had always wanted to teach, a desire that had not yet been fulfilled on this day of writing.

 

1. I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

 

# I’d like you to note how Paul points out specifically that the women of the church helped him.

 

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.

 

# She’s been of great help to the church.

# Then Paul asks them to greet Priscilla and Aquila, his helpers in Jesus Christ in verse 3. We won’t go into all of the salutations, but I recommend you read them for yourself. You’ll note in verse 13, Paul mentions his own mother. Evidently his mother was at Rome at this time and undoubtedly, this was one of his reasons also for wanting to go to Rome. Now let’s pick it up in the 17th verse.

 

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

 

# He’s saying, if there are those who don’t believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, avoid them.

 

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.

 

# They make fine speeches, but certainly not for the furtherance of God’s gospel.

 

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.

 

# It is remarkable that word of their obedience had travelled. Most of them were students of Paul’s or missionaries that he had sent ahead of him. He’s telling them to remain wise in good and stay innocent of evil.

 

20. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

 

# Salutations continue, and it is believed by many that verse 24 closed the book of Romans and that verses 25 through 27 were added by someone other than Paul, but I tend to agree with scholars who think it was added by Paul after he arrived in Rome. Let us pick it up at verse 25.

 

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.

 

# God has the power to establish you according to what I’ve told you and according to the teachings of Jesus, in other words, God’s plan that has been secret from the beginning.

 

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:

 

# God’s plan, foretold in the writings of the prophets, is now being made manifest or known, by the commandment of the eternal God.

 

27. To God only wise, he glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

 

 

Chapter 8

# This chapter is written on the third level, or specifically to the elect.

 

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

 

# Bear in mind, though we are still in the flesh, it is the Holy Spirit we seek.

 

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

 

# Remember, there’s only one way - in Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ.

 

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.

 

#The law can’t bring you salvation, because you’d have to live a perfect life from a babe to death and in the flesh, this is impossible; but through faith in Christ, we know His crucifixion and resurrection bring us salvation.

 

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

 

# Think a moment of the future when this man of sin, or death, Lucifer, will appear to deceive us. You know that this false Christ will appear before Jesus Christ does, and there is no way that the elect who walk after the Spirit will bend a knee to Satan.

 

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.

 

# The Spirit is the true Spirit and the true Christ.

 

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

 

# How do you gain peace? In John 8:32, you are told you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free. So you must learn the whole truth by studying the Word. You must learn who the elect are and what their purpose is. This knowledge will bring you life and peace.

 

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

 

#The carnal mind is an enemy of God and will always be so, as a matter of fact.

 

8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

# It is true that in the flesh, we’ll continue to make mistakes and cannot wholly please God, but be assured when we ask Him for help, He will give it.

 

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.

 

# Now who’s in the Spirit of Christ? ..the elect. This again proves that only through Christ, believing and accepting Christ, can we reach life, peace and salvation.

 

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

 

# In other words, the body dies because of Adams sin in the very beginning, and you all know what that was, but the spirit body may live for an eternity.

 

11. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

# God himself shall raise you and remember what the Greek meaning is for “resurrect”. One of its meanings is standing up, so by standing up for Christ, you are resurrected in Christ. But it also means to return to the spiritual truth and in this you are raised to a higher level of spiritual thinking.

 

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

13. For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 

#Paul says here we owe a duty not to the flesh but to God. If you put to death the deeds of the carnal body, you will live by the spirit body. Now naturally

we will remain in these mortal bodies until He sees fit to change or bring about our destiny.

 

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

 

# Those who follow Him, who accept Him, they are the sons of God.

 

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.

 

# Or, Father, Father.

# The churches teach hell and damnation, and Paul says here, I don’t want you to be fearful. You weren’t brought into Christ to be put in bondage and to live in fear. Remember also that he’s writing to the elect.

 

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

 

# He dwells in us and we dwell in Him.

 

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.

 

# This time is soon coming for the elect, when this dispensation ends.

 

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.

 

# It means if we suffer with Him and for Him a little bit now, it matters not as we will also be glorified with Him.

 

19. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 

# The manifestation of the sons of God will be in the millennium when we shall be priests and teachers and sons. Everything in creation waits for this time. Even the earth itself waits to he put back where storms, earthquakes and this sort of thing are taken away, as it was in the Garden of Eden, when a veil of mist watered the earth each night, and storms were unnecessary.

 

20. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope.

 

# The Greek word meaning creature is used interchangeably with the word creation. One way of translating this then is that all creation was not made fertile in its own right but by Him who created it, again emphasizing that it waits within itself for the millennium.

 

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

 

# The earth shall be made perfect again: no foreign thistles or tares. And the creature shall he delivered from the corruption of sin and death unto the glorious freedom of the children of God. Again remember, Paul is writing to the elect, or true Israel.

 

22. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

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.

 

# The firstfruits, or the elect. What Paul is saying here is that even the elect as we are placed in this flesh body to accomplish the plan of God and bring about His purpose, even we look forward to this day when we will be removed from this dispensation and released from the political governmental system which is the beast mentioned in Rev. 3:1.

 

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?

 

# In other words, Paul says if we had seen it, we would no longer hope for it, but it is ahead of us and we still hope.

 

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

 

# Through hope, we learn patience and with patience, still hope.

 

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 he uttered.

 

# This says we often don’t know what to do or how to pray, but have you ever wondered that you took a certain direction or made a particular decision? Paul says here when the Spirit is in you and you’re in the Spirit, He guides you and takes you where He would have you go.

 

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.

 

#God knows what’s in your hearts and leads and guides you through the Holy Spirit that intercedes for you.

 

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.

 

# All things work to the good for the elect, whom God has called to accomplish His plan. These are they who will stand up to the false christ in the confrontation that is soon to come.

 

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

 

# God destined those who stood for Him before the foundations of the world to share the likeness of His son that they might stand with Christ during the millennium

and teach all others the truth.

 

30. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

 

# Now I want you to catch the full depth of this. The elect (whom He chose because they stood with Him when Satan fell, before the foundations of the world that is,) these He justified, because they earned the right in the spirit in the world that was. Justified means the elect were declared innocent of all things of this world and also were glorified at that time. That’s why you are called or chosen to stand against Lucifer this second time. You were called even before you walked this earth in the flesh. (The subject of the world that was is covered further in our study on Identity).

 

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

 

# Truly, we have nought to fear from any man.

 

32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

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

34. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 

# God has justified us and Christ speaks for us. Who would dare to charge us with anything?

 

35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

# Who or what has the power to separate us from Christ’s love? Or would we allow tribulations, etc. to turn us away from Christ’s love?

 

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

 

# As it is written in Mark and many other places, you will be delivered up to the synagogue in the last days. For what purpose? To be a witness... to carry the gospel to the whole world, and remember, the Holy Spirit will be speaking through your lips at this time.

 

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

 

# We will overcome!

 

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

39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

#Paul says here, he’s certain that absolutely nothing in this world is able to separate us from God’s love, which is in Jesus Christ.

# This chapter is written specifically to you, who are the elect, to explain the nearness of God’s love. He dwells in you, as you dwell in Him. He leads and guides you and you can shoulder the tribulations that come to you because of the great glory that He has in store for you in the near future.

 

 

Chapter 14

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

 

# Receive those weak in their convictions, but don’t argue or dispute them. Help, if you can, but do not judge.

 

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

 

# Paul is giving examples of small things over which we are not to argue.

 

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

 

# In other words, they are God’s servants also, judge not.

 

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.

 

# God is the master: He will judge.

 

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

 

# Or, one may worship on Saturday: another may keep the Sabbath on Sunday. One may celebrate the Passover; another, Easter.

 

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

 

# In other words, fasting, eating, celebration of days, and so on are minor matters compared to truth, and if someone is coming into the faith, don’t dispute these things. Nurture his faith. The truth is the important thing, and each of us grows at a different rate.

 

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

 

# None of us chooses the day of life or death. God has this authority.

 

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.

 

# We live or die, by the grace of God, and we belong to Him.

 

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

10. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

11. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

# This is recorded in Isaiah 45:23. In the millennium, everyone will know and confess to God. When Lucifer is loosed for a little while at the end of the millennium, there may be some who will continue to worship him, but nevertheless they will have been taught during the millennium, and they will know God. They will know better.

 

12. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

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.

 

# Don’t put a stumbling block in his way. An example of this might be in your teaching. Walk with him step by step, so he can grasp the full truth, piece by piece. In other words be gentle and cautious. Proceed at his speed, so he may lay a firm foundation of understanding.

 

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.

 

# If you have a conviction of something, then it’s been put there by the Father. What is sin for one man is not necessarily sin for the other man.

 

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

 

# But be careful of your ways. You, as a Christian, must not hamper another by your actions, thus losing a soul to the true faith, because Christ died for that soul also.

 

16. Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

 

# Let not your truth or yourself be a stumbling block.

 

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

 

# It is not your earthly habits that are important, but the spiritual goodness, or in other words, God’s way.

 

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

19. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

 

# In other words Paul is saying here, try to behave as Christ would want you to and build each other up.. instruct each other.

 

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.

21. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

 

# There is nothing wrong or impure about meat or wine. The health laws that you follow are fine as long as they are not a stumbling block to another.

 

22. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

 

# Or, use good everyday common sense. Use your head.

 

23. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

 

# If you have a conviction placed by God, breaking it is a sin.

 

 

Chapter 15

1. We then that are strong ought to hear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

 

# If we feel honestly that some behavior is not sinful for us, yet it offends someone who is weak in the faith, it would be better for us to forego the pleasure, as it says in the next verse.

 

2. Let everyone of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

 

# Let’s work together to build others up.. to strengthen them in the Lord.

 

3. For even Christ pleased not Him self; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me.

 

# He sacrificed all.. He died for us, so let nothing that we do heap reproaches upon Him.

 

4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 

# Hope of eternal life. And it came to pass exactly as it was written. Christ came and died for our sins, proving beyond a shadow of doubt that the Word of God is true, and this gives us positive hope for the eternity.

 

5. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6. That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

# Or, verse 5, let there be harmony among us as to Christ’s teachings, so we may, verse 6, together glorify God. Note here God’s patience is stressed. We are to be patient in our teaching, so we may all reach a total harmony.

 

7. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also r eceived us to the glory of God.

 

# Again, referring to patience.

 

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:

 

# Paul’s saying here. Christ was a minister to true Israel, thus confirming the promises made to Abraham.

 

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.

 

# Not only was Christ come to save Israel, but also after His death to save the Gentile.

 

10. And again He saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with His people.

 

# See Deuteronomy 32:43. Rejoice for what?., because they also could partake of the eternity. See Psalm 117:1 also.

 

11. And again, praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles: and laud Him, all ye people.

 

# Not part, but all ye people.

 

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 Gentile trust.

 

# Esaias in Greek is Isaiah. So we see the purpose here, and also that it was fore written.

 

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.

 

# In other words, the Spirit of Jesus Christ working through Paul and other apostles gave them the belief in Christ that they might he filled with the hope of eternal life through Christ and the Holy Spirit.

 

14. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

 

# Or, teach one another, to assure one another, to build each other up.

 

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.

 

# Paul’s mission was to teach the Gentiles of the opportunity for eternal life. Remember, he’s writing to the Romans.

 

16. That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

17. I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

 

# In other words, I’m very proud of the things, I’ve been able to do through Christ for you all.

 

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.

 

# I wouldn’t dare speak other than Christ has instructed.

 

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.

 

# In all instances and in all places. Paul says, he has taught the truth and the full gospel. Remember the three Paul was sent to: the children of Israel, the Gentiles and to the rulers, even the Kenites of the Sanhedrin.

 

20. Yea, so have I strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

 

# I strive to go to new places, where there is no church and people have not heard His name.

 

21. But as it is written, To whom He was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

 

# Paul was a missionary to the fullest.

 

22. For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

 

# His missionary work had delayed his getting to Rome.

 

23. But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you:

 

# In other words, my work is finished here, and soon I’ll come to you.

 

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 thitherword by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

 

# Or, I’m looking forward to seeing you and then afterwards, I’ll go on.

 

25. But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

 

# The saints being the elect.

 

26. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

 

# The converts in Macedonia and Achaia have sent money to the saints in Jerusalem, who are poor.

 

27. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty & is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

 

# The elect went to the Gentiles and shared the truth with them, so Paul says, it’s only right that they should reciprocate by sharing with the elect.

 

28. When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit. I will come by you into Spain.

 

# When I’ve delivered this contribution, I’ll be along.

 

29. And I am sure that, when I come unto you. I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

 

# I’m sure when I come, Christ will send me with a great blessing for you.

 

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.

 

# Pray for me that these things may be accomplished.

 

31. That I may he delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

 

# Paul was going back to that place that was taken over by the Kenites.

 

32. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

 

# He was looking forward to the fellowship he hoped to share with them.

 

33. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

 

Chapter 7

# You’ll notice the first verse of this chapter points out a difference between the Israelite and the Gentile.

 

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

 

# The law has dominion over man for as long as he lives, Paul says, and he speaks to those who knew the law, or the Israelites. They were given the law by Moses. So Paul speaks in this chapter to the children of Israel, being one of the three to whom he was sent.

 

2. For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

 

# Paul is using this law as an example.

 

3. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

 

# There are reasons that a divorce can be acquired biblically and by the law, but this is an example, so don’t let it confuse you.

 

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.

 

# In other words, you people of Israel were married to the law. The law was your husband, but now you are married to the body of Christ. He is saying here we were married to the law that liveth forever, yet when Christ came, we were divorced from the law. It was dead in a sense and we were married to the body of Christ. What is the body of Christ? What is Jesus Christ? What is the Holy Spirit….. other than the fulfillment of the law? Was it not foretold that He would come… the Messiah to the world?

 

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.

 

# When we were in the unspiritual, our old pre-Christian nature, the craving of sin worked in us.

 

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.

 

# The written code, so to speak.

 

7. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust except the law had said, thou shalt not covet.

 

# Paul is referring not only to himself but to man generally from Adam in the beginning. Until Moses gave the law, there was no law, and except for the law, man would not know he was sinning.

 

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

 

# Concupiscence in Greek means to desire or covet.

# Sin apart from law is lifeless. There’s no future, no fruit in it. It hears nothing but death.

 

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

 

# He’s saying, I knew after the law came that I had broken the law, and it sentenced me to death.

 

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

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

 

# In other words, sin slew me because of the law.

 

12. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandments holy, and just and good.

 

# Paul is saying, the law is for our own good.

 

13. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

 

# Or, was this good law bad for me? Never, the law taught us right from wrong and by the commandment pointed out what was exceedingly sinful. By the way, it is one of Satan’s pet tricks to blame something good for anything evil - to blame the law for man’s fall rather than the sin of which he is the father.

 

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

15. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

 

#In other words, Paul says he doesn’t act as he would like to, but does those things he detests. He’s speaking here of the carnal man and his weakness in face of temptations of the flesh.

 

16. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

 

# Or, if my conscience tells me my actions are wrong, I am agreeing that the law is good, even though I break it.

 

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

 

# Sin takes over in my weakness.

 

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.

 

# The sin that dwells in my flesh is no good. The wish to do the right thing is there, but the power is not. In other words, the good will is not sufficient to sustain man without the spirit of Jesus Christ dwelling within him. The flesh alone is weak.

 

19. For the good that I would, l do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

 

# Even against my own wishes, he says here.

 

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

 

# In flesh, sin still has its grip on me.

 

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

 

# I try to do right, but I manage only to do wrong.

 

22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

 

# In my new self as a Christian, I find God’s law refreshing and right.

 

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.

 

# In other words, the sin of the flesh fights with my intelligence, and sometimes I lose the battle.

 

24. 0 wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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

 

# Paul acknowledges the weakness and sins of the flesh that lead to death and thanks God for Jesus Christ who is our redeemer from sin.

# In summary. Israel itself was condemned to death by the law alone until Jesus Christ came with the gift of salvation for those that have faith in Him... the gift of forgiveness for those imperfect in the flesh who strive, nevertheless, from the heart to do right. You are responsible to the law, but when you slip, do not turn away from God. Talk to Him, turn back to Him, lean on Him. He knows you’re in the flesh. That is not to say you may use this as an excuse to sin, but confess to Him and ask Him to make you stronger. I assure you He will.

 

 

Chapter 6

1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

 

# Shall we continue this then, so more and more goodness may come from God? Remember, earlier they had slanderously accused him of teaching this.

 

2. God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

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

 

# He is saying here: of course not! We are dead to sin by our baptism into faith in Jesus Christ and also into His death.

 

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

 

# We also by His resurrection shall walk in a new life with Christ.

 

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

 

# “Planted together”, now let’s reword this so it is simpler to understand. For if we have grown together in the likeness of His death, then we must also come back in the likeness of His life. You might say we would be resurrected in Him.

 

6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

 

# Knowing that our old self is crucified with Him, we would then no longer serve sin.

 

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

 

# Another way of putting this would be, once a man is dead, he is absolved from the claims of sin.

 

8. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.

 

# lf we die in Christ, we shall also live, in Christ.

 

9. Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him.

 

#Remember this death that He died was for sin.

 

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

 

# In this death, it was for the sins for the whole world, but in His resurrection, He lives for God.

 

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

 

# Or, sin should not affect you or tempt you as easily as before you chose to serve God.

 

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

13. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

# Don’t let your own body and passions serve as a vice, but dedicate yourselves to God. Serve God, not evil.

 

14. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

#Sin shall not rule you as you have atonement through Jesus Christ. Remember that Paul is speaking here on three levels: to the Gentiles, to the rulers of the Sanhedrin and to Israel. The elect are still responsible to the law.

 

15. What then? shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

 

#Of course the answer is God forbid. Remember Paul had been criticized for teaching this, just as many identity teachers have been criticized for teaching a second chance. Now let’s clarify this. There is absolutely no second chance. You are either ignorant and therefore innocent, or you know what’s going to transpire, and if you know right from wrong, you have no excuse for choosing wrongly.

 

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?

 

# In other words, are you going to be a servant of sin that brings death, or a servant of Jesus Christ who brings eternal life?

 

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.

 

# Thank God you have taken on this faith; you believe from the heart in Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

# The servants of righteousness worship which master?... the Lord God, who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us.

 

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.

 

# Paul says I use this as an example because of the weakness of your nature.

 

20. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

 

# Or, what did you gain, Paul asks, by all that sin that you are now ashamed of because there is no gain, only death.

 

22. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 

# Or, now free of sin, you are holy and have gained eternal life.

 

23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

#The old church, more or less, used this scripture to hold people to the church, teaching hell and damnation, and not fully explaining the gift, the free gift of God. What Paul meant in these preceding chapters is that as mortal men we would sin, but having died with Christ in baptism or even in receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, our faith holds true when it comes from the heart, and the gift of forgiveness is ours for the asking. Temptation is always with those still in the flesh, but Paul is saying, when you stumble, don’t turn away from Christ. Ask Him to strengthen you; hide in His gracious forgiveness. When you ask forgiveness and mean it from the heart, I assure you that is what our Saviour will do for you.

# Speaking on the third level to the elect, Paul says a great deal here in a spiritual sense. There’s no way that you will serve Lucifer in the last days as he appears in the very near future, yet beloved, more so than ever you will have to lean on Jesus and ask Him to strengthen you. Many will be deceived by Lucifer, as will be covered in the 11th chapter, but there’s no way you will be deceived by him because you know this man of sin will come first before Jesus Christ returns. So Paul means once you’re raised to a higher level of thinking, or resurrected if you would have it so, you know these truths: who the false Christ is, who his children are (you can identify his seed).

Once you’re aware of this, there is no way you can be turned back again to serving that man of sin and be deceived by him, because you know it will surely bring you death, a spiritual death.

 

 

Chapter 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.

 

# The high powers here refer to the government. In other words, the governments that are were ordered by God. How else could the beast, the political beast itself, rise up in the 13th chapter of Revelation, unless God Himself had designed if so in His plan?

 

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

 

# They will bring judgment upon themselves. In other words, it is not our right to overthrow any government. God has a plan. Do you want to act contrary to that plan?

 

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

 

# Rulers, such as judges or policemen, don’t bother you if you’re leading a Christian life, but if law breakers, you’d better be afraid. Do that which is good and the government will sanction you.

 

4. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, he 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.

 

# The magistrate, let’s say, is acting for your own good. If you break the law, you should he afraid, for you will be penalized.

 

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

 

# Are you following the dictates of your conscience? Are you doing what is right and fair?<

 

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

 

# Pay your taxes also. God is keeping order, through these government officials, whereby God’s plan can come to pass.

 

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.

 

# Respect, taxes, etc. - pay what you owe.

# For those who are concerned that our government sanctions such things as abortion that is contrary to nature and ask whether it is right to continue to support it... This story will perhaps help you. A farmer has a milk cow that furnishes milk and nourishment for his family. The cow breaks into his cabbage patch and eats his harvest. If he got rid of the cow, he hasn’t regained the cabbage, but in addition has lost his source of milk. So be not happy in many things our government approves, but support your government. These are the last days, and this is God’s plan. The scriptures tell many of these things would come to pass.

 

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

 

# Owe nothing but the debt of love.

 

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.

 

# In other words, if you love your neighbor as yourself, you’re not going to break any laws, therefore that law covers everything.

# Now as we go on, think spiritually, or on the third level. Paul is writing specifically to the elect of the last days.

 

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

11. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than we believed.

 

# Knowing the time, or recognizing the signs of the end time, then it is time to wake out of slumber or that stupor that God placed on people in the 11th chapter. When you look deeply at current events in our world, you will realize the crisis is near. I make reference to the parable of the fig tree and many others that let us know the generation of 1948 shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled. (Mark 13:30)

 

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.

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

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

 

# Put on what?.. take on the Spirit of Jesus and deny the lusts of the flesh. Let your spiritual body take over and do the work of God. Study the scripture, so you’ll know and understand His plan and what He would have you do. Obey the laws of the land.

 

 

Chapter 5

1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

# There is no other way to have this peace with God other than through Jesus Christ and in accepting and understanding the full truth. As Christ stated, learn the truth and it shall make you free. See John 8:32.

 

2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

# Note the qualification.., access through faith in Jesus Christ. Everything God plans for us we attain through this grace which comes from faith, faith from the heart and from the very soul.

 

3. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

 

# As Christians, we glory in tribulation, understanding that from tribulation comes patience and strength of character. Tribulations arise because we are Christians. Patience in a sense means endurance.

 

4. And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

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

 

# We are never disappointed in our hope, because God’s love floods our hearts...a gift from the Holy Ghost or the Comforter. Even when we have this hope and faith, many of us fail to realize what this gift means. It means we can lean on this Comforter, share our burdens and our disappointments with Him; whereby He will lift them from us, as was promised.

 

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

7. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

 

# There would be no need to die for a righteous man.

 

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

 

# God proved His great love for us even while we are sinners, by giving His only begotten Son for our redemption. Are we truly grateful? Are you?

 

9. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

 

#lf we have this hope and faith, we are saved through Jesus Christ. Even though we sin in the flesh, if we believe in Him and love Him, He lifts the burden of sin from us when we repent.

 

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.

 

# lf God loved us that much when we were sinners and standing on the side of Satan, how much more now are we saved by His life. The elect who stand on the side of God will be saved, and you who study the word of God and have the deeper understanding are the elect. He even is in you and you are in Him.

 

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

 

# We have received the atonement, or reconciliation, you might say, through Jesus Christ.

 

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.

 

# Not forgetting that Lucifer brought sin to Adam, what it’s saying here is that after Adam, all sinned; then age and disease came into being and men knew death, because all sinned.

 

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

 

# For sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not counted when there is no law.

 

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

 

# Moses was the lawgiver yet death reigned from Adam to Moses. All died because of Adam’s sin. Now the phrase “who is the figure of Him that was to come” shows us Adam was a Christ-like figure, but of course without the perfection of Christ. The next verse shows the tremendous difference between the two.

 

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.

 

# In other words, Adam brought us death; Christ brought us forgiveness.

 

16. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

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

 

# You will note in your King James version that from verse 13 to and including verse 17 is in parenthesis. He has made a special explanation there, and now we pick it up in verse 18.

 

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

 

# Now the deeper students, who study the plan of God as it was before the foundations of this world, find in the scriptures that it is God’s plan that all men should have the right to choose between Lucifer and Himself. (See App. IV)

 

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

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

 

# Without the law, one cannot break the law, but with the breaking of God’s law, sin abounds; yet through Christ, there is forgiveness of sin and you see His precious grace in the gift He offers all men.

 

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

 

# So we see the gift of eternal life is made to all men; not only to the lost sheep of Israel, not only to the elect, but to all men who believe in Him and partake of this gift from the heart. No one fools God, but those who really love Him, want to follow Him and do His bidding, certainly they are the inheritors of this gift, which is forgiveness

and eternal life.

 

 

Chapter 12

1. 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.

 

# In other words, practice what you preach, or act in accordance with your belief.

 

2. 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

 

# Or, don’t follow the practices of the world, but behave as you know God would have you do.

 

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

 

# Take a sane and honest view of yourself regarding the gifts God has given you.

 

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

 

# In other words, all members have not the same function. Remember the parable that says, if your eye offend, then pluck it out and if your hand offend, then cut it off. He was talking about the many membered body of Christ. If one group is contrary to God, you must put that group from you. Better that it falls than the whole.

 

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

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;

 

# Each of us has different talents: use them for Christ. Or, as on example, if the gift of prophecy, then prophesy according to the truth He gives you.<

 

7. &Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching;

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.

 

# The preacher, the one in the administrative field.. do these things according to your talent, simply, earnestly and fairly.

 

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

 

# Love with honesty: think good things.

 

10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love: in honour preferring one another.

 

# Work together in harmony.

 

11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord:

 

# Don’t be lazy, but strong in spirit serving the Lord.

 

12. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation: continuing instant in prayer;

 

# Be hopeful, and knowing God’s plan, be patient when trouble comes and take it to Him in prayer.

 

13. Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

 

# Assist the saints and welcome them.

 

14. Bless them which persecute you: bless and curse not.

 

# If, for example, someone would persecute you because you are a Christian, because you are one of the elect, then bless them patiently, as they don’t understand God’s plan. They are children in mind, so be patient with them.

 

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

 

# Share from your heart.

 

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.

 

# Live in harmony with one another, and don’t consider one better than another. It is the love in the heart that counts rather than material things.

 

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

 

# Never return evil for evil. Return only that which everyone would consider honest and good.

 

18. If it he possible, as much as lieth in you. live peaceably with all men.

 

# Note that word “possible”. There are times, such as self—defense, when this is not possible.

 

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.

 

# See Deuteronomy 32:35. The 144,000 overcomers in Revelation 15 will be singing this song of Moses, wherein God declares that He set aside the sons of Adam to bring about the plan that He has for this earth and world. It is recorded there that others would offend them, hurt them, or knock them about, so to speak, but He says, I shall avenge them for vengeance belongeth to Me.

 

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

 

# In other words, you will bring shame upon your enemy, so leave vengeance for God.

 

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

 

# That should be the formula for your life. Be humble before God in all things, and it is also good to set an example for others.

 

 

Chapter 11

# This chapter is a continuance of the thought in the last verse of the preceding chapter.

 

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.

 

# Paul reveals his own lineage in this verse. He says in many other places that he is a Roman, because he was a Roman citizen, but this is his genealogy, his specific seed line. He was an Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin.

 

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,

3. Lord, they have killed Thy prophets, and digged down Thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

 

# Now Elijah had said this in I Kings, the 19th chapter. Remember the ten tribes had left Israel at this time, and having left the old temple, they had all turned to idolatry. Now think of our people today. What Christ are the ten tribes worshipping today? We see the same thing. They don’t know whom they’re worshipping. They’re worshipping a Kenite messiah. They’re believing the Kenite people are the true sons of Israel, and we could say much the same thing Elijah said; but Elijah forgot the divine promise to the seed. We’re speaking specifically of Israel here. V. 4 gives God’s answer.

 

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.

 

# This did not happen in Elijah’s time. Elijah never died, and he shall return, but these seven thousand were specifically set aside and reserved. This speaks directly about you. Others cannot understand this, but you of the elect know.

 

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

 

# Note again this remnant is chosen. It is according to the election of grace.

 

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.

 

# In other words, selected by grace and not of works. That is simple enough. If it were by works, then of course it could not be by grace. By works, he’s referring to the law of Israel. So then; we see we are talking about salvation and election by believing on Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

# Ten tribes are lost here and they did not come to the point that they should have but the election hath obtained it. The remnant hath attained the truth and not confused Jesus Christ with the false christ. In no way can they be deceived or confused; they have the truth. But the rest were blinded, which in the Greek means their hearts were hardened to the truth.

 

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.

 

# Actually there is no such word as slumber in the Greek language. The word is stupor, or lethargy. They are awake and all that, but they simply cannot see the truth. It is important that you note they didn’t take this upon themselves. It says God gave them this stupor. He chose some and others He gave the spirit of stupor. Sounds unjust? Let us read on.

 

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

 

# They think they’re doing good to God, and David says, let this be a snare to them. Now think of today. If people are going to church all in good faith, but they are being taught a Kenite messiah and that God’s chosen people are Kenites, then their very Christian religion becomes a stumbling block to them. David predicted this many, many years ago, and we see today many of Israel being deceived.

 

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

 

# Let them carry a heavy load. Yes, beloved. they do carry a heavy load when they are taught hell and damnation instead of His peace and His love. In other words, within this deception, they are praying to the wrong father.

 

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.

 

# If the children of Israel had not stumbled and had lived perfectly by the law, then Christ would not have had to come, and the only promise from God was to the Israelites. There was no promise to others, but you see they did not live perfectly and Christ came, so then it was possible for the others to have salvation. This came about through Jesus Christ.

 

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 fullness?

 

# In other words, if Israel’s stumbling and deception brings riches to the world, if their loss brings riches to the Gentiles; what a great thing Israel becomes by being a blessing to the whole world. And of course, we remember the covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. He would even he a blessing to the ethnos, and we know this has come to pass through Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

# Paul is telling the Gentiles that although he teaches his own people. Israel, he is the teacher of the Gentiles also, so he has enlarged his ministry.

 

14. If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

 

# Paul was a Benjamite, or an Israelite, and he’s hoping to save some of the Israelites also.

 

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?

 

# In other words, if their falling away into deception, and bear in mind always that God sent the stupor upon them... if their deception brings the Gentiles into the fold, then when the Israelites return to God, they will come to life loving God strongly. During the millennium, they will understand the error of their ways and shall be saved, or gain eternal life, as the stupor will be lifted.

 

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

 

# It’s easy to understand that if a tree is healthy, the roots also must be healthy, or if the roots are healthy, the branches will he healthy. Therefore in the Biblical sense, if the firstfruit, or Christ, be holy, then the Israelites or the people He comes from in the flesh must also be holy, despite the fact that some may he in deception because of a stupor that God Himself sent. And I might add, because God sent it is the reason for the millennium, or the opportunity for righting their error.

 

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

 

# So Paul says here, if some of the branches are broken off the natural, or good, olive tree, standing for the Israelites, and the Gentiles from a wild olive tree were grafted, then the Gentiles who truly love Jesus, are grafted to this natural tree.

 

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

 

# Don’t boast about this, because it is God, the Father, that is responsible for this. It is through Jesus Christ that you become part of this tree. It’s not you who support the tree, but Jesus Christ Himself.

 

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

 

# Paul is telling the Gentiles, this is what you say then because this is the truth of the matter.

 

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

 

# In other words, the Israelites were broken off because of lack of faith, and you better not he uppity, but revere and love God. Don’t let your faith weaken, but remain humble and reverent.

 

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

 

# If YHVH spared not Israel, who is of the tree by covenant, then how quickly He would not spare the Gentile, who is by faith.

 

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 he cut off.

 

# Paul says God’s severity fell on those whose faith faltered, and His goodness is toward you, only if you keep the faith.

 

23. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall he grafted in for God is able to graft them in again.

 

# lf they return to the faith, God will accept them.

 

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

 

# In Greek, a good olive tree translates to a garden olive tree. Now if the Gentile were cut off the wild olive tree and grafted into a cultured and nourished olive tree, then these others of Israel, which belonged before, will belong again; with the qualification in verse 23, of course - “if they abide not still in unbelief”.

 

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

 

# Or, just in case you feel pretty special, I want you to know God planned it this way, that part of Israel would be blinded until the Gentiles that had faith were taken in.

 

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:

 

# In other words, after the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, all Israel will be saved. The Deliverer, or Jesus Christ, will turn ungodliness away from Jacob. When will this happen?... during the millennium.

# Let’s digress for a moment. Consider the end day that shall begin the age of the millennium. We are told in II Thess. 2:3 that Satan will appear first before Christ’s second coming. Those who “have ears to hear” understand this, and there’s no way loving God or Jesus Christ that you will be deceived. In Isaiah 14:16, it says, “They that see thee (Satan) shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying. Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?” Having this knowledge, there’s no way you’re going to worship the devil instead of the true Jesus, the Christ and Saviour that you love.

# But what about those who do not have ears to hear.. those upon whom the stupor was sent? They are the very reason for the millennium. As it is recorded in the 20th chapter of Revelation, that old serpent, which was from the beginning in the Garden, which is the Devil, which is Lucifer, is going to be removed totally and completely. He will have no influence on any soul, Israelite, Gentile, Ethnos or Kenite. He will be in captivity in the pit during the millennium when you, the elect, will teach with Jesus Christ; thus the people will no longer be blinded or in ignorance. God does not judge any creature that is in ignorance. Now understand, Lucifer shall be loosed a little while at the close of the millennium to test those that accept Jesus Christ and God’s full truth. They shall then have a place in His kingdom.

# God wants their love freely given to Him. They must make a choice, and the opportunity to make a choice is the whole purpose of this world. Let us return to Romans 11:27.

 

27. For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

 

# In other words, it’s God’s covenant with Abraham that all Israel shall he saved.

 

28. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the Fathers’ sakes.

 

# Or, Israel was blinded and erred so the Gentiles could come in to eternal life, but as to the elect of Israel, they are beloved. Remember what He said in Revelation, touch not mine elect.

 

29. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

 

# God never goes back on His word, and He has said, I will keep a remnant reserved to Myself. (Romans 11:4) This remnant is the 7,000 who will not bow a knee to Baal.

 

30. For as ye have in times past have not believed in God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

 

# Gentiles, he’s telling them, you can be thankful that part of Israel was blinded.

 

31. Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

 

#Through bringing you Gentiles in, they will also obtain mercy or forgiveness.

 

32. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy on all.

 

# All men, being the whole world.

 

33. O the depth of riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!

 

# Unless you study the Bible and understand what God’s plan is, His ways are mysterious.

 

34. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been His counsellor?

 

# Did anybody help Him with this plan? Do we have a right to question it?

 

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

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

 

# Another way to put this is that through Him come all things, even eternal life.

# This Chapter 11 is a very deep chapter. It explains the plan of God, why He let Israel stumble, why He blinded them. It tells us why: so He could come to the whole world... Israel and the Gentiles. He says He will not go back on His word, but understand the mystery. Through this stumbling, He will also give kingdoms to the ethnos, as it is recorded in the 21st chapter of Revelation.

# Paul says, if you could just understand the knowledge and the wisdom of God.. the wealth of His forgiveness.

# I think we’re just going to say a word as we close this chapter on why is the world. Why are we in the world today? As it is recorded in Revelation, a third of the souls, before the world was, were deceived by Satan when he took such pride in himself. Then, of course, the other souls that remained, what of them? They are Israel. The elect stood loyally with God but some took the path of least resistance, doing nothing, not wanting to get involved in controversy. These are blinded Israel today. You’ll remember in Jeremiah 35 we found that God did not care for lukewarm love or sloppy obedience.

# Now God does not care to have forced love, which is worthless, so there were two choices open to Him in regard to the third that followed Satan. He either could kill His children, which would be a vicious thing, or He could block these things from their mind, let them he born of woman here on earth, and let them voluntarily make their own choice. Are you going to love Lucifer, or are you going to love Me, is what God is asking.

# The mystery that Paul is talking about here is that all people will have an opportunity to love God through Christ, so we may return to that place of peace and beauty that we were in before Satan disrupted everything by his sin of rebellion, or be destroyed.

# It is said that we will suffer for Christ. We will have tribulations for His name’s sake, but it is a mere nothing compared to the glory he has set aside for us. We will be conformed to the image of Christ, we were told in Romans 8:29. In other words, we are going to help Him directly in His work. What a glorious time is ahead. His goodness will let the elect (the seven thousand that stood against Lucifer without wavering) be the firstfruits that would suffer for Him in the near future and bring this age in, the seventh dispensation, or the millennium.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 10

1. Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might he saved.

 

# Think back to that third verse in the previous chapter. Think of all that love and the many works, the service that Paul had done for God. He loved his own people so much that he would have been separated from his God, if by doing so, he could have saved them. In my thirty years of teaching, I have not known any who truly love and serve God that have not had this same compassion and a greater love for others than they even have for themselves.

 

2. For I hear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

 

# They have a zeal for God, but they don’t have a zeal for the knowledge. Now unfortunately, that’s what’s wrong with our people today. They go and listen to what a man says, but they don’t check it out for themselves. They don’t study the Word themselves, and only this will keep you from being deceived in this day.

 

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.

 

# l beg you to study the Word and prove it to yourselves.

 

4. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.

 

# In other words, Christ accomplishes everything that the law could not accomplish. Now there’s a qualification there “to everyone that believeth.” Or, to those that believe in Christ, but let us be cautious. Believe in which Christ? It is especially important in this hour to know that it must be the Christ that was crucified on the cross, because He was the Son of God. It is not the Kenite messiah that everyone is waiting for at this time, and who is none other than Lucifer himself. This error comes about in ignorance, as Paul says here. They have not sought the knowledge; they do not study His Word. They are not the elect. Only the elect will he aware of this false identity.

 

5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

 

# Moses brought the law. Now man could be saved by them, except that living by them is not possible.

 

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:)

 

# Righteousness is of faith in Christ, or not to those who think they have to literally seehim in order to believe.

 

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

 

# On the same thought that is in verse 6. how are you going to reach Him, if not by faith?

 

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;

 

# And Paul asks, what is the truth of it? What he’s saving here is that Christ is with us in our mouth and our heart through the Holy Spirit. Being the elect, He is with us in spirit, guiding us and watching us.

# Remember also that He said, Touch not mine elect. Understand this. Not only is He with us, but soon when you’re delivered up before this whole world to witness for Him, He will speak through you. You don’t have to be an orator or a scholar. He will speak through you, and your reward for this is that your people will hear your words. During the millennium, you will walk among them teaching, and they’ll turn back to the real Father and to the true Christ. There won’t be any more tears or hurt. Soon afterward, they will make their choice, when Satan is loosed yet a little while, which is the second testing.

 

9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

# If you believe in the Lord Jesus and own up to your belief, you shall he saved. Remember of course, believing in Him requires obeying His commands.

 

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

11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not he ashamed.

 

# I refer you back on this word “ashamed” to the lost verse of the preceding chapter.

 

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.

 

# “Rich” refers to the fact that the Lord has ample love for all who call on Him.

 

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

 

# Remember awhile ago Paul said all were not Israel which were of Israel, that all the seed of Abraham was not Israel. Now remember that son of Abraham and Hagar that was not the seed of Isaac. This verse is telling us that he also shall be saved, if he believes, because God has ample love for everyone. Know that when He speaks through you, it is for the very purpose of gathering everyone to love Him, so they may have salvation. He is a God of love and his richness in love is ample.

 

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?

 

# Why doesn’t the world believe in Him today?.. because they believe in a Kenite messiah. They haven’t heard of Yahshua, because men teach and preach a Kenite messiah, so if they don’t believe in him, how are they going to call on Him?

 

15. And how shall they preach, except they he 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!

 

# Paul speaks here of the elect, those who teach the true Messiah, Jesus, the Christ. It says how beautiful those that tell the gospel of peace: and this means the full truth wherein there is no confusion. They don’t preach hell and damnation, that God is going to fry everyone like a piece of bacon, but rather the fact that He is just and He will judge no one in their ignorance.. the fact that in the millennium, all will know the truth before they are judged.

# Why are the feet mentioned here? We walk on our feet, and this refers to those who are coming; or to put it another way it refers to the elect who will be teachers during the millennium and speak the truth, which constitutes the glad tidings mentioned in this verse.

 

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

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

 

# You understand by faith in the Word of God. This speaks of those who have “ears to hear”.

 

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.

 

# And Paul says here, this faith carries you right through the time when you are delivered up or the end of the world that is. Your voice will be heard all over the world at the time of this great trial, which I believe will be televised internationally. Rebuttal to Satan will be made by the true Christ Jesus speaking through your lips.

 

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.

 

# “A foolish nation”, or a nation that didn’t understand.

 

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.

 

# How was He found by someone who sought Him not? They were chosen.

 

21. But to Israel He saith, All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient gainsaying people.

 

#Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the elect have.

 

 

Chapter 9

1. I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

 

# Paul says he speaks the truth and he is addressing his brothers of Israel. He is speaking from the heart, directly and earnestly to you.

 

2. That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

 

# Or, his sorrow is caused because you won’t accept Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

# And therefore he would rather he accursed, or separated is a better word, from Christ than that you all were. Notice he says my kinsmen indicating natural brothers born into Israel.

 

4. Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

 

# Who are Israelites... these elect that we have just talked about? God’s promises pertain to them.

 

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

 

# Through this very same flesh, Christ came. Christ was an Israelite.

 

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

 

# Now this is translated awkwardly in the English. It means these Israelites won’t believe. They haven’t accepted Christ’s salvation, and so the question is: have God’s promises failed, and his answer: they are not all Israel which are of Israel.

 

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

 

# You will remember that the promise was not made to all of Abraham’s seed but to those of Abraham and Sarah’s issue. “In Isaac shall thy seed be called”.

# I’d like to make a point here. Understand that you do not have any choice in the election. God does the choosing. But know this! If we have ears to hear, if we are part of that elect, God brings us to whatever destiny He has chosen for us in His plan. He will guide you and lead you, because He has a purpose for you, and this world is not going to continue much longer. He has certain of His elect that are going to bring His plan into action. He moves you if you are part of that elect, and Paul is speaking directly to you in this chapter.

 

8. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

 

# Remember in Genesis Abraham had a bond-wife, Hagar, with his wife Sarah’s blessing because she was barren, and he had a son by Hagar, who was an Egyptian

and not on Israelite. This happened before God promised Abraham a son by Sarah which was Isaac. Therefore, Isaac is the seed of promise: not through the issue of Abraham and Hagar, but through Isaac, the child of Abraham and Sarah. Now understand, as regards salvation, Hagar’s issue has an opportunity for salvation, but the point Paul is making here is that through Isaac is the destiny of being of true Israel and of the elect.

 

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

 

# This verse spells it out quite clearly.

 

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

 

# Now Rebecca conceived by one, our father Isaac. Note that word one, and in her womb, she carried twins.

 

11. (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;)

 

# So before the children were born, having done neither good nor evil, God chose one above the other. This is explained as we go along, but I’d like you to notice the destiny that is implied here.

 

12. It was said unto her. The elder shall serve the younger.

 

# In the Greek this is better translated, the greater shall serve the lesser.

 

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

 

# What kind of a God would love one and hate the other even before their birth? This is truly not difficult to understand. It was not what they were, as innocent babes about to enter the flesh in this world that is that YHVH judged. It is the same as the election. Those chosen were not chosen for anything they do in this world that is. It is because judgment took place in the world that was. Each soul earned its place during the spiritual battle when Lucifer first fell away in the world that was, or before Adam was. There were 7,000 that held the line firm and remained with God and at that time they earned the right to be the elect. We have a fair and loving God. Now it would appear unfair to say I hate a child that is yet in the womb, but you see it was from what happened before. This is a spiritual thing, and actually God does not concern Himself too much about our flesh body. It is our spiritual body that concerns Him most.

 

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

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.

 

# This is the Father speaking.

 

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

 

# The point Paul is making here is that, as far as the elect are concerned, this was all decided long ago. It isn’t up to anyone who wishes or works for it. God decided. God did the choosing.

 

17. For the scripture saith unto Pharoah, 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.

18. Thereforth hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

 

# Pharaoh was a Gentile and we see God will show mercy to a Gentile if He so wishes. He will also blind whomsoever He wishes.

 

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

 

# Paul says you’re going to argue this point, and in the next verses, he sets up his explanation.

 

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?

 

# Will the creature back-talk the Creator?

 

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

 

# The potter, as an example, can make one creation noble and another menial.

 

22. What if God, willing to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

 

# So if God puts up with vessels that are bent on destruction, He has every right to show His anger.

 

23. And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory.

 

# The “vessels of mercy” refer to the elect, and I want you to read that word “afore” with thoughtfulness. It means exactly the same as we read in the 8th chapter. It means to fit up in advance, to preordain, or foreknow. In other words, these vessels were prepared to righteousness and to glory before the foundations of this world. Only the elect can, understand this.

 

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

 

# “Whom He hath called” makes it clear again that we are speaking of the elect. Past teachings generally have led the Christian to think in terms of personal salvation, something that is left up to the individual, yet we are told in definite terms here that “He hath called.” So then, whosoever may be of the elect, he or she has no choice.

# Now there’s been some confusion introduced to this particular scripture. Instead of “whom He hath called, not of the Jews only” it should read, “whom He hath called from among not only the Jews, but also of the Gentiles.” The word “Jews” here refers to the tribe of Judah or Israelites. See App. III of the Shepherd’s Bible.

 

25. As He saith also in Osee, I will call them My people, which were not My people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

 

# Again, you see here divorced Israel included in God’s over-all plan.

 

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.

 

# This refers to the ten tribes that went north, or were lost. You may wish to read the book of Hosea in connection with this, as it is all about those tribes, and He gathered them back and did have mercy on them. (Hosea 1:9-11).

 

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.

 

# That remnant is the election, and it is a small number; only seven thousand shall be saved. This refers of course to the age prior to the millennium, because during the millennium all shall be taught the truth. In other words, everyone then will be given the opportunity for salvation.

 

28. For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

# And I declare to you that this “short work” to which Paul refers, will come to pass very soon for the Fathers honor and glory.

 

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

 

# Why would we be like Sodom and Gomorrha? Those in most churches of today will accept the Kenite messiah, the false one that they have been told is Christ. If there were not that small remnant that knew the false christ was going to return to this earth before the real Christ Jesus comes... if it were not for this small remnant, the whole world would worship the false messiah. And again, we would truly have a Sodom and Gomorrha.

#But, the Lord left us a seed. You of the elect will he delivered up when the false christ does appear, and you will avert this catastrophe. From your lips will come God’s truth, and the world will realize that it has been seduced by the false christ.

 

30. What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

31. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

 

# So Paul asks in v. 30, is it true then that the Gentiles who haven’t followed righteousness and didn’t even know the law should attain salvation through faith, and (in v.31) that Israel who followed the law should be left out? Now you realize that it’s impossible for a flesh person to live up to that law letter-perfect, but Paul poses the question, shall Gentiles be preferred over Israelites, and he gives the answer in the next two verses.

 

32. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

 

# Why?.. because Israel had no faith. They stumbled at that stumbling stone, which was Jesus Christ. They didn’t accept Him as the Son of God.

 

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

 

# As it is written in I Peter 2:6, “confounded” is a better translation than “ashamed.” Beloved, you shall not he confounded or confused. You of the elect shall teach together with Jesus Christ during the millennium and in love bring them to God’s full truth. As it is recorded in Isaiah 60:22, a small group shall become a strong nation. This will be the nation of Israel led by God and established for the purpose of bringing in His kingdom