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Romans 3 – 4

Romans 3

Faith and Works, and the Calling of the Gentiles explained 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man cannot achieve his own salvation by his own works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Romans 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith and the Works of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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