Romans 3:29-31 ( posted 1-7-13 )

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

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

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

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

 

Paul at times asks a rhetorical question.

This time he is so determined to ephasize his point that he goes ahead and answers his own question even though a rhetorical question has the obvious answer within the question.

 

 

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

 

Paul circumcised Timothy;

“ Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. “   Acts 16:3

 

However, Paul did not circumcise Titus;

“ But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. “   Galatians 2:3-5

 

Paul is not promoting  the Law as the source of our salvation in the verse of our study.

 

Society is obviously not only categorized as the saved and the unsaved but is also categorized as “ the circumcision “ ( Jews ) and “ the uncircumcision “  ( anyone who is not a Jew ) the Jews and the Gentiles, the Jews and the Greeks, the circumcision and the heathen, the circumcision and the Gentiles.

“ But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. “    Galatians 2:7-9

 

This is why Paul said in the verse of our study regarding the 2 categories within society;

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

Again, “ the circumcision “ ( Jews ) and “ the uncircumcision “ ( anyone who is not a Jew ).

According to Paul in the verse of our study, anyone within either category God will justify by his or her faith if he or she believes in God’s Son Jesus, and His blood.

 

 

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

 

Once again, Paul is not promoting the Law as the source of our salvation.

However, the Law is still important for the reason of moral issues and the fact that the Law had to be completely fulfilled by someone, as nobody since the Law was written has been able to.

Jesus had to be the One to fulfill the Law since nobody else could..

Jesus said clearly;

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “    Matthew 5:17-19

 

Interesting enough, most reference to the Law in the New Testament is in regard to fulfilling its moral issues and love, not technical legality or religious observance.

This is why Paul said in the verse of our study;

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

 

Read Jesus’ response to a question someone asked Him;

“ Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. “    Matthew 22:35-40

 

 

Paul said;

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

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.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. “  Romans 13:8-10

 

There are other ways “ the faith “, in which those of us who believe in Jesus and put our inner faith in, establishes the Law, according to Paul in the verse of our study.

 

It recognizes Jesus as being the subject of its rites and rituals;

“ Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.  “     Colossians 2:14-17

 

“  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. “    Luke 24:44

 

Another way the Law is established in “ the faith “ in which we believe is by Jesus Himself ending the Law;

“ For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. “  Romans 10:4

 

So, we should not criticize the Law but we should not put our faith in it as the source of our salvation.

Paul said the Law was our teacher, leading us to Jesus;

“ But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. “   Galatians 3:22-26

 

This ends our study of chapter 3.

 

I will continue with chapter 4 in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus for your salvation.

 

The Lord bless you!

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:26-28 ( posted 12-26-12 )

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

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

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

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

 

Technically in the Greek it is all one sentence beginning with verse 21 through the end of verse 26.

Paul is pointing out that through God’s Son Jesus as the sacrificial atonement for our sins, God through His forbearance overlooked the sins of the human race, waiting patiently for the supreme sacrifice of His Son on the cross and now because of what Jesus did on the cross God’s righteousness is presently demonstrated through His Son Jesus, and that God is just and that God is the justifier of anyone who comes to believe in His Son Jesus.

 

What is interesting is that Paul said;

“ that he might be just, “

God has always been just.

God was just in destroying all mankind except Noah and his family.

God is just in judgment and pouring out His wrath.

Just as God has His own required standard of righteousness which only He could fulfill, since none of us can, which He fulfilled through His Son Jesus, He likewise has His own required standard of being “ just “ that is different from His being just in judging the world.

For God to be this kind of “ just “ in overlooking our sins required that His Son Jesus die on the cross and for us to repent of our sins and believe in the blood of His Son Jesus and His gospel.

This is why Jesus’ first words when He started preaching were;

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. “  Mark 1:15

Yes, Jesus said;

repent ye, and believe the gospel.    

 

So, now that Jesus died on the cross, God is not only “ just “ in forgiving us because of His Son Jesus but He is also the “ justifier “ of anyone who comes to believe in His Son Jesus.

 

 

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

 

Paul said to the Ephesians;

“ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. “   Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Paul said we should only boast in the Lord;

“ For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. “    2 Corinthians 10:12-18

 

 

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

 

I appreciate Paul getting technical here about faith and works.

Paul many times said our salvation is by faith, not by works.

Even though Paul said this many times he also knew he could not live in sin as a lifestyle and still expect to be saved in the end, himself declaring through his epistles that our salvation is both complete and in the process of being made complete, even awaiting our adoption into God’s family and to be made righteous and complete in the future.

 

Not referring to works in general, Paul clearly said here that observing the Mosaic Law does not save us and living by the Law would be “ legalism.”

But to repent and change our ways is not “ legalism.”

Repentance is required to be saved, according to Jesus Himself.

repent ye, and believe the gospel.    Mark 1:15

The same Holy Spirit that inspired Paul to say;

“ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. “   Ephesians 2:8-9

 

also inspired James to say;

“ What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? “    James 2:14

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. “      James 2:17

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “      James 2:26

 

My friend, James was not referring to the works of the Law when he said this.

We cannot use that as an excuse to live in sin, claiming to try to please the Lord is “ legalism. “

 

I will continue with verse 29 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:25 continued ( posted 12-18-12 )

“ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; “

 

Let’s continue.

 

I want to discuss the phrase;

 

through the forbearance of God; “

 

In the available Greek manuscripts that are versified, this phrase is actually placed in verse 26.

Martin Luther, King James, New International Version, Webster and some other translators place this phrase in verse 25 while other translators place it as the start of verse 26.

Obviously, Paul did not write this letter in chapter or versified form.

If it was possible that we could even have the original sheet that Paul wrote on it would not matter what verse this phrase would be in since Paul did not write in verse format.

The Greek and Hebrew texts divided into chapters as we have them today did not occur until 1250 A.D.

Versification of the Bible did not occur until 1550 A.D.

Even though Robert Stevens placed this phrase in verse 26, Martin Luther and King James placed it in verse 25.

 

My friend, this is not a faith shaking issue nor is there any cause for concern.

We have the Word of God preserved through the ages and if we have the Holy Spirit in us He will confirm what He Himself inspired Paul and the other authors of the Bible to write.

The reason Martin Luther and King James set the pace by placing this phrase at the end of verse 25 instead of placing it at the start of verse 26 is because it fits with the thought Paul is projecting.

 

 

The Greek word “ anoche “ translated “ forbearance “ means selfrestraint, tolerance.

 

Through God’s Son Jesus and because of what Jesus did on the cross, anyone who believes in Jesus God will forgive through His heart of selfrestraint, tolerance and forbearance.

If you remember in our earlier study Paul said about the forbearance and goodness of God that leads us to repentance;

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

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

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

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

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

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

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

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

For there is no respect of persons with God. “   Romans 2:3-11

 

Today, the most liberal evangelicals will quote the phrase;

“…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? ”   Romans 2:4

and reject the fact that Paul said “ repentance “ in the very same phrase, implying to their church followers that God is too good to let anyone go to eternal hell nor will anyone ever have to be judged because God is too good to judge us.

God, withholding His wrath on a sinful world is showing His righteousness, forbearance, goodness, love and kindness in that He is patently waiting for all human beings to repent of sin and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is what Paul is saying.

 

While people today make fun of anyone who mentions that Jesus will come back soon since He hasn’t yet after all the talk about Him coming back, Peter made it clear that God is patient in delaying Jesus’ return because He is hoping more human beings will repent and come to believe in His Son Jesus, and that He is not willing that anyone would die and go to eternal hell. This is the goodness of God.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “    2 Peter 3:9

 

I was planning to go on to verse 26 in this study but I will wait until the next study.

 

By the way, the Lord bless you!

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:25 continued ( posted 12-11-12 )

“ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; “

 

Let me reemphasize the importance of the blood of Jesus.

The writer of Hebrews said there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. “    Hebrews 9:22

 

Peter called the blood of Jesus precious!

“ Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: “   1 Peter 1:18-19

 

Satan tried his best to keep Jesus from getting to the cross, even trying to get Jesus to bow and worship him, implying he could give Jesus the world even without going to the cross.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. “   Matthew 4:8-9

Satan knew if Jesus managed to shed His blood, those of us who believe in His blood would be forgiven.

Satan also knew that it was God in the flesh as a human being and hoped through Jesus’ humanity he might convince Jesus to avoid the cross.

But through Jesus’ humanity the writer of Hebrews said it was for the joy ahead for Jesus that He endured the cross;

“ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. “   Hebrews 12:2

Satan also knew that if Jesus made it to the cross and died on the cross, anyone who believed in Him, His death and resurrection, would be forgiven. This is why satan enticed the people who murdered Jesus to go beyond their own governing laws in treating those sentenced to death and broke their own laws in the hopes of causing Jesus to break down physically and die before He reached the cross.

This is how evil some people can get…unbelievable.

Jesus’ murder was beyond the horror of normal executional laws established.

God having a human body and going through this treatment, it amazes me how Jesus did not die before He reached the cross.

The only reason He could make it was through divine intervention to keep His human body alive until He reached the cross, since our redemption could not be paid in full until He was nailed to the cross, experience separation from God and then physically die.

Jesus’ body was no doubt torn open so much that all His blood would have drained out which would have shut His body down in itself but somehow miraculously He was kept alive until He reached the cross.

Always remember, satan wanted Jesus to die before He could reach the cross...or change His mind about going through with the cross.

I often thank the Lord Jesus for going through with the cross and that He did not back out.

 

My friend, do not be ashamed of the blood of Jesus as, unfortunately, many evangelicals are today.

Also, do not be ashamed of Jesus’ sufferings, humiliation and death.

Be proud of all this! All this is the gospel of Jesus Christ that saves us!

Always remember what Paul said!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. “  Romans 1:16

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. “   2 Timothy 1:12

 

 

“ through the forbearance of God; “

 

I want to discuss this phrase in the next study.

 

I will continue with this verse in the next study and then continue on with verse 26.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:25 ( posted 12-3-12 )

“ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; “

 

Let’s continue.

 

Always remember that it is Jesus that Paul refers to about how God’s grace comes to us through.

 

In the verse of our last study Paul said;

“ Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: “  Romans 3:24

 

Still referring to Jesus Paul continues in the verse of our study;

“ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, “

If you have read my discussion on “ the Godhead “ you will remember that God became a man, even His own Son. Even though “ the Godhead “ is one God, God is still 3 persons. As God the Son Jesus, Jesus became obedient to God the Father.

Jesus said;

How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? “   Luke 2:49

 

If you are reading my Bible studies on the book of John we learned that Jesus as the Son of God was sent into the world by God the Father;

Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? “  John 10:35

 

So, on this line of thought, Paul tells us about Jesus;

“ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, “

 

The Greek word “ hilasterion “ translated “ propitiation “ means an atoning victim.

Webster deifines the word “ propitiate “ as - “ to cause to become favorably inclined. “

Religions offer sacrifices to propitiate the gods they believe in.

 

Technically, what Paul is saying is that God caused His Son Jesus to become the favored victimized sacrificial atonement for our sins so that we can be forgiven and by only believing in the blood of God’s Son Jesus can we be forgiven.

 

While some modern 21st century evangelical churches are too ashamed to mention the blood of Jesus publicly, according to what Paul is saying there is no forgiveness for our sins unless we acknowledge the blood of Jesus and believe in the blood of Jesus.

 

John clearly said;

 “ But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. “   1 John 1:7

Paul told the Ephesians;

“   In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; “  Ephesians 1:7

 

 

“ to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; “

The Greek words “ progegonoton hamartematon“ translated “ sins that are past “ means sins that have previously happened.

There is a modern day evangelical teaching that all sins past, present and future are automatically forgiven.

Here, it is quite clear that Paul refers to only past sins that are forgiven upon repentance and believing in Jesus.

 

Keep in mind that even though we have been forgiven for past sins in this statement of Paul, as long as we continue to believe in Jesus we are washed and forgiven by the blood of Jesus.

Therefore, the sins we commit after salvation are not sins unto death - that is, eternal separation from God.

No matter what we call wrong doing as a born again follower of Jesus after salvation, the Bible still calls it sin in the life of the believer.

The same Paul that said;

“ Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. “   Philippians 3:15

also said sin remained in him;

“  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. “   Romans 7:20

The key to understanding this verse is to acknowledge that Paul said it is when he ends up doing what he does not want to do that it is not him but sin that dwells in him is what is doing it.

This certainly does not apply to a born again christian who is living a lifestyle of sin and loving his sin.

That is the difference.

One church pastor who got tired of a church member asking him to pray for his sin, finally said to him - " Your problem is you love your sin. "

Again, that is the difference.

 

John clearly said about us as born again followers of Jesus;

“ If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “    1 John 1:10

and not only this but as a present believer and follower of Jesus, John said we must confess our sins in order to be forgiven;

“ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “          1 John 1:9

 

John also said to us as believers in Jesus if we live in sin as a lifestyle we are not forgiven;

“  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. “     1 John 1:6-7

 

We can rationalize and call wrong doing whatever we want but Paul and John call it sin even in the life of the born again christian.

 

James, a book in the Bible that most evangelicals today reject, called it sin in the life of the believer;

" Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin. "   James 4:17

 

Always remember what Jesus said;

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.“   Matthew 6:14-15

 

Also remember this, since we became a believer in Jesus that is the only thing that gets us to Heaven.

While being a born again christian we obviously will still commit sin but this time our sin does not condemn us to eternal hell as it did in the past.

Unfortunately, since 1836 certain evangelical churches jump on this and condone sin in the life of the believer emphasizing how God loves everybody and ignores our sin as if we never can commit sin now that we are perfect.

And since we are forever saved and can never lose our salvation we can live like the devil and still keep our faith in “ the faith “.

If we want to gamble our eternity and take a chance on this philosophy that is our choice.

We should not be surprised at the outcome.

 

The good news of the good news gospel is not that we can continue living like we want and still make it to Heaven.

The good news is that God does love us but He expects us to repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ His Son and be different from the world.

While we as believers will still sin, let’s make sure at least that we are not living in sin as a lifestyle.

It is living in sin as an ongoing lifestyle that can and will change our faith that once saved us to putting our faith in “ another gospel “ in which we will no longer be saved since our salvation is only good as long as our faith is in “ the faith.”

 

I will continue with this verse in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown