Romans 1:31 continued ( posted 6-20-11 )

 

“   Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Let’s continue.

 

21.)  “ unmerciful “ - The Greek word “ aneleemonas “ means merciless.

 

I need to spend a little time discussing this sin of being “ umerciful.”

I have much to say.

 

Webster’s definition for the word “ mercy “ is - “ A refraining from harming or punishing offenders, enemies… A disposition to forgive, pity, or be kind. “

Jesus taught those who follow Him to be merciful.

 

The sin of being “ unmerciful “ like the other sins in Paul’s list apply to both the saved and the unsaved…since both obviously can commit these sins.

 

If you fantasize of getting even with someone who has done you wrong, even someone who has repeatedly done you wrong and consequently never stops doing you wrong, check these verses out.

 

Jesus clearly said;

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. “    Matthew 5:7

 

When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone who repeatedly harms us and never stops harming us, look at what Jesus said;

“ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. “      Matthew 18:21-22

 

We might even feel like we are justified in getting even with someone who does us wrong.

Technically, from the view of society in general, we are justified in getting even.

This is why Paul included the sin of being “ unmerciful “  in his list in this chapter.

 

Mercy is saying… Don’t worry. I forgive you.

As difficult as it is to do, there comes a blessing to those who are merciful.

God rewards a merciful heart.

God is merciful and anyone who is born into His family and becomes His son and/or daughter through faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ, should display mercy, an incredible characteristic of God’s own personal nature.

David said;

“ The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. “            Psalm 103:8

 

Paul promoted mercy to be shown by us as born again christians;

“ I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. “      1 Corinthians 6:5-8

This is interesting that Paul would say;

“ Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? “

This truly goes against human nature.

If an unsaved person shows mercy chances are it is for self benefit. They are getting something out of it.

Godly mercy is showing mercy without getting or expecting any benefit.

Thus the word…mercy.

But when we inherit the nature of God when we are born again into His family as sons and daughters, we inherit this incredible nature from God…the ability to show mercy.

If you study history carefully, Jesus is the only one who taught to show mercy.

Religions in general teach to murder those who are not followers of the religion, excommunicate and cast out those who break the rules of the religion, and to murder those who leave the religion.

So, when a born again christian does not show mercy and forgiveness, it brings shame to himself and to the Lord.

Paul said;

“ I speak to your shame. “

 

David showed mercy to his enemy Saul.

Read the whole story...it is touching.

“  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.

Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.

For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.

And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold. “    1 Samuel 24:4-22

 

Saul admitted that David did him good while he did David evil.

“And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. “

 

I will continue with the sin of being “ unmerciful “ in the next study.

I will discuss how being " unmerciful " will impact our judgment as a born again christian, when we stand before Jesus and give account of our life here on earth to Him.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:31 continued ( posted 6-17-11 )

“ Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Let’s continue.

 

 

20.)   “ implacable “ - The Greek word “ aspondous “ is not found in every manuscript.

The New International Version does not include this Greek word in the list for verse 31.

The King James Version does include this Greek word.

It is situations like this that Bible critics love to jump on and openly reject the authority and absolute truth of the Holy Bible and criticize anyone’s trust in it as being the Word of God, as the Bible claims to be. Bible critics love to point out these discrepancies within the manuscripts and ask why the difference, if it is from God as it claims.

My friend, we have to remember that the Bible as we have it today is the result of translators who translated from copies and many times from copies of copies of the original documents that the writers of the Bible wrote on.

It is obvious in examining the various manuscripts that there are details that differ.

However, the differences that Bible critics love to point out are not life threatening.

It would be nice to be able to say we have the original document Paul wrote on but that is impossible.

People like myself who believe the Holy Bible with its 66 books is the Word of God, believe in our heart that we do have the Word of God in its entirety within the 66 books, even though we do not have it in the form of the original documents it was initially written on by its 40 authors who wrote their books over a period of 1600 years.

When the Greek Septuagint was translated from the Hebrew by the 70 translators, they all came up with the same thing. God is able to get His Word through the translators without them losing anything He wanted us to know.

Since the King James Version included the Greek word “ aspondous “, I will continue with its meaning.

The Greek word “ aspondous “ translated “ implacable “ means - without libation which usually accompanies a treaty, truceless, implacable, truce-breaker.

 

This sin is in reference to people who cannot get along no matter what. They never cease from arguing, quarreling and fighting.

Even if an understanding, truce or agreement is somehow stumbled upon, it does not last.

There is not even an attempt to appease someone in order to try to get along.

These people simply love to quarrel.

A Biblical truth taught in the Bible called “ submission “ is not even considered by these people in trying to get along with other people because they do not want to get along with other people. They love to fight and they love to be at war with other people.

This sin applies on an individual level and corporate. In other words, there are groups of people who love to be at war with other groups of people.

If they can’t be at war with other groups of people, then they go to war with their own people.

They just love war.

Just remember this…Heaven will not be like this.

Something to look forward to. 

 

I will continue with the next sin in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:31 continued ( posted 6-14-11 )

“ Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Note --

Just to let you know, I’m going to get started soon on a series of texts on “ prosperity “ and what the Bible says about it.

I’m also going to get started soon on a series of texts on speaking in tongues and the other works and gifts of the Holy Spirit and what the Bible says about all this.

 

Let’s continue.

 

18.) “ covenant breakers “ - The Greek word “ asunthetous “ means not agreed, treacherous to compacts, covenant-breakers.

 

In other words, Paul refers to a person who breaks a promise or an agreement.

This can refer to most anything pertaining to life in general…business transactions, marriage, paying back borrowed money, promising to do a favor for someone and failing to do it.

My friend, both the saved and the unsaved do this.

And of course, much like the other sins in this list, it is intended to do harm to someone.

While many times we all fail to fulfill a promise and/or commitment, this is meant to refer to an ongoing lifestyle of breaking promises and agreements.

When I’m connected to someone who repeatedly verbally makes promises and never comes through, I ignore them to the utmost when they tell me anything.

 

 

19.)  “ without natural affection - The Greek word “ astorgous “ means hard hearted towards kindred, without natural affection.

 

The New International Version translates “ astorgous “ as meaning “ heartless “.

 

Webster’s definition for the word “ affection “ is - “ a state of feeling. A mental or emotional state or tendency; disposition or feeling. Fond or tender feeling; warm liking.”

According to Webster it can also mean - “ A disease; ailment.”

According to Webster it can also mean - “ An attribute or property of a thing.“

 

This refers to people who are obviously without natural love or affection.

This sin can be looked at in a couple of ways.

While it can refer to being void of feeling, compassion, sympathy and empathy, it can also refer to sexual desire that is not natural.

Thus, as we studied earlier in this chapter when Paul said;

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

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. “   verses 26-27

 

Paul could have been referring to what he already talked about earlier on homosexuality or was talking in general about people who simply do not care about anyone but themselves.

 

I will continue with the next sin in the next study.

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:31 ( posted 6-11-11 )

“  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Let’s continue.

 

17.)  “ without understanding “ - The Greek word “ asunetous “ means unintelligent, by implication wicked: - foolish, without understanding, undiscerning, senseless.

 

Webster’s definition for “ discern “ is - “ to separate ( a thing ) mentally from another or others; recognize as separate or different. To perceive or recognize; make out clearly - to perceive or recognize the difference. “

So, undiscerning is obviously to not perceive, to not see the difference or to not see as separate.

Paul said;

“ Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. “     2 Corinthians 6:17-18

One of many examples is that there are people, unsaved, saved and general church goers alike, who cannot or simply refuse to see the difference between conversation that is wholesome, beneficial and pleasing to God, and that which is gossip.

Just as a liar will deny lying, so a gossiper will deny gossiping.

This could be the result of one of 2 things;

1.) willful ignorance

2.) foolishness

There are human beings that are simply void of understanding.

Solomon said;

“  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. “            Proverbs 10:13-14

 

Paul said to Timothy;

“ For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. “      2 Timothy 3:6-7

 

While Jesus did command those who follow Him to;

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. “  Mark 16:15

 

Jesus also said to those who follow Him;

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. “      Matthew 7:6

 

I will continue with the next sin in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:30 continued ( posted 6-9-11 )

“ Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,

disobedient to parents, “

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

16.)   “ disobedient to parents “ - The Greek words “ goneusin apeitheis “ means unpersuadable, contumacious, disobedient.

 

Webster’s definition for “ contumacious “ is - “ obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate; disobedient.”

 

Often here in America there is an expression that says - “ The innocence of a child. “

Well, if we look at ourselves as human beings as we really are without any bias, the truth is there is no human being born into this world who is innocent. When we adults were infants, as infants still are to the present day, we were anything but righteous and truthfully were so sinfully and selfishly wrapped up in ourself and focused on ourself and living unto ourself and demanding our own way that we couldn’t see beyond the end of our nose. What is sad is if we remain that we until we die.

Unlike many world religions that teach we are innocent when we are born and then later in life become evil, the Holy Bible is the only document that declares all human beings are born in sin and are eternally separated from God upon conception and sinful in God’s sight.

However, since obviously a baby does not have the mental ability to make decisions based on knowledge of facts and is by nature driven to commit sin and is anything but submissive to his or her parents, let alone have the ability to make the decision to repent from sin, believe in God’s only plan of salvation Jesus, and make the decision to submit to the living God who created him, when a baby is defenselessly and helplessly murdered by his mother and doctor during an abortion, or dies later after physical birth during the time before he or she can make decisions how to act and what or who to place his or her faith in, God makes an exception for this infant and/or child and by the grace of God makes this infant righteous with the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ out of His mercy.

When I was a baby, I came down with asthma and the doctor told my parents I was going to die. I know if I had died from asthma as a baby, I would have been in Heaven at this moment.

This is another manifestation of God’s amazing grace.

Another obvious manifestation of God’s amazing grace is that no matter how old we get and no matter what we have done, if we acknowledge we are sinners and repent of our sins and put our faith in God’s only plan of salvation Jesus Christ, He will take us to Heaven when we die just as He will any infant or child before he or she can make this decision on his or her own.

For those of you who are new to my website, over the years of my Bible studies I have said that  if God can save me, He can save anyone.

When Paul said he is the chief of sinners, he had not met me.    LOL

It is interesting that when I was in the lowest of low in my life, I was in a nightclub when a guy came up to me and said…” You used to be a minister. “

I knew that was from God, letting me know He knew where I was physically and spiritually.

The Lord has brought me a long way and He can do the same for you no matter what you have done.

 

This sin of disobedient to parents, “ on Paul’s list is much to be compared to the lawlessness in our society.

As I once said earlier, if you want to see just how wicked people are getting, just try driving the posted speed limit.    LOL

There are people that would like to run you off the road for obeying the law in driving the posted speed limit.

This is total “ obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate; disobedient.”

So is a child who knows to do right and chooses not to.

 

Since Sweden many decades ago began the process of making it illegal to discipline a child for doing wrong and being disobedient to his parents, countries everywhere are now protecting children who do wrong by incriminating the parents who try to discipline them.

I know there are extreme abusive situations that should be judged but to make it illegal to correct a child for doing wrong is an act of defiance toward God.

The Bible says;

“ He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. “     Proverbs 13:24

However you want to interpret this verse, it clearly says if you do not discipline your children it means you do not love your children.

 

Jesus said this about those of us who follow Him.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. “   Revelation 3:19

 

The writer of Hebrews said;

“ For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. “        Hebrews 12:6-8

 

There is another side to disciplining a child and the relationship between a child and his or her parents.

Most people forget this is also taught in the Bible.

Paul said;

“ And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  “            Ephesians 6:4

 

Parents should never provoke their children to responding in anger especially to the point the children want to get even.

I once knew a man who was provoked by his dad to the point he was going to beat his dad up physically. The son had grown physically bigger and stronger than his Dad and could have beat him pretty bad.

Fortunately because of the son’s conscience toward God, He changed his mind in doing this.

 

Parents, if not careful, will reap from distributing their abusive language and/or physical abuse on their children someday.

 

Jesus prophesied about the end times before He returns saying;

And because iniquity shall abound, “    Matthew 24:12

The Greek word  “ plethunthenai “ translated “ abound “ means to increase.

Wickedness will increase before Jesus returns.

In other words, contrary to what most people think today, both among the unsaved and the saved, things will not stay the same as they have always been.

One of the many ways this obviously will happen is from the lack of discipline of children by their parents and parents provoking children to wrath.

 

I will continue with verse 31 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown