Romans 5:1-2 continued ( posted 4-30-13 )

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

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

I want to talk about the phrase where Paul said;

“ we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: “

 

Jesus said;

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “   John 3:18

 

Jesus made it quite clear that the person who believes in Him is no longer condemned and the person who does not believe in Him is already condemned.

Believers in Jesus have peace with God.

 

As Paul said;

“ we have peace with God “

which only comes;

“ through our Lord Jesus Christ: “

and to “ have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ “ only comes when we believe in Him;

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

In other words, God is no longer upset at us…nor is He angry toward us.

Paul told born again christians to forgive one another as God for Jesus‘ sake, forgives us;

“ And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. “   Ephesians 4:32

 

God’s wrath is no longer just held back as it is with the unbeliever during the present time of grace even though it still abides on the unbeliever but God’s wrath no longer exists toward the believer in Jesus at all.

Unlike with unbelievers, God’s wrath does not hover over those of us who believe in Jesus, waiting for us to physically die so it will be released in full on us.

John the Baptist said;

“ He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. “   John 3:36

 

If we believe in Jesus, we have peace with God in this present life and when it comes time to die we do not have to be afraid and worried about being condemned to spend eternity in hell.

Jesus said;

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. “   John 14:27

 

For the person who believes in Jesus, technically there is nothing to be afraid of.

As far as the believer’s relationship with God there is no fear of condemnation or fear of God pouring out His wrath.

Jesus took care of the payment for our sins Himself on the cross.

By believing in Jesus as the thief on the cross did, like him, we can be forgiven and avoid God’s wrath toward our sins because Jesus paid for our sins Himself on the cross.

However, we can still live in fear by choice but our fear is concerning problems in this life…not about our relationship with God.

Jesus makes this peace assured in our heart.

This is why when we believe in Him Jesus said;

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Technically, we should not even be afraid of this world nor the things in this world.

If we trust Jesus He will take care of us no matter what happens.

The Lord looks out for His people.

 

Listen up!

The person who is able to believe in Jesus is a person who has not calloused nor seared his or her conscience, our conscience given to us by God which has embedded within it the moral values of God, His righteousness and His redemption plan of salvation through Jesus Christ His Son…in other words, the only way to Heaven - not a way or one of many ways as evangelicals are today now believing or considering, but quite literally the only way.

The person who is able to believe in Jesus and has not seared his or her conscience has substantial guilt when committing sin that is contrary to God’s moral values…in which the person clearly knows of even if he or she has calloused his conscience. The knowledge still remains.

This person is now a defiant God-hater.

As one famous celebrity said here in the USA - “ The first chance I get I will spit in God’s face. “

This is what happens to a person who has a calloused conscience.

However, when a person comes to believe in Jesus, not only is God’s wrath removed from hovering over him but the inner guilt and shame of breaking God‘s moral values is also removed.

This is amazing.

We no longer have to feel guilt.

Jesus became our sin and took the shame.

God looks the believer as His own adopted child…son or daughter.

Praise the Lord!

Of course, if we have not necessarily calloused or seared our conscience but mistakenly think we have never done anything wrong, then this “ peace with God “ is nothing we can understand nor relate to since we think we are self righteous and good enough for Heaven in ourselves.

I know people who think God will let them into Heaven on their own merit.

These people do not even need Jesus since they think they have earned Heaven on their own.

I personally know many people who tell me they are worthy of Heaven because they have not been such a bad person.

These people will never believe in Jesus since they do not need Jesus.

The person who thinks he or she is not good enough for Heaven is more than likely the one who will repent, ask God for His forgiveness and believe in His only begotten Son Jesus whom He said is necessary in order to be saved, forgiven and accepted into Heaven.

 

If we think we have never done anything wrong then we will never confess, acknowledge our sin and therefore feel no need to repent and ask forgiveness…which according to Jesus is necessary to be saved;

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

Jesus never implied these people He will say this to at the judgment had earned their way into Heaven;

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. “    Matthew 25:21

 

 

What Jesus referred to in this statement is about status and rewards in Heaven;

thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:

The only way to go into Heaven is by believing in Jesus just as the thief did who had no works to get him but…only his faith in Jesus.

It is interesting that the thief was not even baptized in water and Jesus still let him into Heaven.

It was because of his faith…that is what saved him.

Even forgiven and washed in the blood of Jesus, there will still be believers in Jesus who will stand in judgment with evil works to be judged, which will determine the outcome of status and rewards in Heaven, not determining entrance or being able to remain in Heaven.

“ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. “   2 Corinthians 5:10

This is why John said if we say we have no sin, even as a believer in Jesus, we lie and we do not have the truth in us;

“  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “  1 John 1:8-10

The judgment Paul talks about for the believer in Jesus is on a different level than for those who do not believe in Jesus.

This judgment does not involve God’s wrath of condemnation in eternal hell.

This judgment determines our status and rewards in Heaven as believers in Jesus.

 

The Biblical truth is nobody can live well enough or be faithful enough so that Jesus would allow them into Heaven on their own merit.

The criminal on the cross had no works to get him into Heaven nor was he baptized in water.

Jesus, because of his faith in Him said to the criminal in his dying moments;

“ And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. “    Luke 23:43

This criminal, who had been sentenced to death for acts of crime by Roman law was forgiven, justified, made whole, made perfect, sanctified, washed in the blood of Jesus and accepted into Heaven bcause of his faith in Jesus.

This criminal now has peace with God because of Jesus and his faith in Jesus.

The criminal was no longer afraid to die.

 

Jesus said;

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. “     Matthew 11:28-30

 

When we come to believe in Jesus we no longer need to feel guilt nor do we need to feel burdened down with life.

While our physical body will still feel tired and worn out sometimes, our soul can feel refreshed because of Jesus.

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 

There was a time God would come down from Heaven and visit with Adam and Eve.

They were friends.

It would be interesting to know what they talked about.

They enjoyed each other’s company.

Eve probably looked forward to preparing a meal for God and enjoying the sunset together just as Martha did Jesus.

The Bible does not tell us how long this relationship went on between God, Adam and Eve.

Adam and Eve had a relationship with God where nothing was hidden nor kept secret, no lying, no deception, no gossiping, no backbiting, no criticizing anyone, no arrogance, no pride, no jealousy, no envy, no hatred, no getting even, no intimidation, no competing, no worries, no pain, no guilt, no shame…total trust in each other.

Unfortunately, through Adam and Eve's act of disobedience this all changed.

However, through His act of obedience Jesus redeemed those of us who repent and believe in Him back to this kind of relationship Adam and Eve once enjoyed with God.

 

I will continue with verse 3 in the next study.

 

Keep your faith in Jesus to the end of your physical life or until Jesus returns, whichever happens first!

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 5:1-2 ( posted 4-18-13 )

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

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Therefore being justified by faith, “

 

God fulfilled His covenant with Abraham through Jesus and his faith in Jesus, to justify him and any of us who believe in Jesus, God’s Son.

“  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. “  Genesis 15:6

And yes, if you remember in my earlier study in the book of John we learned that according to Jesus, Abraham knew about Jesus long before Jesus was born.

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. “     John 8:56-58

 

 

“ we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: “

 

Interesting enough, according to Scripture, God’s grace and His wrath coincide.

John the Baptist clearly said about Jesus;

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. “   John 3:36

 

Even though John the Baptist said that God’s wrath abides on those who do not believe in Jesus His Son, God through His grace and mercy holds back from pouring out His wrath on unbelievers.

Peter said;

“ 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

However, God still seriously commands all human beings to repent and believe in His Son Jesus;

“ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: “   Acts 17:30

 

Interesting, Jesus said this to born again christians who were justified, made righteous and declared perfect because of their faith in Jesus;

“  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. “    Revelation 2:20-22

 

But no matter what, those of us who believe in Jesus have a different relationship with God than those who do not believe in Jesus.

We have peace with God.

Even though David, who also knew about Jesus just as Abraham did, who said;

“ For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. “   Psalm 51:3

we can do as Paul said;

“ Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. “  Philippians 3:12-14

Because God forgave us in response to our faith in His Son Jesus, we can either choose to continue to live in guilt for our sins or choose to forget what we did and stop holding our failures against us.

God does not remember our failures so why should we?

Micah said clearly;

“ Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. “  Micah 7:18-19

By the way, the most popular evangelical statement about our sins being “ cast into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered against us again “, this is actually how Micah worded it.

Nevertheless, like anything else, the choice of continuing to live in guilt is ours.

 

If we believe in Jesus, we can have peace with God and not have to live in guilt.

Like Abraham who believed in Jesus before the Law was even written, Ezekiel obviously believed in Jesus likewise even after the Law was written;

“  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.

When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways. “   Ezekiel 33:11-20

 

The key to understanding what Ezekiel is quoting God to have said here and the hint that Ezekiel knew about Jesus is in the statement;

“ When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. “  verse 13

Technically, rather than sin never being remembered as is commonly said by evangelicals today, it is a person’s rightouesness that God will never remember if he or she trusts in his own righteousness to get him or her into Heaven.

“ if he trust to his own righteousness, “

This tells me that Ezekiel knew not to trust in his own righteousness and that to trust in the righteousness of Jesus is the only way to go…because he also knew he could never quit sinning. His righteousness had to be granted upon his faith in Jesus, just it was for Abraham.

Unfortunately, I know many evangelicals today who trust in their own righteousness to get them into Heaven.

My friend, this will not work.

If we think we have never sinned nor presently do sin even as a born again christian, we are liars and we even make Jesus out to be a liar, according to John;

“ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us “  

1 John 1:8-10

Yes my friend, even a born again christian must confess sins and ask God for forgiveness…according to John.

Modern evangelicalism rejects this Biblical truth today.

 

However, we must believe in Jesus and His righteousness as the only way to get us into Heaven or we will wake up in eternal hell after physical death, as the rich man did that Jesus talked about.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. “      Luke 16:22-24

 

All this is summed up in what James said even though this is rejected by most evangelicals today;

“  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

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

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

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?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

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.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “  James 2:8-26

 

Another interesting observation is that even though God established His covenant with Abraham that he would be declared righteous in response to his faith in Jesus, God still told Abraham to walk uprightly before Him.

“   And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. “    Genesis 17:1-2

Jesus also said the same thing even knowing it would be by His own righteousness that those of us who believe in Him would be declared righteous and perfect;

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. “   Matthew 5:48

 

My friend, we must look at the whole picture and see the whole truth.

The Bible goes against the modern day evangelical philosophy of a one time down at the alter experience of salvation and then continue living like the world and will still go to Heaven because of God’s grace.

We can choose to believe what we want…but for sure will live with the consequences of what we believe whether good or bad after physical death…according to the Bible.

However, we can have peace with God as Paul said in the verse of our study.

John said clearly;

“ 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

 

The point in all this is that faith without living different from the world is like having no faith at all and faith in Jesus is what makes us righteous, saved and on our way to Heaven.

Faith in Jesus is what makes us have peace with God.

This is not legalism ( as is accused of being by liberal evangelicals ) but a Biblical truth that we must accept in today’s modern liberal evangelical society.

I know modern day evangelicals have trouble with the book of James and certain verses John wrote in his later epistles and some things he wrote in the book of Revelation particularly in the first 3 chapters dealing with things Jesus said to the churches in Asia but nevertheless it was accepted into the Canon of Scripture by the early church and was accepted by them to be the divinely inspired word of God.

We should today as well.

 

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

 

Nevertheless, the grace that Paul said we stand in through Jesus and our faith in Him we are totally reliant on God’s grace to get us into Heaven after physical death.

While we do have to live different from the world and come out from among them as Paul said clearly;

“  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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 6:14-18

as I tell people I witness to, if you should die today and find yourself standing before God and He would ask you why He should let you into Heaven, tell Him it is because of your Son Jesus standing there next to you and for no other reason.

 

I will continue with the same verses  in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 4:23-25 ( posted 4-10-13 )

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

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

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

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

 

According to Paul, what Moses wrote about righteousness being imputed to Abraham;

“  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. “    Genesis 15:6

was not intended to be only for Abraham but for all people.

 

“ But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, “

 

However, here is the requirement for righteousness to be imputed to anyone;

 

“ if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. “

 

The Greek word “ paredothe “ translated “ was delivered “ means to surrender, transmit, yield up, put in prison, cast, give over, commit, and also means to betray.

Yes my friend, betray. God betrayed His only begotten human Son Jesus.

This is why Jesus said;

“ And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  “     Mark 15:34

At this moment Jesus as a human being actually experienced separation from God, the same separation from God that happened to us after Adam and Eve disobeyed God.

What Jesus experienced was for our sake, for our redemption.

 

The Greek word “ pisteuousin “ translated “ believe “ is technically in the continuous present tense and every time in the Bible that believing in Jesus is mentioned is always in the continuous present.

Even when Jesus said;

“  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. “  John 3:15

the Greek word “ pisteuon “ translated believethis also in the continuous present tense.

Technically when written or said in the original language it would have been said as “ believing “ as in the continuous present ongoing sense.

This is why Jesus said many will depart the faith before He returns and only those who endure to the end of life will be saved.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. “   Matthew 24:10-13

 

When we look at the Holy Bible in its entirety we find there is never a one time event down at the alter of belief and then a gaurantee that when we physically die we will automatically go to Heaven.

We must continue in the faith to the end.

If we do, then we will be complete and made righteous in which as Paul said, we wait for to come!

“ For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. “  Galatians 5:5

Yes my friend, Paul did say we “ wait “ for the hope of righteousness.

Contrary to modern day evangelicalism the whole truth of the Bible is that we are both complete and waiting to be made complete, both righteous and waiting to be made righteous.

This allows for any of us to change our faith should we choose to and unfortunately according to the Bible many of us will.

This is why I say always keep your faith in Jesus to the end.

 

Paul said to Timothy just before he died;

“ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. “   1 Timothy 6:12

“ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: “     2 Timothy 4:7

 

There is no contradiction in Scripture if we accept the whole truth.

If we physically die before Jesus returns or are alice when He does return and if we are still believing and walking in Him at that time, we will for sure go to Heaven.

If we are not, we won’t.

 

Also I need to make mention that even though it says here that Jesus was delivered to die for us on the cross, Jesus said He willingly gave His life and that nobody took His life and that He also raised Himself from the dead.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. “    John 10:17-18

 

Here in the United States in our justice system we have a requirement when someone takes the witness stand - “ I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…”

Whether the witness actually does remains to be seen.  LOL!

The point is, if secular society knows the difference between the whole truth and a half-truth or partial truth, then we as followers of Jesus who claim to read and believe the Bible as being God’s word should also acknowledge what is the whole truth as opposed to half-truth or partial truth gospel preaching in our churches today.

Unfortunately there is a trend here in America to preach only a half-truth gospel rather than the whole truth.

Peter said;

“ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. “    2 Peter 1:20

In other words, in the Greek it means that no one statement in the Bible becomes its own solution. The rest of God’s word is required to understand what the Lord is saying to us.

We must see the whole picture.

 

As Paul did to the end of his physical life, always keep your faith in Jesus to the end of your physical life!

 

I will start chapter 5 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 4:18-22 ( posted 3-25-13 )

“ 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.

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 Sara's womb:

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

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

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ 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. “

 

“ Who against hope believed in hope, “

The Greek word “ par “ translated “ against “ means beyond or opposed to.

In other words, even though Abraham was old he believed God was able to fulfill His promise that he would have a child and have many descendents.

He went against all odds and believed God.

 

“ So shall thy seed be. “

Paul quoted Genesis 15:5;

“ And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. “

 

 

 

“ And 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 Sara's womb:  “

 

We have to remember that when Abraham and Sarah got old they at first did not believe God and even laughed at Him.

“ And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. “   Genesis 18:9-15

 

“  And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? “   Genesis 17:15-17

 

 

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

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. “

 

Few actually doubt that God can do anything.

However, a most common thing said about receiving answers to prayer is - “ We know God can but will He? “

When Abraham decided to believe God at His word he did not ride the fence.

In other words, he did not believe half way - that is, that God can do it but maybe He won’t.

 

The Greek word “ plerophoretheis “ translated “ being fully persuaded “ means the same as the Greek word “ pisteuo “ translated “ believe “ - to be convinced, persuaded, trust.

 

There is no partial faith or partial believing that is acceptable with God.

Like Abraham, we need to decide whether to believe or not believe.

 

 

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

 

The Greek word “ elogisthe “ translated “ imputed “ means count, conclude, reckon, suppose, think on.

In other words, because of Abraham’s faith in God, He thought of Abraham as righteous.

Here in America we have a saying - “ I reckon I will or I reckon you are. “

This means I consider it as such.

 

This is how God looked at Abraham after he believed God…as righteous.

Always remember that this way God looks at any of us who believe in Jesus is hinged on one thing…faith.

 

I will continue with verse 23 in the next study.

 

Always keep believing in the Lord Jesus.

Do not ever give up.

The Lord bless you!

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 4:16-17 ( posted 4-12-13 )

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

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; “

 

Paul is referring to the promise, mentioned in the verse of our previous study;

“   For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: “   Romans 4:14

 

Always remember that “ the promise “ is that Abraham would have a child and eventually be a father of many nations and that he was justified and credited with righteousness because of his faith in what God had promised him being old and childless, and that Abraham would also be the father of all who believe in Jesus as he did, whether they be of the circumcision or uncircumcision and like Abraham, because of their faith, they too will be made righteous and justified;

“ 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 unto them also: “     Romans 4:11

 

My friend, being made righteous with God’s righteousness is important. Nobody can go to Heaven without being as righteous as God

This is humanly impossible.

Unfortunately many people, including both the saved and the unsaved think they can earn their entrance into Heaven.

I recently had a relative die.

Another relative made this statement about him - “ He was a good man. He never hurt anyone and he never did anything wrong. “

According to her belief, this is what got him into Heaven.

This is a sad belief but most people believe this anyway. People think they can be good enough to the point God will let them into Heaven on their own goodness.

If we die thinking we were good enough to enter Heaven, according to the Bible we will end up in eternal hell instead.

I always tell people if you should die today and God would ask you why He should let you into Heaven, tell God it is because of His Son Jesus standing there next to Him...and for no other reason.

If we could earn Heaven on our own works then Jesus would not have had to come to earth and become one of us, live as a human being yet without sin, suffer, die and rise from the dead.

The only righteousness that can get us into Heaven is God’s righteousness, which we inherit as Abraham did when he put his faith in Jesus, God’s Son.

As Paul said in the verse of our study it is by faith and grace, not by the Law or our own works.

“ 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, “

 

The Greek word “ spermati “ translated “ seed “ means offspring, something sown, seed.

Since Abraham is promised to be the father of many nations, his descendents being of many cultures are promised to be justified and made righteous just as Abraham if they believe in Jesus just as Abraham did.

Those Paul mentioned as being of “ the law “ does not mean that because they obey the Law they are justified and made righteous, since he just got through telling us the promise comes only by grace through faith.

Paul is telling us that those who are under the Law can receive the promise if they come to believe as Abraham did.

 

 

(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. “

 

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,)

 

Paul was quoting;

“ As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. “   Genesis 17:4-5

 

 

“ before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, “

 

Paul also said;

“ For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. “  1 Corinthians 15:21-22

If you are reading my studies on the book of John, we learned that Jesus told Martha when Lazarus had just died;

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? “  John 11:25-26

 

Notice Jesus never said a one time faith experience kept a person saved to the end.

According to Jesus we must live and believe in the ongoing sense, as an ongoing lifestyle.

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me

Yes, Jesus clearly said;

liveth

and;

believeth

 

This Abraham did as a lifestyle, obviously.

We need to also.

 

 

“ and calleth those things which be not as though they were. “

 

The writer of Hebrews said;

“ Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. “    Hebrews 11:3

 

Another example of how God calls things that are not as though they were is when He knew about me and those of you who are reading my Bible studies as being among those who come to believe in Jesus, God’s Son, and become God’s children when Paul said;

“ As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

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. “   Romans 9:25-26

 

Paul also said;

“ And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in his presence. “   1 Corinthians 1:28-29

 

Peter said;

“ Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. “      2 Peter 2:10

 

I will continue with verse 18 in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus to the end of physical life or the rapture, whichever should happen first.

Hopefully the latter.

 

Wayne Brown