Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 14

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 3/22/19, God’s 13th month 15th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Our inherited nature from Adam is described by Paul at Rom 3:13-14. In that fleshly nature we aren’t righteous, none understands the spiritual intent of God’s laws, we’re worthless, get bitter quickly and don’t know the way of peace in and of ourselves. Turning from that fleshly nature takes a God gifted desire to change, be obedient to and clothed with Jesus’ nature. A desire for Jesus’ help, being aware of what we deserve.

(Rom 3:19-20; “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”) We can’t define sin from God’s view without knowledge of His spiritual intent when giving the law and oracles.

(Rom 3:21-26; “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, (23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they, “we” are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (25) God, “the Father” publicly displayed Him, “Jesus” at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. (26) This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”) Jesus did it all on behalf of those called to believing IN Him. God the Father calls, gives the desire and gives us over to Jesus for training. Paul explained in his letter to the Philippians. (Phil 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God.”)

(Rom 3:27-31; “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of, ‘gifted’ faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! (30) Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.”) Through gifted faith IN Jesus’ love and deeds we love the law! and see its goodness.

Justification: (Romans 4:1-5; “What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about – but not before God. (3) For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. (5) But to the one who does not work, but believes in the One who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.”)

If in the flesh, we could keep the law perfectly, we’d be saved by obligation!

(Rom 4:6-8; “So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.”) Quote from Psalms 32:1-2.

(The Greek word, “λογίζομαι (logizomai” translated, “credited” in verse three above can also be translated “counted.” It occurs eight times in Rom 4:1-12, including here, each time with the sense of “placed on someone’s account.” By itself the word is neutral, but in particular contexts it can take on a positive or negative connotation. The other occurrences of the verb have been translated using a form of the English verb “credit” because they refer to a positive event: the application of righteousness to the individual believer. The use here in v. 8 is negative: the application of sin. A form of the verb “credit” was not used here because of the positive connotations associated with that English word, but it is important to recognize that the same concept is used here as in the other occurrences.”)

(Rom 4:9-12; “Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! (11) And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. And he is also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised.”

(Rom 4:13-22; “For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. (15) For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. For this reason it, “the promise” is by faith so that it, “the promise” may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” (Quoted Gen 17:5) He, “Abraham” is our father in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. (18) Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” Without being weak in faith, he, ‘Abraham’ considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. (20) He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed it was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”)

God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do, promises that His kingdom will be established on earth, that all Israel will be saved; be re-established to the borders promised Abraham. (Do we believe IN, or believe that?) To believe IN, is to live our life practices in expectation of that reality! Believers IN aren’t prideful of any part of that nature inherited from Adam, mindful that its result is eternal death. Believers IN are gifted with a loving respect for all God says is right and honor Him as did Jesus.

Again allow Jesus’ teaching through Paul in his letter to the Philippians. Mindful that we can only think like Jesus through His gifted spirit: mindful that He is Creator, Re-Creator who willingly came to give His life, that we may have life.

(Phil 2:6-11; Though He ‘Jesus’ existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”) Believers IN are singular in faith likened to Abraham’s, knowing what God promises He’s going to deliver. (Believers that on the other hand, think like Cain who thought to worship God according to what seemed right to himself.) Today’s believers that, in Cain’s nature, would think it okay to belong to any denomination who profess Jesus their savior.

As Paul taught in a preceding verse, “God declared Abraham righteous for having believed IN God’s promises. Jesus’ apostles recommends that we too believe IN, as did Abraham.

Romans 4:23-25; “But the statement it was credited to him, “Abraham” was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe IN the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. (25) He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”

Satan knew it was all preplanned from a beginning. The Messiah, Jesus as The Christ, would come in the flesh, be our sacrificial Lamb, our Mercy Seat, be resurrected to His former position to be our Mediator and for our justification. He knew Believers IN’S destiny was to become spiritual and literally, Children of God.

(Rom 5:1-5; “Therefore, since we, “Believers IN” have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was, “is” given to us.”)

Called believers IN are gifted with knowing faith that God keeps us on His potters wheel for molding to His liking.

(Rom 5:6-11; “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God, “the Father” demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? (11) Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we, Believers IN” have now received this reconciliation.”)

We all need reconciliation because we’re all born sinners. All born with a lawlessness, even hostile nature toward God’s righteous love for us. That righteous love and concerned for our well being is revealed in His law.

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