Paul’s calling, Teaching and commantary, chapter 16

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 3/26/19, God’s 13th month 19th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Just as God’s laws “kind after kind, gravity and inertia” are absolutes, so is “without the shedding of blood there’s no remission of sin.” That law was always planned and became effective after Adam and Eve’s transgression. Cain and Abel knew to worship with blood sacrifices at designated times. (Gen 4:3-5; Abel took care of the flocks, while Cain cultivated the ground. At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest of them. And the Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but with Cain and his offering He was not pleased.) Even then “The Lord God Jesus” designated a time for sacrificial worship, that looked forward to His own sacrifice as “the Lamb of God” shedding His blood for the remission of sin. The best of the flocks, “one without blemish” were to be offered. The likely time would’ve been a weekly or annual Sabbath. A Sabbath rest was instituted when God rested on the seventh day, looking forward to His planned millennial rest and peace on earth.

(Rom 7:7-12; “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. (9) And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive, and I died. So, I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.”)

Some would agree with Jesus’ apostle Peter, regarding Paul’s letters being hard to understand and perhaps easy to twist. (See 2Peter 3-14-18, which reads in part, “just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.” verses 15-17) As always study the whole.

We realize coveting the belongings of someone else is wrong when we recognize God’s gifted commandment are for our good. (If there were no law giving Creator God each person would subscribe to and make their own self serving rules without regard for others, which is what unbelieving “hostile toward God people do.” Lets remind ourselves, Paul was a strict Pharisee prior to Jesus’ calling. Hostile to Jesus’ teaching regarding loving God with our whole being and one another as ourselves, “constituting the whole law of God.” It took Jesus’ calling and gifting Paul with His spirit to make him a believer IN the spiritual magnification of His law. Pharisee’s believed in strict law keeping for salvation. Thinking people were made for the law, “rather that Jesus’ teaching that the law was made for people.” After conversion, Paul was led to understand the laws spiritual intent and began demonstrating his love for the law’s whole purpose. So Paul asked himself about how this knowledge affected him.

(Romans 7:13-20; “Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. (14) For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. (17) But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. (19) For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.” (Paul is recognizing his inherited fleshly sin nature.)

(Rom 7:21-24; “So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

(Paul was rescued from himself, “that is from the sin nature inherited from Adam that dominated him.)

(Rom 7:25; Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”) Paul was spiritually led to know his fight included overcoming that fleshly inherited nature and grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

Holy Spirit guides, giving strength.

(Rom 8:1-4; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”)

As long as we’re in this fleshly tabernacle we feel physical and mental hurts, but we know this fleshly life is temporary. We’re in this world but not of it because we now have a new outlook that’s spiritually shaped.

(Rom 8:5-11; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) You, “Believers IN” however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of, “Jesus’” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One, “God the Father” who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”) We’re converted - saved when God gifts us with His spiritual desire to be atOne with Himself and God the Son!

(Rom 8:12-17; “So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die,) but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by who, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

In a previous study we considered, “why Jesus’ apostles didn’t include the Holy Spirit in their salutations with God the Father and Jesus Christ. No prophet nor apostle’s prayer ever included “in the name of the Holy Spirit. God’s gifted “Holy Spirit, comforter or spirit of truth” is gifted spiritual power He interacts, teaches and convicts our minds with, to love as He loves and hate what He hates; in other words, “be atOne with Him.” God can make His spirit visible as on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. God can speak through and reveal through His spirit. His mind opening spirit is gifted to those He calls to be Believers IN, on a parallel with Abraham’s believing God. (Consider Galatians 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through, “gifted” faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

(Rom 8:18-25; “For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope, that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the Firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. “Our resurrection.” For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen, “believed IN” is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees, “believes IN?” But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance.”)

All aging things are in a gradual state of decay. Redemption of our bodies looks forward to when there’ll be no more decay.

(Rom 8::26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit itself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And it searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the Saints according to God’s will. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, because those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”)

God is all in all, does it all, is all knowing, the beginning and ending of all things. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Creator. (See John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:.)

(Rom 8:31-39; “What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s Elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, He was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. (35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Quote from Psalms 44:22) No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

What amazing faith! God’s Elect are alluded to at Isaiah 50:8, where the reference is singular, but Paul applies this to all believers IN. “We were considered sheep to be slaughtered” indicates plural.

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