“THE BOOK OF ROMANS” Part 2 of 8
WHY DID PAUL WRITE HIS LETTER TO THE ROMANS?
Paul wanted to let the Christians at Rome know that he was on his way there. He writes Romans around 57 AD and this is before God told Paul around 61AD, (Acts 23:11) that he would send him to Rome. At the time of writing the Book of Romans Paul did not feel sure that he would get away from Jerusalem alive (Rom 15:31). As a result it seemed a very good idea to get down on paper a written explanation of the true nature of the gospel of Christ according to God’s doctrine through Paul. After all, as the apostle to the Gentiles, it was only fitting that he leave a written copy in the world’s capital on the nature and gospel of Christ. Of course, as we have seen, Rome and the Roman Catholic ‘church’ has been the most violent and deadly to Christians for two thousand years and therefore Paul sends God’s sword direct into the eye of Satan who sits and has his own ‘church’ in Rome.
THE BACKGROUND TO THE ROMAN EPISTLE
It was the common Jewish belief of the finality of Moses and his laws as the final expression of the will of God. There was Jewish insistence that Gentiles who would become Christians must be circumcised and keep the Laws of Moses. Indeed, Christianity had its foundation taken from the Jewish religion and powerful Jewish leaders were determined to keep it so. Circumcision was the physical rite which stood as the initial ceremony in the Jewish naturalisation of Gentiles.
PAUL’S MAIN THEME AND INSISTENCE - THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
All men are sinful and the law is the cause. Man’s acceptance with God does not depend on man trying to keep God’s laws – he can’t. Why? They are pure and holy and man is not. God’s laws bring out the sin in man.
So God solved the problem by becoming a man, Jesus Christ, to fulfil the law on man’s behalf. Entry into heaven can only be by perfect obedience to God’s laws. Man can’t do it, so Christ did it on behalf of all men. We get into heaven by the obedience of Christ. Man’s acceptance with God does not depend on what man has done, but on what Christ has done for him.
IMPORTANCE OF ROMANS
The eternal question that man has always had, is best summed up by Job in the Old Testament, when he says “How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Job 25:4 . Paul’s epistle to the Romans leaves us in no doubt.
Romans is a reasoned argument that outlines salvation on how to get the right-eousness of God.
Romans tells us how to get right with God, that is, how to have right standing with God.
God gives Paul the most skilful and surgical of words that leaves no-one in doubt on how to get to heaven. Like the rest of the King James Bible, the book of Romans, as written in the English (that means no Greek of Hebrew needed), is a legal document that can stand the scrutiny of any courtroom in the land.
TERMS OF ROMANS
These are salvation words, strong words and Bible words. No wonder the world hates them. No wonder the New King James Version wants to water them down:
Justified, righteousness, redemption, propitiation, the law, sin, grace, faith, imputed righteousness, flesh, spirit, justification, redemption, propitiation, remission, imputation, impartation, regeneration, reconciliation, spiritual circumcision, adoption, sanctification, resurrection, glorification, temptation, reformation, restitution, visitation, salvation, predestination.
“Jesus Christ – The Righteousness of God”
C1-C3 All are sinners
C1 = The obvious ‘bad’ sinners
Man’s blatant and sinful mockery of
God. The universal and open
ungodliness & unrighteousness of all
C2 = The hidden ‘good’sinners
Hypocrisy & self-righteousness
All have judged - especially the Jew
C3 = All have sinned
Jews & Gentiles are all sinners
The law exposes sin
The law of faith is the answer
C4 = Abraham’s faith
Justified without works
C5 = Adam vs Christ
Christ died for the ungodly
We are justified by his blood.
C6-C8 Subduing the flesh
C6 = Daily struggle with sin
We are to be servants of righteousness
C7 = Dead to the law
The law is holy
Our natures of flesh are evil
C8 = No condemnation
Comfort if walking after the Spirit
C9 = Israel
Paul’s heaviness & sorrow for them
C10 = Israel
Paul’s desire they be saved
C11 = Israel
Not been cast away
C12 = Living sacrifices
C13 = Higher powers
Our duty towards government
C14 = Weak in faith.
Our duty towards weaker brethren
C15 = Christian love
We are not to please ourselves
C16 Salutations & warning
C16 = Salutations
Rome’s idol is their belly
Wednesday 1st September 2021
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