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Cariad

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A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:33:15 AM »
I am going to take a walk through the epistle of Romans, perhaps you will join me, not to argue, or conjecture, but to read and to believe and receive what is written in God's Word, with thanksgiving and praise.

* Beginning with the salutation (Romans 1:1-7):-

'Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle,
separated unto the gospel of God
(which He had promised afore
by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures)'

(Rom.1:1-2)

Paul describes himself as, 'a servant of Jesus Christ', , 'called' and 'separated'.
Called: - 'to be an apostle'
Separated: - 'unto the gospel of God'

This gospel unto which Paul had been separated, is distinguished also as having been 1) 'promised afore', 2) 'by His prophets', 3) 'in the Holy Scriptures'.

So the gospel Paul preached (at the time of writing) was the subject of Old Testament prophecy, therefore verifiable. It was a form of 'good news' that had been promised of God beforehand, so should have been anticipated by those who knew the teaching of the Old Testament prophets; but like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, they needed their understanding enlightened (Luke 24).

The believers at Rome to whom Paul wrote were largely Jews, for Paul's ministry (at this time) was to, 'the Jew first', they had prior place, and Paul's first port of call in any city he visited was the synagogue, a good example of this is found in Acts 13:14-43. Some of their number would have been in Jerusalem at Pentecost and witnessed the events that took place at that feast of the Jews, heard and believed the good news preached and brought it back to Rome. (Acts 2:5)

Praise God!

With this first step, I must stop, to return soon, God willing.

In Christ Jesus
Cariad






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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2016, 03:26:33 PM »
Hi Cariad
I would love to join you I will try not to be to controversial it's a wonderful Epistle full of uplifting information.
I enjoyed reading your opening post and don't have anything to add I look forward to post number2

Love and peace
Dave


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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2016, 05:37:41 PM »
In verse 7 there is a succinct definition of a church: those "who are loved by God and called to be His holy people."
1) God loves us
2) He has called us
3) He intends us to be holy (distinct from the world around us)
"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." (II Timothy 1:9)

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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2016, 06:15:02 PM »
@davetaff
@Deborah

Thank you both very much for your responses.

For your encouragement, Dave, the fact that you had no comment to make is an indication that you are at one with me regarding the content of this first step on our walk through Romans, Praise God!

Thank you for your input regarding verse 7, Deborah, I look forward to considering that further when I reach verse 7, for that really is a lovely definition, isn't it?

I look forward to hearing from you both again.
In Christ Jesus
Cariad   

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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2016, 10:36:55 PM »
'Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle,
separated unto the gospel of God,
(Which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy scriptures,)

(Rom 1:1,2)

It's no good, I can't move on from these two verses yet, much as I would like to move forward; for there is so much more here that I did not see before.

* First of all Paul's description of himself as, 'a servant of Jesus Christ', requires comment.  For he is speaking of himself as, '*a bond-slave of Jesus Christ' (that is what the word translated, 'servant' means).  He recognised that he was not his own, he was bought with a price. (Oh! That this would permeate my consciousness and be the motivation for my actions)

* The other point regarding Paul's opening remarks concerning himself, is that, he was not , 'called (to be) an apostle', (the words, 'to be', being added by the translators) he was, 'A Called Apostle'. What this means can be seen by Hebrews 5:4a, '... And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God ... ... '.  In Hebrews it is used in reference to the office of High Priest, but it gives us an insight into what it means to be, 'called'.  This was no self-appointed office. but a Divine commission.  He was a, 'Sent One' (or, 'an apostle'), bearing all the authority of the One Who sent him. (Galatians 1:1).  The Lord Jesus Christ Himself being the supreme Sent One.(Heb.3:1)

Praise God!

* As we read his letters we see Paul having to defend His commission time and again, and the importance of that fight can be seen by a reading of Galatians 1 & 2.  For the enemy of God sought to thwart God's purposes by diminishing the importance of Paul's office, and His message, and in doing so discredit the gospel that he had been called to preach.

* The same tactic is used today by the enemy of God's purposes, isn't it?

Thank you for listening.
In Christ Jesus
Cariad


 * If you have never considered the words, 'bond slave', before, a bond slave was one who when given his freedom, chose of His own freewill to place himself again as a slave in his master's service.

Praise God!

PS: "I am being so blessed by this study"

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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2016, 05:43:14 PM »
Hi Cariad
Thank you for your post you said

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* The other point regarding Paul's opening remarks concerning himself, is that, he was not , 'called (to be) an apostle', (the words, 'to be', being added by the translators) he was, 'A Called Apostle'. What this means can be seen by Hebrews 5:4a, '... And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God ... ... '.  In Hebrews it is used in reference to the office of High Priest, but it gives us an insight into what it means to be, 'called'.  This was no self-appointed office. but a Divine commission.  He was a, 'Sent One' (or, 'an apostle'), bearing all the authority of the One Who sent him. (Galatians 1:1).  The Lord Jesus Christ Himself being the supreme Sent One.(Heb.3:1)

 

A called apostle I like to think of all the apostles as chosen as when our lord said.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

And through all those who are chosen many are called.

Love and Peace
Dave

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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2016, 09:48:29 PM »
'Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
And declared to be the Son of God with power,
.. according to the spirit of holiness,
.... by the resurrection from the dead:

(Rom 1:3,4) 

Hello again,

We have already established that the gospel of God, which Paul preached was, 'of God', and 'promised afore in the Holy Scriptures' (eg., Rom.1:17/Hab.2:4), and now we come to the glorious subject of it, which is, 'concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.'
[I don't know about you, but this just thrills my heart and brings showers of blessing to my spirit.]

Praise God!

* Now, Paul brings before us the Son of God from two perspectives, 'according to the flesh' and 'according to the spirit of holiness'.  Looking at Him both 'in the flesh', and 'in spirit'.  According to the flesh our Lord was born of the seed of David, through Mary, therefore was also, 'the seed' pf the woman of Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23. 

* In the original language verses 3 and 4 are so arranged as to encapsulate the truths they contain into this one great title:-

His Son {According to flesh, Seed of David/ According to Spirit. Son of God with power, by resurrection of dead} Jesus Christ our Lord

Praise God!

* Let's look further at these two distinctive testimonies concerning the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord, and how they are brought out in the gospel of God as preached by Paul:-

1. 'Which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.'

a) David's testimony in the Psalms emphatically confirms the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:25,29-34; 4:35).
b) To David were promises made that could only be fulfilled in Christ (Acts 13:22,34,36).
c) The prophecy of the rebuilding of the tabernacle of David was intimately connected with the salvation of the Gentiles (Acts 15:16,17).
d) David unites with Abraham in bearing witness to the essence of the gospel (Rom.4:6), and prophesies the failure of Israel (Rom.11:9).

* Both Peter and Paul make reference to David in the Acts, but there is a fundamental difference between the good news appertaining to each:-

Peter sees Christ as the seed of David raised from the dead to sit upon the throne of his father David (Acts 2:30)
Paul sees the same Christ raised from the dead as a Saviour both for Israel and the Gentiles, and bringing to light the doctrine of justification by faith (Acts 13).

Praise God!

In Christ Jesus
Cariad








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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2016, 07:59:30 PM »
I will not continue recording my thoughts on this wonderful epistle here now.

Love and peace
Cariad