Tim Alexander Romans: All to God's Glory

Tim Alexander, preacher once church of Christ taken by the PCA sect of Presbyterians: "Romans teaches the truth without which there is no assurance of salvation, that is, the eternal electing love of God. God is glorified by His eternal love for His Son. Because of His great love for His Son,

God is glorified by His own inseparable love for those whom He has placed within His Son.

This is a quick look at the whole book of Romans: It will be updated almost hourly as I fill in more material. Not all of the book with necessary commentary may fit on one page.  Tim Alexander's comments will be in RED, my comments will be in BLACK and Biblical and other comments will be in BLUE.
David Lawrence: The Calvinistic system in many ways represented the evangelical approach that came out of the Reformation in reaction to Rome;
        that is, salvation accomplished through hearing the gospel (the evangel),
        when God used the gospel to quicken the hearts of his elect people and produce faith. 
        When the person put his faith in Christ,
                he was justified by that
faith alone apart from human works. 
Any person, Jew or Gentile, is justified by THE FAITH of Jesus Christ: that does not mean SAVED. Peter had to be convinced that God-fearing Gentiles were not ceremonially unclean--but then neither are swine.  Many are called but few are chosen which word means "to be tested" based on obedience.  To qualify, one who believes that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, is qualified or NOT hindered from being baptized. Abraham was justified by faith because he was tested or tried and obeyed God's commands, laws, covenants and decres.  
Why would anyone consider the PROMISE of eternal life a WORK when the very meaning of PERSONAL CHOOSING means a PERSONAL TESTING.  John Calvin did not consider obeying the commands of Christ (for adults) a WORK.  

In fact, in prophecy and in person Jesus sent the Apostles into ALL the world
Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizING them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
TeachING them to observe all things whatsoever I have command
Mt 28:20 ed you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The gospel was to be preached to the tiny remnant of Jews and ALL of the Gentiles. There is never any LIMITING of the gospel. Why in the name of common sense would God cause Paul to suffer so much and many others die to PREACH the gospel if God was just USING them to INDUCE faith in them.

And here defines the WORKS which came out of the mind of humans and that does not exclude obeying God's promises:
David Lawrence: Thus salvation was not the result of the pronouncement of the church, and sacraments were not considered channels through which the grace of God flowed to the human heart.  Priests, who alone could administer sacraments, were now rendered irrelevant to salvation.  Popes, relics, prayer to saints, indulgences, and such like were discarded
Nor, does it depend on people decreeing that Baptism FOR the remission of sins which is obedience, is not mandatory for the remission of sins, the gift of A holy spirit and being added to the Church by Christ.   Grace is similar to WORD and identifies God's grace personified in the person of Jesus Christ Who has appeared to repudiate faith only:
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that,
        denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
        we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us,
        that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
        and purify unto himself a peculiar people, [at baptizm]
        zealous of good works.
God in Christ is glorified when His only spiritual covenant is given power.  Paul speaks of the NATIONAL election of Isaac to perpetuate His predestinated Covenant made with Abraham.  This was to preserve the SEED which would be Jesus Christ.  God picked Jacob to further the SEED of the Covenant.  

This was a national choice and did NOT have to do with spiritual selection to be saved or to burn in hell. Paul calls it an allegory the two threads representing [1] faithful obedience as opposed to [2] trusting in one's own pattern of worship.

In the case of individuals the word CHOSEN means TESTED and tried.

The NEW covenant is the OLD Covenant made by the Spirit OF Christ to Abraham.   We are justified by THE FAITH of Jesus Christ: Sola Fide meant Sola Scriptura which meant walking by the inspired Word as opposed to walking by the imaginations of men.

    Gal. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are OF FAITH, [as opposed to OF LAW OF MOSES]
            the same are the children of Abraham.
    Gal. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
            preached before the gospel unto Abraham,
            saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
    Gal. 3:9 So then they which be OF FAITH are blessed with faithful Abraham.
FOR ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26
FOR
as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:27

We are clothes with Christ only after baptism when we are added to HIS Church. God is NOT glorified by those who deny God in Christ the right to elect or invite all and select only those who obey His Will.

Tim Alexander, It would be a betrayal of His love for His Son to fail to preserve for eternity those He has called to His Son. Only God can do this, and He does; it is accomplished even as you read these words.

Neither God nor His Word can fail, says Paul. However, he said that they had failed when they engaged in musical idolatry and He abandoned them to worship the starry host.  Being chosen for a purpose did not preserve individuals when they refused to walk by faith meaning to obey.

Disciples are not predestinated to get the prize: It would be a betayal of God's love to encourage people not to "diligently seek" God. To fail to walk by faith or obedience to God's commands makes OURSELVES into a castaway.  
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
        for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
        and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Heb. 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God;
        lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord,
        are there few that be saved?
And he said unto them,
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate:
        for many, I say unto you,
        will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Being saved when our sins are remitted is to enlist as a disciple: not disciple automatically gets a 4.0 and no teacher selects some to pass and some to fail just to prove that he is sovereign.
g75.Agonizomai


In 1 Corinthians 10 as he had in Romans 10 Paul denies that the Israelites were PREDESTINATED because they fell from grace because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.  Then,

1Cor. 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,
        but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Cor. 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
        Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown;
        but we [strive for] an incorruptible.
Rom. 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom. 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing
        seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Col. 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Col. 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you,
        always labouring [g 75 Agonizomai] fervently for you in prayers,
        that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God

1Tim. 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach,
        because we trust in the living God,
        who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

2Tim. 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;
        that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2Tim. 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries,
        yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Heb. 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
        let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb. 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire
1Cor. 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;
        so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

In Greek the word is:

Pukt-euô E.Cyc.229, Hermes 

Euripides, Cyclops Enter the Cyclops with retinue by Eisodos A.
Cyclops

Give way, make way! What is going on here? What means this slackness? Why this Bacchic holiday? Here is
        no Dionysus, [205]
        no bronze castanets,
        no rattle of drums .
How fare my new-born lambs in the cave? Are they at the teat and running to their mothers' sides? The milk for cheeses--has it been put in rush buckets? [210]  What say you? This club will soon make someone cry. Look up, not down!

Pukt-euô E.Cyc.229,  speaks also of 

Hermês son of Zeus, Logos, Mercury or PAN. Hermes is the "just born father" of the lura A. lyre, a stringed instrument with a sounding-board formed of the shell of a tortoise ; ton aneu luras thrênon [θρῆνον] (since the dirge was accompanied by the flute) A.Ag.990 (lyr.); l. kai kithara Lu.7:32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace [agora], and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

Matt. 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? 
        It is like unto children sitting in the markets,
        and calling unto their fellows,
Matt. 11:17 And saying,
        We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced;
        we have mourned [threneo] unto you, and ye have not lamented
.

Aeschylus, Agamemnon Chorus

Of their coming home I learn with my own eyes and need no other witness. [990] Yet still my soul within me, self-inspired, intones the lyreless dirge of the avenging spirit, and cannot wholly win its customary confidence of hope. [995] Not for nothing is my bosom disquieted as my heart throbs against my justly fearful breast in eddying tides that warn of some event. But I pray that my expectation may fall out false [1000] and not come to fulfilment.

1Cor. 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:
        lest that by any means, when I have preached to others,
        I myself should be a castaway.

God's grace can be insulted and fail when we refuse to pass the test. A castaway is:
Adokim-os , on,
A.not legal tender, not current, of coin, Pl.Lg.742a; not approved, of horses, Arist.Ath.49.1.
    2.
unsatisfactory, unconvincing, of a statement,  

   
3. disreputable, lakismat' adokim' olbiois echein E.Tr.497 ; Mousa Ep.Rom.1.28.  
4. of persons, Pl.R.618b; discredited, reprobate, X.Lac.3.3, 2 Ep.Tim 3.8, etc

Mousa I. the Muse, in pl. the Muses, goddesses of song, music, poetry, dancing, the drama, and all fine arts, Hom.: the names of the nine were Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope,

II. mousa, as appellat., music, song, Pind., Trag.:--also eloquence, Eur.:--in pl. arts, accomplishments, Ar., Plat.

Musicians as Anathema (devoted never to be redeemed) are the MARKS that having the candlestick in the "holy place" does not mean that it cannot be removed as it was at Mount Sinai because of musical idolatry.

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and
musicians, and of pipers [flute girls], and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 

Mousikos (g3451) moo-sik-os'; from Mousa , (a Muse); "musical", i.e. (as noun) a minstrel: - musician
Mousikê
[sc. technê = craftsmen]

Auleô , of tunes, to be played on the flute, ho Bakcheios [wineskins]  rhuthmos êuleito 

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

KERAS Horn, bow, musical instrument, horn for blowing. 

Christ PRE-destinating the Church or true REST in great detail predestinated that:
Is. 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD;
        and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Is. 54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established:
        thou shalt be far from oppression [unjust gain, extortion: Isaiah 55 the Word is as free as Water]
        for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
Is. 54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together,
        but not by me: whosoever shall gather together
        against thee shall fall for thy sake.

Tim Alexander: God is glorified by His own inseparable love for those whom He has placed within His Son.

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
        and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven,
        not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

John 6:44 No man can come to me,
        except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
        and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.
        Every man therefore that hath heard,
        and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Jesus said that the "father" was within Him. In all historic trinities the Father thinks, the Spirit (breath) breaths and the Son articulates the WORD.  Therefore, they all agree, the Son of God is His Word. If you don't grasp that Jesus Christ was the manifestation of the "father, mother and son" of all paganism.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
        and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

No sins are ever said to be remitted by by obedience in baptism. No one receives A holy spirit or A good conscience except following baptism. No one is added by Christ to the Church of Christ who has not been saved at baptism. No one has their spirit now made perfect translated into the heavenly kingdom. Hyper-Calvinism denies all of that althought John Calvin would debate them.
Summary:
  1. God predestinated Jesus Christ as the SEED as Abraham was promised.  Isaac, Jacob and all after Abraham were chosen to bear the seed of Messiah.  His choice of the LINEAGE of Messiah had nothing to do with personal destiny.
  2. The word "chosen" speaking of individuals as disciples means TESTED: a coach elects one to be a member of his team by testing them.
  3. There is no individual named or hinted of who was chosen from all eternity past to be burned in hell or to be saved.
Tim Alexander: "Romans teaches the truth without which there is no confidence in God, that is, His own faithfulness to His own promises. The word of God does not fail. What He says, He does. In the saying is the doing. When God promised Israel salvation, His word did not fail even though Israel rejected Him. Only a glorious God is gloriously free to act upon His word as He chooses, when He chooses and with whom He chooses. Our God is that free God, unbound to any man yet always bound to Himself. And therein lies our confidence: God’s radical commitment to Himself, His integrity, His character, His own glorious Holiness.

The "nation" of Israel was almost completely destroyed or led into slavery. Only a small remnant of Judah returned from Babylonian Captivity.  Therefore, God protecting His WORD does not mean that He preserves ALL of Israel whom He choose.

Of the local Jews baptized and free from sin and the tiny remnant consisted of 120 disciples out of millions. God did not fail because CHOOSING a nation to be a blessing does not cause the individuals to be saved


But then, predestination from all eternity past ELEMINATES God's free will to interact with His creatures whom he created with the faculties of sight, sound and reason (spirit).  It denies God the right to test people BEFORE He chooses.  In Romans 6 only those who "obeyed that form of doctrine" and were baptized were THEN free from sin.

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
        and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority;
        hat we may lead a
QUIET and PEACABLE life in all GODLINESS and HONESTY [gravity].
1Ti 2:3 For this is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be SAVED,
        and to
come unto the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTHS.

IF YOU MISS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH (EKKLESIA, SYNAGOGUE) THE PREDESTINATED ROUTE IS THEOLOGY.  

ALL (MOST) are called but few are chosen because MOST people do not want to be SAVED which means to become a Disciple of Christ. A disciple attends ekklesia, synagogue or school of the Bible which Christ ordained in the wilderness. If they do not "learn that which Christ" taught then they are EXPELLED from school.

Those who are saved have their sins remitted so that they have A holy spirit or A good conscience. That is required for Jesus to accept all of us as students or disciples.  
Luke 1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we,  
.........being delivered
out of the hand of our enemies,
.........might serve him without fear
,

Baptism was the Christ-prophesied and commaned way to be delivered from the Law.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort,
        saying, Save yourselves from this untoward [crooked] generation.
How could that BE!  If we don't know whether we are doomed to heaven or hell? Maybe we with millions of infants were just created to burn in hell. Why? Why, because their god NEEDS to prove to someone that HE is sovereign: fully THE BOSS. To whom do you think God NEEDS to prove himself the Alpha Billy Goat of eternity. Wow.
The enemy is the Nahash or serpent or Musical Enchanter John called Sorcerers (singers, musicians). 

The Judas Bag was for "carrying the mouthpieces of wind instruments."
The enemy is the Nahash or serpent or Musical Enchanter John called Sorcerers (singers, musicians).

Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
FOR ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26
FOR as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:27
Luke 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
        for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,  
Baptism is the only knowledge or seal of salvation you are promised because you have believed, repented, been baptized for the remission of sins and been clothed with Christ.  After that, Christ gives you A holy spirit without which you cannot grasp the mysteries predestinated to be taught by Jesus Christ.

The "seven spirits" which would rest on the BRANCH like flickering lamps are all forms of Divine knowledge (Isaiah 11). No one could enter into the Holy Place who had not accepted the blood sacrificed and been washed in a 7-foot deep laver. No singer or musician could enter into the Holy Place without being executed.
Heb. 13:10 We have an altar, [The Faith]
        whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. [The Law]
Heb. 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts,
        whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin,
        are burned without the camp.
Heb. 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also,
        that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Heb. 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Heb. 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Heb. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
        that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

And Christ supplies all of the fruit:

Isa. 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips;
        Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
Is. 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
        when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Is. 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Both Isaiah and Malachi prophesy about God in Christ coming to wash away our sins which HIS PATTERN demanded baptism FOR the remission of sins. Baptism being rejected as a SEAL would prove that those loving predestination may not know their destination.

Tim Alexander preaches for the Smith Springs Church of Christ whose leaders elected that it be a Calvinist church according to the PCA sect.  All of Romans will be taught by Tim Alexander beginning on January 19. Our task is to review some of the teachings that we believe to be based on a lack of understanding of the Old Testament and the predestinated purpose which was to JOIN Jews and Gentiles in one body; the Church of Christ.

This initial post covers the study plan and we will begin adding links to prove that there is no hint of salvation by Faith only or God's predestination for SOME to go to heaven and SOME (most) to burn in hell.   Part of the predestinated purpose prophesied by Christ in several prophets to wash our crimson garments as white as snow when we obey HIS FORM of the gospel as a "pattern capable of being imitated."  All are called but few are chosen because most do not want to be Disciples of Christ when they can be ceremonial legalists in "worship."

You may read the Lesson Plan at Engedi Ministries

We will make all of Tim's text in
RED, our commentary will be in BLACK and most Biblical and other references will be in BLUE.

1. January 19:   Glory Challenged by Sin (1.1 - 3.20)

Rom. 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,
        separated unto the gospel of God,

Rom. 1:2 (Which [gospel] he had promised afore [PREpromised]
        by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)


The Church of Christ is defined as the Qahal, synagogue or church in the wilderness.  It was inclusive of rest, reading and rehearsing the Word of God.  It was exclusive of vocal or instrumental rejoicing. That is because God separated the people at Mount Sinai because of musical idolatry: the Levites (an old pagan cult cursed by Jacob) were abandoned to carry out the worship of the starry host while the common people attended school of the Bible. The unlawful King's Scribes wrote the story of the abandoned tribe and Christ wrote for the spiritual people in the prophets. That is where He clearly defined the role of the future Church of Christ.  This was predestinated to be after the Levites were silenced along with the not-commanded sacrificial system.

Rom. 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
        which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Rom. 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power,
        according to the spirit OF holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:


The only spiritual covenant was made by Christ to Abraham who was justified by faith BECAUSE;
Gen. 26:2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said,
        Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
Gen. 26:3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
Gen. 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven,
        and will give unto thy seed all these countries;
        and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Gen. 26:5 Because that Abraham
        obeyed my voice,
        and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Gen. 26:6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:  [obeyed the conditional commandment."
The fulfillment was based on Faith which OBEYS.
Gal. 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.
        He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Gal. 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,
        the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
        cannot disannul
, that it should make the promise of none effect.
Gal. 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law,
        it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Gal. 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law?
        It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come
        to whom the promise was made;  [A PRE-ordained promise]
        and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

The predestinated Covenant and the way to be covered with Christ.

Gal. 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
        there is neither male nor female:
        for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. [the predestinated purpose]
Gal. 3:29 And IF ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed,
        and heirs according to the promise.
Rom. 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship,
        for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Rom. 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

Rom. 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God,
        called to be saints:  [not just invited but invited TO BE SAINTS]
        Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom. 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,
        that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Rom. 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son,
        that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Rom. 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length
        I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

Rom. 1:11 For I long to see you,
        that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift,
        to the end ye may be established;

Rom. 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Rom. 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren,
        that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,)
        that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

Rom. 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
Rom. 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

The Gospel is to EVERYONE on the face of the earth.  No one received the "good news" that" I am here to baptize you because you HAVE been saved for billions and trillions of years.

Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
        for it is the power of God unto salvation
        to every one that believeth;
        to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
John 1:12 But as many as received him,
        to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
        even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

They obeyed the PREDESTINATED will of God in Christ.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
        and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
        And the Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved.
Here then is the glory and sovereignty (not a Bible Word) of God that HE can offer Himself to EVERY person. Not just to the racists Jews and not to the racists Calvinists.  In Romans 10 and 1 Corinthians 10 Paul shows that their musical idolatry caused the CHOSEN to be REJECTED.  

Rom. 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:
        as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Rom. 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
        against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
        who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Rom. 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them;
        for God hath shewed it unto them.

Rom. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
        being understood by the things that are made,
        even his eternal power and Godhead;
        so that they are without excuse:

Would that sound sane if God predestinated His chosen few?

Rom. 1:21 Because that, when they knew God,
        they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful;
        but became vain in their imaginations,
        and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom. 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God
        into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds,
        and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Rom. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts,
        to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
        for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
James 1:14 But every man is tempted,
        when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed
Rom. 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie,
        and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
        who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Rom. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:
        for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Rom. 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
        burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,
        and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

The Golden Calf at Mount Sinai was the proof that they were not PRESERVED.

Rom. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,
        God gave them over to a reprobate mind, [g96 Adokimos, Castaway]
        to do those things which are not convenient;

Rom. 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
        maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom. 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom. 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom. 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God,
        that they which commit such things are worthy of death,
        not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


Romans Chapter Two  


Rom. 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable,
        O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another,
        thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Rom. 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth
        against them which commit such things.

Rom. 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same,
        that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Rom. 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering;
        not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Rom. 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself
        wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom. 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom. 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing
        seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Rom. 2:8 But unto them that are contentious,
        and do not obey the truth,
        but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Rom. 2:9 Tribulation and anguish,
        upon every soul of man that doeth evil,
        of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
        his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
        whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom. 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
        but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom. 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel,
        Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
        a remnant shall be saved:
Rom. 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:
        because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
Rom. 9:29 And as Esaias said before,
        Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,
        we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
        For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Rom. 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him?
        I have reserved to myself seven thousand men,
        who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rom. 11:5 Even so then at this present time also
        there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Rom. 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: [The Law of Moses]
        otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace:
        otherwise work is no more work.

1Pet. 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
        and if it first begin at us,
        what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?


As always the ELECT are those who have not bowed to Baal and have obeyed true righteousness.
Rom. 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace,
        to every man that worketh good,
        to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Rom. 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Is God a respecter of persons? Is He guilty of violating all of the Laws?
James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin,
        and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
 
1Pet. 1:17 And if ye call on the Father,
        who without respect of persons
        judgeth according to every man’s work,
        pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
1Pet. 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
        as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pet. 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

What was the PREDESTINATED purpose and person?

1Pet. 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world,
        but was manifest in these last times for you,
Rom. 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law:
        and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

Rom. 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God,
        but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Rom. 2:14 For when the Gentiles,
        which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law,
        these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom. 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts,
        their conscience also bearing witness,
        and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Rom. 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
John 12:47 And if any man hear my words,
        and believe not, I judge him not:
        for I came not to judge the world,
        but to save the world.
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me,
        and receiveth not my words,
        hath one that judgeth him:
        the word that I have spoken,
        the same shall judge him in the last day.
Rom. 2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
Rom. 2:18 And knowest his will,
        and approvest the things that are more excellent,
        being instructed out of the law;

Rom. 2:19 And art confident that
        thou thyself art a guide of the blind,
        a light of them which are in darkness,

Rom. 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes,
        which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

Rom. 2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?
        thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Rom. 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery,
        dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

Rom. 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law,
        through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

Rom. 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
Rom. 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:
        but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Rom. 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law,
        shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

Rom. 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature,
        if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

Rom. 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly;
        neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom. 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart,
        in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.



Romans Chapter Three

Rom. 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

Rom. 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Rom. 3:3 For what if some did not believe?
        shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?


If Paul is correct, the Jews believe, then either God failed or His Word failed: neither says Paul, you were just in error when you believed in predestination by your race or preservation because God favored you with the Law. Christ's predestinated purpose in Isaiah and Malachi was to save the tiny remnant who had not bowed to Baal and believing Gentiles by water baptism.  By bringing baptism into question people do in fact call God in Christ a liar:
Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans,
        justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers
        rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Rom. 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true,
        but every man a liar; as it is written,
        That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings,
        and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

For those who "believeth not" and are not baptized the word is APISTOS which means "I do not have to comply with the requirement of God" because God is a liar.  Engedi and Tim Alexander claim that baptism is a sign and seal and not the MEANS Christ ordained to save people.  In other words, Jesus was a liar when He made salvation CONDITIONAL and not predestinated evil people just to prove that God is in charge.
He that believeth AND is baptized shall be saved. Mark 16:16

Believeth Greek: pist-euo  trust, put faith in, rely on a person, thing, or statement
       
2. comply, hôs ouch hupeixôn oude pisteusôn legeis; [625] Are you resolved not to yield or believe

but he that believeth not shall be damned.

OPPOSITE to apisteô

Apistos , on,  I. Pass., not to be trusted, and so:  1. of persons and their acts, not trusty, faithlessby untrustworthy, groundless confidence, shifty, unreliable, you do not believe what you say yourself, Unbelieving 1 Cor 6:6

Example proving that the 'unbeliever' is not a "brother."
1Cor. 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?
        no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
1Cor. 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother,
        and that before the unbelievers.
2. Disobedient, disloyal, Anarchia Lawless, treacherous
Nor am I ashamed to act in defiant opposition to the rulers of the city
[1475]  Lady Athena, whoever hears the words of the gods
              and does not obey,
              is not thinking rightly


Is. 1:16 Wash you, make you clean;
        put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Is. 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Is. 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
        though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
        though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Is. 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Is. 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword:
        for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Rom. 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say?
        Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)

Rom. 3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

Rom. 3:7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory;
        why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

Rom. 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,)
        Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Rom. 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise:
        for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles,
        that they are all under sin;

Calvinism claims that because of "original sin" Romans 3:14 proves that NO one was righteous.

Clearly it is the collective Jews and the Collective Gentiles which are inherently righteous: the ONLY point is to tell the Jews that they were not PREDESTINATED and therefore the Gentiles could not be baptized because they were not righteous which means "ceremonially pure" enough to request baptism to make them also SAVED and equal with the Jews.

Rom. 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom. 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God

No person was either righteous or unrighteous based on their race.  However, there were many INDIVIDUALS who were righteous because the "feared God and worketh righteousness." MANY individuals were righteous because they worked righteousness.   NO ONE individual was unrighteous because of "original sin."  NONE.

THERE ARE MANY WHO WERE RIGHTEOUS
Mt.1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example,
        was minded to put her away privily.

Mt.5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
        for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
        and sendeth rain on the
just and on the unjust
Ro.2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Ep.6:1 CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
dikaios A. in Hom. and all writers, of persons, observant of custom or rule, Od.3.52; esp. of social rule, well-ordered, civilized, dikaiê zoê a civilized way of living,
2.
observant of duty to gods and men, righteous,
B. later:
I. equal, even, well-balanced, fair, impartial,
b. legally exact, precise, {in respect to counting numbers}
II. of persons and things, meet and right, fitting, make a horse fit for another's use, b. normal, 2. real, genuine

AND the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Ge.7:1

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Heb.1:9

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. Heb.11:4

For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Acts 28:27

Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. Acts 28:28

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

1Jn.3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you:
............ he that doeth righteousness is righteous,
............ even as he is righteous.

Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, 
        a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews,
        was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house,
        and to hear words of thee.
Acts 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

Now, Psalm 14 is the best example to prove that the ALL were the same FOOLS of Romans 2 who CLAIMED that they were RIGHTEOUS when in fact they were ALL UNRIGHTEOUS.

NONE of them were BORN unrighteous: they BECAME unrighteous.

    Psa 14:1 THE fool hath said in his heart,
............There is no God.
............They are corrupt,
............they have done abominable works,
............here is none that doeth good.

Do you think that those who were NOT fools and who had NOT denied that God existed and were NOT corrupt and had NOT done abominable works were LUMPED with the FOOLS? No, of course not.

Psa 14:2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
............ to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

None of them were BORN as evil but they WENT and BECAME evil:

WHO ARE THE ALL?

Psa 14:3 They are all GONE aside,
............ they are all together BECOME  filthy:
............ there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

NONE OF THEM DOETH GOOD BECAUSE THEY DOETH EVIL ON THEIR OWN.

Psa 14:4 Have all the WORKERS of iniquity no knowledge?
............ who eat up my people as they eat bread,
............ and call not upon the Lord.

God was the GOD of the RIGHTEOUS people who were not the FOOL, God despisers had ALL fallen into unrighteousness.

Psa 14:5 There were they in great fear:
............ for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Psa 14:6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor,
............ because the Lord is his refuge.

How could God be the God of the righteousness and be the refuge of the POOR if there were NO righteous people to be the GOD OF?

Only GOD DENIERS have all GONE ASRAY and they are ALL unrighteous.

Psa 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel
............ were come out of Zion
............ when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people,
............ Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

> You or the Jews say, "WE are ALL righteous because of WHAT IS WRITTEN."
> Paul says: As it is written
, There is none righteous, no, not one: Rom 3:10

All sinners are blamed for their own sin and if they DISOBEY of fail to COMPLY with God's righteous commandes then they call God a LIAR and THAT is when God executes vengeance on them: and ever before in the Bible.

Rom. 3:12 THEY are all GONE out of the way,
        they are together BECOME unprofitable;
        there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom. 3:13 THEIR throat is an open sepulchre;
        with their tongues they have used deceit;
        the poison of asps is under their lips:

Rom. 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom. 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom. 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom. 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom. 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Rom. 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith,
        it saith to them who are under the law:
        that every mouth may be stopped,
        and all the world may become guilty before God.

Rom. 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:
        for by the law is the knowledge of sin.


2. January 26:   Glory in Sacrifice and Faith (3.21 - 4.23)

Rom. 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
        being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Rom. 3:22 Even the righteousness of God
        which is by faith of Jesus Christ
        unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Rom. 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom. 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace
        through the redemption that is IN Christ Jesus:

Rom. 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,
        to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
        through the forbearance of God;


Rom. 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:
        that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Remember, that Abraham was not a JEW in the national sense.  He was justified or "not ceremonially unclean" because he walked by FAITH.  A faith walk insists that you must confess that which you trust.

Rom. 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded.
        By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Rom. 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith
        without the deeds of the law.

Rom. 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only?
        is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

Rom. 3:30 Seeing it is one God,
        which shall justify the circumcision by faith,
        and uncircumcision through faith.

Rom. 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith?
        God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

The Law of Moses was given because of transgression and had no value in making the spirit or conscience pure.

Romans Chapter 4  Click for furtrher notes on Romans 4 refuting PREDESTINATION.

Rom. 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father,
        as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

Rom. 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works,  [The Law of Moses]
        he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

Rom. 4:3 For what saith the scripture?
        Abraham believed God,
        and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Rom. 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Gen. 26:5 Because that Abraham
        obeyed my voice,
        and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Gen. 26:6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:  [obeyed the conditional commandment."
Is. 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Is. 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:
        he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,
        there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Is. 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
        and we hid as it were our faces from him;
        he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Is. 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
        yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Is. 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
        he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
        and with his stripes we are healed.

Jesus would be WOUNDED when the cursed Levites musically mocked Him up to the cross:

H2490 châlal khaw-lal'.. denominatively (from H2485 ) to play (the flute), defile, take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

Is. 53:6 All WE like sheep have gone astray;
        WE have turned every one to his own way;
        and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake,
        Lord, who hath believed our report?
        and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?


A believer is one who has obeyed the gospel.

Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
        For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Rom. 4:5 But to him that worketh not,  [The Law]
        but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, [The Faith]
        his faith is counted for righteousness. [Faith makes one eligible for baptism]

As noted, righteous does not mean saved, sins remitted, receiving A holy spirit translated into the kingdom of His Dear Son which is the Church of Christ: a righteous person has the standing to call on the name of the lord at baptism.

Rom. 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man,
        unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [The Law]
        [Peter was told that no animal or man was impure]

Rom. 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven,
        and whose sins are covered.

Rom. 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Paul could never use the Psalms as proof that God accepts simple faith as a replacement for honoring God by honoring His Word because the first Psalm begins to DENOUNCE all of the theatrical performances and "worship rituals." Psalm 1 defines the PLACES in the theater. 

Psa 1:1 BLESSED is the man that
............ [1] walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
............ nor [2] standeth in the way of sinners,
............ nor [3] sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his [4] delight is in the law of the Lord;
............ and in his law doth he [5] meditate day and night. Psa 1:2

And he shall be [6] like a tree [7] planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psa 1:3

(A Psalm of David, Maschil proverb or dark saying.)

BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psa 32:1

Blessed is the man unto whom
............ the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and
............[1]  in whose spirit there is no guile. [treachery] Psa 32:2

God does not INVENT or contrive evil against the believer.

God tives you a PERSONAL spirit or A holy spirit in which there is no treachery.
Jesus said that if you don't believe that you are an
Apistos or an UNbeliever.
That word means that you are
TREACHEROUS.

Psa. 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
Psa. 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Psa. 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee

        and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said,
        I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD;
        and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

The Lord does not FABRICATEor PLOT iniquity: don't blame GOD. h2803    David did NOT blame God for IMPUTING iniquity because in God's SPIRIT there is NO GUILE.  God only places blame on those who violate HIS commandments which means to do evil

IMPUTE: H2803 châshab khaw-shab' A primitive root; properly to plait or interpenetrate, that is, (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense);

God does not IMPUTE or invent SONGS: to think out, to invent, to compose, as songs [music] Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

God does not impute iniquity to "a spirit there is no Guile." That is, God never calls innocent people evil. 

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
        for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Nor does God IMPUTE righteousness 

Rom. 4:9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only,
        or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

Rom. 4:10 How was it then reckoned?
        when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision?
        Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.


Abraham was righteous hundreds of years before the Law of Moses, therefore, the ONLY POINT Paul makes is that righteousness before, during and following the Law of Moses was based on FAITH which is obeying God's righteous commands RATHER than obeying a purely Civil Law.

Rom. 4:11 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:

Rom. 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only,
        but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham,
        which he had being yet uncircumcised.

Rom. 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world,
        was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law,
        but through the righteousness of faith.

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

Rom. 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath:
        for where no law is,
        there is no transgression.


Again, the predestinated choice of certain ancestors was to make sure that Messiah came through a righteous family.

Rom. 4:16 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,

Rom. 4:17 (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.

Rom. 4:18 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.

Rom. 4:19 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 Sarah’s womb:

Do you believe that Sarah conceived by Abraham by FAITH ONLY?


Rom. 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief;
        but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Rom. 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Pistis trustworthiness, honesty, confidence, assurance, pledge of good faith, make a treaty, that which is put in trust.

Unbelief. Apistia
distrust, to discredit, faithlessness, treachery.

Strong
G1743 endunamoō en-doo-nam-o'-o From G1722 and G1412 ; to empower:—enable, (increase in) strength (-en), be (make) strong.

Persuaded: G4135 plērophoreō play-rof-or-eh'-o From G4134 and G5409 ; to carry out fully (in evidence), that is, completely assure (or convince), entirely accomplish:—most surely believe, fully know (persuade), make full proof of.
Rom. 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Abraham was chosen when God tested him.

Rom. 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Tim Alexander left out the SET UP for chapter Five.

Rom. 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
        if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Rom. 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences,
        and was raised again for our justification.

All of this is PAST TENSE.

We are justified by the ACT of Jesus Christ which we then believe. Not even pigs are impure. However, we are not SAVED until we are baptized INTO Christ and begin the walk of faith which is a system and not just a personal, powerful ACT.
 

3. February 2:   Glory Gained by Saving Sinners (5.1 - 7.25)

Rom. 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith,
        we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

But, that just gives you access to the GRACE (Word) which has appeared that we deny ungodliness and turn to God in repentance and baptism.

Rom. 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith
        into this grace wherein we stand,
        and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


Rom. 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom. 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Rom. 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Rom. 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom. 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Rom. 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom. 5:9 Much more then,
        being now justified by his blood,
        we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Did you notice that after we accept the finished work, salvaiton is future tense.

Rom. 5:10 For if, when we were enemies,
        we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,
        much more, being reconciled,
        we shall be saved by his life.


Rom. 5:11 And not only so,
        but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
        by whom we have now received the atonement.

Rom. 5:12 Wherefore,
        as by one man sin entered into the world, [not into Adam or Eve]
                and death by sin;
        and so death passed upon all men,
                for that all have sinned:

Rom. 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: [Still, no one was born in sin]
        but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Rom. 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses,
        even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression,
        who is the figure of him that was to come.

Rom. 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.
        For if through the offence of one many be dead,
        much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ,
        hath abounded unto many.

Rom. 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned,
        so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation,
        but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

Rom. 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one;
        much more they which receive abundance of grace
        and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Rom. 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one
        judgment came upon all men to condemnation;
        even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.


Sin came into the world and not into Adam. Because sin was now available to all men, all men sinned when they personally fell into sin.

Rom. 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,
        so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

in the same way, the obedience of Jesus Christ as the Son brought righteousness into the world.  It had no racial connection: a person who obeyed as Christ obeyed are saved.


Rom. 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.
        But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom. 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death,
        even so might grace reign through righteousness
        unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans Chapter Six

Rom. 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom. 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Rom. 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom. 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom. 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom. 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom. 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom. 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom. 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom. 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom. 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom. 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom. 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom. 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Rom. 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield [g3936 stand beside]
        yourselves servants to obey,
        his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
        whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom. 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
        but ye have obeyed from the heart that form [pattern capable of being imitated]
        of doctrine which was delivered you.
g5219 hupakous to hear under (as a subordinate), listen attentively, by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority.
Rom. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
g1659 eleutheroo to liberate, exempt from ceremonial liability.

Rom. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,
        and going [worship] about to establish their own righteousness, [equity of character]
        have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.


g5293 hupotasso to subordinate; obey, be under obedience.
Rom. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom. 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
        for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity;
        even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Uncleanness: g167 Akatharsia impurity, physically or morally
g169 akathartos impure, ceremonially, morally, demonic, foul
Rom. 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Rom. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.


Rom. 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
        ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
        but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Romans Chapter Seven

Rom. 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,)
        how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

Rom. 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom. 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Rom. 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom. 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Rom. 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Rom. 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Rom. 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
Rom. 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Rom. 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Rom. 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Rom. 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Rom. 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Rom. 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom. 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom. 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom. 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom. 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom. 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom. 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom. 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom. 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom. 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom. 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

4. February 9:   Glory in a Certain Salvation (8.1-39)

Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom. 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom. 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom. 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom. 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom. 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom. 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Rom. 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom. 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom. 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom. 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom. 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Rom. 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom. 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom. 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom. 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom. 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom. 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom. 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Rom. 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom. 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom. 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom. 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom. 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom. 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom. 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom. 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom. 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom. 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

5. February 16: Glory in Election (9.1-29)  

Because Calvinism has been allowed to define words like predestination, election or foeknew does not make it a fact.   These words do not define the basis for God's choosing.  God made the choice of who would be saved and who would be lost from the beginning: He did that by defining what the person would do to be saved or lost.  There is not one named person who is said to have been a sinner, been sentenced to heaven or sentenced to hell because God DECIDED to burn innocent infants just to prove His sovereignty.  Augustine made this distinction because of his Carthage background where infants were chose to live or be burned in the red hot arms of Molech.

The ONLY subject involving the Jews is their denial that God had a RIGHT to choose the Gentiles unless they were circumscized and kept the Law of Moses.  Instead, God had a right to CHOOSE anyone by testing their willingness to obey His Will.

God's plan was to SHOW MERCY to the Gentiles and not to detract from the Jews.  Paul gave two examples of God showing mercy to prove that He was not BOUND by the Jews.

However, the fact that Paul proved God's right to choose whatever He wanted to choose in a NATIONAL SENSE

When God ELECTS or SELECTS or CHOOSES individuals
He chooses on the basis of their obedience to His PRE-destined Will.


Rom. 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

Rom. 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
Rom. 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Notice that the nation of Israel were chosen out of other nations. They were not chosen to go to heaven but to be a blessing to the other nations.  They did not carry out their "great commission."

Rom. 9:4 Who are Israelites;
        to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants,
        and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Rom. 9:5 Whose are the fathers,
        and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came,
         who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Notice that God choice is of NATIONS through which Messiah would come. God protected the SEED from Abraham to Christ.

The issue as Paul pauses to preach against Jewish predestination in chapters 9-11.  The Jews seem to mumble that either God failed or the Word of God failed.

Rom. 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect.
        For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Rom. 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:
        but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Rom. 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:
        but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

The SEED is singular proving that Christ was protected by God's choice of His national descent. The prophecy would prove false if God did not protect the seed: THIS is the meaning of NATIONAL predestination.  And it did not involve all of those people who claimed to be Abraham's seed.

HERE IS THE MEANING OF PREDESTINATION

Rom. 9:9 For this is the word of promise,
        At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

Rom. 9:10 And not only this;
        but when Rebecca also had conceived by one,
        even by our father Isaac;

Rom. 9:11 (For the children being not yet born,
        neither having done any good or evil,
        that the purpose of God according to election might stand,
        not of works, but of him that calleth;)


Rom. 9:12 It was said unto her,
        The elder shall serve the younger.

Rom. 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Rom. 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

THE SUBJECT IS THE WORD OF PROMISE: JACOB WOULD BE THE ANCESTOR OF JESUS

Unconditional Election for Nations to guard the SEED in Genesis
Gen. 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus?
        And she went to inquire of the LORD.
Gen. 25:23 And the LORD said unto her,
        Two nations are in thy womb,
        and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;
        and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;
        and the elder shall serve the younger.
Paul identified the only spiritual covenant made by Christ to Abraham BECAUSE Abraham was a man of faith which meant that he obeyed God rather than to try to work himself up to a superior state by rituals or sacrifices.
Gal. 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Gal. 4:22 For it is written,
        that Abraham had two sons,
        the one by a bondmaid,
        the other by a freewoman.
Gal. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman
        was born after the flesh;
        but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal. 4:24 Which things are an allegory:
        for these are the two covenants;
        the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal. 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia,
        and answereth to Jerusalem which now is,
        and is in bondage with her children.

Gal. 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Gal. 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry,
        thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Gal. 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Gal. 4:29 But as then he that
        was born after the flesh [Jerusalem abandoned to worship the starry host]
        persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, [The Church of Christ or synagogue in the wilderness]
        even so it is now.

God always warned about intermarriage and especially Christ should not be contaminated with Sinai, Jerusalem or bondage:

Gal. 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture?
        Cast out the bondwoman and her son:
        for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal. 4:31 So then, brethren,
        we are not children of the bondwoman,  [Jerusalem, Sinai, The Law of Moses}
        but of the free. [The covenant made with Abraham]
Heb. 11:17 By faith Abraham,
        when he was tried,
        offered up Isaac:
        and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
Tried: G3985 peirazō pi-rad'-zo From G3984 ; to test (objectively), that is, endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline:—assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt (-er), try.

And only after God had tried Abraham with fire is he chosen.

H977 bâchar baw-khar' A primitive root; properly to try, that is, (by implication) select: acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require.

Isaiah 41:8, 9


Is. 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
CHOSEN for the SOLE predestinated purpose of preserving the SEED.

Heb. 11:18 Of whom it was said,
        That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Heb. 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up,
        even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Heb. 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

But, Esau was not to be the ancestor of Jesus: That's all!

The Esau NATION  turned out to be UNFIT to carry the SEED but God did not make his NATION evil.

2Th. 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Rev. 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

2564. kale÷w kaleo, kal-eh´-o; akin to the base of 2753; to “call” (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise): — bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-)name (was (called)).

1586. ejkle÷gomai eklegomai, ek-leg´-om-ahee; middle voice from 1537 and 3004 (in its primary sense); to select: — make choice, choose (out), chosen.
God's will and PRE-purpose is always to show mercy and compassion on people who do not deserve it. God never purposes to destroy innocent people in hell.

God was showing COMPASSION on the Gentiles and not deproving the Jews.

Rom. 9:15 For he saith to Moses,
        I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
        and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Rom. 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth,
        but of God that sheweth mercy.


GOD IS MERCIFUL AND COMPASSIONATE: HE DOES NOT BURN INNOCENT INFANTS IN HELL

God showed mercey by preserving Pharaoh from death: He did not predestinate him to go to hell.


Rom. 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh,
        Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up,
G1825 exegeirō ex-eg-i'-ro From G1537 and G1453 ; to rouse fully, that is, (figuratively) to resuscitate (from death), release (from infliction):—raise up.  [and to rouse up resistance] He was not predestinated to go to hell.]
        that I might shew my power in thee,
        and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.


Rom. 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy,
        and whom he will he hardeneth. [make stubborn: not burn in hell]

God's plan was not to send Pharaoh to hell but to expose all of the "gods" worshipped in Egypt; each miracle proved that worshiping an animal was folly.
Paul quoted passages so that we can know that he speaks of nations and never of individuals.
Ex. 3:19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
Ex. 3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

Ex. 4:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt,
        see that thou do all those wonders
before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand:
        but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
Ex. 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
Ex. 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me:
        and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
Ex. 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn,
        that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

Ex. 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
Ex. 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

Ex. 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.
Ex. 9:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
 
Rom. 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom. 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?
        Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

Rom. 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay,
        of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour,
        and another unto dishonour?


The Israelites had returned to musical idolatry at Mount Sinai: they were turned over to worship the starry host and sentenced to return to Assyrian and Babylon captivity and death. After the demande for a King God promised that He would not responde to their cries of repentance. God endured them but at the same time the righteous people attended church as a school of the word. Individuals were approved based on their fear of God and working righteousness.

Rom. 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath,
        and to make his power known,
        endured with much longsuffering
        the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: [The Jews]


Rom. 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory
        on the vessels of mercy, [Gentiles]
        which he had afore prepared unto glory,


Again, note that Paul speaks of nations and not of individuals.

Rom. 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called,  [incited by word or invitation]
        not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Rom. 9:25 As he saith also in Osee,
        I will call them my people, which were not my people;
        and her beloved, which was not beloved.

Rom. 9:26 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.


Proving the almost total depravity of the remaning Jews:

Rom. 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel,
        Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, [fitted for wrath]
         a remnant shall be saved:

Rom. 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:
        because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Rom. 9:29 And as Esaias said before,
        Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,
        we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Rev. 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city,
        which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt,
        where also our Lord was crucified.

Notice the two GROUPS which is always the meaning of PREDESTINATED purpose.

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
........[1] and to restore the preserved of Israel:
........[2] I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles,
........[3] that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isa 49:6

Salvation is Yeshuwah! God chooses those who DO NOT repudiate Him by THEIR OWN SINS.

Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
        to him whom
man despiseth,
        to him whom the
nation abhorreth,
        to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship,
        because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel,
        and he shall
choose thee. Isa 49:7

H977 bâchar baw-khar' A primitive root; properly to try, that is, (by implication) select: acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require.

Is. 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver;
        I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
Job 34:4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

Isa 41:8 - But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whomI have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
Isa 41:9 - Thou whom have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof,
          and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Isa 48:10 - Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Isa 49:7 - Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
        to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth,
        to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship,
        because of the LORD that is faithful,
        and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.


Isa 66:3
- He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck;
        he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood;
        he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol.
        Yea, they have chosen their own ways,
        and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

Isa 66:4 - I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because whenI called, none did answer; whenI spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in whichI delighted not.

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee:
........ .[1] and I will preserve thee,
........ .[2] and give thee for a covenant of the people,
........ .[3] to establish the earth, to cause to
................inherit the desolate heritages; Isa 49:8

6. February 23: Glory in Covenant Purpose (9.30 - 11.36)

Rom. 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness,
        have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

They did not just have faith but but have eagerly sought after righteousness.
G2638 katalambanō kat-al-am-ban'-o From G2596 and G1983 ; to take eagerly, that is, seize, possess, etc. (literally or figuratively):—apprehend, attain, come upon, comprehend, find, obtain, perceive, (over-) take.
Rom. 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness,
        hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
g5348 Phanthano to anticipate, to arrived at
Rom. 9:32 Wherefore?
        Because they sought it not by faith,
        but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

g2212 Zeteo seek; specificially (by Hebraism) to worship God
The Jews had no excuse because Christ the Spirit has sent and inspired prophets to repudiate the Law worship as of faith. The Church or ekklesia had been defined in the wilderness which worshipped by faith when the rested, read and rehearsed the Words of faith.

Rom. 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans Chapter Ten

Rom. 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Rom. 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God,
        but not according to knowledge.

Rom. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,
        and going [worship] about to establish their own righteousness, [equity of character]
        have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

g5293 hupotasso to subordinate; obey, be under obedience.

Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield [g3936 stand beside]
        yourselves servants to obey,
        his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
        whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom. 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
        but ye have obeyed from the heart that form [pattern capable of being imitated]
        of doctrine which was delivered you.


g5219 hupakous to hear under (as a subordinate), listen attentively, by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority.

Rom. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

g1659 eleutheroo to liberate, exempt from ceremonial liability
Rom. 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Rom. 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
Rom. 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Rom. 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Rom. 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Rom. 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom. 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom. 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom. 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom. 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom. 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom. 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Rom. 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Rom. 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
Rom. 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
Rom. 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Romans Chapter Eleven

Rom. 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Rom. 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Rom. 11:3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
Rom. 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rom. 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Rom. 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Rom. 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom. 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Rom. 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them:
Rom. 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
Rom. 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Rom. 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
Rom. 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Rom. 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
Rom. 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Rom. 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Rom. 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
Rom. 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom. 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom. 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom. 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Rom. 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Rom. 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Rom. 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
Rom. 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom. 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom. 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
Rom. 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom. 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom. 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom. 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom. 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom. 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller?
Rom. 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom. 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

7. March 2:        Glory in Living Sacrifices (12.1 - 15.7)

Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Rom. 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Rom. 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Rom. 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Rom. 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Rom. 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Rom. 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Rom. 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Rom. 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Rom. 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rom. 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Rom. 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Rom. 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rom. 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Rom. 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Rom. 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom. 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom. 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans Chapter Thirteen

Rom. 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom. 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Rom. 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Rom. 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Rom. 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Rom. 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Rom. 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Rom. 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Rom. 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Rom. 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Rom. 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom. 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom. 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom. 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Rom. 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Rom. 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
Rom. 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Rom. 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Rom. 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Rom. 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Rom. 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Rom. 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
Rom. 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Rom. 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Rom. 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Rom. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Rom. 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
Rom. 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Rom. 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Rom. 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Rom. 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Rom. 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Rom. 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Rom. 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
Rom. 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
Rom. 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Rom. 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Romans Chapter 15

Rom. 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak,
        and not to please ourselves.

Rom. 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour
        for his good to edification.

Rom. 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written,
        The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

Rom. 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime
        were written for our learning,
        that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Rom. 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation
        grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

Rom. 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom. 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

8. March 9:        Glory in Proclaiming Christ (15.8 - 16.27)

Rom. 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God,
         to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

Rom. 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written,
        For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

Rom. 15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
Rom. 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
Rom. 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse,
        and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles;
        in him shall the Gentiles trust.

Rom. 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Rom. 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren,
        that ye also are full of goodness,
        filled with all knowledge,
        able also to admonish one another.

Rom. 15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort,
        as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

Rom. 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,
        ministering the gospel of God,
        that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable,
        being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Rom. 15:17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
Rom. 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me,
        to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

Rom. 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders,
        by the power of the Spirit of God;
        so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum,
        I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Rom. 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:
Rom. 15:21 But as it is written,
        To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see:
        and they that have not heard shall understand.


Rom. 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

Rom. 15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;
Rom. 15:24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.
Rom. 15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Rom. 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
Rom. 15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
Rom. 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
Rom. 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
Rom. 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
Rom. 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
Rom. 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
Rom. 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Rom. 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
Rom. 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Rom. 16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
Rom. 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
Rom. 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
Rom. 16:6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
Rom. 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Rom. 16:8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.
Rom. 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
Rom. 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household.
Rom. 16:11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.
Rom. 16:12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.
Rom. 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
Rom. 16:14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.
Rom. 16:15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
Rom. 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
Rom. 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Rom. 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Rom. 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Rom. 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Rom. 16:21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.
Rom. 16:22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
Rom. 16:23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.
Rom. 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Rom. 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
Rom. 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Rom. 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.



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