Upon studying the book of Romans, it is my quest to give my views I believe the Spirit has taught me regarding the hashing out of the book. I do not expect all to agree with me, cause far be it from the saints to try and put the puzzle together as one unit, however, I still feel the need to express what I am learning. It has been detrimental to my understanding of how our Father looks at humanity as a whole, and has made an incredible impact on how I also am able to view humanity through my Father’s eyes.
The first three chapters in my experience have been used quite often to condemn, point fingers at certain people groups, and have just plain been interpreted so badly; it is no wonder most of christianity are called bigots and full of hypocrisy. It is my hope to shed some light on what this incredible book is really saying as far as the gospel is concerned. The gospel of Christ has been so perverted as of late, that it takes serious time, (quiet time with the spirit that is), to be able to listen to His teaching of truth, and a concerted effort on our part to put aside all the poison and bias from previous teaching to be able to really hear what He is saying. The effort is well worth it, as it has done wonders for my soul as far as resting in what my Father has actually done for me, and the whole world for that fact. Many people have yet to discover the beautiful gift due to so much bickering over the pure gospel; and throw a bunch of pride and stubbornness in there, and you got a recipe for disaster.
Anyways, here is my take on Romans chapter 1-3, and it is definitely open for discussion. I cannot be swayed from it because it is the reason Christ came and suffered the way He did to give us what He came to give us which is reconciliation and a New Covenant that all are invited to accept.
It is very ironic that God chose Paul to preach to the Gentiles, because with his background, being a Jew and all, it would have been somewhat of a distraction, or prophet in his own land scenario if he would have went to the Jews. As it was, they were constantly trying to take him out anyways. So Paul is writing to the Ekklesia, (I prefer to use that terminology rather than church), in Rome, telling them he has heard about their faith, and he could not wait to come and see them to preach the gospel to them. That should be interesting in and of itself, because why would he preach the gospel to folks who were already in the faith. Something to think about.
Then he goes into very interesting dialogue, where as I said has been used very poorly by many, however if we step back from the first three chapters, and take it in entirely, we will see a very interesting picture. What I saw when I did this was an incredible picture of the whole world being privy to the affects of the law of sin and death. Whether it be in creation showing that God is God, or by the self-righteousness of man through observance of the law. One must only go back into the Old Testament records to see the real use of the law of Moses to see it’s amazing purpose. In reality, God did not want to give the law to the Jews; He would have preferred to speak to them directly, but due to their fear of Him, He gave it. And they agreed to keep it, which they obviously could not. He did not expect them to! Yet they really tried. The Gentiles on the other hand had all of creation to look at, the stars, animals, trees, etc., and see evidence of a Creator very clearly, and what did they do? They turned around and worshiped the created things that basically told them they could do whatever they felt like. God said ok have at it, but in hopes that it would bring the desired result, and that would be seeing there need for Him.
It seems like I have gotten off the main point of what I am trying to say, but I have not. I do not want to explain too much so as to cause you not to go look for yourself, however, I will say this much; what it all boils down to is that even though people do things that are good, or try with all there might to be good people, it does not make you alive, nor does it impress God. What happened when Adam sinned is he died, spiritually. The spirit of God that he was created with left, and we know this because Adam was ashamed of his nakedness whereas he was not before that. That my brothers and sisters is what we inherited from Adam, spiritual death! And there is none righteous, though they may try, when they look to God, and His standards which are laid out in the law very stringently, they can see what the law is supposed to do, bring to light that death that we all are born into. The end of Romans chapter 3 sums it up beautifully!
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty, (accountable), before God. Therefore, by the deeds of the law, no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now, the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, for there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God has sent forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God passed over the sins that were previously committed to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified apart from the deeds of the law.
If we want to look into the Old Testament, let us look at it from a proper perspective, and that the stringency of it, and mans inability to keep it which in turn produces the death that we so desperately need to see in order to come to Christ for the life He came to give us. New life, ETERNAL LIFE!
I look forward to continuing on our journey together through the book of Romans. This segment may seem somewhat vague, however, as we move along, the spirit of truth will prayerfully bring us together in unity, and purify the gospel message in our hearts as the spirit waters and brings forth fruit. Fruit that will remain!
May the spirit of the life of Christ who dwells in you teach you much grace and truth, and bring peace to your whole being as He loves on you from the inside out! Grace and Peace saints…In Him..Lisa