Romans

From Romans 1:15 to 12:21 Paul uses the word 'law' seventy six times, 'ordinance' one time, and 'commandment' eight times.

bulletThis is not a paraphrase . 
bulletThis is not a translation. 
bulletThis is the author's understanding of what Paul had in mind.
bulletAnd if Paul were here in America giving a talk.
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

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
 

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

 

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

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

(15) So, as best I can, I am ready to preach the gospel to you like I did at Rome.
 

(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 Judeans first, and then to the Greek, the Romans, and you Americans.

(17) For in the Gospel a divine righteousness is revealed that begins and ends in faith as written in Habakkuk 2:4, "Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith."

(18) Habakkuk reveals the wrath of God against wicked and lawless men who pervert the truth of God into a lie.
 

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

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:

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.


22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,


23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

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

(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:

(21) They certainly had knowledge of God, but they did not glorify him. They were ungrateful. Their human reasonings, which they call 'enlightenment' lead to vanity and darkened their foolish hearts.

(22) These pompous preachers call themselves Doctor and Professor. In God's eyes their title is Fool.

(23) And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

(24) Is it any wonder that there are so many queers in the pulpits? Why else would they ordain Gays and Lesbians?

(25) They change the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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:

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 recompense of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;







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

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the name, but have pleasure in them that do them.

(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:

(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 recompense of their error which they deserved - AIDS.

(28) They did not want to do things God's way so he let them figure it out for themselves; Everyone knows that the Bible forbids eating Pork, but reason says Moses did not have a refrigerator. Thus they enjoy their ham and eggs. It is common knowledge that the Bible condemns Homosexuals; that God calls for their execution; thinking they know better they ordain them to the pulpit where they preach 'pro-choice'. They live and innocent life dies.

(29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

(30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

(31) Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

(32) They know that they are doing wrong. They know what the Bible says. They know the Biblical penalty. But they reason around it, and they enjoy doing what they do.

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

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




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:


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;)

(11) On the other hand, with God there is no favoritism.

(12) Ignorance of the law is no excuse. All sinners will be punished.
 

(13) Now you may not be ignorant and know the law. But that does not count either. It is the doers of the law, those who practice keeping it, they shall be justified. Knowing what God expects of you is not enough. To be justified you must do what he wants done.

(14) Some people have not been taught God's Law, yet by their nature they do many of the things required by the law. These, while not having the law, actually have the law in their hearts.

(15) They are manifesting the law written in their hearts. Their conscience bears witness to this fact. That allows them to accuse or excuse one another;

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,


18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.









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



























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











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



24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.






















25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.







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

27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?


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

(16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

(17) Now some of you in this audience are Jews. You rest in the books of Moses and boast that you are God's Chosen People.

(18) You boast that you know God's will and that you can tell right from wrong.

(19) You are confident that you are light of them which are in darkness.

(20) You Jews set yourselves up as experts to guide the general public. You write or control the editorial pages of newspapers. You appear as the learned experts on television news and talk shows. You teach in our schools. You teach your morality via TV. situation comedies. Any one objecting or pointing out your influence is labeled an anti-semite because you are 'God's Chosen. Therefore in a special position to know the knowledge and truth in the law.

(21) May I suggest that you teach your own people. You say that a man should not steal, but you lead the world in theft by your part in usury banking. Your 'learned' leaders quote Deuteronomy 23:20 to justify your conduct. "Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it."

You say that we Christians are 'goyim', that is 'strangers' even 'animals'. Therefore, you believe that God allows you to plunder us via interest on loans.

Let me remind you Christians that you are no better than the Jew in this matter. You're Pastors quote Jesus in Matthew 25:27 and Luke 19:23 and claim that he approved of usury, when actually he said to the unprofitable servant, "If you thought that I was a thief, (a man that "takes up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sew" is a thief); So Jesus said to the unprofitable servant, "If you claimed to be my servant, and thought that I was a thief, then why did not you steal for me by lending my money at usury?" So, out of his own mouth will he judge him.

(22) You Jews say that a man should not commit adultery. But who controls most of the pornography business here in America? You do. Who is behind 'sex education in schools? Who produces those television sitcoms? Who has a leading part in the TV. 'soaps'? You do!

And who watches these adulterous soaps and sitcoms? You Christians, that's who! Who sends their children to these Humanist infested government schools? Who buys their phonographic magazines? You do! You Christians!

(23) You both boast that you have the scriptures. You Christians boast that you are 'born again' 'washed in the blood', 'saved by grace'. But by your conduct you both dishonor God!

(24) What do the other nations think of America? They have been told that the Jew is 'God's Chosen'. They know that the Jews control America. They also understand that America is a Christian nation. What do these other nations, these so called 'heathens', what do they think of the God of the Bible? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. What do they think of Jesus Christ by your example?

Do you remember David and Bathsheba? In 2 Samuel 12:14 The Prophet Nathan rebuked David with these words, "Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die."

David's immoral conduct was seen by other nations. Our immoral conduct is seen by other nations even more so. We proudly display your immorality round the world via T.V. and movies. I ask you, "Does your conduct blaspheme God just as David's did?"

(25) To the Jews of ancient Palestine I said, the ritual of circumcision has some benefits if you keep that law. But circumcision is not a substitute for keeping God's Law. And I told them that God does not count you as righteous just because you have been circumcised; Or just because you are God's Chosen People. Act like a heathen and God treats you like a heathen.

(26) Therefore if the Gentiles keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

(27) So, if the 'heathen' keep God's law shouldn't they be counted as God's people also? And likewise, if 'Christians' do not keep his law, shall they not be counted as 'heathen'? What do you think?

(28) For a Christian is not necessarily anyone who has been baptized.

(29) It is what is in your heart that determines your standing with

Intermission: Read the article on Baptism then continue with Romans 3

Baptism

   This subject of circumcision is very confusing. There has to be an easy to understand and common sense explanation. In my opinion this might be it. circumcision was the national sign that a person was one of God's chosen people, it was part of a covenant between God and his people. This is one of the troublesome doctrines that Paul had to deal with. Circumcision is not an issue today. So we need to apply the principles to present day controversies.

   That covenant of circumcision had served its purpose and was, replaced with Baptism. Baptism is now the outward sign that you are one of God's, 'Chosen People. In Old Testament times there were circumcised people who were not really God s Chosen. Likewise in New Testament times there are Baptized people who are not 'real' Christians. Just as circumcision was 'not of the flesh but of the heart', baptism is not just a ritual dunking in water, a baptism of the heart is the requirement, a change in your life style.

   Perhaps, to better understand New Testament Baptism, all we need do is apply the principles that applied to Old Testament circumcision. Compare the King James with the explanation below.

(25) For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

(26) Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
 

(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?

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

(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.

(25) For baptism verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy baptism is made unbaptism.


(26) Therefore if the unbaptism keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his unbaptism be counted for baptism?

(27) And shall not unbaptism which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and baptism dost transgress the law?
 

(28) For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that baptism, which is outward in the flesh:

(29) But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and baptism is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

 

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