|Romans 1 |
1 Romans is the most misunderstood book in the Bible; it is the basis for most, not all, of the ridiculous doctrine in Christianity for those who believe in Jesus, such as: there is no law, there is no sin, grace is instant, you are justified because you believe, you have the righteousness of Christ because you believe, you are in Christ and therefore not subject to condemnation, etc. Peter warned us that Paul's letters were easily misunderstood by those who have not been directly taught by the Holy Spirit. As Peter said:
And the error of the wicked is to tell you: 1) that it is impossible for you to become free of sin; 2) that Jesus did it all, there is nothing left for you to do; 3) that grace covers all your sins; 4) and that you will go to heaven when you die in your sins as long as you believe in Jesus, (or as the Catholics say, as long as you lead a good life). As you read this book, it has much commentary and many footnotes to debunk all the fables of false Christianity to justify their lusts, created by the church that adulterated with the Roman emperors to establish the false doctrines that Christianity, (Protestant and Catholic), still embraces — thus to be the Whore of Babylon.
The source of all the confusion is the definition of faith that justifies, makes righteous, redeems, sanctifies, and provides salvation. There are two faiths, both with Christ as the object:
The blind guides of Christendom, with learning from colleges and man, but without learning from the Holy Spirit, taking a few of this book's verses and ignoring countless others, claim there is no longer any sin because the law has supposedly been done away for anyone who believes in Jesus, (the Bible-faith above); they conveniently overlook the New Testaments' many warnings of sin that completely disqualify you for salvation or heaven, click to see. They also overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words, click to see. Yes, there is a difference between good and evil; yes there is still sin; yes there are moral laws on the heart of every man, by which all men will be judged, and which include the moral core of the Mosaic law: love your neighbor as you love yourself; don't steal; don't commit adultery; don't lie; don't covet, (to covet is to lust, to want something that you don't need — covetousness is idolatry); don't murder; and honor your father and mother; every man in the world has these laws written on their heart, and if you continue to sin, every man will receive indignation and wrath from God. Christendom became so confused between works of the law and the moral laws, (which are included in the law on every man's heart), that Christendom threw out all laws. From the Word of the Lord within: "They would have no laws. The new law became unrighteousness."
Paul was in a constant battle with Jews who insisted Christians must be circumcised, or not eat certain foods, or do no work on the seventh day, or celebrate Jewish festivals, or tithe, — works of the law. This created confusion, so in his writings Paul emphasizes how those works of the law count for nothing, that only faith in Jesus Christ counted. But we must exercise that faith to grow until we are led by the Spirit: we must sit in humble silence and wait on God, watch, listen for His spoken commands, which are Spirit and impart the life of God to us. With our obedience to heard commands, the Spirit circumcises our heart so that the body of sin is put off; then and only then has the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made us free from the law of sin and death. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." but you can only walk under complete control of the Spirit after you have crucified your sinful nature on the inward cross of self denial. Until your sinful nature has been crucified to then receive the fruit of the Spirit, including the gift of faith from Christ, you must obey the moral laws, or you will not be successful.
Paul tells us in Gal 5:18, But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. To be led by the Spirit is to hear what the Word from within your heart commands you to do, and then to obey His commands; when you are totally obeying the Spirit in word and deed, a greater measure faith has been gifted to you, and you are no longer subject to the law, which has been your schoolmaster to bring you to Christ, Gal 3:24-25. The moral core of the law is a part of the law on every man's heart, Rom 2:11-16, by which all men will be judged. From the Word of the Lord within, "until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law." Paul confirms the same, describing receipt of the fruit of the Spirit, including faith, received after you have mortified the works of the flesh on the inward cross of self-denial through your obedience to commands you hear from within your heart:
Following the doctrines of Christianity, you can be a repeat murderer, a full-time thief, a habitual adulterer, a child rapist, a chronic liar, cheating your neighbor, hating your mother and father, and still be a Christian as long as you believe in Jesus. Is it any wonder why Christianity is held in such contempt today? Christianity has cast the law behind their backs, calling evil good, calling the wicked righteous, while totally ignoring the Bible's many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation. (Click on each of these exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions to read them for yourselves; they are undeniable and clearly show that Christendom is a hollow shell of the original Christianity of the Apostles and the Bible, substituting heathenish ritual, ceremony, and theater, instead of the cross, purity, cleanliness, righteousness, and holiness.) Christianity tells you that you will be judged on whether or not you believe in Jesus, yet the Bible clearly states at least nine times that every man is judged according to his words and works, be they good or evil.
The errors of Christianity are corrected in the commentary and footnote explanations, drawing on several of the kingdom-dwelling, early Quakers' detailed explanations. Read carefully, and you will understand that Paul was speaking of a very holy life, not the sinful lives of Christians today — as Paul gives us the challenge of our lifetime: Therefore having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Cor 7:1. Paul labored night and day to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, Acts 20:29-31, Col 1:28, Eph 4:13.
All the terms that describe Christian success: in Christ, in the name, one with Christ, in the kingdom, redemption, sanctification, reconciliation, restoration, righteousness, justification, eternal life, and salvation, are to be witnessed within your heart, seen by the eyes of your heart in the light; none are to be assumed or presumed from reading about them or talking about them.
Pray, read this book carefully to understand the true doctrine and true hope; then, leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Heb 6:1.
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,
2 (Which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, to promote obedience to the faith among all nations for his name's sake.
6 Among whom are you also the called by Jesus Christ.
7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints. Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I always make mention of you in my prayers;
10 Making request, if now by some means I might at last by the will of God have a prosperous journey by coming to you.
11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be strengthened;
12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith of both of you and me.
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers; I have often intended to come to you, (but was hindered), so that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
14 I am a debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise.
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. [The gospel is the ministry of the Spirit to totally free you from sin, as you repent from your old ways of selfishness on the inward cross of self-denial; to be washed, cleansed, and purified; to then be translated into the kingdom of Christ; and then to live in union with Christ and God, on earth and forever. ]
17 For in it [the gospel preached by the Holy Spirit] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;1 as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith." [The righteousness of God is revealed to you as you increase in your faith. From the Word of the Lord within: "my true friends proceed from faith; it orders them. Little by little the Lord's will, will be progressed. Faith is a series of revelations;" with each revelation there is more faith and more righteous order in your life. You are saved through faith, and by faith your hearts are purified; but obviously in the beginning of faith, you are not purified, neither are you saved. Before purification and salvation, your faith must be tested in several trials, in which you must grievously suffer in order to be purified of sin. You must contend for the faith, grow in the faith, build up your faith, increase in faith, perfect what is lacking in your faith, fight the good fight of faith, until victory when your faith is finished by the finisher; faith is a process and a journey, the end of which is to see Christ bring your salvation, to bring your eternal life.]
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness;2
19 Because what may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them.3 [Revelations come not from reading about God, nor from hearing someone talk about God, for God is only known by revelation in your heart, where you hear him and see His teachings about sin, righteousness, and Himself. From the Word of the Lord within: "Turn inward to discover the mysteries." George Fox wrote: "The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil,"]
From the Word of the Lord within: "Turn inward to discover the mysteries."
George Fox wrote: "The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil,"]
20 For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.
21 Because when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, neither were they 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 incorruptible God into an image resembling corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals, and reptiles.
24 Therefore God 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 forever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up to dishonorable passions, for their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
27 And likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not want to retain God in their knowledge, God abandoned them to an impure mind, to do those things which are not proper;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossipers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, promise breakers, without natural affection, constant in enmity, unmerciful.
32 They, knowing the judgment of God and that those who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in those who do them.4
1 in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. The Holy Spirit, when he comes, he will prove the world wrong [reprove] of sin, and righteousness, and judgment. John 16:8. The Holy Spirit reproves your sins and teaches you about the righteousness of God by a series of revelations that build your faith in succession; as your faith increases, your knowledge of the righteousness of God increases. Faith, revelation, more faith, revelation, more faith...etc. No man knows the Son but the Father, neither does any man know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal him. Mat 11:27. Because what may be known of God is revealed in them; Rom 1:19. Learning about God is not reading about God, not hearing someone talk about God, for God is known by revelation in your heart, where you hear him and see him teach you about sin, righteousness, and himself.
"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil," (by George Fox). BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Psalm 46:10.
2 the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. In conjunction with the next verse, this verse tells us that God shows us the truth of our evil ways, anonymously pleading with us to depart from them, but the vast majority of men ignore the truth, suppressing it by their continued unrighteous conduct. When we ignore God's pleading, He ignores us.
However, if we one day turn from evil as best we can and seek God, He reveals further about unrighteousness to the spiritual man. The natural man cannot accept the things of God and cannot see the depth of unrighteousness. This is a basic function of the Holy Spirit — to convince the world of sin [unrighteousness]. The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting it to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying; also immorality, impurity, greed, and evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every thought of man is at best a vain hiss." The very next verse emphasizes that sin, and all other understandings from God, have to be shown to a man by God, before a man can see the depths of sin and unrighteousness, particularly in his own heart; God shows us the secret sins of our heart.
3 that which may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. What is to be known of God, is revealed by God within a man's heart. Mark! Not from reading a book. Not from listening to a preacher speaking without words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as he speaks. A natural man cannot believe or understand the mysteries of God. It is impossible for a natural man to become a spiritual man by reading, Bible study, seminary training, Bible college, praying for understanding, or listening to other natural men talk; such only increases his fleshly knowledge, which must die to be replaced by wisdom from above. A natural man is only changed into a spiritual man by the teachings and changing grace of the Spirit of God, through revelation and power. The natural man must be taught by revelation in that man's heart in the power of the Holy Spirit; words must be heard, and/or visions must be seen, with clear understanding received in a man's heart.
4 We read about fornication, adultery, murder, theft — taking pleasure in such acts. Our music, DVD's, TV programming, and movies — all celebrate evil. Our newspapers print the bad news; we eagerly read how others have suffered death, accidents, catastrophes, etc. It is our sick, depraved minds that find ungodliness entertaining and pleasurable.