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Paul’s Mystery

Long Ago

Before God ever made heaven and earth he made plans for those of us who would be living in this century (Eph. 1:3). This is the mystery of God.

He:

  1. Chose Paul from his mother’s womb to be our apostle (Gal. 1:15).

He said:

  1. Salvation would be by grace and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9).
  2. That sin would not have dominion over us and we would not be under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14).
  3. We would be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heaven (Eph. 1:3)
  4. The law would be our schoolmaster until faith (Jesus) came (Gal. 2:24-25).
  5. Man would not be justified by works but by the faith of Christ (Gal 2:16).
  6. Christ had redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13).
  7. We had been raised up to sit with Christ (Eph. 2:6).
  8. We would be partakers of his promise in Christ by the simple preaching of the gospel (Eph. 3:6).
  9. We have redemption through his blood, as well as the forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:14).
  10. He had taken away the ordinances of the law that were against us (Col. 2:14-16).
  11. We have been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10); because we were the children of light (1 Thes. 5:4-5).
  12. He wanted all men to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4).

He also:

  1. Told us to set our affections on things above, not on the earth (Col. 3:2).
  2. Revealed unto Paul the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8).
  3. Gave us pastors and teacher so that we could grow in truth (Eph. 4:11-16).
  4. Promised to change our vile bodies to be fashioned like his glorious body (Phil. 3:21).

All of the seventeen things listed above are guaranteed and are only found in the writings of Paul. They are unique to the “Mystery” as revealed unto Paul.

We have a responsibility and that is to share the message of rightly dividing the Word of truth as outlined in the Pauline epistles.  Most staid denominational advocates will shun you and call you names if you speak about the mystery, but do it you must.  You may be the one ray of light someone has been looking for.

Share the secret of the “Mystery” to everyone who will listen.

The mystery is about the Dispensation of the Grace of God. Eph. 3:2, 9: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: See Col. 1:25 also.

Christ dying for our sins was a mystery and the fact that certain Gentiles could be saved was mystery (Eph. 2:11-14). These Gentiles were: 1) without Christ, 2) aliens from thecommonwealthofIsrael, 3) strangers from the covenants of promise. They also: 4) had no hope of being part of Christ’s body, and 5) were without God.

The mystery is about the resurrection. 1 Cor. 15:51-55: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Before this fact was revealed to Paul there was no scriptural knowledge of life after death.  Without this secret being revealed, there would be no hope, no eternal life with God.

The mystery is about Israel’s blindness. 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.

God knew he would have to do something drastic withIsrael, His chosen people.  He did that in Acts 28.  But since He knew this would come about, He made plans for the Body of Christ to carry on in her absence. God chose the Body of Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3-4).

The mystery is about the preaching of Jesus Christ. Rom.16:25-26: 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, 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:

What is the preaching of Jesus Christ? It is 1 Cor. 15:1-4; which is Christ died for our sins, was buried and was resurrected. Why was that important?  Because the gospel of Peter was baptism was for remission of sins.

The mystery also concerns telling of the mystery of Christ. Col. 4:3:  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

 The good news that Christ died for our sins must be shared.  There is far too many who preach a false doctrine of hope.  They still teach that baptism is for remission of sins and completely disregard the blood of Christ.  If you do not understand the difference, how can you explain it to others?

The mystery is about the Mystery of God. Col. 2:2: That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.

The mystery of God is everything above. Look at Ephesians 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God choseIsraelto spread the news about Him. They failed, but God knew they would and so before He ever called out Abram, He planned to call Paul to reveal the mystery concerning Gentiles.

If you have never heard of this, don’t get mad, praise God that he planned it all.  Study your Bible and you will see the wonderful things God planned for the Body of Christ.

You have just read the truth of the mystery, therefore are no longer in the dark. What will you do about it?   There are many teachers such as myself who are waiting to show you truth.  Find out who and where they are.  Go sit under them.  Support them with your presence and your money.  Most of them teach without ever asking for a penny, but that does not mean they can’t use it.

You may have quit going to church because you have said the following:

  1. All they talk about is tithing.
  2. Every year they ask us to pledge a certain amount of money.

You will not hear those things from most grace preacher/teachers.  But they have mortgages to pay, food to buy and things that are essential to everyday living. And if you have received a spiritual blessing from their teaching you should honor them with the fruits of your labor.

The Bible says the laborer is worthy of his reward (1Tim. 5:18). Most Bible teachers I know study or teach 16-18 hours a week.  That does not include the time spent in traveling from one location to another, many travel as much as 3-5 hours one way; and often times they do not receive enough money to pay for their gasoline, much less the wear and tare on their vehicles.

One of the barometers I used in determining one’s spiritual growth is one’s appetite for giving to the servants of the Lord. Those who have been blessed the most should give the most, but sadly they do not. Too many people are as negligent about giving as they are about studying their Bible.

What are your priorities?


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Why Me Lord

WHY ME, LORD?  

Years ago a song by the same title hit the pop charts. Written by Kris Kristofferson and sung by Elvis Presley, it became a big hit immediately. It was obvious that the writer either knew someone or was that someone who had been blessed by the Lord but really did not understand why, considering he had strayed from the paths of righteousness.             

For instance: “What have I ever done to deserve all the pleasures I’ve known? What did I ever do to deserve the kindness you’ve shown? Do you think there’s a way to repay all I’ve taken from you?”

  At the end of the second verse he realizes he can show someone else, who may have been in the same or similar situation, how to get back to God. Because the refrain states he knew who he was, and he now knows just how much he needed the Lord in his life.  

Over the years I have counseled many people who have been through trials and tragedy and when at the deepest moment of despair and agony have cried out, “Why me Lord?”   In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the third chapter begins with these words: “To every thing there is a season, And a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

And then the chapter proceeds to enumerate: “A time to be born, and a time to die, A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up, A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”

The lesson to be learned from the verses is:

  1. It’s all right to doubt, it’s all right to cry,
  2. It’s all right to get mad and lose your temper,
  3. It’s all right to hate what has happened.

But after you do all these things, you should:

  1. Quit doubting and start laughing,
  2. Quit being mad and calm down,
  3. Quit hating and start loving.

Emotions play a major role in everyone’s life, but learning how to bring them under control is when you find peace and contentment.

God has a purpose for everything he allows to happen in our lives. After you have gotten upset, shook you fist up toward heaven, said a few choice words “%&^$#@” and then said, “Why me Lord?” Then it’s time to get down on your knees and say thank you, Lord, and try to discover the reason God loved you enough to allow you go through this period of discomfort.  

When you can do that, you’re healed. That is when your should trust the Lord and not listen to your inner self.

 

Why me, Lord?  

Words and music by Kris Kristofferson

What have I ever done to deserve even one

Of the pleasures I’ve known

Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving You

And the kindness You’ve shown

Chorus:

Lord help me Jesus I’ve wasted it…  

So help me Jesus, You know what I am

Now that I know that I’ve needed you…

So help me Jesus my soul’s in Your hands

 

Try me Lord, if You think there’s a way  

I can ever repay, all I’ve taken from You

Maybe Lord, I can show someone else

What I’ve been through myself

On my way back to You

To Chorus:

Why me, Lord?  

What have I ever done to deserve even one

Of the pleasures I’ve known

Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving You

And the kindness You’ve shown

To Chorus:


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What does “Being Filled with the Spirit” mean?

Filling of the Spirit

Question:

Hi Obed,

I need some scriptural help with something. My sister and I are discussing “being filled with the spirit”.

I know that the filling of the Holy Spirit with regard to the disciples had to do with the Spirit being in complete control. At Pentecost I understand the need for this. How does one scripturally show that we in this age of grace are not “filled with the Spirit?

We have the Spirit within us but Paul says we must strive for filling which is never completely attainable. How can we show this?

Also, was everyone (those 3,000 added believers at Pentecost) “filled” and in total control?

Am I correct in thinking that even with these people…… this “complete filling” and “complete control” passed away after the kingdom was officially rejected by the Jewish religious leaders and how can I prove this scripturally. Thanks for any help you can send my way?

Answer:

First, I want you to go to Acts 1:8 and look at the words “ye shall receive POWER, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”

Not only were they filled with the Holy Ghost, but they received the Holy Ghost of power. The promise of Acts 1:8 was they would receive power to perform the miracles they needed to prove their discipleship. Why?

In Acts 1:6, what did the disciples ask? “Lord, wilt thou at this time RESTORE again the kingdom?”

Notice the words, “in one accord.”

Acts 1:14 – in prayer

Acts 2:1 – when Pentecost came

Acts 2:46 – continued daily

Acts 4:24 – lifted up their voices

Acts 5:12 – This is the last time they were in one accord, WHY?

Because Ananias and Sapphira had broken the unity, that is why.

The issue in early acts was not related to being filled, but having received the power. What was the power? Could it be the ability to NOT allow the flesh to overcome them? I think so, because when Ananias and Sapphira kept back the money, they gave in to the flesh.

As long as they had their minds staid on Christ, there was no problem.  When they took them off Christ and on themselves, they died. I used to think this was a drastic measure until I realized that the result of the action kept them from being restored. And that is why, in Acts 1:7, the Lord could neither answer yes nor no.

Now look at: Eph. 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Can you not see that Paul is saying, giving in to drink is a result of “flesh control”, not Spirit control?

The Spirit baptizes us into Christ Jesus and we become part of his Body, guaranteeing us eternity with him. But that does not guarantee us to live a sinless life.

My big issue with those who say there is a “filling” that will not permit us to sin is that if people do sin they think they must not be saved.

You can only put water in a glass to the top; it can’t be filled anymore than its capacity. You can keep on pouring water but it just runs off.

For those during the Pentecostal era, the “filling” is not what left, it was the power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Faith of Christ, What is it?

Faith of Christ

What is faith? You can check the various different dictionaries and see many definitions of faith.  But in the biblical sense faith is simply trusting God and doing whatever He tells us. The word “faith” occurs 247 times in 231 verses in a King James Bible.

We find the faith of Christ, the faith of Jesus Christ or the faith of the son of God 6 times in five verses of a King James Bible (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 2:16; Gal. 2:20; Gal. 3:22 and Phil. 3:9).

We believe that a King James Bible is the Word of God, for it used the best known text from which to translate. See my article on “Why the King James Bible id the Word of God.”

We do not think the New King James is as reliable as the original King James.  In the verse we have listed above, the NKJV changes the word “of Christ” to “in Christ.”

Is there a difference between of and in?  Yes there is. Let’s look at Gal. 2: 16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

In this verse we see faith of Christ and faith in Christ in the verse. Man is justified by the faith of Christ if we believe in Jesus Christ. The analogy is that the works of the law will not justify anyone, only the faith of Christ can do that; which, by the way, was a work performed by Christ.

What was the work, death on the cross? Jesus Christ had faith that God would resurrected from the grave if willing died. That, my friends, is the faith of Christ. Christ willing did a work for us and became a sacrifice for sin, and His Father fulfilled His promise to resurrect the Lord Jesus.

The NKJV changes the word of and inserts the word in. This is how it reads: Gal. 2: 16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by (the) faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by (the) faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The word “the” is removed and the word “of” is changed to in. What the NKJV is telling me is my faith in Jesus justifies me.  In other words my faith is contrasted with the works of the law and the works of the law does not justify me it is what I do that does.

In this scenario, what Christ did onCalvaryis replace with my faith in Jesus Christ. Was Christ’s blood for remission of sins, or was it my faith in Christ for remission of sins.

It was Christ’s blood being shed onCalvarythat justifies me. That work of Christ is being contrasted with the works of the Law, which at one point in time justified a believer.

Case in point: baptism was a work which one had to do for remission of sins. That work has been superseded by the work Christ did on the cross.

What about the NIV? How do they translate Galatians 2:16? Here it is: “know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”

Boy oh boy!

The King James Bible says: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ

The NIV says: know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.

The King James Bible says: even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The NIV says: So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”

Translations do make a difference.  Make sure you are using the real Word of God that you will get when you read a King James Bible.

We are living in the Age of Grace and salvation is by the grace of God, not of works lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9). However, works was part of salvation in past dispensations.

Justification and faith in the Old Testament

If God said kill an animal and bring it to the altar as a sacrifice and I will forgive your sins, what would faith do? Kill the animal, right?

If God said build an arc and I will save you, what would faith do? Faith would build an arc.

If God said be circumcised and I will save you, faith would be circumcised.

Justification in the Old Testament was doing whatever work God said do. Man had to perform the work (have faith) and God would justify the man of faith.

Justification and faith in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John

Question: did the dispensation of grace begin with the coming of the Lord? John 1: 17 states: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

We obtain grace through Jesus Christ, but the Dispensation of Grace did not come until quite a after he was resurrected.

Justification in the four Gospels before the death of Christ was water baptism, as it was after Christ’s resurrection. Acts 2:38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

So if God said, “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” Faith would do just that.

The following are the works performed for justification:

  1. The animal sacrifice of Abel,
  2. The building of the arc by Noah,
  3. The getting circumcised by Abraham and,
  4. The baptism for remission of sins of Peter.

The present dispensation

God has always dealt in grace in every time period, but this is the only time period God has not required man to perform a work for justification.

Ephesians 2:8-9:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

In this present dispensation justification is by the blood of Christ, it is by His faith.

♦     Jesus had faith God, his father, would restore him to the position he held before he became flesh and dwelt among men.

♦     He had faith that God would raise him from the dead when man put him on the cross.

♦     He had faith that his death burial and resurrection was the only way that man could be saved eternally.

Since God provided this means of salvation over 2,000 years ago, what makes man think he can do anything to make it better?  Yet there are many who believe that water can wash away one’s sins.

The Baptism Myth

Some of my dearest friends belong to theChurchofChrist. I am thinking of a couple in particular, who, without a doubt, are the most loving and caring persons I know. I do not think they believe water baptism saves them, as mostChurchofChristmembers do; but they do not find it to be as big an issue as I do.

The majority of theChurchofChristleaders believe that water baptism is necessary for salvation.  They have done a marvelous job in getting their followers to buy into this myth.

The brainwashing has been so severe it has destroyed family relationships. If these people could only see the truth of the Faith of Christ, their ministry and lives would change drastically.

Because the brainwashing has been so severe, most of these people will not even read, much less study, ant commentary that differs from their preconceived ideas.

Christ’ Blood is for Remission of Sins.

If baptism can wash away one’s sins, why did Christ have to die?  Answer that one, will you.  Why would God send his Son to suffer the death of the cross if it was not necessary?

Even when baptism was a requirement for justification, it never had the power to blot out one’s sins (Acts 3:19-21).

The people, in time past, who believed baptism was for remission of sins will not have their sins removed until the second coming of Christ.  And their inheritance will be on earth, not in heavenly places that Ephesians speaks of (Eph. 1:3; 2:6).

Here is a news flash: that means of salvation ended long ago.  In this present dispensation one is justified by the faith of Christ. If you believe otherwise, you are not a child of God. I didn’t say that, God said it.

Ephesians 2:8-9:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There was a time when faith and works of men were partners.  That is what James 2:20 alludes to: But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

But that time period is long past when mans work was necessary for justification. Justification for today was accomplished by the work that Christ did onCalvary’s cross.

Faith is not followed by a work that man can do, but faith accepts the work Christ has done. Jesus paid the price God required and that price was his own blood.

We are living in an era known as the age of grace, or the dispensation of Grace. If we do a work, thinking it will be for salvation, we frustrate the grace of God and prostitute the work of Christ.

If you are in a denomination that suggests baptism saves you, come out from among them.  For if you buy into that heresy you have bought into another Jesus and another gospel.

2 Cor. 11:4: For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The gospel of your salvation today is the gospel of the grace of God.  It is a gospel devoid of works for salvation.

Check me out! Prove me wrong! The proof will be found in a King James Bible, not in what your preacher told you or your seminary taught you.

Be a Berean! These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).


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Romans 5:1-2

Romans 5:3-5

These three verses are an extension of the first 2 verses of the chapter. As a matter of fact, if we do not understand chapter five, we will have difficulty understanding the rest of Romans.

In chapter four, Paul has just finished explaining the doctrine of justification by faith only. You will notice that he dealt with every possible objection of justification by faith alone. At the end of chapter four he says: this doctrine is not for Abraham alone but for everyone and Paul is saying it should be taught to everyone.

In chapter five verse one, Paul starts with the word “therefore.” As you well know I have often told you to be aware of words: therefore, but, if, but now, and, etc. So I want you to pause and think about the opening word of Romans 5:1. Paul is simply saying that, in light of what he has already said, there are some things that follow that needs special attention.

So maybe we need to get an overview of chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 before we do a detailed explanation of 5:3-5.

Some scholars have said that in the first eleven verses of chapter 5, we see the results of justification by faith. Then in verse 12 he brings up sanctification and continues this until the 13th verse of chapter 8. From there until the end of chapter 8 he shows other results and consequences of the doctrine of justification, with the ultimate goal of glorification.

Some people have simplified an overview of Romans thusly:

  1. First 4 chapters – Justification.
  2. Chapters 5-8 – Sanctification
  3. Chapter 9-11 – problems of the Jews.
  4. Chapters 12-16 – practical instructions, exhortations.

I am not so sure about that, think about it.

What is the real significance of the first eleven verses of chapter five? Yes, they do draw out certain results of justification, but I think they do much more. And then these “scholars” seem to overlook what Paul introduces, beginning with verse 12, and that is the doctrine of our union with Jesus Christ.

I think that Paul, beginning with chapter five, begins to show us that because of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, if we really believe Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification, our salvation is complete and final and nobody can take that away from us.

Look at the first 2 verses of chapter 5: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

From there Paul takes us to the final end of salvation, which is “the glory of God.” That is what I think he is anxious to teach us, that if we really see and believe this doctrine of justification by faith, and we put our hope squarely on the shoulders of Christ, then we will know for sure that our salvation is complete, is guaranteed and absolute – in Christ alone.

Then he goes on in 5:3-4 to tell us that nothing can shake our confidence, even the tribulations that beset us. Therefore we can, with confidence, glory in tribulations.

He further shows in 5:6-11why salvation is certain, by stating that it is all of God: His love, His character and because He sent His Son to die for us. And if he did that when we were enemies, it is certain that we can never fall since we are part of His body.v.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.

In verses 12-21, he is not dealing primarily with sanctification, but with certainty. That the greatest proof of our salvation and the guarantee of it is because of our oneness with Christ: we are in him and him in us, just as we once were in Adam. That’s why he begins to discuss Adam.

I believe that in chapter 6 and 7 Paul deals with objections to the teaching of our being in Christ and him in us. He speaks of grace and justification by faith only and not of the law. He goes on to seemly say the more we sin the more grace we receive, but deals with that in 6:1-2: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

So many say that the doctrine of grace means we are free to do whatever we want, and that is true to a point, but those who truly understand grace know they are striving to do less sinning because of what Paul says in 6:12-14: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

In chapter seven he takes up another objection: the real purpose of the law. He shows it was never meant to save, but rather to show our need for a Savior. Then he goes on from there, but I will not at this time

So what about Romans 5:1-2?

What about having “peace with God.”? Let’s look at it first from the objective side. In order to have peace, there must be at least two people to make that peace, in this case it is man and God. Something has to happen on God’s side as well as on man’s side for peace to come about. So it seems that if one cannot reconcile themselves with God, they can never have the peace of God or peace with God.

Paul has shown us from the very first chapter that the wrath of God was upon all who came from Adam. 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;

That’s why he could say this in Romans 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.

He is not ashamed because the gospel of Christ delivers us from the wrath and deals with it positively. That is why he can say here in Romans 5:1-2 he has peace with God.

Fact: There is no peace between God and man, either from God’s perspective or from man’s perspective apart from Jesus Christ. Why?” Because the wrath of God is poured out on all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”

Fact: Man thinks that God is love and they believe they can approach him without going through the cross. They are wrong. That’s what Romans 3:24-26 is about. 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. Whom God hath set forth to b] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Man has a vision of a god that is built upon one’s own imagination. I think God is this and I believe God is only love. But what man has done is create their own god based on their own perception of what they think about God. Then the moment that man realizes the truth about the only God he is troubled and begins to hate God. What they thought was peace with God now evolves into revenge against the God of the Bible.

Man in Adam is carnal or fleshly. Paul says a lot about carnality in his letters to the Corinthians and Romans. In Romans 8:6-8 he says: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

And he says in Ephesians 2: 3 we are all the children of wrath and in Eph.4:18 are alienated from God. That is what man inherited from Adam. Therefore man is afraid of God and is torment until he trust Christ as Savior. There must be reconciliation if man is to receive the peace of God. It is available but there are far to many that do not have peace because they do not know the Scripture.

Yes, they may think they know Scripture, but their knowledge of the Word is based upon their own intellect or they have become dependent on a teacher they admire, and his intellect. Let me say this, and please take it to heart, the perfect work of Christ has caused all enmity to cease between man and God. There is reconciliation on both sides. Jesus Christ has solved the problem of separation. And so the apostle Paul has said in Romans 5:1-2:Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

But whether or not you have peace is placed squarely on your shoulders. Do you think this enmity has been removed? Or, are you hoping it has been? The verse says Therefore being justified by faith, (having been justified) we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Your relationship with God will be one of peace if you believe what Christ accomplished for you. If you question the outcome of the cross, I believe you have no peace at all. Until you can forget about the sins of the past, whether committed by yourself or someone else having committed it against you, there can be no peace with God. There can be no peace with God without a complete understanding of the doctrine of justification.

If you want real peace, I challenge you to take a good look at Christ on the cross. Look at the stripes, look at the crown of thorns, look at the spear in His side, look at his naked body and think about the way the Roman soldiers spat on him, gave him vinegar when he asked for water. Look at all that and then if you realize he did it all for you, you can see the wrath of God was poured out on Him, who did not deserve it, for you who did not deserve to receive it. Then understand that God had to do this in order to not pour out His wrath against you. Then rest and have peace with God.


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