Romans 6:12

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,

that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

~ Romans 6:12

I love what is described in this verse and will try to relay its meaning.

Therefore: refers to the death of our sinful nature (entire sanctification) and a life that has been renewed through the work and power of Christ as shown here:

. . . many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ

were baptized into his death? 

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. 

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,

we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 

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. 

For he that is dead is freed from sin. 

Now if we be dead with Christ,

we believe that we shall also live with him: 

. . . Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,

but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

~ Romans 6:2-11

God forbids us (as Christians) to sin as noted in the strongest of words:

Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 

God forbid.

~ Romans 6:1

The whole chapter reinforces the command of Jesus to His followers: that we are to go and sin no more. This is a foundational principle and requirement for every Christian.

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple,

and said unto him,

Behold, thou art made whole:

sin no more,

lest a worse thing come unto thee.

~ John 5:14

The same is true for us, Even more so since we have the whole council of scripture and the Holy Spirit.

We are told that our old man (our sinful nature) and body of sin (the entirety of our sinful acts, thoughts, predispositions, guilt and shame) are all to be destroyed, crucified, dead.

That means we should no longer sin a a Christian. I repeat myself because most of Christianity today ignores this Bibilical truth and tolerates sin and the behaviors of those who commit it. That is because the sinful nature does not want to die and our earthly, animal desires want to remain and be fed by seemingly harmless sinful pleasures.

This is especially true if we are told by others that our sinful nature will remain with us until we die and we can’t stop from sinning (even occasionally) until salvation from our sins comes by death, which is clearly against scripture.

This has turned the many churches to follow a sinning religion. Allowing sin to continue in a believer’s life is a deception from the Devil. A very unfortunate turn of events makes the church his tool.

The parishioners then allow sin and become defiled just like before they were saved, steeped in sin.

We are not suppose to return to the mire. We are suppose to abhor, flee, and avoid even the appearance of sin (or evil).

We are delivered from sin and guilt when we are justified just like the Hebrews were delivered from Egypt (which is symbolic of sin) in the O.T. We can be overthrown in the wilderness of this world if we continue in sin just like the Israelites were.

The Holy Spirit through Paul gave us one of the sternest warnings against this problem of sin. He speaks about what happens to those dwelling in sin, and that God gives us a way out of every temptation so we don’t have to fall into sin.

If we are walking with the light, this is a reality. If we are not walking with the light, we are serving sin, and we have another father, the Devil.

If we do fall into a sin, we can repent and be forgiven but it is not a revolving door to be abused in this probationary life.

There is hope for the backslider and every sinner to regain salvation once lost.

Moreover, brethren (Christian),

I would not that ye should be ignorant,

how that all our fathers were under the cloud,

and all passed through the sea; 

and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 

and did all eat the same spiritual meat; 

and did all drink the same spiritual drink:

for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:

and that Rock was Christ. 

But with many of them God was not well pleased:

for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples,

to the intent we should not lust after evil things,

as they also lusted. 

Neither be ye idolaters,

as were some of them; as it is written,

The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 

Neither let us commit fornication,

as some of them committed,

and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 

Neither let us tempt Christ,

as some of them also tempted,

and were destroyed of serpents. 

Neither murmur ye,

as some of them also murmured,

and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:

and they are written for our admonition,

upon whom the ends of the world are come. 

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed

lest he fall.

There hath no temptation taken you

but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

but will with the temptation

also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

My brothers and sisters, we are without excuse if we continue to allow sin in our lives. We are creating a desolate wilderness instead of a garden flowing with milk and honey.

God will deal with our fruit of sin as promised when we do not abide in Him (His purity and love):

Abide in me, and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,

except it abide in the vine;

no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 

I am the vine, ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me, and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing. 

If a man abide not in me,

he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered;

and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,

and they are burned.

~ John 15:4-6

God loves abundantly and wants holy and obedient loving children. He is also just and righteous and no sin or impure thing will enter the new heaven and new earth. That is why it is so important that we imitate our Holy Lord, Jesus Christ.

Here is what Adam Clarke’s commentary says about Romans 6:12

[This is a prosopopoeia, or personification. Sin is represented as a king, ruler, or tyrant, who has the desires of the mind and the members of the body under his control so that by influencing the passions he governs the body.

Do not let sin reign, do not let him work; that is, let him have no place, no being in your souls; because, wherever he is he governs, less or more: and indeed sin is not sin without this.

How is sin known?

By evil influences in the mind, and evil acts in the life.

But do not these influences and these acts prove his dominion?

Certainly, the very existence of an evil thought to which passion or appetite attaches itself, is a proof that there sin has dominion; for without dominion such passions could not be excited.

Wherever sin is felt, there sin has dominion; for sin is sin only as it works in action or passion against God. Sin cannot be a quiescent* thing: if it do not work it does not exist.

*(Resting being in a state of repose; still: not moving; as a quiescent body or fluid.)
That ye should obey it in the lusts thereof – This clause is wanting in the most ancient and reputable MSS. and in the principal versions. Griesbach has left it out of his text;

and Professor White says, Certissime delenda : ” These words should certainly he expunged” they are not necessary to the apostle’ s argument; it was enough to say, Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies, that ye should obey it.

If it be there it will reign there; and its reign supposes, necessarily, the subjection of that in which it reigns. A king reigns when his laws are enforced, and the people obey them. When there is no executive government there is no reign. There may be a royal shadow there, but there is no king.]

There should be no sin in the believers life. This is our goal and should be sought in this life. 

We just need say “yes” to God’s will as we tarry in Jerusalem. The promise of power of the Most High will be given tous.

We must thirst after righteousness as the dear pants for water when he has fled the dangers of the hunter.

God does not give His blessings to those who continue in sin. We have power over sin the moment be believe.

God is faithful and wants . . .

. . . to open our eyes,

and to turn us from darkness to light,

and from the power of Satan unto God,

that we may receive forgiveness of sins,

and inheritance among them

which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

~ Act 26:18

There is so much God has planned for us. Let us have victory in Jesus.

Receive all the blessings He has to offer.

The Obedience of Faith

Paul uses this phrase only twice in scripture; once in Romans 1:5 and once in Romans 16:26.

Reason leads one to believe that he explains the meaning of this phrase on the context of the chapter between these two verses.

This is exactly what he does.

The Two Phrases

By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

for obedience to the faith among all nations,

for his name:

~ Romans 1:5


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:

~ Romans 16:25-26

In the Greek (eis hupakoen pisteos) “for obedience of (or ‘to the’) faith” literally means, ‘to the obedience of faith.’

Instead of explaining the context of this holy command (for that would take a small book). I am going to give my heartfelt understanding underlying the motive and the necessity to lay hold of this command and to take it faithfully to the end.

First, let’s discuss a little about Paul’s literary style.

In the first example, Paul writes, ‘By whom we have received grace and apostleship.’

Paul often times uses the word ‘we’ when he is fervently sharing in his blessings, persecutions, or curse.

When Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus, he was given the gift of grace while simultaneously receiving the gift and calling of apostleship. For him they are inseparable.

He was writing to the church in Rome who certainly were not called to be apostles but were given the gift of grace.

Just like God who so loved the world that he not only gave His only begotten son, He also shares with us all the blessings bestowed upon His creation, i.e., rainbows, the Bible, Holy Spirit, etc. God’s grace is so abundant that it overflows everywhere;  pouring out a river of opportunity to any soul who will heed redemption’s call.

Paul’s apostleship and grace are examples of this. He shared with the church throughout the ages the love of God that was unfolded in him to the furtherance and completion of the gospel world-wide the end as written by John in Revelation.

Just like Romans 7 when Paul cried out, ‘O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death?’

Here ‘body’ (soma) refers to the sinful nature of self that is sold to, under the sway, and power of sin.

When Paul wrote Romans, he was no longer under sin’s power since he was wholly saved and freed from sin by the power of God. But this was not the case before the precious blood of Jesus cleansed him from sin and guilt.

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. 

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

~ Romans 6:6-7

In Romans 7, he was sharing his experience of living under the law as a Pharisee, unregenerate, and bound to the law of sin and death. When he wrote this, he was freed from the law of sin and death and was resting in the Grace of God. He was writing to those who know the law and it implications as well as those who have not crucified the flesh through entire sanctification and still struggle when ‘the old man’ rears its head in their heart.

He shared the whole process of realizing God’s holy work when he was suffering under the bondage and power of sin to the road to Damascus and how he would eventually reveal the fact that the ‘old man’ can be completely put to death and crucified in Christ. We must strive to walk in complete obedience of faith lighted by Jesus and pioneered by the apostles.

Then and only then can we be overcomers; truly dead to sin and alive in Christ.

This is how God works: Everywhere the gospel is preached . . . it is preached to those in the bondage of sin. Rarely, are those who preach preaching from a pure heart  free indeed from the reins of sin and bound and yoke of sin.

Throughout the ages this has been Christianity’s dilemma but Paul and a few others have shown us a more excellent way.

He shared in our sin,

so we can share in His suffering.

and rest in the hope,

that one day we’ll be counted worthy,

and join in holy union,

with Him for all eternity.

~ D

This my friend is the big picture of the overflowing, bountiful Love of God through the obedience of faith.

Okay. So, we see what God is sacrificing and sharing with us; He calls us to share with Him and give every bit of our self in obedience to His service.

A God that loves us so much to create a universe, provide a perfect salvation plan in case we mess up His perfect creation: And then, we not only mess up ourselves, we mess up every other creature and plant on the planet, and the very universe in which it exists. All because of our sinful disobedience.

Is it any wonder He commands us to stop (sinning): to cease from all willful transgressions of His law? To live a righteous life, for all unrighteousness is sin: And, to have a simple childlike faith, for anything not done in faith is sin.

There you have in a nutshell. The meaning and importance of ‘our obedience of faith’ is to submit uncompromisingly to the Lordship of Christ. If this is the case in your life; Glory to God! Keep fighting the good fight. Weary not in well doing for great is your reward in heaven.

If this is not the case in your life, then please read my post on ‘Stand in the Ancient Path.’ In it is a story of a Christian, who believing, being baptized, and following after the apostles, who was told by Peter that he would perish in Hell if he did not repent of his sin and get his mind, life, heart and nature right with God.

I apologize if the words in this post seem strong, course, or harsh. They were pulled from my heart in this fashion for a reason I know not of.

They are far from the beauty and sweetness of many who write of the things of God.

On that note, this is what has been singing in my soul all the day long today. May the words ring true in your heart.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise,

And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”


Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

Oh, for grace to trust Him more!


Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to trust His cleansing blood;

And in simple faith to plunge me

’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!


Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just from sin and self to cease;

Just from Jesus simply taking

Life and rest, and joy and peace.


I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,

Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;

And I know that Thou art with me,

Wilt be with me to the end.

Through preaching and study of the word; the mystery of the ages has been made known to you and me.

God has commanded us to obey the faith He has given us. He is more than able to establish and keep us in this faith. May you learn of Him more dearly; remembering and cherishing His love, wholly unto the end. For it is His love only that we are called to have and obey. 

Compare your life with the life of the believer found in the beatitudes and see how you match up to the obedience that God expects from all who claim His precious name. God would not tell us how to live without providing a way for us to do it. I pray that God provides the grace to enable you to do just as He commands.

I am reminded of a title from one of Chick’s tracts, ‘This was Your Life.’

Jesus said, you are to be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect. “

Paul’s Prayer to the Romans

There are at least 43 prayers of Paul reflected in scripture. We already discussed his first recorded prayer in the book of Acts. The rest are found in his epistles.

They reflect the whole of his life in Christ. Not once is there found a prayer of him struggling with sin, his sinful nature, or spiritual defeat.

Instead, his prayers abound in the beauty of holiness, standing firm, righteous in battle, all the while abounding in the peace of God.

These prayers are a picture of an abundant and victorious life in Christ that was often beset by persecution from the enemies of God.

Here we will look at one of six prayers found in Romans.

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

~ Romans 15:13

This prayer is a fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy including Isaiah 11:1, 10, 24:14-16, 42:1-4, 10-12, Psalms 18:49, 67:3-4, 68:32, 97:1, 98:3-4, 138:4-5.

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.

And again he saith,

Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles;

and laud him, all ye people.

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.

Romans ~ 15:9-12

The fulfillment of this promise began on Resurrection Sunday when Jesus ascended to His father in heaven, John 20:17  . . . and became the chief cornerstone:

The stone which the builders refused

is become the head stone of the corner.

This is the LORD’S doing;

it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day which the LORD hath made;

(that bright Sunday and every day forward)

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

~ Psalm 188: 22-24


Paul also noted:

And (we) are built upon the foundation

of the apostles and prophets,

Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

~ Ephesians 2:20


Likewise said Peter:

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,

Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone,

elect, precious:

and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

~ 1 Peter 2:6


Zion, Sion, or New Jerusalem is the city of peace: Heavenly, constructed by the bridegroom for his pure bride, the church. For the description see Revelation 21: 9-26.

At the end of the description is the character and behavior found in those who have inherited the promise noted in Paul’s prayer.

And I, John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,

coming down from God out of heaven,

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

~ Revelation 21:2


Christ means “Anointed One”, which is what happened to Him at the river Jordan.

The same anointing of the Holy Spirit happened at Pentecost rushing down upon the 120 disciples, and can happen to every believer, who in faithful obedience lays down his life before the feet of Jesus.

Then we will have the mind of Christ:

He that hath my commandments,

and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:

and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,

and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

~ John 14:21


If any man come to me, and hate not his father,

and mother, and wife, and children,

and brethren, and sisters, yea,

and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

~ Luke 14:26 

It wasn’t until eight years after Pentecost that the promise in Isaiah began to be poured out upon the Gentiles. Paul is referring to the promise in its entire fulfillment.

All who receive the promise will have met the two criteria initiated by John the Baptist, taught by Jesus, and elaborated in epistles by the Apostles.

John the Baptist cried . . .

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

~ Matthew 3:2


And Jesus . . .

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,

Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

~ Matthew 4:17


Again, saying . . .

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye, and believe the gospel.

~ Mark 1:15


Paul elaborated . . .

But shewed first unto them of Damascus,

and at Jerusalem,

and throughout all the coasts of Judaea,

and then to the Gentiles,

that they should repent and turn to God,

and do works meet for repentance.

~ Acts 26:20

A discussion of the first criteria, Repentance

John the Baptist preached a solemn message in the barren, parched, and dry wilderness. The wilderness is a picture of our soul.

Without the living waters of Christ, our soul is barren, parched, and void of sustaining, meaningful life. We can not thrive, nor were we designed by God to live in such a desolate and dry place.

The wilderness of our life is built upon a landscape of sin. Every tree, weed, and sprout is tainted by the Devil’s work. Only when we gaze upon the holiness of God do we recognize the depth of this sin.

This happens through grace at prompting of the Holy Spirit. We peer into the darkness of our soul and cry out, “God, be merciful to me, a wretched sinner.”

When we see ourselves for who we are, we realize the need for God’s powerful redemption from our sin.

It is also important to understand how far we have fallen. Our first Earthly parents, Adam and Eve, used to walked side-by-side with God enjoying His presence in human innocence and perfection (free from all sin).

God wants to forgive us, deliver us from sin, and restore us to communion with Him.

He can change our natural predispositions so we can grown in a state of purity, cleanse, sin, holy and Christian perfection with the sinful nature crucified (dead) in Christ.

The knowledge and consequence of sin will remain until our corrupt body puts on its immortal incorruptible heavenly body.

A discussion of the second criteria, Salvific, Believing Faith

Once we have appreciated God through our repentance and the forgiveness of sins, that same faith guided by the Holy Spirit teaches us about God’s nature and how He wants to change ours;

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,

what manner of persons ought ye to be

in all holy conversation and godliness, 

looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,

wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 

Nevertheless we, according to his promise,

look for new heavens and a new earth,

wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,

be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace,

without spot, and blameless.

~ 2 Peter 3:14


One of my favorite pictures of sin, our complete inability and deep need of God’s holy redemptive work is the story about the 10 lepers:

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem,

that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

And as he entered into a certain village,

there met him ten men that were lepers,

which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices, and said,

Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

And when he saw them, he said unto them,

Go shew yourselves unto the priests.

And it came to pass,

that, as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed,

turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

And fell down on his face at his feet,

giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said,

Were there not ten cleansed?

but where are the nine?

There are not found that returned to give glory to God,

save this stranger.

And he said unto him,

Arise, go thy way:

thy faith hath made thee whole.

~ Luke 17-11-19

Literally in the Greek – Jesus said, “thy faith has saved thee. ” Remember thee is singular.  Jesus was not referring all 10 lepers who were cleansed of leprosy (which is symbolic of sin in scripture).

He was only referring to the leper that fell at Jesus’ feet and gave Him due honor.

It is very important to see this because many who have been cleansed of their sin do not recognize the need to make their calling and election sure by giving God everything.

Instead, they choose to compromise. One way the Jesus describes this compromise is:

No man can serve two masters:

for either he will hate the one, and love the other;

or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

~ Matthew 6:23-25

When we compromise our walk by allowing sin to remain in our life, this disobedience causes our conscience is darkened and our faith is shipwrecked ~ 1 Timothy 1:19.

We are told in no uncertain terms:

He that committeth sin is of the devil;

for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,

that he might destroy the works of the devil.

~ 1 John 3:8

What else is the work of the Devil than to sow sin in the hearts of man!

. . . our old man is crucified with him,

that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin.

~ Romans 6:6

The works of sin is supposed to be destroyed. Why go back to the mire to lick the vomit?

If we are doing well in serving God sin doth not lieth at the door. This is also a promise and the very words of God to us!

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,

that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (practice) sin;

for his seed remaineth in him:

and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

~ 1 John 3:8-9

This is a hard saying but the purpose of God is clear: We are not to practice sin if God has been manifested in us.

I am confident that this must be a reality in our life if we are, “to be filled with all joy and peace in believing, abounding in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” as Paul prayed.

How does God fulfill this? I believe the key to being made whole in Christ happens by:

. . . our diligent obedience:  

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,

not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

For it is God which worketh in you

both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

That ye may be blameless and harmless,

the sons of God, without rebuke,

in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation.

~ Philippians 2:12-15


Whereby are given unto us

exceeding great and precious promises:

that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption

that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence,

add to your faith virtue;

and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance;

and to temperance patience;

and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness;

and to brotherly kindness charity (God’s Love).

For if these things be in you, and abound,

they make you that ye shall neither be barren

nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind,

and cannot see afar off,

and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

~ 1 Peter 1:4-9

When we come to live our life humbly in a holy and solemn walk Christ, we can experience, “The Kingdom of Heaven” in out hearts, mind, soul, and strength and shine upon the souls of others.

The Grace of God replaces our sin stained heart with purity basking the love and peace of God’s holiness.

No longer does sin have to reign. Nor should it be given any place in our soul, the temple of God.

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;

but righteousness, and peace,

and joy in the Holy Ghost.

~ Romans 14:17


May God find the fruit of His holiness in your soul

~ Don

The First Recorded Prayer of Paul

I have had the pleasure of knowing some wonderful men who were/are spiritual fathers to me in Christ: Bill Grace from my years at Stater Bros., Rev. Daniel Clyde, a long-standing source of peace, wisdom, and guiding truth.

And most recently, I was reacquainted with a man who inspired my love and knowledge of God to an even deeper level, Rev. Paul Kaufman. I am sure you can name some great founts of inspiration yourself.

We as Christians do share a common spiritual father in our walk with the gracious Savior; the Apostle, preacher, and teacher of the Gentiles, Paul of Tarsus (1 Timothy 2:6-8).

Nearly two-thirds of the epistles were written by Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They reveal Paul’s early life’s innocence (Romans 7:9), his utter awareness of personal and original sin; the condemnation the law brings as an observant Jew prior to salvation (Romans 7:10-25), his justification in Christ (1 Tim. 1:13), the witness of the Spirit to his son-ship in the Father (Romans 8:15), and the sacrificial offering of his earthen vessel to the service of the gospel of peace (Gal. 1:16, 2:20, 1 Thess. 2:10).

His whole life is laid before us to examine: his disposition, character, struggles, temptations, and the  workings of the Spirit on his heart.

This and a few other posts will be examining Paul’s prayers. Jesus taught us how to pray and Paul showed us further revelation how the Comforter intends to shape the church into a pure and blameless bride prepared for her bridegroom.

These prayers reveal the church’s deepest needs and concerns.

Looking into Paul’s prayer life is an invaluable source of wisdom and guidance. We can see the development of bride of Christ through Paul’s long-suffering and trials.

I am sure they were written with tears and blood as Paul continued to oversee, teach, rebuke, and exhort the new born church. All the while, being relentlessly persecuted and attacked by those bound by sin unto destruction.

He was a bond-servant and disciple of Christ. And we are called to follow after him (and the other apostles) even as he followed after Jesus Christ.

The following scriptures are exhortations that Paul and Peter gave to the church. These instructions apply dearly to all who through faith obey, not in his presence only, but now much more in his absence, by working out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Philippians 3:17

Brethren, be followers together of me,

and mark them which walk so

as ye have us for an ensample.


 1 Thessalonians 1:6

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,

having received the word in much affliction,

with joy of the Holy Ghost:


 1 Thessalonians 2:14

For ye, brethren, became followers

of the churches of God . . .


Hebrews 6:12

That ye be not slothful,

but followers of them who

through faith and patience inherit the promises . . .


1 Peter 3:13

And who is he that will harm you,

if ye be followers of that which is good?

This exhortation grows from from following the Paul’s life and instructions; to following all the Apostles, disciples, and the Lord; then on to following the newly developed churches of God.

Paul then tells us to following those who have or are inheriting the promises of God. The final exhortation comes from Peter telling us in harmony with his brothers in Christ to follow “that which is good.”  This can be none other than the perfected doctrine as revealed in the lives of the Apostles, sanctified believers, and epistles.

This Pentecostal dispensation of the Holy Spirit continues today. As sincere believers, it becomes patently clear that we are to follow all that Jesus, Paul, Peter, and the other Apostles taught. Lest we utterly fail “the principles of the doctrine of Christ” and  “go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1).

Therefore, let us leave the imperfections of following after those who have strayed from the foundational principles of the early church; return and follow all we are instructed to.

Paul’s First Recorded Prayer

On the road to Damascus when struck by the blinding presences of Jesus, Paul asks Him face-to-face, “What shall I do Lord?”

It reveals the directness by which which the prayers of the truly pentinent and righteous are heard.

Jesus was in the very presence of Paul during this request and His answer was swift, sure, and true.

“And the Lord said unto me,

Arise, and go into Damascus;

and there it shall be told thee of all things

which are appointed for thee to do. 

And when I could not see for the glory of that light,

being led by the hand of them that were with me,

I came into Damascus.

~ Acts 22:10

Paul’s first prayer was a prayer of action. It served as a funnel in which all the desires and purpose our Lord began to filter deeply into his heart.

Oh, may our prayers open up our heart to the wonderful workings of our Lord!

If we are to be imitators of Paul, we also need to ask the Lord what should we do for Him.

This is not an easy proposition. It requires sacrifice of our own interests, desires, goals, even our lives. God replaces our self-willed purpose with His voice, guidance, and power of the His Holy purpose.

This can only be accomplished through complete submission to the work of the Holy Spirit.

There is much to be done.

Are you in a place where He can hear you?

Source: Half Hours with Saint Paul by Daniel Steele, D.D.

Romans 1:8-15, Personal Commentary

~ Romans 1:8-15

First, I thank my God

through Jesus Christ for you all,

that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 

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; 

making request, if by any means now at length

I might have a prosperous journey

by the will of God to come unto you. 

For I long to see you,

that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift,

to the end ye may be established; 

that is, that I may be comforted together with you

by the mutual faith both of you and me. 

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. 

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians;

both to the wise, and to the unwise. 

So, as much as in me is,

I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

We are still in the preface of Paul’s letter, a part of his greeting. Nevertheless, there is much to be gleaned in these inspired words  of God.

Paul’s praise and kindness glistens through these verses. The church of Rome had become well-known throughout Christendom as servants of Christ and Paul longs to continue the process and build them up in the grace of God.

Verse 8:

  First, I thank my God

Even in Paul’s address to others, he goes straight to God showing his continuous devotion to Him.

through Jesus Christ for you all,

He highlights from whom all blessings flow, our Lord and Saviour.

that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 

This cannot be taken literally, like many things in scripture, it is an expression probably meaning that wherever Paul or his companions went in the Roman empire, they heard the good news about the church in Rome.

There is an old saying, “all roads lead to Rome,” this is similar to Paul’s meaning here.

What an amazing work God had done in Rome. It is unclear who gave them the word of God. We know in Acts that Aquila and Priscilla went to Italy but who specifically started the Church in Rome is a mystery to me.

One day this will be revealed when, ‘the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.’

Verse 9a:

For God is my witness,

whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son,

that without ceasing

We serve God in spirit and truth. We do not serve Him in the fleshly or carnal nature. Sin has no part in our service with God. All our heart, mind, and strength should be dedicated to living out the ‘good news.’

Few there be dedicated to serving God in this manner. And what a blessing they are!

The first 11 chapters of Romans are dedicated to the contentions that arose from Gentile converts and the privileges the Jewish believers had. That combined with the Paul’s desire to provide apostolic oversight in the church in Rome is why this is perhaps the most important of all his epistles.

Not only does this letter describe the fullness of the gospel in detail, Paul explains the purpose and end of the Jewish Law and contends that salvation cannot be acquired by any observance of it.

He is also living out the Law of Christ (described below) which is a fulfillment of the Jewish Law.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ

Jesus hath made me free

from the law of sin and death

~ Romans 8:2 . . .

 . . . Brethren,

if a man be overtaken in a fault,

ye which are spiritual,

restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;

considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 

Bear ye one another’s burdens,

and so fulfil the law of Christ.

For if a man think himself to be something,

when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself

~ Galatians 6:1-3.

We as a church have misunderstood “the law” to mean any works of righteousness. It is a dreadful mistake to ignore the whole of scripture attesting to our need to produce fruits of righteousness resulting from genuine and complete repentance.

It was planted in a good soil by great waters,

that it might bring forth branches,

and that it might bear fruit,

that it might be a goodly vine

~ Ezekiel 17:8

Jesus himself demands complete submission from His disciples (you and me).

Whosover he be of you

that foresaketh not all that he hath,

he cannot be my disciple.

When Paul ends this verse, ‘that without ceasing’, he is proclaiming that the service of Christ is not limited to any Jewish or Gentile religious ceremony.
It is experienced by the renewing of the mind in power. This comes through prayer, assembling ourselves together, serving others, and the whole of religious obedience that faith through grace and outpouring of the spirit of God confirms in a submissive heart.

Verse 9b-10:

I make mention of you always in my prayers; 

making request, if by any means now at length

I might have a prosperous journey

by the will of God to come unto you. 

Paul has been longing to visit the church in Rome. Though, as a slave, he is dedicated to the will and dictates of God’s leading. How much do we hear, listen, and follow God’s voice?

Has our routine or ‘spiritual box’ quieted Him beyond the ability to be prompted by His gentle leading?

Paul’s desire to see them is solely for the purposes of God. How many times do we spend thousands of dollars on vacations over and over merely for personal pleasure and carnal fulfillment?

Though God temporarily hindered him visiting them, providence enabled this letter to literally go to the whole world on the roads that led to Rome.

The will of God seems to me always focused on presenting His plan of loving redemption to all the world.

Verses 11-12:

For I long to see you,

that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift,

to the end ye may be established; 

that is, that I may be comforted together with you

by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Since it is highly unlikely that an apostle had yet to visit Rome at the time of this writing, it is possible that they were not benefited with some of the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Like today, we don’t see very much of the gifts of the spirit in the church, i.e.,Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?  have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Paul wants to show the Romans a more excellent way that goes beyond the spiritual gifts he will bring. God is offering this holy blessing to all of us even today.

Here Paul also shows the importance of the assembling together by his desire to visit them in order to prevent the eventual practices of a sinning and lukewarm, Laodicean church as noted in his letter of Hebrews.

 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith

without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

and let us consider one another

to provoke unto love and to good works: 

not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,

as the manner of some is;

but exhorting one another:

and so much the more,

as ye see the day approaching.

 For if we sin wilfully

after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,

there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

~ Hebrews 10:23-26.

With his preface, Paul is indirectly calling the church of Rome to a more excellent way in the beauty of holiness, purity, and sanctification.

The natural outcome  of Paul’s establishing the church in Rome will be and out-pouring of God’s love,  overcoming discord, and the other practices of sin that are common among those that remain in carnality and sin.

Verse 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.

Paul is saying here that God divinely hindered him from visiting them. I can imagine their realization in the purpose and development of patience and perseverance from this divine intervention.

Here is why he was hindered:

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. 

Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel,

not where Christ was named,

lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 

but as it is written,

To whom he was not spoken of,

they shall see:

and they that have not heard shall understand.

For which cause also

I have been much hindered from coming to you

~ Romans 15:22.

Someone was building the church in Rome, who it is was was not revealed. So he preached in areas untouched by the gospel. Later, it becomes clear that Paul’s time to visit Rome had come and, he like a good servant follows the lead of God.

Throughout his life, Paul remained lovingly and obedient servant to the commandments of Jesus to; Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

I am confident that as we go through this letter, Paul will give us great insights of our holy calling and how we are to be obedient by his example to the Law of Christ.

Verses 14-15:

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians;

both to the wise, and to the unwise. 

So, as much as in me is,

I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

 A debtor: Paul was a steward of the hidden mysteries of God. He became obligated to obey the calling of Christ when, on the road to Damascus, ‘he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? ‘

He was entrusted and therefore indebted to go into all the world and preach the gospel to the Greeks and Barbarians. In ancient Greece, if you were not a Greek, you were considered an uncultured barbarian.

 And the barbarous people

shewed us no little kindness:

for they kindled a fire,

and received us every one,

because of the present rain,

and because of the cold

~ Acts 28:2.

Paul longed to preach to all that lived in darkness; the Barbarians, Greeks, and Jews. What an example we should follow.

Do you long to preach or share the gospel to others regardless if they are Americans, Arabs, Jews or others?

The Lord is nigh unto them

that are of a broken heart;

and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many in the world around us are broken, hurting, and live with a dark, cold heart filled with sin. God wants to get close to them (nigh) to mold their heart, save them from their sins, and fill them with His love.

We are called to share these sympathies. God plucked deeply at Paul’s heart in order to address specific weaknesses and faults in the church of Rome. Through our obedience to God’s leading, we too can be blessed with giving the gift of life eternal.

We have now finished Paul’s introduction to the Romans.

The next post will address the brief and yet powerful proclamation of the gospel in verses 16-17.

After that, we will delve into the terrible subject of sin completing the first section in chapter III, verse 20.

May God strengthen you and richly bless your heart, mind, and soul with His love.

Romans 1:1-7: Introduction and Personal Commentary

In this study of the book of Romans, I will be using multiple commentaries, referring to Greek and Hebrew, and mining other references as the opportunity arises.

The study will follow Joseph Agar Beet’s dividing method since they seems to most accurately capture the thought progression of Paul.

  1. Introduction
  2. Sin and it’s consequences,
  3. Justification through faith in Christ,
  4. Life in Christ
  5. Synthesis of OT and NT
  6. Putting it all into practice.
  7. Conclusion

Here is the first section of my personal commentary introducing us to the Book of Romans written (in my humble opinion) by one of the greatest of all Apostles of Christ.

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,

called to be an apostle,

separated unto the gospel of God,

(Which he had promised afore

by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

which was made of the seed of David

according to the flesh;

And declared to be the Son of God with power,

according to the spirit of holiness,

by the resurrection from the dead:

By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

for obedience to the faith

among all nations, for his name:

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father,

and the Lord Jesus Christ.

~ Romans 1:1-7

Paul had not yet visited Rome and is writing as a stranger to them. With that in mind, he is explaining God’s plan of salvation comprehensively.

Verse 1:

‘Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ’

The word servant in Greek literally means a slave. Paul is declaring that he is the property of Jesus and is no longer his own.

His life, personal choices, and end all belong to the Father.

Here, Paul is also proclaiming his complete submission to the work of the Holy Ghost, ‘not my will but thine be done’ that is working the will of Christ.

Paul uses the same Greek word describing a slave in Romans 6:22 teaching us about our relationship to God, our freedom from sin, and the types of fruit we are to bear unto the end which, will lead to eternal life.

‘But now being made free from sin,

and become servants to God,

ye have your fruit unto holiness,

and the end everlasting life’

~ Romans 6:22.

In the Old Testament, when the Hebrew word servant was used to describe a ‘servant of God’, it often referred to that person as a prophet and leader reflecting God’s intention for a people.

Now after the death of Moses

the servant of the Lord

it came to pass,

that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun,

Moses’ minister, saying, 

Moses my servant is dead;

now therefore arise,

go over this Jordan, thou,

and all this people,

unto the land which I do give to them,

even to the children of Israel,

~ Joshua 1:1-2.

With this in mind and noting that in the remaining half of verse one Paul states,

‘separated unto the gospel of God’

We can rightly attest that Paul was set apart in order to bring his master’s commandments to the Romans. He is following his calling as an apostle to the Messiah Matthew 1:21 foretold to come at that time Daniel 9:25.

Paul was sent as a minister not unlike Joshua yet he was sent to liberate the Gentiles from the power of Satan; to witness about their sanctification Acts 26:16-18; that they are to do the works and calling of the Lord 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, and to stand strong, righteous, and firm in truth, for the benefit of others Ephesians 6:10-18).

He was appointed to this work alone. Like chosen Israel, or Paul’s previous role as a Pharisee, he was once again set apart; this time to proclaim the gospel.

Paul revealed the ‘good news’ by representing Christ and modeling the life of a true Christian.

 Verse 2:

Which he had promised afore

by his prophets in the holy scriptures

Here Paul is referencing many Old Testament scriptures. Some of them include: Isaiah 28:16; : Isaiah 40:1-11. Romans 10:11-17 is rich with OT references to the Jewish Messiah as well as the promise of Abraham to the Gentiles in Galatians 3:8. He was truly a Bible Scholar.

Paul is also saying his words are inspired, holy scripture. Once again, the setting apart the whole of his life from any carnal or earthly works.

Throughout the book of Romans there is a consistent reference to the scriptures of old ‘as it is written’, ‘by his prophets’, ‘promised afore’, setting an early credence to the power, importance, and authority of the Old Testament and the prophets.

This we need to consider deeply.

To understand the prophets and how the law points to our salvation is invaluable. For in them is found Jesus, the fulfillment of their purpose.

Jesus brought the Old Testament to life. All who follow Him will find that the New Testament can lead us to a perfect and glorious state of immortality. We see the word make alive in the hearts of His followers.

There is no greater purpose than to set apart our life to the work and calling of Jesus.

 Verses 3-4:

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

which was made of the seed of David

according to the flesh;

And declared to be the Son of God with power,

according to the spirit of holiness,

by the resurrection from the dead:

Paul begins explaining Jesus’ relation to the Father, his humanity, and how by the law, He came in the line of David, a man after God’s own heart, a line of imperfection, yet He was perfect in nature and holiness.

The process of Jesus coming into this world, the Father from heaven declaring, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” the testimony of the prophets and scripture all point to His diety. This combined with His manner of death, burial, and resurrection finished the writings of the law.

Paul is now proclaiming to the Romans that the old is completed and new covenant that Jesus made has come;

all things according to the pattern

shewed to thee in the mount. 

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,

by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant,

which was established upon better promises,

~ Hebrews 8:5-7.

How Jesus’ human nature and divine nature were combined to complete this glorious purpose is a mystery of God that I cannot fathom. Nevertheless, Jesus became like us and we can learn His precious truths from the whole of scripture.

The last portion of verse 4 ‘according to the spirit of holiness’ is difficult but I find it succinctly summarized in the following scripture:

We now have a ‘high priest

which cannot be touched

with the feeling of our infirmities;

but was in all points tempted like as we are,

yet without sin’

~ Hebrews 4:15

This statement according to the spirit of holiness‘ implies Jesus’ unreserved commitment to the Father’s calling and purpose, His personal holiness, and His unreserved love toward us.

Holiness is amply used in scripture to refer to God’s character.

For our calling, like His, denotes a purity of heart in devotion to God. Jesus wants us to be so completely dedicated to Him that we will not even to use idle words. Rather, we are suppose to allow God to chastise our heart until every act, intention, and impulse is dedicated to the service and and will of the Father.

Now no chastening for the present

seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:

nevertheless afterward it yieldeth

the peaceable fruit of righteousness

unto them which are exercised thereby. 

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down,

and the feeble knees; 

and make straight paths for your feet,

lest that which is lame be turned out of the way;

but let it rather be healed. 

Follow peace with all men, and holiness,

without which no man shall see the Lord:

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;

lest there be any fornicator,

or profane person, as Esau,

who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright, 

~ Hebrews 12:11-16

This is holiness unto The Lord, your birthright. Please do not let your dedication to Him wither on the vine.

A beautiful, sweet child-like faith, falling in love with His ways, earnestly seeking God through any valley or the shadow death. To the wilderness is our calling.

We are to plant the seeds and water the gospel wherever we go, all the while, giving God the best of our life.

Thus saith the LORD;

I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth,

the love of thine espousals,

when thou wentest after me in the wilderness,

in a land that was not sown.

Israel was holiness unto the LORD,

and the firstfruits of his increase:

~ Jeremiah 2:3.

It is interesting to note that after the death of Christ, the official genealogical records stored in the temple were destroyed. Never again would Israel be able to determine the line of David or the coming Messiah.

Paul is making a lasting and final statement regarding Jesus’ lineage in verse 4. It will be preserved for Israel and the world until the very end of days. He also reinforces it in other letters;

But when the fulness of the time was come,

God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,

made under the law,

To redeem them that were under the law,

that we might receive the adoption of sons.

And because ye are sons,

God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,

crying, Abba, Father.

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;

and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ

~ Galatians 4:4.

Verses 5:

By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Here Paul shows how grace and apostleship were given to him by his obedience of faith.

This is telling.

The more faithful and obedient we are, the more responsibility and reward we will be given. He was given the opportunity to preach to the whole world through the written word.

There was no backsliding in Paul’s Christianity. It was unheard of for an apostle. Judas did such and paid an awful price.

Backsliding or sin should not be mentioned among those called saints Ephesians 5:1-5. We are to build each other up in the love of God  Jude 1:17-23, and live in holiness and godliness 2 Peter 3:11.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,

an holy nation, a peculiar people;

that ye should shew forth the praises of him

who hath called you out of darkness

into his marvellous light:

~ 1 Peter 2:9.

Repentance and forgiveness is there for backsliders and sinners but responsibility and rewards become jeopardized or even lost. For our heavenly calling is to be holy unto the Lord.

The honor the Lord gave to to the work of Barnabas and Paul was to have the title of Christian named form their labors in Antioch. We should be worthy of such honor. But it does come with a price.

Verses 6-7

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

To all that be in Rome,

beloved of God, called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father,

and the Lord Jesus Christ

Paul is closing his introduction with a reminder to the Romans that they were called to be saints in order to, ‘press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’

He will elaborate more in future chapters describing what being a saint means in the life of a Christian.

Neither does he fail to mention the promises of grace to all men with the power to save and preserve those sanctified in Christ.

He also blesses them with peace revealing a path and purpose to those beloved of God who abide and cling to the hope of our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans Ch. 1:1-3:20, A Division I Review

A review of Romans 1:1-3:20

We have come to a close in the first major division in the study of Romans which focused primarily on the reality of sin and its consequences.

Paul produced compelling arguments from scripture and creation demonstrating our complete guilt in sin.

He has shown that God is angry with all of us because we know the truth but repress it by our godless ways.

He has shown that we all are without excuse; the Jews because they were given the oracles of God;  the rest of humanity because the invisible things of God were made known to them.

Paul appeals to our conscience, our internal moral clock; however broken, it remains and proclaims our eternal guilt in light of God’s manifest truth.

Jesus will provide this final judgment to all of creation.

Not even with the great advantage afforded to Israel were they kept from the guilt of sin. On the contrary, it was the giving of the law that revealed and defined the sin found in us.

This section of Romans showed us how the knowledge of God’s law will hold us accountable. Our punishment will be based upon our works in context with our repression of the truth in unrighteousness.

 And I saw a great white throne,

and him that sat on it,

from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away;

and there was found no place for them. 

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;

and the books were opened:

and another book was opened,

which is the book of life:

and the dead were judged out of those things

which were written in the books,

according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it;

and death and hell delivered up the dead

which were in them:

and they were judged every man according to their works. 

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

This is the second death. 

And whosoever was not found

written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire

~ Revelation 20:11-14

One last point regarding sin. Jesus gives us specific instructions as well as giving an example of how few who profess the name of the Lord really are going to heaven.

He explains that our works need to be reflective of the faith and instructions as given in the gospel. If we don’t, He will come like a thief, take away what remains, and cast us into hell.

We must be worthy of His calling and overcome the world by our obedience of faith in Him. Not only will we be judged by our works, we will also be rewarded by them.

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;

These things saith he

that hath the seven Spirits of God,

and the seven stars;

I know thy works,

that thou hast a name that thou livest,

and art dead. 

Be watchful,

and strengthen the things which remain,

that are ready to die:

for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard,

and hold fast, and repent.

If therefore thou shalt not watch,

I will come on thee as a thief,

and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 

Thou hast a few names even in Sardis

which have not defiled their garments;

and they shall walk with me in white:

for they are worthy. 

He that overcometh,

the same shall be clothed in white raiment;

and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,

but I will confess his name before my Father,

and before his angels. 

He that hath an ear,

let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

~ Revelation 3: 1-6

Do you have an ear to hear?

Will you hold fast to all that has been given and taught in the New Testament?

Will you repent of every sin, completely turn from them, and stop committing them?

Will you live your life demonstrating that you are watching for His coming?

Will you overcome the way side, the fowls, the rocks and thorns?

Will you obtain a good report by faith?

Most importantly, will you love God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself?

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel.

For it is a power of God, for salvation,

to everyone that believes,

both to Jew first and to Greek.

For righteousness of God is revealed in it,

by faith, for faith, according as it is written,

“But the righteous man by faith will live.”

~ Romans 1:16-17

To be righteous means to be just; a standard that is equal and fair in judgement and conduct to all.

Treating others with the same conduct becoming a child of God. That is; loving them as God first loved us.

Our conduct is based on Jesus’ life, is reflected in the acts of the Apostles (not necessarily the book), and commanded throughout the New Testament.

There is a standard by which we may be saved. For the unrighteous sinner will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Leviticus 19:36, Matthew 20:4; Colossians 4:1, 2 Timothy 4:8, Romans 2:1-6; Acts 4:19; John 7:24.

If we are righteous before God, Luke 1:6; Deuteronomy 6:25, we will enjoy His approval and reward.

By definition, a sinner is considered to be unrighteous. If so, then the inverse must be seriously considered.

This righteousness is revealed by faith in saving power; Romans 3:1-5. This righteousness is not our own. It is God’s and is given to us as a condition of our obedience in faith. In this righteousness, fruits or works unto eternal life are produced.

The next Division; Romans 3:21 through Chapter 5, will address our justification through faith in Christ.

Some of the subjects include:

  1. That we are without boasting,
  2. How through the faith and promise of Abraham, the law was firmly established in the church,
  3. That our hope is grounded in the faithfulness in Christ cancelling the curse of Adam,
  4. And the Law was given to the Israelites to prepare us for Jesus’ coming and to be genuinely obedient in our faith.


Romans 1:16-17, Personal Commentary

Within these two verses are found the main purpose of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

~ Romans 1:16-17

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. 

For therein is the righteousness of God

revealed from faith to faith:

as it is written,

The just shall live by faith.

Verse 16a:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:

Paul starts off with how God has changes his heart and life.

The gospel is the power of God. The living and breathing word. God’s loving plan of redemption offered to every living soul. to all who believe regardless of their stature, state they are in, even if they are in the throws of death or persecution such as the thief on the cross.

Paul knew God’s will is to ‘have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.’ Yet, many will perish falling victim to the wiles and schemes of ‘the rulers of the darkness of this world.’

. . . in Corinthians he brings some clarification,

For the preaching of the cross

is to them that perish foolishness;

but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

For it is written,

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent,

~ 1 Corinthians 1:18.

 Once again, we must turn to the Old Testament to get a fuller understanding,
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

In that day shall the Lord of hosts

be for a crown of glory,

and for a diadem of beauty,

unto the residue of his people,

and for a spirit of judgment

to him that sitteth in judgment,

and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate

~ Isaiah 28:6.


And kings shall be thy nursing fathers,

and their queens thy nursing mothers:

they shall bow down to thee

with their face toward the earth,

and lick up the dust of thy feet;

and thou shalt know that I am the Lord:

for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me

~ Isaiah 49:23.

In the end, with so many billions of people walking the face of this Earth, only a few, a residue if you will, will be found waiting patiently, longsuffering in the Lord.

Jesus explained that His children would wax strong and greater than anything imagined.

He also warned that among them would be agents of Satan bringing corruption and death (fowls lodged and resting among us).

Also, in the leaven (sin and evil) was found hidden in the meal spoiling those grains around it.

Please do not give any place for the devil, sin, or corrupt living in your life lest you find yourself unknowingly roosting in the shadow of tree or leavening the meal on the broad road to destruction.

Then said he,

Unto what is the kingdom of God like?

and whereunto shall I resemble it? 

It is like a grain of mustard seed,

which a man took,

and cast into his garden;

and it grew, and waxed a great tree;

and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

And again he said,

Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? 

It is like leaven,

which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal,

till the whole was leavened

Luke 13:18-20.

Waiting on the Lord, through grace we submit and pray without ceasing fulfilling the Law of Christ.

He hath shewed thee,

O man, what is good;

and what doth the Lord require of thee,

but to do justly,

and to love mercy,

and to walk humbly with thy God

Micah 6:8.

Verse 16b:

for it is the power of God unto salvation

to every one that believeth;

to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 

 These words provide comfort and encouragement to all who have come to the knowledge of the truth. Initially, there is no differentiation.

Then Paul brings a distinction.

The main reason is because the Jews were the holders of the promise that was fulfilled in them by Jesus.

There was also a strong cultural and religious influence causing confusion and compromise as noted by the Book of John. We will discuss this further in later chapters.

Nevertheless among the chief rulers

also many believed on him;

but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him,

lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 

for they loved the praise of men

more than the praise of God,

John 12:14-43.

In the last post, we saw how Paul wanted deeply to impart spiritual gifts to the Romans; and now he it begins.

We must remember that gifts from God are tempered with our obligation to change and ‘abhor that which is evil; and to ‘cleave to that which is good,’ as noted by the sore discussion of sin beginning in the next verse, 1:18, and ending 2 chapters later.

. . . For unto whomsoever much is given,

of him shall be much required . . .

~ Luke 12:48.

We must fully ‘submit ourselves therefore to God thus clothing ourselves with righteousness.

This is of utmost necessity if we are to ‘stand strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might against the wiles of the devil.’

For this world is thick with dark and wicked ways.

We must learn to always dwell with our Master so, in the end, we will stand proven, justified by our works not of the law but of works wrought in faith shining forth from the light of Christ;

For more reading on this issue, please read Hebrews chapter 11.

Here is some clarification:

 For it is God which worketh in you

both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 

that we may be blameless and harmless,

the sons of God,

without rebuke,

in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,

among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 

holding forth the word of life;

~ Philippians 2:14-16.

Paul did not want to ‘run in vain, neither labour in vain’ but to advance everyone’s salvation.

Verse 17:

For therein is the righteousness of God

revealed from faith to faith:

as it is written,

The just shall live by faith.


This is describing the gospel taught in all Jesus’ words, synthesized in complete harmony throughout the epistles, and finalized in John’s Revelation.

is the righteousness of God

This wondrous statement holds many revelations:

Pertaining to God it refers toward:

  • His eternal and holy nature,
  • His justice, love, and mercy toward repentant sinners,
  • His judgment and condemnation against all evil, sin,
  • To all even those who believe the word but continue to sin willfully.

It also pertains to us:

  • Our faith in Christ,
  • in submission to the calling and teachings of grace,
  • and ultimately, the rewards He brings when He comes in His kingdom.

These are some the general meanings of the righteousness of God.

revealed from faith to faith:

The veil has been lifted. The old law has passed and a new law has come. The light shines forth to all who believe.

From God’s side of the veil, the Gospel has been revealed. To our side, we are to receive it, take it in, and live it.

God’s righteousness is no longer demonstrated by works of the Jewish law or those of our own devising.

He has given us truth to believe building upon our faith. Then He gives us more faith by truth.

This is a continual process. The problem occurs when we live in sin rather than the light God has given designed to sanctify us in our faith.

His revealing of faith to faith is shines on our obedience to His word.

Our eternal state is dependent upon this genuine and saving faith.

God has provided so many examples of patience and longsuffering, (Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18–20; Psalm 86:15; Romans 2:4; 1 Peter 3:9; 2 Peter 3:15) how can we not continually serve Him with anything but a pure heart cleansed from all sin and compromise?

Through our faith (that God enables) we are justified. It is a living and active faith not a dead faith without works, being alone. Faith through obedience naturally produces righteous works.

Christ is calling all us to be His workmanship. This is what was ordained from the beginning.

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. 

For we are his workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus unto good works,

which God hath before ordained

that we should walk in them,

~ Ephesians 2:8-10.


This is a faithful saying, and these things

I will that thou affirm constantly,

that they which have believed in God

might be careful to maintain good works.

These things are good and profitable unto men

~ Titus 3:8.

. . . and lastly:

as it is written,

The just shall live by faith.

Jesus! There is salvation in no other name. We cannot live a righteous and holy life without practicing consistently our faith in Him.

He brought us to salvation through faith alone.

In Him we are preserve by maintaining our walk of faith.

Jesus will ultimately justify us by our faith.

Through his unmerited favor, we are to treat others as such.

We are not to draw back in our faith but to believe unto the end to the saving of our soul.

but if any man draw back,

my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;

but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

~ Hebrews 10:38-39

I love scripture so much.

Habakuk chapter 2 is a great example how we should not live. Please read it if you like.

My favorite verse in that chapter is:

For the earth shall be filled

with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,

as the waters cover the sea.

~ Habukuk 2:14

The next section beginning in Romans 1:18, will be covering God’s justice, wrath, and sin.


The just shall live by faith.

Romans 2:12-24, Personal Commentary

This section of the chapter focuses primarily on God’s faithfulness in judgment of the Jews, Gentiles, and how these principles apply to the church today.

 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;

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God,

but the doers of the law shall be justified.

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:

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;)

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men

by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Behold, thou art called a Jew,

and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

And knowest his will,

and approvest the things that are more excellent,

being instructed out of the law;

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind,

a light of them which are in darkness,

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes,

which hast the form of knowledge

and of the truth in the law.

Thou therefore which teachest another,

teachest thou not thyself?

thou that preachest a man should not steal,

dost thou steal?

Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery,

dost thou commit adultery?

thou that abhorrest idols,

dost thou commit sacrilege?

Thou that makest thy boast of the law,

through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

For the name of God is blasphemed

among the Gentiles through you,

as it is written.

Paul is showing the Roman church that both the Jew under the law and Gentile without the law will be judged by how they follow God’s revealed principles by;

allowing Him to transform their heart, ‘cut’ sin out of their soul, and produce genuine fruits of His righteousness.

The Jews knew exactly what God wanted but it was only beneficial to a small remnant because most of His elect did not allow God to;

give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.”

Most of us do not completely submit to His righteous calling and prefer to keep some of our own ways. This is a compromise with Satan.

William Gurnall states,

. . . our lust will not lie so patiently on the altar, as Isaac, or as a ‘Lamb that is brought to the slaughter which was dumb,’ but will roar and shriek; yea, even shake and rend the heart with its hideous outcries.

Who is able to express the conflicts, the wrestlings, the convulsions of spirit the Christian feels, before he can bring his heart to this work?

Or who can fully set forth the art, the rhetorical insinuations, with which such a lust will plead for itself? One while Satan will extenuate and mince the matter:

It is but a little one, O spare it, and thy soul shall live for all that. Another while he flatters the soul with the secrecy of it: Thou mayest keep me and thy credit also;

I will not be seen abroad in thy company to shame thee among thy neighbours; shut me up in the most retired room thou hast in thy heart, from the hearing of others,

if thou wilt only let me now and then have the wanton embraces of thy thoughts and affections in secret.


We are certainly commanded to uncompromisingly, “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ, and go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, moving on maturity in Christ and remain babes.”

That is why the the doctrine of Christ is overwhelmingly prominent in the church today.For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

The Jews were obviously held to God’s high standard. Christians have one that is much higher. We have the perfected ‘Law of Christ.’

They were suppose to reveal God’s plan, nature, and love to the world. Now, we are called to do this. In essence, Christianity has replaced the works of the Jews.

In vs. 16-22, Paul explains why the Jews stand condemned because they were committing the same sins in their hearts and minds while they were teaching others to avoid the same.

Today, pastors, teachers, and others are following the same path as God’s chosen people did. How many divorced pastors are teaching about marital fidelity? How many of us take pleasure in movies that depict sin (multiple violations of the ten commandments, not loving our neighbor, etc.)?

We are called to be guardians of holiness and vigilantly prevent the sin of hypocrisy in our own lives. We are not suppose to portray even the appearance of evil in anything we buy, speak, or do.

Like the Jews, only a remnant of Christians are in genuine obedience today. Most of us are coated with sin, wrestling with personal interests, and lack sorely in demonstrating God’s holiness.

More importantly, this is what I pulled from this section of Romans:

1. If Jews continue to sin against God’s revealed Mosaic law, by those principles will they be judged?

2. If the Gentiles continue to sin against God’s natural manifestations without the law, by those principles will they be judged?

3. If Christians continue to sin and not move beyond doctrine of Christ on unto perfection by these principles won’t we equally be judged?

These are questions that will be answered as we unpack the rest of this study on Romans and support the whole of scripture.

Verse 16 is an incredibly powerful verse gleaning hints of the coming judgment:

In the day when God shall judge

the secrets of men by Jesus Christ

according to my gospel.

1. Paul is stating here that his thoughts and actions are in complete subjection to the Holy Spirit. He is announcing a perfection in his writing, which naturally flows from his perfected obedience of faith as an Apostle and follower of Jesus.

The words he writes are inspired, emanating directly from the Holy Ghost. His words are part of the completed gospel of Christ.

Paul’s life is an example for us. The fruits entire submission produces are powerful; working righteousness in Christ, edifying others to become holy by the washing of the word, and shining God’s light of judgment and glory.

2.  Paul reveals how all men will be judged; Jesus in a glorified human body will sit before us, judging the inner secrets (workings) of their hearts.

Have your innermost thoughts and intentions been made pure by the washing and cleansing of the blood of Jesus Christ?

Have you fallen down at His feet and given Him your all?

Is God pleased with what he sees when He searched the recesses of your heart?

These words are not merely letters on a page. From them flow peace unto eternal life or death unto destruction.

What is emanating from your heart? Is it the purity and overflowing love of God?

Or is it any number of things holding back God’s complete work; self interests or sinful desires. Don’t silence that still small voice coaxing you to surrender.

If any man come to me,

and hate not his father, and mother,

and wife, and children, and brethren,

and sisters, yea, and his own life also,

he cannot be my disciple.

And whosoever doth not bear his cross,

and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

So likewise,

whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all

that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

~ Luke 14:26-27, 33

Can you say that you are His disciple?

Wherefore, my beloved,

as ye have always obeyed,

not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

~ Philippians 2:12

The following is an excerpt addressing pastoral and church responsibility to adhering strictly to God’s predestined plan for our lives.

Names are signs of things, and wherever there is a Bible name used, there is a thing signified by that name.

To say there is no process, or state indicated by the terms “cleansed,” “purged,” “washed,” “crucified;” or “holiness,” “perfection,” “pureness,” “sanctification,” and “purity,” is not only to contradict the Saviour;

but, to pour contempt upon the Holy Ghost, by whose immediate inspiration these names were given.

If these names do not imply a real work of God, and an attainable religious experience; what better is the Bible than a Pagan Legend, which treats of imaginary things as if they were positive realities?

As rational creatures, we desire to understand the experience of our hearts; and the state which through grace, we have obtained, or may obtain.

If true views are not apprehended, and correct ones adopted, these theories will be; and false views often have a pernicious effect.

Definiteness and clearness in religious teaching and experience, are of the utmost importance. It is to be feared the day of reckoning will disclose the solemn fact,

that millions failed to be pure in heart, because of the vague and indefinite teachings of those who were over them in the Lord.

Multiplied thousands are battling year after year with their inbred corruptions; who, if they had been properly instructed and guided, would long since have been washed in the blood of Christ, and now living in established holiness.

Where will the severest responsibility rest for the mixed immoral state of vast numbers of partially purified believers in the Church of God;

but upon the equivocal, indefinite, and but partially sanctified teachers; who like Caleb and Joshua, should be the leaders of the people out of their wilderness state into the goodly land of their spiritual Canaan?

~ J. A. Wood

Moving on to verse 24;

 For the name of God is blasphemed

among the Gentiles through you,

as it is written.

I cannot tell you how many times I have observed God being blasphemed because Christians were not living according to God’s revealed standards. I think we all stand guilty of this.

Just this week, someone cut me off while speeding; swerving in an out of traffic lanes. I noticed a Christian symbol on their car. How many others saw the same thing and possibly cursed God or thought of the hypocrisy of Christianity?

We should not give excuse for others to blaspheme God, we are without excuse when we do.

Even non-Christians can and do partially follow God’s law confirming the evidence He leaves in their hearts and minds and will be judged accordingly.

There are universal truths found in God’s laws that permeate all societies.

If we are going to teach others how to be followers of Christ we are to be examples as such. This includes pointing out the sin of others.

 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:

and with what measure ye mete,

it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,

but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother,

Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye;

and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite,

first cast out the beam out of thine own eye;

and then shalt thou see clearly

to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye,

Matthew 7:1-5.

There is no other way to follow this command than to be cleansed from sin. Our perspective of others changes when God’s love is overflowing in our soul.

There hath no temptation taken you

but such as is common to man:

but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

but will with the temptation

also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it,

I Corinthians 10:13.

Temptations are to be successfully resisted and sinful desires mortified in those who live for God.

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,

Romans 8:13.

Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

for some have not the knowledge of God:

I speak this to your shame,

I Corinthians 15:34.

Paul in Corinthians states that when sin reigns in our body, mind, and soul we do not have the knowledge of God. Is it safe to assume likewise that, ‘God does not know us?’

There is nothing we do to exalt ourselves above sin. Only the power of the Holy Spirit completely changing our hearts can perform this wonderful work.

We can and must learn from the scriptures how to “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.”

We are called to abhor idols and all other sin. This cannot be done in our natural sinful nature; only when we allow sanctification to work and purify our hearts can this become a genuine reality.

Are you teaching yourself? Are you teaching others? I know I am.

This message, which permeates the whole of scripture, demands total surrender, a renewing of our minds, and obeying all that God desires.

These verses have particularly struck my conscience. Pausing me to stand back and re-evaluate my relationship with our God.

Do secret things of sin cling to your soul?

Let us strive to not allow God to be blasphemed

because of our ‘words, thoughts, or deeds.’

We are guardians of His name and His honor.

Let our conduct be consistent with our profession.

God has shown us all we need to know. He has provided the path of righteousness. It is up to us to cling to it with all our might. We are to search for it like hidden treasure by committing all our resources to it.

Romans 2:1-11, Personal Commentary

~ Romans 2:1-11

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.

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth

against them which commit such things.

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?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness

and forbearance and longsuffering;

not knowing that the goodness of God

leadeth thee to repentance?

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;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

To them who by patient continuance in well doing

seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

But unto them that are contentious,

and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,

indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish,

upon every soul of man that doeth evil,

of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good,

to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

For there is no respect of persons with God.

This is a continuation from chapter I, Paul expounding on sin.

We know that the Romans have knowledge of God and now have received the good news.

It is clear in Paul’s approach that his audience has not moved beyond the principles of the doctrine of Christ. The subject at hand is their eternal judgment.

Because of the uncleanness of their hearts (refer to chapter i), Paul now pronounces them guilty as hypocrites. They have received the gospel with gladness and now believe they can judge others.

It is to the heart stained with sin to which Paul is reaching out; as it is in Hebrews,

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,

let us go on unto perfection;

not laying again the foundation . . . of eternal judgment

And this will we do, if God permit

~ Hebrews 6:1-3.

The Jew was not able to attain righteousness through the Mosaic law though it did benefit them. Nor was it possible for the Gentile without the law (in part iv).

They both knew to some varying degree the truth of God, yet they held it back in unrighteousness and in willful sin (in part ii).

We as Christians are guilty of sin when we assume the role as judge over others when we are commiting the types of sins. (see Luke 18:11).

Our sinful nature is inconsistent with God’s purity and love and in this state, it is impossible to continue in sin and please God.

 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,

ye have need that one teach you again

which be the first principles of the oracles of God;

and are become such as have need of milk,

and not of strong meat. 

For every one that useth milk is unskilful

in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

~ Hebrews 5:12-13

Verse 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. 

It is hypocrisy for any man to condemn others if they are guilty of the same sin. One example is the sin of adultery or fornication. We like Job are to, ‘make a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

That means more than not intentionally looking at women inconveniently, but going where they may be found to entice you (sporting events, bars, TV, etc.).

Living in this type of hypocrisy cannot stand in the light of God’s love and desire to save us from our sins while His righteous judgment denounces our sins.

God calls us to have our heart cleansed, purified, and freed from all sin. He demands that we complete the process He started moving on from the doctrine of Christ unto perfection.

Verse 2:

 But we are sure that the judgment of God

is according to truth against them

which commit such things.

God does not distinguish between believers or nonbelievers regarding God’s eternal judgment. Paul is specifically speaking to those who continue in willful sin while judging others in hypocrisy.

This is a sound warning of impending judgment to those believers who; fail to act and completely turn from their sins, have their hearts purified, and move on to perfection in the love of God and others.

Knowing the truth and following it is not nearly as easy as it seems. Over the millennia, our understanding has been darkened through sin, and the doctrine of the Bible has been corrupted through multitudes of teachers.

Most assuredly we will continue sin unless God changes us from the inside out. This is the underlying problem in the church today: Not moving on to perfection or sanctification.

If our heart remains stained with sin, we cannot in complete measure be free from its corruption and influences. We have not done as Jesus commanded and not fall,

And that which fell among thorns are they,

which, when they have heard, go forth,

and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life,

and bring no fruit to perfection.

~ Luke 8:14

Here are some supporting references: (Psalm 24:4; Proverbs 20:9; Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 10:22; 1 Peter 1:22)

Paul is warning the Romans that if they do not move onto perfection, they too will fall by the wayside or the thorns of life will ensnare them as they already have.

God wants to shed His love abroad in our hearts but it is our sinful nature that restrains Him. How can we truly be repentant if we are continuing in feed it?

We are in essence rejecting, repressing, and dishonoring God’s love.

We show contempt to God’s and His goodness toward us when we willfully continue to sin after we have been justified.

This is the worst type of hypocrisy. We keep on doing what we have been doing while we mix the truth of Christianity in.

This is defined many times in scripture as compromise, dead works, lukewarm, losing our first love, and continuing in sin. I dare not think that God will tolerate this in His bride. The Bible gives us warning of judgment when our heart remains stained in the darkness of sin.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 ~

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,

therefore the heart of the sons of men

is fully set in them to do evil.

Sin is like a virus. It grows and spreads inside us. It hides in places we are unaware. We become so familiar with it that it no longer resembles sin. It resembles our thinking. Now, it waits, looking for opportunity to quench the spirit.

Paul is saying here that the sin of others is no different than the sin in us for we are all born into the same sinful nature in need of deep and thorough cleansing.

Romans 2:5-6 describes how we as are storing up wrath for ourselves when our heart continues in hardness and impenitence. First to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

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;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

One the corruptions in the church today is the belief that when we get saved, we remain saved. This doctrine fails to consider many scriptures that indicate otherwise.

Sin hardens our heart. Sin also requires repentance and complete abandonment from any type of evil.

If we fail to deal with sin through the process of consecration and sanctification, we will continue to have a hard heart and the fruits that a hardened heart produces.

This results from impenitence; the belief, thought or act of failing to repent and cease from any and all sin.

We may end up seeing the wrath of God pour upon us.

The remedy is a pure heart cleansed of sin, overflowing with the love of Christ to God and our fellow man.

Verse 7 stands in sharp contrast to the first 6 verses. This is also true for verse 10.

To them who by patient continuance in well doing

seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life . . .

. . . But glory, honour, and peace,

to every man that worketh good,

to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Perseverance is a key component to these verses. We must continue or persist in patient love, which speaks of the need to have our heart sanctified in perfection.

We must come to God for His sustaining grace. His grace will teach us how to live a sanctified life. That was His plan all along.

Verses 6 and 10 also stand alone in their absence of judgment or stain from sin. All the other thoughts in this chapter intimate judgment resulting from the acts of an impure heart.

Paul is identifying two types of people distinguished by the condition of their heart.

The works emanating from the condition of their soul is the determining factor God uses when He dispenses punishments and rewards.

To some; eternal life after they have purified their life, suffered trials, tribulations, and persevered until the end.

To most; they are described above as contentious. We already know that their hearts are hard and the have failed to repent (and by extension) cease from their sin.

Because they did not obey the truth (the pure love of God), but obeyed unrighteousness (remained in a sinful and carnal nature), they are set to receive God’s indignation and wrath.

When God’s judgment comes

there will be no Jew

there will be no Gentile

The holy will stand

the unrighteous be damned.

~ Philippians 2:12

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,

not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.