Romans Ch. 1
Rom. 1 1:6
Rom. 1:1-6 Paul, a servant of Yahshua Messiah, called to be an apostle, separated unto the good news of Elohim, 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 1:3 Concerning his Son Yahshua Messiah our Master, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 1:4 And declared to be the Son of Yahweh with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Yahshua Messiah:
- Grace and apstleship is designed to bring about the obedience of faith.V5
- Yahshua, ur Messiah, was always the plan in the Scriptures to provide the means to grace.
- Messiah was als there to teach or really, reteach us the Word of Elohim as disciples in the faith, then yielding our obedience.
- Our faith is in the Wrd of Elohim, thus the obedience we are called to, is of the Word of Elohim.
- The purpse of Paul’s Roman’s message as going out to ALL nations.V5
- Thus, this is nt only about the House of Israel and the House of Judah coming back together,but bringing all nations together under the banner of the Word of Elohim in the faith, obeying it, and bringing glory to our Creator’s name in that process.
- Paul clearly states that in ur faith we are to be obedient. It is the obedience that is of our faith.
- Nte that this obedience does not replace grace.
- But it is grace that gives us the desire t be obedient to the faith.
Rom.1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
- And why are we bedient?
- We are bedient for the sake of His name among all of the nations.
- When we cme to the faith, we also come into His grace.
- THEN, we als follow the Word of Elohim in that faith, which is called obedience.
- Faith and grace is nt the result of obedience, but obedience is the
- bservable result of true faith and grace.
- This brings glry to our Creator’s name, because it is His name that we follow and banner to the nations.
- We d this by obeying His Word and proclaiming it as truth.
- This is the authrity we claim in our lives...to do His will instead of our own will, which is the will of the flesh.
- The Hebrew wrd for “name” is “shem.”
- The wrd “shem” denotes character or authority.
- Thus, the gal of our Creator is for the whole world to obey His ways, to follow in His character, emulated in His Torah, by His authority.
- That is the pint of repentance.
- T repent means to “turn to”. It is the opposite of sinning. Instead of sinning it is the turning to the Word of Elohim, to hear and obey it.
- T hear and obey is a critical Hebraic concept.
- First yu hear the Word and believe that it is truth. That is faith. That is a change of heart, mind and soul.
- Because f this change of the heart, mind and soul, we will decide to follow the Word of Elohim in our lives.
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our Elohim, Yahweh is one. You shall love the Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.”
- Paul starts ff his letter touching on the major tenant of what is normally called the great commission of Yahshua.
- We are t teach all nations to obey everything he commanded…
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Messiah nly practiced and taught the Word of Elohim, and in case there is any confusion as what that meant to our Messiah, remember, the New Testament was not only not written yet, but when the New Testament was written it has to agree with the Old Testament....not contradict it.
- Accrding to Elohim Himself, Elohim stated that He would NEVER send a prophet that stated anything contrary to what was written by Moses.
Romans 1:7 “To all those in Rome who are loved by Elohim and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from Elohim our Father and Yahshua the Messiah.”
- Paul wrte this to ALL those in Rome that are in the faith. This would include
- Jews and nn-Jews, non-Israelite Gentiles and lost sheep gentiles.
Rom. 1:8-17 First, I thank my Elohim through Yahshua Messiah for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 1:9 For Elohim is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the good news of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of Elohim to come unto you. 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 1:13 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. 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the good news to you that are at Rome also. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the good news of Messiah: for it is the power of Elohim unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of Elohim revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
- Here Paul begins t reveal and define what he earlier discussed “obedience of the faith”
- He uses the wrd “righteousness” related to faith and then quotes the prophets
- Habakkuk 2:4
- Behld, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
- Paul reveals that the righteusness of Elohim is revealed by our faith and it also brings others to the faith...as the righteous are those who live by faith.
- Accrding to Paul, and the prophet Habakkuk, faith is a way of life. It is a way to live. It is a way of being and a way of doing.
- Faith is nt a philosophy or simply a belief. Instead, it is absolute truth that becomes our way of life.
- It is truth that rules ver us, in our mind, and in our actions.
- If the Wrd of Elohim is truth, then it is the Word of Elohim that we do.
- That is the righteusness that is the faith we live by.
- “Righteusness” in a Biblical concordance, we find that “righteousness” simply means “walking in the right ways of Elohim.”
- These “right ways” are nt subjective, or invented by you or I, or any other man for that matter.
- The right ways are the ways articulated in the Wrd of Elohim, or more Hebraically, the Torah, or instructions of Elohim.
- ...Paul then describes the pposite, which are the unrighteous ways to live.
- Remember, Paul is addressing Rme, which has become accustomed to all types of unbiblical behavior that our Creator detests.
- He als begins to detail some of the typical Roman traits in an attempt to illustrate what unrighteousness looks like.
- This is cntrasted against the righteous who live by faith, who walk in the whole Word of Elohim.
Rom 1:18 -32 For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
- Paul is cntrasting here. There are those in the faith, called to obedience, and there are those not in the faith, that do unrighteousness, contrary to the truth.
- What des the Word of Elohim define as truth?
Ps. 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
- Nte the correlation here once again between righteousness and the law of Elohim, and also the word “truth”
- The Hebrew wrd here is “emet” means truth
Rom. 1:19-32 Because that which may be known of Elohim is manifest in them; for Elohim hath shewed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Majesty; so that they are without excuse: 1:21 Because that, when they knew Elohim, they glorified him not as Elohim, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible Elohim into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 1:24 Wherefore Elohim also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 1:25 Who changed the truth of Elohim into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 1:26 For this cause Elohim gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain Elohim in their knowledge, Elohim gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 1:30 Backbiters, haters of Elohim, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of Elohim, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
- Paul defined righteusness as a way of living, a way of doing the right ways. Likewise, Paul just defined unrighteusness by breaking the Torah, or as living contrary to the Word of Elohim.