The Gospel According To Paul

Beginning in Romans 1, the apostle (chosen by Christ as Ananias was told by the Holy Spirit … See:  Jesus at John 16: 12-14) Paul, lays out the sins of men beginning with sexual sin getting all the way down to gossip and slander explaining these things to a Holy God are worthy of death, both the doings and the approval of those who do them.

In Romans 2: 4 he instructs on judging others, explaining none have standing except God and doing so is also sin.  (See:  Jesus at Matthew 7:1 (Rhetorical: are they stupid?).  Those next few chapters are instructive as to my primary issue here, that being Works of Law vs. The Promise.

Paul explains the Law given to Jews in Israel, not Gentiles the world over, given 400 years after God made the promise to Abraham did not set aside the promise.

Nor is enslaving yourself to the yoke of the law useful toward the promise, promises are received, not earned.

The promise made by God is God’s promise and he keeps it.  How? Ephesians 2: 1-13:

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  

Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

“11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

The last sentence there from Ephesians explains the blood of Christ is how we are brought near to God.  verses 9 and 10 here plainly state we we do not draw near by works and all that boasting that some do is utter nonsensical heresy.  “Through faith and by his grace, we become God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus … .”  Jesus has a never ending supply of grace and calls you to come and be transformed.  See:  Matthew 11: 28-30; II Corinthians 5: 17-21:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  

This is very simple to understand minus any idea we “do our utmost for his highest” when he has “given his Son and his Spirit acting and willing within us to bring himself the Glory.”  Please hit the Follow For More Updates.  Please leave me your comments below.  Please accept the Lord’s invitation.  Chris Queen 12/17/2018.  image.jpeg

 

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