THE MEANING OF WORDS, FIGURES OF SPEECH, TENSES, WHOLE SENTENCES, ENTIRE CHAPTERS & PUNCTUATION PUT SCRIPTURE INTO ITS RIGHTFUL CONTEXT AND MAKE IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND

Do you take note of what the Bible says when reading it, such as tenses (past, present and future), the actual meaning of words, punctuation, figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, et cetera? Particularly the words BUT NOW, NOW, YOU ARE or HENCEFORTH, words the Apostle Paul uses so many times which obviously pertain to the present tense.

Romans 16:

25 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,

Paul could easily have said, “To him that is of the power to stablish you according to THE gospel…..” but he didn’t.  He clearly stated, “NOW to him that is of the power to stablish you according to MY gospel…..”

What else did he mention in relation to his gospel (“my gospel”) which concerns the present tense (“now”)?

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to His earthly ministry?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to institutionalized, mainline denominationalism?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the Kingdom Gospel?

NO.

He clearly said:

“….. and the preaching of Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY

26 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:

Paul could have said, “Is made manifest”, or he could’ve stated, “Was made manifest by the 12 Apostles”, or even, “Was made manifest in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John”, but he didn’t.  He clearly said “BUT NOW is made manifest”.

What is NOW made manifest?  The revelation of the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ.

And how else is it made manifest?  By the scriptures of the prophets.  What was made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets in Israel’s Old Covenant?  HOW that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – He suffered on Calvary cross, He died in our stead, He was a propitiation for our sins.  And that He was buried ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – for 3 days and 3 nights.  His burial confirms that He died and it also confirms that He rose again from the dead on the 3rd day.  If he wasn’t buried, He didn’t die, therefore He couldn’t resurrect from the dead.  Common sense.

If there was no confirmation in the Old Covenant by the prophets how that Christ died for sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, it goes without saying that there would be no proof of Christ having died for our sins, being buried and rising again from the dead on the third day, and in turn no-one would be able to prove there is an ascended Christ who revealed a mystery to the Apostle Paul.

The mystery revealed to Paul by the ascended Christ is based on Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection on the third day for our justification.    It’s all about Him and what He did, His plan of salvation which was given directly to the Gentiles as opposed to Gentiles having prostelyze or having to go through Israel in order to be saved, because there is no Israel today one can prostelyze through in order to be saved.

Because He rose from the dead, we are justified.  Why?  Because He lives, we as believers will live eternally with Him in glory.  And why will we live in glory with Him for eternity?  Because we are justified.  Why are we justified?  Because we believe in His finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, which means we believe what HE DID for us.  When we believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) a change in our judicial standing and spiritual status takes place.

Romans 3:21-25:

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Yet contrary to this scripture, mainline, institutionalized denominationalists still proclaim to keep the law in order to gain righteousness, and in so doing seek to be justified in the eyes of God by their own good works instead of by faith alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross and His resurrection alone.

And not only that, but we gain God’s righteousness by the faith of Jesus Christ (Pauline doctrine) today, meaning that salvation is only to be found in Pauline doctrine, particularly 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  Pauline doctrine is a faith, namely the faith of Jesus Christ in this current dispensation which we are to believe.

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The spiritual status of mankind in his unsaved state – sinners who have come short of the glory of God.

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Justified freely by His grace.   Freely means freely.  It doesn’t mean one has to do anything/something in order to gain justification in the eyes of God.  All it takes if faith/trust/belief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary Cross for one’s sins, as well as His resurrection for one’s salvation.

So what was the Apostle Paul referring to before verse 21?

He was asking what advantage the Jew had in times past, and what did circumcision profit anyone in times past?  His answer was that the Oracles of God were committed to the Jews in times past – Genesis was written by Moses, they were given the Law, they were set apart from the Gentile nations, salvation was of the Jews (John 4:22).

Yet, even if Jews do not believe,today it will not make the faith of God of none effect today because Gentiles no longer have to prostelyze in order to be saved.

Jews no longer have a spiritual advantage over Gentiles.  All people have been declared guilty before God.

No-one is justified by the law today, instead the law is there to give us the knowledge of sin – where we have and do go wrong.

I have noted two areas in Paul’s epistles where he states to NOW and BUT NOW.  It’s up to you to study further….

 

 

 

Romans 3 in its rightful context

The Apostle Paul opens by asking what advantage the Jews have and what does their fleshly circumcision profit them? And answers his own question by stating that the Oracles of God were committed unto the Jews (verses 1 to 2). Not only was the Levitical and Mosaic Law given to the Jews, but the book of creation (Genesis) was written by Moses, including Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  Not to mention that the Old Testament prophecies were given to them, including the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

But not all Jews believed, in fact the majority of them were in abject apostasy, but that didn’t make God’s plan and purpose of no effect. Those who were in unbelief would have to try and overcome God’s judgment one day.  No matter what one believes, one cannot avoid God’s judgment. (verses 3 to 4).  Imagine being judged by a God you believed didn’t exist? A case of eating humble pie much?

It was plain to see that the Jews had become as bad as the pagan Gentiles :

9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

For those who think they are good people – God said there is none that doeth good – Not one.

The Jews who were supposed to be a light unto the Gentile nations and who had to lead them to salvation were in the same boat, it was a case of the blind leading the blind, so they couldn’t get anyone saved even if they were given a satellite tracking device and two Rabbis to assist them :

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Israel had become full of cursing, their feet swift to shed blood because they martyred just about every prophet God had sent them, not to mention their Messiah. They had taken up the ways of the pagan Gentiles and stopped fearing God.  In a nutshell, the apostate Jews thought they were still special and could behave anyway they wanted to because they were the elect of God.  But God had changed the way He had been dealing with people, especially Israel :

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

A dispensational change had taken place :

No-one could be justified by the deeds of the law even if they tried – verse 20
The RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD WITHOUT THE LAW had now become manifested (been revealed) – verse 21.
The righteousness of God was also now manifested upon all (as opposed to our own righteousness) and could only be obtained by the faith of Christ, unto all who BELIEVED, to both Jew and Gentile alike – there being  no difference.

Israel had lost her special status.

Verse 24 tells us that ALL are justified freely by His grace – meaning that we do not have to do works in order to be justified in the eyes of God. In fact, we can’t justify ourselves in any way period.

Then we come to verse 25:

3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

What Romans 3:25 is basically stating is that mankind’s sins from Genesis 3 to Acts 9 weren’t dealt with, and the Apostle Paul now deals with it according to his “my” gospel.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

In times past Israel had the blood of bulls and goats, some might have lived righteous lives in accordance with the Law, been within the God-given parameters of their performance based programmes, but none of these things could justify them in the eyes of a holy and righteous God. Instead, they were forborne by God, placed in a holding pattern

Exodus 34:6-7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Why weren’t these peoples’ sins dealt with?

Because NOTHING other than the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ could justify a person in the eyes of God. Not the keeping of the law, not the blood of bulls and goats and not one’s own righteousness.

Hebrews 10:For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

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Israel had an advantageous position, but what she had was insufficient, hence the requirement for water baptism which was for the remission of sins until Christ died on Calvary’s cross :

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

So we see that the shed blood of Christ not only encompasses the faith of Christ during this current dispensation (God’s imputed righteousness purely by faith in the Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, without the deeds of the law),

BUT

also the faith of Christ in a future dispensation where peoples’ faith is based upon a performance based programme. They will be save BY faith, meaning that they will do works BY faith,

WHEREAS

we are saved THROUGH faith in this current dispensation without a performance or works based salvation programme.

Christ’s shed blood at Calvary also encompasses the remission for SINS PAST – the sins that weren’t dealt with sins Genesis 3 to the time the Apostle Paul’s “MY” gospel came into effect.

SALVATION AND GOOD WORKS

If you are saved WITHOUT your own works, what makes you think you can maintain your salvation with good works?

Ephesians 2:8-10 ~

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.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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How many people do you know of who boast they are saved because they are good people and do good works like feed the hungry, are kind to others, don’t lie (?), don’t steal (?), etc, etc?  Thinking and saying you’re a good person is being boastful that you’re a co-saviour with Christ, which in essence is denying that He did it all – you have to assist Him in saving your eternal soul.

We have been created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has before ordained that we walk in, but that doesn’t mean we are saved or maintain our own salvation by our own good works – that’s just totally arrogant because verse 8 tells us we are saved by grace through faith and not of ourselves – our own good works so-called.

Romans 3:10-12 ~ 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

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Hence the reason we need Christ’s imputed righteousness to stand before a holy and just God, and we can only gain His righteousness by believing what He did for us on Calvary’s Cross :

Philippians 3:9 ~  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

In other words, we have Christ’s righteousness which comes through the faith of Christ, namely Pauline nomenclature in this current dispensation which stipulates that the righteousness which is of God by faith without adhering to the Levitical Law.

Do we have to keep the Levitical Law today to obtain Christ’s imputed righteousness?  No.   So what do we need to believe in order to obtain Christ’s imputed righteousness?  The faith of Christ…………. which is……. the righteousness which is of God by faith not by by the levitical law.