Perspectives from the Epistles
On account of the focus of this compilation, that Chis Jesu(s) was manifested to take away our sins, and this not only by his sacrificial death, but arguably, His Perfect Sacrificial Life which he lived for us to show us that New and Living way, this section III will not deal with the parts of the Epistles of the disciples and Apostles that cover Circumcision, but will stay focused on the original subject matter.
Christian Circumcision in undoubtedly a subject which will be covered by this compilation due to the questions which are engender due to it’s prevalence of mention in the book of Acts as well as the Epistles, yet for the intent of the more pressing over all understanding of the Life of Christ and it’s relevance to YHWH God’s Law, Covenants and Testaments the subject has been reserved with the overwhelming evidence needed to fault the preconceived presumption that Circumcision is no longer needed in the Christian Life. Thus, Romans as well as other Epistles will be focused on in this light at this section. JSL
The Romans Perspective
Romans 5:19-6:23 For as by one man’s (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners (1John 3:4, transgressors of the law), so by the obedience of one (Jesu(s) the Christ) shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
What shall we say then?
Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so 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: (This is Law after Grace, Paul concludes that as Christ died and rose again so must we too be dead to sin, in order to be raised in newness of life and Spirit, this allowing the law’s righteousness to not be stained with sin due to our carnal failure and inabilities, fulfilling the righteousness which is by the law with in Jesu(s) Christ.) 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… For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
…Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
The infirmity in our flesh is sin, sin has it’s power from the law (5:20) for it is transgression of the law. God has called us unto a new life with in his law to justify our failures through Grace by faith. For if we break the law we are yet willful sinners; for being sanctioned as dead to sin and to live no longer there in, How could a Christian break the law (Matthew 5, 1 John 3:4) willfully and not be a servant to Sin?
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life,
that both thou and thy seed may live:
The Law of Husband
Paul’s teachings on death to sin and life to righteousness
carry over into Chapter 7, he does not change themes.
Romans 7:1-25 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (The “law of husband” or “law to husband” is easy to be understood as an Exodus 20:14 7th commandment violation, yet God’s law using close language in Lev 20:10, and seen vividly in Numbers 5:19-20, the theme in the law of the husband is that the wife is under subjection to her husband while he lives. Yet the applicable law of death’s release is seen as well in Duet 25:5-6, where brethren (kinsmen) are admonished to “raise up seed” to their fallen brethren, thus taking the wife of the dead and making her the wife of the living kinsman to raise up seed or fruit in the name of the dead as maybe seen clearly in the book of Ruth. Kinsman redemption is the only form of God ordained Adoption in the scriptures.)
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
(Important points made in Romans 8 are the repercussion of Christ’s death and resurrection, those repercussions are generally not excepted as Paul and other Scripture do teach, that Christ came not to destroy the righteousness of the law but to fulfill it in us by imbuing us with the spirit of God, thereby making our carnal state excusable by the spirit of Christ and his husbandly headship.)
Romans 7:25-8:1-9 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life (7:10) in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (7:14) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
…henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.(2Corinthians 5:15-17)
The Law of God is spiritual, We are carnal / flesh:
To be spiritual is to delight in the Law of God
walk not after the flesh.
To be carnal / flesh is to sin
sin is known by the Law-
The marriage relationship Paul is teaching is ascertained by drawing purely from the words Paul used and those explanatory verses of “new testament” which are harmonious in sentiment. Please use your bible, look into this explanation, rather than taking my word or a preconception as truth.
Read the following HEADING and then the verses used to prove the interpretation, consider the impact the actual interpretation of who the HUSBAND, WIFE, and FRUIT is under the marital understanding expressed: as the WIFE remains the same according to Paul, it is the HUSBAND and the FRUIT which are NEW and thus the WIFE is made RE-NEWED.
The Law is spiritual 7:14
7:14 / 8:7
I am carnal sold under sin
6:21 , 7:5 / 6:22, 7:4
unto death / unto holiness & everlasting life
(dead) FIRST HUSBAND
Body of Christ 7:4, 8:3.
Galatians 3:10-13, Eph 2:15,
God’s Law 7:5-10
the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death
The Word made Flesh John1:1-14
Servants of sin 6:6-14
Brethren (in the Flesh ( 7:5),
carnally minded is death …is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 8:6-8
Sin unto Death
in the flesh…the law, did… bring forth fruit unto death.
Oldness of the letter 7:10
him who is
raised from the dead
The Word of the Father, Glorified
John 17:5-24& Romans 8:34
Raised Christ 7:6, 7:14, 8:1
Spirit of God dwell in you…
Spirit of Christ 8:9
God’s Law 7:6,
The Law is spiritual 7:14, 7:16-25
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law… for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace… in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby
ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
serve in NEWness of spirit 7:6
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ..
made me free from
the law of sin and death 8:2
Brethren…in the Spirit 8:1-13
many…baptized into Christ 6:3-5
Servants of Righteousness 6:18
6:1-2, 6:4-8, 6:11-13, 7:6, 8:12-13
walk in newness of life 6:4
I delight in the law of God after the inward man 7:22
FRUIT UNTO GOD
Being made free from sin …ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 6:22
Newness of spirit 7:10
The Law is holy, just and good 7:12
the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us 8:4
spiritually minded is life and peace…
ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry…Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God 8:14-17
Illustrated so greatly by our brother Paul, “the law of husband” is addressed to those who know the law, this analogy tying together all the above laws mentioned from the Pentateuch, most especially that of Deuteronomy 25:2-5, and seen in case practice from the book of Ruth.
Our baptism like marriage so done in Christ’s likeness 6:5, and his image 8:29, resembles the beginning marriage relationship in Genesis 1:26, 2:7-24, 1 Cor 11:7 and as thus one body (John 17). In baptism we put on Christ as does the wife put on the man, to bear his name and glory; Now in this law of Adoption (biblical adoption only being through kinsmen) the woman has put on her first husband’s name who is now dead, yet his brother of the same name as the kinsman will take on his fallen brother’s wife.
Just as the commandments are old (old covenant) this is the first husband; yet the desire of God is for us to be renewed (New covenant) in the blood of his son.
Who was the first husband?
Ultimately the first husband was and is the Word made flesh, the Son of God come in the likeness of sinful flesh, the body of Christ as Paul speaks here. This perfect yet carnal Israelite man, was the embodiment of the covenant God made with Israel, the representation of Adam’s rib (bone and flesh) being made into his wife: Jesu(s), the literal son of God, the bone and flesh of those under the law (Gal 4:4-5) redeeming those under the law. For the Word was made flesh, he came unto his own in the flesh, who are Israelite according to the flesh (John 1:1-14, Rom 1:3, 9:3), and thus his bride / wife (Jer 2:32, John 3:29) was in the flesh as well; But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Being then betrothed in the flesh and under the law unto Christ and thus his Word made flesh, by covenant we in the flesh must die with the first husband, the body of Christ, in baptismal marriage, to rise anew with him in baptismal resurrection physically in the flesh (Rom 6:3-4) yet receiving the earnest of the spirit in our spirit towards our true resurrection in the day of judgment.
Who is the Another husband (new man Eph 4) ?
The risen Christ is the “Another husband”, and thus as the Law in Deuteronomy 25:2-5 teaches, that we are to bring forth fruit in the name of the first dead husband (Rom 7:4 & Duet 25:6), for we and our fruit have received adoption (Rom 8:15,23; 9:4; Gal 4:5; Eph 1:5) by the resurrected Christ our kinsman redeemer, the first fruit (Rom 8:23-29) from the dead. (1 Cor 15:20,23; Jas 1:18) In the flesh we are betrothed to the house hold of God through his only begotten son that we may yet raise up and bring forth fruit unto the house of our husband’s Father-YHWH.
Why fruit and first fruits ? (Rom 8:23-29)
The day after the Sabbath of unleavened bread (16th day of the 1st heavenly month), is the day our Lord rose from the dead, (Ex 12:18, Lev 23:5/ Mark 16:2, Luke 24:1) and is called the day of first fruits.
According to the law a sheaf of grain was to be raised before YHWH by the priest on that day (Ex 34:22, Lev 23:10-20). This signifies the teachings of Christ as taught in his wheat parables (Matt 13), which no doubt corresponds with John 12:24-26 teaching of how wheat “dies” when it is planted (Rom 6:5) that it may grow in it’s resurrection to bring forth much fruit!
Is that which is planted different from that which grows?
Only in the stalk and chaff, for when that grain is planted all of its chaff (flesh) is stript away in death so that in the fulness of time that grain will raise up and bring forth much grain likened unto that which was planted. This fact in like manner answers to the analogy of marriage above shown Christ, the Word, who came in the likeness of sinful flesh as the first husband and died, But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept-1 Cor 15:20, so that he in his before glory as God’s Word may be married to she that was 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…in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:4) yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. old things are passed away; all things are new.