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The WORD pt.3 :
Heb_2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Heb 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Heb 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb_2:16 For verily he took not on angels; but he took on the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
As mentioned here is the seed of Abraham :
Isa_41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant Jacob, and he whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraam, whom I have loved:
Isa 41:9 whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and from the high places of it I have called thee, and said to thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and I have not forsaken thee.
When the writer of Hebrews speaks of the seed of Abraham his is speaking of this verse and the context of it. Like the giving of the Word of God to Israel, based upon Gen_15:1 which promised the Word of YHWH God as a reward and a shield of protection to Abraham, Abraham’s seed recieved both the Oracle’s of God as well as the Word made flesh according to the Promise and promises made to their fathers. Our Brother Paul discribes of his brothers and kinsmen according to the flesh
Rom_9:4 Which are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service, and the promises;
Rom 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
It is that when we speak of the Word of God or the Bible we are speaking of Israel’s Scripture, this is part of the Abraham’s promise given as an inheritance, and this is also why we can not speak of the bible with out it’s chosen people coming into focus, and as Paul proclaimed to the Roman’s it is of Israel that Christ came in the flesh.
In the past 2 messages a heavy emphasis has been placed upon the validity, canonicy and perfection of YHWH God’s Word. Citing that from the Creation of Genesis to the time of Christ, overflowing into writing of the Apostles and beyond, the whole of the Message of Scripture is contained in the Manifestation of the Word made flesh, the son of YHWH GOD the Father, the man Jesus Christ.
It is by this understanding given in the entirety of the Testaments of Scripture that we can fully comprehend, if it is possible, the reason for Christ’s coming and the Words manifestation in the flesh. By such emphasis of the person of the Word, the character of Jesus Christ becomes inseparable from the context of Holy Writ, the manifold declarations of both the prophets and the Apostles of Christ’s perfect life by YHWH the Father’s standards, that is by His Law the unanimous impact of the revealed perfection of this Son of God is acknowledged. The fully twined Holy Spirit of the Scripture giving conception to the flesh of Christ is in an of it self comprehensible to our mind, yet the purpose is fully comprehensible, the being which was brought forth as described as the Word made Flesh has a holistic narrative which focused upon the people the Father has been focusing on since YHWH’s choice of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
When John the apostle tells us of Caiaphas the high priest’s prophecy in:
Joh_11:51-52… that Jesus should die for that nation;
Joh 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
To this, undoubtedly was made in the mention of:
Joh_1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe / Trust on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us
A whole context is set for this Word made flesh, an expectation of regathering in one
That while Christ was literally in the flesh for this gathering according to:
Rom_8:3 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:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
This Sanctification by the received and engrafted Word, sees the same scope the entirety of the Scripture prior spoke of and clearly proclaimed as the focus of the New Covenant:
Consider the literal and realistic verbiage of the New Covenant as found in Heb_8:8 and Jer_31:31 in direct correspondence to this message given by Paul the Apostle fo the Gentiles, namely:
Heb_8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
This is a hard message, the logic of a people of a particular group who responds to the totality of the Word coming in flesh by the life altering reception of Jesu the Christ is Sanctification, and that people are the scope of the Word of Faith/the Word of Trust. That is in the same place the Word of Faith is to tack residence, is the place the Law of God was to take residence, is the place where Christ is to take residence, all of this can not fit in to the heart, mind and soul unless they are all trusted and settled as one Logical message: the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. ( Jas_1:20-25 )
Here is where sola scriptora (only scripture) begins to bear it’s weight, and the ethical response begins to get weighed against the Scriptures in the balance of truth. Is the testimony of Scripture alone truly sufficient to stand as the word of Faith, the word we trust above all else and in opposition to a world which hates it?
Expository Study of Romans ch. 10
Return to Romans 10 and begin to look at the context of the chapter in exposition, showing this reconciliation which MUST be settled to establish Trust or Faith, Belief in the Word of God. (It would do those well who have not recently read Paul’s epistle to the Roman’s to go back and consider the context of this writing before they judge this matter which is to be presented, as well it would do those who are first listening.)
Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
(It is indisputable that Israel is the focus of this chapter, and that of Israel’s salvation.)
Rom_10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Rom_10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Notice how Paul describes Israel, definitionaly, not much different than the Church of today…
What is God’s Righteousness?
Deu_6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
Psa_119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Just these 2 verses show that Righteousness according to God’s Holy standard is by Righteous Law, His True Law, this is by God’s own standards.
What then are these people of Israel being condemned for? For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God… Paul is not describing Law keeping, but rather a people who ESTablish their own Justification, there own right-ness! and at that NOT according to knowledge…
What is God’s Knowledge?
Psa_119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Pro_1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge
This description seems to place knowledge and righteousness as contemporaries to the one who believes, or trusts the commandments, and who fears the LORD YHWH, and who excepts the Law as the truth, and who observes the commadments, that is by a Scripture Alone definition that is if we submit our selves to the righteousness of God and not to our own establishment, these are the answers given by scripture.
Rom_10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one Trusting.
Rom 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
In the KJV English this verse makes perfect sense with the context we have so far extracted by Scriptural definition, that is as the word implies in it’s standard use, as cited in the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge commentary “the end: τελος (Telos) [Strong’s G5056], the object, scope, or final cause; the end proposed and intended.”
In other words ‘end’ does not indicate ‘Termination’ or a ‘Finnish’, but rather the goal, yet this verse is often improperly implied by it’s modern understanding in that way. Rather, Christ as the object, scope or final cause was the intention of the Law’s Righteousness, insomuch as Christ did those things and lived in them! It is so for those of us who have Trust, that is that we have received Him as the perfect Christ come in the flesh, we see Him as the end means the whole conclusion of the Law, Christ was the perfection of God’s Law.
Now here is the Word of Faith, this is the very place of the word of Trust!
Rom 10:6 But the righteousness which is of Trust speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Rom 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Rom_10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of Trust, which we preach;
This is the place where the context of this whole matter is absorbed into the Revelation of the Word of Trust, a word which Paul teaches from the Law! Here we are called to the context of the Word of God Paul is teaching Israel from to show the context of Roman’s 10 and that is with in the scope of Deuteronomy 30:
An Exposition with in the Exposition
Here is the very context Paul is writing from to his Israelite Brothers and kinsmen in Rome:
Deu_30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations (Gentiles), whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
Deu 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
Deu 30:5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
Deu 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Deu 30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
Deu 30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
Deu 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
Deu 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
Deu 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
Deu 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Deu 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Deu 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deu 30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
Deu 30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
Deu 30:19 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:
Deu 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Back to Romans 10
Rom_10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt Trust in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man Trusts unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom_10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever Trusts on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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