In the book of Romans, Paul so eloquently taught of the resurrection by faith all the way up through chapter 8, to fall back into old covenant expectations of a future saving and Savior for his old cohorts.
In Romans Chapter 9, Paul pours out his heart for his flesh liniage in a dramatic fashion saying “I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites”. Showing us that Paul is fully aware of their shortfall in purpose and ultimate demise. And here showing the distinction between flesh and spirit, faith and facts, that “6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel”.
And “8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”
Paul correctly shows us the distinction between flesh and spirit and further clarifies the distinction by describing for us the remnant and the Election by faith as seen here, “31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith”. They were caught up in the pictures and patterns, but never caught the purpose for what they defined of something invisible. But then in chapter11 Paul was trying to justify his countrymen according to the flesh, the Israelites. Paul now uses an old covenant concept to support his hopes for them to be saved saying 26 “The Deliverer will come out of Zion. And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; And 27 For this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins”.
But these are provisions, and promises given to us in The New Covenant, that were already in effect as of Pauls writing this. This is evidenced by him writing it after the cross where all the sin of humanity were already delt with as he wrote in previous chapters of the same book where he emphatically teaches the resurrection by faith, being the one act that catapolts you beyond sin and death saying, 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. And “He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
This is the resurrection to life by faith. And also “if it is faith it is no longer works” or physically manifest because it is one or the other, faith of fact, carnal or spiritual. Or God is unjust.
However, then in chapter 11 Paul applies an old covenant promise toward his countrymen of a future saving saying that the deliverer will come out of Zion.
Paul is confused. He says this as tho this old covenant promise has a future fulfillment of another act for another payment for sin and another saving for his kinsman according to the flesh? “When I take away their sins?” Mmh. That is steeped in old covenant lingo that anticipated Gods sacrifice of His Son.
Jesus Christ said “all the Law and the prophets were till John the Baptist, now the Kingdom is preached and all are entering”. Jesus Christ came ushering in that Kingdom they anticipated. Now all the law and the prophets are fulfilled and expired documents. Meaning that the old covenant promises have no forward speaking relevance to us in the New Covenant era. We are the recipients of all the old testament promises and there is no 3rd covenant to supercede the one in force by the Only Begotten. There is no newer Covenant that could be used to verify Paul’s ascertstion here that “this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins” . The old only testifies to what we now have. All the sins of humanity have been dealt with in regard to being resurrected and saved. That is your testimony and acknowledgment from your baptism by which you have covenanted with God’s new Covenant.
Everybody past present and future must go to the cross to receive forgiveness of sins for salvation unto newness of life. There is no other payment to be rendered. “This is My covenant with them when I take away their sins”. Yes, the blood of Christ. Any other hope is blasphemous.
Even Peter acknowledged the prophets “12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you”. These are our testimonies, that they wanted. We have the deliverer, forgiveness of sins, salvation and the resurrected life or Christ died in vain. That’s what a Savior does. And God’s only Begotten does things right because He does them once. That is what righteous means. A right that needs no addendums, corrections, modifications or to be repeated.
And here from Peter explaining Paul’s writings “as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which some things are hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures”.
You must understand that Paul’s Epistles are progressive in nature. Meaning, he grew as he pressed in as do we. Just as our Christ told Paul at his conversion from the bright light from heaven “Paul I have appeared to you to testify to the things you have seen, and of the things I will yet show you” showing us that Christ is a progressive series of Revelations and Paul as well as us are in transition by these visitations from this bright light.
Next we will address the concept in Romans 13 that teaches us strict obedience to those in government and authority, a thing Paul did not do. Jesus called the god of this age and the usurper.
As always, The Kingdom of God is at hand. As our Lord said however “My Kingdom is not from here”.
why Paul said to Timothy “I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long-suffering, as a pattern (or a progression) to those who are going to believe on Him “
In this way Paul laid the necessary building blocks, or doctrines, that are necessary to give us a platform to build upon. Even as Paul said to those in Corinth, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it.” And that foundation is unto the resurrection. You cannot build in Gods Kingdom with your old nature.
This is the starting point of the New Covenant in the expiration of the old because the resurrection was where the old was suppose to take you as far as the old would take you.
In Acts 26 Paul was on trial with the Gentile King Agrippa, to defend himself from the punishment of death from the Jews. Paul testified to the resurrection as an Old Covenant objective saying “6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. 7 To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. 8 Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?” (Means resurrection.
Peter refered to Noah’s flood as a baptism. Then we have the Red Sea crossing after the Israelites (not Jews) painted the top of their front doors with blood so that the angel of death passed over. To then go through the water where all their enemies were drowned. Hmm, sounds like Baptism to me. Then also the second generation with Joshua crossed the Jordan River to cross over to possess the land of promises. These are all resurrection patterns to learn to walk in newness of life. This is the objective of baptism, and the book from Paul we call Romans.
And since the old way of walking it out didn’t work, God sent His Son to show us the “new and living way to the Father”.
Warning: Anyone who has not received the resurrection as a foregone conclusion, has denied the Son of God and the purpose of the cross. I would not want to be found there. In other words, if you have not received the washing of sins unto the resurrection as a foregone conclusion already gifted to you from the cross, you are floundering in the faith and put yourself back under the old covenant. Because that’s what they were looking for too as we have just explained.
And what is worse than rejecting the gift of God by His Son, and more blasphemous, is to expect a second coming Jesus to save you from your sins and your woes and your shortfalls in your shortcomings as a human. This was the demise of the whole old testament, and why even the Jews said “it is expediant that one man should die for man’s sins.
It was Paul who opened up Romans saying that he was prepared to preach the gospel message of Jesus Christ which is the power of God for salvation. as not being a new testament concept alone. And it was Hebrews that says that the gospel message was preached to them as well as to us but did not profit them not being mixed with faith.
Paul was in transition and his Revelations at the time of Romans, was to solidify the Resurrection, a firm foundation to stand upon and build your faith. this is why the book of Romans was ranked first among the Pauline Epistles right after the book of Acts which would be better off called, the defense of the gospel. because that was what Paul was to do in that book and that is what it ended up and it’s conclusion with him in his own rented home preaching the kingdom of a hand as something he had never said before according to the book of acts.
The complete expiration of the old was still foreign to Paul for even the whole book of Romans primarily delt with the various concepts of the washing off the old man at baptism, the redemption, to be declared righteous, for justification unto the life of the resurrection. Of which all of these are foundation stones and primary principals of Gods Kingdom now.
The works up to baptism are all old covenant concepts. Think of John the Baptist. He was last and greatest because the resurrection is as far as the Prophets take you. Now you need new stuff to grow your faith in things of The Kingdom.
Even as David affirmed ““Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” (Romans 4)
We know these are the objectives of the old covenant because even Paul spoke of his countryman of the flesh about the resurrection. When Paul was on trial in Rome he said “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead am I being judged?” Paul went on to say of them “they strove night and day hoping to attain. They knew this.
It was the Pharisees that believed in the baptism of life to persue the resurrection as evidenced at the Red Sea where the angel of death passed over those who appropriated the blood, to eat the Passover in haste, to be baptised in the Red Sea which assayed their fears and killed all their enemies, to walk in a new life with a clean slate with new tools “to lay hold of” their inheritance. Even in the face of the giants, they failed to acquire because they refused to acknowledge Gods word as being strong enough to empower them to walk through their enemies and obstacles. For this they we’re rejected.
Hebrews chapter 2 warned us not to do what they did saying “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.” As many of the Old Covenant seekers did.
And again from Hebrews chapter 6. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
And “6 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and this we will do if God permits”. This shows us the baptism and resurrection are first principals.
This is why the foundational Testimony of baptism is that, your old person with it’s sin is washed away to be raised (resurrected) to walk in newness of life. This is your starting point like it was for the Israelites at the Red Sea crossing, and again at the Jordan river with Joshua because the first generation failed.
For this reason, the book of Romans is foundational, a place to stand upright and righteous, meaning right standing with God or upright and raised (resurrected) up, to move on to reach out to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of you, which is Glory.
Paul affirms this in Romans 3 that ” all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” describing the object and completion of salvation. Being Gods Glory in each one of us. That the Glory is the objective of the gospel and your target after baptism. But there are many more steps, and fortunately for us, Paul goes through these in his other Epistles.
Paul affirms this in Romans 8 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
There is however a big gap of missing pieces between being Justified and being Glorified that Paul does not discuss in the Epistle to the Romans. Which is again proof that the book of Romans teaches the first steps of faith into Baptism and the expiration of all the law and prophets because that is as far as they go as we just showed you with the Red Sea.
This is why the Pharisees were chided by Jesus Christ, Him saying “you are not entering the kingdom not are you allowing those who are trying to do so” thereby being condemned and unfit. This is where Paul started out and consented to kill early believers.
there was only one sacrifice for all time as the writer of Hebrews put it,
“26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages.
Paul had earlier on in Romans defined the true Jew with circumsion of the heart, and the remnants shall be saved, but not the circumsion of the flesh. So his eyes were opening.
By the time Paul wrote Galatians he wished those of the circumsision would just “cut themselves off”. Which is better rendered to “castorate themselves”. So Paul made his cut from that bunch but it wasn’t easy. For even after Paul’s 14 years in the winderness, he went to Jerusalem to speak to those who were apostles before him and was seen having Timothy circumsised showing us that even then Paul was confused from the start. But by the time he wrote Galatians not only did he break away from the mutilation, Paul goes on to plead for the castoration of that whole old testament culture saying ““Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman”.
It is now the modern Jews and their sympathizers that use these old covenant carnal saving concepts to justify another Jesus to come upon another Israel (m eroniously meaning a land and not the people) and another man-made temple for another man Messiah, to save the world, which spits in the face of the saving at the cross. Save, saving, savior, do you get it?
So Paul defending his carnal liniage in Romans is from his old man. He then in his own words says “even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown to you (meaning the promise to the gentiles in Abraham) that they also may obtain mercy”.
Which saying is true. But it is by faith to anyone. Faith has always been the method. But that doesn’t mean all who went before without faith, will receive what those who have faith do. At best they would be judged according to their works with the rest of mankind at the judgment after the thousand year reign when those who missed out on the elect of the age and are judged according to their works as seen here in Revelation 20, And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection”. Meaning us who received it. We’ve received a whole lot more. We have moved on from those basic tenants of the faith that the new covenant allows.
In closing this topic of Paul trying to elevate his cohorts and predisessors of the flesh to resurrection status in Romans
It was Paul who went on to say that “7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded”.
Who also said earlier on “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh (or genetic lineage), these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”
Which is why Abram was promised his seed as the sand of the seas, but Abr-ah-am seed was as the stars of Heaven, showing us the two seeds, Ishmael and Isaac. But the real seed that was to be blessed was from Genesis 12 to Abraham that “in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. And that word seed meant singular referring to Christ. That the nations and the gentiles if all who except Christ by faith, are those who are “in Christ” as joint heir’s of the things that he has, and God is no respecter of persons.