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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Romans 1  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 21 April 2017

Romans 1 New King James Version (NKJV) We are going to see how Paul introduces himself to Rome throughout the book of Romans. We will see the deplorable conditions of the of the Gentile world, which was proof of the doctrine of justification by faith, already laid down in Acts 1:17. Paul is addressing his day in a way that is excellent and savory in other words very tasteful. 

Greeting

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Here Paul lets the reader know he is just a servant that has been called out of slavery to a bearer of good news. This is what is promised to all who believe in the Old Testament and now the new. God had always been able to have His way, even though some had a hard time accepting it, as did Adam and Eve, Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Jonah, Saul, David, Salomon, Ruth and Easter yet Gods will be done? Even Jesus coming into the world as a baby and living among us without sin and then dying in our place, so we might be forgiven was truly a Miracle. Sauls conversion was a miracle, as the Sun shined so bright it blinded him for three day. His eye sight could have been the thorn he endured all his life. Yet through it all God used Paul as an Evangelist of his day.  Notice verse 3, 4 where he uses the names and titles of His Son, Jesus our Lord, as the one speaking to him. He showed the human nature, as Jesus was born of a virgin Mary, from the house of David, as was Joseph his supposed father. Then he showed His Divine Nature, the Son of God, eternal generation, according to the Spirit of Holiness. He is, was, and will always be the Son of God. Notice the fruit of it here in verse Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; Everyone whom Christ called has received grace and apostleship, that is favored with God to become followers, fellowshipping with Jesus, as we abide in Him, who has called all to follow Him.

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here we are called to make a spectacle to the world, leading a life of toil and trouble and hazard, we’re killed all the day long; Paul sees it as a favor to be in the work of the Lords, regardless of the difficulties, or dangers he may have to be faced. We are loved by the Lord so grace and peace follow us regardless of the circumstance we face in life, as we abide in Him. 1. It is a privilege of Christians they are beloved, Gods delight. 2. The duty of Christians is to be holy, that’s the reason we are called Saints, being called out from by sanctification. We have a profession, so we need to know the value of labor, to answer to the King of the Kingdom of God. Notice Grace to you and peace, so not only a good wish, but the authority of a blessing from God. In the Old Testament, it was Peace to you; now it is Grace, that is the favor of God towards us, or the work of God in us, both are required to true peace. Peace is all being good with God and others, peace in your own conscience, peace with all that is going on in the world. This favor and peace comes from the fountain of God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ and now the Holy Spirit of God that is always present, as we walk in faiths works of sanctification, justification, grace and mercy. God wants to engage with us, encouraging our desires and expectation, which we are taught as we read the scriptures, when we by faith accept the reality of He is in control. 

Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. What an act of obedience to faith, for faith needs to be understood. It is not wickedness, but obedience that brings answers to the law of faith. Faith is to anticipating the assurance of the benefits of obeying, Gods commandment. We are justified by faith, for we are yoked to Christ and He justifies us in caring the load we carry many times.  Thank the Lord salvation is still seen around the world, for it is God that allows man to go through what they go through without giving up. Thank the Lord the greater reputation a man hath for religion, the more careful he should be to preserve it, because a little folly spoils him, that is in reputation. Eccl 10:1 Throughout the whole world the Roman Empire the Jews were scattered abroad, but now returning with a good report behind them of coming through great persecuting. This was good for God and His people, so they obtained a good report through their faith. You can see the effect of faith, for it turns on from hating the things of God, to enjoying the things of the Lord. So, the Church of Rome was flourishing. Rome is not what it was, she was espoused a chaste virgin to Christ and excelled in beauty, but degenerated and dealt treacherously, and embraced the bosom of strangers, so now this epistle is against the Romans. 

 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. Paul is seen here showing grace and mercy which is the greatest kindness we can show for our friends and even enemies. He prays with our ceasing. He made mention of you, even though he did not know them. Yet he hoped to see them soon. Lord help us to see in our purposes, so our desires are according to the Lord will.  11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Paul loved to preach, and teach the world, for he had a good sermon, which was a gift given to him, to spread the good news, allowing people to achieve their potential, as they followed and obeyed the Lords word. He wanted them not only to grow upward, but down ward so they could have a strong root system. So, he wanted to be a comfort, knowing that is what everyone needs in our world today, for we are seeing lawlessness abounding. So, it was with in Rome, people needed to realize who God was and what He was able to do. As a minister, it is necessary we have confidence between us and our congregations to be confidant. We are not sheep stealers, but sheep feeders, leading people to want to study the Scripture for themselves, so they too are ambassadors for Christ always. It is so good for Christians to compare notes about their spiritual concerns, for then they are sharpened as iron sharpens iron, that we will all have fruit for others to enjoy.

13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. It is so important we let others know how we feel about them, for everyone matters and Paul is showing he wanted to come and minister to them, but now is given the opportunity to encourage them and edify the work of the Lord. Paul minded his work, as one that believed the more good he was entrusted with to trade for his Mater’s honor the greater the blessing to him and others. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. Here Paul felt like he was a debtor, as he received so much from the Lord, and did not take anything for granted. He went to work even improving upon his ministry and did as much as any man had ever done in the Kingdom of God. Yet here he is showing his emotions, of being indebted to all the wise and unwise. It was the Greeks that fancied themselves as having a monopoly on wisdom and looked at everyone else as barbarians.15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. What a statement of assurance that God was with Paul, as he took advantage of what was afforded him now. He was not looking for profit, or filthy lucre, but of a ready mind, to pour out the mercy, love and grace of the Lord to do good.


The Just Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. It is very easy to be ashamed, for who wants to believe the truth that is so unreasonable, but yet because of his experience of being a killer of good and now trying to stop evil, was reason for Him to not be ashamed, for sin can be broken. We do not have to live in the shame of sins addictions. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith. Salvation is a word that is hard to grasp, for God removes the shame of sins death, for God has not given us a spirit of fear, or shame, but a spirit of adoption, in to the Family of Gods. The power of God to cleanse by His death on the cross is very hard to accept, for he worked at being in His Father Gods hands and did not open His mouth to condemn, but loves, by saying Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. It is the power of Gods work within our lives that sets us free of fear of man, knowing we are adopted into the Family of Gods. Salvation is to be healed of diseases of sins addictions as we believe. To others the gospel is hidden, our faith is believing in God His Son; Jesus and the Holy Spirit now abiding in us. Rather we are Jews or Gentiles, rich or poor, intelligent or dumb; God can empower us to work out our salvation with fear of missing the mark. God created all and wants all Jews and Gentiles, people of all races to just trust and obey Him. Jesus is the way, truth and life and when we abide in Him, we become a product of His Justification, just as if we never sinned. This is only realized by putting our faith in God and not in self’s image. Our sins bring misery and ruin of self-confidence, causing us to be ashamed. That the reason Jesus came to break the curse of sin in our lives. For God is just and holy and wants us to be righteous as we abide in Him as Ambassadors for Christ. We are reconciled and accepted by Gods love, so we can become the righteousness of God, He choose us and ordained us, to become righteous and that is working out our salvation. Going from faith to faithfulness to God. Depending upon God for our next breath, so we do not fall out of grace, love and mercy. Faith grafts us into the vine, so we can automatically produce good works. The just shall live by faith, which is all in all. So, faith is justifying us not works, faith come first, then works automatically follows giving us giving the assurance we are in a right relationship to the Lords well. We increase our faith, then works follow and preserves us as we maintain our relationship to the Lord. It is being justified by faith, we shall life by the life of grace and of glory of the Lord, gift of Salvation. We all stand in need of a righteousness wherein to appear before God. Justification must be by faith and not works. It is necessary we see the work of God condemning, then we will see the righteousness of God justifying, as we accept abiding in the vine; Jesus. Sin is seen as having to heads ungodliness and unrighteousness; ungodliness against the laws of Moses and unrighteousness against the laws of God.

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. It is interesting you do not have to tell people they have sinned for they know it, but simply do not care. They enjoy sins pleasure, even more so today than ever before, for everyone is doing it. The wages of sin is death and God is displeased, and the wrath of God is revealed from heaven. His judgement is executed upon sinners. Everyone I have meet seems to know there is a God, yet are not able to see the consequences of their sins. It is said, the being of God may be apprehended, but can’t be comprehended. Thank the Lord for the revelation there is a God who loves us and wants to care for us when we abide in Him. 

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Thank the Lord we are not excused from knowing the truth. They knew by the invisible things of Him even his eternal power. He works in secret, yet manifests what He made as having Power as being a part of the God head. The natural light lets us see three persons in the Godhead. We are body soul and spirit, everything created has three part, the outer body, the wood or substance, then the heart, where it gets its nourishment. Even an egg has the hard shell the white and yellow yoke. This is an order that God makes out of nothing. Just as the workman is known by his work. Notice the variety of human likes and dislikes, no two have the same footprint, or finger prints, or even iris. What a miracle that only God could perform. This is the light, it is still shining and yet many do not see Gods creating beauty. This structure of human bodies, especially the most excellent powers, faculties and capacities of the human souls, do abundantly prove that there is a creator, God. This is as Old as the creation of the world. Truth came first man was created good and fruitful, until they took of the forbidden fruit and God cursed man. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. They are without excuse, they can see Gods handiwork, yet are not wise, but become fools. Insane, doing wrong again and again expecting different results. Just for the simple reason they did not see the mystery of God as God. They did not worship Him, reverence Him have faith in Him, or hope in Him, nor even pray to Him, as their senses where deaden by evils sin. Yes, they make images to god, dishonored Him and glorified him not as having the ability to forgive our sins. It has been observed that the most refined nations, that make the greatest show of wisdom, where the greatest fools in religion. They adore the sun and moon, oxen and an onion. The Grecians, who excelled in wisdom, adorned diseases and human passion, Sex. The Romans the wisest of all worshipped furies. Indians worshiped the thunder and white Buffalo and nature. The ingenious Chinese adore the Devil. That’s the reason the world by wisdom knew not God.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Around the world, we see the results of nations, tribes and groups of people that worship other God in a state of primitiveness and poverty beyond human understanding. When we dishonor God, we are given over to uncleanness, getting what we lust for and who cares. Here we are made in the image of God, not God made in the image of man, which we see mostly around the world. We have exchanged the truth for a lie and everyone is getting hurt. This is what is going on in America and it leads to lawlessness abounding in every area of Government, Economic and our Religious Institutions. Idols are called lies, for they belie God, as if He had a body, whereas we worship Him in Spirit and in truth.  Satan is the teacher of lies giving honor to the creature, worshiping the creature, rather than the God of creation. Deities, stars, heroes, demons, animals are all created by God for a reason, not to be worshipped. They idols are all vulgar religions and prevents one from seeing the truth of God word to cleanse us up from sins traps. The worst others are, the better we should be, as we are blessed forever, as we worship and adore Him, as the only God. We are seeing people left to themselves men with men and women with women to where anything goes and if you condemn it your wrong. So, right is wrong and wrong is right, in our world today and people are becoming beasty, not caring what they do our say. Doctor Jesus has given us a prescription and if we take it as suggested we will be blessed, but if we take it anytime we want a hit, it will kill the desire to please God. Then we are giving our hand to Satan himself and he is going to destroy all the works of God he can. Amen. It is finished, yet we are still seeing life continue on 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. What a sight for where this happens we see degradation at its highest form of Satanic behavior, anything becomes a sexual object and lowers the health rate of all involved. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. A man cannot be delivered up to a greater slavery, than to be given up to his own lust. The cries of Sodom and Gomorrah where caused because of wickedness abounding. Rome with it idols are revived with its image worship, and saints referred to and yet abomination is barefaced, licensed by the Pope. Not only perpetrated, but justified and pleaded for by some cardinals. See what wickedness is in man when he has a following and God is in the back ground. God is still the way the truth and the life for the religious body which is the answer to all our mental health problems.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Blindness can happen and is happening around the world, as we have been given over to a reprobate mine, in these abomination, as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge. People do not like being hurt, but look how mankind is hurting themselves around our world, for the simple reason they did not want to know the truth, or the way of life, but wanted to become lawless and that lawlessness is a mark that the Lord is coming very soon before man destroys himself. People know of God and the way of Christians and are doing all they can to get rid of them, as people do not like the truth. Look at the media, facebook, or anything that is presented on the internet. We are seeing eyes full of adultery as lust is rampant on the internet. We are past feeling of what the conscience is for and conviction is no longer needed, but has become seared and we just simply do not care about the consequences of sin.  We see 23 sins listed here alone Satan casts upon his followers. Haters of God is the first one listed, for it is the devils work shop and chief good. Satan is the father of a fake light and comes wanting us to see sin as ok, for it is good and gives you freedom from the law of good and instead desire evil. We are seeing parents today absent and kids getting to do whatever they please, wherever they are, Absenteeism in our school is a problem, that can’t seem to be addressed for it is the home that is dysfunctional today.

Wickedness maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, malignity, despiteful, implacable and unmerciful are all expression of that hatred to our brother, which is the heart of murder, the seven commandment.

Fornication is unrighteousness and covetousness against the eight commandments. Then the ninth commandment Deceit, whisperers, back biters, covenant-breakers, lying and slander are to common. People know full will inventors of evil things and without understand is going to kill and destroy, yet keep on inventing evil. Yes, people know the law has a penalty of death of life that is good and wholesome, but do it anyway. No resistance at all to doing what is wrong is seen every day on our news broadcast. The Judgement of God is sure and people are running into the sword’s point, as people are bent upon sinning and have pleasure in sins rewards. Lord help us to be able to resist sins allure, so we are not trapped in the addictions of sin. 

Are you comfortable in abiding in the vine; if not somethings missing and that is the reason we need to ask forgiveness as soon as we sin, so we are connected to the Lords love, mercy and grace, that keeps us connected to the source of our life.


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