Are we better off?
Are those who think they believe in Jesus to be God, or those who think Jehovah being God the only righteous? They should know better, because according to the Gospel of the Apostles there is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.
Ruin and misery are in the paths of this contemporary world. A world where we can see that there is no fear of God.
Some may think the world is going ‘berserk’ because the Judeo-Christian world is not taken serious, as being the only civilisation able to bring forth inventions ans wealth. But they should be aware that God allowed all people to leave on this earth, and that many of them, also those who do not believe, are able to do good works, and able to think and handle the right way, because all men are created in the likeness of God.
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. And that should make us think more. Being aware what evil really is. Believing in Christ or God does not make us a more important person than somebody who does not believe at all, or does believe something different than us. For there is no distinction, for all have sinnedand fall short of the glory of God.
But the good thing about accepting Christ and believing in all the works he and his Father did is that we can become justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Those who accepted Christ as their Saviour and are willing to read the Holy Scriptures, learning from them, may be blessed when they make work of it to live according those Words of God. Though we shall not be able to be without sin, our sins can be forgiven, when do have regret of what we did wrong and when we also can forgive those who sinned against us. Many their lawless deeds are forgiven, and many their sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.
Romans 3:1-4:25 The Scriptures 1998+
(1) What then is the advantage of the Yehudor what is the value of the circumcision?
(2) Much in every way! Because firstly indeed, that they were entrusted with the Words of Elohim.1 Footnote: 1See 2:20.
(3) For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief nullify the trustworthiness of Elohim?
(4) Let it not be! But let Elohim be true, and every man a liar, as it has been written, “That You should be declared right in Your words, and prevail in Your judging.”
(5) But if our unrighteousness establishes the righteousness of Elohim, what shall we say? Is Elohim unrighteous who is inflicting wrath? I speak as a man.
(6) Let it not be! Otherwise how shall Elohim judge the world?
(7) For if the truth of Elohim has increased through my lie, to His esteem, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
(8) And why not say, “Let us do evil so that the good might come”? – as we are wrongly accused and as some claim that we say. Their judgment is in the right.
(9) What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehudand Greeks that they are all under sin.
(10) As it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one!
(11) “There is no one who is understanding, there is none who is seeking Elohim.
(12) “They all have turned aside, they have together become worthless. There is none who does good, no, not one.”
(13) “Their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues they have deceived,” “The poison of adders is under their lips,”
(14) “Whose mouth is filled with cursing and bitterness.”
(15) “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
(16) ruin and wretchedness are in their ways,
(17) and the way of peace they have not known.”
(18) “There is no fear of Elohim before their eyes.”
(19) And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim.
(20) Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7.
(21) But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets,
(22) and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference,
(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
(24) being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע ,
(25) whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before,
(26) to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע .
(27) Where, then, is the boasting? It is shut out. By what Torah? Of works? No, but by the Torah of belief.
(28) For we reckon that a man is declared right by belief without works of Torah.
(29) Or is He the Elohim of the Yehudonly, and not also of the gentiles? Yea, of the gentiles also,
(30) since it is one Elohim who shall declare right the circumcised by belief and the uncircumcised through belief.
(31) Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.1 Footnote: 1See 7:12.
(1) What, then, shall we say Abour father, to have found, according to the flesh?
(2) For if Abwas declared right by works, he has ground for boasting, but not before Elohim.
(3) For what does the Scripture say? “Abbelieved Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.”1 Footnote: 1Gen. 15:6, Gen. 17:1 and 26:5.
(4) And to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned as a favour but as a debt.
(5) And to him who is not working but believes on Him who is declaring right the wicked, his belief is reckoned for righteousness,
(6) even as Dawidalso says of the blessedness of the man to whom Elohim reckons righteousness without works:
(7) “Blessed are those whose lawlessnesses are forgiven, and whose sins are covered,
(8) blessed is the man to whom יהוה shall by no means reckon sin.”
(9) Is this blessing then upon the circumcised only, or also upon the uncircumcised? For we affirm: Belief was reckoned unto Abfor righteousness.
(10) How then was it reckoned? Being in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
(11) And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the belief while in uncircumcision, for him to be a father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be reckoned to them also,
(12) and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the belief which our father Abhad in uncircumcision.
(13) For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abor to his seed through the Torah, but through a righteousness of belief.
(14) For if those who are of the Torah are heirs, belief has been made useless, and the promise has been nullified,
(15) for the Torah works out wrath, for where there is no Torah there is no transgression.
(16) On account of this it is of belief, that it be according to favour, for the promise to be made certain to all the seed, not only to those who are of the Torah, but also to those who are of the belief of Abwho is father of us all –
(17) as it has been written, “I have made you a father of many nations” – in the presence of Him whom he believed, even Elohim, who gives life to the dead and calls that which does not exist as existing,
(18) who against all expectation did believe, in expectation, so that he should become father of many nations, according to what was said, “So shall your seed be.”
(19) And not having grown weak in belief, he did not consider his own body, already dead, being about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb,
(20) he did not hesitate about the promise of Elohim through unbelief, but was strengthened in belief, giving esteem to Elohim,
(21) and being completely persuaded that what He had promised He was also able to do.
(22) Therefore also “it was reckoned to him for righteousness.”
(23) And not because of him alone was it written that it was reckoned to him,
(24) but also because of us, to whom it shall be reckoned, to us who believe in Him who raised up יהושע our Master from the dead,
(25) who was delivered up because of our trespasses, and was raised for us to be declared right.
- We Have Been Reconciled – Day 4 (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
The book of Romans provides much of the basic principles, and what we know as “foundational truths”. What are “foundational truths”? These are the core beliefs that all Christians ought to have…just like when constructing any kind of building the first thing that needs to be built is the foundation. Once you have a foundation laid then you can begin to construct whatever the building is.
- Proper Judgment (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com)
Usually we think of this story as one that helps us think about the relationship between sin and judgment.We are all sinners and that knowledge ought to temper our judgment of others.
- Class Notes: The Jewish Experience: During the Biblical Years by Dr Raymond Gannon @ Beth Yachad (paradoxparables.justparadox.com)
Adonai desires that all should come to repentance, everyone everywhere, to worship in spirit and truth. He says I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.
Circumcision was a nation recognition that the house of Israel belongs to G-d to walk in holiness and purity.