STUDIES ON THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Shaul's (Paul) letter to the Romans is an often misunderstood book. Shaul says that the Torah has not been done away with, but theologians then contradict him. All of Shaul's writings must be understood within the context they were written or we just end up making up what we are to believe.
Many of the words in the Bible have a specific biblical understanding. We understand the words we use within our own culture. For example, football means American football, but in Europe it means soccer. Common words that we see in the Bible cannot be properly understood outside of a biblical cultural understanding. They must be understood the way they were intended to originally be understood and not how we understand them now. *Look for the references I make in this article in the articles listed below.
Romans 10:4 actually tells us that the Messiah helps us to do what is right. What could be wrong with getting help from the Messiah Yeshua? Yeshua (Jesus) said to love one another. The world would be a better place if we all did that. The Messiah can be a big big help for our lives and for our spiritual walk.
Gospel - A Messianic Message
When people hear the word “gospel” they often think of their own version of what the Bible has to say and call it the “gospel.” When Shaul (Paul) uses that word he comes from a background entirely immersed in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament portion we find words that mean gospel. This is an important interesting study on the meaning of the word "gospel."
Being a Tzadik
In Romans, Shaul (Paul) uses the word righteousness. What does that mean? Some say it is being right without doing what is right. Obviously, this does not make sense. When we see the word righteous we need to understand that the Messiah helps us to live right. Just doing any old thing and saying you are right is wrong doctrine.
Called for a Purpose
When I first began learning about Yeshua (Jesus) one of the things I was taught is that I was called, called to be a Christian. I didn’t realize that was not what being called meant; I was being taught a theology. I was being taught a whole system of biblical philosophy that wasn’t biblically accurate.
In some theologies, the word “apostle” is sometimes used of special people who some say can do no wrong, specifically the 12 apostles. The meaning of the word apostle means “sent one.” In other words, they are messengers for God. God has a special mission for them. The way the word “apostle” is used is misleading. God still has messengers today; theology has stolen the meaning and made it into a title instead of how God wants to use some of His people to serve others.
Set Apart Holy
When Rabbi Shaul (Paul) says we are “set apart” or “separated” he is thinking of a people who have separated themselves to be holy. Yeshua (Jesus) said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, accompanied by all the angels, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.” Matt. 25:31-32 CJB. The sheep are those who decide to live holy lives and keep God's commandments; the goats are the rebellious who do not choose to follow God.
Grace Through the Ages
The Hebrew word for grace is Chen (pronounced like the “ch” as in the composer Bach) and is used 68 times in the Tanakh according to Young’s concordance. Most of the time it is translated grace or favor. Theologians often make a special issue about God’s favor coming when Yeshua came and they make it sound like God’s grace/favor never existed until Yeshua came. Of course, that is not true.