Divisions And Offences “Contrary To The Doctrine” Part 2

5. Chapter 8

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Romans chapter 8 goes over our adoption as “sons” by God our Father and how our attitude ought to be concerning the “sufferings of this present time,” and that we ought to understand and appreciate that we, and “the whole creation” are going to experience the effects of the “sufferings of this present time.” Moreover we are taught the love of God, and that He is “for us” when we suffer, because we have been given “the Spirit” (His word of truth) to help our “infirmities” when we experience the “sufferings of this present time.” But this is “contrary” to this world’s teaching, not only are they ignorant to the doctrine of who the Father has made us to be as “sons and daughters in Christ,” but they preach a doctrine that says that God will physically deliver the blessed ones from their sufferings, and this is how God shows His love to His beloved saints, but when they experience sufferings for an unexpected long period of time, then they will say that God is giving them ‘a test,’ but this “high minded” way of thinking is an ungodly and selfish doctrine being taught today among the church world.

6.     Chapters 9-11:

Rom 10:1  Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

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.

Rom 11:1  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

Rom 11:2  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Many are ignorant of Romans 9, 10, and 11 where God shows what happened to Israel, and that His judgment of His nation is “just” by showing Israel had many opportunities to accept the righteousness of God, but because of their desire to self-justify themselves, God suspended His program with them. But God has“zeal” to once again offer the kingdom to His nation, and that He has not “cast away” His nation. But there are many who call themselves ‘spiritual Israelites’ who are ignorant to the fact that God is not dealing with ‘Israelites’ in this dispensation, but that He has set His nation temporarily aside until our “fullness” be “come in.” It is this dispensational change that many are “ignorant” of and it has caused many to mis-handle their bibles because of failure to understand where it is that they ‘fit’ in God’s will today.

7.     Chapters 12-14:

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Rom 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Here we find the truths of how we are to not to be “conformed to this world,” but be “renewed” by the transforming of our minds, where we will be “conformed to the image of His Son.” Also, we are taught about Christ’s Body, and that we are to love one another as being saints baptized into one body, and that we are to value and esteem each other more than ourselves. And we are taught about the selfless Love of God, and how to respond to His word, and this world. But this world teaches a doctrine that conforms the hearers to this world; they teach that you have to strive to be #1 in the eyes of God, and in the eyes of men. Furthermore, man has obtained a desire to “glory in men” by exalting men (their pastor, spiritual leader, or any one that they assume has a great bible understanding) over other members in Christ’s body, when this is not how God would have us to think. The objective of the saints who are “strong” in the faith, ought to be to support, and edify the “weak in the faith,” but today , the preacher desires the church members to be under “tutors and governors,” and act as if the preacher has dominion over their faith, and over their decision making.

8.    Chapters 15-16:

Rom 15:16  That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Rom 15:17  I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

Rom 15:18  For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

Rom 16:25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom 16:26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Romans chapters 15-16 makes known the Apostle Paul’s authority as our apostle in this dispensation of Gentile grace and God’s desire that we are to be established by the Apostle Paul with the doctrine that Paul calls “my gospel.” It is God who kept this gospel hidden within Himself “since the world began,” and later revealed to Paul as our apostle to establish and make the world “obedient, by word and deed.” And it is sad to say that most of today’s church is ignorant of this doctrine; which is the preaching of Jesus Christ “according to the revelation of the mystery,” but instead, Jesus Christ is preached in regards to His offering the kingdom to Israel and all the promises, signs and wonders, and the things that He gave for His nation to understand about the fulfillment of their kingdom being “at hand.” Therefore, failure to understand this gospel has left many ‘in the dark’ to the Jesus Christ that Paul preaches about, and the way we are to bring honor and glory as being ones who are members of His body, and this leaves them to only know Jesus Christ as He is presented to Israel in the ‘four gospels,’ and in “ages to come.”

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Rom 16:19  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

Finally, as the Apostle ends the epistle, he explains that if anyone comes along and teaches something contrary to what he just set forth in the 16 chapters of Romans, he ‘beseeches’ that we “mark,” or ‘identify’ that person as one who ‘serves’ the purpose and will of Satan, and not Jesus Christ. And it is vital that we understand the dangerous nature that we place ourselves in when we do not “avoid them” when we have identified them, we ourselves end up cooperating with the policy of evil by our association with them, we are told to “avoid,” and “shun” these ungodly people, because our association with them would be as if we are in agreement them, and with their corrupt doctrine, and our association with these deceitful men is seen as ungodly in the sight of God because it goes against His design and will for us today in this dispensation of Gentile grace.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2Ti 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2Ti 2:17  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

Rod Jones

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