Did Paul Write The Romans Epistle Or Was It Tertius?

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.

Rom 16:20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Rom 16:21  Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.

Rom 16:22  I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

Did the Apostle Paul write all 13 of his epistles, or did he require the assistance of someone else to write the direct revelation down for all mankind? Well, “legend has it” that Tertius was a “workfellow” and fellow-laborer with Paul, and that he penned the Romans epistle, but this is not the case at all, the author of the book of Romans is the Apostle Paul. “Tertius” is the Apostle Paul’s Roman citizenship  name, notice that Paul does not “salute” the saints but Tertius and everyone else with Paul does? Paul uses his Roman name here when saluting the saints in Rome. We will see that not only did Paul pen the book of Romans, but we will see that he did so with all of his epistles. And we will see that he did not need a secretary to write for him because of bad eyesight at all, remember, Paul traveled more than all of the saints, he did not need anyone to lead him by the hand as in the beginning.

Notice Paul says that he wrote the epistle:

Rom 15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Rom 15:14  And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Rom 15:15  Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

Here we see Paul saying that he penned the epistle with his own hand:

1Co 16:19  The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

1Co 16:20  All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

1Co 16:21  The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

The Holy Ghost did not need the assistance of Paul’s eyes, or someone else to write down the direct revelation, Paul received the direct revelation from the Holy Ghost, and he penned the epistle himself, Paul would have had to hear what was revealed, and then remember what was said, and then tell the writer what he had heard from the Holy Ghost.

2Co 13:2  I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

2Co 13:10  Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

And as we can see, the Apostle Paul says over, and over that he wrote the epistles, and again even with his “own hand:”

Gal 1:20  Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Gal 6:11  Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

Eph 3:1  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Eph 3:2  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Eph 3:3  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

Notice he does not say ‘as we have written.”

Php 3:1  Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

Col 4:18  The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Paul didn’t have someone else write the epistle, and then would he put his salutation on it!

1Th 5:1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2Th 3:17  The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

Paul says that his salutation of “Paul” at the beginning of each epistle, is the “token” in EVERY epistle that he himself has written.

1Ti 3:14  These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

Paul doesn’t have to be led by the hand! Whoever penned the ‘prison epistles’ would have to have been in prison with him also, couldn’t have been and it could not have been Tertius!

2Ti 4:11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

2Ti 4:12  And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

2Ti 4:13  The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Paul requested the “books,” and the “parchments,” if Paul’s eyesight is bad, why would he need these things? Some would say that Mark, or Luke was going to do the writing, and reading for Paul, but as we have seen, Paul confirms that he himself has written the epistles with his “own hand:”

Phm 1:19  I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

Phm 1:20  Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Phm 1:21  Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

The Apostle Peter acknowledges, and confirms that Paul wrote “all his epistles:”

2Pe 3:15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

2Pe 3:16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Theology, historians, and Church traditions have taught that the Tertius mentioned in Romans 16, was Paul’s ‘stenographer,’ or secretary, and that he wrote the epistle, and Paul’s other epistles, but we are to let the word of God be the final decision on the matter.

Act 9:11  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Act 9:12  And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Act 9:13  Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

Act 9:14  And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

Act 9:15  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Act 9:16  For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Act 9:17  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Act 9:18  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Act 9:19  And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

Act 9:20  And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

God works in perfection, and it says he received his sight; the Apostle Paul probably had better eyesight than before, remember he was a young man at the time, Paul’s eyesight was FULLY restored, and he “straightway” went out preaching Christ to the lost.

Act 13:9  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,

Act 13:10  And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Act 13:11  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

Act 19:11  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

Act 19:12  So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Paul wrote the book of Romans around this time, Paul could heal the sick, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; Paul took away Elymas the sorcerer’s eyesight in Acts 13:11 also, and Paul did “miracles” by God, but if he had bad eyesight, he could not heal his own eyesight?

 Finally, as we have seen, Paul in his epistles, and his prison epistles years later; says that he has written the epistles with his own “hand,” so where does the speculation come from that Paul did not write all of his epistles due to a medical issue? Three verses come to mind. In Galatians chapter four Paul speaks of an “infirmity of the flesh,” and this is always assumed that he is speaking of an eye problem because of verse 15. But verse 14 says that Paul’s “infirmity of the flesh” was a “temptation” in his flesh; which could have been look upon by most where they would have “despised” Paul, or “rejected” his testimony unto them.

Gal 4:13  Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

Gal 4:14  And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Gal 4:15  Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

But because of what Paul says in verse 15, people assume Paul had the weakest set of eyes in Galatia, but this is not what Paul is saying at all. Paul makes known to the Galatians his understanding of how the saint’s behavior was “at the first,” this was when Paul first preached the gospel unto them, and they were so joyful, and grateful that they would have given up of themselves to Paul anything that he asked. But does this mean that Paul did not write all of his epistles? The answer to that question would also be: No. And as we have seen, the Apostle Paul has written all of his epistles; whether it was his first epistle (the epistle to the Galatians), or his last (2Timothy), we see Paul begin each epistle with “Paul,” which confirms that he not only received the revelation, but he also penned the epistles as well. And the Holy Ghost did not need the help of the eyesight of Paul, or by the hand of another to reveal the Word of God to His Church.

Rod Jones

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