God, Arabs, and Jews, 7 AMENS of Romans

Blessed to hear of Messianic Jews in Israel, from David Lazarus, a journalist
and pastor of a congregation of Messianic Jews in Tel-Aviv, and then read as
he describes Christian meetings with the Arab Christians and Messianic Jews.  
{Not necessarily to be confused with many fundamentalists groups in the US
that tried to extend their ministries at home and in Israel centered around a
distorted version of Messianic Judaism that ignores the instructions of Acts 15:
24, striving for themselves and other Gentiles to keep the law of the Torah.}  
Like the purpose of God to gather all in Christ of Ephesians 1:9, we would
pray for more of this first kind; and while recognizing that the kingdom of Christ
can not fully be achieved here on earth, but rather on the new earth, which is
distorted by those of the second kind.
 Romans is far more than a great doctrinal treatise on God’s whole plan of
salvation for all humanity, with all the implications in the “Apostolic Peaching of
the Cross” like on justification by faith and through the cross of Christ,
adoption, redemption, the atonement, and so on.  It is also a devotional
commentary on the wholeness of the OT and the newness of the NT with
AMENS.  There are 7 paragraphs in Romans terminated with Paul’s outbursts
of praise and worship with “Amen”, Amen, and Amen 7 times.  Those sections
terminate with the Amens of the following verses:  (1)  Romans 1:25; (2)
Romans 9:5; (3) Romans 11:36; (4) Romans 15:33, (5) Romans 16:20; (6)
Romans 16:24; and (7) Romans 16:27.

4-1:  Worship the One Creator-God who is blessed forever.  Amen,
Romans 1:21-25.

While so many secular scholars desire to expound on an evolution from
civilizations of many gods to One God; in fact, as part of the first amen of
Romans, all men originally knew something about the One God-Creator, from
the beginning of history in the Garden of Eden and the evolution of many
civilizations as the languages were confused at Babel, and God’s intention was
achieved of spreading humanity across the globe.  (1) The marvelous design
of the Created world, such as the hand, the flower, fruit, and so on and on,
demand a great omnipotent and omniscient Designer--it would be as foolish to
find  in a jungle an intricate piece of electronics fallen out of orbit, then claim a
natural evolution of such complexity, as to claim all this fabulous and humanity
friendly environment of heaven and earth, spontaneously created themselves--
thank you Creator that is blessed forever; (2) Even as a child automatically
knows mom and dad, so Humanity of original civilizations, created in the image
of God and by God, had a soul and nature that automatically recognized
“somebody greater than you and I”, to quote from Tennessee Ernie Ford; (3)
And as part of the conscience of the human spirit and soul also automatically
speaks of a One God of moral law as all civilizations natural accuse and
excuse each other with standards of morality and ethics--Blessed be the God
and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they
became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an
image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts,
and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness
through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies
between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and
worshipped and served the creature more than the  Creator, who is
blessed for ever. Amen."  (Romans 1:21-25)

1.  The human problem is and always has been that man wants to make gods
out of other men, either for physical or intellectual acumen, also for prowess in
morality and ethics.  It is called by the Bible, “worshipped and served the
creature more than the Creator”, sometimes that social and religious de-
evolution of man has been to make those creatures gods of worship animals
and nature, inanimate object and beings without soul or will.  Do not be
mistakenly gullible to think that God from His perch on the great white throne
with feet in the clouds, not recognize how from Creation to now, humanity has
and still does created many gods as substitutes of the One God-Creator.  In
fact, one would have to say that the primary thrusts of the wise serpent Satan
as he has roamed the earth from inspiring original sin in the Garden, has used
the means of substitutes for the One Creator whom he knew very well from
personal experience to be the One Great Designer.  Not only was Jesus the
Word made flesh that dwelt among us in the first century, present as with God
and was God, but also Satan before he became a fallen angel with a host of
fallen angels, was there also.  {Wow, this in no way is claiming as Mormons
that Jesus and Satan were brothers, with their 4 extra Bibles and Satan
inspired Christian fables.}
2.  Judaism and Islam are equally two examples of false doctrines and world
labels that seek creature creation over the One Creator-God, who is blessed
forever, creation.  Certainly Jesus did not have in mind all Jews of Judaism, as
He told the religious leaders that were seeking to kill Him, that rather than
being the children of Abraham, that were “Of their father the devil, and the will
of devil, by the way the prince of power of this world, they seek to do.”  
Rather than call all faithful followers of Islam and Judaism as of Satan, which
by the way is the only other supernatural being so that when prayers do not go
to God, they go to the god-Satan, we are justified by Scripture of the One
True God, in calling those of Judaism and Islam that today would kill Jesus as
the son of God in minds if not in reality, as worshippers of Satan.  Also,
because of the covenant of God with forefather Abraham, it is also Satanic to
go after the destruction of Israel.  The deception that the OT Prophets and
Revelation talk about that Satan uses to gather all nations to Jerusalem and
the final battle of Megiddo, surely has something to do with an inherent desire
to destroy Jerusalem and Israel.  {It is much like the jealousy and rivalry of
siblings, the descendants of Ishmael (Arabs) and the descendants of Isaac
(Jews) both desiring the same land, recognition, and blessings before the One
Creator.}

4-2:  AMENS come spontaneously and in different unexpected, mostly
un-noticed places like in this second Amen of Romans 9:1-6.

“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me
witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual
sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from
Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:  Who are
Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the
covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the
promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh
Christ came, who is over all, God  blessed for ever. Amen.
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not
all Israel, which are of Israel:  Neither, because they are the seed of
Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.  
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the
children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the
seed.”  (Romans 9:1-6)

1.  The plain truth of this Word of God is that the Arab Gentiles have as much
chance in the sight of God of eternal blessings from God as the real spiritual
Israel, but not by the way of false doctrines of Islam and a false god {Satan}
called Allah.  Don’t you see how desperate Satan was by 700 A.D. as he
witnessed the spread of Christianity and the Bible, to find in Islam and the
Koran and the Prophet Mohammed as a substitute for Jesus, to emulate,
counter, and destroy both Christianity and the Judaism out of which it came.  
Surely you do see the obvious copying of the Bible by the Koran 700 hundred
years later even as in the copying of the 4 Mormon Bibles much later, but the
perversions of Jesus and the Gospel of Christ which came from the One God-
Creator.
2.  Paul ushers in the problem and dilemma of how Christians are to treat
Jews today of the nation of Israel who deny the only Son of the only True God
the Father, who is blessed forever, Amen:  (1) they are enemies to Christians
for the sake of the gospel; (2) but they are blessed of God for the sake of the
covenant God made with Abraham, which by the way a covenant that also
included blessings on the Arabs of Ishmael.
3.  Arabs stand to lose, at least at Megiddo, that blessing to Abraham’s
descendants, if they get lost in Muslim goals of destruction of Israel.  Arabs
are much greater than Islam!  And as a matter of fact, the Mormons still have
a chance if they can admit that they are Gentiles, getting off that snobbish,
exclusive, and lie of history attitude of not being Gentiles.  The nation of Moab
missed its chance:  Moses as the children of Israel neared the east side of
Jordan was instructed by God to leave the Moabites alone since they were of
Abraham’s relatives, named Lot as Moab was a son of Lot; but that was
before Balak, the king of Moab hired Balaam to curse Israel.
4.  We must quickly enumerate the blessings of God to the nation of Israel, the
only nation He specifically chose as an exceptional blessed nation, and the
only nation He brought out of bondage in Egypt.  Those blessings are
enumerated specifically in Romans 9:4,5 and the label God chooses through
Paul is “Israelites”--”Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth (1) the adoption,
and (2) the glory, and (3) the covenants, and (4) the giving of the law, and (5)
the service of God, and (6) the promises...”  Paul summarizes it as what
advantage then is it to be a Jew, and answers that because unto them were
committed the oracles of God.  Almost in spite of themselves and with all the
wrongs they did, God hung with them and blessed them in order that they
might be the nation of whom His Son Jesus came, and through whom as
Prophets and Apostles the Bible might come.  Oh yes, and we dare not
neglect that the LAW of the 10 commandments came through Israel, making
up for and crystallizing any shortcomings of human conscience and the
collective conscience of civilizations.

4-3:  Arab friends of those great and historic generations and
civilizations, it is not too late to be part of the greater promise of eternal
salvation, Romans 11:28-36.  The deep wisdom and knowledge of God.

Paul intends above all, we might give God the glory that is due His name as
the decisions of God are considered for the how and way of salvation for all
humanity that will believe.  Paul progresses us on God with the 7 Amens, with
the first of Romans 1, it is the Blessed God-Creator while here in Romans 11
with the second AMEN, it is the Lord God of all glory--”For of him, and through
him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
NOTE:  It is not about us or any peoples or civilizations, it is all God the Father
of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Bickerings between peoples and civilizations and
generations is for the pettiness of sinful humanity, the big story of Creation and
salvation is (1) OF HIM, (2) THROUGH HIM, and (3) TO HIM, amen, amen,
and amen to Whom be honor and glory forever and ever.

“As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as
touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.  For the
gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  {God does not and will
not change His mind on blessings on all nations that came out of
Abraham.}  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now
obtained mercy through their unbelief:  Even so have these also now not
believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.  For God
hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.  
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  For
who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his
counsellor?  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed
unto him again?  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:
to whom be glory for ever. Amen."  (Romans 11:28-36)

4-4: The main subject of Romans and of life is the One God, Creator of
all, over all, the Lord God of all glory, and now coming to the very
personal level of individual Christians like those at the church in Rome
and Paul himself, He is the God of peace.  (Romans 15:30-33)

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for
the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to
God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in
Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be
accepted of the saints; That I may come unto you with joy by the will of
God, and may with you be refreshed.
Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”  (Romans 15:30-33)

1.  It is hard to comprehend how God is of peace among Jew and Gentile, and
in a very practical implementation without considering also Romans 15:21-29
that leads up to the fourth Amen of Romans 15:30-33.

“But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and
they that have not heard shall understand.  For which cause also I have
been much hindered from coming to you.  But now having no more place
in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto
you; Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I
trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward
by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.  But now I go
unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.  For it hath pleased them of
Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints
which are at Jerusalem.  It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors
they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual
things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.  When
therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will
come by you into Spain.  And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I
shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ."  
(Romans 15:21-29)

2.  Before proceeding to more exposition of Romans 15 leading up to this
fourth Amen, we should not how far we have come from the beginning in
Romans 1 of God the Creator, the most basic of all doctrine and always a
good starting place, but now to the “gospel of Christ”; and recognize that in
this sweep of Romans with a focus on the Amens, we have missed much of
the development of what the Gospel, or good news of Jesus is, especially in
Romans 10, and therefore must come back in this specialized series of
Romans Bible studies “for Christian fables and world labels” to cover the great
doctrine and doctrines of the Gospel of Christ for salvation.

4-5: What more can be said about AMENS of praise to God since with
the fourth amen we have come all the way in the doctrinal expressions
of Romans to the God of peace and consequently to the peace of the
Gospel?  Romans 16:20, it furthers the God of peace as bringing out
that peace among Christian in bruising Satan, and then with closing
reminders of the personal grace you did and can continue to receive
through the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.  Fifth Amen.   “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your
feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.  
(Romans 16:20)

2.  The sixth Amen is similar, except that it first mentions all Paul’s friends,
relatives, and associated that are in the city of Rome, Romans 16:24,
“The
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

NOTE:  We also ten to break out in praise with  our own added Amen
would be as we recognize that the original way  God told to bless Israel
was in terms of (1) the blessing of security and protection, (2) God’s
face to shine upon them and be gracious, and (3) God to focus His
countenance on them and provide peace; had now been expanded in
Romans, not only to Jews and Gentiles, but also to be the blessing of
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, a matter to live with daily!

3.  Seventh Amen, you might think adds nothing, Romans 16:25-27, but we
find both a very enlarged blessing on both Jew and Gentile Christians, and an
enlargement of emphasis as from the same God that has been discussed all
along, but now it is THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ, “Now to him that is of
power to establish 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, 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:

"To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen."  
(Romans 16:27)

You would not expect the great Apostle Paul to end any other way than with a
bang, this once prominent and advanced lawyer of Judaism called to be an
apostle of Jesus Christ is a very dramatic fashion, not only a missionary to the
Roman world, establishing Christian churches everywhere he traveled, but
pausing to be the first Christian Bible theologian and writer, under God the
Holy Spirit of 14 books of the NT, also sponsoring 3 more through John Mark
and Dr Luke--
(1).  You almost miss this last paragraph as being about, at the beginning
“Now to Him...”, that it is the only wise God at the end of the paragraph, “To
God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever.  Amen.
(2) .  Notice that from now, that is then at the beginning of the first century,
until the END when Jesus delivers all to God the Father that He may be all in
all (I Corinthians 15:27,28), God gets His glory through worship and bowing to
the Lord Jesus Christ as He has ordained.

CONCLUSION:  Now, can you believe as stated previously that the book
of Romans is about and dedicated to the only One wise God, “To God
only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ our Lord”; and whatever
doctrine you or your group have or do not have, make sure as above it
includes the only one wise God to be glorified through His Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ!


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