The Bible, in 5 Verses

While reading Romans 1 last night with my favorite wife, I was already amazed by the 5th verse! “That is basically the whole theology of the Bible” I said. And so I wanted to share this gem with you, one that may be quickly overlooked as so many introductions to the epistles are.

(Romans 1:1-5 NKJV)
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures…

The gospel that Christ brought is from God (Yahweh), which God promised to bring through a Messiah in the Old Testament scriptures. When you realize that the old and new covenants are under the same God, with the same love, and the same plan it makes the Word come alive and you appreciate the work of the cross even more when in the light of Old Covenant sacrificial context. The major theme of the Old Testament is that sin must be payed for and that we are sinful, thus it was a setup for the presentation of the Messiah to save mankind.

…concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh…

The old testament prophecies that outlined a vague Messiah character to come were outlining the person of Jesus Christ who is Lord. And in concordance with those prophecies Jesus is a genetic descendant of David through Mary. Interestingly enough Joseph is also a descendant of David though the kingly line stopped with Jehoiakim. Again Jesus meets the credentials for the one true Messiah.

…and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Jesus was declared to be the Son of God literally by various people and through various confirmations that Jesus received. We are sons and daughters of God by spiritual adoption but Jesus is the only begotten OF God, meaning His miraculous conception was initiated by God’s creative power. Speaking of power, this verse also says Jesus has power that it is connected with His resurrection from the dead thus proving Him the be the Son of God. By coming back after death He defeated death which makes Him suitable to be a savior of a people who are cursed with death. No man or prophet could possess or acquire this kind of power, only God can.

Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

Not through the law, or through merit but through Christ alone we have grace which forgives and saves. From Christ the apostles received charge and equipping to promote in Jesus to all nations. Jesus began the church and we are now the care takers and representatives of it.

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3 thoughts on “The Bible, in 5 Verses

  1. >>>…Speaking of power, this verse also says Jesus has power that it is connected with His resurrection from the dead thus proving Him the be the Son of God. By coming back after death He defeated death which makes Him suitable to be a savior of a people who are cursed with death. No man or prophet could possess or acquire this kind of power, only God can…

    Grove, are you saying that Jesus resurrected himself, by his own power? Actually, the scriptures are very clear that God raised him from the dead. So, rather than providing proof of his “deity” (whatever that is), it actually provides rock solid proof that Jesus was, in fact, just an impotent human corpse, and not God. God did not die. God did not raise God from the dead.

    However, God did Jesus power to raise others from the dead:

    Joh 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

    Act_13:30 But God raised him from the dead:

    Act_13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

    Act_17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

    Rom_10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Gal_1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

    Eph_1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

    Col_2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

    1Pe_1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

    While Trinitarians think it pious to ascribe divinity to Jesus, it is actually the “dragon-speak” of the antichrist:

    2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
    2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
    2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
    2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
    2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    • No, I simply meant that there is power in the resurrection of Jesus.
      If death meant the end of existence then I can see how you would have a problem with my reasoning that Jesus is God and Jesus died thus God died. However death is not non-existence. The physical body of Jesus died, yes. Christ however still existing in the spiritual realm. So no God did not die, only the human body of Jesus died. After it died, Jesus went to hell and ministered to the spirits so He was very much alive. And God resurrected Jesus’s physical body

      Do you believe that the son or perdition is Jesus? Or is it the collective teaching that Jesus is God? If so is God sending this deception (2Thes 2:11)?

      • >>>…However death is not non-existence. The physical body of Jesus died, yes. Christ however still existing in the spiritual realm.

        This is a complicated subject. The scriptures distinguish, at times, between “death” and “sleeping.” In both cases, the person is no longer conscious, but the one has the hope of being “awakened” to return to life.

        >>>So no God did not die, only the human body of Jesus died. After it died, Jesus went to hell and ministered to the spirits so He was very much alive. And God resurrected Jesus’s physical body

        The reference in Peter is to the scrolls of Enoch, where the son of Adam/son of man (Enoch) preached to the angels who sinned in Genesis 6:1-3. Enoch was the awaited son of man. (Likewise, Jude refers to these same scrolls and this same incident, as does Paul in Corinthians, as does the Revelation). Note that Peter says that he was made alive by the breath, and it was by that breath that he had preached to unbelieving angels in hades… not that that was where he was while dead. While dead, he was a lifeless, unconscious corpse. He had relinquished his breath back to God.

        The Hebrew scriptures know nothing of an afterlife. But the Enoch scrolls vividly discribe the “spirits in prison”:

        “…And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjâzâ and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sonshave slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations…”

        “… I saw there seven stars like great burning mountains, and to me, when I inquired regarding them, The angel said: ‘This place is the end of heaven and earth: this has become a prison for the stars and the host of heaven. And the stars which roll over the fire are they which have transgressed the commandment of the Lord in the beginning of their rising, because they did not come forth at their appointed times. And He was wroth with them, and bound them till the time when their guilt should be consummated (even) for ten thousand years.’ …”

        “…And I proceeded to where things were chaotic. And I saw there something horrible: I saw neither a heaven above nor a firmly founded earth, but a place chaotic and horrible. And there I saw seven stars of the heaven bound together in it, like great mountains and burning with fire. Then I said: ‘For what sin are they bound, and on what account have they been cast in hither?’ Then said Uriel, one of the holy angels, who was with me, and was chief over them, and said: ‘Enoch, why dost thou ask, and why art thou eager for the truth? These are of the number of the stars of heaven, which have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and are bound here till ten thousand years, the time entailed by their sins, are consummated.’ And from thence I went to another place, which was still more horrible than the former, and I saw a horrible thing: a great fire there which burnt and blazed, and the place was cleft as far as the abyss, being full of great descending columns of fire: neither its extent or magnitude could I see, nor could I conjecture. Then I said: ‘How fearful is the place and how terrible to look upon!’ Then Uriel answered me, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: ‘Enoch, why hast thou such fear and affright?’ And I answered: ‘Because of this fearful place, and because of the spectacle of the pain.’ And he said unto me: ‘This place is the prison of the angels, and here they will be imprisoned for ever.’
        And thence I went to another place, and he mountain [and] of hard rock. And there was in it four hollow places, deep and wide and very smooth. How smooth are the hollow places and deep and dark to look at. Then Raphael answered, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: ‘These hollow places have been created for this very purpose, that the spirits of the souls of the dead should assemble therein, yea that all the souls of the children of men should assemble here. And these places have been made to receive them till the day of their judgement and till their appointed period [till the period appointed], till the great judgement (comes) upon them.’…”

        These Greek scriptures form the background of Peter’s enigmatic statement. Peter seems to be suggesting that Jesus was Enoch, reincarnated – the “son of Adam”.

        >>>Do you believe that the son or perdition is Jesus? Or is it the collective teaching that Jesus is God? If so is God sending this deception (2Thes 2:11)?

        The worshiped Jesus is the “another Jesus” that Paul referred to. It was not the Jesus Paul preached. The antichrist is the Catholic-invented “Trinity”. The “man’s number” of 666 is the mark of the Trinity that one must receive in order to “buy or sell” within Christendom. And yes, God says that it was his own deception, “that all the world should wonder after the beast”. Go figure.

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