THUS SAITH PAUL
Romans Chapter Four
The Works of Yahweh, or the Faith of Paul?
Romans 4:1-3 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Paul asserts that if Abraham were justified by his works (obedience) then he could glory (brag within himself- feel good about himself etc.,) but that Abraham's works (obedience) would mean nothing in the eyes of Yahweh. The only thing (according to Paul) that matters to Yahweh, is that Abraham believed Him. Excellent. Anyone can say they believe Yahweh. But is that all He requires of us? Really? If we simply say we believe in Yahweh, and worship Yahweh, and love Yahweh, are we automatically counted among Abraham's seed- the seed of Yahweh's promise?
What saith the scripture, actually?
Genesis 15:5-6 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in Yahweh; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.
Yahweh had made a promise to Abraham, that he would have children, though Sarah was old and so was he. Abraham believed Yahweh's promise, though it surpassed the reasoning of the flesh.
But was believing Yahweh, all it took to count Abraham among the righteous of Yahweh? Paul says so. He says that it was nothing Abraham did, but Abraham's faith in Yahweh, which made Abraham righteous. Let's see if this is the truth or not.
Isaac was Abraham's seed, through whom Yahweh's promise was fulfilled, and would still be fulfilled. When Isaac was a young child, Yahweh instructed Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on an altar. Though Isaac was the only son between he and Sarah, and though his very birth in the first place, was a miracle, Abraham did as Yahweh instructed and took Isaac to the altar to sacrifice him. As he was about to kill Isaac, Yahweh intervened because Abraham has passed the test. Though Isaac was Abraham's only son, and though Abraham loved Isaac, he was still willing to do what Yahweh commanded him because he trusted Yahweh, no matter what. Paul should have mentioned this, I would think. Yahweh says the following to Isaac:
Genesis 26:4-5 And I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments (mitzwah), my statutes, and my laws (torah).
Abraham believed Yahweh indeed and proved it by his obedience to Yahweh's voice,
Yahweh's counsel, Yahweh's commandments and statutes and Yahweh's laws.
Again, we see Paul's vanity shining through.
Romans 4:4-5 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
THUS SAITH YAHWEH:
Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
In chapters two and three we discussed how the Pharisees condemned the just (meaning Yahshua) because they neither knew Him nor what justice means. Here, we see Paul, on the other side of the wheel, justifying the wcked. According to Yahweh, both are an abomination to Him. Furthermore, Paul makes a very telling statement. He says that whoever doesn't work (meaning keep the commandments of Yahweh) but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.
Yahweh said he that justifies the wicked, is an abomination to Him. Why is Paul pointing the way to Satan? Is Yahweh not speaking of Satan, and satanic ministers when He says that he who justifies the wicked, is an abomination to Him? Please read the whole chapter of Ezekiel 13.
Ezekiel 13:22-23 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Paul is very much a liar. He says that whoever works (does the works of Yahweh in keeping Yahweh's Word), is actually just paying off a debt. What debt? This is ludicrous. If we obey Yahweh, it doesn't mean we're trying to pay Him off! It means we love Him and believe His Word is the truth that will save us if we walk in it- do as His Word commands, and live according to His will.
What is grace? Grace is Yahweh's pardon for our sins when we repent of being disobedient to Him and His commandments. He is graceful, merciful, full of compassion and love for His children who go and sin no more.
Does Yahweh ever justify the ungodly? Really? Paul says so. Paul says that the ungodly are the ones upon whom, the grace of Yahweh rests. Give me a break Paul.
Hear the Word of James- A TRUE Apostle of the Lamb:
James 2:19-26 Thou believest that Elohim is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect; and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, And Abraham believed Yahweh, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of Yahweh. Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith. And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.
Who do you think James was addressing here? Do I have to spell it out for you?
P (pompous) A (arrogant) U (unholy) L (liar).
Yahweh never has, does not and never will justify the ungodly. To say our HOLY and RIGHTEOUS Elohim does and will justify the ungodly is Blasphemy oh vain Paul.
Romans 4:6-9 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
I just want to scream. How many millions of souls have been led by the nose, directly into Paul's satanic trap- eg., his whore-house? Blessed indeed are they whose sins are forgiven because they finally realize that Yahweh is true and they finally decide to follow Him and walk in the truth! Blessed are they indeed because they have been set free, by Yahweh's Word, from the clutches of the enemy!
Does Yahweh really say a man is forgiven without works? Let's see. Paul has taken the liberty of quoting David once more, but let's see what David really said:
Psalms 32:1-2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
What else did David really say?
Psalms 32:5-6 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
What ELSE does David really say?
Psalms 32:8-11 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
The enemy's sole aim and purpose is to deceive the whole world away from keeping the commandments of Yahweh.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
WHO WILL BE FORGIVEN? WHO WILL ENTER THE PROMISED LAND: THE NEW JERUSALEM? WHO ARE YAHWEH'S CHILDREN? WHOSE WORD IS LIFE?
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love Yahweh thy Elohim, to walk in his ways, and to keep his mitzwah and his statutes and his ordinances, that thou mayest live and multiply, and that Yahweh thy Elohim may bless thee in the land whither thou goest in to possess it. But if thy heart turn away, and thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other elohim, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish; ye shall not prolong your days in the land, whither thou passest over the Jordan to go in to possess it. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed; to love Yahweh thy Elohim, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou mayest dwell in the land which Yahweh sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Who, but Satan himself, would tell such horrible lies to us, so we will be led astray after other 'gods' and not have the right to enter in through the gates of the New Jerusalem? Who else but Satan would promise us life when truly, his way only guarantees death? Who? Paul asked (above) if this grace came upon the circumcised only, or on the uncircumcised too. We already answered that in chapters 2 and 3, but a refresher for us:
Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
Eat thereof, meaning what? Meaning of the tree of Life, which is Yahshua; the Holy One of Israel- The Lamb of Yahweh, whose testimony is the Truth; whose WORD is Spirit and is Life. If you worry that I'm speaking by my own spirit rather than by Yahweh's Spirit, please have a look at these following scriptures:
Ezekiel 44:7-8 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations. Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
We are circumcised in the flesh, when we keep and do the law (Word/Works) of Yahweh. Our heart is circumcised when we keep His law (Word) because we truly do love Him and want to serve Him with all our heart, might, mind and strength. That's why unless we're circumcised both in the heart and the flesh, we cannot enter into Yahweh's sanctuary: The New Jerusalem. His grace is given without measure to all who repent and return to Him in every way. The Blood of the Lamb cleanses us from all our sins and His Spirit restores us back to peace with Yahweh, since His Spirit, is His Word. His Word is Spirit and it is Life.
Does Yahweh ever "impute righteousness without works?"
Deuteronomy 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
Deuteronomy 9:4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
Truly, Yahweh does impute obedience to His commandments to us, for our righteousness. He said as much. If we do what He commands us, then He will see us a righteous. He has further said, that "the reason He will drive the wicked out of the land," is not because of our righteousness, but because of His. He hates wickedness. He doesn't like fat-heads (Pharisees) any more than He likes wickedness and disobedience. His message is that He is a righteous and a Just Elohim who blesses they who fear Him and will cast out of His sight, they who work iniquity and not so anyone can brag about how righteous they are, but so His Name and His Works will be glorified.
Does Yahweh reward the righteous then, or not? Yes.
II Samuel 22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
I Kings 8:32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
Do our works mean nothing, as long as we believe? No.
Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
Psalms 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Psalms 11:7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
Psalms 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psalms 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (*This is a prophecy of Yahshua)
I John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Faith is only counted as faith, when we do the will of Yahweh. Faith without works, is not faith at all, but a very clever and deadly deception, of Satan.
Moving right along . . .
Romans 4:10-12 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
Paul certainly displays an uncanny ability to twist the Word of Yahweh, all out of proportion, in order to justify the wicked and unrepentant, which apparently includes himself . . . sorta like what Habakkuk, the prophet said:
Habakkuk 2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
In essence, Paul's reasoning is perfectly jaded and uninspired. He asks, "How was it (righteousness) reckoned?" Then he asks, "When he (Abraham) was circumcised, or when he wasn't yet?" Does it matter? Abraham received the covenant of circumcision, as the sign in his flesh and in the flesh of all who, like Abraham, believe Yahweh and do His will. Period. Paul is mixing up when with how Abraham was justified in the sight of Yahweh. When? When Yahweh saw that Abraham loved Yahweh, more than his own son. How? When Abraham proved his faith to Yahweh, by doing as Yahweh commanded him to do, regardless that it must have been the hardest thing Abraham had ever set out to do. But he did, because he trusted Yahweh, regardless how terrible it would have been to sacrifice his own, miraculously born son. Abraham is then, the father of the circumcised, not the uncircumcised.
Paul reasons that since Abraham wasn't circumcised yet, when Yahweh told him that through his seed, all the nations would be blessed, then the uncircumcised and circumcised alike, are the seed of faith. Does this make any logical sense? Not to me.
Yahshua said told the truth, that clarifies this matter:
Matthew 3:6-9 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
John 8:37-40 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father.
Romans 4:13-14 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
Excuse me, but faith is the keeping of Yahweh's law and His Word and His commandments and everything else of His. Lack of faith, is believing this outright and utterly blasphemous lie of Paul's own invention. Furthermore, Yahshua commanded us not to love the world, but seek the Kingdom of Heaven; to store our treasures in Heaven- to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come." Amein.
Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
The law works wrath does it? So I guess Paul is right then. Abolish the law and voila! No such thing as sin! There. Settled. Are you convinced? I'm not. Take a moment to read Psalms 10.
It's better to believe Yahweh:
Exodus 20:5-6 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; (wrong Paul- If you knew Yahshua, you would understand that you just lied.) not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Yahshua said that Abraham is not the father of us all, but the father of they who do the works of Abraham.
Works without faith, is nonexistent. (*NOTE how subtly Paul has slithered around the truth: Right after saying the law works wrath, he slyly adds that grace IS of the law, but then says it's not of the law only.) There is no such thing as faith outside obedience to the law of Yahweh- His Word is life. Paul's word, is death; or rather, a death trap. The law of Yahweh does not work wrath. The only thing that does work wrath, is our own defiance and rebellion against the truth, as the prophet, Nehemiah said:
Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
Yahweh's law brings life and blessings to all who love and believe Him.
Psalms 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Psalms 119:53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
Psalms 119:126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Psalms 119:174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
Jeremiah 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:
Daniel 9:11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
Romans 4:17-21 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Abraham believed in hope did he? How so? Abraham believed in Yahweh, not in hope. How can someone believe in hope? How silly. Did hope open Sarah's barren womb? Did hope give Abraham and Sarah a son, through whom all nations would be blessed? Or did Yahweh perform His Word, as promised, because Abraham trusted in and obeyed Yahweh? What is hope? Is hope Paul's God, or is Yahweh Paul's God? Sheesh. Hope is faith that comes from believing in the righteousness of Yahweh, even if the whole world thinks you're nuts for it. In anything, you can endure because you understand that the truth you cling to and walk in obedience to, is everlasting life.
Romans 4:22-25 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
If we believe in Him that raised up Yahshua from the dead, we will obey the voice of Yahshua, because guess what? Yahshua IS HE that raised Him from the dead.
John 10:14-18 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. no man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
John 10:12-13 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
Did Paul defend the sheep against the wolf, or was Paul the wolf who scattered the sheep? (Acts 8:1 & 4, Acts 11:19) Was Paul a good shepherd, or was Paul the hireling, who left the sheep, then hid under the protective wing of the Romans, from the Jews who were persecuting Paul's flock? You decide.
Acts 22:25-29 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
Acts 23:27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.
The Good Shepherd leads us to fountains of living water. The hireling leads us into a sick bed with Jezebel, and into great tribulation.