Thus Saith Paul - Romans 5

Thus Saith Paul
Romans Chapter Five

Peace With Yahweh Or
Peace With The World?

by Nikki


    Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

As discussed in Chapter four, indeed we have peace with Yahweh, by the work He performed through the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Yahshua Ha Mashiyach.  His awesome sacrifice for our sins, is something my mere words cannot even come close to describing.  In fact, Yahshua laid His life down for someone like me- someone who once was full of sin and iniquity and who still struggles, daily to know, understand and keep/do the Word of Yahweh. I'm sure I'm not alone in that, because truly, all of us do fall short of His awesome glory. Yahshua asked the following question of His disciple:

Luke 7:40-43 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

That's why I love Yahshua as much as I do.  That's what also makes picking apart Paul's writings, extremely soul-wrenching. I do want to believe the man was a genuine, true-blue Apostle of the Lamb I love but it isn't looking like it.  Once upon a time, and not too long ago, Paul was my favorite apostle, whose story of how he was saved by a personal encounter with Yahshua, gave me hope that I too, could somehow be saved.  I wasn't a murderer but the way I see it, sin of any description is still sin, and mine were so many, that I was sinking under them all.  I found hope in Paul's writings. 

If someone as crooked and terrible as Saul, who persecuted the believers in Yahshua so much that they were scattered all over the place, and who was once a Pharisee of the calibre Yahshua constantly rebuked, could be saved, so could I, or anyone.  In Paul's writings, I learned a whole lot of truths- truths that gave me confidence to seek the Father on my own, even in all my personal wretchedness.  My favorite verses of Paul's were always the following:

Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

I honestly can't imagine who can't relate to that, or who wouldn't sympathize with Paul, in his tortured, heart-broken state.  Certainly, I can and certainly everyone who longs to be free from all their guilt can also relate.  We'll look much deeper into Paul's personal battle between flesh and spirit, later on. 

Paul says that we are given access to Yahweh's grace, through Yahshua and what He did for us all in laying down His life for our sins.  He says we stand in this grace Yahweh gave us, through Yahshua and rejoice in the hope of the glory of Yahweh.  He also adds that we are given access to His grace, by faith.

Unfortunately, Paul is not speaking complete truth and in fact, is once again ommitting the most important formula for salvation: obedience to Yahweh's commandments and belief in the testimony which Yahshua gave us, of the Father: That Yahweh IS true, and all His ways are right.  Without faith that He is who He said He is: The Bread of Heaven, the Son of Yahweh, His Word made flesh and Israel's Redeemer, no one can accept His testimony- His teachings about the kingdom of Heaven and how to enter into it.

Do we truly access this grace by faith? Not unless we are also obedient to the Word He spoke.  It's one thing to say we know Him, as we've discussed, and another thing entirely, to actually know Him.  To know Him, means we walk as He walked, speak and teach only what He taught and regardless the influences leading us to a different testimony, we cleave only to Yahweh.  Yahshua never spoke a word contrary to the Word the Father gave us through the law and the prophets.  I find, many people are led away from this simple truth.  In accpeting any contrary testimony, whether from Paul, our church authorities, or from each other, what we're actually doing, is denying the grace we proffess to access by faith.

Paul says we hope in the glory of God.  What does this mean?  Does it mean we hope to be glofied some day by Him?  Does it mean we hope to see His glory? Does it mean we hope to be like God?? What does it mean to hope in the glory of God, if our hopes are in vanity and illusion, besides a great disappointment and possibly a fatal one, if we say we love and know Him, yet do not do as He commands?  Our only hope of salvation is to do His will and keep His Word.  If we hope in anything else, and assign that hope to His grace, "which we access by faith," then we are indeed mislead, and do not know Him.

Yahweh's Word Says:

Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalms 85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

Salvation, grace and glory are poured upon the ones who do the will of Yahweh, as commanded by Yahshua.  We see a countless multitude of professing believers; they who glory in their salvation, attributing their glory to God.  What god is this if not the Elohim of Israel; The Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?  And yet, the 'God' they rejoice in, cannot be Yahweh, unless His Word is believed, revered and followed, as He commanded.  Is the hope of the deceived not vain above all things? 

Isaiah 22:18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house. 

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isaiah 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Jeremiah 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Paul reasons that since we're justified by faith alone (see Romans 4) we now have peace with Yahweh, through Yahshua.  By Yahshua (says Paul), we now have access to this grace we stand on, by faith, thus we rejoice in the hope of glory of Yahweh. This is not the truth.  The truth is as follows:

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth (Angry) with the woman, (Israel) and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Not the testimony of Paul)

How does the dragon who hates the remant of the seed of Israel, make war with her?

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

The truth is, antichrist was already at work in John's day.  Many antichrists were already at work in John's day.  The dragon who hates Yahweh and hates His Word (Yahshua) and who also hates all who love and worship Yahweh, by His word, chases the woman with a flood of deceptions, to capture her and destroy her. 

Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

How?  By inventing a counterfeit testimony and by all signs and lying wonders, causing all the earth to worship the image of its beastly, counterfeit, harlot church. The image is the projection of some very clever adversary's vain imagination, of WHO Yahshua IS.  In other words, it's a false Jesus.  Who is the living water?  Whose mouth speaks the Word that is Spirit and Life?  Only One: Yahshua.  The counterfeit will also speak words (great words) but his words are against the Most High- meant to negate His Word that gives life, (make void the law of Yahweh), replace Yahweh (impose AS) and meant to destroy the remant of Israel.  The words of the counterfeit ARE great and marvellous and wonderful and many, many, many believe them because as we discussed in chapters 3 and 4, the counterfeit promises life to, AND justifies the wicked- they who don't want to do what Yahweh says.

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.

A time, times and the dividing of times = 42 biblical months, or 1260 years.  Upon what and whose writings does the order, structure, hierarchy and doctrine of the Christian religion stand? If you say JESUS, you are on the wrong path.  Yahshua did not set up an order, structure or hierarchy on this earth. Yahshua preached the Kingdom of Heaven (of things above) and said that he who is of the earth, will speak of the earth. (John 3:31) The man OF the earth spoke into being, the kingdom of Satan on this earth, and called it The Israel of God. (Galatians 6:16)  The One from Above, called this earthly kingdom imposing as HIS kingdom yet isn't, the synagogue of Satan. Please read Revelation Study and read the letters to the 7 Asian assemblies.  Also. See Psalms 10. to read Yahweh's Rebuke of the man of the earth.  For more about the church that Paul built, please read this.

So do we really stand on the grace we have been granted access to by faith (according to Paul) or do we receive grace because we believe the testimony of Yahshua and thus, repent and return to Yahweh? 

Yahshua said:

Matthew 7:24-25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Yahweh said:

Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Jeremiah 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.

Repentance means forsaking the ways of this world and returning to Yahweh; to seek His Face, to seek His will; to do His Word and to love Him first..  THEN He will abundantly pardon us. But a false security and a false salvation is reserved for all  who won't repent as the prophet Habukkuk said, (2:13) "Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?"

Jeremiah 18:11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.

Just one more scripture passage before moving on:

Deuteronomy 30:1-5 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:  And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

Whose Words are Spirit and Life to those who hunger and thirst after righteousness?  whose Words are fountains of living water?  The Words of the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or the words of Paul of Tarsus?

It's better to build our houses upon the Rock.  Our souls are worth more than the risk involved in believing another testimony of Yahshua, aren't they?   

    Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

First of all, Yahshua clearly tells us how the love of Yahweh is shed abroad in our hearts, who receives the Holy Ghost and why, thus raising a very ominous question:  What 'ghost' do they who do not keep His Word (commandments, sayings, etc.,) receive?

John 14:15-21 If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Hello Paul???

Okay.  Seriously, who glories in tribulations except a sado-masochist? Why do we forget that Yahshua wept?  Do we honestly ever rejoice when we're hurt, or afraid, lost, confused or steeped in the bondage of sin?  Do we truly ever glory when we're insulted, mocked, laughed at, called names, falsely accused, hated and otherwise persecuted for anything, especially our faith- whatever that faith may be? Honestly? And do we honestly ever feel wonderful or blessed or happy at all, when we're put through agony by our oppressors?  Is this asking just a bit much of us?  I would say it is asking the impossible.  I would also say it's abominable to call such a thing as tribulation, a thing to glory in; as though somehow, that makes our cause more worthy.

Think for one moment.  Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism), was tarred and feathered then dragged through the streets by a rope hooked to the back of a horse.  Did this prove the man's demonic doctrine was actually of Yahweh?  Unfortunately, for millions, the answer is a startling and resounding YES.  Why?  It's because of something in human nature that truly does glory in persecution and tribulation.

Somehow, and it behooves me why, when people are persecuted for their false teachings, they gain followers which only reinforces, in their own minds, that what they're preaching is actually truth.  Their followers see their willingness to endure such things as what Joseph Smith endured, as honorable proof that they must have been telling the truth.  Why does this happen?  Ask Jim Jones.  Ask Charles Manson.  Ask Paul of Tarsus.  I suppose only Yahweh knows the real answer, but regardless if I can answer the whys of this phenomenon or not, I know that only Yahweh gives us everlasting peace, even when in times of trouble, when we are faithful to Him.   
Perhaps Paul gloried in his persecution.  Perhaps to him, persecution reinforced his vain idea that he was a martyr for the faith and made him feel justified in the lies he told himself, and others, in some bizarre, twisted, strange way.  Unless you're outright lying to yourself too, you cannot say you rejoice or glory in tribulation.  If you do, you need to see a psychiatrist, however, I highly recommend you to the Wise Counsellor.  And then I highly recommend this passage of scripture for your perusal and meditation:

Isaiah 5:20-24 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

It is wrong to glory in anything and anyONE but in Yahweh, our Comforter, Protector, Wise Consellor, Righteous KING, Redeemer and Deliverer, from things like the sick, twisted philosophies of one who calls evil good, and good evil.  Tribulation works patience does it?  And patience experience and experience hope and hope makes us not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts . . . by the Holy Ghost given to us . . .

Let's analyze this.  While Job was being tried by Satan, to see if he could show Yahweh just how unfaithful, faithful Job really was, did Job glory in his trial?  NO!  He was devastated.  He was covered from head to foot in painful boils.  He lost his wife, his ten children, all his livestock and his possessions and to top it all off, he had three vain friends, constantly harrassing him, with garbage like the garbage Paul just spoke.  Job did not glory in his anguish.  Who, in their right mind, would?  However, throughout his horrifying trial, Job did not lose trust in Yahweh.  Job said, of they who put their hopes in vanity; they who glory in things like tribulation and think it a trophy to their cause, these following words of wisdom, we'd all do well to take straight to heart:

Job 8:10-15 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

The truth is, all who place their trust in vanity instead of in Yahweh and all who mingle with the harlot will be cast with Jezebel (that woman who calls herself a Prophetess and deceives Israel into breaking Yahweh's commandments to whore after other gods) into a bed of great tribulation, unless they repent. Seriously, is it wise to glory in such a thing? The truth is, the spirit of antichrist is the only spirit giving the wicked, access to the grace of Satan!  Without question, unless we repent and return to Yahweh, with all our heart, might, mind and strength, the only spirit giving us a false sense of peace and safety, is Jezebel, aka- antichirst, aka- Satan, the Dragon, who deceives the entire world into worshipping the FALSE JESUS of Paul's vain and utterly vile, backwards, earthbound and uninspired imagination.

Look very carefully at this following prophecy:

Ezekiel 24:9-14 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.  Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.
She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire. In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.

What is the Bloody City? It is the city built on iniquity; that city so often described as the city of the Lord.  I hate to say it, but it's the Christian church.  At one time, I was hesitant to say such a thing so boldly, but as Yahweh opens the scriptures to my understanding, so I can see what He sees, through His eyes and not through my own, I hate more and more not to speak out with everything in me.  The Bloody city is Christianity, in all it's lying, godless forms and once more, here is what Yahweh has said of that city:

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?

The urgency is indescribable.  People are perishing for lack of knowledge; knowledge that Paul, the thief and the robber stole, when he entered the flock, another way, instead of by the Door.  The Door is the Word of Yahweh.

Jude 1:3-5 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Romans 5:6-9 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Did Yahshua seriously lay down His life for the ungodly, who are His enemies? What is an enemy of Yahweh?  An enemy of Yahweh, is whosoever rejects His Word.  Was Yahshua the very embodiment of Yahweh's Word or was He not? Our salvation rests entirely on how we answer this question. Are we  His friend, or a friend of this world, thus His enemy?  Regardless if we profess Him as Lord and Saviour, whoever rejects the Words of Yahshua, rejects Yahweh, and is no friend of Yahweh. Unless we repent of our rebellion and our aversion to the Words and the ways (commandments and laws) of Yahweh, forsake all other gods and vain ideas of who Yahweh is, and unless we enter in by the Gates of the city; the Door to everlasting Life, we are in nothing but deadly delusion if we think we will be saved by the Blood of the Lamb of Elohim.

John 8:21-24 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 15:6-14 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

No-one is saved by His Life, unless His Life - His Words which ARE Spirit and Life, abide in them and produce the fruit of righteousness: obedience to Yahweh's will, as Yahshua said:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Jeremiah 27:10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.

Who will you listen to?  Yahshua (The Word of Yahweh) or Paul of Tarsus, who speaks vanity in the Name of Yahshua?

Romans 5:11-13 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

This entire statement of Paul's is a lie. No one has received the atonement, except that they've loved and  believed the Word of Truth which is in the Law and the Prophets and in the very Mouth of the Saviour they profess to be saved by.  Furthermore, I would ask Paul, (if I could), just exactly how and when there was no law?  From the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, a commandment was given and thus a law.  And from the time of that first law, until now, mankind has perpetually hated the laws and precepts and commandments of Yahweh.  Yahshua came to tell us in person, exactly what the truth is and how to walk in it.  Now I ask, what kind of vanity Paul speaks by saying sin is not imputed where there is no law?  Yahweh is an Elohim of order and thus would not leave us without His Truth to walk by. Either we walk it, or we don't.  Even before there was a man, there was a Yahweh and as Jude said, even the angels of Heaven (a third of them) hated His ways, thus hated Him.

Jude 1:6-8 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.  Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Romans 5:14- Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

???  Death reigned did it?  As if.  Adam was the figure of Yahshua?  Excuse me, but Yahshua was perfect in every sense of the word.  Adam was a man.  Death never reigned, and never will, and surely not from Adam to Moses, when the official commandments of Yahweh were delivered through Moses.  Was mankind ever without the law?  Never.  The free gift Paul speaks of, is the free gift we've been discussing all along: the gift of the wicked to the wicked, which justifies and strengthens the hand of the wicked, by making void the law of Yahweh, and exploiting Yahshua for gain. 

Ezekiel 21:29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

The truth is, Yahweh is Righteous and Holy and perfect.  He cannot tolerate evil and will not do as the man of the earth does: justify evil and overlook how the evil ones, constantly hunt down the righteous with their abominable lies and deceptions, in order to snare them in their net.  While the evil ones promise each other life, the righteous who truly do seek truth, are forever persecuted, trampled on and cast aside.  Will Yahweh wink at this?  The Jesus of Christianity might, but it will be a rude awakening for many on the Great and Terrible day of Yahweh. 

It's time to wake up and realize, that it's Yahweh Himself, who has done this: set a trap for they who won't obey Him, but seek salvation outside of His law.  Certainly they who flock to the whore's houses glory now, but how many will glory on the Day of Yawheh?  They will beg the rocks to fall on them.

We all need to turn back to Yahweh, with all our heart and soul and seek His face- seek His Words, seek His paths and do His will, or our hope in Yahshua (Jesus) is in vain.  For He has said:

Revelation 22:12-15 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  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. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Romans 5:16-18 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Really? I don't even want to comment on that one, because it only makes me angry inside.  However, I will say a few things.  Nobody receives grace until they repent and return to Yahweh. Nobody receives any free gift from Yahweh, because He has rules.  If we follow His rules, we are blessed.  If we break His rules we are cursed.  Yahshua laid down His life for His friends not His enemies and soon, very, very soon, He will deliver His friends, once and for all and forever, from the clutches of His enemies.  He will utterly destroy the wicked out of His sight and the Kingdom of Heaven will be given to the saints of the Most High, and nobody will ever take the Kingdom of Heaven from Him.

Daniel 7:20-22 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 

Who do you think this little horn was?  If you say the Pope, I will rip out my hair.  What came first, the cockatrice or the egg? The Pope, or Paul?  Satan or the Pope?  Paul or Satan? 

Isaiah 59:5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

WRONG.  Nobody was made a sinner, because of Adam.  Whoever has sinned has done so, because of themselves. The obedience of Yahshua was the obedience of Yahshua.  Make a choice.  Follow a lie, as Adam did, or follow the truth, as Yahshua did.

THE LAW DID NOT ENTER SO THAT SIN COULD ABOUND. The law was given so that LIFE would abound, to all who cleave to it and honor it in love, faithfulness and truth. 

Again, sin never reigned and neither did death. Ever.  On the contrary Yahweh has and always will reign. Grace, is a tickle-word. Eternal love is obedience to the law and the testimony of Yahweh Most High and Almighty.  To all who long for and seek Him, keep His commandments and THEN He will pour out His Holy Ghost (Comforter, Spirit of Truth) without measure upon you; to be with you always.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.

I will leave you with a few final thoughts on this fifth chapter of Romans. 

1. What is glory to you? 
2. What is faith to you?
3. What is justification to you?
4. What is hope to you?

And finally:

5. Who is this verse speaking of?

Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.   

   

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