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“O Man”,
No Partiality with God!
“O Man”, No Partiality with God!

Do Arabs feel left out that Islam is not mentioned in the Bible, but
neither is Judaism or Mormonism, also among the isms that should be
wasims.  Christians certainly will no apologize, even as we recognize
Ishmael as a son of Abraham, how that by the grace of God we have
the only Book written by the Only God!
“Or is He the God of the Jews?  Is He not also the God of the
Gentiles.  Yes of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will
justify the circumcized by faith and the uncircumcized through faith.  
Do we then make void the law through faith?  Certainly not!  On the
contrary, we establish the law.”  (Romans 3:29-31)
Simultaneously as we are developing this self-interpretative and self-
outling, outline of the book of Romans, we find Romans to be all
inclusive on peoples of nations as well as the total plan of God’s
salvation for the world.  Hence the title, and the words often in
Romans of “Romans, Jews, Greeks, and Gentiles.”  Actually since
“Jews” and “Gentiles” are mentioned more often than Romans
addressed in 1:7--”To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to
be saints”--to distinguish its location among the 27 books of the NT,
and since Paul did not chose the titles for his books as they later
became NT canon, one would not have been surprised to have seen a
suject title like “Jews and Gentiles”.  However, you do see even in
the addressing words of 1:7 to all Christians in Rome, the all inclusive
nature of the book.  In keeping with many of the OT Prophets who
spoke as “Prophets to Nations”, and so were instructed by God, so
Paul sought a message for all nations.
God is and always has been far more active in world events and
history than most know.  As written in II Chronicles 16:9--
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect
toward him....”  
2-1:  Four Bible knowledge violations of the 3 top isms that ought to
be wasisms, and will be on the Day of Judgement.  3 of the most
outstanding fables of the world--Judaism, Islam, and Mormonism--are
dealt with in the book of Romans, and you can clearly see that in
Romans 10:1-4 where these isms should be wasms: (1) they have a
zeal of God but not according to the knowledge of God; (2) so much
pride is in the world, east and west, and these isms professing
themselves to be wise, remain ignorant of the Bible and the true
knowledge of God; (3) no matter which side is calling the other
“heathen”, they are going about to establish their own righteousness;
and (4) they have not and they are not submitting to the
righteousness of God which is by faith in Jesus.
Another appropriate title for Romans would be “A History of
Civilizations from the Perspective of the Creator” for right up front
Paul starts his masterpiece of OT research from 7 years in Tarsus with
“..for since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are
clearly seen...”  (1:20), and an explanation to why although God, the
Father of the Lord Jesus Christ seems then and today as almost
ignored in the whole world, “what may be known of God is manifest in
them, for God has shown it unto them” (1:19); and as for when it
comes down to the nations of the world and who among them is going
to be justified in the sight of God, it is “not the hearers of the law
{that} are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be
justified” (2:13).  AND
“for when Gentiles {this includes Arabs and Muslims}, who do not have
the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not
having the law, are a law unto themselves, who show the work of the
law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and
between themselves {the Arab Muslim part of humanity are really
good at that} their thoughts accusing or else excusing themselves
{Sunnis and Shiates}...”  (Romans 2:13-15)
Like Paul in the first century wrote the book of Romans, even as with
all 14 of his letters, we will repeat his outlining process by rehasing
from beginning to end the Old Testament quotes along with their New
Testament interpretation.
2-2.  Romans 1:17 and Habakkuk 2:4.  Gospel of the Righteousness of
God through faith.
1.  Pre-Comments.  (You will notice that the comments are also some
devotional as the spirit leads us to say Amen and Amen.}  You can see
why some commentaries like to entitle Romans as “The Righteousness
of God”, and also why this Bible study of SunGrist is entitled “Gospel
Pride”.  In reality we will oscillate between the two titles for fulness
of explanation.  When Paul starts Romans 1:16 with “I am not
ashamed of the Gospel of Christ”, then explains why because:  (1) the
Gospel manifests the power of God at work; (2) the Gospel makes
clear the plan of God’s great salvations in all its marvelous
implications as propiation, redemption, the atonment, and the cross,
justification, and other words to be discussed in this outline {great
words of salvation which Sauer calls “The Apostolic Preaching of the
Cross”}; (3) it is made available through the design of God and the
sacrificing atonement of Christ, His Son, on the cross to “everyone
who believes”; and (4) the sequence in Romans as in the heart and
mind of God for His first love of Israel is the Jews first, then Gentiles.  
“I am not ashamed of the gospel...” is really a positive statement on
the part of Paul that he is proud of the Gospel, but then as now, since
pride is always condemned in the Bible, and few understand Paul as he
wrote in the miniature of Romans, the book of Galatians, that “God
forbid that I glory save in the preaching of the cross...”  (Galatians x:
2.  NOTES:  Our problem with the outlining of the book of Romans is
to make too many comments as the words of the book inspire so much
of all we know about God, salvation, and the Bible!  It is prayed that
you will find in this Bible study on the incomparable book of Romans,
in the Bible and in literature, what a Chinese translator found in the
Bible as he was putting it into the Chinese language, “The One that
wrote this book made me, because He knows things about me that no
one else knows.”
3.  Peter and Paul.  Comments by the Apostle Peter on Paul in
Romans.  You will recall that several months ago, together we first
started a series from Peter, then that led to a series on Christian
fables with the supplements of “Israel and Last Things” and now
“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things {the Last Things
of the Day of the LORD and Lord and the Second Coming of Christ in II
Peter 3:1-13}, be diligent to be found by Him in peace {found by Christ
at His Second Coming}, without spot and blameless; and consider that
the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation--as also our beloved brother
Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as
also in all his epistles {the 27 books of the NT were starting to come
together now in the first century with the epistles of Peter and Paul,
also of John and Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc}, speaking in them of these
things {Peter and Paul had the same subjects to speak of and to write
of, and that harmony and agreement is within itself an evidence the
the Bible had a common source, that is It came from God through
Christ and the Holy Spirit}, in which are some thigns hard to
understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own
destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.”  (II Peter 3:14-
(1)  Peter testifies that both he and Paul were writing Scriptures like
the OT Scriptures.
(2).  Where does the twist or wresting of Christian fables come from,
then and now?  From (a) a lack of proper Bible understanding that
comes from comparing scripture with scripture and other Bible rules
of hermeneutics; (b) from untaught people such as those Paul wrote
of in Ephesians X:xx that did not properly Learn Christ; (c) from
unstable people with their ups and downs of the 5 stages of the
Falling Away 9II Timothy 4:3,4) such as intolearance toward sound
doctrine, itching ears teachers, motivation by purpose driven wants
over spirit and Christ driven purpose, and turning away from truth by
adding things to the Scriptures.

4.  Old Testament quote and interpretation.  {Habakkuk 2:4 and
Romans 1:17}
a.  The Old Testament Qoutation under the leadership of the Holy
Spirit to chose which one out of the many Paul outlined in a re-read of
the OT after conversion and while in the so-called 7 silent years of
“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just
shall live by his faith.”  (Habakkuk 2:4)
The Prophet complains about the violence, destruction, and fierceness
of the Chaldeans; and God answers in a vision which Habakkuk
records, that the violence will be returned on their own head,
although God is using them to chastise His own people.  But most
important we that though now powerful, they are not upright in the
sight of God; their or his soul is lifted up in him {goes to he and him to
be general for all humanity outside of faith and the righteousness by
faith}; however, what God intended in the very beginning and in time,
trouble or otherwise, is that “the just {and by the way also justified}
shall live by faith”.
The LORD God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ and the author of
this Bible of 66 books is the supreme Creator and ruler of the whole
universe, and all men no matter what their fable or label of doctrine
are under His rule and His judgment.  He sorts out now from among all
the nations and in all the nations of this earth, as He always has done,
the just or justified from the soul of pride and unrighteousness!
b.  The :New Testament Interpretation.  (Romans 1:16-19)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of
God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and
also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
from faith to faith: as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’.  For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men,  who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God
hath showed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the
creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things
that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
without excuse.”  (Romans 1:16-19)
It must be accounted for as to why so much violence and
unrighteousness by men and powers of nations like the Chaldeans, the
Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks and Romans; for in spite of what you
see and hear in the world, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men”, those same men
and nations that “hold the truth in unrighteousness”.  And further
they are all, and always have been in any generation, without excuse
for their own sin and unrighteousness, because God has given 3
testimonies to Himself since Creation:  (1) the marvelous design and
intracies of Creation that demand a great Designer; (2) in turn these
visible things of nature make clear such invisible things as the eternal
power and trinity of the Godhead; and (3) the conscience of every
man ever born on earth speaks of this God and His righteousness.  Of
course, culture tries to work over that conscience and Satan!
NOTE:  You will recall that the orginal Bible series that got us into
Peter and Paul, and Christian fables and Israel and Last Things, now
Romans brings us full circle as in all Scriptures, that is the original
series of “Christian View of Life and Living” which started in Psalms
with an initial identification between good and evil, between godly
and ungodly.
2-3.  Romans 2:6 from Psalm 62:12 and Proverbs24:12.  No Partiality
with God.
1.  Romans 2:3-11.  Address from God to all “O man”.
“And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such
things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of
God?  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance
and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee
to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart
treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and
revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every
man according to his deeds:  To them who by patient continuance in
well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal  life:  
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but
obey unrighteousness,  indignation and wrath,Tribulation and anguish,
upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of
the Gentile {notice that Gentile is used here}; But glory, honour, and
peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to
the Gentile:  For there is no respect of persons with God.”  (Romans 2:
God holds out equal opportunity for every man on earth of every
nation, Jew and Gentiles being inclusive of the whole world, and the
choice is held out between:  glory on the good side and indignation
and wrath on the bad side, tribulation and anguish eternally on the
soul of evil and glory, honor, and peace on the all men of the earth
that work good!.  And oh yes, either eternal life for the good and
eternal wrath for the evil on the day of righteous judgement of God.
2.  The OT quote  {in this case Romans 2:6 is a quote from two
locations in the OT, from first the Psalms that came from David and
proverbs from his son Solomon} and the NT interpretation.
a.  Psalm 62:7- 12.
NOTE:  Can’t you see the inspiration in the mind and heart of Paul {by
reading Romans based on Psalm}, recently converted to Christ on the
road to Damascus, and his soul on fire in the quiteness of 7 years at
Tarsus to get out and share his own Gospel Pride.
“In God is my salvation and my glory{right there is gospel pride from
David}: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.  Trust in
him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a
refuge for us. Selah.  Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of
high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether
lighter than vanity. {equivalent of “all men have sinned and come
short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10-18) Trust not in oppression,
and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart
upon them.  God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that
power belongeth unto God.  Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy:
for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”  (Psalm 62:7-
b.  Proverbs 24:12.
“If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth
the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know
it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”  
(Proverbs 24:12)
NOTE:  We need not comment as Proverbs and Psalms explain Romans,
and Romans explains Psalms and Proverbs.
2-4:  Romans 2:24 and Isaiah 52:5 and Ezekiel 36:22.  Sin, Guilt, and
Blasphemy of the Jews.
1.  Isaiah 52:3-7.  Captivity in Assyria blasphened the reputation of
“For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought {how
cheaply you have sold yourselves into captivity}; and ye shall be
redeemed without  money. {AMEN, but with the precious blood of
Jesus as a spot without blemish...  For thus saith the Lord GOD, My
people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the
Assyrian  {first the northern kingdom of Israel went into captivity in
Assyria, now Iraqi, and then the southern kingdom of Judah and
Jerusalem went into captivity in Babylon, also in Iraqi, and God has
already exacted a leveling of that nation as He promised} oppressed
them without cause.  Now therefore, what have I here, saith the
LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over
them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually
every day is blasphemed. {that with captivity they have placed
themselves by unrighteousness into a positon that embarasses God,
that makes it seem like He is no longer God of the Universe, and that
is blasphemy}  Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore
they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is
I.  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth
good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of
good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God
reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:3-7)
NOTE:  A first expression of Gospel Pride in the last words of this
passage about the “good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation”.  
And it is the God of Israel that reigns supreme, the God Who is the
Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible of 66 books.
2.  Ezekiel 36:22.
3.  Romans 2:17-24.
2-5:  We should conclude this first outlining session on Romans with a
quick look at “Jews and Arabs” in the Bible and in the book of Romans.
Right up front we should acknowledge that Jews and Arabs are
cousins, both acknowledging Abraham as the father of the two great
peoples, one son Isaac as the father of the Jews and another Ishmael
as father of the Arabs; as well as a little reality that Mohammedism is
much newer in entry into world affairs than the Bible, coming on the
scene about 700 A.D.  {It is supposedly that many of the Middle East
must out of a common conscience of humanity struggle with whether
they are more Arab or more Muslim.}
1.  Typical of the word Jew, found about 275 times in the Bible, is this
quote from from the OT in Jeremiah 44 about the remnant that
remained in the land after the majority in Jerusalem and all Judea
were either killed or taken captive to Babylon.
“The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell
in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at
Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,  Thus saith the LORD of
hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought
upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this
day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, Because of
their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger,
in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom
they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.  Howbeit I sent
unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them,
saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.  But they
hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness,
to burn no incense unto other gods.  Wherefore my fury and mine
anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in
the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this
day.  Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of
Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut
off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to
leave you none to remain...”
2.  As stated earlier the word “Jew” is a major topic of Romans, and
indeed could be used to outline the book.
1.  Romans 1:16.  The Jew was first in the reception of the Gospel of
Christ, the nation out of whom Christ was born, and those wonderful
custodians of the oracles of God.
2.  Romans 2:9 and 2:10.  The Jew, also, is the first recepient of
justice on soul’s of evil even as the Greeks--
“O man {humanity} the day of wrath and revelation of the
righteous judgment of God, who ‘will render to each one according to
his deeds’ (Psalm 62:12 and Proverbs 24:12) eternal life to those who
by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and
immortality; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the
truth, but obey unrighteosness--indignation and wrath, tribulation and
anguish on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also
of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works
what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For there is no
partiality with God.”  (Romans 2:5-11)
3.  Romans 2:17. Jews are as guilty as Gentiles, and that is the
beginning of a proper perspective on both Jews and Arabs.
4.  Romans 2:28 and 2:29.  Who is really a Jew?  “in the spirit, not in
the letter, whose praise is not from men but from God.”
5.  Romans 3:1.  “What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the
profit of circumcision”  Much in every way!  Chiefly because to them
were committed the oracles of God.  for what if some did not
6.  Romans 3:9.  “What then?  are we better than they?  Not at all.  
For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are
all under sin.”
7.  Romans 3:29.  “Or is He the God of the Jews?  Is He not also the
God of the Gentiles.  Yes of the Gentiles also, since there is one God
who will justify the circumcized by faith and the uncircumcized
through faith.  Do we then make void the law through faith?  Certainly
not!  On the contrary, we establish the law.”  (Romans 3:29-31)
8.  Romans 9:24.  God calls those people that were not previously
called His people (Hosea 2:23).
9.  Romans 10:12.  “For there is no distinction between Jew and
Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich toward all that call on Him.  
For ‘whosoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  
(Joel 2:32 and Romans 10:13)
NOTE:  The word “Israel” also outlines Romans, but that will be more
for the next Bible session.

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