If the dough offered as first fruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
I took some time to read commentaries by biblical scholars and theologians in regards to this verse. All of them seemed to deal with civilizations, tribes, congregations, etc.. They were all saying this verse could refer to the church, meaning Christ was the first fruit, the root, thus making the early Christian church holy. Some of them also referred to the Jews, going back to Abraham as being the first fruit. And some referred to the Gentiles, who through their acceptance of Christ were the first fruit and were made holy.
I took this on a more personal level, which is how I tend to treat the whole Bible. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
I have written before about these ideas that Paul, Christ and the prophets have been preaching for thousands of years. It is a common theme throughout religion, for religious beliefs are in the spirit, not in the flesh, the world. Continue reading
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
In these two verses Paul sums up the very essence of love and our path back to the innocence of the Garden of Eden.
After God freed the Hebrews from the bondage of Egypt, God gave them ten simple laws that their entire society could be built upon. Nothing else was required. Follow these rules and all will be well. Continue reading
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
I read these verses and I immediately thought of one thing, politics.
Paul is talking about those who wish to take control of the new Church of Christ, but really he is talking about any of those who wish to take power and control of others. I guess this was Paul dealing with politics within the early Church. Continue reading
Romans 1:14 – 5:19 – 6:23
One of my beliefs about life, God, and our existence is balance, the balance of the universe. It’s referred to throughout the Bible and history. So here are three verses in Paul’s letter to the Romans that made me think about the balance. Continue reading
because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
I wrote a piece about Romans 1:22 -23 (Socrates and a Chicken). In that piece, I wrote about the arrogance of man. It stated how we get so caught up in our creations that we fail to acknowledge our Creator. Here in verse 25 Paul speaks of that sentiment.
….worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator….
We’ve out grown carving wooden animals, layering them with gold, and presenting it with sacrifices with the expectation of divine intervention. Or have we? Continue reading
He will render to each one according to his works
For God shows no partiality.
Both of these verses speak of the individual and the individual is responsible for themselves. The individual is responsible for their actions. Continue reading