October 24, 1978
I handled with you in great detail all of these words, but I’d like to reiterate that the word
“unto” is eis, which means with a view to, which indicates an immediate purpose. It’s like
a line starting at one designated point and reaching another designated point over here.
That’s the word “unto.” Paul did not fall short of being an apostle. Separated unto. From
this definitely defined point to that definitely defined point is an apostle. Separated apostle.
Unto the gospel of God. The emphasis is on God. The gospel is fantastic, but it couldn’t be
fantastic without God giving it. That’s why it’s in the genitive case. Gospel of God. God’s
gospel – that’s how you would have to emphasize it.
I’m going to hold verse 2, because it’s a parenthesis, and I don’t want to handle it yet.
Romans 1:3, 4
The gospel of God is concerning His son. You can’t see this in King James, but you can
see it in your critical Greek texts. “Jesus Christ our Lord” do not follow “His son” in verse
3. This “concerning His son” the gospel of God concerning His son, now it’s explained
who the son is.
(rest of verse 3 and verse 4)
By the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead – That’s where the words really
fit. It’s really significant. Really great. The words “Jesus Christ our Lord” should be
inserted just preceding the word “from,” between “resurrection” and “from.”
Concerning His son. Here is the explanation of who the son is. Son of God with power,
according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ our
Lord. Or resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead. It can fit either place, but it
never fits at the beginning.
Then it goes on in verse 5, “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for
obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.”
For our teaching tonight I want to handle some of these great truths concerning His son.
First of all, according to the flesh he was the seed of David. According to the spirit of
holiness, he was the son of God, with power by resurrection from the dead.
This word “holiness” is used in II Corinthians.
II Corinthians 7:1
Perfecting holiness in the fear, reverence of God, as it relates back to his being the son of
God according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead.
I Thessalonians 3:13
Unto establishing your hearts – It’s a participle form, coming = parousia
Establishing your hearts unblameable in holiness. Whose holiness? Jesus Christ. That’s
why concerning His son in Romans 1:3, that whole thing is explained concerning His son.
Why the seed of David? It says in verse 3. I believe because it talks here about the
resurrection, I believe the seed of David is mentioned because David was very emphatic
regarding the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:25, 29-34
David is very specific regarding the resurrection. This is why I believe it speaks here of the
seed of David in Romans 1.
Furthermore, to David there were promises made that could only be fulfilled in Christ.
The rebuilding of the tabernacle of David is a third great reason why I believe David is
spoken of here in Romans. It’s so closely connected with the salvation of Gentiles.
The other great truth that I see in the Word as to why he was made of the seed of David as
Romans 1:3 speaks about is that David was united with Abraham in the witness to the
essence of the gospel of God.
The first part of Chapter 4 deals with Abraham being justified not by works. So David is
united with Abraham and witness to the essence of the gospel. That is that you are not
saved by works; you are saved by grace.
Finally, David prophesied the failure of Israel.
table = food
Here in Romans 1 it talks about he being made of the seed of David according to the flesh.
The three things I see that we ought to be cognizant of in studying Romans here are: (1)
He’s of the seed of David; (2) He is also the seed of the woman; (3) He’s also called the
seed of Abraham.
Galatians 4:4, 5
adoption of sons = sonship
So he’s the seed of David, called the seed of Abraham and called the seed of the woman.
All of this is so singularly significant because Jesus Christ never came to start the church
to which you and I belong. It has been a fantastic revelation in our research ministry as we
have learned this truth that I’ve just stated, that Jesus Christ never came to start the church
to which you and I belong. Yet, I believe all of us were taught that Jesus Christ started the
church. Among certain denominations today they have certain people who represent
Christ, who is the bride to that church. Can’t be true. As long as you believe that the
church to which you and I belong is the church that is mentioned in the gospels, you can
never put the Word of God together. But if you’ll accept the rightly divided Word as to
what it says about itself and the testimony it gives, then you’ll see the church of the
Romans 1:1-4 43
gospels was basically and solely to Israel. When Jesus Christ came upon earth, he came to
Israel. God sent His son to His own, and His own, Israel, received him not. When Jesus
Christ sent out the twelve apostles, he sent them to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
When he sent out the seventy, he sent them to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
It was an unbelievably wonderful manifestation in all of our lives when we saw from
God’s Word the great mystery and that the mystery is God in Christ in you, and that the
Gentiles are fellow heirs, which could not happen until the day of Pentecost.
This is Paul speaking regarding Israel.
Who are Israelites? To whom the adoption, and the glory and the covenants and the giving
of the law and the service and the promises?
Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh? Christ. (Romans 1 – made of
the seed of David) Who is over all? God. Blessed for ever. Amen.
They’ve really screwed this one up in punctuation mainly. (Dr. Wierwille gave the proper
punctuation as typed above.)
Look how beautiful those verses are.
(Dr. Wierwille repeats verses.)
Jesus Christ was a minister to the circumcision, Israel. That makes the Word of God fit like
a hand in a glove.
For God to be just to Israel, He had to give Israel the opportunity of receiving Jesus Christ
according to the flesh, which He did. He was therefore made of the seed of David, seed of
Abraham, seed of the woman.
The seed of David specifically Israel.
The seed of the woman, woman has no seed. The seed in Jesus was that God created soul
life within him. So you have David, or Israel. You have God in the conception. You have
Abraham for all the believers. That’s why later you’ll see that we are of the seed of
Abraham. Ties all three together.
God, Israel, Gentiles. When you’re born again of God’s spirit, you are neither Jew nor
Gentile. You are a new creation in Christ Jesus. He was a minister to the circumcision.
Everything Jesus Christ did basically was to fulfill the law. That’s why it says Christ was
the end of the law. The law was to Israel. He fulfilled it.
When you work this in your heart and mind, you see how fantastic it is. That’s why he was
in the grave three days and three nights. The law required that to be declared officially
dead, you had to have three days and three nights.
He was a minister to the circumcision. That’s why it talks about Jesus Christ as the
bridegroom. Not once after the day of Pentecost does it talk to the church of the body as
having a bridegroom.
To have a bridegroom, you have to have a bride. Jesus Christ was the bridegroom to Israel.
He is the head of the body to us. Jesus Christ was calling out from Israel the bride. He’s the
bridegroom; Israel the bride. That’s why he was a minister to the circumcision.
According to the flesh that Romans is talking about. According to the flesh he is of the
seed of David. But as the son of God he is not the seed of David. As the son of God he is
the son of God. That by the spirit of holiness, indicated by the resurrection from the dead.
That’s why you and I are in the body. According to the flesh he was of Israel. But
according to God he is of the spirit of holiness. That’s how the Gentiles got in, by their
believing. Had God not raised him it would have all ended with Israel.
From the time of Malachi to John the Baptist, about 400 years. John just preceded Jesus
by six months. About 400 years, no prophecy until John the Baptist and then Jesus. The
ministry of John the Baptist, like the ministry of Jesus, basically to Israel.
God knows everything. God is omniscient. The word omniscient means knows all, all
smart. God is all wise. He knows everything from before the foundations of the world until
everything is fulfilled. Then Jesus Christ could not be God, because he did not know. He
only knew about Israel. He was a minister to the circumcision. He never knew the mystery.
If he were God he would have known the mystery. God kept that mystery of the one body
hidden in Him. Had Satan known that mystery he never would have crucified the Lord
Jesus Christ. Israel was rejecting the savior and the adversary would have beaten God in
the battle. But because there is only one God, and His wonderful son Jesus Christ, Jesus
Christ only knew what he read in the Word or what God gave him by revelation. He never
knew the mystery. Everything he did was a fulfillment of the Word, which makes available
the mystery, because God raised him from the dead.
According to the flesh he is of the seed of David. According to the resurrection he’s the
son of God. That’s why it says in Romans 1, concerning His son, made of the seed of
David according to the flesh and marked out the son of God, according to the spirit of
holiness by the resurrection. See why the resurrection is so important? Without the
resurrection you couldn’t have the mystery, the one body, the church. The resurrection is
the great basic foundational stone of Christianity. All the church architecture basically, all
of man’s talk magnifies the crucifixion. That’s not what Romans is talking about. He’s
declared to be the son of God by the resurrection. Why? Because God got him up. Had the
adversary known that, he never would have crucified the lord of glory. Most of the Bible
scholars indicate that there is an apparent contradiction between Peter and Paul’s message.
That Peter’s message was only to Israel and Paul’s to the Gentiles. I do not believe that. I
do not believe that there is a contradiction between Peter and Paul’s message regarding
II Timothy 2:8
I do not see a contradiction. I only see an added enlightenment and unfolding in Paul. That,
I think, is the meaning of the word, “according to my gospel.” There was given to Paul the
mystery, that good news of the one body. That’s why he says according to my gospel. You
can’t get away from the facts and truths that according to the flesh he is of the seed of
David. According to the flesh he offered and made available to Israel all that God wanted
Israel to have. Israel rejected their messiah. God raised him from the dead. That was the
Up until this time nobody ever was raised from the dead. You talk about Lazarus. It was
not a resurrection. He was simply gotten up. Later on he died again. A resurrection from
Romans 1:1-4 45
The resurrection of the dead. Resurrection refers to someone getting up who never dies
again. The only one that ever got up until this time in which you and I live in a resurrection
is the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why the resurrection is that great dynamic foundation to
the church of the body to which you and I belong. Without the resurrection of the Lord
Jesus Christ we couldn’t have the body.
Israel killed their messiah. God raised him up, not for Israel only, but for the Gentiles, so
neither Jews nor Gentiles need no longer be concerned except to do one thing. Made them
a new creation in Christ Jesus.
That’s why these verses here, concerning His son, this defines him. The Word defines it.
Made of the seed of David. Marked out the son of God. God raised him from the dead by
the spirit of holiness. That is how this great truth, or these great truths regarding Jesus
Christ as the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, and the seed of David all fit
together, and they deal basically according to the flesh.
Paul says some place, I no longer know Christ according to the flesh.
II Corinthians 5:16
There is no more a specific ministry to Israel. It’s over. It’s the ministry of the Word to
both Jew and Gentile. To every individual who wills to believe. Nobody is especially
favored. I’m real thankful for that.