November 14, 1978
This section that I want to share with the Corps tonight, it sends chills up and down my
spine, brings tears to my eyes. No matter how much you work the Word, you always feel
you cannot do it justice. There are no brain cells in my head that can set it with all the
greatness that I see it in the Word. I stand in utter amazement at the beauty of the Word
and how little people have really worked the Word to get the understanding of that Word.
I’ll do my best to share it with the ability I have. Then you have to allow God to simmer it
in your, heart, and you just have to feel the greatness of it, because I don’t know any words
to make it as great as it really is written.
Romans 1:1, 3, 5
“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
concerning His son Jesus Christ our lord, by whom we have received grace and
apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.”
That basically is the accuracy with which it is put together, just as I have read it. That
section starting with “which” in Verse 2, the parenthesis, the Verse 2 parenthesis in King
James I’ve already by-passed it so far. There’s a reason for that. I’ll show you when I get
Starting in Verse 3 with the word “which,” this is like a parenthesis. “Which was made of
the seed of David according to the flesh (Verse 3) and marked out, declared, the Son of
God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,” by whom (Verse 5).
In all the basic critical Greek texts, the words “Jesus Christ our Lord” follow upon the
word “dead” at the end of Verse 4. But you can read it with the great truth of it as I read it
to you when I opened.
“Separated unto the gospel of God” (Verse 1), (Verse 3) “concerning his Son Jesus
Christ,” “by whom” (Verse 5). See it?
Nobody has ever put the words starting with “which” and closing with “dead” in Verse 4
in a parenthesis. But as I work this, I’m not saying I’m totally right. I’m not sure whether
this is the only answer, but it looks to me like it could grammatically be a beautiful
parenthesis. At least it’s like one.
Verse 3 – “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” Verse 5 – “By whom we have
received grace and apostleship”
Now, like a parenthesis, “which was made (Verse 3) of the seed of David according to the
flesh; and declared the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the
resurrection from the dead” (Verse 4). It seems to me like it’s an explanation, an
enlargement, and unfoldment, a parenthesis, which is not needed to understand the truth,
but which is used to expand it, to elevate it, to glorify it, to magnify it. I don’t mean to
labor this, but I mean to drive it in your mind that you think it through too and work it.
(Dr. Wierwille reads verses in proper order once more, as at the beginning of the session.)
Verse 3 – “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” – explanation. What explanation?
“Made of the seed of David, according to the flesh, and marked out the Son of God...”
I should have told you this in the last session. Bullinger was head of the Trinitarian
Society. That’s what he wrote for; that’s what he developed. Then somebody else took
over. Welsh. Welsh and some of those other people, they believed that there’s a
contradiction between Peter and Paul regarding the David situation, and that Peter just
didn’t have it. I do not believe that. Last session when I handled “made of the seed of
David,” I should have said I do not believe there’s a contradiction between Peter and
Paul’s message regarding David.
In Romans where we’ve been reading, is not a contradiction of what I’ve just read in Acts.
I believe it’s an added enlightenment, an added unfoldment by Paul. That’s why you have
“which was made of the seed of David and marked out, declared, to be the son of God with
power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:3,
II Timothy 2:7-8
That’s not a contradiction of Peter where it says “according to my gospel.” I think it’s an
unfoldment, an enlightenment. I think that’s the meaning of these words in II Timothy 2:8.
“Declared” is the word “marked out.” The Greek word is horizō.
Acts 2:22, 23, 24
“Determinate” is horizō, same word that’s translated “declared” in Romans 1:4. I believe
horizō should be literally translated “marked out.” But even deeper than that, it is the word
Jesus Christ our lord, the Son of God, marked out. He’s branded the Son of God.
That thing just sends chills up and down me, the beauty of it, the greatness of it.
I have shown you in a previous session that Jesus Christ was a doulos. Every doulos, every
slave, had a brand mark. When he became a slave he got a brand. Jesus Christ was a slave,
so he had a brand. That’s what it is talking about, marked out, branded, the Son of God.
Jesus Christ branded, marked out, the Son of God. How was he branded? By the
resurrection from the dead, that’s the proof! You can see a brand. When God got him up,
who did they see?
They saw the brand. You could see it. When the brand is on, can you get it off? No. That’s
neat. That’s just fantastic.
Can you get the brand off? No. That’s eternal life.
Now, we speak in tongues. Jesus Christ walked around forty days, and they saw the brand.
You and I speak in tongues. They see it, the brand. That’s eternal life. That’s the proof that
you are branded. When you put that together now, then we are no longer our own. We
belong to him because we have been purchased. You can put that whole thing together.
Fantastic. I know no place in all the writings of Christian literature outside of Romans or
the Word of God where anything is shared like I’ve just shared with you from this verse.
They have just not seen it. The mark is what is important. Marked out. That tells you to
Romans 1:4 49
whom that animal belongs. That’s why the mark is so important. Christ in you, the hope of
glory. Speaking in tongues, the mark. We’re branded. We’re marked, even as Jesus Christ
was marked. So we are marked because we are his. That’s what Romans is saying.
Separated unto the gospel of God. Concerning His son Jesus Christ, and marked out the
Son of God with power.
“With” is en, meaning in. The translation “with,” I understand it. It’s great.
“Power” is dunamis. Jesus Christ was no more possessed than you and I are possessed.
Dunamis is inherent, potential power. It becomes kinetic when Jesus Christ operated it.
When we’re born again of God’s spirit, we have Christ in us the hope of glory, filled with
holy spirit, power, dunamis. It’s potential. It becomes kinetic when we move out with the
brand, speaking in tongues, manifest, walking out on the greatness of God’s Word.
Jesus Christ our lord. That makes him tops. We don’t take orders from an individual or
from society or from a denomination. We take orders from the lord. Jesus Christ our lord,
marked out, branded, the Son of God with inherent power.
We have Christ in us the hope of glory when we’re born again. He was marked out the Son
of God with power, dunamis. Now we have that Christ in us. We are still living, and the
Word says we have already been seated in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus (Ephesians). You
talk about being branded. You talk about the church of the body. You talk about what God
wrought in Christ Jesus. How far below par we have lived. We’ve had everybody talk us
out of everything. Nobody taught us the Word. You can’t understand the Word until
somebody teaches the Word.
He was marked out the Son of God with power by the resurrection. You and I are branded,
marked out, as sons of God because we have Christ in us the hope of glory. And we’re
already seated in the heavenlies now. He went through the resurrection to do it. You and I
are already there now. Should he come at this moment, all we need to do is be changed.
Marked out the Son of God with inherent power. You have to start releasing that dunamis,
the Christ in you.
“According to the spirit of holiness” – “According to” is the preposition kata. In the
genitive, it means vertical motion. God to man.
“Spirit of holiness” – No article “the” in any critical Greek text. Small “s” on spirit. It
could be genitive of opposition, figure of speech. That type of genitive literally means, the
preposition “of,” that usage in a vertical way could be translated “that is to say,” or
According to, that is to say, holiness spirit. Could be genitive.
II Corinthians 7:1
This is the same word “holiness” – hagiōsunēs. It is used in Romans 1 where we’re dealing
in Verse 4. This is its second usage in II Corinthians 7:1. Perfecting holiness. Anything
that you and I could perfect would have to be in the category of walk. Couldn’t be in the
category of gift. So as far as the usage of the word, I do not see that I can literally get a
great help from this particular verse in the understanding further of Romans 1:4. So let’s
just hold it and leave it set. I Thessalonians 3 is its other usage.
I Thessalonians 3:13
Unto establishing your hearts unblameable in holiness before God. Not that we never make
mistakes or blow it, but unto establishing your hearts unblameable in holiness before God.
This word “holiness” is the same word as in Romans 1:4.
I would like to believe it could be translated real beautifully, “unto establishing your hearts
unblameable in God holiness.”
Marked out the Son of God with inherent power, dunamis, vertical, according to, kata,
genitive, vertical. If it’s vertical it has to come from God. That’s why I believe I’m right.
According to spirit of holiness, genitive. I would like to see it translated “according to the
holiness Spirit,” capital “S,” which makes it God. That gets me according to vertical.
Marked out the Son of God with dunamis, perpendicular, vertical motion, Spirit of
holiness. Here’s your key. By what? Resurrection. Who resurrected him? God. That’s why
I know it’s right. I’m sure it is. There are just no words in my vocabulary to make that live
for you. I just know it is.
Branded, marked out, the Son of God with dunamis, inherent power, according to, vertical
motion, kata, Spirit of holiness by resurrection. Who resurrected him? God. That’s what
the Word says. So that holiness spirit has to be capital “S,” has to be God at least it does
tonight for me. The reason I said that is I just wonder what I did with it in the Receiving the
Holy Spirit Today book. I didn’t check that. .
I do not know if it’s a genitive of opposition, a figure. If it is, it’s still God. Holiness Spirit,
which is God.
I Thessalonians 3:13
Unto establishing your hearts unblameable in God holiness. How are our hearts ever
established unblameable? By the holiness of who? God’s holiness. What God wrought in
Christ in you. That’s how I know. Has to be, people.
“By the resurrection from the dead.”
“By” is the Greek word ek, meaning out from. He’s dead. Others are dead. But out from
among all the dead, He raised one. That’s why he was marked out, branded, the Son of
God with power, by the resurrection from the dead.
“Resurrection” is the word anastasis.
“Stood” is anastasis.
By the resurrection out from among the dead.
That’s all I know about that verse.
The thing I wanted to close with in the teaching tonight is that I want to just set some other
truths before you that will come up later on as we get into Romans. That’s this word
“gospel” as it is used throughout the book of Romans. You have “gospel of God,” “gospel
of his son,” “gospel of the grace of God.” Always in the church epistles, whenever it
mentions the gospel of God or the gospel of the grace of God or the gospel that was made
available by what Christ did for us, it’s always talking about the mystery. The mystery is
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the family, God in Christ in you, the hope of glory, Gentiles fellow heirs, same body, the
household, the family of God. As the family of God grows, it is sort of neat that green in
the Bible is the color for growth. As the family of God grows, there’s always a warmth in
that family of God. There’s always a training, a growing up, which is like a purifying. In
the Word of God the fire represents that warmth, that purifying. Baptized you with the holy
ghost and with fire. Fire was indicative or the warmth and the purifying of it. When the
word “gospel” is used in the epistles relating itself always to the mystery, I see the growth
of that family of God. I see the purifying of it and the warmth of that family. Look at how
excited we are tonight to be together. Just as they are excited at Emporia and International.
Same Word of God, same family.
Because we belong to God, it certainly is a royal household. Gold is the color of the
royalty of God. And grace is always the number five.
This word “gospel” is used in Romans in the following verses: 1:1; 1:9; 1:15; 1:16; 2:16;
10:15, 16; 11:28; 15:16, 19, 20, 29; 16:25.
That’s how I know what this gospel is all about, from Romans 1:1 all the way through. It is
not a gospel for the bride. It’s the gospel for the body of the church, the body to which you
and I belong, Gentiles, fellow heirs of the same body, Christ in you the hope of glory. It’s
the mystery. That’s how Jesus Christ was marked out, branded, by the resurrection. By the
resurrection you and I have eternal life. Having that eternal life with Christ in us, we are
branded. Our brand is such that we’ve already been seated in the heavenlies. All we are
waiting for is the return. It’s no longer a question of going through judgment,
condemnation. No longer a period of where God takes it out of your hide for what you
didn’t do. It is to go before Him to receive awards for our faithfulness for living the life to
which He called us. What a Word.