November 21, 1978
David Craley writes in his novel, “Once a man truly sees the integrity of the Word, the
only acceptable alternative for walking in its steps is oblivion.” That, of course reminds me
of John 13:13, where it said Judas, after he had been offered the bread and Jesus had given
him all opportunity, it says he went out and it was night. Once you have been offered and
seen the integrity of the inherent and inerrant accuracy of God’s Word, its only acceptable
alternative to walking in the light of the greatness of that Word would have to be oblivion.
“By whom” is His son, Jesus Christ of Verse 3. By His son, Jesus Christ our lord. It ties
back to Verse 3. Pronoun controlled by its closest associated noun.
“Received” is lambanō. Lambanō by the power within us, Christ in us the hope of glory.
We have manifest.
“Grace and apostleship” – This section, “grace and apostleship,” is very difficult for the
Bible translators and theologians. I think Bullinger says apostolic grace. I do not believe
that fits with the context as well as the grace accorded an apostle. I would prefer going
with that understanding.
By whom Jesus Christ our lord, we have lambanō the grace accorded an apostle.
Grammatically, I have the right to go with this and I think it fits the context very
beautifully. I’d like to show you, among other things, Ephesians 3:8, and show you why.
In Romans 1:5, by whom Jesus Christ our lord we have lambanō grace that I should preach
the unsearchable riches of Christ, the apostleship which God had given him. It’s still grace.
I think the grace accorded an apostle is the finest translation I can think of. Grace is
unmerited favor, perpendicular, God to man. Any person having an apostleship will have
received it because of the grace of God who extended the apostleship to him. So I would
prefer going with that understanding. The grace accorded an apostle. Any person who has
any ministry in the body knows it has to be grace.
It is an awesome responsibility that any man has to teach the Corps. It is always
fantastically humbling to me. Again I felt tonight like I felt last time. It’s a tremendous
responsibility. It keeps you fantastically humble. You just never feel like you are worthy of
doing it. Paul said he’s the least of all saints. That’s how he felt. No man in his right mind
operating the great principles of the truth of God’s Word could ever feel anything but great
humility to be able to teach God’s Word to God’s people, and very especially so when
you’re responsible for Corps.
Grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith.
The article “the” is not in the text. But I think it’s properly supplied. I do not know why
they did not italicize it. But it is not in the text.
“For” is eis. It’s always used in the accusative case, and it means motion to or unto a point
of reaching it. This grace and apostleship is for, unto a point of accomplishment, of
reaching it. Reaching what? Obedience to the faith. That’s the point. Its accuracy here is
very beautifully done.
You’ll notice in Verse 8 that “your faith, pistis, believing, is spoken of throughout the
whole world.” It’s man’s believing that makes it possible to bring forth that whole family
for obedience to the faith. The faith is the family faith or the household of faith. It’s the
believing that is spoken of throughout the whole world. Their believing.
We have lambanō this grace and apostleship for obedience.
Romans 10:14, 16
That’s the obedience to the faith. By whom, Jesus Christ our lord, we have lambanō the
grace accorded an apostle for obedience that we might reach to the apex, the point of
getting to that place of reaching it, the faith, the family, or the household among all
“Among” is the Greek word en. It’s only used in the dative case meaning reached unto a
place. For obedience to the faith among, arriving at a place or at a certain position or state.
Arrives to reach all nations for his name.
“Nations” is the word Gentiles. The Greek word is ethnos. It’s used 29 times in Romans.
For obedience to the faith among the place or the space among all the Gentiles.
“For his name” – “For” is huper. In the Latin it’s super. “For” here is like the apex of a
triangle or as it’s referred to regarding the fixed point of a compass. That’s huper, for. Isn’t
that beautiful? For obedience to the faith among all nations for, reaching the apex of the
triangle, the fixed point, for his name. Whose name? Jesus Christ our lord. (Verse 3)
“Name” is noma. The Latins had nomen. It’s interesting how closely aligned the English
and Sanskrit are at times. In Sanskrit it’s nama. In English it’s name. I think it’s singularly
significant that this word, name, it’s root is the same as ginōskō in Greek, to know by
For obedience to the faith, the family, among all nations, among all the Gentiles, for his
name, Jesus Christ our lord.
The word “disciple” means disciplined one. The disciplined one is obedient one. You will
not be obedient to God’s Word until you are a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Among whom – The Gentiles.
“Are ye also the called of Jesus Christ” – Are ye in Rome. “The called of Jesus Christ”
Peter was never in Rome. Paul was. No matter what tradition says or erroneous theology
says, Paul was in Rome. There is no indication that Peter was ever in Rome.
Among whom are ye in Rome also the called of Jesus Christ.
We had in Verse 1 Paul being called an apostle. Here we’re talking about the household,
the faith, among all the Gentiles, and they were called of Jesus Christ.
“Called” means the invited one, the welcomed one, the chosen one.
Chosen us – That’s the word “called.” The called are the invited ones, the welcomed ones,
the chosen ones.
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II Corinthians 5:17
This man who is born again has in him a new creation. If he walks in the light of that new
creation, he lambanōs, makes it manifest, which still will be by grace, else we wouldn’t
It won’t be too long before I’m into the difference between sin and sins in Romans. It’ll
bless your heart when you see that. Any man in Christ a new creation. A new creation
ought to be set in parenthesis. Man’s a new creation. If he renews his mind and puts on the
mind of Christ, the old things of his life are going to do what? Because all things are
become new to the end that he lambanōs the grace of God which he has within, which is
Christ in you the hope of glory.
It’s the called in Romans. The called of Jesus Christ. This is put in the genitive, “of Jesus
Christ,” to put the emphasis on Jesus Christ and not upon you, or the called in Rome. The
emphasis is not upon the called but upon Jesus Christ who did the calling.
Chosen in him before the foundation of the world. It’s God, in Christ doing the calling.
That’s why the emphasis is on Jesus Christ, and that’s why it is in the genitive case. The
called of Jesus Christ. That’s a fantastic truth.
Among whom are Ye also the called of Jesus Christ.
The called of whom? How far we live below par. We’ve all been talked out of it in the
denominational trips and everything else. Who ever told you that you were called of Jesus
Christ, that you were chosen by him, that you were invited by him, that you were his
All of one, which is God in Christ in you. You’re born again. You’re of the faith, the
family, the household. Because of this Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call them brethren.
He is not ashamed to call you his brother, because you are the called of God. What a day it
is in your life when you see the greatness of this Word and start believing it. You are what
the Word of God says you are, you have what the Word of God says you have. You are not
what tradition has taught you. You are what the Word of God says you are. You have to
get yourself lined up with God’s Word and let your feelings go jump a creek or something.
Your feelings have nothing to do with the integrity and accuracy of God’s Word.
Here in the first part of this great book of Romans, which is the first great revelation to the
body of the church after the day of Pentecost, he says “among whom are ye also the called
of Jesus Christ.” That should remind you of John 14:12.
What a fantastic verse. (Romans 1:6)
Most men if they were called by the President of the United States would blow their
buttons. Whether you agreed with his politics or not, your ego would go sky high. But how
many people ever get excited because they’ve been called of Jesus Christ? The Christian
church has lived so far below par, no wonder you don’t see anything really happening.
We’ve been talked out of the truth of God’s Word. You’re the called of Jesus Christ. Jesus
Christ called you. You have a mark on you. You are branded. Somebody has got to believe
what the Word says. I don’t care what society says. I don’t care if they laugh at me for
what I believe. All I endeavor to do is believe what the Word says. If this Word isn’t right,
what man’s word is going to be right? We in The Way Ministry have staked our believing
and our whole life upon the integrity and accuracy of God’s Word. I think that’s why you
are in the Corps, to learn the Word of God so you can take your life and make it the most
meaningful for God because of His wonderful son, Jesus Christ, who lives within you.
That’s number one. Called of Jesus Christ. That to me is a high and noble calling. Called
of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son. When that thing really hits your head, then you
women will once again stand up like women of God; you men will stand up again and get
counted as men. Men of God, women of God. Why? Because you’ve been called of Jesus
Christ. We’ve got a brand on us, we’ve got a mark. When you walk’ down that street you
walk like a son or daughter of God. You’ve been called of whom? Don’t ever forget it.
God called you through His wonderful son, Jesus Christ. You’re branded. You’ve got his
name on you. You have Christ in you the hope of glory. You are the called of Jesus Christ.
Don’t ever forget it. I’m called of Jesus Christ because of my new birth.
Here’s the salutation in Romans. “To” is the salutation.
To all who? Beloved of God. To all beloved of God. If you want to put the emphasis
another way, in the genitive case, God’s beloved ones that be in Rome.
I want to explain something to you as to why these church epistles have names of cities,
because that was the first place the epistle was sent. Like if I would send a letter to The
Way College of Emporia, you would read it first, but the only reason it’s addressed to you
is because I had to send it someplace. Then from here it goes to Indiana, International,
Gunnison. That’s why these church epistles have the names in them.
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God. The called of Jesus Christ in Verse 6, beloved of
God in Verse 7 – two great truths. The called of Jesus Christ are God’s beloved. That’s the
second great truth.
He hath made us lovely and accepted in the beloved. He hath made us lovely and
acceptable. He made us that way.
To all, beloved of God. Who made us God’s beloved? Christ Jesus. He made us lovely and
acceptable. If you’re lovely then you’re acceptable. Then why does the Christian believer
always live under condemnation, under fear, under frustration? Why do you all feel so
dirty like you can’t ever pray to get a prayer answered? Because all heaven is brass.
Because people won’t believe God’s Word. He has made us lovely and acceptable. He hath
made us lovely and acceptable. We are beloved of God. We are God’s beloved. If you’re
God’s beloved, you ought to be able to get a prayer answered. You ought to manifest the
life more than abundant. You ought to be more than conquerors. You ought to do the
works I do ye shall do also. Why? Because you are God’s beloved. You are not living at
loggerheads with Him. There is no animosity from God against you.
You are beloved of God. If God is your Father through Jesus Christ, you must have entered
into God’s household. If my earthly father was the President of the United States, I think
maybe once a week I could get into the White House. I wouldn’t even ask him; I would
just walk in and out, because I am his son. Here we are, beloved of God, God’s sons
through Jesus Christ, and we’ve got problems with our minds to believe it. Line your mind
up with God’s Word. Make yourself feel what the Word of God says. Beloved of God.
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God’s loved ones.
Called saints – You are not called to be, you are saints. Saints are not people who are
canonized hundreds of years after they die. That’s not the Word. When you are born again
of God’s spirit and you have Christ in you the hope of glory, at that moment when you
have confessed with your mouth Jesus as Lord, you became a saint, you became beloved of
God because you got born of His seed. That’s why you are a saint. It doesn’t say you’re an
angel. You’re called saints. Why? Because you are beloved of God, you are God’s
beloved. You have been called of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ called you. Even before the
foundations of the world God knew in His foreknowledge that you would hear the Word
and believe it.
“Called saints, beloved of God, called of Jesus Christ”
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Called saints. Grace to you. Grace to you saints. Peace to you saints. From who? God our
Father. I believe this is addressed to the saints, called of Jesus Christ, beloved of God. It’s
addressed to the saints, which emphasizes the individual believer’s unity in the household
and the body of the church. It is an individual matter. That’s why I believe the word
“saints” is in here.
It does not say to all that be in Rome, called the church of the body, because the church is
the temple made of everybody. But this makes it very personal, very individual. Every
individual called of Jesus Christ, beloved of God, called a saint. That’s why I think the
word “saint” is used here. Fantastic usage. Emphasizes the individual believer’s unity in
the household and in the body of the church. I think this warrants the greatness of the truth
of God’s Word like the church is his body. Christ is the head of it. Every individual is a
particular member in that body. Particular means unique, specific, right where you are
supposed to be. Like in the human body, every individual member of that human body is a
particular member in that body of yours. So the body of Christ. Every person is a saint.
Every person is beloved of God. Everyone is called of Jesus Christ and has a specific
responsibility where that individual fits beautifully in the household of the body.
Here in Romans it uses grace and peace to you. Always personal. Grace to you and peace
to you. The individual saint, the individual believer. Grace to every individual. And peace
to every individual.
Grace is God’s unmerited favor. No one earns it. You don’t work, for it. You’re not
educated into it. Grace is unmerited, God to man. If you work for something, then the
wages are merited. But if it’s of grace it’s totally unmerited. Grace to you and peace. Grace
and peace to you, the individual saint. No individual will ever have peace until they realize
what they have in them when they are born again, which is Christ, the prince of peace.
How can you have peace without the prince of peace? The world is always talking peace
and the world is the most unpeaceful thing in the whole world. They talk about peace and
all they’ve got is war, trouble. Right? A lot of talk. The only way you can ever have peace
is to have Christ in you the hope of glory and know who you are and what you are and
where you are going.
Grace and peace to you. It is remarkable and significant I think that he would only do grace
and peace here. I think sometimes I understand, but I’m not sure if I do, that in order to
have peace I have to have the mercy of God as well as His grace. That’s why I’d like to
call to your attention that in the other Pastoral Epistles that were written by Paul, he adds
the word “mercy.”
58 Romans 1:5-7
I Timothy 1:2
II Timothy 1:2
All three Pastoral Epistles include mercy. I’m still not sure whether it ought to be Jesus
Christ or Christ Jesus. Tonight I won’t say because I’m not absolutely sure. But I do know
this, that grace and peace, in order to have the grace and the peace, it’s got to be mercy in
between, in practice, even if it isn’t mentioned. Mercy is God’s withholding of merited
judgment. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. Mercy is God withholding of merited
This is from. “From” is apo. From God our Father. God, the Creator of heaven and earth.
And – Here’s a second truth. Here’s the one who made this available, this grace, mercy,
peace, apostleship, obedience to the faith, to be beloved of God, to be saints. God our
Father and, in conjunction, the one who made it available, the Lord Jesus Christ. One of
the old texts read, and I think it’s right, no article “the.” “Our Father and our Lord Jesus
Christ.” The word “lord” means headship. In the Old Testament it says the husband is the
lord of the wife. That doesn’t make the husband God the Creator. But it does make him
god as headship of the wife, as Christ is head of the church, as God is the head of Christ.
Peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord, headship.
You have to confess him as lord, headship. And he is the one who made it available, for
God so loved that He gave His only begotten son. His only begotten son so loved that he
always did the Father’s will. See how beautifully this whole section ties together with all
the rest of God’s Word?
Again, to all, beloved of God, God’s lovely ones, the lovely and acceptable ones, who are
beloved of God, in Rome and they are called saints.
“Beloved of God” is the word theophilus.
Grace and peace. But to have grace and peace you have to have the mercy of God too. We
have grace and we are at peace. We are no longer at loggerheads, and we have it from God,
our Father, and we have it by what was made available to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.