November 28, 1978
Tonight we begin with Romans 1:8. I believe I’d like to read through Verse 16 with you,
because it’s all a build up for the great revelation of Verse 16, which is like a cornerstone
It’s a declaration of a prayer.
“First” means before I go any further I want to thank God through Jesus Christ for you all.
That’s the essence of the usage of it.
“Through” is dia. Through is used sort of interestingly here with the preposition dia
indicating very clearly what Christ made available. Jesus Christ was the intercessor;
therefore, it was through what Jesus Christ did for us that we pray.
“For you all” – In the Stephens text, the preposition “for” is huper. That’s like in Verse 5,
came from the Latin meaning super, the apex of a triangle, or the fixed point of a compass.
Huper is used in King James, but if you notice in your critical Greek text, there’s a
variation on it. And I like the variation, for I think the variation is more accurate than
Stephens. It’s the preposition peri. It is not a thanking God through Jesus Christ for you all,
but it’s a thanking of Jesus Christ, a thanking of God through Jesus Christ concerning. Peri
means concerning. Concerning all of you, you all.
Here now comes a tremendous section, “That your faith is spoken of throughout the whole
world.” You’ve got to note this very carefully here. This whole verse is really broken up
into two great truths. “I thank my God through Jesus Christ concerning you all” is the first
part. Here’s the truth of this prayer, “that your pistis, your believing, is spoken of
throughout the whole world.” It has to be believing, rather than the word “faith.” Your
believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word is spoken of.
“Spoken” is very interesting, because “spoken” is one of the words used for the word
“preached.” The Greek word is katangellō. That your believing is preached wouldn’t be a
good translation. Spoken of is nice, but I do not feel that it’s deep enough. I believe this
Greek word, katangellō that’s used here for the word “spoken of” literally means to set it
forth. Your believing is set forth, not only just talked about, but set forth. People could see
it. To me it’s a very beautiful truth that their believing is set forth. You can see it.
Bullinger has a listing in Appendix #121. (Dr. Wierwille refers to Bullinger.) Katangellō –
to bring word down to anyone, bring it home by-setting it forth. Bringing it home, I
understand this, like I came home to you. To bring it home is to set it forth. I think it’s a
very great word.
That your believing is set forth. People can see it.
“Throughout” is the preposition en, which is generally translated “in.” But it can also be
translated “by,” and I wonder if that’s not what the Word of God means here. That your
believing is set forth by what’s happening in the whole world.
I made the statement last week or sometime that I don’t know all the different figures of
speech by name, etc. But generally when I really screw my mind down to it, I think I can
recognize almost any figure. Sometimes there is a variation that you don’t see in the
English or in King James. You only see it in the original. Reading this verse, that your
believing is spoken of throughout the whole world, cannot be a literal fact according to
truth. “The whole world” has to be a figure. Your believing is spoken of, set forth, by or in
or throughout, the whole world. You’re the inspiration for the whole world. It’s a figure.
“World” is kosmos.
The figure is synecdoche, where “world” is used for the people in all parts of it. This figure
and its usage is where it’s an exchange of an associated idea. Your believing is spoken of
throughout the whole world. “The whole world” is an exchange for an associated idea,
which is the believing.
For God so loved the world – again it’s the same figure.
The world is used for people in all parts of it. That’s the great emphasis in this verse, that
the believing is spoken of by others throughout the whole world by other people
everywhere who have heard of the believing of the people in Rome. Quite a testimony.
Fantastic testimony. The believing in Rome must have sure changed since then. There was
a time when Rome was the great example all over to everybody, as the Romans were
believing the greatness of God’s Word. It’s really significant because later on you’ll see in
Verse 16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Rome was the elite. That’s where you have to
belong to the proper social register to get invited. Right at the top of those blue bloods and
all the other stuff, he says “I am not ashamed to preach the gospel.” And the believing of
the people in the gospel went out from there so that all the other believers as they were
hearing about it throughout the entire world, they were inspired and blessed by the
believing of those people in Rome. Fantastic verse.
Time and time again in the Word, God inspires Paul to write things like this. “For God is
my witness.” How’s come Paul had to call on anyone to be his witness? Very simple.
Because the enemies were busy defaming and misrepresenting Paul. That’s why God had
him to write it, else he’d never have to write it.
He almost says an identical great truth in Romans 9:1.
Someone was apparently accusing him of lying. So God had him write this.
I Thessalonians 2:5
The Adversary was busy, when the scripture says we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood,
it doesn’t mean you’re out here fighting spirit. What you’re fighting is spirit that possesses
and controls a man. What you’re wrestling against is the spirit within that man or woman.
They accused him of flattering words, a pretense of covetousness, meaning greed.
I Timothy 2:7
The enemy was busy defaming and misrepresenting him, He just had to take a stand and
say it wasn’t true what the enemy was saying, for I am ordained a preacher. I am an apostle
and I speak the truth and I do not lie. I’m a teacher of the Gentiles. That’s for God is my
witness whom I serve in the gospel of his son, Romans 1.
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The thing that really astounds me in this verse is that this is the only place in the Word of
God where Paul represents and presents God and speaks these words that God had him to
write and he calls it the gospel of His son, only here. Whenever I see that I ask myself
why. Every other place it’s the gospel of Christ. Here it’s the gospel of His son.
“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit.” That means his life. Spirit is life. I
serve with my life in the gospel, the good news, of His son.
I Corinthians 9:12,18
II Corinthians 2:12
Text is gospel of Christ.
II Corinthians 4:4
This place in Romans is the only place that he speaks of it as the gospel of His son. Only
here. Why? Well, really I don’t know. But I do wonder if it could have anything to do with
the body that he was addressing at the moment because “Christ” would be the messiah,
messianic one. Writing to the Romans who had all been Gentiles, pagans, etc. if that is the
reason God would have him use that word “son.” As far as I know, there is no variation in
any of the text. So I’ll have to go with gospel of His son. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve
given you the best that I know about it. Really I don’t know, but I question in my mind
whether that would be the reason why he’d use “son” rather than “Christ.”
The second part of this verse, “that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my
“That without ceasing” means daily, time and time again. It doesn’t mean continuously. It
means without ceasing. Like I pray for my Corps everyday, for my WOWs, etc. That’s the
essence of the truth of this verse.
“Make mention of you always,” meaning that he does not forget them.
“In” is the Greek word epi. Every time or as they come to his heart and mind, as they are
on his lift list, he remembers the believers in Rome in his prayers. I believe that again
would be both with his understanding as well as in the spirit.
“Making request” is beseeching. The best way I can explain it to you is that he really
wanted to go to Rome. Doors had been closed, he had not been permitted to go, so he is
beseeching to go to Rome. Lord, I just want to help the people in New Knoxville, etc.,
which is this “making request.”
“If by any means” – Sort of interesting the word that’s used here. It’s in the indicative
mood, and that tells me something, that the condition is assumed to be fulfilled, yet at the
present time it’s unfulfilled. Making request, beseeching to go to Rome, indicative mood,
condition assumed to be fulfilled, yet at the present time it’s unfulfilled.
That’s the same as “if by any means.”
“Now at length” equals finally. After all this period of time that I’ve been wanting to came,
now I beseech you finally.
“Prosperous journey” is good trip.
“By the will of God” – That insertion intrigues me. He might as well have said “Now at
length I might have a prosperous journey to come to you.”
You do not need “by the will of God” to get you in there. Why is it in there? That is real
significant in my mind. You know, all of us plan things. We plan ahead, think things
through. Sometimes we get our plans changed by the will of God.
There’s a record in Proverbs where man sets things up and thinks it all through. Then God
changes his plans.
“By the will of God” – “By” is en. “Will” is thelēma, desire. Man can really will to do
something, but he can’t bring it into fruition at times. Only God can. Now the thing I see
here and why this tremendous phrase is in here is because Paul had been wanting to go to
Rome for some time. He had planned his itinerary, etc. And it just never materialized. He
didn’t get there. Now he’s beseeching God that finally things will work out where he can
have a good trip and it’s by the will of God. It’s a high standard when men can shake
hands and say this is it, I’ll keep my word. (Example of buying the Gunnison property.)
That’s a high standard. You can’t trust too many men today to do that on a handshake.
That’s why the attorneys have to be so busy, and you can’t trust them. There’s a high
standard of man’s word. But I think there’s a higher standard whenever the will of God
enters into it. I can plan something, but I’ve got to be willing to change that plan and say,
“Look, there’s a higher will, God’s.” You can lay your plans, but leave room for last
minute changes should God desire something else. Leave room for it. Consistency that I
see many times is nothing more than opposition to the truth of God and His Word and it’s
pride and it’s self will. And consistency is many times just carried out in opposition to the
added light that is available. That has to be self will and pride. Inside of the organized
systems at times I see this all the time. Their consistency going this, believing this, doing
this, is just self will and pride. No allowing for the high standard of the will of God to be
II Corinthians 1:17
It’s an interesting verse in comparison with Romans 1:10 that I’m teaching. An old church
father, Chrysotom, and you will become aware of this name if you read church history. He
had a translation of II Corinthians 1:17. Part of that verse he translates as follows: “Do I
plan after the flesh, that the yea with me must be always yea, and the nay always nay, as it
is with a man of the world who makes his plans independently of God’s overruling of
them?” Isn’t that fantastic? A man says, yes, yes, no, no, and he means what he says and
says what he means. But the world man plans independently of God’s overruling that.
There’s a time when you say, yea, yea, nay, nay, and God overrules it and says to change
it. That’s why you can never guarantee how a man or woman of God is really going to
walk. You can never guarantee it. So don’t try to out think God, because as long as that
man or woman is honest and walking and they make their plans. God doesn’t expect us to
be stupid. He expects us to plan. But we leave the plans open. If the circumstances change,
God can tell us.
That’s tremendous in Romans 1:10. He wanted to come for a long time. Why didn’t he
come? God said no trip. No deal. By the will of God. That’s important, so really important.
I don’t know how better to explain it to you, but you’ve got to master it. People say you
said you were going to do so and so and you’re not doing it. If you are not doing it, it’s
because God told you something else. The will of God overrides the yea, yea and nay, nay,
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in instances, cases. Understand? That’s what he is talking about.
Making request, beseeching, that everything is kosher now, I can finally have a good trip
by the will of God to come unto you.
“Unto” is pros, united with, yet singularly independent of.
This longing, “for I long” is a longing in his heart, in the whole fabric of his being. It
literally means to desire earnestly. The Greek word is epipotheō. When you work that one
down with the preposition epi in front of it, it means to desire earnestly upon. For I long,
desire earnestly upon you to see you.
“To see you” means to look right in your eyeballs, literally face to face.
I desire earnestly to look right in your face. “That” is the word hina meaning in order that.
“I may impart” – That word “impart” is really beautiful. It is the Greek word metadidōmi.
Impart unto you some. It’s used here with the accusative case meaning after I have it.
That’s really something, because you can’t give anything you haven’t got. See how this
really fits? I desire earnestly to look into your face and to give you something I’ve got. I
may impart unto you. Give you something I’ve got for you.
As I worked this down minutely it blessed me very much, because meta is a preposition
preceding the word, meaning down this way. Didōmi means to give. But a closely
associated word is didaskō which means to teach. So what do you think he is coming to
Rome for? To do what? To teach. That’s it. That’s how you impart, that’s how you give.
That’s this word. And it means to deliver, to entrust, to teach, and specifically to the end of
sharing. Giveth to the end of sharing. What you’ve got you’re giving, imparting. Imparting
what? Spiritual gifts.
“Spiritual” is pneumatikos. “Gift” is charisma. Things of the spirit or spiritual things.
Whether this means gifts of grace that God has bestowed upon Paul that he has in his heart
and because he has this, he just pours out his heart to the people get lifted and blessed, or
whether in the process of that it may also include ministries, I do not know. All I know is
he is going to impart unto, pros, because he’s identified with them yet singularly
independent of them. Spiritual gift.
“To the end” – preposition eis.
“Established” – stērizō; “Established” includes that your life has been proved. You are no
longer flippy. You are no longer questioning whether you ought to be in the Corps or
whether you ought not be in the Corps. Not even a doubt about it. That’s established. It’s
not just somebody who is standing, but somebody who has proven himself that in spite of
all the enemy can throw at him, he is still standing. That’s why one of the words that
comes off of this word stērizō is the word histēmi, which means to stand fast. Another
word that is closely aligned with this is the word stereōma, which means steadfast. It
means constant. It’s also used in Greek literature in a very wonderful way of a colonnade
made up of a whole bunch of columns. The Greek architecture, the columns, that were
cemented in, that’s this word stērizō. Proven itself to stay standing, faithful, steadfast. I
thought of this in light of the first verse, a branded slave.
To the end that you may be established. Get your feet in cement and the cement hardens.
Can’t get out. Colonnade, columns, burned in, proven to stand fast because of the
opposition that you have endured and you’re still standing. Literally I would translate it
“that you may be mentally fixed and set firmly.” That’s how I would translate it. You’ve
got your mind made up. Nothing is going to change it, because the Adversary has proven
you. He’s thrown his curves at you and everything else and you’re still hitting them over
the fence. That’s proven. Isn’t that a fantastic verse?
That has to be the drive to desire in the innermost heart of any man of God that he just
shares himself. He gives, he teaches, he opens his heart that other people may get rooted
and grounded and set in so that the Adversary as he attacks them, they just don’t budge.
Reminds me of the scripture in Ephesians, “having done all, stand.”
“That is” – To the end that you may be established, that is, if they are established, and they
don’t push, they will be like Paul who didn’t push, that I may be comforted together with
you. If they would flip all the time, what comfort would they be to a man of God like Paul?
That’s why he wants them established. “That I may be comforted together.”
“That is” that. That is to be comforted together. I may be comforted together. “Comforted
together” is the word sumparkaleō. When you break that down it’s made up of three
words. Sum is a preposition. Para is another one. Kaleō is the word. It’s from this word
also that we have the word paraclete, talking about holy spirit, remember in John. He’s the
paraclete, the comforter.
That is to be comforted together with you. Boy, that’s something. Establish people and
then people stand with you. That’s a comfort to you. That’s what Paul was saying, that he
could be comforted together because they were standing. They weren’t blowing hot one
day and cold the next. They weren’t for the Corps one day and against it the next. They
weren’t for the work of the ministry one day and against it the next. They were men and
women who were established and that brought him comfort.
“By” is dia meaning through.
“Mutual faith” is “in one another.” That’s why they translated it mutual. Comfort together
with you through the in one another believing. In one another is the word that King James
put in there as mutual. Comforted together with you through the in one another believing.
People, it’s not only that you believe in the gospel, I believe in the gospel, but both of us
believe in the gospel; therefore, we believe in one another. Therefore, I stand with you and
you stand with me. That’s what it’s all about. That I may be comforted as you stand with
me and I stand with you, through the in one another believing. We all have the same
believing of one mind. Same believing in you and me. Same believing which is yours is
I think I’ll hold this Verse 13 until the next session with the Corps. I think I’ll hold it and
bring it into the whole fabric of the debtors to the Greeks, barbarians of 14 and be able to
cover 13, 14, 15 and 16. Once you get into 16 we’re going to have to handle the
righteousness of God and what’s it mean from faith to faith. We’re going to have to handle
all of those very intricate things.