The Birth of Christos

The Birth of Christos

In searching for an historical Christos within the community it may be best to give details of the times.

Herod the Great reigned from 37 BC and died in 4 BC. To the contemporary Jewish writers their history would be cyclical ever enlarging and ascending. They needed to document a remembrance from the time of Judas Maccabees’ great victory to the impending decline. So here is a quick point summary of the historical facts as we know them:

  • From Judas Maccabees the Hasmoneans ruled God’s people with a fist of iron.
  • Civil war soon broke out. Hyrcanus and Aristibulus looked towards Rome for support (just as many Jews had looked to Alexander – 1 Macc.). There was a chasm between the starving indebted poor in the countryside and the landed aristocracy.
  • In 63 BC Judea became a distant Roman province. The local Jewish leaders, the landed aristocracy, comprising the priestly class, maintained control. Judea was a very small population, very insignificant and was at the far end of the Roman imperium.
  • In the circumstances Rome liaised directly with the Sanhedrin’s high priest. Rome’s only influence was through the Temple establishment.
  • The Sanhedrin did not have to worship the emperor. They maintained their independence, their temples unmolested.
  • The Romans never pressed the Jews on their concept of One God.
  • Herod the Great was appointed in 37 BC. Herod was a young Jewish nobleman from Idumea. His father Antipater had full administrative powers without Roman interference. Herod became a very energetic supporter of Rome. He became known as a client-king.
  • Herod’s reign is known for excess and brutish acts of cruelty. He massacred nearly every member of the Sanhedrin, replaced the Temple priests. He redistributed power to a new class of Jews. He was allowed to rule as he saw fit.
  • Many rebellious Jewish sects arose in his reign but there was no insurrection in Herod’s tenure.
  • The Pharisees, lower and middle class rabbis and scholars, interpreted the laws for the populace requiring strict obedience.
  • The Sadducees were from wealthier landowning families but were a separate entity from the Temple priests.
  • Herod initiated colossal monumental building and public works. He coerced tens of thousands of peasants into day labour projects. He permanently changed the physical landscape. He built infrastructure markets, theatres, palaces and ports (Caesarea Maritima), fortresses (Masada and Herodium) all modelled in alignment to classical Hellenic style.
  • He introduced crushing taxes. He built Hellenised gymnasia, Greek amphitheatres, and Roman baths at Jerusalem with Roman colonnades. Coins bearing Greek letters circulated and pagan insignia appeared.
  • Herod’s palace was built with a Roman golden eagle over its portal.
  • Insurrection broke out on the death of Herod in 4BC – bandits and zealots, and numerous sects splintered. Insurrections began and regional towns burnt.
  • Tradition has it that a child was born at this time and lived for approximately 40 years.

Was there a Historical Christ?

Searching for a historical Christ has always been challenging. Outside the NT there is no trace of him. Josephus’ skimpy passage reference in Antiquities comes well after Paul’s Epistles – late 40-50s AD and the very sophisticated and highly structured book of Revelation – 70 AD. John of Patmos’s technique is uniquely differentiated and completely reliant on the OT as source of his metaphors – 7 messengers, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 plagues, sacred and civil 1260 days, man-child, the beasts (Saul (lion), David (bear), Solomon (leopard- 666), Israel (10 tribes -horns) and Judah (7 kings – heads), the dragon, Babylon the Great and much more. Neither of these formative narratives mentioned a contemporary historical figure – as it was never about a person, rather a unity of purpose of the populace. They directed their work to Jews, about Jewish governance, not to outsiders. Their concern was always about their Jewish distinctive way of life and survival.

Some commentators claim Jesus was part of a large family that included at least four bothers – James, Joseph, Simon and Judas and say this is attested to by the later gospels and the letters of Paul. To do this they claim it is correct and deny Mary’s perpetual virginity. These theorists fail to realise Jesus was a personified story – derived from Ruth’s Mary (bitterness), Joseph (increaser, son of supplanter Jacob, of the multitude), Hezekiah (Immanuel – the man-child) of the O.T. stories. Paul was declaring “his” gospel to counteract the resurgence government and religious order – of literalism, that became orthodoxy and eventually traditional Christianity.

To Paul, history was not a matter of uncovering facts, but of revealing truths and the only truth that mattered was that the population was in severe bondage, persecuted into indebtedness to the landed aristocracy. When for example Paul said “save James the Lord’s brother” – Gal. 1:19 he was out to preach “his” personified gospel to the 97% illiterate, those not scribes and scholars. He was now out to reinvigorate the despondent masses. His work is purely a personified story and his virgin (bitterness – without God) could go on to family life. Within that family, members could be differentiated and the personalities like James and Peter would need coverage. He was not out there telling a factual literal story. There was no history as we know it today. It was always a discovery of truth of the ascent of the human race. He always placed truth first and foremost and used stories to tell “his” gospel. The truth was that people, the cosmological creation, were impoverished. Evolution was always supposed to be enrichment.

Then we have Mark’s gospel which is quite unsatisfactory to most Christians. There is no infancy narrative. No genealogy. No mother, no father, no progeny. There is no resurrection. Then we have Matthew and Luke written later between 90 and 100 AD. These have conflicting infancy narratives. They contain a series of elaborate resurrection narratives which Christian readers claim great satisfaction. Scholars claim Mathew and Luke must have relied upon an earlier document named Q (German for Quelle), or “source”. There is no copy of this document, no proven existence.

Now the Synoptics (viewed together) is greatly at odds with the fourth gospel, John written later from 100-120 AD. My aim, in later articles, is to show how John’s fourth gospel supports Paul and John of Patmos. Like Paul, Johns gospel shows no interest in Jesus’s physical birth. Jesus is an eternal presence from the beginning of time, being the primal force from which all creation sprang. Christianity cannot understand this characteristic personification “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” – John 1:3. So Jesus, a personification, was of the priesthood of Melchisedec, without parents, eternal. This is quiet alienated from the western golden calf espoused in the Jesus saves slogan – “he saved a wretch like me”.

Now commentators go on to say this establishes two facts:

  1. Jesus was a Jew. That Rome crucified Jesus on a cross despite the NT stating that Christ was hanged on a tree – they fail to understand the crossing of the Jewish payment made by Paul and the community.
  2. Rome is then blamed by this scholarship for everything ignoring the fact that it was a Jewish book written for Jews. The synoptics fail to mention the most catastrophic act of 70 AD by Rome. Rome was never the subject of the writers. Commentators forget Paul journeyed to Rome and lived there in peace for two years until his death.

To traditional scholarship these two fundamental tenets substantiate their whole belief system. Jesus is never mentioned without Rome predominating – look at any website.

Such simplistic scholarship is woefully inadequate as it avoids the following:

  1. Paul’s epistles deny an historical Christ. Paul’s writings are all about his epiphany – about his Christos. Paul, a Pharisee, renounced his complete past allegiance to the Jewish oppressive style of governance. Paul found Christos in the rebellion of the populace – starting from the reign of Herod the Great– taxes, forced poverty, great labour building works – cities, ports, migration from rural to urban centres and subsequent Massacre of the Innocents.
  2. Paul knew that the Pharisees and Sadducees adopted Christ as an historical figure – something wayward Christianity clasps onto. It was exceedingly convenient for the Pharisees who preached an afterlife. It was convenient to the Sadducees who wanted to ensure no further insurrection. Paul glorified Christos, the energy displayed by the populace and extravagantly by many zealots and bandits. Rebellion had occurred in many towns after Herod’s death. Rome still left the administration to the Jews and the procurators were not appointed to the fourth decade. And then very unsuccessfully with little influence and rapidly changed.
  3. John of Patmos started Revelation with the words “The revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1. Revelation is highly structured and must have been in formation for several decades. It drew metaphors and allegories from past recall of oral history and written history over the past millennium. Both Paul and especially John of Patmos were concerned about the Ascent of Mankind – not simply evolution, not science, not mathematics, not medicine all remarkably advancements. It was action “Today”. Paul was focused on the unison of the cosmological with its consciousness. Mindfulness had enabled oral recollections (remembrance) to be written down of previous bondages (Egyptian, Babylonian, and Grecian). Form had to be created from chaos and the writers used numerous types, antitypes to construct archetype, to create reflective form. The hunter gather society had evolved from a perceived sacred-civil balance. After phonetics the inkhorn became the greatest weapon opposing possessiveness and the masculine warrior milieu. It was their solitary weapon and was named the “Word of God” by John of Patmos. Jesus Christ was the composite personified name for the “Word of God” as experienced – the anointing (Christos) of the increaser (Joseph) – fathering further the multitude. A sudden light from the east struck Paul. John of Patmos carried on that acute perception universally dimensioning on his travels.

The later Synoptics confirm that it was the governance of the Jewish race, acquiescence and duplicity of government, that led to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The writers of the synoptics of course deliberately never mentioned Rome, never the event of 70 AD, even though writing later than their apocalyptic catastrophe. Their sole purpose was to document what lead to the fall of the Jewish nation. In their eyes it was the complicity of governance. It was a repetition of the last seven kings of Judah after Hezekiah, leading to Babylonian captivity. Hezekiah, Immanuel, the man-child, Wonderful, Counsellor had initiated the rebuilding of the Temple. Then evil government corruption of the seven kings brought decline. Contemporary life was also a sequel to many Jews joining with Alexander bringing “virtuous” Grecian culture to the forefront in Jerusalem. The Synoptics did not concern the later Roman tightening its grip in the decades after the persecution of Christos. The Jewish nation would again fall to a foreign power and all the good work of Judas Maccabees came to nought under the jaundiced Pharisees and Sadducees.

The first synoptic of Mark, down played by Christianity, never documented a genealogy. Paul said it was a “generation”. Mark’s gospel never mentioned the resurrection. Paul and John of Patmos knew there was no possibility of resurrection after the crushing defeat of the Jewish popular arising. Also there was no one person to resurrect. No possibility of resurrection. John of Patmos saw the decline of the seven churches. Society had gone backwards and the Sanhedrin now succumbed and liaised with the recurring appointment of Roman procurators. When government becomes harsh the populace has to revolt or suffer restriction. But life comes from the populace.

The gospel of Mark was clearly just a condemnation of the Pharisees and Sadducees:

  • “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes” – Mark 1:22
  • “What thing is this? what new doctrine is this?” – Mark 1:27
  • “And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the Sabbath day that which is not lawful? … The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” – Mark 2:24–27
  • “And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him” – Mark 3:6
  • “That seeing they may see, and not perceive” – Mark 4:12
  • “For Herod feared John, knowing he was a just man” – Mark 6:20
  • “Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?” – Mark 7:5
  • “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod” – Mark 8:15
  • “And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him” – Mark 10:2
  • “and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they condemn him to death, and shall deliverer him to the Gentiles” – Mark 10:33
  • “have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner” – Mark 12:10
  • “And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians” – Mark 12:13
  • “Then come unto him the Sadducees … If a man’s brother dies …” – Mark 12:18–19
  • “And they lead Jesus away to the high priest” – Mark 14:53
  • “Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done?” – Mark 15:14

Paul’s Christos – Labour

To end here are some of Paul’s saying to confirm that it was the Holy Ghost of inner man (labour) that Paul came to see as Christos:

  • “not run in vain, nor labour in vain” – Phil. 2:16
  • “I laboured more abundantly than they all” – 1 Cor. 15:10
    “which labour with me in the gospel” – Phil. 4:3
  • “Whereunto I also labour, striving” – Col. 1:29
  • “your work of faith, and labour of love” – 1 Thes. 1:3
  • “brethren, our labour and travail” – 1 Thes. 2:9
  • “tempted you and our labour be in vain” – 1 Thes. 3:5
  • “to know them that labour among among you” – 1 Thes. 5:12
  • “wrought with labour and travail nightly” – 2 Thes. 3:8
  • “we both labour and suffer reproach” – 1 Tim. 4:10
  • “who labour in the world of doctrine” – 1 Tim. 5:17
  • “labour therefore to enter into rest” – Heb. 4:11
  • “to forget your work and labour of love” – Heb. 6:10

John of Patmos also came to the same conclusion that to find Christ you had to find Christos:

  • “know thy works and thy labour” – Rev. 2:2
  • “and for my namesake hast laboured” – Rev. 2:3

Alternatively Paul used other sayings to find the inner Christos:

  • “the just shall live by faith” – Rom. 1:17
  • “God imputeth righteousness without works” – Rom. 4:6 – implies there is no need for egotistical works, dead works, church doctrine, just simple acknowledgement.
  • “Christ died for us” – Rom 5:8 – the anointing, the atoned populace, was the ensample of the labour of love of the inner spirit.
  • “we are under grace” – Rom 6:14 – we are not held to any man made manipulation, under grace we each are free.
  • “God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – Rom. 6:23 – the ascent of man, the atonement, the anointing (Christos) increases (Joseph) – giving mankind the baton to run the race of life.
  • “we should serve the newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” – Rom. 7:6. Paul was urging all the populace to maintain the rage and abolish the laws of the Sanhedrin and the corruption and strictness of governmental decrees. Be free to ascend.
  • “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death” – Rom. 7:24.
  • “ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father” – Rom. 8:15. There is no reference to a solitary figure – but adoption of the Spirit.

Once you place Paul’s writings in the post persecution catastrophe and see Paul’s epiphany not under the doctrine the dead works of the Pharisees and Sadducees the priests and the landed aristocracy then all of Paul’s statement are seen in the new light arising from the eastern direction each and every day.

Paul knew that this awakening was a labour of love of being “I am” and it is “our” God and “my” Christ whatever that may be.

First Epistle of Paul to Timothy

 

Paul to Timothy said “These things command and teach” – 1 Tim. 4:11. Then he said “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” – 1 Tim. 4:13.

Paul was never ever discoursing on later western embedded Jesus Christ. What was Paul saying is the question that needs answering?

Paul said don’t “give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith” – 1 Tim. 1:4. In my scribblings yesterday I showed how the word “generation” had been changed to “genealogies”. Paul was adamant. Don’t do this!

He described the revision of doctrine that they taught and preached as “vain jangling” – 1 Tim. 1:6.

He then went on to condemn – “Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm” – 1 Tim. 1:7. Paul writing between about 40-50 AD never referred to Christ. In that ignorant age he condemned all those who tried to teach restrictive law, but knew not what they said. Today the situation is ten times worse. Christianity has never highlighted the ten commandments – i.e. to make content. In contrast their warrior mentality believed everything could be achieved by brute force and conquest.

Now Paul says those who preach innocently may obtain mercy – 1 Tim. 1:13 – because “I did it ignorantly in unbelief”. Paul’s unbelief was when he was a Pharisee and believed in the afterlife, the doctrine for control of society. He said he was the chief sinner. He would say that of all our church leaders today. As a Pharisee, if even an ordinary man was called Christ, then Paul could not, not have known. He said he had never met a Christ figure because he had renounced the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. For this he said he had been “crucified”.

Paul stress his gospel – “there is one God” – 1 Tim. 2:5. Paul was reverting to the gospel of the Ancients and away from any acceptance of a literal Jesus Christ figure – the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and then Peter and James in the fourth decade of this century. He taught in contrast to the mishmash of gods proliferating out of Egyptian and Grecian cultures. He taught doctrine in contrast to the rituals and obedience to government decrees. Mankind had unity, had the baton and must run with it. Christos would return sometime, somewhere. John of Patmos said the book would be opened in the universal apocalyptic age – when Christos returns. We are certainly in that age at this moment.

Now Paul said Jesus Christ was the mediator “between God and men” – 1 Tim. 2:5. Paul knew the Jewish uprising, the anointing, the atonement, was the symbol he preached and teached as a “doctrine”. A reading. Lots of skilful scribes were able to write the story, a metaphors or allegories of the great uprising against Herod the Great. It was labelled an “exhortation”.

This great cosmological-terrestrial union existed “For Adam was the first formed, then Eve”. Adam was the emerging rib cage structure of the very earliest forms of civilisation comprising a community of women and men. And out if this initial community support came the life-giver Eve (men and woman too). The life-giver had to be drawn from the first begotten formation. Until there was formation, the splitting of the firmaments and consciousness, there could be no progress. Progress does not arise from chaos. Neither did it come from tongues sprouting make believe words.

So Paul’s speech to Timothy referred back to Adam and Eve, and the oneness of within all. He was not concerned about the false law-givers who had no understanding of the generative cycle as life advances the ascent of mankind.

He said husband and wife should be “apt” and “vigilant”. This formation would conquer the intensity of the omnipotent warrior world. It had the ability “to make” content, fables, metaphors and lift all to a higher level. Man had to be able “to rule his own house” – 1 Tim. 3:5. There was no one else to take vicarious responsibility, no Christ only Christos.

Now Paul went on to say “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come”. Religiosity has robbed the meaning of this text. A deep respect of the unison (civil 1260 = sacred 1260 days) gives life today and life to come. It has nothing to do with a superstitious, rambling philosophy – nor the westernised Christ. Paul said “damnation, because they have cast off their first faith” Christos – 1 Tim. 5:12. And yet our religious leaders are blinded by their works of self-righteousness, self-importance sitting high and mighty and not to be touched. Paul glorified the labourer “Though shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn … The labourer is worthy of his reward” – 1 Tim. 5:18.

So Paul said the schism of man made him “proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising”. He said if “we brought nothing into this world … it is certainly we can carry nothing out” – 1 Tim6:7. And went on to say “the love of money is the root of all evil” – 1 Tim. 6:10.

So let’s “Fight the good fight of faith” – 1 Tim.6:12 avoiding profane and vain babblings – of archbishops, cardinals, ministers and priests. Time to, “come out”, of her.

Scribblings 23 Feb 2017

A few scribblings for today showing the regression of various words.

1 Tim. 1:10 – “for them that defile themselves with mankind”.

mankind” – 733 Young’s Concordance (a sodomite:- abuser of (that defile) self with mankind. RSV sodomites, NEB perverts, JB with boys or with men, NAS homosexuals, NIV perverts. The compilers of Young’s Concordance like everyone aimed to prove a literal Christos. Comment – the correct word is “mankind” as Paul was casting aspersions on all the “dead works” of mankind (women and men) in favor of our eternal inheritance – the Christos from Melchisedec without descent, without mother, without father. To make it specific distorts the entire message which can only be comprehended once the golden thread running throughout the testaments into the book of Revelation is comprehended.

Matt. 1:1 – “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ”.

generation” – 1074 Young’s Concordance (a generation; by implication an age (the period or the persons): age, generation, nation, time RSV genealogy, NEB descent, JB genealogy, NAS genealogy, NIV genealogy. Jesus Christ, a conjunction or composite was certainly a consolidation of types recurring down the generations of time. By the misuse of the word “genealogy” traditionalists moved from the aesthetic to a pseudo factual.

Matt. 3:7 – “O generation of vipers”.

generation” – RSV brood, NEB brood, JB brood, NAS brood, NIV brood. Same as above bringing in concept of family (brood), progeny.

Matt. 4:1 – “Then Jesus was lead up of the Spirit” RSV by, NEB by, JB by, NAS by, NIV by. There is a vast difference in implication. Often the word Ghost (something unseen) has been changed to Spirit, also.

Isa. 7:14 – “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son”

virgin” – 5959 (almah) Young’s Concordance fem. of 5958 elem from 5956 alam: a prim. root; to veil from sight, i.e. conceal (literal or figurative):- X any ways, blind, dissembler, hide (self), secret (thing). Something kept out of sight, a lass, lad (young man, stripling) as veiled or private; damsel, maid virgin. In summary, the virgin was always the governance of Jerusalem that was without God (concealed). Later is Isaiah the word virgin derives from bethulah (with God), after Hezekiah, the man child, restored. In the revised edition: RSV young woman , NEB young woman , JB maiden, NAS virgin, NIV virgin give a completely misinterpretation. Virgin could be male or female, lad or lass.

Matt. 1.25 – “And knew her not till she had brought forth”

knew her not” – RSV knew her not, NEB had no intercourse with her, JB he had not intercourse with her, NAS kept her a virgin, NIV had no union with her. One could easily surmise that western Christianity has not known the story within a story, has never opened the book, and could not give a twinkle curse. You of course could say they have had no intercourse. But by converting to the word intercourse immediately gives way to traditionalists, canon, creeds, cults, statues of a female virgin, orthodoxy and darkness for 2,000 years.

Revised Standard Version, New English Bible, Jerusalem Bible, New American Standard, New International Version

Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians – War in Heavenly Places

This interpretation of 1 Corinthians substantiates the tone of the Epistles to the Hebrews and Romans.

1 Corinthians

1 Cor. 1:1 – “called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ”

An apostle (apostolos) means one sent forth. The word “of” is a preposition placed before the amalgam Jesus and Christ. One could say likewise I am a student of theology, of philosophy or of science – or any subject – modern terms were not known in that age. The word “of”, does not in any way materialise the meaning of the nouns. The words “Jesus Christ”, is a movement, a transitioning from a state of dependency, for example from illiteracy to literate – an anointing sparking process of the mind, spirit, heart and soul.

The configuration Jesus Christ arose from the increasing (Joseph – meaning increaser – Genesis) bitterness (Mara – from the book of Ruth – call me Mara for I am bitter – note Naomi “took the child (of Ruth)” – Ruth 4:16) of the virgin governance (almah – unmarried, concealed). This was aptly described as becoming a man child – a weaning – Gen. 21:8 child becomes a man. It is also referred to as daubing (daubed it … and put the child therein – Exod. 2:3).

The small book of Ruth is critically important insertion into the O.T., written concerning pre-state and pre-written history in time of judges. The son born to Naomi “they called Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David” – Ruth 4:17. This important child became a man – “Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David”. Later Hezekiah was to be called this man-child as he rebuilt the temple and was called Wonderful, Counsellor. In maturity Hezekiah was named Immanuel (forerunner of Emmanuel). (For elaboration see also words man servant). Jesus (Joseph) became this man-child over forty maturing years in N.T. during the time of gross bitterness under the reign of Herod the Great – governance was virgin (almah- unmarried, concealed from God). This uprising had the potential of restoring governance (bethulah – with God). The translation of virgin is from almah in early Isaiah – Isa. 7. Virgin is translated from bethulah in the later chapters of Isaiah after Hezekiah restored the temple (to writers the Temple was a representation of the inner temple spirit).

(Note daubed (chamar) 2560 Young’s concordance, a primary root; prop. To boil up; hence to ferment (with scum); to glow (with redness); as denom. (from 2564) to smear (to anoint) with pitch: – daub, foul, be red, trouble. 2564 (chemer) bitumen (as rising to the surface). In other words leavening the unleavened, anointing the “scum”. In the N.T. the ferment from Herod the Great’s Massacre of the Innocents caused ferment (uproar, tumult, confusion, commotion, upheaval, agitation, turmoil, turbulence and mayhem).

(Note Ruth: apostle-like would not leave Naomi, “intreat me not to leave”, “Ruth clave unto her”. Naomi (meaning bitterness) and Ruth (meaning friendship) both came to Bethlehem. Naomi was too old to have a husband” – virgin (through bitterness) – Naomi by consent took Ruth’s child and it was said “a son is born to Naomi” (the virgin). The N.T. is a surface painting of this short foundation book.

In the O.T., the apostles sent forth, were those renowned (called Shemites) such as Hezekiah (Immanuel – God with us – the man-child), Naomi and all those who had faith Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and Moses. The Shemites were pitted against the war-mongers (Japethites) and any lazy unproductive nerds, layabouts (Hamites). It is a simple descriptive of kinds of people.

The whole story is about “making” to remember the bondage of illiteracy (bitterness) denominated from local, to national to universal times. But the western church adopted the propaganda of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees wanted a person to have everlasting life – resurrection meant everlasting life. The Sadducees did not believe in the afterlife – for them no resurrection meant no insurrection. Both were happy to literalise a one person in the struggle for power possession keeping the populace illiterate and dumbfounded. It was state-church rule. But the writers wanted unison of the cosmological and terrestrial and described their conjunction of sacred and civil as two 1260 days in half years over 7 years – very aesthetic.

Now let’s quickly summarise the rest of 1 Corinthians, revealing Paul’s epiphany.

1 Cor. 1:4 – “my God”… “given you by Jesus Christ”

Paul thanked “his” God. He spoke monotheistically as there was ever only one God, as found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But it is always very personal; it is always “my God” given to me in “my tent”. It becomes of Jesus Christ – the increase surface anointing smear. Paul was speaking to the Grecians who see wisdom had numerous gods. Greeks never literalised language. Such proliferation of gods overwhelmed. Confusion nullified the mind and still does. Paul said to the Grecians that the Jews require a sign, but that Judea awaits this saviour. Paul knew they would await forever if such attitudes continued. Paul being an ex-Pharisee had been enmeshed in preaching an afterlife. This doctrine conflicted with the Sadducees – their marriage was a marriage of convenience. The insurrection had been quashed. To the Sadducees there could never be a resurrection. James and Peter were their abominable continuation, encouraging appointment of Roman procurators, and turning a blind eye to the pending catastrophe culminating in AD 70.

Paul turned his back on both the Greeks and Jewish hierarchies and went on to preach “his” gospel. It was the voice of the people that was his sole focus (like Ruth – unwavering, gleaning – 3950 (laqat) pick up, to gather up, in Boaz’s field). It was “his” voice of God. It had to be “given”, a gift, be ever gathering turning the virgin (almah) to virgin (bethulah). This Spirit was called the Holy Ghost setting Paul apart.

1 Cor. 1:7 – “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Paul was prepared to await “his” or “our” Jesus Christ. Christ is not lost. The westernised Christ in never returning. Let’s have a new testament, of heavenly abode. This was positivity at its highest. Remember Paul was conversing with the illiterate rabble. Paul wanted to energise each and every person. He wanted staid and sensible action, never looking back. His gospel never said that a vicarious personage would save grace.

1 Cor. 1:13 – “was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”

These are most astonishing remarks from Paul. By these words Paul satirises both crucifixion and baptism, especially the way the western world has swallowed a toxic message. Paul never meant real life circumcision. It was always of the heart and soul. Paul never meant baptism in a trinket of water; never to be a one second orthodox dunking. Being baptised was an escape from all forms of bondage. Paul had set himself free unyoked from the formalities of the Pharisees and Sadducees, from nondescript gods. He had seen his society imprisoned time and time again. Initially as children we succumb to the principalities and high places. But allowed freedom of thought we become gracefully gracious during our apocalypse.

1 Cor. 1:17 – “not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect”

Paul always said words of men never gave wisdom. All such words were “dead works”. All doctrines, canons, codes, creeds, cults and denominations offer no wisdom. All works glorified falsely the cross of Christ whereas the N.T. refers to “hanged on a tree”. Christ, means anoint from mashach – 4886; a prim. root; to rub with oil, by implication to consecrate; and also to paint – anoint. Paul was never talking of a superficial anointing. Anointing could never be accomplished outwardly only mindfully.

Paul also stressed “He taketh away the first, that they may establish the second”. Refreshment was prerequisite. John’s Revelation is a prime example of scanning. Every doctrine of men (the seven churches of Asia Minor) had to be crossed. And the crossing means war in heavenly places – vertical and horizontal, from all angles, east, west, north and south, right and left, height, breadth and width – all the doctrines placed before us opening the twelve gates.

1 Cor. 1:22, 23 – “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we teach Christ crucified”

Paul taught per se. The teaching is that of Christ, the anointing, hanged on the tree of life. The unlearned had been wronged, persecuted, their lifeless life the driest of bones.

1 Cor. 1:26 – “not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called”

Paul admits “not many” wanted to hear. To the populace it was a rant and rave. Neither did the noble, the “mighty”, would ever hear any call from the wilderness. The rich man would not ever go through the eye of the needle into Jerusalem.

1 Cor. 2:2 – “I determined not to know anything among you, saved Jesus Christ and him crucified”

Paul was single-eyed. He rebuked all machinations. Only one thing predominated, the overwhelmed populace.

1 Cor. 2:5 – “not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”

Paul looked on the brighter side revering humankind. Civilisation constantly fluxed. What was highly regarded yesterday becomes superseded. A new testament shoots forth. All testaments contain relics, from preceding times, everything dependent on forerunners. But the past is never the present as the world moves in mysterious ways.

1 Cor. 2:7 – “we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery”

Paul confesses God is a mystery. God’s will is a mystery. All our works are vanity and vexatious. Paul was completely as one, totally relaxed, no huffing and puffing.

1 Cor. 2:16 – “But we have the mind of Christ”

Our mind is as creative as the greatest anointer. Paul wanted mankind to be the ultimate achiever. Paul knew God was at rest. He believed the Ancients. Never, ever would there be further seven days. Paul’s attribution is polished elegance.

1 Cor. 3:8 – “every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour”

Each must have charity; morning to evening, becoming.

1 Cor. 3:10 – “For the foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”

We cannot change what is. We have the mind of Christ with benevolence.

1 Cor. 3:16, 17 – “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”…“which temple ye are”
Speaking to the Romans and all gentiles, Paul simply states simple knowledge. We can think therefore we can be. Paul reiterated the message of the Ancients now witnessed in his third temple era.

1 Cor. 4:4, 6 – “I know nothing by myself”… “no one … be puffed up”

Every limb relies on every other limb. There is no need to believe one is better than another. We learn by association.

1 Cor. 5:8 – “keep the feast…with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”

Keep trying. One day the unleavened becomes leavened, froth rises to surface.

1 Cor. 6:5 – “not a wise man among you?”

Paul was astounded. Paul would be confounded after two thousand years of absolute pitch darkness.

1 Cor. 7:7 – “Every man hath his proper gift of God”

To each a special gift was given. Life is to be revered, ability everywhere. So learn, reflect, and deepen appreciation.

1 Cor. 7:10 – “Let not the wife depart from the husband”

There is no need to show anxiety over this statement. It’s simply philosophically stating that everything has dependency. It is not simply about family, nor law, nor circumcision. Objects are all ensamples for admonition never issues to stand on speaker’s corner. Ham represented the layabouts, Japeth the warrior extender, and Shem the renowned thinkers. Paul was not casting aspersions on any particular race. And none were ever saying a wife had to be subservient to her husband. The writers used the object to describe the subjective-abstract but very real life. In Revelation many objects are drawn upon to illustrate the final days of hypocrisy. Paul never wanted people to be unproductive. He wanted a new man-child. Leave behind the “principles of doctrine” – Heb. 6:1 by refurbishing a newer testament according to the times.

1 Cor. 7:19 – “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing”

Paul immediately confirmed his saying. There is certainly no need to get hot under the collar about pedagogical ensamples. It’s a waste of time.

1 Cor. 34 – “but she that is married…how she may please her husband”

Paul saw everything creating a new testament. His ongoing concern was creating, building a new testament. He did not set out to disrupt or confront. He set out to confirm an Ancient message grossly distorted by “dead works”. His epistle never ruffled any feathers. He avoided scuffles and sailed away.

1 Cor. 8:1 – “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth”

Fulfilment comes from assisting. The community is full to the brim of knowledge. Belief is ever changing. Charity compensates, rewarding.

1 Cor. 9:16 – “woe unto us if I preach not the gospel!”

Paul was fearful wanting to teach “his” own gospel and encouraged others to do likewise.

1 Cor. 10:1 – “Now all these things happened to them as ensamples…written for our admonition”

Paul never taught the singular. He taught the ascent of man. Civilisation was arising like the sun from the local first rays, to a higher state and universal as far as the eye could see. Our time is certainly monumental.

1 Cor. 11:7, 8, 9, 15 – “the man indeed ought not to cover his head”…”man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man”…”her hair is given her for a covering”

Paul ends in wonder at our diversity. He uses ensamples for admonition. He was never hung up on those. Life-giving in society comes from the governance of society. With good governance beauty abounds and covers.

Paul’s epistles are so admirable.

Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

 

Paul gave an epistle to the Romans but it was never the message of modern day Christianity. Written well before the synoptics it stands alone as a testament, a personal gospel. It is very different to our contemporary western panorama and it needs investigation.

Only the texts can give us insight into his thinking and so let’s look at some highlights:

Romans

Rom. 1:1 – “separated unto the gospel of God”

Paul immediately appeals very broadly to the gospel of God. Paul speaking to Romans spoke not of a Jesus Christ. God’s gospel came first and foremost. The Romans had never literalised as the Sadducees did. They had adopted many polytheistic gods from surrounding cultures. “The Romans thought of themselves as highly religious, and attributed their success as a world power to their collective piety (pietas) in maintaining good relations with the gods.” – Wikipedia.

Rom. 1:2 – “(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scripture)”

Diplomatically Paul mentions that this gospel had been mentioned “afore” bracketing to indicate that the philosophy was very ancient. In his epiphany he had awakened to the importance of the written word recorded by the prophets of the O.T. Paul was retelling a very ancient story. All the “prophetic” books of the O.T. concerned Jewish governance primarily in the Pre-exilic (pre-Babylonian) and Post-exilic (to Judas Maccabees victory and restoration). Paul was stamping a seal on “his” gospel. He was preaching as a pedagogical exercise.

Rom. 1:3 – “Jesus Christ … was made of the seed of David”


Paul infers that the ancestry goes way back to the seed of David.

Rom. 1:4 – “according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”

The “resurrection from the dead” was a reference to all “dead works” coming from man’s vanity. Paul never accepted the array of gods the Romans worshipped. Paul wanted a greater grace that derives from the Spirit emanating throughout, from one, and that one he called the unnameable.

Rom. 1:8 – “I thank my God”

Clearly Paul thanked “his” God but never a person called Jesus Christ.

Rom. 1:11 – “that I may impart to you some spiritual gift”

Paul wanted to impart his experience of epiphany, the “spiritual gift”.

Rom. 1:14 – “I am debtor to the Greeks and to the barbarians”

Paul knew he was indebted to both the Greeks, and barbarians. Paul was certainly appealing to his audience. Paul’s epiphany had shown him the absolute hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Sadducees never believed in an afterlife and willingly interpreted Jesus Christ as an ordinary rebellious citizen. Accepting the story of crucifixion was the end of the matter. There would be no resurrection as there was no afterlife. Paul however saw Christ abstractly as a very real symbol of the struggle of the populace against gross persecution – since the time of the Hasmoneans to the tyrannical rule of the Herod the Great from 73 BC. The era culminated in the Massacre of the Innocents (order to kill all boys two and under), enslavement, forced labour, impoverishment, forced migration from agricultural subsistence to city, taxes, building works – cities, seaports, and ritualizing practices to name a few. Paul’s Christ was very different.

Rom. 1:16 – “the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation”

Again it is the “gospel of Christ”, the anointing power within the body and soul – “and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also Christ” – 1 Cor. 12:12 – “same God which worketh in all” – 1 Cor. 12:6. Christ symbolises the eternal power of God until salvation. There is no reference to a Jesus Christ here.

Rom. 1:20 – For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made”

Paul wanted the script to be more specific noting the numerous gods of the Romans. His mission was to move from the many to one. So he boldly said you could only understand by “the things that are made”. Paul emphasised the reflective mind – objects could always be used to depict subjective abstractive. The objects could be “things made” or the forms of governance from time to time.

Paul was trying to decipher “What is man”.

Rom. 1:22 – “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into the image made like to corruptible man”

Paul always condemned all those who changed the uncorruptible God into an image like to corruptible man! This statement is so absolutely amazing. This is a direct, head-on criticism of those who literalised Christ, making Christ into the image of corruptible man. No wonder Paul said “what shall I more say?” – Heb. 11:32. And still we are where we are bogged in a quagmire.

Rom. 1:25 – “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator”

There was a direct lie that had been promulgated. Paul said, “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not” – Rom. 9:1 and “Lie not to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man” – Col. 3:9. Paul was speaking of a risen Christ and preached “to put on the new man (man – inserted by translators). Paul wanted to move to a new testament revamping the gospel of God, but retaining essential elements.

He lambasted dead works of multiple tongues – your members suffer “fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry”. The Sadducees were the leaders of this degradation for their own ends. The goal was to stop any further insurrection as they called it. Paul saw the equivalence in all the gods of Rome. And still today we have authoritarian to liberal gods of all persuasions.

Rom. 1:27 – “for even their women did change the natural use into that which was against nature”

Paul stated the same degradation but spoke of it in various ways having criticised both “the Jew first, and also to the Greek”.

Paul state’s that even “their women” (life-giver) did change. Paul knew that man (male and female) represented the rib-cage structure of society. A great change of governance had been implemented. He described the life-giving element of society as having changed from nature’s community way to against nature (principalities).

Rom. 1:29-31 “unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers…backbiters, haters of God, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents…without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful”

Paul lashed out at the failure of governance and the human condition. There were innumerable elements which he so loathed. Paul was always appreciative of the holistic. Early chapters of the O.T. highlight the possessiveness – “my” and “mine” in everything. And Paul’s answer was to take up preaching and the inkhorn as a disposition of “making”, climbing to that higher elevation. That’s what Paul was saying. We have not found this heaven on earth.
Rom. 2:1 – “for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself”

Paul longed for each person to look at themselves, not others, not anyone else. Judge yourself, convict yourself. For self-enlightenment, higher ethics go travelling to places you have never been.

Rom. 2:6 – “will render unto every man according to his deeds”

Paul drags in the fishing net. Your contribution renders you a sustaining life. There was no vicarious saviour supplement for meek mild faith. When everything boils down you have responsibility to leaven. Pass the baton once before your race is run, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Celebrate, civilisation awaits and is always becoming.

Rom. 2:11 – “For there is no respect of persons with God”

Paul articulated that there is no regard for those advocating a balanced, egalitarian respect of a God filled cosmos. Wonder each day. Untie yourself from any small world and praise being. Come out of her my people, have life, is the carillon call.

Rom. 2:16 – “shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel”

Even Paul, was happy to play along … according to “my” gospel. Paul was saying he had a gospel. And it chimes exposing “the secrets of men”, all those “dead works”, expletives, descriptive lashes, violation.

Rom. 2:24 – “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written”

Everyone blasphemes, likewise yesterday likewise today – from woe to go.

Rom. 2:28 – “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly…But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly”

Whatever genes we have, wherever we come from, we aren’t necessarily in the land of plenty. Not in the land of milk and honey.

Rom. 3:1 – “what profit is there in circumcision?”

We first learn by association of ideas with an object. A is for apple. But we can really get ourselves caught up in knots. Paul’s sarcasm was pertinent to his day. He used circumcision, a horrific practice, for objective edification. It certainly has twirled about to this day. Paul only wanted circumcision of the heart and soul.

Rom. 3:12 – “there is none that doeth good, no, not one”

Paul knew there was not one was in “his” gospel. Wow, did he feel isolated. Seclusion tests the will. Psychologists may ponder how Paul’s gospel came to universal acceptance. But lo, Paul’s gospel has never been accepted.

Rom. 3:31 – “through faith…we establish the law”

Paul found the laws of his day a little contrary. He said through faith we establish law. Perhaps we could tell that to the Sadducees of today. Laws change with the times, and we primarily need a graceful outlook to establish the law.

Rom. 4:9 – “we say…faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness”

Paul takes us on a time-warp again. He gracefully lands us at the feet of Abraham. He certainly mixes and mashes. His flash-back to Abraham forms his gospel. No more iconic figure was there but Abraham, the father of the multitude, the populace. No half-God and half-human figure or any combination. Paul was saying a symbolic Christ configures just like Abraham. In all eras mankind is very optimistic. But now we must move beyond any precedent into perfection, into a new 21st century testament, discerning and stil revering the old.

Rom. 5:1-6 – “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” … “and rejoice in the hope of the glory” … “but we glory in tribulations” … “patience, experience; and experience, hope” … “love … shed abroad by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”

The Holy Ghost (hagion pneuma) is given.

Ghost here at Rom. 5 derives from 4151 – a current of air, i.e. breathe or breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication a vital principle, mental disposition, mind).

The word Holy derives from 40 – sacred, physically pure, morally blameless, and ceremonially consecrated. Holy is a separation, a setting apart. Ref. nos. Young’s concordance.

Breath (air, wind, spirit) is used throughout the testaments to show conscious, mindful life – “the breathe of his nostrils” – Job. 4:9, “falsehood … (there is) no breathe” – Jer. 10:14…etc. Bringing breathe to dry bones.

And conscious life is Holy life – completely “separated” from all other forms of placid life and boisterous physicality.

Paul fully appreciated that as long as humankind was free, at liberty, anything was possible. Mankind was anointed and had unlimited potential. God was at rest, portrayed in prime number of seven days of completion. Mankind now had the responsibility, through sentience that set him (male and female) apart from all other species.

We can only come towards God through oneness of purpose, love, benevolence and charity. Christ is that key symbol. You never require wisdom nor a sign but experience of life’s struggle to be at liberty, especially from all codes and creeds – the dead works of men.

Rom. 5:14 – “death reigned from Adam to Moses”

Paul notes the warrior Nimrod world, the world of giants, reigned from the very beginning – there were three kinds of people – Ham (unproductive), Shem (renowned) and Japeth (extender) – symbols, without intentional discrimination, of humanity. Paul knew it was a world of “my” and “mine”. There were renowned persons who had moved from phonetics to writing words – “The Word of God” – away from the layabouts and the extenders (belligerent warmongers). Only certain kinds, whether introvert or extrovert, could lift humanity to a raised up level – shemayin – heaved up learned condition. Paul was covering all aspects of “his” gospel in “his” epistle to the Romans far away from the turmoil engulfing the Jewish race. But with so many gods to face Paul lived out his life in peace in Rome having run his race.

Rom. 5:17 – “if by one man’s offence death reigned by one”

Paul uses the word “if”. It was ever by one man’s offence indicated by the particle “my” that “death” reigned supreme. The particle “my” was a linguistic systematisation of this trait of possessiveness used by the writers throughout all testaments.

As the birth of humanity was represented by one – Adam (man and women) then death had to be represented by one. Jesus Christ must be a personification (derived from symbolic O.T. characters – Mara – bitter (conceived in book of Ruth), Joseph – increaser (Genesis), Hezekiah – Immanuel (Isaiah), when he became a man was called Wonderful, Counsellor). Jesus born of a virgin pathenos was conceived in the O.T. books such as “for the virgin (bethulah- separation) daughter of my people” – Jer. 14:17.

Rom. 5:19 – “as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”

The personification was literalised by the Sadducees. All who do so in Paul’s eyes are sinners. The Christian churches of our millennium have been too ready to blindly accept inherited paganism. Paul never literalised God as man, never as a solitary figure. It is a simple story that no gloss can distort. Jesus Christ is an anointing of steadfastness of the populace imprisoned time and time again.

Rom. 6:4 – “we should also walk in newness of life”

Paul always believed in moving on … “leaving behind the principles of the doctrine of Christ to move into perfection” – Heb. 6:1. There was always a new testament pending. It was never an icon two thousand years ago. Whilst doctrine persists perfection is unachievable, spoken well by Paul. Further articles will show the synoptics are confirmation of Paul’s message. The synoptics are not the new testament. The new testament was given by Paul. The synoptics are written as confirmation, documentation, of the tyrannical rule of the Pharisees and Sadducees. One hundred percent of the synoptics rallies against the misdirection of Jewish leadership. Paul could foresee pending destruction. In the synoptics the Jewish rulership takes full responsibility for the demise of the third temple era. The later burning of Jerusalem in 70 AD was not the subject. Western theological mysticism has brainwashed our greatest scholars. But we must set ourselves free from all the cobwebs.

Rom. 6:14 – “for ye are not under the law, but under grace”

Mankind was never going to be restricted by contemporaneous laws. To Paul to be in the law one had to be psychologically in grace. Legal eagles would agree. Your heart needed to accept the law. First and foremost before law you have grace towards law. To Paul the “ten commandments” were “to make” content of the inner temple. Work in your tent-studio. The words “to make” are used over 200 times in Exodus and Genesis. The emphasis is also on possessiveness – “my” and “mine”, bondage and remembrance. It is not that the law was not necessary. Paul always accepted structure (Adam – the rib cage) but gave prominence to Eve (life-giver) drawn from man. Eve was nature’s own law-making evolutionary force. Luckily we certainly keep on changing laws and regulations to keep up with the times.

Paul took his cue from the Ancients who recorded ten commandments (not laws) to make objects for reflection:

I — “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
II — “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
III — “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
IV — “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
V — “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
VI — “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
VII — “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)
VIII — “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
IX — “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
X — “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10

Rom. 6:17 – “ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you”

Paul said to the Romans that they too obeyed only doctrine. A doctrine is only a doctrine, a precedent only a precedent. But perception sets our ethics, morality, respect. Churches have failed to look after their flock, dumbfounding adults and abusing young children likewise. Revelation says they end in the lake of fire and brimstone.

Paul gives out encouragement to the Romans to return to glorification of the highest but never that of conjured beliefs. Paul was not preaching a Jesus Christ to the Romans. His doctrine was not a take-on of the Sadducees denial of an afterlife. He spoke of the gospel of eternal life, the gift of “God”, the gift of consciousness, the ability to rise higher and higher. Sin is all the lies of the spoken flesh. Paul’s message is one of honesty of not knowing, but glorifying civilisation in the highest. We would not be where we are without his testament.

The Romans too had to clean the inside of the cup.

Rom. 6:23 – “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

Paul glorified human potential. He had absolute confidence in celebrating the knowledge that mankind was so creative that anything could be possible. Jesus Christ represented that glorification, a symbol of the conquering positivity, we celebrate. Paul was a great believer in “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be … and there is no new thing under the sun” – Eccl. 1:9. He believed all “dead works” were vanities and vexation of the spirit. In the end all returns unto God, who gave it. He is not waiting for a lost Christ to return from a sanctuary above. He taught a panoramic new gospel, counterpoising against all the gods being worshipped in Rome and elsewhere.

Paul certainly believed that increasing (Joseph, the increaser or Jesus in Greek) anointing, would lead to a day of final atonement. Let’s not take Paul wrongly.

Rom. 7:6 – “that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter”

Paul’s psychology was always extreme happiness, extreme positivity, and extreme enjoyment. Better things were coming. There was always new newness. All “letters” would be replenished. The old guidelines are to be revered. It was never intended to plague and stifle the new. Locusts would eat every new green shoot but some seeds would always survive and germinate.

Rom. 7:22 – “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man”

There was only one thing to delight in, the inner person. Paul wanted “eternal life” for humankind. He knew that “eternal life” had been promised “before the world began”. It was not something that came only to his generation. It was ever eternal.

Rom. 7:25 – “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”

There’s a longing for stability – the law of flesh. But a much higher law is the natural-common law (call it scientific if you like). Any thought of Jesus Christ being a person had been annulled by Paul in his epiphany. But the Sadducees insistently claimed that he had been crucified, once and for all. Paul’s appeal is never to those egotistical works of men. He appealed to the broader all-inclusive. Never could his gospel be labelled any ism, of any particular type. It is untouchable.

Apart from Christ being literalised the cross was also. But the story is about a crossing, a fork in the road, a crossway, crossing the Jewish pavement. Jesus, was crucified by false righteousness. Jesus was never hanged not on a cross but on a tree as stated in N.T. texts.

Rom. 8:1 – “to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”

Paul deliberately reverses all perspective – now it’s Christ Jesus.

Paul refers Christ walking after the “Spirit”. Paul never named names. Paul was moving forward. There was no definitiveness in a name. Paul never could be called or labelled, this or that. After his epiphany he avoided any hint of dogma, creed or code. He never belonged. He scoffed at all “dead works”. He lived intuitively. There was always something unattainable but longed for.

Rom. 8:11 – “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you”

Paul makes another “if”. How many times does it have to be said. Maybe the spirit dwells in you … simply meant to have confidence in what you do. Never flinch. March onward soldiers.

Rom. 8:15 – “but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father”

Where oh where has Jesus gone. To the Roman, as with the Hebrews, Paul moved the conversation to Abba Father. This is not the Abba modernity praises. Abba is Aramaic or Chaldean signifying “father” – vocative – grammatical case of something addressed. It was certainly not an apparition, neither was Christ attributed human form.

Rom. 8:19 – “waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”

Everything waits for the sons of God – anyone, everyone at any place. The sons of man had to overcome constant distraction; “dead” works would in time be surpassed. Job had spoken of these works – “works in the earth” – Job 37:12 and Isaiah asked “Is it man that made the earth to tremble … that made the world as a wilderness” – Isa. 14:17. Will we have to wait indefinitely? Can we have the manifestation now?

Rom. 8:21 – “delivered from the bonds of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God”

Bonds of corruption have flooded every nook and cranny, right through academia, pastors accepted watered down Grecian philosophy, adopted as Christianity all to white-wash the Hebraic original – infiltrated to every nook and cranny.

Rom. 8:25-27 – “Spirit also helpeth our infirmities”… “Spirit itself maketh intercession”

Searching for “what is man” gives us great inspiration, love, friendship, charity and joy in everyday life and things. It is a search for answers. It motives. We crave that great inner spirit for our health and wellbeing. The Spirit has no precedents.

Rom. 8:36 – “For thy sake we are killed all the day long” … nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

We are overwhelmed all day long by machinations – left and right, believers and non-believers, theists and atheists, couch nerds and annual rituals that the parrot could recite. Alas, all to no little avail. But Paul was very much a realist, a humanist wearing a coat of many colours with much spark. Paul understood the human condition. He had great consternation at the state of civilisation. Paul knew that the victors had justified a Christ. Many zealots had conjured a want to be that one. Paul always had great confidence in man. They could overcome adversity everyday yearning for self-improvement.

Rom. 9:4 – “Who are the Israelites”… “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel”

Paul’s gospel was never about glorifying a particular nation. The story had to be written around a semblance. He happily had friendly discourse with the citizens of Rome. He could appeal to Gentiles as much as anyone
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Rom. 9:9 – “At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son”

Over and over Paul talks about a new birth. Can we have a new birth after being drowned in senseless, meaningless twaddle, intellectual abuse, for two thousand years? Great judgements have perpetrated our 24/7 world. No one has been prepared to stop this extreme adult abuse and exploitation. Commissioners still pay attention to those with the truth. Our daily hope is to aid ourselves. Oh, can we have a new birth – a new testament – moving on from those older principles of Christ towards perfection.

Rom. 9:25, 27 – “I will call them my people, which were not my people” … “A remnant shall be saved”

A remnant shall be saved. Paul’s lifelong experience taught him that everything had been warped. The captains of cohesion have kept their boat afloat. They are content to sit in their bunker making no appearance on the deck. Paul knew that very few could consider seriously what he was actually saying. And if they did they would not understand. They change his gospel to their own preferences. Paul was concerned that if the oppressed Hebrews rejected who else could be saved. Paul knew it’s only a remnant always. So it turned out to be. But encouragingly he knew a little leaven would leaven the lot. Paul took to his raft and became a drifter.

Rom. 10:12 – “For there is no difference between Jew and Greek”

All leaders drum into us the critical importance of this moment. There is no more critical time –¬ jobs, growth, economy, wars. Paul’s vision encompassed a much greater inclusivity. It was not about any particular national shape. He believed mythos’ grace impacts logos’ aura.

The Ancient writers set a puzzle before us. Don’t merely look at the picture. See its contents. You gain far more looking under the surface, under the thin top layer.

Once you see its pillars you become amazed at the power of the words that were written, called Jesus Christ, “The Word of God”. It is a two edged sword when the book is opened. That time is now. You can turn the pages with confidence and fidelity. It’s going to be opened. All ministers and archbishops will be called to account in some court of justice.

Rom. 10:16 – “not all obeyed the gospel”

Paul displayed sophisticated humour. We can only laugh, the last laugh, today at yesterday, for tomorrow.

Rom. 10:20 – Esaias saith “I was found of them that sought me not”

Again Paul flashbacks to Isaiah – “I am found of them that sought me not … behold me unto a nation that was not called by my name” – Isa. 65:1. Plagiarising Isaiah was a perfect alignment for Paul’s refurbishment. Paul knew intimately the detail, the format, and the underlying message of the O.T. To us today it appears chaotic. Like Daniel, like Hezekiah – the book was opened to Paul – but closed to all want-to-be churches. He refreshed the Ancient’s message. Ask yourself, “Why backtrack to Esaias (the Greek form of Isaiah)”. But Paul knew the new always contains superlative content.

Rom. 11:2 – “Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias?” saying “Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thy altars; and I am left alone, and thy seek my life”

Likewise, as happened in the days of Elijah, all the old strivings had been destroyed (prophets had been killed, the booked closed, all the altars destroyed). For confirmation see O.T.’s “slain thy prophets with the sword” – 1 Kings 19:10 and “thrown down the altars” and “they seek my life to take it away” – 1 Kings 19:14. Elijah was that “still small voice” after the fire of that day but arose eating meat “forty days and forty nights” – our years of maturity out of three score and ten. Elijah “stood in the entering of the cave”. Paul’s alignment, to the Ancients amazes. Paul said he had been crucified! Paul stood at the entrance in Rome, his university. So much of the Ancient’s thought surpasses Paul’s old pharisaic world of persecution. The Ancient’s forgotten literature took precedence in Paul’s gospel. His small crucified voice cried in the wilderness of illiteracy.

Rom. 11:6 – “And if it is by grace, then it is no more of works”

Is this mind over matter, “God created man in his image of God created him” – Gen. 1:26. Man, man created his own image, of God. But, the eternal created man. Man – that is grace explaining to us “What is man”. And the man child concept goes back to Leviticus “have conceived seed, and born a man child” – Lev. 12:2. And additionally “every man child among you shall be circumcised” – Gen. 17:10, 12, 14. Every person (male and female) was a man child and all needed circumcision of the heart. But Paul knew circumcision – “Ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands” – Col. 2:11. Paul knew Christ was androgynous – a priest forever, without father, without mother, without descent, without precedence. How far away from home are we?
Rom. 11:9-11 – “And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened…Have they stumbled…their fall salvation is come to the Gentiles”

Paul believed that everyone has been given a chance. He warned that their truths would become a stumbling block. It would be their recompense. He said they missed the opportunity for rectitude. Now salvation would be offered to others. Paul once again traces way back to the time of David, into a faraway country. His contemporaneous world was a mismatch, disparate and incongruous.

Rom. 11:12 – “I am an apostle of the Gentiles”

The message can only come from those outside. It cannot come from inside –they are blind bats. Those inside will never change. Paul’s herald like John of Patmos’s call was to “Come out of her, my people” – Rev. 18:4, “he that will come will come” – Heb. 10:37. Some beasts also “come up out” of the bottomless pit to terrorise the children of tomorrow. They are typically right and left conservatives conserving their truths. Many are in the Q society.
Rom. 11:20 – “because of unbelief they were broken off”
Their belief was unbelief! They needed clutches and crutches. But their belief is broken. It is yesterday’s belief and never a new testament.

Rom. 11:26 – “There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob”

Paul was always saying the truth will eventually “come out”. They will turn away from their ungodliness. Paul references Jacob (meaning follower after, supplanter) – way away back in Genesis. They are supplanted. Paul’s message is strangely distant but foreboding. It ousts westernisation. The new birth is called the Apocalypse.

Rom. 11:30 – “ye … have obtained mercy through their unbelief”

Many of those that espoused belief espouse unbelief. Can you believe it?

Rom. 12:5 – “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another”

Paul again appeals to the majority, the populace. Only in numbers can you be ever as one. We are just a part of the whole. We are not to be pew sitters though.

Rom. 12:17 – “Provide things honest in the sight of all men”

If you have honesty, rectitude, you will reap the fruit of abundance, decency without deceit.

Rom. 13:8 – “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another”

Don’t be encumbered to anyone else’s code, creed or stigma. Be yourself. Show kindness, love and charity to one another. Never get upset. It gets you nowhere. Appreciate each and every one. Respect life’s aesthetic.

Rom. 13:12-14 – “cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light … walk honestly … bow every knee”

Paul said to cast off “the works of darkness”. The appeal is to avoid lite faith, lite philosophy, lite theology. Put on real armour – “make”, “create”, and “construct”. There is no doubt about atonement, that last and greatest commandment.

Rom. 14:12 – “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”

Give account by your own works.

Rom. 14:17 – “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”

Paul statements say we have been served stale, off “meat and drink”. Paul’s knew steadfastness guarantees peace, joy and inner contentment.

Rom. 15:4 – “For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning … so we may have hope”

Things were “written aforetime”. Certainly nobody, especially Paul and John of Patmos, deemed it necessary to write of their contemporaneous milieu. Paul concentrated on “aforetime” and John of Patmos prophesied the distant universal. But great writings pre-existed interwoven with a golden thread teaching the pedagogical – right from the very beginnings of the written word. Paul preached his own gospel by preaching the old verities but wanting the new. Only John of Patmos could give that insight into the future Chirst. You are invited to this wedding.

Rom. 16:25 – “to establish you according to my gospel”

Paul spoke of “his” gospel. Paul had seen the light. He knew the Sadducees proffered a Christ deceased, and no ongoing life. To Paul Christ could only be seen in the power of the inkhorn. To Paul, Christ was the “The Word of God” made by man, in man’s image. John of Patmos was about to reveal Jesus Christ once and for all, in the book of books. Revelation is a great additive, interlinking all types, antitypes into a final archetype.

The later three synoptics, placed ahead of Paul and John of Patmos, and called the N.T., are misnamed and misplaced. The primary role of the synoptics was to substantiate some facts of the tyranny inflicted by the Sanhedrin in liaison with governmental rulers. Up to then there was no recording of the factors behind the third temple downfall. Rome later felled Jerusalem in AD 70. The synoptics give great evidential credence to Paul’s and John of Patmos’ great insights. The fourth gospel of John substantiates Paul’s letters.

Rom. 16:25 – “be glory through Jesus Christ for ever”

No wonder Paul could say be – “be glory through Jesus Christ for ever”. Amen.

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