Have you come into the community? Despite current popular doctrines, a walk of faith is not simply “me and Jesus”. Shaul/Paul sides with Yahusha in gathering believers together for corporate unity under Messiah. Division becomes a byproduct of a person being called into the Israel of Elohim.

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– Chapter 12 • Part 2 –

In Rom 12 part 1 we’re admonished to present our individual bodies together as a corporate holy, living sacrifice! How can you do that if you don’t commit to joining a fellowship?

Paul now in this section of the letter (Chapter 12 &13) refocuses our attention on Yahusha; in particular the Sermon on the Mount:

12:14: Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Lk. 6:28 Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
12:17: Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Matt 5:39:..do not resist an evil person.
12:18 If possible, so far as you are able, be at peace with men. Matt 5:9; Mk. 9:50: blessed are the peacemakers; be at peace with one another.
12:20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. Lk.6:27; Matt 5:44…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
12:20 Render to all what is due them; tax to whom you serve, as their due Mk.12:14 Is is lawful to pay tax to Caesar, or not?…Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to יהוה what are YHWH’s.
13:8 For he who loves neighbor has fulfilled the Torah. Matt 22:37- You shall love יהוה your Elohim, you shall love your neighbor as yourself; on these two mitzvoth hang the whole Torah and Prophets.
13:9 And if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 7:12 In all things, treat one another the same way as you desire to be treated, for this is the Torah and the Prophets.
13:11 Awake from sleep, for now salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed! Mk. 13:36; Lk. 21:28: In case he should suddenly come and find you asleep….your redemption is drawing nigh.
14:10 – 17; (Judging, stumbling blocks, Kingdom isn’t eating & drinking, but righteousness. Matt Ch’s 6, 7 & 18:

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace/ unmerited favor that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the measure of faith;
Romans 12:7 Or, some service, let us serve: or he that teaches, let him teach;
Romans 12:8 Or, he that exhorts, let him exhort: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that oversees, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with joy.

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Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – “All about the Ruach/Spirit”

The Holy Spirit herself doth testify? We take a pause in our study of Romans to reflect on verses 16 and 17 in the eighth chapter to focus specifically on the Ruach Ha Kodesh/Holy Spirit. Join us as we test the traditional understandings of the nature of the Ruach/Spirit against the whole of Scripture and the truth of the text.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 15

Who has been elevated to the priesthood? Shaul/Paul harkens back to language and themes used in Yeshayahu/Isaiah to show that establish the completion of prophecy through Yahusha. Shaul/Paul not only demonstrates that  through Messianic Reformation, the Melchizedek Priesthood was established and the fullness of the Gentiles has come in to serve Yahuwah.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 13 • Part 2

Can we follow the instruction of Yahuwah and obey the government? All established government is based upon a theocracy, but the elohim being served is not always Yahuwah. As believers in a world that does not value righteousness, we must remain true to Yah, but we must walk a path of maturity, temperance, and self-control, empowered by the Ruach ha’Kodesh/Holy Spirit.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 16

What is a woman’s role in the church? Many teach that the Scriptures endorse a silent and subservient while the men lead. As the letter to the Romans closes, Shaul/Paul’s final greetings reveal a marvelous hermeneutic truth: leadership in the home and in the congregation is appointed by Yahuwah and His annointing does not recognize gender preference.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 13 • Part 3

Who is the True Lawgiver, man or Yahuwah? Yahuwah’s government looks nothing like the corrupt government of men. We have responsibilities and requirements for stewarding the life that Yahuwah has blessed us with, and we will be required to answer for our decisions. The only true liberty we can ever find is in walking in Royal Covenant Torah.

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Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 7

How can an adulteress bride return to her husband? Shaul/Paul uses his intimate knowledge of Torah to help the audience awaken to the reality of redemption through Yahusha. If we interpret the verses without a proper knowledge of Torah, we run the risk of creating a false dichotomy between law and grace.

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Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 9 – Part 2

Are the concepts of grace and mercy only found in the New Testament? Shaul/Paul ties into the linguistic connection of mercy to corporate Israel and the biblical prophecy made by Hoshea/Hosea. Israel will be regathered and united under a Melchizedek High Priest, Yahusha!

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Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 11 – Part 2

Do you bear the Root, or is the Root bearing you? What Yahuwah planted one Israel that became two nations through division and eventually both nations were laid bare before all the nations, as branches both natural and unnatural or cultivated and uncultivated were cut off. Regardless of what type of branch we are, if we are not connected to the root of that tree which is Messiah, we wither and die.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 9 – Part 1

How should we define biblical Israel? Shaul/Paul draws some distinctions between a physical and spiritual Israel, in order to demonstrate the necessity of an individual to belong to both, to be a fully regenerated Israelite.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective – Chapter 14

Do you cause fellow believers to stumble by your eating? Many have used this passage to establish unbiblical precedents. Shaul/Paul is not doing away with the dietary instructions, but rather establishes standards of building a community and whats causes harm to that community. We are command to exhibit faithfulness with our approach to our food, so not as to condemn ourselves with what we allow.

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