Rom 1:1 KJV - Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 1:1 NKJV - Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
Rom 1:1 ESV - Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
Rom 1:1 NASB - Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
The word “servant” relays the idea that Paul is a willing servant unbound by the letter of the law but by the will of God who called him and his own will to yield himself to the will of God. This theme is confirmed in: Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? The word “bondservant” is not of holy inspiration, it fails to maintain integrity with the beginning and the end (the purpose and the fulfillment). The whole of the book of Romans is focused on the issue of willingly yielding ourselves to the righteousness of the law to walk in the paths laid out by the law out of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who fulfilled the righteousness of the law on our behalf. This will become more important as we continue our journey through Romans.
Rom 1:2 KJV - (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
Rom 1:2 NKJV - which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
Rom 1:2 ESV - which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
Rom 1:2 NASB - which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
By the simple use of parenthesis and the past perfect tense of the verb “had” the King James transcribers revealed that God had declared the gospel through his promises and by his prophets in the holy scriptures. The imitations all missed the implication that “had promised- means a previously declared promise has been fulfilled”, “he promised” means the promise may or may not remain unfulfilled.” Another beauty of holiness is seen in analysis of the use of the word "afore" rather than the word "before". Consider: Afore vs Ahead now consider: Before and Behead. To go afore is to go ahead and point the way. To go before is to remove what went before. The purpose of prophecy is to shed light for believers to use in the present to direct their steps into the future. Let us all forget not the benefits of being ahead rather than being beheaded.
Rom 1:3 KJV - Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Rom 1:3 NKJV - concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:3 ESV - concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
Rom 1:3 NASB - concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,
Gen 1:26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:..
Exd 29:33 KJV - And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate [and] to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat [thereof], because they [are] holy.
When our holy God chooses holy words to speak righteousness and to declare things that are right, those words mean things. The first Adam was made in the image of God. Jesus is the great I AM who existed before Abraham was [John 8:58]. Yet, Jesus, the second Adam, was made in the image of God, in the womb of Mary. The woman carries the egg in conception. The man provides the seed. Jesus was made in the image of God, of the seed of David (Mary was born of the seed of David) Jesus was not "born of the seed of David" he was born as the sinless second Adam. As the second Adam, Jesus was made in the image of God. As the saviour of the world, Jesus was made by God in the womb of the person who bore the seed of David. It was a miracle.
Just as a little teaser lets look at a few instances of the miracles that were made by the power of the holy spirit:
Psa 139:15 KJV - My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Hab 3:9 KJV - Thy bow was made quite naked, … [even thy] word. Selah. …
Mat 9:22 KJV - … the woman was made whole from that hour.
Mat 15:28 KJV - … her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Mar 2:27 KJV - …The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Luk 13:13 KJV - … immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Jhn 1:3 KJV - All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Jhn 1:10 KJV - He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Jhn 1:14 KJV - And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jhn 2:9 KJV - When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
God seems to be in the business of making things the way he wants them to be. It seems when God says something “was made” by himself or by his Son he still looks upon it and says, “It is very good.” Today when we drink in the water of the word it is made the life blood of Jesus in our very souls as we are made in the image of Jesus Christ by the transforming power of the word of God and the infilling of the holy ghost.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Romans Comparison Pt. 1 Rom 1:1-3
In response to prayer, I began this comparison study in May of 2012. The version posted at that time included a lot of extra words, thoughts and ideas. Here it is again pared down a little and hopefully more illuminating.
all scripture is copied from blueletterbible.com - all bolding, highlighting, font changes and elliptical editing are my own