A grammatically acceptable translation of this Pauline phrase is, “for the purpose of obedience produced by faith” (cf. BDAG, 1028.1.b for a similar rendering).  Paul used this particular phrase only twice in all his writings—both times in his letter to Rome. Some wag once observed that if a writer really wants to get his key […]


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Introduction Apart from proclamation of forgiveness of sins through Jesus, probably one of the top admonishments made weekly by Christian pastors and teachers is that their listeners must be obedient to God.  However, what listeners do not hear is that the Lord Jesus is the only one who can be obedient to God. The apostle […]

  LIFE AND LIVING THE OLD COVENANT AND THE NEW COVENANT Introduction Moses informed the children of Israel who had escaped from slavery in Egypt, and had subsequently wandered almost forty years in the wilderness, that “. . . man does not live by bread alone but man lives by everything that proceeds out of […]

Introduction  Early in His earthly ministry, Jesus taught His disciples a prayer at their request.  Throughout Christendom, the prayer that Jesus taught has become popularly known as, “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matt. 6:9-13).  Notice this was a prayer, implying that Jesus’ disciples acknowledged their daily need and dependence upon supernatural intervention in their personal lives. Although […]

In the early 1940s, when I was a kid growing up on Long Island, various vendors would stop by our house.  There was the bread man, the egg man, the milk man, the fruits and vegetables man, and the Fuller-brush man.  The Fuller-brush man always had a “free gift” for my mom.  Of course, the […]

On God’s Commandments And Being Proactive   Years ago, a seventh-grade English teacher introduced her grammar students to a verb’s active voice and passive voice.  In the active voice, someone does something—as in, “the boy loved the girl.”  In the passive voice, something is done to or for someone by someone—as in, “the girl is […]

       In Paul’s introductory remarks, he identified his letter’s recipients as, “. . . the called of Jesus Christ . . . [i.e.,] to all who are [presently] beloved of God in Rome, called saints . . .” (Rom. 1:6-7).  From the apostle’s description of those to whom he dictated his letter, it seems […]