This teaching is a follow-up to the concept block teaching on honor and shame. In this teaching we will discuss the patronage system that was part of the culture and background of the New Testament and in fact existed in the ancient Near East as well as evidenced throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament). This will give us a contextually correct understanding of many of the sayings of Yeshua and the writings of Paul and other New Testament writers. It is most important in understanding that the term 'grace' (Greek: charis) was not primarily a religious word but was well understood throughout the first century world in both the Greco-Roman culture and the Jewish culture of the day. We will see that by understanding this patronage system, we will completely understand our duty of reciprocity towards our God and how this works hand-in-hand with our Biblical mandate of doing justice and righteousness.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may abound? May it never be! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who were immersed into Messiah Yeshua were immersed into His death? Therefore we were buried together with Him through immersion into death—in order that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.