Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; a. Only 28% of homosexuals said that they knew their partners for at least a week before participating in homosexual sex. i. A variety of commentators pick the date of writing anywhere from 53 to 58 a.d. ii. A debased mind: Our rebellion against God is not only displayed in our actions, but in our thinking. This is based on Romans 16:1 and 16:23 along with 1 Corinthians 1:14. Minor Prophets 2. i. The New Testament He is first a servant of Jesus Christ, and secondcalled to be an apostle. The Old Testament The gospel gave Paul and the church grace and apostleship, and one reason those two gifts were given was to produce obedience to the faith. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. ii. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Legal marriage between same gender couples was recognized, and even some of the emperors married other men. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. Notice how “socially acceptable” sins (such as covetousness, envy and pride) are included right along with “socially unacceptable” sins (such as murder and being unloving). “A servant of Jesus Christ, is a higher title than monarch of the world.” (Poole). Greece might have its philosophy, but Rome had its power” (Wiersbe). Cookie Notice: “This first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans is a dreadful portion of the Word of God. -------------------- The Old Testament He knows that the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – has inherent power. The word debased (or, reprobate in the KJV) originally meant “that which has not stood the test.” It was used of coins that were below standard and therefore rejected. “The human race put God to the test for the purpose of approving Him should He meet the specifications which it laid down for a God who would be to its liking, and finding that He did not meet those specifications, it refused to approve Him as the God to be worshipped, or have Him in its knowledge.” (Wuest). The same attitude must govern him in his continuing experience as a child of God.” (Harrison) This is an echo of Paul’s message in Galatians 3:1-3. Pauline Epistles e. Nor were thankful: Man’s simple ingratitude against God is shocking. We make a mistake when we think that it is God’s mercy or kindness that allows man to continue in sin. Paul opens his epistle to the Romans declaring: Paul, a bond slave of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God ( Romans 1:1). ii. 1. Then he must write them a letter so comprehensive that the Christians in Rome had the gospel Paul preached, even if Paul himself were not able to visit them. (2.) Historical Books Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God. 1. Commentary on Romans 1:26-32. -------------------- i. Paul was a tireless evangelist, working all over the world because he believed he had a debt to pay, and he owed it to the whole world. General Epistles Revised Standard Version, He had never heard of it before; but his leader called him, and said, ‘Brother, will you go to Greenland?’ He answered, ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘When will you go?’ ‘When my boots come home from the cobbler;’ and he did go as soon as his boots came home. v. This faith (trust) in Jesus Christ becomes the basis of life for those who are justified (declared righteous); truly, the just shall live by faith. The Gospels The Gospels h. I am ready: Spurgeon wondered if Paul didn’t use the words “I am ready” as his motto. iii. In the summer of 386, a young man wept in the backyard of a friend. 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View the entire commentary. “It is unnecessary, and it weakens the biblical concept of the wrath of God, to deprive it of its emotional and affective character... to construe God’s wrath as simply in his purpose to punish sin or to secure the connection between sin and misery is to equate wrath with its effects and virtually eliminate wrath as a movement within the mind of God. vii. Instead, it makes mankind futile in their thoughts, and makes our foolish hearts darkened – and we become fools. Within the United Kingdom, the rights to the KJV are vested in the Crown. This chapter contains the salutation and introduction, a concise statement of the general theme of the epistle in Romans 1:16-17, and the first part of an extensive argument concerning the universal sinfulness of man and his consequent need of salvation. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of … Which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. c. Separated to the gospel of God: The idea of being an apostle is that you are a special ambassador or messenger. In our concern to understand what the apostle is saying about righteousness, justification, and the like we ought not to overlook his tremendous concentration on God.” (Morris). A blessed change takes place in the sinner's state, when he becomes a true believer, whatever he has been... View the entire commentary. 3:21, etc. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Separated unto the gospel: “St. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. He wanted them to know that he really prayed. Nevertheless, Paul lived in a culture that openly approved of homosexuality. C. Why man must be justified by faith: the guilt of the human race in general. It is the gospel of God in the sense that it belongs to God in heaven. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. vi. A. God’s judgment upon the morally educated. The Old Testament Some churches would prosper better if some of you remembered them more in prayer.” (Spurgeon). 2. a. Pauline Epistles (17-29) Commentary on Romans 2:1-16 (Read Romans 2:1-16) New American Standard Bible, -------------------- Sometimes it is the penalty of disease, which is the consequence of violating nature’s order. Historical Books (Rom 1:18a) The greatest peril facing the human race: the wrath of God. b. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. i. Johannine Writings -------------------- Footnotes. “Perhaps what it conveys is the necessity of issuing a reminder to the believer that justifying faith is only the beginning of the Christians life. Paul does not say that the gospel brings power, but that it is power, and God’s power at that.” (Morris), ii. e. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed: Simply, the gospel reveals the righteousness of God. There is also no Biblical or historical evidence that the Apostle Peter founded the church in Rome. For God is my witness is perhaps Paul’s acknowledgment of how easy it is to say you will pray for someone, and then fail to do it. Romans is a book about God. Beyond that, the origins of the church in Rome are somewhat obscure, but Christians continually migrated to Rome from all parts of the Empire. We are genuinely “spiritually insane” in our rebellion against God. Prophets iii. The fact is once a man rejects the truth of God in Jesus, he will fall for anything foolish, and trust far more feeble and fanciful systems than what he rejects from God. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. (1-16) The sins of the Jews confuted all their vain confidence in their outward privileges. The Roman Empire brought world peace and order; they brought a common cultural, and an excellent transportation system to the world. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. 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These Christians had to be strong. b. “No wonder that they prospered so well when Paul always made mention of them in his prayers. a. Take up and read!”b. Pentateuch Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Some say that the Bible nowhere condemns lesbian homosexuality, but the likewise of Romans 1:27 makes it clear that the sin of homosexuality condemned in Romans 1:27 is connected to the sin of women mentioned in Romans 1:26. ii. -------------------- It is essential to understand exactly what the righteousness of God revealed by the gospel is. Read it at home, and be startled at the awful vices of the Gentile world.” (Spurgeon). I commend unto you Phoebe our sister, which is a servant--or "deaconess" of the church which is at Cenchrea--The word is "Cenchreæ," the eastern part of Corinth ( Acts 18:18).That in the earliest churches there were deaconesses, to attend to the wants of the … The wrath of God is not revealed in the gospel, but in the facts of human experience. No topic is treated with anything like the frequency of God. Historical Books It is absolutely essential that we constantly compare our own conception of God against the reality of who God is as revealed in His Word. Minor Prophets -------------------- ii. It lifts them up. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own … 1. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. -------------------- “At this time the word Greek had lost its racial sense altogether. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. “The Romanists urge this place to prove Rome the mother church; but without reason: the church of Thessalonica had as high a eulogy: see 1 Thessalonians 1:8.” (Poole). Minor Prophets A godly preacher, finding that all that there was for dinner was a potato and a herring, thanked God that he had ransacked sea and land to find food for his children. What the gospel is: It is the gospel of peace; it … 2. It is actually His wrath that allows us to go on destroying ourselves with sin. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: . for his name’s sake. Romans 12 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Latin Vulgate, The gospel is certainly news, but it is more than information; it has an inherent power. 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