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Chapter 1. Pentateuch “No wonder that they prospered so well when Paul always made mention of them in his prayers. Rom 1:11: For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— Rom 1:12: that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. This isn’t a gospel Paul made up; he simply is a messenger of God’s gospel. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: . The word “God” occurs 153 times in Romans; an average of once every 46 words – this is more frequently than any other New Testament book. ( Rom 7:10-12) Sin corrupts the law and defeats its purpose of giving life; once law is corrupted by sin, it brings death. Pilate knew that they had handed Him over because of envy (Matthew 27:18). ii. Concerning the way of salvation (1.) Textus Receptus. Almost the first words out of his mouth when he was saved were, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6). c. The wrath of God: In this portion of the letter (Romans 1:18-3:20), Paul’s goal is not to proclaim the good news, but to demonstrate the absolute necessity of the good news of salvation from God’s righteous wrath. Observe, (1.) i. In large numbers, then, they became the victims of the imperial malevolence – and it is this persecution of Christians under Nero that traditionally forms the setting for Paul’s martyrdom.” (Bruce), ii. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 77% of homosexuals say they have met sexual partners in a city park; 62% in a homosexual bar, 61% in a theater, 31% in a public restroom. d. For the Jew first and also for the Greek: This is the pattern of the spread of the gospel, demonstrated both by the ministry of Jesus (Matthew 15:24) and the initial ministry of the disciples (Matthew 10:5-6). New Living Translation, Romans 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; Romans 1:3 Or who came from the offspring of David; Romans 1:13 Or brothers and sisters.In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; Romans 1:14 That is, non-Greeks The wrath of God: We sometimes object to the idea of the wrath of God because we equate it with human anger, which is motivated by selfish personal reasons or by a desire for revenge. A. God’s judgment upon the morally educated. Separated unto the gospel: “St. Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God. Nevertheless, Paul lived in a culture that openly approved of homosexuality. The New Testament Those who either practice or approve of these things are worthy of death; they are the worthy targets of the wrath of God. Take up and read!” Thinking God had a message to him in the words of the children, he picked up a scroll laying nearby and began to read: not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. Paul didn’t write this to a culture that agreed with him. We make a mistake when we think that it is God’s mercy or kindness that allows man to continue in sin. 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GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible For some 200 years, the men who ruled the Roman Empire openly practiced homosexuality often with young boys. He took a boy named Sporus and had him castrated, then married him (with a full ceremony), brought him to the palace with a great procession, and made the boy his “wife.” Later, Nero lived with another man, and Nero was the “wife.”. The terminology of Romans 1:24 refers to this combination of sexual immorality and idolatrous worship. Beyond that, the origins of the church in Rome are somewhat obscure, but Christians continually migrated to Rome from all parts of the Empire. He is first a servant of Jesus Christ, and secondcalled to be an apostle. Historical Books Pentateuch The Old Testament It is well to trace the continuity of scripture, to read the letter of an inspired writer, as you would any other, as an entire composition. Historical Books Historical Books 2. Twenty-five years before Paul wrote this epistle to the Romans he was on the road to Damascus to imprison the Christians there. Other New Testament letters focus more on the church and its challenges and problems. a. 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 … LUK 1:33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Johannine Writings 4. In a sophisticated city like Rome, some might be embarrassed by a gospel centered on a crucified Jewish Savior and embraced by the lowest classes of people – but Paul is not ashamed. Poetical Books Hi, ... Paul sends this letter to all who are "God's people" in Rome. 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The Roman Empire had to find a ship for him, and a fit escort for him, too; and he entered the city as an ambassador in bonds. “Some think he alludes to the name of Pharisee, which is from separating: when he was a Pharisee, he was separated to the law of God; and now, being a Christian, he was separated to the gospel of God.” (Poole), d. The gospel of God: Other New Testament letters focus more on the church and its challenges and problems; Romans focuses more on God. In this sense the term “gay” is wishful thinking. He wanted them to know that he really prayed. There are many important words in the vocabulary of Romans we must understand. As he sat, he heard children playing a game and they called out to each other these words: “Take up and read! [A previous revision of this page can be found here]. The New Testament h. I am ready: Spurgeon wondered if Paul didn’t use the words “I am ready” as his motto. 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The doctrine of which the apostle Paul wrote, set forth the fulfilment of the promises by the prophets... View the entire commentary. This grace and peace is not the kind wish of a man; they are gifts, coming from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. a. d. Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers: Paul wanted the Roman Christians to know he prayed for them, and praying for an opportunity to visit them (I may find a way in the will of God to come to you). 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. 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Separated to the gospel of God: The idea of being an apostle is that you are a special ambassador or messenger. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. English Standard Version, d. He was declared to be the Son of God with power by His resurrection from the dead. (Rom 1:7-15) Paul’s desire to come to Rome. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven: The idea is simple but sobering – God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against the human race, and the human race deserves the wrath of God. (Rom 1:18b-23) Why the human race is guilty before God: demonstrations of our ungodliness and unrighteousness. Romans deals with many different themes but as much as a book can be, it is a book about God. ‘They knew God.’ It was no good to them to know God, for ‘they glorified him not as God.’ So my theological friend over there, who knows so much that he can split hairs over doctrines, it does not matter what you think, or what you know, unless it leads you to glorify God, and to be thankful.” (Spurgeon). iii. In modern culture, homosexual practice reflects the abandonment of giving them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. “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. Cookie Notice: c. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world: Paul was thankful for the good reputation of the church in Rome. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. iv. C. Why man must be justified by faith: the guilt of the human race in general. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. j. ii. First and foremost we are saved from the wrath of God that we righteously deserve. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. New King James Version, Minor Prophets Wisdom Literature Legal marriage between same gender couples was recognized, and even some of the emperors married other men. 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Luke-Acts Who suppress the truth in unrighteousness: Mankind does in fact suppress the truth of God. The like passage we have, Nah. When Paul wrote the Book of Romans, he had been a Christian preacher for some 20 years. The New Testament This time let us turn in our Bibles to Romans, chapter 1. d. For even their women exchanged the natural use: Paul uses homosexuality – both in the female and the male expressions – as an example of God giving mankind over to uncleanness and lust. Paul, not even waiting for his boots to come home from the cobbler, says, ‘I am ready.’ Oh, it is grand to find a man so little entangled that he can go where God would have him go, and can go at once.” (Spurgeon), i. I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also: This is boldness talking. The Gospels Such a sweet spirit breeds love to everybody, and makes a man go through the world cheerfully.” (Spurgeon). -------------------- 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. i. This makes the Book of Romans different because most of Paul’s letters were to churches he founded. Wisdom Literature Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie: In every rebellion and disobedience against God we exchange the truth of God for the lie of our own choosing, and set the creature before the Creator. He didn’t read any further; he didn’t have to. “Will you kindly notice, that, according to my text, knowledge is of no use if it does not lead to holy practice? Or do you not know that as many of us … In the summer of 386, a young man wept in the backyard of a friend. Amen. 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). Through the power of God’s Word, Augustine gained the faith to give his whole life to Jesus Christ at that moment. iii. Sweet Company, 1969), p. 151. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven. Minor Prophets b. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible Septuagint, Where does all this violence, immorality, cruelty and degradation come from? The New Testament i. Johannine Writings ii. Poetical Books “A servant of Jesus Christ, is a higher title than monarch of the world.” (Poole). For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 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. iii. The doctrine of which the apostle Paul wrote, set forth the fulfilment of the promises by the prophets... View the entire commentary. Bruce quotes Tyndale’s preface to Romans: “First we must mark diligently the manner of speaking of the apostle, and above all things know what Paul meaneth by these words – the Law, Sin, Grace, Faith, Righteousness, Flesh, Spirit, and such like – or else, read thou it ever so often, thou shall but lose thy labor.”. “It was the happiest day in Luther’s life when he discovered that ‘God’s Righteousness’ as used in Romans means God’s verdict of righteousness upon the believer.” (Lenski), iv. We do not give it power, we only stop hindering the power of the gospel when we present it effectively. New English Translation, -------------------- At one time, London AIDS clinics defined a woman as promiscuous if she had more than six partners in her lifetime. It does not speak of the holy righteousness of God that condemns the guilty sinner, but of the God-kind of righteousness that is given to the sinner who puts their trust in Jesus Christ. Wisdom Literature It is almost universally agreed that Paul wrote Romans from the city of Corinth as he wintered there on his third missionary journey as described in Acts 20:2-3. With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. 4. i. Ironically – in the mystery of God’s irony – when Paul did eventually get to Rome, he came as a shipwrecked prisoner. “At this time the word Greek had lost its racial sense altogether. 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GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point What if he were unable to make it to Rome? Epictetus called his lecture room “the hospital for the sick soul.” Epicurus called his teaching “the medicine of salvation.” Seneca said that because men were so conscious of “their weakness and their inefficiency in necessary things” that all men were looking “towards salvation.” Epictetus said that men were looking for a peace “not of Caesar’s proclamation, but of God’s.” (Cited in Barclay). Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man; and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Perhaps some enemies of Paul implied he was afraid to go to Rome and preach the gospel in the “major leagues,” in the Empire’s leading city. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. The Letter of Paul to the Romans (Austin, Texas: R. B. Pauline Epistles (Rom 1:1) Paul introduces himself to the Roman Christians. “Unless there is something to be saved from, there is no point in talking about salvation.” (Morris). Minor Prophets Whisperers: “Secret detractors; those who, under pretended secrecy, carry about accusations against their neighbours, whether true or false; blasting their reputation by clandestine tittle-tattle.” (Clarke). 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. The truth was not to their taste. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for my salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken my sins away, even mine.” John Wesley was saved that night in London. Luke-Acts iii. i. Statistics tell us that on average 43% of homosexuals say they have had 500 or more sexual partners in their lifetime, and only 1% of homosexuals say they have had four or less sexual partners in their lifetime. To all who are in Rome: Paul had never been to Rome, and he did not found the Roman church. ( Rom 2:1-3) An indictment against the morally educated man. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. General Epistles g. As further judgment, God gives man over to a debased mind, so that things that are disgraceful and sickening are readily accepted and approved. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Poetical Books A bondservant... an apostle: Paul’s self-identification is important. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. Hebrew Names Version, Nevertheless, Paul didn’t bring something new, but something very old in the plan of God. ; ch. e. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed: Simply, the gospel reveals the righteousness of God. Despite all their power, the Romans – like all men – were powerless to make themselves righteous before God. I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit. Pauline Epistles a. Ungodliness: This refers to man’s offenses against God. Minor Prophets This time let us turn in our Bibles to Romans, chapter1. What the gospel is: It is the gospel of peace; it … This declaration is even greater when we understand that this is the righteousness of God given to the believer. b. Greece might have its philosophy, but Rome had its power” (Wiersbe). 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. There were several ancient Greek words used to designate a slave, but the idea behind the word for servant (doulos) is “complete and utter devotion, not the abjectness which was the normal condition of the slave.” (Morris), ii. Johannine Writings Thank you for registering. -------------------- 4. Only 28% of homosexuals said that they knew their partners for at least a week before participating in homosexual sex. -------------------- It does not even mean, at this point, that he makes the sinner a good man. vii. Pauline Epistles I should hardly like to read it all through aloud; it is not intended to be so used. Wisdom Literature -------------------- Because of all this, Romans is different than many of the other letters Paul wrote churches. Paul categorizes the whole section under the idea of vile passions – unhealthy, unholy. (17-29) Commentary on Romans 2:1-16 (Read Romans 2:1-16) The Jews could not be justified by the law of Moses, any more than the Gentiles by the law of nature. Historical Books First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Prophets General Epistles It is power. Pauline Epistles (Rom 1:18a) The greatest peril facing the human race: the wrath of God. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. i. i. “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). This phrase is so important Paul repeats it three times in this passage. Consider the testimony of these men regarding Romans: a. Martin Luther praised Romans: “It is the chief part of the New Testament and the perfect gospel... the absolute epitome of the gospel.”, b. Luther’s successor Philip Melancthon called Romans, “The compendium of Christian doctrine.”, c. John Calvin said of the Book of Romans, “When anyone understands this Epistle, he has a passage opened to him to the understanding of the whole Scripture.”, d. Samuel Coleridge, English poet and literary critic said Paul’s letter to the Romans is “The most profound work in existence.”, e. Frederick Godet, 19th Century Swiss theologian called the Book of Romans “The cathedral of the Christian faith.”, f. G. Campbell Morgan said Romans was “the most pessimistic page of literature upon which your eyes ever rested” and at the same time, “the most optimistic poem to which your ears ever listened.”, g. 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