As well, many scholars (Bruce and Barclay among them) believe that an edited version of Romans – without the personal references in Romans 16 – was distributed widely among early churches as a summary of apostolic doctrine. General Epistles 6 people found this helpful. i. i. i. In this chapter we may observe, I.The preface and introduction to the whole epistle, to v. 16.II. It is a dangerous thing to change the glory of the incorruptible God into an eikon (image) of your own choosing. f. Professing to be wise, they became fools: Our rejection of God’s general revelation does not make us smarter or better. The Book of Romans has life changing truth but it must be approached with effort and determination to understand what the Holy Spirit said through the Apostle Paul. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. There are many important words in the vocabulary of Romans we must understand. Part of His judgment against us is allowing us to suffer the damage our sinful course leads to. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”, a. b. I am not ashamed of the gospel: This reveals Paul’s heart. “The gospel is not advice to people, suggesting that they lift themselves. It lifts them up. i. “I cannot say anything much worse of a man than that he is not thankful to those who have been his benefactors; and when you say that he is not thankful to God, you have said about the worst thing you can say of him.” (Spurgeon), i. Romans is a book about God. The gospel is big enough and great enough for the whole world; it must go out to impact all nations. Luke-Acts For salvation: In the Roman world of Paul’s day, men looked for salvation. Philosophers knew that man was sick and needed help. Pentateuch A. The Human Race Guilty Before God. ii. Historical Books ii. It is God’s righteousness. I highly recommend it to pastor, theologian, and layman alike, All will be blessed by it. “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. Despite all their power, the Romans – like all men – were powerless to make themselves righteous before God. The Whole Bible Paul does not say that the gospel brings power, but that it is power, and God’s power at that.” (Morris), ii. b. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols. 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. Faith (Romans 3:26), redemption (Romans 3:24), peace (Romans 5:1), rejoicing in God (Romans 5:11), abundance of grace and of the gifts of righteousness (Romans 5:17), being alive unto God (Romans 6:11), and eternal life (Romans 6:22), were all mentioned by Paul as blessings available to man "in Christ" and nowhere else. It did not mean a native of the country of Greece... [a Greek] was one who knew the culture and the mind of Greece.” (Barclay). The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. i. 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. 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. Helpful. Because of all this, Romans is different than many of the other letters Paul wrote churches. “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). The Old Testament Paul does not say that the gospel brings power, but that it is power, and God’s power at that.” (Morris), ii. Sometimes it is the penalty of disease, which is the consequence of violating nature’s order. C. Why man must be justified by faith: the guilt of the human race in general. Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. 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. 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. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. After his introduction, Paul introduces his “thesis statement” for his Letter to the Romans. We do not give it power, we only stop hindering the power of the gospel when we present it effectively. 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. The terminology of Romans 1:24 refers to this combination of sexual immorality and idolatrous worship. a. i. It may be that he memorized it and that the reading of it became a part of virtually every meeting of the Roman church. You shall go to Rome, Paul; but you shall go in chains.” (Spurgeon), 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. As he sat, he heard children playing a game and they called out to each other these words: “Take up and read! John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible This is based on Romans 16:1 and 16:23 along with 1 Corinthians 1:14. Major Prophets He perhaps thought this was a good time to write ahead to the Christians in Rome, a church he planned to visit after the trip to Jerusalem. If God justifies a sinner, it does not mean that he finds reasons to prove that he was right – far from it. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS. Greece might have its philosophy, but Rome had its power” (Wiersbe). We can also be guilty of worshipping a self-made God. Chapter 1. This Jesus has both a human origin (born of the seed of David according to the flesh), and an eternal existence (declared to be the Son of God). c. His invisible attributes are clearly seen: God shows us something of His eternal power anddivine nature through creation, by the things that are made. For there is no authority except from God, and the General Epistles i. Paul didn’t write this to a culture that agreed with him. This isn’t a gospel Paul made up; he simply is a messenger of God’s gospel. It does not even mean, at this point, that he makes the sinner a good man. Who suppress the truth in unrighteousness: Mankind does in fact suppress the truth of God. 3. 1. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy iv. Poetical Books Major Prophets iii. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”, a. Those who either practice or approve of these things are worthy of death; they are the worthy targets of the wrath of God. It happens when men abandon the true knowledge of God, and the state of society reflects God’s judgment upon them for this. The terminology of Romans 1:24 refers to this combination of sexual immorality and idolatrous worship. “Talk of your brave men, your great men, O world! iv. j. b. Instead, it makes mankind futile in their thoughts, and makes our foolish hearts darkened – and we become fools. Pentateuch Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. i. Ironically – in the mystery of God’s irony – when Paul did eventually get to Rome, he came as a shipwrecked prisoner. Minor Prophets iii. Against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. Beyond that, the origins of the church in Rome are somewhat obscure, but Christians continually migrated to Rome from all parts of the Empire. At the very time Paul wrote, Nero was emperor. This phrase is so important Paul repeats it three times in this passage. You can also change some of your preferences. He wanted them to know that he really prayed. 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. 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. He knew that his life of sin and rebellion against God was killing him, leaving him empty; but he just couldn't find the strength to make a final, real decision for Jesus Christ. They are not only saved by faith, but they live by faith. -------------------- Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Righteousness: William Barclay explains the meaning of this ancient Greek word dikaioo, which means I justify, and is the root of dikaioun (righteousness): “All verbs in Greek which end in oo... always mean to treat, or account or reckon a person as something. 1. 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. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (Romans 13:13b-14). 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. We must not forget that the wrath of God is completely righteous in character. Minor Prophets -------------------- “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). It was published by Enduring Word Media and … ii. Studying the book of Romans 1; shows a significant summary of the history, time and relevant details according to the bible’s acts based onGuzik David - Bible Commentary and reading parallely the bible’s version King James Version. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Read more. For salvation: In the Roman world of Paul’s day, men looked for salvation. Therefore God also gave them up: In His righteous wrath and judgment, God gives man up to the sin our evil hearts desire, allowing us to experience the self-destructive result of sin. In the summer of 386, a young man wept in the backyard of a friend. Read more. He knew his life of sin and rebellion against God left him empty and feeling dead; but he just couldn’t find the strength to make a final, real decision for Jesus Christ. i. “Will you kindly notice, that, according to my text, knowledge is of no use if it does not lead to holy practice? Therefore God also gave them up: In His righteous wrath and judgment, God gives man up to the sin our evil hearts desire, allowing us to experience the self-destructive result of sin. ii. We can also be guilty of worshipping a self-made God. 5 people found this helpful. Paul’s world was much like ours, with people who liked “new” teachings and doctrines. It is actually His wrath that allows us to go on destroying ourselves with sin. 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. The Old Testament Minor Prophets In Romans 1:16, Paul spoke of salvation – but what are we saved from? 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). v. We know the Letter to the Romans was prized by the Christians in Rome; Clement of Rome’s letter in 96 a.d. shows great familiarity with Paul’s letter. Free Shipping. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven. Thank you for registering. “I do not suppose that Paul guessed that he would be sent there at the government’s expense, but he was. Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: This is the center of Paul’s gospel, the “sun” that everything else orbits around. To all who are in Rome: Paul had never been to Rome, and he did not found the Roman church. i. It is a ‘God-righteousness’.” (Murray). Part of His judgment against us is allowing us to suffer the damage our sinful course leads to. At one time, London AIDS clinics defined a woman as promiscuous if she had more than six partners in her lifetime. b. g. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise: Paul recognized he had something of a debt to Rome. David Guzik :: Study Guide for Romans 1 ← Back to David Guzik's Bio & Resources. ii. Read it at home, and be startled at the awful vices of the Gentile world.” (Spurgeon). At the very time Paul wrote, Nero was emperor. It is the lie you will be like God (Genesis 3:5). This books publish date is Nov 05, 2002 and it has a suggested retail price of $14.99. Where in all history can you find one like Paul? Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, marched with the protection of their armies to enforce their will upon men. i. It spoke of the Son of God, even Jesus the Saviour, the promised Messiah, who came from David as to his human nature, but was also declared to be the Son of God, by the Divine power which raised him from the dead. HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871) The New Testament for English Readers Romans Commentary Recommended. 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. In this sense the term “gay” is wishful thinking. f. From faith to faith: The idea behind this difficult phrase is probably “by faith from beginning to end.” The NIV translates the phrase from faith to faith as by faith from first to last. Before he was separated unto the service of his own sect; now he is separated unto the Gospel of God.” (Clarke), ii. 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. iii. 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. David Guzik's Commentaries on the Bible are available on StudyLight.org and are useful for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. i. It is God’s righteousness. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. -------------------- Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Read more. The Old Testament Acts 2:10 describes how there were people from Rome among the Jews present at the Day of Pentecost; so when they returned home, there was a Christian community in Rome. The importance and impact of Paul’s Letter to the Romans. He has given a general revelation that is obvious both in creation and within the mind and heart of man. 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. 1. viii. 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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. Richard Lenski wrote that the Book of Romans is “beyond question the most dynamic of all New Testament letters even as it was written at the climax of Paul’s apostolic career.”. 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 … 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 Old Testament It is power. “I cannot say anything much worse of a man than that he is not thankful to those who have been his benefactors; and when you say that he is not thankful to God, you have said about the worst thing you can say of him.” (Spurgeon), i. “But when you glorify God as God, and are thankful for everything – when you can take up a bit of bread and a cup of cold water, and say with the poor Puritan, ‘What, all this, and Christ too?’ – then are you happy, and you make others happy. David Guzik :: Study Guide for Romans 16 [A new version of this page can be found here] Greetings to the Christians in Rome. For some 200 years, the men who ruled the Roman Empire openly practiced homosexuality often with young boys. ‘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). First and foremost we are saved from the wrath of God that we righteously deserve. Where does all this violence, immorality, cruelty and degradation come from? The gospel had reached the Roman Christians, demonstrating that they are the called of Jesus Christ. -------------------- I should hardly like to read it all through aloud; it is not intended to be so used. 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. of Scripture. “This first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans is a dreadful portion of the Word of God. “But when you glorify God as God, and are thankful for everything – when you can take up a bit of bread and a cup of cold water, and say with the poor Puritan, ‘What, all this, and Christ too?’ – then are you happy, and you make others happy. Only 28% of homosexuals said that they knew their partners for at least a week before participating in homosexual sex. ii. 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). Paul doesn’t even use the normal words for men and women here; he uses the words for male and female, using categories that describe sexuality outside of human terms, because the type of sexual sin he describes is outside of human dignity. 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. 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. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Almost the first words out of his mouth when he was saved were, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6). Wrath is the holy revulsion of God’s being against that which is the contradiction of his holiness.” (Murrary), ii. 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