Scripture: Romans 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus

Romans 1:1-7 (WEB) Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Good News of God, which He promised before through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of the offspring of David according to the flesh, who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we received grace and apostleship for obedience of faith among all the nations for His name’s sake; among whom you are also called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Questions and Answers:

1. For what was Paul called and set apart (Romans 1:1)? Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, was called to be an apostle and separated (set apart) unto the gospel of God.

2. What is said about God’s Son, Jesus Christ Romans 1:3-4)? Jesus was both a son of David and the Son of God.

3. What have we received through Jesus (Romans 1:2-5)? Through Jesus we have received grace and our apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the Gentiles.

4. Who are called by Jesus Christ (Romans 1:6)? We are called by Jesus Christ.

5. Who gives us peace (Romans 1:7). Peace comes from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul’s Longing To Visit Rome

Romans 1:8-17 (WEB) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the Good News of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 requesting, if by any means now at last I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end that you may be established; 12 that is, that I with you may be encouraged in you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 Now I don’t desire to have you unaware, brothers, that I often planned to come to you, and was hindered so far, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So as much as is in me, I am eager to preach the Good News to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, because it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. 17 For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.”

Questions and Answers:

1. When does Paul say he will visit the saints in Rome (Romans 1:10)? When it is God’s will Paul will visit the saints in Rome.

2. Why does Paul want to see those in Rome (Romans 1:11-12)? Paul wants to see the saints in Rome so he may impart to them some spiritual gift to strengthen and establish them so they will be mutually (both Paul and the Roman saints) comforted.

3. What does Paul say about the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16-17)? Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes in Christ as their Savior.  In the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed.  The gospel comes from faith, leads to faith and awakens more faith.  It is written and forever remains written, “the just shall live by faith.”

God’s Wrath Against Mankind

Romans 1:18-32 (WEB) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. 20 For the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity, that they may be without excuse. 21 Because knowing God, they didn’t glorify Him as God, and didn’t give thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, four-footed animals, and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves; 25 who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural function of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men doing what is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of their error. 28 Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers, 30 backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.

Questions and Answers:

1. When is God’s wrath revealed (Romans 1:18)? God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of mankind; those who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

2. Why is mankind without excuse concerning right from wrong (Romans 1:19-20)? Mankind is without excuse because what may be know about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and His divine nature – have been clearly seen through all He has created.

3. Though the ungodly and unrighteous knew God how did they respond (Romans 1:21-23)? Although the godly and unrighteous knew God, they didn’t glorify Him as God, neither were they thankful; but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they professed to be wise, they became fools, and they exchanged the glory of the uncorruptible God for images made to look like mortal man, birds, animals and reptiles.

4. What did God do (Romans 1:24a, 26-28)? God gave the ungodly and unrighteous over to the sinful desires of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies with one another. 

5. Why (Romans 1:24b-25)? God did this because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie.  They worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator.

6. With what were the ungodly and unrighteous filled (Romans 1:29-31)? The ungodly and unrighteous were filled with fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.

7. Do the ungodly and unrighteous know what God’s judgment is toward those who do these things and what is it (Romans 1:32)? Yes, the ungodly and the unrighteous know the judgment of God.  It is they which commit such things are worthy of death.

HEAR the WORD

Romans 1:13-15 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto, prevented from doing so) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.  14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.  15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  Why do you believe Paul was delayed in going to Rome? My thoughts: If the Lord was holding Paul back then He had another plan (reread verse 10).  From this passage I’ve learned that delay is not bad.  So when we’re stopped from doing something or going somewhere let’s just remember that God’s plan will not be stopped or delayed, but ours just might be.  

MEMORIZE the WORD

Romans 1:20 (NIV) For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly see, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

This verse is to guide us in how we are to live before God. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We are to encourage others to live in agreement with God too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I believe we believers have been set apart for You too (Romans 1:1). Lord, I believe we’ve been called to belong to Jesus Christ (Romans 1:6).  Lord, I pray we will trust You, as Paul did, to make Your will known to us (Romans 1:10).  Lord, I pray we will mutually encourage one another in our faith (Romans 1:12).  Lord, I pray we will not be ashamed of the gospel or our faith in You (Romans 1:16).  Lord, I pray we will live by faith (Romans 1:17). Lord, I pray indeed Your eternal power and divine nature will always be seen and understood (Romans 1:20).  Lord, I pray we will glorify and give thanks to You (Romans 1:21). Lord, I pray we will stay far from all shameful lusts and stay far from those who practice them (Romans 1:26-31).  In Your Son, Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I seek to live a pure life before God.” <>< Dona