1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
<b>Paul addressed this letter to the Christians at Rome who had converted to Christianity. They comprised, Gentiles (non Jewish) and Jewish people. Many contentions had arisen between the two groups, mainly by the Gentiles who wanted equal privileges with the Jews.
The Jews absolutely refused to accept these claims, unless the Gentile converts became circumcised. Paul wrote this letter to adjust and settle these differences. Paul notes first and foremost that He is a servant of the Lord, his calling (Apostle means messenger, or one who is sent, or one who calls out) came from the Lord , not from man (Acts 9:3-5, Acts 9:16).
The Gospel (Gospel means good news) is the life-changing message that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life, died for sinners and rose again to reconcile them to God through Himself, eternally victorious over every enemy that stood between God and man.
Now, because of His work of redeeming us, there is nothing that separates those who believe from their Creator and the blessing (every benefit) of God, that He promises to them in Him</b>
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
<b>The Gospel was first given to Abraham by God In thee shall all nations be blessed (Gal 3:7-8) The Gospel is the good news that the blessing, received by Abraham from God has come down through Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, to Jesus.
Now the Gospel is complete in the Person and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who died and rose again, so that the blessing could come on all believers (in Christ are located all spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3)), now we do not have to be subject to the curse, which is an empowerment to fail.
Everyone can be blessed, it is God's divine spoken favor, when, mixed with faith, which produces abundance in spirit, soul, and body (To bless means to cause to prosper or succeed, (Josh 1:8)).
However, each one of us has to make the decision to receive by faith, spiritual blessing and walk in the blessing daily.</b>
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
<b>The lineage of Jesus was from the line (seed) of David, through Mary, who was a descendant of David, through Solomons younger brother Nathan. This is Jesus' human line through mankind, Jesus was manifest as the son of man through a woman, for He had to have a legal means to enter earth and the only legal way is through a woman.
On His human side, He was born in a manger in Bethlehem. On His divine side He was and is the word of God (John 1:1) He was not born but proceeded forth from the Father, (John 8:42). In His earthly incarnation, the word became flesh and dwelt among us, the word was joined with humanity (Col. 2:9, John 1:14) and was anointed of God (Acts 10:38). Jesus as the son of man, shows us that it is possible to live a life of success (Josh 1:8) here on earth, anointed by the Holy Spirit as He was. (Rom 8:13 amp)
The seed refers to Jesus Christ the seed of God. (Gal 3:16) Satan successfully brought a curse upon Adam and Eve and all of their offspring. Nevertheless, God promised that from the seed of the woman would come One who would bring about mans deliverance from that curse and Satans destruction. (Gen 3:15)
That seed was our Lord Jesus Christ. His death on the cross and resurrection defeated Satan and fully accomplished the salvation of all who would believe, receive and walk in the Savior.</b>
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
<b>The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the greatest witness of all to the validity of Jesus' claims. Jesus was born into humanity, was then baptised and anointed with the Holy Ghost and power. (Acts 10:38, and confirmed as the son of God, by God Himself (Matt 3:16-17))
However, if Jesus had operated fully as God, on earth, there would be no way that we could follow and do those things and even greater things (John 14:12), but clearly here Paul states that the son of man was anointed with power, just as the born again believer is anointed with power. (1 John 2:20 amp)
Jesus became the son of man, so that the sons and daughters of man, could become the sons and daughters of God. (2 Cor 6:18 amp). Paul did not say that Jesus was appointed the Son of God by the resurrection, but by His resurrection from the dead, He resumed His authority at the right hand of the Father (1 John 5:20 amp), He was now legally able to enter heaven as our resurrected Lord, the flesh resumed with God, as the word, (Eph 1:20, Phil 2:6)
His glorification was the restoration of the full use of His deity (John 17:5). </b>
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
<b>With Christs call for Paul to preach the person and work of Christ came the grace and enabling strength to do his will. Paul preached the gospel in Christs strength and as he did, the faith that comes through the gospel made available to mankind, the opportunity to become obedient to Jesus Christ. </b>
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
<b>By the gospel, Christ calls all men to Himself and those who respond, as the Roman believers did, are among the 'called of Jesus Christ'.</b>
7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
<b>God has called us to be saints. God's grace has extended the call (or invitation) to every person to become a saint through salvation (Tit 2:11), but not everyone chooses to respond positively to this call. A person can choose to reject God's call, "For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matt 22:14)
I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live. (Duet 30:19 amp)</b>
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 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;
10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
<b>Paul longed to visit them so that he might impart the spiritual food of Christs teaching so that they might grow into Christ. (1 Pet 2:2)</b>
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) 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.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
<b>The gospel of Christ is the power of God, which brings salvation. Salvation, is not only being 'born again', but is the on going process of growing into Christ, from faith to faith, until the Lord returns, it includes deliverance, prosperity, healing, and soundness.</b>
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
<b>From faith to faith, refers to the levels of faith that we grow through as we grow into Christ (Click the link at the bottom of this page for more on faith levels.) Contained in the Gospel is right (righteousness) standing in God, when standing in Christ, walking in the word of God, we stand in the righteousness of Christ before God.
In this privileged position, all of the aspects of the blessing are made available to us. If youre born again, you qualify for every blessing that Jesus, through His death on the cross and resurrection, has made available to believers, every last one of them!
You qualify for healing, deliverance, favor, soundness, wholeness, prosperity, everything you will ever need in life. (2 Peter 1:3 nlt) states, By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence
You've been given an abundance of God's grace (which is God's willingness to be involved in every aspect of our lives, His undeserved favour to us). The justified, or those who are born again are justified (In Christ they are declared, justified, just as if they had never sinned) and have right standing in God and should live and continue to live in and by the faith of Christ.</b>
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
<b>The Gentile christian converts in Rome thought they were right trying to live by their 'works' and the Jewish christian converts were still trying to keep the Law of Moses. However, the law of Moses was impossible to keep in every detail (Jas. 2:10) They knew God instinctively, and they knew the Law, yet they continued in horrific sins.</b>
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
<b>Many focus on the magnitude of sin when reading the first chapters of Romans. However, Paul, with these chapters, is addressing the inability to either keep the Law of Moses and the futility of attempting righteousness by 'good' works.</b>
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
<b>It is the goodness of God, the wonder of His goodness, on display in all of creation. Every tree, plant, flower reflect His glory and perfection. It is His goodness and love in chasing us and wooing us to Himself by the Holy Spirit, that causes a person to change, not rules and laws (1 John 4:10, Rom 2:4, amp).
All are now under the new covenant, we are free from having to keep the requirements of the Law (Rom 2:5-29, amp).
Being condemning and condescending doesnt cause anyone to change. The Holy Spirit reveals to us what we are doing wrong, and how we can change.</b>
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
<b>Paul also addressed the Jews; they thought they were favored above the Gentiles. The Jewish people erroneously thought they were keeping the Law. However, without Christ, the whole world is guilty before God. All have sinned (Romans 3:1-8, amp).
Both the Gentiles and the Jews were falling short of keeping Gods Law and attempting to live by their own 'works'. Paul asked, What advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? (Rom 3:1-19). </b>
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
<b>For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight (1 Cor 3:19)</b>
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
<b>They made statues of the things that God had created out of every conceivable material to hand and bowed down to worship these.</b>
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
<b>The phrase 'God gave them up' refers to God allowing us to walk and act in our own way of choosing. (Acts 1:21-26 amp) There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Prov 14:1)
God grieves (Eph 4:29-30) when we choose to walk and act outside of Him, because we immediately activate, a cycle of seed time and harvest, that disconnects us from His presence in our lives by our own choosing. (Gal 6:8)
We are reconnected to God into His life cycle when we repent and choose to walk in Christ by the word of God. (1 John 1:9)</b>
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
<b>Once people say no to the word of God, their soul begins to corrupt, their mind returns to operating out of an unrenewed mind. When they lie to themselves about what the word truly says, they go deeper and deeper into being deceived.
Once they hear the gospel and reject it, then it becomes more difficult to accept it.</b>
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
<b> God allowed them to operate in their life from a mind of their own choosing, an unrenewed mind.
But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them]
because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. (Cor 2:14)</b>
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 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.
<b>The righteousness of God comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). For there are no exceptions, walking outside of Christ, all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives (Rom 3:22-23, amp).
When we believe on Jesus, we are justified by faith without the deeds of the Law , or good 'works'. However, once we accept Jesus by faith and walk in Him, we now keep the Law in Him.
Once we receive the love of God, the Holy Spirit will now lead us, He will help us do what we could not do before we accepted Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit we begin to receive revelation of Gods nature, knowing Him on a more intimate level, will allow Him to guide us like never before. </b>