Saturday, 4 September 2010

Romans 1

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.5 Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

We have received grace so we need to pass it on and call people to faith.

Kitty said...

Hi Susan,

Romans is one of my fav books.


Susan said...

Hi Kitty,
Glad you like Romans, I do too. Would love to hear your comments.

Susan said...

v.16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (AMP)

Paul describes faith as a personal trust; confident surrender; firm reliance.

Susan said...

v.11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong.

Paul longed to see them in order to give not get; in order to bless them not received from them.

Susan said...

v.8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

No one seems to know how these believers came to faith, though it is unlikely to be Peter.

Susan said...

v.16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

To everyone who the door is open to everyone who believes.

Susan said...

v.1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God

(From Constable Commentary) “Paul never thought of himself as a man who had aspired to an honour; he thought of himself as a man who had been given a task.”

Susan said...

v.19-20 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

God has revealed himself through nature, it is clear to everyone; it is plain, understandable, we can draw conclusions about the Creator by looking at the creation; it is for all people since the creation. (Thoughts from Constable)

We are somewhat reluctant to say that people should know there is a Creator yet God's view is the accurate one and if He says "that men are without excuse" then that is the truth.