Romans Chapter 1
Updated: Apr 16
The Lord put it on my heart to write about the book of Romans, because it is filled with biblical knowledge about the Christian life and Gods plan of salvation.
Romans starts out with the Apostle Paul identifying himself and the authority he holds in Christ. He was called to be an Apostle by Christ. Everything written in this letter must bear that in mind. He then addresses the Roman believers as also the called of Jesus. He calls them saints. All Christians are saints despite what the Catholic church might say. He thanks God through Jesus Christ for all of them because there faith is spoken of through out the World. He then says he always makes mention of them in his Prayers. He longs to see these people who are his dear friends and to impart spiritual gifts upon them. He really wants to be around fellow believers, so they can comfort one another. This was not an easy time to be a Christian. They were being fed to lions in the Coliseum at this time. I believe the Apostle Paul was in prison for his faith when he wrote this. He goes on to declare the Gospel.
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.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
He says it is to both the Jew and the Gentile, and that salvation or life is achieved by faith. He goes on to talk about the ungodly Crist rejecters.
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:
People might say that a just God can not send people to hell. This verse rebukes that notion, by saying the evidence of God is all around us. So, when these people go to the judgement seat of God they will have no excuse.
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.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
This sounds like every atheist I have ever met. This really describes the broader humanity that has no time for God, because they have things handled. The ensuing verses talk about Jewish Idol worshipping and how it corrupted that nation.
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.
These verses talk about homosexuality that was once rampant in Israel. This sounds an awful lot like America today, and don't you dare tell these people they can't do this stuff. At the end of verse 27 it says, they received recompense which was meet. Meaning they received punishment equal to the crime.
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;
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, covenant breakers, 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.
Paul then really goes off telling about all the evil that these people did, and it parallels the world at large. These people were not unique, they were merely following after the customs of the world. They know that God hates theses things and they take great pleasure in that. Not only that, but they also take pleasure in others doing so as well. Ever met anyone like that. They love hearing peoples stories. The more sinful the better. They love watching there friends sin against the Lord, what ever it may be. I was once one of them, I know this to well. I hope this was a blessing to you and I will leave you with the only way to heaven, the Gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: