Studies In The Book Of Romans

(Romans 1:9-17)

 

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1. What did Paul pray about in regard to the church in Rome?

For them and to come to them: “(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” (Romans 1:9-10).

 

Š     We should all want to live in a manner wherein we can realize and appreciate God as our witness (Romans 9:1 and II Corinthians 1:23).

Š     We should serve the Lord in spirit, fervently (Romans 12:11).

Š     We should pray without ceasing the practice of prayer (Luke 18:1 and I Thessalonians 5:17).

Š     We should pray for our brethren (Ephesians 1:16 and I Thessalonians 1:2).

Š     Paul prayed for his journey because God, miraculously, guided the travels of Paul (Acts 16:6-10).

 

2. What did Paul want to give to the Christians in Rome?

Some spiritual gift: “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established” (Romans 1:11).

 

Š     An Apostle had to come to areas to give the Holy Spirit so that people could have spiritual gifts (Acts 8:12-23 and Acts 19:1-7; cf. I Corinthians 12:3-11).

Š     The point of them being established is in that the Spirit, given through the laying on of an Apostle’s hands, would then guide them (John 16:13 and I John 2:27).

 

3. What did Paul think he would find in Rome that would be comforting for him and the brethren?

Comfort through mutual faith: “That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me” (Romans 1:12).

 

Š     Brethren comfort one another (II Corinthians 7:13, I Thessalonians 3:7-8, and I Thessalonians 5:11).

Š      Christians should have like, mutual faith (Psalms 133:1, John 17:20-23, Ephesians 4:1-6, Titus 1:4, and II Peter 1:1).

 

4. What had Paul purposed to do that he was unable to accomplish?

A visit to Rome: “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” (Romans 1:13).

 

Š     Paul had tried, for years, to come to the saints in Rome and was currently planning an effort to do so (Romans 15:23-24).

Š     Paul had a lot “on his plate” (II Corinthians 11:28).

Š     He wanted to come and teach so that fruit would come forth (Colossians 1:5-6).

Š     While Paul did not preach only to Gentiles (Acts 17:10 and Acts 18:5), such was a focus of his work (Romans 15:15-17, Galatians 2:8, Ephesians 3:8, I Timothy 2:7, II Timothy 1:11, and II Timothy 4:17).

 

5. To whom did Paul feel indebted?

Essentially all people: “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise” (Romans 1:14).

 

Š     Again, it was Paul’s work to preach to all (Acts 9:15).

Š     Paul had a true servant mentality (I Corinthians 9:16-23 and I Corinthians 10:33).

Š     Paul felt as though he owed something to all of humanity.  Likely, from other statements Paul had made, this is due to his sinful past of persecuting saints (I Corinthians 15:8-10 and Ephesians 3:8; cf. Luke 7:36-50).

 

6. What was Paul ready to do in Rome?

Preach to them: “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also” (Romans 1:15).

 

Š     Paul was ever ready to preach (Acts 20:17-27; cf. II Timothy 4:1-8).

 

7. What is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes?

The Gospel: “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” (Romans 1:16).

 

Š     No shame (Psalms 40:9-10, Psalms 119:46, and Luke 9:26).

Š     The power is in the word of God (Psalms 19:7, Psalms 119:9, Jeremiah 23:29, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12, James 1:21, and I Peter 1:22-25).

Š     However, without faith, it does not work well (I Thessalonians 2:13 and Hebrews 4:1-6).

 

8. What do the just live by?

Faith: “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

 

Š     From faith to faith…  From one system of faith (Old Law) to another (New Law).  Now, there is only ONE FAITH (Ephesians 4:5).

Š     At all times, regardless of the spiritual law that man has been under, the Just live [lived] by faith (Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38; cf. Hebrews 11:6).

 

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