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BIBLE STUDY on the book of Romans
I will do the Romans
Commentary similar to my other Commentaries . . . in that
I will bring the verse or verses in the KJV, followed by what
it is saying to me. What I write will be a personal comment,
it is NOT Scripture.
While the apostle Paul was in Greece, he spent much time in Corinth. It was from there that he wrote the letter to the Romans. Neither Paul nor the other church leaders, Peter and James, had yet been to Rome. The Roman church probably had been established by believers who had been at Jerusalem for Pentecost (Acts 2:10) and maybe travelers who had heard the Gospel in other places and had brought it back to Rome (perhaps Priscilla and Aquila, Acts 18:2; Rom.16:3-5). Paul wrote the letter to the Romans at the end of his third missionary journey just before returning to Jerusalem; Acts 20:3; Rom.15:25; to encourage the believers and to express his desire to visit them someday, which he would do within three years. There was no New Testament of God’s Word, because the Gospels had not been circulated in final written form. This letter may have been the first piece of Christian literature the Roman believers had seen. Paul wrote to both Jewish and Gentile Christians; his letter was a well-organized presentation of the Christian faith. The letter to the Romans is a doctrinal essay on the meaning of faith and salvation; explaining the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in Christ. It is a list of practical guidelines for the church, then and now.
The privilege we have as Christians is that we are beloved by God, and are members of that body which is beloved. But too, Christians have a serious responsibility: we have the duty to be holy; (consecrated, physically pure, morally blameless, devoted, 1 Peter 1:15-16), for we are called to be saints (believers who glorify the Lord). May we have grace to sanctify our souls, and peace to comfort our hearts; springing from the free mercy of God, the reconciled spiritual Father of all believers, and fellowship with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul was a devout Jew who had at first been severely persecuted the Christians; but when he became a believer, God used him in a mighty way to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Although it was as a prisoner, Paul did eventually preach in Rome (Acts 28), possibly even to Caesar himself. Paul humbly calls himself a servant of Jesus Christ and an apostle (“one who is sent”). Paul was a Roman citizen, and for him to choose to be a servant was unthinkable! But Paul’s choice was to completely depend on Christ, and to be willingly obedient to his beloved Master. Is Jesus your Master? What is your attitude toward Christ, your Master? Our willingness to serve and obey Christ Jesus empowers us to be useful and functional servants to do work for Him; the only work that really matters.
The Book of Romans
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