Romans 1 Lesson

Edification

Paul wrote the book of Romans in AD 57 near the end of his third missionary journey. At that time, Rome was the most powerful city in the world with over one million inhabitants. Martin Luther wrote of Romans:

“This epistle is the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest gospel. . . . It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.”

Paul spoke highly of the Romans and looked forward to visiting them.

Here in chapter 1, Paul provides three reasons for wanting to visit Rome:

  1. Paul identified himself as a, “Bond-servant of Christ Jesus.” In other words, he lived to serve Jesus. It makes sense that Paul wanted to serve where there was the greatest potential to have an impact.
  2. Paul mentions that he had a spiritual gift to deliver to the Romans.
  3. Paul writes how he wanted to be encouraged himself.

Paul was a determined and faithful servant of Jesus, however, he also understood the importance of being encouraged himself. As we serve Jesus, we need to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves and allowing ourselves to be encouraged and edified.

As humans, we understand the physical need for food. Proper nourishment is important at all stages of life.  However, it is particularly important during times of growth and development.

The apostle Peter made the point that we should hunger for Christ the way that babies cry out to be fed.

“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” – 1 Peter 2:2.

Peter says that reading the Bible allows us to grow with respect to our salvation. For those of us that hope to spend eternity in heaven, that is great news!  We can prioritize the reading of God’s word and we can allow it to work in our lives and lead us towards eternal salvation.

We will end today’s lesson with the words spoken by Jesus during His Sermon on the Mount:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Mathew 5:16.

Thank you for studying with us today.  We hope that you will join us again tomorrow.

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Dan W

This passage explains a lot about the state of this world. Those that are determined to do their own thing, in rebellion to God's Word will find that God will let them pursue it to let them see for themselves how bad things can get. Today it seems that the world isn't learning, but perhaps we are in the middle of God's process of working things out to His glory.

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Dan W

This passage explains a lot about the state of this world. Those that are determined to do their own thing, in rebellion to God's Word will find that God will let them pursue it to let them see for themselves how bad things can get. Today it seems that the world isn't learning, but perhaps we are in the middle of God's process of working things out to His glory.

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Betsy
Dan W

You are so right. The final verses in this chapter describe us to the T and God haven given us free will is allowing us to just did a deeper hole everyday. It’s seems evident that His purpose is clear. We should be living each day like it is our last because it certainly could be.

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Pat Dermody

Talk about diversification! Paul was trying to reach people who extended from one end of the Roman Empire to the other. He was trying to reach Jews, the Chosen ones , who abided by the law and Gentiles who did not. Paul goes on to demonstrate that the Jews were not following the law and the gentiles who should have learned about God from observing the greatness of His creation were not obeying God either. They all sinned by worshipping what God had created rather than God. Ultimately, in verse 17 “ It is through faith that a righteous person has life. “ This faith is shown by the love we give to others and this gives glory to God.

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John
Pat Dermody

Great points. Thanks for sharing!

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Ben

I especially appreciate verse 20. We cannot God but we can see what he has made, powerful evidence that he exists. Psalm 19 is a beautiful backup.

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John
Ben

Makes me think of the ocean.

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Dan

I like the connection you made regarding feeding on God's Word and spiritual gifts. Although I do not believe there are miraculous gifts of the spirit for us today, there are talents, abilities and opportunities that God gives us to use to His glory. We will see these things as we are connected to His Word because it tells us of His will. If we know the will of God as He has revealed it, we will also see our abilites to service Him.

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John
Dan

Amen Brother! Thanks for sharing!!

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John

I always think of the pilot on an airplane that tells us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before assisting others in the event of a loss in cabin pressure.

We need to take care of ourselves spiritually, and make sure that we are being fed and growing in our knowledge of the Lord. This is a necessity if we are going to fulfill the Great Commission and bring the message of Christ to the world.

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tommy

I love the Bible! It might sound silly, but it reminds me to be the good person that I want to be, and that God wants me to be. Between 24 hour news and social media, I see so much negativity and the bad qualities of people. I believe that if more people were in God's word everyday, our kindness would come out more often. Thanks for spreading the Gospel!

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