New Testament In a Year: July 28 – Romans 1


Romans 1
(1-7) Greeting
Paul’s letter to the saints in Rome largely focuses on God and the salvation that is available through faith in His Son, Jesus the Christ. In his greeting, Paul describes himself as a servant and as an apostle who has been set apart to preach the Gospel of God. This shows that Paul is not interested in promoting his own doctrine. He is completely dedicated to the work and the message of the One Who saved him. Because of the grace of God he is dedicated to sharing his faith among all nations in hopes of bringing all souls to faith in Christ. We are created by God, and are called to belong to His Son.

(8-15) Longing to Go to Rome
Paul desires to visit the saints in Rome in order to strengthen them with the spiritual gift of the Gospel, so they can both be encouraged by one another’s faith. He is already doing the most important work for them (which is praying), but now he also wishes to have the opportunity to bring Jews and Gentiles in Rome to faith in Jesus the Christ.

(16-17) The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
More than any one else in the Bible, Paul emphasizes over and over again that the Gospel is the “power of God for salvation” to EVERYONE who believes in Christ – Jews and Gentiles, poor and rich, male and female. It is by faith and faith alone that we are made righteous, not by good works and not by anything else.

(18-32) God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
No human being has any excuse to not believe in God because even without hearing the Gospel, God has made His eternal power and divine nature evident in all that He has created. Look at the stars, the ocean, the mountains, the planets, the galaxies, look at yourself, and look at the millions of other people on planet Earth, and no one can honestly say that there is no God. God, however, will not force anyone to believe in Him. When human beings consistently and determinedly reject God, God steps back from His creation and gives them up to their sin and their own depravity.

Favorite verse: (20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.


One thought on “New Testament In a Year: July 28 – Romans 1


    Can faith without obedience result in a positive result? Is it possible to be saved by faith alone. Jesus said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.(Mark 16:16)

    Faith without obedience?

    Could Simon Peter have filled his nets with fish by faith alone or was obedience required?(Luke 5:1-9) …….5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”…..9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;)NKJV.

    Simon caught fish by faith plus obedience. Simon’s obedience was not a good work. It was not keeping the Law of Moses.

    A blind man healed by Jesus. Was he healed by faith only?(John 9:1-11…..11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”)NKJV

    The blind man receive sight because of faith plus obedience. The blind man did not do a good work nor was he keeping the Law of Moses.

    Was the temple tax paid by faith alone? (Matthew 17:24-27……27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”) NKJV.

    Money for the tax was acquired by faith plus obedience. Peter was not doing a good work nor was he obeying the Law of Moses.

    Were the lepers healed by faith only? (Luke 17:11-19…13 And they lifted up their voices and said , “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us !” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priest.” And so it was that they went, they were cleansed……)NKJV.

    The lepers were healed by faith plus obedience. The lepers were not performing good works nor were they keeping the Law of Moses.

    Obeying Jesus by being baptized in water, in order to have sins forgiven, is not a good work nor is it obeying the Law of Moses.


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