9But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you (plural). 7For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Alexander the Great had Hellenized the known world and when the Romans conquered these lands they assimilated the Greek culture. Preaching the Word). Greek: ou thelo (1SPAI ) de humas agnoein, (PAN) adelphoi, hoti pollakis proethemen (1SAMI) elthein (AAN) pros humas, kai ekoluthen (1SAPI) achri tou deuro, hina tina karpon sco (2SAAS) kai en humin kathos kai en tois loipois ethnesin. Romans 1:18-19 Commentary. For us, a telephone might be fine—it is better than nothing, better than a letter—but not as good as being there in person and being able to get the effect of the other with all of one's senses. Chicago: Moody Press), Romans: Righteousness from heaven. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. It means something like "ready, willing and able." Prothumos is a strong word. Now we get into categorizing the verses. Romans 1:8–15 contains Paul's description to the Roman Christians of his longing to travel to Rome to be with them. His intent was not to make a social call but to obtain some fruit among the believers in Rome. When the cashier added up the items, the woman was $4 short. Hellen 25x in the NT - Jn. It is by means of the Christians that the nations are to hear. That’s a ministry all of us can be involved in. Paul, by writing that he had often planned to come, is revealing to the believers in Rome that his interest in and love for them had been a reality for some time, a truth that surely would encourage them. These three are the marks of Christian maturity. Preaching the Word, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Romans 1:14 I am (1SPAI) under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish (NASB: Lockman), Greek: Hellen te kai barbarois, sophois te kai anoetois opheiletes eimi; (1SPAI), Amplified: Both to Greeks and to barbarians (to the cultured and to the uncultured), both to the wise and the foolish, I have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay. Why would Paul want to "preach the gospel" to Christians? Also in a figurative sense, it describes the result of one's words or actions and would reflected in the consequences. I am not only drawn, I am ready to act." We should feel an obligation to pass along to others the kindnesses shown to us. Paul is a debtor to Greek and barbarian precisely because he didn't qualify either, yet grace came to him -and it keeps on coming to him day after day in endless waves of future grace breaking over his life (1 Corinthians 15:10). “Have you any good news (euaggelion) for me today?” must have been a common question. You (DISCIPLES) did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit (present tense = continuously, as habit of your life) and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you (Jn 15:16). By his own testimony, he was upset because he felt like all the interruptions were messing up his work. De Haan Those interested are directed to respected, conservative books on systematic theology for more in depth discussion (eg, Dr Wayne Grudem's book Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine is an excellent, uncompromising, imminently readable resource for the lay person. And that makes him a debtor to all. It also meant one who speaks a foreign or strange language which is not understood by another. It is not a lack of intelligence but describes a mental laziness and carelessness. Everything else fades away. As he sat, he heard children playing a game and they called out to each other these words: “Take up and read! No wonder Paul was not ashamed: he was taking to sinful Rome the one message that had the power to change men’s lives! (Acts 19:21). Romans 1:11 . (Believer's Bible Commentary). Men knew of God’s Being through natural revelation (Romans 1:19-21, 28), but did not know the purpose of His kindness. There must come moments of action. I have seen this so many times in talking to somebody just at the very threshold of Christian faith, a person who has been brought to the sense of his need for Christ. Personal contact would be so much more effective than a letter, than hearing things through a second or a third person. Preaching the Word). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International). 5:2; 9:14; Phil. For if the First-fruits be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so also are the branches. I am referring to men and women who have peace with God. And revealed it through faith for faith. —K. Check out my post on studying the Bible on your own for what the different colors stand for and where I … Brethren (80) (adelphos from a = connective particle + delphus = the womb) refers to one from the same womb. CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY. So when grace comes to us from God in the gospel, it comes to pay our debts that we have to him. Nevertheless we are to have the heart of Paul who wrote... "we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness" (1Cor 1:23). ", Now, by the gospel, Paul does not mean simply explaining how to become a Christian. I.S.V. In living echoes of Thy tone; Greek: touto de estin (3SPAI) sumparaklethenai (APN) en humin dia tes en allelois pisteos humon te kai emou. Romans 7:1-13 An Example From Marriage. Paul saw himself as under an obligation to preach the good news, as one to whom a stewardship had been committed . Paul had a debt to pay to Jews and Greeks and barbarians, but most of them as is true in our "post-Christian society" did not want Christ's message of love and grace and hope and life. You have exercised faith only when you have acted on the truth you have believed. (see note Romans 12:8), John the Baptist when asked by the multitudes what they should do to. They need to realize, however, that every Christian is qualified to carry on at least one helpful ministry—the ministry of encouragement. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. Long (1971) (epipotheo from epi = intensifies meaning of + potheo = to yearn) (Click discussion of epipotheo) describes a strong desire, an intense craving of possession, a great affection for, a deep desire, an earnest yearning for something with implication of need. 1:11, 22; 4:17; 2Ti 2:6; 4:13; Heb. We need more believers with a spirit like Paul possessed. Romans 1:11-12 Do not be misled by the word established because it can suggest that they were not already established, which they were. Through Him (Christ our Great High Priest) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. 20:15; Joel 2:32; Nah. He feels under compulsion to reach them and to help them and change them. What purpose, etc? Great is the benefit of the communion of saints. Wuest has some interesting insights on the word "gospel" (euaggelion)... "Gospel” comes from Saxon word "gode-spell" [gode meaning good, & spell = a story, a tale]. What a purpose-filled life, a life purpose that far surpasses the daily grind which encompasses the limits of most our lives. Notice that the Greek word euaggelizo is closely related to our English word evangelize and evangelical church. 4:10, Morris comments that "spiritual gift" in this verse is used "in the more general sense of anything that builds up the spiritual life. It was a city given over entirely to paganism. ", Mt 4:4). To say a word or two, That absolute commitment was shared by Epaphroditus, who. Just like Paul and Epaphroditus, you are under a holy obligation to share the gospel at your job, in your neighborhood, wherever God has placed you. As you practice this discipline of pausing to ponder, you are establishing the context (which leads to more accurate interpretation and thus more apropos application) and you are in effect engaging in the blessed activity of Biblical Meditation (See Ps 1:2+, Ps 1:3+ and Joshua 1:8+ for the blessed benefits of meditation). In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other. (Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans), MacDonald - There is no thought here of his conferring some “second blessing” on them, nor did he intend to impart some spiritual gift by the laying on of his hands (though he did this for Timothy in 2Ti 1:6-note). Established (4741) (sterizo from histemi = to stand) means to make firm or solid, to set fast, to fix firmly in a place, to establish (make firm or stable), to cause to be inwardly firm or committed, to strengthen. As Thou hast sought, so let me seek In his blunt way, Moody replied, "Well, brother, it's about time you quit aiming and started firing. 15:58; Col 1:2-note; 1Ti 6:2. The man replied, "I've been aiming to do that for a long time." But, at the moment of personal encounter with Jesus Christ, this vicious circle of self-involvement is broken into, and, for the first time, there comes a gleam of light that begins to manifest itself in a concern for somebody else. It may seem insignificant The truly thankful, concerned, willing, submissive, and loving spirit is also a humble spirit. That is how evangelism occurs. Have you ever wanted something so badly it made your heart hurt when you thought about it? He used it to introduce his teaching about such things as the mystery of God’s calling Gentiles to salvation (Ro 11:25-note), spiritual gifts (1Cor 12:1), and the second coming (1Thes 4:13-note). But that changed one day when God said to him, "My son, be at peace. It is the changes God works in the lives of his people that cause others to begin to take note. And he did it while we were still his enemies. Paul wanted his spiritual brothers and sisters “to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ” (Eph 4:15+). 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Real ministry is heart to heart, or it is not real ministry at all. Learn more. Romans 1:11 Context. Karpos 67xin NT - Mt. If then this election was of grace, it could not be of works, either performed or foreseen. Chicago: Moody Press), Charles Hodge - By spiritual gift is not to be understood a gift pertaining to the soul in distinction from the body, but one derived from the Spirit. "He was too busy for people." 2:17; 3:3; James. Greeks were the sophisticated elite of Paul’s day. 1:8; 2:26; 1Th 3:6; 2Ti 1:4; James 4:5; 1Pe 2:2. Is this my heartbeat? The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. While those who are in the flesh cannot please God, Paul implies here that those who are in the Spirit can do so (Wright, 583). Now, these are the three marks of the man that God uses: The mature Christian is concerned, committed, and confident. 3:8, 10; 7:16,17; 12:33; 13:8, 26; 21:19, 34, 41, 43; Mark. Thine erring children lost and lone. In Romans it is found 14 times. 12:11; 13:15; James. Or, "I want you to meet my mother" (or my father, or my brother, or my sister). The unbelief of Israel and the election of the Gentiles is in accordance with Scripture (9:1-10:4) Jesus taught his disciples on the critical importance of spiritual fruit in their ministry (Jn 15:8), My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, (Present tense=continuously, as habit of your life) and so prove to be My disciples, In this same section Jesus also taught that. We are debtors to God not because he has given us grace, but because we have stolen his glory. This puts him under solemn obligation to share the good news with people of all cultures." Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die. (Eerdmans). We can relax in this kind of love and just enjoy him. Euaggelion was in just as common use in the first century as our words good news. Are you involved in sharing God’s love heart to heart to heart? It was the seat of emperor-worship. It was a city of philosophers and poets. 5:8; 1 Pet. Paul uses metadidomi later as he encourages the Romans to live out the truths of Romans 1-11, writing that... he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, (metadidomi) with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. ", It is not enough to talk, to think, or to dream. If it is related to the verb evangelize (which it is), a church that carries this name is a church that believes God’s good news and faithfully proclaims this message of salvation! It was the center of intellectual arrogance. Paul's Letter to the Romans is the Gospel of God; it is the first Christian Theology. THOUGHT - Has the pattern for strengthening saints changed over the last 2000 years? Secondly Paul uses "spiritual fruit" to refer to an action as in the following verse. The Cult of the Caesar was the state religion of the Roman empire, in which the emperor was worshipped as a god. 5:2; 2Pe 2:12. Prothumos is used 3 times in the NAS (Matt 26:41; Mark 14:38; Ro 1:15) and 3 times in the Septuagint (LXX) (1 Chr 28:21; 2 Chr 29:31; Hab 1:8). On his call, see Gal 1:15–16; 1 Cor 9:1; 15:8–10; Acts 9:1–22; 22:3–16; 26:4–18. It is possible that wise and foolish is parallels “Greeks and to barbarians” but not necessarily so. Rome was the city of the world. (Comment: So deep was his affectionate concern for them, he was anxious to share with them rather than to receive from them. Young's Literal: for I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, that ye may be established; FOR I LONG TO SEE YOU: epipotho (1SPAI) gar idein (AAN) humas: For (1063) (gar) is a subordinating conjunction expressing cause or explanation and thus introduces an explanation. Sophos refers to the learned or those having intelligence and education above the average and speaks in Scripture of wisdom in the moral sphere not just the intellectual sphere. a. You are under just as much obligation as any of the missionaries in your church. Then, as one becomes a Christian, another note is added. In the ordinary conversation of the first century, it did not have such a meaning. in an easy to understand manner.) This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. This (onomatopoeia) term meant the uneducated or uncultured peoples usually to the north of Rome and was used of people who did not speak Greek. Fruit (2590) (karpos) is the product or outcome of something as in a physical sense in which a tree bears literal fruit. 3:2, 13; 2 Thess. Expressing his great desire for their support in prayer, he is said to have replied, “I will go down [into the pit itself] if you will hold the rope”. That is the essence of sin. In Romans 6:12-23 , he exhorts christians to live agreeably to the nature and design of the gospel; and presents various considerations adapted to secure their obedience to this exhortation. (Comment: And in his letter to Ephesus he makes clear that, whether or not a believer has the gift of giving, he is to have the spirit of generosity that characterizes this gift. Spiritual (4152) (pneumatikos from pneuma = spirit + -ikos = speaks of the willingness to do that which the spirit stands for. ", We need to temper our zeal with knowledge, and we can become overzealous very easily, but to feel and sense the excitement of Christian living is only the normal thing for a Christian. Paul wanted to be with them. In the last chapter of Romans Paul elaborates on how they were to be established writing "Now to Him Who is able to establish (sterizo) you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past (Ro 16:25+), Vine adds - To establish is to cause to lean by supporting. This seems the most natural construction; yet as Paul expected to be refreshed by their faith and not by his giving them spiritual gifts, the sense seems to require that συμπαρακληθῆναι should depend on the first words of Romans 1:11, ‘I desire to see you, that I may impart ( ἵνα μεταδῶ) some spiritual gift to you; that is, that I may be comforted ( συμπαρακληθῆναι),' etc. The Christian who looks on his service to the Lord as a means of receiving appreciation and personal satisfaction is inevitably subject to disappointment and self-pity (cf Matthew 6:1-note). 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