Despite all their power, the Romans – like all men – were powerless to make themselves righteous before God. Romans 1:5. The terminology of Romans 1:24 refers to this combination of sexual immorality and idolatrous worship. Part of His judgment against us is allowing us to suffer the damage our sinful course leads to. ii. In modern culture, homosexual practice reflects the abandonment of giving them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. Such a sweet spirit breeds love to everybody, and makes a man go through the world cheerfully.” (Spurgeon). A variety of commentators pick the date of writing anywhere from 53 to 58 a.d. ii. of Scripture. Where does all this violence, immorality, cruelty and degradation come from? “Unless there is something to be saved from, there is no point in talking about salvation.” (Morris). Paul may here refer to his former state as a Pharisee, which literally signifies a separatist, or one separated. This phrase is so important Paul repeats it three times in this passage. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a The lie is essentially idolatry – which puts us in the place of God. Other New Testament letters focus more on the church and its challenges and problems. i. Click on the different category headings to find out more. iii. i. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man; and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. Guzik Bible Commentary © 2013 David Guzik - No distribution beyond personal use without permission - For more information and resources visit EnduringWord.com We are genuinely “spiritually insane” in our rebellion against God. The Letter to the Romans focuses more on God and His great plan of redemption. Martin Luther said of Romans: “It is the chief part of the New Testament and the perfect gospel...the absolute epitome of the gospel.” 3. Luke-Acts This futility of thinking, darkening of the heart, and folly must be seen as one example of God’s righteous wrath against those who reject what He reveals. This speaks of the generally self-destructive nature of sin; it often carries within itself it’s own penalty. 1-16 of 56 results for "david guzik commentaries" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. What if he were unable to make it to Rome? -------------------- Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. Image in Romans 1:23 is the ancient Greek word eikon. g. As further judgment, God gives man over to a debased mind, so that things that are disgraceful and sickening are readily accepted and approved. A bondservant... an apostle: Paul’s self-identification is important. -------------------- I should hardly like to read it all through aloud; it is not intended to be so used. iv. This phrase is so important Paul repeats it three times in this passage. b. I am not ashamed of the gospel: This reveals Paul’s heart. It means that God treats the sinner as if he had not been a sinner at all.”, iii. i. Paul was a tireless evangelist, working all over the world because he believed he had a debt to pay, and he owed it to the whole world. The fact is once a man rejects the truth of God in Jesus, he will fall for anything foolish, and trust far more feeble and fanciful systems than what he rejects from God. c. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world: Paul was thankful for the good reputation of the church in Rome. 5 people found this helpful. “I cannot say anything much worse of a man than that he is not thankful to those who have been his benefactors; and when you say that he is not thankful to God, you have said about the worst thing you can say of him.” (Spurgeon), i. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Consider the testimony of these men regarding Romans: a. Martin Luther praised Romans: “It is the chief part of the New Testament and the perfect gospel... the absolute epitome of the gospel.”, b. Luther’s successor Philip Melancthon called Romans, “The compendium of Christian doctrine.”, c. John Calvin said of the Book of Romans, “When anyone understands this Epistle, he has a passage opened to him to the understanding of the whole Scripture.”, d. Samuel Coleridge, English poet and literary critic said Paul’s letter to the Romans is “The most profound work in existence.”, e. Frederick Godet, 19th Century Swiss theologian called the Book of Romans “The cathedral of the Christian faith.”, f. G. Campbell Morgan said Romans was “the most pessimistic page of literature upon which your eyes ever rested” and at the same time, “the most optimistic poem to which your ears ever listened.”, g. Richard Lenski wrote that the Book of Romans is “beyond question the most dynamic of all New Testament letters even as it was written at the climax of Paul’s apostolic career.”. I should hardly like to read it all through aloud; it is not intended to be so used. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. a. Ungodliness: This refers to man’s offenses against God. Listen Email Feedback. (Rom 1:16-17) Paul introduces the theme of his letter: the righteousness of God, as revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is first a servant of Jesus Christ, and second called to be an apostle. “I cannot say anything much worse of a man than that he is not thankful to those who have been his benefactors; and when you say that he is not thankful to God, you have said about the worst thing you can say of him.” (Spurgeon), i. “But when you glorify God as God, and are thankful for everything – when you can take up a bit of bread and a cup of cold water, and say with the poor Puritan, ‘What, all this, and Christ too?’ – then are you happy, and you make others happy. Guzik's commentary on Romans is a thorough study of the Book of Romans that focuses on the content and context of the letter to the Romans. iv. In comparison, note the frequency of other words used in Romans: law (72), Christ (65), sin (48), Lord (43), and faith (40). It is not the righteousness of even the most holy man, nor is it the righteousness of innocent Adam in Eden. “This first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans is a dreadful portion of the Word of God. David Guzik :: Study Guide for Romans 16 [A new version of this page can be found here] Greetings to the Christians in Rome. a. Through the power of God’s Word, Augustine gained the faith to give his whole life to Jesus Christ at that moment. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols. “Will you kindly notice, that, according to my text, knowledge is of no use if it does not lead to holy practice? Helpful. Legal marriage between same gender couples was recognized, and even some of the emperors married other men. “The Christians of Rome were unpopular – reputed to be ‘enemies of the human race’ and credited with such vices as incest and cannibalism. i. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Minor Prophets Paul assumes they are congratulating themselves that they are not like the people described in Romans 1. i. For some 200 years, the men who ruled the Roman Empire openly practiced homosexuality often with young boys. Where in all history can you find one like Paul? The wrath of God: We sometimes object to the idea of the wrath of God because we equate it with human anger, which is motivated by selfish personal reasons or by a desire for revenge. The fact is once a man rejects the truth of God in Jesus, he will fall for anything foolish, and trust far more feeble and fanciful systems than what he rejects from God. We make a mistake when we think that it is God’s mercy or kindness that allows man to continue in sin. v. At times the Roman Empire specifically taxed approved homosexual prostitution and gave boy prostitutes a legal holiday. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. a. d. Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God: The problem is not that man did not know God, but that he did know Him – yet refused to glorify Him as God. f. Again, this “freedom” to disobey should be seen as God’s judgment, not His kindness; those who engage in such acts are receiving in themselves the penalty of their error. The Old Testament John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible Then he must write them a letter so comprehensive that the Christians in Rome had the gospel Paul preached, even if Paul himself were not able to visit them. i. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Grace to you and peace from God: Paul formally addresses his readers with his familiar greeting, combining the Greek greeting of grace with the Jewish greeting of peace. g. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise: Paul recognized he had something of a debt to Rome. Take up and read!” Thinking God had a message to him in the words of the children, he picked up a scroll laying nearby and began to read: not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. ... Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. It does not even mean, at this point, that he makes the sinner a good man. The same attitude must govern him in his continuing experience as a child of God.” (Harrison) This is an echo of Paul’s message in Galatians 3:1-3. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”, a. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. The center of Christianity is not a teaching or a moral system, it is a Person: Jesus Christ. “The righteousness which is unto justification is one characterized by the perfection belonging to all that God is and does. God will not withhold salvation from the one who believes; but believing is the only requirement. viii. A description of the deplorable condition of the Gentile world, which begins the proof of the doctrine of justification by faith, here laid down at v. 17.The first is according to the then usual formality of a letter, but intermixed with very excellent and savoury expressions. Studying the book of Romans 1; shows a significant summary of the history, time and relevant details according to the bible’s acts based onGuzik David - Bible Commentary and reading parallely the bible’s version King James Version. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven: The idea is simple but sobering – God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against the human race, and the human race deserves the wrath of God. iii. Who suppress the truth in unrighteousness: Mankind does in fact suppress the truth of God. Even so, through mutual acquaintances or through his travels, Paul knew many of the Christians in Rome by name because he mentions them in Romans 16. “Men cannot charge God with hiding himself from them and thus excuse their irreligion and their immorality.” (Lenski). Sometimes it is the penalty of disease, which is the consequence of violating nature’s order. Wrath is the holy revulsion of God’s being against that which is the contradiction of his holiness.” (Murrary), ii. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. d. Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers: Paul wanted the Roman Christians to know he prayed for them, and praying for an opportunity to visit them (I may find a way in the will of God to come to you). “A servant of Jesus Christ, is a higher title than monarch of the world.” (Poole). i. Hosea 4:17 expresses the judgmental aspect of God “giving us up,” leaving us to our own sin: Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone. The Gospels David Guzik :: Study Guide for Romans 1 ← Back to David Guzik's Bio & Resources. In the summer of 386, a young man wept in the backyard of a friend. Proud: “They who are continually exalting themselves and depressing others; magnifying themselves at the expense of their neighbours; and wishing all men to receive their sayings as oracles.” (Clarke). 5 people found this helpful. 1; Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) ... David Guzik. He wanted them to know that he really prayed. Because of all this, Romans is different than many of the other letters Paul wrote churches. The New Testament GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point It is absolutely essential that we constantly compare our own conception of God against the reality of who God is as revealed in His Word. The resurrection of Jesus shows His divine power because He rose by His own power: Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again (John 2:19). The word “God” occurs 153 times in Romans; an average of once every 46 words – this is more frequently than any other New Testament book. 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