Book of Romans
Righteous that comes from God alone.
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|Apostle Paul, (v 1:1) wrote this letter from Corinth, delivered to Rome by Phoebe, (v 16:27).||
Written to the church in Rome, covering many doctrinal points
and instructions. Using examples from the Old Testament and at times man's
human logic to make the point clear. Paul addresses the points of:
God justifies the guilty simply by grace alone through faith in Christ Jesus,
spiritual leadership, God's wrath against man, right judgments, justification
by faith alone, the security of our salvation, original sin, sanctification
and practical godliness, the sovereign election of the saints, God's plan for
His people and Israel, spiritual gifts, responsibilities to earthly authorities,
and Christian liberties. The letter then closes with several personal greetings.
|Near the end of Paul's third missionary trip, around 57 AD.|
1Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called as an apostle and separated unto the gospel of God. 2For the promise of the good news that was foretold by His prophets and recorded in the holy scriptures. 3Concerning, Jesus Christ our Lord, born of the seed of David and brought forth in the flesh. 4Declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, achieved through the resurrection from the dead. 5Through Him we have received the grace and knowledge that by faith, we might become obedient according to His name, proving this to all nations. 6Of whom you were called out and separated, to be of Jesus Christ.
7To all who are in Rome loved of God and called by Christ as saints, grace and peace be with you, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8I first thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, for your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9God whom I serve through the gospel of His Son is my witness, I make mention of you always in my prayers. 10Making my request known to God that within His will that I might find a way that I can come to you. 11For I wish to see you, so that I may impart spiritual gifts to you, to strengthen and establish you. 12That through our mutual faith that we both may be encouraged.
13Brothers, I want you to know that I have planned to come to you many times, so that I might have fruit among you, but until now I have been hindered. 14I am a debtor to all men, to the cultured and the uncultured, to the wise and unwise. 15And that is why, I am eager to preach the gospel to the people in Rome also.
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and for the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, for it is written; The just shall live by faith, Habakkuk 2:4. 18But, God's holy wrath from heaven is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth of righteousness. 19For all men have a knowledge of God, which God has manifested within them. 20For since the creation of the world, God's invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. 21Even though they knew God, they did not glorify Him, nor were they thankful, but became foolish in their thoughts and their hearts were darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23Changing the glory of the incorruptible God into corruptible images such as mortal men, birds, beasts and reptiles. 24Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts and desires of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. 25They called the truth of God's Word a lie and they worshiped and served created things more than they did their blessed Creator.
26For this reason, God gave them up to their vile passions. For even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for degrading passions, of what is not natural. 27Likewise also the men, forsaking the natural use of the woman, lusted after one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving the penalty of their own ways. 28More so, as they did not even wish to retain the knowledge of God, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do what is not fitting. 29Being filled with unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice, filled with envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil thoughts and gossip. 30Backbiters, God haters, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil and disobedient to parents. 31Without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving and unmerciful. 32Even though they knew the righteous judgment of God, knowing that those who practice such things were deserving of death. Yet, not only did they practice them, but they encouraged and approved of others who also practiced them.
1Therefore, they are without excuse, for the one that judges another condemns himself, for he who judges also practices the same things. 2But we know that the judgment of God is true, against those who practice such things. 3And do you really think that he who judges another while practicing the same, will escape the judgment of God? 4Or do you despise the riches of God's goodness, patience and long sufferance not aware that His goodness leads to repentance?
5Know that according to your hardness of heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself until the day when God's righteous judgment is revealed. 6And on that day God will render to every man according to his deeds. 7Eternal life to those who do good and seek glory, honor, peace and everlasting life. 8But to those who are self-seeking, not living by the truth but rather obeying unrighteousness, having anger and wrath. 9Tribulations will fall upon every person who does evil, first the Jew and also to the Greek. 10But glory, honor and peace will come to everyone who does what is right and good, first to the Jew and also to the Greek. 11For God does not show partiality to men.
12As many who have sinned without the law, (having no condemnation, unaware of the law), shall also perish without the law, but they who have sinned under the law shall be judged and condemned by the law. 13For they that merely hear and know the law are not right in the sight of God, but rather the doers of the law are justified in His sight. 14The gentiles, who do not have the law, when they instinctively keep the things of the law. 15They show the work of the law written on their hearts with their conscience bearing witness, either accusing them or excusing them. 16The inner secrets of men shall be judged by God, in the last days, according to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
17As Jews, you rest on the law while boasting in God. 18Knowing His will and approving the things that are excellent according to the law. 19Believing that you are a guide to the blind and a light to those who are in darkness. 20An instructor and teacher to all, having knowledge and truth in the law. 21But you who teaches another, do you not also speak to yourself? You who preach, against stealing, do you yourselves steal? 22You who say, do not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? Those who speak against idols, do you yet bow down to them? 23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
25Outward markings, (circumcision) is profitable if you keep the law. However if you transgress the law, you have made your outward marking, (circumcision) worthless. 26Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will he not be counted equivalent with those who are circumcised? 27In fact, they who naturally keep the law will then judge you, even though they are physically uncircumcised and you have the written law, because you are transgressors of the law. 28For he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly, nor is an outward marking (circumcision) a true representation of the heart. 29But the man of God is one inwardly, having had his heart circumcised, in the Spirit, not by the law, whose recognition comes not from men but from God.
1What advantage is it then to be a Jew? Or what is the profit of circumcision? 2Much, mainly because the oracles of God were committed to them. 3Though some of the Jews did not believe, even their unbelief cannot make God's faithfulness of no effect. 4For God remains true, even if every man believes a lie. 5Now if by contrast our unrighteousness shows us and emphasizes the righteousness of God, then one might ask the question, (speaking as a man and using human logic); Is God unjust then to inflict His wrath upon us when we sin? 6Be it far from us to even imagine such a thing, for how would God then judge the world? 7For if by my lie I have magnified God's truth and thus increased God's glory, why then am I still judged as a sinner? 8We could take that to an extreme and say; let's do evil, that good may come from it. Some actually claimed this is what I preached, for these people their condemnation is just.
9You will then ask; are you better than we are? Not at all, for both Jew and Greek are all under sin. 10For as it is written; There is none righteous, no not one, Psalm 14:3. 11No one fully discerns, no one seeks after God, Psalm 14:2. 12They have all turned aside and together have all become unprofitable. There is none who does good. 13As they speak lies, with venom under their lips, Psalm 5:9. 14as they curse and their mouth is full of bitterness, Psalm 10:7. 15Their feet are swift to shed blood, 16Their ways are destruction and misery. 17They do not know the way of peace, 18For they have no fear of God, Isaiah 59:7-8.
19We know that the law is for those under the law, that it might quiet every mouth and that the whole world may become guilty before God. 20Therefore, through the law, no man will be justified in His sight, for the law gives us the knowledge of sin. 21But now the righteousness of God, apart from the law is revealed, as was testified to by the law and the prophets. 22The righteousness of God is given to us through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, for there is no difference between Jew and Gentile. 23For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. 24Having been freely justified by the Father's grace through the redemption work of Christ Jesus. 25Through faith we have received the blood of Jesus, as the payment of our sins, this demonstrates God's righteousness, for God passed over our sins that we have committed. 26This was to prove God's righteousness at the moment and that He accepts as righteous the man that has faith in Jesus.
27Therefore boasting is excluded, not by the law or through works, but by the principle of faith. 28Therefore, a man is justified, apart from the deeds of the law. 29You might ask; if God is the God of the Jews only? God is the God of both Jews and Greeks. 30One God who will justify all by faith, the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31Is the law then made void by faith? Certainly not, the law is established through faith.
1What then can we say about Abraham our father, was he justified by his works? 2For if Abraham was justified by his works he would have something to boast about, but only to other men and not before God. 3For the scriptures say that, Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness, Genesis 15:6. 4But to him who labors, the wages he receives are not considered a gift but rather an obligation due to him. 5But to the man who does not justify his efforts through his works, but rather believes on and trusts God fully, to justify the ungodly, his faith is counted to him as righteousness. 6As king David has also said; Blessed is the man to whom God accounts righteousness apart from works. 7Blessed are they whose lawless deeds are forgiven and his sins are covered, 8Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute sin, Psalm 32:1-2.
9This blessing comes not only to the circumcised but also to the uncircumcised. For we say faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness. 10Did he gain this gift of righteousness while he was circumcised or uncircumcised? Abram was accounted righteous while he was still uncircumcised. 11The mark of circumcision that Abraham later received, was s seal of his righteousness, not the reason for his righteousness. This was Abraham's covenant sign that he might be the father of all the faithful who believe, even though they might be uncircumcised, that righteousness might also be theirs. 12Abraham was also the father of the circumcised, but also to those who walk by faith, even as he did when he was still uncircumcised.
13The promise that Abraham would be the heir of the world, was not given to him through the law but rather through the righteousness of faith. 14For faith is made void to those who are under the law and the promise is of no effect. 15Because the law brings about wrath, for where there is no law, there is no transgression of the law.
16Therefore, the promise comes because of faith according to grace, so that it may also be not only to those who are under the law, but also to all who are of the faith of Abraham, the father of us all. 17For it is written; I have made you a father of many nations, Genesis 17:5. And Abraham believed this promise from God, whom make the dead live again and calls things that do not exist as though they do exist. 18Contrary to natural hope, Abraham believed in God's promise and became the father of many nations according to what God had spoken. 19And being not weak in faith, he did not consider his one hundred year old body dead, or the deadness of his wife's womb. 20Nor did he waver at the promise made by God, of having a child, but his faith was actually strengthened as he gave glory to God. 21For he was fully convinced that what God had promised He was able to perform, 22thus it was accounted to Abraham as righteousness.
23This was not only written for Abraham's sake, 24but also for ours. That righteousness shall be credited to all of us who believe in God, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. 25Who was delivered up because of our offenses and raised for our justification.
1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God, because of the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through Christ we stand, having access by faith into this grace, rejoicing in God's glory. 3And we also rejoice in tribulations, for we know that tribulations produce perseverance. 4Perseverance produces character and character produces hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6For when we were without strength, unable to help ourselves, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Scarcely will a man die for a righteous man, perhaps one might die for a noble or good man. 8But God demonstrates His love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Even more than this, being justified by the blood of Jesus Christ, we have been brought into a right relationship with God and are saved from wrath through Christ. 10For while we were yet enemies of God, God reconciled us to Himself through the death of His Son. Therefore much more shall we be saved by Christ's life. 11Now we rejoice in the new relationship that we have with God, due to the redemptive work through our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have been put into right standing with God.
12Therefore, as sin entered the world through one man (Adam) and death as a result of sin spread to all men, for all men have sinned. 13Sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not held to one's account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death, (a result of sin), was in the world from early on before the law was ever given and reigned over those who had seemed not to have sinned. 15For by one man's (Adam) offense many died, but by the grace of God and the gift of the one Man Jesus Christ, grace abounded to many. 16And the free gift did not come from one who had sinned, for the judgment on all men was unto condemnation, but the free gift satisfied many offenses and brought justification to all men. 17For through one man's offense, (Adam) death reigned, now much more shall they who receive Jesus Christ's gift of abundant grace reign in life.
18Therefore by one mans offense, (Adam) condemnation came to all men, also through one Man's righteous act, (Christ), the free gift came to all men resulting in justification of life. 19Just as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, also by one Man's obedience many shall be made righteous. 20The reason for the law was so the offence would be made apparent, but wherever sin abounds, grace abounds much more. 21Just as sin reigned in death, grace reigns in eternal life through the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Shall we then continue to sin so that grace may abound? 2Definitely not! For if we are in Christ Jesus, having died to sin, how can we then live in sin? 3Or are you ignorant of the fact that all who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death. 4Through baptism we were buried with Him into His death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too shall also live in newness of life. 5For if we have been united together with Him in His death, we most currently will be united with Him in His resurrection. 6Knowing that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sins. 7For he who has died has also been freed from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we shall also live with Him. 9For we know that Christ having been raised from the dead, can die no more, for death no longer has dominion over Him. 10For Christ died to sin once for all and now the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Likewise, we also count ourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12Therefore, do not let sin reign in your physical bodies, obeying its lusts. 13Do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness. rather present yourself alive to God and your body as an instrument of righteousness. 14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.
15Then, shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? 16Definitely not! Do you not know that the one you obey, either sin leading to death or obedience leading to righteousness, to that one you have become that one's slave? 17But though you were once a slave of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart the doctrine that has delivered you, (praise God)! 18And having been set free of sin, you have now become slaves of righteousness. 19I speak in human terms, for you once presented your members as slaves of uncleanness that lead to further lawlessness, now present your members as slaves to righteousness unto sanctification.
20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21However, when you were caught up in sin, it gave you those things that you are now ashamed of, that leads to death. 22But now having been set free from sin and having become a slave of God, your reward is holiness and the end eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
1I speak now to those who know the law, do you not know that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives. 2The woman who is married, is bound to her husband by law as long as her husband lives. But, if her husband dies, she is released from her marriage commitment. 3If she marries another man while her husband still lives she is an adulteress, but if her husband dies, she is freed from that law and is not an adulteress. 4Therefore, you have also become dead to the law through Christ's body, that you can be married to Christ, who was raised from the dead, allowing us to bear fruit to God. 5For when we were in the flesh our sinful passions were aroused by the law and were working in our members bearing fruit to death. 6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what previous held us, allowing us to serve in the Spirit and not by the letter of the law.
7Is the law then sin? Definitely not! For I would not have known sin except through the law. I would have not known that covetousness is a sin, unless the law had said, You shall not covet, (the 10th commandment). 8But sin taking occasion, through the use of the commandments aroused in me all kinds of evil desires, for without the law, there was no sense of sin and sin was dead. 9I was alive once without the law, but when the law came, sin was revealed to me and I died. 10The very commandment that was meant to bring life, actually brought death. 11Sin taking opportunity by use of the commandment, deceived me and brought death. 12Therefore the law is holy and so is the commandment just and good.
13Has then the law which is good, become death for me? Definitely not! The law exposed sin, that sin might appear as it really is, sin leading to death. 14For we know that the law is spiritual, but we are carnal, under the control of sin. 15For I do not always understand my own actions, I do not always practice what I wish, but I do the very things that I loathe. 16If, then I do what I do not desire to do, I agree with the law that the law is good. 17But now it is no longer, I who do these things, but sin that works within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in my physical body, the will to do right is present with me, but the power to carry it out is not there. 19For the good deeds I desire to do I fail to do them, yet the evil deeds that I do not wish to do, that is what I do. 20Now when I do the things that I would not, it is no longer I who do them, but sin that dwells in me.
21I observe then, a law that evil is present within me, even though it is my desire to do good. 22But my inner man delights in the law of God. 23I find that the will of my flesh wars against the law of my mind, making me a prisoner to the law of sin that is in my members. 24Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death? 25I thank God through our Lord Jesus Christ. So then with my mind I serve the law of God, but with the flesh I serve the law of sin.
1Therefore, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, for it was weakened by the flesh. God did by sending His only Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and has condemned sin in the flesh. 4That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk by the Spirit and not according to the flesh. 5For those who are controlled by the desires of the flesh, think of the things to gratify the flesh, but they who live by the Spirit, dwell on the things of the Spirit. 6For, it is death to be carnally minded, dwelling on the desires of the flesh, but it is life and peace to be spiritually minded. 7Because the carnal mind is opposed to God and is not subject to the law of God, nor can it even be. 8Therefore those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9Now if the Spirit of God dwells in you, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, however if you do not have the Spirit of Christ you are not His. 10But if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if God's Spirit whom raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that dwells in you.
12Therefore, brothers we are not debtors, having no obligation to the flesh, nor to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die according to the flesh, but if you live by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body and you will live. 14For as many that are led by the Spirit of God these are the sons of God. 15For we have not received a spirit of bondage leading to fear but rather the Spirit of adoption by which we cry out, Abba Father. 16For the Spirit Himself bears witness, with our spirit that we are children of God. 17And if children, then we are also heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ, for if we have suffered with Him, we also shall be glorified with Him.
18I consider the sufferings of this present time not even worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed within us. 19Even all of creation eagerly awaits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For nature was brought low to a state of frustration not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it. 21And thus also the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22Currently, we know that the whole creation groans in birth pangs. 23Not only creation, but we also who have enjoyed the first fruits of the Holy Spirit grown within ourselves as we wait for the adoption and the redemption of our bodies that will reveal us as God's sons. 24For this is the hope that we were saved into, but hope that is seen is not hope at all, for no one hopes for what he has. 25However if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
26Likewise, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, as we do not know what we should pray for as we ought. But, the Spirit makes intercession for us with groaning that cannot be uttered. 27And the Father who searches our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit as He intercedes for the saints, according to God's will.
28And we also know that all things work together for good to those who love God and have been called according to His purpose. 29For those that the Father foreknew, He also destined to be conformed to the image of His own Son, that Christ might become the Firstborn of many. 30Those that God foreordained, He also called having also justified and glorified them.
31Knowing this, we can we say; if God be with us who can be against us? 32For assuredly, God whom delivered His Son up for us all, shall also freely give us all things? 33Who therefore, can bring a charge against God's elect? For it is God, who justifies them. 34Who, if anyone shall condemn us? For Christ has died and is now risen, sitting at the right hand of God and it is Christ that intercedes for us. 35Can anyone or anything then separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword? 36For His sake we face these things daily and are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height or depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1With Christ as my witness, I tell you the truth, as my conscience also bears me witnessed in the Holy Spirit. 2I have great sorrow and grief in my heart. 3For I wish that I were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, according to the flesh. 4Whom are Israelites and to their nation belongs the adoption, the glory, the covenants and giving of the law, the service of God and His many promises. 5Who are of the lineage of the fathers and of this line Christ, whom is over all and exalted forever, Amen.
6However, in this case the Word of God has been to no effect, for not all descendants of Israel are of the true house of Israel. 7Nether are they all children of the promise simply because they are descendants of Abraham, for it was through Isaac, (the promise son), that the line of Christ came. 8This means that not all of Abraham's descendants are God's children, but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9Just as the Word of promise came to Sarah and she had a son.
10Not only this, but when Rebecca conceived by Isaac. 11Before the children had done either good or evil, God's purpose of election was set, not according to mans works but to God's choice. 12The Word was given to Rebecca that the older child would serve the younger. 13For it is written that; Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated, Malachi 1:2-3.
14Shall we then conclude that there is injustice on God's part? Definitely not! 15For God has said to Moses; I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion, Exodus 33:19. 16So then, God's gift of mercy is not directed by human will or effort. 17For scripture says of Pharaoh that; God raised him up for the purpose, that God might demonstrate His great power and that His name shall be proclaimed throughout the whole earth, Exodus 9:16. 18Therefore, God has mercy on whom He chooses and He hardens, making stubborn and unyielding, whom He wills.
19You will therefore ask; Why does God still find fault when we sin, for who can withstand His will? 20But who are you that you should talk back to God! Will the thing that was created, say to the Creator, who formed and made it; Why have You made me this way? 21Does not the potter have power over the clay, to make what He chooses, one vessel for honor and another for common use or even dishonor? Jeremiah 18:5, Isaiah 64:8.
22If God, willing to show His wrath and to make His great power known, had endured in much longsuffering with these vessels of wrath, destined for destruction. 23That He might make known the riches of His glory on these vessels requiring His mercy that was prepared beforehand unto glory. 24For He has called both Jew and Gentile. 25As scripture also says in the book of Hosea; I will call My people, who are not My people 26and in that place it was said to them, they who are not My people, they shall be called sons of the living God, Hosea 2:23.
27Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel; Though the children of Israel be many, a remnant will be saved. 28For the Lord will execute His sentence upon the earth, cutting the time short in His righteous judgment, Isaiah 10:22-23.
30What then shall we say; the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness even righteousness by faith. 31But Israel who has attempted to obtain righteousness through works of the law, has not obtained it. 32Because they did not seek it by faith but by works and they stumbled over the stumbling stone, (that is Christ). 33For it is written; I set before you a stumbling Stone, a Rock of offense, whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame, Isaiah 8:14, 28:16.
1Brothers, it is my hearts desire and prayer that Israel may be saved. 2For I see that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3They are ignorant of God's righteousness, for they are trying to establish their own righteousness, thereby not submitting to God's righteousness. 4For Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness to everyone that believes. 5Moses also wrote of the righteousness that is of the law, saying; The man who abides under them, shall live by them, Leviticus 18:5.
6But the righteousness of faith tells us: do not think that you could ascend into Heaven of your own efforts, bringing Christ's work down to our earthly level; 7or to descend into hell to rescue Christ from the dead. 8Rather, realize that the word of faith that we preach, is near you, in your mouth and hearts, the very same word of faith that we preach to you. 9That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the scriptures says; Whomever believes on Him shall not be put to shame, Isaiah 28:16, 49:23. 12For there is no distinction, the same Lord is over both Jew and Gentile and He is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For all who call on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
14How then shall they call on Him if they have not believed on Him? How shall they believe if they have not heard? And how shall they hear, if not for a preacher. 15And how shall they preach, unless they are sent? As it is written; How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, bringing glad tidings and good things, Isaiah 52:7.
16But, not all have obeyed the gospel and believe our report. 17So then faith comes by hearing the Word of God. 18But I question whether Israel has comprehended the Word, For I know the Word has gone out to the ends of the earth.
19But did Israel not know that the gospel would go out to all the nations? For even as Moses said; He will provoke the Jews to jealousy by them who are not a nation and He will cause you to be angry through a foolish nation, Deuteronomy 32:21.
20Also the prophet Isaiah is very bold in saying; He was found by those who did not seek Him and He revealed Himself to those who did not inquire of Him, Isaiah 65:1.
21But to Israel, the Lord says; All day long, I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient people, Isaiah 65:2.
1I say then, has God cast away His people? Definitely not! I am also an Israelite, a descendent of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God's people, that He foreknew have not been cast away. Recall how Elijah pleaded with God against Israel, as is recorded in the scripture; 3Lord, they have killed your prophets, torn down Your altars, I am alone and they now seek my life, 1st Kings 19:10. 4But the Lord replied back saying; I have reserved seven thousand men, who have not bowed down to idles, 1st Kings 19:18. 5Even now, there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6And if it is by grace, it cannot be of works. For if it is of works, grace is no longer of grace. 7We conclude then that Israel has not obtained what they sought, but the elect have, while the rest became calloused and blinded to the truth. 8Just as scripture says; God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear, Isaiah 29:10. 9David also has said, let their banquet table become a snare, a trap and a stumbling block to them, 10let their eyes be darkened, with their backs always bowed down, Psalm 69:22.
11Then shall we conclude, that they have stumbled and fallen to their spiritual ruin? Definitely not! But, through their transgressions, so as to arouse Israel to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12Now if their fall and failure is riches for the world and the Gentiles, much more will their abundance be. 13I speak to the Gentiles, for I am an apostle to the Gentiles. 14In hope of provoking some of my fellow Jews to jealousy and saving some of them. 15For if they're falling away is the reconciling of the world, their acceptance will be life from the dead.
16If Abraham and the early fathers were holy, God's people and their descendants will also be, if the root is holy so will the branches be. 17Now if some of the Jews have fallen away, their branch being broken off and you, as a wild olive branch have been grafted in, enjoying the fullness of the root. 18Do not then boast against the other branches, but if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19You then might say; branches were taken off so I might be grafted in. 20Yes, because of their unbelief branches were broken off, yet you stand by faith, but do not be arrogant. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches because of unbelief, He may not spare you either. 22Therefore consider God's kindness and severity on those who have fallen, but towards you consider God's goodness, if you continue in His grace, otherwise you will also be cut off. 23Even the fallen Jews, if they do not persist in their unbelief, will be grafted back in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if the Gentiles, being as a wild olive branch were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, contrary to nature, much more shall the Jews, as natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.
25I wish for you to understand this hidden truth, lest you be wise in your own eyes, without understanding. A hardness has temporarily fallen on Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles have come in. 26So all Israel shall be saved, as it is written; The Lord shall come down and He will take away ungodliness from Israel. 27For this is His covenant with them, He shall take away their sins, Isaiah 59:20,21.
28Indeed as it looks according to the gospel, the Jews are enemies of God, but this is for your advantage, but concerning God's election of the saints, they are beloved children. 29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30Even though you were once disobedient to God, you have now obtained mercy through their disobedience. 31And likewise, they who are now being disobedient to God that they may also obtain God's mercy that is shown to you. 32For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on them all.
33Oh what depth of riches, wisdom and knowledge of God! His judgment and ways are unsearchable. 34Who has known the mind of the LORD, are any of us able to counsel Him? 35Can anyone claim a recompense from God? 36For all things originate with Him, come from Him and live through Him, to whom be glory forever.
1Brothers, I urge you by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may do and know the good and perfect will of God.
3I say to everyone, do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to, but think of yourself with sober judgments, as God has given to each one a measure of faith. 4We are many members in one body, but we do not all have the same function. 5Corporately we are one in Christ, yet individually we are all dependent on one another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace that has been given us, let us then use them. If the gift be prophecy let us prophesy in proportion to our faith. 7if it be ministry or in teaching, 8Encouragement, or he who shares let him do so in simplicity, administration, let him be diligence, or he who shows mercy, let him be cheerful.
9May your love be sincere and real, hate what is evil and cling to what is good. 10Have love and be affectionate toward one another, honoring and giving preference to one another. 11Serve the Lord with all diligence, not letting your zeal fade. 12Rejoice in hope, patient in tribulations, continuing steadfastly in prayer. 13Contributing to the needs of God's people, hospitable to all.
14Bless rather than curse, those who persecute you. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. 16Be of like mind with one another, do not esteem yourself higher than the other person, but be humble, do not be wise in your own eyes. 17Do not repay any man evil for evil, but set your mind on good things when you consider all men. 18As much as is in your control live peaceably with all men.
19Brothers, do not avenge yourself, but rather let yourself be wronged, for it is written; Vengeance is the Lord's and He will repay, Deuteronomy 32:35. 20Therefore, if your enemy is in need, take care of Him, for in doing so you will be planting seeds of kindness within him, Proverbs 25:21-22. 21Do not let evil overtake you, rather overcome evil with good.
1Let everyone be submitted to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God and their appointments are from God. 2Therefore, whoever resists the authorities, resists what God has appointed and they bring judgment on to themselves. 3Authorities themselves do not seek to punish those who do good, but rather those who do evil, therefore, do not be afraid of them, do what is right and you will have their praise. 4For he is God's servant for your good, but if you do wrong, remember that he carries the authority to punish the wrongdoer. 5Therefore be subject to the authorities not only out of fear, but also for the sake of your own conscience. 6For these reasons you also pay taxes, so the servants of God can continue their works. 7Therefore, render to them what is due, whether it be taxes, respect or honor.
8Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves one another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments say, you shall not commit adultery, murder, steal, covet or bear false witness and if there be any other commandment they are all summed up and kept when you simply love your neighbor as yourself. 10Love does no harm to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11Do this, for it is time to wake from your slumber, knowing that our salvation is nearer than we think. 12The night of darkness is spent and the day of Christ's return is at hand. Therefore, let us remove the deeds of death and put on the armor of light. 13Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and with dignity, as in the daylight and not in carousing or drunkenness, lewdness or lust, strife or envy. 14As we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, making no provision to fulfilling the lust of the flesh.
1Welcome those who are weak in the faith and do not dispute over questions of philosophies. 2For one man's faith may permit him to eat anything, while a weaker one limits himself to eat only vegetables. 3Let him who eats not look down on his brother, nether shall he who does not eat judge him who does, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge another Man's servant, for he stands or falls before his own master and he will stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5Just as one person esteems one day above another and another sees every day as alike. Let each one be fully convinced in his own mind. 6In all that you do, do it unto the Lord, whether he observes special days or not, whether he eats or abstains, do it all unto the Lord and give thanks to God. 7For none of us are independent of the Lord, neither do any of us die apart from the Lord. 8Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. 9To this very end Christ died and rose again, that He might be Lord of the living and of the dead. 10So then why do you judge or show contempt towards your brother, for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11For the LORD has said and it is written; Every knee shall bow to Me and every tongue shall confess, before God, Isaiah 45:23. 12Each of us shall therefore, give an account of himself to God. 13So let us stop judging each other and resolve these matters, not intentionally hindering our brothers anymore.
14I know and am convinced in the Lord, that nothing is unclean in itself, but to him who considers it to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15Yet if your brother is grieved because of your actions, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let your actions cause the ruin of one that Christ died for. 16Thus do not let your good be spoken of as evil. 17Remember that the kingdom of God is not in eating and drinking, but in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who serves Christ in these things has become acceptable to God and approved by men.
19Therefore let us pursue things of peace and edify others. 20Do not break down the things of God for the sake of food. All things are pure, but it is wrong for a man to harm another man's conscience and make him fall, by what he eats. 21If it creates an offence, it is good nether to eat meat or drink wine, least your brother be made weak and stumble. 22Happy is the man whose faith and personal convictions do not condemn him of what he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned already, for he is not acting on faith, and whatever is not of faith is sin.
1We then who are steadfast in our convictions and robust in our faith, ought to bear with the scruples of our weaker brother, not seeking our own good pleasure. 2Let each one of us please his neighbor for good so that it may result in edification. 3Even Christ, did not please Himself, for Christ took on the insults that came against us. 4For scripture was written for our learning, that from the scriptures, we might gain patience and comfort, that gives us hope. 5Now may our God grant you the patience that you be like-minded towards each other, according to Christ Jesus. 6That you together in like mind and one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7Therefore, receive each other, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. 8Jesus Christ became a servant to the Jews, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9and that the Gentile nations might glorify God. For it is written; For this cause, I will confess Your name among the nations and sing praise to Your name, Psalm 18:49. 10For it was written by Moses; Let the nations rejoice, with the Lord's people of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:43. 11Again it is written by the psalmist; Exult the Lord, you Gentiles and let all the people praise Him, Psalm 117:1. 12The prophet Isaiah also said; A root of Jesse, (the Christ), shall rise up and reign over the Gentiles and in Him, they shall have hope, Isaiah 11:10. 13Now may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing through faith, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
14I am confident brothers, that you have goodness and knowledge and are able to admonish one another. 15Nevertheless, brothers, some points that I have written on, I have been more bold than others as a reminder to you. I have done so because of the grace given to me by God. 16That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the nations. So that the offerings of the nations might be holy and acceptable unto God, through the Holy Spirit. 17Therefore, I have reason to glory in the work I have accomplished in Christ Jesus, concerning the things of God. 18For I will not even venture to speak of any work except what Christ has done through me, that the Gentiles may become obedient in word and in deed. 19By the power of the Spirit of God, I have faithfully preached the gospel of Christ, seeing signs and wonders all through Europe. 20Thus I have made it my aim to preach the gospel where Christ has not already been known, least I should build on another man's foundation. 21As it has been written; To those to whom He was not announced, they shall see and those who have not heard, they shall understand, Isaiah 52:15.
22Because of my ambition in this cause, I have been hindered in coming to you in Rome. 23But now I no longer have an opportunity to come to you from this part of the country, though for many years I have desired to. 24When I journey to Spain, I shall come to you and enjoy your company for awhile and to be aided on my journey by you. 25But presently, I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26For it has been the good pleasure of the saints in Macedonia and Achaia to contribute to the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27They were pleased to do this thing, for as Gentiles, they are debtors to the Jews, since they share in their spiritual blessings, so then their obligation is to minister back with material things. 28Therefore, after I have completed this mission, I will come to you again, by way of Spain. 29For I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30Now I appeal to you brothers, through the love of the Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ, that you strive together with me, in earnest prayers to God on my behalf. 31Pray, that I may be delivered from those in Judea, who do not believe and come against me and that my service to the saints in Jerusalem might be acceptable. 32That, by the will of God, I may come to you and be refreshed together with you. 33May the peace of God be with you all, Amen.
1I command you to welcome Phebe, our sister and deaconess of the church at Cenchrea, 2receive her in the Lord, in a manor worthy of the saints. Assisting her in whatever she has need of, for she has been a helper of many as well as myself. 3Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. 4They took risks for my sake, not only myself, but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks for them. 5Likewise also greet the church in their house. Greet Epaenetus who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. 6Greet Mary, who labored much for us. 7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and once fellow prisoners, now held in high esteem as an apostle, whom was in Christ before I was. 8Greet Amplias who I love in the Lord. 9Greet Urbanus our fellow worker in Christ and Stachys whom I love. 10Greet Apelles approved in Christ, Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. 11Greet Herodion my countryman and those of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12Greet Tryphena, Tryphosa and Persis who have labored much in the Lord. 13Greet Rufus who is chosen in the Lord and his mother, who has also been a mother to me. 14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes and the brethren who are with them. 15Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, Olympas and all the saints with them. 16Greet one another with a holy kiss, also the churches of Christ greet you.
17I urge you brothers, to avoid those who cause divisions and offenses, spreading doctrine that is contrary than what you have learned. 18Such people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own desires, deceiving the hearts of the simple. 19Your obedience has become known to all and for this, I am glad for your sake, but I also want you to be wise in what is good and simple and innocent concerning what is evil. 20The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, Amen.
21Timothy, my fellow worker, Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my countrymen greet you. 22I, Tertius, the writer of this letter, greets you in the Lord. 23Gaius, my host and the host of the church greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you and Quartus, a brother. 24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.
25Now to him who is able to strengthen and establish you in the faith according to the gospel and my preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery of the plan of redemption that was kept secret since the world began. 26But now through the prophetic scriptures, God has made this known to all nations, for the obedience of the faith. 27To God alone, be wisdom and glory forevermore through Jesus Christ, Amen. (Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church, 'verse 16:1' at Cenchrea).