Bible study on Romans – Chapter 1
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we will be studying the first chapter of the book of Romans (NIV).
This chapter consists out of the following parts:
- Paul’s longing to visit Rome
- God’s wrath against sinful humanity
In the NIV the first part of this chapter is actually named ‘introduction’, but it does serve that purpose.Pa
Romans is written by the apostle Paul, of whom is set that God set him apart for the Gospel of God. See how God has a purpose and plan for all of us. I pray that through the Holy Spirit God will show us what our purpose in His ministry is.
Paul starts this chapter by telling us about Jesus Christ and how is truly the Son of God. And that is through Him alone that we receive grace. Paul also receive the apostleship to call to all gentiles (non Jews) to come to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake. Paul speaks to you directly that YOU are also amongst those gentiles. It is very amazing that God makes it very clear that He is there for all of us, not just a select few. So, never think (regardless of how your life has been so far and whatever you have done (wrong)). God is there also for you, always!
To the people in Rome he tells all that are loved by God: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Know that you are also meant as a “person from Rome”.
Paul’s longing to visit Rome
Paul starts by giving compliments to the people of Rome, by telling them that their faith is being reported over the whole world. This also tells us how important it is to continiously encourage one another. Even if we don’t feel like it, pray to God that He removes any negative thought (because the devil is eager to put those negative in your mind to stop you from being a blessing), so that we take every opportunity to encourage each other. This again shows that God wants us to be together in faith. There is no such thing that you can have a relationship alone with God and not share it with others.
Paul also shows us that he has a continious relationship with God and prays without ceasing. We also need to be in relationship with God all the time and pray to Him. He again confirms us that his ministry is to help us to mutually encourage each other in faith. If you see, that someone is going through a spiritual “storm”, than it is up to you to encourage that person.
God put it in Paul’s heart to come to Rome and even sooner than he did. We read in Acts how God took a unconventional way to make sure that this time He went. Also he tells them that his purpose of coming was to share the Gospel. We also, are here to share the Gospel. And pray that, just like Paul, you are not ashamed of the gospel, because of the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. The devil will do his best to make you ashamed to keep your mouth shut, so we must shame him by just do that: spread the Gospel!
Why? Because in the Gospel the rightheousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “the righteous will live by faith”.
God’s wrath against sinful humanity
God hates sin! Pure and simple! Paul tells us that the wrath of God is being revealed against all godlesness and wickedness of people, who supress the truth by their wickedness.
God has made His invisible qualities very visible: His eternal power and divine nature.
Here God also tells us that we as people that we knew/know God, but neither glorified nor gave thanks to Him. And that our thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. I pray to God that our thinking becomes renewed and our hearts enlightned.
Paul tells us about all impurities that we have been given over to in this world. But that we life in this world and that the devil will wants us to sin, there is no excuse, because we have a free will. So, also a free will to not sin and be with God and follow Him!
God hates all sin and will not accept it, so stop it. I pray that the Holy Spirit guides and protects us and helps us not to fall in sin!
God bless you all!