Read a chapter a day (16 days) or short daily meditations (117 days)
# 1 - (first posted June 20, 2015 on Facebook)
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:1-4
* How did the apostle Paul describe his relationship
with God and Jesus's relations with God in Romans 1:1-4?
1 "Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle,
separated to the gospel of God
2 which He promised before
through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who was born of the seed of David
according to the flesh,
4 and declared to be the Son of God
according to the Spirit of holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead."
# 2 - (June 21, 2015 on Facebook)
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:5-6
* Why does God offer us grace and apostleship through Jesus?
"5 Through Him [Jesus]
we have received grace and apostleship
for obedience to the faith
among all nations for His name,
6 among whom you also
are the called of Jesus Christ;"
* Does Paul's greeting "to ALL who are in Rome" mean
he expected this letter to be heard by everyone
in Rome or is it for ALL beloved saints of God to hear?
"7 To all who are in Rome,
beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ."
# 4 - Facebook, June 23
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:8-12
* What did Paul pray for the Roman believers?
"8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ
for you all, that your faith is spoken of
throughout the whole world.
9 For God is my witness,
whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son,
that without ceasing I make mention of you
always in my prayers,
10 making request if, by some means, now at last
I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you
some spiritual gift, so that you may be established —
12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you
by the mutual faith both of you and me."
# 5 - Facebook, June 24
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:13-14
* Why did Paul want to go to Rome?
* What did Paul owe other people?
"13 Now I do not want you
to be unaware, brethren,
that I often planned to come to you
(but was hindered until now),
that I might have some fruit among you also,
just as among the other Gentiles.
14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians,
both to wise and to unwise."
# 6 - Facebook, June 25
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:15-17
* Paul explains why he must talk about Jesus' entire life [the gospel]
to as many people as will listen to him. * God had shown
Paul the difference between the old and new covenants
in the scriptures to teach, especially to people who
had not grown up Jewish.
"15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel
to you who are in Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God to salvation
for everyone who believes,
for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17 For in it [the gospel] the righteousness of God
is revealed from faith to faith;
as it is written,
'The just shall live by faith.'" [ quoting Habakkuk 2:4]
# 7 - Facebook, June 26
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:18-21
* Against what does God reveal His wrath from [the kingdom of] heaven?
* Man's ungodliness and unrighteousness suppresse the truth of God.
* How are God's invisible attributes revealed clearly [not from the Bible]?
* What kind of response does God expect from people
* What happens to the minds and hearts of people who do not glorify God?
* What happens to the minds and hearts of people who do not thank God?
"18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them,
for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world
His 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, 21 because,
although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God,
nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts,
and their foolish hearts were darkened."
# 8 - Facebook, June 28
READING THROUGH ROMANS 1:22-25
* Continuing to write about "all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth
in unrighteousness" (1:18b), Paul now shows man's progression away from God and His truth.
* What is the exchange?
"22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God
into an image made like corruptible man —
and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts,
to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie,
and worshiped and served the creature
rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
* Romans 1:26-32 has become widely quoted following
the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision approving homosexual marriage.
"26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions.
For even their women exchanged the natural use for
what is against nature.
27 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.
28 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;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness,
full of envy,
they are whisperers,
haters of God,
inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
32 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."