Term 2 – Week 02

Big Idea – The gospel is God’s powerful word to save everyone who believes (Jew & Gentile)

Romans 1:8-17

Outcomes

Implications

Introduction 

Paul’s thanksgiving and prayer concerning the Romans (vv.8-10)

Paul continues his letter opening with a typical report of his thanksgiving (1:8-9) and his prayer (1:10) concerning those he’s writing to.  Paul’s comments here are very personal (I thank my God …; God, whom I serve with my whole heart … is my witness how constantly I remember you …; I pray that now at last …). 

The reason for Paul’s thanksgiving is because your faith is being reported all over the world (v.8b).  Although Paul himself has not yet visited the Roman church, he does not want them to think that he is unaware of them.  Far from it, he reports of his constancy in prayer concerning the Romans (v.9a). In particular, his prayer is that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you (v.10).  

This is the chief tension throughout these verses. Paul has described his apostleship as being for all the Gentiles (1:5), and he has already explicitly named the Roman Christians as falling under his apostolic sphere (1:6); and yet he himself has not yet visited Rome, and therefore this most significant of churches.[1] However, he recognises it’s in the Lord’s hands (v.10b)

Paul’s desire to visit the Romans (vv.11-13)

Paul now unambiguously explains his longing to visit the Romans (vv.11-12) and his previous but as-yet frustrated attempts to do so (v.13).  In both cases, he clarifies the goal of his visit: so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong, and in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. He longs to visit Rome so that he can preach the gospel. This is the spiritual gift he wants to impart and the harvest is those Gentiles who will hear the gospel that Paul proclaims and come to the obedience of faith (1:5).

Paul’s desire to preach to those at Rome (vv.14-15)

For Paul, the preaching the gospel in Rome was both an obligation (v.14) and desire (v.15).  This sense of obligation comes from Paul’s clear sense of divine calling.

Why Paul is not ashamed of the gospel (vv.16-17)

These two verses set out both the central theme of the letter regarding the gospel, and Paul’s commitment to its proclamation.  Grammatically, these verses are a chain of logical clauses joined together by the word for :

16For (omitted in niv)        I am not ashamed of the gospel,

for (niv, because)              it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

17For                                  in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.”

The reason Paul is unashamed of the gospel is because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (v.16b). This is a profoundly significant description of the gospel!! The gospel is God’s power for salvation for all who believe. It may come to us in the words of men, but in truth it is the powerful word of God to save.  This is why the gospel as found in the scriptures is at the heart of all we do in Dundonald Kids!!! The gospel is both universal (for all) and particular (who believe [in Christ Jesus]), and the reason that the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes is that in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last (v.17). The phrase a righteousness from God is enormously significant for understanding the gospel as Paul explains it in Romans. It is the act by which God brings people into right relationship with himself,[2] and it’s only attained through faith alone! Sinners are only made right with God and brought back into a relationship with him through faith alone in Christ alone!!!


[1] Note: Rome was the heart of the Roman empire, and therefore the church at Rome perhaps had unrivalled significance as a testimony to the effect and reach of the gospel. 

[2] Douglas J. Moo, ‘The Epistle to the Romans’, The New Testament Commentary on the NT, (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1996), 74.

Memory Verse

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness 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.’

Songs

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