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Romans 1:1

Romans 1:1

In the first verse of the epistle to the Romans we are introduced to the man who was called by God and the Lord Jesus Christ to be the apostle to the gentiles - set apart for the gospel of God. This bond-servant, who was set apart from birth by God's grace, is the man who personally authored the thirteen epistles that are specifically directed towards Church-age believers today.

As slave of Christ, Paul willingly delighted to read more...

Romans 1:2

Romans 1:2

Paul was a willing bond-servant of Jesus Christ, who was called and set apart unto the gospel of God. This gospel was good news for man. It was glad tidings of great joy and it had been promised beforehand by God to mankind.

This gospel for which Paul was set apart were the good tidings which had been foretold through an army of Old Testament prophets - a gospel which uniquely pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Romans 1:3

Romans 1:3

The gospel of God was conceived in the heart of God. It centres on the good news of God's grace towards mankind and its singular focus is the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord - who died for our sin and rose again the third day, so that whosoever would believe on His name would not perish but receive God's free gift of everlasting life, by grace through faith in Him.

But the most significant truth that is ridiculed read more...

Romans 1:4

Romans 1:4

Having just been reminded in the previous verse that the Lord Jesus was fully human having been: made of the seed of David, according to the flesh, which gave Him the right to the throne of Israel - we now read that Jesus Christ was also: declared the Son of God with power, because He was resurrected from the dead, by God's Holy Spirit.

Isaiah tells us that Jesus was the Son of Man that was born as read more...

Romans 1:5

Romans 1:5

It was because of God's undeserved favour that Paul was chosen, by the risen, ascended and glorified Lord Jesus Christ, to be the apostle to the gentiles. Although he was underserving, he received grace and apostleship from the Lord Jesus, in order to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations.

Yes, Paul was commissioned to call men and women from every tribe and nation to faith.. and to deliver to them the good read more...

Romans 1:6

Romans 1:6

Paul was 'called' of God to be the apostle to the gentiles. He was to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ, which is freely given to all who trust in the Lord Jesus as Saviour (by grace, through faith in God's only begotten Son).

The crux of the gospel of Christ is that He died for our sins, and was raised from the dead as the guarantee - that we who trust in Him will not perish but have everlasting read more...

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

There were a number of different church fellowships that met in Rome. We discover in the final chapters of Romans, that this epistle was not written to a particular church or group of churches, but was uniquely written to individual believers living in Rome.

Christ had been identified as the seed of David, according to the flesh.. and as the Son of God according to the Spirit - through His resurrection from the dead. It was read more...

Romans 1:8

Romans 1:8

Having established his official relationship (as God's chosen apostle) to these beloved Roman believers, Paul then grants us a peep into the window of his heart as he gives grateful thanks to God, for these precious followers of Christ.

He yearns to see them and to minister to them, and so he tells them of his eager plans to visit them shortly - for their mutual edification, to encourage their spiritual development and read more...

Romans 1:8

Romans 1:8

Paul did not found the church at Rome.. but being a chosen servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, an apostle appointed by God, a preacher of the glorious gospel of grace and a missionary to the Gentile nations.. who had been commissioned by God - he expressed his deep love and genuine concern for the spiritual well-being of the Christians there.

Some anonymous believer in Christ must have been responsible for teaching the people in read more...

Romans 1:9

Romans 1:9

A deep and loving concern for the believers in Rome was reflected in Paul's opening message of thankful praise for each of them. Indeed, their faith in the Lord Jesus had been made known throughout the Roman empire. What a wonderful testimony of these dear saints of God, and what an encouragement to us, to boldly proclaim the glorious gospel of Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation, for all who believe.

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Romans 1:10

Romans 1:10

Paul had a great love for the gentile churches that had placed their trust in the Lord Jesus, and the Christians in Rome were no exception. Paul knew that the believers in the pagan city of Rome, were deeply loved by the Lord and called to be saints - for His greater praise and eternal glory.

The first thing that Paul wrote, after his characteristic greeting of.. grace be to you and peace, was a grateful word of read more...

Romans 1:12

Romans 1:12

It was very important that Paul built up a rapport with the Christians in Rome, because this gentile church was one of the few Christian communities, that was not started by Paul, himself.

No doubt, he wanted to share first-hand, some of the mysteries that had been hidden for ages and generations.. but which had been revealed to him, for the benefit of the Church. I am sure he also wanted to be sure that their doctrine was sound, read more...

Romans 1:16

Romans 1:16

Paul, the servant of Christ Jesus, who was called and set apart to proclaim the gospel of God to Jew and gentile alike, was not ashamed to take the good news of the lowly carpenter, Who died for the sin of the world and rose again the third day - to the sophisticated capital of the Roman empire. He did not hesitate to proclaim the gospel of Christ to a skeptical world of fallen men - despite his message being a stumbling block to the proud Jewish nation and read more...

Romans 1:17

Romans 1:17

The righteousness of God stands in stark contrast with the sinfulness of man and describes God's holy and just character, which always dispenses that which is consistent with each of His other perfect attributes.

God could never forgive sinful man his trespasses and sins in a way that would compromise His own perfect character, and the wages of sin is eternal death to all who fall short of His unsurpassed righteousness. But God in read more...

Romans 1:18

Romans 1:18

For over two whole chapters we find God building an irrefutable and airtight case against the sinfulness of all mankind. God is offended with man because of sin, and the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all that we have said.. all we have done and all that we are.

As fallen sinners we are all justly condemned by God and are worthy of His righteous and everlasting punishment, and for two whole chapters we discover read more...

Romans 1:19

Romans 1:19

All humanity has sinned and every man needs the gospel of salvation for all are dead in trespasses and sins and all are without hope in the world. But in His grace God formulated a plan that would redeem fallen man from the kingdom of darkness and transfer him into the kingdom of His dear Son - a plan that would not compromise His perfect justice, for the wages of sin is death, but Christ shed His blood on the cross to pay that price in full, for all who read more...

Romans 1:20

Romans 1:20

Humanity needs a Saviour. Mankind needs salvation, because every man is a sinner and the wrath of God is poured out on all sin. But in His grace God revealed Himself to the human race in a number of ways and God ordained His plan of salvation before the foundation of the world - so that His righteous wrath against sin, could be poured out upon His only begotten Son - as sin's substitute for you and me.

At first God revealed read more...

Romans 1:21

Romans 1:21

The gospel of Christ, is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for it is by faith we are saved... but how many refuse to place their trust in the very God Who created them, and Who sent His only begotten Son, to be the sacrifice for the sin of mankind.

Many like to call themselves atheists or agnostics, refusing to believe in their Creator, despite overwhelming evidence, in every area of God's creation. Some, read more...

Romans 1:22

Romans 1:22

The Psalmist tells us that it is the fool who has said in his heart ‘there is no God’, despite being surrounded by the amazing beauty of God’s creation, its complex functioning and the intricate construction of everything within it.

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Romans 1:25

Romans 1:25

The apostle John forewarns believers against the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life, but in this chapter Paul strongly warns against the devastating effects of engaging in the lust of the heart - for we can choose to either resist or yield to the lust of the flesh, but the lust of the heart is all-embracing, and God gives those who lust in their heart over to their own evil desires.

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Romans 1:28

Romans 1:28

The glory of the Lord is displayed in the heavens giving irrefutable evidence of God's creative hand and yet fallen man rejects this vast and wonderful display of His majestic, creative power. And the true Light of God that brightly shone for 33 years in a fallen world is seen in the face of Jesus Christ, Who gives light to everyone that comes into the world, yet sinful man rejects this undeniable Truth.

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Romans 2:1

Romans 2:1

Step by step the book of Romans takes us from the depths of man's sin to the heights of man's salvation. Little by little Paul guides us from recognising the serious nature of our depravity; our rebellion against God and the shocking consequences of our estrangement from Him.. to the glorious truth that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.. that we are justified by grace through faith in the only begotten Son of God and that we are clothed read more...

Romans 2:3

Romans 2:3

God is a God of love, but He is also a God of judgement and a God of truth and we know that as Judge of the world, His judgment is based on the truth of Who He is - perfect in character, holy in nature, gracious in disposition and all His ways are righteous and trustworthy.

Irrespective of what self-righteous sinners think of their own moral conduct in comparison with others, God makes it plain that there is no distinction between read more...

Romans 2:4

Romans 2:4

It was man who brought sin into the world and the wages of sin is death. But sin in all its guises and disguises must be judged, for a holy God cannot look on sin. Sin must be punished, and the ultimate consequence of sin is eternal separation from God - a never-ending divorce from all that is good and clean and lovely and pure and   honourable and righteous and holy. And in the final analysis, the verdict is that man is without read more...

Romans 2:5

Romans 2:5

The amazing truth of the glorious gospel of grace is that repentant sinners.. who have fled for refuge to the cross of Calvary.. for the forgiveness of sins: do not come into judgment, but have passed out of death and into life.

Believers in Christ will never have to face the great day of God's wrath.. nor stand before the great white judgement throne of God.. because Christ took the punishment for our sin in our stead read more...

Romans 2:6

Romans 2:6

The clear teaching of many passages in Scripture is that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ's sacrificial death and glorious resurrection and not on the basis of works, or any human merit that we may carry out in our flesh.. lest any man should boast. And yet this scripture seems to contradict the clear testimony of the Bible- that Salvation is solely by believing-faith. And yet this passage implies that salvation depends on the meritorious read more...

Romans 2:11

Romans 2:11

Paul is stressing the serious consequences that will befall all those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth - for the lives of all who are not positioned in Christ are rooted and grounded in sin; Satan; lies and deceit.

Paul is clearly warning of the unavoidable judgement that is waiting for those who do evil and obey unrighteousness. Such men and women have rejected God's free gift of salvation by faith and have lives read more...

Romans 2:12

Romans 2:12

In the most systematic way, Paul lays out the depravity of man and the grace of God in the early chapters of Romans. All humanity is depraved. None do right and all are under God's condemnation. None are disadvantaged by race; parentage; place of birth or colour of skin, and no-one benefits from their nationality; bank balance; talents; qualifications or education. All have fallen short of God's glory but all have equal access to the riches of God's kindness and read more...

Romans 2:13

Romans 2:13

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked and many interpret this verse to insist that being 'doers of the law' equates to keeping specific commandments or obeying certain rules, without understanding the shocking context of this verse. It is the general principle of 'law' and not a reference to specific commandments that is referred to here.. for the Bible, tells us that: by works of the law shall no man living be justified. And read more...

Romans 2:14

Romans 2:14

In the first few chapters of Romans Paul shows that God will judge people in accordance with light they have received. The Jews, who were given the Law and the Prophets and will be judged by the light of God's Word. They will be judged by the holy scriptures which were given to them by the holy prophets - but the bottom line for every Jew is that all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God. All are under condemnation; all are charged as guilty sinners, read more...

Romans 2:15

Romans 2:15

In the earlier verses of Romans chapter 2, Paul explained that although the Law of Moses was not given to Gentiles, nevertheless they have been endowed with an innate knowledge of what is good and evil. Because man was made in the image and likeness of God they have a God-given conscience by which they instinctively know what is right and what is wrong.. what is good and what is evil - what is moral and what is immoral. Although Gentiles do not have the law... they read more...

Romans 2:16

Romans 2:16

In a day when a sugar-coated gospel is proclaimed by so many, the fundamental truth of the pure gospel that Paul lays out so systematically..in his epistle to the Romans is rejected, ignored, ridiculed and disregarded by many in Christendom today.. and yet Romans is the seedbed of our faith - giving the fullest presentation of the good news of Christ from the pen of Paul - God's great apostle, who was chosen to deliver much of the Church-age read more...

Romans 2:21

Romans 2:21

As Paul teaches about the depravity of all men he places humanity into three categories - the immoral man, the moral man and the religious man - for all have sinned and all fall short of God's glory. All are in need of salvation; all need a Saviour and all have the opportunity to be saved by grace through faith in Christ.. But there is one category that receives Paul's particular attention - unfaithful, hypocritical, religious Jews of his day - who considered read more...

Romans 2:23

Romans 2:23

Having carefully constructed his watertight argument that all Gentiles.. both evil and moral, are sinners and under God's righteous condemnation, Paul turns His attention to Israel, God's chosen people - the sanctified nation who received the Law, the prophets and the promises of God.

Paul had to show that they too were equally under God's righteous condemnation. They too had to understand that Jewish rites, rituals, merit, read more...

Romans 3:2

Romans 3:2

Paul spent the first couple of chapters in his epistle to the Romans explaining that all people, both Jew and Gentile alike are unrighteous sinners who fall short of the glory of God.. that none are good or deserve preferential treatment in the eyes of God and that all need a Saviour. He warned that we are all under God's righteous condemnation and that we all need to be redeemed by the blood of God's only begotten Son, Whose shed blood alone is the only acceptable read more...

Romans 3:3

Romans 3:3

When truth is denied, disbelieved, discarded, distrusted or treated with distain, it does not alter the truth.

Truth is truth.. and the ungodly, secular world-view that has flooded governmental corridors of power, our educational institutions, society at large,.. and even elements within the Christian Church, dictates that truth is relative. But nothing in heaven above, the earth beneath or the waters under the earth can demolish read more...

Romans 3:9

Romans 3:9

In his letter to the Romans, Paul sets out the most exhaustive essay on salvation, and covers every question or query that might be raised, by both unbelieving skeptics and maturing believers alike.

In chapter 3 he presents the most comprehensive arguments, against Jewish objections to Christianity, and in the early verses of this chapter, he addresses their issues through a series of questions and answers.

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Romans 3:10

Romans 3:10

Whether Jew or gentile, male or female, young or old, rich or poor, most people delight to think of themseves as worthy in the sight of God and of greater merit than other people. Most consider themselves deserving of heaven and a little more principled.. and a little more virtuous than the rest of humanity.

But Paul outlines God's condemnation of the intent of man's heart. He details in sober terms the inner thoughts of man's read more...

Romans 3:12

Romans 3:12

Paul's letter to the Romans is the most comprehensive treaties on the state of fallen humanity. It brings us to the shocking realisation that our unrighteousness is exposed by His righteousness, and our depravity is magnified by God's perfect goodness. It teaches the stark truth that all sinners, whether Jew or Gentile, are under the wrath of God, and that we need a Saviour, to save us from our sin.

Paul makes it very clear that read more...

Romans 3:18

Romans 3:18

The most structured and comprehensive revelation of God's redemptive plan for mankind, is found in the epistle of Romans. Every aspect of our great salvation is systematically, and logically set out for our learning, from the very beginning of the book.

Paul is not ashamed of the gospel of God's grace. He knows that it is the power of God unto salvation, for all who believe. However, before detailing the differences between read more...

Romans 3:19

Romans 3:19

Romans is the book that systematically exposes the sinfulness of fallen man, in order to reveal the perfect righteousness of our eternal God. From the middle of chapter 3, we are led through a treasure trove of God’s infinite righteousness, which is revealed through a single man – the Lord Jesus Christ.

The earlier chapters lay a trail of man’s sinfulness, and establishes many reasons for the eternal condemnation of all men – for all have sinned read more...

Romans 3:20

Romans 3:20

For over two chapters Paul has been laying the logical foundation that the whole world stands guilty before a holy God, for there is none righteous - not even one, for all have gone astray, all are under condemnation, all are deserving of death and all are in need of salvation.

The gentiles refused to acknowledge the Lord despite the glorious testimony of His magnificent creation and in spite of the inner witness of their own read more...

Romans 3:21

Romans 3:21

There are many places throughout Scripture where we are informed of the righteousness of God. God is holy, and God is perfect, God is pure and God is righteous. God desires that we too are righteous, and Scripture testifies of this fact from start to finish.

Before the full and final revelation of God's righteousness was revealed through the gospels and made manifest in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible testifies of read more...

Romans 3:22

Romans 3:22

The sinful nature of the entire human race stands in stark contrast with the infinite righteousness of the eternal God. Humanities depravity is systematically laid out in the first three chapters of Romans and Paul makes it crystal clear that there is no-one who is righteous.. All are under sin and no one is exempt from the condemnation and wrath of God

Until Christ came into the world, righteousness was displayed through the Law, read more...

Romans 3:23

Romans 3:23

This is quite a shocking concept to the human hearts for we all like to gloss over our faults and magnify our qualities, embellish our gifts and exaggerate our graces! Adam was the federal head of the entire human race, but when Adam sinned in the beautiful garden of Eden, all humanity was catapulted into sin, with an old sin nature that was predisposed to sinning. But when Adam ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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Romans 3:24

Romans 3:24

The only way that man can be justified and made right with God is through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way that man can have his sins forgiven and be redeemed from sin, death and hell is because Christ Jesus paid the price in full. The only way man can have his unrighteousness replaced with the righteousness of God is by being born from above and positioned in Christ. The only way that a man can be saved is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Romans 3:25

Romans 3:25

 God in His love did not immediately condemn the entire human race when Adam sinned, instead He presented Jesus as our sacrifice for sin. Because the eternal God became perfect man and lived a life that was pleasing to the Father. He was qualified to die a death that took the punishment for the full measure of humanities wicked ways, so that people are declared 'righteous' because of HIS blood - that was shed on their behalf.

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Romans 3:25

Romans 3:25

God is deeply offended by sin – and sinful man must be punished. Indeed, the wrath of God must be poured out on all sin, which is why mankind seeks to appease God’s wrath by offering gifts and sacrifices – by trying to do good works and kind deeds – by trying to get right with God. But man is totally incapable of satisfying the justice that a righteous God demands – and so by his own means, man can never be reconciled to God.

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Romans 3:26

Romans 3:26

God cannot and will not go against the laws and principles that He set by His mighty will and eternal wisdom - God will never violate His own nature. God is loving and merciful - He is abounding in tender-kindness and desires to forgive sinners... but God is also holy and righteous. He is just and unchanging, and God must uphold His holy laws and His just decrees, which He Himself established in the beginning. A holy and righteous God MUST punish sin.

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Romans 3:27

Romans 3:27

God is the Source and Giver of wisdom.. and as led by the Holy Spirit, Paul argues logically and unquestionably that man is unrighteous, unprofitable, deceitful, destructive and ungodly by nature.

Paul continues to explain that the justice of God demands that full payment be made for the sin of every man.. and the wages of sin is death. He further testifies that there is only one road to redemption. He warns that there is read more...

Romans 3:28

Romans 3:28

For three chapters Paul has been expounding the logical argument that man is a sinner in need of a Saviour. Whether Jew or gentile; bond or free; rich or poor; male or female.. humanity is lost in their sins, wallowing in prideful rebellion against their Creator, born dead in trespasses and sins - eternally estranged from God and in desperate need of a Redeemer.

Having come to the point of confessing that we all have sinned and read more...

Romans 3:29

Romans 3:29

It is by God's grace that we have been saved.. and it is because God is both merciful and righteous that Christ had to die to pay the price for our sin. We were lost in sin and separated from God - but Jesus took the full punishment for our sin. NO man who has been saved by grace has any occasion to boast. Our salvation is totally provided and paid for by God Himself. Man can add nothing to Christ's finished work and not one of us can do anything to merit God's read more...

Romans 3:30

Romans 3:30

There is one Lord, Who is God of all creation, and the offer of salvation.. which He provides by faith in the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, is equally available to all people:- Jew and Gentile, black and white, free or in bondage, male and female - young and old.. for all have sinned and all fall far short of the glory of God.. and the godly perfection He requires.

When man fell.. God read more...

Romans 3:31

Romans 3:31

The focal point of the gospel of God is Jesus Christ... and how to be saved.. is the single, most important truth a sinner needs to know. Justification by faith in Christ is the one and only way to God.. for the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation, for all who believe.

Paul laid emphasis for the best part of three chapters in his epistle to the Romans.. on man's terrible guilt and need of salvation. All men need read more...

Romans 4:2

Romans 4:2

Abraham is often called 'the father of faith' because he believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. We first read about this accreditation in Genesis chapter 15 and Paul confirms this in both Romans and Galatians.. while in James chapter 2 we read: Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness.

Abraham did many works that were commended by men.. one of which is recorded in James read more...

Romans 4:3

Romans 4:3

Abraham was given a promise, when God called him out of Ur of the Chaldes and he trusted God. Abraham believed what God has said, which resulted in his being proclaimed righteous.

The Hebrew for the word believed is "aman" and carries with the thought of being propped up and supported - carried by God. Abraham rested on the character of God and trusted His word. He abided in the truth of Scripture. Abraham read more...

Romans 4:4

Romans 4:4

The important message that Paul is sharing here is that we are justified by faith and not by works. We are saved by believing the Word of God and not by the keeping of the works of the Law.

Justification by grace through faith is not a new way to be saved. Throughout the Old Testament we see that salvation has always been given, by believing the Word of God and not by meriting God's favour through works of the Law.

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Romans 4:5

Romans 4:5

The man or woman who is justified by grace through faith in Christ has been declared righteous by God - and the only criteria to be justified in the eyes of God is to believe - to believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God, Who became the perfect Son of Man.. and Who died on the cross to pay the price for the sin of the world - and He rose again, so that whosever believes on Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

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Romans 4:9

Romans 4:9

The book of Romans give a step by step logical sequence to show that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, and that there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus - to those that are born again.. because they are positioned in Christ, imputed with His righteousness, baptized into the body of Christ (which is the Church) and accepted in the Beloved - and it is all by grace through faith in Him.

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Romans 4:17

Romans 4:17

Abraham is often referred to as the father of faith, because the Lord used His trust in God's promises as the foundational example of a man who is credited with the righteousness of Christ - by grace, through faith. Among other things God appointed Abraham as the father of many nations - the spiritual father of both believing Jews and believing Gentiles.

But Abraham is one of many men and women of faith.. who believed God's read more...

Romans 4:20

Romans 4:20

It was Abraham that did not waver in his trust of God. He knew of the promised Saviour, the seed of the woman that pointed to Christ and he believed implicitly that the kinsman-Redeemer would be born through his seed – his own coming son of promise.

Although he did not understand how this was possible and even tried to assist God in its fulfilment, Abraham became the forefather of faith, because he trusted what God had said; read more...

Romans 4:22

Romans 4:22

God knew before the world was created that man would sin, and the wages of sin is death - spiritual death, physical death and eternal separation from their Creator. God ordained that the one and only way that a race of sinful creatures, who were made in the image and likeness of God could be forgiven of their sin, would be through the shed blood of a perfect, Kinsman-Redeemer - but none were good enough - not even one.

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Romans 4:25

Romans 4:25

Having been brought to a realisation of our sinfulness and unworthiness in the eyes of a holy God in the early chapters of Romans, we discover ourselves face to face with our own gross sinfulness and desperate need for salvation.

We are encouraged as we hear that Abraham was imputed with righteousness because He believed in God and trusted His word. He believed that God raised the dead and that God was true to His promises. read more...

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Being saved by grace, through faith in Christ unlocks the door to a myriad of blessings for each believer. Sometimes we are unaware of the abundant blessings that have become ours at the point of our salvation and sometimes it takes time to become aware of all the gifts of grace that have been bountifully bestowed upon us, in Christ Jesus – but one of the many important free gifts of God’s grace to all believers is that we are justified – we are made right read more...

Romans 5:2

Romans 5:2

How we rejoice in Jesus, Who is our risen ascended and glorified Lord! Three of His disciples glimpsed the brilliance of His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, when He was transfigured before their startled gaze and the eyes of the apostle Paul were blinded by the dazzling glory of the Lord on the dusty road to Damascus.

As the redeemed of God and fellow-heirs with Christ we are, by grace through read more...

Romans 5:3

Romans 5:3

As members of the body of Christ we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Indeed, a thorough study of New Testament scripture, shows that there are hundreds of verses that remind us of who we are in Christ, and what God has done for the born-again believer.

We are set-apart unto God and we have become kings and priests. We are called to holiness and we are accepted in the Beloved. We are not of this world but have read more...

Romans 5:4

Romans 5:4

Because we are already justified we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. And because we have peace with the Father we have gained access, by that faith, into the grace into which we have been established! What a privileged people we are! This enables us to grow in grace; mature in our Christian life and rejoice in the established hope we have in Jesus.

Not only do the read more...

Romans 5:5

Romans 5:5

A worldly hope is founded on irrational thinking, empty vanity, a humanistic philosophy and man's deceitfully-inspired prospects resulting in disappointments, frustration, confusion and shame. But Christian hope is founded on an altogether different principle, which is rooted in God's trustworthy goodness and the gracious promises of our heavenly Father. Christian hope is centred on the never-failing Word of God and His many precious promises, which are all read more...

Romans 5:6

Romans 5:6

Paul’s passion is to share the good news of justification by grace in simple steps, which gently lead to a conclusion. He explains that having been eternally saved by grace, we should glory in the trials and tribulations of life, which God uses to develop in us perseverance; a godly character and an unshakable and eternal hope in the loving promises of God

The precious promises of God are poured into our hearts by the Spirit read more...

Romans 5:7

Romans 5:7

There is no greater demonstration of perfect love than that which was shown in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ for it was while we were still ungodly and unrighteous sinners, who were dead in trespasses and hostile towards God.. that Christ died for us. And the efficacious nature of that sacrificial love-gift is as potent today as it was when Christ shouted out in triumph - it is finished.

The substantial evidence of read more...

Romans 5:8

Romans 5:8

God gave His Son to die for us as the payment for our sins - and to break the power of the old sin nature within our hearts, even before we were born - before we ever trusted Christ as Saviour. Christ died for sinners. He did not wait until sinners believed in Him to die for them – Christ died for us while we were still sinners. He died for us before we were saved – while we were still dead in trespasses and sins – while we were still enemies of God. read more...

Romans 5:9

Romans 5:9

Having led us step by step to the realization that we are all unrighteous sinners in need of a Saviour and having made it crystal clear that we are saved as a gift of God's grace through faith in the unchangeable Word of truth, Paul guides us through the meaning of justification - (which means being declared righteous by God - through faith in Christ) and he outlines reasons why we can only be proclaimed righteous by faith in Christ alone, and not read more...

Romans 5:10

Romans 5:10

Having laid the indestructible foundation that sinful man is irrefutably lost and at enmity with God through rebellion and sin, and having proved that all humanity have fallen far short of the glorious perfection that God expects from His creation - Paul jubilantly proclaims the triumphant victory of Christ's finished work on the cross.. over Adam's sin and our inherent sin nature.

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Romans 5:11

Romans 5:11

Had it not been for the cross of Christ, the curse of the Law and God's condemnation would have remained on the entire sinful race of humanity. Had it not been that the world was reconciled back to God, through Christ.. we would have remained estranged forever from the One Who created us in His own image. But it is God in His grace Who reconciled the world back to Himself, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

The absolute read more...

Romans 5:12

Romans 5:12

The condemnation we have in Adam is starkly contrasted with the justification we receive from Christ. The disobedience of Adam's rebellion, which resulted in man's misery, has death as its final outcome. However forgiveness of sins and eternal life is the result of Christ's obedience on the cross - and this is the glorious conclusion, for all who will trust on His name.

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Romans 5:14

Romans 5:14

Adam was the federal head of the whole human race, and death prevailed because of his one sin. Due to Adam's single transgression all mankind was placed under condemnation, and death, which became the just reward for all - Adam's sin caused the fall of humanity and sin and death was imputed to mankind.

God did not give His perfect Law to Israel until many centuries later, which from its establishment was a school-master to point read more...

Romans 5:15

Romans 5:15

Man did not become a sinner by sinning, but as members of the human race, we were born in sin - and the wages of sin is death. We are born with a sin nature, because we are of the ancestry of Adam, and it was because of his one transgression, that death entered the world, and passed on to all humanity.

Adam sinned, and where there is sin there is death. It was this one sinful act in the garden of read more...

Romans 5:18

Romans 5:18

Paul draws a contrast between the actions of Adam and Christ. He also outlines the outcome of the actions of these two men. He compares the man that disobeyed God's command with the One that obeyed His Word - contrasting the one that sinned against God with the One that did only those things that He heard from His Father in heaven.

It was the result of one act of disobedience, which was carried out by Adam that condemned the read more...

Romans 5:19

Romans 5:19

There is much confusion about the consequences of Adam's sin as it relates to the Law of Moses, until one accepts that the root of all sin is traced back to Adam's one, original sin, which brought death into the world. People generally believe that man is basically good, while the doctrine of original sin teaches that man is inherently bad - because of our identity with sinful Adam.

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Romans 5:20

Romans 5:20

When Adam sinned, death came into the world. But until the Law was given through Moses.. over 2000 years later, death continued to reign in the lives of all men - even though man had been given no specific laws to keep, or any specific criteria for righteousness.

The Law came in later, so that humanity could understand that there was a God-given standard of righteousness. Up until the Law was given, men were unaware that they read more...

Romans 6:1

Romans 6:1

What could be more glorious than to know that we are forgiven of our sin, redeemed from slavery to sin and saved from eternal condemnation by God's amazing grace.. through faith in the redemptive work of Christ - and yet some would argue that this superabundant grace not only permits the believer to keep on sinning, but encourages a life of sin. God forbid, is Paul's emphatic response, how shall we, that are dead to sin, still live in sin?

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Romans 6:2

Romans 6:2

Just as the work of the cross provides salvation when we believe it to be true - in the same way the work of the cross also provides victory over the old sin nature when it is believed. We need to understand that the sin nature remains with us until our life on earth is ended – but the blood of Christ has given us victory over the functioning power of the sin nature within our life.

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Romans 6:3

Romans 6:3

How important to know what our salvation means, and Paul tells us that the moment we trust in Christ we are baptised by one Spirit into His BODY - the Holy Spirit placed us into Christ Jesus and we became members of His body, which is the Church.

But not only are we baptised into the body of Christ at the moment of our salvation but we have also been baptised into His DEATH. Water baptism may be a lovely picture of going down into read more...

Romans 6:4

Romans 6:4

The moment that we were born again, the Holy Spirit takes us from the kingdom of darkness and places us into the kingdom of God's dear Son - we are baptized into the body of Christ and become one with Him. Sins are forgiven, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, fellowship with the Father is reinstated, we become children of God, citizens of heaven and placed in unity with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Romans 6:4

Romans 6:4

Christ died to pay the price for sins committed in our lives - so that we might be forgiven and Christ rose again the third day to break the power of sin in our lives, so that we may live the rest of our Christian life free from the powerful strangle-hold of sin within our hearts - and in this glorious chapter Paul transports us to the pinnacle of who we are in Christ and what His death and resurrection really means to all who believe on His name. Paul paints in read more...

Romans 6:5

Romans 6:5

Paul longed to know Christ and the power of His resurrection but his heart was also to share in Christ’s suffering, for he desired intimate association with the Lord Who bought him, in the everyday circumstances of his life.

Paul knew the importance of relational closeness with the Lord Jesus – for by faith in His sacrificial death on our account, we were positioned in Him, and eternally united with the Lord Jesus Christ, in read more...

Romans 6:6

Romans 6:6

One could contemplate the wealth of truth packed into this single verse of Scripture for a lifetime and only scratch the surface of God's amazing grace towards those.. who by faith in Christ are united with HIM. Jesus is our Substitute, our Representative, and heavenly Advocate. Jesus is the Author of a new creation, Whose resurrected life has become our new-born-again-life. In Christ we have been made an entirely new race of people, which has removed read more...

Romans 6:7

Romans 6:7

Christ not only died for sin.. for our justification, but He died unto sin.. for our sanctification. He not only died for sin, by paying the penalty of sin - but He died unto sin, breaking the power of sin in our life. He died for sin..when we were born from above to free us from the bondage of our old inherited sin-nature, and He gave us new spiritual life. At salvation we were actually imputed with Christ's resurrected life so that we could function read more...

Romans 6:8

Romans 6:8

Identification with Christ's death is the most thrilling doctrine for the believer. Christ died for our sins.. to pay the price for our sins, but He also died TO sin - His death broke our relationship to sin, which enables us to walk in newness of life. Although we are to take up our cross daily and will suffer for our faith.. we died to sin once and for all.. the moment Christ died unto sin on our behalf and now we are to live for Christ day by read more...

Romans 6:9

Romans 6:9

We who by God's grace have been placed IN Christ by faith, are identified with Him and He with us. Indeed when we start to truly understand the significance and importance of our mutual identity.. we begin to understand the depth of the riches of both the wisdom of God.. and His gracious love towards us.

Christ identified with our sin and took the punishment that we deserve, so that we might identify with His righteousness, by read more...

Romans 6:10

Romans 6:10

When our Saviour died on the cross He did so much more than dying FOR our sins and paying the price of our sins, He died TO sin. Jesus died UNTO sin and this means that He died to break the POWER of sin in our lives. He died to sever us from the old sin nature that we inherited from our parents - because of Adam's sin. He died to deliver us from the very influences of sin in our lives: Jesus died UNTO sin ONCE and for ALL, but the life that He lives, He lives read more...

Romans 6:11

Romans 6:11

Christ not only died for our sins - to pay the price for our sin, but He died to sin - so that the power of sin might be broken in the lives of all who believe in Christ. Just as Adam was the federal head of all his physical seed (i.e. all humanity), so Christ is the federal head of all His spiritual seed (i.e. all Church-age believers). Just as all who are physical descendants of Adam are imputed with Adam's read more...

Romans 6:12

Romans 6:12

Throughout the preceding verses, Paul showed by logical progression that all humanity has sinned. He proves that all fall short of God’s glory and that the consequences of our sin is death. Paul makes it very clear that the wages of sin for every sinner, Jew and Gentile alike is death - everlasting death - eternal separation from God. He shows that every sinner is alive to sin and dead to God. Every unbeliever is dominated by sin and estranged from God. read more...

Romans 6:13

Romans 6:13

Romans is the seed-bed for Christian doctrine and Paul lays out the foundational truth of the glorious gospel of grace in this book, in a clear, concise and systematic way. In the previous chapters Paul took pains to show us that all men are sinners - both Jew and Gentile alike. All are in need of a Saviour and the only way to escape condemnation; to be eternally justified; to be declared righteous in God's eyes and to be positionally set apart unto Him.. is by read more...

Romans 6:14

Romans 6:14

In other passages in the Bible we know that Christ died FOR our sins but in this passage in Romans we know that Christ also died UNTO sin. In the first instance Christ died to pay the price of our sins which means that the price that Jesus paid for our sin was His death – but in the second case Christ died to break the power of sin in our life, which means that for the rest of the time that we live in this sinful world. sin does not have to have power over read more...

Romans 6:16

Romans 6:16

God spoke the world into existence and by His Word He declared His unchanging and unchangeable laws into being and so often in Scripture we see God’s principles laid out so simply and yet we are often unable or unwilling to apply His instruction in our own lives. Paul here contrasts God’s principles of servitude and slavery with the liberty and freedom, that is in Christ Jesus, so that we may live godly lives by rejecting the former and applying the latter.
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Romans 6:17

Romans 6:17

No doubt through the eternity of eternities we will thank God that although we were once slaves of sin, estranged from God and without hope in the world.. His Holy Spirit convicted us of our own gross sinfulness.. our need of a Saviour; of Christ's perfect righteousness and of God's righteous judgement on all that is evil. No doubt in the ages to come we will show forth praise and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father that we heard and responded to the gospel of read more...

Romans 6:18

Romans 6:18

Paul is setting out the only two options for life that are given to believers. He explains the differences between the two choices we have; the benefits we derive and the consequences of our decisions.. and they depend entirely upon which of the two paths we choose to take in our Christian life.

Paul explains that there is a principle of life for every one of us. We are servants under the authority of a master and as a servant we read more...

Romans 6:19

Romans 6:19

Either we are in the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of light. Either we are children of our father the devil or we are children of our Father the Lord God almighty. Either we are in the old creation in Adam or we have been born again into the new creation in Christ. Either we are slaves of sin, impurity and lawlessness or we are slaves of righteousness, life and truth, which is the path that leads us into sanctification (- the lifelong process of being read more...

Romans 6:20

Romans 6:20

In His final message to the disciples, the Lord Jesus explained that knowledge of the truth was man's greatest freedom, in a world that is enslaved by sin, oppressed by Satan, condemned to death and bound for hell. And here is this verse we find that Paul is expressing the same truth, in a way that appears to be somewhat incongruous on the surface, for we read: when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

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Romans 6:22

Romans 6:22

Christ not only died FOR our sin.. to pay the penalty for sin (which positioned us in Christ and baptised us into His Body).. but He also died UNTO sin, so that the power of sin could be broken in the lives of all who believe in Him for salvation. Not only did the PRICE of sin have to be paid-for, in order to secure our salvation but also the POWER of sin in the lives of believers had to be severed - in order to deliver read more...

Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23

There is no more important issue in the life of every-man but knowing the way of salvation, because there are eternal consequences that lead to an eternal life with God or an eternal separation from Him – heaven or the lake of fire. But some ignore it or delay it, others misunderstand it and still more do not consider that they need to be saved from their sin. Many today do not consider that they are sinners, but see themselves as good people, especially in read more...

Romans 7:4

Romans 7:4

In the previous chapter Paul had contrasted the relationship of the Christians' 'new-life-in-Christ', with the 'old life-in-Adam'. He explained that before salvation we were dead IN sin but after salvation we are dead TO sin. Before we were saved we were separated from Christ by sin.. but after having been saved by grace through faith we were forgiven of our sin, joined to Christ and positioned in Him

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Romans 7:6

Romans 7:6

When a woman's husband dies, she is no longer bound by her marriage vows, but while he is alive she is obligated by their wedding contract. It is death that released this woman from the marriage pledge, for once her husband dies, the legal ties that fasten them inseparably together are immediately broken, and she is freed from her binding contract.

The marriage agreement between this woman and her husband is likened by Paul to read more...

Romans 7:18

Romans 7:18

Romans chapter 7 gives a most thorough treatise on the Law and its place in the life of a believer. Though delivering a simple lesson it has profound and far-reaching implications for all believers, both Jew and Gentiles, who foolishly try to place themselves back under Law. 

It starts by comparing a Christian's connection to the Law with a married woman's relationship to her husband - who dies. Before his death, she is read more...

Romans 7:22

Romans 7:22

Believers that are living in the flesh are submitting to the old sin-nature, which cannot please God. The old sin nature (the old man in Adam) and the works that emanate from the flesh cannot delight in the law of the Lord, nor can they rejoice in the truth of His word, for the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. The old sin-nature is at enmity with the new born-again spirit of God, and the new life in Christ is at enmity with read more...

Romans 7:23

Romans 7:23

As Christians we are sojourners and pilgrims passing through this world on our way to our eternal home. We have a great inheritance, which is reserved for us in heaven, and this glorious, future perspective is to encourage us, and to lead us to a godly life and holy living, which will result in our internal victory.

Our vocation is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ but too often our fleshly tendency is to follow a different path. We read more...

Romans 7:24

Romans 7:24

Paul was stopped in his tracks on the road to Damascus. by the risen, ascended, glorified Lord Jesus. Having been saved by grace through faith on that epic journey.. his entire outlook on life and his understanding of the Law was radically clanged.

Before his conversion, Paul could boast of his unsurpassed confidence in his own good works and his strict, stringent law-keeping. As an orthodox Jew, he was circumcised on the eighth read more...

Romans 7:25

Romans 7:25

While the first 5 chapters of Romans deals with how to be saved - justification, the next chapters deal with how to live the Christian life - sanctification. Chapters 6 and 8 explain how to live the Christian life.. how to grow in grace.. how to progress in holiness and mature in the faith. It shows how a believer can have victory over slavery to sin - how they can grow in mature in the faith and progress in their Christian read more...

Romans 8:1

Romans 8:1

There is not even the slightest, tiny crumb of condemnation at all those who are in Christ Jesus - those in UNION with Christ – those that have been placed IN Christ at rebirth – those who have been born-again – those that have been sealed by the Spirit - those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

The judgement that we rightly deserve has already been paid in FULL – paid with the blood of the Lord read more...

Romans 8:2

Romans 8:2

The failure of Romans 7, which came by carrying out works of the flesh in his own strength, ended in defeat for Paul, who cried out: oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from this body of death (i.e. the old sin nature). But his defeat blossomed into the liberation of chapter 8, with a shout of victory and thankful praise - No condemnation! for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death. read more...

Romans 8:3

Romans 8:3

The perfection of God and His perfect law cannot be carried out by imperfect man in the power of his fallen flesh for the old sin nature dictates that we are sinners and sinners cannot achieve perfection. The bitter truth is that the soul that sins shall die – and all have sinned and so all have fallen short of God’s perfection and so all are deserving of death, for the wages of sin is death.

But God in His grace has done for read more...

Romans 8:6

Romans 8:6

The habits that we set up in our thinking, develops a fixed mental attitude, which pre-determines the way that we respond to life-situations - a mind-set that influences our reactions to the circumstances that touch our lives; a disposition that constructs a set of self-imposed values and perceptions about God, and other people, that may be twisted or false, unless they are founded upon the truth.

The mind-set of the read more...

Romans 8:9

Romans 8:9

As members of the fallen race of humanity we were born with a fallen nature - a carnal mind that can never, ever please God, for the thoughts and the intention of mans' fallen nature are only evil continuously. There is nothing in fallen man that can ever please God and even good deeds that impress other people are not pleasing to the Lord- for the unbeliever has a fallen, carnal nature. The natural, unsaved man, is dead in his sins and at enmity with God.

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Romans 8:10

Romans 8:10

One of the mysteries that were hidden for ages and generations but which was revealed to Paul for Church age believers is the indwelling Holy Spirit of Christ.. for all who are saved by grace through faith in Him. How astonishing that our body has become a temple of the Spirit of God by faith, and that we have the resurrected Spirit of Christ dwelling in our heart - living in our body, empowering us to live godly in Christ Jesus and enabling us to live as God read more...

Romans 8:11

Romans 8:11

Romans carefully and systematically spells out every aspect of our great salvation - the universal sinfulness of man; our individual need of a Saviour; the terms and conditions of redemption and what it means to be justified, sanctified, resurrected and glorified. It details the beautiful harmony of New Testament revelation with the Old.. and identifies the Person of Christ - His work, His sacrifice and His victory.

It tells of read more...

Romans 8:14

Romans 8:14

The eighth chapter of Romans begins in no condemnation and concludes in glory, and in this beautiful passage we are gently led into a fuller understanding of the wonderful ministry of the Holy Spirit, that takes place in the life of a believer.

First, we rejoice that He liberates us from the old testament law and the inner flesh. Then we discover that the work of the Spirit in our lives is in bitter conflict with our old, carnal, read more...

Romans 8:15

Romans 8:15

When we were released from the slavery of Satan’s dark kingdom of sin, death and fear we were transferred into God’s kingdom of life and light, hope and freedom. The spirit of slavery that entrapped us in doubt, darkness and deep depression is replaced at rebirth by the permanently indwelling Spirit of God – but too often we do not appropriate what is ours by grace through faith and we retain a spirit of fear because we fail to believe the truth of God’s read more...

Romans 8:16

Romans 8:16

Man is made up of body, soul and spirit and the human spirit of man is that inner part of our being that communes with the Father and only believers have a living regenerated spirit that can have fellowship with the Father and abide in Christ – for unsaved man remains spiritually dead in trespasses and sins, without God and without hope in the world.

The indwelling Holy Spirit of God was given to each regenerated child of God at read more...

Romans 8:17

Romans 8:17

The gift of God to all that are born from above, into the family of God, is that we become God’s very own children. We are elevated into the irrevocable position of children of God by HIS grace, simply because we chose to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. And because of our positional status in HIM, we are given a further, unmerited glorious gift of grace – we are elevated into the position of co-heir with the Messiah; fellow-heir with Christ – joint-heir read more...

Romans 8:18

Romans 8:18

The world in which we live is a fallen world – a place of sufferings and trials and a time of heartaches and problems, a life of difficulties and sickness, a season of disappointments and death.

Afflictions and anguish stalk our path like a hungry pack of jackals and they are no respecter of persons or position, clime or creed, wise or foolish, young or old, believer or unbeliever. And if this were all that life offered to read more...

Romans 8:19

Romans 8:19

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and all that He made was good. Finally, He made man in His own image and likeness to rule over God’s earthly kingdom – to till it, to care for it, to make it fruitful and to use it as nourishment - and God saw all that He had made was very good.

But man sinned, which resulted in the earth being cursed so as to bring forth thorns and thistles – for man must now labour read more...

Romans 8:20

Romans 8:20

There is no more beautiful name than the lovely name of the Lord Jesus. In Hebrew His name is Joshua, which means the Lord is Salvation, and His life and death was poured out to pay the price for humanities' sin - sins past, sins present and sins yet to be committed. But here we read that His name shall be called Jesus, because He was the One to save His people from their sins, and His people are in fact the Jewish nation, the people of Israel.

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Romans 8:22

Romans 8:22

What a dismal, desolate, distressing and despairing world we live in. This sad state of affairs was implemented because Adam, who was the federal head of the very race that was made in God's lovely image - disobeyed his Creator's instructions and wilfully sinned.

But man's sin not only brought a curse upon humanity as a whole, but on the animals, birds, fish, flowers and fauna alike. The very earth was cursed as God's entire read more...

Romans 8:23

Romans 8:23

The creation has been groaning since it was first cursed when sin entered the world because of man’s disobedience and defiance of God. But the day is fast approaching when the earth will be filled with the glory of God and His healing touch will stream out, to beautify a broken earth and renew its original glory. And God has set an appointed time when the curse is lifted, which is linked to His plans and purposes for humanity in general and the Christian Church read more...

Romans 8:26

Romans 8:26

As children of God we have been born from above and have a new human spirit – our new life in Christ. Before we were born again we had a spirit that was dead in trespasses and sins but when we accepted Christ as our Saviour we were given a new life in Christ - a new, free human spirit, which is able to commune with His Holy Spirit - Who is enabled to guide us into all truth. This is why as read more...

Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28

God's ordained His redemptive plan and purpose in the eternal council chambers of heaven, before the foundation of the world - and that plan is a good plan.. a perfect plan - a plan which will come to fruition when Christ is all in all - a plan where God is working all things together for His own glory.. and for the eternal good of all who trust Him as Saviour,  (those that are called according to His purpose, for we are all part of His perfect plan). read more...

Romans 8:29

Romans 8:29

In this glorious passage, where our eternal security is reiterated and we are assured that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus and that all things work together for good to those that love God and are the called, according to His good purpose, we arrive at the pinnacle of God's promises to us - that those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed into the image of His Son, so that the Lord Jesus would be the firstborn among read more...

Romans 8:30

Romans 8:30

God knows the end from the beginning. He understands the secrets of the heart and the prayers we will utter before they are formed in our minds. God knows the decisions we will make in our lives.. before we were even conceived in our mothers' womb. God foreknows all those who are His children, because God knows the freewill choices that we will make, long before we do. God's knowledge is based on His omniscience wisdom, for: those He foreknew, He also read more...

Romans 8:31

Romans 8:31

In the preceding verses of his epistle to the Romans, Paul expounds the most extraordinary position, unsurpassed privileges and catalogue of blessings that belongs to every believer in Christ. We, who deserve punishment, are justified, sanctified and glorified by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, simply because we have trusted Him as our Saviour. We have been brought from the kingdom of darkness into His glorious light and are called to be holy as God is read more...

Romans 8:32

Romans 8:32

In the light of the staggering truth of this magnificent verse of scripture, we should never doubt for a moment the enormous gift of grace, that God has bestowed on all, who trust in the Son of His Love. The glory that is contained in this astonishing reality should never become so familiar that a Christian is not left profoundly humbled and deeply amazed, when reflecting upon the reality that Christ died for our sins; was buried on our account, and that He read more...

Romans 8:33

Romans 8:33

Too many Christians have not come to the glorious freedom offered in the Word of God, by the God of grace because they have a wrong perception of God Himself. Christian’s are God’s chosen people, His children. They are a new creation in Christ and they have been called and chosen to be His sons and daughters simply because they believe on the only begotten Son of God and the finished work of Salvation that was carried out, by Him, on Calvary’s cross.

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Romans 8:34

Romans 8:34

We are reminded in so many passages of our deliverance from bondage; our victory in Christ and that there is absolutely no condemnation whatsoever to those that are in Christ Jesus, for every one that trusts in God’s only beloved Son as saviour, will never be condemned, but receive life eternal. If only we would believe this truth to the uttermost. If only we would trust all that the Word of God says!

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Romans 8:37

Romans 8:37

Our outstanding joy, eternal hope and unassailable victory is in Christ Jesus our Lord and so after cataloguing a fearsome list of the most traumatic circumstances of life that may afflict us in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms, and having proclaimed that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love, including tribulation and distress; famine and nakedness; peril; persecution and death.

Paul emphatically declares that read more...

Romans 8:38

Romans 8:38

The inexpressible depth of God's love towards condemned mankind was demonstrated when He sent the Lord Jesus to be our Saviour and take the punishment for our sin on Calvary's cross - a plan conceived in the heart of God in eternity past and a plan that will have its consummation in the eternal ages to come - when Christ is all in all.

The eternal Son of God was the only possible sacrifice for the sin of mankind and He became read more...

Romans 8:39

Romans 8:39

For eight long and intense chapters Paul has been taking us step by step from the utter depravity of all mankind and the eternal consequences of sin, which is alienation from God - to the good news of the amazing gospel of grace, and the final glorious outcome for all who trust in Christ for the remission of sins.

As Paul sets out the truth of the gospel of God he anticipates every single objection that may be formed in the minds read more...

Romans 9:5

Romans 9:5

For thousands of years Israel were God’s chosen people, and the only nation who had a covenant relationship with the Lord. They proudly celebrated this truth for centuries but rejected God’s offer of the kingdom of heaven on earth, at Christ’s first advent – causing the Lord to postpone His kingdom programme with His chosen people, until the whole nation was ready and willing to acknowledge that “Jesus Is Lord”.

In the meantime, God in His read more...

Romans 9:15

Romans 9:15

Paul took pains to point out that all men are under sin and all need a Saviour. He stressed that no one is excused the consequences of sin through personal merit or a privileged position.. and that Jew and Gentile alike are equally under sin and God's righteous condemnation. But he also took pain to explain in detail the glorious gospel of God, which is available to ALL.. by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

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Romans 10:1

Romans 10:1

Paul dedicated three whole chapters to set-out, in sequential order, God's programme for Israel. Chapter 9 reminds us of Israel's past history; their tremendous privileges and precious promises, while chapter 11 rejoices in their election by grace, their future hope and eventual salvation.

Here, in chapter 10, Paul outlines the state of the nation, during the present Church dispensation. It summarises Israel's stumbling and read more...

Romans 10:4

Romans 10:4

The Jews had a zeal for the Lord, and a passion for the Law, for they desired to be righteous in their own eyes, but a righteousness that differed entirely from the perfect, godly righteousness that the Lord desires of His children.

The purpose of the Law was to reveal unrighteousness and to bring a sinner to repentance before a holy God, but the Word of God identifies two types of righteousness - one that stems from a read more...

Romans 10:9

Romans 10:9

For three whole chapters Paul gives a lengthy but beautiful discourse on the gospel and its relationship to Israel. He recounts Israel's past history in chapter 9. He describes Israel's future hope in chapter 11 and he explains their present condition in chapter 10. For some reason certain people consider that because of her apostasy God has terminated His promises to Israel - but that is not so. Paul's decisive response to this is, may it never be read more...

Romans 10:10

Romans 10:10

Paul points out that it is with the heart that a person believes unto righteousness. Salvation is not merely based on a whim, an intellectual exercise or the acquisition of some factual head-knowledge. Salvation must rest on a genuine, bona fide heart-faith in God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, Who was sent by the Father be the sacrifice for the sin of the whole world. 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved', Paul told the Philippian jailer, for read more...

Romans 10:13

Romans 10:13

This beautiful truth nestles in the midst of the section in Romans where Paul expresses his deep desire that all his fellow Israelites, who had not accepted Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, would come to saving faith in the Him - as the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the world.

Paul recognized Israel's zeal for the Lord and yet also pointed out that they based their righteousness on 'doing' the works of the Law rather read more...

Romans 10:14

Romans 10:14

Perhaps one of the most beautiful, yet simple, universal declarations of the good news of the gospel of grace, is found in the book of Joel.. that whoever will call on the name of the Lord, will be delivered.

Originally this was a proclamation to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, which was reiterated to the men of Israel, in the book of Acts.. following Christ's resurrection from the dead. And then this good read more...

Romans 10:16

Romans 10:16

The most meticulous and thorough presentation of the glorious Gospel of Christ is found in the book of Romans. It also details man's depravity, humanities estrangement from God and man's reconciliation back to God. The book of Romans could be called the seedbed for all Christian doctrine.. giving systematic, step-by-step teaching of the fundamentals of our faith.

Paul pounds home the truth that God's gracious offer of read more...

Romans 10:17

Romans 10:17

The good tidings of great joy that ignite faith in the man or woman who is dead in their sins and at enmity with their Creator is peace with God and reconciliation with our heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus Christ, which cleanses us from all sin - but faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the message of Christ - the incarnate Word of God.

Throughout the centuries this call to peace with God had been read more...

Romans 10:19

Romans 10:19

The book of Romans guides us step by step through the innate depravity of sinful man, and our great need of a Saviour. He talks of God's gracious offer of salvation and walks us through the treasures of justification and sanctification, election and adoption.. and he opens up the wonderful identification truths where Christ's resurrected life is imparted to us.. and we are positioned in Him. Paul then goes on to explain that in Christ we are dead to sin and read more...

Romans 11:2

Romans 11:2

The commands of the Lord are not difficult or tedious to those that trust in the Word of the Lord. The instructions from God are not impossible or unrealistic to those that are called by His name. Joshua was here commanded to be strong and courageous. He was to draw his strength from the Lord God and was not to be dependent on his own brawn or brains. Had Joshua or the people of Israel sought to conquer the promised land by means of their own courage and strength read more...

Romans 11:6

Romans 11:6

The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace – and that we access this salvation through faith, for you are saved by grace through faith. Then the Bible tells us that salvation has nothing to do with us. Salvation has nothing to do with our good works; our kind deeds; our generous nature; our offerings in the collection plate – our being baptised in water; our attending a confessional; our reading the bible or saying prayers; our going to church read more...

Romans 11:11

Romans 11:11

Sadly there is an increasing move towards anti-Semitism in the world, which has been imported into the Christian Church, teaching that the Church has replaced Israel! God forbid, as Paul proclaims! Indeed Paul spends three chapters refuting this unbiblical belief. God has not finished with Israel, which is a truth that has its roots in Genesis, where despite Adam's sin.. God set in motion His glorious plan of redemption for mankind - and Israel plays an read more...

Romans 11:12

Romans 11:12

The Church has not replaced Israel and God has not finished with His chosen people, and should anyone doubt this truth, they should familiarise themselves with three chapters in Romans where Paul details their past history (chapter 9), their present position (chapter 10) and God’s future plans for His people (chapter 11).

Due to pride and disobedience, Israel were set aside for a season. Because they rejected their Messiah and read more...

Romans 11:33

Romans 11:33

The whole of Paul's Roman epistle is glorifying the wonderful works of God, while exposing the depravity of man. It details the glorious plan of salvation and the enormous sacrifice of Christ on the cross, whereby fallen man is not only released from slavery to sin; delivered from eternal condemnation and reconciled back to God - but saved by grace through faith in Him; made a new creation in Christ; made a citizen of heaven and a joint-heir with the Son of God; read more...

Romans 11:36

Romans 11:36

What an amazing way to sum up the entirety of Who God is - for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. All things are from God.. all things are of God and all things are for God and have their genesis in God. Everything has its source and beginning in Him. He is the well-spring of all that exists.. for God is the great Creator of everything. And God spoke all things into existence - and the Word of read more...

Romans 12:1

Romans 12:1

Having thoroughly and systematically presented every aspect of the glorious gospel of Salvation, and the eternal foundation of God’s amazing grace, upon which these everlasting truths rest. Paul earnestly urges believers in Christ to practically apply all that he has taught in this weighty epistle to the Romans, by presenting our bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice.

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Romans 12:2

Romans 12:2

As believers we have been called to personal consecration, where our lives are a reflection of Christ and our bodies a living sacrifice to the Lord. It is our spiritual worship and our reasonable service to yield our-lives, our-selves and our-bodies to the Lord. The world is all too ready to squeeze us into its own mould and to cultivate in us a worldly mindset, where God is far removed, but Paul warns us not to be conformed to this world but rather to be read more...

Romans 12:3

Romans 12:3

Our Christian life and spiritual service, should follow the will of the Lord, and be done to the glory of God. Personal dedication and basic consecration, where we present our lives as a living sacrifice unto the Lord, is naturally the foundational principle, upon which any life, that is walking in spirit and truth, must be based.

We have been saved by grace through faith, and are called to live our lives by grace as well. We are read more...

Romans 12:9

Romans 12:9

Step by step we have been led through the fundamentals of Church-age doctrine in Paul's letter to the Romans Church - a comprehensive, instructional manual that has been instrumental in influencing the various reformations and spiritual revivals that have taken place throughout the history of the Christian Church. Nowhere else in the Bible do we receive such a full and systematic teaching on the foundational truth of the gospel of God and the incarnate Christ.

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Romans 12:10

Romans 12:10

Paul’s weighty epistle to his beloved brothers and sisters in Rome is designed to focus our attention on our great salvation – i.e.-our position as already justified; our conduction as in the process of being sanctified and our assured future, of one day being glorified and made like unto Christ’s glorious body. As Paul draws his amazing treatise on salvation to a conclusion, he ends with a section on how to live the Christian life, in a way that read more...

Romans 12:12

Romans 12:12

Paul composed a lengthy and weighty letter to the Roman Church that addressed every issue that is so vital to living the normal Christian life, in this post-cross era. His extensive epistle is written in such a way as to provide a wonderful understanding of all church-age doctrines and how to apply them in our lives today, so that we are enabled to live a victorious Christian life – the life that God intended for all His children.

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Romans 13:1

Romans 13:1

We sometimes feel that we are surrounded by evil leaders who seem to have an anti-God agenda and we find it difficult to understand why. Sometimes we can be tempted to wonder if God has lost the plot, as we see evil men triumphing, while the children of God are in the midst of distress, and we wonder if satan is winning. NEVER. Whether it was the cities of Babylon, Rome, Greece or the nation into which we ourselves have been born, God is in read more...

Romans 13:8

Romans 13:8

The more the book of Romans unfolds, the greater our understanding of the amazing grace that God has demonstrated towards us – in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, so that we might become sons of God, and joint heirs with Christ – for He Who knew no sin was made to be sin on our behalf; so that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God.

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Romans 13:11

Romans 13:11

What a lovely picture of the weary soul, rousing-up to meet morning's freshness, as the first-flush of the sunlight's golden beauty pierces the morning curtain, drawing us back into consciousness, that day has arrived, and we must wake-up from our slumber and make ready for the duties of the day. What a meaningful metaphor that we are moving nearer to the end of this life's dark night, where we will throw off this tent of flesh and be clothed in our new, read more...

Romans 13:13

Romans 13:13

In each of his church epistles Paul pays much attention to instructing believers in our personal consecration, our reasonable service, our spiritual giftings and our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. He also pays close attention to our personal conduct, our service to unbelievers, our responsibilities towards the government and those in authority, and the manner in which we should act towards the world in general.

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Romans 13:14

Romans 13:14

In the Christian life we are commanded to be honest; to be respectful to others; to conduct ourselves with integrity and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves, for love is the fulfilment of God's perfect Law. And although we are in the world and need to abide by the regulations of the established authorities and appointed governments, (which, we are reminded were instituted by God Himself), we are also to remember that our citizenship is in heaven, read more...

Romans 14:1

Romans 14:1

Paul's closing remarks in his epistle start to challenge the more spiritually mature believer who may rejoice in the gracious liberty he has in Christ Jesus, while harboring his own ungodly attitudes towards the personal practice of those that are weaker in the faith - exposing an unchristian bias against those that are spiritually immature or weaker in certain doctrinal issues.

Although we should not compromise the glorious read more...

Romans 14:7

Romans 14:7

There is often a ping-pong argument that rages between the dangers of legalism, which replaces the freedom we have in Christ with a string of man-made rules, and the reintroduction of Jewish practices which were set aside at the cross – AND the abuse of the freedoms we have in Christ by grace through faith, which can be used as an excuse to freely sin. But neither are biblical, and Paul give clear instructions against both legalism and read more...

Romans 14:8

Romans 14:8

Jesus is our Saviour - He is our Lord – He is our God. Jesus saved us by grace...and salvation, which translates into eternal life and all its attendant benefits, is His gift of grace to all who believe in Him - thru faith. The price He paid for us was His own life and as believers we should be living unto the Lord – living to please our Saviour - for the honour of His name and to the glory of God. We belong to Him and we stand or fall before Him read more...

Romans 14:9

Romans 14:9

As believers we are called to do everything as unto the Lord. In word and deed, action and attitude, mind and motive - we are to live our lives as unto the Lord. All that we say and all that we do is open before Him and subject to His eye of scrutiny. All that we are in thought, word and deed is susceptible to His divine approval or His righteous displeasure.

Whether we live or whether we die we are to do everything as unto the read more...

Romans 14:12

Romans 14:12

Paul is reminding us that we alone are responsible for our word and deeds, and the way that we conduct our life, but so also are our brothers and sisters in Christ. They too are individually responsible for what they say and what they do; what they eat or what they drink; what they wear or where they go.

However, too often we become critical of Christian brethren who do not conform to our own set standards of preferred behaviour read more...

Romans 14:16

Romans 14:16

Christians live under grace and not under law. We are not bound by food laws, as were the children of Israel nor by a dress code as were the priests of Jehovah –but neither should we criticize those who choose to follow their consciences in certain matters. We are not required to worship on a specific day nor are we commanded to keep certain feast days, special festivals or the many ordinances imposed by man – for as believers in the age of grace we are free read more...

Romans 14:17

Romans 14:17

In totality the kingdom of God reaches to every place, in the entire universe, stretching through time and beyond eternity, but in His revelation to man, which is detailed in the Scriptures, the kingdom of God almost always restricts its horizons to God’s current work and future rule, through a group of His obedient servants.

The kingdom of God is that heavenly sphere of life, where His children are willingly governed by the read more...

Romans 14:17

Romans 14:17

Whether in this life today, the future Millennial kingdom, or even in the eternal ages to come, neither external observances nor the necessities of life should eclipse our joy in the Lord. True worship does not consist of the actions we undertake; the outward behaviours we exhibit or strict adherence to certain prescribed laws or imposed practices. True worship emanates from a soul that is right with God and an attitude that is conceived in the inner heart, read more...

Romans 14:19

Romans 14:19

Glance through many Christian social media sites and you often discover a critical spirit surfacing and a judgmental attitude being fostered and yet Paul spends much of his time urging brothers and sisters in Christ, to live together in godly harmony.

Paul is absolutely clear in all his teachings that the essentials of the Gospel of grace and the good news of salvation in Christ, where the incarnate Word of God died for our read more...

Romans 15:3

Romans 15:3

Paul has pointed to Christ as the eternal God and perfect Man in the book of Romans. He lead us through the doctrines of predestination and election, justification and sanctification, the old sin nature and the new creation in Christ, the flesh and the spirit - law and grace. Paul was most thorough in his outstanding epistle to systematically set out every aspect of Church-age doctrine.. so that we have no doubt that we are saved by grace through faith in read more...

Romans 15:4

Romans 15:4

God is omniscient and we are not. God is an eternal Being Who is holy and good.. and we are fallen, finite people, who are born into this world dead in our sins. But God in His goodness and grace gave us ways and means to discover much about Who He is.. His character; His Tri-unity; His Person, His ultimate plans and His wonderful purposes for the redemption of mankind - so that we might have hope.. an assured hope and a glorious hope - a blessed hope in Christ read more...

Romans 15:8

Romans 15:8

How could it be that the great God of the universe, Who made heaven and earth and all that is in them, humbled Himself and became a servant to Israel? How is it that the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Lord of all became a minister to the Jewish nation?

How could it be that God’s Anointed, Who is above all, over-all and sustains all could place Himself in a position of such inferiority towards His own people? How could it be read more...

Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13

The God of Hope - Oh what a glorious title and beautiful theme for the triune God Who in unison are pledged to fill us with all joy, peace, love and hope, when we simply trust in the pure gospel of the Son of His love. God is no respecter of persons and the joy and peace in believing in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting is for Jew and Gentiles alike – for bond and free; male and female; old and young, black and read more...

Romans 16:26

Romans 16:26

God gave an unfolding revelation of Himself to man through His prophetic scriptures and much of that revelation – though concealed in the Old Testament, was penned to the church in the New Testament by Paul, who was a man who was given much of that revelation. And Romans is a book that systematically and logically takes us into a fuller understanding of God’s plans and purposes for salvation, for redemption, sanctification, glorification and all that read more...