Romans Chapter 1
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27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
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Matthew Henry's Romans Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The scope or design of the apostle in writing to the Romans appears to have been, to answer the unbelieving, and to teach the believing Jew; to confirm the Christian and to convert the idolatrous Gentile; and to show the Gentile convert as equal with the Jewish, in respect of his religious condition, and his rank in the Divine favour. These several designs are brought into on view, by opposing or arguing with the infidel or unbelieving Jew, in favour of the Christian or believing Gentile. The way of a sinner's acceptance with God, or justification in his sight, merely by grace, through faith in the righteousness of Christ, without distinction of nations, is plainly stated. This doctrine is cleared from the objections raised by Judaizing Christians, who were for making terms of acceptance with God by a mixture of the law and the gospel, and for shutting out the Gentiles from any share in the blessings of salvation brought in by the Messiah. In the conclusion, holiness is further enforced by practical exhortations.The apostle's commission. (1-7) Prays for the saints at Rome, and expresses his desire to see them. (8-15) The gospel way of justification by faith, for Jews and Gentiles. (16,17) The sins of the Gentiles set forth. (18-32)1-7 The doctrine of which the apostle Paul wrote, set forth the fulfilment of the promises by the prophets. It spoke of the Son of God, even Jesus the Saviour, the promised Messiah, who came from David as to his human nature, but was also declared to be the Son of God, by the Divine power which raised him from the dead. The Christian profession does not consist in a notional knowledge or a bare assent, much less in perverse disputings, but in obedience. And all those, and those only, are brought to obedience of the faith, who are effectually called of Jesus Christ. Here is, 1. The privilege of Christians; they are beloved of God, and are members of that body which is beloved. 2. The duty of Christians; to be holy, hereunto are they called, called to be saints. These the apostle saluted, by wishing them grace to sanctify their souls, and peace to comfort their hearts, as springing from the free mercy of God, the reconciled Father of all believers, and coming to them through the Lord Jesus Christ.
8-15 We must show love for our friends, not only by praying for them, but by praising God for them. As in our purposes, so in our desires, we must remember to say, If the Lord will, #Jas 4:15|. Our journeys are made prosperous or otherwise, according to the will of God. We should readily impart to others what God has trusted to us, rejoicing to make others joyful, especially taking pleasure in communing with those who believe the same things with us. If redeemed by the blood, and converted by the grace of the Lord Jesus, we are altogether his; and for his sake we are debtors to all men, to do all the good we can. Such services are our duty.
16,17 In these verses the apostle opens the design of the whole epistle, in which he brings forward a charge of sinfulness against all flesh; declares the only method of deliverance from condemnation, by faith in the mercy of God, through Jesus Christ; and then builds upon it purity of heart, grateful obedience, and earnest desires to improve in all those Christian graces and tempers, which nothing but a lively faith in Christ can bring forth. God is a just and holy God, and we are guilty sinners. It is necessary that we have a righteousness to appear in before him: there is such a righteousness brought in by the Messiah, and made known in the gospel; a gracious method of acceptance, notwithstanding the guilt of our sins. It is the righteousness of Christ, who is God, coming from a satisfaction of infinite value. Faith is all in all, both in the beginning and progress of Christian life. It is not from faith to works, as if faith put us into a justified state, and then works kept us in it; but it is all along from faith to faith; it is faith pressing forward, and gaining the victory over unbelief.
18-25 The apostle begins to show that all mankind need the salvation of the gospel, because none could obtain the favour of God, or escape his wrath by their own works. For no man can plead that he has fulfilled all his obligations to God and to his neighbour; nor can any truly say that he has fully acted up to the light afforded him. The sinfulness of man is described as ungodliness against the laws of the first table, and unrighteousness against those of the second. The cause of that sinfulness is holding the truth in unrighteousness. All, more or less, do what they know to be wrong, and omit what they know to be right, so that the plea of ignorance cannot be allowed from any. Our Creator's invisible power and Godhead are so clearly shown in the works he has made, that even idolaters and wicked Gentiles are left without excuse. They foolishly followed idolatry; and rational creatures changed the worship of the glorious Creator, for that of brutes, reptiles, and senseless images. They wandered from God, till all traces of true religion must have been lost, had not the revelation of the gospel prevented it. For whatever may be pretended, as to the sufficiency of man's reason to discover Divine truth and moral obligation, or to govern the practice aright, facts cannot be denied. And these plainly show that men have dishonoured God by the most absurd idolatries and superstitions; and have degraded themselves by the vilest affections and most abominable deeds.
26-32 In the horrid depravity of the heathen, the truth of our Lord's words was shown: "Light was come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; for he that doeth evil hateth the light." The truth was not to their taste. And we all know how soon a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. As the Gentiles did not like to keep God in their knowledge, they committed crimes wholly against reason and their own welfare. The nature of man, whether pagan or Christian, is still the same; and the charges of the apostle apply more or less to the state and character of men at all times, till they are brought to full submission to the faith of Christ, and renewed by Divine power. There never yet was a man, who had not reason to lament his strong corruptions, and his secret dislike to the will of God. Therefore this chapter is a call to self-examination, the end of which should be, a deep conviction of sin, and of the necessity of deliverance from a state of condemnation.
Debbie's Romans Chapter 1 comment about verse 1 on 3/05/2014, 8:16am...
With God s approval Paul preached the Gospel
Lester carter's Romans Chapter 1 comment on 2/27/2014, 11:04am...
This chapter is a classic it actually spans from Genesis down to Revelation it speaks about the devolution and not the evolution of man gives also the simple reason for mankind becoming increasingly evil and the solution
Church Girl's Romans Chapter 1 comment on 2/26/2014, 10:29pm...
This is about ALL things that do not line up with the will of God All unrighteousness including men and women going against the natural use of their bodies Everything that is listed in Romans is as it is today Homosexuality is a demonic spirit and the only thing that can cleanse a person from it is the Holy Spirit Once you have the Holy Spirit in you you long and thirst to be righteous
Tony's Romans Chapter 1 comment on 2/25/2014, 4:23pm...
This is not about Homosexuality because homosexuality is a symptom to the problem It s about a people that know God exists by the very fact of creation and don t recognize the Creator What happens is God then gives them over to their sinfulness and they become worse A sense of judgement if you will God abandons them a community and even a nation
Darrell's Romans Chapter 1 comment on 2/24/2014, 2:15pm...
I do not know what God likes or dislikes I wish I did know for sure as it would be a great comfort All we really have is our own and other peoples perceptions which always leads to rebellion and arguments Judgmental nasty Christians whom provoke sinners by finger pointing as Adam and Eve did in the garden Now Christians are pointing at homosexuals as the cause of all the immorality in the world so naturally homosexuals ban together for protection and power just like every group does when they are being viciously attacked Islam is no different either Kill the infidels and idolaters have you been to Dubai lately Start cleaning up your own idolatry then you can give me instructions Actually the bible points this out very clearly but Christians fail to see that which is probably why God said at some point people will think they are doing God a service by killing off people they do not think He likes
Charlene's Romans Chapter 1 comment about verse 27 on 2/24/2014, 9:19am...
I believe in the holy spirit we walk by faith not by sight God word is god word and u can t change that The holy bible is real He has all the power not mankind At the end u will be rewarded It s all about god P
Bruce's Romans Chapter 1 comment about verse 27 on 2/23/2014, 7:01pm...
THE WORD OF GOD has proven itself to the fullest What we see happening is clearly written in the Bible When we say that the gay life is an abomination according to the word of God we find so many people trying to justify the life style by saying the Bible isn t real or we have people that try to understand it from a carnal non believers mind It s sad but true that theses things must come to pass as the Bible said they would GAY LIFE STYLES GOES AGAINST the creative act that God put in place We need more true born again believers to stand up and say yes I am intolerant to anything that will cause you to go to hell It s our Job to cry loud and spare not God s word has been here long before we have and it has not lost it s power when lived according to our faith Yes all sin is sin on the other hand Men having sex with other men leaving the natural use of the woman which God created is a out right ABOMINATION
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