Romans 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read   Romans 1  

Commentary.

Witness to Jesus Christ to the end of the earth.

As we begin to read the Book of Romans today, we recall what risen Jesus commanded his disciple “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). The book of Romans shows how the Holy Spirit has worked through Apostle Paul who expressed, at the beginning of the book, his passion to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the end of the earth.

 At the end of his third missionary journey while he was at Corinth and was waiting to go to Jerusalem, Apostle Paul wanted to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to Spain (15:28). Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans as personal letter to the Christians in Rome, whom he never had met, expressing his intention to visit Rome on his way to Spain, and teaching Christian doctrines with his understanding of the gospel.

Greetings (1-7) — Paul introduced himself, Jesus Christ as the center and content of the gospel, and his readers who participated in it. Saints means people who belong to God, consecrated to God’s service.

Thanksgiving (8-15) — Paul expressed a short prayer of thanksgiving to God for the faith of the people in Rome he never met. Paul heard about their faith from someone.

Gospel (16-17) — Gospel is euangelos in Greek, meaning Good News, and the power of God for salvation for all who has faith. Righteousness means “to be right with God. How can we be right with God? Only by what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. God made the way for us to be right with God. It is not human’s achievement but God’s gift, grace, coming from God’s own righteous nature. Our response is to accept it by faith.

God’s judgement upon sin (18-32) — Even before Jesus, incarnated God, came, God revealed himself, through nature, through human conscience. No one was exempted from knowing God. God’s wrath is universal for all who walk against God in thought, in word, and in deed.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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