Commentary on Romans
Paul wanted his faith to establish theirs, and their faith to establish his. Christians grow rich by and exchange of spiritual commodities; and I am afraid some Christians are very poor because they do not engage in the spiritual bartering with one another. They that fear not the Lord speak often one against another. That is a very sad difference. Paul, you could not go when you wished. Caesar must convoy you. Your Master would have you go to Rome under the protection of the eagles of your empire. I am a debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
Paul felt a debt to everybody. The God who saved him, had saved him that he might preach the gospel in every place he could reach. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:. Many other people were ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It was too simple; it had not enough of mystery about it; it had not enough of worldly wisdom about it.
For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. The gospel tells us about this living by faith, this believing, this receiving righteousness through believing, and not through working. This is the sweet story of the cross, of which Paul was not ashamed. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;. Is there anybody here who is holding down the truth to prevent its entering his heart?
I fear that there are some such persons, who have come here for years, and the truth has pricked them, troubled them, made them lie awake at night; but they are holding it down, like one who grasps a wild animal by the ears, and holds it down for fear it should bite him. Oh, sirs, when you are afraid of the truth, you may be well be afraid of hell!
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:. Men who never heard the gospel can see God in his works if they open their eyes.
There is written upon the face of nature enough to condemn men if they do not turn to God. There is a gospel of the sea, and of the heavens, of the stars, and of the sun; and if men will not read it, they are guilty, for they are willfully ignorant of what they might know, and ought to know. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,. The way to be a fool is to pretend to be wise. A short cut to wisdom is the confession of folly. The near way to folly is the profession of wisdom. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:.
It is very easy to make a beast of yourself when you have made a beast to be your god, as the Egyptians did, when they worshipped the god that they had made in the form of an ox, or a crocodile, or a cat.
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Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures, All the gospel is in the Old Testament as well as in the New, for the gospel which Paul was called to preach was promised afore by the prophets in the Holy Scriptures. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: He is as much the Son of God as he was the Son of man. BY whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Paul felt that he was sent to preach among all the, Gentiles.
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; No wonder that they prospered so well when Paul always made mention of them in his prayers. For I long to see, you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; He wanted to go to Rome because he felt that he would take something with him. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: What a glorious Lord we serve!
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all notions, for his name: among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: That is a sweet name for every truly converted man. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; This man, Paul, did a great deal by prayer. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: Many other people were ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Men who never heard the gospel can see God in his works if they open their eyes.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, The way to be a fool is to pretend to be wise. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: It is very easy to make a beast of yourself when you have made a beast to be your god, as the Egyptians did, when they worshipped the god that they had made in the form of an ox, or a crocodile, or a cat. Friday, December 20th, the Third Week of Advent.
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Commentary Navigator. Our decisions must be tested and approved by other believers before we can have confidence that we have discerned the will of God. Only by involving other members of the faithful community, with its diversity of gifts and wisdom Rom. When I was in Nepal I was asked to talk with a group of Christians about ethics. One person asked for advice in how to handle a difficult bribery situation. I asked if the group of Christians gathered there had ever come together to pray for wisdom about this concern.
I told them I could outline some principles from the Scripture to consider, but said the only specific advice I would offer was to commit to talking as community about how to handle such a difficult issue. They needed to talk about their actual struggles, not just about safe topics with easy answers. This is more challenging than we might like to admit.
We may gather to receive moral teaching as a community, but how often do we actually talk to one another when making moral decisions?
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Often decisions are made by the person in charge deliberating individually, perhaps after receiving input from a few advisors. This raises a difficulty in the sphere of work. We could assess our actions communally with our co-workers, but they may not be attuned to the will of God. We could assess our actions communally with our small group or others from our church, but they probably will not understand our work very well.
Either—or both—of these practices is better than nothing. But better still would be to gather a group of believers from our own workplace—or at least believers who work in similar situations— and reflect on our actions with them. If we want to assess how well our actions as programmers, fire fighters, civil servants, or school teachers for example implement reconciliation, justice, and faithfulness, who better to reflect with than other Christian programmers, fire fighters, civil servants, or school teachers?
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This interdependence is not a weakness, but a gift from God. As we are being saved by God, we become more integrated with one another. Paul applies this to the work that each of us does in our particular role. Sherron Watkins, recognized by Time magazine as one of the persons of the year for her whistle blowing in the Enron scandal, reflected on what she learned about taking a stand. Jordan Mintz was an in-house lawyer who was very concerned about this.
I did not know that he had already taken these things to another law firm, and they had said they are very problematic. I did not know that Vince Kaminski had protested these things. So if I had just Vince and Jordan with me, the outcome might have been different…. I should have found a few more people to go with me because then they could not have dismissed me as one lone person.