Romans Chapter 1

Romans Chapter 1 starts off with Paul giving his salutations to the people in the church in Rome. He introduced himself and told the readers who he is and how he was connected with Jesus.

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He told the Romans that he was proud of them for their faithfulness which had spread all over the world. He talked about Jesus and how He was sent down from heaven as a descendant of David and came to offer people salvation. Paul also talked about Jesus’ death and resurrection, but only briefly.

Paul’s Desire to Visit

Paul explained in Romans Chapter 1 that he had always longed to go to Rome to visit those who were called by God. He told them that in the past, he was not able to go, but he did not mention why he was not able to make the trip. He told the Romans that he longed to be with them so that he could teach them more about Jesus’ ministry and share his spiritual gifts. He believed that if they worked together, the brothers and sisters in Christ could learn a lot from each other and strengthen one another’s faith.

Explaining God’s Wrath

The end of the letter was not as pleasant as the beginning. Paul talked about God’s power and how He was unhappy with those who continued to do wicked. He explained that God’s wrath would be channeled towards those who suppress the truth and spread their godlessness. These are the people who have allowed their hearts to be darkened and who have turned away from God.

Paul Speaks about Immorality

Instead of giving praise and rejoicing before God, they gave Him no thanks. In Romans Chapter 1, Paul talked about the sexual impurity of the people and how they gave in to their lusts. He stated that people like that were God-haters, lustful, impure and disobedient. Paul believed that even though they knew about salvation and God’s goodness, they still chose to follow their own fleshly desires.

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Romans 1 (King James Version)

1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

9 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;

10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 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:

21 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.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 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.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

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.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

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2 responses to “Romans Chapter 1”

  1. Eben says:

    Great summary

  2. Bryon Wilson says:

    Your examination of chapter 1 is a perfect dialogue dealing with Romans. Right out from Romans 1:1 Paul identifies with being a servant of Christ before being called an apostle. Paul is literally speaking of himself as being a bondsman or slave of Jesus Christ, a slave by free choice yet owned and purchased by Jesus Christ 1 For 6: 19-20.

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