Review of Romans 1

Romans is one of the best books in the bible that explains the center and beliefs of Christianity.  It is packed with a ton of information on how a person is saved, why he should be saved, how to live a Christian life, and what happens if a person doesn’t follow God.

I hope this review of Romans helps you understand the book, and also helps you understand the core of Christianity as a whole.

Romans 1:1-6 (ESV)

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

Paul begins by proclaiming who he serves.  He also gives a quick history lesson on why he serves Jesus Christ, why He died, and how He saved us.  It’s a beautiful intro into Romans.  Giving glory to God is man’s primary function in life.

1:7-15

7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and 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 all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you– 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

Paul continues his intro by telling the church why he could not make it to Rome.  But how much he desires to be with them at the same time.

1:16-22

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

There are only two sides, the good side and evil side.  There is no neutral position.  This is stated clearly when God says His invisible attributes are clearly seen and His wrath on those who simply ignore or hate Him and His attributes.  Even those who haven’t heard the gospel are still going to hell.  This is because thru out creation, God can be clearly seen (His invisible attributes).  The creation order alone should be enough for the unsaved to realize that there was a creator, and that creator is God Himself.  Also, we must understand that God is in complete control.  If so and so goes to hell because he didn’t hear the gospel, that mean’s it was God’s will that he did go to hell.  Plain and simple.  If God truly wants to save a person who has not heard the gospel before, He could save him in many different ways.  It’s all in the power of God and Him alone.

1:23-27

23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Once a person has made up his mind on which side he will choose, and if he does indeed choose the realm of darkness over the realm of light, he will begin to hate God.  There are no neutral sides, you will either love God or hate Him.

Paul describes that once a person chooses evil over good, he will do anything he wants to displease Christ.  Even things abominable like homosexuality will be good and right in his eyes.

1:28-32

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Once that person has gone over the tipping point (what I’d consider blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), God will give them over to a debased mind, meaning that the person will do even more evil than ever before and will never turn back.  Even though they know that they’re going to hell (“…deserve to die,..”), they don’t care and will approve anybody who follows they’re wicked and preverse paths.

Conclusion:

There is a lot to munch on, and were only in the first chapter of Romans.  This is why I love the book so much, it packs so much information about the core of Christianity in just one small letter.

It’s also brutal aswell.  It may seem harsh when God gives men over to a debased mind, but remember, God already gave them a chance (probably several chances depending on the senario) to turn to Him.  When God has already given us several chances to turn to Him, that should show us how much He truly loves us.  Remember, God could of easily wiped us all out and He would of been perfectly justified for it, because we are all sinners.  It’s only by God’s compassion and love for us that we even have the chance to come be with Him forever.

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