(1) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 1: 8-15 Paul Is A Model of the Thankfulness of A Born-Again, Set Apart Servant

8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13I 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. 14I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

(2) 16For 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. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”f

(3) (Yellow – Not In Your Notes)

Outline of The Book of Romans Romans Is Written to Believers to comprehensively Convey what salvation encompasses. 

Is Written to Believers to teach them comprehensively what salvation encompasses.

There are many ways to outline the book of Romans… Here is a model by J. Vernon. McGee:

 (3) Message map: Rom. 1: 1-7 In Imputed Righteousness We Move From Faith To Faith”

(NIN & NOS) What’s Not In Romans       

Romans was written in early A.D. 57 or 58, determined by the mention of many people and events in the book.

So there is no Scriptural evidence that Peter ever was the “Pastor or Pope” of the Christian believers in Rome.

(4) Message map: Rom. 1: 8 – 17

In Imputed Righteousness We Move From Faith To Faith

(Slide 5) Point # 1 — Rom 1:7-8 Believers Receive Grace & Peace That Motivates Giving Thanks 

Keeping in mind that Roman 1:7 reveals the letter/book is written to believers, and says, ” 7To 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.”

Believers receive grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Grace = (“God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense” — Hal Lindsey = a gift of blessing, favor and kindness brought by Jesus Christ freely giving Himself away for us (because He is “always leaning (advocating) toward us”)

Peace = a tranquil conscience; free from emotional agitation from fear, terror, anger, anxiety and  disturbed passions —  from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”.

Attendant with conception of the born again experience distinctly peculiar to Christianity, “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is”.

6) Point # 2 — Rom 1:8 Thanksgiving Acknowledges Grace Works Well.       

Paul gave thanks – meaning he properly acknowledged “God’s grace was working well in 3 ways…

(7) Point # 3 — Rom: 1: 9-10 — Paul Served God Spiritually & Was initiated into Intercessory Prayer  Reaping Harvest = means being fruitful by doing everything in true partnership with Christ, as a believer, who is a branch who lives in union with Christ, the VINE (John 4:34-38, John 15: 1-11, 1John 4:13). Click To Tweet

Rom 1: 9Forgo is my witness, whom I serve (accomplish tasks as acts of worship) with my spirit (the part of our capacity that perceives and grasps divine and eternal things, and upon which the Spirit of God exerts its influence within us) in the gospel of his Son, …that without ceasing I mention you 10always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.

23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

(8) Rom 1:11-13 Our Mission to Mutually Encouraged Faith

Our MEF Mission to Mutually Encourage Faith”  

Rom 1: 11-13

11For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen  (buttress, prop up, support; better establish in the faith, solidly plant that which eliminates vacillation) you.

12that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

Paul wants to visit but is delayed or denied by “suspicious circumstances.”  (See LCF Message 8-5-18, “Like Joseph, We Can Rely Upon God to Work All Things Together For Good” – Gen 50: 15-26)

13I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), (perhaps by suspicious circumstances that seem counter-intuitive but are attended upon, orchestrated and overseen by God) in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. (God’s Holy Spirit is no respecter of persons, and works in and empowers people of all nationalities.)

Reaping Harvest = means being fruitful by doing everything in true  partnership with Christ, as a believer, who is a branch who lives in union with Christ, the VINE (John 4:34-38, John 15: 1-11, 1John 4:13).

(9) Rom 1:14 We Are Obligated To The Sovereign Savior To Seek The Lost & Serve The Saved

Rom 1:14 14I am under obligation (motivated as a truly appreciative sinner, indebted to Christ, but not under condemnation, but compelled by love of, and devotion to, Christ my Sovereign Savior) to seek the lost and serve both them and the saved.

15So I am eager (properly pre-disposed, positively inclined, enthusiastically willing;) to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

(10) Point # 4 Romans 1: 16-17 (ESV) The Righteous Shall Live UnAshamed by Faith” 

Rom 1: 16-17 16For I am not ashamed (feeling personally humiliated and disgraced, and “singled out” because of misplaced confidence — like we “believed the big lie” and have aligned ourselves with something wrong or in error) of the gospel, for it is the power of God (applies the Lord’s inherent abilities) for salvation (deliverance from the penalty of sin, and entrance into the sum of benefits and blessings all the redeemed will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God) to everyone who believes, to the Jew first (as Abraham, the father and founder of the Jewish people, was justified by faith in Gen 15:6, before even the law was given) and also to the Greek (who like Abraham also must believe God to be credited with righteousness Eph 2:8-9)

(11) Point # 5 — Rom. 1: 17  We Move from Acts of Faith To Acts of Faith Relying Upon Our Right Standing With God!

17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

17 Or The one who by faith is righteous shall live.

The righteousness of God in this sense means the way in which God has redeemed us through Christ’s work on the Cross, so we attain a state of approval in His eyes.   Thus we are imputed “right standing” with God.

As we move forward each day in Christ, we move from acts of worship, relying upon our right-standing with God in Christ to acts of worship, relying upon our right standing in Christ.

(12) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

God give us the faith to trust that Your Work on the Cross finished all that was needed for us to be right in Your eyes! So we can move forward free from condemnation, completely trusting Your Spirit to work through us!  

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