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(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:
- Rom 1:1-17 Salutation
- Rom 1:18—3:20 Sin
- Rom 3:21—5:11 Salvation
- Rom 5:12—6:23 Sanctification
- Rom 7 Struggle w/ Sin
- Rom 8:1-27 Spirit-filled living
- Rom 8:28-39 Security In Christ
- Rom 9—11 Segregation of Israel
- Rom 12, 13 Sacrifice & Service
- Rom 14, 15 Separation
- Rom 16 Salutation
(3) Message map: Rom. 1: 1-7 In Imputed Righteousness We Move From Faith To Faith”
- God’s process is For us To Be Saved & Become Servants, Who Receive A calling.
- The calling involves us being set apart for God’s gospel.
- God promised The gospel beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.
- The Gospel is: 3Jesus descended from David 4and was declared to be the Son of God in power Through the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead.
- We have received grace thru Christ, 5and a calling To bring the nations to obedience of faith In Christ.
(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.
- Paul greeted the believers in Rome, not the church (an institution) in Rome (Rom 1:7 & 16:3-16, he greets those in house churches).
- Paul appeals for us “to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine (established principles) that you have been taught; avoid them.
- Paul names more than two dozen people by name, 28 to be exact, who are individual believers, and not members of an organized, heretical church that calls itself the universal Roman Church.
- Paul never even mentions Peter’s name in the entire letter/book of Romans.
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”
- BELIEVERS receive God’s grace & peace That Outpours Into Thankfulness
- Paul Thanks God for a) all Of you, b) your faith & c) Its PROCLAMATION
- The Spiritual are Initiated Into Intercessory Prayer
- The Righteous Live An UnAshamed Faith
- We Move from faith to Faith trusting in god’s Imputed Righteousness
(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”)
- 1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
- Eph 2:8-10…8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.…” or NAS & KJV “that we should walk in them. and ..
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”.
- An outcome of grace and peace in our lives is thankfulness, and thus in Rom 1:8 Paul gives thanks and mentions the specific reasons for doing so, which are :
- for all of you, (who believe) because your faith (what is believed) is proclaimed (helps others to believe) in all the world; (to all the world’s inhabitants in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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…
- for all You who believe = those who have participated in Christ’s born-again experience of John 3:3, which is …
- attendant with the conception of that experience which distinctly is peculiar to Christianity that produces “the tranquil state within a soul that is assured of its salvation through Christ,
- and thus having nothing to fear from God one becomes content with his/her earthly lot. (Noah Websters 1828 & PEW)
- in your faith, which is a gift generated (begotten, procreated, propagated, produced with activity similar to that of a parent) by God that persuades us to believe in a system of concepts known as the creed that Christ 1) was virgin born; 2) lived a sinless life; 3) died a substitutionary death, 4) was bodily resurrected, and is 5) seated at the right hand of God.
- in the proclamation (declaring openly, preaching, lauding, celebrating our belief in the creed of Christ) in all the world;
(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.
- I bet most of us here routinely, unceasingly are burdened to pray for the well-bring of others, and that God would impact their lives and that they’d respond positively to HIs influence, promptings and convictions.
- Spiritual Activity is outlined in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.
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.
- to mutually encourage each other’s faith means we “affirm together, as people who are intimately joined in what we heartily agree about God!
- MEF mutually encouraged faith leads to MAG mutually assisted growth and MAG leads to MAB mutually assisted blessing & benefit.
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).
- John 4:34-38 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
- John 15: 1-11 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
- 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
- By definition, fruit (2590 /karpós) results from two life-streams, the Lord merging His life with ours, with the goal being that the Lord lives His life through ours – to yield/bear fruit of what is eternal.
- Thus 1 Jn 4:13 says 13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.).
(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.
- The love of Christ motivates me to outreach to “both to Greeks (my familiar countrymen) and to barbarians (foreigners), both to the wise and to the foolish.”
15So I am eager (properly pre-disposed, positively inclined, enthusiastically willing;) to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
- Eager also = “ready-to-go”; free and not weighed down by pre-existing objections or resistance. Hence we are willing to spontaneously obey in generous sharing of our time, talent and treasure for the sake of the Gospel.
(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!
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!