Lord, speak to me, that I may speak The pious aspirations and efforts of individuals never seem to have touched the conscience of the people. In simple terms for is a term of explanation and its occurrence should always prompt one to pause and ponder the text and context, asking what the author is explaining, how does he explain it, etc. We see this same idea expressed by Paul in Acts Luke recording that... "after these things (read prior verses for context to answer the question "what things?") Notice that the Greek word euaggelizo is closely related to our English word evangelize and evangelical church. William Wilberforce - There was, accordingly, among the nations of antiquity, one system for the learned and another for the illiterate. Jesus used prothumos in His famous charge to His disciples to... Keep watching (present imperative) and praying (present imperative), that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Mt 26:41+, cf Mk 14:38+). Although he enjoyed teaching, he never felt he had the time to concentrate on his work because of all the interruptions. I laid it on the line for those folks and was a little hard on them at the beginning. K.J.V. Commenting on this passage in Romans, John Calvin said of Paul, “Note how modestly he expresses what he feels by not refusing to seek strengthening from inexperienced beginners. Chapters 1-11 contain the apostle's soteriological exposition of faith and hope that unlocks the entire Word of God. SO THAT I MAY IMPART SOME SPIRITUAL GIFT TO YOU: hina ti metado (1SAAS) charisma humin pneumatikon: So that (3708) (hina) marks a purpose for something, in this case the purpose of Paul's coming personally to see the Roman saints. Even if you have nothing else to give, The combination of "Greeks and Barbarians" then refers to the whole human race from the Greek point of view. Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further. I have seen this so many times in talking to somebody just at the very threshold of Christian faith, a person who has been brought to the sense of his need for Christ. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: I feel myself under a sort of universal obligation, I owe something to all men, from cultured Greek to ignorant savage. The truly thankful, concerned, willing, submissive, and loving spirit is also a humble spirit. His preaching, teaching, and writing were not ends in themselves. And revealed it through faith for faith. Introduction 1:1-17. He was under a dark cloud of gloom when a woman came up to him and exclaimed, “God bless you, Dr. Dale. Romans Commentary Verse by Verse. A lady came to me recently, and said, "I have been to you with problems before in which I needed an answer to a spirit of depression and despondency, but this time I have come to ask if it is wrong for me to be so excited about the Christian life. And being unrefined and uneducated and illiterate do not disqualify you for the gospel of grace. were finished, Paul purposed in the spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome." Romans 1:22-23 Commentary. But we've all known men and women who said, "I should have spent more time with the people who really mattered to me." Paul had a debt to pay to Jews and Greeks and barbarians, but most of them as is true in our "post-Christian society" did not want Christ's message of love and grace and hope and life. He says "I am" three times: "I am under obligation," that is, "I am concerned about others. Romans 1:11 New King James Version ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Here are the 13 uses of sterizo - Lk. Paul is a debtor to Greek and barbarian precisely because he didn't qualify either, yet grace came to him -and it keeps on coming to him day after day in endless waves of future grace breaking over his life (1 Corinthians 15:10). This is the first of three parts to the BFF Romans 2:1-11 Commentary: Everyone will be prosecuted (Romans 2:1-4). Or have you gotten excited about the most important thing in the world—sharing Jesus Christ with those who don’t know him? They need to realize, however, that every Christian is qualified to carry on at least one helpful ministry—the ministry of encouragement. Take up and read!”b. Commentary on Romans 2:1-11 THE PROSECUTION OF MANKIND. Romans 1:14 I am (1SPAI) under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish (NASB: Lockman), Greek: Hellen te kai barbarois, sophois te kai anoetois opheiletes eimi; (1SPAI), Amplified: Both to Greeks and to barbarians (to the cultured and to the uncultured), both to the wise and the foolish, I have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay. Ray Stedman sees eagerness as a second mark of a maturing believer and feels that... this is where the great struggle comes. They compare themselves to others who are gifted with musical talents or the ability to teach the Bible. ", It is not enough to talk, to think, or to dream. As that Christian life grows and develops, the "I" becomes smaller and smaller until, at last, there is just "Christ" -- "Not I, but Christ" (Galatians 2:20-note). If you could only know how you have made me feel hundreds of times!” Then off she hurried. The writers seek to illuminate both the historical meaning and contemporary significance of Holy Scripture. (see note Romans 12:8), John the Baptist when asked by the multitudes what they should do to. In regard to spiritual life, the Bible uses the term "FRUIT" in 3 ways -- as a metaphor for the attitudes that characterize the Spirit-led believer (Galatians 5:22-note; Galatians 5:23-note). I want to work among you and see good results, just as I have done among other Gentiles. That absolute commitment was shared by Epaphroditus, who. Yes but Paul longed to share this new life in Christ with the Roman believers. That is what Paul says. Nobody qualifies for grace. Ministry of God’s Word which leads us into fuller dependence on God, is ministry which establishes us. 6:12; 18:24; Lk. We need more believers with a spirit like Paul possessed. Paul could not get enough! For then grace would not be grace. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established; The Christian life is very predictable. John Piper explains being "under obligation" writing that... the best thing about grace is that it pays debts. Greek: touto de estin (3SPAI) sumparaklethenai (APN) en humin dia tes en allelois pisteos humon te kai emou. Stedman comments on Paul's eagerness paraphrasing it... "Not only are my emotions moved by love for the Lord Jesus," says Paul, "but my will is engaged as well. Young's Literal: and that is, that I may be comforted together among you, through the faith in one another, both yours and mine. And for all her power and prestige, Rome was still a weak nation. W. B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press). 1:15. And so we stole it. In a similar way Paul wrote to his young disciple Timothy explaining that he was... longing (continually = present tense = epipotheo) to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that (one purpose Paul earnestly desired to see Timothy) I may be filled with joy. What are you eager to do? Alexander the Great had Hellenized the known world and when the Romans conquered these lands they assimilated the Greek culture. (Ro 15:32-note). (Romans 1:1-17 Simple Christianity) (Bolding added). The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). Read the Scripture: Romans 2:1-11 Chapter 2 of Romans is part of Paul's penetrating analysis of the 1st century civilization, beginning with its rejection of the God who had revealed himself in nature and in man's conscience. (See terms of purpose or result ). Ministry is not a one-way street. It’s a two-way street, with blessings and encourage-ment constantly being shared both ways. Secondly Paul uses "spiritual fruit" to refer to an action as in the following verse. Paul was burdened for the physical welfare of the Roman believers, but his overriding concern was for their spiritual well-being, and therefore his principal purpose for longing to see them was that he might impart to them some spiritual gift. Romans 1:1-4 Commentary. It may seem insignificant And that makes him a debtor to all. Paul is not a debtor to anybody because they qualify. Rom 1:3–4 stress the gospel or kerygma, Rom 1:2 the fulfillment of God’s promise, and Rom 1:1, 5 Paul’s office. Now, these are the three marks of the man that God uses: The mature Christian is concerned, committed, and confident. Romans 1:15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel (AMN) to you also who are in Rome. Romans 5:1-11 What It Means To Be Acceptable to God. The minute the Spirit of God begins to really work in your life and mine, these marks begin to show themselves, in this order. 1:11; 7:14; 15:27; 1 Co. 2:13, 15; 3:1; 9:11; 10:3f; 12:1; 14:1, 37; 15:44, 46; Gal. Dear pastor or teacher, what are you using to strengthen the flock under your charge? What is the passion of your life? 3:17, 18; 5:7, 18; Rev. Romans 1:11 - For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; - Verse-by-Verse Commentary Hi, Sign out However, it was taken over into the Cult of the Caesar where it acquired a religious significance. Romans 1:18-19 Commentary. 12:11; 13:15; James. 10:9; Ps. The means of this constant confirmation, then, is the impartation of spiritual benefit, and the response of faith." I'm ready to go, I'm eager to preach to you. We can relax in this kind of love and just enjoy him. It is by means of the Christians that the nations are to hear. Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International). Romans 6:1-11 Death to Sin, Alive to God. (Phillips: Touchstone), Wuest: Both to Greeks and to those who do not possess Greek culture, both to wise and unwise, I am debtor. Brethren (80) (adelphos from a = connective particle + delphus = the womb) refers to one from the same womb. 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. ", We need to temper our zeal with knowledge, and we can become overzealous very easily, but to feel and sense the excitement of Christian living is only the normal thing for a Christian. Since a commentary is a fundamental tool for the expositor or teacher who seeks to interpret and apply Scripture in the church or classroom, the NAC focuses on communicating the theological structure and content of each biblical book. ", Now, by the gospel, Paul does not mean simply explaining how to become a Christian. That is the essence of sin. But, at the moment of personal encounter with Jesus Christ, this vicious circle of self-involvement is broken into, and, for the first time, there comes a gleam of light that begins to manifest itself in a concern for somebody else. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Nevertheless we are to have the heart of Paul who wrote... "we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness" (1Cor 1:23). Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die. The translators of the King James Version, and the majority of commentators, choose the last mentioned sense and translate it here “that I may be comforted.” This is probably too narrow. But some of us are so driven, so work-focused, so goal-oriented, so workaholic that we resent people because people keep us from what we call "our work." After a person has yielded his life to Christ, almost invariably the first thing he says is, "You know, I have a friend I would like to tell this to." EACH OF US BY THE OTHER'S FAITH, BOTH YOURS AND MINE: dia tes en allelois pisteos humon te kai emou: Each of us - Matthew Poole writes "This is added to qualify what he had said before, lest he should seem to arrogate too much to himself; he tells them, he hoped not only to comfort them, but to be comforted by them. Have you ever known anyone who came to the end of life and said, "I wish I had spent more time at the office" or "I wish I had been away from my family more" or "I should have been more of a workaholic." Commentary on Romans 11:1-10 (Read Romans 11:1-10) There was a chosen remnant of believing Jews, who had righteousness and life by faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 5:12-21 Death in Adam and Life in Christ. Greeting 1:1-7. v1 From Paul. 1:11, 22; 4:17; 2Ti 2:6; 4:13; Heb. Under obligation (3781) (opheiletes from opheílo = owe, be in debt, conveys basic meaning of owing a debt) means one who owes another (e.g., think of someone who owes another a sum of money) and speaks of a strong moral obligation and personal duty. (Romans 1:1-17 Simple Christianity). ", Faith (4102)(pistis) is synonymous with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture usually speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it. It makes no difference to Paul who it is, because his heart has been captured by the Spirit of God, who creates a concern for someone else. “Have you any good news (euaggelion) for me today?” must have been a common question. Nor could he have been speaking about the gifts he discusses in Ro 12:4ff-note , because those gifts are bestowed directly by the Spirit Himself, not through a human instrument. 1:14; 1 Co. 14:11; Col. 3:11. He was not interested in tickling their ears or satisfying their religious curiosity. (NASB: Lockman), Greek: houtos to kat' eme prothumon kai humin tois en Rome euaggelisasthai. 1:12, 25; 4:6; Rev. 5:2; 2Pe 2:12. (Romans 1:8-15 Gospel For Obedience of Faith), William Newell for example writes that "Wise and foolish is more personal, not meaning merely educated and uneducated, but of all degrees of intelligence. While they may not be distressed about health, family, or work, they’re discouraged about their spiritual service. AND I DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE UNAWARE, BRETHREN THAT OFTEN I HAVE PLANNED TO COME TO YOU AND HAVE BEEN PREVENTED THUS FAR: ou thelo (1SPAI) de humas agnoein (PAN) adelphoi hoti pollakis proethemen (1SAMI) elthein (AAN) pros humas kai ekoluthen (1SAPI) achri tou deuro: To be unaware (50) (agnoeo from a = not + noéo = perceive, understand) means to be unaware of or to be ignorant of. Ro 16:25 (note) shows that it is God Who strengthens and He uses the Gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul is talking about "feeding the flock," preaching "the whole counsel of God " in infinite detail. Nothing is more encouraging to pastors, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and other Christian workers (that would be all the rest of us called out of darkness to proclaim His excellencies, to be ambassadors of reconciliation, to give an answer to everyone who asks us about the hope that is within us) than to see spiritual results in the lives of those to whom they minister. (Believer's Bible Commentary). 4:7, 8, 29; 11:14; 12:2; Lk. I am referring to men and women who have peace with God. The best saints, while they are in such a shaking world as this, have need to be more and more established; and spiritual gifts are of special use for our establishment. 4:10, Morris comments that "spiritual gift" in this verse is used "in the more general sense of anything that builds up the spiritual life. The apostle Paul is talking about "feeding the flock," preaching "the whole counsel of God" in infinite detail. — by Vernon C. Grounds (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Greek: ou thelo (1SPAI ) de humas agnoein, (PAN) adelphoi, hoti pollakis proethemen (1SAMI) elthein (AAN) pros humas, kai ekoluthen (1SAPI) achri tou deuro, hina tina karpon sco (2SAAS) kai en humin kathos kai en tois loipois ethnesin. Life is short; death is sure; sin the cause, CHRIST THE CURE! A commentary on Romans 8 using the S.O.A.K. 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