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Note 2 on Romans 1:1: Discovering and Fulfilling God's Will for your Life

Rom 1:1 (KJV):  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
This simply means that his work as an apostle was limited to the gospel (good news or good tidings) of God.
'Called' there means appointed or ordained. The words “to be” are italicized in the King James Version (KJV) because they are not in the original Greek manuscript and were only added by the KJV translators to aid understanding of the sentence. This is because the word, ‘called’ here is translated from the Greek word, ‘klÄ“tos’ which primarily means invited. As such, the sentence would have read: invited an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
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“Then Sings My Soul How Great Your Love is”

Notes on Romans 1:8

(Rom 1:8 KJV) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,
Thanking God through Jesus Christ is how we are to give thanks and it is one and the same with thanking God in the name of Jesus: see the following Scriptures:
Eph 5:20 (KJV) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Col 3:17 (KJV) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
It means giving thanks to God because of Jesus Christ or for the sake of Jesus Christ. It is giving thanks to God in or by open acknowledgment of what the Lord Jesus has done. In simple terms, it is thanksgiving infused with or borne out of a Christ-consciousness.
See Heb. 13:15 (KJV):

Notes on Romans 1: Summary of verses 8-12

He begins by thanking God through Jesus Christ that their faith is spoken of throughout the whole world because his desire has always been to impart some spiritual gift to them in order that they be confirmed; steadfastly set, or strengthened in the faith: Rom.16: 25. Thus, their faith being spoken of throughout the whole world is proof positive that they are indeed strong in the faith, for it shows how strong in faith they are.
Our strength in the faith will always bring us into the limelight and will serve as an encouragement to others.

Notice in these verses, the apostle’s desire for them: that they may be strong in the faith and he backed this desire up with prayers. This is one of the true hallmarks of a leader. As Christian leaders, our desire should be the confirmation of our flock, that they be mature, strong in the faith and not be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine. And like Paul, this desire should be backed up by prayers and the preachin…

Notes on Romans 1:7

Notes on Romans 1:7
Verse 7 (Rom 1:7 KJV) 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.
To all that be in Rome
This epistle was addressed to the Christians in Rome but it is applicable to Christians everywhere throughout the ages as all of Scripture is for “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”- 2 Ti.3:16,17 (KJV). Plus, it’s a continuation of “are ye the called of Jesus Christ” in Romans 1:6 which applies to all believers.

Graced up for Rest, Rested in Grace

by Dr. Kelechi Duru and myself

Grace, power and promotion it brings,
Rest, peace and quietness it sings,
Grace, Divine influence upon a heart,
Rest, God's Shalom upon your path,
Graced up for rest, rested in Grace!

In Isaiah, He says, "Not bronze but gold"
But this covenant is of old,
Now He says, "Have my grace,
In exchange for your disgrace,"
Graced up for rest, rested in Grace!

"They shall never enter My rest, no never!"
This He spoke of the disbelievers,
The Hebrews, the Jews in the wilderness,
The promise of His rest still stands nevertheless
Graced up for rest, rested in Grace!

Today, believe, stand before the Throne,
Make His presence your home,
For therein abides His abundance,
His Grace, His rest forever your stance
Graced up for rest, rested in Grace!


We wrote this poem years ago (somewhere in Mellamby Hall) while we were undergrads and members of a great community- Pen of A Ready Write…

We are the Special Ones!

In Romans 1:6 Paul writing to the Roman Christians says that among all the nations (Gentile nations and indeed all the nations of the world) they too are the called of Jesus Christ.
He says: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. Rom.1:6 KJV.
This means that, the Roman Christians, though geographically part of the Gentiles (nations), were a distinct people in that they too, alongside other Christians, were the called of Jesus Christ.

In other words, Christians everywhere, wherever there may be and regardless of the circumstances of their birth, though geographically part of different earthly nationalities, are a distinct people, separate from all peoples, tribes, races, or nations of the earth by virtue of being the called of Jesus Christ.
The word 'called' here simply means saints; people set apart by the Lord unto Himself.

Notes on Romans 1:6

*Updated 19th December 2016
Verse 6
Rom 1:6 KJV: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
“Among whom…”
That is, the Roman Christians, though geographically part of the Gentiles (nations), were a distinct people in that they too, alongside other Christians, were the called of Jesus Christ.
This means that Christians everywhere, wherever they may be, though geographically part of different nationalities, are a distinct people, separate from all peoples, tribes, races, or nations of the earth by being the called of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! We are a unique people: special, separate and completely different from all others for amongst all the nations we are the called of Jesus Christ. See: 1Pe 2:9 KJV