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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  
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John 2:27 KJV http://bible.com/1/1jn.2.27.KJV

Notes on Romans 1:5

By whom we have received grace and apostleship

God will always give us the resources and provisions to do the things He has called us to do. Paul was called of God to be His representative and messenger and sent out to preach the gospel. Here in verse 5, we read that God gave him the grace to do so. See also Eph. 3:1,2, 7,8.
Grace here refers to that disposition of God whereby He is fully committed to its recipient. It is the favourable disposition of God towards a person with all its attendant benefits.  In another word,  it's the favour of God.
All of God’s gifts to us are given through our Lord Jesus Christ; it is from Him we receive all of God’s gifts- 1 Cor. 8:6. Through Jesus Christ, Paul received grace (and the commission) to go out and preach the gospel. God has provided all that we need in life for us. We access His bountiful provisions and call (purpose for our lives) through our Lord Jesus Christ that is, through the knowledge of the Father and Son: see 2Pt.1:1-3.

Our au…

Notes on Romans 1:4

*Updated on 18th October, 2016
And declared [to be] the Son of God
The word 'declared' is translated from a Greek word which primarily means to mark out (the boundaries or limits of a place or thing).
Hence, in this verse (and from the context in which it appears),  it means that our Lord Jesus Christ was clearly shown, marked out, or made manifest as the Son of God.  He is therefore,  irrefragably the Son of God. And whether or not one agrees with this is immaterial “for we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”  (2Co 13:8 KJV).
“...the Son of God”
This speaks of His divinity. The previous verse, in speaking of His humanity, had just described Him as being of David's lineage. Now, in stating that He was shown to be the Son of God,  the apostle is essentially affirming the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is divine.  He is a member of the Godhead; He is God. See John 5:18.
Therefore, writing to the church at Corinth, he says in 2 Corinthians 5:16:

Notes on Romans 1:3

"Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,"
This means that:

Jesus Christ (the holy and anointed One) is the Son of the Living God: see Mt. 16:16; Lk.9:35, John 1:49.

And that He is our Lord.
“Lord” here means one to whom a person or thing belongs, who has supreme authority and control over the person or thing.

This means, as earlier explained in the note on verse 1, that Christ has absolute ownership, authority and control over our lives! Glory! Hallelujah! It is a good thing that Jesus Christ is  our Lord for it means sin,  sickness, fear, and death have no power over us: Rom. 6:6,7,14; 8:2,15,35-39; Mt. 8:17; Heb. 2:14,15; 1John 4:18; 5:4,5

However, He is not just our Lord, He is Lord over all: Mt.28:18; Eph.1:20-22; and one day, every one will bow to Him and acknowledge Him as Lord: Phil.2:9-11.

Furthermore, it means that the Gospel of God, (God's good news/promises to man) is about Him. Christ is the central theme of the Gospel. He is the central theme of all God’s promise…

Notes on Romans 1:2

From this verse, we can infer that the Gospel, God's good news, is a promise or a set of promises made to man (for prophets were God's spokespersons to the people). Thus, certain promises referred to in various parts of the Bible: Acts 26:6,7; Rom.9:4; 2 Cor. 1:20; Gal. 3:16; Eph. 2:12; Heb. 6:12; 10:23 are actually referring to the Gospel, God's good news to us.

Now, if the Gospel or good news is a promise or set of promises to us, it means that these promises are good things!

Additionally, if God made these promises a long time ago (the prophets referred to in this verse wrote thousands of years ago before Paul and the birth of Jesus) about His Son who had already died and resurrected (see verses 3 and 4), and Paul was being sent to deliver the good news, it means that at least, some of these promises had been fulfilled and the fulfillment of the rest were already in motion.

This fulfilment of God's promises thousands of years after they had been made is unequivocal…

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.

Note 1 on Romans 1:1: Being a Servant, Destiny, God's Purpose, Faith, Holiness and other thoughts

Verses 1- 7 mark the introduction to the epistle to the Romans. The epistle begins with an introduction.
In this introduction, we learn a few things.
Verse 1
At the beginning of his epistle, Paul introduces himself as, "a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God".
“… a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ”
The word rendered "servant" here means "slave." Some commentators and Bible translations have expressed it as "bondservant" or "bond-slave", both of which essentially mean the same thing- slave. So essentially, Paul is introducing himself as a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What does that mean?
For our purposes, we will define a slave as someone “who is the property of another person and whose labor and life often is subject to the owner's volition." (Wiktionary). In other words, there is the presence of two elements: the ownership of one person by another and the owner’s right of se…

Benefits of Reading the Scriptures

In this post,  I'll touch briefly on some of the benefits of the Scriptures and how reading it is one of the ways we can acquire these  benefits and other benefits.

2 Timothy 2:21: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16,17: 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 is quite clear about the benefits of Scripture. However when we compare 2 Ti.2:21 with 2 Ti.3:16,17 we see that one of the ways through which a man  may purge (thoroughly cleanse, dissociate, separate) himself from vessels unto dishonor (2Ti.2:20) or profane and vain babblings (2Ti. 2:216) is through giving himself to the Scriptures. This then is one of the numerous benefits of the Scriptures.

I say…

There is Strength in Community

In Romans 1:8, Paul expressed his gratitude to God that the Roman church was renowned for their faith. Now we are not told exactly what manner of works (of faith) they were renowned for but we can accurately infer that obedience (Rom. 16:19) and works for which Jesus was renowned for such as diverse kinds of healings, miracles (Mk. 16:17,18; John 14:12) supernatural gifts... in short, exploits of faith must have been the norm. 
He stated he was grateful for this because he had always wanted to come see them so that he could share the gospel with them and thereby strengthen them in the faith (vv.  11-15) . In other words, he was letting us know that through the preaching of the gospel we become established, strengthened in the faith. And the interesting thing about this is that we don't have to wait for a pastor,  Prophet or minister to preach the word to us,  it's something we can do amongst ourselves.  As a matter of fact, Paul had never been to the church in Rome when he wr…