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Romans 1

Romans 1 provides a compelling introduction to the core messages of Christianity: the Gospel, faith, righteousness, and God’s wrath against sin. It challenges us to embrace the power of the Gospel in our lives, to live by faith, and to understand the serious consequences of turning away from God’s truth.

Verses 1-7: Paul’s Greeting to the Romans

Paul identifies himself as a servant of Christ Jesus, set apart for the gospel. He acknowledges Jesus as the son of David, declared the Son of God with power by His resurrection. Paul then sends greetings to all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints.

Verses 8-15: Paul’s Desire to Visit Rome

Paul expresses his gratitude for the Roman Christians whose faith is being reported all over the world. He shares his longing to see them, to impart some spiritual gift to strengthen them, and to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

Verses 16-17: The Power of the Gospel

Paul asserts that he is not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. He emphasizes that the righteousness of God is revealed in the Gospel, a righteousness that is by faith.

Verses 18-32: The Wrath of God against Ungodliness

Paul turns to the wrath of God, which is being revealed against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth. He discusses the corruption and idolatry of those who exchanged the glory of God for images of created things and abandoned God’s natural design for sexuality.

Romans 1 is the opening chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans. This chapter introduces the key themes of the Gospel, righteousness, faith, and the wrath of God against sin. Paul writes to believers in Rome, expressing his longing to visit them and share in their faith.