Romans 1

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God’s Good News for Rome

1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle[a] and singled out for God’s good news— 2 which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures3 concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David[b] according to the flesh 4 and who has been declared to be the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.[c] 5 We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about[d] the obedience of faith[e] among all the nations,[f] on behalf of His name, 6 including yourselves who also belong to Jesus Christ by calling:

7 To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul’s Desire to Visit Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith[g] is being reported in all the world. 9 For God, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you, 10 always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I want very much to see you, so I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, 12 that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

13 Now I want you to know,[h] brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry[i] among you, just as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians,[j] both to the wise and the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome.

The Righteous Will Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,[k] because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,[l] just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.[m][n]

The Guilt of the Gentile World

18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known[o] about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

24 Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.

From Idolatry to Depravity

26 This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations[p] for unnatural ones. 27 The males in the same way also left natural relations[q] with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons[r] the appropriate penalty of their error.

28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness,[s] evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving,[t] and unmerciful. 32 Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die[u]—they not only do them, but even applaud[v] others who practice them.

5 thoughts on “I Thank My God Through Christ Jesus For All Of You

  1. It is interesting as we read on in chapter 2, “1 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

    5But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. 9There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.a 10But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.

    12When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. 13For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life”

    Anywhere we go in the NT scripture, God never, ever stops at what we have done bad, He always takes us to HOPE in Christ. Also, because of God’s command to treat others the way we would want to be treated, we cannot take these scriptures and point at others, because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It is interesting too that in vs 16 it speaks about a secret life…which we all have — even those who seem to be good on the outside. So, thank God for His mercy….as we have all sinned against God….and therefore it all comes down to that if we do not show mercy on others, then we cannot expect mercy to be shown to us.

    Thank you Juliana for this devotion!! Blessings to you!!!

    ** An added note here that I feel I need to add, as this chapter (1) has been used a lot to point out the sins of homosexuals. It has been used as a weapon…well, at least this is how they feel it is being used on them. They have recieved very little mercy from the the Christian community…which has communicated to them that Christ will not want them. I have been a Christian support group leader for women who have been abused as children, and have had women in my group who were in lesbian relationships…and the reason they were was because of the abuse…consistant abuse…by men, their fathers and brothers. Their hatred towards men, which most of the time stems from their deep wounds, which stems from the sins of others. There are many, many ‘practicing’ alcoholics, gluttons, child pornographers, adulterers, and etc in the church….yet, we publicly, and loudly point out the sins of this particular group. When we choose to begin loving them as Christ did those who were hated in His day, then we will see many come to Christ, as Christ did in His day, and then God will work in their hearts and do the changing….it will not happen by our disdainful behavior towards them.

    Bless you again for this topic Juliana!!

    (I had a hard time logging in and posting this comment, so I hope it does not post 2 or 3 times….sorry about that if it does…can it be edited if it did?)

    1. Thank you so much, Jenny Elaine! Praise God! I love your comment! I am getting into chapter 2 tomorrow and what a wonderful lead in you gave!! I would love to reblog this! We do need reminding of such things!! I appreciate you! Blessings!! Juliana

      1. Of course Hon!! Blessings abundantly to you…..oh, BTW, my 1st ‘baby’ was a Chi that looked just like yours! I miss him greatly. His name was Teddy….

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