7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of
throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in
the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my
prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the
will of God to come to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some
spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged
together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to
you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just
as among the other Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians,
both to wise and to unwise. 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the
gospel to you who are in Rome also. NKJV
v7. This epistle was written to the mixed assemblies of believers in Rome, as in all of
Paul’s letters it was to the Jew first and also to the Gentiles.
Rom 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to
salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Rom 2:9-10 Tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew
first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what
is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
“Beloved of God” Beloved, in Greek ἀγαπητός, Transliteration agapētos,
Pronunciation ä-gä-pā-to’s, the adjective of agape, a rarely used Greek word in the
secular writings of the day, but pressed into service by the New Testament authors
to denote God’s charitable Love, the kind of love that does not come naturally to
man, but is exemplified by Christ’s passion and death upon the cross for sinful
man. Rom 5:8But God demonstrates His own love(agape)toward us, in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace always proceeds peace! Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
“saints” Yes we are called to be saints. In the Greek, ἅγιος, Transliteration hagios,
Pronunciation hä’-gē-os. Literally holy, used of persons whom God has employed,
set apart by God to be exclusively His, partakers of salvation in the Kingdom of God.
v8. “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken
of throughout the whole world.”
First, we should thank God through Jesus Christ, who is the mediator between man
and God. 1Ti 2:5For [there is] one God and one Mediator between God and men,
[the] Man Christ Jesus, NKJV
“That your faith is spoken throughout the whole world.” That is, what was the known
world to them. The faith of the worshipers in Rome, both of the Jews and Greeks.
v9. “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son,
that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,” We need to be
praying for one another in spirit and in truth. This is how we fight the good fight as
prayer warriors. I’ve found that prayer changes a lot of things, mostly me. I truly
believe that there is no better example of prayer life than that of our Savior. He
would always be going off to a quiet place and pray. If He being the Son of God felt
it necessary to pray so much, what should that be telling us?
v10. “making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of
God to come to you.” Making a request of God to see them. Not my will, but Your
Will be done. Remember when Paul was on his way to Jerusalem and stopped in
Ephesus? When he left them he said, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in
Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus
and never returned again, for chains awaited him there in Jerusalem and from there
he did go to Rome. I believe that we should think if not say, God willing I will do this
or that, for what we do that is not in His Will always seems to be folly and self-will.
Phl 2:13 “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for [His] good
v11-12 “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you
may be established-that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” He wanted to impart some spiritual gift to establish
their faith, teach them the Word, to establish mutual faith. We should always seek to
establish mutual faith with fellow believers. That is essential theology. The saving
grace of God. Christ’s work upon the cross where He said, ‘It is finished’. Whenever
someone tries to teach you that it is the gospel plus something else, look out man!
They are trying to ensnare you into their web of deceit. We are free! For whom the
Son sets free is free indeed. But Jesus also said, “Then He said to [them] all, “If
anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 NKJV There is discipline in discipleship. 1Cr 9:27But I
discipline my body and bring [it] into subjection, lest, when I have preached to
others, I myself should become disqualified. NKJV
v13. “For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to
you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just
as among the other Gentiles.” Remember that the Jews were expelled from Rome
by the Emperor Claudius. Acts 18:2And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born
in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius
had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. NKJV.
Suetonius the Roman Historian, In The Life of Claudius 25.4, we find the statement,
“As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he
expelled them from Rome.” Suetonius was the first secular source to write
about Christ. However, Suetonius is confused in the passage and assumes that
Chrestus was alive at the time of the disturbance and was agitating the Jews in
Rome. Most scholars assume that in the reference Jesus is meant and that the
disturbances mentioned were due to the spread of Christianity in Rome.
But by the time Paul did get to Rome the Jews had been allowed to return under
Nero. Act 28:And from there, (Puteoli)when the brethren(Followers of The Way)
heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When
Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. NKJV
After arriving in Rome Paul spoke with the Jewish leaders who had not come to
believe in Christ. Acts 28:17 And it came to pass after three days that Paul called
the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them:
“Men and brethren, though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of
our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, 18 who, when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there
was no cause for putting me to death. 19 But when the Jews spoke against it, I was
compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation.
20 For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you,
because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.” 21 “Then they said to
him, “We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the
brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. 22 But we desire to hear
from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against
everywhere.” 23 So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his
lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God,
persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets,
from morning till evening. 24 And some were persuaded by the things which were
spoken, and some disbelieved.” Some of the Traditional Jews were converted to
“this sect” or as Paul clarified it in his address to Felix, “The Way that they call a
sect” Acts 24:14.
From the earliest of times of church history Christianity was thought of as a sect of
Judaism, but Paul clarifies the issue by declaring it the Way. John 14:Jesus said to
him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me.” Jesus has always been and always will be the Way, the Truth and the
Life. If there was or could be any other way to reconcile sinful man to Himself the
Father would not have given up His only begotten Son to death on the cross. It was
not the Christ’s will to die that degrading and painful death upon the tree, but He
subjected His divine will to the will of the Father as He prayed three times to let that
cup of suffering pass from Him.
Below is the exact phrase.
Mat 26:39He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My
Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as
You [will].” NKJV.
“As among the other Gentiles.” Sadly it seems that most of the Jewish followers of
The Way had returned to the Synagogue. Christ predicted this in His parables and
statements. Mar 2:22″And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new
wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new
wine must be put into new wineskins.” Luke 5:39″And no one, having drunk old [wine], immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ Matthew 13:18
“Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the
kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what
has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the
road. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who
hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in
himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of
the word, immediately he falls away.” John 12:42 Nevertheless even among the
rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him,
lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men
more than the praise of God. NKJV
v.14-15 “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.
So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome
“I am a debtor” a great sense of obligation. We as believers in Christ, grafted into
the olive tree whose root is Israel, have a great obligation to proclaim Christ and
His saving grace to those who God gives us a divine appointment to share the
gospel of Christ with. In the Royal Family Kids Club where my wife and I serve we
call it a teachable moment. We are not allowed to try to convert the Foster children
or baptize them, but the State’s regulations allow for us to share our faith, our
testimony and to tech them with Bible stories, puppet shows and through our walk.
We try to show them His love for them through our love and deeds done just for
them. 1Peter 3:15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if
someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. NLT
Paul was so desirous to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God to the
brethren in Rome that he subjected his will to that of God and was brought there in
chains, but the gospel of God cannot be chained, for it is the power to set the
May the One God our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus the Christ our Lord and their
Holy Spirit lead you and guide you in all of your ways. May He lift you up on wings of
eagles and take you to places you never dreamed you go.