1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 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. 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 any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:1-32 (KJV)
Most common word (not counting conjunctions and pronouns): God (22 times)
I (13 times) and You (12 times) are almost half as many uses as “God”. Think about that.
Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Middle Verse(s) (of 32 verses)
Rom 1:16, ¶ “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Rom 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Middle Five Words (of 718 words)
[‘of God revealed from faith’] Rom 1:17, For therein is the righteousness [of God revealed from faith] to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
From Schofield’s notes… the outline of Romans
1. The whole world guilty before God (Romans 1:18 – 3:20).
2. Justification through the righteousness of God by faith, the Gospel remedy for guilt (Romans 3:21 – 5:11).
3. Crucifixion with Christ, the resurrection life of Christ, and the walk in the Spirit, the Gospel provision for inherent sin (Romans 5:12 – 8:13).
4. The full result in blessing of the Gospel (Romans 8:14-39).
5. Parenthesis: the Gospel does not abolish the covenant promises to Israel (Romans 9:1 – 11:36).
6. Christian life and service (Romans 12:1 – 15:33).
7. The outflow of Christian love (Romans 16:1-27).
Romans is thought to be the sixth epistle Paul wrote. It encapsulates the entire Gospel.
outline of the chapter is introduction greeting 1-7. Purpose 8-13. And verse 14 begins the actual chapter.
Let’s not get bogged down over the way the words declare Jesus Christ to be God. the Gospel of John declare Jesus to have been per-existent. Therefore, verse 4 is not saying that the resurrection made Jesus Christ the son of God – He always was the son of God. “Before Abraham was, I am.” he is saying that the Resurrection declares Jesus to be God – in other words, testifies.
DECLA’RED, pp. Made known; told explicitly; avowed; exhibited; manifested; published; proclaimed; recited. (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
Paul starts the book by declaring the Gospel, then almost immediately begins contrasting the Romans, a collection of Jews and Gentiles, as sinners together, shut up in rebellion and unrighteousness. Relief is not in sight, as Romans will portray mankind as sinners deserving only of Hell for two more chapters, before the good news is proclaimed again.
Think about that as well. When sharing the gospel, do you lightly gloss over humans as sinners? Do you dance around those words. “You’re a sin….ummm… you can’t work your way to heaven!”
Just SAY it. Trust me, the holy Spirit of God will begin enduing you with boldness as you proclaim it. Just remember this – you’ve got to make it a Gospel sandwich, declaring the power of the gospel to save, then sinners unworthy of eternal life, then Jesus Christ gave unto us eternal life to all who believe.