• Only One Gospel

    Romans 1:16-17

    The gospel tells us that we can become citizens of Christ’s kingdom through faith in Him alone. Yet we often try to complicate this simple message by adding additional requirements for citizenship. Whether we do this consciously or unconsciously ...Read More

  • Paul’s Gospel Obligation

    Romans 1:13–15

    All believers have been called by God to a specific task and given certain gifts for ministry. The question for us is whether we feel driven to fulfill this vocation and use the gifts that the Lord has given us ...Read More

  • Paul’s Intent to Visit Rome

    Romans 1:8–12

    One commentator notes how Paul does not view God’s sovereignty as something that he should take as permission not to pray or act. He knew that the Lord had thus far prevented him from coming to Rome, but he did ...Read More

  • Paul’s Magnum Opus

    Romans 1:1

    Take some time today to read through the book of Romans and get a grasp of the book’s overall flow and argument. Ask the Lord to help you see the truth of the gospel and how it applies to you ...Read More

  • Paul’s Theology

    Romans 1:16–17

    Paul was a unique vessel prepared by God for a unique task. His inspired work has been the foundation for many of the church’s theological tenets for two thousand years. Scan through Acts 9 through 28. List ways Paul ...Read More

  • The Power of God for Salvation

    Romans 1:16

    The gospel is not a message to be ashamed of even if the world finds it foolish. It is God’s power unto salvation, and our attempts to make the gospel more palatable to fallen people prevent them from seeing it ...Read More

  • The Primal Sin of Humanity

    Romans 1:19–21

    Douglas J. Moo writes in his commentary on Romans, “At the very center of every person, where the knowledge of God, if it is to have any positive effects, must be embraced, there has settled a darkness—a darkness that ...Read More

  • Righteousness by Faith

    Romans 1:17b (ESV footnote)

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “We have now the principal point or the main hinge of the first part of the this Epistle—that we are justified by faith through the mercy of God alone.” To truly know ...Read More

  • The Righteousness of God

    Romans 1:16–17

    Douglas Moo writes, “Justification by faith is the anthropological reflex of [that is, it reflects] Paul’s basic conviction that what God has done in Christ for sinful human beings is entirely a matter of grace” (Romans, p. 90). We affirm ...Read More

  • The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

    Romans 1:17b

    In other lectures, Dr. R.C. Sproul has paraphrased today’s passage as “the just shall live by trust.” The mark of righteous people is that they believe the Lord, that they trust His promises and seek to grow in ...Read More

  • Saving the Phenomena

    Romans 1:18-32

    When we see an apparent conflict between the Bible and science, either our understanding of the Bible is wrong, our understanding of science is wrong, or our understanding of both is wrong. As Christians we can confidently pursue all of ...Read More

  • The Suppression of Truth

    Romans 1:18–23

    Why do we seek to suppress the truth? Why do we seek to keep God from our thinking? Remember this passage when the secular world seeks the moral high ground in terms of “objectivity” and “open-mindedness.” Seek also to ...Read More

  • Synthetic Justification

    Romans 1:16–17

    Because of the way heretics like to misuse the language of Scripture, theology often uses highly technical terms in order to make sure that doctrine remains faithful to the apostolic writings of the Bible. The use of analytic versus synthetic ...Read More

  • An Untamed Lion

    Romans 1:24–32

    Paul says he is not ashamed of the Gospel. He means in part that he is not embarrassed to say that all non-Christian philosophy is founded in error and is an enterprise of fools. Many Christian intellectuals have been embarrassed ...Read More

  • Worshiping the Creature

    Romans 1:22–25

    John Calvin comments, “Religious honor cannot be given to a creature, without taking it away, in a disgraceful and sacrilegious manner, from God.” Rejecting God is so serious that if we will not have Him, He will not have ...Read More