Romans Chapter seven

VERSES 1-4 Do you not know, brothers–for I am speaking to men who know the law–that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from […]

Romans Chapter six

VERSES 1-4 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with […]

Romans Chapter five

VERSES 1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,… I don’t want to place undue emphasis on the following observation, however, note how in the NIV translation suggests the past tense – of our having been justified through faith, whereas,… …the KJV translation of the […]

Romans Chapter four

VERSES 1-5  What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now when a man works, his wages […]

Romans Chapter Three

In the previous chapter, (chapter 2), Paul wrote: Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19 if you are convinced that you are a […]

Romans Chapter 2

VERSE 1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will […]

Romans – Chapter One

VERSE 1 Paul, a servant (bond-slave) of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—… Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant […]

Romans – Introduction and background

Paul’s letter to the church in Rome is divided into 16 chapters. In order to be familiar with the text that we will be studying, may I exhort you to carefully read the whole book of Romans once through – and then read through the appropriate chapters prior to each study, formulating any questions which […]

Increase our faith! – Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Suppose one of you had a servant ploughing or looking after the sheep. Would he […]

All Israel will be saved – Understanding Romans 9-11

Introduction  In chapters nine to eleven of his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul deals with the questions: “Did God reject His people? Had God’s promises to Israel failed?” “Yes,” might be a natural, but unenlightened conclusion in view of Paul’s teaching of the first eight chapters – namely that the Gospel is the […]