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Romans 1:12 - Mutual Faith

Romans 1:12

"that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine." (NASB)

"That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me." (KJV)

"When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours." (NLT)

A Common Faith

"There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism," (Eph 4:5 NLT)

"I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.  May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace." (Titus 1:4 NLT)

"Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share.  But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people." (Jude 1:3 NLT)

"The grace of faith is the same in all the saints, and so is the doctrine of it, as dispensed by Christ's faithful ministers, and experimentally received and embraced by his people; the consideration of which has a very great influence on the comfort and establishment of each other; nor are any so perfect, but they may receive benefit from others, even though inferior to them." Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)

We enjoy comfort from our common faith.  We bring comfort to others and at the same time receive comfort.  It is the fullness of this faith we share in Christ Jesus that is mutual by design because we are all part of the body with Christ as the head.  We are mutually blessed by Christ and each other.  How cool is that?  Way cool.

Thanks Dear Heavenly Father for your design of the faith wherein I walk.  Help me to appreciate my dear brothers and sisters in Christ in a new and special way today that I may both enjoy and impart a blessing.  Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone)

Romans 1:11 - Desire to Encourage

Romans 1:11

"For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be 4741established;" (NASB)

"For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be 4741established;" (KJV)

"When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours." (NLT)

LONG, v.i.
1. To desire earnestly or eagerly.
I long to see you. Rom 1.
I have longed after thy precepts. Psa 119.
I have longed for thy salvation. Psa 119.
I long to see you (Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of American English)

Rom 15:23 "but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you" (NASB)


Thayer Definition:
1) to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix
2) to strengthen, make firm
3) to render constant, confirm, one’s mind

Rom 16:25 "Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past," (NASB)

1Th 3:13 "so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints." (NASB)

2Th 2:17 "comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word." (NASB)

2Th 3:3 "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." (NASB)

Jas 5:8 "You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near." (NASB)

Pe 5:10 "After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." (NASB)

A personal attitude of the heart that comes from the Holy Spirit that creates a longing for fellowship with other believers. Here Paul wishes to visit a group of believers that have not had the benefit of the direct teaching of the Apostles. His wish is to establish (comfort and strengthen) them in the faith. Is this not the kind of longing that should reside in the heart of every believer. We long to see our brothers and sisters grow in the faith. We hope the very best for their lives. We long to be in their presence. As an American, I think that my culture lends itself to the thoughts of me as an individual. Yet the church is a homogenous organism with Christ as its head. The whole body grows and flourishes when Jesus Christ is the head. When things are not as they should be this is a good place to start. I ask this question every morning when I awake. Is Christ the head of Bob? We are as members of Christ not unlike a red corpuscle that has the very important job of carrying oxygen and nutrition to the various parts of the body. If we are not healthy, someone doesn't get oxygen! We belong to one another and are necessary to each others well being.To be ("established") confirmed in the truths of the Gospel is not only necessary, it is extraordinary.

Dear Father in Heaven, help me today to be a comfort to my brothers and sisters. Help me not to be a burden. Help me to acknowledge you in all my thoughts today. Thanks for hearing and answering my prayer. To Jesus Christ may be all glory and honor. Amen.

"Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love. (Eph 4:15-16 TEV)

"He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life." (Col 1:19 TEV)

"For no reason at all, such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking and have stopped holding on to Christ, who is the head of the body. Under Christ’s control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow." (Col 2:18-19 TEV)

Romans 1:10 - Earnest Prayer

Romans 1:10

"always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you." (NASB)

"Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you." (KJV)

"One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you." (NLT)

James 4:14-15 "How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.'" (NLT)

Paul expresses his deep desire of the heart to visit the believers in Rome.  A wellspring of emotional attachment that comes from his persistent and earnest prayer.  He wishes to come "by any means" and yet expresses that it must be by the "will of God."  Earnest prayer is the door that leads to victorious living.  When we pray we gain the victory over sin.  We receive a desire for the Word of God.  The Word of God cleanses our hearts and minds.  We have a desire to put of the old man and put on the Armor of God.  It is not that one thing comes before the other but rather that "all things work together for good."  When we pray we humiliate ourselves in the sight of the Lord and He lifts us up!  How is our prayer life?  Does it look like Philippians 4:6-7 or Ephesians 6:18?  Is our prayer life a sweet smelling aroma or is it something that smells dead underneath the house?

Dear Father in Heaven, let my heart be a wellspring of such prayers as this that earnestly aches for the welfare of the Brethren and the souls of the lost.

Romans 1:09 - Serve with my Spirit

Romans 1:9

"For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you," (NASB)

"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;" (KJV)

"God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son." (NLT)


From latris (a hired menial); to minister (to God), that is, render religious homage: - serve, do the service, worship (-per).

"For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort," (Philippians 3:3 NLT)

"That is why they stand in front of God's throne and serve Him day and night in His Temple. And He who sits on the throne will give them shelter." (Revelation 7:15 NLT)

"I want to call your attention first of all to that word serve.  It means literally 'to serve as a priest.'  It  was the Greek word used in the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament to refer to the service of the priests in the temple, including the idea of worship.  The same word is translated 'worship' in Philippians 3:3.  This word is a commentary on what true Christian service ought to be: we serve God as priests, and therefore every act of our service should be rendered to God as an act of worship.  In this light the distinction between sacred and secular disappears.  The very ground you walk on is holy, and every trivial act acquires meaning.  If you remember that, all your Christian service (no matter what it is) will become to you significant of that time when we shall be before the throne of God and 'serve him day and night in his temple' (Revelation 7:15).  Again the same Greek word is used that Paul uses here." Dr. Alva J. McClain, Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace

"Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)

"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." (Ephesians 6:18 NLT)

My spiritual worship in service for Christ is in Christ and from Christ "by the Spirit of God" and not as a result of "human effort."

Dear Heavenly Father, I am a man of unclean lips not worthy to even behold your presence in the temple where the angels cover their faces and feet so only their service shows.  Create in me a clean heart today that I might attend to the appointments you may bring my way.

Romans 1:08 - Famous Faith

Roman 1:8

"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world" (NASB)

"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world." (KJV)

"Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in Him is being talked about all over the world." (NLT)

Compare: "And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don't need to tell them about it," (1 Thessalonians 1:8 NLT)

"Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation." Hebrew 11:2

Is proclaimed (kataggelletai). Present passive indicative of kataggello?, to announce (aggello?) up and down (kata). See also anaggello?, to bring back news (Joh_5:15), apaggello?, to announce from one as the source (Mat_2:8), prokataggello?, to announce far and wide beforehand (Act 3:18).

"Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay, The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire, Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God." Amy Carmichael

"Much of it hinges on your view of scripture. Are you playing a proof text poker with Genesis plus the Gospels and Paul's epistles, with everything else just short of a big mystery in between--except maybe psalms and proverbs, which you use devotionally? Or do you see scripture as being a cosmic drama--creation, fall, redemption, future hope--dramatic narratives that you can apply to all areas of life?" (Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Prism Interview)

Romans 1:07 - Called as Saints

Romans 1:7

"to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (NASB)

"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." (KJV)

"am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace." (NLT)

Thayer Definition:
1) called, invited (to a banquet)
1a) invited (by God in the proclamation of the Gospel) to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ
1b) called to (the discharge of) some office
1b1) divinely selected and appointed

Thayer Definition:
1) most holy thing, a saint
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from hagos (an awful thing) [compare G53, G2282]

Strong Definition:
From hagos (an awful thing) compare G53, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): - (most) holy (one, thing), saint.

Key repeated phrases:

Verse 1: called as an apostle; called to be an apostle; chosen by God to be an apostle

Verse 6: called of Jesus Christ; called to belong to Jesus Christ

Verse 7: called as saints; called to be saints; called to be His own holy people

The same way Paul is a "called apostle," and we are "called of Christ," we are also "called as saints." Because I belong to Christ, I am a most holy thing. A mind boggling statement certainly not reflective of the face I shave every morning.

Heavenly Father, let the light of your holiness shine upon my heart in that place where the visage is not marred because of your providential preservation that I may in some small way reflect the light of your Son, Jesus, to someone today! Thank you for this magnificent salvation purchased with the blood of the Messiah.

Romans 1:06 - Called of Christ

Romans 1:6

"among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;" (NASB)

"Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:" (KJV)

"And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ." (NLT)

CALLED, pp. Invited; summoned; addressed; named; appointed; invoked; assembled by order; recited. (Noah Webster)

From the same as G2821; invited, that is, appointed, or (specifically) a saint: - called. (Strong's Concordance)

The fruit of the olive in its wild state is small and worthless.  To become prolific the olive must be grafted, a process by which good stock is made to grow upon the wild shrub.  Paul uses this fact as a powerful allegory (Rom. 11:17) in showing how the Gentiles are under obligation to the true Israel, indicating that it is contrary to nature for the wild olive slip to be grafted on to good stock.  Douglas, J. (1982). New Bible Dictionary.

How wondrous indeed to be "called to belong to Jesus Christ."  Who am I that you are even mindful of me?  Yet you have saved me from my sins and called me into a life undeserved. Born from above in a most miraculous and unusual way.

Romans 1:05 - Obedience of the Faith

Romans 1:5

"Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake," (NASB)

"By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:" (KJV)

"Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name." (NLT)

GRACE, n. [L. gratia, which is formed on the Celtic; Eng. agree, congruous, and ready. The primary sense of gratus, is free, ready, quick, willing, prompt, from advancing.]

1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace.

Or each, or all, may win a lady's grace.

2. Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. (Noah Webster)

OBE'DIENCE, n. [L. obedientia.]

Compliance with a command, prohibition or known law and rule of duty prescribed; the performance of what is required or enjoined by authority, or the abstaining from what is prohibited, in compliance with the command or prohibition.  To constitute obedience, the act or forbearance to act must be in submission to authority; the command must be known to the person, and his compliance must be in consequence of it, or it is not obedience.  Obedience is not synonymous with obsequiousness; the latter often implying meanness or servility, and obedience being merely a proper submission to authority.  That which duty requires implies dignity of conduct rather than servility.  Obedience may be voluntary or involuntary.  Voluntary obedience alone can be acceptable to God. (Noah Webster)

From G5219; attentive hearkening, that is, (by implication) compliance or submission: - obedience, (make) obedient, obey (-ing).

1 John 3:24 "Those who obey God's commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them." (NLT)

2 Corinthians 10:5 "We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ." (NLT)

Hebrews 5:8-9 "Even though Jesus was God's Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him." (NLT)

Ephesians 2:1-2 "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience." (NASB)

From G545; disbelief (obstinate and rebellious): - disobedience, unbelief.

Faith, belief, and obedience are all toes on the same foot.  No wonder that the translators struggle with rendering "apeitheia" as disobedience or unbelief.  When I fail to obey I am saying to Christ, who "learned obedience," that I do not believe Him.  My obedience must not be given grudgingly but with the attitude in my heart created by His love lest I too become the whitewashed sepulcher.

Heavenly Father, help me today to be your obedient servant that I might for Jesus sake reflect the glorious Grace of the Gospel to those around me. Let my heart be troubled for the lost.

Romans 1:04 - The Son of God

Romans 1:4

"who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord," (NASB)

"And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (KJV)

"and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord." (NLT)

Ho horizo uihos theos en dunamis kata pneuma hagiosune ek anastasis nekros Iesous Christos ho kurios ego

Horizo: (G3724) to mark out or bound (horizon) that is, (figuratively) to appoint, decree, specify: declare, determine, limit, ordain

Uihos: (G5207) a "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship: child, foal, son

Theos: (G2316) Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate,, by Hebraism very: exceeding, God, godly, godward

Dunamis: (G1411) From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself); ability, abundance, meaning, might, mightily, mighty, mighty deed, (worker of) miracle (s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

Pneuma: (G4151) From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirtit, the Holy spirit: ghost, life, spirit, spiritual, spiritually, mind.

Hagiosune: (G42) From G40; sacredness (that is, properly the quality): holiness.

Anastasis: (G386) From G450; a standing up again, that is, (literally) a resurrection from death (individual, general or by implication (its author)), or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth); raised to life again, resurrection, rise from the dead, that should rise, rising again.

Nekros: (G3498) From an apparently primary word nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun) dead.

Iesous: (G2424) Of Hebrew origin (H3091); Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: Jesus

Christos: (G5547) From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: Christ.

Kurios: (G2962) From Kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title): God, Lord, Master, Sir.

Ego: (G1473) A primary pronoun of the first person, "I"….

DECLA'RED, pp. Made known; told explicitly; avowed; exhibited; manifested; published; proclaimed; recited.

SHOWN, pp. of show. Exhibited; manifested; proved.

"There is a striking contrast between the verbs used. As to His humanity, He was made of the seed of David, but as to His deity, He was declared. Humanity is a created thing but deity is uncreated. The human nature, or flesh of Christ, was made at a definite point in human history, but His divine nature was existing from eternity and needed only to be declared that men might see it." Dr. Alva J. McClain, Romans, The Gospel of Grace.

Resurrection Foretold by the prophets:

Psalms 16:10 "For You will not leave my soul among the dead or allow Your holy one to rot in the grave." (NLT)

Acts 13:34-35 "For God had promised to raise Him from the dead, not leaving Him to rot in the grave. He said, 'I will give You the sacred blessings I promised to David.' Another psalm explains it more fully: 'You will not allow Your Holy One to rot in the grave.'" (NLT)

Isaiah 26:19 "But those who die in the LORD will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For Your life-giving light will fall like dew on Your people in the place of the dead!" (NLT)

Resurrection Foretold by Jesus:

Matthew 20:19 "Then they will hand Him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day He will be raised from the dead." (NLT) Red letter

Mark 9:9 "As they went back down the mountain, He told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead." (NLT)

Mark 14:28 "But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there." (NLT) Red letter

John 2:19 "All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Red letter

Declared with Power:

John 5:21 "For just as the Father gives life to those He raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone He wants." Red letter

John 10:18 "No one can take My life from Me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what My Father has commanded." Red letter

The Resurrection of Christ is One of the cardinal facts and doctrines of the Gospel. If Christ be not risen, our faith is vain "And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless." (1 Corinthians 15:14 NLT) The whole of the New Testament revelation rests on this as an historical fact.

1 Corinthians 15:22 "Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life." (NLT)

Thank you dear Heavenly Father that you sent NOT an angel, nor some other created being, BUT you sent your beloved Son to save that which was lost because of my sin. Help me to live today in a way that belongs to Christ an His new life in me.

Romans 1:03 - Concerning the Son

Romans 1:3

"concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh," (NASB)

"Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;" (KJV)

"The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David's family line," (NLT)

"Was born," "was made" ginomai G1096 to be or to become.

Gal 4:4 But when the right time came, God sent His Son, (G1096) born of a woman, subject to the law. (NLT)

Joh 8:58 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham (G1096) was even born, I AM!" (NLT)

Divinity and humanity God come down as a man.  Jesus' birth has spawned many questions and through the years all manner of answers have arisen.  But in our day, when women are implanted with embryos created in the laboratory, most of the questions fall silent.  It is not hard to see how the Holy Spirit creating a zygot within the Virgin Mary making her the surrogate for the God-man.

How could Jesus be born without original sin?

How could a virgin give birth?

I remember reading that Grace is literally love that stoops.  I pray, dear Heavenly Father, that today the attitude of my heart is one that gladly stoops for each person I meet.

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