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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.

Romans 1:02 - An Ancient Promise

Romans 1:2 - A Promise Kept

"which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures," (NASB)

"(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)" (KJV)

"God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures." (NLT)

Proepaggellomai: to promise of old; promise before

"Wasn't it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His glory?" (Luke 24:26 NLT)

"He is the One all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in Him will have their sins forgiven through His name." (Acts 10:43 NLT)

"Now I am on trial because of my hope in the fulfillment of God's promise made to our ancestors." (Acts 26:6 NLT)

"This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began." (Titus 1:2)

"But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago." (Romans 3:21)

A promise from before the world began (not a new age doctrine but conceived in the heart of God in antiquity) that has come to fruition in the lives of those who believe (not in a notional knowledge or a bare assent, nor in intellectual arguments, but in obedience) but in this the light of the Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Even more, it is a promise kept at no small price. It required the spilling of the blood of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A promise kept and a gift given. A covenant written that cannot be erased.

Heavenly Father give feet to my faith in this the promise of old, your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me today in my obedience to this faith so that your light may shine upon someone yet in the same darkness where you rescued me.

Romans 1.1 Who Has Your Ear.jpg

Romans 1:01 - Bondservant

Romans 1:1 - Who has your ear?

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God," (NASB)

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God," (KJV)

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach His Good News." (NLT)

Slave  (SLAVE, n.)

1.  A person who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who has no will of his own, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.  In the early state of the world, and to this day among some barbarous nations, prisoners of war are considered and treated as slaves. The slaves of modern times are more generally purchased, like horses and oxen.

The concept of being a slave or servant is rather foreign for this American mind to grasp.  Somehow, at a visceral level, there still remains the rebelliousness to any such thoughts.  Yet has not the bond-slave or bondservant chosen this state?  Was I not purchased from the marketplace of my own sin with the blood of Christ?  How is it then that I find in my being such an opposition to being "wholly subject to the will of another?"  This "another", after all, is the Son of God.  Yet here is Paul, who is "called," and "set apart" for the eternal purpose of the Gospel.

According to Dr. Alva J. McClain, there are seven words that allude to slavery in the Greek and this one, "doulos," is the most severe. When a person chose to be a bond-slave, the master pressed his earlobe to the doorpost of the house and pierced his ear with an awl. A piece of his ear thus became a permanent part of the house. In a similar way, Christ was pierced for us so that we would become a permanent part of his house. The question that remains is, "who has your ear?"

Heavenly Father today let your thoughts be my thoughts and your will be my will that your abundant love might touch a heart for Jesus sake today.


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