Romans Lesson 1 Day 4

Romans 1:11-15

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Romans Lesson 1 Day 4

My answers to BSF study questions on Romans 1:11-15

All scriptures for this lesson

I am ready: Spurgeon wondered if Paul didn’t use the words “I am ready” as his motto. Almost the first words out of his mouth when he was saved were, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6). Guzik

9. Paul was ready and willing but unable to visit the believers in Rome.

Paul wrote, “I am yearning (longing, desiring) to see you.”

People everywhere kept telling Paul about their lives of faith. (Romans 1:8 MSG)

For the benefit of those in Rome, Paul desired to impart some spiritual gift to them resulting in them being stabilized. (Wuest)

For his own benefit, that he may be strengthened by them through the mutual faith which is both theirs and his. (Wuest)

Prevented from going to Rome (Romans 1:13)

Time and circumstances forced every trip to be canceled until now. (voice)

…something has always come up and prevented it. (Message)

10. Paul’s determination

Paul asked and kept on asking God “to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache.” (Romans 1:10 Message)

Even when I know the plan and will of God for my life, He usually doesn’t show us how and when. My own plan to make things happen could produce an Ishmael. Paul thought his only purpose in going to Rome was to visit the believers. Little did he know his destiny included Caesar.

11. Paul’s Calling was to Everyone

Greeks—the cultured, educated. and wise

Barbarians—uncultured, uneducated, and foolish

They are joined by faith as family.  (Romans 1:8 Voice)

Paul’s “Why”

God—whom Paul served with his [whole] spirit [rendering priestly and spiritual service] in [preaching] the Gospel and [telling] the good news of His Son. (Romans 1:9 AMP)

“I have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay.” (AMP)

Ready. Willing. Eager.

Paul was ready and eager to proclaim the good news.

Paul displayed boldness.

“Talk of your brave men, your great men, O world! Where in all history can you find one like Paul? Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, marched with the protection of their armies to enforce their will upon men. Paul was eager to march with Christ alone to the center of this world’s greatness entrenched under Satan with the word of the cross, which he himself says is to the Jews, an offence; and to Gentiles, foolishness.” (Newell) via Guzik

My willingness

I chuckled when I read the last part of this question.

I feel compelled to share the Gospel through writing. If someone had told me I would spend this much time and effort – 25 or more hours per week wrestling with the answers to these questions, learning the technical details and bearing the expense required to keep this website functional, I would have thought, “no way!” Yet here I am, 731 posts later.


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