Romans 1&2

Questions for Discussion.

Chapter 1

Why does Paul say that He has been called by God?

What does it mean that Jesus was “declared” to be the Son of God at the resurrection?

What is Paul under obligation for?

What does Paul mean that that the gospel is the power of God?

What does “faith for/to faith” mean?

How is the wrath of God revealed?

Does Paul mean to say that all people know that God exists in their heart?

What is the worst judgment explained in verses 26 and following?

Chapter 2

How does Paul prevent us from EVER pointing the finger at people described in chapter 1?

How is God patient with us?  And how does that lead us to repentance?

What does it mean to “obey the truth”? (vs 2.8)

Why does Paul talk about a law being written on the heart of Gentiles?

OK, What is the point of 2.15-16?

Why does Paul go after Jews, all of a sudden?

What is circumcision? And what does it mean?  Why does Paul make such a big deal out of it?

Peace,
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  1. Why does Paul say that He has been called by God?
    I had some trouble with this one..
    okay but here’s what i got

    simply because he was a servant of Christ
    because he was a descendant of David (it was at this point i started to not understand the section)

    What does it mean that Jesus was “declared” to be the Son of God at the resurrection?
    Had some trouble understanding this section of the chapter but i think that was simply when people
    believed that he was the son of God.

    What is Paul under obligation for?
    in 1:14 it says “I am obligated both to greeks and non-greeks, both to the wise and foolish.”

    What does Paul mean that that the gospel is the power of God?
    a) the gospel leads to salvation
    b)it is a “righteousness that is by faith from first to last”

    What does “faith for/to faith” mean?
    faith to faith meaning from person to person who is a believe in Christ
    -or-
    it could mean from the Bible’s beginning to end it is faith filled.
    i might have went the wrong way on this one. not sure.

    How is the wrath of God revealed?
    it is revealed to men from heaven through men’s own wickedness.

    Does Paul mean to say that all people know that God exists in their heart?
    when he says “they know God’s decree” i think that is a signal that even the most wicked of men have
    knowledge of God and that he is in their hearts but from the text above it signals that they choose to
    ignore his presence in them.

    What is the worst judgment explained in verses 26 and following?
    This is answered in 1:32 “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death”

    Chapter 2

    How does Paul prevent us from EVER pointing the finger at people described in chapter 1?
    He says that by our judgement of the people in chapter one we condemn ourselves. also he says that while we judge them
    for there are acts we are doing the same thing.

    How is God patient with us? And how does that lead us to repentance?
    a) God is patient with us he knows that we are “mere men”
    b)Because he is tolerant and patient it allows us time to realize his kindness and gives us time to realize
    that we are only “storing up wrath” against ourselves.

    What does it mean to “obey the truth”? (vs 2.8)
    i think our texts may be different on this one as mine says “But for those who are self seeking and who reject the truth and
    follow evil there will be wrath and anger”
    but from what i have here’s my answer
    obeying the truth means to be selfless and without the judgement of others and not too follow the evil ways of the world.

    Why does Paul talk about a law being written on the heart of Gentiles?
    because they are “unspoken laws” also this has to do with man’s secrets.
    had some trouble with that one.

    OK, What is the point of 2.15-16?
    to prove that nothing is hidden from God

    Why does Paul go after Jews, all of a sudden?
    i think he is using them as an example of what men often times do and most men do not practice what the preach. also this could be saying
    we are not who we say we are unless we are inwardly as we are outwardly.
    the same could be applied to a christian. if on the outside we witness to people and act Godly but on the inside have a cold heart towards
    God then are you really a christian?

    What is circumcision? And what does it mean? Why does Paul make such a big deal out of it?
    not quite sure where to go with this question

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