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How blessed are those whose way is blameless (believers in Christ), Who walk in the law of the Lord.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.
They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways.
You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently.
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!
Then I shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments (mandates).
I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly!
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments (mandates).
Your Word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes.
With my lips I have told of all the ordinances of Your mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.
I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.
Romans Chapter 1 - Paul’s Resume
Chapter 1 to Chapter 11
What Christians Believe
Chapter 12 to Chapter 16
How Christians Are to Behave
PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS
Chapter 1 (32 Verses)
Verses 1 to 7
Verses 8 to 15
Prayer for and Intention of Paul’s Ministry
Verses 16 to 17
The Gospel is Salvation by grace through faith
Verses 18 to 32
God’s Wrath Against the Sin of Unbelief
Paul, a bond-servant (slave) of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart (by God) for the (dissemination of the) gospel (message) of God…
Saul (of Tarsus…Paul) was in hearty agreement with putting him (Stephen…the first martyr) to death. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem (led by Saul), and they (believers in Christ) were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.
But Saul (of Tarsus…Paul) began ravaging the church, entering house after house (of Christians), and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.
When I Think About Home
FIRST FOUR BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Gospel of Matthew Jesus Christ the King
Gospel of Mark Jesus Christ the Servant
Gospel of Luke Jesus Christ the Man in True Humanity
Gospel of John Jesus Christ the Deity…the Lord
FIFTH BOOK OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Acts The Formation of the Church
Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest…
…and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way (Christians), both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him…
…and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting (DIOKO) Me?”
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He (the Lord Jesus Christ) said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…”
“…but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”
The men who traveled with him (Saul) stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him (Saul) by the hand, they (his friends) brought him (Saul) into Damascus.
And he (Saul) was three days without sight, and (he) neither ate nor drank.
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he (Ananias) said, “Here I am, Lord.”
And the Lord said to him (Ananias), “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying…”
“…and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.”
But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem…”
“…and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel…”
“…for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul (now a Christian), the Lord Jesus (Christ), who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with (God) the Holy Spirit.”
And immediately there fell from his (Saul’s) eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized…
…and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus…
…and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
All those hearing him continued to be amazed (completely blown away), and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?”
But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah).
When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him (Saul)…
…but their plot became known
to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death…
…but his (Saul’s) disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.
When he (Saul) came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples (Christians…technical students); but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he (Saul) had seen the Lord on the road, and that He (the Lord Jesus Christ) had talked to him (Saul), and how at Damascus he (Saul) had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.
And he was with them (the apostles), moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.
And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death.
But when the brethren (believers in Christ) learned of it, they brought him (Saul) down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
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