15. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also—
He feels himself under an all-subduing obligation to carry the gospel to all classes of mankind, as adapted to and ordained
equally for all (1Co 9:16).
16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel—(The
words, "of Christ," which follow here, are not found in the oldest and best manuscripts). This language implies
that it required some courage to bring to "the mistress of the world" what "to the Jews was a stumbling-block
and to the Greeks foolishness" (1Co 1:23). But its inherent glory, as God's life-giving message to a dying world, so filled his soul, that, like his
blessed Master, he "despised the shame."
The rest of Romans 1:
this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against
27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural
use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves
that recompence of their error which was meet.
as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are
29Being filled with all unrighteousness,
fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient
31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without
natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them
that do them.
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