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Paul's letter to the church in Rome.

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What does “freely justified” mean in Romans 3:24? Does it support a justification of sinners as righteous when they remain actually sinners? [closed]

Does grace mean liberty from God's justice and change in God's nature where real justice is violated by God himself, yet he expects man to observe real righteousness and justice? The context talks ...
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What is the meaning of Paul's quotation of Hosea 2:23 and Hosea 1:10 in Romans 9:25-26

[ Hosea and Gomer (Bible Historiale, 1372) This is what we read in Hosea (8th-century BC prophet in Israel): 4 For the Israelites must live many days without a king or prince, without sacrifice or ...
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Is the writer of James attacking Paul's position?

In James 2:14-16,24 (NASB) What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need ...
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Who are the unrighteous whom Paul refers to in Romans 1:18-27?

Upon initial reading of Romans 1:18-27, it seems like Paul is talking about everyone who is not a believer (and therefore he is also talking about those who are unrighteous, as the passage implies). ...
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Are Jesus (Matt 5:27-30) and Paul (Rom 8:1-17) teaching different approaches to overcoming the sin of lust?

Matthew 5:27-30 (ESV): 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery ...
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On what is τί contingent in Romans 8:31?

[Romans 8:31 NASB20] (31) What then shall we say to these things? If God [is] for us, who [is] against us? [Romans 8:31 MGNT] (31) τί οὖν ἐροῦμεν πρὸς ταῦτα εἰ ὁ θεὸς ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν τίς καθ᾽ ἡμῶν Does ...
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What does it mean to be “of Israel” based on Romans 9:6?

In the Letter to the Romans, we are told by the apostle Paul: Romans 9:6: "But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel..." ...
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Do Malachi 1:2-3 & Romans 9:13 refer to God Loving Jacob & God Hating Esau as hyperbole or a figure of speech, not Calvinism/predestination doctrine?

Calvinist/Reformed Baptists often cite the the following verses associated with Jacob being selected as opposed to Esau as examples of supporting the Doctrine of Calvinism/Predestination(i.e. ...
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Is Paul proposing law-keeping as an ideal for the Christian life?

In Romans 13:10 (NASB) Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law. Is Paul proposing law-keeping as an ideal for the Christian life?
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What do God's Words in Exodus 33:18-19 (regarding mercy and compassion) have to do with demonstrating His Glory to Moses?

How do we reconcile the seeming two disparate clauses in the following passage: Exodus 33:18-19: "Then Moses said, 'I pray You, show me Your glory!' And [God] said, 'I Myself will make all My ...
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What does Romans 9:16 mean in relation to God's Mercy? [closed]

I tend to find this verse confusing. What's your understanding Romans 9:16, NIV: "It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy."
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Is Paul saying that Jesus is God over all? [duplicate]

What does the original Greek text say? The verse in context is Romans 9:5 Jesus is messiah + supreme + God ERV ~ They are the descendants of our great fathers, and they are the earthly family of the ...
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How does Hebrews 7:18 say the law was weak and useless?

The author of the book of Hebrews seems to say that the (regulation)law that governed the Priesthood was weak and useless and so had been set aside. Hebrews 7:18 [NIV] 18 The former regulation is set ...
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What does Paul mean in Romans 7:24b where he writes the “body of this death?” (KJV, NASB)

It appears that the clause in question is translated several different ways. The NIV translates the term in Romans as: "Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?" As well,...
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Romans 7:9 ~ Why does Paul say the commandments were supposed to bring life but brought death

This question is on the premise that Paul is talking about Sinai Law as he refers to Adultery and Coveting. If not I will delete this question. Out of the 10 commandments only 3 are positive that we ...
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Romans 7:4-6 ~ Is Paul saying that once we believe in jesus we live by the spirit / essence / true meaning Law?

From the below verses I get an understanding that Earlier (Before Jesus resurrection) we were sinful and were further condemned by the law. We tried our best to obey the law but failed After we ...
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Romans 6:18 ~ Is Paul saying that once we die to Law and accept Jesus and be resurrected in his resurrection we will sin less / Some become sinless?

Is my understanding right? The reason I ask is as below. This is exactly what Tanakh says about the Messiah, that there will be truth, harmony, peace and everyone will know about the G-d and the ...
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Romans 5:13 which Law is Paul referring to

When I read the below verse, I am unclear which Law Paul is Talking about. Is he refering to the Law on Mount Sinai? Cain was punished even before the law was given The whole earth was punished ...
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Was Abraham justified by faith alone or works also?

In Romans 4:3 Paul says “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”. Later in Romand 4:10 he establishes that since the faith came before circumcision, the circumcision was a ...
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The use of “Justified” in Genesis and by Paul

Gen 15:6 BSB Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness. b (Compare) Rom 4:3 BSB For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as ...
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Did Paul believe in a place called 'the abyss' that houses the spirits/souls of the dead? Romans 10:7

Romans 10:5-7 (ESV): 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “...
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“but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” - can the Holy Spirit literally intercede with groanings? Romans 8:26-27

Romans 8:26-27 (ESV): 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 ...
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Why does Romans 5:14-16 use three different ways to describe one event?

Romans 5:14-16 "Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the on who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not ...
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Why is grace mentioned before faith in Romans 1:5 but faith before grace in Romans 5:2?

Romans 1:5 "through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations". ESV In Rom 1:5 grace brings about, ...
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Are the Saints to be Judged (Rom. 14:10) or Not (Jn. 3:18, 5:24)?

How do we reconcile Rom. 14:10c which states: "For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God" with Jn. 3:18a: "He who believes in Him is not judged..."?
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What is Paul saying in Romans 1:4?

[Romans 1:4 MGNT] (4) τοῦ ὁρισθέντος υἱοῦ θεοῦ ἐν δυνάμει κατὰ πνεῦμα ἁγιωσύνης ἐξ ἀναστάσεως νεκρῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Here are a couple of English translations: [Romans 1:4 NASB20] (4) ...
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Is there a difference in these two words for died? Rom 6:7-8

For anyone who has died (apothanōn) has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died (apethanomen) with Christ... V7 seems to refer to the physical death we all die - and then are freed from sin. V8 refers ...
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What does “fellow heirs” mean in Romans 8:17?

Romans 8:17 "and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him". ESV How does "fellow ...
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Romans 16:20 what is the meaning of 'under your feet'?

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The last letter to the Roman church with lots of greetings and encouragements. And a few warnings. Immediate context is; 17 Now I urge you, ...
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Evidence for/against Romans chapter 16 being a later addition to the text?

There are those who suggest that chapter 16 is a later addition to an originally shorter epistle to the Romans. It strikes me that arguments against the originality of Romans 16 based upon what we do/...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

Romans 13:8-10 (ESV): 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not ...
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“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” - what is meant by sin in the context of Romans 6:15?

Romans 6:15-23 (ESV): 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are ...
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How were the elect elected in Romans 11:7?

Romans 11:7 (ESV): 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, How were the elect of Israel elected? Why were the rest not elected?
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When it comes to rejecting / accepting the Gospel, are we always obedient to God?

In Romans 11:7-10 (NASB) 7 What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written: “God gave them a spirit ...
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What is the significance of the use of different pronouns in Romans 8:30?

28 And we know that all things are working-together for good for the ones loving God, the ones being called ones according to His purpose. 29 Because whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be ...
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What does “foreknew” mean in Romans 8:29?

Romans 8:29 "For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers". ESV There is a question on ...
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Why does Paul say circumcision is by the letter rather than from the patriarchs in Romans 2:29?

Romans 2:29 NASB 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from It is clear circumcision was given to the ...
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How would one become transformed by the renewing of their mind & prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God in this age?

In a nutshell, the Apostle Romans 12:1-2 Paul is encouraging his audience to become a new being, not be conformed to that particular age, but also to submit themselves to the total will of God. How ...
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What is the significance of the how-much-more arguments?

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent! Matthew 12:11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the ...
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How does God exactly make our paths straight? Is Proverbs 3:6 implicitly referring to the supernatural lead of the Holy Spirit?

Proverbs 3:5-6 invites us not to lean on our own understanding, but to trust instead in God's ability to lead us into the right paths we are to take. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean ...
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Who is in charge of rulers and governing authorities: God or Satan?

Romans 13:1-7 (NASB): Every person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists ...
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Can salvation be lost or not? [duplicate]

Hebrews 10:26-31 seems to suggest that salvation can be lost, as it mentions that someone who was previously sanctified by the blood of the covenant (i.e. saved) may end up receiving punishment (i.e. ...
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Is the tax collector in Luke 18:14 saved according to Rom 3:28?

Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14“I tell you that this man, rather than ...
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If God is making decisions that are beyond our control, then why are we responsible for them?

In Romans 9:19-21 (NASB) 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, you foolish person, who answers back to God? The ...
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Is faith quantifiable?

Berean Study Bible Luke 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Add to us faith!” 6And the Lord said, “If you have faith like a grain of mustard, you would have said to this mulberry tree, ‘Be ...
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What does the word “works” convey in Romans 2:6?

Romans 2:6 ESV "He will render to each one according to his works". [autou ta erga-his works]. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV "remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and ...
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Didn't Adam make us all sinners?

Romans 5:18-19 (NLT translation): ¹⁸ Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. ¹⁹ ...
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Mark 14:36, Galatians 4:6 “ἀββᾶ ὁ πατήρ” what is the exact translation of the phrase?

Mark 14:36 "ἀββᾶ ὁ πατήρ". Galatians 4:6 "ἀββᾶ ὁ πατήρ". Romans 8:15 "ἀββᾶ, ὁ πατήρ". In Smith Van Dyk Arabic translation it is "يا أبا الآب". ...
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Who is the master in Romans 14:4?

Romans 14:4 English Standard Version Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make ...
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How did Paul know that “the whole creation has been groaning”?

Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. What is the source of knowledge? Is it written in the OT? Any specific verse?...

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