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Paul's letter to the church in Rome.

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In Romans 12:3 what is the μέτρον that God has allotted to each believer and how is one to use it to “think soberly” about one's gift?

Disclaimer: I have no formal education in Greek. Setup (If you are familiar with Romans 12 you can skip to "The question" below) Throughout the Roman empire (and in all the world) both Jews and ...
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Can Romans 1:26-27 'unnatural use' be understood as temple prostitution? Also, is lesbianism condemned here?

NOTE 1: I see people showing me their resoning that homosexuality deserves condemnation, I know that and fully endorse, the question is about meaning of these verses, not judgement of homosexuals, as ...
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In Romans 7:9 what does Paul mean by “I died”?

Is Paul suggesting that Adam did not directly bring death on all men but instead each person dies only when they sin by interacting with the Torah? ESV Romans 7: 7What then shall we say? That ...
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Does Paul contradict what he said in Acts 17:29-30 in Romans 1:18-25?

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God ...
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Who planted the assembly in Rome to whom Paul wrote “Romans”?

It appears evident from the record of Paul's travels in Acts 16ff that when Paul wrote "Romans" he had never visited Rome yet: NIV Romans 1:10 ...in my prayers at all times; and I pray that ...
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In Romans 1:11 why does Paul seem to fudge about his agenda by saying “some spiritual gift”?

NIV Romans 1: 11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. It sounds ...
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How is daily pursuing righteous behavior different from striving for righteous standing ? what role does faith play? [closed]

I am referring to Paul's letter to Romans, Chapter 9 :30-31 30: What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the ...
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In Romans 8:15 what are “a spirit of bondage” and a “spirit of adoption”?

KJV Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] οὐ ...
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In Romans 1:24 what does Paul mean by παρέδωκεν (“gave them over”)?

NIV Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. What, in this context does παρέδωκεν ("...
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Does “all things” always mean the same in these seven verses?

John 1:3 All thingsπάντα were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all thingsπάντα into his hand. Romans 11:36 For ...
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In Romans 1:16 why does Paul say “to the Jew first”?

KJV Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. I am looking for a very ...
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In Romans 5:9 why does not say “all” but “many”? [duplicate]

“By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners” (Rom. 5:19). Why does not say "all" but "many"?
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Possible Word Inversion in Romans 9:5?

I couldn't help but notice, while pondering on another question, that inverting the current word order of the Greek text of Romans 9:4-5 by replacing the final o on from the middle of verse 5 with on ...
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How does the concept of “righteousness” cause the Spirit to be “life” in Romans 8:10?

I've long desired to break-through to an understanding of Romans 8:10, particularly the following emboldened concept: Romans 8:10 (KJV) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but ...
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What is the relationship between “be ye doers of the word” (James 1:22) and “the doers of the law” (Romans 2:13)?

James 1:22 (KJV) 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Romans 2:13 (KJV) 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of ...
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In Romans 8:3-4 what is “the righteousness which is of the Law”?

Romans 8:3-4 KJV For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the ...
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What is “the fulness of the Gentiles”?

Romans 11:25 KJV For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness ...
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In Romans 11:11 who is made jealous of whom?

YLT Rom 11:11 I say, then, Did they stumble that they might fall? let it not be! but by their fall the salvation is to the nations, to arouse them to jealousy; Do the fallen Jews make the ...
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Does the grammar of Romans 5:9 suggest from whose wrath “we will be saved”?

Romans 5:9 ends with the phrase σωθησόμεθα δι’ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῆς ὀργῆς -- "we will be saved by him from the wrath". Most, though not all, English translations add "of God" to qualify "wrath". What ...
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In Romans 9:6 what is the promise that Paul is assuring the Romans did not fail?

Paul has just made grandiose claims about the indomitable purposes of God in the life of the believer: KJV Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against ...
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is Gaius in Romans 16 the same as the one in 3 John 1?

Paul mentions a certain Gaius who hosted him as well as the church Romans 16:23 (NKJV) 23 Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets ...
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In Romans 11:28 to whom does Paul refer when he speaks of elect Jews who are enemies of the gospel?

Is Paul referring to particular people when he speaks of elect Jews who are nonetheless enemies of the gospel? KJV Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this ...
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In Romans 1:16 is the “power of God” power from God or power to God?

KJV Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  Rom 1:17  For therein ...
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In Romans 6:5-11 is the resurrection of the believer a fait accompli?

Paul seems unambiguous that the believer died with Christ but seems to suggest that the resurrection of the believer is still future. But in verse 11 it sounds like a fait accompli. Which is it? ...
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What are the implications of Paul's use of the present tense of the verb δικαιόω (to justify) in Romans 3:24, 26, 28, and 4:5?

In four verses (Romans 3:24, 3:26, 3:28, and 4:5) the apostle Paul used present tense verbs when describing justification. What makes this harder is all four are either infinitives or participles, ...
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Is there a parallelism intended in Romans 9:4?

Paul lists a string of six blessings on Israel in Romans 9:4 (NIV): Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the ...
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“Covenant” or “covenants” in Romans 9:4?

In Romans 9:4, Paul writes (NIV): Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. It seems that some of ...
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Romans 12:1 NASB

Rom 12:1 NASB Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. The last 2 ...
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What's Paul's interpretation of “In Isaac shall thy seed be called”

Romans 9:6-9 6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: ...
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In Romans 8:9 are the “spirit of Christ” and the “spirit of God” the same “spirit”?

Romans 8:9 (KJV) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Is the "spirit of ...
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Heap burning coals [duplicate]

Romans 12:20. Heap burning coals....In the smelting process hot coals are used to soften the metal underneath so that it could be shaped and molded. This is the interpretation that I have been trying ...
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How do we reconcile Eph 2:8-9 with Rom 2:6-7

How do we reconcile Eph 2:8-9 with Rom 2:6-7?To the Ephesians Paul says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, ...
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What is the significance of the different words Paul uses to describe death, dead, and being put to death when writing about sin and the law?

Throughout Romans, Paul writes about the dead, death, and being put to death. A few examples, resurrection from the dead (1:4), being dead to sin (6:2), and raised from the dead (4:24). But he uses ...
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In Romans 12:1 - What is “Therefore” there for?

Question: In Romans 12:1 - What is "Therefore" there for? Is "therefore" there to indicate that Paul is concluding an argument? If so, what was the justification that Paul gave previously in order ...
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In what sense is sin said to increase (πλεονάζω) by the introduction of the Law in Romans 5:20?

Romans 5:20 New International Version (NIV) 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, Paul had already alluded to sin ...
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How can we understand Romans 5:13 & Romans 7:8 without contradiction?

(KJV) Romans 5:13 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned ...
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How can we understand the contradiction in Romans 5:12 & 1 Timothy 2:14?

(NIV) Romans 5:12 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— (NIV) 1 Timothy 2:14 14 And ...
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In Romans 8:3 what does it mean that God “condemned the sin in the flesh”?

English Standard Version Romans 8:3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the ...
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Is Romans 1:18-23 alluding to Wisdom of Solomon 13?

NIV Romans 1: 18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God ...
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Did Paul contradict himself on the works/faith dichotomy?

At Romans 2:6-7 Paul seems to say that salvation can be earned by works. **RSV:**For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and ...
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In what way is God “the only wise God”?

The letter to the Romans is concluded with the words: "to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen." (Rom. 16:27, ESV) Does this mean there are other gods who are not wise? ...
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Romans 13 1-2 says abide by law but we go to other countries and break their laws

Romans 13 1-2 "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against ...
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Does the inner man refer to the mind in Romans 7?

Romans 7:22-23,25 NASB [22]For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, [23]but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me ...
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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

In the beginning of Psalm 32 David says how great it is to be someone who's sin is never counted against them: 1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ...
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Who are “they” in Romans 1?

After a short greeting, the second half or Romans 1 describes people who exchange righteousness for unrighteousness: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to ...
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In Romans 8:2 what is “the law of sin and death”?

Interlinear: http://biblehub.com/text/romans/8-2.htm BSB Romans 8:2For in Christ Jesus the law [principle] of the Spirit [breath] of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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In Romans 8:2 what is the “law of the spirit of life”?

BSB Romans 8:2For in Christ Jesus the law [principle] of the Spirit [breath] of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Interlinear: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/8-2.htm
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What are the sources for the textual variants of Romans 8:1?

I know variants exist which exclude, "who walk not according to the he flesh, but according to the spirit". I understand the TR includes those words, but I am also aware of newly discovered witnesses ...
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What is the specific “Law” referred to in Romans 7?

Romans 7:7-8 (NASB) says, 7 "What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known ...
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In Romans 6:16 why does Paul say that obedience leads to righteousness, when righteousness is God's freely given gift?

Romans 6:16 (ESV) says: Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, ...