1-4. This is a letter from Paul, called by God to be a special
servant of Jesus Christ. God had plans for Paul to preach the
gospel. Events of Paul's life were controlled by God to be sure His
plans would happen. The gospel Paul was to preach is about God's
Son, Jesus Christ. Hundreds of years before Paul was born, God
showed Old Testament prophets that a descendant of King David would
be the Son of God and it was written in the Holy Scriptures. It was
dramatically proven to the world that Jesus was the Son of God when
He returned to life triumphant over death after he had been
crucified and died on the cross. That is Jesus Christ our Lord.
5-6. It was through Jesus and for the sake of His reputation (and
also to prove that the Holy Scriptures were true) and God's
unquestionable holiness that Paul and his disciples received favor
from God. They also received the special calling from God along with
power from Him to bring to all people, Jew and non-Jew alike this
new message - God will be pleased with them simply if they believe
Him. Whereas, before Jesus died, obedience to strict old testament
rules for the Jewish people was the only way men were taught to be
right with God. You are one of the people who are called to belong
to Jesus Christ simply by believing in Him.
7. To all the believers in Rome called by God to serve Him as
Christians, I declare that God loves you just as you are in spite of
your failures and shortcomings. Have peace right now from Jesus
Christ and don't worry any more!
8-12. Jesus Christ has given me great love for you all and I'm so
thankful to God for you because word that non Jewish people are
having faith in God is spreading all over the world! The very God
whom I serve in preaching this new gospel is my witness to the fact
that when I pray to Him, I always remember you and ask Him to make a
way for me to come and visit you in person. It would be so great to
see you! When we are together, the strength and faith God has given
me will rub off on you so you can encourage each other and grow your
faith in Him.
13. Don't think that I haven't tried to come many times before. I
have, but it just didn't work out. I want to come and help you grow.
14- 17. I've got a mission to reach both the educated intellectuals
and the poor lower class people, the worldly wise and the foolishly
simple for God. The Jews and all the rest too. I am certainly not
ashamed about preaching this news from God about Jesus Christ. After
all, this is where the real saving power of God is. Not just for the
Jews but for anyone who simply believes it! The reason it is so
powerful is because for the first time ever, it is made clear that
being right with God is because of something He did for us and not
because of something we must do for Him. It is about believing and
faith. The old testament said that "The righteous will live by
faith." Well that now applies to every single person who will just
18-20. God's anger and punishment is becoming obvious against people
who try to discredit Him. Those wicked people actually try to keep
people in the dark about this message. More people would believe us
if it weren't for such evil opposition. The true message is actually
quite obvious if you think about it. You can see God in nature and
the universe. He's all over the place! You really have no excuse if
you think there is no God.
21-23. Even though people have known that God must be real, they
didn't really want to open up to Him all the way. They were closed
minded and selfish about it, they weren't able to face the open
light of truth. Darkness confused them so that they did foolish
things. They thought they were being real smart by figuring out a
way to live that avoided the real truths of God. Boy, was that
stupid. They could have had the real God but instead, ended up
worshiping things they made up themselves.
24-25. What was God supposed to do? He just let them do what they
wanted and they went totally nuts! Their flesh bodies wanted
pleasure after pleasure only. They lived very selfishly. People
traded in Gods truth for a lie! They got it all backwards... they
worshiped the things God made and forgot about the God who made all
this in the first place! It's OK to see the beauty in the natural
world but take a close look at most of the people who are really
into nature and stuff. Ask them about God and who Jesus is. Most of
them don't have a clue and will probably avoid talking about Jesus.
The universe and all that's in our beautiful world was made by our
glorious God and heavenly Father. He is the only One Who should be
26- 32. Because people chose to live this selfish way, He let them
do whatever they wanted and things got all messed up. People didn't
want to know the truth about God. Without the truth, their minds
became filled with all kinds of selfish and evil thoughts causing
them to have horrible lives. That's why people lie, argue, fight,
kill, steal, hurt each others feelings, show off, brag, don't obey
their parents, think of ways to do stupid things to each other, and
all sorts of terrible things. People know that God is against that
kind of living. It is sinful. Sin is why people die and go to hell.
But that hasn't stopped them from doing bad things. Not only do they
keep on living that way, but they make excuses for it to try to make
everyone think it's OK anyway.
1-4. How could they possibly make excuses for such wrong behavior?
If you are one of the people who disapproves of those evil people
for their wrong doing you also disapprove of your self because you
do the same evil things too.
God's judgment about such things is based on truth. When you as a
mere man pass judgment on those people yet do the same things, don't
think for a minute that God won't judge you too. Do you reject His
kindness and patience? God's goodness is what makes us want to
change and stop doing evil things.
5-11. Some day God is going to be out in the open. Because you
hardened your heart to God, that stubbornness will cause you to have
horrible trouble. When God makes Himself known to the world, it will
be very clear how right His laws are and how wrong us people have
God clearly said each person is going to get what they have coming -
good or bad. People who are patient and always try to be good are
the ones who are going to have life forever with God. Selfish people
who refuse to listen to the truth and choose to be evil will have
only horrible things in their lives. It doesn't matter whether a
person is rich, poor, religious, or not... God doesn't play
12-16. It doesn't even matter if you know the bible - whether you
know what it says or not, you are still going to die one day. The
bible and God isn't about just hearing what He says. People aren't
made right with God just because they hear what He is saying. It's
about doing what He says is right to do.
There are lots of people who have never even heard about God yet
they do what is right because they have lived their lives seeking
truth from their hearts. God is already in everyone's heart, but not
everyone will allow Him to change their minds. God will bring all
this to light and every one's secrets will be out in the open.
17-23. You who are religious and do all the right things according
to the rules in the bible, and tell everyone how religious you are,
if you know God's will from the bible and obey the instructions in
it, you probably think that you are helping lots of people to be
right with God. You teach kids in bible school, help poor people,
work with drug addicts and drunks to get straight. Do you also teach
You teach them not to steal, to be faithful in marriage, to be
honest in business, etc. You bring disgrace to God when you do those
same bad things yourself. An old testament verse says that God's
name is disgraced among the non Jewish people because of you.
24-27. If you had a badge of honor that said you were a perfect
person and you were very proud of it, what would it be worth if you
did something bad... even one little thing? You couldn't be proud of
it any more.
When you have made a sacrifice to God by obeying a law that was
really hard for you to do but then break just one of the other laws
it wipes out the big sacrifice you did. People who haven't made a
special sacrifice to God or don't have a special badge of honor but
do the right things the bible talks about... won't they be respected
as if they had a badge of honor or had done something special for
God? Those types of people can really make religious people ashamed.
The old testament bible was written for the Jewish people but the
good things that non Jewish people do puts the religious Jews to
28-29. Being a Jew like the people God wrote the bible to
originally, is not about doing good things to show off to other
people. Neither is the idea of a special sacrifice about doing it so
other people with think you are better than they are. It is all
about what you are doing deep inside your own heart... how you
relate to the truth not just how well you can obey rules. The person
who lets truth teach them in their heart may not always be liked by
people, but God is very pleased with them.
1-4. What's so special then about the Jews and why should I even
consider making any special sacrifice for God? Jews are very
special! God trusted them with His words. We wouldn't have a bible
today if not for the Jews. Sure, some of them didn't have real
faith. Does that mean that God isn't real? Of course not! "Let God
be true and every man a liar." An old testament verse says: So that
you may be proven to be right about the words you speak and be right
5-8. Now, if when we do wrong things, and it shows more clearly how
right God is (in comparison to us), shall we find fault with God
when bad things happen to us? Of course not! If we could fault God
for that, how would He ever be able to show anyone the right way?
Someone could say "if my bad behavior makes God look that much more
holy why does He give me such a hard time about sinning? He knows I
can't help it." If that were so, you might as well just say that we
should all do bad things because it makes God look good. That is so
stupid! Some people actually think that's what I'm preaching! They
deserve what ever happens to them.
9-18. What do you think so far? Are we getting any where? Not
really. We've already said that both Jews and non Jews - religious
and not religious are all sinners.
The old testament says: "There is no one who is really right - not a
single person. No one understands and no one is seeking for the real
God. Every person has turned away from Godís truths and become
worthless. Nobody is doing good. Nobody! It's like their throats are
open graves. Poison comes out of their mouths as lies and curses all
the time. They hurry to do harm to people. Wherever they go, people
are left miserable. These people don't have a clue about what peace
is. They couldn't care less about God."
19-20. It should be clear to you now that the rules apply to
everyone. Not one person can escape right and wrong. The law puts
everyone in their place. Each one of us ultimately will answer to
God. That ought to shut up all the prideful braggers! No one is ever
made right in Gods eyes by doing everything right according to the
laws and rules.
Understand that God made the laws of right and wrong to show us that
we are not right inside. That is how we know that we are sinners in
the first place.
21-26. But since Jesus came, the way to be right with God not by
obeying laws and rules has been made known. This is the core of what
the old testament was getting at. Being right with God is something
that comes from Him to all who believe and whose faith comes through
It makes no difference who you are, what you used to believe, what
your parents taught you, or what your opinion is. We have all sinned
- Every person who ever lived has sinned and that is what has kept
us from being right with God.
Likewise, all can be right with God because He bought us back when
Jesus died on the cross. The consequence of sin is death. Death is
the only acceptable payment for sin. Jesus died on the cross in our
place and also to show His justice to the world because of the sins
of others that lived before we were born. God knew all along that
Jesus would come and die on the cross for us all. This took care of
the sins committed long before Jesus came. Jesus was the Just One
and the One who justifies those who will believe!
27- So, who can brag about how good they are? There is nothing to
brag about. If you think you are cool because you do everything
right all the time... God just made you a fool. No one can brag
about their faith because if it's true faith, we can only brag about
One we have faith in and what Jesus has done for us, not what we've
done for Him. We can't brag about our religion either since we now
see that God is one God for all people, not just the Jews or any
Does this mean that rules about right and wrong are not important
any more because of faith? Of course not. Right and wrong are more
clear than ever.
1-3. How does faith figure in when you consider Abraham? The old
testament says that Abraham was made right with God by the things he
did. (How could this be? How can a man make himself right when he is
born wrong?) If that is so, then Abraham would have had something to
brag about. But the bible answers by saying that "Abraham believed
God and that because of his faith God made him righteous (the same
thing as being right with God).
4-6. When you work for someone, you earn your money. It's not given
to you as a gift. It's your job to work and the employer's
responsibility to pay you. The person who knows that God loves them
just the way they are (in spite of sins and a sinful nature) -
without having to "earn" God's love or acceptance or trying to "buy"
God's love by "working" for Him (like you would for your boss)...
that person is counted by God as being "right"... actually made
right with God by the fact that they have faith in Him and trust Him
for their lives instead of trying to "work" everything out
God looks at a personís faith in Him and considers that as
righteousness and gives that person with faith the "gift" of a right
standing with Him - nothing further is necessary! Remember Who we
are dealing with here. It is God who makes wicked people good. That
is what is grace and love is all about.
In the old testament it is said: 7-8. "Blessed are they whose
transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Our
transgressions and sins are the things we did and inherited from
Adam that made us so selfish that we couldn't stop sinning.) Blessed
is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9-12. The blessing it speaks of... is it only for the religious
people? We're using Abraham as an example of where God made someone
right. God saw that Abraham trusted and believed Him. But was
Abraham a real religious person at the time that occurred? Not
really. Abraham became religious after he began to have faith and
trust God. The old testament calls Abraham "... the father of all
who believe but are not religious so that right standing with God
could be given rather than earned." It also says that "he is the
father of all religious people who also believe God and trust Him
the way Abraham did before he started being religious".
13-15. Abraham is an important person in the old testament because
God promised him that his children would inherit all Gods blessings.
The important thing is that it wasn't by doing "good things" and
obeying rules and regulations that Abraham and all the people that
came from him and his children were blessed.
It was because of faith alone and not because of behavior. Because
of believing and not because of obedience. If the people who live by
rules and regulations and do all sorts of good things trying to
impress God were to receive God's blessings, then faith would not
have any value and God's promises wouldn't be worth anything.
Every place in the bible where God imposes rules and laws, it's
always to show what bad things will happen if the rules aren't
obeyed and the law's are broken. If God never made the rules, there
would be no laws to break and sin would not be obvious.
16-17. The blessings promised by God come by believing and trusting
Him. This way, His blessings can only be a free gift of love and not
something we earn and deserve. God's blessing is thus available to
everyone... not just to the Jews or the religious people. Abraham is
God's example of faith and how to trust God.
Speaking about Abraham, the old testament says: "I have made you the
father of many nations". Abraham is known as the "father of faith"
for us all. He believed God who gives life to the dead... who speaks
about impossible things as if they were real and they then happen...
God has no limits!
18-25. When it was so impossible that no one else would have hoped,
Abraham still had hope and believed God, and that is how and why he
became the "father of many nations" as it was told him "Look up to
the stars... that's how many children will come from you. As many as
When Abraham was a real old man, almost one hundred years old, he
was practically dead - and so was his wife Sarah. They had no
children, but God promised them children and they believed Him.
Sarah was way too old to have children. Old Abraham knew his body
was as good as dead but that didn't matter to him. Abraham trusted
If God promised children to him, he figured that nothing could stop
it from happening and so he grew strong in faith and loved God. This
is why God called Abraham righteous, actually "made" him right in
His sight... because of his faith and trust.
Being "made right" with God this way was not just for Abraham alone.
It is also for us today. God makes right all who believe in Him who
raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Jesus was given over to death
to pay for our sins and He was raised to life to make us right in
5:1 Because it is by simply believing and trusting God and what He
did for us by sending Jesus to take our place on the cross, we have
peace with God no longer worrying about disappointing Him.
5:2 By understanding what Jesus did for us is how we know that God
forgave our sins and loves us no matter what. We can be happy now
because our future is safe forever with God.
5:3 Not only the future but even when things get tough in this life
we don't worry because we know that by trusting God in the tough
times we learn to be patient and patience is a good thing.
5:4 Being patient and trusting God is good for us because we learn
to hope for the better things God has for us.
5:5 Hoping for better things from God is nothing to be ashamed of.
Hope makes us more free as we learn to listen to God in our hearts
because His Sprit lives inside of us and we can spend more time
loving others who don't know God.
5:6 Before we knew all this when we were weak and even way before we
were born, Jesus lived and He went to die on the cross to bear
punishment for all the sins of everyone of us. We were sinners and
He took our place on the cross and died so that we wouldn't have to
die on the cross one day.
5:7 Only vary rarely do we ever hear about someone who would give
their own life to save an innocent good person. Think about how a
Secret Service person protecting the president would shield him with
their own body. If someone tried to shoot the president, the Secret
Service guards are trained to use their body as a shield and be shot
5:8 God loves us so much that even when we were wickedly bad,
prideful sinning and rejecting Him, He sent Jesus to die for us.
5:9 Now since weíve been given the gift of a new free and right life
do you see that weíve also been forever saved from punishment?
5:10 At a time when we were Godís enemies, we were brought close to
God because of the death of his Son Jesus so that now being made
right with God we are kept safe forever by His powerful pure and
5:11 We are excited and happy and grateful to God for Jesus who took
our place in death opening the way for us to be right and free.
5:12 It was just one man, Adam that opened the door for sin to enter
the world and infect the entire human race condemning us all to
5:13 Even before God's laws were shown to us, we were sinners
inside. God wouldn't blame us for sinning if we didn't know better.
But it doesn't make it right just because we didn't know about it.
5:14 Death was in charge here from the time of Adam to the time of
Moses. Death even came to people who didn't know about Godís
commandments like Adam did. Adam was one man and set the pattern of
what all people would be like after him. In a similar but much
better way, like the one man Adam, Jesus who would come and set the
pattern of how all people will live after Him.
5:15 The gift of eternal life, free from the guilt of sin, is so
great that it should not even be compared to the sin that separated
us from God in the first place. If through the sin of the one man,
Adam, sin entered into the world killing us all, so much more so has
God's merciful forgiveness and unconditional love by the single act
of one man, Jesus, going to the cross, given a life of eternal peace
and blessings to so many people.
5:16 When Adam sinned in the garden he was one man judged guilty of
one sin. The free gift of God's life for ALL who would believe, is
given to pay for the countless sins of many people making them all
right with God.
5:17 Because of one sin of one man, Adam, sin entered the world and
death took over. The gift of a free life that Jesus who was just one
special man, gave the great gift of being right with God to many who
will live forever, happy and free through Jesus Christ.
5:18 It was the sin of one man that separated the entire human race
from God making us all guilty of sin. It was the perfect life of one
man that gave the gift of eternal life with God to all men.
5:19 By one man's disobedience many were made sinners. It is by the
obedience of one man that all shall many be made righteous.
5:20 And also because of sin, God's right rules were shown to us so
that we would all see how wrong we are and how bad sin really is.
But remember that though sin is really bad and affects all of us,
God's love for us is that much more special and powerful.
5:21 Sin ruled the world bringing with it death and suffering. But
more importantly, God's love for us overcomes sin and death so that
those that believe in Jesus will be shining examples to everyone
6:1 Does this mean that because we know God loves us no matter what,
that we can just keep on doing whatever we want even though itís
wrong? Should we keep on doing wrong things just because God will
still love us anyway?
6:2 Of course not! When we trust God, knowing that Jesus paid the
penalty for our sins, we actually become dead to the sinful life we
once lived. We should know better than to keep doing what is wrong!
6:3 Haven't you figured it out yet that when you accepted Jesus as
your substitute on the cross, that in Godís mind he saw you on the
6:4 In God's eyes, we were also buried with Jesus. Because God
miraculously made Jesus come back to life, in His eyes we also came
back to life to live a new life with power over our bodies to not
sin any more.
6:5 Just as like in God's eyes we were on the cross with Jesus, we
are also like Jesus is after He came back to life living forever!
6:6 In Godís eyes, the sinful person we used to be was the cross
with Jesus so that the sinner in us would die and no longer be
subject to the urges of our sinful minds and bodies.
6:7 Dead people don't sin! In God's eyes we died with Jesus and are
free from the nature that once made it natural for us to sin. We're
now free to serve God with a clear conscience no longer victims of
the sinful ways of people that don't know Jesus!
6:8 So if we now know that in God's eyes we died on the cross with
Jesus, we also know that our life now is with and because of Jesus.
6:9 Jesus came back to life and will never ever die again. Death
will never be able to kill Him again.
6:10 Jesus died once. As far as God is concerned that was enough.
The life Jesus has now, He lives because of and for God.
6:11 In the same way you should also think of yourselves to be dead
to the bad things you once did and now alive with God through what
Jesus did for you.
6:12 So don't let sin try to make you do bad things again. Your body
will try to make you do selfish things but you should not let it nor
do you have to.
6:13 Don't let your body tell you what to do. Let God show you what
to do now. Keep your body under control so you can do the good
things God wants you to do.
6:14 The power of sin over you was broken when God brought Jesus
back to life. Sin doesn't have the power over you it once did. You
no longer have to try to please God by what you do. You already
please God simply by being who you are because He loves you so much!
6:15 Does that mean that because God loves us in spite of bad things
we've done that we can just do whatever we want now? Are you crazy?
6:16 Don't you know that whoever you let yourself listen to and
follow is your boss and has power over you? It doesn't matter if
you're following those who want to do bad things against God or the
good things God wants you to do. The one you follow is your boss.
6:17 Let's be grateful to God because before we knew Him, the words
about His truth His messengers wrote in the bible spoke to our
6:18 We were made free from our sinful life by letting God be our
God and choosing to be His children preferring to do good things.
6:19 I'm talking to you as if you were regular people that don't
know God because I know that youíre still trying to figure this all
out. Your bodies still desire to do selfish bad things but if you
will follow God you will have power over your body so that you will
do right things which will be better for you in the long run.
6:20 When you used to do whatever you wanted even though it was
wrong, you were not doing what God wanted and it didn't seem to
6:21 By doing what you wanted and being ashamed of it, what did you
have to show for it? The end result of those things kept you from
God and ultimately resulting in death.
6:22 But now you've been made free from the power of sin and become
servants of God. You now want to do good things and love people and
keep close with God because you enjoy having a clean conscience that
will last forever.
6:23 Doing wrong things kills you inside and makes you avoid God but
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
7:1 Don't you know yet how bad sin is? For those that don't know the
forgiveness of God in Jesus, sin keeps them under its control for as
long as they live.
7:2 When a woman gets married, she is married to her husband for as
long as he lives. If the husband dies before the wife does, she
becomes single again. She is no longer married.
7:3 Now if she were to marry another man while her husband was still
alive that would be wrong. She would be guilty of what is called
adultery. But if her husband died she would be free to marry another
7:4 So too my friends, you also have become dead like the first
husband and are now free to be with another. That other one is Jesus
who came back alive after dying so that He would bring eternal life
to many people for God's sake.
7:5 When we were living the way our natural bodies wanted to, we
naturally did things that were against God's rules resulting in
actions that were bad for us and others and led us to death.
7:6 But now we have been made free from living according to the
rules and laws that once restricted us. Being now "dead" to those
rules and laws we should serve God from the new life inside our
hearts and not by trying to obey the rules and laws in our old
7:7 Should we now say that those rules and laws were bad? Heck NO!
Had it not been for those rules and laws in the bible I would not
have known that my sinful ways were wrong. Were it not for those
rules and laws I would have never have known that my natural
feelings and desires were so wrong. If the bible had not taught me
that "Thou shalt not covet" I may have never known how wrong it was
to think and do those things.
7:8 God's laws showed me that it was really sin working in me.
Because of God's law, it was obvious that sin led to death. Had it
not been for God's law sin would not have seemed so bad.
7:9 Without God's laws I thought doing my own thing was ok. When I
read the bible, God's law made it obvious to me that I was a sinner
and as good as dead.
7:10 God's commandments were intended to lead people to life. When I
first heard and read the bible, the very commandments that lead to
life showed me that I was a sinner as good as dead.
7:11 Sin intentionally kept me in the dark! When the light of God's
truth dawned on me I realized how dead I was in His sight.
7:12 There's no question that God is good and His rules and laws are
7:13 Was then that which is good made death to me? Absolutely not!
But so that it could be shown to me how bad sin is, Godís rules
showed me how bad I was compared to the good things I should have
done. His laws made it clear that I was wrong and He was right so
that I would know just how bad sin really is.
7:14 We know that the commandments of God come from His Holy Spirit
and pertain to heavenly matters. Iím no angel. Rather, I am of the
sinful world living in a selfish body of flesh and bloodÖ by nature
I am a sinner.
7:15 I don't do the good and right things I know I should do.
Instead, I do the bad things I know I shouldn't do. I should do good
things. But I don't. I shouldn't do bad things, but I do them
7:16 When I do bad things that I know are wrong, it proves all the
much more how right Godís rules are and how wrong my way is.
7:17 I now understand that it's really sin in me causing me to do
7:18 I clearly see now that inside my own body is where the sinful
desires and urges come from and it's not good at all. In fact it's
all bad! In my mind and heart I want to do the right things God
intends for me but I don't know how to overcome the desires that
make me want to do selfish and bad things.
7:19 The good things I know I should do, I don't do. Instead, I do
the bad things I know I shouldnít do.
7:20 I now see that if I do things I know are wrong, it's not
actually me doing it but itís sin in me that's doing it.
7:21 It happens all the time. When I want to do right things, there
is always a struggle within my body trying to make me do selfish
7:22 I really like what God says in the bible. It's like He's inside
of me showing me how to live and do right things.
7:23 But there is a real struggle in my mind because I still want to
do the selfish things my body wants. It's as if sin keeps me in jail
inside my own body because I canít overcome these desires and urges
I know are wrong.
7:24 I am SO screwed up! Who in the world could ever help me get
free from these bad desires that are killing me and keeping me from
7:25 Well Thank You Jesus! He's the One who can do it. Though my
mind agrees with the bible and I want to do good things, my body
still wants only to do selfish things.
8:1 Let me tell you right here and now that you don't have to be
ashamed if you are a Christian. You're following Jesus in your heart
and no longer wanting to let your body control everything about you.
8:2 The life that Jesus gives you is pure and good in God's eyes.
You don't have to worry about trying to please God by living up to
his perfect commandments. Those commandments are there to show you
that you were not right and cannot possibly obey them all of the
time. But the life that Jesus gives you inside does obey all of
God's wishes all of the time and makes you free from the death that
8:3 Though God's commandments are right, my own physical body had so
much power over me that I couldnít obey them. God sent Jesus in a
physical body to live perfectly, overcoming sin, being an example to
8:4 God did this so that His requirement perfectly doing right
things all the time and never ever sinning would be possible for us
who don't want to just do whatever selfish things our bodies want,
but rather want to do the right things God shows us in our hearts.
8:5 People who do whatever selfish things they want to do are simply
slaves to their physical bodies. But those of us that follow Jesus
in our hearts want to do the good things God wants for us to do.
8:6 To just do whatever your body wants to do leads to bad things
and will kill you in the end. But following your heart through Jesus
leads to a wonderful life giving you peace of mind all the time.
8:7 Manís natural mind resists God and doesn't want to know His
right ways. It's impossible for a natural person to serve God. Their
body and mind want to be in total control only wanting to do selfish
8:8 Those people wonít and canít please God.
8:9 But you are not like those people ruled by their bodies doing
only selfish things. You who live by the Spirit of God have God
living in you! Anyone that doesnít have the Spirit of God through
Jesus in him doesnít yet belong to God.
8:10 You who have the Spirit of Jesus living in you know that the
sinful ways your body wants made you as good as dead. The Spirit of
Jesus made you alive because of how right and pure He is and not
because of any good things you have done.
8:11 If the Spirit of God who made Jesus come back to life after He
died lives in you, He that made Jesus come back alive will also give
new life to your body by the Spirit of Jesus that is inside you.
8:12 So my friends, God gave us a huge gift. Not so that we could do
whatever our selfish bodies want.
8:13 If you just keep doing what your bodies want you will die. But
if you will live through the Spirit of Jesus and consider your body
to be dead to itís former sinful ways, you will have real life.
8:14 God considers all of you that let the Spirit of Jesus lead you
in life to be His sons also.
8:15 You no longer need to be afraid of God. You have been adopted
by God as His own child and we can call Him our Father.
8:16 Godís Spirit inside of you is very real to you now. You know
this because of He is present with and in you. He cares for you as
any loving father cares for his own child.
8:17 Knowing that you are one of Godís own children, you should also
know that you are one of His heirs along with Jesus Himself. So if
you have to suffer hardship in this life like Jesus did, you can
also know that in the end you will also inherit all of Godís love
and wonderful life forever just like Jesus has.
8:18 The wonderful fantastic life God has given us both now and
later in heaven will one day become obvious to everyone. Compared to
Godís life in and for us, the troubles we have in this life are very
small and are nothing to worry about.
8:19 All of Godís creatures and even the trees and other plants
eagerly wait for the day when He will show Himself to the world
through His childrenÖ
8:20 because they were also affected by manís sin. Not because of
anything they did but because they were part of the world that Adam
was in charge of when he first sinned and the whole world fell into
a tough life. God knew that one day life even for the animals and
nature would be better.
8:21 Godís creatures in all the world will one day get to live in a
much better world not affected by sin and enjoy the wonderful new
life God has given to His children.
8:22 All of nature cries in pain waiting for this moment in history.
8:23 And itís not just the innocent animals that cry. We who have
the Spirit of Jesus in us cry inside our hearts while we still live
in these physical bodies. When Jesus returns, our physical bodies
will be transformed into eternal bodies not part of this world just
like His body was transformed. Our new bodies wonít urge us to sin.
8:24 Weíre all looking forward to that day. We hope it comes soon!
Even though it hasnít happened yet, because God promised it and He
is totally trustworthy, weíre at peace now and we rest confidently
hoping for that day. Knowing that day will come helps us to resist
sinís temptations. Were made free from sin by what we hope for.
When Jesus does comes back, everyone will see Him with their eyes.
It doesnít require faith or trust in Godís promise when you have
physical proof and can see it come true with your own eyes.
8:25 Hoping for what we donít yet see with our natural eyes requires
patience as you wait for it to appear.
8:26 Because itís hard to wait for the proof our eyes want to see,
God gave us His Spirit to help us. He knew we were going to get
tired and worry because our physical bodies get weak. There is so
much to this that we donít really even know how to talk about it or
even pray about it. Godís Spirit in us helps us pray even though we
may not understand what weíre praying about. We often cry out in our
hearts sometimes thinking or saying words and making sounds we donít
8:27 Remember that itís God inside you and He knows you better than
you know yourself. He knows EVERYTHING! His prayers are perfect. His
Spirit is inside of you praying perfectly for everyone and
When you pray, donít worry about what youíre going to say or if you
donít even know what to say at all. Godís Spirit is in you and you
can just let it all out in your tears or even with moaning,
groaning, and words you donít understand.
8:28 Everything that happens to you now is part of Godís plan for
your life. You have been called by God and love Him. Everything is
ok. He knows exactly what Heís doing.
8:29 God knows the future and has always known us. He planned all
along for us to become like Jesus so that Jesus would be the first
one to be raised from the dead and born to a new heavenly life with
many others to follow Him.
8:30 Not only did God plan all of this ahead of time, He came to get
us calling out for us. And to those He called, He also made right
with Him through the cross. Those he made right, He also raised up
to a heavenly life with new eternal bodies!
8:31 How in the world can we possibly respond to what God has done
for us? Knowing that God is totally on our side, who could possibly
ever threaten us?
8:32 Since our loving God gave His one and only beloved Son to die
on the cross for us all, donít you also know that because of His
love for us He freely gives us every good thing?
8:33 Who could possibly find any fault with us now since God is on
our side defending us. He is the creator of the universe and chose
to make us right with Him through His own sacrifice!
8:34 Who could possibly condemn you now? Certainly not God. It was
Jesus that died for you or more importantly the One raised from the
dead for you and now lives with God to defend you forever before
8:35 Can you think of anything that could possibly separate us from
Godís love? Could problems, worries, ridicule, hunger, poverty,
threats, guns, or war keep us away from God?
8:36 Life in the world is tough. In the old testament, the bible
says ďFor thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
as sheep for the slaughter.Ē
8:37 But thereís no way ANYTHING could undo what God has done.
Because God loves us so much, He made us to be greater than anything
man could ever imagine.
8:38 I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is absolutely
nothing that could happen to us that could take you away from Godís
love. Surely nothing in this world has power over what God has done
for you. Not even death itself! No demon now or everÖ
8:39 Önor anything anywhere in the universe, or any creature on
earth shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
9:1 Iím telling you the straight truth. God showed me clearly that
these things I tell you are true.
9:2,3 I know how tough life in this world can be. It weighs heavily
on my heart to know that people suffer so much. If it were possible,
Iíd give up everything Jesus has given me if it would help more of
my fellow Jewish people come to know Him.
9:4 The Jewish nation are the ones God originally offered His
precious promise of becoming His children to by showing them many
miraculous signs of His presence in the old days. It was to the
Jewish people that God spoke about His right laws and His good
9:5 Jesus was born into a Jewish family whose heritage goes back all
the way to the beginning. God knew every one of Jesusí ancestors and
was with them in special ways all along. Godís plan is so perfect!
He always knew exactly what He was doing and how it would all
happen. WOW! God is the One and Only Great God of the entire
universe forever and ever! WOW!
9:6 Not everyone that believes in Jesus is from a Jewish family. God
considers all those that trust Jesus to be in His family. Donít
think that just because most of the Jewish people rejected Jesus
that Godís word didnít work.
9:7 Just because someone was born to Jewish parents descended from
Abraham doesnít make them part of Godís real family. Abraham had
another son with his wife Sarah. The second son named Isaac was the
one God promised to Abraham and Sarah when they were too old to have
children naturally. Many people descended from both of Abrahamís
9:8 It was not ALL of Abrahamís descendants that God said would be
9:9 God said that when Abraham and Sarah were very elderly that
Sarah would have another baby.
9:10,11 Abraham also had two sons with Sarahís maid when he was very
old. These children grew up and had families of their own that
brought many more people into the world so that ultimately God could
show that everyone whether Jewish or not could choose to trust Jesus
and not simply be special in His sight because they were from the
ancestry of the original Jewish people.
9:12 God told Rebecca that the older son, Esau would one day serve
the younger son, Jacob.
9:13 He said ďJacob have I loved, but I was disappointed that Esau
was born because he was not part of My plan.
9:14 Does this mean that God isnít fair- that He did something
wrong? No way!
9:15 Way before this happened God told Moses ďI will have mercy on
whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will
9:16 This means that itís not up to us to tell God what to do but
rather itís all up to God who is the One from where all mercy comes.
9:17 God said to the evil Pharaoh of Egypt that it was for His own
reasons that He allowed Pharaoh to live and reign over Egypt and the
Jewish people so that one day Godís power would be shown to the
world and everyone would know how great God is.
9:18 Some people are going to accept God and His mercy and other
people are going to reject Godís love. God knew all this would
happen way before those people were ever born.
9:19 You ask then ďWhy does God judge and find fault with those that
reject Him if it was His plan for them to be this way in the first
place? How can anyone go against Godís plans?Ē
9:20 Who are you to tell God what to do? Shall the one formed say to
him for formed it, ďWhy did you make me this way?Ē
9:21 The potter that makes things out of clay makes all sorts of
things. Some pots are made for serving good food and other pots are
made to pee into. The same potter makes them all.
9:22 Godís power is against all that sin and do evil. His anger
against sin will one day be unleashed and totally destroy all the
people that willfully rejected Him. God chose to hold back His
ultimate punishment against evil for as long as possible.
9:23 He did this to show the world how great His mercy is toward the
ones He loves.
9:24 We are the ones that have received His blessings in Jesus. He
called us out from our former lives Jew and non-Jew alike.
9:25 Through the old testament prophet Hosea, God said ďThose that
were not My people I will call My people and she that was not loved
I will call her My belovedĒ.
9:26 To those that God once said ďYou are NOT My peopleĒ He will one
day call them ďSons of the living GodĒ.
9:27 The old testament Jewish prophet Isaiah cried about his people
ďThough there are many of you, sadly it will be only a few that will
come to God through Jesus and be savedĒ.
9:28 One day Godís plan for earth as we know it will come to an end.
That day there will be no more chance for anyone to turn to God
because He will have to quickly move on to the next phase of His
good plans for mankind.
9:29 It is exactly as the prophet Isaiah foretold. ďIf God had not
protected and kept alive the family line of those He originally
promised His heavenly gifts to, we would all have been destroyed by
now just like many evil people before us had been destroyed.
9:30 What are we to say about those people not descended from the
Jews? They never even tried to obey the holy commands. They didnít
even know those laws existed. But now many of them have accepted
Jesus and been made right with God simply because they believed Him.
9:31 But the Jews that followed after Godís rules and requirements
to be made right were never able to measure up to all the perfect
details God required.
9:32 How come? It was because they approached God based the merits
of what they did for Him by doing good things and not by trusting in
what He did for them. As the prophet Isaiah said, ďThey have
stumbled over the Stumbling StoneĒ or as we would say, they tripped
over the big stone(Jesus) that God put in their path.
9:33 Isaiah said ďBehold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock
of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamedĒ.
What God meant is that Jesus was as solid as a rock and His teaching
would challenge men and that not all men would accept that Jesus was
sent from God. But those that open their hearts to Jesus would never
be ashamed and would live forever.
10:1 My heart's desire and prayer to God for the Jewish people is
that they would accept Jesus and have His Spirit live in them
10:2 Though the Jews are enthusiastic about God they have not kept
up with Him and followed Jesus.
10:3 They ignored the teachings of Jesus and refused to accept Him
as their sacrifice on the cross and missed out on the salvation God
offered them. They wanted to be right with God based on their own
good deeds and not because of the goodness of the perfect life Jesus
10:4 Jesus is the perfect expression of what God intended to show us
in His commandments for those of us who have been made right with
God through Him simply by believing and trusting Him.
10:5 Moses said that the man who tries to obey all of Godís rules
will have to live by those rules and that because he will ultimately
be unable to perfectly obey those rules, he will also then die
because of the very same rules.
10:6 But being right with God comes only by trusting what God did
for you by sending Jesus to die on the cross in your place. Donít
think that you had anything to do with it. You didnít. Nor could you
go up to heaven and ask God to send Jesus down to earth.
10:7 Nor could you ask God to bring Jesus back from the dead for
you. There is nobody else that could die and come back to life for
you. If you died you would just be dead forever.
10:8 What God does say is that ďThe true story about Jesus is
already inside of you in your heart and can also can speak those
very same words telling others what weíve been telling you aboutĒ.
10:9 Those of you that can say out loud what you believe in your
heart to be true about Jesus, that is, that God raised Him from the
dead, demonstrate to the world that you believe. Doing that, proves
to God that you are sincere. You donít have to be afraid of anything
10:10 Inside your own heart is where Jesus always was waiting for
you. When you heard about Jesus and learned that He took your place
on the cross, in Godís eyes you were made totally right with Him. By
not being ashamed to tell people what you believe is how you are
made safe from any of the bad things that will happen to the people
that reject Jesus.
10:11 The bible says that ďWhosoever believeth on him shall not be
10:12 There is no longer any difference between the religious Jews
and intellectual nonreligious people. Itís the same God that loves
us all equally and will give the gift of a clear conscience to
anyone that accepts what He did for them by sending Jesus to die for
10:13 God doesnít play favorites. The bible says that ďWhoever calls
on the name of the Lord shall be savedĒ.
10:14 How are people going to open their heart to and believe in
someone theyíve never heard of? The only way theyíre going to know
about Jesus is if someone tells them.
10:15 The only people who can tell others about Jesus are those of
us who know him. Thatís why itís important that you be confident in
knowing about Jesus so you wonít be shy about telling others. The
bible says that people who tell others about Jesus have beautiful
feet when they tell about the peace that Jesus brings and of all the
goodness that comes from knowing God through Jesus.
10:16 Not everyone believes us nor will everyone believe you. The
old testament prophet Isaiah asked ďLord, who hath believed our
10:17 Trust in God comes only by knowing what Jesus said and what
God says about Jesus. That knowledge comes when we tell people what
God said in the bible.
10:18 Hasnít everyone already heard about God? People can see God in
everything He made.
10:19 The religious Jews knew the bible but they didnít recognize
Jesus when He lived here. They rejected the idea that Jesus was
Godís Son. Moses said that one day the Jews would become jealous of
the many people not descended from them that were made right with
God through Jesus. The Jewish people are very proud of their
heritage and became angry that non-Jewish people were being brought
close to God.
10:20 Isaiah boldly said it like this. ďI loved and made right,
people not descended from the Jews that honored God. I showed Myself
to those people that werenít even seeking Me.Ē
10:21 To the Jews he said ďAll day long for many generations I
patiently offered my love to you. But you were selfish, critical,
11:1 Does this mean that God has rejected His own Jewish people? Of
course not! I myself am a JewÖ a descendant of Abraham from the
family of Benjamin.
11:2 God hath not cast away His people. They were the ones He had in
mind all along! Isaiah prayed to God for the Jewish people sayingÖ
11:3 ďGod, they killed your prophets, and destroyed the places where
you were worshiped. Now they want to kill me.Ē
11:4 But God answered him saying ďI already planned for there to be
seven thousand Jewish men that have resisted Satan boldly refusing
to serve him.Ē
11:5 So that now there are still a few Jews living that will accept
Jesus because of Godís mercy and great plan.
11:6 Itís only because God planned it that way and not because those
few Jews did anything special to deserve His love. Godís gift of
love is based entirely on what He did for us and not what we do for
Him. If by doing something special for we God could earn His love,
then His free gift is meaningless and our efforts would score us
points with Him.
11:7 Are we to think that the Jewish people failed to please God and
that only those He chose would be made right with Him and the others
were kept out of the picture?
11:8 The bible does say referring to the Jews that ďGod made them
sleepy so they couldnít see or hear even up to nowĒ.
11:9 Through David God said of the Jews that ďtheir celebrations and
feasts for God backfired on themÖ
11:10 Let their eyes be blinded from the truth and let them suffer
under the burden of what would happen to them because they treated
God so selfishly.Ē
11:11 Does this mean that the Jewish people are without hope now?
Absolutely Not! Rather through their falling so far away from what
God meant, His love was extended to the non-Jewish people making the
11:12 If the failure of Godís original people caused Him to turn His
back on them and give His love to the non-Jewish people the world
over, how much more will He give His love to the Jewish people that
accept Him now and how special that will be for them?
11:13 Iím speaking to you that are not Jewish. Itís important that I
explain these things to you because you didnít grow up learning
11:14 Because I was raised Jewish, my hope is that by telling all of
you about God that my Jewish people will be challenged to find out
what Iím talking about and come to know Jesus also.
11:15 The Jews rejected Jesus and God then gave His love to the
non-Jewish people the world over. For a Jew to come to Jesus now is
really like bringing someone back from the dead!
11:16 Considering that Godís original people are the oneís to whom
He gave all the promises, they are very special to Him as are all
their descendants. Think of that big family as if it were a tree.
11:17 You who are not of Jewish decent are of a different tree. Some
of the descendants of the original Jewish lineage fell away from God
and were broken off of the tree so to speak. God grafted you onto
the Jewish tree so that you could share its root system and be
included in His family and all of His blessings.
11:18 Donít brag because you know Jesus and they donít. Remember the
roots of the tree onto which youíve been grafted. The blessings you
enjoy by finding Godís love through Jesus are those He intended all
along for the Jewish people.
11:19 You might think that because the Jews rejected Jesus and you
accepted Him that youíre somehow superior to them.
11:20 The Jews were cut off from God because of their unbelief. You
know Jesus because you believed and trusted Him. But be careful not
to think that makes you special.
11:21 If God who intended for His original Jewish people to be made
right with Him through Jesus actually cut them off of the tree
because of their unbelief, youíd better be careful to take your
faith in Him very seriously so that you donít ever get cut off the
tree by unbelief!
11:22 Appreciate His loving goodness toward those that believe and
trust Him so that you will never ever want to be apart from God.
Also know how seriousness He is that He would cut off His own people
because of their unbelief.
11:23 The Jews that were cut off can be reunited with God through
faith if they will humble themselves and trust Jesus.
11:24 You who were never part of the Jewish family were brought
close to God through Jesus and included in all the blessings He
intended for the Jews. It will be that much more special for the Jew
that accepts Jesus now and takes their place in the original plan
God intended for them.
11:25 Itís important that you get this all in perspective to avoid
looking down on the Jews for rejecting Jesus and think that youíre
special. God didnít want anyone to miss out on what Jesus did for
them. Most of the Jewish people rejected Jesus. God opened His love
up to everyone so that as many people as possible would come to know
Jesus and be made right with Him forever.
11:26 Godís love is freely available to all the Jewish people.
The bible told us that Jesus would come from the Jews and turn away
all those that were against GodÖ
11:27 and that God would take away all their sins.
11:28 As far as our message to you, the Jews have turned their backs
on God which made Godís love extend beyond them to you but God has
always loved His original people and still does.
11:29 God doesnít change His mind. He will never withdraw his gifts
and promises once He gives them.
11:30 Before you knew God you were disobedient and selfish but have
now come to know Him because the Jews rejected Him.
11:31 Now that you have received Jesus and are telling everyone how
wonderful Godís love is, the Jews will hear about it and hopefully
11:32 God leveled the playing field so that weíre all equally guilty
of sin, Jew and non-Jew. Itís only because of His forgiveness and
mercy by sending Jesus to die for us that He loves us all.
11:33 Godís wisdom is so deep! Nobody but God could have done this!
Without His help we could have never figured this out.
11:34 As the prophet Isaiah said ďwho has known the mind of the
Lord? or who has given Him advice?Ē
11:35 Or ďwho has given God anything so that God would owe him?Ē
11:36 Everything in life comes from God and itís only through Him
that we can have life. God lives forever! There is nothing greater
than God! Yeah!!!!
12:1 I ask you very seriously to live your lives doing what is right
in Godís eyes. Donít let your bodies rule you. Thatís the very least
you can do for God Whoís done so much for you.
12:2 Donít let unbelieving people influence you to the contrary.
Rather let your mind be changed to think the way God would have you
as you learn what the bible says. This way you will show the world
that Godís way is the only way to really live life.
12:3 Iím telling you the truth just the way God taught it to me
personally. Donít think of yourself as being more special than
anyone else. Remember that God sent Jesus to die for each and every
one of us and gave us all the same opportunity to be made right with
12:4,5 Just like your body has many parts each doing different jobs,
as believers in Jesus, weíre all part of His one body so to speak,
each having different parts to play in Godís plan.
12:6 Some of us are preachers and we should preach what He shows us
12:7 Others of us are meant to help people and others are meant to
12:8 Still others are to encourage or to give money. Whatever your
specialty, you should do it generously, freely, and always with
12:9 Let your love be genuine. Donít tolerate evil bad behavior. Let
goodness rule your life.
12:10 Be kind and affectionate to each another. Love one another and
help everyone to know they are loved.
12:11 Donít be lazy in your life. Stay excited about God.
12:12 Remain full of joy as you hope for better things to come. Be
patient when you have to endure hardship. Always keep your heart
open to God. He hears the constant prayers of your heart.
12:13 Give what you can to help the others that serve God. Open your
home to them when necessary.
12:14 Be nice even to the people who are mean to you. Donít get mad
12:15 Share otherís happiness and also share the burden of those
that are sad.
12:16 Live peacefully together. Donít be snobs thinking you are
special. Rather you should humble yourself and be sure the simple
things are all done well.
12:17 If someone hurts you donít hurt them back. Do only that which
you know to be good so that all people will see that you are an
honest trustworthy person.
12:18 Do the best you can to live a peaceful life with everyone you
12:19 Dear friends, if someone does wrong against you, leave it up
to God to show that person that they were wrong. Donít try to show
them yourself. The bible says that ďVengeance is mine; I will repay,
saith the LordĒ.
12:20 If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat and if
thirsty give him something to drink.
12:21 Donít let the evil of other people get to you but instead let
the goodness inside you get to them.
13:1 All of you should live as good citizens while in the world. In
the end there is no higher power than God. All power that men have
ultimately comes from God. The people in authority in the world were
given that authority by God whether they know it or not.
13:2 Any person who goes against the rules actually goes against
God. He was the one who set the rules in the first place. There is
always punishment for breaking the rules.
13:3 The police and government authorities are no threat to people
that do good. They are here to help deal with people who do bad
things. Give your respect to those in government and from them you
will receive praise and honor.
13:4 Government authorities are Godís servants for good purposes. If
you do wrong, you have reason to be afraid of them because they are
put in power in the world by God to enforce good rules and punish
13:5 You need to obey the laws of the land not just to avoid Godís
judgment but also to keep your conscience clean.
13:6 Pay your taxes. The government is appointed by God to care for
13:7 Respect the authorities and honor them for their good service.
13:8 Donít borrow money. Your only debt should be to repay Godís
love by giving love to other people because there is no law greater
than for us to love one another.
13:9 The ten commandments that tell us ďThou shalt not commit
adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not
bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, etc.Ē is summed up in the
commandment that ďThou shalt love thy neighbor as thyselfĒ.
13:10 Love never does wrong. It never hurts anyone. Love fulfills
all of Godís requirements in all of His laws.
13:11 Itís about time that we all wake up and realize that right now
is the time for us to live Godís way because there is less time left
now than when you first came to know Jesus.
13:12 Your time of living in darkness is over and the light of truth
has dawned on you. Therefore letís stop living the way we used to
live before we knew Jesus and start really living strong and safe in
the new life Heís given us.
13:13 Live your life honestly out in the open. Stop living selfishly
like you used to live when you were jealous and drunk all the time
doing shameful things in darkness.
13:14 Put on Jesus like youíd put on new clothes. Donít follow after
your body to do what it wants.
14:1 Welcome new believers and be careful to not criticize them
because they donít understand as much about Jesus as you do.
14:2 Some may believe that itís ok to eat whatever they want but
otherís think they should be vegetarian. It doesnít matter to God
what you eat but not everyone knows that yet.
14:3 Donít criticize the vegetarian because he doesnít want to eat
meat nor the meat eater. God loves all people regardless of what
14:4 Donít interfere with another persons employees. They work for
him and not for you. Those employees need to do what their own boss
tells them. That employee will ultimately answer to God.
14:5 Some people think that certain days are more special than other
days and other think all days are equally special. Let every person
think the way they want to.
14:6 If a person thinks a certain day is special to God, its ok to
let him think that way because he honors God. The person who eats
certain foods and doesnít eat other foods does so to honor God and
itís ok. Both people give thanks to God.
14:7 None of us live only to ourselves but in the end we all live to
God. None of us die alone but die in the presence of God.
14:8 When we live, we live because of God and when die, we die in
His presence so either way we all belong to God.
14:9 Jesus lived and died and came back to life for all of us in
life and in death.
14:10 We all stand alone before God. Who are you to judge anyone?
14:11 The bible says ďBecause I God am real and alive and cannot be
denied by anyone, the day will come when everyone will bow down and
acknowledge Me with the words of their own mouthĒ.
14:12 Every one of us shall one day stand before God where the truth
of your live is obvious in His revealing pure light.
14:13 Let us not judge one another any more but instead never ever
do anything that would get in the way of anotherís trust in God.
14:14 Jesus showed me clearly that there is nothing wrong in what
anyone does unless that person thinks it is wrong.
14:15 If your friend is upset with you because you eat meat and he
thinks itís wrong to eat meat then you run the risk of offending
him. Itís not worth offending someone by your personal choices.
Jesus died for that person. If it means that you should not eat meat
when you are with that person you should not eat meat so as to not
offend that friend.
14:16 Donít let people say bad things about you because you have
found great freedom in Christ. Donít let your freedom offend anyone.
Respect everyoneís beliefs even if they are very religious and still
trying to obey laws to be right.
14:17 Godís kingdom is not about what we eat or drink but rather
itís about being right in His sight and enjoying peace of mind free
of guilt and rejoicing in His Spirit of Truth.
14:18 God loves everyone that strives to serve Jesus. Even those
that donít know God respect those that do good things.
14:19 Let us follow after the things which make for peace, and do
things that support each other in their quest for truth so as to not
ever discourage anyone.
14:20 Itís not what you permit yourself to eat or do that frustrates
or helps the work of God. As far as God is concerned everything is
ok. But you donít want to ever make anyone feel bad about what he
permits or doesnít permit himself to eat or do in his life.
14:21 If it means that you should not eat meat or drink wine or do
anything else that someone thinks is wrong than you shouldnít do it
so that you donít hurt anyoneís feelings about what they believe is
right for them.
14:22 You should keep your personal choices on such matters to
yourself as you strive to know the truth and do what God wants for
you. You can have a clean conscience about what you do or do not do
as long as you make your choices based on knowing you are free and
that God loves you.
14:23 The person who worries that God may not approve of his actions
doesnít yet know the love of Jesus. He will feel guilty if he breaks
the rules he set up for himself because he doesnít yet understand
Godís freedom and love and fears that he may be sinning.
15:1 Those of us that have a strong faith and great freedom in
Christ should be patient and understanding of those that are still
trying to figure it all out. Be modest and humble yourselves as you
gently encourage them being aware of their tender sensitivity.
15:2 Letís live to make other people happy so that we can show them
the way of faith by our example and help them to know the love of
15:3 Jesus didnít live to please Himself. As the bible says, ďAll of
the evil deeds people did to hurt you fell on meĒ.
15:4 Those things written in the bible a long time ago were written
for us so that we could learn about God and grow to trust Him more
and more as we learn more and more about Him.
15:5 May God who gives you patience and strength also help you to
live at peace and in harmony with each other just like Jesus.
15:6 And that you will be unified in the message that you preach so
that people will know how great God is.
15:7 Welcome each other with love in your hearts just like Jesus
does for Godís sake.
15:8 Jesus became a minister from God to the Jews to prove to them
and all the world, that the bible was true by fulfilling the
promises made to the early Jews, the fathers of our faith.
15:9-12, And also so that Godís love would be shown to the
non-Jewish people as the bible said ďI praise you among non-Jewish
people singing to Your name. Rejoice and be happy along with all of
Godís people. Praise the Lord, Jew and non-Jew alike.Ē Also as
Isaiah said, ďA sprout from the root of Jesse shall rise up to reign
over the non-Jewish people and they will trust Him.Ē
15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you up with the joy and peace
that comes by knowing and believing Him so that by living your life
by faith hoping for the good things He promises us, love will so
fill you that it flows out to everyone around you by the power of
15:14 I have great confidence in you knowing that you are filled
with love and know Jesus personally. You are well able to teach
others about Jesus.
15:15 Some of the things Iíve written to you here are pretty
intense. But I knew itís what God wanted me to teach you.
15:16 God wanted me to teach the non-Jewish people about Jesus so
that you who God has chosen, would be well prepared and be good
examples of Godís love to the world.
15:17 I am humbly proud in Godís eyes because you received my
teaching about Jesus.
15:18, 19 Of course I refer only to the things that God has done
through me to help the non-Jewish people know Him. Those things were
proven to be from God by the miraculous things that happened
wherever I went. As far as God is concerned, I think Iíve done a
15:20 My goal was to preach the gospel about Jesus to people that
didnít before know about God.
15:21 This was to fulfill what was long ago written ďTo whom He was
not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall
15:22 Thatís why Iíve been so busy here and wasnít able to come
15:23 Iíve done my job here now and hope Iíll be able to come visit
15:24 Iím planning a trip to Spain. When I come through Rome we can
spend some quality time together and enjoy each otherís company.
15:25 Right now Iíve got to go to Jerusalem and help out the
15:26 The believers in Macedonia and Achaia gave a lot of money to
me to bring to the believers that need some help in Jerusalem.
15:27 They were really happy about being able to donate this money.
Itís good and right that they share with the Jewish believers
considering that God let them share in all the blessings he
originally intended for the Jews.
15:28 When I have delivered the money to the believers in Jerusalem,
Iíll come see you on my way to Spain.
15:29 Iím so full of Godís love these days itís going to be
wonderful for you all when I get there.
15:30, 31 Now listen up. My work among you is very important to God
in telling the world about the love of Jesus. Be united in praying
for me so that I will be safe while among the unbelievers in Judea
and that Godís people in Jerusalem will appreciate and put to good
use the money Iím bringing to them.
15:32 Then Iíll be free and happy to come visit with you all and we
can relax and have a good time.
15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
16:1 I want you to meet and know our sister, Phoebe who has been
serving Jesus among the believers in Cenchrea.
16:2 Love her and help her out with whatever she needs. Sheís a
wonderful believer who has helped me and a lot of other people
keeping us safe and taking good care of us.
16:3, 4: Send my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila the other
believers there that risked their lives for me. Iím grateful to them
and to all the non-Jews that believe in Jesus.
16:5 Also remember me to all those that meet in their home. Most of
all, tell Epaenetus, who was the first on in Asia to accept Jesus,
how much I love Him.
16:6 Greet Mary, who worked so hard serving you all.
16:7 Send my greetings also to Andronicus and Junia, my dear friends
and fellow prisoners. Those guys are highly respected by the
apostles who were personal friends of Jesus before even I knew
16:8, 9: Let my dear friends Amplias, Urbane, and Stachys know that
I love and miss them very much.
16:10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15: Also Apelles who suffered so much for
Jesus and all the believers that live with Aristobulus and my
brother Herodion my kinsman and all those believers living with
Narcissus, and Tryphena, Tryphosa, Rufus, his mother and mine,
Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, all their brothers,
Philologus, Julia, Nereus, his sister, Olympas, and all the
believers which are with them.
16:16 Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of
Christ salute you.
16:17 Watch out for those among you that would cause divisions and
strife teaching things inconsistent with what you have learned. Stay
away from them!
16:18 Those people do not serve God. They are only out for their own
gain. They use persuasive words to deceive simple minded people.
16:19 Iím very proud of you and happy that youíre loyalty to Jesus
is well known all over. Itís good that you are well educated about
what is good and ignorant of what is evil.
16:20 Our God of peace shall soon crush Satan under your feet. The
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. Amen.
16:21 Timotheus, Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow workers in
Jesus send you their love.
16:22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter for Paul send you my love
16:23 Gaius who has opened his home to me and all the believers here
also send their love to you as does Erastus, the city treasurer and
his brother Quartus.
16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
16:25 Ė 27 Now to Him who makes your faith strong according to what
I have taught you about Jesus and revealed what was once a great
mystery kept secret in the scriptures until now according to Godís
great plan but now made known to all the nations of the world so
that all would believe in Jesus, to the one and only true God, be
glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.