Romans 1:1
New International Version
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God--

New Living Translation
This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.

English Standard Version
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Berean Study Bible
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God,

Berean Literal Bible
Paul, servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle having been set apart for the gospel of God,

New American Standard Bible
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

King James Bible
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Christian Standard Bible
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God--

Contemporary English Version
From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus. God chose me to be an apostle, and he appointed me to preach the good news

Good News Translation
From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus and an apostle chosen and called by God to preach his Good News.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God's good news--

International Standard Version
From: Paul, a servant of Jesus the Messiah, called to be an apostle and set apart for God's gospel,

NET Bible
From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.

New Heart English Bible
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Good News of God,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Paulus, a Servant of Yeshua The Messiah, a called one, and an Apostle, who was separated to The Gospel of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and appointed to spread the Good News of God.

New American Standard 1977
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Paul, slave of Jesus, the Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God

King James 2000 Bible
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

American King James Version
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,

American Standard Version
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Douay-Rheims Bible
PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Darby Bible Translation
Paul, bondman of Jesus Christ, [a] called apostle, separated to God's glad tidings,

English Revised Version
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Webster's Bible Translation
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,

Weymouth New Testament
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, set apart to proclaim God's Good News,

World English Bible
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Good News of God,

Young's Literal Translation
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, having been separated to the good news of God --
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Greeting the Saints in Rome
1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God, 2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,…
Cross References
Mark 1:14
After the arrest of John, Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel of God.

Acts 9:15
"Go!" said the Lord. "This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel.

Acts 13:2
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

Romans 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an acceptable offering to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you yourselves not my workmanship in the Lord?

2 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia:

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,

2 Corinthians 11:7
Was it a sin for me to humble myself in order to exalt you, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?

Galatians 1:10
Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by His grace, was pleased

Philippians 1:1
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

1 Thessalonians 2:2
As you are aware, we had already endured suffering and shameful treatment in Philippi. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you.

1 Thessalonians 2:8
We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us.

1 Thessalonians 2:9
Surely you recall, brothers, our labor and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

Titus 1:1
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ in service of the faith of God's elect and of their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,

James 1:1
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

1 Peter 4:17
For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

2 Peter 1:1
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

Jude 1:1
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who are called, loved by God the Father, and kept in Jesus Christ:

Treasury of Scripture

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,

Paul.

Acts 13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, …

Acts 21:40 And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs, and …

Acts 22:7,13 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, …

Acts 26:1,14 Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. …

a servant.

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

John 13:14-16 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also …

John 15:15,20 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints …

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to …

Philippians 3:6,7 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them …

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to …

Revelation 22:6,9 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true…

called.

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

Acts 22:14,15,21 And he said, The God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should …

Acts 26:16-18 But rise, and stand on your feet: for I have appeared to you for this purpose…

1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of …

1 Corinthians 9:1,16-18 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ …

1 Corinthians 15:8-10 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time…

2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy …

2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very most chief apostles.

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

Galatians 1:1,11-17 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, …

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints …

Ephesians 3:5-7 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

Colossians 1:1,25 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus …

1 Timothy 1:1,11,12 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

Hebrews 5:4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he that is called of …

separated.

Leviticus 20:24-26 But I have said to you, You shall inherit their land, and I will …

Numbers 16:9,10 Seems it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel has separated …

Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark …

1 Chronicles 23:13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that …

Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from far; The LORD …

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came …

Acts 13:2-4 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, …

1 Timothy 1:15,16 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ …

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, …

the gospel.

Romans 1:9,16 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Romans 15:16,29 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Luke 2:10,11 And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good …

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

Ephesians 1:13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …







Lexicon
Paul,
Παῦλος (Paulos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3972: Paul, Paulus. Of Latin origin; Paulus, the name of a Roman and of an apostle.

a servant
δοῦλος (doulos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

of Jesus
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

Christ,
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

called [to be]
κλητὸς (klētos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2822: From the same as klesis; invited, i.e. Appointed, or, a saint.

[an] apostle,
ἀπόστολος (apostolos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 652: From apostello; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ.

[and] set apart
ἀφωρισμένος (aphōrismenos)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 873: To rail off, separate, place apart. From apo and horizo; to set off by boundary, i.e. limit, exclude, appoint, etc.

for
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

[the] gospel
εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2098: From the same as euaggelizo; a good message, i.e. The gospel.

of God,
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(1-7) In writing to the Romans, a Church to which he was personally unknown, and which might be supposed, so far as it was Jewish, to be prejudiced against him, the Apostle delivers with somewhat more than usual solemnity his credentials and commission. A divinely appointed minister of a system of things predicted by the prophets, and culminating in the revelation, divinely ordained and attested, of Jesus Christ, he greets the Roman Christians, themselves also divinely called. Note the repetition of terms signifying "calling," "selection," "determination in the counsels and providence of God;" as if to say: "I and you alike are all members of one grand scheme, which is not of human invention, but determined and ordained of God--the divine clue, as it were, running through the history of the world." A solemn note is thus struck at the very commencement, and in what might have been regarded as the more formal part of the Epistle, by which the readers are prepared for the weighty issues that are to be set before them.

(1) Servant.--More strictly, here as elsewhere in the New Testament, slave; and yet not wrongly translated "servant," because the compulsory and degrading side of service is not put forward. The idea of "slavery" in the present day has altogether different associations.

Separated.--Compare especially Acts 13:2 ("Separate me Barnabas and Saul"), where human instruments--the leaders of the Church at Antioch--are employed to carry out the divine will. The reference here is to the historical fact of the selection of St. Paul to be an Apostle; in Galatians 1:15 ("it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb"), it is rather to the more distant act of divine predestination.

Unto the gospel of God.--Singled out and set apart to convey the message of salvation from God to man. The ambiguous genitive, the gospel of God, seems to mean, "the gospel which proceeds from God," "of which God is the author;" not "of which God is the object."

Verse 1. - Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle. In his salutations to the Philippians and to Titus also St. Paul calls himself δοῦλος (i.e. "bondservant") of Jesus Christ; but usually only ἀπόστολος, or, as here, κλητὸς ἀπόστολος, which is rightly translated in the Authorized Version, "called to be an apostle," Divine vocation to the office being the prominent idea. St. Paul often elsewhere insists on the reality of his vocation from Christ himself to be an apostle to the Gentiles; and this with regard to disparagement of his claim to be a true apostle at all on the part of some (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:1; 2 Corinthians 11:5; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 1:1, 12; Galatians 2:8). It does not follow from his thus asserting his claim here and afterwards in this Epistle that he was aware of any disparagement of it at that time among the Roman Christians; still less that he wrote his Epistle with a polemical purpose against the Judaizers, as some have supposed. Still, he may have suspected that some might possibly have been busy there, as they were in other places; and, however that might be, writing as he was to a Church not founded by, and as yet unvisited by, himself, he might think distinct assertions of his claim to be heard desirable. Separated (or, set apart) unto the gospel of God; i.e. to the preaching of the gospel, not the reception of it only, as is evident from the context. The word ἀφωρίσμενος here, as well as the previous κλητὸς, is best taken, in pursuance of the line of thought, as referring to the Divine counsels, not to the agency of the Church. It is true that the word is elsewhere used with the latter reference, as in Acts 13:2, Ἀφορίσατε δὴ μοι τόν τε Βαρνάβαν καὶ τὸν, Σαῦλον εἰς τὸ ἔργον ο} ππροσκέκλημαι αὐτούς, where the ἀφορισμὸς spoken of was subsequent to the Divine κλῆσις, and effected by human laying on of hands. But we have also St. Paul's own words (Galatians 1:15), Ὁ Θεὸς ὁ ἀφόρρισας με ἐκ κοιλίας μητρός μου καὶ καλίσας διὰ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ, where the ἀφορισμὸς is that of God's eternal purpose, and previous to the κλῆσις (cf. Acts 9:15 and Acts 26:16, 17). 1:1-7 The doctrine of which the apostle Paul wrote, set forth the fulfilment of the promises by the prophets. It spoke of the Son of God, even Jesus the Saviour, the promised Messiah, who came from David as to his human nature, but was also declared to be the Son of God, by the Divine power which raised him from the dead. The Christian profession does not consist in a notional knowledge or a bare assent, much less in perverse disputings, but in obedience. And all those, and those only, are brought to obedience of the faith, who are effectually called of Jesus Christ. Here is, 1. The privilege of Christians; they are beloved of God, and are members of that body which is beloved. 2. The duty of Christians; to be holy, hereunto are they called, called to be saints. These the apostle saluted, by wishing them grace to sanctify their souls, and peace to comfort their hearts, as springing from the free mercy of God, the reconciled Father of all believers, and coming to them through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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