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Romans 1:5

    Romans 1:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Through whom grace has been given to us, sending us out to make disciples to the faith among all nations, for his name:

    Webster's Revision

    through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;

    World English Bible

    through whom we received grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake:

    Definitions for Romans 1:5

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 1:5

    Grace and apostleship - The peculiar influence and the essential qualifications which such an office requires. Without the Grace, favor, and peculiar help of God, he could not have been an apostle: he had an extraordinary conversion, and an extraordinary call to preach the Gospel. Probably χαριν και αποστολην, grace and apostleship, mean the same as χαριν της αποστολης, the apostolical office; for so the word χαρις means in Romans 12:3; Romans 15:15; 1 Corinthians 3:10; Ephesians 3:8. See the various acceptations of the word grace, Romans 1:7.

    For obedience to the faith - That by this office, which I have received from God, and the power by which it is accompanied, I might proclaim the faith, the Gospel of Jesus; and show all nations the necessity of believing in it, in order to their salvation. Here is:

    1. The Gospel of the Son of God.

    2. An apostle divinely commissioned and empowered to preach it.

    3. The necessity of faith in the name of Jesus, as the only Savior of the world.

    4. Of obedience, as the necessary consequence of genuine faith. And,

    5. This is to be proclaimed among all nations; that all might have the opportunity of believing and being saved.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 1:5

    By whom - The apostle here returns to the subject of the salutation of the Romans, and states to them his authority to address them. That authority he had derived from the Lord Jesus, and not from man. On this fact, that he had received his apostolic commission, not from man, but by the direct authority of Jesus Christ, Paul not infrequently insisted. Galatians 1:12, "for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ;" 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Ephesians 3:1-3.

    We - The plural here is probably put for the singular; see Colossians 4:3; compare Ephesians 6:19-20. It was usual for those who were clothed with authority to express themselves in this manner. Perhaps here, however, he refers to the general nature of the apostolic office, as being derived from Jesus Christ, and designs to assure the Romans that "he" had received the apostolic commission as the others had. 'We," the apostles, have received the appointment from Jesus Christ. '

    Grace and apostleship - Many suppose that this is a figure of speech, "hendiadys," by which one thing is expressed by two words, meaning the grace or favor of the apostolic office. Such a figure of speech is often used. But it may mean, as it does probably here, the two things, grace, or the favor of God to his own soul, as a personal matter; and the apostolic office as a distinct thing. He often, however, speaks of the office of the apostleship as a matter of special favor, Romans 15:15-16; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:7-9.

    For obedience to the faith - In order to produce, or promote obedience to the faith; that is, to induce them to render that obedience to God which faith produces. There are two things therefore implied.

    (1) that the design of the gospel and of the apostleship is to induce men to obey God.

    (2) that the tendency of faith is to produce obedience. There is no true faith which does not produce that. This is constantly affirmed in the New Testament, Romans 15:18; Romans 16:19; 2 Corinthians 7:15; James 2.

    Among all nations - This was the original commission which Jesus gave to his apostles, Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:18-19. This was the special commission which Paul received when he was converted, Acts 9:15. It was important to show that the commission extended thus far, as he was now addressing a distant church which he had not seen.

    For his name - This means probably "on his account," that is, on account of Christ, John 14:13-14; John 16:23-24. The design of the apostleship was to produce obedience to the gospel among all nations, that thus the name of Jesus might be honored. Their work was not one in which they were seeking to honor themselves, but it was solely for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ. For him they toiled, they encountered perils, they laid down their lives, because by so doing they might bring people to obey the gospel, and thus Jesus Christ might wear a brighter crown and be attended by a longer and more splendid train of worshippers in the kingdom of his glory.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 1:5

    1:5 By whom we have received - I and the other apostles. Grace and apostleship - The favour to be an apostle, and qualifications for it. For obedience to the faith in all nations - That is, that all nations may embrace the faith of Christ. For his name - For his sake; out of regard to him.

    Verses Related to Romans 1:5

    John 15:9 - As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
    1 John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
    Psalms 119:10 - With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.