Romans 1:5
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New International Version
Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake.

New Living Translation
Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

English Standard Version
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

Berean Study Bible
Through Him and on behalf of His name, we received grace and apostleship to call all those among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

Berean Literal Bible
through whom we have received grace and apostleship unto obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of His name,

New American Standard Bible
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake,

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name,

International Standard Version
Through him we received grace and a commission as an apostle to bring about faithful obedience among all the gentiles for the sake of his name.

NET Bible
Through him we have received grace and our apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name.

New Heart English Bible
through whom we received grace and the office of apostle, for obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For in him we have received grace and Apostleship among all the nations, so that they would obey the faith of his name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Through him we have received God's kindness and the privilege of being apostles who bring people from every nation to the obedience that is associated with faith. This is for the honor of his name.

New American Standard 1977
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake,

Jubilee Bible 2000
By whom we have received the grace and the apostleship, to cause the faith to be obeyed among all the Gentiles in his name,

King James 2000 Bible
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name;

Darby Bible Translation
by whom we have received grace and apostleship in behalf of his name, for obedience of faith among all the nations,

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

Webster's Bible Translation
By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for his name:

Weymouth New Testament
through whom we have received grace and Apostleship in His service in order to win men to obedience to the faith, among all Gentile peoples,

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

Young's Literal Translation
through whom we did receive grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among all the nations, in behalf of his name;
Study Bible
Greeting the Saints in Rome
4and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5Through Him and on behalf of His name, we received grace and apostleship to call all those among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
Acts 1:25
to assume this ministry and apostleship, which Judas abandoned to go to his rightful place."

Acts 6:7
So the word of God continued to spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem grew rapidly, and a great number of priests became obedient to the faith.

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.

Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.

Romans 15:18
I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,

Romans 16:26
but now revealed and made known through the writings of the prophets by the command of the eternal God, in order to lead all the nations to the obedience that comes from faith--

Galatians 1:16
to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not rush to consult with flesh and blood,
Treasury of Scripture

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

we have.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

Romans 15:15,16 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to you in …

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

2 Corinthians 3:5,6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of …

Galatians 1:15,16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, …

Ephesians 3:2-9 If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is …

1 Timothy 1:11,12 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

apostleship.

Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which …

1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for …

Galatians 2:8,9 (For he that worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the …

for obedience to the faith. or, to the obedience of faith. ch.

Romans 15:18,19 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ …

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, …

Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied …

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through …

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

among. See on

Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, …

for his name.

Malachi 1:11,14 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

Acts 15:14 Simeon has declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, …

Ephesians 1:6,12 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

1 Peter 2:9,10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

(5) Through Him--through Christ the Son--he, Paul, had received his own special' endowment and commission to bring over the Gentiles into that state of loyal and dutiful submission which has its root in faith; all which would tend to the glory of His name.

We have received.--The Apostle means himself alone, but the plural is used (as frequently in Greek) with delicate tact, so as to avoid an appearance of egotism or assumption.

Grace and apostleship.--Grace is here divine favour manifested in various ways, but especially in his conversion. St. Augustine notes that grace is common to the Apostle with all believers--his apostleship is something special and peculiar; yet apostleship is an instance, or case, of grace. Origen distinguishes between the two--"grace for the endurance of labours, apostleship for authority in preaching;" but both terms are perhaps somewhat wider than this. Apostleship includes all those privileges which St. Paul possessed as an Apostle; grace is all those privileges that he possessed as a Christian. At the same time, in either case the meaning tends in the direction of that particular object which is expressed in the next clause. The light in which the Apostle valued most the gifts that had been bestowed upon him, was inasmuch as they enabled him to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.

For obedience to the faith among all nations.--Literally, For (to produce) obedience of faith (the obedience which springs from faith) among all the Gentiles.

Faith is not here equivalent to "the faith"--a positive body of doctrine received and believed--but, in its strict sense, that active habit and attitude of mind by which the Christian shows his devotion and loyalty to Christ, and his total dependence on Him (Galatians 2:19).

For his name.--For His name's sake. "His," i.e., Christ's. The whole of that divine economy of which St. Paul himself forms part, tends to the glory of Christ. The Apostle's call to his office, his special endowment for his ministry, the success of his preaching among the Gentiles, as they proceed from Christ, so also have for their object the extension of His kingdom.

Verse 5. - Through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his Name's sake. "We" here means, not Christians generally, but Paul himself (though probably, as also in all other cases where he similarly uses this plural, with the intention of including others, here his fellow-apostles); for the "grace" spoken of is evidently from what follows a special grace for the apostolic office to which he had been called. The word ἀποστολὴ occurs in a like sense in Acts 1:25. Αἰς ὑπακοὴν πίστεως, etc., denotes the purpose of his apostleship, viz. to bring men everywhere, of whatever race, to believe and obey the gospel; not to a belief in it only, but to the obedience which comes of faith, or which faith renders. "Accepimus mandatum Evangelii ad omnes gentes pro-ferendi, cut illae per fidem obedient" (Calvin). Some take the phrase, ὑπακοὴν πίστεως, to mean "obedience to faith," faith being regarded, not as cause efficiens, but as a commanding principle exacting obedience to itself. So Meyer, who refers to passages where a genitive after ὑπακοὴ has this meaning: 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ὑπακοὴ τοῦ Ξριστοῦ); 1 Peter 1:22 (ὑπακοὴ τῆς ἀληθείας); and also to Acts 6:7 (὘πήκουον τῇ πίστει). The last of these quotations would have been peculiarly apposite in support of the interpretation contended for, were not πίστεως in the text now before us anarthrous, so as to suggest subjective faith, rather than "the faith delivered to the saints," as in Acts 6:7. The question is, after all, of no importance with regard to the essential idea intended to be conveyed. Ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσιν seems to point especially to St. Paul's own apostleship (cf. Acts 22:21; Galatians 1:16; Galatians 2:8, 9; Ephesians 3:1, 8), though, of course, the apostleship of all, wherever exercised, had a similar worldwide purpose. In using the expression here, he anticipates what he is about to say as to his not shrinking from addressing even the Romans with authority; his mission being to all the nations. Υπὲρ τοῦ οηνόματος αὐτοῦ is best connected with "obedience of faith." The phrase is of frequent occurrence (cf. Acts 5:41; Acts 9:15; Acts 15:26; Acts 21:13; also 2 Thessalonians 1:12). It is most usually connected with the idea of suffering in behalf of Christ. By whom we have received grace and apostleship,.... That is, either by the Holy Spirit, from whom all grace and gifts come, qualifying for the discharge of any office; or by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is full of grace and truth, has received gifts for, and gives them to men to fit them for whatsoever service he is pleased to call them to. By "grace and apostleship" may be meant, either one and the same thing, the favour and honour of being the apostles of Christ; or different things, and the one in order to the other. Grace may design special saving grace in calling, justification, pardon, and adoption, and sanctification, which was received in common with other saints, and is absolutely necessary to an apostle, and to any ordinary minister of the word; or the doctrine of grace, which they received from Christ, and dispensed to others; or rather the gifts of grace, and the various measures thereof, which they received from their ascended Lord and King, by which they were furnished for apostleship, that is, the work and office of apostles; to which they were called by Christ, and from whom they received a commission to execute it. The apostle takes in others sides himself, and says, "we have received"; partly for the sake of modesty, and partly to keep up his equal title with others to this office; and since this is had in a way of receiving, which supposes giving, and excludes boasting, it obliges to make use of all grace and gifts to the glory of Christ, by whom they are received. The end for which they received such an office, and grace to fit them for it, was, "for obedience to the faith"; that men might be brought by the ministry of the word to obey the faith, Christ the object of faith; to submit to his righteousness, and the way of salvation by him, and to be subject to his ordinances or to obey the doctrine of faith, which is not barely to hear it, and notionally receive it, but to embrace it heartily by faith, and retain it, in opposition to a disbelief and contempt of it; and which is the end and design of the Gospel ministration to bring persons to, Moreover, by

obedience to the faith, or "obedience of faith", as it may be rendered, may be meant the grace of faith, attended with evangelical obedience; for obedience, rightly performed, is only that which is by faith, and springs from it. Now grace and apostleship were received, in order to be exercised

among all nations; not in Judea only, to which the first commission of apostleship was limited, but in all the nations of the world, as the commission renewed by Christ after his resurrection ordered; and that some among all nations of the earth might, by the power of divine grace accompanying the word, be brought to faith and obedience: and all this, the qualifications for the office, the due exercise of it in all the world, and the success that attended it, were

for his name; for the honour and glory of Christ, in whose name they went, and which they bore and carried among the Gentiles, out of whom he was pleased "to take a people for his name", Acts 15:14. 5. By whom—as the ordained channel.

we have received grace—the whole "grace that bringeth salvation" (Tit 2:11).

and apostleship—for the publication of that "grace," and the organization of as many as receive it into churches of visible discipleship. (We prefer thus taking them as two distinct things, and not, with some good interpreters, as one—"the grace of apostleship").

for obedience to the faith—rather, "for the obedience of faith"—that is, in order to men's yielding themselves to the belief of God's saving message, which is the highest of all obedience.

for his name—that He might be glorified.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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