The Message

Romans 1

1I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts. I write this letter to all the believers in Rome, God’s friends.

2-7 The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. His descent from David roots him in history; his unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master. Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ! And I greet you now with all the generosity of God our Father and our Master Jesus, the Messiah.

8-12 I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That’s first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. And God, whom I so love to worship and serve by spreading the good news of his Son—the Message!—knows that every time I think of you in my prayers, which is practically all the time, I ask him to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache. I so want to be there to deliver God’s gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don’t think I’m not expecting to get something out of this, too! You have as much to give me as I do to you.

13-15 Please don’t misinterpret my failure to visit you, friends. You have no idea how many times I’ve made plans for Rome. I’ve been determined to get some personal enjoyment out of God’s work among you, as I have in so many other non-Jewish towns and communities. But something has always come up and prevented it. Everyone I meet—it matters little whether they’re mannered or rude, smart or simple—deepens my sense of interdependence and obligation. And that’s why I can’t wait to get to you in Rome, preaching this wonderful good news of God.

16-17 It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”

Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral

18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

24-25 So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

28-32 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Rimljanima 1

Tu je Radosnu vijest Bog već odavno obećao po svojim prorocima u Svetome pismu.

Ta je Radosna vijest o njegovu Sinu Isusu Kristu, našemu Gospodinu, koji je postao čovjekom rodivši se kao potomak kralja Davida.

Isus Krist, naš Gospodin, pokazao je da je Božji Sin kad ga je Bog silnom moći podignuo od mrtvih Duhom svetosti.

Kroz Krista nam je Bog iskazao milost i dao apostolstvo da naviještamo svim narodima što je Bog učinio za njih, tako da uzvjeruju i poslušaju ga te donesu slavu njegovu imenu.

I vi ste među onima koji su pozvani pripadati Isusu Kristu.

Svima vama u Rimu, koje on istinski ljubi: pozvani ste po Isusu Kristu da budete njegovi, njegov sveti narod.Neka vam bude sva Božja milost i mir od Boga, našega Oca, i od našega Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Božja Radosna vijest

Najprije zahvaljujem svojemu Bogu po Isusu Kristu za sve vas, što vaša vjera u Boga postaje poznata po svemu svijetu.

Bog mi je svjedok koliko se često molim za vas. Neprekidno se molim za vas onomu kojemu služim svim srcem[a] navješćujući drugima Radosnu vijest o njegovu Sinu.

10 Stalno se molim i za priliku, ako bude Božja volja, da vas napokon uspijem posjetiti.

11 Čeznem vas vidjeti da podijelim s vama darove Svetoga Duha, da se osnažite u Gospodinu,

12 te da vas ohrabrim u vjeri, ali i da se ja ohrabrim vašom vjerom.

13 Htio bih da znate, draga braćo, da sam više puta kanio doći da djelujem među vama i vidim dobre rezultate, baš kao što sam vidio i među drugim narodima, ali dosad sam bio spriječen.

14 Dužan sam služiti i civiliziranim i barbarskim narodima,[b] učenima jednako kao i neukima.

15 Zato i vama u Rimu želim propovijedati Radosnu vijest.

16 Zaista, ne stidim se Radosne vijesti o Isusu Kristu jer je ona Božja sila koja spašava svakoga tko vjeruje - ponajprije židove, ali i druge narode.[c]

17 Ta nam Radosna vijest govori na koji nas način Bog čini pravednima u svojim očima: od početka do svršetka samo vjerom. Kao što piše u Svetome pismu: 'Pravednik će živjeti po vjeri.'[d]

Božji gnjev na grijeh

18 Ali s neba se zaista očituje Božji gnjev na svaku bezbožnost i nepravednost ljudi koji bezbožnim životom sprečavaju da istina o Bogu iziđe na vidjelo.

19 Jer što se o Bogu može znati, zapravo im je već poznato. On im je to obznanio:

20 njegova nevidljiva svojstva - vječna sila i božanstvo još se od stvaranja svijeta mogu umom razabrati po njegovim djelima. Zato nemaju isprike.

21 Jer iako su znali da Bog postoji, nisu mu kao Bogu iskazali ni slavu ni zahvalnost, nego su im misli postale ispraznima, a nerazumno im je srce potamnjelo.

22 Tvrdeći za sebe da su mudri, postali su bezumnima

23 te su se, umjesto slavnome i besmrtnome Bogu, počeli klanjati raspadljivim obličjima, kipovima i slikama čovjeka, ptica, četveronožaca i gmazova.

24 Zato ih je Bog prepustio nečistoći njihova pohotnog srca pa sami obeščašćuju svoja tijela.

25 Jer oni su umjesto Božje istine odabrali laž. Klanjali su se i služili stvorenju umjesto Stvoritelju kojemu pripada slava uvijeke. Amen.

26 Bog ih je zato predao njihovim sramotnim strastima: umjesto da imaju prirodne spolne odnose, žene opće međusobno, što je protunaravno,

27 a muškarci također nemaju naravne odnose sa ženama, već su usplamtjeli pohotom jedni za drugima. Muškarci s muškarcima čine sramotne stvari te na sebi primaju zasluženu kaznu za svoje zastranjenje.

28 Zato što nisu držali vrijednim spoznati Boga, Bog ih je predao pokvarenu načinu razmišljanja da čine ono što ne dolikuje.

29 žive u kojekakvim grijesima, pokvarenosti, lakomosti i pakosti; puni su zavisti, ubojstva, svađe, lukavštine i podmuklosti; ogovaraju,

30 klevetnici su, mrze Boga, nasilnici su, oholi, umišljeni. Stalno smišljaju nova zla, neposlušni su roditeljima,

31 nerazumni, nevjerni, bešćutni i nemilosrdni.

32 Znaju da prema Božjoj odredbi ljudi koji tako čine zaslužuju smrt, ali svejedno tako postupaju. Štoviše, i drugima odobravaju takve postupke te ih tako na njih potiču.

Notas al pie

  1. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:9 U grčkome: svojim duhom.
  2. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:14 U grčkome: i Grcima i barbarima
  3. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:16 U grčkome: Grke.
  4. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:17 Habakuk 2:4.