Romans 1: "I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ"

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 111–112


The gospel of Jesus Christ provides the path that leads us to peace and happiness in this life and eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Satan, on the other hand, tempts us to follow a path that leads to misery and destruction. Paul described these different paths in vivid detail in Romans 1. Then he boldly declared which path he had chosen to follow: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16).

Understanding the Scriptures

Romans 1

Made of the seed (v. 3)Descendant 
Fruit (v. 13)Converts to the gospel 
Barbarians (v. 14)Foreigners 
Wrath (v. 18)Punishment, anger 
Maliciousness (v. 29)Desire to hurt another 
Malignity (v. 29)Hatefulness 
Whisperers (v. 29)Gossipers, slanderers 
Without natural affection (v. 31)Unloving toward family and friends 

Romans 1:24–32—“God Also Gave Them Up”

When people reject God, He “gives them up,” or delivers them to suffer the punishment for their sins. This abandonment does not mean that God does not love His children, but shows that they who are wicked abandon Him so He cannot help them. As Paul said, they choose to worship and serve the creature of sin, rather than the Creator (see Romans 1:25). The “uncleanness” and “vile affections” Paul referred to in verses 24–27 are sins of homosexuality and other sexual sins.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Romans 1.

Activity A Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Romans 1:16

Actions speak louder than words. Paul said he was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his actions proved it. Elder David B. Haight, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “The Apostle Paul was fearless and never wavered in his testimony of Jesus. His faith and determination lifted him from being a tentmaker to become a teacher, a missionary, leader, and organizer of Christian branches. He most certainly wasn’t a sissy nor weak. People of great faith know what is right and do it. They have uncompromised determination and commitment and are capable of enduring pressure or hardship. Paul knew what was right, and you know what is right. When you take courage like Paul and do what you know is right, nothing will stop your progress but yourself” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 50; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 36–37).

Paul teaching

Turn to “Paul” in your Bible Dictionary (pp. 742–43). There you will find a list of scriptures that overview Paul’s life. Select several of these scriptures to read. After reading your selections, list at least five specific things Paul did that you believe demonstrate he was not ashamed of the gospel.

Activity B iconIn Your Own Words

Read the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Romans 1:24–32.

  1. 1.

    Read Romans 1:24–32.

  2. 2.

    List each verse that contains a phrase like “God gave them up.”

  3. 3.

    In your own words, explain what the phrase means (see Mosiah 2:36–37 for help).