Romans 9:1-2

Romans 9:1-2

August 25, 2021 – Wednesday

Romans 9:1-2     NIV

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Romans 9:1-2     NET

1I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit—

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.


This is one of the two times Paul wrote that he was not lying. The other is in Galatians 1:20 which was discussed yesterday, August 24, 2021. The rarity of Paul writing he is not lying makes the few usages interesting. I am reminded of a young man telling me how he answered questions in a job interview beginning with, “To tell the truth” to almost every question. He didn’t get the job although his answers were considered positive overall. But it was the preface to his answers “To tell the truth” that caused him not to get the job.

With this in mind consider the two verses for the day which is a long run-on sentence which is common in Paul’s writings. If it were in modern English, it would be in short declarative sentences and would go something like this:

            I speak the truth in Christ. I am not lying.

            My conscience confirms this in the Holy Spirit.

            I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart

Why did Paul say he is telling the truth and then immediately, he is not lying? The Benson Commentary explains it this way, That which he had in the former clause expressed in the affirmative, he in this emphatically confirms in the negative, according to the manner of the Hebrews, who were wont to deliver, as well negatively as affirmatively, what they judged to be worthy of special observation.

But what of Paul’s great sorrow and unceasing anguish? Paul declares his sorrow for the Jews who have rejected the gospel, who excluded themselves from all the blessings he had enumerated in the former part of his epistle, he shows that what he was now about to say, he did not speak from any prejudice to them. Those of us with family and loved ones who have not accepted Christ know something of Paul’s sorrow and anguish. Especially when we have done our best to share the good news of Christ with them while speaking clearly of the alternative.

When we share the good news of Grace through Christ, we are telling the truth and we are not lying. We speak to them of the many blessings of knowing Christ as our Lord and Savior. We speak of God’s love seeking to provide everyone with the choice of eternity with God in heaven or eternal damnation. The choice is always individual. Sadly Paul saw his nation Israel overall rejecting Christ and damning themselves. As a result, he had great sorrow and unceasing anguish.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to always share the good news of Christ even though it may be rejected even by those I love and care for. Nonetheless, give me the courage of Paul to still share the good news of Christ. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton
in Beavercreek
Galatians 1:20
John 1:1-3