For I have an obligation to all peoples, to the civilized and to the savage, to the educated and to the ignorant.
So then, I am eager to preach the Good News to you also who live in Rome.
I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God's power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles. 1
References for Romans 1:16
For the gospel reveals how God puts people right with himself: it is through faith from beginning to end. As the scripture says, "The person who is put right with God through faith shall live." 2
References for Romans 1:17
God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways prevent the truth from being known.
God punishes them, because what can be known about God is plain to them, for God himself made it plain.
Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all! 3
References for Romans 1:20
+21.20 Ws 13.1-9; Si 17.8.
They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness. 4
References for Romans 1:21
1.21 Eph 4.17, 18.
They say they are wise, but they are fools;
instead of worshiping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortals or birds or animals or reptiles. 5
References for Romans 1:23
1.23 Dt 4.16-18+2 Ws 11.15; 12.24; 13.10-19.
And so God has given those people over to do the filthy things their hearts desire, and they do shameful things with each other.