Archive for June 7th, 2019

Romans 1:3-7

In Romans 1:3-7 Paul continues with his long winded opening statement to the church in Rome. He makes it clear that his message is about Jesus. This is the center of Paul’s gospel, the “sun” that everything this else orbits around. The center of Christianity is not a teaching or a moral system, it is a Person: Jesus Christ. Paul makes clear that Jesus is unique in two ways:

  1. In the flesh, He was descended from David
  2. In the Spirit He was declared to be the Son of God

And through both, He was resurrected from the dead.

“….concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord….” Paul goes even further by declaring Jesus as Lord. He’s not just human and the Son of God – He is Lord. Paul calls Jesus ‘Yaweh’ in the Greek – the deity one worships. Jesus is fully God and worthy of our worship and obedience. Lordship is such an important part of our relationship with Him as a Christ Follower. He is to be the driver in our life – the One whom we obey in every situation.

He was holy in all things, and through His resurrection has given proof that He is not a mere human, but part of the Trinity Himself. Through Christ, we receive two things:

  1. Grace – God’s riches at Christ’s expense – His favor to help us walk in obedience
  2. Apostleship – a relationship with Christ Himself

The result of those is obedience when we allow them to impact our life. Paul’s gospel impacts individual lives. It isn’t interesting theory or philosophy, it is life-changing good news. “….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….” The stakes for obedience are high – it is a representation of His name among the nations. Our walk with Christ impacts people all around us. Obedience matters.

The gospel is big enough and great enough for the whole world; it must go out to impact all nations. Paul is making that clear to the church in Rome. “….including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” God’s call is to all of us and we are loved by Him as Christ Followers. His call is for us to be ‘saints’, not because we already are, but because His call makes us so. Paul was thankful for the good reputation of the church in Rome. Because of its location, this church had a special visibility and opportunity to glorify Jesus throughout the Empire.

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