Paul’s Letter to the Romans

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,

separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore

by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus

Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according

to the flesh” (Romans 1:1-3). Paul starts his letter to the Roman

Church in an odd fashion. We see that he speaks of the Gospel of

God which seems to be a pinnacle but next brings us to the flesh

when saying “the seed of David”. He seems to be starting this

book in a way which leads the reader from low to high; slowly

bringing us step by step to the pinnacle he intends to speak of.

This is ideal because we start with the milk of the word prior to

being able to handle the meat.

“And declared to be the Son of God with power, according

to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (v. 4).

This verse is challenging. We see that Paul first brings our

attention to the fact that the man Jesus came from the seed of

David, or David’s lineage, which seems to be a simple fact, but is

it plain to see that he, Jesus Christ, was also the son of God? We

have proofs given us from the prophets that verify these facts, he

broke the rules of nature in being born of a virgin, his miracles

demonstrated his power, from the Spirit which He gave to them

that believe upon Him, and through which He made them all holy,

and from His Resurrection from the dead, whereby He put an end

to the tyranny of death.

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“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for

obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name” (v. 5).

Being an ambassador for Christ was given unto them, a gift, it was

nothing that one could achieve. It was not a dignity allotted

someone who accomplished a task neither was receiving the

grace or plan of God. However, grace is given to us “for

obedience to the faith”. In a like fashion, it was their part to go

into the whole world to preach the gospel, but God’s part to

persuade the hearer. “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller

of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard

us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the

things which were spoken of Paul (Acts 16:14). They were not sent

to argue, but to give those things which they had been entrusted,

to the world. Not that we should be curious about the nature of

God’s Word, but that we should believe on the Name; for this is

how the miracles were performed. “Then Peter said, Silver and

gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of

Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. This too required that

the hearer have faith, and no one can understand these things by

reasoning.

“Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ”

(Romans 1:6). Paul makes a distinction here that should be payed

attention to. He did not say that he called the others with you, but

you with the others. In Christ Jesus there is neither bond nor free,

To be continued…

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