A Journey Through The Book Of Romans
Journey Through The Book Of Romans
Journey Through The Book Of Romans
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Confession of Faith
I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe. I believe the WORD of God! The victory is mine! I have it now! I can see it through the eyes of my faith!
1 FROM PAUL, a bond servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) called to be an apostle, (a special messenger) set apart to [preach] the Gospel (good news) of and from God, 2 Which He promised in advance [long ago] through His prophets in the sacred Scriptures—
The word "apostle" (apostolos) means either a person who is sent out or a person who is sent forth.
An apostle is a representative, an ambassador, a person who is sent out into one country to represent another country.
Three things are true of the apostle:
(1) He belongs to the One who has sent him out;
(2) He is commissioned to be sent out; and
(3) He possesses all the authority and power of the One who sends him out.
3 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul was set apart to the gospel of God. This is the reason God called Paul: that Paul might be separated or marked and set apart to the gospel of God.
The word "gospel" simply means the good news of God.
⇒ Paul did not say he was called and set apart to a man-made religion, denomination, or sect; nor was he called primarily to a gospel of social justice and welfare, as important as these calls are.
⇒ Paul said he was set apart to the gospel, the good news of God
The Good News
39 You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
5 It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations, 6 And this includes you, called of Jesus Christ and invited [as you are] to belong to Him.
Note the word "we." Paul now speaks of all believers, not only of himself.
7 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 8 Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world.
1. The believers were living pure lives in the midst of an immoral, base, and unjust society.
The citizens of Rome were known for their... • immorality • drunkenness • idolatry • greed • sin and wickedness • extravagance • indulgence • materialism • partying • pride • selfishness
Nevertheless, the believers were standing firm for Christ and living pure lives, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need for morality and justice among men.
14 For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. 15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,
We owe Jesus
Paul Said he was a "debtor" means to owe, to be obligated, to be bound by duty.
He was a "debtor"... • because Jesus Christ had done so much for him (saved him).
• He was a Debtor, because Jesus Christ had called him to preach (given him a task to do).
We are in Debt to Jesus
Paul actually felt that he owed the gospel to the world;
therefore, if he kept quiet, it would be worse than knowing the cure for the most terrible disease of history and refusing to share it.
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