Yesterday morning before going to church I had some time to reflect on the gospel of God as revealed in Romans. I just love the way the apostle Paul starts out Romans… Romans 1:1-7 Paul writing to the church at Rome is so passionate, he rambles on for seven verses, the theologians tell us it’s one long sentence in the Greek. So reading the way Paul starts out Romans comes as no surprise to me, remember what Paul said to the church at Corinth 1 Corinthians 9:16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
I love what John MacArthur says in writing about Paul ” Paul was so totally devoted to Jesus Christ that he could admonish his readers with confidence, yet with perfect humility: Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Brethren, join in following my example Philippians 3:17 Every preacher who has proclaimed the gospel since Paul’s day has depended on that apostle’s teaching for his material. The thirteen New Testament books written by him are the legacy of that great man through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”
So we read the very first words in Romans Paul a slave of Christ Jesus… So we see his heart, his compassion to serve Christ and to proclaim the Gospel of God. Getting to church and seeing the same thing from my Pastor was no surprise, I see the gospel of God in his heart every single Sunday, the gospel is always at the tip of his tongue, always integrated into his sermons, the love for Christ and his devotion to Him is clearly seen… What an example he is to me and to the people at my church, that’s the case with our Elders too! So I thank the Lord for them.
Last week we took on Romans 1:2-3 Yesterday was Romans 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, We had an interesting rabbit trail about being filled with the Holy Spirit after being saved during class, but I think we’ll take that up in tomorrow post. Here’s a Question… What is the clearest line of demarcation you can think of ? Answer the horizon. Declared (horizo) the clear line that divides the earth and the sky. Horizo means to be marked out definitely. Psalm 2:7 and later in Acts 13:33 Jesus has been marked out as the Son of God by the resurrection. Jesus demonstrated His ability to conquer death, a power belonging only to God… He was truly the son of God or you could say God’s Son.
We have great hope because of His resurrection… Look what Peter said “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3 Without the resurrection we are without hope but that is clearly not the case, Christ was our Penal Substitute God made Him sin on our behalf 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Jesus Christ our Lord… Lord kurios means give authority, confirm, describes One who has absolute ownership and uncontrolled power. Signifies sovereign power and authority. In the NT, Jesus is referred to some ten times as Savior and some 700 times as Lord. When the two titles are mentioned together, Lord always precedes Savior. Jesus is kurios which describes Him as the supreme in authority, the Owner, the Sovereign Ruler and Master.
Paul adds our Lord
Is He your Lord?
Well I think I could have went on for days about our study in Romans, it was very fruitful yesterday but saying all that I say this, that’s what I learned in church Yesterday