Who Wrote Romans and Why

Today I'm going to start going through the book of Romans. I hope you'll join me. If all goes as I hope it will, I'll be writing daily, but sometimes my priorities get skewed.  For that I offer my apologies.  I do strive for more.

Anyways, with that said, I do hope you'll join me, offering your opinions and setting me straight if I misinterpret God's word, or even broadening my thoughts.  It's good to do so eh?

Today, the first seven verses of Romans 1.

 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 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, 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, 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.

Romans.
Written by Paul.
Just who was Paul
  • a servant of Christ Jesus
  • a called apostle
  • set apart for the gospel of God
Now just what is that gospel of God?
  • Promised by the prophets
  • Concerned his son Jesus Chrit
  • Who is the offspring of David according to the flesh
  • Declared to be the Son of God by the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead
  • This is Jesus Christ our Lord
  • the giver of grace and apostleship
  • To bring about obedience of faith for the sake of his name through all the nations
  • Including all those called to belong to Jesus Christ.
 Who is this book written to?
  •   To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
What greeting is extended?
  • Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I read these words and the depth that is in them eh?  God made promises to the world through his prophets long since passed.   Promises that a boy would come, one from the lineage of David.   This boy would be God's own son even though physically he came from King David's line.  God's son.

We saw him declared so at Jesus' baptism.

But here it is clearly stated that his resurrection from the dead made a difference.  The Holy Spirit declared him to be God's own son when he arose.  But not only that....he was declared (see I almost missed this part).  God's own son IN POWER.   Not saying that He didn't have power before the resurrection (cause he did) but something changed....Now he's the Son of God in power.   He bodily changed, he explained things to the disciples, showing them what they missed from history etc. 

This, this is Jesus Christ our Lord.

The one from whom we receive grace and mercy, the apostleship.
Hmm...I wonder if he's talking globally or personally here?  I know that I am follower of Christ (albeit a poor one at times)... but I don't tend to see myself as an apostle.  I tend to think of apostles as the powerhouses like Paul and Luke and John of the bible.  Not little me sitting here in my corner of the world.

Paul does make it clear though... my job as a believer is to help bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of the name of Christ in all the nations.   Even here, in my small corner of the world, my job is to help make faithful obedient believers.

Today I don't feel particularly up to the task.  :)

But I don't think Paul is too concerned about that.  He's just here to tell me what my job is.  :)   and The Book of Romans will give me the skills to do that eh?

Also shared at  faith n friends.

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4 comments

  1. Romans is a good one for encouragement and understanding of what God desires of us.

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    1. so far it seems to be. :)

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  2. You know, I missed the significance of the "in power" bit as well. It makes the meetings and conversations after resurrection so much more than a few additional words of advice.
    BTW, I somehow missed the start of this series... sorry! I will catch up though.
    Thanks for doing this!

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    1. You got caught up! So glad you joined me. Helps to keep me sharp eh? :)

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