Under Gods Command

Romans 1:1-5 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God – the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 

Paul states that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, and the resurrected Lord.  Paul calls Jesus a descendant of King David to emphasize that Jesus truly had fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures predicting that the Messiah would come from David’s line.  With this statement of faith, Paul declares his agreement with the teaching of all Scripture and of the apostles.

Paul summarizes the Good News about Jesus Christ, who (1) came as a human by natural decent, (2) was part of the Jewish royal line through David, (3) died and was raised from the dead, and (4) opened the door for God’s grace and kindness to be poured out on us.  The book of Romans is an expansion of these themes.

Christians have both a privilege and a great responsibility.  Paul and the apostles received forgiveness (“grace”) as an underserved privilege.  But they also received the responsibility to share the message of Gods forgiveness with others.   God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in him as Lord.  In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life.  Paul’s new life also involved a God-given responsibility to witness about God’s Good News to the world as a missionary.

Lets Bring it Home: God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but he does call you (and all believers) to witness to and be an example of the changed life that Jesus Christ has begun in you.

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