Romans 1:1-31, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Why is the book of Romans instrumental to us?, because it is the heartbeat of the gospel. I don’t see how anyone can understand why 80-90% of people who make a profession of faith fall away until they have studied this master piece. Do you know that 88% of children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18 never to return? These rates are very alarming. If the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, shouldn’t the same power that saves be the same power that keeps unless the power that keeps never saved in the first place?
In my reading I believe vs. 16-18 is the key that unlocks the door to understanding the message in this book also explained in other verses.
Two analogies that will make this book interesting to understand, “a little girl was looking outside where she saw a white sheep. She was amazed by how white, nice and clean the sheep looked, then it began to snow and she wondered how dirty the sheep now looked. Same sheep but under a different background. Another analogy, a lady had just finished sweeping her house, cleaned everything. She then opened the curtain for the morning sunlight. To her amazement, she saw dust on the table and in the air. As long as the light had not come in, the table looked dust free. Did the light create the dust? No, it merely exposed what she could not see. This is what this book does especially the first three chapters, Paul’s writing causes the righteousness of God to rain down before we the sheep that we may see ourselves in our true state, that we look at ourselves under the background of God’s white snow righteousness. The same with the second analogy, he is drawing the curtain that the light of Christ may shine brighter exposing unrighteousness in our lives.
Chapter 1:1-5 Vs. 1 “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel ( Mark 1:1) of God”, in this first verse we meet THE MESSENGER, HIS POSITION, HIS CALL, HIS MESSAGE, however the center of the opening verse is not WHO Paul is but rather the person WHOSE Paul is and that is JESUS CHRIST. He calls himself a BONDSERVANT (slave) and by definition, this is a servant who willingly commits himself to serve a master the loves and respects without expecting to be repaid. He is bought, owned and ruled by God. He is Paul, his position is servant hood, his call is to be an apostle, his message is the gospel of God (good news). Here Paul wants his readers to understand that the message he is bringing is not of men but of God, it originated with Him. It is the message that God will forgive sins, deliver from sin’s power, and give eternal hope. Vs. 2 makes it clear about the promise through His prophets concerning Jesus Christ conceived in a virgin’s womb by the Holy Spirit, and was delivered naturally
John makes believing that Christ has come in the flesh a crucial test of orthodoxy because He is fully human as well as fully God. He can serve as a substitute and sympathetic High priest. The resurrection clearly declared that Jesus was deity, the expression of God Himself in human form. 1Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty”.
Like Paul, do we know who we are and whose we are? Do we know our call? Do we know and have the message? May this prayer that Paul prayed to the Ephesians be the prayer we pray, Ephesians 1:17-20, “17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places”, blessings Ev