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Paul’s greeting to the Roman Christians
Romans 1:1-2 “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures” NKJV
The Apostle Paul only writes this one letter to the Roman Christians so he begins by setting out to establish his Apostolic authority given to him by our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul knowing the persistent attacks leveled at him from the false apostles all over the region having dealt with such from the church in Corinth uses the English word called from the Greek word kletos, which means appointed to affirm his position in the true Church of God. Paul describes himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Literally Paul is saying that he is the slave of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul’s life proved his words to be true because he was not like the false apostles seeking to receive financial gain from the people, but instead Paul was only concerned for the gospel and desiring to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul wanted them to know that he was not nominated by some board or committee but knocked off his horse and blinded by the very Lord of Glory Jesus Christ who elected him to be His bondservant (Leviticus 20:26). Paul reminds them that he is just one of many our Lord Jesus has chosen to fulfill the promises He made to Abraham long ago (Genesis 15:5) and that He continued to speak forth through many of the other Prophets that lived well before him.
Romans 1:3-4 “Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” NKJV
Paul declares to them that the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is what God the Father has proclaimed through all of the men He used during various time periods of human history. God the Father first announced it when He said, Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” NKJV Of course the Father was speaking to the devil with this statement. By this statement God the Father promised that He would send His own seed to the earth and Paul is declaring now the fulfillment of the Father’s promise has been witnessed in our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:4-7). Paul affirms that our Lord Jesus came through the very earthly line the Father promised through King David (Deuteronomy 18:18 & Isaiah 9:6-7 & Jeremiah 23:5 & Matthew 1:6 & Luke 1:32). God the Father declared our Lord Jesus Christ to be His Son when He spoke from Heaven and said, Mark 1:11 “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” NKJV Paul always wanted to begin his letters to the saints, whether it was the 1st letter or the 3rd one exalting our Lord Jesus and reminding the brothers and sisters that nothing is about any of us but always all about Jesus. The final and complete proof or evidence to sinful mankind of the Sovereign Uniqueness of our Lord Jesus Christ is the fact of His Resurrection from the dead proving He is God.
Romans 1:5-7 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. NKJV
Paul concludes his greeting by telling the Roman brothers and sisters that we all have received grace or divine influence from our Lord Jesus and we are commissioned by Him to be obedient to The faith once and for all handed down to all the saints of every generation. Surely Paul was not aware at the time he penned this epistle that millions all over the world would read and order their lives by the words given to him by God the Holy Spirit. However, he surely trusted our Lord Jesus with all his heart and knew He was a Big God capable of doing anything at any time through anyone because he considered himself so unworthy of this grace given to him as he told brother Timothy with these words, 1 Timothy 1:12-17 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. NKJV Paul was a man so in love with our Lord Jesus Christ and so grateful of the forgiveness he received from His hand that he (Paul) wanted all the saints to feel this way and to never abuse our Lord’s grace or neglect it or take it for granted seeing the heavy price our Lord purchased it by His own Blood. Paul greets them as the called by our Lord Jesus (Hebrews 3:1) just as he was called and they and we are now called to be saints and dearly beloved by God the Father because of our Lord Jesus Christ no matter what they or we were prior to our relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Observe the description here given of the Christian profession: it is obedience to the faith. It does not consist in a notional knowledge or a naked assent; much less does it consist in perverse disputing, but in obedience. This obedience to the faith answers the law of faith, mentioned Romans 3:27. The act of faith is the obedience of the understanding to God revealing, and the product of that is the obedience of the will to God commanding. Matthew Henry
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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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