Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God’s good news — which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures — concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and who has been declared to be the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness. We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name, including yourselves who also belong to Jesus Christ by calling:
To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are going to attempt by the will of God to go through the book of Romans. Romans is written sometime around 57 AD by the Apostle Paul. He wrote this letter to the Church at Rome. It is primarily written to believers. The first eleven chapters are doctrinal, and the remaining are practical. We should glean great benefit by going through this letter.
When is the last time that you saw a letter, read an article, or bought a book that was written by a slave? Well, you probably haven’t because it has been very rare in history for a slave to even read, let alone write something. We have here one such letter; written by a slave of Jesus Christ. Slavery is known as a very bad thing. The civil war that was fought in our country was a battle over slavery. The slavery that Paul commends here though is a different kind. You see, slavery is good or bad dependent upon the master one is bound to. Slavery to a perfect master is the best freedom in the world. And Paul here has found perfect freedom being a slave under his Perfect Master Jesus Christ.
This slave, the Apostle Paul has much he wants to tell us. But for starters, he wants us to know that he has good news to tell. He wants to share with us the long promised gospel. This gospel was a promise to humanity way back in Genesis chapter 3. God promised that he would someday send a Seed who would come to crush the head of the Serpent. This Seed came in the Person of Jesus Christ. He was a man, for he was a descendent from the line of David. And he was God, for he was the Son of God. This God-Man was declared to be the Son of God, and the Son of Man by the resurrection from the dead!
- Tell me some things that you know about the Apostle Paul.
- Tell me some other places you can think of in the Old Testament where Jesus was promised to come.