The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here.
Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is going to cover in the rest of the text.
Paul says three things about himself, things that he was passionate about.
- A servant of Jesus Christ
- Called to be an apostle
- Separated to the Gospel of God
Paul introduces the Gospel in the next few verses. Central to the doctrine of salvation is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- The Gospel is of God. It is God’s idea and God’s plan.
- The Gospel is promised and for told by the prophets and the scriptures. God’s plan was carefully put together by sovereign and holy God.
- The Gospel is made available in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Because of Pauls obedience the Gospel was made available to the world. The Gospel is non-ethnic. It is for all nations. No particular people group.
The recipients of the Gospel are called by Christ and they are loved of God. You, my friend are beloved by God. If we can get a deep sense of this the world around us will loose its attraction.
Paul speaks of the faith of the Romans and says that it is spoken of throughout the whole world. Let us aspire to have a faith like that too! God intends that we impact the world, God does not intend for the world to impact the church.
Pauls commitment to the church in Rome is covered in what he says here.
- He prays for them.
- He desires to visit them.
- He desires a mutual relationship wit them.
Pauls commitment to the Gospel is talked about a bit more in verses 14 and 15.
- He says that he is a debtor through the Gospel to all. Paul is saying that he is under an obligation to share the Gospel.
- He says that he is ready to preach the Gospel. He is eager to preach the Gospel to them at Rome. He is “chomping at the bit” to share with them.
- He is not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of salvation to those who believe! The just shall live by faith.
The essence and the nature of the Gospel, the four fundamental truths about the Gospel.
- A Gospel that is the power of God unto Salvation.
- A Gospel that is available to all.
- A Gospel made operative by faith.
- A Gospel that reveals the righteousness of God.