SUBJ: Paul and
his separation unto the Gospel (here called the Gospel of God) and the
tone that is set for the Book of Romans.
AIM: To set
forth the Gospel as the special message of God to His people and the
identity that is to be had in embracing the Gospel so imitating Paul.
(next to the four Gospels) is the center piece of the New Testament and
as such should be the subject of much study. (We keep preaching hoping
dig deep into the things of the grace of God. Today we will introduce
the book and will perhaps return to the same passage.
1. Romans is
not the first of the epistles to be written, but occupies a place of
great importance due to its content and the things that are tied
2. It was written from Corinth and expresses the desire of
Paul to visit them. This is perhaps because of what he had heard of them
and their faith that was much published.
3. In the book, we learn of
the essence of the Gospel and man’s rebellion against it and are brought
skillfully to the necessity and truth of justification by faith alone.
We are given the great example of the faith of Abraham, made to see the
basis of true assurance and made to see the meaning for freedom from the
Law and law-works. The necessity of the Spirit is reinforced and the
sovereignty of God is powerfully described. And, we are ably taught the
manner of the Christian walk in the latter chapters.
4. There are
obvious parallels to the precepts taught in Romans in other N. T. books.
THESIS: While we would explore
Romans in the interest of knowing more of the scriptures, we would
understand that Romans is a declaration of the Gospel and we would not
lose sight of that.
I. Paul credentials cited (v. 1)
servant (literally slave) of Jesus Christ.
1) This is more than a
volunteer in that we know of the manner of His conversion and
Indicative of the nature of the relationship as a slave who will not
leave his master.
2. Called to be an Apostle – an ambassador with
miraculous powers in that he bore the authority of Christ our Lord.
3. Separated unto the Gospel (But when it pleased God, who separated me
from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, Galatians 1:15)
The implication is that there is a definite and pronounced division and
2) Where there is an “unto” there is clearly a “from” – Paul’s past
life was that from which he was being separated.
4. The Gospel of
1) Or the “good news from God.”
i. Bearing in mind the
offense that we have been to Him
ii. The action we deserve at His
iii. But that the message is one of Love that is unparalleled
iv. That its origin is found in eternity
v. That its report includes
the word of a sacrifice that is beyond imagination
vi. And, that it
is certified as successful
vii. It is He that we receive and so He is
the good news!
2) This that to which Paul is separated!
The substance of the Gospel (vv. 1-4)
1. The Gospel concerns His Son
Jesus Christ our Lord
1) Made of the seed of David
Galatians – made under the Law
2. Declared to be the Son of God with
1) Possessing the characteristic power of Holiness
the Holy Spirit, but rather a declaration of His divinity
here rather than made in reference to the flesh.
4) He is God
manifest in the flesh – again the good news of God which is God’s good
5) With the ability to raise the dead including His own bodily
3. Paul would establish at the outset that the things
to follow are all founded in the fact that it is the Gospel of God and
that it is the persons of God the Father and God the Son to which the
Holy Spirit draw us.
III. Grace and Apostleship (vv. 5-7)
matter of having received this as part and parcel with the calling and
1) Not something taken unto Himself; rather it is the gift
of calling of grace
2) Not without purpose:
i. Paul was not
disobedient to the heavenly vision and
ii. He would preach and teach
the obedience to the faith among all nations
iii. The faith would be
that which is believed “concerning” Christ and so a life separated as
2. The identity of all whom come unto God as the called
of Jesus Christ!
3. And so the greeting.