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July 2, 2017


TEXT: Romans 1: 1-7
READING:  Psalm 25: 1-22

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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.

INTR: Romans (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 together.
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)
1. The servant (literally slave) of Jesus Christ.
1) This is more than a volunteer in that we know of the manner of His conversion and
2) 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)
1) 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 God!
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 hand
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!

II. 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
2) From Galatians – made under the Law
2. Declared to be the Son of God with power:
1) Possessing the characteristic power of Holiness
2) Not the Holy Spirit, but rather a declaration of His divinity
3) Declared 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 news.
5) With the ability to raise the dead including His own bodily resurrection.
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)
1. A matter of having received this as part and parcel with the calling and separation
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 was Paul’s.
2. The identity of all whom come unto God as the called of Jesus Christ!
3. And so the greeting.