The Gospel of God by Virgil Stripes

Romans 1:1-7 (ESV)

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, to all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul starts his letter to the Romans with a couple important distinctions. He speaks of his authority: Called to be an apostle. Next he points out the Gospel of God, which is Jesus! And he gives a couple reasons for believing in Jesus.

Let’s look at the reasons: The Savior was promised according to the scriptures hundreds of years before. I read once that there were over 600 prophecies about the Savior in the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled them all! Some were confusing, some were plain. An example of the obvious is the lineage coming from David. You can trace Jesus’ lineage back to David. Matthew and Luke both trace it. One uses Joseph’s lineage, the other uses Mary’s lineage. Both of them were descendants of David.

Jesus was shown to be the Savior by the Holy Spirit through His resurrection from the dead. There were hundreds of people who saw Jesus after His resurrection. He was around – on earth – for about forty days before He ascended to heaven riding on the clouds.

Paul said it was this Jesus Who gave him grace, and bestowed apostleship on him to bring the obedience of faith to all nations.

Let us all receive this grace freely offered by Jesus. God has mercy on us, because of the sacrifice that Jesus made. His blood. Given freely. The Lamb of God. Go forth today and live in such a way that others will see your good works, and give glory to God our Father.

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