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Paul Introduces Himself

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‘Paul Introduces Himself’


Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (2) (which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) (3) concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; (4) and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (Romans 1:1-4)

In these first verses, Paul introduces himself and talks about his Savior.  Romans is such a very important book.  Paul learned the things he teaches us as he spent time alone with the Lord studying the OT, following his conversion on the road to Damascus.

The theology of Paul is at the heart of Christianity.  Many have forsaken it today.  As Francis Patton, former President of Princeton University said many years ago, “The only hope of Christianity is in the rehabilitating of the Pauline theology. It is back, back, back to an incarnate Christ and the atoning blood, or it is on, on, on to atheism and despair.

Since Paul had never visited Rome, he felt he needed to introduce himself to his readers, the members of the churches in Rome.  He refers to himself in several ways.  First, as a servant.  This is literally a bond-slave, one given over to the will of his master.  It is said that there were about 60 million slaves in the Roman Empire at that time.  Paul considered himself to be a slave to Christ. He had formerly been a slave to sin and to the Jewish religion.  Now he is serving the Lord Jesus Christ.  We all serve something—whom or what do you serve?

Second, he refers to himself as an apostle.  An apostle is one who is called out, sent on a special mission.  Paul had a mission—to preach the gospel.  He had credentials—he was sent by God.  Today we call such a person an ambassador.  Paul’s special commission was to the Gentiles.  The office of Apostle is no longer in operation today since no living person has seen the resurrected Christ as did Paul, Peter, John, etc.

Third, he refers to himself as a saint, as he has been ‘separated unto the gospel…’  A saint is any person who has forsaken their own sin and righteousness and placed their faith in Christ’s death and resurrection.  The idea of saints designated by an earthly religion is foreign to God’s Word.

Paul also describes his Savior.  He emphasizes three important truths concerning the Lord Jesus.  First, He is ‘the Son of Man’ (3).  Jesus was born of a virgin of the line of David.  He is in every sense of the word a man, yet without sin.

Second, He is ‘the Son of God’ (4).  This is an eternal relationship He has with the Father (Psalm 2).  His deity is proven by His resurrection: He is ‘declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead.’  His resurrection separates Him from all imposters.  As Matthew Henry noted, “Those who are not convinced by this will be convinced by nothing.”

Third, he is holy: ‘by the spirit of holiness.’  This is speaking of Jesus’ character, not of the person of the Holy Spirit.

Paul will go on in the rest of his greeting to focus on his readers (5-7): who they are and what he desires to do for them.  May we glean from this epistle all that God has for us in the richness of His righteousness.

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