What Does Romans 1:1 Mean?

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Romans 1:1(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

In the first verse of the epistle to the Romans we are introduced to the man who was called by God and the Lord Jesus Christ to be the apostle to the gentiles - set apart for the gospel of God. This bond-servant, who was set apart from birth by God's grace, is the man who personally authored the thirteen epistles that are specifically directed towards Church-age believers today.

As slave of Christ, Paul willingly delighted to serve the Lord and submit to Him in everything. Called by God as an apostle, Paul has been sent by the highest authority and commission with a peculiar service. Indeed, he uniquely fulfilled the singular requirement of an apostle, which was to SEE the resurrected Lord, which he did on the road to Damascus.

As a preacher of the gospel of grace to the gentiles, which was given uniquely to Him by revelation from God, should we not pay particular heed to all he teaches us in all his epistles - on how to live godly in Christ Jesus?

We may not have been called in the same way as Paul, but we can follow his example of love, reverence and devotion to Christ. We can search Paul's writings so that we too may know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering.

We too can live our life for Christ in the place where God has planted us - as we wait for His any day appearing.

We too should learn from Paul, the servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.

My Prayer

Father thank You for revealing the mystery of the church through Paul and opening up to us the light of the glorious gospel Christ, to all who believe in Christ Jesus as Saviour, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.

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