What Does Romans 1:5 Mean?

through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake,

Romans 1:5(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

It was because of God's undeserved favour that Paul was chosen by the risen, ascended, and glorified Lord Jesus Christ, to be the apostle to the Gentiles. Although he was undeserving, he received grace and apostleship from the Lord Jesus in order to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations.

Yes, Paul was commissioned to call men and women from every tribe and nation to faith, and to deliver to them the good news of the glorious gospel of grace so that by repentance and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, they might be saved by grace through faith in Him, and receive life everlasting.

It was through his ministry that the mystery of the glorious gospel of grace, which was hidden in ages past, was made known to the Gentile nations; that all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (whether Jew or Gentile, male or female, old or young, bond or free) might be saved by grace through faith in Him.

The gospel of God's grace was made known to the Gentiles through the grace and apostleship that Paul himself received, and it was through his ministry that this good news of the grace of God and peace with Him has continued to be poured out upon all people on earth, during this Church dispensation. By faith in Him, we who were once dead in trespasses and sins and estranged from God through sin, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

The gospel is so simple and yet so few are prepared to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God and believe on the only begotten Son of His love, for the forgiveness of sin. The gospel is freely given, by God's grace. We are all welcome to become part of His heavenly family, and implored to come and buy without money and without cost! Yes, salvation is given as a gift of grace to whosoever will come so that through Him whosoever will call on the name of the Lord would not perish, but have everlasting life.

It is not God's will that any should perish, and so salvation is given as a free gift of God's grace to as many received Him, and Paul was the chosen vessel of God. He was chosen to receive God's grace and apostleship so that he might shed abroad the wonders of His love. And as many as receive Him, to them God gives the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

This good news is given to us through the pen of the apostle Paul, in order to produce in us the obedience that God requires from those who have been forgiven by grace through faith in Him.

Let us therefore heed His Word and live by faith and not by sight.

My Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for pouring out the gospel of grace through Paul to me. I pray that through an understanding of this glorious gospel of grace and peace, I may remain obedient to Your Word, until my life's end. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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