Summary: A study on the Book of Romans
Do I Ever Have Something To Tell You
Chapter 1:1 – 15
My goal is that you would “draw a line in the sand”, so to speak, that you would start believing things to die for.
Go over the Romans Outline.
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born 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.
5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
V1 - Paul is a bound to Christ, a slave of Him. He is captivated or captured by Jesus. I am His slave, a willing slave. I have no other Master. He has won me.
12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
-an apostle is one chosen and sent with a special mission as the fully authorized representative of the sender.
Qualifications of an Apostle:
21 "Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 "beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection."
a. had to have seen the risen Lord; to be a witness of the resurrection.
1 Cor 9:1
1 Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
b. must have been specially called as an apostle by the Lord.
c. given authority and a commission to do certain things. (work miracles) They could lay down doctrine of the church.
2 Cor 12:12
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
-Called - not self-appointed.
16 ’But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
17 ’I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
18 ’to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
The words, “to be” were added, it should just read, “called Apostle”
The authority of Paul’s words:
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
-Separated to the gospel
means “set apart” a pharisee is a “separated one”.
Paul was made a pharisee by God. God set him apart.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
This is also true of all of us who are separated by God to Himself before the foundation of the world.
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,