Summary: The focus and dependability of Paul's gospel
March 7, 2010
Last week we started the book of Romans, and we looked at the first verse. We saw that the Apostle Paul was a slave of God’s, called and set apart for the gospel message from and about God.
This week we’re going to continue to verse two as we study the gospel message itself.
[Paul preaches the gospel of God] which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake, 6among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:2-6, NASB)
There are several points I want to make about this text:
1. The gospel is God’s promise, therefore, it is trustworthy (:2).
First, we’ll never be let down:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
It is impossible for God to lie. (Hebrews 6:18)
Also, the fact that the fulfillment of the promise rests on God, we can rest assured in our salvation knowing that His promise is perfect and complete. One of the greatest proofs for eternal security is that both the fulfillment and the maintaining of God’s promise rest on Him.
Finally, the message of the promise doesn’t need to be changed, sold, or peddled; the promise is God’s. We are only messengers.
Application: Trust the Message
2. The prophets’ prophecies serve as proof of the promise (:2).
Isaiah reveals that the Messiah will be born of a virgin (Is. 7:14) and gives a graphic account of the crucifixion (Is. 53).
Micah prophesies of His birth in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2).
David tells that His clothes were to be divided up by the casting of a lot (Ps. 22:18) and that none of His bones were to be broken (Ps. 34:20).
Zechariah foretells of His betrayal for 30 pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12).
In all, there were more than 300 specific Old Testament prophesies fulfilled by Christ. These prophecies were recorded by the prophets as the promise of God before they occurred.
Application: Base Your Trust on Knowledge
3. The promise concerns and is fulfilled through the person and work of Jesus Christ (:3-4).
This gospel is given “concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Everything in the gospel centers on Jesus. Anytime you hear a gospel that doesn’t preach Jesus as the only center, then it’s a false gospel.
But the name “Jesus” isn’t what defines Him. After all, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to love and serve Jesus. Look at some of the names and phrases Paul uses: