This separation brought Paul away from his old life of destroying the work of God through the church of the Lord Jesus Christ and placed him into the Kingdom of God and Christ to serve his Master by preaching the gospel instead of the old message of legalism.
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
The Gospel Promised Before
This Gospel, which Paul is now to preach, had been promised or foreshadowed in the Hebrew scriptures.
Paul should have been aware of this, as he had studied the scriptures long and hard; but this knowledge of the Gospel is given by God and is not learned by man on his own intellect.
Hebrews 1:1& God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Promised By The Prophets
This Gospel was predicted and prophesied by the prophets of the scriptures which Paul had in his hands most every day of his life.
Isaiah was one of those prophets who prophesied of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Genesis 15:6 And he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Gospel Concerns Jesus Christ
This Gospel was concerning or about Jesus Christ our Lord. The Gospel is the subject of the New Testament. If you are just beginning to read your Bible, the Gospel of John along with Romans is the best place to begin. This will give you the basics of the Gospel and then add detail in the book of Romans that will challenge you for the rest of your life.
The Gospel does not include any other person except Jesus Christ. He is the only one who could accomplish the necessary procurement to bring us to salvation. All other Christs are foreign to the word of God and the Gospel.
Paul preaches only one Gospel.
& I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
This Gospel is'according to the flesh." The Gospel was not something that happened in a far-away world. It took place right here in this world. This was important so that Jesus Christ could be our kinsman Redeemer.
Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David [are] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon [are] fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ [are] fourteen generations.
It is an amazing thing to study the linage of the Lord Jesus as it goes back through the generations past in which God sovereignly guided this linage and brought about the birth of Jesus Christ according to the pleasure of his good will. Jesus is indeed the Son of David.
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Declared or Appointed Son
The Greek word for"declare" is HORIZO, and it means to appoint. So, Jesus was appointed to be the Son of God. The word also means, of course, " declare" and is shown in:
Jesus was the Son in his pre-incarnate state.
The phrase"with power" is a modifying phrase and, according to A. T. Robertson in his "Word Pictures in the New Testament," it modifies "declared."
This declaration was made, and Jesus was marked off by his Father to be the true Son of God by the resurrection.
Men did not understand him to be the Messiah as much before his resurrection as they did after his resurrection.
This powerful miracle of raising Jesus from the dead was such an influence in the first century after Christ, that no one dare say in that century that Jesus did not rise from the dead. He was declared with power to be the Son of God.
The Spirit of Holiness
This was not his nature of divinity as he dwelt with his Father, although he was holy then, also. But this is the embodiment of holiness as witnessed in his life according to the flesh.
That a human being could die and then with his own power come back to life is in itself a declaration that Jesus is the Son of God and in fact God incarnate.
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Grace and Apostleship by Jesus Christ Our Lord
"By whom" refers to Jesus Christ our Lord. The phrase "Jesus Christ our Lord" includes both his divinity and his humanity.
This is the reason he has the power to give gifts to men:
Paul mentions here that he received grace and apostleship from Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul needed both grace and apostleship, which is an outgrowth of that grace, to be able to do the things that Jesus Christ called him to do.
Paul' s Obedience
First, we must notice that it took the power of God to bring Paul to obedience of the faith.
But this is not faith in salvation, although it takes the same power for that. This is"the faith." The faith is the doctrine that Jesus Christ laid down as he inspired men to write the scriptures.
The word"for" here does not mean "because of." It means "in order to." Paul received grace and apostleship in order that he might be obedient to the faith, in order that he might preach the Gospel and the counsel of God among all nations.
This obedience would be"for his name." He would preach, teach, love, rebuke, help, weep, and encourage for the name of Jesus Christ.
& I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;1 Corinthians 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
Paul lost his identity as a man of the world and lost himself in the service of Jesus Christ. He did everything for the sake and in the name of Jesus Christ.
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
& Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
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