The Power Greeting

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:1-7

Paul packs a lot of theology in his greeting, describing his calling, the gospel, the savior, and the mission. If you just stopped here, he’s already given you a lot to think about. For instance, his apostleship is to bring about the obedience of faith. Faith and obedience are not two different things, but are intertwined. Faith and good works are not at odds with one another, but each is a sign of the other. Your works can be a sign of the change in your life that has been brought about by faith. But those works mean nothing if you don’t actually believe. So the obedience that is of faith is a special thing.

We have just followed the events of Paul’s life. Now we will examining his thinking, and how he connects the dots between the law and the prophets, and what Christ has accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection. This is how we take our creed from being something we have merely recite to a meditation that guides us to the unseen world of the spirit.

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