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Some Comment on Romans 1:1

March 7, 2007

Romans 1:1 ESV, Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle

Here is no genius rejoicing in his own creative ability. The man who is now speaking is an emissary, bound to perform his duty, a servant, not a master.

In distinction from all others he is called by God and sent forth. Fashioned from the same stuff as all other men, a stone differing in no way from other stones, yet in relation to God – and in this only – he is unique.

Paul’s position can be justified only as resting in God, and so only can his words be regarded as credible. For this reason he dares to approach others and to demand a hearing without fear. He appeals only to the authority of God. This is the ground of his authority. There is no other.

Paul is set apart for the gospel of God. From the outset Paul disclaims the honor due to an innovator. He is commissioned to hand over to men what God has given him, the truth of God.

The gospel is not a religious message from men to inform mankind of their divinity or to tell them how to become divine. The gospel proclaims a God utterly distinct from men. These are God’s thoughts. Salvation is God’s idea and it comes to men from Him because they have no right to claim anything from Him.

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