Romans Lesson 1- Paul’s Gospel
- Appreciating the power of God in salvation
- Sharing Paul’s burden
- Being ready to declare the saving gospel to a lost world
As Expressed in His Prayer vv 8-10
These verses demonstrate Paul’s desire to go to Rome, his earnest prayer for his brothers and sisters, and the witness presented by the Church there. In v8 Paul states “that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” I wonder what things were spoken of? Maybe their faithfulness in following Christ, their Love for one another, and evidently their work spreading the Gospel of Christ.
You may wonder why I mention these three. First their faithfulness. Paul’s writing teach that the Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. He mentions that the prize goes to those who endure to the finish, not those who begin well. The second possibility would be a real demonstration of the Gospel. Showing faith through love for one another. Jesus himself said that the greatest command is to Love God and Love your neighbor. The last of my three comes from Christ great commission to reach the lost through evangelism. These three are just of the top of my mind and are not intended to be a comprehensive list or a statement of fact, just something to think about. How is your faith spoken of throughout the world? What would those who work with you everyday say? Is there room for improvement?
As Seen in His Hope vv 11-12
The reason for Paul’s desire to visit the Roman believers is explained somewhat in these verses. He wants to impart some spiritual gift to them. What kind of spiritual gift? healing, tounges, power? Sorry, he explains it in context within the verse 12, “That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”
Paul is hinting here of a spiritual truth that I discovered long ago. You cannot truly minister to someone without benefiting yourself. One Bible college professor was asked by a college student what someone should do in order to become a theologian. He replied, “That’s easy. Teach a third-grade Sunday school class.” Spiritually speaking, you can not give without receiving.
I Am a Debtor vv 13-14
Paul reveals that he does what he does because he is a debtor to all of mankind. Greeks and Barbarians. The Gospel knows no boundaries. It is for all people everywhere. It is for Male and Female, it is for Black, White, Olive, and every skin color in-between. It is for the alcoholic, the drug addict, the saint and the sinner. Thank God the Gospel is for all of Adam’s descendants.
I Am Ready v 15
I am also indebted to mankind because he changed me. Our ability to pay that debt does not depend on my cultural heritage, citizenship, denominational affiliation, or education. It is not based on my social or economic status. It is based solely on my relationship to Jesus Christ! Paul said “I am ready.” Are You?
I Am Not Ashamed vv 16-17
The Greeks, Romans, and Jews all saw the gospel as something foolish. Not worth their effort or time. Yet Paul states that he is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for “it is the power of God unto salvation”. The Gospel is the Good News. It is Jesus birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is his suffering, shame, and miracles. The Gospel is God doing through Jesus Christ what is impossible without. The Gospel is that Lives can be changed, and sins forgiven. The addict can be set free, the condemned given new life, the guilty forgiven. That is truly “Good News”.