the gospel of god


Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power”
(Romans 1:1-4a)

Paul’s epistle to the Romans is perhaps the most important document in Christian history. This “constitution of the Christian faith” begins with reference to its author, identified here as a “servant of Jesus Christ.” The KJV has somewhat weakened the Greek term, “doulos,” which actually means “a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, one who gives himself up to another’s will, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests” (Thayers). This was not always so for Paul. He had been a zealous persecutor of the church, but God by His grace separated him from his old life (Galatians 1:13-16), connecting Him instead to “the glorious Gospel of the Blessed God” (1 Timothy 1:11). Today’s verse passage reminds us that God had promised His Gospel in the Scriptures, which are His exclusive channel of special revelation (Romans 3:1-2), calculated to make us “wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15). Every Gospel promise fulfilled in Christ is a powerful reminder that God is supremely dependable; He always makes good on His promises, even those which seem confusing, mysterious, and even impossible. God promised Israel a human Messiah, a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7; Psalm 89:3-4). Nevertheless, this coming Ruler would in some way be divine (Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Micah 5:2). David himself articulated both realities in the 110th psalm. “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Psalm 110:1). The Lord Jesus drew the attention of his antagonists to this psalm. “What think ye of Christ?” He asked them, “whose son is he?” They replied, “The Son of David.” The Lord questioned them again, “How then doth David in spirit call him Lord.” He further demanded, “If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?” (Matthew 22:41-45). No one could have imagined the solution to the dilemma. In the light of New Testament revelation, however, we now understand that the virgin birth of Christ fulfills both prophetic demands. The virgin-born Son of Man is also the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son of God incarnate (John 1:1, 14). He is at once the Son of David through physical descent (Matthew 1) even as He is the Son of God through His divine nature (Hebrews 1:1-3). This Gospel of God was predicted and prefigured from the dawn of human history. Christ is both the Promised Seed Who would crush Satan (Genesis 3:15) and the substitutionary Lamb Who takes away the world’s sin (Genesis 22:8, 14; John 1:29). He is the fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham through which all the world would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3; John 4:22). Now that is a God worth worshiping! Praise ye the Lord!

God bless, dear saints!

pastor john