The Message in Romans (1)

Introduction

“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.” Romans 1:1, NIV. Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome is the most systematic and comprehensive presentation of the gospel, the good news, in the entire Bible. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, addresses all the essential concepts and terms in Christian theology. Because he did not establish the church in Rome, Paul presents to the believers there the message he was called by God to proclaim to the non-Jewish peoples. Even though Paul proclaimed the gospel primarily to the Gentiles, his concern for the Jews is evident even in his letter to the Romans. Accordingly, Paul proclaimed the gospel as the good news of salvation and righteousness of God for the entire humankind.

Paul introduces himself as “dulos” the bond-slave, or bond servant, of Christ Jesus, and set aside, or irrevocably dedicated to proclaiming the good news mainly, what God accomplished for all the nations and all the peoples, in Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha. The “dulos,” in the Greek, refers to a person, who voluntarily submits to serve his/her master for life. Such a commitment was irrevocable. A bond-slave was under total control by the master. Likewise, a yielded believer is a bond-servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. A yielded believer has died to his self and lives only for Jesus Christ; and, Jesus Christ lives in him. A bond-servant of Jesus Christ has willingly surrendered everything associated with own- self and has dedicated himself to proclaiming the good news about the Master – the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Dan Lazich

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