So, it’s been a trial to actually be able to write a series blog on a certain book in the Bible. Lately, in my devotional studies, verses from Romans keep popping up time after time. So, I have taken the challenge to actually create and show my perspective of Romans (and of course backed up by Scripture.) We’re going to start in chapter 1. Let’s begin by saying a prayer: “Dear beautiful Abba, thank you for graciously giving us a day to live and breathe. Thank you for sending us Your love story which is Your Holy Word. I pray God that these words I type will be God breathed. Touch the souls reading this right now and let their minds be unraveled by Your presence. Amen.
Chapter one of Romans starts by addressing Paul. Paul is considered the ultimate “slave of Christ.” I stated in a previous post that Paul used he know as Saul of Tarsus. He resided in a Pharisee community. He was completely against Christianity. It was one day after Paul had ordered to have letters from the priest Damascus that any woman, man, or child that worships God must be killed. It is said in Acts 9:13-15 that a Heavenly light flew right down in front of Saul and it was Jesus that spoke to him asked why he was condemning Him. Later on in the chapter, Saul was ordered to go back into the city of Damascus and free anyone who was taken prisoner for serving Christ. Take this note: He was blind. I believe Jesus was portraying the biggest message we need: believing is by faith, not by sight. Later on Saul becomes know as the Apostale Paul, (apostle meaning “to be set apart for the gospel” Romans 1:1)
This first chapter opens up the gateway of our mission: lead others back to the Law of the Spirit not of Man. Paul was stressing on the fact that we are called to follow such a narrow path. A path of persecution and worldly hatred. That may not seem appealing to you…well it isn’t. In a world sense. Now in a Godly sense, the path of righteousness is the path to everlasting life.
Paul then goes on to explain that he is coming to city to city, ethnicity to ethnicity, to grow and army of faith. To teach and to show others what it is to know Christ and to follow such a surrendered life. To live UNASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL! By Jesus’s sinless sacrifice, He made a way for us again. He freely gave up His throne, His title, His life, so we may breathe another day. We are called to be slaves of Christ: “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 NLT
At the end of this chapter it states this: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” Romans 1:28 NLT Sin has been and always will be a umbrage of our human existance. And the terrifying thing that is happening is this world is opening its arms to sin and turning its back towards the truth.
We are called to be set apart! To live a sacrificial life for Christ! We are residing on the earth not for our pleasure, but for the work of the Lord. Jesus has given us the tools. He has given us His love and promise. What a great message to start of this series we will be studying! So, my fellow battle mate. Are you ready to get this job done?