• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 24, 2021

Daily Reading: Romans 1-3

Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

The first seven verses of the Book of Romans are one sentence. As far as sentences go, it is amazing, astounding, and even astonishing. Perhaps it is one of the greatest sentences of all time in any language. This sentence changes everything! Well, actually the sentence changes nothing, but it does communicate the changing of everything. This one sentence sets forth the entire argument that is proposed, supported, and proven in this book. Scripturally, the thesis that is set forth in this introductory sentence is proven with logic and common sense throughout the balance of the book.

Simply put, the Book of Romans is a defense of the Doctrine of Salvation by Grace and grace alone. In verse two our wonderful opening sentence declares that the gospel of God was promised by the Lord’s prophets as set forth in the Holy Scriptures, meaning the Old Testament. In verse three the Lord Jesus Christ is declared to be the Son of God, as the Seed of David, giving Jesus the legal right to the throne of Israel. Verse 4 declares the Lord Jesus as the Son of God through two incontrovertible facts: His Holiness and His resurrection from the dead. Paul then defends his calling through the grace of salvation and apostleship and testimony of faithfulness to His name to all nations, including Gentile nations. In verse 6 Paul includes the readers in Rome as being partakers of Jesus Christ; Christ being the Lord’s office of Messiah. Paul concludes this tremendous sentence with a prayerful salutation for all saints in Rome; Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As you read the following books you will find the same salutation over and over again (sometimes including “mercy”), in almost every remaining book of the Bible. This is the Christian message: grace, peace, and mercy from God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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