Slaves For The Gospel Of God | An Introduction | Romans 1:1
What does it mean to be slaves for the gospel of God? As I began to study Roman more deeply for this series, I became incredibly aware of my inadequacy to preach through this book. We will discover profound theological truths in the book. I genuinely believe that if the Lord will give us just a glimpse of the majesty of these truths, we will say like Paul, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33 ESV)
So, what I am saying to you, church is that over the course of the next few years, I have a daunting task to teach God’s unsearchable judgments and His inscrutable ways in such a way that we will all be in wonderment at our God and bow in worship before Him. Let me be clear there are parts of this book that I do not fully understand, and that is ok, but let me also be clear this causes fear in me as I teach it because I do not want to proclaim something that is not true.
So, What is the theme of Romans?
Well, there is not one single subject when it comes to the book of Romans; instead, there are a variety of subjects that the author deals with. However, there is a central topic that Paul takes up over and over again. I believe that theme is that “the righteous shall live by faith” It is what Godet says “The offer of the righteousness of God to the man who finds himself stripped by the law of his own righteousness” or as John Calvin puts it, “that man’s only righteousness is through the mercy of God in Christ, which being offered by the Gospel is apprehended by faith.”
To sum it up, the overall theme of Romans is the gospel: which is the good news that God declares sinners to be righteous when they trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on their behalf. It is the imputed righteousness of justification and the imparted righteousness of sanctification, that is progressively worked out in the believer’s life through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Lastly, I want to give you this outline and flow of thought that I found in the Bible exposition commentary that I thought was good, and they all start with “s” except the first one.
Introduction and Theme (1:1-17)
Sin (1:18-3:20)Salvation (3:21-5:21)
This message will focus on the fact that Paul was an ordinary man, Paul had a master, he was given a mandate, he was on a mission, and he proclaimed a message.