Romans "Grace To You"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series is to help us understand how that allows God’s people to receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The Letter to the Romans greeting is, “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, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul introduces the concept of a person proclaiming his understanding of being called and separated in this greeting to the Romans. When God’s people know they are called and separated, their relational existence changes immensely. This understanding propels God’s people into a confidence that does not disappoint; because their confidence is no longer in themselves, but in the living God and His plan.
Paul then describes who Jesus is in the flesh and spirit, and how this existence changes God’s people’s awareness of who they are and why they exist as the called of Jesus Christ.
The last of this greeting is, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the introduction of any statement by a church leader to others professing God’s grace being conveyed to them. The realization of the ability to convey such power and ability to others by being God’s conduit was not previously given and is monumental in its gifting. God’s people now know and are acting on His promise to instill into others the gifts they have received.
God has this incredible map for His people, and He shares it with them as He knows they can receive it. Continue following the series and find out how amazing the journey can be.
Tomorrow’s blog is 1 Corinthians introduction which states, “...through the will of God,…to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,…”