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Paul did not try to promote himself or use his human assets to influence others.

3. Paul's personal sense of identity was wrapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ.

4. He could see himself as a bond-servant, under the obligation of obedience. He could also see himself as an apostle, of the highest rank in God's service. He could claim that he was set apart for specific service, yet without boasting.

5. This accurate understanding of self is only possible when we see ourselves from divine viewpoint.

6. Paul knew his position in Christ, his place in the Lord's service, his purpose in the Lord's calling...do we?

7. Whether it is our self image, our personal identity, knowing ourselves, or finding ourselves, none of this is of value unless it is from divine perspective.

Galatians 6:3, "For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself."

I knew a man once who had spent considerable time as an unbeliever "finding himself", and to a certain extent he did. He came to accept his place and purpose in the world, to be comfortable with his values and ethics. Then he accepted Christ as Savior. He told me it was like starting all over again. Concentrating not on what he thought but what the Lord thought...and that is a real key to the Christian life!

Spiritual identity results in humility.

Spiritual identity results in unconditional love.

Spiritual identify results in service.

Spiritual identify eliminates legalism and arrogance.

Spiritual identity allows for acceptance, graciousness, and forgiveness towards others.

Spiritual identify allows the believer to relax in life.

Spiritual identity allows the believer to enjoy life.

PRINCIPLE: Apart from spiritual identity, defining who you are by what God thinks, the believer will be uptight, miserable, without service to others, and will burn out in the flesh trying to live a life he can never live.

Romans 1:2,3a

"Which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures", concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord...

Paul uses three prepositions in this verse to make three points about the Gospel. He uses "through", "in", and "concerning" to tell us the how of the Gospel, the where of the Gospel, and the who of the Gospel.

How the Gospel came to us - God promised it previously in the Old Testament through His prophets. God predicted it and we now see a continuity and unity of the Old Testament and the New. Promises were made through men who also, as Paul, were called by God. The Gospel did not just suddenly burst upon the scene of history with the advent of Christ. It was the theme of words of the prophets and the works of Christ.

How was the Gospel given to man? In the holy Scriptures.

The word SCRIPTURES is the word GRAFW, a word that was never used for oral communication, only that which was written down and could be read and studied.

This statement prepares his readers for the extensive reference Paul will make to the OT in this epistle.

We see a channel of inspiration: From the ultimate source of God, through His prophets, preserved for mankind in the holy Scriptures.

This verse confronts any who would say that the Bible is inaccurate. It is accurate because God revealed the Gospel, His Good news, through the prophets who were under obligation to accurately record what God revealed.

3. The Who of the Gospel is mentioned in verse 3: "Concerning His Son..."

The preposition is PERI, which means fully around, as in perimeter.

This points to a historical change or transition that occurred at the virgin birth when the divine person took on a human nature.

The words PERSON and NATURE are important in that statement because the God the Son did not take on a human person but became a unique person, fully God, and at the same time, fully man.

John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

This unique person, Jesus Christ, was a descendant of David as we see in Matthew, chapter 1. This looks at Jesus' royalty. He was a King, the King of kings.

In Revelation 22:16 we see that the New Testament closes with this same thought, "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star."

So at the beginning of Matthew, the beginning of Romans, and at the end of Revelation, across the entire New Testament, we are reminded that Jesus is the King.

God would never have us forget that Jesus is the King of all kings. His royalty is from David and from His work on the Cross in addition to His divine royalty.

Every servant needs a master and our Master is a King.

The mention of FLESH in no way includes SIN:

Three things are seen in this reference to FLESH:

Limitations: Being flesh he was limited. This included His deliberate setting aside of His divine attributes. He was surprised, there were things he did not know, there were things that caused him to grieve and to be troubled.

Weaknesses: Physically the flesh caused Jesus to hunger, to be tired, to be worn out, to be thirsty, to have blisters and callous and sore feet.

Temptations: In the flesh He had human volition and was tempted to sin.

Hebrews 4:15, "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, ROMANS, Lesson 1 Page 8

but One who has been tempted in all things as {we are, yet} without sin." PAGE 7 RS

But in the Flesh he also had three others things:

The Word of God resident in His soul: As a boy he learned the word and increased in wisdom and knowledge.

The filling and leading of the Holy Spirit; He depended upon the Holy Spirit for power and direction.

And in the flesh He had human volition which was set to obedience to the Father:

John 8:28, "Jesus therefore said...I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me."

SO Jesus, JUST LIKE US, had limitations and weaknesses; but also, just like Him, we have the power of the Word and the power of the Spirit and we can decide who we will obey.

Romans 1:4

"And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead;

The emphasis here is on Christ's deity. While the word "born" (or became) in verse 3 shows us how the eternal son of God entered into His humiliation, the word "declare" in verse 4 shows us how He entered into His exaltation.

The word "declared" is ORIZW, from the same root used for "set apart" in verse 1. It means "to mark off". Jesus Christ rose from the dead, never to die again. This marked off His humiliation from His exhaltation.

This marking off did not make him the Son of God but "declared" Him to be what He eternally was already, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity.

The term "with power" describes the SON OF GOD, not the declaration or marking off. This further looks at the uniqueness of His resurrection, it gave Him power as the God-man forever in heaven and on earth. He continues in His uniqueness even now; and that quality of unique existence is with power.

POWER is the word DUNAMIS which is a noun indicating it was received by the Lord from the Father. In the New

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