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ROMANS, Lesson 1go next. By all indications in the book of Acts he should have gone onto Rome, but he instead went to Jerusalem. It was in Jerusalem that God arranged circumstances that eventually got Paul to Rome but as a prisoner, under arrest, awaiting trial.

So while he is used of the Spirit to communicate great doctrines of grace, in his personal life and in his personal decisions he makes choices that follow his plan rather than God's plan.

Principle: God is the one who is faithful and God honors His word even when it is found in weak vessels of clay.

TWO TITLES GIVEN TO THESE BELIEVERS

1. BELOVED: This title is found eight times in the synoptic Gospels and there applied only to the Lord Jesus Christ. It shows the relationship of divine love between the Father and the Son. Not until after Pentecost and the start of the Church is this title applied to believers in Christ.

"Beloved" is a term that describes the relationship of God's love for us and our love for one another. Paul was fond of the term especially for those he had lead to the Lord. It speaks of and reminds us of our relationship to God, He loves us, and to one another, we are to love one another in Spiritual love. So this title is relational.

2. SAINTS: Here we have a title that is positional. At the moment of salvation we are set apart unto God.

It was a very high and lofty term in the Greek cultic religions. It looks at separation, purity, cleanliness, consecration.

The term is so sacred that it can only be applied to the believer as his life is found in Christ.

Displaying the qualities of being a saint would be impossible for anyone outside of Christ. But we share this position in Christ.

In the New Testament, all believers are called Saints with no regard to behavior. All are saints in Christ.

No individual in the New Testament is ever called a Saint; it is used only collectively for our position in Christ.

SUMMARY: The terms "beloved" and "saint" remind us of our relationship to God and one another and the basis for that relationship, that we are in Christ.

The Formal Greeting:

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

The greeting of GRACE was common to the Gentiles. The greeting of PEACE was common to the Jews. Paul brings them both together.

Paul includes these two words, sometimes adding the word MERCY, in each of his thirteen epistles.

The order is important, it is always GRACE then PEACE.

Peace is that which flows from Grace...

Grace is the unmerited favor of God to man. But it is more than that. It is the bestowal of favor where there should be wrath. It is grace given to those who are not only undeserving but deserving of the opposite, judgment.

Grace then is not aided by merit or hindered by demerit.

Peace is a condition not a feeling.

Romans 5:1 "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

The condition is constant, the feeling of peace may come and go.

We have a sense of the condition of peace even when the feeling is absent.

This peace is not from man but from a divine source - from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:8-17: PAUL'S PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP TO THE GENTILES

In verses 1-7 Paul established his official relationship to the church as an apostle of Jesus Christ. Now he establishes his personal relationship to these believers in Rome.

These verses might be seen as six windows into Paul's heart. How he felt about them and his ministry.

Each window is introduced by a verb phrase: ROMANS,

ROMANS, Lesson 1 Page 12 v 8 I thank

v 9 I serve

v 11 I long

v 13 I have planned

v 14 I am under obligation

v 15 I am eager

Romans 1:8

"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.

The word "first" is not followed here by the word "second". Here the word "first" implies importance rather than the beginning of some numeration or list.

Paul sees his attitude of thanksgiving because of these believers as being of first importance.

In ten of Paul's thirteen letters, he states that his relationship to others is one that causes him to be thankful.

"I thank my God through Jesus Christ"

Other than the Lord Jesus when He was on the Cross, Paul is the only New character that speaks of God as "my God".

This shows us the intensely personal relationship Paul had with God. God was not at a distance for Paul; He was close, He was his Father and his Friend.

Not only does the believer have a right to offer prayers to God because of Jesus Christ, but also he has a right to claim God as "MY GOD" because of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we have and nothing that we can do in our relationship with God that is not through Jesus Christ.

All of our approach to God is based upon our acceptance in the person and work of Christ.

This phrase also demonstrates the divine order for prayer. All prayers are to be offered to the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the power of the filling of the Holy Spirit.

THE REASON FOR HIS THANKFULNESS

"Because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world."

There are many things we can be thankful for when it comes to other believers. And many of these may cause us to pray for them. Paul picks out their FAITH above their salvation, their growth, their gifts, or their unity.

The reason is, is that FAITH is the distinctive by which we live. We are to live by faith (see v 17), we walk by faith, we relate to others by faith.

Faith is a decision a person makes, and many believers make consistent decisions of faith.

When we encounter believers who live by faith, who make decisions in life based upon the Bible teaching they have,anbd seeing that doctrine cause them to depend upon God in faith, we should be thankful. Paul knew enough about these believers to know that they were men and women and even children who lived by faith.

"Being proclaimed throughout the whole world."

This FAITH was well known to others.

"Proclaimed" is a very strong verb meaning "to be advertised". This was not some passive mention, but a strong proclamation of how the believers of Rome lives, by faith.

By this time persecution was beginning, Christians were being harassed, and it would get worse. This present reality, however, did not deter these believers, they kept on living by Faith.

Faith must always be in something, and for these believers, faith was in the Lord Jesus Christ and what they were coming to know about him in the Word of God.

Their faith was proclaimed in the world. The emphasis is not on the strength of their faith nor on the genuineness of their faith but on the publication of their faith, that others heard about it.

Romans 1:9a

"For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you."

This is the second window into Paul's soul.

The verb "serve" is LATREUW which means "to serve as a priest". It is translated that way in the ROMANS,

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