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Romans 1:1 (NIV)
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God
The Book of Romans has life-changing truth but it must be approached with effort and determination to understand what the Holy Spirit said through the Apostle Paul. – David Guzik
Date: ~57 AD
Place of Origin: Corinth (Acts 18:1-2)-Had 3 months during his winter stay
Destination: Rome (Acts 2:10)
Theme: Righteousness of God
Key Verses: Romans 1:16-17
Verse 1: Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—
Paul: small, or little.
A servant [slave; bondservant] of… (Greek: doulos)
Old Testament prophets called themselves “slaves to God.”
A person who is legally owned by someone else and whose entire livelihood and purpose was determined by their master.
Devoted to another the disregard of one’s own interest.
A slave was 1) owned; 2) bought for a price; 3) received no wages; 4) couldn’t quit
A person’s only way to freedom is to become a slave to Jesus!
Christ Jesus: Messiah
See “Who is Jesus” Handout
Called to be…
Officially requested; invited (as to a banquet)
Called from the womb, on the road to Damascus, and/or at his commissioning
Envoy of Jesus; commissioned directly; authority to speak on His behalf
Messenger; sent forth with orders
Sent with delegated authority
And set apart [separated unto]…
Selected or assigned for a specific purpose
Paul thought of life not in terms of what he wanted to do, but in terms of what God meant him to do [and be]
Separated to something, not from something. Acts 13:2
For the gospel of God…
The gospel is singular. This is important considering the polytheism that was popular in those days.
The gospel is of God. It is not of man, it originates with God.