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Romans 1:02 - An Ancient Promise

Romans 1:2 - A Promise Kept

"which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures," (NASB)

"(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)" (KJV)

"God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures." (NLT)

Proepaggellomai: to promise of old; promise before

"Wasn't it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His glory?" (Luke 24:26 NLT)

"He is the One all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in Him will have their sins forgiven through His name." (Acts 10:43 NLT)

"Now I am on trial because of my hope in the fulfillment of God's promise made to our ancestors." (Acts 26:6 NLT)

"This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began." (Titus 1:2)

"But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago." (Romans 3:21)

A promise from before the world began (not a new age doctrine but conceived in the heart of God in antiquity) that has come to fruition in the lives of those who believe (not in a notional knowledge or a bare assent, nor in intellectual arguments, but in obedience) but in this the light of the Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Even more, it is a promise kept at no small price. It required the spilling of the blood of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A promise kept and a gift given. A covenant written that cannot be erased.

Heavenly Father give feet to my faith in this the promise of old, your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me today in my obedience to this faith so that your light may shine upon someone yet in the same darkness where you rescued me.

Romans 1:01 - Bondservant

Romans 1:1 - Who has your ear?

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God," (NASB)

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God," (KJV)

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach His Good News." (NLT)

Slave  (SLAVE, n.)

1.  A person who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who has no will of his own, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.  In the early state of the world, and to this day among some barbarous nations, prisoners of war are considered and treated as slaves. The slaves of modern times are more generally purchased, like horses and oxen.

The concept of being a slave or servant is rather foreign for this American mind to grasp.  Somehow, at a visceral level, there still remains the rebelliousness to any such thoughts.  Yet has not the bond-slave or bondservant chosen this state?  Was I not purchased from the marketplace of my own sin with the blood of Christ?  How is it then that I find in my being such an opposition to being "wholly subject to the will of another?"  This "another", after all, is the Son of God.  Yet here is Paul, who is "called," and "set apart" for the eternal purpose of the Gospel.

According to Dr. Alva J. McClain, there are seven words that allude to slavery in the Greek and this one, "doulos," is the most severe. When a person chose to be a bond-slave, the master pressed his earlobe to the doorpost of the house and pierced his ear with an awl. A piece of his ear thus became a permanent part of the house. In a similar way, Christ was pierced for us so that we would become a permanent part of his house. The question that remains is, "who has your ear?"

Heavenly Father today let your thoughts be my thoughts and your will be my will that your abundant love might touch a heart for Jesus sake today.

 


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