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September 18, 2017 2:05 pm
In Romans, Paul is giving a brilliant exposition of the gospel of God concerning his son and as we over the next weeks and months studying this brilliant epistle, I want your love for this book to grow agree with Martin Luther who wrote this epistle that is Romans is really the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest gospel and it is where they not only that every Christian should know it word for word by heart and occupy himself with it every day as the daily bread of the soul, it can never be read or pondered too much and the more it is dealt with. The more precious and becomes and the better it tastes. I can really set of Scriptures into that to the authentic follower of Jesus would never get tired of the word of God.
In fact, the reverse is the case that the more we read it and the more we study are than the more we memorize it and the more we obey it, the sweeter it comes and that the more delightful it is to read. Once again the pages of holy Scripture. And while it is true for all of Scripture is certainly true is Luther saying for this brilliant epistle. The book of Romans it as as Luther said it is the purest gospel because in assassins. The Christian faith is not about being nice people. We ought to be nice. Obviously it certainly not about God helping those who help themselves or God helping you to achieve your dreams. The Christian faith is about the gospel, the good news that God brings sinful people like you and me into a living relationship with himself, that is, he freely gives us eternal life. When we personally place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior.
This Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and who rose again and this as a genre to us from the first 10 verses of Ephesians 2 is all of the grace of God for the gospel is much more than having our sins forgiven and that being granted this gift of eternal life. It is much, much more because Paul in Romans explains not only the parts of the gospel, but the hope of the gospel gives us a brilliant defense of the gospel and explains really throwing the boat, but suddenly in the latter chapters. The transformation of the gospel and last week we considered the tremendous impact this book. This book of Romans has had in the lives of people done through the centuries millions of people have come to saving faith in Christ have had their lives transformed through reading this book, and through a bearing its truths so as I preach through this book and as you study it, and I hope you picked up a study guide as you did that our goal is not just to give you information. Although, I hope you gain information about this book. Our goal is not just information but is spiritual transformation to help you be an authentic follower of Jesus Christ with God and his sovereign purposes has placed her so that we will be understanding the gospel that we will be obeying the gospel that we will be living the gospel that we will be prepared to defend the gospel and that we will also be prepared adequately to communicate, not our idea is not some cultural Christianity, not some religious platitudes but rather to be able to communicate, as Luther would say the purists gospel.
This is the transformation of the gospel that Paul is writing this epistle from Corinth is writing to the believers in Rome, some Jews presumably mainly Gentiles and is writing around A.D. 57. At this time Paul has never been to Rome and therefore in the opening verses as were going to say he sets out this apostolic credentials as it word and were going to think think of the first seven verses of Romans one this morning. Paul has a great ambition to visit Spain the gospel, at least in A.D. 57 had never come to Spain and Paul is a man who is passionate about the gospel and is very concerned about these people living in Spain a very good edges of the word of the known world of the Roman Empire. He wants to bring the gospel to them in these passionate about that.
He doesn't like to build upon another man's foundation is a pioneer of the gospel, the great apostle to the Gentiles, so the rights and you can read the details in chapter 15 he says to the Christians at Rome. I'm going to go to Spain but by way of Spain. I'll stop over in Rome. I put this map up because I realize that some of your geographies on what it should be but you will see Jerusalem rights. This is east of the United States by the wicked going and you had a little continent called Europe and there it is there. Jerusalem, the center of the world. And Paul is going to travel from Jerusalem.
This is his desire things are going to work out differently is going to go there to Spain and that you can see Italy the boots of Italy. You can see Rome and he says now I'll stop over in Rome, and that we will have a great time when I come to see you. Little does he know that time that he is going to come to Rome, but when is going to come to Rome is going to come as a prisoner you can read that in acts chapter 28 verse 14 is Paul as he appeals is going to appeal a right to the Emperor himself, and that Luke at the end of acts in acts chapter 28 with the tremendous understatement, size, and so we came to Rome: is a prisoner. He doesn't know that than but we do let stand and read the first seven verses of Romans as we consider the uniqueness of the gospel.
I think in these opening verses, Paul is giving us a rather succinct and magnificent summary of the gospel read with me. Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures concerning his son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ to all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ's payment. Please be seated. First of all we want to think of the gospel, its uniqueness as we see in the first two verses of Romans chapter 1 in the view of your Bible follow there with me. Paul is making it very very clear that the gospel originates with God. Notice what he says in verse one, Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle says apart for the gospel of God, the person you want to tell his father by the gospel.
It is from God. It is God's message is not my message. In fact, Paul says in relations. Chapter 1 verses 11 and 12 is as I would have you know, brothers of the gospel that was preached by me is not minds gospel but I didn't receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul wants us to understand that this is a divine message this good news this good news coming from heaven to is the good news of God it is God's message.
It is the gospel of God. It is God's eternal is not wonderful, has eternal plan is central plan.
And Paul says here in verse two, and that it was promised beforehand through the prophets in the holy Scriptures from Genesis 3 verse 15 onwards is amazing. Gospel is presented in the Old Testament as the Old Testament prophets prophesied with all of the types and shadows of the coming Messiah, the one who is going to come in fulfillment of the gospel of God, and Paul understands that his he writes to the Romans. There are some Jewish believers. There anyone sees Julie Jewish believers to understand the Old Testament background of the gospel. The gospel is not a contingency plan. The gospel didn't begin in the New Testament, as it were, the gospel is not God's plan B we sometimes plan. The plan fails and we try another approach that never happens with God. This is rooted in God's eternal purposes.
The gospel of God is not an afterthought of God descended innovation is not something new but it is rooted in the eternal purposes of God.
The gospel is God's way of salvation. It is the good news, but notice what Paul says also in the vastly beginning of verse three that this gospel which comes from God, which was prophesied in the Old Testament verse three concerns his son is the gospel of God, but it concerns God's son.
That is the center of the gospel is our Lord Jesus Christ, that cannot be over emphasized. Interesting. When I asked people about their faith.
I may say to someone tell me about your spiritual journey argument very vague was interesting what people say.
We often talk about God. They can say I believe in God, they often say I'm am very thankful that God help me in the difficult circumstances. They say that sometimes I pray sometimes I and read the Bible and as I hear them. I keep waiting for the very center of the gospel because this gospel is centered on our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul begins with Christ. Christ is the beginning of the gospel of Christ is the center of the gospel. Christ is the goal of the gospel is God's eternal son that I know this. Paul says in verse three concerning his son, who was descended from David according to the flesh.
Paul is reminding us that this one the Lord Jesus Christ is God incarnate, he became flesh. John puts it this way in John 114 and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Here is the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ so important that Jesus Christ is truly man 100% man he became man in order to die on the cross for our sins so look again at verse three concerning his son, who was descended from David according to the flesh terms of his humanity. He was a descendent literally from the seed of David.
He was in David's line. The New Testament tells us that the Lord Jesus was the son of David is David's greater son in terms of his messianic line is descendent from David but he's more than that doesn't take verse four is declared to be the son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, he is the anointed son of David. He is the great Messiah. He is truly man, and truly God. He is the man Christ Jesus. Paul tells is going to tell is that in in first Timothy two that there is only one mediator between God and man.
And that is none other than the man Christ Jesus truly mine and truly God no one Paul says here in verse four, declared to be the son of God or appointed to be the son of God in power.
Paul is not saying that Jesus became the son of God in his resurrection, that is, there was no change in his absence as he is the preexistent eternal son of God, but Paul is saying that Jesus Christ was appointed official messianic son of God in power through the resurrection and so in these verses Paul is contrasting the humiliation of our Lord becomes into this world did he come in humiliation born in the stable late in the manger having no money, having no harm. Think of is poverty. Think of his strange entrance into this world from a human perspective what we would've expected God's Messiah, God's eternal son to be born in a palace with pomp and splendor, but he he he comes in lowly humiliation. But no, Paul is contrasting that with his powerful exultation as enthroned son of God, born in weakness. That is true. Born in the stable.
No money despised and rejected of men, but no God son is raised from the dead in power and in authority. No other person in history of the world has broken through the power of death, and is alive forevermore. Now it is obvious that Jesus is normally of mindnumbing profit but is truly the appointed son of God, we sometimes sing up from the grave he arose with a mighty triumph over his foes. He arose the Victor over the powers of darkness hallelujah Christ arose and the new age of salvation has begun with the exultation of Jesus as risen Lord who is able to save all those who come to him. He comes as God's divine messenger into this world in humiliation. According to the flash is a descendent of David with these raised with power and his appointed as the enthroned son of God exalted to the father's right hand, and no able by virtue of his endless life is endless, eternal life to save all who come to him. So Peter puts it on the day of Pentecost in acts 232. He says this Jesus, they just knew him as Jesus. This Jesus God raised up, and of all, we are witnesses being therefore exalted at the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit is poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing find it very interesting. At the end of verse four Paul refers to Jesus as not simply just as Jesus do this at the end of verse four as Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rarely in Romans. In fact, rarely in the epistles of the writers refer to our Lord Jesus Christ, simply as Jesus yes in the Gospels terms of his humanity read over and over again.
Jesus did this.
Jesus taught that. But when the apostles are writing after the race the resurrection on the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. They don't just refer to Jesus as Jesus. Sometimes they do it after emphasizing his humanity, but notice what Paul says in this beautiful expression Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is the uniqueness of the Christian faith.
This is the uniqueness of the gospel. Jesus, yes, that means Savior will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins, but is not just Jesus is the Christ. That means the anointed Messiah, the one prophesied in the Old Testament over and over again and every sacrifice that every offering was pointing forward to our Lord Jesus Christ, the anointed son of God.
David's greater son is Jesus. He is Christ, but is also Lord is God is the sovereign Lord and Master. He is the powerful and raining Lord. And so the gospel centered not just on Jesus, as it were. It centers on our Lord Jesus Christ or Jesus Christ our Lord in this important we who follow Jesus understand who is that he is the Christ, that he is the Lord, and if you remove Jesus Christ from the gospel. You don't have the gospel you don't have authentic Christianity, the teaching of Jesus on the example of Jesus are not the gospel. The gospel is centered in Christ without a couple of weeks ago that centered on Christ crucified. John Calvin said the whole gospel is contained in Christ and as we follow Jesus Christ our Lord. More and more as we love Christ more than this. We follow him more closely, there is an unfolding of the glorious gospel.
As we understand more and more of the person and work of our blessed Savior, a large Jesus Christ that the very heart of the gospel, then, is a person, Jesus Christ our Lord.
So when people talk about their spiritual journey. We talk about themselves when we talk about God. They may talk about God answering their prayers about God helping them and all of that has a place, let me remind you that the gospel centers on our Lord Jesus Christ you don't know him as your Savior don't understand that he is the Christ, if you haven't surrendered to him as Lord.
You don't really understand the fullness of the gospel because this one came to die for our sins to be better than to rise again.
So there is no authentic gospel without Jesus Christ. There is no other Savior. There is no other Messiah but is no other Lord is God. God incarnate, coming in great love and mercy to save you, and to transform your this is the uniqueness of the gospel centered on Jesus Christ our Lord. Now that's the gospel.
It uniqueness. Secondly, the gospel, its goal.
Paul is divinely set apart for the gospel again. Verse one Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. In fact, also identifies with the gospel that a couple of times in Romans chapter 2 verse 16 and chapter 16 verse 25 he refers to the gospel as my gospel. My gospel, they want the Romans to understand and to continue to tell others about the gospel that we don't know who planted the church in Rome clearly balled and planted because he is writing to Christians and is never even been there also. There is absolutely no evidence that the apostle Peter ever visited Rome and find the church I understand are those who want to say that there is no historical evidence are tall and if Paul had been writing after the Romans and Peter had funded the church, he certainly would've referred to that so neither Peter nor Paul planted the church in Rome now this is A.D. 57 how did the gospel get from Jerusalem to Rome in just a few years, no Internet, no telephones, no planes, no carcinogenicity. I didn't get we can be absolutely sure. But we do know that when Luke is recording what happened on that mighty day of Pentecost in acts chapter 2.
Remember, there were people from all over the known world, and each man had the gospel as Peter was preaching in his own language and Luke records and asked acts chapter 2 verses 10 and 11 that listening to Peter on this mighty day of Pentecost.
There were visitors from Rome. That is, people traveled to think of what it was traveling all away from Rome and what we call Italy to Jerusalem and then they where healing the gospel and some must've been among the crowds who embrace Christ who trusted Christ and as they went back to Rome.
What you think they did.
They did what you and I should do but told others about Jesus Christ our Lord. And so in that way. I believe that people came to saving faith. Jew and Gentile in the center of the Roman Empire. As Rome was and would've formed this church or these churches we gospel had come to Rome, not through the apostles, but through ordinary people, as it were, would be up to Jerusalem. Jewish people hearing the gospel realizing that Jesus is the true Messiah coming to faith in Christ by this first word in the Greek text in the first word in our English translation is Paul.
We write a letter and I realize fewer and fewer people write letters these days. But when we write a letter when you put your name you put it at the end. Don't you. I write to you dear Bob say when going to say your sincerely John, unless you receive an anonymous letter and then there's no name on it over the years I've received a few anonymous letters that never complementary so I don't read them. If I think that about another pastor or someone else at on an elder or something. I'm tempted to read them without but I but I don't interesting when we send email the person's name is right there, which I think is good before you read the email and if you send me an email. I don't need to go to the bottom of the email, it tells me right in the beginning that is from you and this is how you growth in the first century very wise. You put your name right at the beginning of the letter and this is what Paul is doing Nepal is a Roman citizen.
Paul is well-educated, he understands the Hebrew and Roman and Greek cultures when he doesn't. As he begins to write he doesn't mention any of these was the first thing he says about himself. Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus as beautiful as all the things he could've said this is how he begins.
Here is my identity. I'm a servant with a really a slave to loss a slave of Jesus Christ Romans you a lot about slaves more than we do. The Roman Empire depended on slaves that were thousands and thousands of slaves, slave the first century Roman Empire was regarded as a piece of property, not as a person absolutely no rights. A toll that would look down on others. They had a master they had a boss. What was their function to do exactly what the boss told him to do.
No argument, no discussion there view that opinion was entirely irrelevant. Invite the master didn't want to hear it. They were there to implement the will of the master as Paul's relationship to Christ Jesus.
He wears this is a badge of of identity as a badge of honor.
I'm a slave of Christ Jesus. Furthermore, he says in verse one.
He says I'm I'm set apart for the gospel of God.
Last week we thought of Paul as an apostle is one who had seen the risen Christ is one who was called by the risen Christ is one could authenticate this message by signs and miracles in mighty words follow. Of course, was an apostle with a set apart for the gospel of God is called to be the great apostle, particularly to the Gentiles.
Look at verse 14 and 15 of chapter 1 is as I'm under obligation. Notice that a gracious obligation. I'm under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I'm eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in the room.
This is his divine calling. Linda said last week of say that again is not just like God. To select someone like Paul of all the people and then Roman Empire. The guard could've called to be his apostle to the Gentiles. He chose Saul Saul of Tarsus and asked the guy hated the church he did Christ hated the gospel, spent his life trying to stamp out the Christian faith is that just like to say well I'm going to use this man and I'm going to call him.
I'm going to save him and I'm going to make him one of my apostles and I'm going to set him apart for the gospel of God, and Paul is not compelled to preach the gospel.
He says in first Corinthians 916 wars me if I preach not the gospel. He says in verse 16. I'm not ashamed of the gospel.
He says in chapter 10 verse one that is heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. Besides here in verse five that the gospel is for all the nations versus verse 14.
It is for Greeks and barbarians. It's for the wise and the foolish. That is the gospel of God concerning his son, Jesus Christ our Lord is universal in the scope the whole world. Paul is burdened by this the whole world must hear the message of the gospel and soul. Paul wants to make that dangerous journey from Jerusalem through the Mediterranean to Spain by because he knew that was the commands of his master, Jesus Christ our Lord, who had commissions remember the end of Matthew Matthew chapter 28 it commissioned his disciples to go and make disciples of all the nations, all the nations. Paul is burdened by that his whole life is consumed with the gospel. He is set apart for the gospel of God for better person then to explain this he does in this brilliance epistle, the meaning and implications in the results of the gospel are those who hear the gospel must obey. This is not just some information. This is not giving people intellectual information.
This message that Paul is preaching must be obeyed. Notice verse five through whom we have received grace and apostleship as Paul to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations. The regions of faith, think about the obedience of faith.
Paul is not saying that faith plus allegiance is necessary for salvation. John read to us from Ephesians 2 verses eight and nine that were saved by grace are not of her works.
Not that I to do certain things and also exercise a bit of faith and then I'm say no, it is entirely of God's grace that were saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. With this it mean it is the obedience which consists in faith that is true saving faith involves open agents and abrasions and God always results in faith. They go together as a happy marriage. John three verse 36 he who believes in the son has everlasting life. He who obeys, not the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides in him notice it. I believe I therefore obeyed the gospel. I don't believe that means I have disobeyed the gospel.
We can separate obedience and faith. I ask you have you obeyed the gospel.
Is it what you mean what do I have to do. Jesus told us repents and believe in the gospel. The gospel is look to Christ. The gospel is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. You may understand that not just asking you if you understand that I'm asking you of your baited have you truly look to Christ and to Christ along for salvation is your trust in Christ and then those who have truly trusted in Christ. What characterizes the life of a life of obedience a life of faith where we obey God, which can be very difficult which requires faith, which requires trust to do what God is asking us to do rather than to living out on life. This is the overflow of the gospel. It is the regions of faith.
This is the goal of the gospel.
What is a goal that people hear the gospel that people obey the gospel. The trust the gospel that they put their faith in Christ and live then the supernatural life of holy transformation gospel first is uniqueness. Secondly, school third, its impact, I'm saying the gospel must make a difference and I want to mention three things in this connection about the Roman believers which were two of them and which are two of us. If we are followers of Jesus Christ. First of all, these Roman believers and all believers are loved by God. Notice verse seven to all those in Rome who are loved by God, loved by God room was the capital of the Roman Empire, which stretched from Britain to Arabia shoe chose the political, economic and communication center in the first century. At this time. Nero is the Emperor Roman peace Roman laws Roman roads provided stability and freedom of movement throughout this vast empire. So being a Roman citizen was a great privilege. Paul himself was a Roman citizen then in a court case took advantage of it. And rightly so. But as he writes to those who are in Rome.
Here in verse seven he doesn't congratulate those who would Roman citizens, possibly some of them are not. Possibly some slaves in Rome had come to Christ and work part of that early church. He says to them who are loved by God to mask your your experience of life is that anything in this world more exhilarating than being loved and loving. Think of the joy of being loved by so I'm talking the human level is anything more precious to us as human beings to know that there are people there who love us apparent husband to wife or child, a friend or colleague to truly be loved by someone. And to be able also to love that person.
We realize that are people who are through disadvantages through abuse through dysfunction and all the rest of it, find it very difficult to receive love and to give love the extremes we call them psychopaths but think of this whenever your experience of human love is and I trust it's a positive one that I trusted her people in your life who loves you. I trust that you love others but think of this to be loved by God, nothing else in this world comes close. I am loved by God. We sing about it. I we take it for granted but but think of it, the eternal God, the all-powerful God in his grace has reached time and he loves you and he loves me, this is a personal love is needed is not just a God so loved the world.
Of course he loves the world, but to understand this. Paul can say in Galatians 220, the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Paul makes this very, very personal, but when Jesus Christ came he came and love for Paul.
He came in love for John Monroe and when he suffered on the tree he was dying for my sins out of great love for me now that I deserved it that you deserve as Christ followers of our eternal destiny is in the hands of this great loving God would loved with an everlasting love.
Paul is going to say magnificently in Romans eight that were loved with an inseparable love that there is no force in this universe, not the might of North Korea not on the might of hurricane Irma, not some economic collapse, not some devastation in your family not some terminal illness not Hal itself.
There is nothing in the whole universe which can take this away from me, but I'm loved by God, not just now I'm loved and your loves your following Christ with an ever lasting love. Nothing can prevent God from loving me. Nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Think of the impact in their lives.
Does that make you feel what does that do to your to know that your loved by God. Secondly, these Roman believers adultery. Believers are called the six pieces including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ our Paul is called to be an apostle were not called to be an apostle, but we are called of God, called to belong to Jesus Christ.
Romans 828 we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purposes called to belong to Jesus Christ. Christ has called us and we then search this is the greatest of all honors Christ stands and says come unto me and I will give you rest. I remember the first time I answered that call was a boy of 12 and came to Christ and received eternal life and received peace and rest for my soul. Jesus says in John 10 verse three that the good Shepherd calls his own sheep by name.
Subjectivity calls us and say the congregation of Calvary church. No, he calls us by name Bob John Jenny Susie called given listen to name being called.
Remember when the when I was between 1316 we lived in Gibraltar and the southern tip of Spain and there was a school football team and I soccer team and I desperately wanted to play for. I was a new body went to the tryouts and all the rest of it. And then there came the day when the coach the teacher was going to tell us who was to start and if you're like me you don't want to be the substitute you want to be a starter and the team don't you.
If you love the game. You do and I remember waiting in the names of Rideout, a single From Old Gardner Gibbons and I'm Waiting When the Typically inside Right Number Eight.
Finally, My Name Is Called Monroe.
I Felt My Whole World Had Just Gone to the Next Dimension Names Were Put off in a Piece of Paper in the School Bulletin Board, and Although the Coach Had Called My Name I Remember Going to School Bulletin Board and Looking Again. And Yes, There It Was inside Right John Monroe or Think of Your Name Called Mrs. 51 to Be Called to Belong to Jesus Christ.
I Find That Many, Many Followers of Jesus Christ Struggle with That Identity There Insecure.
This Is Sure Which There Is No Need to Struggle with Their Identity.
Don't Compare Yourself with Others Disorders Told of Mozart That the Man Came to Mozart Tent Asked Them How to Write a Symphony Mozart System. Your You're Too Young to Write a Symphony.
The Man Said to Jan He Said I'm 21 in Your Writing Symphonies When You Were 10 Yes and Mozart but Didn't Go around Asking People How to Do It. We Are Even Compared Yourself, Your Position with Someone Who Can Write Brilliant Symphonies at 10 Years Old. Don't Get into That Trap. We Have Unique Individuals with Our Strengths, without Limitation, Just Send Our Weaknesses, but Here Is the Wonderful Truth of Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus Christ. I'm Loved by God and I'm Called to Belong to Jesus Christ. Your Identity Is Not What You Do, Your Identity Is Not What You Look like They Should. Identity Would Have Many Likes to Get on Yourself for an Instagram or Something, Probably Fewer Than You Expect.
That's the Reality. Here's Your Identity.
If You Follow Christ You Loved by God and You're Called to Belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. This Is What Paul Is Telling the Romans You Belong to Jesus Christ.
Sometimes I Calvary I Meet a Woman Here Who Is Married and up Speaking to Her Husband. Maybe Some Distance Away and She Points Her Husband and She Says I Belong to Him and She's Proud This Is My Husband. I Belong to Him.
We Could Reverently Point to Jesus Christ Our Lord and Say Hi Belong to Him the Him I Am His and He Is Mine, Loved with an Everlasting Love.
The Final One Very Quickly Were Loved Were Called and We Are Saints for Seven Et Al. Those in Rome Who Are Loved by God and Called to Be Saints.
Others Were Saying the New Testament Is Not a Description of Someone Who's Been Canonized Saints in the Scriptures Is Always Plural Know the Saints Were All Either One Dead One Debating Who Was Canonized on the Absolutely No Other Live in the New Testament.
St. Is a Term Which Means This That You Have Been Set Apart for God to Use You to Set Apart from the World Is True, but Most Positively I'm Sent Apart for God to Use for This Is the Transformation.
This Is the Impact of the Gospel. It's Wonderful Being Saved Is Overwhelming, Eternal Life Yes Is Mind Blowing to Understand. I'm Loved by God, and I Belong to Christ, but with These Privileges. Here's a Responsibility and Set Apart from a St. I'm Set Apart Be Used by God, Not According to My Own Agenda Member Paul. I'm a Slave of Christ Jesus. We Are Slaves of Christ Jesus. That Means That Our Master Jesus Christ Our Lord Is to Determine How We Are to Be Used. What Is God's Purpose for You. That Is Our Life Is Surrendered to Jesus Christ. Every Aspect of Life, Not Just the Big Decisions and What I Work with Who I My Butt Life Generally to Know That God in His Grace Is Going to Guide Me. What a High Honor Your Saints When You Leave This Morning Just Turn to the Person Next to You and Say Good Morning Saints Bob St. John St. Mary the Guys Name Is Bernard Maybe Hesitates but Otherwise Shake the Hand and Say Good Morning Saints. I Am St. John Is a Very Saintly Supplies That I Admit That, but I Belong to Jesus Christ and like You Am Involved in This Wonderful Life Transforming Journey Imperfectly Stumbling but Coming Back Time and Time Again to This. The Garden Is Grace Who Saved Me the Garden Is Grace Who Loves Me with His Everlasting Love Calls Me and Calls You to Be Authentic Followers of Christ.
Notice How Paul Ends Grace to You and Peace from God Our Father Lord Jesus Christ. We Need That Grace Only Grace Is God Giving Us What We Don't Deserve Piece Is That Glorious Well-Being As We Receive Christ and As We Walk in His Way. No Other Faith. No Other Belief nor the Religion nor the Person Can Give You This Grace and This Piece This Is the Uniqueness of the Gospel of Your Receive the You Trusting in Christ Can Really Say I Belong to Jesus Christ. Could It Be Yes I'm Sure It Is for Many, You're an Authentic Follower of Christ, but You Need to Surrender Some Aspects of Your Life to Him That Out Of Control You've Chosen Your Own Will. Your Own Sinful Path Rather Than Christ Today Is an Opportunity to Repent of God's Grace and God's Peace Offer to You to Confess That Sin to Ask Once Again As You Belong to Jesus Christ. But You Would Have the Great Privilege of Being His Instrument of Grace and Peace to Others. Father, Help Us, We Pray, We Thank You for the Magnificent Gospel and I Pray for Those Here Who Have Still Not Obeyed the Gospel Have Still Not Trusted Christ Father Open Their Eyes. I Pray for Many of Us Who Are Following Me This Great Time of Consecration As We Reaffirm Our Faith in Christ and in Christ Alone in His Name