(originally posted on June 20th, 2014 on a previous blog)
Romans 1: 3-4 Paul’s introduction part 3
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God– 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you missed part 1, you can read it here. In part 1 of the introduction, we learn about the nature and importance of the identity of Paul. We also learn where he gets his identity and the purpose behind it.
Now we move to learn more on why and what this gospel is.
If you missed part 2, you can read that on here. In part 2 we learn that this good news was a plan in action that was thought out very carefully and deliberately.
regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David,
This is not a new thought, this is still a continuation of the gospel he promised beforehand. The good news or gospel is His Son. Make no doubt that Paul is stating that Jesus is the Son of God, and that the prophets told of this. Again this is not something that was just thrown together, this was carefully planned. Many religions claim to be God, or a prophet of God. But only one claims that Jesus was the Son of God. And that is what makes this good news. Without the Son of God, we have no redemption, no hope and no salvation. Paul then states that this Jesus was 100% man. He comes from the direct line of King David. Why is this important? Because He knows everything that you deal with. You can’t say to God – “You don’t understand what I am going through.” Yes He does. He knows hurt, He knows pain, He knows joy. He knows what it means to be 7 years old, 13 years old, 21 years old, etc… He knows betrayal. He cried, He weep, He loved. There is nothing that God has not experienced in one sense or another. But there is another reason why that is important. Because the prophets spoke that the savior would be from the line of David. So He fulfills all the prophecies about Him.
and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Not only is God 100% man, but He is 100% God. Side note here — John 100% + 100% = 200% right? No is this case 100% + 100% = 100%. That does not make sense. shouldn’t it be 50% man and 50% God? No because if He is only 50% man, then he doesn’t fulfill the prophecies and doesn’t fully understand us. The prophecies didn’t say 1/2 a man will come from the line of David. We live in a world run by finite standards. We live our lives by clocks, calendars and birthdays. We see beginnings and endings everyday. when we think of space it is hard to fathom because it does not end. I believe that reason most marriages fail is because of this premise – marriage is 50/50. No marriage is 100/100. Just because we struggle to comprehend it doesn’t make it less true. They say we only use a certain amount of our brain. Maybe if we had full use of it – that would make more sense
So this has to do with the 100% God. Well Paul is going to say that we know this because all of the miracles He did, right? Nope Well, maybe because He raised people from the dead. The apostle did miracles. They are not God. Many people back then and even now will do things that are miraculous. But those things don’t prove anything. What Paul states is the proof of God being God is His resurrection. Wait John, you just said that it wasn’t because He raised people from the dead. Your right – I said that. Even though many or someone may claim to have raised someone from the dead, there will only be one person (past, present and future) who will ever be able to say they raised themselves from the dead. Only one person has conquered death. That is the good news.
So what we learn to day is that the Gospel is Jesus Christ and that there is no doubt that He was 100% man and 100% the Son of God. This was so important that He had to do it Himself. He didn’t send someone He didn’t care about He sent His Son. This was planned so that you might have life. This is the God who Paul serves, this is the God He loves. This is a gift so special and He wants you to have it. We don’t serve a God who wouldn’t care what you go through. In fact he went farther than any of us could – because he paid the price that we could not pay. That is good news.