By Timothy Keller
What is this “gospel” for which Paul is prepared to glory in getting a slave? What gospel would make Paul content to shed anything in order to share it?
Very first, it is worth reflecting on the word itself. “Gospel”—euangeloi—is actually “good herald.” In the initially century, if on a far-flung battlefield an emperor won a excellent victory which secured his peace and established his authority, he would send heralds—angeloi—to declare his victory, peace and authority. Place most just, the gospel is an announcement—a declaration. The gospel is not guidance to be followed it is news, superior news about what has been completed.
The gospel is not ours
The apostle Paul is the herald of this announcement. It is a superior reminder that the gospel is not Paul’s it did not originate with him and he did not claim the authority to craft it. Rather, it is “of God” (v 1). We, like Paul, are not at liberty to reshape it to sound a lot more attractive in our day, nor to domesticate it to be a lot more comfy for our lives.
The gospel is not new
Neither is the gospel new rather, God “promised it beforehand by means of his prophets in the Holy Scriptures” (v two). The Old Testament is all about it. All the “Scriptures” point forward to this announcement. They are the scaffold on which Paul stands as God’s herald. Each and every web page that God wrote prior to outlines what he has now declared in complete colour.
The gospel is a who
The gospel’s content material is “his Son” (v three). The gospel centers on Jesus. It is about a individual, not a idea it is about him, not us. We never ever grasp the gospel till we comprehend that it is not fundamentally a message about our lives, dreams, or hopes. The gospel speaks about, and transforms, all of these points, but only for the reason that it is not about us. It is a declaration about God’s Son, the man Jesus.
This Son was:
- Completely human: “as to his human nature” (v three).
- The a single who fulfilled the promises of Scripture: he was “a descendant of David” (v three), the king of Israel a millennium prior to. God had promised David that from his loved ones God would generate the ultimate, final, universal King—the Christ (see two Samuel 7:11b–16). And David’s personal life—his rule, suffering and glory—in numerous techniques foreshadowed that of his higher descendant (see Psalms two 22 110).
- Divine: the Son was “declared with energy to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:four). Paul is not saying that Jesus only became God’s Son when he was raised from the grave. Rather, he is outlining two excellent truths about the resurrection. Very first, the empty tomb is the excellent declaration of who Jesus is. His resurrection removes all doubt that he is the Son of God. Second, his resurrection and ascension have been his path to his rightful location to his rule at God’s correct hand (Ephesians 1:19b–22), sitting at “the highest location,” provided “the name that is above each and every name, that at the name of Jesus each and every knee really should bow” (Philippians two:9–10). God’s Son had humbly turn into a man, tasted poverty, endured rejection and suffered a powerless death. The resurrection is exactly where we see not only that he is the Son of God, but that he is now the Son of God “in energy.”
Not till the finish of Romans 1:four does Paul essentially name God’s Son: “Jesus Christ our Lord.” God’s Son is Jesus, the Greek version of the Hebrew name Yeshua/Joshua—“God will save,” the fulfiller of all God “promised beforehand” (v. two). He is Christ, the anointed man whom God has appointed to rule his folks. And he is our Lord, God himself. The gospel is each a declaration of Jesus’ best rule and an invitation to come below that best rule, to make him “our Lord.”
This post is adapted from Romans 1–7 for You, (christianaudio, 2014), by Timothy Keller. The post’s title and headers are the addition of an editor. Discover a lot more about the book.