Romans 1:1-17, Psalm 44


The book of Acts ends with Paul in Rome, and today we begin our meditations on Paul's famous letter to the church in Rome, likely written from Corinth, on his second missionary journey. The contents of this letter are regularly credited for Augustine and Martin Luther believing the Gospel unto salvation. Speaking of “the Gospel”, note the importance in our reading of that one word, which reveals the power of God and provides salvation to all. The Gospel, which means “a declaration of great news” is given to us by faith for faith (Romans 1:16-17). This Gospel informs Paul's mission, means, and methods. Paul, speaking of Jesus, the centerpiece of the Gospel, tells us, “Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake.” (Romans 1:5) The mission is to call Gentiles to obedience. The means for Paul to achieve this mission is by calling them to believe the Gospel. The purpose of all this for the glory of God's name, that people would delight in the mention of God! This one little verse (1:5) establishes so many of the priorities found in the letter to the Romans. Certainly the Gospel is going to be key to Paul's famous letter. Paul will take great care to explain what Jesus accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection. Gentile and Jewish people being made one in that Gospel will also be prominent. Paul also places clear emphasis in Romans 1:5 on the primary place of obedience as the natural fruit of faith. This connection between faith, the Gospel, and proper obedience will prove crucial to what remains in this famous book.