Romans 1:1-4

A Declaration of Good News (Part 1)

Romans 1:1-7

Introduction:  Sin is always Bad News

  1. a) Sin has selfishness at its heart.
  2. b) Sin brings Guilt
  3. c) Sin brings Meaninglessness
  4. d) Sin brings Hopelessness
 The Gospel of Christ is always “Good News.”

 I.  The Preacher of Good News (1)

     A.  Paul’s Credentials
 servant – bond-slave
One who willingly serves his master to the disregard of his own interests & out of affection & esteem.
Apostle – one sent by & with the authority of another, as an ambassador
Biblical apostleship was the highest office in the church having specific qualifications & characteristics.
Qualifications
     Having seen the risen Christ
     Called personally by Jesus Christ.
     Divinely gifted
Characteristics
     Authority in the church
     Fully inspired in their teaching & writing
      B.  Paul’s Commission
  1. Its Nature – Set apart/Separated
  1. Its Duration – permanent
Perfect tense verb – a past completed action having present results.

     3.    Its Message – the gospel of God

Definition  = Glad Tidings, Good News
The message of the gospel is that God brings guilty sinners into relationship with himself & destines
them to eternal life through faith in his son, Jesus Christ.

Source – of God

The gospel originated in Him & has His authority

 II.        The Promise of Good News (2)

The OT confirms the person & work of Christ and actually predicts it in:

     Prophecy (New Covenant, nature of Messiah’s suffering & glory), and
     Type (People like Moses, Aaron, Joshua and in Events like the Passover & Day of Atonement)

Luke 24:27 – and beginning at Moses & all the Prophets, Jesus expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Luke 24:44 – These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.

Acts 10:43 – To Jesus all the prophets witness that through His name whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.

See also Romans 3:21-22; 9:25, 27, 33; 10:18ff

Aside: “Holy Scriptures
Holy expresses the quality or character of Scripture as being God’s word.
 

III.  The PERSON of the Good News (3-4)

         A.  His HUMANITY (3)

1 Tim 3:16; Phil 2:8; Heb 2:14, 17

The Son became man, so that He could die for man’s sins, and He was of David’s ancestry so that He could fulfill prophecy (2 Sam 7).

The importance of Jesus’ humanity:
1 John 4:2-3 – By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that JC has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh is not of God.

          B.       His DEITY (3-4)

  1. His Eternality (3)
who was born of = who became from
It means a change of existence has occurred.

Jesus became something He was not before. (Jn 1:1, 14)

2.    His Sonship (4)

Son of God implies participation with & a co-equality with God. 
Irrefutable evidence of His deity was demonstrated by the power of His resurrection, a power belonging only to God (the Giver of life).
 
  1. His Lordship (4) – Jesus Christ our Lord
The Greek word used for Jehovah in the Greek OT (Septuagint) is used for Jesus in the NT.
He is our supreme Lord and his authority over us is absolute.
The Gospel cannot be understood without reference to the person of Christ whose death & resurrection ushers in the new age of redemption.  (Rom 5:10; 8:3, 32)