(Part 2) — Romans 1:5
Introduction: The Bad News & the Good News.
I. The Preacher of Good News (1)
II. The Person of the Good News (2-4)
III. The PROVISION of the Good News (5)
A. The Benefactor – through Him
B. The Beneficiaries – we
C. The Blessings
1. Grace = unmerited favorNot something earned, but “received” (1 Cor 1:4; 2 Cor 8:1; Eph 4:7) Something given out of love, not merit. (Titus 3:4; Rom 5:8)
Donald Barnhouse – “Love that goes upward is worship. Love that goes outward is affection. Love that stoops is grace.”
To undeserving sinners, “He who was rich, became poor for our sakes, that we through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor 8:9).
Compare Rom 3:23-24
Eph 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
2 Tim 1:9 – “God has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose & grace given us in Christ Jesus.”
a. Meaning = one who is sent, an ambassador
Every Christian is an “apostle” in a more general sense of being “sent by God” into the world as His messenger.
b. Mission field – among all nations
See 1:16 – Jew & Gentile
God’s gospel is for everyone, without distinction.
Acts 17:30 – “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”
Luke 24:46-47 “thus it is written & thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer & rise from the dead the third day, that repentance & remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations.”
Mark 16:15 – “go into all the world & preach the gospel to every creature”
c. Message – obedience…faith
“Faith” & “believe” are key words in Romans (1:16; 3:22; 5:1)
It is by Grace alone through Faith alone in Jesus alone that we are justified & reconciled to God.
And true saving faith will always manifest itself in obedience, because faith’s object is Jesus Christ our Lord (4).
Our message is one that demands faith in Jesus, in whose blood our sins are pardoned & forgiven, but it must also be a message that demands surrender & obedience to His Lordship.
A Faith that does not manifest itself in obedient living to God’s word is a false faith (James 2). And a message without “Lordship” contradicts the very essence of biblical Christianity (Rom 10:9-10; Acts 2:36).
d. Motive – for his name
If God desires “that at the name of Jesus every knee bow shall bow & every tongue confess him,” then that should be our desire as well.
We should be Jealous for the honor of His name, Troubled when it remains unknown, Hurt when it is ignored, Indignant when it is blasphemed, and all the time Anxious that it be given its due honor.
Conclusion:Glorify His name! Preach that name! Because we are saved only by that name!