Romans 1:6-7

The Recipients of the Gospel

Romans 1:6-7

Introduction: The Good News found in Jesus

I.  The Preacher of the Good News (1)

II. The Person of the Good News (2-4)

III. The Provision of the Good News (5)

IV. The PEOPLE of the Good News (6-7)

      A.     Called of Jesus Christ (6)

Paul’s emphasis is not on what salvation brings but on how it comes.

called = an internal or effectual call that secures conformity to the will of the one calling.

The outward call (preaching, witnessing) is resisted, but not God’s call (Psa 110:3; Rom 9:11)

      B.     Beloved of God (7a)

See: Psa 25:6; Jer 31:3; Eph 2:4-5; 1 Jn 3:1; Rom 8:35, 38

This is a phrase of intimacy & tenderness that the Father has for His Son, & for those who are related to His Son through the gospel.

      C.     Called Saints (7b)

 saint – any Christian
         = separated, unique, different, set apart, cut off

The only difference between a saint & a sinner is the Savior.

We are saints by virtue of our UNION with Christ. (v6)

Sainthood is a matter of status, not behavior.

      D.     Receivers of Blessing (7c)

                1.  The Source of Blessing

The Father is the Source, from whom they come.

The Savior is the Means, through whom they come.

                 2. The Blessings
Grace
  • Undeserved

Grace sums up everything about salvation and the Christian life

See: Acts 20:24; Eph 1:7; 2:8; Rom 3:24; 11:5; Gal 1:6; 2 Cor 8:9; 9:8; 12:9; 2 Thes 2:16

2 Tim 1:9 – “not according to our works, but according to His own purpose & grace which was given to us in Christ before time began”

  • Abundant
Rom 5:20 – But where sin abounded, grace abounded more
1 Tim 1:14 – the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant in Christ
1 John 1:7 – the blood of his Son keeps on cleansing us from all sin.
 
Peace

“No grace, no peace. Know grace, know peace!”

Peace = to join together what was broken, to set at one again

The blood of Christ Jesus is the glue that joins man with God again.

= the cessation or absence of war (Rom 5:10-12)

Col 1:19-2119) For it pleased the Father…20) to reconcile all things to Himself, by Christ…having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21) And you, who once were alienated and hostile in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

In other words, our war with God ended with a peace treaty signed not with pen and ink but with a Cross & precious blood.
 
Phil 4:7 – “the peace of God…will keep your hearts & minds through Christ Jesus.” 
       keep – to guard

It’s the peace that is felt when we have no anxiety about anything, because we’ve committed everything into the hands of God.

Isa 26:3 – You’ll keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You

Peace comes when we know God is near us, with us & cares for us.

 

Conclusion:

Response of the Sinner – surrender

Response of the Saint

  • Saintly Living
  • Praise to God