Delighting In God’s Abundance
October 4, 2014
2 Timothy 3
October 6, 2014
Delighting In God’s Abundance
October 4, 2014
2 Timothy 3
October 6, 2014

Romans 1:5 – We Have Received Grace

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Romans 1:5-6
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name: 6 Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ:

“By whom” is an important preposition phrase. “By” is actually the Greek word “en” which is normally translated “in.” So it’s important to know who this “in whom” is. That is why looking at the context is important to rightly dividing the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).

“3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (Romans 1:3-4). So we clearly see the “in whom” Paul is speaking of is Jesus. He is Christ our Lord. He is the seed of David. Jesus is the Son of God, the One with Power. The Holy Spirit affirmed that office and through the power of the resurrection.

Paul then goes on to establish is apostleship through the grace of God. Paul received that grace through obedience to the faith. In other words, he chose faith. As Paul said in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” This gift of grace to be an apostle was not something Paul gave himself. It was an office Jesus gave Paul. Paul was personally chosen by Jesus to take the message of grace to the nations.

God called Paul to the office of apostle. He would have to travel, establish churches, and set leaders in the church. Not everyone is called to the office of apostle. “And He gave some, apostles” (Ephesians 4:11).

God may not call you to the office or function of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. But the important point here is that it is through grace God calls us to whatever function He desires of us. We have grace to do that function. We have God’s favor on us for that function through Jesus our Lord.