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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Romans 1:4

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

For further study - Romans 1:1-18

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome, in fact, all of the Christians in Rome while he was traveling across some parts of Europe and Asia preaching and teaching. Paul had become an apostle to the Gentiles, which made up most of the body of Christ in Rome.

Though Paul had not been to Rome, many of those who had trusted Christ and then would have moved to Rome, made up the church in this city. Paul had led these people to the Lord during one of his mission trips.

Some believe that Peter started the church in Rome, which is entirely incorrect. Peter never even visited Rome much less started a church there. If anyone was responsible for the church in Rome it was Paul and his converts who went to live in Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire.

Paul was a great man of prayer, verse 9, and he prayed for the body of Christ in Rome to the Lord, as he says, without ceasing. Paul so very much wanted to visit the church in Rome to teach them the greater truths that the Lord had revealed to him.

Our key verse, verse 4, is such a powerful verse as it tells us that God had declared Jesus, His Son, to have power and that was made manifest by His resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead guaranteed He was the Son of God who died to take away our sins and that He was the one qualified to do that. The resurrection also was a display of power that is available to all believers by faith, Ephesians 1:19-20.

There is one other authority that was given to Jesus, as a result of His resurrection, and that is to foretell the future. Revelation 1:18 is the testimony of the "resurrected Jesus Christ". In Revelation 1:19this resurrected Jesus Christ tells John the past, the present and the future.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ also is the power of God for salvation to the Jew first and to the Gentile, verse 16. Notice the last verse of our extended reading, verse 18. The "wrath of God" is and will be revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness.

This is a prophecy which says that when Jesus comes from heaven, He will come as the "Judge" to judge ungodliness and unrighteousness, that which is spoken of not only in Romans 1:19-32 but the first 3 chapters of the book of Romans as well.

Romans 1:24-28 reveals the lifestyle of a growing number of people in our world and sets the stage for the time of the return of the Messiah Jesus Christ.

PRAYER THOT: Help me to live in and by the "resurrection power" of God made manifest in the resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.