Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Romans 1:8-17 God’s Righteousness in the Gospel of Christ by Ho King Swee dated 14.5.17

King James Version (KJV) is used which contains better interpretation for this purposes.

The sermon is in three sections:
   1. Paul's prayer (v.8-10)
   2. Paul's desire to visit saints in Rome (v.11-15)
   3. God's righteousness revealed in the gospel of Christ (v.16-17)

       1. Paul’s Prayer ( V.8-10 )

          Rom 8:1 – emphasis -thank my God through Jesus Christ
          V.9 emphasis - without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
          Paul always prayed with thanksgiving to God.
          Why was Paul seemed to be praying all the time?
          Who are we serving?  How? – serve God as in V.9
          Paul only preached the gospel of God's Son. This is in V.9
          Let us see later this only true Gospel of Christ in v.16-17
          Rom 1:10 – emphasis - will of God to come unto you. Prayers for God’s will to visit them.

       2. Paul's desire to visit saints in Rome (v.11-15)

          Rom 1:11 – emphasis – established – of spiritual gifts
          Rom 1:12  That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you 
           and me.

                (a)    For strengthening/edification and mutual encouragement
           Rom 1:13 – emphasis – Gentiles – having fruits among gentiles too.
           V.14 he was debtors to both Greeks and barbarians.
           V.15 – preach the Gospel in Rome.

   (b) To obey God's commission as apostle to the gentiles
         Paul was always eager and willing to discharge his duties as apostle to the Gentiles.

3. God's righteousness revealed in the gospel of Christ (v.16-17)

Rom 1:9 – emphasis – Gospel of His Son.
Rom 1:16 – emphasis – Gospel of Christ
Rom 1:17 – revealing of God’s righteousness.
There is only one true gospel, the gospel of Christ (God's Son)
John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 
Act 4:10 – let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 
V.12 – salvation in no other name.
1Pet 3:18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 
Rom 4:3 – Abraham believe God that’s counted as righteousness.
Rom 4:5 -And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
Charles Spurgeon - If our Lord's bearing our sin for us is not the Gospel, I have no Gospel to preach....The heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ.
Rom 1:16 – not ashamed of the Gospel
Paul was not only not ashamed of the gospel of Christ but he was willing to die for Christ.
1 Cor 1:12 - For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
Teaching of Christ crucified stumbling block to Jews and gentiles.
Rom 1:16 – emphasis to those who believe.
V.17 – from faith to faith – living by faith.
From faith by which we are justified and made righteous through Christ,
we shall continue to live by faith and die in faith.

1. Pray with thanksgiving and without ceasing
2. Eager and willing to serve God in your ministry
3. Share the gospel of Christ without shame and fear
4. Live by faith in God till death