THE SUBJECT OF THE GOSPEL

Scripture Reading:  Romans 1:1-7

“Concerning His Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (Romans 1:3,4)

The gospel is the essential message found throughout Scripture.  Paul said that he had been “set apart for the gospel” (v. 1), that he was “eager to preach the gospel” (v. 15), and that he was “not ashamed of the gospel” (v. 16).  The gospel was central to Paul’s teaching and preaching.

In the opening verses of this epistle, Paul points out the primary subject of the gospel — “Jesus Christ our Lord.”  He states that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy that a descendant of David would rule forever as the Anointed of the Lord (II Samuel 7:12-16) — “concerning His Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh.”  Paul goes on to say that Jesus “was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead.”  God the Father affirmed that Jesus Christ is His one and only begotten Son and is therefore God Himself.  Paul is clearly defining for us the unique nature of Jesus Christ — He is fully God and fully man at the same time.  “The Son of God” was a Jewish title for the Messiah.  Thus Paul is affirming that Jesus Christ is the Anointed One of God, the long expected Messiah.

The gospel is not about what we do for God; it is about what God has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Jesus is the one and only subject of the gospel message.  He alone is the Savior and Lord of all.

Lord Jesus Christ, I bow before You as the one, true Messiah who is fully God and fully man in one person.  I acknowledge that You alone are the subject of the gospel and that the gospel centers in You.  I praise You and I love You for who You are and for all You have done for me.

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