2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,

  • God has been working and dreaming about this!
  • He has been planning and moving and speaking for thousands of years excited about saving you.
  • Amos 3:7 7Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.
    • God always wants human agreement and partnership in everything he does
    • That is why he calls us to pray - your kingdom come, your will be done
    • God has not been able to keep the secret of his GREAT Plan from His friends!

3concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,


4who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,

  • Jesus resurrection is absolutely important
  • 1 Cor 15:13-14 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
  • If Jesus only forgave our sins but did not have power to defeat death then WE would be be looking forward to new life.  We would not be able to experience new life NOW.  His resurrection life released into us IS our new creation and OUR resurrection from the Dead

according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

  • It was the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the Dead
  • He is the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of Holiness - He causes holiness - he makes us just like Jesus

5through whom we have received grace and apostleship

  • Jesus gives grace - 
    • Grace is underserved favor - not earned but given - unearnable
    • The power of God to
  • Apostleship - authority, power, position, platform

to bring about [the] obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake,

  • The obedience of faith
    • This is the Christian life
    • faith produces obedience
      • belief produces action or it is not belief
      • faith is the pathway to righteousness
      • we believe God is who he says he is, we believe God does what he says he will do, we believe he is FOR us so we obey! - TRUSTING
    • Faith IS obedience 
      • John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."
      • Gal 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.