7to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called [as] saints:

  • These were the ones to who he was writing the letter.  We cannot forget the context!
  • Called as saints - the word saints means - the set apart or consecrated ones - those God has chosen for Himself and set apart for only His use

 

 Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Grace and Peace - the siamese twins of Paul’s letters.
  • This is a combined Greek and Jewish greeting
    • Grace - the Greek part of the greeting 
    • Peace - Shalom the jewish part
    • He knows his audience and he speaks in ways that they will find receivable and understandable 

 

8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,

  • Through Jesus Christ
    • Our relationship with God is WHOLY brought about through Jesus
    • worship
    • prayer
    • blessings etc All come to us through Jesus because we are IN Christ.
      • surrounded by him
      • filled with him

because your faith is being proclaimed throughoutthe whole world.

  • It must have been utterly shocking for the world that a small Jewish sect had taken root in the center of culture 

9For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the [preaching of the] gospel of His Son, is my witness [as to] how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10always in my prayers making request, ifperhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.

  • Paul really wants to go and see the Christians in Rome
  • Paul’s intercession for the churches - we must be a people of prayer!

11For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;

  • He desired to see them for their good
  • He carried a grace - we all carry graces
    • there are things that God has designed us to carry and to distribute
    • we are stewards of the grace of God

12that is, that I may be encouraged together with you [while] among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine.

  • He also desired to receive from them the grace that they carried
  • ministry is ALWAYS a 2 way street
    • the minister pours out
    • he also receives
    • it is a relationship - a partnership
    • When brothers and sisters in Christ come together Jesus is there - powerful things take place

 13I do not wantyou to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far)so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

  • Under obligation - a debtor
    • to Greeks and Jews - “The Wise” and “the foolish”
    • He felt he was called to make the most of every opportunity to preach the Gospel to every Gentile to whom he could preach it

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