Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, Romans 1:1
An Apostle, literally means “ambassador.” – Source Strong’s Concordance.
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:20
An ambassador is “the highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country.” merriam-webster.com
Romans demonstrates a brilliant mind, one that I can identify with. Not just because of its divine inspiration, but also because of the person God used to write it.
You see, when I speak with people, I often tell stories, that later lead up to one grand conclusion. Sometimes the listener doesn’t understand what the story has to do with the subject matter we are discussing until the very end, when I tie it all together, and nail my point down.
It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized that Paul communicated the same way that I did. What helped me to realize this was reading the entire book of Romans from start to finish sometimes 3-5 times a week, for a few months.
It was then that I realized that Paul is not bouncing around from one topic to another, rather the entire book of Romans, is designed to express one major thought to its readers, and Paul communicates this single message in a variety of different ways.
The last few years, my favorite books in the Bible has been Romans and Galatians. These two books have been a brilliant light house to me, and helped me to see the beauty the power, and yet the simplicity of the gospel.
My heart has never known more joy and freedom than it has this past few years. For this I am eternally grateful to Paul, for his sacrifice, and his service, and for his message. I am equally thankful to all the men and women who helped to preserve it through out all these generations so that I can read it for myself.
What is that single message that Paul expresses through out the book of Romans? Quite simply, that message is the gospel for which he was separated to preach.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8
What is the essence of that message? “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6
Since we are His sons, we are heirs to His promise! The book of Romans is written to share that promise to those who would believe it. This gives me great assurance, and even greater happiness to know that God loves me, and has made me his son, and promised me eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and a relationship with Him that will never fail or end.
Often times we label ourselves, or are labeled by others. John is a postal worker. Mike is a construction worker. That man, well he is homeless. These labels often cause us to under value who we are in Christ. Or in some instances these labels give us a false sense of pride. So many today suffer from low self esteem. All of that goes away when we accept the good news, that you are His son.
For just this moment, forget who you are in this world, forget all the labels you have put on yourself, and forget all the labels others have put on you too. Right now, at this moment, imagine yourself with only one label, that you are His son, or you are His daughter. Once you realize that truth, it becomes of more value than anything else.
What comes next? We too become God’s ambassadors. We are His sons! We are in a foreign land, and God is depending on us to speak his message of love to others. Before we can speak this message to others, we have to fully take it into our own hearts and believe it with all our might, and with all our strength, so that it doesn’t just last for the moment, but that we carry it with us every where and all the time!
You are His son! Once we know that, all the condemnation, the guilt, the fear, all vanishes. Before you can be His ambassador, you must first know with all your heart that you are His son, or His daughter. Paul knew this to be true, and because of that was able to face persecution, prison and even death for Christ. It didn’t matter that the Romans who put him to death didn’t understand this, what mattered was that Paul knew he was His son!