Romans 1:2 – God of Promise

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 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,through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The gospel of God, the good news that salvation would be provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, was not a secondary thought in the mind of God. It was not a reaction to the sin of Adam. It was not plan B because plan A had taken a bad turn.

The gospel was a promise God made from the very day Adam had sinned (Gen. 3:15) and he continued to give more details about that promise through his prophets from Genesis to Malachi. More than that, it was in the mind of God when he created this world that from the very moment of creation he would reveal to us the greatest display of all his attributes through the cross of Christ. This was God’s plan from the very beginning.

The confidence we have in our faith today is founded upon the faithfulness of God to fulfill his promises. Over and over again we can see his faithfulness throughout the Scriptures and that faithfulness has is connected to his commitment to fulfill that very first promise he made to Adam and his offspring of a coming Savior. The faithfulness of God not only is our assurance that our salvation is real through Christ, but it is also our comfort that he will continue to make good on his promises to the end of this age and in the ages to come.

My friends, God is a god who makes and keeps his promises. He has proved himself over and over again throughout the pages of the Bible and he will prove that to be true in your life as well.

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2 thoughts on “Romans 1:2 – God of Promise

  1. MichaelI doubt if I’m getting this right, but in reading your comments, it feels like you’re saying Godcreated man to fail and that Adam wasthe tool he created to make the point so He could make a promise and then fixit.

    Somehow I think I’m missing your point.Jerry

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    • Jerry,
      In reality you are not far off. The truth of the matter is that God created this world to display the fulness of all his attributes for his glory. If there was no fall of man we would never be able to experience the fullness of God’s grace, his mercy, his love, his holiness, his righteousness, or his justice. Our knowledge of God’s majesty would be greatly diminished. So for God to display all of these attributes and more so we might bring greater glory to him he decreed the fall of Adam without sinning himself. He is not the author of sin, but willed that sin would enter into his perfection. This was done so that he might reveal himself to us in the cross of Christ, the very apex of his grace toward a rebellious people.

      To learn more about these matters consider John Piper’s sermon “Why Did God Create the World?” – http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/why-did-god-create-the-world Or, you might just find this brief excerpt from the sermon to be helpful – http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-apex-of-the-glory-of-god

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