Romans 1:4 – Raised from the Dead

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 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 had been planned. It had been promised. It concerns his son, a descendent of David who is Jesus Christ. That gospel was confirmed in Christ through his resurrection from the dead. All the promises that were made throughout the Old Testament and all the promises that Christ made concerning the forgiveness of sins, the gift of eternal life, the freedom from our enemies of sin, death and the devil, the removal of the burden of the law, the release from our bondage to sin, and much, much more have all been confirmed to be true through the resurrection of Christ. Christ has proven that these promises are true and that we can trust in him to fulfill all that he said because he has been raised from the dead. The resurrection is not simply some parlor trick that God did to show how powerful he can be, no it was the very means he used to make the gospel a reality.

Many today believe that doctrine is dry and boring and they are all about deeds not creeds, but the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the heart of Christianity. Paul even says to the Corinthians that if Christ has not been raised from the dead then we are still in our sins and that Christians should be the most pitied. The fact of the matter is that without the resurrection of Christ there is no Christianity. This is a doctrine to hold dear. It is a doctrine to cherish. It is a doctrine to believe because in this doctrine we find hope for our own resurrection, we find hope for that day when this life will turn from trials to triumphs when we are brought into the presence of God forever.

My friends, hold fast to this truth, to this doctrine and let it comfort your soul.


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