I have been toying with the idea of a verse by verse study for the last several weeks. My only hesitation has been that my schedule for the last several months has left me little time for blogging. I sense that is all changing now. I feel like I will have more time to give to the writing (which is a good thing because this art has been too long neglected to the detriment of my heart).
So today we begin a verse by verse devotional study through the Book of Romans. We are going to go slow and I am going to set up a page under the Pastor Wrinkles Heading so people can catch up if they fall behind.
So Here we go:
“Paul…” Romans 1:1:1
I told you we were going to go slow. Before we go any further we have to look at the first word of this letter. It is a name. It is the author’s name. We know a lot about this man. His name alone has the power to draw us closer to God.
We know he was a servant of Christ (more on that tomorrow).
We know he was an apostle (more on that on Thursday).
We know he was a Jew.
We know he was a Pharisee (one of the bad guys sort of).
We know by his own admission he started out as a persecutor of the church.
We know he considered himself one of the worst sinners in history because of that.
We know his name really wasn’t Paul. You see God changed his name from Saul to Paul. When this man met God his whole identity was changed. He went from persecutor to pastor. He went from enemy of the faith to apostle of the faith. He went from sinner to saint.
THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE FOR US!
In another letter Paul wrote, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor. 5:17
This is what it means to be born again. Maybe we won’t get a new name like Paul did but we will get a new identity in Christ. Anything less is less than Christianity.
Have you met the new you? If not ask Jesus to introduce you. He knows the new you very well.