Pastor Wrinkles: The Road Through Romans 1:2:2

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We are continuing our verse by verse study through the Book of Romans.

Yesterday I stated that the Gospel Message was not “new news”, …that Jesus was preached in the Old Testament prophecies.

If you missed that discussion or any other part of our chat you can find it in its entirety on

THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.

We are in Romans 1:2. Paul writes:

 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.

The information that Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise was the newest piece of the gospel puzzle, but the promises had been made and reiterated for thousands of years.

SO…

Today we go back to see how Jesus was preached by the Old Testament writers. As we go back we are dealing with a topic called progressive revelation. You see, God created the plan of salvation before he made the Earth and certainly before He made men. The plan to send Jesus to die and rise again was made before the foundations of the world. It was part of plan A. It was not plan C which God put into effect because plan A didn’t work ( and that thought right there ought to blow your mind).

In spite of the fact that God made the plan in eternity before time, He did not reveal it all at once. Instead He chose to show His hand one card at a time, progressively, as the generations passed. But the first card was thrown down right in the beginning.

in Genesis 3 just after Adam and Eve had sinned, as God pronounced His judgments on everyone involved God said these words to the serpent who enticed Eve.

“Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15

Bible scholars call this the “protoevangelion” the first mention of Messiah. It is a prophetic word that a man would arise who would be stricken by the serpent but who would in turn crush the serpent completely.

Adam and Eve could hardly have known what it meant. Even the serpent (Satan) could not know. They all probably thought this referred to Eve’s immediate children (which explains why Satan worked so hard to destroy both Cain and Abel),

Today we can look back and see that Christ fits the prophecy perfectly. Writing to the church in Corinth Paul uses these words to show that Christ is the fulfillment of the protoevangelion,”… the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1Corinthians 15;24-26

Christ was stricken by Satan on the cross. The devil injected Him with every poison sin had created. The enemy thought he had dealt the Son of God a mortal wound. He was sure he had found Jesus’ Achilles heel, but Jesus overcame. now Jesus is crushing the Devil’s head under His nail-pierced feet!

But the good news is even bigger than that! Listen to these words of Paul at the end of the Book of Romans.

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesusg be with you.” Romans 16:20

The protoevangelion is about Jesus. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is Eve’s offspring. But so are we and the Bible teaches us that “Jesus is the first-born among many brothers” Romans 8:29.  So you see…ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE ARE EVE’S OFFSPRING!!! ALL WHO BELIEVE NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO CRUSH THE SERPENT’S HEAD!!! BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID WE HAVE VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL!!!

Now that is good news!

More tomorrow.

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