Skip to main content

Romans 1:2: Which He Promised Beforehand Through His Prophets In The Holy Scriptures

Romans 1:2
[2] which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, (ESV)

There is almost nothing more disappointing than having someone promise something that they never deliver on. When I was a small boy there was a man that used to stop by the house to visit my father. Every time he came he promised me that he was going to bring me ice cream. I looked forward to his every visit. The problem is, he never brought me ice cream. Here I am, decades later. Still no ice cream.

Paul is speaking about something that was promised. What exactly is he talking about? We find out as we look at the last part of the first verse of Romans 1. Paul declared in the opening verse that he was "set apart for the gospel of God," and today's verse picks up at the end of that phrase and describes this "gospel" as being that which was promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.

The gospel simply means good news. We know that the good news Paul was speaking about was that Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners. In the Old Testament the people knew that they needed a sacrifice for their sins. The whole system of animal sacrifice was a picture of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ that was to come.

The prophets spoke for hundreds of years about the good news of Jesus Christ's coming. Unlike so many promises made by many people the prophets word was kept. This gospel is worth the wait. This gospel is worth dying for. This gospel is for you and me. We can celebrate the goodness of God. He keeps his promises.

Have you received the good news of the gospel? God has promised that all who place their faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will be saved. Like Paul, you can share what has been promised. Tell someone today!


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14 [14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers. Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church. This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to t

Romans 15:22: This Is The Reason Why I Have So Often Been Hindered From Coming To You.

Romans 15:22 [22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w