“Christ in the Bible”
That is the title of a four-volume set of commentaries produced by Dr. A. B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Dr. Simson saw references to Jesus Christ on every page of the Bible. He wrote, “The one object of the Holy Scriptures is to reveal the person and portrait of Jesus. This is the key to its interpretations.”
Do you realize that the Holy Spirit used the Apostle Paul to write almost half of the books of the New Testament? Some thirteen books are credited to his authorship. Many believe that his letter to the Romans was the greatest and consider it to be the most compact system of theology in existence.
The central theme of the book of Romans is, “The gospel of Christ” and Paul tells us in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew and also to the Greek.”
- Paul was not ashamed of Jesus Christ
- He was not ashamed of the gospel, (because it is good news)
- Salvation comes to everyone who believes in and receives Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Have you come to faith in Jesus Christ?
Are you ashamed of the gospel that is centered only in Him?
Paul goes on in Romans 1:17 and expands his teaching on God’s gospel by saying, “For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: THE RIGHTEOUS WILL LIVE BY FAITH.”
Dr. Simson sees five great themes in the Book of Romans:
- Sin – in the first three chapters, Paul turns the searchlight on the heart of man and draws a picture of human wickedness in both Jew and Gentile. He validates this truth by the fact that even the heathen people recognize that this truth is an accurate picture of their own hearts.
- Salvation – Paul develops this theme in chapters 3, 4 & 5. He makes a powerful contrast between Adam and Christ. Adam through his disobedience brought great ruin on all mankind. In contrast. Jesus Christ through His death, burial and resurrection has accomplished greater redemption for mankind.
- Sanctification – Simson develops this truth in Romans 6, 7 & 8. Paul shows us that the principle of sanctification is death to self and sin, through the cross of Christ and life through His resurrection. In chapter 7, the Apostle shows us through Christ we are set free from bondage to the LAW and our struggles to meet its demands. In chapter 8, Paul introduces us to the liberty, power and glory that we come into through the Holy Spirit and an on-going life of communion with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- In chapters 9, 10, and 11, Paul focuses on God’s great purpose for us and how it will reach its fullest consummation at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we rule and reign with Christ in His millennial kingdom, we will know spiritual fulfillment to the max.
- The last theme Paul develops is consecration. The gospel of God is seen in the believer’s practical consecration and service for the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle’s service was a spiritual service. In Romans 1:9, he wrote, “God whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the good news of His son, is my witness.”
His service was not mere natural activity, but it sprang from a heart full of the Holy Spirit that was wholly given over to the Master’s work.”
Paul saw himself as a “servant of Christ Jesus.” (1:1)
He called himself “an apostle” of Jesus Christ. (1:1)
- The apostle saw himself as a “love slave” belonging to Christ and being on a special mission to make Christ known.
The reason Paul was so effective in his ministry was because of God’s great grace that he had personally received. God’s grace is essential for each of us to have an effective witness and ministry. His grace is His undeserved favor. Paul had been a blasphemer and a persecutor but he received grace. In 1:5, he wrote, “Through Him and for His name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”
Paul saw himself obligated to give the gospel to the whole world. In 1:14, He wrote:
“I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.”
Our Lord desires that the whole world be given the good news. He is counting on us to get the word out. In John 17:18, He clearly stated, “As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”
Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, in 1:15, “So, I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome.”
Are we eager to share the good news about Jesus with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.? May it be so as Jubilee Fellowship goes forward. Let’s know Him ever more personally and make Him known.
In His Glory,