1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve Christ Jesus. I have been appointed to be an apostle. God set me apart to tell others his good news. 2 He promised the good news long ago. He announced it through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures. 3 The good news is about God’s Son. As a human being, the Son of God belonged to King David’s family line. 4 By the power of the Holy Spirit, he was appointed to be the mighty Son of God because he rose from the dead. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 I received God’s grace because of what Jesus did so that I could bring glory to him. He made me an apostle to all those who aren’t Jews. I must invite them to have faith in God and obey him. 6 You also are among those who are appointed to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 I am sending this letter to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and appointed to be his people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Identity runs all through this opening section of Romans.
Paul's identity as a:
- Servant of Jesus,
- Messenger of the Gospel to those who are not Jews (Gentiles) and
- Recipient of God's Grace.
Jesus's identity as:
- a man born in the family tree of King David,
- the Son of God (as proven by his Resurrection from death) and
- Lord and Saviour.
The Roman Christian's identity as:
- Loved by God,
- Holy people and
- Called to belong to Jesus.
What is my true identity? A false identity is a charade that lasts only for a limited time before it fades away – I need to know my identity according to God!
“God, I thank you that because of the Gospel I am loved by you, I am pure, I am Holy, I am a Saint, I am able to bless and I have a purpose that is eternal and significant.”
Written by Andrew Mellor