This Summer, Todd Agnew is blogging through the book of Romans with two chapters a week for the rest of the summer months. There is so much to learn from Romans, and Todd has great insight on the scripture. Join us and Todd Agnew as we journey with him through God’s word in Romans! And look for your chance to win Todd’s album, “How To Be Loved.”
Todd has shared a devotional from Romans 1 & 2.
Todd, to everyone who reads the blog, Greetings.
This is how letters started in the days of Paul. The sender to the receiver, greetings. A to B, hello. At the beginning of his letter to the Romans, Paul follows this tradition, but adds his own flair. His A section is 6 verses long!
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,” – Romans 1:1-6 (ESV)…
When you read commentaries on Romans, they give many reasons for why he did this. Many are complicated, and most are conjecture. Good logical conjectures, but guesses nonetheless. Rather than trying to explain all of them to you, and then telling you why they are each right or wrong, I am merely going to share with you what jumped out at me as I read this.
Todd talks about how Paul jumps directly to the point: Christ. We are defined by Christ and Christ alone. What do you do to remind yourself to be defined by Christ instead of by temporary things of the world? Let us know for your chance to win this week’s prize!