For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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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,
Paul calls himself servant and apostle. Servant to God and called by God to be an apostle –one sent. He also states he is set apart with one purpose, one meaning to life–that is to bring the gospel to those he came into contact with. Gospel is defined by Paul as something that can be found in Old Testament Scriptures to verify that Jesus is the Christ. Would we want to discard the old testament as some have suggested based simply on the fact that Christ fulfilled those scriptures, or rather, would we want to study them as Paul did to further the truth that is found in Christ. We have seen the image of Christ in each of the books studied so far, among them Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea and Psalms. We learn of the nature of the God we serve as we read Old and New Testaments. We learn that Jesus was physically a descendent of David and spiritually the Son of God. We learn here that all of creation is called to the obedience that comes from faith. The sadness is that all do not respond. Yet we know from the Psalm just read, 22, that every knee will acknowledge the God of Creation and every knee will bow; some in redemption, some not. We can thank Christ that we are counted in the group that has received his redemption.