Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
I have been reading elsewhere that the Caesar in Rome had servants who he would send out as apostles or messengers of his good news. Paul claims a similar role here.
The Caesar in Rome claimed to be the son of God. The Caesar's ancestors were deified. The son of God Paul refers to is linked to the Jewish king David, but His resurrection proves his deity.
The Caesar in Rome claimed to be Lord and the savior of the world. Those who pledged allegiance to him would live under his rule.
Paul is urging those in Rome to belong to Jesus the Jewish Messiah. Paul bring good news about the the Son of God, the ruler of the world, the savior of the world. Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, is Lord!
A message like this would start a revolution, it will be in opposition to the good news of Caesar. But Paul will not keep silent.
Rom 1:16 (NIV)
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
- What is the Gospel? - lists verses related to gospel in 'the gospels'
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- Why Did Jesus Come?
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- Dr Dwight Pryor on-Kingdom Of God - Part 1
- Dr Dwight Pryor on-Kingdom Of God - Part 2
- Rob Bell on Good News
- Thomas on the Kingdom