We just read in the last chapter of Acts, that when Paul arrived in Rome, “the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.” (28:15)
I can just imagine that meeting! “Hey Paul!! It’s so great to finally meet you in person!! We got the letter you sent. It helped us so much!”
Well, we are now starting the letter that these believers probably received through Phoebe (Rom. 16:1) on her return trip from Corinth (where it is thought Paul wrote the letter and gave to her to deliver).
Look how God answered Paul’s prayer!! Today we read Paul expressing his longing to see the Romans, “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Rom. 1:12)…..When we read Acts, we got to see how that turned out! He did get to see them and he was encouraged! (Acts 28:15) That’s pretty cool!
So, now to look to see what those Romans (Gentile and Jewish Christians) got to read….
Paul does quite the lengthy intro!! And leave it to me, I get stalled on one of the first things he says. He is introducing himself and also describing believers as a whole….“Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we 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,” (1: 5-6)
“Obedience of Faith”…….what does that mean?…🤔
I like what my foot note said, “Obedience is required, but it is an obedience that flows from saving faith and is always connected to ongoing faith.”
Yet, that gets me to ponder….because I always tend to apply deductive reasoning to statements….would that mean, if you don’t have an obedience that flows from faith,……..do you have a saving faith? Hmmmmmm……