The Son of God – the appointed one

This morning I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Greek Testament studying Romans 1. What I found was interesting as it relates to who Jesus is.

the gospel He promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding His Son, who as to His earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for His name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

There is a lot going on in these verses. The first and foremost is the declaration that God’s Son (not just a human – but a divine creature) would become a descendant of David. Jesus was born of royal lineage. Then, the Spirit is involved, as well as God Himself – as Jesus is appointed (or given power) as the Son of God – through His resurrection. This is interesting – He is given power by His resurrection, BEFORE His resurrection. This relates to the fact that if we remember correctly, God’s sense of time is much different than ours. We think of past tense, present tense, and future tense. We are limited in our sight. God, however, can see all time (all the ages) and controls the ages. Jesus is the Son of God, was verified as that Son, given power as the Son, and now through Him as Son of God – WE receive Grace. WE are called to obedience. WE belong to Jesus Christ. Isn’t that great?

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