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Daily Reading: January 7th
Sunday, January 7th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
#DailyDevotion The Obedience God Is Looking For Is Trust In Jesus
Read Rom 1:1–17
Rom 1:1-6 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (2) which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, (3) concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh (4) 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, (5) 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, (6) including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
St. Paul was set apart for the Gospel, the good news, the good news of God. This good news was promised beforehand through his prophets in the Old Testament. From the beginning of the scriptures particularly since the Fall, God had been promising and preparing the coming of the Messiah who would save the world.
In these scriptures we see the gospel being namely this, God sent his son, who was promised to be descended through David according to the flesh. He would die and he would be raised from the dead. By this resurrection he is declared to be who he was from the beginning, which is the Son of God. This promised one is Jesus Christ, our Lord.
God has fulfilled his promise through Jesus. This is the gospel. His promise is your salvation free and true. The apostles and the Church are appointed to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among the nations. That is, Paul and the apostles and now Christ Church are to proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name. This free gift of salvation brings about faith. This faith or trust in Christ’s work of salvation is the obedience God is looking for. If there is no faith or trust in Jesus then there is no other obedience God is concerned with.
You have been called to this obedience of faith, that is you have been called to trust in Jesus Christ and to belong to him. The rest of Romans will tells us what all this entails as we study it but it always centers on who Jesus is and what he has done for you.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant to us the same Holy Spirit that raised you from the dead that we may truly know you as the Christ our Lord. Amen.