"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. To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ."
Reflection. We begin a new book today. This book is different from all the other epistles Paul wrote. They were written to church communities he had established. When Paul wrote to the Romans, he had not yet been there. This letter is a wonderful theological treatise. It is full of beauty, grace, love, honesty and Jesus Christ; full of Jesus.
We will look at a few verses from each of the 16 chapters each day that will wow us, will guide us and inspire us. Get ready for the gospel.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, may we find you afresh and anew through your servant Paul. Amen.