Paul; a Servant of Jesus Christ
A Sermon on Romans 1:1
The Gospel Exalted
1Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Salvation cannot be divided; it is an all or nothing equation. No one can receive the gift of salvation without submitting their life to Christ any more than they can both skydive from an airplane and resist the laws of gravity. In the sermon “Paul: A Servant of Jesus Christ” on Romans 1:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones powerfully shows how the apostle Paul submitted to the Lordship of Christ and was redeemed by our Master's love. Anyone claiming to be saved yet rejects Jesus’s authority over their life has no basis for assurance of salvation. The Christian’s assurance is built on God keeping His promise to fully and forever forgive their sin. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains how Paul’s confidence in ministry flowed from this transforming truth.
- The apostle Paul introduces himself to the Romans as "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God."
- Paul describes himself first as "a servant of Jesus Christ." This means:
- He is a Christian, bought and owned by Christ.
- He is devoted to Christ, captivated by him. Christ is his all.
- He is writing as Christ's representative, not on his own authority.
- Paul calls himself "called to be an apostle." This means:
- He holds an official title and office. Not all disciples were apostles.
- Apostles were specially chosen and sent by Christ.
- Apostles had authority from Christ to teach, work miracles, establish churches, etc.
- Paul was called to be an apostle in the same way as the 12 apostles. His authority is equal to theirs.
- The signs of an apostle were:
- Having seen the risen Christ. Paul saw Christ on the road to Damascus.
- Being specially called by Christ to the office. Paul was called by Christ.
- Being given authority and a commission by Christ. Paul had authority to teach, work miracles, establish churches, etc.
- The ability to impart spiritual gifts. Paul could give the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts.
- The apostles claimed to speak with authority from God. Their words were the word of God. The early church recognized this authority.
- Paul describes himself as a "called apostle" to emphasize that he was not self-appointed or appointed by men, but appointed by the call of Christ. Christ called him as dramatically as he called the 12 apostles.
The Book of Romans
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.