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Proved With Power

Posted in Romans 1

Romans 1:4b

Proved With Power

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Romans 1:4b (Holman) “. . .(Jesus) was established as the powerful Son

of God by the resurrection from the dead. . .”

If Jesus rose from the dead, all of Christianity is true. If Jesus did not rise, none of our faith is valid. Every tenet of Christianity hinges on the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Paul bluntly said, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The resurrection is everything to us, the underpinning of all we believe.

Christianity rests on this premise; Jesus is the Son of God, the very substance of God. He is not a lesser God, but God of true God. Not all of God, but true God nevertheless. If this position is forfeited, we end up having nothing more than other religions under a new name, with one more prophet.

Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. He said, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58b). The religious leaders called Him a liar and crucified Him for blasphemy. Either Jesus or the religious leaders had to be completely wrong. Both could not be right. The resurrection proved Jesus was correct.

The word “established” means designated with a monument, a marker placed to provide permanent evidence. The resurrection is the monument that declares “Jesus is 100% for sure the Son of God.” It did not make Him this

ROMANS 12-4

Posted in Romans 12, Uncategorized

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

ROMANS 12-4

Romans 12 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets

in the holy scriptures,)

The Gospel was not something new, concocted by men. It was ordained before the foundation of the world. And God used the years before Jesus coming to prepare the world for it. Buddha and Confucius may have preceded Jesus in the flesh, but Jesus was the Creator God that gave life to their bodies. Jesus existed before they were born, and before the world was created.

God gave His people hints along the way foretelling the One who would someday come. Surprisingly, Gods main source of communication was not the kings or priests, but the prophets–a group usually disliked by the people at large.

Paul here placed honor on a group of men that were usually considered fanatics or rebels. Jeremiah, Amos, Malachi–they were unpopular but right. The prophets continued to proclaim their message from YHWH when no one listened. Their persistence resulted in the highest accolade–the pre-heralding of the Gospel.

The greatest Old Testament passages referring to Christ are found in the prophets books (Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Malachi). These men could be rude, sharp spoken, and cutting in their messages. Yet God saw their sincerity of heart and used them.

The line of the prophets was especially honored when one of