THE PERSON OF THE GOOD NEWS: JESUS CHRIST
God’s Good News Concerning His Son
Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher October 04, 2009 Rivers of Joy Baptist Church
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as 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 born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord…
"…Was Declared the Son of God with Power by the Resurrection from the Dead, According to the Spirit of Holiness….”
Notes for Verse 4—
And declared <3724>— literally, "marked off," "defined," "determined," that is, "shown," or "proved." To distinguish.” “To mark out the boundary, to decree, to appoint.” LKGNT. “And (as to His divine nature) according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power (in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner) by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One) or “And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Then Wuest points out: “who was demonstrated in the sphere of power as Son of God so far as His divine essence was concerned by the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. “Horizon.” To mark out definitely.
to be the Son of God — Observe how studiously the language changes here. He "was MADE [says the apostle] of the seed of David, according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3); but He was not made, He was only "declared [or proved] to BE the Son of God." So John 1:1, 14, , "In the beginning WAS the Word . . . and the Word was MADE flesh"; and Isa 9:6, "Unto us a Child is BORN, unto us a Son is GIVEN." Thus the Sonship of Christ is in no proper sense a born relationship to the Father, as some, otherwise sound divines, conceive of it. By His birth in the flesh, that Sonship, which was essential and uncreated, merely effloresced into palpable manifestation. (See on Luke 1:35; Acts 13:32,33).
with power – <1411> dunamis. (love that word) to be able, to have power, to achieve power. It refers to intrinsic or built-in power or inherent ability. Capacity to perform. The idea of effective, productive energy. Divine energy.
according to the spirit of holiness the Holy Spirit," the reader would have thought he meant "the Holy Ghost"; and it seems to have been just to avoid this misapprehension that he used the rare expression, "the spirit of holiness." (1 Peter 1:11, 2 Peter 1:21, 2 Samuel 23:2, Rev. 19:10). It was the Holy Spirit working in CHRIST Who accomplished Jesus’ resurrection and every other miracle performed by Him or associated with Him. Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.
BY THE RESURRECTION <386> FROM THE DEAD- A standing again. (Anastasis Gr.) One who has come back to life after having died. The indisputable manifestation that Jesus is the Son of God. It’s God’s “exclamation point” to the good news of resurrection life available in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. The most conclusive and irrefutable evidence of Jesus’ divine Sonship. Conquered death, a power belonging only to God Himself, the giver of life. Jesus was indeed God, the Son.
Jesus Christ our Lord (lesou Christou tou kuriou hemon) JESUS: He will save. Jehovah saves. The Lord Jesus Christ His full name. Used 61 times in the New Testament. CHRIST: to anoint, rub with oil or consecrate to an office. “The anointed.” Old Testament: Messiah or the Anointed One. LORD: <2962> might, power. Give authority, confirm. Describes one who has absolute ownership and uncontrolled power, signifies sovereign power and authority. Jesus is referred ten times as SAVIOR, and some 700 times as Lord. OUR: Your Lord? Particularly, could someone tell that the Lord Jesus Christ “owns” you by watching the way you live?
Preaching which does NOT do the following is going to be bankrupt. For anything less than an exaltation of God in His glory, or the Son of God in His mercy, or the Spirit of God in His heavenly motions–anything less is the promotion of the earthly agenda of the preacher
This Gospel of God is the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord that Paul is speaking about has seven fundamentals that are part of his statement here in Romans 1:1-7.
· The Preacher is Paul. Paul is used by God as the human means to transport the Gospel. The Promise we see in the O.T. of the goodness of God. The Person who will bring salvation is Jesus Christ the Lord. The Provision that comes with the good news is Christ’s riches. And we see the result of those who love the Son. Then the Proclamation, if you love the Son, you will tell others about the Son. And we will see three Privileges believers have as a result of the good news and the Purpose of the Good News of salvation
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