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Notes on Romans 1:2

From this verse, we can infer that the Gospel, God's good news, is a promise or a set of promises made to man (for prophets were God's spokespersons to the people). Thus, certain promises referred to in various parts of the Bible: Acts 26:6,7; Rom.9:4; 2 Cor. 1:20; Gal. 3:16; Eph. 2:12; Heb. 6:12; 10:23 are actually referring to the Gospel, God's good news to us.

Now, if the Gospel or good news is a promise or set of promises to us, it means that these promises are good things!

Additionally, if God made these promises a long time ago (the prophets referred to in this verse wrote thousands of years ago before Paul and the birth of Jesus) about His Son who had already died and resurrected (see verses 3 and 4), and Paul was being sent to deliver the good news, it means that at least, some of these promises had been fulfilled and the fulfillment of the rest were already in motion.

This fulfilment of God's promises thousands of years after they had been made is unequivocal…

Note 2 on Romans 1:1: Discovering and Fulfilling God's Will for your Life

Rom 1:1 (KJV):  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
This simply means that his work as an apostle was limited to the gospel (good news or good tidings) of God.
'Called' there means appointed or ordained. The words “to be” are italicized in the King James Version (KJV) because they are not in the original Greek manuscript and were only added by the KJV translators to aid understanding of the sentence. This is because the word, ‘called’ here is translated from the Greek word, ‘klētos’ which primarily means invited. As such, the sentence would have read: invited an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.

Note 1 on Romans 1:1: Being a Servant, Destiny, God's Purpose, Faith, Holiness and other thoughts

Verses 1- 7 mark the introduction to the epistle to the Romans. The epistle begins with an introduction.
In this introduction, we learn a few things.
Verse 1
At the beginning of his epistle, Paul introduces himself as, "a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God".
“… a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ”
The word rendered "servant" here means "slave." Some commentators and Bible translations have expressed it as "bondservant" or "bond-slave", both of which essentially mean the same thing- slave. So essentially, Paul is introducing himself as a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What does that mean?
For our purposes, we will define a slave as someone “who is the property of another person and whose labor and life often is subject to the owner's volition." (Wiktionary). In other words, there is the presence of two elements: the ownership of one person by another and the owner’s right of se…