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But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John 2:27 KJV

Notes on Romans 1:5

By whom we have received grace and apostleship

God will always give us the resources and provisions to do the things He has called us to do. Paul was called of God to be His representative and messenger and sent out to preach the gospel. Here in verse 5, we read that God gave him the grace to do so. See also Eph. 3:1,2, 7,8.
Grace here refers to that disposition of God whereby He is fully committed to its recipient. It is the favourable disposition of God towards a person with all its attendant benefits.  In another word,  it's the favour of God.
All of God’s gifts to us are given through our Lord Jesus Christ; it is from Him we receive all of God’s gifts- 1 Cor. 8:6. Through Jesus Christ, Paul received grace (and the commission) to go out and preach the gospel. God has provided all that we need in life for us. We access His bountiful provisions and call (purpose for our lives) through our Lord Jesus Christ that is, through the knowledge of the Father and Son: see 2Pt.1:1-3.

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Notes on Romans 1:4

*Updated on 18th October, 2016
And declared [to be] the Son of God
The word 'declared' is translated from a Greek word which primarily means to mark out (the boundaries or limits of a place or thing).
Hence, in this verse (and from the context in which it appears),  it means that our Lord Jesus Christ was clearly shown, marked out, or made manifest as the Son of God.  He is therefore,  irrefragably the Son of God. And whether or not one agrees with this is immaterial “for we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”  (2Co 13:8 KJV).
“...the Son of God”
This speaks of His divinity. The previous verse, in speaking of His humanity, had just described Him as being of David's lineage. Now, in stating that He was shown to be the Son of God,  the apostle is essentially affirming the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is divine.  He is a member of the Godhead; He is God. See John 5:18.
Therefore, writing to the church at Corinth, he says in 2 Corinthians 5:16:

Notes on Romans 1:3

"Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,"
This means that:

Jesus Christ (the holy and anointed One) is the Son of the Living God: see Mt. 16:16; Lk.9:35, John 1:49.

And that He is our Lord.
“Lord” here means one to whom a person or thing belongs, who has supreme authority and control over the person or thing.

This means, as earlier explained in the note on verse 1, that Christ has absolute ownership, authority and control over our lives! Glory! Hallelujah! It is a good thing that Jesus Christ is  our Lord for it means sin,  sickness, fear, and death have no power over us: Rom. 6:6,7,14; 8:2,15,35-39; Mt. 8:17; Heb. 2:14,15; 1John 4:18; 5:4,5

However, He is not just our Lord, He is Lord over all: Mt.28:18; Eph.1:20-22; and one day, every one will bow to Him and acknowledge Him as Lord: Phil.2:9-11.

Furthermore, it means that the Gospel of God, (God's good news/promises to man) is about Him. Christ is the central theme of the Gospel. He is the central theme of all God’s promise…