Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1)
His Condition. Paul began by proclaiming himself to be a servant of Christ Jesus. He chose to humble himself. And this was the secret of his greatness! As a servant, he had no personal rights. His life was totally sold out to the will of God.
His Calling. Paul said he was an apostle. He was a representative of King Jesus and he operated under His Divine authority. When he spoke, he spoke for the Lord. When he acted, he acted as a representative of the throne of Heaven. His authority was the very authority of God Himself.
His Commission. Paul said he had been set apart for the Gospel of God. His life has been separated for the glory of God and for the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing else mattered to him but the things that mattered to God. His commission was to carry the good news of Jesus to a world trapped in sin.
The Gospel is a special message.
- It is the Gospel of God. It is His plan alone.
- It is born in the heart of God. God is love (1 John 4:8) and He does not want to see a single sinner die without Him (2 Pet. 3:9). His love is so great that He will stop at nothing to get the message out.
- It is the only Gospel that will save the lost. God only knows of one plan that will save the lost soul (Acts 16:3; Acts 4:12; John 3:16).
Paul considered himself to be a slave to Jesus, an ambassador of God, and a proclaimer of the good news of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
God holds the same expectation for us. We are to go forth into the world with His message, as His representatives in His Name and power, and we are to tell His Good News to those who are perishing.
Are you an ambassador of God?