Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,…
I. WHAT. Set apart to a special purpose, sanctified (Jeremiah 1:5).
1. In God's purpose from the womb (Galatians 1:15).
2. Actually and generally at his conversion (Acts 9:15).
3. Specially as apostle of the Gentiles at Antioch (Acts 13:2). The first separation preceded the call; the others followed it. Before his conversion Paul separated himself and became a Pharisee; after it he was separated by God and became a Christian and an apostle. The first separation by human pride; the second by Divine grace.
III. WHAT TO.
1. The gospel.
(1) Good news (Luke 2:10) concerning Christ and His salvation.
(2) Foretold by Isaiah under this term (Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:15).
(3) Called gospel —
(a) Of the kingdom (Matthew 4:2).
(b) Of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).
(c) Of salvation (Ephesians 1:13).
(d) Of peace (Ephesians 6:15).
(e) Glorious of the blessed God (1 Timothy 1:11).
(f) Everlasting (Revelation 14:6).
(4) It is good news in respect to past, present, and future.
2. Of God. God is its Author and subject matter (John 3:16). It is the product of His wisdom and love (Ephesians 3:10; Titus 3:4). Hence —
(1) Its excellence, preciousness, and authority; for the gospel of God must be —
(c) Full of authority.
(2) The guilt and danger of neglecting it (Hebrews 12:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Luke 10:16).
(3) God speaks in the gospel, therefore it must be heard with —
(T. Robinson, D. D.)
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