Pastor Bill Farrow  
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (Romans 1:1–2)
          The introduction of the Pauline Epistles virtually always begin with a proclamation of the authority of Paul to address the recipients of the given letter.  The point is to establish both his authority to address them and his qualifications to do so.  He often does this by citing the Lord Jesus Christ as the One Who has called him to the office he fulfills. 
          Here, Paul speaks of himself in four fashions as he describes himself as the author of the epistle,

1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 

           We can say at least 4 things about what Paul says about his mission for the Lord here in these first two verse:

1.     The Sender of the Epistle
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,

          Just to start we ought to note that “Paul” would have been regarded as a sort of “surname” or second name at the time of the writing.  It was an added name, and can be regarded as derived from his occupation or other aspect of his circumstances.  In our present time we think of the surname as a name borne in common with other members of ones’ common family, but it can also be a name given as a second name given to someone such we find in Mark 3:16 where Jesus speaks Peter in this fashion in the same fashion...

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