by Pastor Bill Farrow
3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (Romans 1:3–5 )
Paul has already mentioned that his topic as a separated and Apostolic bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ given over to the service of the Gospel that was promised beforehand by means of the OT Prophets and writers of the Holy Scriptures which spoke concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus, born of the seed of David as far as the flesh is concerned. We should note that Paul notes that Jesus was born as the seed of David “according to the flesh”. The suggestion here is that, as we know from quite a number of other passages that Jesus was the King of Israel from eternity past, that he took up the flesh to accomplish the task that God desired for our Savior to accomplish; preaching the Gospel to men, confronting Israel with their need to submit themselves to God, to fulfill the Law of God to make Himself the perfect Lamb of Who was able to be the perfect sacrifice for sin and His redemptive death on Calvary to make atonement for the sins of all who had already and would believe; to raise up from that death to demonstrate God’s acceptance of the sacrifice He had offered. And this is not the sum of what Jesus accomplished while here on earth.
Paul tells us that Jesus was declared by God the Father to be the Son of God in power when he was raised from the dead (see Matt. 28:6) and installed at God’s right hand as the messianic King. As the eternal Son of God, he has reigned forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But this verse refers to Jesus as the God-man reigning in messianic power (“Son of God” was a Jewish title for the Messiah), and this reign began (i.e., was declared or initiated) at a certain point in salvation history, i.e., when Jesus was raised from the dead through the Holy Spirit. according to the Spirit of holiness. Christ’s great power is always connected to the holiness of the Holy Spirit as he works in the new covenant age.
As a matter of full statement and eloquent declaration, he tells us that Jesus was conceived in a virgin’s womb by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35; cf. Is. 7:14), and was delivered normally. The word “born” emphasizes that He is an actual historical figure. Many well known ancient writers, including the Roman historian Tacitus (Annals 15.44), the familiar Jewish historian Josephus (Antiquities, 2.18.3), and a scholar named Pliny the Younger (Letters 10.96, 97) verify Jesus’ historicity. In addition to this, there are many, many writers, historians and writers who assert that there was such an one. Contrary to what so many declare today, Jesus was an actual individual who, thus, did the actual things that the Bible declares that He did. We need not scratch our heads, wondering it is so. And just as a note, God Himself bears witness, in an admittedly subjective fashion that this is so but giving testimony to those who seek the truth that what the Word of God tells us can be trusted and ought be heeded by all men.
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