5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.
Today we are finishing up the introduction to Romans! Last time (verses 1-4) was spent on the first sentence, and to sum it all up, Paul declared himself a servant of Jesus, and then he very quickly sums up the gospel. Please do bear with me now, because I’m going to focus on one word in this verse: grace. Tommorow, we’ll finish up this verse (one verse takes two WHOLE days? (-: )
All right, let’s go!
So the phrase through him implies through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we received grace and… stop! Grace. Think about that. Jesus’ grace. For us. It means that we are sinners, we are unholy, we are in darkness, and Christ the Sinless, the Holy One, the Light, comes to rescue us. He shows his unexplainable favor and love toward us when we are utterly in need and helpless. He leads us home, adopts us, so that we might live forever in relationship with him.
Have you noticed that basically everything we discuss ends up on Jesus? He’s the one we need to focus on. It’s not about our stuffy “well, I did this and that, which makes me, ahem, better than you, ho-ho!”.
It about his great love for us.