Personally I know I have had a habit of shot gunning it through the first couple verses in the beginning of a book. Many of the books/chapters of the New Testament are letters to churches. The first verses are often greetings.
Romans 1:1 NLT
This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.
The Mirror Translation words it “… (Paul) identified in him (Jesus Christ) to represent him (Jesus Christ). I have been studying a bit differently lately and taking one verse at a time looking at the verse in multiple versions and taking time to contemplate about it more.
When ever I go to hear a guest speaker, the speaker is often introduced or introduces themselves with a short bio to let you know their qualifications. Paul starts out by stating who he was and giving his credentials. How would you like to have his bio/cred. He was personally called to represent Jesus as a disciple. He carried the same mantle that Jesus did as his disciple to tell of his father, to spread the Gospel, and to bring signs and wonders. Paul walked in that authority.
I read that and thought about it and we are also personally called to represent Him. I had to ask myself am I good representation of him who called and has sent me? I’ve been blogging about grace and the freedom that his death and resurrection have brought to those who choose to walk in it. I’ve gotten some feedback and some are pointing out the errors of the hyper-grace message being preached in many pulpits across America. Many are saying that this hyper-grace leads people into sin, but the true grace message draws one to Christ not away. Now to look at am I a good representation of him? The more I delve into his word the less I have of the temptations that I have had in the past. I am called to be a representation a mirror image.
” chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News”