THAT APOSTLE PAUL KNEW HOW TO SAY THINGS, GETTING TO THE POINT. PAUL KNEW WHERE IT WAS AT AND MADE THINGS HEARABLE—TO THOSE WHO WERE WILLING TO!
One thing I enjoy in Paul’s letters is how personal he can tend to be. He’s marked by many qualities one of which is his thankfulness to God:
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
Note that the thankfulness is through the mediation of the Son, Paul’s high priest and ours through whom we have Gods’ attention and ear. Next, Paul is thankful for believers. These were precious to him and yet he never met them. Nevertheless his love for them was genuinely sincere and heartfelt. His gratitude had a reason. He was grateful for their faith being “proclaimed” throughout the whole world”. That is, the gospel of Christ came to them and their words and deeds matched their lives. The reason for writing this letter (which many Romans were already demonstrating) was for the obedience of…
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