Suppressing the truth
This amazing letter provides a thorough explanation of the foundational doctrines of Christianity. Paul begins by introducing himself and the Gospel of Christ—a message he has given his entire life to proclaim. Paul describes himself first and foremost as a bondservant—one owned totally by God to fulfill His will. Out of this servanthood he has fully embraced his call as an apostle and ambassador for the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
It was his genuine sense of accountability (what he called a “debt”) that fed his passionate desire to visit Rome to serve these believers as an ambassador of Christ (v. 10-11). The riches that Paul personally experienced from Christ were so abundant and transforming that he was compelled to share with everyone. The blessings of his new life were so profound that he said that all his academic and religious accomplishments before Christ were “cow manure” in comparison (Phil. 3:8).
This is why no matter how horribly he was treated for his overflowing faith, he never felt ashamed. Though cursed, beaten, spit upon, mocked, and imprisoned, nothing removed his sense of “debt.” He remained “obligated” to give the Gospel to even the most hateful people.
When Paul was a violent persecutor of Christians, those he attacked prayed for him. For this, he owed an eternal debt of love. Paul’s eventual conversion was so transformative and so powerful that he was fully convinced the Gospel’s power could save and transform anyone.
Paul’s ambition was driven by loving gratitude for Christ alone. The same love that sent Christ to die for humanity sent Paul, compelled by love, to bring the Gospel to the world—no matter the personal price. Let every believer take this to heart. A lack of a rightful debt of love holds us back from fully laying our lives down for Christ’s Gospel.
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