αφωρισμενος ευαγγελιον

“αποστολος αφωρισμενος εις ευαγγελιον θεου” — Paul, Romans 1.1

Paul describes himself as being “set apart” (αφωρισμενος) to the gospel of God. This is the reason that God called Paul: that Paul might be separated (αφωρισμενος) or marked and set apart to the gospel of God. The word gospel (ευαγγελιον) simply means the good news of God.

I was asked a week or more ago by a co-worker, “Hutch doesn’t gospel mean ‘good news’?” When I answered in the affirmative, her response was interesting. She said, “Well if it’s really good news, shouldn’t it still be good news on the best day of my life?” When I again answered in the affirmative, she asked me, “So why does every Christian I meet have to convince me my life sucks before they can tell me the gospel?”

That’s a potent question, don’t you think? And she’s right…the gospel should be good news on the best day of your life. But in our humanity, we wander through our lives with the belief that when everything is going fine, we don’t need God. After all, it’s contrary to our nature, our very humanity, to seek God. How many times have you heard a variation on this theme, “I don’t need God now, maybe I’ll make a decision for Him when I’m older…”, etc., etc.

Paul, from verse 16 on through the end of chapter 1 of Romans, lays out exactly the reasoning that proves man needs God. Paul comes at man’s self-sufficiency head on from Romans 1 through the end of Romans 3. He paints a devastating portrait of man apart from God…and that’s where I’m headed in my next posts on Romans…stick around, and we’ll dive back in.

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